Freshly Made Sketches #377

Freshly Made Sketches has a really fun sketch this week!  I have ran numerous ideas through my head on this one....finally settling on the Love Blossoms stamp set!  I really felt this peony image just about fit the sketch totally on it's on.  I did add in a stitched square of vellum to finish out the elements and ground my thanks sentiment. Here is a look at the original sketch design, and if you hurry you can still play along-

My Love Blossoms stamped image is from the current Love Blossom special, which is only available until the end of March.  The special is based on a card kit, but you can also purchase just the stamp set.  This is a super versatile set, just look at these sentiments-

While the stamp set is designed for a soft watercolor look, I went the opposite direction with a bold Raspberry Pink peony colored with Copics.  Have you tried the new Intense Black ink by Close To My Heart?  This is my new favorite black.  You can do just about everything with it....copics, pencils with gamsol, even watercolors!  It is truly an intense black.  I was previously always a Tuxedo Black Memento fan...but Intense Black has won me over!

My big splash of color is perfect for the Spring Fever Challenge over at The Paper Players!  But, who am I kidding.....I still have months of winter to go!  The only spring flowers I will be seeing is in my craft I am still buried in snow with more snow to come!

Design Tip: I cut my "thanks" die in black foam and black cardstock.  I layered the images together to give it more depth and make it stand out from the bold flowers. Thin Cut dies cut through foam easily!  You could just use the foam image, but I prefer the cardstock texture.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
CC2199 Love Blossoms Stamp Set
X6027 White Daisy Cardstock
X6028 Black Cardstock
X6018 Raspberry Cardstock
Z3367 Vellum
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks
Square Die-MFT
Thanks Die-Retired CTMH
Copic Markers
Black Foam-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Die Cut Divas-Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. That is a gorgeous bloom! Isn't it nice when a sketch just falls into place? So glad you could share this beauty with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  2. Love that bright bold flower! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Diva's!

  3. I do love peonies and that one is delightful. Thanks so much for sharing at Freshly Made Sketches.

  4. Allisa, this is gorgeous! I love the bold, bright vibrant magenta shade of your card and blooms! Such a beautiful card of thanks!So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  5. Dramatic effect by doing the deep colors on those flowers. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.


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