Crafting Forever For FMS

I have not participated in a sketch challenge in a really long time but I came across the Freshly made Sketches challenge this week and really liked the sketch.  Whenever I get stuck creating I look for a sketch challenge and then fit that sketch to products I own.  Here is their sketch:

Here is my card:

I used the stamp set called Crafting Forever to make this card.  This stamp set is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  I first stamped the image with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the colored it using my Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Highland Heather and Daffodil Delight Dark and Light Stampin’ Blends.  Then I cut three 1/2″ strips of paper from the Subtles 6′ X 6″ Designer Series Paper Pack.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Birthdays.  This set is in the 2019 Occasion Catalog.

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Flower Pots On A Wall For Freshly Made Sketches 200

Gifts From The Garden, Brick Wall

Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating their 200th Challenge with lots of prizes.  Here is this week’s sketch:


I love the new embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! called Brick Wall.  It is so much fun to play with.  You can use it to make so many things.  I used Cajun Craze cardstock and then sponged it a little with Chocolate Chip ink to “dirty  up” the brick.  I am not sure I have ever seen a clean brick wall.  The flowers and flower pots are from Gift From The Garden.  I colored them using Stampin’ Write Markers (Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant and Watermelon Wonder) .  The sentiment is from Sheltering Tree.  I love the font that is used with the sentiments in that stamp set.

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White Christmas For Freshly Made Sketches

White Christmas, Sneak Peek

Here is a bunch of sneak peeks from the Holiday Catalog!  I used the card layout from Freshly Made Sketches.  Here is this week’s sketch:


I used a new Photopolymer Stamp Set called White Christmas that will be in the Holiday Catalog that comes out on August 28th.  The Designer Series Paper is also in the Holiday Catalog and it is called All Is Calm.  The paper is absolutely beautiful and uses the colors Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon and Soft Sky.  You are going to love it.  Did you see the silver sequins?  They are also in the Holiday Catalog.  I think this catalog is the best one ever!  It has awesome products in it and offers a little bit of everything for everyone’s taste.

Flower Patch For Freshly Made Sketches

Flower Patch

Whenever I need a little inspiration I try to either find a card sketch, color combination or challenge that I like.  This time I used this week’s Freshly Made Sketches card challenge.  Here is what it looks like:

FMS+Final+145-001I used the new Photopolymer Stamp Set called Flower Patch.  I stamped the largest flower in Bermuda Bay and cut it with the matching Framelits called Flower Fair. Then I stamped it again in Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie and cut out the smaller sections of the flowers by hand and put them together using Dimensionals.  The little flag shape at the bottom is a new Big Shot Die called Party Pennants and the sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes.  That is a stamp set that is not in the catalog but is available for purchase.  If you click on the tab at the top of my blog that says “Merchandise Not In The Catalog” you will see a few other items that are not in the catalog but are available to purchase.

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Freshly Made Sketches About The Label

It has been a long time since I have participated in the Freshly Made Sketches card challenges so I thought I would try it again this week.  Here is this week’s sketch:


About The Label

For my card I used the Designer Series Paper called Gold Soiree.  It is a heavier weight paper that is also shiny and has beautiful colors including Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding and Gold.  I stamped the shopping bag from About The Label on Whisper White Paper for the bag part and on the Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper for the tissue paper part with Stazon.  Stazon is great when you want to color something with your regular markers because it does not smear.  The nice thing about the stamp set called About The Label is that some of the stamps match the Little Labels Punch Pack.  The sentiment is from Four You.

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Freshly Made Sketches Fine Feathers

Fine Feathers

I have not participated in a sketch challenge in a while so I decided to play along with Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Here is this week’s sketch:


For this sketch I used the stamp set called Fine Feathers.  It is a really cute set that has five different kinds of feathers.  I used three of them on this card.  The button I made using the Stampin’ Up! Simply Pressed Clay and the Buttons $ Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds.   I also decided to use the Designer Series Paper called Sweet Sorbet from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  This paper is free with a qualifying purchase but is only available for two more days!  Place a $50 order on or before March 31st and pick out a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!

Peaceful Petals & Freshly Made Sketches


This is my entry for Freshly Made Sketches #119.  I used a stamp set called Peaceful Petals that is in the 2013 Occasions Catalog.    I embossed it with Black Embossing Powder and then cut it out using the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.  The background paper is called Modern Medley Designer Series Paper.  It is one of the few papers that uses Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White.

I can’t stress enough how easy it is to make a card when someone else has given you the layout.  All you need to do is change it to use your own stamps and papers.  You don’t have to enter any contests to use a sketch.  Sometimes I enter my card and sometimes I don’t.  It is just a great way to just get ideas to make my own card.

Here is the sketch for this week:


Freshly Made Sketches 107


Here is my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the stamp set called Happy Hour.  It is a great stamp set because it can be used year round.  You just change the colors and the embellishments to fit the season.  The candy cane and holly is perfect for Christmas.  There is fruit and umbrellas which are great for summer if you live in the North and winter if you live in the south.  Of course, any time of year is Margarita time and the set even comes with a lime wedge.

Here is this week’s sketch:


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Freshly Made Sketches Christmas


Here is my entry for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.  I used the stamp set called Thoughts and Prayers and just used markers to color the leaves and flowers.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the stamp set called Greetings of the Season.  I love the font on this particular stamp.  Of course, I had to use Candy Dots.  I love, love, love them.  You still get the look of brads but no more punching and no more bulk when mailing your cards.  They stick very well on the card so they don’t fall off.  Plus they come in all the regular Stampin Up! colors (Brights, Regals, Subtles and Neutrals)!

Here is this week’s sketch:


Freshly Made Sketches – Festive Flurry

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Freshly Made Sketches 103

Here is my entry for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.  I used the stamp set called Festive Flurry that has matching Framelits also called Festive Flurry.  If you buy both in a Bundle you can save 15%.  The set has four very large snowflakes that are so easy to cut out with the Framelits.  There is no poking little pieces out which is one of the things I love about this set.

In the middle of the snowflake I put an embellishments called Frosted Finishes.  These are really so beautiful in real life and it is hard to see just how sparkly they are in a picture.  They are absolutely gorgeous.

Here is the Freshly Made Sketch: