Kite Delight Birthday — FMS525

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the incredibly talented Karren Johnson, who has mad ink skills. Take a look at this great sketch, which offers so many possibilities:

I needed to make a birthday card for a sweet friend and I thought the Kite Delight stamp set would be perfect for the occasion.

I started by blending some Pool Party ink on a piece of white card stock. I then stamped the three kites on another piece of white card stock and colored them with my alcohol markers before cutting them out. The kite tails and sun were stamped and colored as well before popping the kites up with dimensionals.

I cut out some So Saffron card stock with a scalloped die from the Penned Flowers Dies collection, and placed it under the sides of the focal panel. All of this was placed on a piece of dsp from the recent Sale-a-Bration offering, the Sunshine & Rainbows dsp collection.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch. We love seeing 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.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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Ahead of the Game for Once — FMS524

We have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess, the queen of gorgeous die-cuts, Cecile Ribon, brings us a fabulous sketch all the way from France. Take a look at this fun sketch:

When I saw the sketch, I immediately thought of a die in the Hey Sports Fan suite. It’s not one of the focal dies in the set, nor is it one I’d probably normally think to use, but those little chevrons in the sketch made me think of it. So that made me want to use the coordinating stamp set and dsp since I just got it as well. And since it works so well for masculine cards and I don’t need any masculine birthday cards soon, I thought why not get ahead and make a father’s day card. This may be a record for me on having a card made before I need it. Now let’s see if I remember I have it when the time comes to actually send it!

I started with those fun little chevron dies on a piece of the Hey Sports fan dsp. I cut out the pennant from another sheet of the dsp, and stamped the Happy Father’s Day sentiment on a piece of white card stock, which I then cut out with my paper snips.

I added a few Resin Stars and a baker’s twine bow and called it a day for the outside of the card. But since this card came together so quickly, I had a little extra time and decided to decorate the inside of the card too. A little more stamping and a strip of dsp made quick work of that. And then I thought, why stop there? Why not decorate the envelope 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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Rainbow Birthday Wishes — FMS522

We’re back with another new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it comes from Colorado, courtesy of the very talented Kim Singdahlsen. Take a look at her fun sketch:

It’s about to be birthday week in our house with two of our children celebrating their birthdays next week. The first one up is my college daughter who has a Valentine’s birthday. She loves bright colors, especially yellow, so I wanted to make her a card that has happy colors. And since she was born on Valentine’s Day I also wanted to include some hearts on her card. And since I hadn’t used the Rainbow of Happiness suite and I thought it would work perfectly, it was an easy decision on what to use for her card.

I started with a sheet of the Sunshine and Rainbows dsp that has some tiny hearts. I love this paper collection, which is a free Sale-a-Bration offering. I then cut out the rainbow four times with the Brilliant Rainbows dies using different colors of cardstock. I stamped the little hearts from the coordinating Rainbow of Happiness stamp set onto a strip of Melon Mambo card stock. The sentiment is from the Special Moments stamp set, which is another Sale-a-Bration offering.

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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Daffodils & Butterflies — FMS521

It’s already time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our friend from upstate New York, Linda Callahan. Take a look at her fun sketch:

This sketch had me stumped for quite a while. But then I decided that I could use a stamped image for one of the strips in the sketch and not be such a stickler about following it exactly.

For the vertical strip, I decided to use a new stamp set, Daffodil Daydream. I stamped the daffodils and butterflies and colored them with my alcohol markers before cutting them out. I then adhered them to a piece of patterned vellum from the Vellum Layering Designs collection.

I stamped the sentiment from the Sale-a-Bration set, Special Moments, with Versamark ink 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 made for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

Uplifting Kite — FMS520

We’re back with a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the oh-so-talented Jen Mitchell. Take a look at this fun sketch that makes use of lots of great shapes – a circle, square, star and rectangle. Of course, you can substitute any shape for another.

I thought this would be a great opportunity to use a new stamp set, Kite Delight.

I started by cutting out a circle from the Sunshine & Rainbows dsp, which is currently a free Sale-a-Bration item. I love this dsp! It has such happy colors and patterns.

I then stamped the kite and colored it with some alcohol markers before cutting it out with my paper snips. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

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.

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Driving by to Say Happy Birthday — FMS519

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is none other than our favorite captain, Jennifer Timko. Take a look at this fun sketch:

My birthday card stash has gotten really low and I’ve been wanting to play with the new Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Driving By. So I stamped one of the images on a piece of watercolor paper and used my aquapainter and ink pads to color this fun little sports car.

I added some clouds that I cut out using some dies from the Brilliant Rainbow Dies and added some Wink of Stella for some glittery fun.

The sentiment is from another Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Special Moments, which has a lot of fabulous sentiments.

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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Conversation Hearts — FMS517

Happy New Year! I hope you had a good time with family and friends over the holidays, and were able to rest and do some things that bring you joy. Our Christmas didn’t go according to plans, as my husband came down with Covid (he is fully recovered now) shortly before we were to leave to go see my parents out of state. So we had to pivot and stay home. However, Christmas wasn’t totally disappointing as we adopted a sweet little Pug through a local rescue group. Her name is Millie, and she has been a delight! She is about 2 years old and bonded instantly with our 17 year-old daughter, who desperately wanted another pet after we had to put down our beloved Pug, Maggie, one year ago.

This week is my turn to be the hostess at Freshly Made Sketches, which means I get to design the sketch. I always love a collage for a focal point, so that is what I went with. I used squares and rectangles, but feel free to use whatever shapes you’d like.

I didn’t even enter my craft room over the break, but it felt so good to get back in there this week and be creative again. I played with some new Valentine’s stuff from the Sweet Talk suite.

I started by cutting out some squares and rectangles from various colors of card stock that are in the Sweet Talk dsp. I then cut out some of the conversation hearts from one of the sheets of dsp and arranged them all on a piece of white card stock which was cut out using a die from the Scalloped Contours dies. I stamped off some circle splats from the coordinating stamp set before adhering the focal images.

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!

Icing on my Gingerbread — FMS516

We’re back with the last sketch of 2021 at Freshly Made Sketches! And it comes all the way from Australia and our talented friend, Narelle Farrugia. She is so good at expertly arranging beautiful collages on her cards, so this sketch from her is very fitting. Take a look:

Maybe I just have Christmas cookies on the mind, but I thought the adorable images in the Frosted Gingerbread Bundle would work perfectly with the sketch, so I cut some out of the dsp and arranged them on a white card base.

I added some of the Wonderful Snowflakes under the cookies, which add a fun iridescent shine to the card. The coordinating acrylic shapes add a little pop of color.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! You have until January 3rd to add your card to the gallery, so you can use some of those new crafting supplies that Santa brings, if you’d like. 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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Poinsettia Blessings — FMS515

We’re back with another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from New Zealand. The oh-so-talented coloring and ink blending star on our team, Karren Johnson, has a great sketch for us. Take a look:

I hadn’t used the Merriest Moments stamp set yet and thought that a strip of poinsettia blooms would work well as the horizontal strip on the card. So I stamped the blooms several times on a piece of white card stock and some of the greenery as well. I then cut them out with my paper snips.

A piece of Heartwarming Hugs dsp was added to the bottom of the card base and then the flowers and greenery were arranged on top. The sentiment is from the Happy Holly-Days stamp set.

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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Gingerbread Cookie — FMS514

We’re back with another new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from France via our favorite master of die-cuts, Cecile Ribon. Take a look at this fun sketch:

When I saw this sketch, I was bound and determined to be creative and substitute something for the stars. Why, oh why, do I make things harder than they need to be?!? I have some great stars dies that would have been so easy to use, but alas…

After trying several different stamp sets and dies, I finally settled on cutting out one of the gingerbread cookies from the Gingerbread & Peppermint dsp stack. I cut out some little holly leaves from the Christmas Trimmings dies and the Stockings dies and used some of the fun Gingerbread & Peppermint Acrylic Shapes as embellishments. The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

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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