Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #309



Hello!
Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already!  I hope you’ve had a great start to your week. I’m still without a laptop and working off my iPad which is a little frustrating my old laptop is not fixable and we had to bite the bullet and get a new one. Technology.  Can’t live with it, can’t live without it!!

We have a great new sketch this week courtesy of Linda Callahan! Linda makes such beautiful cards and she has such a fabulous sense of humour.  I seriously think she should write a book!

I needed to make an anniversary card for my husband as we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary last week.  I try and keep the cards themed like our wedding was, hence the leaves, the cherry cobbler and the gold!   I was pretty liberal with the sketch. I opted to pretend I didn’t see those evil circles and saw leaves instead! 

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Gold
DSP: Painted Leaves
Stamps: I can’t remember....
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Large Number Framelits, 

Thanks 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 Tean has created for your inspiration!  

Have a fabulous day!



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #308


Hello!  
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you’re having a great week!  I hope my fellow Canadian friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We had a lovely weekend and our turkey was so yummy!  Unfortunately my laptop died or has developed some health issues and won’t turn on!  Needless to say, doing this post from my iPad is proving to be a little more frustrating than I had anticipated!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Rita Wright!  Rita is a colouring queen!  Her marker manipulating abilities far exceed anything I’ll ever be capable of!!!

I love sunflowers and wanted to this amazing DSP on a card!  I find that sunflowers always make me smile.  I added some burlap ribbon and a tiny little sunflower. There are some gold sequins on there too!  

Supplies:
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
DSP:Painted Leaves
Stamps: So Very Special
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Gold Sequins, burlap ribbon, bitty flower punch, 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 the Design Team has created for your inspiration!  You won’t be disappointed!  

Have a fabulous day!
Jen


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #307 - Take Two!



Happy Wednesday!
I hope you're having a great start to your week!  The weeks seem to be flying by!  I can't believe that it's October already and this weekend we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving here in Canada!  Turkey and gravy!!!  Yummy.  Oh, I guess that means I have to make that.  Hmmm...I wonder how everyone would feel about hamburgers instead!!!!

So you may have noticed that this is the same Freshly Made Sketches card that I made last week.  We had a little, itty, bitty issue with our linky tool and all of the submissions we had received vanished into cyberspace somewhere.  We decided that we would extend our challenge one additional week with hopes that everyone who had entered would re-enter their gorgeous cards!!!

Our sketch was courtesy of my dear friend Jen Timko!  Jen is such an amazing card maker and comes up with the most creative cards!  Did you see her x-ray card?  You need to go and check out her blog!



I wasn't quite sure what to with this sketch when I first saw it but then I realized I needed a wedding card for my friend Laura who is getting married this coming Saturday!  (Well, Laura and Brad had a beautiful day and Laura was a gorgeous bride!)  I love the heart die from Lil Inkers and knew it would be the perfect substitute for an evil circle!!!  I threw on some flowers and voila!  I used the colours that Laura had told me she's using for her wedding!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Smokey Slate
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Smokey Slate
Other: Sweet Celebrations Dies, Celebrate Word Die, Sequins, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, 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 the Design Team has created for your inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!!!

Jen

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #307


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  We have been having one crazy heat spell here.  I don't think we had weather this hot all summer.  It's been pretty intense.  Thankfully the kid's school has air conditioning so they aren't too wiped when they come home.  Today is supposed to be the last day though and then back to seasonal temperatures.  I'm all for cool nights where you can sleep with the windows open but I dread the cold weather coming!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of my dear friend Jen Timko!  Jen is such an amazing card maker and comes up with the most creative cards!  Did you see her x-ray card?  You need to go and check out her blog!



I wasn't quite sure what to with this sketch when I first saw it but then I realized I needed a wedding card for my friend Laura who is getting married this coming Saturday!  I love the heart die from Lil Inkers and knew it would be the perfect substitute for an evil circle!!!  I threw on some flowers and voila!  I used the colours that Laura had told me she's using for her wedding!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Smokey Slate
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Smokey Slate
Other: Sweet Celebrations Dies, Celebrate Word Die, Sequins, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, 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 the Design Team has created for your inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!!!

Jen



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #306


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope everyone is having a great week so far!  We've been having the most gorgeous weather here.  It's been warm and sunny almost every day.  It's been so summer like!!!  I honestly don't want it to end!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazing Jen Mitchell!  Jen's cards are so gorgeous and she makes clean and simple look absolutely elegant!  Head over to her blog and check out her beauties!


So of course this isn't card #1!!!  I struggled with this one.  I was really lacking creativity when I was trying to make this card.  I wanted to create a fall birthday card!  Mainly because I just love fall and fall colours!  I love the Painted Autumn DSP and wanted to use it on this card!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Copper Foil
DSP: Painted Autumn DSP
Stamps: LJD Birthday Greetings (MFT)
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Daisy Die (Retired), Copper Sequins, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord & 9th)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created for you!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #305


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We're having a warm week here which is nice.  Yesterday was such a beautiful day.  The kids just loving being outside in this weather!  I don't blame them!  Makes summer last just a little bit longer!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazing Amy O'Neill!  Amy is one of our resident Texans and such a creative card maker.  She puts together things that I would never dream of and they ALWAYS look fabulous!  Head over to her blog and check out her creations!


I knew as soon as I saw this sketch that I wanted to use this sunflower paper!  Sunflowers are probably one of my favourite flowers.  They just look happy.  They make me happy.  They also remind me of fall and I do love fall!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Garden Green,  Crushed Curry
DSP: Painted Autumn
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Sweet Celebrations Dies (Lil Inkers), Celebrate Word Die (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 the Design Team has created for you!  You will not be disappointed!  We can't wait to see what you come up with this week!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #304


Hello Everyone!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great start to your week and you had a fabulous Labour Day!  We had a great week of vacation last week doing a road trip around Pennsylvania!  It sure was a fun time! The kids are back in school and both boys are happy with their teachers.  They each have repeat teachers so we know pretty much what to expect this year!  Yay!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Narelle Farrugia is our amazing hostess this week.  Narelle's cards always wow me.  Her fussy cutting and those beautiful layers and flowers.  They're so pretty!  Head over to her blog and check them out!
Unfortunately when I looked at this sketch I TOTALLY missed the giant "sentiment" on there.  I had every intention of putting my sentiment beside my little wise men but it didn't fit so I just figured throwing it underneath would be okay.  So not okay.  I'm hoping those girls don't kick me off the team!

I do love the wise men and thought they needed to be embossed in gold.  Then the tree needed to be embossed and the sentiment and the star!  Needless to say, there was a lot of embossing going on!  Let's also say that this card will not be mass produced!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold
Stamps: Wise Men From Afar
Ink: Versamark
Other: Circle Dies (Spellbinders), Gold 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 gorgeous cards the Design Team has come up with!  You will definitely be inspired!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #302


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to the week!  We were able to spend last week at my parent's house.  It was so lovely.  Always relaxing and the boys had a blast.  Nothing like hockey, baseball and basketball with Papa every day!!!  Today we're heading downtown Toronto with some friends from Texas to see the CN Tower and the Aquarium.  Should be good times!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of our amazing French designer Cecile Ribon!  Cecile has an amazing creative eye and her cards are always fantastic.  Head over to her blog and check it out!
So, I was a little stumped by this sketch.  There are a lot of elements there that I didn't know what to do with.  I had the new Night in Bethlehem stamp set sitting on my desk and decided I would use that with the new Bethlehem edgelits and voila.  I kept the colours very neutral.  I love the silhouette look.  I threw in a silver star because it needed a little glimmer!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer
Stamps: Night In Bethlehem
Ink: Black Stazon
Other: Bethlehem Edgelits, 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 the Design Team has created for your inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #301


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!  We are currently enjoying some R&R with Grannie and Papa!  It's been nice being able to relax and enjoy some time away from home!  We will totally enjoy these last few weeks of summer since the start of school is coming faster than I care to admit!

We have a new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I'm fortunate to be this week's hostess!  I had a card in mind when I came up with this sketch and I'm thankful that when I made it, it actually looked kinda like what I had envisioned!  Coming up with a sketch can be very nerve wracking!  You just never know how people are going to feel about it!


I had some Pop of Pink DSP sitting on my desk and I just had to use it.  I love that paper with those fabulous gold accents!  I wish I had purchased more than one pack!!!  I must say the embossing didn't go as well as I had hoped.  I may have embossed the other side as well and it looked ever worse.  I don't know what the issue is and yes, I used an embossing buddy!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold
DSP: Pop of Pink
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Botanical Blossoms, Celebrate Word Die (Lil Inkers), Dimensionals

Thanks again 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!  You won't be disappointed!  We look forward to seeing what you create this week!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #300


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  We are so enjoying our summer.  We've had some great bike rides this week and yesterday we made a trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens!  I think later in the week we'll be heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame!  It's been such a nice summer so far and I'm hoping the the last few weeks are just as wonderful!

Welcome to our celebration of Sketch #300 at Freshly Made Sketches!  Six years ago, Lesley Croghan created an idea to make cards that were clean but not necessarily simple.  Using sketches as a foundation, many stampers found their niche and this challenge has been a place of inspiration and encouragement.  This week, we are excited to share our 300th sketch.  Wow!! 

The team will decide the Queen or King and then we will all choose our favorites to highlight, as usual.  BUT....we will also choose one random winner from the gallery to receive all of the cards created by the design team with this sketch!  We are so grateful for your support over these six years and want to send out a special thank you!



Our sketch is super fun this week and believe it or not, this card was my first attempt!!!

I used some of the retired Party Animal DSP and some of the new glimmer Dots!  Who doesn't love a bit of sparkle!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry
Stamps: Frozen Treat
Ink: Pacific Point
Other: Oval Dies (Spellbinders), Glimmer Dots, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing the cards the Design Team has created for your inspiration!   You may even be fortunate enough to win all of the Design Team's cards!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #299


Hello!
Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a great start to your week!  We've had a great week so far.  Trevor was off yesterday and the boys and I went for a long bike ride to downtown Toronto. Nothing like being able to by right down by the CN Tower.  The waterfront trail is amazing and the breeze coming off the lake was fabulous!  Such a great morning!

We have a great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the lovely Kim Singdahlsen.  Kim's cards are so fantastic.  I would love to go and hang out in her crafting space for a day!  I think she has the best stamps!

Kim's sketch is very versatile.  I of course didn't have a clue what to do.  This also is not my first card!!  Ha!  If you struggle making cards and following sketches, know you're not alone out there!  I love the new pinewood planks embossing folder and will probably use it as much as I use Wink of Stella (which I did not use on this card!).  I wanted to use some sequins and kinda picked the colours around the sequins.  The hearts started out as silver ones but they didn't show up enough so they were quickly swapped out for black!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder, Black Glimmer (non-SU)
Other: Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Heart Trio Punch (SU - retired), MFT Blueprints Dies, Sequins (SU), Smile Word Die (Lil Inkers), Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches Blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created!  You won't be disappointed!

Have a fantastic day!

Jen

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #298


Hello!
Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a great week.  It's a very quiet week at our house.  The boys are with my parents for the week and they are having a blast.  They love going to visit Grannie and Papa and when I suggested I go with them, I got a resounding "NO"!  I guess I've been told!  My husband and I went on a huge mountain bike ride last night.  His instructions were to ensure that I made it out alive.  I did.  Just barely.  Only one fall and nothing broken or bleeding so I guess that's good.  I think he has forgotten I haven't really been biking like that in a LONG time and my bones aren't as young as they used to be!

Anyone, we have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Linda Callahan!  Linda is very creative and makes beautiful cards.  I also think she's one of the funniest people I've ever "met".  We haven't met but I feel like we have!  Anyhow, go and check out her blog!  You'll be inspired!


I went with a very simple card.  I had some of this So Saffron DSP laying around after camp just screaming to be used up.  I combined with with some black and away I went!  I threw on some Glitter Enamel Dots and voila!  It looks like it took me 5 minutes.  It did not.  This is not the first version and not at all what I had envisioned when I started.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, So Saffron
DSP: So Saffron (Subtles DSP Stack)
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Celebrate Word Die, Sweet Celebrations Dies, Glitter Enamel Dots, Dimensionals

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 has created for your inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #297


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I trust everyone is having a great start to their week!  We are in total vacation mode here and with the exception of a few appointments, we've been relaxing, swimming, reading and biking.  It's been fabulous.  This year our family decided to cut out all evening activities and to do lots of mountain biking together.  It's been the best decision!  We have totally enjoyed our evening (and some afternoon) rides together.  It's been amazing to watch the boys gain skill, confidence and endurance.  They can hop rocks and logs like pros now!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazingly talented Jen Mitchell!  Jen makes beautifully creative cards and often dominates when it comes to "clean".   Head over to her blog and you'll see what I mean!



I love Jen's sketch. At first I was going with a completely different look but then changed my mind.  I used the Ice Cream Parlor DSP and the Frozen Treats stamps and dies at camp almost every day.  The kids loved ice cream cards and I must say, I do too!   Of course if you look closely you'll see some Wink of Stella on that chocolate sauce!!!  I just couldn't resist!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Watermelon Wonder
DSP: Ice Cream Parlor
Stamps: Frozen Treat
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Frozen Treats Framelits, Banners Framelites, Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder, 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 fabulous cards the Design Team has created for you.  You won't be disappointed.

Have a fabulous day.

Jen


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #296


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I am sorry I missed out on last week's challenge!  It was our church camp week! We had such a busy but fun week!  Our camp had just over 1000 kids for the week and we had just over 40 kids making cards all day!  It was fun to see their pride in their creations and the amazement when they saw embossing powder melt for the first time!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Jen Timko!  Jen's cards are so fun and her colouring and creativity amazes me!  I'm so fortunate to have met Jen (twice!) and think another get together is definitely in order!!!



Jen has picked a great sketch and I love the square card!  At first I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but then realized I needed some teacher thank you cards!  Yes, our kids are finally done school!  I made these cards a while ago!!!  Please don't think I'm really slow given our teachers their cards!

I used the Carried Away DSP (again!) and the Class Act stamp set and Confetti cuts from Reverse Confetti.  I added a bright red flag to contrast!  I love red.  It is totally my favourite colour!  Of course I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the apple leaf.  I couldn't help myself.  The camp kids LOVED using Wink of Stella too!  See, I'm not the only one who loves it!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Basic Black, Real Red, Gumball Green, Red Shimmer
DSP: Carried Away
Stamps: Class Act (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Stazon
Other: Class Act Confetti Cuts, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created for your inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #294


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great week!  We are still waiting for school to be finished.  Nothing like dragging it out until the bitter end.  The kids have checked out mentally and I'm pretty much done with making lunches and washing containers!!!  Only 3 more days!!!!  Yay!!!  Next week is the camp at our church and we are expecting about 1000 kids!  Should be a wild time!  I will have a great group of kids who will be introduced to the world of card making!  Can't wait!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of one of our Texan designers Amy O'Neill!  Amy amazes me with her ability to match colours and patterns and always has the perfect accents.  She can also wind thread into the most perfect looking loops!



Amy's sketch stumped me at first but then I realized I wanted to turn it into a Father's Day card.  Yes, I made this card weeks' ago.  I didn't miss Father's Day - don't worry!  My dad got this card before the actual day!!!  I really love this stamp set from Reverse Confetti.  It worked perfectly to say exactly what I wanted.  I don't really have any Father's Day stamps and sometimes I find them pretty cheesy and this was what I wanted!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Silver
DSP: A Little Foxy (retired SU)
Stamps: So Very Special (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Smoky Slate, Night of Navy
Other: Bitty Banners Dies, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created!

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

Have a great day!
Jen

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #293


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're all having a great start to your week!  I guess we're right in the middle now aren't we?!  My kids still have a week and a half of school. Nothing like dragging it out until the end of June!  They're both mentally done too which isn't helping!  My oldest even has a test today!  I'm looking forward to the start of summer vacation and a little less rushing and scheduling!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of our resident New Zealander, Karren Johnson!  Karren's cards are just diving and I totally think we need to take a Design Team trip down under to visit her and play with all her fun crafting supplies!!!



Karren's sketch is super versatile and even though it's a chunk of a great big circle, it didn't freak me out!  I saw it and knew I wanted to use my pop of pink DSP that I had sitting on my desk!  After it was done though I knew I needed to add something so some pink sequins were applied.  I just couldn't find a way to tie Wink of Stella into this one folks, sorry about that!  Now, this giant circle was a bit investing to cut.  Thankfully I still have my very old Creative Memories circle cutters and they came in VERY handy for this one!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP: Pop of Pink
Stamps: LJD Birthday Greetings (MFT)
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Sequins, Creative Memories Circle cutters, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Please take a minute to head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #292


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far.  It's been a great week so far here.  The summer weather seems to have finally arrived and I am loving that warm sunshine.  Everything is so green and lush looking.  We went for a bike ride the other night in the bush and we stopped for a minute to look at a deer and I got eaten alive by mosquitos and black flies.  Wow!  They were crazy hungry!  One part of summer I do not enjoy!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is our favourite DT member from France, Cecile Ribon!

Now, when you look at this sketch and see a LOT of circles like I did, don't freak out.  They're really not that bad.  I kinda just decided I would make this card as close to the sketch as I could!  I opted to try and make a more masculine card since I'm really short on some cards for men.  I figured black and silver would work and threw in some Bermuda Bay for accent.  Okay, so there are sequins on it.  I couldn't help myself.  It just needed something!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Silver
Stamps: Sweet Celebration (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Silly Stitched Dies (Lil' Inkers), Celebrate Die (Lil' Inkers), Sequins, Double Stitched Circle Dies (Lil' Inkers), Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by this week!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created!  You won't be disappointed!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #291


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week.  We have had a few days of chillier temperatures and rain.  Not exactly summer around here these days but it looks like things will be taking a turn for the better starting tomorrow!

We have a new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I happen to be this week's hostess!  It can be a little nerve wracking to come up with a sketch.  You just never know if the sketch will be well received or if people will think you're nuts!!!

I still had some of the Carried DSP sitting on my desk.  I just love it and I can't help using it over and over again!!!  I'm not that great at mixing different patterns and colours so I wasn't sure if this was going to work.  I needed to add a flower to my cup because it was a bit boring!  Of course the flower is covered in Wink of Stella.  As if there was any doubt.  I embossed the background of the card just to give it a bit of dimension.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach
DSP: Carried Away
Stamps: Coffee Talk (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Night of Navy
Other: Botanical Builders Dies, Coffee Talk dies (Lil Inkers), Sequins, Wink of Stella, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created for you!  I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #290


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week so far!  We've had a great start to our week!  We were able to spend this past weekend with my parents.  I was able to get the last 3 camp projects cut and ready to go!  I have never been ready a month before camp starts!  Woohoo!!

We have a fantastic new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Kim Singdahlsen!  Kim makes the most beautiful cards!  I always love seeing what she comes up with each and every time she makes a card!

Kim's sketch is super fun!  I had some of the Tasty Treats Specialty DSP sitting on my craft table and decided to use it.  I'm still very sad that the botanical builders and Watermelon Wonder are retiring but I don't think that will stop me from using them!!!  Of course there is some Wink of Stella on the flower!  I don't think I can do a card without it!!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
DSP: Tasty Treats Specialty DSP
Stamps: LJD Birthday Greetings (MFT)
Ink: Versamark Black
Other: Botanical Builders Framelits Dies, Double Stitched Circles (Lil Inkers), Wink of Stella, Basic Rhinestones


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out the fabulous cards the Design Team has created!   You won't be disappointed!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #289


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you are having a great week so far!  We had a lovely long weekend here.  The weather wasn't exactly perfect but it was super nice to spend time together and we got in a few great bike rides!  The boys are really getting on to "mountain biking" and loved seeing a deer on the trails!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess today is the lovely Linda Callahan!  Linda's cards are fabulous and so creative!  I also love Linda's sense of humour!  She has a special way of making us all laugh!
I saw the sweet little flowers on the sketch and knew I wanted to use flowers on my card too!  I opted for my Awesome Blossom Stamps from Lil' Inkers!  I truly do love the Watermelon Wonder/Crisp Canteloupe combo.  I think despite their retirement, I'll be using them regularly!  Of course there is some Wink of Stella on those flowers just to give them a little sparkle!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Awesome Blossom (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Stazon Black
Other: Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers), Double Stitched Squares (Lil Inkers), Awesome Blossom Dies (Lil Inkers),Sequins (SU), 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 amazing cards the design team has created!  We can't wait to see what you come up with this week!  We hope you'll play along!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #288


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  We are expecting a gorgeous day here today!  The first truly HOT day of the spring so far!  The kids are pumped about wearing shorts!  This has been a long time coming.  Both my kids are down to their last pair of pants without ripped knees!  Oh the joys of boys!!!  My oldest turns 11 this coming weekend and still wears the knees right out of his pants.  Actually, yesterday, his grey jogging pants came home slightly green.  Complete all over grass stains.  I just shake my head!

Well, today we have a great new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Jen Mitchell!  Jen's cards are always gorgeous and she can turn simple into a beautiful masterpiece!  Head over to her blog to be wowed!


Jen has a great sketch for us!  I kinda know right away what I wanted to do with this one!  This is my mother's Mother's Day card!  I just love the gold polka dot paper out of the Pop of Pink DSP pack.  I mean, those gold dots are just gorgeous!  I combined that with this fabulous set from Reverse Confetti and voila!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold
DSP: Pop of Pink
Stamps: You're So (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Double Stitched Circles (Lil Inkers), You're So Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Scalloped Circle Dies (Spellbinders), 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!  We hope you'll play along this week!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #287


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope your week has started well!  The rain has finally stopped here and we are slowly drying out!  My parents and in-laws live in the Ottawa valley and the pictures from the flooding in their area is heart breaking.  I can't believe all the water the people there are having to contend with.  Hopefully over the next few days some of the water recedes and they get some reprieve!

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazing Jen Timko! Jen has such incredible talent!  She is fabulous at colouring and has some uber creative cards!  Head over to her blog and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about!

Jen's sketch is super versatile!  That long rectangle can be pretty much anything!  A die cut or DSP or even a stamped image!  The sky is the limit!  I went with a long strip of DSP since I had some siting on my desk and I just loved the Moroccan DSP!  I threw on some sequins, embossed my sentiment and voila!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Bermuda Bay
DSP: Moroccan
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Versamark
Other: Sequins, Gold Embossing Powder, Bitty Banners Die, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created!  You won't be disappointed!  I hope you'll join us this week!  We always love to see what you create!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #286


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great week!  We are having another wet week.  We have had a ton of rain in the last week or so and the forecast is for more rain!  At least the rivers and creeks will be full to start the summer season (if summer ever decides to arrive!).

We have a great new sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of our master flower maker and fussy cutter, Narelle Farrugia!  Narelle makes the most beautiful cards!  Please head over to her blog to check them out!


Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of my card during the day today...this will teach me to just take the picture the day I make the card and not wait!!!  I had these poppies sitting on my craft table already coloured!  I decided they needed to be used on this card.  I added some Wink of Stella (of course) and called it a day!  Okay, it didn't come together that easily.  I went through a ton of DSP changes and there is a whole other card that was created before this one!  Sometimes the creative juices just don't flow the way we want them to!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink (I have no idea what colour pink it is!)
DSP: Pop of Pink
Stamps: Plane and Simple (My Creative Time), LJD Pretty Poppies
Ink: Versamark Black
Other: LJD Pretty Poppies Dies, Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards the Design Team has created for you!  

Have a fabulous day!

Jen


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #285


Happy Wednesday!  We are currently sitting in the middle of the last full week in April!  How did that happen?  I feel like it was just the beginning of March and we are cruising into May and closer to my son's 11th birthday.   Mom needs to get working on this.  Turning 11 is a big deal and since this is his first year without a party, I need to change my course of planning and figure out something really fun to do as a family to celebrate!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of one of our resident Texans!  On a side note - I would love to visit Texas sometime.  I just think it's just one of those places I need to see!  I imagine there are cacti and cowboy hats everywhere.  I'm pretty sure that's not the case though!  Anyhow, Amy O'Neill is our amazing hostess this week.  She is our super creative, colour whiz.  I always am awed by the cool designs and combinations she comes up with!



Amy's sketch threw me for a bit of a loop.  I originally had one design in mind but realized quickly that wouldn't work so moved onto Plan B.  Now, Plan B saw a few renditions but I settled on this very gold accented one!  I happened to have this one sheet of DSP from the Pop of Pink pack and I had to use it!  I think this card will work nicely to celebrate my in laws upcoming wedding anniversary!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil
DSP: Pop of Pink
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (Lil Inkers)
Ink: Black
Other: Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Celebrate Word Die (Lil Inkers), Double Stitched Circles (Lil Inkers), Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll pop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and check out the beautiful cards the Design Team has created for you!  You will be inspired!

Have a fabulous day!

Jen

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #284


Hello!
Happy Wednesday!  I hope you're having a great start to your week and had a lovely Easter weekend!  We had a fabulous Easter and enjoyed some amazing church services and a delicious Easter dinner!  It was a beautiful weekend and we all enjoyed a lot of outside time!  Overall a fabulous weekend!

We have a great new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Karren Johnson!  Karren's cards are gorgeous!  I am always amazing by her creativity!

Karren's sketch is so fun this week and it's super versatile!  I had lots of fun playing along!  I had this DSP stack sitting on my craft table from a card I made a while ago and knew I just had to use it again.  Those flowers are just too sweet!  Of course I needed to use my Botanical Builders.  I honestly cannot believe that this fabulous framelits are retiring!  I may have also added some wink of stella to the flowers because what flowers don't need a little sparkle?!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
DSP: SU DSP Stack - I can't remember the name!!
Stamps: I can't remember where this one is from either - I'm doing really well aren't I?!
Ink: Black Stazon
Other: Botanical Builders Framelits, Basic Pearls, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out the other fabulous cards the Design Team has created or you!

Have a fabulous day!
Jen