Free as a Bird Meets FMS413

Freshly Made Sketches 413

A friend asked me for a card for his mom, who is in a rehab center up in the Plains States. I tried to create a card using purple as one of the major colors since it’s her favorite. I also wanted to create a card with a light, springtime feel to it, because their weather is anything but springtime right now.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the FMS413 banner, which inspired the layout of my card:

I’ll admit, this sketch intrigued me, so I’ve been coming back to it for most of the week trying to figure out what I could do. The card must be clean with lots of white space around the center focal point. Today, it hit me ~ Free as a Bird.

I’ve seen so many cards on challenges and on Pinterest using a white on white base. The cards have always impressed me with their beautiful simplicity. I’ve tried it before, and always wind up going back to add texture through embossing on the background. Today, I pushed myself to leave it just white. I only added a Highland Heather outline to the popped up layer of Whisper White. This outline adds just a tiny bit of color, which added dimension. Just what I wanted.

For the Birds and the Flowers

The Free as a Bird bundle really saved me for this card. After stamping the birds, I cropped them using the Stitched Nested Label die set. My friend didn’t really want a “get well” card. I thought the “wishing you well” sentiment, from the retired Lasting Lily stamp set, would fit perfectly. Thankfully it did and doesn’t overpower the bird and flower stamp. I’ve used the Lasting Lily set twice within the past two weeks. Until two weeks ago, the stamp set had been unused.

I used Stamping Blends for all of the coloring. So Saffron blend combo and the light Soft Suede colors were used for the birds. I used a Soft Suede marker for the beaks.

After I used the Soft Suede blend combo for the branch, I decided I needed to do something to highlight the birds talons. Therefore, I using the bullet tip of a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker to trace the talons. Now, the birds don’t look like they are standing on stumps.

Old Olive blends combo provided all the color I needed for the leaves. In order to follow the challenge sketch, I needed something on the top and bottom on the left. After playing around and dry-fitting, I decided on two fussy cut leave sets. I really had to play around with the leaves, and the fussy cut flowers, quite a bit. Finally, I settled on the finished design. The leaves provide the up and down movement I needed. The flowers added the items to cover the three stars in the challenge sketch.

Original Thoughts

Originally, I thought I would color the birds with the Purple Posy blend combo and use So Saffron on the flowers. I tried that on one bird, and didn’t like it at all. Therefore, I started over, restamped everything, recolored all the branches and leaves. Then, I colored the flowers using the Purple Posy blend combo. Ta-da! I wanted the purple to be a pop of color, and it worked. At least it worked in my humble opinion.

I added a piece of the Bird Ballad DSP to the envelope flap. I also stamped and colored a single flower on the front of the envelope, and this coordinated card set is complete.

Since I was done, I sent a picture of the card set to my friend, and he approved.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my cards.

Have a Peachy Day!


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Supplies Used

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123 ~~~ 10% savings

OR Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

AND Stitched Nested Labels Dies, item # 149638

Bird Ballad DSP, item # 149592

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Old Olive blends combo, item # 144597

Soft Suede blends combo, item # 147273

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 147111

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

Again, thank you for stopping by today!

Into the Woods for PP466

I Missed the TGIF Challenge/PP466 Two-fer

My blog has been updated and nothing looks the same on my end. I already missed the TGIF Challenge #236, for which I used the color pallet of Calypso Coral, Pear Pizazz, and Early Espresso. I didn’t have much time this week to try to figure out how to use the new format. Therefore, this post will be long enough to post for the Paper Players 466 challenge, but that’s about it. I need time to play around with the new format. I’m amazed that the way I see the editing part of the blog is just about completely different, but much more streamlined. On the visitor side, the blog looks exactly the same.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner from Paper Players:

Taking a Break from Holiday Cards

Even though I need more Thanksgiving cards, I just needed to take a quick break and create something non-holiday related. I created this card with a special someone in mind, and I really hope it will bring a smile to her face.

Supplies Used

I used three stamp sets for this card: Colorful Seasons (item # 143726) for the sentiment, Free as a Bird (item 149468) for the bird and leaves, and Crackle Paint (item # 148752. While I did need to fussy cut the bird and the leaves, it wasn’t too time consuming at all. Remember, when fussy cutting, turn the paper, not the scissors. Since I am left-handed, I have to be very careful to take off very thin layers. Lefties will understand why: the image to be fussy cut is underneath the scissors and very difficult to see.

There were also three die sets for this card: Layering Ovals (item # 141706), Seasonal Layers (item # 143751), and Stitched Rectangles (item # 148551). The Seasonal Layers die set provided me with the Early Espresso branch.

I colored the birds using the Calypso Coral blends combo, Soft Suede light blend, and the Early Espresso marker.

As Always,

Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit my blog and for leaving a comment. I hope to be back on track and much more familiar with the new format this weekend.

Have a Peachy day!


October’s SPOOKY InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to Spooky!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPOOKY. With Halloween just around the corner, we are excited to share our spooky, fun projects with our neighbors, coworkers and family – and we’re excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

But First……Color Throwdown #564 Quickly

One of the challenges I really enjoy is the Color Throwdown challenge.  It’s even better when I can pair it with a sketch challenge, in this case the Fusion card challenge.  Last night I was over the top honored, floored, bewildered, surprised, and awestruck that my card was chosen for this week’s Color Throwdown featured stamper.  What?!?!?  I earned a place as the guest stamper on the October 23 challenge, and I am so honored.  You can see that card here


I have to admit I didn’t think I would be able to create a card worthy of this blog hop since I didn’t purchase anything specifically for Halloween.  Therefore, I had to get very creative with what I already had in my possession.  

I’ve used the pumpkin from Harvest Hellos quite a lot for Thanksgiving cards.  At least I had a pumpkin, and a Jack-o-Lantern face from that set.  While looking for a sentiment, I came across my Everything Festive stamp set.  

Here’s my card:


A Spooky Card was Born

I gathered the cardstock and DSP colors I thought I would use and got busy….. having so much fun!  The bottom base is Basic Black cardstock, with a layer of the Gorgeous Grape gingham from the Brights DSP pack.  SincemI knew this card really wanted to be a collage, I knew I needed to leave some open space.    When I started putting pieces together, I decided to use a Stamping Write Basic Black marker to color just the bats from the sentiment.  This card really needed something subtle, so I stamped the two bats four or five times before recoloring the stamp.  I didn’t want a pattern for the bats, so all my stamping needed to remain random.  

The Stamparatus really saved me when I stamped the sentiment.  With that stamping done, I cropped both the Whisper White and Gorgeous Grape using the ovals from the Stitched Shapes die set. I also used it for the Jack-o-Lantern face on my colored pumpkin and I am so happy I did that.  Because of the coloring with the light and dark Pumpkin Pie blends, I really needed a dark face so it would pop.  Using the Stamparatus allowed me to have the face as dark as I wanted and still be perfectly lined up.  

The punch from the Harvest Hellos bundle saved me from fussy cutting.  I used the Shaded Spruce DSP for the stem and leaf, then outlined each with the black marker.

Let the (Messy) Fun Begin!

When I started dry-fitting all my pieces together, I just knew something was missing.  I stamped and cropped two of the pumpkin sets from the Gather Together bundle and placed them behind my cute as a button focal pumpkin.  I still wasn’t satisfied, and thought about adding a black mat.  This did get me closer to a spooky look, but plain black cardstock didn’t seem right.

Therefore, I used the splatter stamp from Gather Together and some of the silver ink and splattered the whole piece of cardstock.  It still didn’t  it look cute and spooky, so I went another step further.  

Wink of Stella added the sparkle I really wanted. I made sure the brush end had a full load of the glitter ink, and started tapping away to create a really sparkly black base without having to use glitter (which is not really allowed in my blue/craft room).  I continued to load the brush and tap/splatter until I had an abundance of sparkle on the black.  LOVE!  

I really though I moved all of the other card elements out of the way before I started splattering.  However, the stray splatters of Wink of Stella all over the other pieces indicated I did not succeed in moving them out of the splatter zone.

Finishing Touches

Once again, I dry-fit all of my pieces,and tied a square knot in the ribbon,  then popped up the pumpkin and the sentiment using dimensionals.  After I adhered all the pieces down, I decided another little touch needed to be added.  I grabbed my dark Basic Black blend and colored three of the smallest epoxy droplets, waited for them to dy, and placed them within the collage so they made sense.

I created a coordinating envelope using a piece of the Gorgeous Grape DSP on the flap and stamped pumkins and bat on the front.  With that, I’d completed my spooky card without anything specifically purchased for Halloween.  Yeah!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Linda Krueger at the Stamp Coach. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Have a Peachy day!


  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  5. Kelly Kent at My Papercraft Journey
  6. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach

“The Guys” Let It Ride for S’s 3rd BDAY!

The Guys

My sister has five horses.  My great-niece (GN) absolutely loves them and calls them “the guys”.  She has little mucking boots, she feeds them, gives them treats, and loves on them on a regular basis.  GN has all kinds of toy horses, from small to large, at her house.  Today is her third birthday.  How could I resist the Let It Ride set for her birthday card.  However, it couldn’t be just any birthday card, so I created this double-z card for her.

Here’s the card I created:


Blends for the Win!

Before I started coloring the horses with my blends, I asked my niece to send me some pictures of the horses.  Using the pictures, I picked my Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and Smoky Slate blends combos.  The horse I chose for the front, Shadow, is brown, has white socks and a white strip on his head, which is bordered by black.  I also colored the horses on the bottom base using the information from my niece.  It’s difficult to see on the photos, but the darker horse has  a reddish tint, for which I included some light and dark Flirty Flamingo.   For the main and tails on all the horses, I used the bullet end of Stampin! Write markers in order to achieve the fine lines or hair.

I chose this woodgrain piece of DSP from the retired Nature’s Poem before I chose the other colors.  Shaded Spruce and Mint Macaron seemed to be the perfect choice.  I used first and second generation stamping for the pine trees for depth.   ” Take Life by the reins” is just one of the coordinating sentiments in the Let It Ride cling mount stamp set.  I chose the “Happy Birthday” and inside birthday sentiments from the Picture Perfect stamp set.  

Bob Ross for the Win

Once again, a happy accident saved the day.  I didn’t have room for the double-z strip on the outside of the card between the horse and the Happy Birthday sentiment.  Therefore, I had to make an adjustment and popped up the front piece on dimensionals to enable the strip to go under the panel.  

This coordinating card/envelope set just needed to be finished with piece of the woodgrain DSP on the envelope flap.  I knew I wanted to use the blends to color a horse on the front of the envelope.  However, bleeding through concerned me. Therefore, I folded a scrap piece of cardstock in half and inserted it in the corner behind the horse.  No bleeding through and all is well with the envelope.

There is just enough room to write a little note on the back base while still have it covered by the front when closed.  

Many Thanks and a Supply List

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!


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Supply list:

High Tide photopolymer stamp set, item # 143006

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item # 150083

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

So Saffron ink pad, item # 147109

Seaside Spray ink pad, item # 150085

Smoky Slate ink pad, item # 147113

Basic Gray ink pad, item # 149165

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 

Whisper White cardstock, item #

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item # 




New Wonders meets Christmas in July

New Wonders Hostess Stamp Set

When I first saw this stamp set, and some of the samples in the catalog and on Pinterest, I thought this set was absolutely adorable, has angels, and a beautiful font.  However, I also thought that coloring the precious angels would be time consuming and difficult.  Boy, was I wrong!!  The first card I created (which will be in an upcoming blog post) was so easy and fun!  Just like that, and I am completely hooked on this stamp set.  It’s always wonderful when a stamp set turns out to be so versatile!  

One thing led to another, and I wound up trying out this angels for Christmas cards.  Here are the two versions, and the inside for both are the same:


Christmas in July

The Old Olive Christmas DSP has retired, as has the Real Red ribbon.  However, those two colors gave me my color palette.   These cards would also be adorable using Old Olive and Real Red cardstock.  As I am typing this, I am thinking that I can use Old Olive for the background and emboss it with the Tufted TIEF.  Cuteness overload!  I would also emboss the Real Red mat using the Subtle TIEF.  Now, I know what my next pair of Christmas cards will be!  Since I try to do something at least a little bit different for each Christmas card, these would be perfect!

Using both light and dark Old Olive and Real Red, I happily colored the angels clothes. I used the So Saffron blends, both light and dark, for the angels’ hair.  Wink of Stella Clear is on their wings, and Wink of Stella Gold is on the pen tips.  I colored the pen with the light and dark Crumb Cake blends.  

The Making Christmas Bright stamp set carried over into the current catalog and, I think, it completely matches the angels.  


Floating Frames with Come Sail Away

Press and Seal & Cards – Who Knew?

Do you ever see a new technique and think how in the world did someone think of that?   The Press and Seal technique is one of those what in the world techniques.  I am not sure with whom it started, but it is a boatload of fun (Come Sail Away – get it??) and produces some pretty wonderful cards!   In order to be able to do this you need just a couple of things:  Press-n-Seal and dimensionals/mini-dimensionals ~ lots of them!   Frances “Frenchie” Martin‘s video helped a lot, as did Kylie Bertucci’s husband’s, Bruno, video from Australia.  One thing I found out with my second set of floating frame cards is that it is much, much easier to remove the Press-n-Seal from cardstock than DSP.  The DSP is thinner and more prone to tearing.  

Best thing about this technique?  You get two cards from one A2 sized piece of cardstock.

Come Sail Away

This new photopolymer stamp set is wonderful!  While it leans more toward masculine cards, it can be for anyone for almost any occasion.   For my cards, I chose  red, white, and blue colors.  At first, I started coloring  with blends and just wasn’t happy with the result, so I started over.  For this card, I started with 12 stamped and cropped images: 4 each of the compass rose, anchors, small and large boats.  I think the lighthouse provides a strong, grounding image, therefore, I only used one..

Here are my two cards:



Most of the videos I’ve seen using the Press-n-Seal tend to start with the outside floating frame.  I had a problem with all the empty space in the middle, so I added a boat, rope and knot, and some of the birds.   I am happier with the inside floating frame, mainly because I matted the center white background and because the lighthouse is so prominent.  The two red rhinestones center and ground the sentiment. 

You Are My True North

Both of these completed cards were sitting on my desk when my husband came in my blue room to see what I was creating.  He picked them up, really inspected them, and then said how much he liked them.  My response:  that’s good because the center floating card just happens to be your Father’s Day card.  I did wind up creating another card for him with the same sentiment and stamp set.  I can hear you thinking Father’s Day??  Wasn’t that last weekend?  Yes, but I needed to wait until after Father’s Day to post these cards so I didn’t ruin the next one I did create for him.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy Day!