Mother Duck — FMS384

It’s already time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! The time is truly flying. My daughter is graduating next month, and she has a countdown clock on her phone. Every time I look at it, I am amazed at how quickly time is passing. I want to hack into her phone and slow that darn clock down. But I know that won’t work. Besides, I’m not technologically savvy enough to do that. Our good friend Linda, is our hostess this week. Not only does she make fabulous cards, but she is witty and fun, and she has a great sketch for us this week. Take a peek:

When I saw the focal panel, I immediately thought of the cute little ducks in the Fable Friends set.  I stamped the images on watercolor paper and used my aqua painter to color the scene with my ink pads.  Once I went to cut it out, I realized it was a little larger than I anticipated and that it wouldn’t work with the sketch.  So I decided to flip the orientation.  Yeah, it was one of those days.

As I was coloring this scene, I kept thinking how this is one lucky duck — her children are following along right behind her.  Two of my three ducks are wandering off in their own direction, as my oldest is several hours away at college and my middle child is about to graduate and go even farther away to school.  I guess even ducklings grow up and fly away.  I’m glad there are airplanes so I can fly and go see my ducklings.

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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Hooray Hat — FMS383

We have a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches today, and we have a great one for you provided by our friend, Jen Mitchell.  Take a peek:

I was playing around with the Birthday Cheer stamp set and colored one of the party hats, thinking I could substitute it for the square focal image.  I colored it with markers.  I went with a color combo of Pool Party, Mango Melody, and Poppy Parade.

The star dsp is from the Twinkle Twinkle dsp pack.  The sentiment was embossed with black embossing powder.  I need to start working on graduation cards, and I thought this sentiment would work well for that occasion too.

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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A Squirrelly Sailor — FMS382

It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our very talented friend, Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  She has a sketch for us that should work with almost every style.  Take a look:

I’ve been working on some Easter projects and have been using the Fable Friends stamp set.  I knew it would be so fun to color with it.  When I sat down to make a card with this sketch, I thought I’d use an image from this stamp set that hadn’t seen ink yet for me.

I started by stamping this cute fella on watercolor paper, and then used an aquapainter and my ink pads to color him.  I hadn’t water colored in a long time because I’ve been using my markers so much lately.  I’d forgotten how fun it is to watercolor.

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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Perfectly Paired Congratulations — FMS381

We have one last sketch for your month of March over at Freshly Made Sketches this morning.  And this week, another of our new team members, Lee Ann Barrett, has a clean and classic sketch for us.  Take a look:

One of the stamp sets I fell in love with in the Occasions catalog is the Perfectly Paired stamp set.  I knew it would be so fun to color, and the image is adorable.  I don’t have the need for baby cards very often at all, but it’s always good to have a set on hand just in case, right?

This card was coloring therapy for me.  I love how each animal is small and easy to color, and just look at all of the opportunities you have to use many colors.  I think I used just about all of my markers!

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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Superhero Amazing — FMS380

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week one of our newest team members, Jacquie Southas, has a great one for us.  Take a peek:

My older daughter is a Senior in high school this year and will be taking her IB exams in a couple months.  They take place every day over a two week period and are comprehensive exams in all of her subjects.  It’s a very intense process.  I’m trying to stock up on encouraging notes and cards to stick in her lunches for those days.

When I saw this sketch, I searched my stamp shelves for stamp sets that had a small image that would work well repeated for the sketch.  I pulled out the Bubble Over stamp set and thought the star would be a simple and fun image for her.  I started out by stamping it several times in bright, happy colors but then was struck with an idea.  Since she is a huge Marvel fan, I thought the image was a good replica of Captain America’s shield.  And then I thought I could find a sentiment with “Super” in it, but I don’t have anything.  Rather than using an alphabet set and making my own, I found a sentiment with “Amazing.”  I thought it was close enough.

I stamped the image with Blueberry Bushel ink and punched it out with a 3/4″ circle punch.  I then used a 1″ circle punch to make the Poppy Parade circles.  The center star has a Dazzling Diamonds star on it, but it’s hard to tell in the picture.

The sentiment is from the Amazing Life 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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Sweet Cupcake Wishes — FMS#379

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week one of our new team members, Judy Rozema, has a great one for us.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

Since I’m always needing birthday cards and time is running out for this cute Sale-a-Bration set, I decided to make it work with the sketch.  The set is the Hello Cupcake stamp set, and it’s fun to mix and match colors with the different parts of the cupcake.

I stamped the cupcake using Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Poppy Parade inks.  The dsp is from the Painted Seasons dsp pack, and is another Sale-a-Bration offering in the Painted Seasons bundle.

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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A Painted Seasons Note — FMS378

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week it is my privilege to be the hostess, which means I get to make the sketch.  While this sketch has three circles in it, please feel free to substitute any other shapes you’d like.  I was just trying to create a simple collage of three items.  Here’s a look at the sketch:

Since I can’t seem to be able to put the Painted Seasons bundle away without wanting to pull it right back out to make another card, I thought I’d use it for this sketch.  This bundle now has coordinating framelits for purchase, so that’s a plus for all of those who don’t like fussy cutting.

The sentiment was embossed with black embossing powder and is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  I added some little enamel dots as embellishments.  The dsp is also part of the Painted Seasons bundle — you get the stamp set and dsp both as part of the Sale-a-Bration free offering with a qualifying purchase.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you make and I can’t wait to see all of the cards in the gallery this week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration this week.

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