Hello There, Sketch 200!

I really, really, really hope you’re ready for this!

Hooray!  We’re celebrating sketch #200 at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  That’s exciting all itself, but some of our Design Team members have friends in high places in the stamping world, and they’ve collectively gathered a LOT of companies who want to help us celebrate by donating prizes to our participants this week.  And, if that’s not amazing enough, those companies have sent us their very best Design Team members to play along with us.  So much inspiration in one place is going to blow you away (and me, too!).

I’m going to give you a quick look and description of my card this week so you can get over to the party!

FMS200-Vivid-VasesThis week’s sketch is probably one of the simplest and cleanest ever.  Almost a blank canvas with endless options.  I immediately knew it was my chance to use my Brick Wall embossing folder, which I am now totally in love with.  I added a little more realistic look by coloring the “mortar” with a gray marker.  My husband informed me that it’s the best embossing he’s seen so far.  It’s always nice to have his endorsement!  I’m thinking maybe he should offer his consulting services to Stampin’ Up!.

FMS200-Brick-EmbossingA little shading and some Crystal Effects brings those vases to life.  The sentiment from Hero Arts sentiment set, and was just the fun font and sentiment that I wanted for this card.

Okay, I’ve kept you here long enough.  It’s time to get to the party.  But before you go, here’s a quick look at the sketch that you are DEFINITELY going to want to play along with for a chance to win some of the treasure trove of prizes at Freshly Made Sketches.


We’re all so grateful that so many companies have generously sponsored us and made this a celebration to remember.  I hope you’ll reach out and give them your thanks, too!

Good luck in the prize drawings!


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  1. Kimberly Wiener

    So clean and crisp and SWEET! LOVE IT!!!! So happy for the FMS 200th, Yay, I ADORE playing along with you guys when I can!!!!
    -Kimberly Wiener

  2. Kim S

    What a wonderful use of the sketch. LOVE your softly colored vases of flowers on top of that brick wall!

  3. Rosemary D

    wow… this is just so amazing!

  4. Greta H

    Creative & wonderful use of the sketch! Terrific card!

  5. Taunya Butler

    WOW – such a beautiful card – love the amazing contrast of the brick that is so full of texture and those yummy clear, shiny vases!!! So much to love about this amazing card!!!

  6. Holly

    What a great card, Cindy! I love the texture of the brick wall – perfect dividing line for the sketch! Thanks for the awesome challenge and sponsored prizes! Congrats on 200!

  7. Amie Kiger

    This is FABULOUS!!!! The dry emboss is amazingly realistic…along with the vases! Super job!!! 🙂

  8. KT Fit Kitty

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I love the brick wall! The flowers look amazing! Great inspiration, thank you! It’s my first time joining Freshly Made Sketches!

  9. Narelle Farrugia

    Oh this truly is fabulous Cindy! I am totally digging the definition you have given your wall – wouldn’t have thought of that myself! The flowers and vases are a lovely addition and perfect for the sketch. I LOVE this card!

  10. Dana

    WOW, A-MAZ-ING card Cindy! I love the brick wall and the color, texture and shading of the vases is out of this world.

  11. ️️Chriss Blagrave

    Beautiful use of the sketch! I love seeing these pretty little flower vases sitting on the ledge :). Great detail to colour the mortar!

  12. D.Ann C

    That brick wall is fabulous – as are the vases!

  13. Sandie

    Always good to gets hubby’s approval! I like the touch of shading on the vases, really does it that realistic look x

  14. Eva

    Cindy… you made it look 3d, that is awesome!

  15. Lesley Croghan

    This card is incredible! You always make such beautiful cards! Hugs and thank you for all of your hard work! xo

  16. Cindy Lovell

    Oh,Cindy…stunning,this card is stunning!!! The brick wall looks so awesome…so realistic!!!
    The flowers are so pretty,great coloring and i love the glossy shine on the vases!!! Love…love this Team!!!

  17. KarrenJ

    Wow, Cindy – this is spectacular! The brick wall looks so realistic and those vases are amazing. I just want to reach out and touch them! I love being on this fabulous team with you and hope it continues for a very long time 🙂

  18. Julie A.

    Cindy- This is stunning! Love it!!! Thanks for sharing:)

  19. Bobbi Miller

    WOW! WOW! WOW! Outstanding, Cindy. I love how the vases look like beautiful fine china! And the brick folder is awesome; that gray is the perfect tough! Hubby’s right…it’s awesome! Hugs and XO

  20. Jen Brum

    AMAZING! Love this card Cindy! That brick wall is the best embossing ever and looks so real! Love the beautiful flowers! I love your creativity!

  21. Amy O'Neill

    Wow, Cindy! You truly are an artist! When I use this stamp, my creation looks nothing like this. I so wish we could spend some time stamping together. I would love to see how you make all of these lovely cards. Beautifully done!

  22. Jen Mitchell

    Cindy, I am always amazed when I come here and this card is as amazing as always. I think that Bryce is on to something with that embossed brick wall. Coloring the mortar gray really gives the bricks some dimension. And the vases look positively 3D! So glad we made it to 200 in one piece. Let’s hope we survive the next 200! 🙂

  23. Theresa R

    This is incredible! I love all the different parts – the 3D vases, the flower colors, your brick wall…ALL of it.

  24. Kit Marie

    Such an interesting and delightful card. You are always inspiring. TFS

  25. Hazel

    This is so sweet Cindy! I love all the dimension you have added and all the lovely finishing touches! Many congratulations to you and the rest of the DT on 200 challenges and thank you for always inspiring! Have a lovely day! Hazel xx

  26. Lana Ellis

    Beautiful card!

  27. Dawn Tidd

    Love this, Cindy! There is so much dimension going on with your card! What a nice way to say hello!

  28. Jen Timko

    This is incredible! I had been on the fence with this folder but your use here opens so many ideas for me. Those vases are simply stunning! Thanks for being such a wonderful part of our team!

  29. Jeanne Moss

    Cindy, this is absolutely beautiful! Yours is the best use of those vases that I’ve seen. The shading and Crystal Effects make them look so realistic. And, the “mortar” adds so much to the brick wall. Great job!

  30. Tonya Denton

    WOW! I love your beautiful card!! It’s amazing Cindy! I’m with Sucheta! I love the vases on the brick wall. I also love how you gave depth around the flowers by shading. Great colors too! You took a really simple layout and turned it into a masterpiece! LOVE IT! 🙂

  31. Linda Callahan

    Wow the texture and dimension on this card are fabulous! You really are an artist…..that shading adds such depth around the vases! Beautiful!

  32. Sucheta

    Loving those Vases and the brick wall!! 🙂
    Congrats on the 200th of FMS and I am surely loving this generous celebration!! 🙂
    Suchi xx

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