Pawesome ~ Freshly Made Sketch #197

I have wanted for a long time to participate in the Freshly Made Sketch challenges, but always seemed to be behind on my crafting or just missed the cut off.  Well it has happened again …. I finished this card last night and realized the challenge ended Monday. Oh well….. I still like my card so I am going to share it with you anyway.

Pawesome ~ Boken technique ~ Puppy ~ FMS197 ~ CatScrapbooking.com

Here is the sketch:

FMS+Final+197-001I am loving the purple, blue and green combination (as you can tell from my post from yesterday).  I used Indian Corn Blue, Pear and Thistle inks to create the background.  I used circles and pawprint stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  I have been wanting to use this Pawesome set from Simon Says Stamp which includes the dies, stencil and stamp set.  I used my water color pencils to color the puppy.   I added a little bling with the purple gems.

Happy Crafting!

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Artistry Card ~ Sympathy

I am really loving this new Artistry cartridge by Close to My Heart.  What is so awesome is Artistry is available for purchase NOW!!!!  Don’t you want to be one of the first to get your hands on this fabulous cartridge?  If you are interested in hosting a gathering so you can get this cartridge as your 50% off item please let me know so we can get it scheduled.

Sympathy card ~ Artistry ~ Boken ~ catscrapbooking.com

For this card I used my cricut Explore to cut the circle in the card base.  I then used flower found on page 2.  I cut the flowers at 3.32 ” high.  When I pulled the image from Design Space the layers of the flower are linked so I kept them grouped while I sized the flower image then un-grouped them.  To create the Boken background I used Pacifica, Thistle and Sweet Leaf.  The “with sympathy” is from Sincere Expressions stamp set A1146 and used Pacifica to stamp it.  I added the Extra Thick Thistle Twine to the stem and frayed the ends.

Happy Crafting!

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Beach Theme Cards

I am finally beginning to settle back into a routine after a week long vacation.  This was the first vacation my husband I have taken which was longer than 3 nights or not going to visit family since our honeymoon 15 years ago.  Needless to say this was long overdue!!!  We went to Antigua WI and spent our days on the beach and by the pool ~ it was heaven.  While we were there we meet a fun couple from North Carolina.  We ended up having dinner and drinks a couple nights.  So I wanted to make sure we stayed in touch so I though I would design a card for them.

I have been wanting to play around with the Treasured Friendship C1594 stamp set and now I had the perfect occasion to do so.  I got to thinking that I could create the sand look by doing the background using the Boken technique and then stamp the shells on top.  I LOVE the way this turned out.

Treasured Friendship ~ Boken ~ seashells ~ catscrapbooking.comI used Champagne, Cashmere, Saddle and Whisper inks on a piece of Colonial White cardstock.  I applied the inks in a random pattern using a sponge.  I then used Colonial White ink to create the Boken technique. I then came back and stamped the shells using pigment inks ~ Chocolate, Sorbet and Saddle.  I matted the Colonial White cardstock on Sorbet cardstock before adhering to card base.  I added a few of the sequins from the Ocean collection.  I did use another shell and the sentiment “friends are like shellshells, you pick them up along the way” on the inside. To create the extra stippling at the bottom of the card I used a splatter stamp stamp set from my stash.  This card definitely feel beach like to me.

Happy Crafting!

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