Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #355


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  It's been a gorgeous week here so far.  The humidity is decreasing a little bit and I am soaking in the last days of summer.  Don't get me wrong, fall is my favourite season but I do love the warmth and simplicity of summer!  Flip flops, sunglasses and away you go!!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Kim Singdahlsen!  Kim's cards are always so amazing!  She has the most incredible stamps, dies and colouring tools! I'm always excited to see what she's created!  Head over to her blog and check it out!



I loved Kim's sketch and since I was still in the Christmas card making spirit, I decided to give another one a whirl.  I used the now retired Festival of Trees for this card.  I just love this set and love that there's a punch to coordinate with them.  I opted for a black, white and red theme!  Not sure why but it just seemed to be what I liked that day!!  The one tree looked a little sad so I added some sequins to him!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Red Foil
Stamps: Festival of Trees
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Softly Falling TIEF, Tree punch, Sequins, Dimensionals

Thanks 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 for you.  You won't be disappointed!!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Sunday, September 16, 2018

CAS(E) This Sketch Wisemen


Hello!
Happy Sunday!   I hope you're having a great weekend!  Caleb is away at his second retreat this week.  I hope he's having a great time.  They've had fantastic weather - a bit warm but that's okay.  I think it's better warm than cold!  I'm sure he'll come home exhausted but happy!

I had some spare time yesterday and decided to play along with this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge!  I haven't really done other challenges in a very LONG time.  I really want to start allotting more time each week to be able to actually sit down and make cards and actually enjoy it!!!



I was inspired by Brian's card this week and decided to do my own little version.  I had to flip the sketch around a bit so that the star wasn't behind my wisemen!  I am slowly making a dent in my Christmas cards!  When I say slowly, I mean very, very slowly!!!  Thankfully Christmas is still three months away!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Silver glimmer
Stamps: Wisemen from Afar
Ink: Versamark Black
Other: Sequins, Bethlehem Edgelits, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have a fantastic day!

Jen

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #354


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  I've been in a bit of a baking mood this week -  I think mainly because I'm procrastinating organizing and decluttering my house!  Oh well.  The kids and my husband aren't really complaining.  Yesterday we had homemade Pumpkin Spice Donuts.  I really think I need to try chocolate ones!!!

Anyhow, we have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of our resident comedian and storyteller Linda Callahan!  Linda also makes gorgeous cards so please head over to her blog to see what I mean!

As soon as I saw the sketch I knew that I wanted to make a fall card and use my dies from Concord & 9th!  I cut the stems off leaves 2 and 3 to get them the length that I wanted.  The sentiment really does ring true.  I love fall.  Don't get me wrong, I love summer - but I LOVE fall.  The temperature, the pretty colours and the pumpkins!  I LOVE pumpkins...oh, I'm getting off track again!

You'll notice that Linda and I created very similar cards - unintentionally but I'll say great minds think alike!!!

Supplies: 
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil
Stamps: Give Thanks (Concord & 9th)
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Copper Rhinestones, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord & 9th)

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 for you!  You will definitely be inspired!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #353


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week.  If your kids started school yesterday (like mine did), I hope they had a wonderful first day!  My boys had a good start.  They both like their teachers and look like they'll have challenging years...in a good way!

Speaking of challenges, we have a brand new challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Jen Mitchell!  Jen makes the most gorgeous cards and she is totally the queen of Clean and Simple - yet totally elegant!!! Head over to her blog to check her cards out!


So I have totally yet unintentionally veered from the sketch just a little as I may have gotten a tiny bit carried away with the flowers.  I couldn't help myself.  I truly love these flowers.  I know they're retired but they're my favourite and probably always will be!

Two friends of mine recently got engaged.  I am so excited for them so wanted to congratulate them with a card.  I figured this sketch would work perfectly...until of course I really changed it up!  One of these days the design team is totally going to disown me!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Stamps: Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Botanical Builders Framelits, Softly Falling TIEF, Dimensionals, gold pearls

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards that the Design Team has created!  You won't be disappointed!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #351


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  We are in our second last week of summer holidays and it makes me sad.  We've had a wonderful summer and I've enjoyed each part of it and I am so sad that it's soon over.  Yesterday was my youngest's 10th birthday!  I cannot believe my baby is 10!  Seems like it was just yesterday that he rushed into the world!  Time flies by too quickly!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is one of our amazing Texan design team members - Amy O'Neill!  Amy is our colour specialist!  She can combine any colour with a ton of different elements and make the card look spectacular!  Head over to her blog and check out her gorgeous cards!



As I'm posting this I realize that I put my sentiment in the wrong spot.  I don't know why I thought it was supposed to go on the banner!  I hope the girls don't fire me!!

I love the little flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet so I decided to use those for this card!  I opted to use Kraft paper as the background to keep everything neutral.  Of course I threw on some gold sequins!!!  Why not?!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Whisper White
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet,  Essential Sentiments
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Other: Bouquet Bunch Framelit Dies, White Embossing Powder, Gold Sequins, Dimensioanls

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

Have a fabulous week!
Jen

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #350


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I'm so sorry that this post is late!  We were away at the beginning of the week and I totally forgot to write this post beforehand and schedule it to post!  Our family just spent a few days exploring Tobermory which is a beautiful town in Ontario!  The water is amazingly clear and there are even some cool shipwrecks you can see under the water!  It was nice to get away but it's always nice to get home too!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess is the amazing Narelle Farrugia!  Narelle is our amazing fussy cutter and flower stamper supreme!  Head on over to her blog to check out here beautiful cards!
I needed a birthday card for my dad and unfortunately masculine cards are not my specialty.  I had purchased this new embossing folder and stamp set from the little scrapbook store in my parents town.  Of course I love the Night of Navy/Lucky Limeade combination and I can't stop using it!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Lucky Limeade
DSP: Tutti Frutti (Retired)
Stamps: Essential Sentments (MFT)
Ink: Night of Navy
Other: Weathered Embossing Folder (Tailored Expressions), 2.5" Circle Punch, Dimensionals

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

Have a fabulous day!

Jen



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #349


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We're just coming off a long weekend in Canada and it's so nice to have a more chill week.  The boys are enjoying their week at home just hanging out and doing whatever.  Caleb has a new model (the USS Enterprise) that he's working on and Jake - well, he's Jake!  He always finds something to do - usually it involves doing flips into the pool!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazingly talented Karren Johnson.  Karren's cards always wow me!  She can colour like no one's business and she is the technique queen!  Head over to her blog to check it out!

I may have also had this piece of paper left over from camp.  Or at least sitting on my desk!  I love these melons.  I wish I had the lemon stamp set from SU but, I don't so I had to improvise!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Berry Burst, Peakaboo Peach
DSP: Tutti Frutti (Retired)
Stamps: You're So (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Sequins, You're So Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti)

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 have created for you!  You will definitely be inspired!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen