Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #167

Happy Wednesday!  Are you ready for Christmas yet?  I am slowly getting there.  The boys have their Christmas concert tomorrow.  I'm so excited to see them!  This week is slowly winding down and we have very few commitments between now and Christmas which I'm very excited to have some relax time.  

We have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches care of the amazing Narelle Farrugia!  Narelle is the queen of beautiful layers and flowers!  Her blog makes me so happy!  

I had to try out the new Celebrate Today stamp set!   I just love and I love that it's Polymer!  I'm still getting used to the polymer stamps but this one is super fun!  I must say that I didn't start with a black balloon but that's what I ended up with!  This stamp set and the corresponding Balloon Framelits will be available in the new Occasions catalogue in January!  I also added in some of the new Bermuda Bay Sequins - also available in the new catalogue!

I am not so impressed with my balloon tail but it is what it is!  I would do it a bit differently next time!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
DSP: Winter Frost Specialty
Stamps: Celebrate Today
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Other: Balloon Framelits, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Bermuda Bay Sequins, Stripes Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  This is our last post until 2015!  This also means you have two weeks to enter this challenge!

Please head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out the amazing cards the design team has created for you!

Have a fabulous day!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #166

Happy Wednesday!  I trust you're each having a great week and not too busy getting ready for Christmas!  I got a bit more wrapping done yesterday so I'm one step closer to being ready!  Today I need to tackle some baking for a cookie exchange I'm in. comments!!!  We have an "elf on the shelf" at our house who is very, very naughty.  The boys sure get a kick out of him and his antics but this mom is running out of creative ideas!

Being Wednesday, we have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the lovely Karren Johnson.  Karren is so creative and makes such fabulous cards!  I am always envious of the beautiful things she comes up with!  She has a great sketch for you this week that I'm sure you will have a fun time working with.

Surprisingly, this is the first version of this card.  I know, you can all get over being shocked!  I knew what I wanted and it kind of came together - and in less time than it usually does for which I am very thankful!  The Lovely as a Tree stamp set is one of my favourites and I couldn't wait to use it.  Unfortunately I had to cut off one of the trees and I forgot to add in the bow...that being said, it would have cut off one of the trees!

I wanted to keep neutral colours for this card but then realized it needed a slight pop of colour so I added some old Red Riding Hood Ruffled Ribbon that I had.  I think it adds the right amount of colours.  I left a sentiment off this card because the lady I'm making it for requested a few cards that were blank.

Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Silver
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Hardwood
Ink: Smokey Slate, Versamark
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Red Riding Hood Ribbon, Dimensionals.

Thanks again for stopping by!  I hope you have the time to head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out the beautiful cards the design team has created for your viewing pleasure.

Have a wonderful day!


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!