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



 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #479

Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I completely spaced on my post today.  I usually write them the night before but a few things happened yesterday that made me think that yesterday was actually Wednesday.  My days are so mixed up.  I am hoping that at some point my brain will start working again!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the incredible Kim Singdahlsen!  Kim's cards are always so beautiful and she has the most amazing collection of stamps and dies!  Head on over to her blog to check them out!

I didn't have much time to make this card.  It came down to the wire.  I was a little stressed because I couldn't quite figure out what to do.  That's what happens when you leave it to the last minute!  I wanted to use the Pierced Blooms again because honestly, I just love them!  I thought I'd make the card black, white and silver but that didn't happen.  I finally reached for a piece of the Peony Garden DSP (which is retiring soon) and I was off to the races!

Supplies:

Cardstock: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Silver

DSP: Peony Garden

Stamps: Many Messages

Ink: Basic Black

Other: Pierced Blooms Dies, Messages Dies, Dimensionals


Thanks again for stopping by.  I'm so sorry that I didn't get my act together sooner and get this blog post up!  I need to do better because I'm the hostess next week!  

Please head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog page and see the beautiful cards the Design Team has come up with!

Have an amazing day!

Jen


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #478


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a fabulous week!  We have been having the most amazing spring weather.  It's been warm and sunny!  My husband and I just got home from a very whirlwind trip out to Calgary (Alberta) to finalize a house purchase.  We take possession of our new home in May and move everyone out there in July.  Should be interesting moving two cats out there!!!  

We have an amazing new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Our hostess this week is the amazing Captain Jen Timko!  Yup, she's now a captain AND she's the best Captain that United has!  Or at least that's my opinion!!!  I can't wait to one day get on a plane that she is captaining! 


So thankfully I knew kinda what I wanted to do as soon as I saw this sketch!!  I had someone ask me for a springy looking thank you card.  I also want to send one to the family that lives in the house we bought!   We had our inspection last Friday and they had to leave the house for about 4 hours.  I wanted to just thank them for being so accommodating!  

Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green

DSP: Brights DSP Paper Pack

Other: Pierced Blooms Dies, Thank You die (Taylored Expressions), Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder, Dimenaionsl

Thanks again for stopping by today.  I hope you'll head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to checkout the Design Team's creations!  

Have an amazing day!

Jen


 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #477F

Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week! I"m so glad to be back and taking part in this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  I had to take a few weeks off so we could sell our house!  I needed to keep my craft room in tip top shape and there is no way there could be any creating going on!  I'm a very messy crafter!  Thankfully our house sold in just over 24 hours so the craft room can be messed up all over again!

Our hostess this week is the amazing Jen Mitchell!  She is the queen of clean and gorgeous cards!  You'll definitely want to head over to her blog to check them out!  Jen has such a fun sketch for us this week!  Squares are almost as daunting for me as circles are!  I might has stared at this one for a while!


 I opted for the Flower and Field DSP and the Pierced Blooms because honestly, you can't go wrong with them and we all need some cheery flowers right about now!  I absolutely love these flowers!  

Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight

DSP: Flower and Field

Stamps: Many Messages

Ink: Basic Black

Other: Pierced Blooms Dies, Message Dies, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to see the gorgeous cards that the girls have created!  They're all so gorgeous!

Have an amazing day!

Jen


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #474

Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We had lots of snow last week but this week we're getting above freezing temperatures and some rain.  I guess that means our snow will start melting - which is okay with me.  Maybe the death trap sidewalks will become more walkable!!!  The long range forecast (which is never right, let's be honest) indicates about freezing temperatures every day.  I'm totally okay with an early spring!!!  Bring it on!

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

I had to be a bit of rebel with this card and turn it on it's side.  I tried to make it work in portrait mode but unfortunately I didn't have the right "with sympathy" sentiment to work.  So, over it went!  Narelle used flowers like these a few weeks ago and I knew they would be perfect on my card. My colouring isn't quite as good as Narelle's but we're going to go with it!  Thankfully whoever I send this to probably won't not how good Narelle's colouring is!  I used the Crumb Cake Stampin Blends to colour the flowers.  

Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White

DSP: In Good Taste

Stamps: Forever and Always

Ink: Memento Black

Other: Always Dies, Stampin' Blends, Braided Linen Trim, Elegant Faceted Gems

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out the cards that the Design Team has made!  

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

Have an amazing day!

Jen


 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #473


Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great start to the week!  It's been a crazy week!  I've seen pictures of kids building snowmen in Texas (for their first time ever) to 12" of snow out in Washington!  We got a big dumping of snow Monday night and there's more supposedly coming on Thursday.  I guess being Canadians we're supposed to be used to it and love it, but...I don't really!  I do really prefer to walk in the winter though - except for the death trap sidewalks!  I love the fresh, cold air.  Nothing beats it!

On a less cold and snowy note, we have a brand new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Our hostess this week is the incredible and hopefully not frozen Texan, Amy O'Neill!  Amy is so creative and her cards always amaze me!  Head over to her blog to check them out!


Okay, you might not believe this but this is the first version of this card!  Yup, I got it the first time around!  I was rather impressed with myself.  It came together quite quickly.  Things like that generally don't happen so we'll celebrate this one!

I love the Flower and Field paper and couldn't help but use it again this week! Pair with the Pierced Blooms of course.  Who doesn't love a sweet, fresh daisy in the winter to cheer you up?

Supplies:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green

DSP: Flower and Field

Stamps: Peaceful Moments

Ink: Basic Black

Other: Pierced Blooms Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and take some inspiration from the cards you see there.  The Design Team knocked it out of the park this week!

Have an amazing day!

Jen




Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #472

Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  The kids here are back in school physically and we're supposed to end our lockdown today (or tomorrow?  I can't remember)!  Not entirely sure what that means but I'm hoping they open a few more stores and maybe even let hairdressers and barbers open!  I know three boys who are in desperate need of a hair cut!  When I picked my oldest up from high school on Monday I discovered that ALL the boys are in the same boat!  Haircuts needed all around!

We have a fun new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the one and only Narelle Farrugia!  Narelle's cards are always breathtaking and her creativity amazes me!  Head on over to her blog and prepare to be wowed!  


Okay, so let's be honest.  You know this sketch totally threw me.  I tried to do Valentine's cards and then other different cards and nothing I wanted looked right.  I'm still not overly thrilled with the final product but what can you do?  I ran out of time to create something else!

Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Grey Granite

DSP: Peony Garden

Stamps: Prized Peony, Sweet Celebration (Lil Inkers)

Other: Peony dies, Wink of Stella, Celebrate Script Die (Taylored Expressions), Celebrate Backer Die (Taylored Expressions)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Please head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out a slew of fabulous cards! 

I hope you'll join in our challenge and I hope you have an amazing week!

Jen


 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #471

 


Hello!

Happy Wednesday crafting world!  I hope you're having a great week!  I hope those of you who were hit with the snowstorm earlier in the week are digging out!  I don't think we'll be getting it.  Sometimes we get the tail end but I think this time it's going to miss us!  I won't complain!  We're also hoping to hear today if our kids can go back to school this week.  Some kids in our province have headed back to school but our board has not.  We're hoping for next week.  My youngest isn't loving online school and really needs to be back with his friends.  I guess we'll just wait and see and then make the best of whatever happens!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the incredible Karren Johnson!  Karren is truly amazing and not only makes incredible cards, she is a truly incredible person!  I really do hope that I'm able to actually meet her in person one day!  

 

So I knew I wanted to use my "Wreath Builders" dies for this card.  It took me a few tries to get this to work.  I couldn't put the circle with the sentiment right on the bottom, I had to put it between the two wreath pieces.  Of course I had to use my Pierced Blooms dies again.  I couldn't resist.  They were such a cheery addition to the card!  

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Stamps: Beautiful World
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Pierced Blooms Dies, Wreath Builders Dies, Wonky Frame Dies (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 amazing cards that the Design Team has created for your inspiration!

I hope you'll join in this week's challenge!

Have an amazing day!
Jen

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #470


Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  We were covered in a blanket of snow yesterday.  Nothing major but the first big snowfall of the year (and it's not a huge one).  I have a love-hate relationship with snow.  I can definitely live without it but the ground feels so damp when we don't have it.  We're supposed to have some cold weather for the next couple of days so it will stick around!  The kids will be happy!

We have a brand new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  I have the honour of being this week's hostess!  I kept the sketch super simple but sometimes the simpler the sketch the harder it is to create a card!  At least it is for me!!!  

I just love the Forever and Always stamp set and dies.  I have so much fun using them and those flower are beautiful!  I definitely need to work on my colouring but I'm a work in progress!  I added a little Wink of Stella to the centre of the flowers but you can't really see it in these pictures!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP: In Good Taste
Stamps: Forever and Always
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Always Dies, Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder, Stampin Blends, 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 that the Design Team members have created!  You will definitely be inspired!  I can't wait to see what you come up with and I do hope you'll enter our challenge this week!

Have an amazing day!

Jen

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #469

Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a good week!  I feel like Valentine's Day is just around the corner so I'm trying to get some Valentine's Day cards made so I'm not scrambling at the last minute!  Great intentions, not sure about great follow through though!  We shall see!  I usually decorate a bit and should probably do that before it's February 13th!  It's not like there's much else going on around here!!!

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Our hostess is the amazing Kim Singdahlsen.  Kim's cards are always fabulous and you need to head over to her blog and check them out!  

I decided to use my new Lots of Hearts Stamp set and the Many Hearts dies for this card.  Of course I needed to tie in the FREE Flower and Field DSP!  Honestly, this paper pack might just be my favourite ever.  It makes me smile!  I also used the FREE Oh So Ombre paper as the background.  I just love that fading colour!

I decided to add some thread around the edge of the heart.  It's just embroidery floss and took a VERY long time to stitch.  I couldn't get the floss through the needle and so I was frustrated!  Needless to say, I might not make too many versions of this card!

Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler

DSP: Flower and Field, Oh So Ombre

Stamps: Lots of Hearts

Ink: Basic Black

Other: Many Hearts Dies, Tasteful Labels Dies, Embroidery Floss, Dimensionals

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

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

Have a wonderful day!

Jen


 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #468

Hello!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  We have a brand new Stay At Home order and State of Emergency here in Ontario.  It's a little murky as to what we can and cannot do.  Let's just say that I don't leave the house much these days except to get groceries and go for a walk.  I guess it's a good thing I like my house!!  More crafting time?!  I think I should take advantage of it. It's a good thing it's winter and there isn't really anywhere I want to go!

We have a brand new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Linda Callahan!  Linda creates such beautiful cards.  I always love them!  Head over to her blog to check them out! 

So I hadn't noticed that the sentiment was supposed to be at the bottom of my card.  I don't know how that happened.  I obviously cannot copy things down properly and so my sentiment is in the wrong spot!  I absolutely LOVE the FREE Flower and Field paper from Stampin' Up!  It's FREE as part of our Sale-a-bration sale!  For every $60 CAD before taxes, you get to pick a free product!  These flowers are so sweet! I also think they pair perfectly with my Pierced Blooms dies!

Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White, So Saffron, Petal Pink, Basic Black, Just Jade

DSP: Flower and Field

Stamps: Peaceful Moments

Ink: Basic Black

Other: Pierced Blooms Dies, Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder, Dimensionals


Thanks so much for stopping by today.

I hope you'll head over to to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and join in our challenge!  The Design Team has created some amazing cards that will definitely inspire you!

Have an amazing day!

Jen

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #467


Hello!

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!  I know we're all hoping that 2021 goes a little smoother than 2020 did!  Hopefully there aren't any big surprises in store for us!  Did you get any new crafting supplies for Christmas that you've been having fun playing with?  I was blessed with the Pierced Blooms dies and have been having a blast with those!!  Any excuse to spend more time in my craft cave!

We have a great new sketch this at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess is the amazing Jen Mitchell!  Jen creates elegantly clean and simple cards that are always gorgeous!  Head over to her blog and check them out!

I always find slimline cards a bit challenging but being challenged is good right?  I might have struggled with this one as well because I kept trying to put the flowers on a white background.  I remembered my favourite DSP (Tasteful Textures) and found some wood paper that worked perfectly!  Finding the perfect flower colour combination was also a struggle!  I decided to cut out tons of flowers in a rainbow of colours!  Maybe too many choices wasn't a good thing!  I decided on white and purple as you can see!

Supplies:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black,  Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Silver Foil

DSP: In Good Taste

Stamps: Handsomely Suited

Other: Pierced Blooms Dies, Tasteful Labels Dies, Silver Thread, Matte Black Dots

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog!  The Design Team has created a bunch of gorgeous cards!  You don't want to miss out on being inspired!

Have an amazing day!

Jen