Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 504

Hi everyone!  It's Wednesday so that means it's time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Karren and she's designed a slimline!  I love those!

I started with a slimline rectangle die then made a card base to accommodate it.  Initially I had a vague idea to stamp some leafy images - maybe even with a Christmas theme -  in the corners but when I started poking around some of my favorite challenge sites for inspiration I found lots that are in an autumn theme mood.  So I switched gears, grabbed a stencil, and inked it up in the corners using the colors from Just Us Girls.  I then went over it with some sparkly embossing glitter for a little pizzazz.  I didn't want to cover up the leaves entirely with a horizontal layer across the bottom as per the sketch so I used vellum.  Apologies if it's hard to see in the photo.  You'll have to believe me that it's there!  Then I added a slim horizontal layer in a yellow that is complementary to the ink and a sentiment die cut in black.  Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by!  My fellow Freshly Made Sketches teammates have some great cards to inspire you to play along with us!

Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Crushed Curry, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!); vellum (Graphix)
Ink:  Dried Marigold, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple (Distress Oxide); Versamark
Accessories:  Tumbling Leaves stencil (Simon Says Stamp); The Big the Bold and You die (Winnie & Walter); Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die (Pinkfresh Studio); clear sparkle embossing glitter (WOW)

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Fusion - Peach Birthday

This week at Fusion our inspiration features a birthday party that I definitely want to be invited to!  Peach features predominantly in the color scheme as well as lots and lots of balloons!  I've never gone to a party with such fun decorations!  

I chose to feature some peach on my card, followed the sketch, and used a birthday sentiment.  Instead of balloons I went with a shaker accent - combining inspiration from the latest Just Us Girls challenge.  And it felt good to use up some old SU designer paper from my never-ending stash.  😊

Thanks for stopping by!  My Fusion teammates have got some great cards to inspire you to play along with us, so check them out!

Stamps:  Scripty Sayings (Gina K)
Paper:  Whisper White, Peach Parfait (Stampin' Up!); Clear (Flourishes)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 503

Hi everyone!  It's time for a brand new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess and sketch designer this week is the incomparable Cécile.  I absolutely adore every card she makes!

Cécile has this minimalist design sense that translates into eye-poppingly beautiful cards every single time she makes one.  I tried to channel her inspiration when I made this card and used simple square outlines and a simple leaf using the colors of The Paper Players challenge.  I softened the color of the leaf by adding an additional layer in vellum.  I tucked in a small sentiment between the squares.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have some time to check out the amazing inspiration from our design team at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps:  Tons of Type (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink); Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Vellum (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Quadrangle Frames die (Simon Says Stamp); Lorelai Leaf die (Poppystamps)

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 502

Hi everyone!  I took a little stamping hiatus from Freshly Made Sketches last week because I was embarked on an Extreme Makeover - Home Edition.  I had two weeks to paint three rooms, swap out two pendant light fixtures, and throw in a few oddball jobs-around-the house.   My stamping mojo was completely non-existent.  But I'm happy to say the paint is done, the lights are on, and I'm eager to get inky again.

To that end, our latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches comes to you from Jen Brum.  It's got fun layers and a banner, which I love, and I went pretty CAS on it.

I recently got a new turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th (and I'll take a moment of your time to gush about how much I love those)!  So I inked it up in the colors of the Sunday Stamps challenge.  I stamped the design twice then cut one layer to pop up over the other.  Then I went all bold and dramatic and added a slim black banner.  I love how that black banner looks against the colorful leaves!  I stamped a slim sentiment on top of the banner and *poof* I was done!

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

Stamps:  Harvest Wreath Turnabout (Concord & 9th); Tons of Type (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Sage Shadow (Stampin' Up!); Honey Drizzle, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Fishtail Flags STAX (My Favorite Things)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

FMS 500 Blog Candy Winners

Hello everyone!  I want to give a big shout-out to everyone who played along with our 500th sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  We had a huge turnout in the gallery!  There were lots of prizes so head on over HERE to see if you were a winner.

And speaking of winners I have three of my own.  I had three prize packages of crafting goodies to give away to three random commentors on my FMS500 blog post so without further ado here they are:

    Stephanie from Stephanie's Stampin Spot!

    Nancy from Scrapper at Heart

    Carol from Our Little Inspirations

Ladies, watch your email for a message from me!

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 500 AND PRIZES!

Hey friends!  I'm super proud and excited to share with you our 500th sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our very first sketch debuted almost 10 years ago on September 7, 2011 and here we are still at it!  It's been a privilege and an honor to create alongside my Freshly Made Sketches teammates all these years and I sure hope we're around for another 10 more!

To celebrate our milestone we've got PRIZES!  Every one who links up in the gallery, and who follows the challenge rules, will be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors!  Winners will be randomly chosen after the challenge closes on August 30th.

And wait there's more!  PRIZES that is!  Some of our design team members have put together prize packages on their personal blogs so be sure to hop on through the design team blogs to find out what you need to do to win.  I've got a prize.....or two.....or three to give away myself!

So let's get going.  Our sketch this week is designed by Linda, one of our OG design team members, and it's a classic one all the way!

I used some lovely watercolor patterned paper for my background then added a vertical layer embossed with some falling snow.  To that I added a couple of layered snowflakes - one in vellum and one in silver glimmer paper.  I twirled some silver cord around behind the snowflakes and added a slim sentiment.  It's quite sparkly and lovely in real life and since summer has finally decided to make an appearance here in New England I thought a cold snowflake would counteract our heat wave quite nicely!

To celebrate our 500th Freshly Made Sketches challenge I put together three prize packages of new items for your crafting stash.  Three random commenters on my blog (US addresses only) will receive a prize package with an assortment of stamps, dies, stencils,  and patterned paper from companies such as Papertrey Ink, My Favorite Things, Altenew, Winnie and Walter, Memory Box and more!  The prize packages were randomly assembled so I can't tell you ahead of time what you'll receive, but I'm sure you are going to love it!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Please join us in celebrating our 500th challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and your chance at winning some fantastic prizes!  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  Tiny Words Christmas (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Cool Caribbean, Vellum (Stampin' Up!); Watercolor Wash (My Favorite Things); silver glimmer (Recollections)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Snowflake Trio die (; Lindemon Snowflake die (Memory Box); Snowfall/Speckles embossing folder (Tim Holtz); silver cord (Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Fusion - Crayons

Our new challenge at Fusion is so colorful.  How can it not be with crayons as the design inspiration!  I didn't have any crayons in my stash but I did have some swooshes that I inked up in primary colors.

I changed the orientation of my cardstock but I followed the sketch otherwise.  Instead of crayons I used some linear swooshes that I colored in primary colors.  Super easy!

Thanks for stopping by!  My Fusion teammates have made some fabulous cards for this challenge so be sure to check them out.  Remember, you can play with the sketch, the inspiration, or combine them.  The choice is yours!

Stamps:  True Colors (The Alley Way Stamps)
Paper:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Fresh Lemon, Crimson, Carribbean Sky, Persian Blue (Altenew); Onyx Black (Versafine)  

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 499

Hi friends!  It's Wednesday and time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the hostess is yours truly! 😊I opted for my favorite shaped card - a square one.  And feel free to substitute another shape for those triangles in the corner!

I decided that my square card needed to be one layer and when I saw the black and white challenge at Just Us Girls I knew exactly how I wanted this card to look.

This card went together very easily.  I simply stamped the leaf images in the corner in black ink then added a script sentiment in the middle.  Thats. It.  What could be easier than that?  

Thanks for stopping by!  My Freshly Made Sketches teammates have turned my sketch into some beautiful cards so be sure to check them out.  I hope you'll play along with us!

Stamps:  Botanical Prints (The Stamp Market); Scripty Sayings (Gina K Designs)
Paper:  White Pure Luxury (Gina K Designs)
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Clair)