Feels Like Frost for FMS 412

Feels Like Frost Sympathy Card

It’s been a rough almost 3 weeks. I’ve been sick, on my third round of antibiotics, and am very thankful for this week for Thanksgiving break.

However, the circle of life keeps moving on, and I needed to create a sympathy card for one of the administrators at school whose father recently passed away. I think these cards are the most difficult to create, especially for a male, and I don’t keep a stash of these cards on hand. It’s also important for me to create these cards when I need them, and this one is for a male and his family.

The Freshly Made Sketches 412 challenge really helped me with this particular card. The sketch allowed me to create a very clean card using some gorgeous DSP.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

Clean and Simple

The FMS412 sketch inspired a clean and simple card. My list of supplies was minimal as well. In addition to the base, I used a sentiment from the retired Lasting Lily stamp set. I don’t really have many sympathy sentiments, and forget that until I need another card. Therefore, I must remember to order a current stamp set for these cards. I then cropped the sentiment using the Stitched Rectangle die set.

The DSP really does all the work for this card. When I was trying to figure out the base, I wound up choosing Highland Heather, which isn’t on the coordinating color list. Purple Posy is on the list, but I wanted something bolder for the base.

At first, I thought that I would run the base through the Big Shot using the Sublte 3D embossing folder. However, I wanted clean lines, so I decided against doing that.

Dimensionals added a pop to the sentiment. The ribbon added texture and a much needed “something” to balance the card. Feels Like Frost DSP carried the whole card. I left the inside blank because a number of us needed to sign the card.

In the Freshly Made Sketches way, I finished with clean lines. In my humble opinion, it’s a beautiful card, and the sketch easily lends itself to a multitude of options.

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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Great color combo (PP450) and fun layout (GDP#198)

Global Design Project #198 Meets Paper Players 450

When I first saw the colors for the PP450, I thought that it would be difficult to put all these together on a card.  However, I was absolutely wrong!  LOVE the color combination of Blueberry Bushel, Balmy Blue, and Granny Apple Green.  WOW!  I already knew I wanted to play along with GDP#198’s sketch challenge, so I combined the two. Above the Clouds photopolymer stamp set and coordinating punch seemed to just jump off the shelf for this card. I must say, I am pretty darn pleased with the result.  

Here are the challenge banners:


Here’s my card:

The Process

While the colors are all current, the Blueberry Bushel In Color DSP comes from the 2018-2019 catalog.  I stamped the striped DSP in Basic Black then colored in the top and bottom scallops.  In order to get the separation showing between the balloon and basket, I realized I had to stamp it on white and then fussy cut the balloon.

Even though I knew from the beginning that the background needed to be Balmy Blue, however I really felt it needed some dimension.  Therefore, I stamped some of the clouds from the Above the Clouds stamp set in StazOn Opaque Cotton White.  Some of the clouds stamped very subtly, others came out somewhat darker.  However, I think it works.  

I chose the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  I’ve loved the fonts and sentiments from the sets release, and I think it will be one of my “keepers”.

The Granny Apple Green textured weave ribbon fulfilled the horizontal element from GDP.  I really think it finishes off the card.  Well, the ribbon and a bunch of dimensionals.  Dimensionals provide depth and interest for the Balmy Blue layer, the sentiment, and all 4 balloons. 

Happy Mail!

I already know to whom I am going to send this fun card and I can’t wait to get it out in the mail!  

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I greatly appreciate the fact that you took time out of your busy schedule to check out my card.

Have a Peachy day!


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Over the Moon for CTS #329

Absolutely Adorable Cows!

The new catalog has many “must have” products, and the Over the Moon cling mount stamp set is one of those “must haves”!  Just take a look at these cute as a button images!

I just LOVE these cows and the sentiments.  Therefore, when I saw the banner for CTS #329, I knew I was going to use one of these cows.  

Here’s the CAS(E) this Sketch banner:

I flipped the sketch and this is what I created:


This Cow Rocks Lovely Lipstick Boots

In order to create this card, I first stamped the cow and colored it with the Blends markers.  I used Light and Dark Basic Black for the spots, Light Smoky Slate for the hoofs, Ivory and Light Petal Pink for the ears and snout.  I colored her using the Light Granny Apple Green blend and light and dark Daffodil Delight for the flower.  After much thought, I decided to leave the tail white.   At the same time I decided to give her DSP boots.  Cute!  She needed some bling of her own, and the Lovely Lipstick enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms enamels fit the bill.  After creating the DSP boots (little bitty fussy cuttings),   I decided to use the In Color DSP as part of the sketch pieces, and another pattern for the envelope flap.

Rectangle Stitched Layered Rectangles 

These stitched dies are quickly becoming my go-to “must have” die set.  For this card, I used them to crop the cow, sentiment, and solid Lovely Lipstick cardstock.  Coloring in the ditch of the stitches seems to be something else I enjoy doing for emphasis. This time I used the Stamping Write Marker on the sentiment and solid cardstock.  In addition, I used the marker to outline the cow’s rectangle.

Cards, and projects, with monochromatic colors always seem to turn out to be calming.  The same is true for this card, but it also makes me smile.  I hope you got a smile from it as well.

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