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


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #348


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great week!  Can you believe it's August 1st already?  Where did July go!  I feel like we just started summer vacation and here we're already half way through our summer!  We are totally going to have to make the most of the next 4 weeks!

We have a brand new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I am honoured to be this week's hostess!  I hope you'll find this week's sketch inspiring and you'll play along.  Please remember, you don't need to use squares!  You can use whatever shape you want!


I had some glitter paper sitting on my desk, left over from camp!  There is a lot of left over scraps from camp!  The squares needed a little something extra so I threw on some little flowers!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Glimmer
Stamps: Sentiment Essentials (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Postage Stamp Punch, Itty Bitty Accent Punch, Basic Rhinestones

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, July 25, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #347


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We're having a great week.  This is the first week that we're all home together.  Well, the 2 boys and I!  The cats are having a hay day with their boys home!  Our kitten is hardly sleeping and then she kinda acts likes a wild toddler.  Hopefully she'll get into the routine!!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the lovely Kim Singdahlsen.  Kim's cards are gorgeous and I love your collection of stamps and dies!  They're always so beautiful!

I loved Kim's sketch and knew right away I wanted to use the double stitched Speech Bubbles from Lil Inkers!  I still had the paper from last week's card sitting on the my desk still so I had to use it again!  I love these black and white stripes!   My die holder was sitting open and these speech bubbles jumped out at me!  I decided to add on a gold flower because the white bubble looked a little naked!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil
DSP: Tutti Frutti (Retired)
Stamps: LJD Birthday Greetings (MFT Stamps)
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Sequins, Botanical Builders Framelits, Double Stitched Speech Bubbles 2 (Lil Inkers), Dimensionals

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

Have a fantastic day!

Jen


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #346


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  We are enjoying a great summer so far.  The boys are in a music camp this week.  They are both drummers and a group of kids learns 3-4 songs all week and then they have a concert on Friday night.  It's amazing how quickly they can learn the songs and how amazing they sound by Friday!  Caleb did it last year but this year both boys are doing it.  Thankfully they have two drum kits in the band!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing and super fun Linda Callahan.  Linda's cards are always thoughtful and often quite punny!  Head on over to her blog and check them out!


Linda's sketch has a LOT of circles on it.  Not just one, but there are three HUGE circles.  Okay, they're not huge but if you don't like circles they seem super big!  I decided I just didn't want to tackle circles and opted to go with triangles instead!!  I have some scrap paper left from camp and used some of the Tutti Frutti for the card!  I decided to go for a black, white and red scheme.  I really do love red!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
DSP: Tutti Frutti
Stamps: Sentiment Essentials (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Dual Stitched Triangles (Lil Inkers), 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!

Have a fabulous day!!

Jen






Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #344


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!  We are right in the middle of camp week.  It's a crazy but fun week.  I must say I definitely don't feel as young as I used to!  We have 20 kids in the morning and 20 kids in the afternoon making cards or other projects with our group.  They do 4 projects each morning/afternoon so a total of 20 over the week.  My youngest is doing flag football and robotics and he's having a blast!  So many fun choices for the kids!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is our favourite French card maker, Cecile Ribon!  Cecile has the most amazing dies and I'm always so intrigued by how she uses them!  Head over to her blog to check them out!


So I really apologize of how crooked that triangle piece is at the top of the card.  Seriously.  It was in a hurry and had to pack for camp and this is what happened.  I'm ashamed.  Truly!  I had this paper sitting on my desk - left over from a camp project I was trying out.  I figured I would add in a little butterfly and bee!  I just love little bugs!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Dragonfly Dreams, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Other: Little Butterfly Punch, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Sequins, White Embossing Powder, 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!

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

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #343


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  We're in the home stretch for school being finished here.  Finally.  The boys are done on Friday and they are super excited to be done.  They aren't doing too much at school these days but that's okay.  They're having fun and their teachers are still getting them to do things so everyone is happy!   We're also in the homestretch before camp.  Monday is the big day!  I'm excited and nervous!  I'm hoping that everything is ready to go!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazingly talented Jennifer Timko!  Jen's cards are just fabulous.  Her colouring and combinations always take my breath away!  She is one creative girl!  Head over to her blog to be wowed!


I needed a masculine birthday card for my father-in-law's upcoming birthday.  I don't have a lot of masculine stamps so I ended up choosing this one - So Very Special by Reverse Confetti.  I opted to use my new favourite colour combination - Lemon Lime Twist and Night of Navy!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy
Stamps: So Very Special (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist
Other: Sequins, Simple Stripes Embossing Folder, 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 be inspired!

Have a fantastic day!

Jen



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #342



Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We are in school wind down mode which is finally nice.  Caleb had what we hope is his last test today.  I know the teacher is just trying to keep them busy and out of trouble but I think we're all pretty much done!!!  Just a week and a half to go!

We have a got a great new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Amy O'Neill!  She is our colour master and she can mix and match colours like no ones business.  She's also amazing with embellishments and getting thread to make these perfectly amazing circles!!!  It's a skill I don't possess!!  Head over to her blog and check it out!


I used this sketch to make a Father's Day card for my Dad.  I don't have a lot of masculine paper or stamps so I pulled out some of this Christmas paper from last year since it was about as masculine as I was getting.  I only have one Father's Day set and it's a retired one from SU.  I kinda thought the card needed something so I added in some arrows using the arrow punch!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black. Old Olive
DSP: Merry Little Christmas  (SU Retired)
Stamps: Best Dad Ever (SU Retired)
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Arrow Punch, 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!  They are pretty spectacular!

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

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #341


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  We're having a good week!  The kids have been enjoying their evenings in the pool and I've been trying to get some videos done for my "other" business while they're swimming away!  They've cooperated nicely!  I think we're pretty much done with school around here.  It's so hard to get motivated to do homework when it's so gorgeous outside and the boys just want to be in the pool or playing some basketball!  2.5 weeks left to go!!

We have a fantastic new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing fussy cutter and flower stamper extraordinary Narelle Farrugia!  Narelle's cards are always gorgeous so head over to her blog to check them out!


I had a specific card in mind when I made this and I know I wanted to use the Botanical Builders Framelits!  I am so sad they retired but they're forever get use at my house!!!  I went with white and black, well, because I love it far too much!  I wanted to keep this clean and elegant!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Other: Botanical Builders Framelits Dies, Sweet Celebrations Dies (Lil Inkers), Celebrate Word Die (Lil Inkers), Black Rhinestones (SU), 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 be inspired!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #340


Hello Everyone!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We're having a great week here. My oldest got braces on yesterday.  Let's just say that he's not as impressed as I'd hoped he be.  His food has to be cut into tiny little pieces for right now - until he gets used to chewing with the braces on.  To think we have to survive 18 months of this!  Then do it all over again with the second one!  What we do for our kids to have straight teeth!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the lovely and extremely creative Karren Johnson.  Karren's colouring is always mind blowing and you need to go and check out her blog.  I'm totally going to New Zealand for colouring lessons!!!


I love the versatility of Karren's sketch.  I knew right away what I wanted to make.  I know, it's shocking.  I couldn't believe it myself.  I found the stamp set that I wanted to use and then had to go searching through bags and bags of camp projects to find the dies I needed!  I am thankful I wrote down which bag they were in, it's just that I haven't labelled the bags yet!!!  I coloured in the letters using the Stampin' Blend Markers and may have used some Wink of Stella on the word "Shine".

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Stamps: Shine Bright (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Sun n Clouds Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Simples Stripes Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella

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!  I hope you'll also welcome our newest Guest Designer Laurie Unger!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #339


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  I am loving the gorgeous weather we're having and am currently typing this post up outside!  I love listening to the birds chirp and see them go zipping by!  My youngest hung up a bird house last night in hopes that we may have some baby birds living in our backyard soon!  I think we may have missed that boat  but maybe he'll get his wish!

We have a brand new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches and yours truly is this week's hostess!  I always get a little nervous coming up with sketches!  You just never know if it's going to be a hit or a bust!!!


I have a bit of paper left over from getting camp projects ready to go so I opted to use a little piece of the paper on this card!  I truly do love the Bubbles and Fizz DSP from SU.  Such great colours!  I added some glimmer paper along with some sequins and we were off to the races.

Supplies: 
Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Basic Black
DSP: Bubbles and Fizz
Stamps: LJD Birthday Greetings (MFT)
Ink: SU Black
Other: Frosted Sequins

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the gorgeous cards that the Design Team has created!  You will not be disappointed!  We hope that you'll join in our challenge this week!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Have a fabulous week!

Jen


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #338


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope everyone is having a great week so far!  On Monday we celebrated my oldest's son's 12th birthday!  I can't believe he's 12.  Somehow it just seems like yesterday he was a baby and a toddler.  I feel like time is whipping by and in no time he'll be driving!  I am pretty sure my heart isn't ready for that yet!!!

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 beautiful!  Head on over to her blog to check them out!



I saw those big long stripes and wasn't sure what to do then I remembered that I had some great pineapple stamps from Concord & 9th and decided to use them.  They look like big stripes don't they?!  I went with the Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist combo because it's my new favourite and since the girl's cards last week looked so good in those colours I had to join in!

I had to adjust my sentiment slightly because I didn't want to cover my pineapples with the banner.  It just didn't look right!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Silver Foil
Stamps: Pop Art Pineapple (Concord & 9th), Sweet Celebration (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight
Other: Celebrate Word Die (Lil Inkers), Sweet Celebration Dies (Lil Inkers), Pop Art Pineapple Die (Concord & 9th), Wink of Stella, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping in 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!  We can't wait to see what you come up with this week to go along with our sketch!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #337


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  We've had a lovely week!  My mom and I have been on a few walks this week and have been admiring all of the beautiful blossoms.  They are just so pretty!  Our trees have almost all their leaves now and our backyard is becoming more secluded!  It's perfect for all of the outside time!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the creative Linda Callahan.  Linda is our resident storyteller and beautiful card designer!  Head over to Linda's blog and check out her gorgeous cards!


I decided to ink up my Hello Lovely stamp set from Concord & 9th.  I haven't really used that set much before because I didn't have the markers to colour it (and my colouring is terrible).  I have unpacked most of my craft room now so I knew where the markers were and went to town.  I'm still learning the art of colouring and know that I have a long way to go!  Have you seen some of the girls on this team?  They're colouring queens!

I cut out the flowers roughly so they would fit better on the card.  Probably a no no but I really wanted to be able to use them!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th)
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Stampin Blends, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Sequins

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 won't be disappointed!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen





Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #336



Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week.  We have had some fantastic weather and it's so beautiful seeing all the trees budding and the leaves starting to emerge.  We have had a pair of ducks that have been frequenting our front yard.  Our cat Pepsi isn't too sure what make of these giant birds!!  She wants to go out and get them and acts all tough but truth be told, she's a giant chicken!!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing and uber creative Jen Mitchell!  Jen's cards are gorgeous and she is the Queen of clean!!


At first I was a little confused as to what I would do for this card but then my mom (who's here helping us this week) said she had brought her Beautiful Bouquet stamp set with her and I would be welcome to use it!  How could I pass it up!  You can make some pretty amazing cards with this set!  I added some Wink of Stella to some of the flowers just to give a little more sparkle!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Island Indigo
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet
Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Other: Bouquet Bunch Framelit Dies, Basic Rhinestones, 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 gorgeous cards the Design Team has created for your inspiration.

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #335


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!  We suddenly have Spring here in Southern Ontario!  I think we actually skipped spring and went straight for summer.  It was so beautiful and warm!  I missed playing along the last couple of weeks.  We did a renovation in my craft room (due to a leak in our basement) and the craft room was completely packed up.  My husband worked like a crazy man and got it all done in just two weeks.  He is amazing!  I moved in on Saturday and with the help of my son Jacob got everything unpacked.  Well, almost everything.  There are still a few things left to unpack!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazing Jennifer Timko!  Jen is so creative and her cards always make me swoon!  Head over to her blog and check them out!

So the oval threw me for a bit but I quickly remembered I had oval dies and I even knew where they were!  It's going to take me a while to get used to the new layout of things in my craft room!  Anyhow I threw in some flowers and a sentiment and voila!  Okay, it didn't come together that easily. I had to add some texture to the centre oval because it looked blah without it!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Berry Burst, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black
Stamps: Sweet Celebration (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Berry Burst, Lucky Limeade, Always Artichoke
Other: Oval Dies, Scalloped Oval Dies, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Sweet Celebration Dies (Lil Inkers), Dimensionals, Black Jewels

Thanks so much for stopping in 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!  We can't wait to see what you come up with this week!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #332


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great week!  I am currently in the process of packing up my craft room as we need to rip out the flooring and put new flooring in.  We decided since that needed to happen (due to a leak in our foundation), we would re-organize it as well.  When I say "we", I really mean me...there isn't a lot of help in this organizational process!!!  I can't blame my husband.  He would probably get incredibly frustrated watching my decision making process!  Anyhow, it's almost all packed up.  I've sorted through things and am finally getting rid of stuff that I've held onto for far too long.  I will never part with the cards my mom made me when I was going through university though.  They are far too precious and I had such a fun time looking through them the other day when I should have been packing!!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazingly talented Karren Johnson!  Karren is the colour queen!  I totally think I should go and visit her in New Zealand and learn to colour!  I've never been to New Zealand and I think it would be a amazing to go and see!


I really do enjoy my Stampin Blend Markers from SU.  I haven't had any issues with them and ink running so I've been very fortunate.  I am still getting the hang of this colouring thing but I do see why people find it so therapeutic.  Since I'm still new at this I didn't have many designs to colour so I had to dig out some old stamps that then got packed up...sorry if I don't know names today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil
DSP: Pop of Pink (Retired)
Stamps: I Like You (flowers), Sentiment ???
Ink: Memento
Other: Sequins, 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!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #331


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!   I hope you're having a great start to your week!  It's a cold week here.  We had some crazy rain last night and it felt more like a fall/winter day than a spring day.  It seems like the weather doesn't know what's going on and instead of warming up it's getting colder!  This mom is done with winter and mitts and hats and the dirt that comes with it!!!  It is time to bring on spring!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of our amazing French designer Cecile Ribbon!  Cecile owns the most amazing die cuts and I am always wowed by the cards she comes up with!  This sketch is no different!  Totally threw me for a loop at first!
So I wasn't sure what I wanted to use for this sketch!  I kinda realized I didn't own a lot of stamps or die cuts that would work for those leaves!  Then I found my Butterfly Basics stamp set and decided I could use just this set and make the card work!  I opened up some of my SU Stampin' Blends and coloured up some flowers!  I threw on a cute little butterfly and some sequins and was good to go!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Memento Black, SU Black Archival
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Other: Sequins, 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 that the Design Team has created for you!  I hope you'll also join me in giving Tracey McNeely a warm welcome!  Tracey will be joining us as a guest designer for the month of April!

Have a fantastic day!

Jen



Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #330


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!  We're having a great week here and are looking forward to having a nice short week this week and next week!  Bring on Easter! So thankful for Easter and all that it means to me and my family!  I hope you and your families have a lovely Easter as well!

We have another new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week I get the honour of being your hostess!  I am never too sure what to do about a sketch but I decided to pick something fairly versatile!  Remember, that big star can be any shape you like!!


I love, love, love the Sale-a-bration paper from SU - Bubbles & Fizz.  I love the colours and really just how cheery and happy it looks!  I may also love those panda bear stamps too! They're also part of the SU Sale-a-bration celebration this month!  I used the balloon punch to punch out the balloon and then covered it with Wink of Stella since I kinda thought it should be shimmery!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
DSP: Bubble & Fizz
Stamps: Party Pandas
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Balloon Punch,  Dots Embossing Folder, Wink of Stella, Label Punch, 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 will not be disappointed!

I can't wait to see all the amazing cards you create this week!

Have a great day and a wonderful Easter!

Jen

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #329


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  Can you believe we're already halfway through March?!  Where is the time going?!  We had a great March break last week.  We were at my mom's house and she was helping me cut projects for camp.  I have about 19 projects to get ready for 50 kids.  We got 14 projects ready to go!  I so appreciate her help and really couldn't do this without her!  I am so excited that there are only a few more to 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 so beautiful and I absolutely love her collection of stamps and dies.  I think Colorado would be a great place to visit!!!!


I was a little concerned when I saw that giant circle on Kim's sketch but then I decided that I would try and make a masculine card with it because I have zero masculine birthday cards.  I have seen so many cards lately using this log paper and figured that would work perfectly.  It reminds me of my dad's wood piles actually!  So neat and perfect!

The card was a little dull and boring with just a plain white background so I ran it through the Big shot using the woodgrain embossing folder.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
DSP: I have no idea what it's called...I can't find the name...
Stamps: Four You
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: MFT Fishtail Stax, Stitched Circle Dies (Lil Inkers), Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 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 Clean Team has created.  They are totally amazing!  Those ladies do well with giant circles!!!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #328


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  The boys and I are enjoying our week with my mom and dad!  My mom and I are cutting up a storm and getting a lot of projects ready for camp this summer.  I am so thankful for her willingness to help me cut!   The boys have been playing a lot of hockey and basketball outside with Papa so they are all in their glory!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of Linda Callahan!  Linda makes such beautiful cards and a lot of her cards are super punny so you need to head over to her blog and check them out!  Plus, she tells the best stories!!!

Linda's sketch is really fun and at first threw me for a bit of a loop!  I started flipping through my dies and found one that hadn't been used before and decided it was time!


I went with a black, white and gold theme!  Seems to be my theme as of late.  I can't help it.  Black and white are my go to colours!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil
DSP: Pop of Pink (Retired SU)
Other: Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Scalloped Squares Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti),  Celebrate Word Die (Lil Inkers), Die-namics Blueprints #29 (MFT), Die-namics Stitched Fishtail Stax (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 amazing cards the Design Team has come up with!  You won't be disappointed!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen