Thanks a Bunch — FMS571

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess, the incredible Jen Mitchell from Massachusetts, has a fun one for us. Take a look:

The Thanks a Bunch stamp set is a current Sale-a-Bration offering, and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have gotten it if it wasn’t free. But I’m glad I chose it because it is a fun set. I created a card that has a summery feel, which is kind of ironic since we are iced in for the next couple of days here.

I paired the carrots, which were made with two-step stamping, with some of the Dandy Designs dsp. I love this paper and it is another free Sale-a-Bration offering.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what you make as we brows the gallery each week. Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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A Cute Hoot — FMS570

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite pilot and card-maker extraordinaire, Jennifer Timko. Take a look at her fun and classic sketch:

I hadn’t used the new Sale-a-Bration set, Adorable Owls yet and I thought one of the cuties would fit perfectly in the focal circle of the sketch.

I colored the owl with some alcohol markers and then paired him with some dsp from the Flowers & More collection, which is a hostess offering in the mini catalog. Tahitian Tide is one of the current year In-Colors, and I think this may be the first time I’ve used it. I really like it paired with Mango Melody.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch. We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week. Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Adventure Awaits — FMS569

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the lovely and talented Jacquie Southas. She has a fun one for us. Take a look:

My college daughter has planned a Spring Break trip to the Netherlands this year. She has never been there and is so excited to go. When I saw the new Watercolor World stamp set, I knew it would be perfect to send her a card before her trip.

I started by adding some ink to the stamp with a sponge dauber, applying different colors and not being particular about which color went where. I then stamped the image and added a fun little arrow route with a stamp I have from an old stamp set, which is also where I found the sentiment. The arrows don’t perfectly align with her points of travel, but it’s close enough. Plus, hopefully she won’t really be making the little loop-de-doos like the arrow stamp shows. 🙂

This was a really quick and easy card, and worked perfectly with the sketch.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch. We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week. Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Love You So Much — FMS568

Hopefully you’re getting back into a routine in the new year. Me — I’m having difficulty with that. I even forgot to type up this post last night. The holidays always throw me for a loop. I forget what day of the week it is, especially when school doesn’t start on a Monday. But never fear — the team at Freshly Made Sketches is on top of it, and they have a great sketch this week provided by our talented theater-loving, fabulous card-maker, Judy Rozema. Take a look at what she has for us:

One of the new sets in the mini catalog that I loved at first sight is the Love for You stamp set, which also has coordinating dies. This is one of those sets that has fabulous sentiments AND fabulous images.

Intending to use the Sale-a-Bration Dandy Designs dsp on this card, I started with some of the colors from that collection. However, I didn’t end up using any of the paper because I thought the card was already busy enough.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Piñata Fiesta — FMS567

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2023 is treating you well so far. We have a new sketch to start the new year off over at Freshly Made Sketches, and it is my pleasure to provide it this week. Take a look:

I had some new goodies from the mini-catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure, which will be available starting tomorrow and I was determined to use some of them with this sketch. There is a cute new set out from Erica Cerwin, called Taco Fiesta, and it was one of the first sets that went on my pre-order. I love the fun images. Since all of the images are fairly small, I knew this set would work with the circles in the sketch.

I stamped the candy and confetti multiple times on some white circles and then colored them with alcohol markers. The piñata was stamped, colored and cut out for the focal circle. And the sentiment was embossed on a piece of black card stock. Everything was placed on a Balmy Blue card base.

The fun dsp is from a Sale-a-Bration offering called Dandy Designs. It is free with a $100 order and I love all of the colors and patterns in this pretty paper.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! I am looking forward to seeing how everyone uses the sketch. Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Poinsettia Greetings — FMS566

It’s time for the last sketch of the year at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it come from the land down under and our masterful fussy cutting floral queen, Narelle Farrugia. Take a look at her fun sketch:

Narelle makes the most beautiful collage-style cards, and this sketch inspired me to try my hand as well. I had an extra poinsettia cut out from the Merriest Moments stamp set and that was the start of my card.

I cut out some of the greenery from the Christmas Banners stamp set and placed it all together on the two die-cut circles.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch. Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday! And have a very Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by!

Sparkly Snowman Scene — FMS565

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it comes to us all the way from New Zealand. Our favorite Kiwi friend and stamper extraordinaire, Karen Johnson, is our hostess this week and she has a good one. Take a look:

I hadn’t used the Snowman Magic set yet, and I thought it would make a cute scene using this sketch. And when I saw the focal rectangle in the set, I knew that one of the fabulous Snowman Dies would work perfectly.

I started this card by cutting out the snowflake frame with the die from the Snowman Dies from some shimmery paper. I then cut a piece of white card stock to fit behind it and blended some Balmy Blue ink behind a hand-cut “snow drift”.

I stamped the snowman and bunny and colored them with alcohol markers. The fun part of this set is dressing up the snowman. There are coordinating dies for all of the little pieces.

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of vellum paper, embossing it with some red embossing powder.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week. Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Penguin Greetings — FMS564

We’re in the thick of things now! Just a little bit over three weeks before Christmas. With a to-do list a mile long, it was a nice break to do a little stamping. And Cecile Ribon, our favorite French stamper and queen of creating beautiful cards with die-cuts, has provided a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches that is perfect for getting a jump on creativity. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I hadn’t used the adorable Penguin Place stamp set yet this season, so I was itching to make a little scene with it and I thought the sketch provided a perfect layout.

I started by stamping the cute little penguin, trees, and present and then cut/punched them out. I added some snowflake sequins. The sentiment is from the penguin stamp set too.

I placed it all on a sheet of white card stock that was cut using the Dots & Spots die. This really was an easy card thanks to Cecile’s great sketch!

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Bokeh Banner — FMS563

During this week of Thanksgiving I am reminded of so many things for which I am thankful — my family, good health, a warm home, our church, and many more things, including this team at Freshly Made Sketches. I love the ladies on this team and I’m thankful for all of the people who take part in our weekly challenges. We have another new sketch for you today, and this week our hostess is Jen Brum, our Canadian friend, who is kind and talented — what a wonderful combination! Take a look at her fun sketch:

I wanted to do something a little different instead of using the circle in the sketch. So I pulled out the Christmas Banners stamp set and some dsp from the Lights Aglow pack. I was trying to use something other than a circle but I still ended up with lots of circles on the bokeh dsp. Hmmm….

I started by stamping the banner and embossing it with gold embossing powder and stamping the sentiment with Real Red ink. I stamped the greenery and berries and cut them out with the coordinating dies. All of that was placed on the dsp, which is framed with some gold foil paper and placed on a card base of Evening Evergreen dsp.

Some For Everything Fancy Sequins were added as embellishments. I really love the sparkly ones!

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration!

Enjoy your Wednesday, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for stopping by!

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Jolly Season — FMS562

There’s a new sketch up over at Freshly Made Sketches. It is brought to us by our favorite Coloradan, Kim Singdahlsen, who always makes gorgeous cards, even while injured! Take a look at what she has for us this week:

I had the October Paper Pumpkin kit on my desk, and it contains some strips in the kit that I thought would work perfectly with the sketch. And since I love the jolly Santa in the kit, it was an easy decision on what to use for this one.

The kit contains some great snowflake die-cut backgrounds. I started with one of them and adhered two of the strips for the sketch. The third was a piece of white card stock on which I stamped one of the sentiments from the included stamp set. That white piece of card stock is the only thing on this card that wasn’t included in the kit. October’s kit was a really good one!

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week. Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has made for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!