Saturday, March 25, 2017

Welcome Little Miss Croghan!




As many of you know, Lesley and Corey Croghan are expecting a sweet baby girl in April!  To help these two welcome this sweet bundle, the very creative Lori Turner has asked us to create some cards to send off to the new parents-to-be!  If you head over to Lori's blog, you'll see that she's got a blog hop going.  This is my first blog hop.  I truly have no idea what I'm doing!!!

I had the wonderful privilege of meeting Lesley in person two summers ago! Lesley's mother in law and my parents happen to live in the same city and we were fortunate enough to both be visiting our respective parents at the same time and were able to sneak out for a lunch together!  Lesley is truly as sweet in person as she is on her blog!

I am truly thankful for Lesley and all the card challenges she has created!  She posted a long time ago for some openings on the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team.  I loved that challenge.  I had dreamed of being able to join that team of wonderful ladies.  Lesley gave me that change and I will forever be grateful!  It truly has been one of the best experiences and I've created friendships that I will treasure forever!

Lesley and Corey, we are so excited for you and can't wait for your little girl to arrive!  You will make amazing parents!

Congratulations!

Jen

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #280



Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  I missed last week's challenge because I was visiting my parents for the March break!  We had the coldest March break ever!  I guess winter isn't quite ready to say goodbye despite me being totally ready to let go!!!  

We have a great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Linda Callahan!  Linda makes the cutest cards and has such a great sense of humour!  Her blog will definitely make you smile!


I knew I wanted to use the Botanical Builders on this card.  I just love them.  Of course you know how I feel about white and black cards!  I wasn't sure how this would come together but I think I'm happy!  I also may have added some Wink of Stella to the middle layer of the flowers!  The leaves are embossed with silver embossing powder j to give a bit of shine!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver
Stamps: LJD Birthday Greetings (MFT)
Ink: Stazon Black, Versamark
Other: Botanical Builders Dies, Lacy Scalloped Confetti Cut Die (Reverse Confetti), Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Sequins, 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 have created.  You will not be disappointed!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #278


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope your week has started well!  It's felt like spring here the last two days though there is some cold weather and snow in the long range forecast.  I think I'm done with snow.  I am not a big fan of cold either!  I must be getting old or something!!!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Jen Mitchell!  I love, love, love Jen's cards.  She is so creative and makes CAS look so incredible!  Head over to her blog and you'll see exactly what I mean!

I wasn't too sure what I wanted to do with this sketch.  It's a great one and I had a few ideas but settled on using a new stamp set that I got this week.  I love the new Sweet Celebrations stamp set and dies from Lil' Inkers.  Who doesn't love a heart wreath and some beautiful flowers?!

I guess I kinda deviated from the sketch a little bit.  My "shape" is a tad bit big!  I hope the girls don't mind!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Basic Grey, Smokey Slate
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Cucumber Crush , Stazon Black, Versamark
Other: Sweet Celebrations Dies, White Embossing Powder, Softly Falling TIEF, Celebrate Word Die, 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 beautiful cards the Design Team has created for your inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #277


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  I have recently been challenged to "declutter" my house over the next 40 days.  I'm not a big hoarder and don't have a lot of "excess" but I have taken on the challenge to "declutter" a space in the house for about 15 minutes each day.  We shall see how this goes.  I started in my closet today and I'm off to a good start.  I need to make a list though or this will not be a successful task!!!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Our fabulous hostess is the one and only Jen Timko!  Jen's cards are so beautiful and inspiring and she's a whiz with Zig markers!  Head over to her blog and check them out!

I had a little trouble with the sketch.  I had a vision in mind but that's not exactly what ended up on paper!  I had wanted this to be a masculine card since I'm a little low (aka completely out) of anything masculine looking.  Unfortunately I can't resist Watermelon Wonder (at all) and I had to add the heart.  I just couldn't stop there and added some rhinestones and there went the masculinity!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Night of Navy, Watermelon Wonder
DSP: Fox and Friends
Stamps: LJD Birthday Greetings
Other: Double Garland Banner Dies (Reverse Confetti), Blueprints Dies (MFT), 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 for you!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #276


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great week.  We are having some gorgeous weather here in Southern Ontario!  I am hoping this isn't just a tease and winter will return with a vengeance!  Seeing the sun for a few days in a row has been wonderful and the kids have loved all of the outside time!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the Amazing Amy O'Neill!  Amy is our colour/watercolour genius!  Her cards are just gorgeous!  Check out her blog!  You won't be disappointed!
So, I totally love the Carried Away DSP.  I love the colours and the fun patterns!  I love the hot air balloons and clouds on this paper!  I decided to add a bit of yellow and some sparkly clouds.  Of course they've covered with Wink of Stella!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
DSP: Carried Away
Stamps: LJD Pretty Poppies (Sentiment)
Ink: Night of Navy
Other: Sun 'n Clouds Confetti Cuts, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

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

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #275


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you've had a great start to your week!  The week is flying by here!  Did you have a nice Valentine's Day yesterday?  We had a lovely day here.  It was sunny for a good chunk of the day and nice and warm.  Melted some of the snow away!  We indulged in some chocolate covered strawberries after dinner.  They are an annual family tradition!  I probably should make them more often because they sure are delicious!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Narelle Farrugia.  Narelle is the queen of gorgeous flowers and fussy cutting.  Head over to her blog and you'll see exactly what I mean!!  Super talented!

I opted for a different card for this sketch.  I made it but it just wasn't doing it for me.  Not sure why but I didn't love it.  I then discovered that I needed a card for my friend Tracey who finished her last radiation treatment last Tuesday.  She is in our bootcamp class and has been at almost every class throughout her chemo and her radiation.  A true inspiration for us!  Our group wants to congratulate her on finishing her treatments!

I love this stamp/die set from Lil' Inkers!  The flowers look like they're inked a little weird but it's really that they're covered in Wink of Stella.  You had to know that right?!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Smokey Slate
Stamps: Warm Welcome (Lil' Inkers), Sentiment Flags (Lil' Inkers)
Ink: Stazon Black, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Gumball Green, Marina Mist
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Warm Welcome Dies, Dimensionals

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

Have a great day!

Jen



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #274


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great week so far!  Anyone else having some super weird weather? We have almost no snow - and today it poured rain.  I mean, it poured.  Ugh.  Nothing worse than rain in February.  Last week I had 10 robins hanging out in my front tree.  I don't know what they were thinking and I am hoping they were just stopping over on their way to Florida.

We have a new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I have the honour of being this week's hostess.  I always get a little nervous when it's my turn to come up with a sketch.  I'm not really creative and I do find it challenging to come up with something that I think will work!  I'm hoping you enjoy what I've come up with!

I need to restock my birthday cards and so decided to combine the Botanical Builders from Stampin Up and the "You're So" stamp set and dies from Reverse Confetti.  I went with yellow and green which totally aren't colours I would normally pick but they jumped out at me and stuck!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Black Glimmer (Michaels)
Stamps: You're So (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Botanical Builder Dies (SU), You're So Confetti Cuts, Mini Banner Punch (SU), Basic Rhinestones, Softly Falling TIEF, Dimensionals

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

Have a great day!
Jen