Hello again, stamping friends!

I’ve joined a new challenge today – this one is by Freshly Made Sketches!  This is a real challenge for me; the ‘fresh’ part of their name refers to the fact that the cards/projects made are to be kept ‘clean’.  That means no torn edging, ‘fussy’ embellishments, clean lines, and lots of ‘white space’ and clean edges.

Sounds easy, right?  Sure – until you realize that it means *not* using every stamp in a set on just the one card!  Or every sequin in a container! LOL  Okay, I don’t think I’m that bad; it just seems more drastic when you’re focused on leaving white space.

Here is the sketch for this FMS174 challenge :

FMS Final 174-001

And here is my interpretation of the sketch:


Since the sketch said that the focal point could be ‘any shape’, I decided to pull out one of my favourite bundles from the Annual Catalogue – Flower Patch stamp set and Flower Fair Framelits Dies!  I love how the large flower looks, paired with the Best Year Ever DSP  and the matching Best Year Ever Accessory Pack ribbons (both FREE during Sale-a-bration!).  The card base is the beautiful Soft Sky, and the flower was stamped twice in Calypso Coral (the 2nd flower was hand cut & popped up in the centre of the full flower).  I used Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive classic inks for the leaves – and can I say how much I love having the Framelits to cut these out?!!  I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral ink onto Whisper White card stock, and punched it out using my Large Oval Punch.  Scattering a few Basic Rhinestone Jewels around, and I was done!  I even managed to leave some blank ‘white’ space! 🙂

I hope that you like this clean card; I’m actually quite pleased with how it turned out, if I do say so myself! 😉  I hope you’ll head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches page, and check out not just the samples made by the design team, but also the wonderful cards submitted for this challenge (boy, there’s a lot of awesome competition)!

Before you go – remember that I’m offering FREE SHIPPING up to $10 on any order that includes at least the Balloon Bash stamp set and the Birthday Bash DSP.  This offer is  only good until next Tuesday, Feb. 24th, so take advantage of it NOW!  **Due to Stampin’ Up! rules, I can only fulfill orders that are placed in & shipped within Canada, which is my country of residence**.   This offer is made by me, not Stampin’ Up!, so you must place your order directly through me – either call or email at 604.298.0472 debsmart@shaw.ca  I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and giving you FREE SHIPPING!

If you’d like to order any of the products I used to make this challenge card, just click on the image(s) below, and you’ll be taken to my online store.  Or, contact me directly and I’ll place your order for you.

Come back again tomorrow – I’ll have another challenge card for you!

Until then – happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

10 thoughts on “Freshly Made Sketches

  1. I came over from FMS too because your card stood out to me. can’t wait to see more of your pretty work!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment, Susan! I enjoyed taking part in the challenge & am looking forward to more 🙂

  2. Your card is beautiful – you did a great job keeping it “clean”. It’s such a bright and cheerful card. It’s great to see you at Freshly Made Sketches – I hope you’ll join us again.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Karren! I appreciate your feedback. I really enjoyed the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches; I’ll join again for sure!

  3. You are fabulous at “fresh”!! I love the ribbon along the edge of the paper. A perfect backdrop for the Flower Patch flowers. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Kim! The Freshly Made Sketch really appealed to me, and I’m looking forward to taking part in more challenges 🙂

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