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.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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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.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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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!

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!