Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches: TGIF

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


Before I show you my card - I need you to know that I passionately dislike mass-producing cards. Two of the same card is too many! I typically manage to avoid it for Christmas because there are so many challenges throughout the year that force me to stay on top of my Christmas stash.  May events are a different story. My husband is a lacrosse coach at the high school - so I have multiple graduation cards for his graduates. He is also a confirmation teacher/mentor at church  - so I have multiple confirmation cards to make - compounded by the fact that the recipients are middle-school boys who are extremely difficult to craft for.  (I'm seeing a pattern here - it's all my husband's fault!)

So last Saturday I had dozens of confirmation cards to make before that evening. As is typical when I'm rushed, I totally blank - no creative ideas whatsoever.  I glanced ahead at today's sketch for FMS and realized I could something with it - a sentiment, a cross, quick and easy!

FMS TGIF Male

I changed the sketch slightly to a square so my smaller cross die fit (it's from Paper Smooches). My original plan was a two-color cross and, if I weren't mass-producing, I would have stuck with that. But when I cut the first card, it stuck a little in the middle and it warped a little, popping up the ends - and the rest is history!!  You can see the cross and I didn't have to cut dozens of more crosses in colors and then adhere those fine line pieces.

I made my husband pick the sentiment. It's an old, old, OLD stamp from Rubber Stampede, but I like it for the middle-schoolers.

There was one young girl in the mix - so I changed it up slightly.

FMS TGIF Female

I hope to see you play along!  The sketch saved me this week - and I'd love to see what you all do with it!!

(The paper is older, the stamp is ancient - so I didn't create a formal supply list because it would contain one thing - the cross. You can find it here.)

12 comments:

Linda Callahan said...

I totally hear you when it comes to mass producing.....I hate it! But sometimes ya gotta! This is lovely and is perfect for your husband's class!

Karren said...

I also hate mass-producing so I can totally relate. You've done a fabulous job with these cards, though. Perfect for young adults.

Lisa said...

I think your hubby owes you a nice dinner out, maybe a movie too! These are wonderful Kim. Perfect for the occasion and yes the sentiment is perfect for middle school boys! Love the girl version too!

Nora N. said...

Really great cards!! I love how you used the PS cross die!! I am not a fan of mass producing cards either. I just did a bunch for a friend for confirmation too!!

Amy O said...

I love these, Kim! And I love that sentiment -- it's perfect for all of us, but especially for a teenager.

Doris said...

Don't you just love it when you draw a blank and the Lord leads you to the perfect solution? The sentiment stamp may be old but the message is as fresh and new as ever (for all of us.). Forgiveness is the bottom line of our faith because the focus is on Him instead of us, which makes mass producing those cards truly appropriate. Nice job, Kim!

Happy Dance said...

Well, if you had to mass-produce, then this was the card to make! This is perfect for Confirmation-age kids. The striped panel is wonderful (as is the floral), and I do like the wood veneer stars (and sequins). You've used this sketch wonderfully, and I'm sure made lots of Confirmands happy. Beautifully done! Bev

Jen Timko said...

You nailed this one! It is so fantastic! (and I cannot stand mass production either) I'm sure these were a big hit!!

Jen Mitchell said...

I usually don't mass produce either, but sometimes I'm in a rush and it's the only way to go! This card is terrific! It's got great color and personality and that sentiment is so awesome!

Jen Brum said...

I love these cards Kim! It's so perfect for a confirmation card and you've nailed the ones for the boys (and the girls too!). Those crosses are gorgeous!

Cindy Hall said...

Love these cards! The square shape accommodates perfectly and I love how a little change of DSP can make the card different looking and either more feminine or more masculine. Great design!

andrealowcock said...

I am not into mass producing either ... except in CASE of EMERGENCY!!! LOL!!! (Emergencies seem to happen more than we like ... but ... hey ... it is still a handmade card even if it is not a "one off"!) I actually make 2 of everything simply because there are some I can't part with ... I am such a card hoarder ... waiting for a BETTER recipient or a MORE IMPORTANT circumstance. So ... if I make 2 ... I find I can be more generous in sharing my creations! Aren't I a nutcase!!! Hugs xx