Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches: Do Anything!

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Rita.


My card is not the direction that I thought I'd go with this sketch, but it had recently occurred to me that my stash of cards to encourage or congratulate my kids was very low.  (It's been a tough year for my oldest. He took a gap year before college - with our blessings because he really wasn't ready. No matter how carefully we laid out our expectations, I think he believed this year would be a big vacation. Wrong! He learned that working full-time at a grocery store, dealing with upset customers, paying bills, getting laundry done, etc. is really, really, REALLY hard. He's been routinely need of encouragement!)

As I paged through my die collection for inspiration was to what to use as the "any shape" on the sketch, I saw this sentiment.

FMS Do Anything

Given that this will be used for a no-frills 20-year old male - I went very simple and let the paper and the die cut do all of the work. I found a pad of paper that had a masculine feel - Simple Stories Urban Traveler - and was thrilled to see one of the papers had a border in a great location for the sketch. I did cut three of the sentiment and layer them up so it stood out a bit more. I'm not going to say that it's my favorite card ever, but it's perfect for what I need!

I hope to see you playing along. Be sure to head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out the rest of the design team cards - as always, there's an amazing variety of looks using this same sketch!

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15 comments:

Linda Callahan said...

I love that big bold sentiment! And all of your patterns are fabulous! The real world is not easy for sure.....I am sure he is learning a lot!

Mary Decker said...

Your arre ally stood out to me. I like it very much, especially how the whole card seems to say that you really care. Thanks for the inspiration.

Mary Decker said...

That first sentence was suppose to say, Your card really stood out to me!

Tenia Nelson said...

LOVE!!!

Lisa said...

Awww, the poor guy!! All those arrows on your paper capture the many unexpected turns that come with life. Love the big sentiment Kim, this is perfect for your son!

Karren said...

I think this is a fabulous card for a male! The sentiment is bold and the papers layered up the left hand side are so fun.

Amy O said...

Oh, I love these colors and fun patterns! Perfect for a 20 year-old guy (or anyone for that matter). I think I need that sentiment as it's perfect for encouraging loved ones.

Cindy Hall said...

Wow! There's so much to say about this fabulous card! I love how you used banner cut pieces for your left border and how the DSP has arrows. The die cut sentiment is fabulous as a focal point and the stars are a perfect complement. This card has it all, is great for a guy, and it should be the perfect card of encouragement for your son. Becoming responsible for yourself is quite an eye-opener of what's been done for you in the past.

Jen Mitchell said...

I love how this turned out. The chevron design down the side is absolutely perfect for the sketch and the colors are perfect for a man-card. The sentiment really steals the show and stands out so well in black. Kudos to your son for making it on his own for the last year - it's good practice for the rest of his life, that's for sure!

Narelle Farrugia said...

Love this! The mix of colours and washi is spot on!

Jen Timko said...

This is such a perfect card for your son!! While it is has been a hard year, I suspect it has taught him some things he needed to learn in this gap year. You are amazing parents to support him so perfectly in his journey!! Love this so much!

Jen Brum said...

Oh wow! This card is so fabulous! I'm sure your son will love it! I love the papers you've used. They definitely scream masculine! Though they'd be perfect for anyone! That sentiment is totally amazing and does make the card!!!

Marlena M. said...

This is awesome Kim~I'm glad I scrolled down to see this. ;) God will see him through with you as his cheerleader~

andrealowcock said...

I love how nurturing you are, Kim! Your boys are very blessed to have a mum that is constantly there to encourage them. I am sure this card was perfect! Hugs xx

cm said...

Kim, a zillion apologies for falling behind in commenting (work, travel, the bike racing season starting, being disorganized, etc. etc.) but hopefully you've received the thought bubbles of admiration I've sent with every. single. one! A catch up is in order, so here I am, applauding this perfect card for your son who is learning - and weathering, I believe - some of life's challenges. With you as support, he'll be a success, no matter what paths he takes. He'll so appreciate this encouraging card; another reminder that yes, he CAN do anything!
~c