Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #209

Happy Wednesday!
I hope you're all having a great start to your week!  We've had a beautiful week here so far.  Monday and Tuesday were both quite warm which was a nice change from the weather we had on the weekend!  I love warm fall day!  I know winter is right around the corner and I'm dreading it!

We have a new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I am this week's hostess!  Coming up with a sketch is not an easy task.  You don't want to make something too complicated and you don't want something that is too easy!  I think I may have leaned a little more towards the easy side!  I like to think of it more on the "clean" side!  I hope you like it and will play along with this week's challenge!
I am trying to get ahead on Christmas cards!  I do love the snowflake punch (as you are probably well aware!).  I like it's simplicity.  You must be sick of seeing the snowflake and the word "Merry"!  I'll try and mix it up next week!  I like to show that cards don't have to be layered or complicated (though those cards are also fabulous!).  Simple can be lovely too!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Other: Snowflake Punch, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Silver Sequins, Basic Rhinestones, Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Dimensionals

I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out what the Design Team has created for you!  You will be inspired!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #208

Happy Wednesday!
I hope you all had a great weekend!  If you're in Canada, I hope you had a great long Thanksgiving weekend.   We had such gorgeous weather here.  It was the perfect weekend!  The boys enjoyed one last swim in the pool and now it's drained and we will prepare for winter...ugh.  I am not looking forward to winter at all!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Cindy Hall!  Did you see Cindy's card last week?  It was absolutely beautiful!  Cindy has such creativity!
Cindy's sketch is pretty fabulous!  It is so versatile and remember those rectangles can always be substituted for something else!  As you can see, I used snowflakes instead of that second rectangle!  I love snowflakes!  I also love white cards!  I think it's my type A personality!  The white just looks so clean!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Red Glimmer
Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings
Ink: Real Red
Other: Christmas Greetings Thinlits,  Snowflake Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lil' Inkers), Dimensionals

Thanks again for stopping in!  I hope you will get the chance to head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out the beautiful cards the Design Team has created for you!  You won't be disappointed!

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fusion Wishes

Happy Sunday!  It's a gorgeous day here!  Bright, sunny and warm!  The pool is being heated today for one last dip today and tomorrow.  Probably be the nicest weekend of the fall.  The leaves are slowly turning and look radiant in this beautiful sunshine!  I think tomorrow we'll try some family pictures.  They will be impromptu and the clothes won't match perfectly but they'll hopefully reflect us as a family and how much we love each other!  It's also our 13th anniversary tomorrow.  Fitting maybe to take some pictures!!!

Today's card is for this week's Fusion Card Challenge.  I loved the picture and the sketch and I'll be honest, I think I bombed both!!!!

I totally forgot the bottom panel of the sketch and the little circle behind the feathers.  I'm losing it I tell you!  I think the problem was that this card originally started with a different embossing folder which was just half of the card (to create the bottom panel).  Then I changed my mind but forgot about the sketch.  Just shoot me now!  Both the butterflies and the sentiment were created with silver embossing powder.  Oh how I love silver and white!!!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Silver
Stamps: In a Big Way (Reverse Confetti), Papillon Potpourri
Ink: Versamark
Other: Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Silver Embossing Powder,  Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Stitched Squares (Lil' Inkers), Dimensionals

We look like children here!!!  Wow!!!  Oh how times have changed!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope you have a wonderful day!!!


Saturday, October 10, 2015


Happy Saturday and Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my fellow Canadians!  We are having such a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend here so far.  I cooked my turkey today but we will be eating it tomorrow.  I can't wait!  We sure have so much to be thankful for this year.

I had a few minutes this afternoon while the bird was cooking away to run down to my craft room to work on a card.  The boys were out flying today which was even more of a bonus!  I didn't get a chance to play with the sketch last week from CAS(E) This Sketch so I knew I would need to play this week!  I decided to stick very closely to this sketch!  I loved the butterflies and wanted to continue with that theme!  I also couldn't think of anything else small enough that would work!

I didn't quite know what to do with the sentiment then remembered the "Being Unique is Better than Being Perfect" one from Reverse Confetti and knew that would work splendidly!  I could just punch out 8 small black butterflies and then stamp and punch out another one in a different colour.  I happened to have some Calypso Coral sitting on my desk so that's what got used!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri
Ink: Stazon Black
Stamps: Fabulous Flamingo (Reverse Confetti)
Other: Bitty Butterfly Punch, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful and thankful weekend!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #207

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We have a busy week here in this house.  Caleb is being fitted for a new retainer today and we need to go and get the moulds done. I have the joy of taking him.  Hopefully it goes okay!  The boys are both taking drum lessons this year.  I thought for sure I would regret this but they are having so much fun and learning so much.  I have also learned to read drum music and can play a few bars when needed!  Who knew?!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week courtesy of the amazing Kim Singdahlsen!  Kim creates the most amazing cards and is one of the major enablers on our team!  You need to check out her blog but may feel strongly inclined to go shopping after seeing her gorgeous cards!

What I first had in mind when I saw this sketch is not what I created.  Even this card isn't exactly what I wanted but it's what we're going with this week.  I envisions snowflakes and sparkle but that didn't quite work out.

I decided to use some of my Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.  I really like this paper!  As you know, I usually like to have cards with as much white space as possible but I decided to fill that in today!

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP: Pretty Petals
Stamps: Set from the Water Colour Wishes Kit
Ink: Black Stazon
Other: Wooden Butterflies and Sequins (Water Colour Wishes Kit)

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope you have the time to go over to the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team blog to check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created for you!

Have a fabulous day!