FMS245 Timeless Textures

Are you ready for a fresh challenge for Freshly Made Sketches?   This week’s sketch comes to you from Jen Mitchell.  I’m always excited to see Jen’s sketch because they’re always great to work with.  Jen is so talented and creative.  I wanted to keep my card super-simple, and maybe gender neutral, but maybe highlight it with some stitching and this is what I came up with:

FMS245-Cindy-HallI used Mint Macaron card stock and stamped the bottom portion with a stamp from Timeless Textures in Rich Razzleberry.  The sentiment is from Perfect Pennants (retired), and it fit so perfectly for the sketch.  I had a difficult time capturing the colors on this card, but the stamping is all done in Rich Razzleberry, and the ‘enamel dots’ are done with a marker in Rich Razzleberry and coated with Crystal Effects.

FMS245 Jen M

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and that you love Jen’s sketch, too.  Please come see what our Freshly Made Sketches Design Team has created for your eyes to feast over and, hopefully, you’ll be inspired to play along with us!

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Simple Masculine Birthday Card

My mom called and said she needed a birthday card to give a gentleman neighbor that she doesn’t know well.  I love the Wetlands stamp set and frequently use it for gents cards, and for today’s card, my goal was to keep it from seeming too personal.  This definitely called for CAS!

FMS244-Simple-Wetlands-BirtTo keep the base one layer I used an oval mask (Ovals Framelits), and then used masking tape to create my layers of sponged colors: So Saffron, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake.  The duck is stamped in black and then re-stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  For a final touch to give the water, sand and duck some glimmer, I added a light coat of Wink of Stella.

My card was inspired by our talented, super-efficient and lovely Jennifer Timko‘s sketch for this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’m serious.  I was inspired the moment I saw it and I knew it was perfect for my masculine card.  So, thanks, Jennifer!

FMS244 Jen TI hope you are inspired, too, by Jennifer’s sketch, and that you’ll come play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’d love to see you there!

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A REAL Note for FMS243

This card was made with one of my favorite stamps that I’ve ever bought from MFT – it’s Who’s That Girl (WTG) Musical Girl.  It was also made with the inspiration by Amy O’Neill’s fabulous sketch (inspired my shaker card) for this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our super-sweet Amy always creates clean and easy to work with sketches.  Thanks, Amy!

FMS243-WTG-Musical-GirlEven though I was extremely tempted to add some color, especially since I love coloring this particular image, but I forced myself to keep it black and white with the exception of gold sequins.  This card was super simple to make.  I stamped the sentiment and a few musical notes on the base card, then built the shaker part from there.  The little music die cuts are were also from My Favorite Things.  I don’t know the availability because I purchased it so long ago.

FMS243-MFT-WTGI need to add something to the image and since I had eliminated the option of color, I added Crystal Effects to the keyboard: two layers with the first being over the entire keyboard and the second just on the ebonies.  What a fun card this will be to send!

FMS243 AmyAmy’s great sketch is versatile and we can’t wait to see what occasion you use it for!  Don’t forget to stop by Freshly Made Sketches to see what our Design Team has created to inspire you this week.

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FMS242 Simply Sweet Birthday Card

Simple and Sweet.  SAS.  That’s how I would describe today’s card.  Narelle Farrugia, our famous Queen of Layers, is our host for Freshly Made Sketches this week, and as we can expect, we have some layers to play with.

FMS242 Cindy HallI used the little flower, as well as the sentiments, from Butterfly Basics.  The flower was stamped using VersaMark for a tone-on-tone look.  The sentiment stamp was colored with markers (Soft Suede and NEW Flirty Flamingo), and then re-inked and stamped with VersaMark to add a layer of clear heat embossing.  Add a strip of paper (I used glitter paper) and scatter a few rhinestones and it’s soup!  (Paper-piercing optional – mine was supposed to be stitching but my thread ran out at the very end, so I took it out and now it’s just piercing!)

FMS242 Narelle

I hope you come join Narelle and the rest of us at Freshly Made Sketches to see what two surprises we have, see the Design Team’s inspiring cards, and play along with us!

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Flowers Just For You

I’m so glad to be back for this week’s sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Karren Johnson is our extremely talented designer and our host this week, and she’s created a wonderful sketch that has sooooo many possibilities.  This one will go into my ‘favorites’ file!  My card started with my desire to use the “Just for You” and “Happy Birthday” sentiments.  The garden just grew from there.

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I chose the Melon Mambo and a combination of oranges to mimic a beautiful bouquet that my daughter sent me last week.  It’s so cheerful, bright, and beautiful with it’s hot-pink and orange flowers.

FMS241-Garden-in-Bloom

I wanted the sentiment to stand out, which isn’t easy when you’re competing with big, bold flowers, but a bright colored ink that was reinked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder made a statement.

FMS241-Embossed-Sentiment

I hope you enjoyed my card and are intrigued with Karren’s sketch.  Get more inspiration from the Design Team at Freshly Made Sketches, and play along with us this week!

FMS241 Karren J

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A Very Special Birthday

Today’s my Mom’s birthday!  Yay!  She’s a young 84 today.  I wanted to make her a card like the favorites she loves when we make cards together.  She loves cards with flowers and/or butterflies, so I’ve given her both on this card with my beloved Butterfly Basics stamp set.

FMS239-Butterfly-BasicsI’m still smitten with this stamp set and butterfly dies.  I’ve seen the vellum card stock embossed with a polka dot embossing folder and I love how it looks.  I sandwiched the delicate butterfly between two layers of vellum and added pearls.

FMS239-Butterfly

And here’s the sketch that this card is based on:

FMS239 Cindy HallIt’s my week to host Freshly Made Sketches’ sketch challenge.  I hope you have enjoyed my card and are intrigued enough with my sketch to come play along with us.  Don’t forgot to go to the FMS Blog to see the incredible cards that design team has created to inspire you.

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A CAS Masculine Birthday for FMS238

It’s time for another exciting and enticing sketch for a new Freshly Made Sketches challenge and Kim Singdalsen is our host this week, and she has given us exactly that: an exciting and enticing sketch!  The layers made me want to use By The Tide stamp set, and I generally make cards for men when I use this set.

FMS238-By-the-Tide I stamped the coral directly onto the white background piece and then washed it with very watered down Soft Sky ink.  The shell was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and colored with Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake and the fish was stamped with Marina Mist ink on Marina Mist Cardstock, his eye was enhanced with a black marker and glossed with Glossy Accents.  For a final touch to the fish, a light layer of Wink of Stella gave the fish that scaly shininess.

FMS238-By-the-Tide-BirthdayThe Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set.  The dots suggested by the sketch worked perfectly for my card and I used clear droplets (Pretty Pink Posh) for bubbles.  At the last minute, I added some natural twine with a knot.  This was a super-simple card and if you like it, I hope you’ll give it a try.

Be sure to stop by Freshly Made Sketches to see what the other Clean Team members have created for your pleasure and inspiration.

FMS238 KimIt’s a really good week to see a wide variety of styles for a wide variety of occasions.  We hope to see you in the gallery!

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