Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #266


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week and your Christmas preparations are going well.  I'm slowly trying to get some gift wrapping done.  I had some "help" from our kitten with the wrapping and I'm thinking she may be as bad as having a toddler!    I guess it will get done soon enough!!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is the one and only Amy O'Neill!  Amy is our resident colour expert and makes such amazing and creative projects!


I needed to make a baby card - well a twins card for a friend of mine who's wife recently had two beautiful little girls!  Now, this card may change between now and when I give it to them!  I am not totally happy with the background!  I really should have either used some texture or some different paper.  I was a little frustrated when I made the card and decided that it would be better to have a card finished than to not have one finished!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Basic Grey, Pink Glimmer (Recollections)
Stamps: Something for Baby, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Smokey Slate, Pink Pirouette
Other: Baby's First Framelits, Botanical Builders Framelits, Basic Pearls, Bitty Banner Framelits, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created or you!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #265


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  Can you believe it's the last day of November?!  Are you ready for Christmas?!  We have our tree up and the lights on but I have been having some difficulty training our kitten to stay out of the tree.  Yes, I know you can use a squirt bottle on them but this kitten loves water and the squirt bottle is just another toy!  I'm going to try putting a few decorations on tomorrow and working with her to stay away from the tree.  Should be interesting.

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week courtesy of the lovely and extremely talented fussy cutter Narelle Farrugia!  The sketch is super versatile and perfect for any season.  Of course because I'm slightly behind on my Christmas cards (like extremely behind!) so I wanted to get a simple design that I could very easily recreate!

Now, as I was putting the image of the sketch into my blog I realized I forgot the rectangular block on my card.  I guess my "merry" could work but I'm a little disappointed in myself!  I also used the silver ink which I smeared, quite a bit.  Sometimes I frustrate myself!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Shiny Red
Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings
Ink: Real Red, Encore Silver
Other: Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Basic Rhinestones

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the design team has created for you!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen!




Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #263


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  Can you believe we're midway through November already?!  How does that happen?!  I hope you've started your Christmas shopping.  I've slowly started mine and am trying to get things now before the shelves get emptied and picked over!  Sometimes it's easier said than done though!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches today.  Our hostess this week if our fabulous French designer Cecile Ribon!  Cecile makes beautiful cards and you need to head over to her blog to check out those gorgeous creations!


Now, I need three cards this week.  It's already Wednesday and only one is done.  I'm doing really well!  This is the first card I need so thankfully it's done.  I'm part of a bootcamp "group".  We have class every Wednesday and sometimes on Sunday mornings.  One of the girls in our group is having her last chemo treatment tomorrow.  She has made it to bootcamp almost every week since her diagnosis. We are so proud of her and amazed by her strength.  We have a little surprise for her tomorrow to congratulate her on this accomplishment!

This sketch did stump me.  It wasn't even the circles, it was that bottom panel.  I won't tell you how many "draft" versions are sitting on my desk.  The creativity sure hasn't been flowing lately.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Smokey Slate, Whisper White
DSP: A Little Foxy DSP Stack
Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Versamark
Other: Bitty Banners Dies, Botanical Builders Dies, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Wink of Stella, Basic Rhinestones, Silver Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out all the fabulous cards the Design Team has created for you!

Have a great day!

Jen

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #262


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  The weather we've been having here has been so beautiful that it doesn't feel like November at all.  It's been fabulous!  I wish it wouldn't end but soon (too soon) we will start the slippery slope into winter!

Being Wednesday, we have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  I am excited to be this week's hostess.  Being the sketch creator can be very nerve wracking since you're never too sure how people will feel about your sketch.  I decided to keep it simple and even threw a circle on there to add some spice!


I had this snowflake sitting on my desk from a card I wanted to make before.  It was just too pretty to leave sitting there another week so I decided I would use that as my circle!  Honestly, I love that copper.  It is just such a lovely colour!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Copper Glimmer Paper, Copper Shiny
Stamps: Star of Light
Ink: Versarmark
Other: Star of Night Thinlits, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Copper Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to see the amazing cards the Design Team has created for you!  You will not be disappointed!
I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!

Have a great day!

Jen

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #261


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  Can you believe it's November?!  Where did September and October go?  I guess that means we are one step closer to Christmas!  Maybe I should get started on my Christmas shopping!  Better yet, I should get started on my Christmas cards!  I don't make too many these days so I don't think I have too many to do!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Cindy Hall!  Cindy makes amazing cards and you need to head over to her blog to check them out!  Her sketch is so fun this week - except that I totally didn't follow it properly!  The girls may boot me off the team!!!



I really wanted to use my Christmas Pines stamps and Pretty Pines dies for this card.  I didn't really relish the thoughts of cutting out that banner but alas, it's cut out!  I thought the pine cones needed a little sparkle so I used some glimmer cardstock.  I opted to use some greenery instead of patterned paper for my strip behind the rectangle.  I totally forgot to offset my mat though.  Ugh.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Gumball Green, Gold Glimmer
Stamps: Christmas Pines
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Other: Pretty Pines Thinlits, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the beautiful cards the Design Team has come up with!  We can't wait to see what you create!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #260


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  I have had an exciting start to the week.  It was Harvest University at our church here in Canada.  I was able to work with the volunteers and make sure we had people helping out where we needed them.  Such a fun time! I love getting to know new people!  I also had the opportunity to help a set of parents out from Grand Olive, Michigan and watch their sweet little princess.  Snuggliest baby I have ever held!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Kim Singdahlsen.  Kim is one of the most creative people I know.  Her cards and projects are just fabulous.  Head over to her blog and check them out!
I haven't felt very creative lately.  I don't get to spend as much time in my craft room as I would like so when I'm there I often feel rushed and pressured to get a card done.  I'm hoping in the near future to spend some extra time in there!  I think I'll have to force myself to!!!  This card took forever to make.  I do love the jar set though.  It's really fun to play with!  Of course the flowers and fish are coated in Wink of Stella!  I couldn't help myself!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP: A Little Foxy DSP Stack
Stamps: Jar of Love, In A Big Way (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Mint Macaron, Smokey Slate, Versamark Silver, Stazon Black
Other: Everyday Jar Framelits, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing creations the Design Team has posted!  You will be amazed!!!!  I love working with this creative group!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #259


Hi!
Hope you're having a great week so far!  We have had some great weather here.  You'd almost think it was summer!  The leaves on the trees are beautiful and with the gorgeous sunshine it's amazing!  I guess this is why I love fall!!!

Today we have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the super talented Linda Callahan!  Linda makes such fun cards!  I love them!  You'll have to head over to her blog and check them out!


Now, there is a big ol' circle on this card.  Circles aren't as scary these days but overall I struggled to come up with a fabulous idea for this card.  My craft room is a disaster and will soon be torn apart to do some repairs so I'm feeling less than creative!

I do love my pineapple stamps from Concord & 9th.  I decided that they would work for this card!  I started with just a plain white background but it was too boring so I added some embossed polka dots!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Stamps: Pop Art Pineapple
Ink: Versamark, Melon Mambo
Other: Pop Art Pineapple Dies, Double Stitched Circles, Wink of Stella, Basic Rhinestones, Polka Dot Textured Embossing Folder, Dimensionals


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created for you!  You will love them!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen