Freshly Made Sketches 200

Stopping in today to join the Freshly Made Sketches 200 celebration.

I love the FMS sketches.  I can always count on them to help get my creativity going.  And lately, I have definitely needed help getting my creativity going!  Summer has been a crazy ride, and I am really looking forward to the great calm down that autumn brings with it.

Anyhoo.  Here is my creation for the challenge:

WED-002-01The cane print layer at the bottom is a shimmery silver, which I cannot capture AT ALL with my meager photography skills, but which is so pretty in real life.  In fact, I wish I had a magic wand for photographing white, in general.

WED-002-4in1Thanks for stopping by today.  I’m sure it will be awhile before I am back.  ;-)

Challenge Photos:
200Supplies Used
Stamps:  Script Sentiments (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Smokey Shadow Cardstock (PTI); Shimmer Cardstock (DCWV)
Inks:  Delicata Silvery Shimmer (Tsukineko)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Misc Satin Ribbon; Misc Buckle

A Butterfly

It is handy to have a stash of previously colored images – they whip up into a card fairly quickly!  Here is yet another of my pre-colored images that made it onto a card:

ToY-014-01It cannot really be seen, but the background behind the butterfly is embossed in a woodgrain pattern.  And the also-barely-visible thread there is gold and sparkly.

ToY-014-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly Image (Hampton Arts); Keep It Simple – Thinking of You (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); True Black (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Versamark; Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Misc Gold Thread
Tools:  Woodgrain Impression Plate (PTI); Mat Stack 4 Mega Die (PTI)

Negative – Thanks

If you’ve been to my Pinterest page lately, you may have already seen this card.  Thought I’d post it here, too, just to keep my creative fun going a bit longer.

TY-012-01The ‘thanks’ panel was created when I was trying out some new watercolor paints.  I die cut the word from the panel, but loved the look of the negative that was left.  So I dolled it up here with some glitter tape, a butterfly sticker, and my PTI quatrefoil impression plate.

TY-012-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wonderful Words – Thanks (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Watercolor Paper; Black & White Striped DP (KHDigi on Etsy‘)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Watercolor Paint
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Glitter Tape; Butterfly Sticker (Martha Stewart)
Tools:  Many Thanks Die (MFT); Quatrefoil Impression Plate (PTI)

A Sunflower, Just Because

Another card with a hand-colored image that has been patiently waiting in my files for oh so long:

MISC-005-01It is always so fulfilling to finally use the images I’ve colored on a card – you know, like, now my life is complete.  Or something.

MISC-005-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sunflowers (Flourishes); Friendly Flowers (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx);  Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Pure Poppy DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools:  Stitched Mat Rectangle Die (Lil Inker)

Sweet Strawberry

Another card with coloring – this one using an image that I colored loooooooong ago, back when I first began experimenting with Copic markers.  The poor thing has been sitting in my files since about late 2012, oh my!  I think this is what you might call ‘closure.’  Haha!

TY-019-01A little strip of Pure Poppy gingham DP on the side, some embossed polka-dots in the background (barely visible!), and some sweet, sweet hand-colored strawberries – done!

TY-019-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Strawberries (Flourishes); Fresh Picked (Wplus9)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx);  Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pure Poppy (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Polka-dot Impression Plate (PTI)

Bright and Bold

I love bright and bold color combos, which may surprise you a little.  I don’t often use them, because I’m never sure of my ability to get them on a card in appropriate balance.  But I do love them.

Here is a little something I put together with a couple of bright and bold colors:

TY-015-01The red panel is the result of my attempt at sponging a background.  The word die cut is the result of my attempt at blending Copic markers to achieve the ombre effect, which I think is harder than it sounds with Copic markers!

TY-015-4in1This is one of my favorite cards.

Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)

Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Black & White Striped DP (KHDigi on Etsy)
Inks:  Copic Markers; Red Ink (Stampin Up, I think?? but I don’t remember which one)
Embellishments:  Silver Sequins
Tools:  Many Thanks Die (MFT);  Polka-dot Impression Plate (PTI)

Speaking of Coloring Images, Though…

There is something so fun and relaxing about sitting down with my Copic markers and some images to color.  I love to just sit and color!

One thing I have avoided, though, is coloring images of people.  I tend to think, “If I can’t make it look realistic at all, why bother!”  So, I obviously haven’t bothered at all.  Haha!

I did finally take out my MFT Pure Innocence image to practice coloring people features, then I included it on this card:

BDAY-038-01What do you think?  Not too bad, for one of my first attempts?

Well, anyway, it was fun to color.  And I look forward to trying more in the future.

BDAY-038-4in1Thanks for stopping by today. ;-)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sweet Birthday Wishes (MFT); Communique Curve Sentiments (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White (Xpedx); Dark Chocolate, Classic Craft DP, Pure Poppy DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento);  Pure Poppy (PTI);  Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft); Glitter Pen (Wink of Stella)
Tools:  Ribbon Banner Die (Simon Says Stamp); Sweet Birthday Wishes Die (MFT); Stitched Rectangle Mat Die (Lil Inker)