Friendship

It’s time for another sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our host is Kim Singdahlsen.  I really admire Kim’s style and talent, and that carries through to her sketch designs.  This week’s sketch is fabulous and it has so many ways to use it, make sure you add this one to your book of favorites

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I chose to use the Sheltering Tree stamp set for the main panel, with the leaves overlapping on to the base card.  I stamped the leaves twice, once with Old Olive and then with Garden Green. I stuck a few heart sequins from my stash of retired items in the tree.  For a final step, I re-stamped the tree with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear powder.  It gives it lovely dimension.

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I also re-stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with clear.  It needed one more thing.  I added a heart that was made with Blushing Bride card stock and  a retired (I know, I’m sorry!  I hope you have these items or something similar!) heart shaped mini punch.  A little Wink of Stella and a good coat of Crystal Effects makes the most beautiful enamel-look heart.

FMS249 Kim SI hope you were inspired by Kim’s awesome sketch and my simple card!  Please check out Freshly Made Sketches to see the wide variety of stunning designs by our ‘Clean Team’, and if you’re up to the challenge, we’ll see you in our gallery!  🙂

Happy Stamping!

 

 

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FMS249 – Botanical Builder Framelits

It’s so easy to make a quick card with a great set of Framelits, and with Botanical Builders Framelits there are endless ways to use them.  This week’s sketch for the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is by our creative and inspirational designer, Linda Callahan, is sure to inspire you.  It was perfect inspiration for me to use my Botanical Builders.

FMS248-Botanical-BuildersFor this card, I simply arranged some die cut flowers and leaves on a piece of woodgrain embossed and smoky slate sponged white card stock.  I used Candy Dots, a Candy Dot Brad and rhinestones for the flower centers and I added some Wink of Stella to random flower parts.  The sentiment, from Sheltering Tree stamp set, is stamped on white and then “shadowed” with a piece of Smoky Slate card stock.FMS248-Botanical-Builders-AI hope you find some inspiration in Linda’s sketch and the card I designed, as well as with the Design Team cards over at Freshly Made Sketches.

FMS248 LindaI hope to see your design in our gallery this week!  In the meanwhile, Happy Stamping!

 

 

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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.

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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!

Happy Stamping!

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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!

Happy stamping!

 

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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.

Happy stamping!

 

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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!

Happy Stamping!

 

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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.

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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.

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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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