Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches: Hello There

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


I have no idea where this card came from!  I could have used two butterflies, or two flowers, or two hearts - there are so many options with this sketch.  Maybe it's the beautiful weather - but I immediately knew I wanted a park bench.  I added a pine tree to make this a park bench in a small town in our Colorado Rockies.  I think I have spring fever and need to do some hiking!  

FMS A Park Bench

The bench has three layers to give it some dimension and I rubbed the edges in white to give it a bit a wooden appearance.  My squirrel is pop-dotted.  A few yellow sequins for sunshine. The frame keeps it all together!  

Such a fun and flexible sketch - I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Taylored Expressions Easter Blessings

This year I decided to do a better job at recognizing the host/hostess when my family is invited out. I'm very guilty of just showing with whatever I said I'd bring.  But I know that when we entertain - it's a lot of work!  There's planning and re-planning, shopping, and cleaning and cleaning and more cleaning!  I can make even a simple burgers-on-the-deck party hard.  I know there are natural entertainers - but that's not me.  (Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if I actually kept my house clean and tidy, but there are too many cards to make to spend a lot of time on my house!)

So I'm thinking ahead to Easter and we are going to two dinners that weekend so I decided to prepare ahead with hostess gift tags.  I'm not sure yet what gift will go with the gift tag - but I think these beautiful spring tulips and a blessing sentiment will be just right!

Easter Blessing tags

I love the trend toward layered stamping.  The depth and dimension truly makes it a work of art (and since I can't even draw a recognizable stick figure, I need all the help that I can get to create art!) Besides the tulips, I added lots of scallops, lacy edges, spring colors and sheer ribbon.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Fluff

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Fluff.


I thought felt would be a good for a "fluff" challenge!  And then I went with squares like the pillows and a stitched background for a quilt.  Soft and simple!  

CC Fluff

Be sure to check out our guest designer for this challenge:

Carol Mayne, Just Me: c 

And inspiration from the design team is at the Curtain Call blog.

I hope to see you playing along!

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Freshly Made Sketches: Could...Did!

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


My son came home on spring break last Friday just full of stories about his first year at college.  He and my husband spent hours talking about electrical circuits!!??  (My guys are scientists to the core.) Surprisingly, my son's favorite class is Composition - a required freshman course. I can't tell you how much he has hated English classes over the years, but this professor has really drawn him in. I think it's because this professor embodies everything the college experience should be, which in my opinion, is learning to think, form opinions and articulate your thoughts. In this class, there is respectful discussion with opposing opinions allowed and encouraged - as long as you can back up your ideas with sources.  (Interestingly this professor is a former journalist who quit the profession when he realized that even the respected journalistic outlets never backed their stories with sources. Explains a lot, doesn't it? On both sides!)

Even with all the good news, he is exceedingly worried about his calculus mid-term which the teaching assistant told him was designed to be failed. I find it hard to believe my math/science geek will fail - so I put together a card to send to him in a few weeks when the results are back.  Fingers crossed!!

FMS Did

I look forward to seeing what you create with this sketch - there's a wonderful wide-open space with fun details on the edges!  Enjoy!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

TE Release Day: Grouchy but Sitting Pretty

It's release day at Taylored Expressions!!  Everything you have seen this week is now available! But first, I have two more peeks at this release.

Guess what?!!  Another Grumplings set!!  And this one is just plain "grouchy" - it's Grouchy Grumplings 2.

Taylored Expressions Grouchy Grumplings 2

LOVE this guy!!  And the saying is too perfect!!  I brushed on a little blue for the sky and a little green for the ground. Then a big branch for that guy and a dark cloud over his head!

Taylored Expressions Grouchy Grumplings 2

This set is full of all of the charming grumpiness we've come to expect.  Parades are rained on. Chill pills are taken.  They are generally in a baaaaad mood!!

Here's the supply list for this card but be sure to keep reading for one more card!

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Taylored Expressions Grouchy Grumplings 2


I wanted to do a bit more with the Sitting Pretty Accessories and Sitting Pretty frames that I used here on Monday.  The fun of this set are the groupings that you can do.  (If you haven't seen it, check out the inspiration for this set on the TE Blog.)  For this card, I used a frame and then a variety of pieces from Sitting Pretty Accessories.

Taylored Expressions Sitting Pretty

I had the general idea for the card with one word framed plus the "&". I looked through past sets and found the get well sentiment in Simply Succulents Stamp & Die Combo then found "hugs" as part of a sentiment in Love Always Wins Stamp & Die Combo.

Taylored Expressions Sitting Pretty

I added the ledge and then grouped some of the other pieces from the accessories set.  I am in love with these sets of dies and see them as a foundation for many future cards!

Don't forget to head over to the TE Blog for links to all of the designers and to find out if you won a prize if you've been answering the Question of the Day. Then head to the TE Store because it's now open!!

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