Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #504

Come join our sketch challenge at Freshly Made SketchesThe very creative Karren is our hostess today!


When I saw the sketch, for some reason puffy clouds came to mind for the bottom layers. While it's not straight lines, it still follows the sketch! I am not a slimline fan, so I created a mini slim today (which I do like)!

I cut three layers of puffy clouds using MFT's Stitched Clouds Edges Dies. I popped up the middle layer for fun. Next, I cut the Airplane w/ Banner (CottageCutz) three times using Basic Black, Hammermill White, and Wild Cherry. I stamped my sentiment (Lily of the Valley/Reverse Confetti) and then adhered all of the airplane pieces together, also popped up. My card base is Seaside Spray (SU!) matted with Wild Cherry (Poptone). A lot of different companies' products today! I love combining what I have to make something fun!

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, September 27. Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous cards my teammates have made on the FMS blog








Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #503

Looking for your mojo? Come join our sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches! The amazing Cécile is our hostess today! Be sure to take a peek at her stunning card for this week!


I love white space and how fresh that looks. But since it's almost fall, I chose a darker suede color (The Paper Studio) for my main panel. I moved the leaf slightly from the sketch to show off the gorgeous faux patina paper from Craft Consortium. Isn't that beautiful? 

I chose the paper to play in the SCS Color Challenge 861 this week as well. If you look closely at the leaf, you can see a mossy green! I cut my squares using the stitched square die (SU!), and then backed it with the designer paper. My card base is Pool Party (SU!).


I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, September 20. Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous cards my teammates have made on the FMS blog




Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #502

Congratulations to the winners of my Sketch #500 drawing for Freshly Made Sketches!

Prize Package #1 - Carol L of Our Little Inspirations
Prize Package #2 - Joanne James of The Crafty Owl

Please email me your addresses so I can send out your prizes!

And now it's time for this week's sketch! The sweet and talented Jen B is our hostess today! Be sure to take a peek at her stunning card for this week!

I decided to create a rustic fall card with the Harvest dies from Stampin' Up! I just got them a couple of weeks ago, and was inspired by our (finally) cooler temps. I am also guest designing this month for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge, and used this week's colors (CC860) for my card. The pretty sentiment is from Honeybee Stamps' Bizzy Buzzwords Honey Cuts. My wood grain and printed vellum papers are from Stampin' Up! A few sequins for sparkle and bling (Doodlebug) and it's all done!

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, September 13. Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous cards my teammates have made on the FMS blog



Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #501

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Our hostess for this week is the talented Kim, and she has created a layout that has a lot of room to play!

I must admit, this one had me stumped. I gave it two tries, and ended up here with the second one, using paper ephemera die cuts I have had in my stash for awhile.

I used a Stampin' Up! embossing folder to add texture, and a die cut from Honey Bee Stamps as my sentiment. Pink pearls were added in the bouquet, as well as on the banner.
I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, September 6. Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous cards my teammates have made on the FMS blog!

I will have my Sketch #500 winners up on September 8, with Sketch 502!

 


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #500 - A Decade of Inspiration!

Happy Wednesday! Our family just returned from a fabulous couple of weeks away in the Northeast, where we were able to explore Boston (one of my favorite cities), parts of Vermont and New Hampshire, and end up in one of the most beautiful states - Maine! We had a wonderful time, with lots of good food devoured and new memories made! I am glad to be home and back in the "normal," however - so that I can spend some time crafting!

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. This is a special one - #500! It has been ten years since FMS began, and I am so happy and honored to be a part of this team, and today's celebration. Our hostess, Linda, has been with the team all that time, so it's fitting that she brings us this week's sketch. There are lots of prizes to be had, so read on!

Our vacation was HOT - record temps in Boston - and back home we have had heat indexes over 100 every day. Most likely over 90 again today and the rest of this week. I am finally ready to move from the hot to the crisp fall air, so bring it on! I am hoping my breezy sunflower card will help do the trick!


I flipped the sketch and my sentiment isn't exactly a skinny strip (I love how big and chunky it is though!), but hopefully the team will let me stay :-)

I am using the wonderful Sunflowers Dies from Stampin' Up!, along with a fun sentiment (Big Words) from WOW! Embossing (yes, they have stamps!). I have a subtle embossing folder (SU!) for my main white panel to add texture to the background, along with some fun patterned paper from Simple Stories. The leaves and foliage sprigs, as well as the sunflower center are cut from shimmer cardstock (Michael's). A fun fall card for a friend to say hello!

We have a LOT of prizes to give away, and all the details of those can be found on the FMS blog. Thank you to all of our sponsors! To win one of the sponsor prizes, you will have to play along with this week's fab sketch:

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, help us celebrate, and add your creations to our gallery for a chance to win! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, August 30. Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous cards my teammates have made on the FMS blog! Click through the links of each designer -- ESPECIALLY because there are prizes to be had on many of their blogs as well.


I will be awarding TWO prizes packages to two different commenters  here on my blog (random drawing). To be entered, all you have to do is leave a comment here on my blog. Winners for my prizes must be from the USA only, due to shipping costs (but I would love any comments from all over the world!). I will announce the winners on September 1st. Check out the prizes:

Package #1) TWO fabulous surprise embossing powders from WOW! Embossing, as well as a stamp set and coordinating die set from Picket Fence Studios ($45 combined value)!

Package #2) ONE adorable surprise stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps and some fabulous embellishments from Picket Fence Studios ($20 combined value)!

Thanks for stopping by today to help us celebrate #500! 






Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #497

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess for this week is the talented Jacquie, and she has created a layout that has a lot of room to play!

I have been on a "use your gorgeous papers" kick, and chose that first - one of the beautiful Honey Bee Team Tie-Die papers. If you don't have this paper pack, you simply must get it. It has beautiful backgrounds that each of the HB team members made themselves - and they're all amazing! I used one of the pieces I trimmed for the lower part of the sketch (most of it is hiding under the sentiment, but you can see the pink on the left).


I decided to use my big Love You Stamp & Die XL from Hero Arts for the main part of the card, cutting the die twice (lavender and white cardstock), and adding one of the sentiments to follow the sketch. I wrapped the side with metallic blue thread from Kreinik and added five iridescent sequins for fun.


I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, August 9. Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous cards my teammates have made on the FMS blog!

 


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #496

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. It is my pleasure to be hosting this week!

I decided on a layout that can work two ways -- highlight the background squares and rectangles and make that your focus, or use it merely as a background for a beautiful foreground. I decided to use some gorgeous paper from Craft Consortium as my focus, and add a fun sentiment.

The sentiment dies are from the Bitty Buzzwords Honey Cuts set from Honey Bee Stamps. I used Hammermill White as my base, and the lovely Silver Ice cardstock (CutCardStock) for the words and my leaf (PFS). A fast and easy card, but don't you love that paper? I kind of have a thing for patterned paper, and this sketch was perfect to show it off.

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, August 2.
Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous cards my teammates have made on the FMS blog!


 



Friday, July 23, 2021

Festive Friday #89

 Today there is a new challenge up at Festive FridayIf you are new to the FF Challenges, you can choose any three items (or more!) from our list to inspire your creativity. For my card this week, I chose blue, twine/thread, metallic, ink blending.

I used distress oxides for the blended background and added some water spots for interest. The dies are from Concord and 9th. I added some metallic cording for one of the balloons and a few sequins for fun.

I hope you will join us for this challenge and link up on the Festive Friday blog. Remember, you can choose any three from the list below, for any occasion or theme! 








Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #494

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Narelle is our hostess for this week. She is our flower queen!

When I saw the tall panel on this sketch, I immediately thought it would be perfect for a giraffe! I hadn't used the Picture Book Giraffe Die from SSS yet (and now it's retired - that's my typical speed!), and it was perfect. I chose a fun pink dotted patterned paper from Echo Park (Easter Wishes) for my background. I cut a long rectangle with a Spellbinders Die, and then cut out my little giraffe. I added black gem eyes and a trio of clear gems (PFS) for some fun bling. The sentiment is from one of my FAVORITE sentiment sets -- Big Words from WOW Embossing!

I think it's cute enough to send to several people so I may have to make multiples (Horrors! I don't like making multiples!! HA)!

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, July 19.
Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous cards my teammates have made on the FMS blog

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Independence Day!

Today I am sharing some beautiful dies from Spellbinders Paper Arts:  Birthday Wishes Vignette Etched Dies from Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Collection by Becca Feeken.

I started with navy cardstock for the die base and then die cut and made the layers with white cardstock. I popped up the Birthday Wishes sentiment with foam tape. I have such a lovely collection of paper roses, and was happy to use two of the colors on this card - Earth Tone and Mixed Pink (Really Reasonable Ribbon). Not quite red, white, and blue traditional, but close!

I used a patterned paper from my stash for the card base background with a Sahara Sand base. I love the elegance of the dies! You can find the rest of the collection HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #492

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Cécile is our hostess for this week. She has such amazing style!

I love square cards, and used to make them so much more often than I have lately. So today's sketch was a lot of fun -- and easy!

I chose my sentiment first -- one of the sweet stamps from Paper Smooches' Group Hugs stamp set (retired). It has wonderful sentiments, and is one of my favorite sets for sending love through the mail. Next, I die cut my leaves (SSS) from alcohol ink patterned paper (Craft Consortium), and then added a few sequins (Picket Fence Studios) for interest. A little company mash up!


I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, July 5.
Be sure to take a peek at the gorgeous cards my teammates have made on the FMS blog



Friday, June 25, 2021

Festive Friday #0087

Today there is a new challenge up at Festive FridayIf you are new to the FF Challenges, you can choose any three items (or more!) from our list to inspire your creativity. For my card this week, I chose encouragement, gold, and silver.


All of my products are from the Love Letters Kit from Queen and Company. I love little shaker cards, and this little envelope of red, silver, and gold love is the perfect pick-me-up for anyone needed some extra love! I love the colors of the patterned paper too!

I hope you will join us for this challenge and link up on the Festive Friday blog. Remember, you can choose any three from the list below, for any occasion or theme! The challenge is open until Monday, July 5. 

For more inspiration, visit the rest of the FF Team:

Beth McCullough   

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema  <-----you are here!









Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #491

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. The very talented Kim is our hostess this week.

This week's sketch was the perfect time to pull out some of the MANY 6x6 paper pads I hoard and use some fun patterns. I chose the Honeybee Stamps' The Bee's Knees for my four panels and offset them a little from each other instead of equally spaced. I added a flower die from Altenew's Floral Doodles set and the Smile sentiment from Honeybee. A few sequins for bling!


I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, June 28.
Be sure to take a peek at what my teammates have made on the FMS blog!


 







Friday, June 11, 2021

RAWR! Festive Friday #0086

Today there is a new challenge up at Festive FridayIf you are new to the FF Challenges, you can choose any three items (or more!) from our list to inspire your creativity. For my card this week, I chose hearts, brads and blue.

I started with a Wrinkled Distress Technique background using Twisted Citron Distress Ink. I then stamped my images from this adorable CTMH stamp set (RAWR Means I Love You in Dinosaur) using various colors of ink from Scrapbook.com. I thought it made a cute Father's Day card for my grandsons to give! I popped up my dino with foam tape, added a brad for the heart speech bubble, and had to have some sparkly sequins! The dotted background is a patterned paper.

I hope you will join us for this challenge and link up on the Festive Friday blog. Remember, you can choose any three from the list below, for any occasion or theme! The challenge is open until Monday, June 21. 

For more inspiration, visit the rest of the FF Team:

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough   

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema <-----you are here!


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #489

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. The very talented Linda is our hostess this week.

Last week I went a little rogue with my sketch, so this week I stayed pretty true. I used Bokeh Dots by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.
Sometimes I challenge myself to use particular supplies on my DT samples, and this week the challenge was to use all the inks on my desk that I hadn't put away. So - a very colorful and modern looking design came forth!

I embossed the black card base with a Cuttlebug embossing folder - also dots!

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, June 14. Be sure to take a peek at what my teammates have made on the FMS blog

 






Thursday, June 3, 2021

Spellbinders Heart Swans

Have you seen the new Truly Yours Collection from Spellbinders? Today I am sharing a card made with the new Heart Swans Etched Dies. They are simply gorgeous! Ten dies, including facing swans, flowers, and leaves!

I think black swans are so unique and beautiful. My swan's wing is lined with silver metallic cardstock (CutCardStock) to match the leaves and sentiment (Spring Flutter - Small Die of the Month). I cut out all of my dies first, and arranged them on the Oval 2 from the Elliptical Ovals Etched Dies (also new from Truly Yours!).

I popped up some of the flowers, and the swan. Don't you love that little sparkly crown? The sentiment is cut three times, and stacked up for dimension. The starry holographic patterned paper (The Paper Studio) was the perfect background to show off the dies!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Truly Yours Collection - it's beautiful!

Submitting to these challenges:
Crafty Animals
- Always Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
- Anything Goes with Patterned Paper

Happy Little Stampers
 Dies - Anything Goes with Dies

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #488

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. The very talented Jen M is our hostess this week.

I took a few liberties with the sketch this week, but hopefully you can see the resemblance. Ha!


It's rare that I don't have some kind of sentiment or word die on the front of my cards. But today, I wanted a simple and elegant design without either of those things.

I used the new Cameo Etched Dies from the Truly Yours Collection from Spellbinders Paper Arts. I cut the Laurel Frame, flowers, and leaves from a watercolored panel, and the Cameo Silhouette from Crumb Cake (SU!) cardstock. I added a rhinestone (Kaiser) to the flower in her hair. 

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, June 7.  

Be sure to take a peek at what my teammates have made on the FMS blog