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Freshly Made Sketches 302

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

This week at Freshly Made Sketches Cécile is our hostess.  She has this amazing way of selecting the best die cut shapes then layering them in such a way that you are immediately smitten with her style.  I tried to channel my inner Cécile with my card this week - using some dies from a French store that, I believe, is one of her favorites.  The enabling continues at Freshly Made Sketches!

For the big circle I slathered on some embossing paste using a circular stencil then I layered on a triangle (which is actually a Christmas tree), and some floral shapes to represent the star on the sketch.  The colors for this card come from the newest challenge at Global Design Project.


Thanks for stopping by!  The Freshly Made Sketches design team have got some GREAT cards to share with you this week so be sure to check them out.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Label Love (Altenew)
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!); Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Basket stencil (StencilGirl); Feuilles Asymétriques die; Feuilles Tropicales die, Sapins die (Simply Graphic); Button Stacks die, Button Stacks II die (Papertrey Ink); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver); crochet thread

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CAS(E) This Sketch 235

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I'm so envious of people who can sponge color on a card.  I'm terrible at it and at some point I will make an effort to practice that technique so that I'm reasonably good at it.  That being said the sketch this week at CAS(E) This Sketch gave me an excuse to do the sort of sponging that doesn't require any special skills.



Using long strips of post it tape, I mask off sections of the card base leaving small areas free then I sponge color onto those areas.  Easy peasy!  I usually do this technique and make my own plaid but this sketch with the lines seemed perfect for it.  I used the summery and cheerful colors at Sunday Stamps and I realized after I made it that it was a one layer card, which they are looking for over at Addicted to CAS.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Once again the design team at CAS(E) This Sketch has totally rocked the sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Many Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink); Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up!); Coral Berry, Jet Black (Altenew)

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Freshly Made Sketches 301

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Today we've got a new sketch debuting at Freshly Made Sketches.  But before I get to that I'd like to thank everyone that played along with last week's sketch.  It was #300 and that's a milestone to be proud of.  Week in and week out there is inspiration to be found over there (both from the design team and from the participants in the gallery) and that's what this card-making hobby is all about.  So thank you for supporting Freshly Made Sketches.  Here's to 300 more!


This week our sketch is brought to you by Jen Brum.  I had a little trouble with the angle of that diagonal layer.  Mine ended up being a mirror image but I think you get the idea!



I wanted a simple Christmas card and this sketch was perfect to show off that big, elegant snowflake.  There's a "peace on earth" challenge going on at Jingle Belles and luckily I had a sentiment that fit perfectly on that diagonal layer.  Both the snowflake and the sentiment were heat embossed in gold.

Thanks for stopping by!  And do be sure to check out our 301st challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!

Supplies
Stamps:  Star of Light (Stampin' Up!); Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Taste of Textiles (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Stitched Basic Edges die (My Favorite Things; gold embossing powder


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CAS(E) This Sketch 234

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I'm adding another Christmas card to my stash thanks to the latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  I did make a square card instead because sometimes only a square will do!




The cute pooch is my circle on the sketch and the sentimet is that slim horizontal layer.  I added some falling snow, in the form of embossing paste, and I actually managed to put it on around the dog and the sentiment.  I think it's hard to see, but trust me, it's there!

Last week at The Merry Christmas Challenge they were looking for animals so that was a strong  motivator to use this dog.  Alas I miscalculated and the challenge ended before today.  Lucky for me they've got an "anything goes" challenge going on this week so I can play along after all!

Thanks for stopping by.  There are some great cards at CAS(E) This Sketch that the design team has created to inspire you so be sure to check them out!

Supplies
Stamps:  Santa Paws (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Real Red, Merry Moments DSP (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Jet Black (Altenew); Copics
Accessories:  Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp); embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

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Freshly Made Sketches 300!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Can you believe it?  We are at challenge #300 over at Freshly Made Sketches!  A whopping 300 challenges!  Way back in the day (around August 2011 to be exact) Lesley (she of Always Playing With Paper fame) conceived of this idea to create a sketch challenge.  How about creating cards that are clean but not necessarily simple.  She invited some talented ladies to join her to provide inspiration each week and here we still are - six years later!

We've got something unique planned this week to celebrate this milestone.  Someone from the gallery - a random someone - is going to take home a special prize:  ALL of the design team cards!  Yep, that's right!  A lucky winner will receive original creations from the Freshly Made Sketches design team!



I wanted something bright and cheery this week (to echo our bright and cheery mood) and luckily the challenge at Fab Friday fit right in with my master plan!


Our resident teacher, Linda, has estimated that over the last six years there have been more than 25,000 cards created for this challenge!  25,000!  Can you believe it?  That's a whole lot of cards!  And a whole lot of inspiration!

At Freshly Made Sketches we can't thank you enough for playing along with us each week.  Without you we wouldn't exist - literally!  The inspiration that you provide week after week is the reason why we do this.  And the enabling that goes on - well, I can't begin to tell you how many things I've added to my stamping stash just because I've visited your blogs and just had to have some new stamp or die or embellishment that I've seen you use.  Thank you from the bottom of my checkbook!

So I hope you can join us for this extra special challenge this week.  Our design team has gone all out and provided some amazing inspiration for you.  And just think:  you could win all of those cards!

Supplies
Stamps:  Great Friend (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink); Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Honeycomb Remnant die (Memory Box); Gerbera Daisy die, Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX (My Favorite Things); Leaves die (Penny Black); Banner Trio die (WPlus9)

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You're the Star

Monday, August 7, 2017

These days posting on a Monday is a rarity for me!  I don't seem to have as much time for stamping as I used to (or as I'd like) but I had some extra time yesterday so I put myself to good use in my stamp room.  The combination of a couple of cool challenges plus some new stamping goodies that I recently got provided sufficient inspiration!


I took a few liberties with the sketch at Fusion but you get the basic idea!  I combined the layout with the very cool colors at Color Throwdown.  This is my first time inking up the new Lemon Lime Twist from SU.  It's bright!  I love how the super hero style starburst looks inked up in it and the black sentiment provides awesome contrast.


I think we're in for a spot of rain today which means no walking for me on my lunch hour.  We've had plenty of rain this summer so enough already!  Maybe since we've had such a wet summer we'll get no snow this winter...A girl can dream!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Explosion! Additions (Uniko); Shiny Happy Sentiments (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!); White (Catherine Pooler)
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Stitched Basic Edges die (My Favorite Things); Enamel Dew Drops (Freckled Fawn)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 233

Thursday, August 3, 2017

It's easy peasy lemon squeezy over at CAS(E) This Sketch today where we've got a great new sketch designed by Hannelie.



In retrospect I should have done two lemons instead of three to keep more in line with the sketch but I love lemons so I stuck them all on there!  The cue card this week at CASology is "juicy" which put me in mind of this stamp set that I've had for ages.  I even dug out my old Crystal Effects (pleasantly surprised to find that storing it on its side prevented the nozzle from clogging) and used that on the inside parts of the lemons.  It looks great in real life!


The work week is nearly over (yay!) and I'm looking forward to the weekend so I can relax a bit.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope we'll see you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  Be sure to check out the inspiration from the design team.  You're going to love all their cards!

Supplies
Stamps:  Lemon Squeezy (The Alley Way Stamps)
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Daisy (Avery Elle); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Copics
Accessories:  Dotted Curve die (Poppystamps)

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Freshly Made Sketches 299!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Well here we are again at Wednesday!  Why is it that the days motor on like Speedy Gonzales?  I wish they would slow down because I've got loads of things to do and not enough time to do them!  But enough of that.  Freshly Made Sketches day is, of course, Wednesday and we've got a great sketch by Kim this week.


How's that for a fabulous sketch!  I spent a lot of time thinking about this sketch and how I was going to do those vertical elements.  Luckily I found this unique challenge at As You See It that asked about what  you do when your crafting mojo deserts you.  Well for me, I like to CASE myself.  I find a card that I particularly like and re-work it a bit.  That's how I got my inspiration for todays card:  by CASEing a card I made about a year ago.  I used the same stencil and the same basic sentiment.  Just changed up the layout.  There's a "beach" challenge going on at Cupcake Inspirations that gave me my colors.  I used Sahara Sand and Baja Breeze, both pretty beachy colors!


Thanks for stopping by and you will be wowed, for sure, at the cards the Freshly Made Sketches design team has made for this challenge so be sure to check them out.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Awesome (Neat & Tangled)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Awesome die (Neat & Tangled); Chevron Pattern stencil (Simon Says Stamp); Wink of Stella

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CAS(E) This Sketch 232

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A certain Roy G Biv paid a visit to my house to help me out with my card for the current challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  Those diagonal lines called out for some rainbow colors and I was helpless to resist.



I actually got the idea from the rainbow challenge going on at AAA Cards.  And Less is More didn't want to see a single stamp so I dug out this thanks on a line die then cut some thin strips of cardstock in the colors of the rainbow and arranged them in true roygbiv fashion.  Easy peasy!


As always my CAS(E) This Sketch teamies have got some fantastic interpretations of this sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Paper:  Cloud White (Reverse Confetti); Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point (Stampin' Up!); Dark Indigo, Royal Velvet (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Thanks on a Line die (Simon Says Stamp)

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Freshly Made Sketches 298

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I had bright colors on the brain when I sat down to make my card for Freshly Made Sketches this week.  I had recently watched a Kristina Werner video where she did a rainbow colored design with some hexagons.  I didn't have any hexagons, or use rainbow colors for that matter, but even still I was inspired to use a graphic image and some fun colors to make this card.  Linda gave us the sketch this week.  Check it out:


The stamp I used was only big enough to cover a certain amount of space so I made my card 4 1/4" square to make sure it went from corner to corner.  I colored it with some Copics in nice bright colors then added a die cut "hello" sentiment a-la the challenge this week at Fusion.


This card was shockingly easy to put together.  There was no fussing, fuming, or changing of anything!  I even managed to color within the lines!

Thanks for stopping by!  Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has got some fabulous cards to show you so be sure to pop on over there to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Stackem' High (The Alley Way Stamps)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Copics
Accessories:  Happy Hellos die (My Favorite Things)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 231

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I was helpless to resist using a beautiful dragonfly die cut on my card for our latest challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.  When you see the sketch you'll know why!



I will admit that this card too way too long to put together.  I kept fussing over the size of the dragonfly and my decision to use a background stamp for the square image rather than a paper layer messed with the horizontal banner layer.  According to the sketch it's supposed to be under the square layer, but I couldn't do that.  After trying a few things I settled on a strip of some favorite washi.

I was inspired, too, by the CASE the designer challenge at Global Design Project which also featured a dragonfly!  I used soft, muted colors in shades of gray and blue in keeping with Tanja's inspiration.


All my fussing paid off because I like the end result of this card!  And my teamies at CAS(E) This Sketch have created some fabulous cards with this sketch so I know you will be wowed with their inspiration!  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Mesh (Darkroom Door); Mini 72 (PaperArtsy)
Paper:  Soft Stonen (Papertrey Ink); Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Basic Gray, Soft Sky (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Libellules die (4enscrap); washi tape

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Freshly Made Sketches 297

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It's Wednesday so that means there's a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, yours truly is the hostess!  So let's get to it, shall we?


There's a lot of Christmas in July going on right now.  Have you noticed?  I've already taken advantage of one Christmas themed stamp sale and obviously had Christmas on the brain when I sat down to make my card this week.  Of course, that's the theme at CAS-ual Fridays right now and although the color challenge at Sunday Stamps is called a "salute to summer" it put me in mind of snowflakes!  Go figure!


I took the liberty of adding some sparkly bits to my card because the color of that glimmer paper is pretty close to the neutral on that color challenge.  Plus who doesn't love some sparkle on a Christmas card?  The snowflake is actually one that is layered with three different die cuts.  The bottom is probably my all-time favorite and it is followed up with a vellum one (that is hard to see) and a wee sparkly one on top.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can pop on over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at our challenge and the design team cards.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Tis the Season (Essentials by Ellen)
Paper:  Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink); Midnight Muse, Silver Glimmer, Baja Breeze, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Snowfall/Speckles embossing folder (Tim Holtz); Lindemon Snowflake die (Memory Box); Funky Flakes die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 230

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It was high time I added another Christmas card to my stash and Donna's awesome sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch this week gave me a great layout for some layered greenery.



The cue word this week at CASology is "wish" so I thought I'd "wish" someone a heartfelt Christmas sentiment!  I have made quite a few Christmas cards this year but none of them have been of a simple, mass-produce style.  That's not good!  Especially when I find myself with not enough cards and a deadline looming!  There's still plenty of time, right?


Thanks for stopping by!  And be sure to check out the inspiration from the CAS(E) This Sketch design team and join us in the gallery this week!

Supplies
Stamps:  Spruce & Sprigs (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  True Thyme, Very Vanilla, (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  True Thyme, Always Artichoke, Mossy Meadow, Cranberry Crisp, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Spruce & Sprigs die (Papertrey Ink)

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Freshly Made Sketches 296

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This week our lovely challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is brought to you by Jen Timko.  The sketch is square but I used a little poetic license and created a rectangular card.



The colors for my card come from the latest challenge at Cupcake Inspirations.  As I was putting this card together I wondered how a red butterfly would look and I'm happy to say that I like it!  I layered the swiss cheese butterfly top over a vellum bottom and jazzed up the background with some sparkle medium speckles in a champagne color.  I finished off the corner with some Nuvo Crystal drops in place of a paper layer.


My Freshly Made Sketches teamies have put together some great cards to inspire you to join us this week.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Seriously Awesome (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  Ivory Pure Luxury (Gina K); Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Gift Tag die (Penny Black); Papillons die (4enscrap); Tag Builder Blueprints 4 die (My Favorite Things); Speckles stencil (Tim Holtz); champagne Sparkle Medium (Imagination Crafts); Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Nuvo Crystal drops; jute twine

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Thank You Very Much

Monday, July 10, 2017

Well, hello there.  I took a little impromptu crafting break last week but I'm back!  I've been a busy little kid around the house re-arranging furniture, having a bit of a clear-out, and assembling a whole lot of IKEA stuff.  But I was missing my craft room so I ventured in there Sunday night to dust off the cobwebs.



And what cobwebs there were!  I had intended to play along with the tall and skinny sketch at Sunday Stamps but after spending quite some time getting that flower stamped just right I realized that, other than the tall and skinny part, the layout of my card looked nothing like their sketch.  I also was playing along with LeAnne's monochromatic colors at The Paper Players.  I was all set to stamp some leaves (in green of course) when I realized that there's no green in that color challenge!  I didn't like the idea of my flower floating all by itself in all that white space and I was too tired to add more flowers because that would involve a lot of masking so I stamped a couple of outline leaves in Rich Razzleberry.  Ugh!  The flower is gorgeous (gotta love the Altnew magic of layered images) but the rest I am not happy with.

Tomorrow is another day and I'm sure that my mojo is out there lurking just waiting for a spark to ignite it.  I'll be back at it again soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Much Appreciated (Stampin' Up!); Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Spectrum Noir); Lavender Moon (Papertrey Ink); Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up)!
Ink:  Lavender Moon, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink); Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up)!
Accessories:  crochet thread

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CAS(E) This Sketch 228

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hold onto you hats folks there's a swirly new challenge starting today at CAS(E) This Sketch!  You might look at the sketch and think of a long winding road.  I looked at the sketch and thought "Christmas!"



I actually had no idea how I was going to interpret this sketch until I saw the white on white challenge at Addicted to CAS.  That put me in mind of a simple card, all layered in white, with a white Christmas sentiment.  Then I thought one of those layers should be white glimmer paper for a bit of pizzazz and that got me thinking about shimmery snowflakes.  So I put all those things together all the while worrying that none of it would show up properly in my photo.  The pic doesn't look too, too bad but in real life this is a looker!


My CAS(E) This Sketch teamies have all interpreted this sketch in really fun ways so be sure to check them out.  You won't be disappointed!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:   Dotted Curve die (Poppystamps); Lindemon Snowflake die (Memory Box); "snowflakes" die (White Lotus); Merry Christmas die (Simon Says Stamp); white thread

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Freshly Made Sketches 294

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Apparently I am in a Christmas mood because I've made two Christmas cards this week!  The first one is for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  (You'll have to wait for Thursday to see the other one)!  Our hostess and sketch designer is Amy and she's cooked up an instant classic you are going to love.



I was channeling my inner Narelle with this one because I had it all made with the topmost layers sitting on a vanilla card base but I felt like it needed something.  So I added the Chocolate Chip layer topped with some more Very Vanilla.  Just what the doctor ordered!

I changed my card to a square instead of rectangle so that I could play along with The Challenge this week.  And my wreath theme was inspired by the inspiration at Christmas Card Challenges.


It's a bit chilly here and I've got a sweatshirt on as I sit to type this post.  I was positive that summer had arrived but apparently I spoke too soon.  I am assured that the hot weather is coming back at the end of the week and all will be right in my world!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the inspiration from the Freshly Made Sketches design team.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Wreath for All Seasons (Papertrey Ink); Peace on Earth (Verve)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)

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