Dinosaur Greetings — FMS297

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week the supremely talented Jen Mitchell is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch she has for us:

I am still in love with the Patterns & Pieces suite.  It’s just so easy to make a cute card with these sweet images.

I used a color combination of Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Basic Black.

I started by using the Layering Squares Framelits die to cut out a square black frame.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see your creativity at work!  Meanwhile be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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This Little Piggy — FMS296

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend who flies the friendly skies (and makes them much friendlier), Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  Take a look at what she has for us:

A square card!  I love them and don’t know why I never think to make them.

One of my favorite sets in the new catalog is the This Little Piggy stamp set.  I hadn’t had the opportunity to use it yet, but I thought it would be perfect for this sketch.

This adorable little guy just makes me smile.  He is much cuter (and cleaner) than the pigs that were on my grandparents’ farm.  When I was a kid, I spent a good part of the Summer on their farm.  One of my chores often included feeding the pigs.  The little ones were pretty cute, but the big sows… not so much.  Their pen was enclosed by an electric fence, which always made me a little nervous when I had to step over it, especially when trying to balance two heavy buckets of feed and seeing several large, dirty, and hungry sows come running in my direction.

I stamped this image on watercolor paper and colored it with an aquapainter using Powder Pink ink and Blushing Bride ink for the nose.  I also used the Ruffled 3D embossing folder, which is so cool!

I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card.  It says “Loves You.”

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

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An Eclectic Pink Bouquet — FMS295

I hope everyone had an enjoyable 4th here in the U.S. Ours was very low-key. I did some baking in the morning, stamping in the afternoon, and grilling and fireworks in the evening. And spent the entire day with the kids and my hubby. We usually spend the holiday in Kansas with my parents but because of other things we have going on this week we couldn’t do that this year. So it was a very different day — no buying fireworks for the kids to shoot off (not legal where we live) and a quiet house (just the 5 of us vs. a big family get-together). I loved it, but I’m looking forward to resuming our annual tradition next year.

Since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. And this week, our talented friend from the land down under, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess. She has a great, classic-style sketch for us:

I knew right away I wanted to use a flower for the circle element in the sketch since this is a Narelle sketch and she is the queen of beautiful floral cards.  I decided to use the Oh, So Eclectic set because I received this set at a SU event and it has been sitting on my shelf unassembled since April.

I stamped the flower using Powder Pink ink.  It is a two-step stamp set and the base layer image provides beautiful shading.  It looks watercolored, but it is just stamped.

The diamond patterns was made using a die from the coordinating framelits set, Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies.  These were actually the pieces that are discarded from the die, but I thought they were too pretty to toss so I just glued them down on the card base.

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

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Birthday Bouquet — FMS294

These Summer weeks are flying by!  It’s already time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my turn to be the hostess.  When I was trying to come up with a fun sketch, I decided to make one with a horizontal/landscape orientation.  I tend to gravitate to the the other direction — vertical/portrait orientation, when I make cards.  Years ago, it was quite the opposite for me.   Here’s a look at the sketch:

One of the first stamp sets I ordered from the new catalog was the Beautiful Bouquet bundle.  I am a sucker for flowers, especially cute ones that I don’t have to color.  And this one even has matching framelits — total win!

I started by stamping several of the flower and leaf images and cutting them out.  I love how there are different sizes and types of flowers.

Not only does this set have gorgeous flowers, but it has lots of pretty sentiments as well.  I love the mix of fonts that are used.

The fun little black scalloped edges are actually washi tape.  This pattern comes in a multi-pack of five different patterned rolls.  I didn’t realize it, but two of my rolls were stuck together and I thought it was just one big roll.  When I was trying to decide what to put on that layer, I looked through my basket of washi tape and thought I could use that big roll and just cut off the scalloped part.  Imagine my surprise when I went to peel a strip off and the roll “broke” in two exactly where I had planned on cutting it.  Some things are just meant to be!

I hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  I’m excited to see what you do with it when I look through the gallery.  Meanwhile, be sure to visit the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  They always inspire me!

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Bicycle Smiles — FMS293

Wednesdays brings a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our dear New Zealander friend, Karren Johnson.  Take a look at what she has for us:

I struggled with this one for quite a while because I don’t have any circles large enough.  I tried to be creative – using a plate to trace around and cut by hand.  While I do love fussy cutting, circles are not my friend to cut with scissors.  I definitely need a die or punch for circles.  So I decided to take some creative liberties with the sketch and make do with what I have.

One of my favorite sets in the new catalog is the Bike Ride set, which has coordinating framelits as well.  I love how you can decorate this cute bicycle with all sorts of fun accessories.

I started with a piece of dsp from the Petal Garden dsp stack, using a color scheme of Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Berry Burst, with some touches of Basic Gray and Crumb Cake thrown in too.

The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card with the sketch.  We love to see what you create!  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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Enjoy Today — FMS292

Here we go again — another Wednesday and another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week, our hostess is our French friend, Cecile Ribon.  She has a creative and fun sketch too:

Of all the products in the new catalog, I seem to be especially drawn to the Pick a Pattern Suite.  I think it’s the fun, quirky images and patterns that draw me in, and I love the colors.

I used several new products to make this card.  I started by using the new Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I spritzed the Emerald Envy card stock with a little bit of water before embossing, and it left such a detailed and beautiful impression.

The cute bear and tree were cut from the coordinating dsp, Pick a Pattern.  There are so many cute images, it was hard to just pick two.

I also used some of the new Black Mini Sequin Trim and the retired Flirty Flamingo ribbon (don’t have any of the new yet).  Some Crushed Curry enamel shapes helped finish it off.

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

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Party On, Mr. Fox — FMS291

It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week, our favorite Canadian designer extraordinaire, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun one:

I’ve been itching to use the new Birthday Memories Suite in the new catalog, so I pulled out the dies, dsp and stamp set.  One of the things that I love about this suite is how the dies not only coordinate with the stamp set, but how they also coordinate with the images in the dsp.  And what cute images they are!  I love all of them!  They remind me of the old Golden Books for children.

I die-cut the images of the fox, the banner, and his hat with the framelits.  I then stamped the sentiment on the banner and the one on the dsp background piece and created this little scene.  Easy!

I had some leftover enamel shapes from the previous catalog and used them here as well.  I think these images are sweet as can be, and I love how they’re perfect for boys or girls.

It has been a busy week in the O’Neill household.  The kids finished school on Thursday, my oldest graduated from high school on Friday, and the girls left for church camp Saturday morning.  And we had a graduation party on Friday afternoon, as well as having family in town for part of the week.  Fun times every minute of it!

 

 

Cole will be heading off to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the Fall to attend the University of Alabama.  We’re going to try to enjoy this Summer as much as possible while we still have him around here in Texas.  I’m excited for him and what his future holds.

Well, enough about that!  We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create and 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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