Freshly Made Sketches #423

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There’s a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches for you to try.  This week our sketch has been designed by the uber talented Kim Singdahlsen.

My card features the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set.  I’ve chosen Elegant Elegant Ink for the flower and Mint Macaron Ink for the leaves. The sentiment is one I already had sitting on my desk left over from another card.  The stamp set it’s from is the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set.  It was right size for the card I was creating and it always feels good it use up discarded stamping rather than throw them out.

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using Kim’s sketch.  Head over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

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Artisan Design Team – Sale-A-Bration Coordination Blog Hop

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Welcome to my blog and the very first 2020 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop!  But first, have a look at the gorgeous colours they’ve used in the Artisan picture above. They’re so pretty that I think I may have to combine these colours on a card soon!

The Artisan Design Team are featuring products from the Coordination Product Release. The Coordination Product Release is an exclusive, limited-time collection of products that has everything you need to let you celebrate your creativity. These products are available for demonstrators to pre-order from 3rd January-3rd February.  Preorders are limited to one per demonstrator. By getting your hands on these products now, you can demonstrate to your customers how they coordinate with items from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue and the January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue.  Let them know that these goodies are available to order from the 4th February 2020 and that these products are available for a limited time, so they won’t want to miss out.

The cards I’ve created feature the Nature’s Thoughts Dies.  These dies coordinate with the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set which is available to purchase now from the January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue.  You might know I’m a fussy cutter, but I’m not now with these dies! From beginners to the avid crafter these dies will make creating cards a breeze.

I had fun with colours and layering with the cards below: 

To create the first card, I daubed the background Whisper White Cardstock with Pear Pizzazz Ink.  I stamped two fern fronds on to Whisper White Cardstock with Pear Pizzazz Ink and used the coordinating die to cut them out. I then stamped two Smoky Slate flower images and cut them out with the coordinating die. To add some definition to the flowers, I took my Journaling Pen and added some dots to the centre of the flowers.  I then added the sentiment with a strip of Mint Macaron Cardstock and a strip of Smoky Slate die cut with another die from the set.

For my second card I matted the daubed Whisper White Cardstock with some Smoky Slate Cardstock. I wanted to create a frame with the frame die in the set.  I used my trimmer to cut the centre out of the die cut to create a thin frame.   I then stamped and cut two fern fronds and layered them in the frame.  I fell in love with the butterfly from the stamp set and wanted to use it on my second card.  I gave my butterfly some colour with my Mint Macaron and So Saffron Blends. Lucky for me, there’s also a framelit for this butterfly in the Nature’s Thoughts Dies. I then added a strip of Mint Macaron Cardstock and a Smoky Slate Cardstock edgelit under the sentiment.

These coordination products are amazing and save you fussy-cutting time – that means you can spend more time creating fabulous projects!  Don’t forget, Demonstrators have exclusive access to these products now, so why don’t you give yourself a little New Years present and put in an order?

The next hop along the way is the wonderfully talented Nina Waldschmidt.  Click here or click on the badge below to take you to her blog and to continue on the hop.


2020 Artisan Design Team Roll

Caroline van der Straaten

Emma Goddard

Helene den Breejen

Jan Clothier

Lauren Alarid

Leah Fedynak

Manuela Geiswinkler

Marine Wiplier

Martha Groger

Martin Stone

Narelle Farrugia

Nina Waldschmidt

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Tammy Wilson

Zsuzsanna Balazs

Products Used

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Smoky Slate Cardstock, Mint Macaron Cardstock

Stamp Set: Positive Thoughts Stamp Set

Ink: Black Memento Ink, Pear Pizzazz Ink, Mint Macaron Blends, So Saffron Blends

Other Products: Nature’s Thoughts Dies, Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dauber, Journaling Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #416

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We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you.  This fab sketch has been designed by the super talented Amy O’Neill. This happens to be the last challenge for 2019 while we take a break over the festive period.  The challenge will be open longer than normal, so you have plenty of time to create a card to link up to the challenge.

I was in love with this sketch as soon as I saw it.  I reached for my Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper pack and chose a piece of striped DSP. I then chose to create a feminine card rather than a masculine one you’d expect with this DSP.  I love that this DSP works for a feminine card. I added a piece of Balmy Blue Cardstock behind the DSP and went from there with the rest of my colour palette.

The images and sentiment I’ve used on my card are from Positive Thoughts Stamp Set – a stamp set that will be available to order in January from the 2020 Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue.  The gorgeous little butterfly has been stamped with Black Memento Ink and coloured with a combination of Night of Navy, Balmy Blue and Seaside Spray Blends. The leaves have been stamped with Soft Sea Foam Ink and have been fussy cut out. The blue rhinestones are Noble Peacock Rhinestones – pretty much my favourite rhinestones at the moment!

The cards the team have created are just gorgeous. Why don’t you click here and head over to the challenge to take a look?

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