A Fall Bouquet of Thanks — FMS306

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week, our favorite Massachusetts resident, Jen Mitchell, is our hostess.  And she has a fun sketch for us.  Take a look:

I love the Beautiful Bouquet bundle and decided to make a Fall bouquet with it.  I used a color combo of Crushed Curry, Fresh Fig, Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, and Soft Suede.

I used some Painted Autumn dsp and mounted everything on Some Sahara Sand card stock.

 We’d love for you to join us and create your own card using the sketch.  It’s always fun for us to see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Super Duper Birthday — FMS305

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my turn to be the hostess.  I decided to change things up a little bit (at least for me) and make a sketch for a square card.  I love square cards but don’t normally think to make them.  I also wanted to make the sentiment the focal point of the card, which opens up lots of possibilities.

I pulled a stamp set off the shelf that I hadn’t used in a while, Super Duper.  I am always in need of birthday cards, and this one has a large sentiment that I thought would be perfect for the sketch.

I used my Stampin’ Write markers to color the sentiment, using Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, and So Saffron for the color combination.  The Ticket Tear Border Punch provided a decorative edge on the bottom of the sentiment panel, and some Glitter Enamel Dots and Gold Metallic Thread were added as embellishments.

I hope you’ll make your own card using the sketch and post it in the gallery.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  They always inspire me!

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Birthday Cake Memories — FMS304

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site!  And this week, our favorite stamper from the land down under, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess.  Take a look at this classic sketch that she has for us:

I needed to make a birthday card for a friend and I was drawn to the classic images in the Birthday Memories suite.  There are so many cute images in the dsp that are perfect for focal images on cards.  And one of the fabulous things about the coordinating framelits is that they work with some of the dsp images as well as the stamps.  Love that!

I started by using a piece of the Birthday Memories dsp and adding some strips of Lemon Lime Twist card stock that had been punched using the Ticket Tear Border punch.  I then cut out the birthday cake image (totally forgetting that there is a framelit for it — doh!)  It was placed on a Stitched Shapes Framelits die.

I added some strips of ribbon for embellishments and used a Paper Pumpkin sentiment.  Easy Peasy!

We hope you’ll join us and create 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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One Down and the Rest to Go — FMS303

It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches today, and this week the New Zealand stamper extraordinaire, Karren Johnson, is our hostess. Take a look at this fun sketch that she has designed for us:

I have to say it has been hard to focus on stamping this past week with all of the horrible and devastating effects that Hurricane Harvey has had on our state.  While we have not had a drop of rain where I live in the DFW area so I have not been personally affected, I have found myself glued to the news stations and Facebook to check on friends who live in South Texas and my heart breaks for them.  I grew up in a small town in South Texas, not far from Rockport, where the hurricane landed.  We spent many days at the beach in Port Aransas.  It’s unbelievable to see what has happened to this area.  And then the incredible flooding in Houston has been so terrible for other friends.  I have friends who have lost homes, but I am so thankful that they are safe.  Wow!  What an unbelievable week!  If you have been affected, I am so sorry and I pray that you will find relief quickly.

Some of my fellow teammates have been showing beautiful Christmas cards all Summer, and I haven’t made a single one.  So I finally decided that I needed to get started and at least make one to get the ball rolling.  I don’t have any of the new sets yet, so I pulled out one that carried over to the annual catalog, Christmas Pines.  I tried to use the greenery as the star elements in the sketch and the pine cone as the triangle element.  Hmmm….I may have taken some creative liberties with this sketch.

I used a piece of the Wood Textures dsp stack and trimmed it with a bit of Cherry Cobbler card stock cut with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

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

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Eclectic Trio — FMS302

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week we have one all the way from France, courtesy of our lovely friend, Cecile Ribon.  Take a look at what she has for us:

I love a good collage style sketch and this one is fun because all of the shapes are different and they’re large.  I started out by grabbing a die-cut flower from the May Flowers Framelits collection that I’ve had on my desk for a long time.  I didn’t use it on a project I made months ago and it has been patiently sitting on my desk waiting for a forever home.  I thought it would be great for the pink circle part of the sketch.  Then I thought some leaves would be great for the green triangle image, which spurred me to grab the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  When I stamped the leaves with the coordinating Oh So Eclectic stamp set, I thought I might as well use one of the flowers from that stamp set since it was out (yeah — I’m lazy like that).  And there you go — I had my three shapes for the collage.

I stamped some splatters from Touches of Texture and some black + symbols from the Oh So Eclectic set in the background.  A bit of black baker’s twine and gold sequin trim were added as well.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to look through the gallery and see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has whipped up for your inspiration.

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Butterfly Sympathy — FMS301

Well, we’ve officially reached the end of Summer here in the O’Neill household.  We dropped my son off for his first year of college on Sunday and the girls started school this morning.  It has been a whirlwind these past couple of weeks!  But one thing that helps me keep my sanity is making some time to be creative, and making something with a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is a great way to do that.  This week, our wonderfully kind and creative Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch:

I needed to stock up on some sympathy cards and I hadn’t used the Watercolor Wings stamp set in a while, so I decided to go that route.  I love this set and the coordinating dies, and I think they are perfect for almost any kind of card.

I started by sponging the top panel with some Powder Pink and Peekaboo Peach inks.  The butterflies were stamped with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry inks.  Some pretty iridescent sequins and Peekaboo Peach baker’s twine were added as well.

The sentiment from Rose Wonder was embossed with gold embossing powder.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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300 with Zest — FMS300

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week we are celebrating our 300th sketch challenge! Wow!  That’s a lot of sketches!  I feel like we just celebrated our 200th sketch, and now here we are at 300.  You don’t need to remind me that time flies.  My oldest is about to move over 600 miles away as he goes to college.  We are moving him into his dorm on Sunday. As I have been helping him pack all of the things he’ll be taking with him, I can’t help but wonder how we could be at this point in his life already.  I have shed some tears this week and I’m sure there will be plenty more shed as I make that 9 hour drive back home on Monday.  But he’s ready, even though I’m not.  Yep, time flies.

But back to our 300th Challenge.  We have a special prize for one lucky participant this week.  One random winner will receive all of the cards created by the design team using the sketch below.

I pulled out a stamp set I hadn’t used yet called Lemon Zest.  I love that it has a coordinating punch, which makes it so easy to use.  I paired it with some dsp and created a background with some embossing paste and a stencil.  You can see the supplies listed below.

I scooped out a little bit of embossing paste and mixed in one drop of So Saffron ink before spreading it over the stencil.  So easy!  And I love how quickly it dries.

We hope you’ll join us and play along with this special challenge this week.  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration (and for one lucky winner).

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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