Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #301


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!  We are currently enjoying some R&R with Grannie and Papa!  It's been nice being able to relax and enjoy some time away from home!  We will totally enjoy these last few weeks of summer since the start of school is coming faster than I care to admit!

We have a new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I'm fortunate to be this week's hostess!  I had a card in mind when I came up with this sketch and I'm thankful that when I made it, it actually looked kinda like what I had envisioned!  Coming up with a sketch can be very nerve wracking!  You just never know how people are going to feel about it!


I had some Pop of Pink DSP sitting on my desk and I just had to use it.  I love that paper with those fabulous gold accents!  I wish I had purchased more than one pack!!!  I must say the embossing didn't go as well as I had hoped.  I may have embossed the other side as well and it looked ever worse.  I don't know what the issue is and yes, I used an embossing buddy!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold
DSP: Pop of Pink
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Botanical Blossoms, Celebrate Word Die (Lil Inkers), Dimensionals

Thanks again 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 for your inspiration!  You won't be disappointed!  We look forward to seeing what you create this week!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #300


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  We are so enjoying our summer.  We've had some great bike rides this week and yesterday we made a trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens!  I think later in the week we'll be heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame!  It's been such a nice summer so far and I'm hoping the the last few weeks are just as wonderful!

Welcome to our celebration of Sketch #300 at Freshly Made Sketches!  Six years ago, Lesley Croghan created an idea to make cards that were clean but not necessarily simple.  Using sketches as a foundation, many stampers found their niche and this challenge has been a place of inspiration and encouragement.  This week, we are excited to share our 300th sketch.  Wow!! 

The team will decide the Queen or King and then we will all choose our favorites to highlight, as usual.  BUT....we will also choose one random winner from the gallery to receive all of the cards created by the design team with this sketch!  We are so grateful for your support over these six years and want to send out a special thank you!



Our sketch is super fun this week and believe it or not, this card was my first attempt!!!

I used some of the retired Party Animal DSP and some of the new glimmer Dots!  Who doesn't love a bit of sparkle!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry
Stamps: Frozen Treat
Ink: Pacific Point
Other: Oval Dies (Spellbinders), Glimmer Dots, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing the cards the Design Team has created for your inspiration!   You may even be fortunate enough to win all of the Design Team's cards!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #299


Hello!
Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We've had a great week so far.  Trevor was off yesterday and the boys and I went for a long bike ride to downtown Toronto. Nothing like being able to by right down by the CN Tower.  The waterfront trail is amazing and the breeze coming off the lake was fabulous!  Such a great morning!

We have a great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the lovely Kim Singdahlsen.  Kim's cards are so fantastic.  I would love to go and hang out in her crafting space for a day!  I think she has the best stamps!

Kim's sketch is very versatile.  I of course didn't have a clue what to do.  This also is not my first card!!  Ha!  If you struggle making cards and following sketches, know you're not alone out there!  I love the new pinewood planks embossing folder and will probably use it as much as I use Wink of Stella (which I did not use on this card!).  I wanted to use some sequins and kinda picked the colours around the sequins.  The hearts started out as silver ones but they didn't show up enough so they were quickly swapped out for black!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder, Black Glimmer (non-SU)
Other: Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Heart Trio Punch (SU - retired), MFT Blueprints Dies, Sequins (SU), Smile Word Die (Lil Inkers), 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 won't be disappointed!

Have a fantastic day!

Jen

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #298


Hello!
Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a great week.  It's a very quiet week at our house.  The boys are with my parents for the week and they are having a blast.  They love going to visit Grannie and Papa and when I suggested I go with them, I got a resounding "NO"!  I guess I've been told!  My husband and I went on a huge mountain bike ride last night.  His instructions were to ensure that I made it out alive.  I did.  Just barely.  Only one fall and nothing broken or bleeding so I guess that's good.  I think he has forgotten I haven't really been biking like that in a LONG time and my bones aren't as young as they used to be!

Anyone, we have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Linda Callahan!  Linda is very creative and makes beautiful cards.  I also think she's one of the funniest people I've ever "met".  We haven't met but I feel like we have!  Anyhow, go and check out her blog!  You'll be inspired!


I went with a very simple card.  I had some of this So Saffron DSP laying around after camp just screaming to be used up.  I combined with with some black and away I went!  I threw on some Glitter Enamel Dots and voila!  It looks like it took me 5 minutes.  It did not.  This is not the first version and not at all what I had envisioned when I started.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, So Saffron
DSP: So Saffron (Subtles DSP Stack)
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Celebrate Word Die, Sweet Celebrations Dies, Glitter Enamel Dots, 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, July 19, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #297


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I trust everyone is having a great start to their week!  We are in total vacation mode here and with the exception of a few appointments, we've been relaxing, swimming, reading and biking.  It's been fabulous.  This year our family decided to cut out all evening activities and to do lots of mountain biking together.  It's been the best decision!  We have totally enjoyed our evening (and some afternoon) rides together.  It's been amazing to watch the boys gain skill, confidence and endurance.  They can hop rocks and logs like pros now!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazingly talented Jen Mitchell!  Jen makes beautifully creative cards and often dominates when it comes to "clean".   Head over to her blog and you'll see what I mean!



I love Jen's sketch. At first I was going with a completely different look but then changed my mind.  I used the Ice Cream Parlor DSP and the Frozen Treats stamps and dies at camp almost every day.  The kids loved ice cream cards and I must say, I do too!   Of course if you look closely you'll see some Wink of Stella on that chocolate sauce!!!  I just couldn't resist!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Watermelon Wonder
DSP: Ice Cream Parlor
Stamps: Frozen Treat
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Frozen Treats Framelits, Banners Framelites, Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder, 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 fabulous cards the Design Team has created for you.  You won't be disappointed.

Have a fabulous day.

Jen


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #296


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I am sorry I missed out on last week's challenge!  It was our church camp week! We had such a busy but fun week!  Our camp had just over 1000 kids for the week and we had just over 40 kids making cards all day!  It was fun to see their pride in their creations and the amazement when they saw embossing powder melt for the first time!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Jen Timko!  Jen's cards are so fun and her colouring and creativity amazes me!  I'm so fortunate to have met Jen (twice!) and think another get together is definitely in order!!!



Jen has picked a great sketch and I love the square card!  At first I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but then realized I needed some teacher thank you cards!  Yes, our kids are finally done school!  I made these cards a while ago!!!  Please don't think I'm really slow given our teachers their cards!

I used the Carried Away DSP (again!) and the Class Act stamp set and Confetti cuts from Reverse Confetti.  I added a bright red flag to contrast!  I love red.  It is totally my favourite colour!  Of course I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the apple leaf.  I couldn't help myself.  The camp kids LOVED using Wink of Stella too!  See, I'm not the only one who loves it!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Basic Black, Real Red, Gumball Green, Red Shimmer
DSP: Carried Away
Stamps: Class Act (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Stazon
Other: Class Act Confetti Cuts, Wink of Stella, 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 for your inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #294


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great week!  We are still waiting for school to be finished.  Nothing like dragging it out until the bitter end.  The kids have checked out mentally and I'm pretty much done with making lunches and washing containers!!!  Only 3 more days!!!!  Yay!!!  Next week is the camp at our church and we are expecting about 1000 kids!  Should be a wild time!  I will have a great group of kids who will be introduced to the world of card making!  Can't wait!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of one of our Texan designers Amy O'Neill!  Amy amazes me with her ability to match colours and patterns and always has the perfect accents.  She can also wind thread into the most perfect looking loops!



Amy's sketch stumped me at first but then I realized I wanted to turn it into a Father's Day card.  Yes, I made this card weeks' ago.  I didn't miss Father's Day - don't worry!  My dad got this card before the actual day!!!  I really love this stamp set from Reverse Confetti.  It worked perfectly to say exactly what I wanted.  I don't really have any Father's Day stamps and sometimes I find them pretty cheesy and this was what I wanted!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Silver
DSP: A Little Foxy (retired SU)
Stamps: So Very Special (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Smoky Slate, Night of Navy
Other: Bitty Banners Dies, Dimensionals

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 has created!

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

Have a great day!
Jen

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #293


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great start to your week!  I guess we're right in the middle now aren't we?!  My kids still have a week and a half of school. Nothing like dragging it out until the end of June!  They're both mentally done too which isn't helping!  My oldest even has a test today!  I'm looking forward to the start of summer vacation and a little less rushing and scheduling!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of our resident New Zealander, Karren Johnson!  Karren's cards are just diving and I totally think we need to take a Design Team trip down under to visit her and play with all her fun crafting supplies!!!



Karren's sketch is super versatile and even though it's a chunk of a great big circle, it didn't freak me out!  I saw it and knew I wanted to use my pop of pink DSP that I had sitting on my desk!  After it was done though I knew I needed to add something so some pink sequins were applied.  I just couldn't find a way to tie Wink of Stella into this one folks, sorry about that!  Now, this giant circle was a bit investing to cut.  Thankfully I still have my very old Creative Memories circle cutters and they came in VERY handy for this one!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP: Pop of Pink
Stamps: LJD Birthday Greetings (MFT)
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Sequins, Creative Memories Circle cutters, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Please take a minute to head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #292


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far.  It's been a great week so far here.  The summer weather seems to have finally arrived and I am loving that warm sunshine.  Everything is so green and lush looking.  We went for a bike ride the other night in the bush and we stopped for a minute to look at a deer and I got eaten alive by mosquitos and black flies.  Wow!  They were crazy hungry!  One part of summer I do not enjoy!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is our favourite DT member from France, Cecile Ribon!

Now, when you look at this sketch and see a LOT of circles like I did, don't freak out.  They're really not that bad.  I kinda just decided I would make this card as close to the sketch as I could!  I opted to try and make a more masculine card since I'm really short on some cards for men.  I figured black and silver would work and threw in some Bermuda Bay for accent.  Okay, so there are sequins on it.  I couldn't help myself.  It just needed something!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Silver
Stamps: Sweet Celebration (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Silly Stitched Dies (Lil' Inkers), Celebrate Die (Lil' Inkers), Sequins, Double Stitched Circle Dies (Lil' Inkers), Dimensionals

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

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #291


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week.  We have had a few days of chillier temperatures and rain.  Not exactly summer around here these days but it looks like things will be taking a turn for the better starting tomorrow!

We have a new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I happen to be this week's hostess!  It can be a little nerve wracking to come up with a sketch.  You just never know if the sketch will be well received or if people will think you're nuts!!!

I still had some of the Carried DSP sitting on my desk.  I just love it and I can't help using it over and over again!!!  I'm not that great at mixing different patterns and colours so I wasn't sure if this was going to work.  I needed to add a flower to my cup because it was a bit boring!  Of course the flower is covered in Wink of Stella.  As if there was any doubt.  I embossed the background of the card just to give it a bit of dimension.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach
DSP: Carried Away
Stamps: Coffee Talk (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Night of Navy
Other: Botanical Builders Dies, Coffee Talk dies (Lil Inkers), Sequins, Wink of Stella, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Thanks 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 for you!  I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #290


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  We've had a great start to our week!  We were able to spend this past weekend with my parents.  I was able to get the last 3 camp projects cut and ready to go!  I have never been ready a month before camp starts!  Woohoo!!

We have a fantastic new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Kim Singdahlsen!  Kim makes the most beautiful cards!  I always love seeing what she comes up with each and every time she makes a card!

Kim's sketch is super fun!  I had some of the Tasty Treats Specialty DSP sitting on my craft table and decided to use it.  I'm still very sad that the botanical builders and Watermelon Wonder are retiring but I don't think that will stop me from using them!!!  Of course there is some Wink of Stella on the flower!  I don't think I can do a card without it!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
DSP: Tasty Treats Specialty DSP
Stamps: LJD Birthday Greetings (MFT)
Ink: Versamark Black
Other: Botanical Builders Framelits Dies, Double Stitched Circles (Lil Inkers), Wink of Stella, Basic Rhinestones


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

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #289


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you are having a great week so far!  We had a lovely long weekend here.  The weather wasn't exactly perfect but it was super nice to spend time together and we got in a few great bike rides!  The boys are really getting on to "mountain biking" and loved seeing a deer on the trails!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess today is the lovely Linda Callahan!  Linda's cards are fabulous and so creative!  I also love Linda's sense of humour!  She has a special way of making us all laugh!
I saw the sweet little flowers on the sketch and knew I wanted to use flowers on my card too!  I opted for my Awesome Blossom Stamps from Lil' Inkers!  I truly do love the Watermelon Wonder/Crisp Canteloupe combo.  I think despite their retirement, I'll be using them regularly!  Of course there is some Wink of Stella on those flowers just to give them a little sparkle!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Awesome Blossom (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Stazon Black
Other: Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers), Double Stitched Squares (Lil Inkers), Awesome Blossom Dies (Lil Inkers),Sequins (SU), 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 amazing cards the design team has created!  We can't wait to see what you come up with this week!  We hope you'll play along!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #288


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  We are expecting a gorgeous day here today!  The first truly HOT day of the spring so far!  The kids are pumped about wearing shorts!  This has been a long time coming.  Both my kids are down to their last pair of pants without ripped knees!  Oh the joys of boys!!!  My oldest turns 11 this coming weekend and still wears the knees right out of his pants.  Actually, yesterday, his grey jogging pants came home slightly green.  Complete all over grass stains.  I just shake my head!

Well, today we have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Jen Mitchell!  Jen's cards are always gorgeous and she can turn simple into a beautiful masterpiece!  Head over to her blog to be wowed!


Jen has a great sketch for us!  I kinda know right away what I wanted to do with this one!  This is my mother's Mother's Day card!  I just love the gold polka dot paper out of the Pop of Pink DSP pack.  I mean, those gold dots are just gorgeous!  I combined that with this fabulous set from Reverse Confetti and voila!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold
DSP: Pop of Pink
Stamps: You're So (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Double Stitched Circles (Lil Inkers), You're So Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Scalloped Circle Dies (Spellbinders), 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 that the Design Team has created for your inspiration!  We hope you'll play along this week!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #287


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope your week has started well!  The rain has finally stopped here and we are slowly drying out!  My parents and in-laws live in the Ottawa valley and the pictures from the flooding in their area is heart breaking.  I can't believe all the water the people there are having to contend with.  Hopefully over the next few days some of the water recedes and they get some reprieve!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazing Jen Timko! Jen has such incredible talent!  She is fabulous at colouring and has some uber creative cards!  Head over to her blog and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about!

Jen's sketch is super versatile!  That long rectangle can be pretty much anything!  A die cut or DSP or even a stamped image!  The sky is the limit!  I went with a long strip of DSP since I had some siting on my desk and I just loved the Moroccan DSP!  I threw on some sequins, embossed my sentiment and voila!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Bermuda Bay
DSP: Moroccan
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Versamark
Other: Sequins, Gold Embossing Powder, Bitty Banners Die, Dimensionals

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 has created!  You won't be disappointed!  I hope you'll join us this week!  We always love to see what you create!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #286


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  We are having another wet week.  We have had a ton of rain in the last week or so and the forecast is for more rain!  At least the rivers and creeks will be full to start the summer season (if summer ever decides to arrive!).

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of our master flower maker and fussy cutter, Narelle Farrugia!  Narelle makes the most beautiful cards!  Please head over to her blog to check them out!


Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of my card during the day today...this will teach me to just take the picture the day I make the card and not wait!!!  I had these poppies sitting on my craft table already coloured!  I decided they needed to be used on this card.  I added some Wink of Stella (of course) and called it a day!  Okay, it didn't come together that easily.  I went through a ton of DSP changes and there is a whole other card that was created before this one!  Sometimes the creative juices just don't flow the way we want them to!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink (I have no idea what colour pink it is!)
DSP: Pop of Pink
Stamps: Plane and Simple (My Creative Time), LJD Pretty Poppies
Ink: Versamark Black
Other: LJD Pretty Poppies Dies, Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones

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 has created for you!  

Have a fabulous day!

Jen


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #285


Happy Wednesday!  We are currently sitting in the middle of the last full week in April!  How did that happen?  I feel like it was just the beginning of March and we are cruising into May and closer to my son's 11th birthday.   Mom needs to get working on this.  Turning 11 is a big deal and since this is his first year without a party, I need to change my course of planning and figure out something really fun to do as a family to celebrate!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of one of our resident Texans!  On a side note - I would love to visit Texas sometime.  I just think it's just one of those places I need to see!  I imagine there are cacti and cowboy hats everywhere.  I'm pretty sure that's not the case though!  Anyhow, Amy O'Neill is our amazing hostess this week.  She is our super creative, colour whiz.  I always am awed by the cool designs and combinations she comes up with!



Amy's sketch threw me for a bit of a loop.  I originally had one design in mind but realized quickly that wouldn't work so moved onto Plan B.  Now, Plan B saw a few renditions but I settled on this very gold accented one!  I happened to have this one sheet of DSP from the Pop of Pink pack and I had to use it!  I think this card will work nicely to celebrate my in laws upcoming wedding anniversary!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil
DSP: Pop of Pink
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Black
Other: Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Celebrate Word Die (Lil Inkers), Double Stitched Circles (Lil Inkers), Dimensionals

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

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #284


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week and had a lovely Easter weekend!  We had a fabulous Easter and enjoyed some amazing church services and a delicious Easter dinner!  It was a beautiful weekend and we all enjoyed a lot of outside time!  Overall a fabulous weekend!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Karren Johnson!  Karren's cards are gorgeous!  I am always amazing by her creativity!

Karren's sketch is so fun this week and it's super versatile!  I had lots of fun playing along!  I had this DSP stack sitting on my craft table from a card I made a while ago and knew I just had to use it again.  Those flowers are just too sweet!  Of course I needed to use my Botanical Builders.  I honestly cannot believe that this fabulous framelits are retiring!  I may have also added some wink of stella to the flowers because what flowers don't need a little sparkle?!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
DSP: SU DSP Stack - I can't remember the name!!
Stamps: I can't remember where this one is from either - I'm doing really well aren't I?!
Ink: Black Stazon
Other: Botanical Builders Framelits, Basic Pearls, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

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

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #283


Hello!  Happy Wednesday!
I hope you are having a great start to your week!  We are having a beautiful start to our week.  We were able to celebrate my mom's birthday this past weekend.  It was a lovely weekend and I was so happy to be able to spend time with my mom!

We have a new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I have the privilege of being this week's hostess!  I hope you enjoy the sketch that I've come up with this week!


I had a little piece of the Moroccan DSP that I decided to use on this card!  It's just so pretty!  I gave colouring the Pretty Poppies set a whirl.  I used my Zig markers and they worked just fine this time!  I think this is the first time I didn't cry while colouring!!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla
Stamps: LJD Pretty Poppies (MFT)
Ink: Stazon black
Other: Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers, Sequins, Border Builders Die Set (Lil Inkers), Dimensionals

I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards that the Design Team has created for you.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Jen

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #282


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  It's hard to believe it's already April and spring is hopefully right around the corner.  We had a mild winter but spring hasn't exactly been warm and spring like!  Let's just say April showers have been plentiful and will hopefully bring lots and lots of pretty May flowers!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of our wonderful French hostess Cecile Ribon!  Cecile makes the most beautiful cards!  Head over to her blog and check it out!


I really love the Carried Away DSP and had to use it again!  The colours are some of my favourites!  At first I thought the squares would be a little too much but when I decided to use that DSP it came together rather quickly.  Of course these days I can't seem to make a card without throwing on some sequins or glitter!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Night of Navy
DSP: Carried Away
Stamps: In a Big Way (MFT)
Ink: Night of Navy
Other: Sequins, Dimensionals

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 has created for you!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #281


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We've had some very nice spring weather here lately and all three of the boys in this house seem to have a case of spring fever!  Thankfully that means a lot of outside hockey and basketball games which means that everyone is getting lots of fresh air and exercise!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Kim Singdahlsen!  Kim is one amazing card maker!  She is uber creative and I love her cards!  Head over to her blog and you'll see exactly what I mean!

I had a lot of trouble with this sketch.  This is not the card I had in mind.  I wanted butterflies and greenery and bright, cheery colours.  Obviously that's not what I ended up with.  I am not happy with the end result.  This picture doesn't show the wavy lines in the background either.  The reason for that...I had a glue issue.  Honestly, I was a a tad on the discouraged side after this one!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams
Ink: Versamark
Other: Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Copper Embossing Powder

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

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

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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