Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: A Fabulous Day

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!

I had a friend with a big birthday this past weekend and I used today's sketch for her card.  We've been friends for decades and sometimes I wonder how we've done it because we are always on a different path. We did meet at the office.  She quit soon after to start a family while I stayed on the career path.  Then about the time I decided to stay home with my children, she was busily getting a college degree in construction engineering.  Now that I'm looking at heading back into the work world as a lowly, beginning accountant - she is flying high in her career.  She's been interviewed by major networks on her construction projects and she meets with United States Senators - it's all quite amazing!

She also has a thing for chunky jewelry and wears it well - her present from me was a gift card for her favorite chunky jewelry.  As I was thinking about her card, I was noticing a new die from Reverse Confetti called Circle Garland and I was thinking it could be a necklace.  I don't think the card ended up saying "necklace" but at least I put a little thought behind it.  I also stuck with some of her favorite colors - she loves earthy tones in oranges, mustards, browns and greens.  And all of this is what I absolutely love about cardmaking - this card was completely created for my friend.

Fabulous Day

To add interest, I used some dotted papers on the garlands.

Fabulous Day Close

I hope to see you playing along this week.  I am amazed each and every week and at how many cardmakers use our sketches!

The twine is from MME's Indie Chic line - Ginger "Relax" Twine The dotted papers are Bazzill Basics Swiss Dot papers. These papers and the glitter paper were purchased at Michaels.  The remainder of the supplies are linked below: 

The twine is from MME's Indie Chic line - Ginger "Relax" Twine The dotted papers are Bazzill Basics Swiss Dot papers. These papers and the glitter paper were purchased at Michaels.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sympathy in Gray and Yellow

I had to make three sympathy cards this week.  There are a lot of sympathy cards on my blog, but virtually all of them were made for my church.  While I tried to make each and every one of them special, I did not have any emotion invested in them.  It's so much harder when you know the people involved.

I love the Fog cardstock from Simon Says Stamp.  I use it on all kinds of cards - I've even been using it as a base for rich fall-colored cards and bright, cheerful birthday cards.  I love the way it sets off the colors.  For this card, I happened to have my package of Fog out and my package of Stampin' Up So Saffron and I loved the soft and gentle look.  To stay with the idea of gentleness, I pulled out this beautiful feather from Clearly Besotted Stamps.

With Sympathy

Just a month or so ago, I was looking through my word dies and realized that I had nothing that said "Thinking of You" or "Sympathy".  I remedied that situation immediately.  I love how a sentiment is highlighted when it can be layered on top of other parts of the card such as the feather. 

With Sympathy close

My second sympathy card is for the family of a man that I wrote about on this recent post when he and his wife were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  After fighting cancer for over a decade, it seemed clear at their anniversary party that he was starting to lose the battle, but he still lived life.  Only a month ago, he got himself to church (which was not an easy task) just to see the small praise group that had played at his party. It meant the world to us to see him there and, hopefully, we touched him with our music.

This particular card is for his daughter and her family.  The grandchildren are my children's ages and they have grown up in the church together.  I stuck with a gray/yellow color scheme.  I used the flower from Clearly Besotted's Brushed Poppies which I purchased knowing that it would be quite perfect for sympathy cards.

Sympathy Poppies

I used the sketch at Pals Paper Arts but I flipped it vertically.  I had started with a one-layer card with the flower in the bottom corner. This flower is gorgeous on its own, but I liked the idea of just a little texture or pattern below the sentiment.

My final card is for the husband of a friend who lost her battle to cancer two years ago.  We are far away and I have not seen him since her death, but I always want to let him know that I remember.  This card most definitely had to be clean, masculine and no bling.  Jeff is a firefighter, he helps with his father's cattle, and he lives on a tiny square of private property in the middle of the Black Hills National Forest where he rock climbs and rides his quad.

Difficult Time



WITH SYMPATHY - The wheat stamp is Hero Arts Tall Wheat which I could only find on EBay.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Love, Joy and Peace

I am quite sure that you've been following along with Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  Tracey has lined up designers and even entire design teams to create Christmas tags.   I think we are 21 days in now and there have been tags that are fun, elegant, cute, colorful, neutral - so many tags for inspiration!

Today's the day for the Curtain Call Design Team to play along.  The current challenge at Curtain Call is Pin Cushion. Pincushions always have teeny tiny prints on their fabrics covers so I pulled a variety of prints out of the scrap bin - and I used two dies that just came in the mail!

Love Joy Peace Tag

I have to give credit to Waffle Flower from whom I got the background rectangle, the tag and the tag loop. They have a number of sample layouts with this tag and I totally stole one of their layouts! 

If you leave a comment on my post and any or all of the other designers playing along with the 25 Days of Christmas Tags, you get a chance at prize from one of the following sponsors:
  • Reverse Confetti
  • Clearly Besotted
  • CAS-ual Fridays
  • Neat and Tangled
  • Paper Smooches
  • Lawn Fawn
Also know that the Pin Cushion challenge is open at Curtain Call for another two days.  There are prizes for playing along there too!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Taylored Expressions: Deck the Halls

A few days ago, I posted a sneak peek of a project that I did as a guest for Taylored Expressions. Hopefully, you headed over to their blog to get all of the details, but just in case you didn't, here are all of the cards!
I love the details on each Taylored Expressions stamp.  These products can stand alone on a very clean and simple card, or they can be dressed up.  I wanted to demonstrate their versatility with the Deck the Halls set (with a little help from Share the Light.)  You have to keep in mind that my style is clean, so my version of "dressed up" is still quite simple. 

The first card uses two stamp sets and five stamps, with large die cut trees, heat embossing and glitter (products linked below).   That bunny face is about the cutest expression that I have seen!!  I feel a little frazzled like that when I get my lights out and my cats are batting ornaments around the floor!!

Deck the Halls 1

Here is a close-up of his cute little face!

Deck the Halls 1 close

This card steps it down just a little bit. There are only two stamps, two dies, an embossing folder and a strip of Gingerbread Lane paper (products linked below).

Deck the Halls 2

Now a bigger step down - but I think the stamp still keeps it absolutely charming!  This one only uses two stamps and a snowflake!

Deck the Halls 3

Aren't these guys sweet?  I got stressed a week or so ago when I realized I was quite far behind in Christmas card production. (Cardmaking is supposed to be fun and relaxing, isn't it?)  Then I was a little stressed over being a guest for Taylored Expressions and wanting to do my very best work.  But I sat down and worked with these cute little faces and spent some happy time coloring, and all was right with the world! (I think we all re-live our happy kindergarten days when we color, don't we?)

Here are all of the Taylored Expressions products that I used: