Hello, and Happy Monday!
This is a long post with LOTS of cards! I actually won't give too many details on the separate cards, because this is a gift set. I made 3 cards last Thursday, 2 on Friday, and 3 yesterday. I intended to post yesterday, but we had a major thunderstorm, at least 7 inches of rain, and a tornado warning. I stayed off my computer! Fortunately our home is okay; some of our friends did not fare as well.
As I have mentioned before, one of my 2015 stamping goals is to complete all of the 2015 Freshly Made Sketches challenges. Well, I did almost no stamping in April, and that put me very far behind. I may have even been a bit behind already! At any rate, I decided to use a bunch of sketches for this gift set. It also gave me a great excuse to use most of the remaining pieces of some retired dsp. Most. I still have a little bit left!
The cards feature kiwi kiss, baja breeze, basic gray, and crumb cake card stock and ink. The dsp is SU's "Urban Oasis." Usually, I keep my creases on top of my cards, so I should have had half of my cards oriented horizontally and half vertically. But for whatever reason, all of my cards are vertical. No biggie, I suppose, but it is driving me a bit nuts! LOL
I'll start with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, then go through the rest quickly. I used the decorative dots embossing folder, and sponged lightly. The sentiments are from "Happiest Birthday Wishes" and "Perfect Words." I used my Sizzix circle die, large oval punch,and decorative label punch. The last detail is the gray stitched ribbon. I love the polka dotted paper, and used it on several cards for this set.
pattern which coordinates with the "Fifth Avenue Floral Stamps." I surely can make my own pattern paper in the future! I stamped two sentiments; one from "Because I Care" and the other from "Whimsical Words." I used my baja breeze marker to outline the dsp. This ribbon is reversible, so I used it for both strips. More enamel hearts finish it off.
The next card uses more of that floral pattern, plus I used the Manhattan Floral embossing folder to add a layer for a tone-on-tone look. The sentiment is from "Whimsical Words" cut out with the decorative label punch. After sponging, I added some lucky limeade bakers twine.
This next card features the 2-step set "Awash with Flowers," "Well Scripted" and green gems from...hmmm. I have forgotten! The outer package is gone!
Now I have a simple sympathy card. I used the decorative label and scallop trim punches. The sentiment is from "Thoughts & Prayers" and I added one enamel dot to keep the clean and simple look.
Next, I used some of the more neutral patterns from the dsp pack, but did add kiwi when I stamped the sentiment from "All Holidays" and in the smaller horizontal strip. I added some enamel hearts from Anna marie, and retired corduroy brads. I wish I had not added those big brads. This card will be the hardest to mail, of the entire bunch.
Here's a quick, nearly flat card. It's still quite fun, I believe, because of the polka dot pattern. The sentiment is from "Blessings from Heaven" punched with the scallop circle. The layered circle was made with my Sizzix die. I added some striped ribbon to finish off the sketch.
The last card may be my favorite, because of the large floral pattern, and the soft seam binding I used. I also used the Manhattan floral embossing folder again, plus a few of the green rhinestones. The sentiment is from "You're a Gem" punched out with a small circle.
Here are all of the cards together. You might think with 8 sketches here that I am all caught up. Not. Quite. But hopefully I will be before the end of this month. It's the halfway point...gotta reach my goal!