Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #394


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  School is almost done here - finally! I  can't wait!  I am excited for school and lunches to be done with!  Bring on summer holidays!  The kids are so done!  I am not sure why we even bother going this week.  I'm not sure they're even doing anything!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Jen Timko!  I love Jen's cards.  Her colouring is fantastic and she is so creative.  You need to head over to her blog and check them out.

I struggled a bit with this card. I am not completely satisfied with the outcome but that's okay.  I also realized that I totally should have taken the picture landscape.  I don't know what I was thinking when I took the photo!  I find sympathy cards are hard to make and this one was especially hard for me!  I had to haul out the Botanical Builders Dies.  Though retired, they are my favourite flowers ever and I will continue to use them!  I added a sentiment from Sentiment Essentials (Reverse Confetti).  I went with a neutral Kraft background this time!  Wow, it's hard for me to change like that - every ounce of me wanted to do white!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Whisper White
DSP: Gingham
Stamps: Sentiment Essentials
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Sentiment Essentials Dies, Botanical Builders Dies, Enamel Dots, Dimensionals

Thanks again for stoping by!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches page and check out the gorgeous cards the Design Team has created!  You will love them!

Have an amazing day!
Jen



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #393


Hello!
Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a great week!  We finally have some relatively warm weather which is fantastic!  I still haven't worn shorts yet but that's because I'm always cold!!!  Actually, I don't really own shorts anymore!  I've progressed to skorts!  I guess I'm officially old!  Anyhow, we're almost done school here.  We like to drag it out as long as possible to torture kids and parents!  My boys checked out about a week ago so they're finding it hard to focus all day at school!  Oh the joys of June!

Anyhow, we have a fantastic sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazingly talented Lee Ann Barrett!  I just love Lee Ann's cards!  She creates the most beautiful scenes and her colouring is fantastic.  Head over to her blog to check them out!

I kinda knew what I wanted to do for this card.  Of course there was a first edition and a second edition and then I settled on this one!  This cake was sitting on my desk from a previous attempt at a card so I decided I couldn't get it go to waste!  You never let cake go to waste!

It wasn't until I uploaded my card to the Design Team site that I realized I had my sentiment in the wrong place.  Sorry ladies.  I didn't even realize.  Hopefully they'll forgive me!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Kraft
Stamps: Inside Scoop (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Build a Cake Dies (Taylored Expressions), Scalloped Edge Die, Wink of Stella, Sequins (Taylored Expressions)

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

Have an incredible week!

Jen


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #392


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  I'm typing this with the most beautiful sunshine streaming in my windows!  It's just gorgeous!  Thankfully my windows were cleaned recently so they're still relatively nice looking and I'm not staring at them in horror!!!!  Window cleaning is not my favourite task!  I have a few more windows to do upstairs and then I'm done!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Jacquie Southas!  Jacquie creates such beautiful cards that are always so colourful and happy!  I love them!  Head over to her blog to check them out!


I must say that I'm not a huge fan of this card.  I thought at first I did like it but then when I got it ready to mail to my dad I decided I was a little disappointed.  Thankfully my dad is too kind to ever say anything bad about my cards!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Crazy for You
Other: Subtle Texture Embossing Folder, Stitched Frames, 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 your enjoyment!  You'll be glad you did!

Have an amazing day!

Jen

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #391


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  This week is bringing absolute craziness to our house!!!!  We have a packed schedule this week whereas normally our schedule is fairly open.  It just seems like everything decided to happen in one week!  Thankfully it's going off without a hitch so far!  Today is the school BBQ and of course they're calling for rain and thunder storms!  Fantastic!  Both boys are playing in the school bands...outside!  Should be a great day!  My youngest is supposed to be at an outdoor soccer tournament all day today as well.  We shall see if that actually happens.  Can't wait to sit on those sidelines!

We have a great new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Amy O'Neill!  Amy's cards are always coloured beautifully and I swear she is a watercoloring master!  I long to possess her talent!

This sketch totally stumped me!  I have no idea why!  It's not full of circles, it's not hard - I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do.  I tried a variety of things over several days until I finally came up with a card and even now, I'm not totally satisfied but that's okay!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP: Gingham
Stamps: Fall For You (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Fall For You Confetti Cuts, Sweet Celebration Dies (Lil' Inker Designs), Celebrate Word Die (Lil' Inker Designs), Stampin Blends, 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 have created!  They are definitely awe inspiring this week!

Have a fantastic day!
Jen

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #389



Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you've had a great start to your week!  We've had an exciting week at our house.  Our oldest turned 13 yesterday!  I can't believe it.  How on earth did that happen?!  I honestly don't think I've aged at all!!  Except that after the bike ride we did on Monday and the epic fall I had, I'm definitely not feeling 20 anymore!!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is our amazing flower queen Narelle Farrugia!  Narelle is a fussy cutting and flower creating master!  I just love all of her cards!  Head over to her blog to check them out!

So, as you can probably imagine, this isn't the first version of this card.  This card challenged me - I think because I needed it to be a masculine looking 13th birthday card.  I also now realize that the red banner is VERY crooked.  Honestly!  I couldn't get the positioning of anything right and I tried over and over!  I don't think Caleb even really noticed.  He's a boy...I'm not sure why I did so much fussing!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Silver Foil, Black Sparkle (Non-SU), Black Foil
Stamps: Itty Bitty Birthdays
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Number Framelits, Star Dies, Starburst Framelits, Circle Dies, Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

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

Have an amazing day!

Jen


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #388


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  Can you believe it's the middle of May already?!  Seems like just yesterday it was Easter!  Time is flying by.  In less than a week my oldest turns 13!  I have no idea where 13 years have gone.  The day are long but the years are short!  Isn't that how the saying goes?  I'm feeling it this week!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is our New Zealand friend Karren Johnson!  Karren is a masterful colourer and creates the most amazing cards!  I totally think I need to take a vacation in New Zealand and spend time having colouring lessons!


I'm going to be totally honest when I say those circles threw me.  Totally threw me.  You guys should see the bits and pieces on my craft room desk that are left from all the different trials!  This card took forever to come together.  Once I figured out what I was going to do, it was created fairly quickly BUT it was getting to that point that was hard!  The stamp I used was the one from my Lots of Happy Card Kit that is still sitting on my desk on the acrylic block!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Under the Umbrella (Reverse Confetti)
Stamps: Lots of Happy Card Kit stamps (SU), LJD Circle Scribbles (MFT Stamps Retired)
Ink: Night of Navy
Other:  LJD Circle Scribbles Dies, Double-Stitched Circle Dies (Lil Inkers), Stampin' Blends (Flirty Flamingo and Old Olive), Sequins (CTMH), Subtle Texture Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Thanks so much 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!  You will definitely be inspired!

Have an amazing day!

Jen

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #387


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!  We've had a good week.  The boys got out for their first round of golf this week.  They were so excited.  The next round is scheduled for Friday night.  It's amazing how much they seem to love it.  I wish I shared that love so we could all go out together - but I don't!  And I'm totally okay with that.

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is our favourite French designer Cecile Ribon!  Cecile has the most unique and intricate die cuts for her cards.  They always amaze me!  Head over to her blog and check them out!

Well, Mother's Day is quickly coming and I needed one more card so I put this one together.  I think it's prettier in person than it is in the photo.  The leaves in the sketch stumped me for a bit until I found these flowers from Reverse Confetti.  I coloured them up and was off to the races.  The part that took me the longest was trying to get that thread to look okay.  I am not good with random and haphazard.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Patterned Paper: Taylored Expressions
Stamps: Tall Blooms (Reverse Confetti), Happy Mother's Day (PTI - can't remember the set)
Ink: Versamark, Memento Black
Other: Tall Blooms Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Silver Thread, In Flight Overlays (Taylored Expressions), Silver Embossing Powder, Stampin Blends, 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 for your inspiration!  You won't be disappointed!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen