October Control Freaks Blog Hop ~ Gratitude



Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month's theme is Gratitude.  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, Kelly Acheson. She always has amazing ideas and I find her so inspiring!



Me & My "Baby"


I'm on vacation in Florida this week and boy, am I grateful for that!  A much-needed visit with my Navy son, sunshine, and some R & R does a mommy good.


basket close up


I've been so busy cranking out the Christmas cards, so I needed a break from that, too.  I brought a minimal amount of supplies with me to create a few cards at my leisure.  My "stamping pack" included a package of Thick Whisper White card stock, the Basket of Wishes stamp set, paper trimmer, a few ink pads and markers, an aquapainter, and some adhesives.  This is considerably less than my stash at home, but I wanted to limit myself to supplies that a beginning stamper might have.


FMS Final 259-001

I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout.  Without any patterned paper, I had to watercolor strips of paper and splatter ink onto my background to add depth and dimension.  I didn't bring an orange ink with me, so I had to mix Real Red, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze to create the various shades of orange on the pumpkins and squash.


basket of thanks

The basket bows out a bit to make it look rounded and full.  I added a double stack of dimensionals to the middle of the stamped image, then placed Tombow adhesive along the outer edges to secure the basket.  You can see this a bit better in the image below. (I'm also sharing a little bit of Florida from my balcony with you)




You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  I hope you've enjoyed my minimal supplies card.  Don't forget to visit Wendy Weixler to continue on the blog tour. 



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  1. Amy Koenders | 19th Oct 16

    What a beautiful design Melissa! I love the colors and the bands of color behind your focal image are perfect! Love what I can see of the background too…vacation at the beach sounds lovely! 🙂

  2. linda callahan | 19th Oct 16

    Your vacation sounds fabulous to me! And your card is wonderfull……perfect for fall! Love how you did the basket! So glad you shared it at FMS!

  3. melissa davies | 20th Oct 16

    Enjoying beautiful fall colors in the warmth of Florida is definitely something to be grateful for! Enjoy your time with your son!

  4. Cindy Elam | 20th Oct 16

    Your coloring is GORGEOUS! Sounds like a relaxing, rejuvenating vacation, enjoy!

  5. Mindy Backes | 20th Oct 16

    Oh I love those colors and I wish I could color like that! Fabulous!

  6. Debbie Henderson | 20th Oct 16

    Great cards you created with limited supplies and have a great vacation!

  7. Jen Timko | 21st Oct 16

    Love these pretty little pumpkins, Melissa! What a wonderful use of the sketch. Quite the background on your photo too!! Have a wonderful break. Glad to see you at FMS this week.

  8. Stampin' Up!|Kelly Acheson | 23rd Oct 16

    Such a pretty card – l love it! I love the strips of watercolor paper too – so creative!!!! I’m going to have to try that!

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