Freshly Made Sketches #227

A Day In Paris.  Ooh-la-la, that sounds good.  I’ve used Penny Black’s A Day In Paris stamp set for my design for this week’s sketch challenge at Freshly Made SketchesLinda Callahan is our hostess this week, and we can always look forward to a very versatile and creative sketch from her.  It mirrors her work as a card maker.  Linda is so creative and uses stamp sets in the most creative ways.  I am amazed by each and every card she makes.  If you haven’t been to her blog, you really must check out her designs at Stampin’ Seasons.  I didn’t change Linda’s sketch on my card, but because my image was a little large, I turned the base card and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d the sketch to fit appropriately.

FMS227-A-Day-In-Paris---PenThis image was so much fun to color!  I tried a new (to me) water color medium by Peerless with a #6 Silver Black Velvet brush and I loved working with it.  The brush has such a fine tip that you can color anything with it.  I think I’ve found my preferred medium for water coloring, at least for coloring images!  (Finally.)  I still need to learn not to overwork water colors; they’re just not meant to be perfect.


SThis was a simple card to put together.  The both DSP packs are from Stampin’ Up!:  the striped DSP is from the Go Wild DSP stack and the black with tiny white hearts is from a retired DSP stack.  I tossed in a few clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for my finishing touch.

I’m really excited to do more coloring with my new water colors.  I have a few more images (just a few, right?) that I want to color now.

FMS227 Linda Callahan

In the meanwhile, I hope you’ll visit Freshly Made Sketches and leave some love for the girls who work each week to bring you inspiration via fresh and new designs.  And we’d love it if you would play along with us this week!


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  1. Narelle Farrugia

    Oh this is totally fab! She’s classy and so perfectly coloured! LOVE this card Cindy!

  2. Jen Timko

    How fun is she???!!! I just love her in red with the black and white on the card. Tres chic!!

  3. Heidi Stamps

    Oh my, the colors and patterns you picked are perfect for your stamp and the sketch! Really neat! Thanks for your kind comment at my blog 🙂

  4. Tonya Denton

    Ooh-la-la is right!! I LOVE your card!!! It’s just so FUN and CUTE!! 🙂

  5. Jen Brum

    Such a fun card Cindy! I love that stamp set and love your colouring! The black and white is so fabulous and the pop or red is perfect! So lovely!

  6. KarrenJ

    This card has so much French style – very chic! And your coloring is fabulous!

  7. Amy O'Neill

    This is such a cute image, Cindy! And I love how you’ve colored it. The black, white and red work perfectly together for this Paris inspired card.

  8. Robin Feicht

    Wow, your cute scooter girl really pops against the black and white. Your coloring is over the top beautiful.

  9. Jen Mitchell

    You did a fabulous job with the watercolors Cindy. That image is so fun. I love how the dog is wearing a beret! The black and white background is absolutely perfect to show off that shiny, red scooter. Ooh-la-la!

  10. Karen Ashbrook

    Great image, great card, love the colours you’ve gone with. Karen x

  11. Linda Callahan

    Black white and red together are fabulous…..like your card! And wowwza on that watercoloring! I am hopeless! The sketch looks great sideways……this is so ooo-la-la chic!

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