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!

Christmas Season’s Greetings — FMS561

We’re back with another new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Linda Callahan, our favorite upstate New Yorker, whose posts always make me smile. She has a good challenge for us. Take a look:

This sketch had me stumped for quite a while. I ended up using the Christmas Season stamp set. I overlapped all of the stamped images so much that it’s kinda hard to see the sketch.

The sentiment is from the Merriest Moments stamp set and was embossed with some Cherry Cobbler embossing powder that I found in the bottom of my embossing supplies box. I’m not sure how old it is, but it still worked beautifully.

I added some red rhinestones and some linen thread as embellishments and called it a day.

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!

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Joyful Christmas Sentiment — FMS560

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess, a lover of square card sketches, Jen Mitchell, has a good one for us. Take a look:

Since the sketch doesn’t have a space designated for a sentiment, I decided to let it be the focal circle on the card.

I pulled out the Merriest Moments stamp set and embossed the image using some old Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, and cut it out with a circle die. I placed it on a square I cut from some of the Lights Aglow dsp, and placed that on a square of gold glimmer paper, which was placed on another sheet of dsp from that collection.

I love this pretty sentiment! And I love how quickly and easily this card came together.

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!

Christmas Wishes Banner — FMS559

There’s a new sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches. It is provided by our favorite pilot and card maker extraordinaire, Jennifer Timko. Take a look at what she has for us this week:

I hadn’t inked up the Christmas Banners stamp set yet, so I wanted to work it into the sketch.

I started by inking up the banner with Real Red ink and then stamping the sentiment with Garden Green ink. I cut it out with the coordinating die. The greenery also comes from the same stamp set and dies.

The dsp is from the Sweetest Christmas 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 made for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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Bushy Tailed — FMS558

There’s a new sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is the very kind and talented stamper, Jacquie Southas. Take a look at her fun sketch:

We’ve finally had a taste of Fall weather here in Texas (it isn’t supposed to last long, though), so I was inspired to make something Fall-themed. I pulled out the cute Nuts About Squirrels stamp set and got to work.

I colored this cheeky squirrel with alcohol markers and cut him out with my paper snips. The squares were cut out of some dsp from the Celebrate Everything collection, which is a hostess offering.

The leaves and acorns are from the Fond of Autumn stamp set and were cut out with the coordinating dies. I added some linen thread and Brushed Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots as embellishments and kept it pretty simple.

We hope you’ll join us and make 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!

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Ghostly Greetings — FMS557

There’s a new sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the incredibly talented Judy Rozema. Take a look at her fun sketch:

The newest Paper Pumpkin kit has some cute little Halloween treat boxes. While I don’t really need the boxes, I thought it would be fun to make some cards with some of the images that are included.

I stamped some little bats on a piece of Basic Gray card stock. The bats stamp and the sentiment are both from the stamp set included in the September Paper Pumpkin kit. The little ghost is also from the kit.

I used some of the dsp from the Black & White collection. This was a quick and easy card.

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.

Enjoy your Thursday! Thanks for stopping by!

UM Cardigan — FMS556

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my pleasure to assume the hostess duties. That means that I get to provide the sketch. I went with a simple design – one that allows a focal image to take center stage in a circle (or shape of your choice). Take a look:

I wanted to make a little care package for my college daughter, and I always have to include a card in the box. When I saw the cute sweater in the Forever Friendship stamp set, I thought it could be a college letterman’s sweater. Do they even make those anymore?? While I didn’t include a sweater just like what’s on the card, I did include a cardigan in her package.

I colored the sweater and flag with my alcohol markers and then printed out the “M” on my computer printer and glued it on the flag. I love how this hobby allows us to personalize cards!

The maize striped dsp is from the Celebrate Everything collection, which is a hostess offering.

I even finished out the inside of the card, which I rarely do.

We hope you’ll join us and make 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.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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Plants Forever — FMS555

There’s a new sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches. It was provided by our favorite fussy-cutting, flower-loving, Australian stamper, Narelle Farrugia. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I love the cute plants in the Forever Friendship stamp set. And just like the sentiment, I can’t keep real plants alive. I guess I’ll just stick to the cute stamped ones.

I stamped the image and sentiments from the Forever Friendship stamp set and colored them with my alcohol markers. I paired them with some dsp from the Happy Forest Friends collection.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch. We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week. Meanwhile, be sure to visit 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 Taste of Fall — FMS553

There’s a new sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the queen of die-cuts, Cecile Ribon. Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I decided to go with a Fall theme for this sketch. It is my favorite season, and I love the colors. The Fond of Autumn stamp set seemed like an appropriate set to work with this theme, so that was pulled down from my shelf.

I started by using a blending brush to apply some Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze inks to a stencil I made by cutting a square out of a scrap of card stock.

Once that was finished I stamped the leaves and acorn and the sentiment banner and cut them out. A little bit of linen thread and some old sequins were added as embellishments, and that was that.

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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