Simple Sympathy — FMS472

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it comes all the way from Australia. Our hostess, the creator of incredible cards, Narelle Farrugia, has a fun one for us. Take a look:

I needed to make some sympathy cards, which have unfortunately been necessary more than usual so far this year. I thought Narelle’s sketch was perfect to make some quick and easy cards for the occasion.

I thought this sketch was perfect for some pretty designer series paper to shine. I pulled out some from the Flower & Field collection, which is a free Sale-a-Bration offering right now. I love the gorgeous patterns in this paper.

I added a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings, a little ribbon, and a scrap made with an old punch. To tie it all together, I cut out a flower using the Perennial Petals Dies and added a white twine bow.

Easy peasy! It’s the writing of the message inside that is always the hard part for me.

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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My Baby Is 9

My baby is celebrating her 9th birthday today.  My, where does the time go?  She is having her birthday party next weekend, but we’ll celebrate with her today as a family.  She told me the only thing she wants is a microphone, and if she gets anything else she’d like to exchange it for a microphone.  Her brother and sister are less than excited about the prospect of her having a microphone — they think she’s loud enough without one.  🙂

Here is the birthday card I made for her.

Sparkly 9I think this is a fun mix of colors.  I used Brushed Silver card stock for the embossed frame. I always forget about that stuff, but it is so pretty.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Raspberry Ripple, Crisp Cantaloupe, Bermuda Bay, Brushed Silver card stock, Silver Glimmer paper, Birthday Basics dsp
Embellishments:  Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, Designer Frames embossing folders, Large Scallop edgelit die, Scallop Edge Border punch, In Color Dahlias, Raspberry Ripple 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Essentials Paper-Piercing pack

Tag-a-Bag Halloween Style

I wanted to play along with the Paper Players challenge this week, as I love to make Halloween treats, and my kids love to give and receive them.

I love the Tag-A-Bag gift bags because they make it so easy to make a cute gift in minutes.  I used a glue pad to stamp the splotches from Gorgeous Grunge onto the bag, and then applied some of the black Stampin’ Glitter.  I made a quick tag using some dies, washi tape, and a stamp from Halloween Bash.  And my favorite part is the big chevron bow.

Eat if You Dare Treat SackI put some mini Hershey’s candy bars inside.  I think everyone loves those.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Halloween Bash
Ink:  Old Olive, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Embellishments:  Tag-a-Bag gift bags, Black Stampin’ Glitter, Pumpkin Pie 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Chalk Talk framelits, Labels Collection framelits, Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape, White Baker’s Twine, Halloween Banner Simply Created Kit (button)


Farewell to Flower Trim and First Edition DSP

Farewell Flower Trim and First Edition dsp

Two products that I will definitely miss after May 31 are the Flower Trim and the First Edition Specialty dsp.  I love both of these!

Super busy weekend planned.  Wish I could say it was all fun, but my kids have gotten slammed with end of the year school projects.  We also need to do our Spring/Summer planting in the flower bed, and birthday parties to attend for the kids.   Plus, somewhere in there I still have a lot of stamping to do for convention samples.  Glad it’s a long weekend!  And all of these things are truly good things (except for maybe my daughter’s model of the Globe Theater 🙂 ).

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
:  Sweet Essentials
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Naturals White, First Edition Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  Flower Trim, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels

A Pop of Red

Bold Polka Dot Flower

Not much stamping on this card, but it was fun to make.  I recently got the Natural Composition Specialty dsp (I know — where have I been?!), and have been playing with it a little lately.  On this card, I cut a panel of it and used a sponge dauber and White craft ink to soften the Crumb Cake color a little.  When I was finished sponging, I wiped off the excess ink with a paper towel to reveal the beautiful embossed pattern.  Pretty easy!

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Made for You
Ink:  Real Red, White craft
Paper:  Real Red, Pool Party, So Saffron, Natural Composition Specialty dsp, Polka Dot Parade dsp
Embellishments:  Flower Folds Bigz die, 7/8″ Scallop Circle die, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Sycamore Street Designer Buttons (retired)


One for Mom

Yesterday, I had a Father’s Day card.  So I figured, it should be Mom’s turn today, right?  Especially since Mother’s Day is right around the corner.

Bright Mother's Day

To make the flower, I just used circle punches and then cut little notches out of the circles with my paper snips.  Pretty easy!  The fun dsp is from the new Gingham Garden dsp, which will be released with the new catalog on May 31.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Melon Mambo
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Gingham Garden dsp (available May 31)
Embellishments:  1-3/4″, 1-1/4″, and 1″ Circle Punches, Brights Designer buttons, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine

A Manly Ikat Birthday Card

I never have enough guy birthday cards.  So I was inspired to make one today for my stash.

Manly Ikat Birthday

I must confess that I’ve had a hard time using the Parker’s Patterns dsp in the Spring catalog.  I love all of the patterns and colors, but they’re just so bold.  So I decided to let the paper be the star of the card.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Curly Cute
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Parker’s Patterns dsp
Embellishments:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Silver Basics Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Natural 7/16″ Trim Ribbon, Finishing Touches Edgelits

A Simple Swap Card

Here’s a look at the last swap card I made for the Dallas Regional event.  I didn’t make many of these (just 18), as I knew I would quickly tire of fussy-cutting the flowers.  This card has such a simple layout, but I like how it turned out.

Madison Avenue Swap

This one would be easy to stick in an envelope and mail.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Madison Avenue, Curly Cute
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Whisper White, Sycamore Street dsp
Embellishments:  Basic Rhinestone Jewels


Lots of Swaps

One of the fun things about attending any Stampin’ Up! event is swapping.  I received some great swaps while at the Dallas regional event this past Saturday.  Today I’m going to share some of them with you (I have permission to do this from their creators).  If they have a blog, I made a link to their site so you can go check out their other work.

Debra Teague Swap

Made by Debra Teague

Rhonda Glaze Swap

Made by Rhonda Glaze

Jann Swap

Made by Jann McCollom at

Amy Storrie Swap

Made by my amazing upline, Amy Storrie at

Diana Raney Swap

Made by Diana Raney at

These are just a few of the great swaps I received.  I received many others, but I didn’t want to overload you this morning.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Row of Butterflies — FabFri09

It’s time for another Fab Friday challenge after having been on a short break for the Christmas holiday.  Mindy has a great sketch challenge for this week.

I immediately thought of snowflakes when I saw this sketch, but my heart wanted to do something more Spring-y.  Maybe it’s because of all of the cold and gray weather we’ve been having lately, and I’m looking forward to Spring already.

A Row of Butterflies

Here’s another card with some fun new products from the Sping catalog.  I used the new Bitty Butterfly punch, which layers perfectly with the Elegant Butterfly punch in the annual catalog.  And I also used some of the new Delicate Details Lace Tape, which comes in two designs and has a self-adhesive backing, so it’s easy to attach to your projects.

Here’s a closer look at the tape and butterflies:

butterflies close up

Enjoy your Friday!  I hope you can find some time to play along with us in the Fab Friday challenge.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Oh, Hello
Ink:  Basic Black, Island Indigo (splatters)
Paper:  So Saffron, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Pretty in Pink, Tea for Two dsp
Embellishments:  Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Delicate Details Lace Tape, Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Color Spritzer Tool