Freshly Made #70

Hi there

It is has been a lovely mild Australia Day long weekend here in Melbourne.  However, as I listen to the radio,  my thoughts have been with those elsewhere on the eastern seaboard battling bushfires and heartbreaking floods once again.  Nature can be beautiful and extreme.

Today I have a card for this week's Freshly Made Sketch #70, using some more of the new goodies from the Seasonal Mini Catalogue that commences on 1 February, 2013 - that's less than one week away! It's a great sketch this week from Rita.

FMS_70I have used another pair of designer papers from the new 'Print Poetry' paper stack. If this is the only thing you purchase from the new Seasonal Mini Catalogue, you will have a wealth of options for cardmaking.  The co-ordinating colours for this pair are Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, a touch of Gumball Green and I've used some Marina Mist as well.

The other new item is the lovely Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim that is made up of soft organza rolled flowers on a netting base.  You can use it in a strip as a trim or as I have done by trimming off the individual flowers and clustering them together.  I love the softness and it is only about 1/4" high.


For the inside, I have used the 'Everything Eleanor' stamp set  to continue the floral theme.



Project Details
Stamps Everything Eleanor, Vintage Verses (2013 Sale-a-bration)
Card stock & Papers Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Print Poetry Paper Stack, In Colour Pattern Stack
Ink Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Accessories Basic Pearls, Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim
Tools     Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Scribbles Swirls Sizzlit (retired), Finishing Touches Edgelit, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Doily Lace punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Tombow glue

Thanks for looking!

ETA:  Thank you to Linda C for choosing this card as a 'Perfect Princess' this week.

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Freshly Made #69

Hi there

It is a gorgeously cool and sunny day here in Melbourne.  So nice after the recent heat.  Today I have a bold masculine card for you based on this week's Freshly Made #69 sketch from Linda. I was inspired by some of the products I was able to preorder from the new Seasonal Catalogue that commences on 1 February 2013.  Lots of yummy things in there to get you inspired.  This is Linda's sketch.FMS69
The DSP is from a new paper stack called 'Print Poetry', which has a fabulous selection of small prints perfect for card making.  I love that there is so little waste with these new paper stacks.  The spotted paper with Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla caught my eye and I decided to (voluntarily!) make a masculine card.  I have paired it with Midnight Muse embossed with the Chevron folder.  The embossing folder was brayered with Midnight Muse ink first, which gives an extra dimension to the end result.

The centre frame is from the new 'Just Thinking' single stamp.  It has a lovely friendship sentiment in the centre, but not what I wanted for a masculine card, so I have replaced it with one from the 'Word Play' stamp set.  The other new item is the big bold silver metal buttons that I have 'threaded' with narrow strips of cardstock.


For the inside of the card, I have used the 'Up, Up & Away' stamp set as I think it pairs well with the 'wish big' sentiment.



Project Details
Stamps Just Thinking (New), Word Play, Up, Up & Away
Card stock & Papers Summer Starfruit, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Print Poetry Paper Stack (New), In Colour Pattern Stack
 Ink Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede
Accessories Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin ribbon, Designer Silver Basics Buttons (New)
Tools     Window Frames Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampamajig, Sponge dauber, Glue dots

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

ETA:   Thank you to Linda C for choosing this card as a Perfect Princess this week.

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More Freshly Made #64

Hi again

I have a second card for you, using the Freshly Made #64 sketch.  This is card uses one of the prints from the Festival of Prints DSP pack for the background and matching colours Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade & Very Vanilla.

I've inked up the a la carte 'Quint-Essential Flower' stamp for the first time.  This isn't a Christmas stamp, but works well layered up in traditional Christmas colours. The sentiment was embossed in Early Espresso as it blends better with these colours than black.



Project Details
Stamps Quint-Essential Flower, More Merry Messages
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla (smooth & textured, retired), Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake, Festival of Prints DSP
 Ink Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones

Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot,  2 3/8"  & 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punches, 1/2" & 3/4" Circle punches, Corner Rounder punch, Dimensionals, Early Espresso embossing powder, Heat gun, Crimper

Thanks for stopping by.

Freshly Made #64

Hi there

Yet another Christmas card for you today, using this week's great Freshly Made #64 sketch from Cindy. Can you believe it, tomorrow it will be 2 weeks until Christmas day?  Time to send some cards, I think. Here is the sketch:

I coloured the Christmas bells image from the 'Bells & Boughs' stamp set with Copics a while ago and have been waiting for the right opportunity to put it to use.  I wanted to keep this card light and bright to go with the vibrant image.  I've added some gold sparkle this time, to match the gold coloured bells.


Project Details
Stamps Bells & Boughs, More Merry Messages
Card stock & Papers Real Red, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Gold Glitter card (not SU)
 Ink Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories None
Tools     Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Petals a Plenty Embossing folder, Big Shot, 2" Circle Punch (not SU),  Dimensionals, Copics, White Gel Pen, White embossing powder, Heat gun

Have a nice day.

ETA: Many thanks to the DT for choosing this card for a Perfect Princess award.

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Freshly Made #63

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I have another Christmas card for you today based on this week's Freshly Made Sketch #63 from Rita.  Here is the sketch.


I have flipped the sketch horizontally for this card, keeping it very clean and simple agin .  I love the sentiments from 'Greetings of the Season' stamp set for the lovely classic fonts. I have added a tiny red nose to the reindeer as well,  by colouring a rhinestone with a Copic marker.



Project Details
Stamps Greetings of the Season
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla (smooth & textured, retired), Soft Suede (textured, retired), Champagne Glimmer paper, Festival of Prints DSP, Brushed Gold Metallic
 Ink Cherry Cobbler
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, 1mm Rhinestone (not SU)

Framelits Labels die, Nestabilities Oval die, Ovals Bigz Die (retired), Leaping Deer die (not SU), Oval  Designer Frames embossing folder, Big Shot,  Wide Oval punch, Dimensionals, Clear embossingg powder, Heat gun

Thanks for stopping by.

Freshly Made #62

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Unfortunately, life has been getting in the way of my crafting time lately.  Today I have a managed a very CAS card for this week's Freshly Made #62 sketch challenge. I am behind in my Christmas cards, so I used the opportunity to add to my stash.  Here is the sketch.


I have used my current favourite colour combo of Raspberry Ripple and Baja Breeze and the 'Snow Festival' DSP that I had sitting on my craft table.  I have another card with this colour combo to show you soon, but as I missed the cut off date, I will leave that for another day.



Project Details
Stamps More Merry Messages
Card stock & Papers Raspberry Ripple, Baja Breeze (Textured, retired), Silver Glimmer paper, Snow Festival DSP
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin ribbon, Neutrals Glimmer brads
Tools     Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Big Shot, Dimensionals, White embossing powder, Heat gun, R59 Copic (to colour brad)

 Thanks for stopping by.

ETA:  Thank you Allisa for choosing this card as your top pick this week.

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Freshly Made #59

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A really quick post tonight so I can make the deadline for last week's Freshly Made sketch. I have flipped the sketch intoto a portrait style and taken a bit of liberty to put the sentiment in. Here is the sketch:


The circle design from the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set has been stamped and clear embossed for the focus  panels.  If you look carefully, you will see the Window Frames shape within the circle, so I have die cut the smallest of the Window Frames in silver Glimmer paper for the first mat and then placed it onto the 1 3/8" Raspberry Ripple square, which fits perfectly.



Project Details
Stamps Ornament Keepsakes, Joyous Celebrations
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Baja Breeze, Silver Glimmer paper
 Ink Raspberry Ripple, Baja Breeze
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, 2mm Rhinestones (not SU)
Tools     Lacy Brocade Embossing folder, Window Frames Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Modern Label punch, Oval punches, 1 3/8" Square punch, Clear embossing powder, Heat gun, Brayer

 Thanks for stopping by.

Combined Challenge

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I have ventured out of my comfort zone today with this week's Just Add Ink #138 Challenge.  It includes Summer Starfruit, which is the one new In Colour that I haven't used yet because I'm not sure whether I like it or not.  I have combined this with the layout from this week's  Freshly Made Sketches #55  challenge. 

This is the colour combo from Just Add Ink.JAI_138
This is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

I have inked up the new 'Everything Eleanor' stamp set for the first time, which has a nice combination of elements to suit a variety of occasions and is a great replacement for the retired Baroque Motifs set.   This is what I came up with.


I'm still not sure about Summer Starfruit, but it might grow on me!

Project Details
Stamps Everything Eleanor, Sweet Essentials
Card stock & Papers Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, In Colour Pattern Stack
Ink Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit
Accessories Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Thanks for looking!


Thanks to Jen B. for choosing this card as your Top Pick this week.

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Freshly Made #48

Hi there

It has been another busy weekend as we were host-sitting Lars, our Rotary Exchange student while his host family went interstate.  He went to his first AFL football game at the MCG and chose a team to support by listening to all the team songs at the National Sports Museum beforehand.   The cafeteria ran out of pies (can you believe that!), so he will have to wait a bit longer to try his first Aussie meat pie.  A bunch of other activities to fill the weekend and we are exhausted, but I think he had good time!

This afternoon, I managed to get some time to make a card with this great  Freshly Made #48 sketch.


I have flipped the sketch and used the new 'Floral District' designer paper that will be available in the Annual Catalogue from 1 September to create a playful and bright card. I added a bit of bling to the bird cages and flags to finish it off.



Project Details
Stamps Aviary, Just Believe (sentiment)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Foral District DSP (New in 2012-13), Rich Razzleberry Pattern Stack
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals
Accessories 2mm Rhinestones (not SU)
Tools     Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Have a good week.


Many thanks to Ann, for choosing this card as a Perfect Princess this week.

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Freshly Made #46

Hi there

Wow, another month has come and gone.  It seems like yesterday we were at Convention and now we are on the cusp of the new 2012-13 Catalogue.  The card I have for you today has a few sneak peeks of some new goodies that will be coming soon.

I have used this week's Freshly Made #46 sketch for a birthday card for a special friend. Here is the sketch:  FMS_46For the main panel, I've used the 'Pleasant Poppies' stamp set that is new for the 2012-13 Catalogue.  This is a single large stamp, but I have chosen to stamp one section of the stamp twice, masking a flower and bud to give a more realistic grouping.   The Crumb Cake background has also been stamped with the image in Crumb Cake ink to mirror the main panel.  Other new items are the lovely 'Fancy Fan' embossing folder that produces a beautiful crisp result on card stock and the large scallop Edgelit.


'Poppy Parade' and black produces a really vibrant colour combo, so I have toned it down with the Crumb Cake background and some 'bling' finishes it off.

Project Details
Stamps Pleasant Poppies (New in 2012-13), Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess)
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Poppy Parade, X-Press IT Blending Card
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Framelit Labels, Large Scallop Edgelit (New in 2012-13), Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (New in 2012-13), Big Shot, Dimensionals, Black embossing powder, Heat gun, Sponge Dauber, Copics (R20, R21, R22, R24, G82, YG67)

Thanks for stopping by.

ETA:  Thank you Lesley, for choosing this card for the Queen of Clean award this week.

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