Delicate Doilies for Freshly Made Sketches

Happy Saturday!  I’ve really been enjoying the sketch challenges at Freshly Made Sketches for the past several months.  The team really offers great sketches that inspire beautiful cards.  This week is no different.  Here’s my card:

And here’s Linda Suarez’ sketch that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Delicate Doily Snowflake.  My card started with this Delicate Doily stamp (embossed here in White Texture Impressions Embossing Powder).  The three elements in the bottom, right corner are the center of the same doily, punched with the scallop punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  They are a perfect reference back to the large doily.
  • Color Scheme.  While I originally set out to make a black and white card, the layout really called for more color.  I tried to add in a variety of additional colors, but they were either too bold or to “bleh”.  I decided on a couple of layers of the soft and pale Pool Party and am happy for it.  It allows the black to be bold. 
  • Changing the Sketch.  Sketches provide an inspiration for a card.  As a general rule, you can flip the sketches sideways or turn them upside down.  You can even change the elements of a card as long as the inspiration is there.  While this sketch showcases a snowflake, the guidance provided by the challenge blog suggests that any shape will do.  In this sketch, Linda has designed a vertical band down the left side of the card.  While the shape is there, I turned the band into a banner.  You can still see the sketch in my card, right?  

Stamp Sets:  Delicate Doilies, Remembering Christmas  Papers:  Basic Black, Pool Party, Whisper White, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Pool Party)  Inks:  Basic Black  Accessories:  Festive Flurries Framelits, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framlelits, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Black)

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Brian

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Celebrate Black Friday with Stampin’ Up!’s MDS Sale

My Thanksgiving Day was totally completely sabotaged by a relaxing two-hour nap.  Wait!  That was a good thing – it was the highlight of my day – a product of my earlier consumption of turkey, cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle…the list goes on.  A wonderful day spent with family!  I hope yours was very special, too. 

As this blog entry posts online at 5am, I am celebrating the kickoff of Black Friday at Perimeter Mall.  I’ve been awake for three hours and rushing through the crowds with pure delight.  Never!  Just to give you a tidbit of new information about me – you’ll rarely find me at the mall unless there’s something I specifically want.  There’s absolutely no way you’ll find me anywhere but home on Black Friday.  🙂

Stampin’ Up!’s MDS Sale

I haven’t really promoted the recent My Digital Studio (MDS) sale on my blog because my customers aren’t digital enthusiasts.  I’ll be honest – I haven’t really be an MDS enthusiast myself.  I have designed a couple of hybrid cards that I’ve shared here, but I haven’t really tried out any print products with MDS.  At my recent Rising Star Retreat, Shannon West and Donna Griffith hosted an MDS class and brought a display of MDS print products.  My mind was quickly changed!  Here’s a journal we made (they brought a printed one and then walked us through the steps to make it): 

And here’s the inside of the journal:

The book was designed (as I understand it) by one of Stampin’ Up!’s concept artists.  How awesome is it?  I wish I could just pass it around so you could see it because a picture doesn’t do it justice.  During the MDS Sale promotion, many downloads are on sale, and many print products are discounted.  Woo hoo!  To see a list of all the discounted downloads, click here.  Additional items (including the journal) can be found here.  To see a list of discounted print projects, click here.

Sorry for the late notice, but this sale ends November 30.  If you don’t have MDS, you can download it here.  It’s free to download, and journals are only $19.95 to print.  What a deal!  I can think of lots of people who’d love a personalized journal for Christmas.  Yipee!  While everyone is braving the crowds today, I’m designing journals and sending them to be printed.  Yipee doodle dee!

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Brian

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