Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #508


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  At least I managed to get this up while it was still Wednesday.  Unlike last week when I forgot to do my post, last night I actually didn't get a chance to do it.  It's been crazy busy here and I can't wait for a bit of a calmer week next week!  

We have a fabulous new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the super creative Jacquie Southas!  Jacquie makes such a amazing cards each and every week.  Head over to her blog to check them out! 


So this card might look vaguely familiar to you.  I made one quite similar last year.  A friend asked for a card for Pastor's Appreciation Month and I thought I'd do a re-do of my card from last year!  I don't think you can ever go wrong with leaf dies!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Bumblebee, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Beautiful Autumn
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Seasonal Layers Dies, Sunflower Dies, Timber 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Copper Thread, Copper 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 Design Team's cards.

We hope you'll join in our challenge this week!

Jen


 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #507


Hello and happy Wednesday!

Oh it's been one of those weeks and I totally didn't realize that yesterday was Tuesday and I should be getting a blog post ready.  We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday so we had a holiday which meant that yesterday really felt like Monday instead of Tuesday.  Holiday Mondays always leave me confused for the rest of the week!!!  I think I'm back on track now though.

We have a fabulous new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Our hostess is the amazing Judy Rozema!  Judy creates the most fabulous cards!  You definitely need to head over to her blog to check them out!  


Thankfully another week and another card that I came together more easily than normal!  I needed an anniversary card for my husband!  We celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary yesterday and were able to actually go to a restaurant to celebrate (another reason why I didn't get the blog post done!!!)! Anyhow, because we got married in the fall my husband will forever get fall themed anniversary cards!  Lucky him!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Bumblebee, Cajun Craze, Gold Foil
DSP: In Good Taste
Stamp: Forever and Always
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Intricate Leaves Dies, Always Dies, Double Stitched Circles, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the cards that have been created for your inspiration! We do hope you'll join in our challenge this week!

Have an amazing day!
Jen




 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #506


Happy Wednesday!
I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!  I am loving the slightly warmer weather we've been having.  The larch trees are just gorgeous right now.  The bright yellow paints the landscape a beautiful gold.  We're heading for another hike on Friday.  It's going to be the toughest one yet!  Part of me is scared and part of me is so excited I can't wait.  The view from the "top" is going to be amazing!  Except we won't make it to the top because this is one high mountain!!!

We've got a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you!  Our hostess this week is one of my favourite Texans and a colour matching expert - Amy O'Neill!  She has a great new sketch for us but I'm thinking the design team has it out for me because we've seen a lot of circles lately!!


So I actually knew right away what I wanted to do with this card.  I need to get a handle on some Christmas cards and decided last year's poinsettia die from SU would be perfect for that circle!  I used some of the Peaceful Prints DSP for my strips!  I love a good red and black buffalo check!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic White, Real Red, Silver Foil
DSP: Peaceful Prints
Stamps: Arrange a Wreath
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Poinsettia Dies, Subtle Shimmer Sequins, Dimensionals


I hope you'll take some time and head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the gorgeous cards!  I know you'll be inspired to join our challenge this week!

Have an amazing day!

Jen


 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #505


Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We had the most amazing weekend hiking up a mountain.  It was so incredible!  We're already planning our next one!  I honestly can't believe how beautiful our country is and I find it incredible that Alberta especially has been able to keep the parks and hiking trails looking natural.  It makes the hiking experience even more amazing!

Speaking of amazing, we have a fabulous new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the super talented Narelle Farrugia!  Narelle's cards are always so gorgeous so you need to head to her blog and check them out! 


So normally when I see circles I FREAK out!  You guys know how I feel about them!  I had just made some fall mini cards though and decided to incorporate that design into my card!  I wanted to have a couple of generic fall cards on hand to send out to some special friends!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bumblebee, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Copper Foil
DSP: Harvest Meadow
Stamps: Beautiful Autumn, Gorgeous Leaves
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Other: Harvest Dies, Seasonal Layers Dies, Dimensionals

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

Have an amazing day!

Jen

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #504



Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  We are counting down the days until a big hike on Saturday!  We can't wait.  Okay, my husband I can't wait.  It's going to be a huge ordeal and the kids are going to express their discontent the entire way but I know the view at the end is going to totally be worth it and that is what makes it amazing!  

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Karren Johnson!  Karren is one of the most amazing card makers that I know!  All the rest of those amazing card makers are also on this team!!  Please head to her blog and check out her gorgeous cards!  

So I had wanted to make a fall card.  I had a plan in my head but it didn't quite come to fruition.  Go figure!  I decided to go for the pine cones and pine boughs instead.  The first time I used this die set I decided I wasn't sure I wanted to use it too often.  But...I tried something different and it worked awesomely.  I wish the green yardstick layer had a bit of texture but alas.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Evening Evergreen, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Basic White

DSP: Painted Christmas

Stamps: Christmas to Remember

Ink: Early Espresso

Other: Christmas Pinecone Dies,  Gold 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 amazing cards that the Design Team created!  

Have a fabulous day!

Jen



 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #502


Hello and Happy Wednesday!
I hope you're having a good week so far!  If you're in Canada, your kids might have just started back at school after a year of disruptions and virtual learning.  My boys are in brand new schools this year and their first day was yesterday.  I think it might have been harder on me than them.  A whole series of "what if's" went through my head all day.  School can be so hard for some.  I do hope they have a great year!

We have a brand new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  I have the honour of being this week's hostess!  I went with a pretty basic sketch!  I really am not all that creative!  I do hope you'll play along with us this week!

So I originally wanted a fall card.  I love fall and wanted to use some of my new leaf dies but I just couldn't make it work.  Let's just say I'm in a bit of a slump!  I opted for Christmas since I need to get my act together!  It is soon going to be Christmas!  Can you believe it?!

My poinsettia dies are going to be some of the most used dies I have!  I just love them!  The Peaceful Prints DSP has the most gorgeous red plaid paper that I couldn't resist using!  It's just gorgeous!  Red might just be one of my favourite colours!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Silver Foil
DSP: Peaceful Prints
Stamps: Poinsettia Petals
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Poinsettia Dies, Banner Dies, Dimensionals

Thanks again for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the card the Design Team have created!  I also hope you'll join in our challenge this week!

Have an amazing day!
Jen


 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #501


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We are gearing up for a new school year here in brand new schools.  I think I'm more nervous than the kids.  I don't think I would do very well being the new kid in a school.  My introverted personality doesn't like change too much!  

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in Freshly Made Sketches' 500th sketch challenge!  We had some amazing entries and it was so fun to see everyone's cards.  We have a brand new sketch this week from the amazing Kim Singdahlsen!  Kim's cards are always so beautiful so you'll want to head over to her blog and check them out!  
Kim's sketch is pretty fun!  I had some fun playing around with different colour and paper combinations!  I am regretting not matting the patterned paper.  Not much I can do about that now!!  I pulled out my favourite sunflower die and went to town!  I wanted a fall'ish theme to this one!  I'm totally getting into the fall mood (my pumpkins are still nicely packed away but they're coming out soon)!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Bumblebee, Garden Green, Be Dazzling Specialty
DSP: Harvest Meadow
Stamps: Itty Bitty Birthdays
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Sunflower Dies, Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder

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 have created!  I also hope you'll join in our challenge this week! 

Have an amazing day!

Jen

 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #500!!!!


Hello and welcome to our 500th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  I can't believe we're at 500!!!  I kinda think this is a pretty good reason to celebrate!  You definitely need to head to the blog and check out the details on what's going on!  There are prizes to be won people!  You will not want to miss out on this celebration!  

Our hostess this week is the amazing Linda Callahan!  She has a fabulous sketch for us on this momentous occasion!  You will definitely want to head over to her blog to check out her slew of incredible cards!  


I feel like fall has arrived here in Alberta.  I am so tempted to get out my pumpkin collection just so I can enjoy it a whole lot longer than normal!  The temperature has dropped here considerably and while Ontario is getting super hot and super humid weather, we are getting cooler, more fall'ish temperatures!  Call me crazy but I could live with these temperatures all year round!  I don't miss the extreme heat or humidity!

Anyhow, I love the new Intricate Leaves dies from Stampin Up!  I love the Harvest Meadow DSP and decided it would be perfect to go with my fall leaves.  As a side note, there are no "colourful" leaves in Alberta.  I am going to miss that part of fall!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic White, Cajun Craze, Bumble Bee, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Succulent
DSP: Harvest Meadow
Stamps: Beautiful Autumn
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Intricate Leaves Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder, Twine, Dimensionals

I hope you will join our celebratory challenge this week!  All winners will be picked at random so everyone has a chance to win!  

Please head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and read through all of the details.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Have an amazing day!

Jen


 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #499


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having an amazing week so far!  Yesterday we got rain.  This is a HUGE deal for us.  It's been weeks and weeks since we've had rain.  Everything was so dry.  Scary dry.  Wildfires are a big deal out here. We had one in Canmore which is about an hour from us and that's crazy close!  Hopefully with the rain, the fires will be a little more under control.  

We have a fabulous new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Jen Mitchell!  Jen is the queen of clean for sure and makes the most gorgeous cards.  Head over to her blog and check them out!


At first I thought this card would be no problem.  In my head I had an idea of what I wanted to do for this card but I had a really hard time making it work.  Of course I switched to Plan B but that one didn't work so I opted for Plan C and that didn't work so I went back to Plan A and worked and worked and finally ended up with a card.  

I really love the Christmas Pinecone dies...but I will admit they are a bit of a pain to work with.  Let's just say I don't want to have to make a lot of these!!  The brand new Timber Embossing Folder is fabulous and gave the card the texture it needed.  I added some Wink of Stella to the pinecones because they looked a little naked.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Basic White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Soft Succulent
Stamps: Christmas to Remember
Ink: Versamark
Other: Christmas Pinecone Dies, Seasonal Label Dies, Timber 3D Embossing Folder, Wink of Stella,  White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the collection of cards the Design Team has put together for you!

We can't wait to see what you create this week!
Have an amazing day!

Jen




 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #498


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  We are "on vacation" which is more of a staycation to be honest!  Trevor actually had to work today and we had someone coming to talk about some cabinets we need.  On Monday we did a 13 km hike starting at Lake Louise and climbing up to Little Beehive.  It was incredible.  The view was spectacular and the air so fresh.  I was so impressed that my kids lasted the whole time!  Today we're biking and we'll start in Banff and bike on the highway (they close one of the highways just for bikers) and see how far we can get!  

We have a brand new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the incredibly talented Jennifer Timko!  Jen's cards are absolutely gorgeous and you'll want to head to her blog to check them out!  

I actually loved Jen's sketch this week.  It didn't take me too long to figure out what I wanted to do!  I love the new Nature's Harvest stamp set and the Harvest Dies!  I used the coordinating Harvest Meadow DSP (which is so pretty) as well!  I went with a white silhouette look.  I loved how it looked with that paper!  

Supplies:
Cardstock: Misty Moonlight, Basic White
DSP: Harvest Meadow 
Stamps: Itty Bitty Birthdays
Ink: Star On Black
Other: Harvest Dies, Dimensionals, Oval dies (Spellbinders)

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 members have created.  They knocked this one out of the park!

Have an amazing day!

Jen


 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #497


Happy Wednesday!

I hope you're having a great week!  We are back in business here!  Our family has settled in our new home after our cross country move and the craft cave has been unpacked and set up!  It's been a crazy few weeks but we're slowly getting used to our new digs and getting in some cool mountain hikes.  

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess is the amazing Jacquie Southas.  You need to head over to her blog to check out her gorgeous cards! 

I'm a little rusty and lacking creativity at the moment but I knew I needed some thank you cards so I forced myself to get out the paper and craft!  I opted for two different colour combinations because I couldn't decide which one I liked better!



Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, Champagne Foil, Gold Foil
DSP: Pattern Party
Stamps: Peaceful Moments
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Sunflower Dies, Gold and Black Thread, Black Rhinestones, Gold Rhinestones, 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 there!

Have an amazing day!

Jen







 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #490


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  This is going to be my last post for a while!  I will be taking a small break from Freshly Made Sketches (and card making in general) as our family prepares to and moves across Canada!  My craft cave will be packed up shortly and I'm not sure when I'll get it fully unpacked at the new house.  It's an exciting journey and one we're eager to get started so our family can be back together again!  I think my husband is tired of flying back and forth - I can't say I blame him!

We have a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and I am honoured to be this week's hostess!  I stuck a big ol' circle on that sketch so that I could attempt to conquer my fear of those big round things.  I'm not sure it's working to be honest.  Thankfully I had a general idea of what I wanted to do for this card.  I actually made a few cards with this sketch!  



Supplies (For the sympathy card)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Champagne Foil
Stamps: Heal Your Heart
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Dainty Diamonds Textured Embossing Folder, Pierced Blooms Dies, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I really do hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards that are there!  I'm always amazed at the cards the girls' make!

I can't wait to see what you create with my sketch this week!

Have a wonderful day!

Jen  

 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #489


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you are having a great week!  It's been crazy hot and humid here and we're currently having a crazy rain storm!  I actually love rain storms - when I can watch them out the window!  Thankfully no one needs to use the BBQ at the moment!  We've hit the "one month until we move" mark!  I can't believe how fast the time is flying by.  I honestly think I'm in denial and it won't seem real until they pack the house and I board the plane!  I guess we'll see!!!

Meanwhile, we have a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the sweet but sassy Linda Callahan!  You'll love Linda's cards and her sense of humour so head over to her blog to check it out!  

I'll be the first to admit that I looked at this sketch ad nearly cried and now I look at it again and realize I didn't even really follow it!  Oh goodness.  Sometimes I make myself shake my head!  Anyhow, I wanted a simple and sweet card to send to someone after we move!  This does look a little Valentine's like doesn't it?  Oh well!!!!  It will be for someone I love!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White
DSP: Snail Mail
Stamps: Snailed It
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Snail Dies, Real Red Stampin' Blends, Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll check out the gorgeous cards the Design Team has posted on the Freshly Made Sketches blog!  

Have an amazing day!

Jen



Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #488


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you are having a great start to your week!  We've been early watching our robin's nest and the babies have gotten so big so fast!  I feel like they doubled in size just over night.  Only a few more days until they'll be out of the next and toddling around.  Thankfully our backyard seems very protected and our little feathery friends should be safe and sound.  

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Jen Mitchell!  Jen is the queen of the CAS card!  Her cards are always so elegant and make me smile!

I need a couple of extra Father's Day cards and I don't always know what to do for these masculine cards.  I feel like I never buy the masculine stamps for some reason.  I had just made a few cards using these tree dies and realized they would be perfect for my Father's Day cards as well.  As I posted my card I realized that Jacquie and I had the same idea about our Father's Day cards.  I'm going to go with "great minds think alike"!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Evening Evergreen
Stamps: Crazy About You
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Pine Planks Embossing Folder, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Other little diecut trees (Taylored Expressions) Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll take some time to head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards that are "on display".  They sure are beautiful this week!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Have an amazing day!

Jen


 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #487


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope your week has started well!  We've been entertained the last few weeks by a robin who has built her nest on our deck.  Don't worry, it's fairly secure and safe from predators!  We don't let our cats out so Bumble the Robin and her brood are safe and sound (so far!).  Yesterday 2 of the 3 eggs hatched and today I discovered the 3rd egg has hatched!  I never knew I'd get so much enjoyment from watching Bumble.  I've learned a lot about robins and their nesting habits.  She's provided a fair bit of entertainment - which is nice since we're still in lockdown!  I can't wait to watch the little babies get bigger and toddle around the backyard all fluffy and cute!  

Okay, that was a huge aside!  We are here for our Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week!  We have the amazing Jennifer Timko as our hostess this week!  Jen's cards are amazing and you definitely want to head over to her blog to check them out!  

So I might have also stared at this sketch for a LONG time.  I was a tad stressed.  I've been suffering for a total lack of creativity lately.  I think it's the pending move and my husband being out west.  I think something had to go and it was "unfortunately" my creativity.  My sanity left a while ago so it wasn't available!

I needed a graduation card for a friend's daughter.  I had to make sure I didn't re-create the one I gave her sister last year!  A slimline would work perfectly!  

Supplies:
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Gold Foil
Stamps: Beautiful World
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Number Dies, Square Punch, Balloon Framelits

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!  There are some amazing cards there to inspire you!

Have an amazing day!
Jen



 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #486


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  We have gone from slightly cool weather here to crazy warm!  Funny how that happens.  I won't complain!  Where we're moving we probably won't see too much hot weather so I'll take advantage of it while I can!

We have a fun new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Jacquie Southas!  Jacquie makes absolutely stunning cards!  You need to head over to her blog and check them out!


Okay peeps, I saw this sketch and almost threw up!  No word of a lie. All I saw was part of a massive circle!  What on earth was I going to do with that?  Needless to say, I tried many, many renditions of this card.  I felt very uncreative to say the least.  I absolutely love this brand new DSP (Expressions in Ink) from Stampin' Up! though.  I don't actually want to use it!  I want it to be one of those packs that you just hoard and keep and open and touch...anyone else out there do that?!  Anyhow, as soon as I saw this paper I knew I had to try and incorporate it into my card! It was hard to make that first cut in the paper though!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Magenta Madness, Basic Black, Gold Foil, Whisper White
DSP: Expressions in Ink
Stamps: Many Messages
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Message Die, Pierced Blooms Dies, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I do hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the gorgeous cards that are there for your inspiration! 

Have an amazing day!  

Jen

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #485


Hello
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you have been having a great start to your week so far!  My husband just arrived at our new home in Alberta.  We don't actually take possession of it until Thursday but he stopped by to get a picture just to show us he made it safely.  He had a 3000+ km drive (took him well over 30 hours) to get there.  He was by himself though he had a coworker driving behind him for most of it.  I was so relieved when he got there safe and sound.  Now for the excitement of a new house!  

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the incredible Judy Rozema!  Judy's cards are always so beautiful.  Head over to her blog to check them out!

I needed some sympathy cards.  I have been asked by a friend to make a bunch up for her.  Then I realized that I needed one for myself as well.  I saw the Peony Garden DSP sitting there and knew it would be perfect.  This paper is so beautiful and I'm sad to use it up BUT I've been putting more effort into actually using my paper instead of hoarding it!!!  We'll see how long that lasts!


Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Gray Granite, Granny Apple Green, Cucumber Crush, Black, Petal Pink
DSP: Peony Garden
Stamps: Prized Peony
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Peony Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches and join in our challenge this week.  The Design Team has created some amazing cards that will definitely inspire you.  

Have an amazing day!

Jen


 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #484

 


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!  We are counting down the days here until my husband leaves to take possession of our new house out in Western Canada.  Seems crazy that the last few months have gone by so fast.  This week is going to fly by as well.  My husband needs to take enough stuff for the 4 of us to live with for about 6 days once we get there as well!  We will be arriving before the moving truck so we will need some things to live with!  It will be an adventure to say the least!  

We have a brand new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Our hostess this week is one of our favourite Texan card makers - Amy O'Neill!  Amy creates the sweetest cards so you should go and check them out on her blog!


I must admit this one stumped me.  I think it was because I was crunched for time and had something in mind and could not replicate it.  I haven't created an all white card in a while and wanted to give it a shot.  It's very simple but that's what I wanted!  The Pierced Blooms made another appearance!  I used an aqua painter splatter a little ink in the background.  I should have probably picked a different colour but I wanted it subtle.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Silver Foil
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps: Itty Bitty Birthdays
Other: Pierced Blooms Dies, Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Tasteful Label Dies, Silver Epoxy Essentials, Aqua Painter

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I do hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and be inspired by the cards the Design Team have created!  We also hope you'll join in our challenge this week!

Have an amazing day!
Jen

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #483

Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  I totally spaced on my blog post again.  Having the kids home again for online school means someone always has my laptop!  It's taking a bit to get used to having everyone home and changing my schedule.  I used to do blog posts during the day but have to do them in the evening when my laptop isn't in such high demand!  By the time I get the hang of it, it will be summer break!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess is the amazing Narelle Farrugia.  Narelle's cards are always divine.  Her layers, her fussy cutting and those flowers!  They always make my heart skip a beat!  Head over to her blog to check them out!  

I wanted to channel my inner Narelle for this card.  I grabbed some flowers and coloured away.  Threw on some layers and I was off to the races.  I regretted not throwing on some gold thread though.  I actually made a second card that was almost the same and put thread on, totally made all the difference!  

Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White

Stamps: Forever and Always, Pansy Patch, French Foliage

Ink: Basic Black, Memento Black

Other: Pierced Blooms Dies, Double Stitched Circle Dies, Clear Drops, Dimensionals

 Thanks again for stopping by!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the challenge for the week!  

Have an amazing day!

Jen


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #482

Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having an amazing start to your week!  We are having typical crazy Canadian spring weather (though I think I am seeing some crazy weather in the US as well)!  One day it's warm and sunny and the kids are in shorts and today it snowed.  Seriously.  The poor robins!  

Weather aside, we have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the super talented and creative Karren Johnson!  I am always amazed by Karren's gorgeous cards!  Head over to her blog to check them out!

I must say that the slimline cards stress me out a little.  I never know how to approach them which sounds pretty weird.  I know you can get a lot of slimline geared dies now and maybe that's what I need to invest in!  I had to try the new Pansy dies from SU on this one though.  I just couldn't help myself.  I love them so much.   I think I should have made the darker cardstock the longer piece and the shorter piece the gingham but it can't be changed now.  

Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Fresh Freesia, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen 

DSP: Pansy Petals

Stamps: Clubhouse (Sentiment)

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Other: Pansy Dies, Dainty Diamonds Textured Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out the truly amazing cards the Design Team ladies have created!  They're fabulous!

Have an wonderful day!

Jen


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #381


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I trust you're having a great start to your week!  Our kids are on their delayed Spring Break this week so they're home and bored out of their trees!  Ontario is back in lockdown so nothing is open and the weather has been crummy so far.  They had golf games planned all week but so far have only gotten one in!  Hopefully the weather improves and they can get out for some rounds!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is or diecut queen, Cecile Ribon!  Head over to Cecile's blog if you want to see some absolutely stunning cards!

So, as you can imagine, as soon as I saw this I might have had a small panic attack.  So not is there just one circle but 9!  9 circles!  My neighbour has asked me to make a 12th birthday card for her niece so I started with that card!  I noticed the Golden Honey paper from last year's Sale-a-bration sitting on my shelf though and decided that I would use that to make another card and try and tackle my circle aversion! 


 Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Magenta Madness, Pink Sparkle, Gold Foil, Silver Foil
DSP: Golden Honey
Stamps: Honey Bee, Clubhouse
Ink: Basic Black
Other: 1" Circle Punch, Detailed Bee Dies, Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder, Golf Dies, Butterflies Dies (Taylored Expressions), Stampin' Blends, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out the gorgeous cards the Design Team has crafted to be an inspiration.  

We hope you'll join in our challenge this week!

Have an amazing week!

Jen

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #480




Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend!  We had a nice quiet weekend which is okay with me.  The Easter bunny forgot to bring me some chocolate.  Not sure what happened there so I made myself a chocolate cake today instead!  Ha!  I love chocolate way too much!  

Okay, must stop thinking about chocolate!  We have a brand new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I am this week's hostess and I'm excited!  I love seeing all the different cards that can come from one sketch!  I decided to go all wonky this week!  It's totally out of my comfort zone.  I like nice, classic lines.  These wonky ones actually drive me crazy but it's good to stretch ourselves sometimes isn't it?


I love the Oh So Ombre paper that was available as part of SU's Sale-a-bration this year.  It's so pretty and I thought I'd use it for this card.  I also decided to do two cards in two different shades!  I do love Bermuda Bay and Blackberry Bliss.  And yes, there are Pierced Blooms on there again.  I'm sorry.  No, I'm not.  I love them and I'll probably keep using them until my next SU order comes!


Supplies:

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White

DSP: Oh So Ombre

Stamps: Itty Bitty Birthdays

Ink: Black, Blackberry Bliss

Other: Pierced Blooms Dies, Stitched Banner (no idea where this is from), Curved Stitching (also not sure where this is from), Dimentionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the other amazing cards!  I can't wait to see what you create this week!

Have an amazing week!

Jen