FMS #254 – Hello Fall!

Hello! It’s a rainy day here in the PNW and the leaves are coming down! I’m playing along with Freshly Made Sketches #254 with a fall-themed card showcasing patterned paper and dies.

Freshly Made Sketches #254 Freshly Made Sketches #254I let the American Crafts Give Thanks patterned paper (from last fall) do the heavy lifting (including the sentiment) and paired it with die cuts cut with the Essentials by Ellen Gourd-jus set. The circle was dry-embossed with a Stampin’ Up Sizzix woodgrain folder.


Freshly Made Sketches #243

I’m playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches #243 Challenge.


My take on the sketch:


One of my favorite things about challenges is the opportunity to pull from a variety of supplies, often ones I’ve rarely used, as is the case here. For this sketch, I pulled out the Clearly Besotted “Take Flight” stamp set with coordinating dies (I believe it’s now discontinued). I couldn’t picture the plane in any color but red (and didn’t even consider any other colors!), and turned to my favorite color scheme – red/white/blue – for the other elements. I chose a tailored Pink Paislee patterned paper for the background and used a Taylored Expressions embossing folder for the clouds.

Freshly Made Sketches #210 – Reverse Confetti JOY

I’m playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches #210 Challenge with Reverse Confetti stamps and dies.

Here’s my take on the sketch:


I took some liberty with my CAS design by creating the items/shapes in three sizes and moving them out of line. I cut the snowflakes with the Let It Snow Confetti Cuts and adhered them to die cut circles. I heat-embossed a sentiment from the Tinsel ‘N Trim stamp set and cut it with the banner from the Tag Me Confetti Cuts set.

Freshly Made Sketches #200

Today, I’m playing along with Freshly Made Sketches #200 with Reverse Confetti stamps and Confetti Cuts. Reverse Confetti is one of the sponsors for Freshly Made Sketches 200th sketch!

Here’s my take on the sketch:FMS200Card

I paired die cuts from Weather It Together for the top rectangle with a heat-embossed sentiment from God is Good for the lower rectangle.

Freshly Made Sketches 167 Meets ColourQ 273

Today I’m playing along with two challenges – Freshly Made Sketches 167 and ColourQ 273 – with a card created using Reverse Confetti supplies. It’s fun creating with some fresh colors and themes. I love Christmas cards, and I’ll miss making them, but I’m ready for some bright color combinations!


Rather than stamp the flamingo, I simply die cut its body and wing (out of Calypso Coral cardstock), stamping the beak and eye on the body. I stamped the circle and rectangle with the flamingo legs and lined them up.

Freshly Made Sketches #162

Today I’m playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches #162 challenge.


For my card, I flipped the sketch horizontally because of the sledder’s orientation. I didn’t want him sledding so close to the card edge!

I cut the MFT slope twice and lined it up on the focal panel and on the panel behind. The sledder was cut twice, once in silver foil and again in cardstock for extra dimension.

Supplies: Hero Arts Joy to All (sentiment); Echo Park patterned paper

Happy Holidays

I’m playing along with Freshly Made Sketches again this week. I had fun combining several Penny Black stamp sets for the focal image, adding patterned paper, a strip of dry embossed cardstock and metallic twine to finish off the card.

Happy-HolidaysI heat-embossed stamped images from three Penny Black sets: the cute scene is from 30-266 Gleeful; the sentiment is from 30-257 Joy Filledand the snowflake is from the 30-255 Most Wonderful set.

Freshly Made Sketches #157 – Halloween

Playing along with the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches with a Halloween card.

I used a Memory Box die set – Trick or Treaters – for the focal point, pairing it with a Stampin’ Up sentiment and patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers. I particularly like how this sketch uses pattern. (I have a lot of patterned paper and often look for ways to use it.) Hope you’re having a terrific weekend!

Freshly Made Sketches #136

I’m mixing things up a bit this week and playing along with Freshly Made Sketches for the first time.

Why, yes, I am still making nautical cards! I had so much fun making them last week, I’m making more! Although I considered using patterned papers, I decided I wanted to stamp the individual pieces instead. I stamped just about everything more than once, in a variety of colors, before making my final selections. I’m sure some people can just “know” right away that they want a particular element to be a certain color, but not me! I need to see all of the different combinations.