Ladybug Wish –FMS535

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week I have the privilege and fun of hosting the challenge. I designed a pretty straight forward sketch, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow it to the letter. The design team found some creative ways to use it, and I hope that you can find a fun way to use it as well. Take a look at it:

I wanted to use the cute Hello Ladybug stamp set and I thought the large leaf would be a good substitute for the circle in the sketch.

This card came together quickly — the only thing that took a while was cutting out the focal images. I used an old scrap of retired dsp and cut out the base layer with a Stitched with Whimsy die. I also used two of the new In-Colors — Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet.

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! Thanks for stopping by!

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Sending Birthday Wishes — FMS534

May has arrived and Summer is right around the corner. We have just a little over two weeks of school left here and then vacation will be upon us. I have to say, I am so ready! Another thing that has arrived is a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Our die-cut aficionado, Cecile Ribon, has a sketch that is perfect for a delicate die or a layered stamping technique. Take a look:

One of the first things I added to my wish list for the new annual catalog was the Sending Smiles Bundle. I love the sentiments in the set, and the flowers are just so happy. I was determined to make this set work with the sketch.

I started by applying a watercolor wash of Pool Party ink onto a piece of watercolor paper. Once that dried, I added some splatters and some pretty Glossy Dots.

The flower was stamped with two of the new In Colors, Sweet Sorbet and Parakeet Party, and cut out with the coordinating dies. The die-cut sentiment and the stamped sentiment are both included in the bundle as well.

I added the spiral die-cut from the Blossoming Happiness dies at the top and bit of In Color Baker’s Twine as well.

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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Home Run Hooray — FMS533

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess, the incredible Jen Brum, has another fabulous sketch for us. Take a look:

I have enjoyed using the Hey Sports Fan suite in the mini catalog, and will be sad to see it retire next week. I wanted to use it one more time before that happens and this sketch seemed perfect for one of the dies in the set.

I used the long, skinny tickets die to cut out some of the coordinating dsp to make the three strips in the sketch. The yellow sentiment was cut out of another sheet in the dsp collection.

I embossed the Hooray sentiment on a piece of Poppy Parade card stock and cut it out with another one of the dies. I used an old stars themed embossing folder on the background card stock and added some fun Resin Stars on the banner to complete the star theme.

With a great sketch, this card came together easily. We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using it! 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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Sending Smiles to Mom — FMS532

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite Coloradan, Kim Singdahlsen. Take a look at this fun sketch:

I decided to take the opportunity to make a Mother’s Day card with this one. And since I just received a couple of new sets from the upcoming catalog, which will be released in just two short weeks, I decided to use one of them.

Spring is in the air in North Texas and the Sending Smiles bundle has some gorgeous floral images that are perfect to celebrate it. I stamped the flowers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I used a couple of the new In Colors on the flowers — Orchid Oasis (which is also the card base color) and Sweet Sorbert ( which is the pretty red).

The floral arrangement was placed on a piece of card stock cut out with a Scalloped Contours Die and placed on another piece of white card stock cut with the Stitched Greenery Die. A sprinkling of Iridescent Rhinestone Basic Jewels and a sentiment from an old set finished it off.

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!

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Happy Rainbow — FMS531

If you’d like a little card-making inspiration this week, head on over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at our new sketch for the week. Our favorite up-state New Yorker, Linda Callahan, has created a great sketch to get your creative juices flowing. Take a look:

I haven’t used the Rainbow of Happiness Bundle as much as I had hoped to yet, so I was determined to make it work with this sketch. I decided that the rainbow could be the background and I could use clouds as the three focal images in the sketch. Yeah, it’s a bit of a stretch, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.

I used the Brilliant Rainbow Dies to make the colored pieces of the rainbow as well as the three little clouds. The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set, Rainbow of Happiness, and the dsp strip is from the most recent Sale-a-Bration Sunshine & Rainbows collection.

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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Sweet Bunny – FMS530

We’re back with a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our very talented friend from Massachusetts, Jen Mitchell. She has a fun sketch for us – take a peek:

I made an Easter care package for my college student and wanted to put a card in it, so I knew that would be my theme for the sketch. Since I hadn’t used the sweet bunny in the Easter Friends stamp set yet and I knew it would be perfect for an Easter card (Easter IS in the name of the stamp set after all), this card came together pretty quickly.

I started by stamping and lightly coloring the bunny with my alcohol markers. I added a blended background with some Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue inks.

Some little Loose Flower Flourishes were added around the sentiment, and that was it, other than a little baker’s twine bow.

I’ll write a little note and place it right on top of the care package, which I decorated with some flowers made using the Pierced Blooms Dies and some leftover pieces of the recent Sale-a-Bration dsp from the Friendly Hello collection.

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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Pastel Flowers — FMS529

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the ever-talented, Jennifer Timko. Take a look at her fun sketch:

When I first saw this sketch and the size of the focal panel, I immediately thought of the pretty cards in the Heart & Home Memories & More card pack. I chose one of my favorites from the pack and then added some of the coordinating dsp.

I love the soft colors in this suite and the woodgrain patterned dsp. There is not one lick of stamping on this card. The cards in the pack do all of the work for you, so it was just a matter of adhering all of the elements together.

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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Spring Duckling — FMS528

We’re back with another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches today, and this week our hostess is the talented Jacquie Southas. Take a look at what she has for us:

This sketch was a little challenging for me. I just couldn’t figure out what to do with those three little strips. I’ve really been wanting to ink up the Easter Friends stamp set, so I decided I’d somehow make it work with the sketch. I may have stretched it a little bit, but hey, I decided to just go with it.

I started this card by blending some Pear Pizzazz ink along the bottom to represent a grassy field and then applied some Balmy Blue ink for the sky. I stamped three little tufts of grass to represent the three strips from the sketch — I know, it’s a stretch.

I stamped the cute little duckling with Basic Gray ink and colored him with my alcohol markers before cutting him out with my paper snips.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and the little flowers and leaves are from the Peach dies collection. I colored some of the tiny pearls with an alcohol marker to put in their centers.

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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Most Valuable Dad — FMS527

There is some new inspiration for you over at the Freshly Made Sketches site today! Our theater loving friend, Judy Rozema, has a fun sketch for us. Take a peek:

When I first saw the three focal rectangles in the sketch, I immediately thought of the ticket die in the Hey Sports Fan suite. With that as my starting point, another Father’s Day card seemed appropriate.

I started by cutting out the smaller tickets from one of the coordinating dsp sheets. I then stamped the sentiment on another piece of the dsp and cut it out too. The strip of striped dsp is another sheet from this pack..

With a few Resin Stars Embellishments, this card was quick and easy to complete!

We hope you’ll join us and make 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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Forest Friends Prayers — FMS526

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my pleasure to be the hostess. I have a pretty straightforward sketch that should allow for lots of different styles so I can’t wait to see what everyone makes with it. Here’s a look at it:

It’s Spring Break here this week and the weather has definitely been feeling like Spring, so that inspired my choice of stamp sets. I selected the Friends of the Forest set and made a card for one of the sweet girls in our small group at church who recently had surgery.

I started by blending some ink on the card base and the focal panel, and then stamped the images on a piece of white card stock and colored them with alcohol markers before cutting them out with my paper snips.

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! Thanks for stopping by!

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