Hand-Penned Mother’s Day — FMS484

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my pleasure to be the hostess, which means I get to provide the sketch for the week. I have a very simple collage-style sketch and I think it’s pretty versatile — you don’t have to use a leaf but can use any kind of image you prefer. Take a look:

I needed to make another Mother’s Day card and thought the new Hand-Penned Petals set would work perfectly with the sketch. This bundle has some of the prettiest dsp ever, and I had planned to use it on my Mother’s Day card, but then changed my mind on the dsp at the last minute.

I colored the focal image with my alcohol markers and then cut it out with a coordinating die. I love how the die cuts out those little bits between the leaves. I cut out the scalloped focal panel using a die from the new Scalloped Contours dies. I think I’m just going to leave this set of dies out on my desk because I think I’ll be getting a lot of use out of them!

The sentiment is from the A Wish for Everything stamp set. Some little sparkly gems from the Genial Gems collection 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. 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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Praying for a Sweet Friend — FMS483

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the fussy-cutting, floral queen, Narelle Farrugia. Take a look at this fabulous sketch:

My daughter has a good friend who has been struggling with some undiagnosed health issues, which have gotten worse over the past few months. I feel for her, and pray for her often. I wanted to make a card for her and send it to her as she prepares for final exams.

I used the Pretty Perennials set and coordinating dies to make this card. The dsp is from the Fine Art Floral collection. I stamped the envelope too, which is a quick and easy way to add a special touch.

I stamped the flower twice and layered them on top of each other. The twine is some old, retired twine and the Holiday Rhinestone Jewels are on the current retiring list.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what 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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C is for Congratulations, Cole — FMS482

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our fabulous hostess, Karren Johnson, is providing us a slimline card sketch all the way from New Zealand. I love how technology makes that so easy! Take a look at her fun sketch:

Before I even looked at the sketch, I knew I was going to make a graduation card because our son is graduating next week! He graduated last year with his Bachelor’s degree, but didn’t get to participate in any graduation activities because of, you know, Covid. Next week, he’ll be graduating with his Masters in Accounting from the University of Alabama and I can’t wait to celebrate with him. This handsome guy had a wonderful four years at Alabama and he’ll be starting his career with Ernst & Young in Atlanta in July.

For his card, I used the retiring set, Monogram Messages. I paired it with some miscellaneous graduation stamps I have held onto over the years and some old dsp that was in my stash.

I started by applying some embossing paste, which I haven’t used in a very long time, over a retired stars stencil. I love the texture it adds.

I printed Cole’s name off on some card stock and cut it out and pasted it onto the card to personalize it. Plus, his name starts with C, so it seemed fitting for the theme of the 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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Many flowers for Mother’s Day — FMS481

Goodness! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. We had the interior of our house painted, and man, is that a lot of work — even though we hired someone to do the actual painting it’s still a lot of work. Most of the work was my craft room, which also serves as our office/study room. We installed some Elfa shelving on three of the four walls in that room and use lots of vertical space. All of that had to come down for the painters and then when they were done we had to put it all back up again. Whew!! There’s nothing like having to pack up all of your crafting stuff to make you realize just how much you really have! Here’s a look at the finished product (I still haven’t put the curtains up yet). I went with a Sherwin Williams color called Natural Choice, which is nice and clean and bright. It looks darker in these pictures than it really is.

Well now that I’m unpacked and my room is back in order, I was excited to get to play along with the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Cecile Ribon, our favorite French stamper. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I thought I should get a jump on Mother’s Day cards before things get really busy again. I pulled out the Pierced Blooms Dies and ran some through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.

I framed the focal panel with a piece of dsp from the True Love collection and placed it all on a So Saffron card base. Some Matte Black Dots were added to the flower centers to add a touch of black to coordinate with the dsp and sentiment.

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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Perennials for Easter — FMS478

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the amazing Jen Timko. Actually, I should call her Captain Timko, as she has recently become one of United Airline’s newest captains. A big Congratulations to her!! Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us this week:

I need to make some Easter cards to put in some Easter Basket care packages, so that was my goal with this sketch. I don’t really have any current cute Easter stamps, so I decided to go with pretty Spring flowers instead.

I started by stamping some of the floral images from the Pretty Perennials set and then cut them out with the coordinating Perennial Petals dies.

I added the little “Easter” sentiment from the A Wish for Everything stamp set. A strip of dsp from the Ice Cream Corner collection was added at the bottom of the card base.

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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Thank You Berry Much — FMS477

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the butterfly-stamping queen and lover of square cards, Jen Mitchell. Of course, Jen makes beautiful cards with whatever stamp set and shape she uses, but I think she makes especially gorgeous cards with butterflies and square cards. Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

When I first saw this sketch, I knew I wanted to use some fun dsp for the background behind the focal square. This paper is from the Sale-a-Bration pack called Berry Delightful. I still had some in my stash, so I thought I’d use it with the Sweet Strawberry stamp set which is still available in the mini catalog.

I cut it into two triangles and placed it on a Basic White card base. I then cut out some of the strawberries and flowers with my paper snips from the pattern on the other side of the dsp and arranged them on a Stitched with Whimsy cut out. Some Misty Moonlight enamel dots were thrown in there as well.

The sentiment is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and was also cut out with paper snips.

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 whipped up for your inspiration.

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St. Patrick’s Day Care Package — FMS476

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is Linda Callahan, our fun friend from New York, who is one talented card maker. Take a look at this fun sketch:

My college girl is in the throes of midterm exams and with no spring break this year, it’s all a little much. I thought she could use a care package and since St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to use that theme. Besides, with a name like O’Neill, I think we’re required to celebrate this day!

I started with a card. Since I don’t have any St. Patrick’s Day stamps, I had to get creative and since the care package is mostly filled with treats, I thought some mint chocolate chip ice cream would fit in with the green theme.

I used the cute Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and coordinating punch for the fun ice cream and the Word Wishes dies for the sentiment. Some linen thread was used for the diagonal stripes in the sketch. And some Ice Cream Corner dsp was adhered to the card base.

I used some of the remaining dsp to decorate the box. I printed out some shamrocks on some Garden Green card stock and used some old letter dies to cut out the “Love You.” I included some candies and a t-shirt with the O’Neill coat of arms, which I found on Etsy. Hopefully this will be a fun thing for her to open and she’ll know we’re thinking of her.

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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Popsicle Birthday — FMS475

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the ever lovely and talented Jacquie Southas. Take a look at this great sketch:

I needed to make a birthday card for a sweet friend and when I saw this sketch I immediately thought of the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set, figuring that ice cream treats could make up the three rectangular focal points. And since this friend loves color like I do, I knew this would be a good set for her birthday card.

I started by brushing some Pool Party ink on a piece of watercolor paper. Once that dried, I used one of the Stitched with Whimsy Dies to add the fun stitching around the edges.

The popsicles were stamped using my stamp positioning tool so I could make them exactly the same size, as these popsicles are made using three stamps — the top part, the bottom part, and the stick. I then cut them and the sentiment out with my paper snips.

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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A Touch of Ink Hummingbird — FMS474

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

This is the last week of Sale-a-Bration! Since I hadn’t gotten the A Touch of Ink stamp set inky yet, I decided I’d better hurry up and use it. I love hummingbirds and I’m drawn to hummingbird stamps. But when it comes to coloring them, I feel like a failure — a frustrated failure. I think it’s because they are so gorgeous and colorful in real life and it’s hard to capture that with ink and paper.

I stamped and colored this bird several times using different techniques and then just went with watercoloring because it’s the most forgiving. I sponged on a little Rococo Rose ink onto the card base because I have a fear of too much white space. I probably wouldn’t do that again, but after spending so much time coloring different hummingbirds I was out of time and needed to finish up so I didn’t redo that panel. Sometimes, you just have to call it a day and let it go. 🙂

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Ice Cream for Frigid Days — FMS473

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my privilege to be the hostess. I have a sketch with some layers this week, so use your creativity with this one.

I made my card for this sketch last week, and thought some ice cream would be fun for a birthday card I needed to send. With the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing here in Texas, maybe that wasn’t a good idea. We are now on day three of rolling blackouts with no end in sight until possibly the weekend. At our house we have been fortunate to have intermittent power. We seem to be in a cycle of about 30 minutes with power on and then about an hour with no power. And it has been very cold (at least by Texas standards), Yesterday morning it was -2 degrees F. We’ve gotten snow twice now, and temperatures aren’t supposed to get above freezing until Saturday. The temperature in our house has been in the low to mid 50s since Monday morning. We are blessed to have a gas fireplace, so we do have some heat from that. We moved some of our furniture directly in front of the fireplace and you can find us huddled under blankets in our layered clothing there. My husband has taken the prize for most layers – six! I feel like I’m living in the days of Little House on the Prairie and have renewed respect for settlers in the days before electricity! Despite the discomfort and inconvenience, we are blessed! We haven’t had any frozen pipes yet (houses here are not built for these conditions) and when our power does come on for short bursts, we run to the microwave and stove to heat up some food. Of course, everything is shut down here because we have snow on the ground (again, we are not used to these conditions and know our limitations about driving in it). 🙂 So at least we don’t have to venture outside into the pretty winter wonderland.

I used some of the Ice Cream Corner dsp and the coordinating punch to create this card. The sentiment is from the coordinating Sweet Ice Cream stamp set.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! I am looking forward to browsing the gallery and seeing what you make 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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