Seriously the Best Little Ladybug — FMS428

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week I have the privilege of being the hostess and providing the sketch.  Take a look:

When I made the card for this sketch a couple weeks ago, life wasn’t so crazy yet.  My daughter was still at college in Michigan and my son was still doing his internship in Atlanta.  Now they’re both home.  It’s unbelievable how much life changed in just one week.  I’m trying to focus on the positives — we’re all healthy, we have food and shelter, and we have some extra time together that as a mom of two college students, I wouldn’t have had under normal circumstances.  I hope that you are faring as well!

I combined two stamp sets for this card — Seriously the Best for the sentiment and Little Ladybug for the images.

I stamped the flower on some white card stock and cut it out with a stitched shapes circle.  The ladybug was stamped on another piece and cut out with my paper snips.  I colored them with markers and adhered them to a piece of dsp from the Pleased as Punch dsp package.

The sentiment was stamped on a piece of black card stock and embossed with white embossing powder.

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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A Pastel Birthday Cake — FMS427

In the midst of all the craziness in the world right now, I’m glad to have some things remain the same.  And one thing that is consistent right now is a new sketch on Wednesdays at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch comes to us all the way from Australia, where our resident Artisan award-winning crafter, Narelle Farrugia, has a clean and simple sketch for us.  Take a look:

 

Needing to restock the birthday cards supply, I pulled out the Happy Birthday to You stamp set, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering.  I love that it also has a coordinating die set, Birthday Dies.  Since Spring is just about here, I pulled out some soft pastel colors.

I tend to shy away from purples, but for some reason I’ve been drawn to them lately.  In fact, this is the second card in a row that I’ve made using them.  I colored the cake and flowers with markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  The pretty yellow scalloped border is from the Flourish dies.  The dsp is from the Best Dressed dsp collection

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create 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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An Easter Chick — FMS426

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the incredibly talented Karren Johnson, our good friend from New Zealand.   Take a look at what she has for us this week:

 

It is beautiful Spring-like weather here in Texas this week, so I decided to break out my new Welcome Easter stamp set.  I adore the sweet animals in this set!  I decided to use the little chick for this card, and had fun coloring her.

I started by stamping her on a piece of white card stock and coloring her with markers.  I then cut her out with my paper snips.  I cut out a stitched shapes circle and blended some Old Olive ink over the grass stamped images, and placed the little chick on it.  The dsp is from the Birthday Bonanza dsp collection, and the sentiment was embossed on a piece of Mango Melody card stock.

Some of the little flowers were stamped on the card base and colored with markers before adhering the focal circle with dimensionals.

We hope you’ll 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 Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tropical Relaxation — FMS424

It’s another Wednesday and that means we have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess and sketch designer is our talented Canadian friend, Jen Brum.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

This is the time of year where I start to long for sunshine and warmer days.  I decided to use the new Tropical Oasis suite of products to indulge my longing.  At least I can imagine I’m at a tropical resort lounging in the sunshine.

I started by stamping the hibiscus bloom with Mango Melody ink and lightly coloring it in with the same ink using a blender pen.  I added a little bit of Poppy Parade ink with the blender pend around the center of the flower.  The leaves were stamped with Old Olive ink and colored the same way.

I used two different sheets of the Tropical Oasis dsp collection on the card and embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder.  Some rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels packet were also used as embellishments.

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 Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Meerkat Birthday — FMS423

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our talented stamping friend from the Rocky Mountains, Kim Singdahlsen.  She has a great sketch for us!  Take a look:

I thought I should stock up on some birthday cards because my stash has taken a big hit lately.  I thought the cute little meerkats would work well with the partial circle in the sketch, so I went with that Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

I stamped these three images and colored them with my markers.  I ran a piece of Pool Party card stock through the Big Shot using the Subtle embossing folder just to add a little texture and interest to the card base.

I added a few sequins and a bow from bakers twine that were part of the Metallic Baker’s Twine & Sequins Combo Pack, which I just noticed today is sold out.  Hopefully you got yours as a Sale-a-Bration reward before they ran out.

The dsp is from the Birthday Bonanza paper package.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what your create 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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Eiffel World — FMS422

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite stamper from up-state New York, Linda Callahan, is our hostess.  Take a look at this awesome sketch:

The Parisian Blossoms suite is such a pretty suite of products.  I love the soft colors and the pretty florals.  And I love the big Eiffel Tower die!

I die-cut it from Silver Foil paper and applied it to the card with dimensionals.  The paper is from the Parisian Blossoms paper pack.

The Eiffel Tower die made me think of travel.  I’ve never been to Paris, but I would love to go some day.  I thought this would be a fun card to send to my daughter and I thought this sentiment would be perfect for her and the travel theme.

I added some fun embellishments which will be listed at the bottom of the post.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create 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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Party Lion — FMS 421

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite Bostonian-area stamper, Jen Mitchell.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

I needed to make a birthday card and I hadn’t had the opportunity to play with the Birthday Bonanza suite yet, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity.  This is such a fun set!  I loved building these cute birthday animals.

I started by stamping the cute lion.  I love how easy it is to assemble him with the different stamps and the coordinating dies.

I die-cut the tag from Bermuda Bay card stock using one of the coordinating dies.  The tag is actually longer, but it is easy to shorten it to a length you desire.  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.  The coordinating dies also contain these fun banners, which I cut down to fit how I wanted.

I added some sequins from the Sale-a-Bration offering and a fun pompom on his hat.  The paper is from the coordinating Birthday Bonanza DSP 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.  Meanwhile, be sure to check out what the design team has created for your inspiration at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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