Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #165

Happy Wednesday!  It's December!  How on earth did that happen?!  Christmas is coming super fast! I was wrapping some gifts this afternoon but let me tell you,  I'm not feeling too festive these days.  I think it's the strange weather we've been having.  Warm then cold but very little snow - seems so odd for this time of the year around here!  Hopefully over the next few weeks I start to feel a bit more Christmasy!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Cindy Lovell is our fabulous hostess this week.  She makes the most amazing cards.  You need to grab a coffee (or tea!) and head on over to her blog and enjoy each and every one of her creations!
This sketch proved a little more challenging that I had thought it would be!  I do like a challenge though!  I couldn't decide if I would make a Christmas card or a regular card!  Since I'm not feeling all that festive, a regular card won!  I wanted to create a fairly simple card and limit the layers.  I love layers on cards - but sometimes I just need a card that's very simple!

I so love the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  I decided to stamp the background with Silver Encore ink.  It has a bit of sparkle in real light!  I tried different colours of butterflies but black showed up best.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, And Many More
Ink: Silver Encore, Blackberry Bliss, Basic Black
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has come up with for you!  We cannot wait to see what you create for us this week!

Have a fabulous day!



  1. You make such elegant cads! Love how this turned classy!


  2. An absolutely beautiful card. So many cards have so much going on you get lost in the details. Not so with this card. Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

  3. This is such a clever take on the sketch, Jen! I can imagine how beautiful the silver looks IRL - especially with the black and the blackberry. I'm not feeling Christmas yet either! I always thought it was because I worked full-time in an industry that was busiest at Christmas, but no. Not working at the moment and no sign of the Christmas spirit.

  4. This is such a stunning card!! I really love the starburst you placed in the center! : )


  5. We've been having the same strange weather here. It's spring-like warm one day and winter-like cold the next. And I don't believe for one second that this sketch gave you any trouble because this card is FABULOUS! I love these dramatic colors. And butterflies and bling are some of my favorite things!

  6. Jen B this is stunning I agree with Patti, I adore that stamp and the dots stamp with alphabet on it
    the ink silver and that black butterfly add the lovely touch on your card
    I love your interpretation Jen...adorable take on the sketch..
    would be happy if you like to visiting me back
    I was lucky to be the first participant on this challenge this time..
    hugs, Monika

  7. This is the perfect stamp for the sketch! Love everything about it.

  8. I love your card this week! That big sun was the perfect image for the sketch! The purple, black, and silver combo is awesome!

  9. I'm so glad that the black butterflies won out over your other choices, because this is absolutely stunning just the way it is. Really gorgeous design, Jen.

  10. You have worked magic with this Sketch!! Like Cindy,i am glad you went with a regular card...i LOVE this one!! The butterflies,the purple dots the silver starburst...perfect!!

  11. Beautiful card, Jen! I love Kinda Eclectic.

  12. Ooooh, this is sooo yummy1 I adore the colour scheme, so striking! fabulous card. Thank you for the inspiration! Hazel x

  13. Absolutely beautiful CAS card Jen! This stamp set works so well with Cindy's sketch. Hope you get in the Christmas mood soon :)

  14. Great job with the sketch! Cute card with a fabulous stamp set.

  15. Lovely and elegant use of that set! I love your color choices.