Greyhound Chair — FMS541

We’re back with another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Canadian stamper extraordinaire, Jen Brum, is our hostess. She has a versatile sketch for us that is perfect for showcasing a small to medium sized focal image. Take a look:

When I saw one of the new hostess stamp sets, I thought one of the images could pass for a greyhound. And since we recently adopted one named Duke, I knew I wanted to make a card with this stamp. Duke is adjusting well to being in our home. He is super sweet, lazy, and still tortures our other dog, Millie, by not playing with her very much. He likes to play chase with her in the backyard, but it’s a very unfair game considering she’s a Pug and her little legs can’t keep up.

Of course, a greyhound would completely fill up a chair, so this isn’t the most realistic image for a greyhound. And Duke isn’t allowed on the furniture, so it’s doubly unrealistic for my purposes. But it sure is a cute image! And with the coordinating sentiments, I thought it would make a great card for our daughter who is away at college, and only got to spend a couple of days with Duke before she had to go back to Michigan for the summer.

I stamped the image and colored it with alcohol markers, and then cut out an Early Espresso frame with a new die set called Fabulous Frames. If you look closely you can see some embossed accents on the frame.

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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Cottage Rose Birthday — FMS540

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

This sketch stumped me for a while. Then I decided to take some creative liberties and instead of using two rectangles, I’d use two large blooms. Hmmm…Maybe that was a big leap. But hopefully, you can see the sketch in my card. Just squint a little (or a lot).

I pulled out three different sets of dies for this card. The first is the pretty lattice background, which comes from the Organic Beauty Dies. Ever buy a set of dies for just one die? Yeah, that’s what I did here.

I stamped the flowers and cut them out with their coordinating dies. They are part of the Abigail Rose suite. I colored them with alcohol markers.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set but was cut out with a die from the Sending Dies collection. I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on black card stock.

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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Sending Love with an Envelope — FMS539

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch is provided by our incredibly talented friend who flies the friendly skies, Jennifer Timko. Take a look at what she has for us:

One of the new stamp sets in the annual catalog that I fell in love with right away is the Full of Love set. And while it doesn’t fit the sketch perfectly, I thought it was pretty close.

I started by stamping and coloring the image with alcohol markers, and then cutting it out with my paper snips. I placed it on a piece of white card stock which was die-cut with the Dots & Spots die.

A little strip of dsp from the Butterfly Kisses collection was placed under the sentiment strip. It is also from the Full of Love stamp set.

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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Butterfly Birthday — FMS538

My goodness — it’s been a long time since I’ve stamped! Over 3 weeks! My college girl came home for a quick 10 day visit (I hadn’t seen her since Christmas vacation), we got a new dog (I’ll share more about him at the end of this post), and I took a week-long cruise with my younger daughter. All good things!! But they did require a break from stamping for a while. I was excited to come back and see this fun sketch from the super talented Jacquie Southas at Freshly Made Sketches. Take a peek:

I absolutely adore the new Butterfly Kisses designer paper. The colors and patterns are so happy and pretty! I decided to make it my starting point. I cut out some of the butterflies from one of the sheets and used another sheet for the vertical strips.

The sentiment is from the Charming Sentiments stamp set and was cut out with the coordinating dies. I used some white embossing powder on a piece of Starry Sky card stock.

Some sequins from the For Everything Fancy Sequins were added as the sole embellishments. A simple card to ease myself back into stamping again.

My son has been wanting to adopt a Greyhound for the past year. We started the process with a rescue group several months ago, and got the call that they had a match for us a couple weeks ago. We had just adopted Millie, our sweet Pug, back in December and have always had Pugs in the past. We’ve never had a big dog before. So let’s say that a greyhound has been a big adjustment! He is a big dog! We named him Duke, which is a running joke in our family. When I was pregnant with our son and my husband and I were trying to decide on a name, his first choice was Duke. I told him that’s a dog’s name. I have always teased our son that his name was almost Duke, so when he got this dog, Duke was the logical name for it.

Millie has been determined to befriend Duke. She wanted to play with him and just be near him from the first day. But Duke ignored her. It has taken a couple of weeks, but he seems to be warming up to her. They chase each other in the back yard (I’ll bet you can guess which dog wins that game every time), and he’ll even let her sit with him. He is super sweet and very lazy! Before we learned about greyhounds, I thought they would be high energy dogs, but that is far from the truth. He likes to run around in the back yard for about two minutes, and then he’s ready for a nap. He fits in well in our house!

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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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.

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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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