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CAS(E) This Sketch 294

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Our new sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch is a retro one!  We are re-imagining Sketch #112 into new and amazing things.  I made a Christmas card!



I had this "rejoice" die cut in my stash since last year and hadn't used it yet.  I thought it would look good with this sketch.  So from there I envisioned a sponged blue background and a silhouette of a nativity scene.  The trouble was that I had no nativity scenes in my stash.  Etsy to the rescue!  I found a cutting file I liked, bought it, and ta-da my card was born!  There's nothing quite like an immediate download and a Brother Scan N Cut to solve all my card making problems!

As per usual our CAS(E) This Sketch design team has re-imagined this sketch into some pretty amazing cards so I hope you check them out and join us!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Marker Paper (Strathmore); glitter paper (Recollections); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood (Distress)
Accessories:  Rejoice die (Simon Says Stamp); Wise Men cutting file (We Design Shirts on Etsy)

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Freshly Made Sketches 359

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

I'm a wee bit late with my post today...forgot to click "Publish!"  But I'm here with a new card and I am continuing my fall theme again with a card made using the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and a couple of other challenges -- more on that later.  Our FMS hostess this week is Narelle and her sketch is clean and simple with lots of possibilities.



I chose to use the colors from the Paper Players challenge on my card and although it seems like a lot of challenges are jumping on the fall themed bandwagon I'm adding this to the foliage cue word challenge at Addicted to CAS because this is a pretty CAS card!



I had seen a couple of cards lately featuring leaves that had some lovely "dew" on them so I dug out my old Crystal Effects to add some droplets on my leaves.  Emphasis on "old" here because when the Crystal Effects dried my drops looked a little wrinkled.  Not sure if that stuff goes bad or not!

Well that's it for me!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a chance to join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Our lovely design team has made some beauties for you to see!

Supplies
Stamps:  Bokeh Dots (Essentials by Ellen); With Gratitude (Altenew)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Mossy Meadow (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Leaves die (Impression Obsession); Crystal Effects (Stampin' Up!)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 293 Meets Fusion

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Halloween is fast approaching and I love to make Halloween cards so this week's challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch and the inspiration at Fusion were fun to mix together.  Donna is our sketch designer and she has given us this fun sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and at Fusion we are given a pastel color Halloween theme.



I've done a pink Halloween card before before because it's a little unexpected and a whole lot of fun!  This card has pink bits that are a little hard to see because the pink I chose is very light in color.  But trust me all those layers are there!  My scary skull became one of the circles on the CAS(E) This Sketch and the bat became the other circle.  There's a things that go bump in the night challenge at Cupcake Inspiration Challenge and I think a skull definitely fits that bill!

                                                                                     
           
Well that's it for me.  We've got some great challenges for you at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion so I hope you can play along with one (or both) of them!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, From the Crypt, Autumn Apparitions (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pixie (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Pixie (Avery Elle); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

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Freshly Made Sketches 358

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

If you like circles you will love our new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our designer this week is Karren and she assures me that if circles aren't your thing then by all means use the sketch as a jumping point and show us what you've got with whatever shapes you've got up your sleeve!



My fellow design team member Jen Brum unwittingly helped me with my card this week.  Often when I'm challenged by a sketch I'll peek at what the design team has put together to see if I can find some inspiration there.  In this case I was pretty sure I wanted to use a wreath as my big circle but the stamp set that I had intended to use was much too small for my card (even after deciding to do a 4 1/4 inch square card).  Then I spied Jen's card with her die cut wreath and I remembered that I had something similar in my stash.  So I cut my wreath in a dark brown then added some wee stitched leaves in fall colors to take the place of the three other circles and I was done! 

There are a couple of other challenges that are getting into the autumn mood so I'm playing along with Muse this week as well as Global Design Project.


Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches design team members have created some beautiful cards with this weeks sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Fall Colors (Precious Remembrance Shop)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Truffle, Jungle (Avery Elle); Cajun Craze (Stampin' Up!); Honey Nut (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Truffle (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  Whirl Wreath die (Penny Black); Stitched Leaves die (Lawn Fawn)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 292

Thursday, October 4, 2018

I'm pretty sure that I'm woefully behind on Christmas cards this year so I took the opportunity to take our latest CAS(E) This Sketch designed by Brian and transform it into a Christmas card.



As you can see I flipped the sketch on its side and transformed the points of the banner into the points of two trendy Christmas trees.  I added some silver sparkle splatters behind them because the space was too white without them and made a wide border of silver glimmer paper around the edge just because glimmer paper makes me smile!  As luck would have it there's a Let's Get Ready for Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge so this fits perfectly there!

Thanks for stopping by!  Our CAS(E) This Sketch design team has made some pretty amazing cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Triangle Trees (Reverse Confetti); Mini 71 (PaperArtsy)
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!); Silver Glimmer (Recollections)
Ink:  Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up!); Silvery Shimmer (Delicata)
Accessories:  silver embossing powder

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Freshly Made Sketches 357

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

It's hard to believe it's October already but the calendar doesn't lie!  So to start off October I've got a new card to show you for our latest challenge at Freshly Made SketchesC├ęcile is our hostess this week and her sketch, at first glance, made me go hmmmm.




I think it was that vertical sentiment that initially gave me pause but once I got going on my card I loved that design element.  I chose the colors from the As You See It Challenge and combined the Diamond cue word at Addicted to CAS to create this.  Rather than add an additional layer for the sentiment I stamped these thoughtful words then drew lines around them with a Copic Multiliner pen to give the illusion of another layer.  For the diamonds I sponged colors through a stencil.




My Freshly Made Sketches teamies have created some beautiful cards with this sketch and I am sure they will inspire you to play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Many Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); White (Spectrum Noir); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink); Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay (Stampin' Up!); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)
Accessories:  Texture Diamond stencil (Memory Box)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 291 Meets Fusion

Thursday, September 27, 2018

I'm back with a new card for my combination of CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion.  The sketch met with the baby theme and this is what came out!



Every other week I am fortunate enough to be able to combine the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration challenge at Fusion.  And I've been lucky that each time the two have melded together perfectly.  Well this week I took a look at both challenges and figured there was no way I could combine the two.  I resigned myself to making two different cards for each challenge.  And then this past Monday I went for a walk and the crisp air must have cleared my brain because suddenly I had an idea for a baby card using "I'm not sure the sex of the baby colors," a shaker as the main accent, and a couple of other circles to round out the sketch.  In the end it was easy peasy.  Always a bonus!

We've got a great sketch for you at CAS(E) This Sketch and at Fusion you've got a choice:  a sketch or some inspiration - or combine both of them!  Whichever you choose I hope you can join us in either (or both) of those galleries!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Labeler Alphabet (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up!); Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Blueprints 20 die (My Favorite Things); Pastel Sequins (Verve)

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Freshly Made Sketches 356

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Well hello!  If it is Wednesday it must be time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is the lovely Jen Brum.


As is well documented here when I see a sketch with three of something like those long tall panels I tend to go straight into panic mode.  But I usually recover by stamping a wide image and cutting it up into three distinct layers.  So that's what I did here inspired by the colors of Michelle's card for Muse Card Club.  And I actually dug deep into my stash here for some grosgrain ribbon - which I used for that black horizontal layer.  It feels good to use some of that old stuff in my stash!

I hope that you are inspired to join us at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our design team has made some great cards to get your creative juices flowing so I hope to see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)
Accessories:  Blueprints 20 die (My Favorite Things)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 290

Thursday, September 20, 2018

It's Thursday so we've got a brand new sketch for you at CAS(E) This Sketch!  Those horizontal layers stumped me for a while but eventually I figured something out.



That something was also inspired by the code word at Addicted to CAS.  The word is "tweet" and I immediately thought of the hashtags that are used on Twitter for people to tweet their thoughts!  So for those stripes on the sketch I chose a blue that is kind of close to the blue that Twitter uses as its logo, then added a fun emoji for the circle.  I deviated from the sketch a bit for the hashtag sentiment because it was a little bigger than I wanted and didn't fit in the place on the sketch exactly.


Thanks for stopping by!  We love to see you playing along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch so I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Hashtag Everything (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Daisy (Avery Elle); Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

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Freshly Made Sketches 355

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Well hello!  It's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch is brought to you from Kim.  I went back to basics for this one!



I've been feeling very much like I'm in a card-making slump lately.  Compared to the artistic creations I see from my fellow cardmakers my cards are sorely lacking.  So I decided to go back through some past cards of mine to see if I could dig up some inspiration.  What I found was that back in the old days I cleverly combined layers with patterned paper and texture.  That may not be as interesting as a watercolor background or some expertly colored images, but those cards made me smile.  So I tried to invoke those roots with this card while simultaneously playing along the "back to basics" challenge at As You See It and using the colors from Just Us Girls.


I used Kim's excellent sketch to use some old patterned paper and an embossing folder as my background for the flower.  I cut one of the die cut flowers and used the dainty outline then cut it again and kept the insides of the flower petals.  I layered the two together, embossed the sentiment on a slim black layer, and I was done.

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teamies have got some great cards to inspire you to play along with us this week.  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Thank You Kindly (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Urban Garden DSP (Stampin' Up!); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  White (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Tilth Floral die (Memory Box); Cracked embossing folder (Tim Holtz); enamel dots (Freckled Fawn); crochet thread

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CAS(E) This Sketch 289 Meets Fusion

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hey there!  It's time for my CAS(E) This Sketch - Fusion combo card!  It's a retro sketch this week all the way back to #55!




I played along with that sketch in December 2013 and my card then had a Christmas theme.  What a difference five years makes!  This time around I chose to use the colors of the Fusion challenge and created a card with a trio of flowers.  You'd think I was expecting spring or something!

My teamies at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion have created some fantastic cards to inspire you so I hope you'll play along with us.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Mesh (Darkroom Door); Thank You Kindly (Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink); Groovy Guava, Tangerine Tango (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Green Parakeet, Pinefeathers (Papertrey Ink); Jet Black (Altenew)
Accessories:  Petal Party die (Memory Box); enamel dots (My Minds Eye; Doodlebug Designs)

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Freshly Made Sketches 354

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hello, hello!  It's Wednesday so that means we've got a new sketch challenge for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch is brought to you by Linda.



I had a bit of trouble with this sketch.  Those vertical panels threw me for a loop!  The first card that I made for this sketch didn't make the cut so I went back to the drawing board and made this one.  I used a stamp that is actually the rays of the sun to make the three thin trees.  I was inspired by the colors at Sunday Stamps so I stamped my "trees" in those colors then added some falling snow around them. 

Thanks for stopping by!  My amazing Freshly Made Sketches teamies had no trouble with this sketch so be sure to check out their cards.  I'm sure they will inspire you to play along with us!

Supplies
Stamps:  Bright Days (Avery Elle); Ways to Say Merry Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Hawaiin Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Sea Glass, Raspberry, Aquamarine (Avery Elle)
Accessories: Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 288

Thursday, September 6, 2018

As a kitty-mama I'm always on the lookout for cute kitty stamps.  I recently got a new one and was happy to see that one of the images in the set was absolutely perfect for the circle on this week's CAS(E) This Sketch, which was designed by Donna.



Kitties are experts in resting up!  And I figure this little sleeping beauty will cheer up someone who's feeling a bit under the weather.  I chose colors based on the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays and they've got a simple Stamp On It prompt at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge so I think I'll add this over there too!


Thanks for stopping by!  My friends at CAS(E) This Sketch have got some beautiful cards to inspire you to play along with us this week.  So check them out and join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Kit 'n Kaboodle (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Mint Julep (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Silverstone, Jet Black (Altenew)

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Freshly Made Sketches 353

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

This week at Freshly Made Sketches I am the hostess.  I'll be honest, I think it's tough being the hostess because I never know if you will love or hate my sketch!  This week I've given you a square sketch (just because I love doing those despite the fact that square cards cost more to mail here in the US)!!  But don't worry if you want to do a different shape...we're good with that at Freshly Made Sketches. 

And I'm also pleased to announce that the superbly talented Hannelie Bester is joining us this month as our guest designer.  She, of course, needs no introduction...but I will gush that I love how she uses her Silhouette AND designs the most fabulous sentiments and provides them as free digis on her blog!  If you don't know Hannelie I encourage you to pop on over to her blog and be prepared to be wowed!  Now, onto my card and the sketch!


I didn't exactly follow my own sketch because I forgot that I had created a couple of layers, but the spirit of the sketch is there!  I actually never exactly know what kind of card I'm going to create when I design my sketch but I had a vague idea here of filling the bottom of the card with colorful shapes and overlaying that with a bold sentiment.  Then when it came time to sit at my desk and actually make a card I came across the Less is More challenge of black + white + another color.  Yellow is my go to pick for that kind of challenge so I grabbed this pretty outline flower stamp and stamped away.  (It's an oldy but goody I've had in my stash for a few years so that qualifies me for the Anything Goes challenge at Retro Rubber too).  Rather than a bold sentiment, I opted for a small single line that I stamped on a strip of cardstock and adhered with foam tape.


I'm sure you've already checked out the creations from the design team at Freshly Made Sketches but just in case you haven't I encourage you to drop everything and do it now!  They have really created some wonders!  I hope we'll see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps:  Blossom (Precious Remembrance)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Daisy (Avery Elle); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

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CAS(E) This Sketch 287 Meets Fusion

Thursday, August 30, 2018

This week the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and the inspiration at Fusion were a simple match!  My card for both is bright, cheery, and a bit wonderful if I do say so myself!



Although I do wish I had balanced my daisies a bit more.  Big daisy on top and small on bottom looks a bit wrong to my eye.  But by the time I put this together the glue had set and this baby was not coming apart!  It's pretty, though and no sentiment means I can use this for just about anything!

There are a couple of fabulous challenges going on at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion so I hope that you have some time to play along with us!

Supplies
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Gerbera Daisy die (My Favorite Things)

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Freshly Made Sketches 352

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hello!  It's  time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!   This week our sketch is designed by Jen Timko.  A instant classic for sure!



My card was inspired by the inspiration challenge at Just Us Girls.  They've got a back to school vibe going on and I focused on the big alphabet on the wall which put me in mind of this stamp set I've had of the Periodic Table of Elements.  So I colored up a scientist and added some of those elements which "spelled" out a birthday!  Fun!


Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has created some fabulous card with this sketch so be sure to check them out!  We'd love to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps: Periodically Nerdy (Your Next Stamp); Bubbling Over (The Alley Way Stamps)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Pool Party, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Pool Party (Stampin' Up!); Polychromos

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CAS(E) This Sketch 286

Thursday, August 23, 2018

We've got an awesome new sketch for you at CAS(E) This Sketch.  It looks super simple but sometimes those are the ones that are tricky!




This card did not turn out exactly how I planned!  I wanted to stamp the triangles so that they were a soft background then stamp the sentiment in a bold color over those triangles.  But somewhere along the line the sentiment creeped up on the card front and the triangles got more colorful.  #cardmakingproblems. The colors of my card were inspired by the challenge at Sunday Stamps.


My CAS(E) This Sketch teamies had NO trouble with this sketch as you will see.  I hope you'll join us in the gallery!

Supplies
Stamps:  Sohcahtoa (Altenew); Dahlia Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Autumn Blaze, Parisian Blue, Sapphire (Altenew)

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