Plants Forever — FMS555

There’s a new sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches. It was provided by our favorite fussy-cutting, flower-loving, Australian stamper, Narelle Farrugia. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I love the cute plants in the Forever Friendship stamp set. And just like the sentiment, I can’t keep real plants alive. I guess I’ll just stick to the cute stamped ones.

I stamped the image and sentiments from the Forever Friendship stamp set and colored them with my alcohol markers. I paired them with some dsp from the Happy Forest Friends collection.

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

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A Taste of Fall — FMS553

There’s a new sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the queen of die-cuts, Cecile Ribon. Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I decided to go with a Fall theme for this sketch. It is my favorite season, and I love the colors. The Fond of Autumn stamp set seemed like an appropriate set to work with this theme, so that was pulled down from my shelf.

I started by using a blending brush to apply some Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze inks to a stencil I made by cutting a square out of a scrap of card stock.

Once that was finished I stamped the leaves and acorn and the sentiment banner and cut them out. A little bit of linen thread and some old sequins were added as embellishments, and that was that.

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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Best Witches — FMS552

There’s a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite mountain hiking Canadian stamping talent, Jen Brum. Take a look at what she has for us:

Now that the calendar says it’s September, I feel like I should start making Fall themed cards. Plus, I love Fall so bring on all of the Fall stuff!

I thought one of the cute witches from the Best Witches stamp set would work well with the focal panel of the sketch. I stamped the image and colored it with alcohol markers.

I paired it with a piece of dsp from the Black & White designs 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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Nourish & Flourish — FMS551

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! And this week our hostess, the incredibly talented Kim Singdahlsen, has a fun sketch for us. Take a look:

I was immediately drawn to the pretty flowers and some of my favorite colors in the Nourish & Flourish card kit, which contains all you need to make several pretty cards. It makes card-making a snap! And with every kit purchase, Stampin’ Up is donating $3 to support organizations working to end food insecurity.

Absolutely everything on this card came from the kit. I just cut some of the contents down to fit the sketch. Easy peasy!

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 made for your inspiration!

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New Home Good Wishes — FMS550

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our very talented stamping friend from Massachusetts, Jen Mitchell. She has a fun square sketch for us. Take a look:

One of these days I will get back to stamping and coloring and making cards like I used to make. But for now, I am happy to let pretty designer series paper do the work for me.

It had been a long time since I had made a square card. I love this sheet of dsp in the Sale-a-Bration offering, Rings of Love, and I thought the cute houses would be perfect for the boxes in the sketch. The hardest part of making this card was figuring out what size to make each of the boxes in the sketch. I didn’t get it exactly right, but oh, well.

The sentiment is from the Charming Sentiments stamp set. I thought it would work for a “welcome to the neighborhood” card.

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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Hippo Bath Time– FMS549

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches. And this week our hostess is the multi-talented Jennifer Timko, who not only makes gorgeous cards but also flies the friendly skies. Take a look at her versatile sketch:

The cute hippo set and coordinating dies in the Sale-a-Bration offering are so fun! I colored one of the images with my alcohol markers and then cut out some fun accessories with the coordinating dies.

I placed the little scene on a piece of dsp from the hostess offering, Celebrate Everything.

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 made for your inspiration!

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Wonderful World of Flowers — FMS548

We’re back with another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is provided courtesy of Jacquie Southas. Not only does she make gorgeous cards, but she makes fabulous sketches as well. Take a look:

School starts here today. My youngest is a Senior in high school this year, so this is the last year of having any chicks in the nest. In the craziness of getting last minute preparations done, I needed to make a quick card. So, as I’ve mentioned before, I like to turn to my collection of dsp to make things easier.

I selected one of the sheets from the Sale-a-Bration collection called Wonderful World. It has some beautiful flowers, and I chose one and cut it out with my paper snips. A strip from another sheet of this dsp collecion was used on the right side of the card.

The lattice background was cut using a die from the Organic Beauty die collection, and was adhered to the card base. The sentiment is from the Lovely & Lasting stamp set and was cut using the coordinating 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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Rings of Love Sympathy — FMS547

We have another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and our hostess this week is the multi-talented Judy Rozema, who is not only a card maker extraordinaire but is also involved in producing a musical in her community. Even with all of this on her full plate, she has made a fun sketch for us this week. Take a look:

I needed to make a quick sympathy card, and an easy way to make a quick card is to let dsp be the star of a card. There’s a pretty sheet of bird images in the Rings of Love dsp collection, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering. I thought it would be perfect for a sympathy card, so that is where I started.

I stamped the sentiment and pretty border frame from the Lovely & Lasting stamp set. There is a coordinating punch for this stamp set. I added a baker’s twine bow and called it a day.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! 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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Charming Birthday Sentiment — FMS546

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my privilege to be the hostess. I think there are some great opportunities to be creative with this sketch, so I am really looking forward to visiting the gallery this week!

When I designed this sketch, I thought I’d use one of the many floral sets in my stash. However, since my hubby’s birthday is this week, I really needed to make a birthday card and floral sets weren’t going to cut it for that. So I went totally off track. What else is new? ha!

I used the Charming Sentiments bundle to make the focal image. I cut out the candles and stars with some of the coordinating dies. The polka dot dsp is from the Celebrate Everything collection, which is a hostess offering in the mini catalog.

I hadn’t used Pacific Point in a long time, and I’d forgotten how much I like it. I’m glad the colors in this dsp made me pull it out again.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! Please feel free to change it up and use different shapes to make the sketch work for you. 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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Splendid Thoughts — FMS545

For those who haven’t melted in this crazy heat yet, we have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches. In North Texas, we are doing our best to see how many days we can break the 100 degrees mark. So far, we have had 22 days, and it isn’t even August yet. The record was set in 2011, when we had a whopping 71 days over 100 degrees. Please, Lord, may we not come close to breaking that record. So far, we are only one day behind that year at this point in the summer.

Our hostess this week, Narelle Farrugia, is certainly not experiencing the same weather problems since she is currently enjoying Winter as she lives in Australia. She has a fun sketch for us. Take a look:

I thought the new Splendid Thoughts bundle would work well with this sketch as there are some long, slender images in the set that would work well with this orientation,

I stamped the images three times and cut them out with the coordinating dies. The little bees were also stamped and cut using the same bundle.

I cut out some white rectangles using the Deckled Rectangles Dies, and placed the images and die-cut leaves on them. The rectangles were placed on a Pool Party Card from the current Sale-a-Bration offering, which I believe is already sold out.

The sentiment is from the Charming Sentiments bundle. I added some Opal Rounds and baker’s twine as embellishments.

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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