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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #386


Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  It's May 1st!!!  How did that happen?!  Wow!  Time is flying by.  I'd like to say that summer will be here in no time but with the weather we've been having I'm not sure!  My parents live in a community that is currently being devastated by extreme flooding.  The pictures of people's water logged houses are heart breaking and to know it could be months and months before some people can be back int their homes is so sad and overwhelming.  We're praying over the coming days that the water can recede enough for the clean up to begin.  We are so fortunate where we live that we don't have to really worry about extreme flooding the way this community is.

On a happier note, we have a brand new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I am excited to be this week's hostess!  Coming up with a sketch can often be challenging but sometimes you just see something that you turn into a sketch!


Funny story about this card though.   This isn't the first card I made for this challenge.  You may be thinking "Jen, you say that almost every week".  Well, see, I made this great card that I really liked and it was for my in-laws anniversary and I gave it to my husband and before I knew what was going on my husband had written in it and mailed it.  Normally he's not so on the ball!!!

Anyhow, I had to rush to make a new card and this is what we ended up with.  I opted to combine some pieces from the Lots of Happy Card Kit.  Honestly, I love this kit.  If you don't have it - I really recommend it.  It's so fun to colour and I love the designs.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Gold Foil
DSP: I can't remember what it's called...I'm sorry....
Stamps: From Lots of Happy Card Kit
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Highland Heather and Old Olive Stampin Blends, Ribbon (from Card Kit), Image from Lots of Happy Card Kit


Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches page to check out the gorgeous cards the Design Team has created!  I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!

Have an amazing day!

Jen

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #385


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  Did you get to enjoy a lovely Easter weekend!  We had a nice weekend.  It was quite rainy here most of the weekend so the majority was spend inside but that's okay.  Sometimes forced quiet time is nice!  My kids were quite squirrelly by the end though!  They were able to get outside for most of the afternoon on Monday but mom's brain isn't quite in summer mode yet so they both came in with sunburns!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazing Kim Singdahlsen!  Kim's cards are always fabulous and so creative!  I always love them.  I actually make wish lists based on her cards!
Head over to her blog and check them out!

I really loved Kim's sketch this week.  I had recently purchased the Lots of Happy Card Kit from Stampin Up.  I'm not sure why it took me so long to purchase it because I just loved it.  I didn't use the watercolour pencils in it but used my Stampin Blends instead.  I decided to use the stamps from the kit and create a similar design to the cards in the kit!  I used the gingham paper from the Occasions catalogue - who doesn't love the gingham!  It just screams spring to me!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Highland Heather, Gold
DSP: Gingham Gala
Stamps: Lots of Happy Card Kit Stamps
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Circle Punches, Dimensionals, Stampin Blends

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, April 17, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #384


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  We've been having the craziest weather here.  It does not feel spring like at all.  One day it's freezing and rain and then the next day is crazy warm.  Then back to cold for a week.  I am totally ready for warmth whenever Mother Nature is ready.  Hopefully sooner than later!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is the amazing Linda Callahan!  Linda always makes such creative cards.  She also has some amazing stories that I love to read and giggle about!

Linda's sketch stumped me for a bit and then I decided I had better tackle my Mother's Day cards.  And I totally know my sweet mom is reading this and now she knows what her Mother's Day card looks like.  Sorry mom!  I hope you still love me!!!  I decided to colour the flowers with my Stampin' Blends.  I probably will never get into Copics but I can handle the SU markers!  I don't have to think too hard when using them! I tried to pull an Amy O'Neill with my thread but it didn't turn out too well.  I tried though!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Granny Apple Green
Patterned Paper: Reverse Confetti
Stamps: Secret Garden, Crazy About You
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Stampin' Blends, Secret Garden Dies, Silver Thread, Frosted Epoxy Droplets, Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Subtle Texture 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 for your inspiration.

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #383


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a fantastic week so far!  It's been a good week here!  I went for a walk last night and was encouraged to see the tulips starting to grow and the robins yanking juicy worms from the ground.  The golf course is open - though it's awfully wet so the boys are itching to get out golfing!!  I think they may have to wait a little while longer!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Jen Mitchell!  Jen makes the most gorgeous cards!  She is the queen of clean cards!  I adore her clean style!  Maybe when I grow up I'll be able to create cards like her!!!


Jen's sketch this week is so fun!  I have a little confession to make though.  I don't just struggle with circles, I struggle with all little shapes!  That square may as well had been a circle!  I decided to totally rebel and go with some sunshine and clouds instead!  The sun and clouds are some of my favourite dies ever!!!  I used the Ruffled embossing folder for the sky - though I probably should have used one with clouds on it!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight
Stamps:  Shine Bright (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Black Memento
Other: Ruffled Dynamic Embossing Folder, Sun 'n Cloud Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), 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 inspiration!  They are are incredible!  I'm so fortunate to get to work with such a talented group of ladies each and every week!

Have an amazing day!

Jen




Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #382


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  It's been a pretty good week here!  Maybe not the springiest weather I have ever seen but at least it's not snowing!  It did snow on the weekend and the robins were really unimpressed!  I can't get over how slowly spring seems to be coming!!!  I guess it will be here soon enough!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess is the one and only Jen Timko!  Jen creates beautiful cards and has turned herself into a colouring genius!  Head over to her blog to check them out!



I may have had several rounds of this card.  I just could not get the colours right.  Even now, I'm not over thrilled with it.  Sometimes I make myself wonder!!  I just loved that flower paper and really wanted to incorporate it into my card!  I also wanted this card to be an encouragement for a friend so I knew which stamp set I wanted to use but I struggle when it comes to colour combinations!  I would do better if everything was black and white!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Lovely Lipstick, Grey Granite, Pool Party, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Under the Umbrella (Reverse Confetti)
Stamps: Kindness Cards (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Small Flower (SU), Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers), Kindness Cards Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Dimensionals

Thanks again 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 made for your inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #381


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We are slowing easing into spring here in Southern Ontario.  It's been fairly nice so far.  Not exactly warm but at least our snow has melted.  Where my parents live though (about 5 hours away), they are still loaded with snow which at the rate we're going may be there until June!!!  My boys were out on the golf course on the weekend (it's not open yet) hitting some balls around and getting in a little spring training.  Let's say they're a little rusty but thankfully it doesn't take long for them to get into the "swing" of things!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of another one of our newest team members Lee Ann Barrett!  Lee Ann's cards are just beautiful and her colouring is fantastic.  I may have to go and visit her for some colouring lessons!!!


This isn't the first card I made for this challenge.  I went back and forth a few times with different sentiments and different elements.  Nothing looked quite right.  I finally decided on this one and then put it all together and realized this isn't the sentiment I wanted to go on it.  Insert eye roll.  Seriously.  My brain hasn't been working well lately!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, White Glimmer
Paper: Paper Bliss (Reverse Confetti)
Stamps: Tall Blooms, Sentiment Essentials (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Stampin' Blends, Sentiment Essentials Confetti Cuts, Tall Blooms Confetti Cuts, Sequins (Close to my Heart), 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!  We can't wait to see what you come up with this week!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #380


Hello
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We are coming off of our March Break here!  We had a great week with my parents!  It was nice and relaxing.  The boys were able to play a ton of driveway hockey on their huge driveway!  We also took in the War Museum in Ottawa.  Such a great museum.  The kids really liked it and it's very well done.  I highly recommend it if you're ever in the National Capital!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week courtesy of one of our brand new designers Jacquie Southas!  Jacquie's cards are gorgeous and super creative!  Head over to her blog to check them out!  
As soon as I saw the sketch I knew that I didn't have any squares that would work but knew I had some sweet little butterflies that would work perfectly!  I decided to do all black with one shimmery blue!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Blue Shimmer
Stamps: Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink: Memorex Black
Other: In Flight Overlays (Taylored Expressions), Subtle Texture 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 for your inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #378


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope your week is going well!  We are heading into March break here and we're pretty excited about it.  That being said, I don't think my kids have had a full week of school since January.  Between snow days and PA days and holidays it feels like they're never in school!!!  Oh well.  I also consider March break to be the end of winter in Southern Ontario.  This year, I may be off a bit.  We still have enough snow on the round and it's freezing outside!!  Hopefully by next week things start to change!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Amy O'Neill.  Amy is our resident elements expert.  She can create the most intriguing cards.  I just love them.  Head over to her blog to check them out!

Amy's sketch is great!  I started out with different flowers and leaves and other things and finally realized I needed to get out my trusted favourite - Botanical Builders!  I just couldn't help it!  I love those flowers so much!

I opted to add in some purple to this card since I do love a good purple card!  I embossed the purple panel with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder to give it a bit of texture.  I wanted to use some DSP of some sort but couldn't find any that I liked!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, White Glimmer
Stamps: The Inside Scoop - Birthday (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Other: Botanical Builders Dies, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Glimmer Dots, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out the amazing cards the girls have created for your inspiration!  They are truly creative ladies!

Have a fantastic day!

Jen

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #377



Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great week!  We are expecting more snow today.  I can't believe it.  We never get this much snow in a winter.  My kids are lucky to get one snow day a year and we're already at 3 and today could be one too!!!  Seriously, winter needs to top!!!  Anyone else agree with that?

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazingly talented Narelle Farrugia!  Narelle creates the most beautiful cards by fussy cutting intricate flowers! I absolutely adore each and ever card she makes!


I must admit the sketch kind of threw me and my card is a very broad interpretation of the sketch and I apologize for that now!

I went with my Lemon Zest stamp set and some Pineapple Punch Ink!  I just love how bright and cheery that ink is!  Makes my day!  I don't know where I got the frame die cut...it was just sitting in my die cut folder!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Granny Apple Green
Stamps: Lemon Zest
Ink: Memento Black, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green
Other: Subtle Texture Embossing Folder, Circle Punch, Frame Die Cut, Sequins, 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 for you.

Have a fabulous week!

Jen

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #376


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I can't believe we're already at Wednesday!  We had a Family Day holiday here in Canada on Monday so starting the week on Tuesday always throws me off!  At least we're already half way to Friday!!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is one of our extremely talented designers from Down Under - Karren Johnson!  Karren is a colouring genius!  I would love to sit and learn her colouring tricks some time!


I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this sketch but then saw my In Flight Cutting plate from Taylored Expressions and knew I had to do butterflies!!!  I used the In Flight Overlays to cut out butterflies to glue on top!  I used some Hello Sunshine patterned paper and a thanks die to top things off!  I also used some white glitter cardstock under the butterflies so some sparkle would shine through!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, White Glitter, Blue Glitter (all SU)
Patterned Paper: Hello Sunshine (Taylored Expressions)
Other: In Flight Cutting Plate and Overylays (Taylored Expressions) Thank you die (Taylored Expressions), Snow Flurries Sequins (Taylored Expressions), Dimensionals

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

Have a fantastic day!
Jen

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #375

Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We ended up with another snow day yesterday and the schools were closed.  I figured it might be a snow day so advised my kids to sleep in.  Nope.  Wasn't going to happen.  Both of them up at 7:15!!  They're both praying that school is cancelled again today!  Too funny!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Our hostess is our favourite French designer Cecile Ribon!  Cecile's cards are just gorgeous!  She has the most intriguing die cuts and I always love to see how she uses them!


I started out not knowing what I would do with this sketch!  I had something in mind and tried several times to make it work but had to start over.  I went through my dies and found some dual stitched triangles that I figured would work perfectly.  I threw in some circle garlands and I was off to the races!

Supplies: 
Cardstock: Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Midnight Muse
Stamps: Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink: Midnight Muse
Other: Circle Garland Die (Reverse Confetti), Dual Stitched Triangle Dies (Lil Inkers), Subtle Texture 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 for you!

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

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #374


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  Hope you're having a great week so far! We're having some crazy weather here. Last Tuesday the schools were closed because of a crazy amount of snow.  It was also super cold (like -30C cold)  Then on Monday it was 11 degrees(C) and all of our snow melted!  Now we're supposed to get an insane amount of freezing rain.  I am praying the rain doesn't come because that much freezing rain is never a good thing!!

We have a new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I have the honour of being this week's hostess!  I decided to tackle my extreme dislike of circles and jump into the circle world with both feet.

I decided to go for a white on white card!  I embossed some white cardstock with the subtle textured embossing folder and I used the glimmer white cardstock for others.  I threw on some white sequins as well just to make things fun!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, White Glimmer
Stamps: Sentiment Essentials (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Subtle Texture Embossing Folder, Circle Punches, Sequins

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 your inspiration!

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

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #373


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We're digging out after a huge snowstorm.  We got about 26 cm (or 10") of snow Monday evening and overnight.  Thankfully the boys got the day off school yesterday and we had a nice relaxing day at home - shovelling and sliding!  It was fabulous!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the lovely and incredibly talented Kim Singdahlsen!  Kim creates gorgeous cards each and every time!  Please head over to her blog and check them out!


So I'm still wanting to try my Christmas goodies and couldn't wait to ink up my Llama Love stamp set from Taylored Expressions.  I have been told that Llamas and Alpacas are all the rage.  I'm not really sure why but they are definitely cute!  Now, my poor sweet Alpaca doesn't have his face coloured because I didn't really know what colour it should be.  He is also grey and I'm not even sure Alpacas are grey.  I kinda think they're brown and beige.  But for today, they'll be grey.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Patterned Paper: Build a Scene (Taylored Expressions)
Stamps: Llama Love (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memorex black
Other: Sequins, Stampin' Blends, Llama Love Dies, 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!  You will definitely be inspired!

Have an amazing day!

Jen

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #372


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're enjoying your week.  If you live in the Eastern part of Canada or the US you're digging out after some snow and starting to thaw after some crazy cold weather.  We didn't get as much snow here as I thought we would get - which is totally okay with me.  It's supposed to actually be warm and rain today which will just make for a big mess.  Oh the joys of winter!  I guess when we live in Canada, we kinda have to expect the cold and snow!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the lovely and talented Linda Callahan!  Linda makes amazingly beautiful cards.  I just love them!  She also tells great stories and has a sweet new grandson!  Head over to her blog to check it out!


I am still playing around with some of the fun goodies that I got for Christmas.  I need a birthday for my husband and thought I would work on it early rather than leaving it for the last minute - which I usually do!

I have had this Reverse Confetti Sentiment Essentials stamp set for a while now but only got the matching dies for Christmas.  Apparently I didn't realize when I bought them that there were matching dies!  I paired that with some Reverse Confetti paper and some embossing folders and was off to the races!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Blueberry Bushel
Paper: Paper Bliss 6X6 (Reverse Confetti)
Stamps: Sentiment Essentials
Other: Sentiment Essentials Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Subtle Texture Embossing Folder, Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder, Sequins (Taylored Expressions), Dimensionals

Thanks again 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!  You will definitely be glad you did!

Have an amazing day!

Jen


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #371



Hello!  Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  We are still fairly snowless here in Southern Ontario but the long range forecast is showing that some cold and snowy weather is headed our way.  I guess it's not too bad that we made it this long without snow!!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the incredible Jen Mitchell!  Jen's cards are always so beautiful and she can make clean and simple look amazingly elegant!  Jen is also a fellow cat mom and I love seeing pics of her fur babies!!


As soon as I saw Jen's sketch I knew I wanted to try out my new Build a Cake die from Taylored Expressions!  I mean, who doesn't love cake??!!!  I'm pretty sure that under all that brightly coloured icing there is chocolate cake!!!  I really do love chocolate cake!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, White Glimmer
Patterned Paper: Hello Shine (Taylored Expressions)
Stamps:  Friendly Phrases (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento
Other: Blue sequins (Taylored Expressions), Build a Cake Die (Taylored Expressions), 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 our Design Team has created!  You will definitely be inspired!

Have a fantastic day!

Jen


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #370


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  Hope you're having a great week so far!  Is everyone back into the swing of things after their Christmas and New Years?  We had a great break and I really enjoyed the relaxing and spending time with my family but it's also good to get back into routine and to get moving again! I had the privilege of getting to visit with our Challenge creator Lesley Croghan over the holidays!  It's always so nice to see her!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Our hostess this week is the crazy creative Jen Timko!  Jen's cards are just gorgeous!  I love her colouring and think I should go and get colouring lessons from her!!!  Head over to her blog and check them out!

I got a some new stamping goodies for Christmas and I was excited to play with them.  These fun butterflies from Taylored Expressions fit this sketch perfectly!  

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, White Glimmer, Blue Glimmer, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Other: In Flight Overlays, Celebrate Script, Celebrate Backer, Subtle Texture Embossing Folder

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

Have a fabulous day!

Jen


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #369


Hello!
Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a celebrated the New Year well!  I must confess that I am not a night owl so being in bed early on New Year's Eve was just fine with me.  My youngest thought staying up until midnight would be fun but we all knew that he would not be the prettiest sight the following day.  After many, many late nights in a row, midnight was not an option for him.  Yup, I'm a fun sucker.

We have a brand new sketch for the brand new year at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Amy O'Neill!  Amy's cards area always so beautiful and she puts colours and elements together like nobody's business!

Amy had a great sketch and I had started working on this card before I left to go and visit my parents.  Unfortunately I didn't get it done and had to start over again when I was at my mom's.  I'm so thankful my mom is a card maker and I don't really have to bring my own stuff!  I did get quite a few new goodies for Christmas though so it was fun to play with them!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Berry Burst, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Cue the Confetti (Reverse Confetti)
Stamps: Pattern Builder, Kindness Cards (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Memento Black, Lucky Limeade, Berry Burst, Pool Party, Tangelo Twist
Other: Pattern Builder Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Circle Punch, Basic Rhinestone, Dimentionals

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 have created as inspiration!  You won't be disappointed!  I hope you'll also go and welcome our three newest team members!  We're so excited to have them on board!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen