Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches #609 -- Guest Designer

I was invited to join Freshly Made Sketches 609 after my card, along with other winners,
 was chosen for their celebratory Freshly Made Sketches 600.
Here's the fantastic sketch--just look at all of the elements!
I was a little overwhelmed, so I simplified the sketch to more my style.

I used a rounded arch for the central element and substituted branches for the fishtail
strips which helped to perch the bird. A strip of kraft was embossed with a wood plank 
folder, then distressed with white pigment ink. I embossed the sentiment and adhered 
all of the elements to the card base. The finishing touch was a spattering of snow with
some white paint.

You have until Monday, October 30th at 3:00 PM EST to enter. Come and join the fun!
Huge thanks to Karren and the rest of the FMS team for inviting me to join you this week.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge #22 -- GNOMES

I'm squeezing in a card for Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge #22 with
the challenge theme of GNOMES

 My card uses gnomes from a Gnome for the Holidays Kit by Gina K Designs in collaboration 
with Thermo Web that was sold (and sold out) about 3 years ago. I'm glad that I bought a kit
and was able to finally use it for the challenge.

I assembled three gnomes in different colored hats and let each one hold a coffee
mug. I added some snowflakes and stamped the sentiment. Oh, and I gave them some
hands although the kit didn't include any because, how are they supposed to
hold their mugs? Aren't they the cutest?

Ok, I'd better finish and link this up since I have about a day left to do so.
Thanks for stopping by!
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Edited to add: My card was chosen as the Top Pick which means I'll be guesting
with them in December! See you then, and thank you, CCCC!

Sunday, October 22, 2023

The Flower Challenge #85 -- Anything Goes and TFC's 7th Birthday

I couldn't miss the celebration over at The Flower Challenge. It's their 7th Birthday
with the theme of Anything Goes. But sadly, two of the team members, Aileen and Viv,
are stepping down.  

I've had the honor of guesting at TFC and worked with both ladies via email. They are
both kind and helpful and PATIENT and will surely be missed. Thankfully, Karren 
and the rest of the creative design team will continue with TFC's challenges so we 
won't go through "floral withdrawal".
Here's my card assembled with "unfinished" pieces that came together for the
finished project.

  I swiped white pigment ink over an embossed panel and topped it with Altenew's
Impressionist Bouquet. I added the sentiment and finished off with some clear

Happy 7th Birthday, The Flower Challenge! And much love and thanks to Aileen and
Viv for your years of dedication and inspiration! Hopefully you'll now have more time 
to "stop and smell the roses". 

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Color Throwdown #762

I'm entering Color Throwdown #762 because my PTI order arrived and I thought the 
color palette matched perfectly with the dies.

 After embossing a kraft card with SSS Vine Canopy I adhered the foliage and berries
to the corner. The sentiment was triple stacked and adhered to the card.

Off to link this up--thanks for stopping by!