Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #418


Hello!
Happy Wednesday and welcome to the MIDDLE of January!  Can someone please explain to me how that happened?  Wasn't it just Christmas?!  We've had amazing "winter" weather so far and I'm totally pumped that true winter may only feel like two months instead of 6!  Hopefully it doesn't last much longer than that!!!  I apologize for no card last week.  I totally spaced on that one.  I made my card all excited and went to post it and realized my card didn't look like everyone else's.  I had used the wrong sketch.  Needless too say, I was good and ready for this week!!!

We have a great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Our hostess is the amazing Jacquie Southas!  Jacquie's cards are always amazing!  Head over to her blog to check them out!


So I knew I wanted to use the new SU honey bee stamp for this card.  I just love it!  Plus the DSP from the Sale-a-bration catalogue is fantastic!  I just love bees!!

I must say I struggled making this card.  I couldn't get it to be the way I wanted it or the way I thought it would look and it definitely looks better in person than it photographed.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil
DSP: Golden Honey Specialty DSP
Stamps: Honey Bee
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black
Other: Detailed Bees Dies, Gold Embossing Powder, Subtle Texture Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Banner Dies

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

Have an amazing day!

Jen

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #416


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great week!  It's hard to believe that Christmas is only a week away!  Eek!  Are you ready?  I had been doing really well but my bronchitis came back with a vengeance and I am back on some antibiotics, an inhaler and some rest.  Hoping this clears up quickly!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our challenge this week is a three week challenge so you have some extra time to work on your cards!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Amy O'Neill!  Amy is a colour and texture queen!  I just love her cards!  Head over to her blog to check them out!


I apologize for the dark picture and I'm going to attempt to take a better one tomorrow.  I was waiting for a bright, sunny day to take the picture but was resting yesterday afternoon and missed my window of opportunity.  Anyhow, I'll try and update it at some point!!!

I used the dot paper from the brights 6X6 DSP pack.  I originally didn't have an embossed panel but decided after the fact that it needed a little something so took the card apart and embossed the panel with the hammered metal embossing folder.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape
DSP: Brights 6X6 Paper Stack
Stamps: Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Hammered Metal Embossing Folder, Botanical Builders Framelits, Basic Rhinestones

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll take a few minutes to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the gorgeous cards the Design Team ladies have created!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Jen

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #415


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  How's your Christmas shopping going?  I think I'm pretty much done except for a few stocking stuffers. Stockings are always the biggest challenge for me.  I tend to put a little too much thought into them!  I always like to find super fun or special stuff for the stockings.  Call me crazy!

Anyhow, we have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is our sweet friend Narelle Farrugia!  Narelle is our fussy cutting, layering flower queen!  Her cards are always gorgeous!

I wanted to create a non-Christmas card!  I am sending cards to my friend who's currently teaching up in Northern Ontario.  In her community 75% of the people don't have running water.  I can't even imagine.  It was -28C there this morning.  I can't even imagine going to an outhouse in that weather!

I used some of the Blueprints dies that I have from My Favourite Things.  I have no idea what # they are though!  I used some of the brights DSP paper pack (maybe from last year) and added some little flowers!  Pretty simple!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral,  Coastal Cabana
DSP: Brights 6X6 Paper Stack
Stamps: Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th)
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Small Flower Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Blueprints Dies (MFT), 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!  You will definitely find some amazing inspiration!

Have an amazing day!
Jen

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #414


Hello! Happy Wednesday!  It's good to be back again!  I missed last week.  I caught whatever it was that caused Caleb's pneumonia.  Thankfully I only ended up with bronchitis but I was still unmotivated creatively speaking so card making just didn't happen!!  Not only did card making not happen but neither did Christmas shopping or preparations!!!  Let's just say I'm trying to make up for lost time this week.

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the lovely and super talented Karren Johnson!  Karren's cards pretty much always take my breath away.  I just love her creativity and her colouring skills!  She is a force to reckon with!

Shockingly, this is the first card I made for this sketch!  It's crazy right?!  I saw the sketch and knew what I wanted to do.  I like it when cards come together like that!

I still need a few Christmas cards though as this point in time I'm not sure if they'll make it anywhere by Christmas!  Anyhow,  I love my Bethlehem edgelits and the Night in Bethlehem stamp set!  I just had to use it for this card.  I guess it does deviate from the sketch a bit but I'm pretty sure the team will forgive me!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Shimmer
Stamps: Night in Bethlehem
Ink: Versamark
Other: Bethlehem Edgelits, Dimesnionals

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!  They are some beautiful this week!

Have an amazing day!

Jen



Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #412


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  Can you believe we're more than halfway through November?  Are you ready for Christmas?  I am totally not ready at all.  I've purchased some gifts but I'm nowhere near ready to go.  I have never felt this far behind.  Just trying to take one day at a time!!

We have a brand new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I have the privilege of being this week's hostess.  I always worry that I'll make a sketch that no one likes or wants to participate with so I try and design ones that are broad and can be interpreted in different ways!

I am behind on Christmas cards (of course!) so I decided I needed a sketch that could incorporate Christmas!  I must admit though that this is not he first card.  I know, you're totally not shocked by that confession!!  I made my card and wasn't totally satisfied.  I was looking at my Christmas stamp sets and saw this star and knew it would work perfectly!

Supples:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Silver
Stamps: Bright and Beautiful,  Festival of Trees
Ink: Versamark
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Sequins (Taylored Expressions), Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created!  You will definitely be inspired!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Have an amazing day!
Jen


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #411


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  How's your week starting?  Our week started with a pile of SNOW!  I must say I am not impressed.  We normally don't get this much snow until after Christmas down in Southern Ontario.  I hate snow.  Yes, I'm Canadian, born and raised but I really don't like snow or cold.  I guess I also don't like the thoughts of having 6 more months of winter.  My family however is over the moon with the snow!  Strange lot they are!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the incredible Kim Singdahlsen!  Kim's cards are always amazing!  I love her creativity.  Head over to her blog and check out her beautiful creations!

Okay so I'm sure you can guess how many times I had to make this card before I made one I liked!  I'm still not totally impressed with the finished product!  I do need a few more Christmas cards so I'm trying to get those done.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Gray Granite, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
DSP: Festive Farmhouse
Stamps: Christmas Gleaming, Bright Hopes
Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Ornament Gleaming Punch Pack, Hammered Metal Embossing Folder, 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 the gorgeous cards the Design Team has created!  You will totally be inspired to join in our challenge this week!

Have an amazing day!
Jen






Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #410


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  We are having an interesting week for sure!  Caleb started getting sick last Monday but then didn't really get better.  We took him to the walk in clinic on Saturday and they said it was viral and to wait it out.  By Monday I knew there was something a little more serious going on.  Sure enough, Caleb has pneumonia.  We're just over 24 hours into the antibiotics and slowly starting to see some improvements.  Hopefully over the next day or so we start to see some great changes!

We have a great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazing and super punny Linda Callahan!  Linda creates darling cards and always posts super sweet pictures of her grandchildren!  Head over to her blog to check them out!

So these squares may as well have been circles.  I struggled with the squares.  A lot.  This isn't the first card.  The first card I made is still on my craft room desk in the heap of shame!  I don't now why I struggled but I did.  I'm still not over thrilled with the final product.  I just couldn't get the square in the background to look right.  Trust me when I say that I tried a whole host of different colours!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White
DSP: Gingham DSP Stack
Stamps:
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Bitty Flower Punch, Scalloped Square Die, Stitched Squares (Lil Inkers), Stitched Hearts Banner, Basic Rhinestones, 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 to inspire you!

We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Have an amazing day!

Jen