Buffalo Checked Fall Leaves — FMS359

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is our favorite card-making Aussie artist, Narelle Farrugia.  She has a fabulous sketch for us that offers many possibilities.  Take a peek:

While trying to decide what to use for the circles in the sketch, I uncovered an unused leaf from the Falling for Leaves stamp set that I had stamped over a month ago but hadn’t colored.  Thinking leaves would work with the sketch, I pulled out my markers and got to coloring.

I started by stamping the Buffalo Check background stamp with Versamark ink on a piece of Mint Macaron card stock and embossing it with clear embossing powder.  I love this background stamp!

The color scheme includes Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze.

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 stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Merry and Bright — FMS358

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite paper crafter extraordinaire from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, has a fun sketch for us.  Take a look:

I thought I would add another Christmas card to the stack as the large circle image made me think of a wreath.  When I was looking at the stamp sets on my shelf, I was drawn to the Making Christmas Bright bundle.  There is a circular image in the set that is adorned with tiny stars, and while I’m not sure if it’s really a wreath, I thought it would work well with the sketch.

The card base is a 3-1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake note card.  I stamped the string of light on it randomly with Versamark ink.

I embossed the star wreath with gold embossing powder and stamped the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce ink.  The bulbs were stamped with Shaded Spruce, Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler inks.

This was a quick and easy one to pull together.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you make.  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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Leafy Topiary — FMS357

We have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches this week and it has come all the way from France, the home of our die-cut guru, Cecile Ribon.  She has an interesting and fun sketch for us this week.  I think it’s super versatile, and here’ s a look:

When I saw the vertical sentiment, I immediately thought of the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  I love the topiaries in this set, and there is a sheet of dsp in the Share What You Love collection, that I think is a perfect match.  So this card came together quickly and easily.  I love when that happens!

I kept the embellishments to a bare minimum since there is already quite a bit going on with this card, with the dsp and sentiment strip.

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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Birthday Brew — FMS356

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our lovely Canadian friend, Jen Brum, who makes such beautiful clean cards (and who may, or may not, have a phobia when it comes to circles — ha!).   Take a look at this circle-free card that she has for us this week:

Those three panels gave me fits!  I tried many different things with them and just couldn’t get happy.  Then I pulled a dusty stamp set off my shelf, and after playing with it I wondered why I hadn’t used it in so long.  It is such a fun set!  That stamp set was the Bubble Over stamp set.

I sponged the ink onto the stamp and stamped it with Pool Party, Petal Pink, and Soft Sea Foam.  The card base is Gray Granite.  The dsp is from the Twinkle, Twinkle dsp 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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A String of Lights — FMS355

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite Coloradan card maker, Kim Singdahlsen.  Take a look at the sketch she has created for us:

When I first saw this sketch, I focused on the vertical strip.  I recently acquired the Making Christmas Bright bundle and was itching to ink it up.  I thought I could run a string of lights down the card in place of the vertical strip.

This bundle includes a punch which punches out the two parts of the light bulbs.  I love dies, but punches are my favorite.  They are quicker and easier.  I stamped the lights and punched them out.  The metal part of the bulbs were punched from silver foil card stock.

The stamp set also includes a little star stamp, which I used with Gray Granite Ink.  The dsp is from the Twinkle, Twinkle dsp collection.  A string of Silver & White Baker’s Twine was used as the cord.

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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Three Branches of Thought — FMS354

Here we go with another sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is the lovely Linda Callahan, the one who makes us smile and laugh with her stories and who wows us with her paper crafting talents.  Take a look at what she has for us this week:

I have really been focused on Fall-themed projects lately, but Summer is still not over, especially in Texas.  I felt like making something sunny and happy and I pulled out a stamp set that hadn’t seen any love in a while, Colorful Seasons.  I thought the branches in this set would work well with the sketch, so away I went.

I started by brushing on some Daffodil Delight ink onto a piece of watercolor cardstock with an aquapainter.  Once that was dry I stamped the branches, sentiment, and flowers.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you make each week 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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Leaf Harvest — FMS353

We have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week the lovely and talented Jen Mitchell is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

This one opens itself to many possibilities. I love square cards, yet rarely make them, so I was excited to see this week’s sketch.  Now that it’s September and Fall is officially on the way, I am itching to make some Fall themed cards and use Fall colors.  One of the new sets I ordered from the Holiday catalog is the Falling for Leaves set.  I love the stamped leaves, and the coordinating die-cute leaves are beautiful.  I decided to pair them both for this card.

I started by stamping some of the filler images on a square piece of Sahara Sand cardstock.  I then stamped and die-cut the leaves from various Fall colors — Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, and Merry Merlot.

The beautifully detailed border strip was cut from Mossy Meadow cardstock using one of the dies from the Detailed Leaves Thinlits.

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