Rawrsome Dino — FMS400

We’re continuing our celebration of reaching sketch #400 at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, we are revisiting sketch #300, which is still a great sketch!  Take a look:

Wanting to use the Dino Days stamp set, I decided to use the Brontosaurus dinosaur, thinking that it would work well with the oval image.

I started this one out by die-cutting a dino from a sheet in the Dinoroar dsp pack. I placed him on a stitched oval with splatters.  There are lots of layers on this card — the green is Old Olive card stock stamped with a stamp in the Dino Days stamp set, and the patterned paper is also from the Dinoroar dsp pack.

Some In-color Faceted Dots and white baker’s twine finish it off.

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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Birds & Flowers — FMS#400

We are continuing the celebration of our 400th sketch milestone at Freshly Made Sketches this month, and this week we are revisiting sketch #200.  This sketch leaves lots of room for creativity and it should be fun to see how everyone uses it.  Take a look:

I hadn’t used my Free as a Bird stamp set and coordinating dsp in a while, and I thought this sketch would be perfect to show off this pretty paper.  This card was really easy to put together.

I colored the stamped image with markers and only added some black baker’s twine as an embellishment.  Super easy!

We hope you’ll join in on our celebration 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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To a Wild Rose Anniversary Month — FMS400

If you noticed the title of this post, you probably noticed that this is a milestone anniversary at Freshly Made Sketches.  It is our 400th sketch!  I’ve been on this team for a while, and I LOVE the ladies on this team!  It is such a kind and supportive group, and we have been through a lot of life’s ups and downs together.  It’s like another family.  I couldn’t remember exactly how long I had been a part of the team, so when I looked back I was shocked to see that I joined the team with sketch #76.  That was back in March 2013.

Lesley Croghan started this challenge site eight years ago with the idea of creating cards that were clean (but not always simple).  We have a couple of members who have been on the team since the very beginning — Jen Mitchell and Linda Callahan.  To celebrate this 400th milestone, we are shaking things up a little bit.  We are starting out the month by re-using our very first sketch, which also happened to be our 100th sketch when we celebrated that anniversary as well.  We have some more fun surprises as the month continues.

I pulled out the To a Wild Rose stamp set for this one, thinking one of the roses would be good for the heart shape in the sketch.  I played with some dsp squares for the two square elements in the sketch, but I couldn’t get happy with anything.  Then I decided to just stamp two flowers as background for the focal flower.

I started with a base of Seaside Spray, which is one of the new In Colors.  I paired it with a flower made with Grapefruit Grove and Calypso Coral ink.  The vertical strip was die-cut from Vellum card stock using one of the coordinating Wild Rose Dies.  The sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set.

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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Balloon Adventures Await — FMS399

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our friend from way up North, Jen Brum.  She has an aversion to circles, so it should be no surprise to see squares in her sketch.  Take a look:

I hadn’t made a square card in a while, so it was fun to do something different.  I still had the Time for Tags hostess stamp set on my desk from the last card I made, and there is a cute hot air balloon image on one of the tags that I thought would work perfectly with the sketch.

I started by inking some Balmy Blue ink onto a white piece of card stock.  I then applied some embossing paste over a cloud stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks pack.

The balloons were stamped and colored with markers and then I cut them out with my paper snips.

I thought this would be another good card for my daughter who is going off to college next month.

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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This Much Dino — FMS398

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from France.  Ooh la la!  Our hostess is Cecile Ribon, who is a master with die-cuts.  Take a look at what she has created for us:

I recently acquired the Dino Days suite of products.  No, I do not have young children anymore and hence no longer play with plastic dinosaurs, but I have an 18 year-old daughter who still loves dinosaurs and these dinos are just plain cute.  I knew I could make some dinosaur cards to mail to her when she goes off to college next month, so I decided to get started.

On a piece of white card stock I applied a light wash of Pool Party ink.  Once that dried, I stamped the background with Old Olive and Pretty Peacock ink.  I also added some splatters.  The dinosaur was die-cut from the coordinating dsp and popped up with dimensionals.

This was a fun card to make!  I guess I still like playing with dinosaurs.

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 and check out what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Tropical Chic Trio — FMS397

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from Colorado, which is where I would love to be to escape this Texas heat.  Our hostess is Kim Singdahlsen, and she has a good challenge for us.  Take a look:

This sketch had me stumped for a while.  We’ve been traveling a lot and have had so much going on the past couple of months that I haven’t been stamping very much.  I feel rusty.  I have a few new stamp sets, and I really wanted to use them but I couldn’t figure out how to make them work with this sketch.  So I turned to an old favorite, Tropical Chic.

This was my first time to use the new In Color, Pretty Peacock.  I love it!  I paired it with a mix of greens, oranges and yellows.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to browse the gallery and see all 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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Simple Flower — FMS396

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is Linda Callahan, who always brings a smile to my face, whether it be for her fabulous cards or her fabulous sense of humor.

I had to make this card in a hurry because we were about to leave on a big road trip.  My daughter will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall, and we decided to make a road trip there for her orientation session.  Since we had never been through this part of the country, we made some stops along the way — the arch in St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis were a few of our stops.  It was a fun trip!

For my card, I used a new set called Band Together.  It has a big flower that I knew would be fun to color.  I chose to use my markers for this go around.

You have to look closely, but I added some score lines to my card to represent the lines in the sketch.  I love how it keeps the card clean with the focus on the pretty flower.

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 made for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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