Freshly Made Sketches 245

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer is in full swing here and we are halfway through our July challenges at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week I am the hostess and now is the moment when I reveal the sketch and card that I designed for the challenge - always a nerve wracking time!

The sketch says square but making a square card is not necessary to play along.  I just happen to like square cards!  I think I must be the only one who likes them because it's been a long time since we've featured one at Freshly Made Sketches and I think it was one of mine!

I based the sketch on a card that I had made a couple of years ago.  That card used these colors also so I had them on my mind when I made this one.  I happen to love So Saffron and if Stampin' Up! ever retires it I will be really mad!  As mad as I was when they retired Baja Breeze!

There's a challenge this week at Crazy For Challenges to make a card of encouragement.  Apparently, July 11th is "Cheer Up the Lonely Day" so they've coordinated their challenge around that.  I used a sentiment from Verve  and this particular set is full of encouraging phrases and a few of them are arranged in this subway style.  Those are perfect for fitting on a decorative banner like the label die I used.

Well, I hope you enjoy my sketch and get a chance to play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our always-amazing design team has made some beautiful cards with it so be sure to pop on over there, if you haven't already, to see their inspiration.  I hope you can join us in the gallery!

Stamps:  Words of Wisdom (Verve)
Paper:  Basic Gray, So Saffron, Sweet Pea DSP, Urban Garden DSP (SU); Black (Simon Says Stamp); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Vertical Greetings II die (My Favorite Things); thread; sequins

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15 Responses to “Freshly Made Sketches 245”

Linda Callahan said...

I am a fan of square cards so I love your sketch! Also a So Saffron fan.......this is so elegant! Came together beautifully!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love the card, the sketch and the colour scheme Jen! Greta design! Have a lovely evening! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Shannon Jaramillo said...

Oopsies, Jen, I TOTALLY missed the square card part of the challenge, lol. I love the colors you've chosen and the sentiment is a definite inspiration! Perfect card, perfect accents!!

Cécile RIBON said...

Thanks so much for this super sketch Jen ! I love square cards too ! By the way, the card I made for challenge #242 (my first challenge as a guest designer at FMS) was square ! Your card is fabulous, so elegant. Love those gorgeous colors and pretty papers.

Lisa said...

No need to be nervous Jen, this card is gorgeous!! Love your colors and patterns. Fabulous card!

Amy O said...

I totally agree with you on So Saffron (and Baja Breeze for that matter). And I love the card! That sentiment is perfect for the sketch, and I love the square sketch -- I need to make more square cards. Beautifully done, Jen!

Karren said...

Fabulous sketch and a fabulous card! I was glad to have a square card as a sketch because I never think to make them, even though I love square cards! Your color combo on this card is gorgeous and that sentiment is perfect.

Happy Dance said...

Go ahead and give those nerves a rest. This turned out just beautifully. I always forget to use gray and yellow together, and I shouldn't; they're two of my favorite colors. I just love what you've done here, and you've got the wheels turning in my head now! Might have to see if I have time between DH chores to play along. Totally love this card!!! Stay cool. Bev

Kim S said...

Such beautiful, subtle colors - just right for the simple patterns. And a perfect backdrop for the sentiment!

Petra Swart said...

Love your sketch and love your beautiful card, Jen!!!! That is such a great sentiment and I really like the papers you used for the bg!!! Hope I'm going to have a chance to play along - I love square cards!!!!
Have a great day!!!!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

So fabulous, Jen! Love the twine and the lovely soft color combo.

Jen Brum said...

What a gorgeous card Jen! I love that DSP and the fabulous sentiment! I think I need a lesson on thread looping! Yours looks so amazing!!! Thanks for a great sketch this week!

Narelle Farrugia said...

I love a good square sketch - it feels like ages since I made one! Your card is just fabulous and I love the sentiment you've used. I agree with Jen, I need a lesson making my thread look like yours.

Celeste Goff said...

What a fabulous card! Love the colors and that little nest of twine you put behind your focal panel!

Jen Timko said...

I LOVE square cards so I was totally thrilled to see this one. Apparently I was in good company this week! I adore this color combination. Thanks so much for a great sketch this week!