Sunday, April 30, 2023

Fluttering By With Freshly Made Sketches 583

The deadline for Freshly Made Sketches 583 is in a few hours and I'm entering
the challenge because it took me so long to put the card together. I refused to give up!
Here's the sketch.
And here's my card in its third and final design.
A rainbow seems like the most logical element as a focal point, but the Backyard Wren from
Memory Box arrived and I wanted to incorporate it on a card. I flipped the sketch since 
he's facing to the right, and perched him on a few branches. I also changed him into a
bluebird because a brown wren is pretty drab.

And about that sentiment....It's by Waffle Flower and meant for their butterfly collection.
I really like the mixed fonts and had to Google whether birds do flutter (or flitter?)
It's a toss up, depending on which expert you listen to. I'm sticking with fluttering
as a "means of courtship".

Off to link this up. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Inspired by Challenge 234

Inspired by Challenge 234 is all about RAINBOWS. Have you noticed that rainbows are
a popular challenge theme?

Here's my card using a rainbow wreath, inspired by the uber talented Mindy Eggen.

 I started stenciling the wreath during Online Card Classes' Stenciled 2 class but didn't
complete it until this week. And when I saw that IB234 was about rainbows, I stamped 
the sentiment and decided to enter it.

So how do you feel about rainbows? Are you a fan or not? One of my twin granddaughters
loves to line up her blocks and Cocomelon® friends in rainbow order. So it's safe to say that
she's a huge fan of rainbows!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 17, 2023

Inspired by April Showers

This week's Inspired by Challenge 233 is April Showers. Here's the challenge graphic.
And here's my take on it, loosely based on a flipped sketch.

Of course I had to incorporate umbrellas somehow. I DIY'd a cloud template and
used Lost Shadow Distress Oxide ink for the cloudy background. Three umbrellas 
were inked and spattered with water, then adhered to the card.

I chose a sentiment from Hero Arts/Reverse Confetti, added some clear raindrops
and rounded off a corner as a finishing touch.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches 581

 This week's Freshly Made Sketches had me pulling out bits and bobs from my
scrap bowl and I love when that happens.
Meet the sketch.

 And here's my take on it.

I subbed a butterfly for the heart and added my beloved Paper Smooches greenery
plus a sentiment from Altenew. I also found Altenew's (misplaced) swirl debossing plate
 and used it before adding the elements onto the kraft base.

A few clear drops and the card is done. Being a hoarder has its perks, no?
Hope you're having a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 10, 2023


The challenge theme at The Flower Challenge 79 is Focus on Background Stamping.
Here's my project. I'm not sure if it will qualify as the background was made by
stenciling and not stamping, per se.

I love Altenew's Blooming Flower Bed Stencil because it covers the whole background
of a card panel and you can use so many different color combos. I chose cheery colors
and after adhering the panel to a card base, I added the sentiment and finished off
with some clear sequins.
I have several more weeks to enter another card if this one doesn't qualify as having a
stamped background. Stay tuned to see if it gets a thumbs up or down.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 7, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches 580

 I'm joining Freshly Made Sketches 580, with its window pane sketch design.
I was afraid I'd take too long to figure out the dimension of each quadrant and I was
thinking of going "wonky" with the shapes. But neatness and order prevailed and
here's what I came up with.

I used Altenew's gradient card stock and wide washi tape for the panels and 
added some embossing for a bit of dimension on the card. The sentiment was
white embossed and the card was finished off with clear sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches 579

I love a simple sketch. When I saw Freshly Made Sketches 579, I just received
Simon Says Stamp Mushroom Stems in the mail. Perfect timing!
Here's the sketch.
And here's my card.

I love mushrooms and colored the caps with Distress Oxide inks then spattered them with
water and dotted them with a white pigment pen. 

They were assembled on the oval and grounded with some grass using a Copic marker.
I left the background white and adhered the oval to patterned paper and a card base.
An Altenew sentiment and Studio Katia's clear confetti finished off the card.

Off to link up this card. Thanks for stopping by!