Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 400 - Week Three

If you've been following us at Freshly Made Sketches for the last couple of weeks you may have noticed a theme.  First we dug into our archives and re-purposed Sketch #1 (which was also Sketch #100).  And then we did the same with Sketch #200.  Well guess what...we did it again with Sketch #300 this week!

That last pic was actually my card for the original #300 sketch.  Whoo!  What a difference from my new card! 

I had it in mind to make a Christmas card with this sketch and even dug into my stash of ancient Stampin' Up! patterned paper to make one of those rectangles.  I was unsure of what to do with the sentiment portion of the sketch and then I stumbled on the "elf" challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown and knew I could sneak on this cute elf and give him a simple sentiment on a simple rectangle.  Simple is better!  The

Now, we are fresh out of old sketches at Freshly Made Sketches to repurpose so you know what that means...we've got a brand new sketch for you next week as we continue our 400th celebration.  That's right an actual Sketch #400!  đŸ˜€There may be a surprise in store for you as we celebrate this milestone too so be sure to check us out!  In the meantime our design team has made some great cards with this sketch so play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Toy Land, Chill Out (The Alley Way Stamps)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP (Stampin' Up!); X-Press It Blending Card
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Ruby Red (Altenew); Copics
Accessories:  Blueprints 15 die, Horizontal Stitched Strips die, Stitched Rectangle die (My Favorite Things); Christmas Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 335

Our latest sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch had me all be-fuddled this week.  Sometimes what seems simple is actually complicated.  Does anyone else think that or is it just me!  After a few iterations I finally settled on this card:

Obviously I turned the sketch on its side.  But this was a late decision based on the fact that I couldn't find any suitable images for a vertical card.  I stumbled upon this snowflake die quite by accident as I was looking through my stash and quickly cut it from some silver glimmer paper and added a slim sentiment.  Happy Little Stampers has got an "anything goes with dies" challenge going on and I think I qualify for effort alone because punching out all the little bits on this snowflake die took forever!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you join us at CAS(E) This Sketch!  My fellow design team members have created some beautiful cards with this sketch so be sure to check them out!

Stamps:  Travelers Journal December Typed Words (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); silver glimmer (Recollections)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Snowflake Edge Fancy die (Hero Arts)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 400 - Week Two

We are at Week 2 of our 400th challenge celebration at Freshly Made Sketches.  And we are still walking down memory lane because this week we have reprised sketch #200 for our challenge.  Take a look:

A CAS classic sketch, don't you think?  I went with some comic book inspired paper for a background and a ka-boom image as a focal point.  I added a "wow" sentiment because it's a bit of a "wow" that we are here at 400 challenges!  I was also inspired by the color challenge at the Paper Players - black, white, and one other color.  As per my usual when I see this color challenge I choose yellow! 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can join us for our 400th anniversary challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps:  Explosion! (Uniko)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 334 Meets Fusion

Hello all!  It's that time again when I attempt to combine the sketch challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration photo at Fusion.  This time around it's all about the hands!

After some contemplation I remembered that I actually had some handprint stamps in my stash.  So I stamped three of that image in varying stages of green - ombre style - then added a simple sentiment across them. 

Thanks for stopping by!  My teammies at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion have got some amazing cards to entice you to play along with us.  Hopefully you can join us in those galleries!

Stamps:  Baby Prints (Stampin' Up!); Oh Baby (Katie & Co)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon (Altenew); Nocturne (Versafine Clair)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 400 - A Redux

It's hard to believe but we are at 400 challenges at Freshly Made Sketches!  Woo hoo!  Our very first challenge debuted on September 7, 2011.  We had six members on our design team (two are still here - me included) and that first challenge saw countless people play along.  And here we are nearly eight years later still going strong!

We've got a month long celebration planned and we are kicking it off with a bit of a challenge redux.  Our sketch this week is actually our debut sketch from all those years ago.  (Incidentally we did the same thing for #100 so this sketch has got some traction)!

Here's my new take on the sketch as well as the cards I made for #1 and #100.

Challenge 1
Challenge 100

I decided to go with a Christmas theme this time around.  I used some colorful striped paper, some white shimmer cardstock (which looks fantastic in real life) and my favorite poinsettia die that I cut from some gorgeous gold vellum and all that is highlighted with this great buffalo plaid stamp.  I love that thing!

Our Freshly Made Sketches design team has really gone all out for this challenge so I hope you can play along with us.  We've got some fun things in the works so stay tuned as we celebrate 400 challenges over the next few weeks.  It's going to be fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sending Joy, Travelers Journal December Typed Words (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Real Red, Ski Slope DSP (Stampin' Up!); Cryogen White
Ink:  Nocturne (Versafine Clair); Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:  Blueprints 21 die (My Favorite Things); Layered Poinsettia die (Penny Black); enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 333

I'm not 100% sure but I think this is the first time I've made a card with an elephant on it!  I became intrigued with the idea of using an elephant on a card when I saw the challenge at Just Us Girls.  So I thought I would incorporate it on my card for CAS(E) This Sketch this week.   The only problem was that I had no elephants in my stash.  Etsy to the rescue!

I searched.  I found.  I bought.  I've found that Etsy really is a remarkable tool for when I need a specific image that I don't have - especially when I need it in a hurry.  In this case I got a bunch of elephant images for $2.  So I picked one that I liked and used my Brother Scan 'N Cut to cut it out.  I layered it on a couple of "banners" per the sketch.  One of those banners is stamped with the  sentiment which is a nod to the elephants' amazing ability to remember everything!

Thanks for stopping by!  My CAS(E) This Sketch teammates have made some fantastic cards with this sketch so I hope you check them out and join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Live Love Life (Papertrey Ink); #hashtags (Tim Holtz)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Gray Granite (Stampin' Up!); Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Elephant svg (ButterflyAndScorpio)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 399

It's hard to believe but we are at sketch #399 at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  That's a lot of sketches!  This week our sketch designer is Jen Brum and she has given us a sketch with three favorite - NOT!  I think she is punishing me for a big circle I put on a sketch a few weeks ago! LOL!

But never fear.  After much contemplation I figured out how to tackle this sketch.  I chose this small poinsettia image which I stamped onto small squares.  Then in the fourth space I stamped a simple holiday message.  I put all of that on a layer with a running border of punched dotted circles around the edge.  I like this card way more than I thought I would! LOL!  After I made this I realized it would fit the Less is More challenge of "small images."  As per their guidelines each image here is less than 2 x 2.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm so happy that I was able to add to my Christmas card stash with this card.  I wonder how you will be inspired to join us at Freshly Made Sketches with this sketch!

Stamps:  Joyous Noel (Verve)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Dual Dotted Square die (Lil' Inker Designs)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

CAS(E) This Sketch 332 Meets Fusion

It's that time again when I combine the sketch challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch with the inspiration challenge at Fusion.  This time around the inspiration at Fusion was a groovy tie dye with a kindness twist.  Try as I might I had nothing in my stash that resembled tie dye and had no ideas on how to create it so I went for the next best option:  watercolor!

However, I did manage to incorporate a kindness theme using this beautiful sentiment from the now defunct Verve.  That vertical watercolor is not something I created myself - it's beautiful patterned paper from My Favorite Things - but I did get a little creative by utilizing it as negative space.  The two white layers on either side are popped up on foam tape to give some dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!  We've got some great challenges at CAS(E) This Sketch and Fusion so I hope you have time to check them out!  My fellow design team members have made some great cards with their respective challenges so I hope you check them out.

Stamps:  Kind Words (Verve)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black Licorice, Watercolor Wash (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)