Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #438


Hello!
Happy Wednesday and welcome to June!!!  Can you believe it's June?!  I know a lot of you have kids that are already done school and enjoying their summer break.  My Canadian kids will be grinding out this distance learning thing until almost the end of the month.  Let's just say now that the golf course is open, there isn't a whole lot of motivation to do school work!  Only a few more weeks!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the super creative, colouring genius Karren Johnson.   You will definitely want to head on over to her blog and check out her gorgeous designs!


When I first saw the sketch and that giant diamond, I tried to figure out what I could use.  Then the sunflowers struck!  I just love those new Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and the dies from Stampin' Up.  At first I didn't like them and I was a little disappointed they were part of pre-order.  Now, I just want to use them all day long!!!  So, I apologize in advance for how many sunflower cards you're going to see!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow
DSP: In Good Taste DSP, World of Good Specialty
Stamps: Celebrate Sunflowers
Ink: Stazon Black (not sure why I didn't use Early Espresso!)
Other: Sunflower Dies, Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

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

Have an amazing day!
Jen

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #437


Hi!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a good week!  We're having a crazy hot week here.  2 weeks ago we had snow and now we're melting!  I won't complain, it's better than winter!  Our boys have been able to get out for a few rounds of golf which is helping them from being too bored!  Our kids are doing online school until the end of June so we have a while to go!  Golf is providing a much needed distraction.

We have a fun new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is our incredibly talented and French designer Cecile Ribon!  Cecile is our die cut master.  Head over to her blog and you'll see what I'm talking about!
I must say I was a little challenged with the sketch.  Those wiggly rectangles might have thrown me a bit.  I had to dig deep with this one.  This is not my first card (I'm sure you already knew that!).  Needless to say I ended up with some butterflies.  I tried my first splotches on this card as well!  Let's say I'm going to need some practice!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whipser White, Gorgeous Grape, Silver Foil
Stamps: The Inside Scoop - Birthday (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Stazon Black, Gorgeous Grape
Other: In Flight Overlays (Taylored Expressions), Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the gorgeous cards the Design Team girls have come up with!

Have an amazing day!
Jen


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #436


Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week.  Yesterday our schools were officially cancelled for the rest of the year.  I find it really hard to believe.  I am totally okay with it, don't get me wrong.  I just didn't realize before the March break that it would be the end of the year.  I realize now that Caleb (my oldest) won't get his Grade 8 grad.  I still remember my Grade 8 grad like it was yesterday.  Thankfully (and probably because he's a boy) he doesn't really care!  He didn't like the thoughts of having to dress up and walk across the stage!  Oh boys!

We have a brand new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I have the joy of being the hostess this week!  I wanted to keep the sketch very simple.  I had in my mind that I would use it to make my son's 14th birthday card.  His birthday is tomorrow.  Obviously that didn't happen!  Best of intentions!

You can also probably see that I put my sentiment in the wrong spot!  Actually,  had it in the right spot but the rhino and the sentiment didn't look right so I had to switch them.  My dad's cousin needed some gender neutral baby cards.  I knew white would be the ideal colour.  I haven't done a shaker card in a LONG time so I figured it was about time to crack out the sequins!


I made a second card (actually this was the first card) using the retiring poppy DSP.  I just love that paper.  The Sweetly Stitched Dies might just be my favourite ever and I think they get used on pretty much every card right now!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate
Stamps: Zoo Babies, Sentiment Flags
Ink: Smokey Slate
Other: Sentiment Flags Dies, Stitched Frames, Softly Falling TIEF, Sequins (Taylored Expressions), 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 amazing cards the the Design Team has created!  They are absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!

Have an amazing day!

Jen

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #435


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you are having a fabulous week!  We've been having a great week.  It's been crazy cold though.  I mean crazy cold!  We even had snow.  I don't think I remember the last time that it snowed in May!  Man it's been cold.  I've been bringing my poor flowers in every night.  I think we're over the last of it though.  Hopefully!  I think it was warmer in March than it is now!!!

We have a brand new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Kim Singdahlsen.  Kim's cards are gorgeous!  Head on over to her blog to check them out!


Now, I saw those stripes and got a little panicked!  I might have made several renditions of this card.  I tried a Father's Day one and then I tried some other patterned papers and nothing quite worked.  I finally pulled out the bees again.  I couldn't help myself.  I just love the sweet little bees!  Let's just say that even after I decided on the bees I struggled with the paper choice!  Maybe I think to much!  Needless to say, my craft cave is a disaster!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil
DSP:  Golden Honey Specialty
Stamps: Honey Bee, Peaceful Moments
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Detailed Bees Dies, Stampin Blends, Subtle Texture 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 gorgeous cards that the Design Team has created!

Have an amazing week!

Jen


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #434


 Hello!
Happy Wednesday and welcome to May!  I hope the month has started well!  I've really been enjoying being able to spend some extra time every week in my craft room!  It's been fun and a bit of a distraction!  Jacob spent most of yesterday outside

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Linda Callahan!  Linda creates the cutest cards and always makes me smile! Head on over to her blog and check out her sweet cards (and her adorable grandkids!)

So this sketch threw me for a loop!  Almost as if those rectangles were gigantic circles!  No seriously!  I was stumped.  Like stumped for days stumped.  Finally, I pulled out the Modern Frame Die and stamp set from Concord & 9th and created the top card.  I tried to gather my inner Amy O'Neill and mix and match colours but she does it so much better!



I then decided that I needed to create this card.  (No mom, this isn't your Mother's Day card, don't worry!!!)  This one is for my neighbour.  She has been purchasing cards from me over the last few weeks and I know she really wanted to get one herself so I might be conspiring with her daughter to make it happen!!!

Supplies:
Card #1
Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Silver Foil
DSP: Brights DSP Stack (Retired)
Stamps: Modern Frame (Concord & 9th)
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Other: Modern Frame Dies (Concord & 9th), Subtle Texture Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Card #2
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Silver Foil
DSP: Tutti Frutti (retired)
Stamps: Crazy For You
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Modern Frame Dies (Concord & 9th), Dimensionals

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

We can't wait to see what you create this week!

Have an amazing day!

Jen

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #433


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all keeping well and haven't gone completely bonkers stuck at home!  I must say that I don't mind being trapped at home.  As an introvert, I'm quite happy at home!!  My little squirrel (aka Jacob) is not so excited about it.  The boys have had a bit too much together time and could use a little time apart.  We'll have to figure out how to make that work!

Well, quarantine aside, we have a brand new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the incredible Jen Mitchell!  Jen is the queen of creating super clean and simply amazing cards.  Head over to her blog to check out her creations!
So at first I wasn't too sure what to do with this sketch.  That blob in the centre kinda frightened me.  Then I remembered that I needed to make a masculine 16th birthday card for someone.  I decided to use this sketch as the basis for my card.

I hauled out the old Off the Grid Stamp set from SU and went to work.  Black and silver seemed like a good option for a masculine card so that's what I went with.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Stamps: Off the Grid, Clubhouse (sentiment)
Ink: Versamark
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Large Number Dies, Golf Club Dies

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

Have an amazing week!
Jen


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #432


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all still surviving your self isolation and quarantines!  We are getting into a school routine (sort of) and so that helps to fill the days.  The weather has been a little cool and it snowed today so there isn't much interest in being outside.  I guess it is April in Canada and we have to expect some crazy weather!

We have a great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches from the super talented Jennifer Timko!  Jen is a colouring and flower creating whiz and her cards are always breathtaking!  Head over to her blog to check them out!

So I made the card below first.  I wanted to make a vertical card but the sentiment wouldn't fit so I had to flip the sketch on it's side.  I sure do love coffee cards even though I don't like coffee!  For me it should say "Life Happens, but Tea Helps!"  I then decided to make a second card using one of my favourite dies - the sun 'n clouds from Reverse Confetti!  I wanted a card that was bright and cheery!


Supplies (Sun n Clouds Card):
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
DSP: Gingham 6X6 Stack
Stamps: Well Hello (MFT)
Ink: Black Stazon
Other: Cloud Embossing Folder, Sun 'n Clouds Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Dimensionals

Supplies (Coffee card):
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP: Brights 6X6 Stack
Stamps: Cup of Love (MFT)
Ink: Black Stazon
Other: Mini Cup of Life Dienamics (MFT), Black Jewels, Dimensionals

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

Have an amazing day!

Jen