Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #479

Hello everyone! It's Wednesday and that means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! The incredibly creative Kim is our hostess this week!

This week I chose the beautiful Big Flower Cover Panel from Reverse Confetti for my card. I started with a blended Distress Oxide background using three different inks: Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Wilted Violet. I used a spritzed scrap for my stitched circle and little bird out of my unfinished projects box (I don't know whose die this is. Do you?). I added a little black gem for his eye. The sentiment is from My Heart Trusts, also Reverse Confetti, stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne. 

With the little bird, it reminds me of Matthew 10:30-31 "And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." A reminder that while I wish I were in control of all my circumstances, that there is someone who is, and in Him my heart trusts. And that's by far better than what I think I could do! Ha!


To keep with the sketch, I added three rows of blue metallic thread from Kreinik.

Thanks for stopping by, and for your sweet words of encouragement.

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, April 5th. Be sure to stop at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and click on the names of my teammates to see the lovely cards they have created this week! 




Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #478

Hello everyone! It's Wednesday and that means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Jen T is our hostess this week. Congratulations to now CAPTAIN Jen T, as she has completed her training and flies the skies with extra wings!

This week I chose some new goodies from Reverse Confetti for my card. I started with the new Along the Dotted Lines cover plate for my background. I love the subtle horizontal dots. Next I stamped the sentiment from Lily of the Valley in VersaFine Clair Nocturne, my favorite crisp black. I then stamped and colored the vase of sweet flowers, and colored with Copics, cutting out with the coordinating die.
I added some Authentique patterned paper at the bottom to follow the sketch, and decided it needed a little something. So from my stash, I pulled the tassel trim, and attached it between the two panels.
Thanks for stopping by, and for your sweet words of encouragement.
I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EST time on Monday, March 29. Be sure to stop at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and click on the names of my teammates to see the lovely cards they have created this week! 



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Day 5 of the 2021 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Good morning! Here we are at Day 5 of the 2021 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and there is much to see! Today I am #620!!

Today I am using products from several different companies to make this fairly CAS card in my favorite color - PINK! It is going to someone who also loves pink!


I started with the TEA PARTY STENCIL from Visible Image Stamps and my Picked Raspberry DOX inks. I topped it off with a little Kitsch Flamingo to soften the color. Next I cut the coffee cup (Catherine Pooler) and sentiment (Spellbinders) and then matted it with a circle dry embossed with a Cuttlebug EF from AGES ago! I finished the card with a fun sentiment from MFT Stamps. I love combining products! An easily mailable card!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop HERE. Amazing prizes and the best coffee inspiration for a whole week! If you like what you see here on my blog, I would love to have you give me a follow on my Instagram account at @joy_in_a_jar or https://www.instagram.com/joy_in_a_jar/.







Sunday, March 21, 2021

Day 3 of the 2021 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Good morning! Do you have your coffee in hand? I hope so, because it's Day 3 of the 2021 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and there is much to see! Today I am #357.

WOW! Embossing (#44) is one of the many amazing sponsors for this event. You can see more amazing WOW! team inspiration and find out all about their prize here!

Today I am using the scrumptious Manuela's Honey Embossing Powder by Alexandra Renke for WOW! Embossing and Cool Cat from Unity Stamp Co. My stencil is from Fun Stampers Journey.

Manuela's Honey is a rich gold color with white flecks in it that move with each application. So each time you emboss you will get a different look. I love how some of the flecks moved off the coffee beans and on to my plain cardstock too.  

I embossed the coffee cup and sentiment with Primary Ebony and colored in with Copic Markers. I added a few Irish Coffee Sequins (PFS) here and there.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop HERE. Amazing prizes and the best coffee inspiration for a whole week! If you like what you see here on my blog, I would love to have you give me a follow on my Instagram account at @joy_in_a_jar or https://www.instagram.com/joy_in_a_jar/.

USE CODE WOWDTJR for a 10% DISCOUNT at WOW! Embossing!






Saturday, March 20, 2021

Day 2 of the 2021 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Good morning! It's Day 2 of the 2021 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and the official first day of spring. What could be better? A Saturday? YES! Today for this card I am #222.

WOW! Embossing (#44) is one of the many amazing sponsors for this event. You can see more amazing WOW! team inspiration and find out all about their prize here!

Today I am using the Primary Blue Topaz Embossing Powder. Both the sentiment and the coffee cup (Fun Stampers Journey) were stamped with WOW! Embossing Ink and then heat embossed. I colored in the little heart with a Copic marker (R85). USE CODE WOWDTJR for a 10% DISCOUNT!

The fun, colorful pinwheels are from the Pinwheel Party Bundle from The Greetery. It was so much fun to ink up and color them in different shades of the rainbow using the bundle stencils. I used six different DOX colors and my tiny blending brushes. A Spring coffee greeting for this new Spring season! I added a pink gem for extra bling.

 
I love how it turned out! Be sure to check out the rest of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop HERE. Amazing prizes and the best coffee inspiration for a whole week! If you like what you see here on my blog, I would love to have you give me a follow on my Instagram account at @joy_in_a_jar or https://www.instagram.com/joy_in_a_jar/.

 

Have a happy weekend!






Friday, March 19, 2021

2021 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with WOW! Embossing

Good morning! Do you have your coffee in hand? I hope so, because it's Day 1 of the 2021 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I am #58 today!

WOW! Embossing (#44) is one of the many amazing sponsors for this event. You can see more amazing WOW! team inspiration and find out all about their prize here!

My card today has some yummy texture and coffee goodness - because ALWAYS COFFEE!

I started with a DOX ink smooshed background (Weathered Wood, Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap), and dry embossed with a Cuttlebug circle embossing folder - but with a little twist. I added WOW! Embossing Ink to some of the the circles before I ran it through my Big Shot. When it came out, I sprinkled on Ulla's Cognac (Alexandra Renke for WOW!) Embossing Powder (a glittery goodness in just the right color!) and heat embossed those circle impressions.

I added a strip of circles along the bottom half to ground it, and embossed those as well. The coffee word die (Reverse Confetti) was cut from shimmery gold cardstock (Recollections), as was the French Press die (Spellbinders). I added a few Irish Coffee sequins (Picket Fence Studios), and the word "ALWAYS" from a sentiment strip (Simon Says Stamp).

 

I love how it turned out! Be sure to check out the rest of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop HERE. Amazing prizes and the best coffee inspiration for a whole week! If you like what you see here on my blog, I would love to have you give me a follow on my Instagram account at @joy_in_a_jar or https://www.instagram.com/joy_in_a_jar/.

USE CODE WOWDTJR for a 10% DISCOUNT!





Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #477

Hello everyone! It's Wednesday and that means a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Jen M is our hostess this week. I just love her style!

I have to admit, the diagonal is always a challenge for me. But once I had decided on using the Spellbinders Large Die of the Month (just the flowers) and that they had to be pink (!), I chose some sweet patterned paper from Doodlebug Design to complete that part.


I added the cute paper ephemera die cut from Echo Park in the center, popped up with foam tape. I die cut the flowers and arranged them on the patterned background as if they were being swayed by the spring breeze. I must have breezes on my mind (last week's card too!), as we have had some very strong WIND (40-50 mph) here lately with a lot of rain. Our grass is already so green - even though two weeks ago it was -46 wind chill!

A few gems and rhinestones in pink and blue finished the card! These flower die cuts remind me of Swedish art. Or maybe I am longing to travel to Sweden again! It was almost two years ago that we were there, but it seems more recent. I just think 2020 was a blur! Here are a few fun photos from Uppsala, Sweden, my favorite place on our Scandinavian trip.


Thanks for stopping by, and for your sweet words of encouragement. 

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EST time on Monday, March 22. Be sure to stop at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and click on the names of my teammates to see the lovely cards they have created this week! 


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #476

Hello everyone! We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! The very talented Linda is our hostess this week!

I don't make a lot of St. Patrick's Day cards, but this little bunny was definitely calling out to me with his sweet four leaf clover. I made an encouragement card instead, and used the mood board from The Paper Players for inspiration.

I started with the Currents stencil from A Colorful Life, and used Stormy Sky with a blending tool. I stamped my sentiment (Stampin' Up!) in VersaFine Clair Nocturne, and then popped the bunny (The Rabbit Hole Designs) up with foam tape. I think he looks like he is being carried by a sweet breeze of spring. What do you think?

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EST time on Monday, March 15. Be sure to stop at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and click on the names of my teammates to see the beautiful cards they have created this week! 


Other challenges:

Cutie Pie Challenge - #157 BUNNIES & BLOOMS: EASTER OR SPRING CARDS