Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches: So Sweet

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and I have the honor of bringing you the sketch!

I definitely had Valentines on my mind when I created the sketch with the hearts. I like square cards and I love when things go off the edge.  But as usual with Freshly Made Sketches, we welcome your creativity.  I stuck with the hearts. My card might be used for Valentines - but I also think it's a "sweet" thank you card!!

FMS Sweet WM

My own sketch gave me a few headaches. Funny, huh?  I can't tell you how many colors, heart dies and sentiments I had on my table before it was over.  I got to the idea of those pierced hearts fairly quickly, then I tried backing them in red and glitter silver, then I tried cutting them out of kraft, then I tried woodgrain on the kraft.  Sentiments were a problem too. After trying sentiments on different banners - I ended up with this die cut "sweet" - and finally decided that pink and white made sense!!  I swear - I can make even a simple card into a long drawn-out process. It's lucky that I love every step!

I am very excited to see what you do with this sketch.  It is amazing to see a few lines and shapes that I drew on paper, turn into an entire gallery of gorgeous cards!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Taylored Expressions Happy Birthday Cutting Plate

I recently needed to quickly make a birthday card to get it mailed on time (so a simple card) but it was for a very special lady (so a "stepped up" card).  A cutting plate to cover the entire front works perfectly for the "quick and simple" part.  Cutting plates add detail with just one big die cut.  They are also easy to "step up". My favorite ways of doing this are either by sponging the background with various colors - or by making it a giant shaker card.  I went a slightly different direction for this card when I saw that the banners in Skinny Mini Party Borders matched the detail in the Happy Birthday Cutting Plate.

Taylored Expressions Happy Birthday Cutting Plate

I liked the warmth of a Toffee background, then I picked colors that had coordinating enamel shapes so I could add a final accent of tiny little hearts to the balloons.  The colors of the extra banners pop and give it a celebratory look but even with all of the detail, it's still a quick and clean card!!

Taylored Expressions Happy Birthday Cutting Plate

Quick, easy, and sent to the birthday girl on time!!


Friday, January 12, 2018

TE You Have My Heart

Last month was the Valentine release from Taylored Expressions.  There was one set I hadn't had a chance to play with that was too charming to miss - You Have My Heart!  (Not to mention a new die set called Pierced Heart Stacklets.)  Here's how I put them together.


They have the sweetest expressions!  Be sure to look at the stamp set closely because there's a sweet bear too. The heads are separate from the bodies which allows them to be popped up - or cocked sideways - or "wobbled" with Mini Wobble Springs!


I wanted to add interest while keeping the full focus on the image so I simply "framed" them with a pierced heart from the Pierced Heart Stacklets.  There are multiple sizes of hearts in this set so I picked one that held the image and one of the sentiments.


(If you look closely, I added a little Wink of Stella Clear Glitter on this guy's glasses.)

These little guys are really quick and easy to use.  And I like that they add the fun of a wobbly head that any young recipient will enjoy.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches: The God of Hope

Welcome back!  After an extended holiday break, Freshly Made Sketches is back with a new sketch!  This week's sketch is brought to us by Rita.

I love crafting in the fall and in the Christmas season. I love the themes of those seasons - gratitude, hope and joy - plus the colors of those seasons are my absolute favorite color schemes.  Gratitude, hope and joy are perfect themes throughout the year, but I do like a change from the color schemes.  I pulled out spring berries and I used corals and fresh greens.  (But I kept the hope and joy!)

FMS God of Hope

I noticed in the sketch that the panel goes slightly off the edge; I love that look so I did the same with my berries.  I trimmed the main panel to be only 4" wide so that even with the bit that's off the edge, it will still fit in a standard envelope.

I hope to see you playing along with us for the first sketch of 2018!!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink (PTI) Beautiful Berries: Spring, Inspired: Hope
Dies: PTI Beautiful Berries: Spring die, Inspired: Hope die
Cardstock: PTI Melon Berry
Patterned Paper: PTI Simply Chartreuse Pattern Pack (the older, retired patterns)
Ink: PTI Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet

Monday, January 8, 2018

Taylored Expressions If Cupid Could Talk...

Last month was Taylored Expression's Valentine release and I fell totally in love with a new set called If Cupid Could Talk Stamp & Die Combo.  Cupid joins an entire series of "If ___ Could Talk" stamps - they are fun and flexible to use because you can add different faces to a main image for different moods or sentiments.  Cupid particularly works for me because of some of the somewhat snarky sentiments that work perfectly for the boys and men in my life!!

As a sneak peek for the release, I designed this card.  Today, I'm totally copying myself - and adding more cards for a gift set for a friend with 3 sons and a husband.

TE If Cupid Could Talk set 2

TE If Cupid Could Talk set 1

I used a variety of faces and more of the sentiments. (FYI - there are some sweet faces too if you aren't feeling snarky and sarcastic!!)

I also added a variety of arrows from Follow Your Arrow.  Then I packaged it up in a simple gift box using the Noteworthy Belly Band and another sentiment from the Cupid stamp set.

TE Cupid Box

I grinned the entire time that I was making these cards.  I hope my friend and the men in her life get a good laugh also!


TE If Cupid Could Talk Collage

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Smells Like Carrots!!

Isn't that just an odd title for a Christmas Eve post...Smells Like Carrots?!!  I have a deep, dark secret to tell you.  I really dislike December.  Don't read too much into that.  I am passionate about Christmas.  I have Christmas music playing starting December 1st.  It's in my ear all day at work; it's in my car and in my home. I am sitting here this morning with Christmas lights on and the fireplace blazing. The highlight of my year will be tonight at church when the candles are lit and Silent Night is sung followed closely by the organ triumphantly playing Joy to the World as we are leaving. Our family "tradition" is to keep the holidays simple - so we have movies and family games planned.  Since I'm surrounded by men, probably a lot of football - but that's OK, we are together!  However, the rest of December?  Just too darn busy and crowded for my tastes.

This card was planned for a very special family but honestly, in might have been more for me as it totally tickled my funny bone during the overly busy days of December!

TE Smell the Carrots

For the background, I sponged three different blues on a plain sheet of cardstock - then covered it with that perfect winter die cut.  I love that snowman...and the really fun part??  It has a bunch of different faces that you can use.  The scrunched up face totally worked for me!

TE Smell the Carrots Close

It's finally Christmas Eve day.  I'm ready!  The boys will be up soon.  We'll watch football.  My youngest is a fabulous cook and he's making dinner.  And then church and Silent Night - it's a glorious day!

Merry Christmas!!!

TE Smell the Carrots Copics

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Naughty or Nice Little Elf??

My oldest niece is a month away from being a teenager.  That is such an interesting age.  Sometimes she is all little girl with a passion for pink and stuffed animals.  Other times she is a rebellious teen with teenage-fashion sense and a passion for whatever teenagers might be passionate about on any given day.  So I tried to combine both sides of her on her Christmas card.  Lots of pink, a sweet little elf, and a silly sentiment!!!

Naughty or Nice

The elf's body and head are separate stamps.  The idea is that the head could pop up such as with a Mini Wobble Spring.  I didn't use one because with the sheet of foam adhesive under the entire front to create the shaker, the Wobble Spring just added too much thickness. However, the separate head did allow me to tilt her head like she was thinking hard about the question!

Naughty or Nice Close

Surprisingly, I am actually 99% ready for Christmas.  I do need a few groceries.  I was going to go before dawn this morning just to avoid the crowds, but I decided it was much more fun to settle into my crafting corner with the Christmas tree and the fireplace on - and my noisy men and boys still asleep.  I have Hallmark movies on the TV and good coffee in my Christmas mug.  

We have a completely relaxed and easy Christmas in front of us.  It's just the four of us through the 25th.  We have our favorite meals planned, we'll definitely have football on during the day - and then church on Christmas Eve with my favorite Christmas moment - candles and Silent Night - and finally we'll be playing our favorite family games.  On the 26th we are celebrating with my brother's family who are vacationing in the wonderfully picturesque mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado.  

I do hope you all are able to come into these holidays prepared and relaxed and ready to celebrate!!