Monday, September 30, 2013

freshly made sketches #105-wish big











hey tracey and mom! (and maybe gigi!)  thanks for stopping by!

i think i mentioned before, by day i am a special education teacher for a group of adorable second graders.  i love this time of year...they are all excited to learn, share, do and explore.  they have funny stories to share...and...i have a collection of rainbow loom rubber band bracelets that would rival the queen's jewels!

...but man oh man...this teaching thing is really getting in the way of my stamping...so i apologize for the delay...and i hope you have not given up on me!  i have 'flagged' about eight challenges i would like to do...and here is the first one!

i needed to make a birthday card for my daughter's friend...who by the way, can't wait to become a stamping fool herself!  i decided to use allison's design from freshly made sketches.  it is a very versatile sketch that could be used for anything.  see how this talented design team used this sketch  here.



















i definitely have favorite colors, and wanted to try something new...so i used my color coach to come up with the pallet for this card.  The colors are espresso, daffodil delight and cherry cobbler.  i used my favorite flowers from the secret garden set...first embossing them with vanilla ink on vanilla paper...then cutting the flowers and leaves with the coordinating framelits.  i used my aqua pen with cherry cobbler ink to color the flowers, however, the color wasn't rich enough for the card. so...i used sponge daubers to enhance the pretty red.  i fussy cut additional flowers to add dimension to the flowers' centers and finished them up with a pearl.  i'm really happy with this one!

balance in life is really difficult sometimes...work, kids, the home, friends and stamping...but i also know it is essential to enjoying life as well.  as the greek poet, euripides, once said, "the best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life; acknowledge the great power around us and in us.  if you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man."

peace be with you

8 comments:

  1. That's a gorgeous color combo! I love the rich color of the flowers and the way you have them arranged on your card. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jen! I soooo appreciate you taking the time to comment! Have a wonderful night!

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  2. This card is absolutely stunning! Love the colors and the way you put those flowers together! This has got to be one of my all-time favorite sketches, and I'm glad I took the time to check out the entries for the challenge, coz I got to see your lovely card!

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    1. Thank you so much, Terri! Thanks for taking the time!

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  3. Your creation is beautiful! The textured squares make up a striking background for your intensely colored flowers. Best of luck with the balance thing! I'm really struggling with that one myself right now! It was fun to see your take on this sketch!

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! ...i wish you a healthy balancing act as well!

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  4. Simply stunning! I'm sure it's recipient will LOVE it!!!! :)

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    1. Thank you, gigi, for your kind words! i hope she does like it!! it was made with a lot of love!

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