FMS #284

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Sketches always seem to be my inspiration for cards, and this week’s by Karren at Freshly Made Sketches is no exception. I’m sure I’ll be forgiven for modifying it slightly to suit the greeting I used. The papers have been in my stash for years – the pink is suede so adds a little bit extra “je ne sais quoi”.  The word dies are by Mama Elephant, and the numbers are by Die’sire.

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Mojo Monday #493

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This card was for my Aunt’s 85th birthday yesterday; I wanted to use an image painted by my late father as I knew she would appreciate that. This week’s sketch at Mojo Monday was perfect to allow me to do that. I used some background paper and cardstock from my stash, and inked up a sentiment from Clearly Besotted.

Sorry the shot below is a little blurry, I’m still learning how to use my new camera!

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Happy Easter!

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A quick and simple card for Easter: the daffodil stamp & greeting are by Clearly Besotted, coloured with Promarkers & a mixture of cheap W H Smith pencils & Derwent Coloursoft, of which I only have a few. The “ribbon” at the back is one of the palms from Palm Sunday Mass last week. This was based on the sketch at challenge #218 at CAS Colours and Sketches, and I’m also entering into the Make Your Mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

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60!

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My brother, the oldest of my siblings, turns 60 on Wednesday, and although I’m a few years behind him in age I’m finding it hard to get my head around any of us being so “old”! Anyway, my Mum asked me to make a card from her, to him, and the above is what I came up with.

The card is loosely based on this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches; my first attempt was much closer to the sketch but although other people’s cards look great with the greeting printed sideways, mine just didn’t look right so I had to do it again.  The stamps are from the Clearly Besotted Basic Numbers set, stamped in Memento New Sprout. The die cut letters are by Diamond Press.

The main image was painted by my late father so that, although he can’t be here to sign the card in person, this is the next best thing. I wanted the image to be the star so I kept the paper very low key.  Here’s a slightly closer image:

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Snoozing Chap

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It’s a friend’s birthday next week, and I knew I wanted to use this digital stamp called “Snoozing Chap with Beer” from Digistamp Boutique. I coloured it with Promarkers and mounted it on a stitched square by Gummiapan. Then I used the sketch at Watercooler Wednesday,  some papers from my stash and finished with a diecut greeting by Your Next Stamp which was a recent purchase.

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IndigoBlu Giant Peony

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My crafty friend Vicky celebrated her birthday yesterday, so of course for her I love to pull out all the stops! This is the IndigoBlu Giant Peony, stamped onto watercolour cardstock then embossed in white. I then spent an enjoyable evening with my Zig Clean Color pens until I was happy with the end result, although I’m sure the finished colours aren’t botanically accurate. A few sequins and an embossed greeting by Clearly Besotted were all I felt it needed to finish it off.

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I’m entering this into The Flower Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes.

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Two Wheels Good!

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My brother-in-law has recently taken up motorcycling again after several years of car driving. The good thing about this is that it gives me the opportunity to make him a card about something other than golf & cricket!

The main image is from the long-gone Mad About Cards, printed on canvas paper to add some texture. The silver handlebars etc are painted with a Wink of Luna silver pen. The backing paper is from my stash. The tyre tracks and wheels are from a set of stamps by Kaisercraft called On the Move and I’ve added some Ranger Matte Accents (which look distinctly glossy to me!) to the wheels to add a little extra interest.

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The layout is based on the sketch at Mojo Monday and I’m also entering this into the challenge at The Male Room where the theme is wheels.