Frightfully Cute — FMS507

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite theater-loving Nebraskan, Judy Rozema. She’s also a pretty fabulous card designer too! Take a look at her fun sketch this week:

With Halloween right around the corner, I decided to make another card for the holiday. I used the Cute Halloween dsp, and cut out a couple of ghosts from one of the sheets. The other side of this particular sheet has a fun black and white pattern with Boo written all over it, which is perfect with the cute ghosts.

The sentiment is from the Frightfully Cute stamp set, and was embossed with white embossing powder. I added some fun Cute Stars Adhesive Backed Sequins as embellishments, as well as some black baker’s twine.

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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Nutty Squirrels — FMS506

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my turn to provide the sketch. Here’s a look at it:

I’ve been itching to use the cute Nuts About Squirrels stamp set, so I knew that would be my starting point with the sketch.

I started by stamping the squirrels and coloring them with my alcohol markers. I then cut them out with paper snips and placed them on a circle that had been stamped with some of the leaves and the sentiment from the same stamp set.

I added some strips of card stock to make the stripes in the sketch, and added some Gilded Gems 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. 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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Witch Way to the Candy? — FMS505

There’s a new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches, and our hostess today comes all the way from the land down under. Narelle Farrugia is our resident queen of florals, fussy cutting, and gorgeous cards. And great sketches — take a look at her current one:

Halloween is just around the corner, so I thought I should use the sketch to make a card for a Halloween care package. I just wanted a little something to tuck into a package so I made a 3″ x 3″ card. I hadn’t made one of these little cards in a while, and had forgotten how much fun they are.

This little card was made using the Frightfully Cute stamp set and the Cute Halloween designer paper. I started by stamping the moon with Crushed Curry ink and then stamped the witch over part of it. I then used my paper snips to cut this out.

The sentiments are from the same stamp set and were stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I added some old adhesive dots from a Paper Pumpkin kit and some old baker’s twine.

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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Slimline Symmetry — FMS504

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite Kiwi stamper who is talented at all things card-making but especially coloring, ink-blending, using stencils — like I said — ALL things card making, Karren Johnson. Take a look at her fun slimline sketch:

I had an itch to use the In Symmetry stamp set as I hadn’t used it much yet, and I thought that nice, wide card base would give me plenty of room to use the giant flower that I love.

I stamped the flowers with Flirty Flamingo, Bumblebee and Just Jade inks. Strips of the coordinating dsp were added along the bottom of the card base, which is a piece of Just Jade card stock.

I kept this one very simple. I struggled a while with adding a sentiment. But the stamp set’s name is “In Symmetry”, and I couldn’t figure out where to put a sentiment while keeping the symmetry intact. So the sentiment is going directly in the center of the card — on the inside.

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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Fall-themed Christmas Season–FMS503

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite French stamper extraordinaire, Cecile Ribon. Take a look at this fun sketch, which is very Cecile-like:

A teenager in our small group from church recently lost a sibling, and I wanted to send him a sympathy card. Masculine cards are always hard for me, but make it a teenaged masculine card AND a sympathy card — whoa!! That’s a tough one. I decided something nature themed would be good, so I went that direction. I’m not sure that what I ended up is really right for a teenaged boy, but it’s what is written inside that is really important and what will be remembered, I hope.

I started this card by cutting out three squares from different patterns in the Harvest Meadow dsp collection. I then stamped the pine cone and greenery from the Christmas Season stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies. They were all arranged on a piece of Sahara Sand card stock that was cut with one of the Rectangle Stitched 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 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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Fall Dahlia Healing Thoughts– FMS502

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is our favorite clean card making Canadian stamper extraordinaire, Jen Brum. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I thought the focal panel on this sketch would be big enough to showcase the Delicate Dahlias stamp set. It is one of the current Sale-a-Bration offerings, so if you don’t have it yet you’d better hurry and get it (for free!).

My mother-in-law has not been doing well the past couple of weeks, and because the hospitals here are full with so many Covid cases it has been hard for her to get into the hospital to get the care she needs. She was finally admitted yesterday and I wanted to make a card for her to hopefully brighten her day just a little bit.

I stamped the images and cut them out with my paper snips. I then arranged them on a piece of card stock that was cut with the Stitched Greenery die. A Cajun Craze scalloped edge was cut using a die from the Scalloped Contours dies. The sentiment is from the Nature’s Harvest stamp set and was embossed with white embossing powder. The dsp on the card base is from the Harvest Meadow 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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A Penguin Playmate — FMS501

Oh, we had a fun time celebrating our 500th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches last week — a fabulous gallery, prizes and so many supportive comments! Thank you to everyone who participated in one way or another! With that milestone achieved, it’s time to work on another. This week’s hostess, our favorite Coloradoan, Kim Singdahlsen, has a great sketch to get us started. Take a look:

There are some really cute products in the current Sale-a-Bration offering. One of the first ones on my list was the Penguin Playmates 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper. It is designed to coordinate with the Penguin Place bundle in the holiday mini catalog.

I started this card using a blending brush to apply some Misty Moonlight ink onto a white piece of card stock. Some splatters were added ( I think I got more of the white acrylic paint in my hair than on the paper ) and I cut it out with a die from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies collection.

The sweet bear was cut out of the dsp with my paper snips and popped up with dimensionals. I stamped the balloon and sentiments with stamps from the Penguin Place stamp set. The striped dsp is also from the Penguin Playmates dsp collection.

While this suite is perfectly suited for holiday cards, it’s also cute for other occasions!

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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Blue Harvest — FMS500

Whew!! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog! It’s been a while since I’ve stamped! With making a trip to Atlanta to help my son get moved into his new apartment as he starts his new job after college, and then driving to Michigan and back to help my daughter move out of her apartment and get settled into her new place for school, it has been a very busy month! Though moving is hard work and not very fun, I treasured the time I got to spend with these two. And I’m so glad I got back just in time to participate in Freshly Made Sketches’ 500th challenge!! What a milestone! I am so thrilled to be a part of this team of such wonderful ladies! They are a true blessing in my life and inspire me with not only their incredible stamping talents, but also with the love and friendship they have provided me over the years.

There are some fun prizes associated with this challenge so make sure you stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what you can win. Our hostess this week is our favorite upstate New Yorker, Linda Callahan. Take a look at this fun sketch:

I wanted to play with the Nature’s Harvest stamp set again, and I thought it would work perfectly with the sketch.

I stamped and colored the image before cutting it out with the coordinating die. I then cut out a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using a die from the Scalloped Contours Dies. I added some splatters of Misty Moonlight and Cajun Craze ink and some splatters of watered down white acrylic paint.

The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder and is from the same 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 and learn how to snag one of the terrific prizes we have to celebrate this 500th sketch!

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Red Dahlia –FMS497

Hello, August! I can’t believe I’m saying that already! School starts next week here, and my older two kids will be moving into new digs over the next couple of weeks. That means a couple of trips to Atlanta and Ann Arbor are coming up fast for me. Busy days! But it’s all good! Speaking of good, our hostess at Freshly Made Sketches is the amazing Jacquie Southas, who I believe has also been helping her daughter resettle to a new home far away. Take a look at her fun sketch:

There’s a new catalog and Sale-a-Bration offering on the block this week! When I saw the sketch, I knew this big new flower in the Delicate Dahlias stamp set would be perfect to fill up some of the white space. It’s a Sale-a-Bration set, so that means it’s free with a qualifying order.

I started this card by running the Stitched Greenery die through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. It’s a cool die plate that is like an embossing folder, but instead cuts stitched leaves onto your cardstock.

I then added some strips of black and white paper from the Pattern Party collection. The flower and leaves were stamped with Memento black ink and then stamped with Poppy Parade and Old Olive inks. I love that you can choose to color in the flowers on your own or you can use the stamps to do it. I went the easy route this time and used the stamps. I then cut them out with my paper snips.

The sentiment is also from the stamp set and was cut out using a die from the Harvest dies, which is a collection in the new mini catalog.

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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Three Paned Friendship Flowers — FMS496

We’re back with another new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess, the amazing Judy Rozema, has a fun sketch for us. Take a look:

When I was looking through my stamp sets for a set that would work with the sketch, I knew the Flowers of Friendship set would be perfect with it’s vertical sentiment and long, skinny flower.

I started by stamping the flowers, coloring them with my alcohol markers, and then cutting them out with my paper snips. The dsp is from the Hand-Penned 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 stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration!

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