Red Dahlia –FMS497

Hello, August! I can’t believe I’m saying that already! School starts next week here, and my older two kids will be moving into new digs over the next couple of weeks. That means a couple of trips to Atlanta and Ann Arbor are coming up fast for me. Busy days! But it’s all good! Speaking of good, our hostess at Freshly Made Sketches is the amazing Jacquie Southas, who I believe has also been helping her daughter resettle to a new home far away. Take a look at her fun sketch:

There’s a new catalog and Sale-a-Bration offering on the block this week! When I saw the sketch, I knew this big new flower in the Delicate Dahlias stamp set would be perfect to fill up some of the white space. It’s a Sale-a-Bration set, so that means it’s free with a qualifying order.

I started this card by running the Stitched Greenery die through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. It’s a cool die plate that is like an embossing folder, but instead cuts stitched leaves onto your cardstock.

I then added some strips of black and white paper from the Pattern Party collection. The flower and leaves were stamped with Memento black ink and then stamped with Poppy Parade and Old Olive inks. I love that you can choose to color in the flowers on your own or you can use the stamps to do it. I went the easy route this time and used the stamps. I then cut them out with my paper snips.

The sentiment is also from the stamp set and was cut out using a die from the Harvest dies, which is a collection in the new mini catalog.

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 made for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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Three Paned Friendship Flowers — FMS496

We’re back with another new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess, the amazing Judy Rozema, has a fun sketch for us. Take a look:

When I was looking through my stamp sets for a set that would work with the sketch, I knew the Flowers of Friendship set would be perfect with it’s vertical sentiment and long, skinny flower.

I started by stamping the flowers, coloring them with my alcohol markers, and then cutting them out with my paper snips. The dsp is from the Hand-Penned collection.

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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Christmas in July — FMS495

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my privilege to provide the sketch for the week. Take a look:

I’ve seen so many people posting Christmas in July creations this month, so I decided to join in. This card is also full of sneak peeks of new products in the upcoming Holiday catalog which comes out in just a couple of weeks.

I started with a new embossing folder, the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder, which isn’t really a Christmas theme, but I thought it fit in with the rustic look. I embossed some of the new Kraft paper, which I love!

I then stamped some of the different images from the Christmas season stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

The sentiment is from another new stamp set called Merriest Moments. I love the gorgeous sentiments in this set! I added some new Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots and linen thread as embellishments.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what you create 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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Dotty Art Gallery — FMS494

Oh, boy!! This month is flying by! It’s already time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the incredible Narelle Farrugia. Take a look at her simple sketch, which is full of possibilities:

I wanted to use one of the new In-colors that I’ve neglected so far, Polished Pink. I don’t know why it has been ignored! I love it! I thought the easiest way to use it would be with flowers, and since flowers seem to dominate my stamp set shelves, that was an easy decision.

I started by stamping the flower from the Art Gallery stamp set and cutting it out with the coordinating dies. I sponged some Balmy Blue ink onto some white card stock, cut out a piece with a rectangle stitched die and splattered some black ink on it. Some fun In Color Jewels were added as embellishments.

The sentiment is also from the Art Gallery stamp set and was cut out with a Tasteful Labels die. A piece of dsp from the Pattern Party collection was adhered to the card base.

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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Loved, Today & Always — FMS493

We are cruising our way into July, and we have a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Karren Johnson, our resident queen of coloring, , blending, and making all things gorgeous. Take a look at her fun sketch:

When I first sat down with this sketch, I knew I wanted to use the flowers in the Flowers of Friendship stamp set. So before coloring them, I picked out some dsp from the Pattern Party collection so I could decide on a color scheme.

These flowers were easy to put together thanks to the coordinating punch that works with both blooms and leaves.

The sentiment is from the Through It Together stamp set.

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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Peach Blossom Birthday — FMS492

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from France. Cecile Ribon, the queen of using die-cut images to make gorgeous clean cards, has a fun sketch for us. Take a look:

I thought this sketch would be perfect to use a die-cut flower (especially in honor of our hostess, Cecile) and some pretty dsp. So the You’re a Peach suite was an easy choice for me.

I started this card by stamping the leaves and using one of the coordinating dies to cut them out. I then used my paper snips to cut out the flowers from a piece of the coordinating dsp.

I used two different patterns of the dsp for the card base and focal panel. I love the pretty colors in this suite! Some Pale Papaya Open Weave Ribbon was added beneath the focal panel.

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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Hand-Penned Birthday — FMS490

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

I needed to make a birthday card for my sweet mom and since she loves flowers, I decided to use a floral set. Hand-Penned Petals bundle to the rescue!

The flowers were colored with alcohol markers and cut out using the coordinating dies. I added a strip of coordinating dsp and cut a piece of Mint Macaron card stock using a scalloped die in the Hand-Penned bundle. Some fun little glittery gems were added as embellishments.

The sentiment is from the Sweet as a Peach stamp set.

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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Stellar Astronaut — FMS489

We’re back with another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our lovely New Yorker friend, Linda Callahan. Take a look at this fun sketch:

Normally I might think this is a challenging sketch. What to do with those little circles? But I recently acquired a new stamp set, Stellar Birthday, that I knew my older two kids would love as they are big space nerds. And this set has little planets that I thought would be perfect for the little circles. This card is for my daughter, who would love to go on a mission to Mars. In fact, that is what she wrote her college application essay about. Not me — I think I’ll keep my feet firmly on Earth.

I started this out by stamping the images, coloring them with alcohol markers, and then cutting them out with my paper snips. I arranged them on a piece of Ombre Specialty Paper which is sparkly and oh-so-pretty and was cut using a die from the Scalloped Contours Dies collection.

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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You Are Loved — FMS488

We’re back with another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the incredible Jen Mitchell. Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I needed to make something really quick as I haven’t had much stamping time lately, and I wanted to use a new set that I hadn’t used yet called In Symmetry. I probably would have skipped right over this stamp set, but when I saw the coordinating dsp which I fell in love with at first sight, the stamp set ended up in my cart too.

Since the dsp is so fabulous, I wanted to make it the star of the show. This is a color palette I adore! I used the dsp as the card base. I then stamped the images in coordinating colors and cut them out with my paper snips.

The sentiment is from a sentiment set called Through it Together. It has lots of uplifting sentiments. I stamped it and embossed it with white embossing powder.

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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Just Peachy — FMS487

As we speed along to Summer, it’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. And this week our hostess is the incredible Jennifer Timko, who has a fun slimline card sketch for us:

The sky is the limit with this sketch! The hardest part about it is deciding on a set to use. One of my favorite new suites in the new catalog is the You’re a Peach suite. I love the stamps, the sentiments and the gorgeous dsp which has beautiful colors. Since I hadn’t used it yet, I decided to make a card with it with this sketch.

I started by inking the peaches stamps with Pale Papaya ink and sponging on a little Calypso Coral ink on some of the edges before stamping. I cut out all of the stamped images with the coordinating die cuts. I added some tiny die-cut flowers and some Loose Flower Flourishes as embellishments around the sentiment.

I blended a little Balmy Blue ink on the focal piece of white card stock before adhering the stamped images. The focal panel was then layered on a piece of the coordinating dsp.

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.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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