Little Red House — FMS455

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Bay Stater and clean stamper extraordinaire, Jen Mitchell, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun square sketch:

I hadn’t made a square card in a while, so I was glad that Jen drew a square sketch.  I wanted to play with the cute houses in the Coming Home stamp set, so that was my starting point.

The focal circle was made with a little ink blending and was cut out with a Stitched Shapes circle.  I then stamped the tree , chimney smoke, and light pole directly on the circle.  The two houses and wreath were stamped and colored with alcohol markers and cut out with the coordinating dies.  I layered the two houses to make one house with a little more dimension.

The sentiment was cut from a piece of dsp from the Trimming the Town collection.  That is also where the background paper with the trees is from.

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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Life is Better with Autumn — FMS454

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is our creative and talented friend, Jacquie Southas.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

This card started out with the sentiment.  I wanted to make a card for my college daughter and thought this stamp would be perfect.  Since today is the first day of Fall, I decided to go with that theme as well.

I started by masking off a rectangle with washi tape and then blended some inks to create the background.  I then stamped the sentiment on a piece of Very Vanilla and cut it out with a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies.  Some leaves and the acorn were punched out of a piece of dsp from the Gilded Autumn dsp collection with the coordinating punches.  Some Gilded Gems were added 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!

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Gather Home — FMS453

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week the very talented and lovely Judy Rozema is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

This sketch is so versatile!  I looked through the stamp sets on my shelf and pulled out the Coming Home set because I hadn’t used it yet and I wanted to color.  I decided to make a Fall themed card rather than a Christmas card, which this set was designed for.

I started by stamping the two houses, trees, and wreath with Memento Black ink and colored them with my alcohol markers.  I then cut them out with the coordinating dies.  I layered the smaller house over the larger one to make a new house.  These images layer so easily and give you so many possibilities.  I love them!

I sponged a little Crumb Cake and Balmy Blue inks onto the circle to add a little depth.  I then added some Pretty Peacock splatters to the sky.  The sentiment is from the Gather Together stamp set and was stamped with Cajun Craze ink.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love seeing 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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Grateful Heart — FMS452

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week it is my turn to be the hostess, which means it is my turn to provide the sketch.  Here’s what I came up with:

When I made the sketch, I thought it would be perfect to showcase some pretty Fall leaves or some pretty flowers, or whatever focal images you’d like to feature.  I went with the leaves, and inked up those from Loyal Leaves for the first time.

We had a big road trip to Michigan last week to move my daughter into her college apartment.  It is such a long drive (1,111 miles away)!  My parents came down to stay with our youngest who is in high school while my husband and I made the trip.  I wanted to make a card for them to thank them for coming down here from Kansas.

I love the detail on these pretty leaves!  I cut them out with my paper snips and placed then on the Mint Macaron card base.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set and was cut out with a die from the Detailed Bands dies collection.

I sponged a little bit of Mint Macaron ink on the sentiment piece before stamping the sentiment with Early Espresso ink.

I hope you’ll play along with the challenge this week!  I’d love to see what you create with the sketch.  Looking through the gallery will be so much fun this 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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Life is Better in Autumn — FMS451

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week, our sketch comes all the way from Australia courtesy of our favorite Artisan designer, Narelle Farrugia.  Take a look at what she has given us:

Now that it’s September, I feel like Fall should be in the air.  But alas, I live in Texas, so it will be awhile.  Sigh…  However, I can embrace all of Fall’s glory in my craft room and make Fall cards.  I grabbed the new Gilded Autumn suite and went to work.

I started this card with the pack of designer series paper.  The card base with the brown splatters — it’s a sheet of dsp.  The little punched leaves and acorns — they’re from a sheet of dsp.  The two pretty printed rectangles — yep, more dsp.

The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set, Beautiful Autumn, and was embossed on a piece of Early Espresso card stock, which I cut out with a label from the Ornate Frames Dies.

I added a little ribbon and linen thread and the pretty punched shapes (There are coordinating punches for this suite.  The tiny leaf was cut by hand as it doesn’t have a punch).

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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Poinsettia Glow — FMS449

Another week has flown by and it’s once again time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week our sketch comes all the way from France via our favorite queen of die-cuts, Cecile Ribon.  Take a look at her fun sketch:

Well, this sketch had me stumped for a long while.  And then I thought — what would Cecile do?  Why, she would pull out some of her really cool dies!  But I didn’t really have any geometric dies that would work.  So I got a little creative and probably strayed WAY far away from the sketch.  But hopefully, you can kinda see what I was going for.  The flower is the top large triangle, the leaves are the bottom triangle and the yellow sprig is the little triangle.  Yeah, it’s a stretch! ha!

I love poinsettias at Christmas time, and these dies are so pretty with their embossed detail.  There was little stamping involved on this card — just the sentiment, which I also love.

I started by sponging on some Crushed Curry ink on to a piece of white card stock and then splattered some of the same ink over it.

The focal image was cut from Real Red, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry 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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Halloween Flight of Fancy — FMS#448

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is Jen Brum, our lovely and talented Canadian friend.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

Now I know it’s too early to start thinking about Halloween, but I recently got a few things from the new August-December mini catalog, and one of my favorite stamps is the adorable Flight of Fancy set, which covers three holidays — Christmas,  Halloween, and Valentine’s Day.  I thought the little witch would work well with the slanted feature on the card, so I went with that.

I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the image with Memento black ink.  I then colored the piece with markers and mounted it on a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock, which was mounted on a Gray Granite card base sponged with a little ink of the same color.

The sentiment is from the new Hallows Night Magic stamp set and was embossed with some old shimmery black embossing powder.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to browse the gallery and admire your creativity.  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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Rainbow Dino — FMS447

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our talented stamping friend from Colorado, Kim Singdahlsen.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

I went in many different directions with this sketch before settling on a plan.  I cut a piece of dsp that I wanted to use and that was my starting point.  After coloring and cutting out the focal element, I just didn’t like how it was coming together so I cut out another piece of dsp and chose a different focal element.  After getting everything ready to place down, I wasn’t happy again.  However, by simply flipping the piece of dsp over to the pattern on the back, I got happier.  I mean, how could you not be happy with rainbow themed paper!

The dsp came from the Playing with Patterns pack and the dino is from the Dino Days stamp set.  I  cut it out with the coordinating Dino Dies.

We hope you’ll join us and make 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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So Much Love for Slimline — FMS446

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the lovely and talented Linda Callahan, our friend from upstate New York.  She has something new for us — a slimline card.  Take a peek:

I started by applying a light watercolor wash of Calypso Coral ink on a piece of watercolor card stock.  While that was drying, I stamped and colored the flowers from the So Much Love stamp set and cut them out with my paper snips.

The sentiment is from the Tasteful Touches stamp set and was stamped with Memento Black ink.  My card measures 3-1/2″ X 8-1/2″.

This is the first slimline card I’ve ever made and it was fun to make something new and different.

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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Cue the Confetti — FMS445

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

I’ll have to admit those little baby circles in the sketch threw me for a loop.  I had no idea what to do with them.  Then I decided that I needed to make a birthday card for this weekend, so I would start with that.  When I looked at my stamp sets, I decided to use the Pattern Play set, which I hadn’t inked up yet.  And lo and behold, there was a stamp with little semi-circles/scallops that I thought would be perfect.  I love it when that happens!

The designer series paper from the Playing with Patterns pack is really the star of the show on this card.  I love the fun colors and the diagonal stripes.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a circle die.  A slightly larger circle was cut out of Night of Navy card stock as well.  The scallops were stamped with Calypso Coral ink on Calypso Coral card stock and cut out with my paper snips.  I then stamped the sequins/confetti with Crushed Curry ink.

A little white baker’s twine bow was added as an embellishment.

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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