Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Praying for You

This is my second post today.  The bright colors
of the color throwdown are just a post away!

Praying for You Close Up

I was the guest designer for August at Freshly Made Sketches and guess what?  They couldn't get rid of me!!  I am thrilled to be joining them permanently!!!   It was fun to look back and realize that I actually played along with their very first sketch - here's my post from almost exactly three years ago.  What's really fun is looking at the people who commented - many of them are still on the FMS team.  That says a lot about the quality of the team and the friendships that have formed.  I am so happy to be part of it.

Here's today's sketch.  It was created by Cindy Hall who reminds us that we should feel free to rotate it, flip it and make adjustments to fit our design.

I stuck very close to the design.  I'm afraid you are going to be seeing quite a few sympathy cards from me over the next few weeks.  Sadly, our church card sales rack sympathy section was hit hard last month. Every section is full, except for "sympathy" which is totally empty.  This sketch seemed like a perfect way to create a simple little scene.

Praying for You

I prefer the close-up of my card at the beginning of this post, but of course, that doesn't show the entire sketch.  I had stamped the  leaves on the smaller panel, but the card looked really empty - so I tried layering another stamped leaf underneath.  The close-up picture shows this much better.  This is the Kinda Eclectic set from Stampin' Up (except the sentiment which is from the older set Thoughts and Prayers).  I think it's going to stay on my desk for this marathon of sympathy cards that I need to work on.  The images are soft and gentle - just right for sympathy cards.

I look forward to seeing what you create with this sketch.  It gives a nice, basic framework, but gives you so much flexibility to be creative.
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Kinda Eclectic, Thoughts & Prayers
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up Butterfly Punch, Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles, Hemptique Natural 10-lb twine


  1. I'm sorry you need sympathy cards, Kim, but this is a lovely one. I love the simplicity of it and the soft colors. Congrats on your permanent status at FMS.

  2. What a pretty and perfect sympathy card! I love how you've layered the stamped leaves. I'm so glad you decided to stick around with us! Welcome aboard!

  3. YAY Kim what wonderful new, very happy for you!! Your card is just lovely, the colors, your layers, very nice!

  4. Beautiful card....soft and sweet. Note to self: Kinda Eclectic works perfectly for sympathy cards! I need so many of them myself these days.

  5. Another bout of excellent news from you, Kim! Delighted that you're staying on with FMS; your cards offer amazing inspiration. This one is gorgeous. While I sorry that the sympathy cards are being used so quickly, I can't think of a better designer to make such cards. You have the thoughtful, delicate, compassionate touch down to an art!

  6. Such a great card Kim! Love the colours and that crisp white background! The butterfly and twine are so sweet! So glad you're able to help stock the sympathy section...but also sad that this section is used so often. So glad you're joining us on a full time basis! Super exciting news!

  7. This is such a beautiful design. I love how the leaves overlap on the two layers. And I'm so glad that you are sticking around with us. We're so lucky to have you!

  8. Yay, Kims, congratulations!! FMS is so lucky to have you on the team!! I think your sympathy card is serene and thoughtful. Hugs, Darnell

  9. This is a beautiful, soft-looking sympathy card. The leaves across both panels is a perfect touch! I'm so pleased you're joining the FMS team.

  10. Congrats to you on your new DT spot!
    Gorgeous sympathy card, love the soft feel of it and the polka dots! ( also Stampin Up?)


  11. Beautiful card! It's so airy and light. The stitching around your sentiment is a fabulous finishing touch.

  12. LOVE the layered stamping!! Great card.

  13. You did a beautiful job on this card,Kim! Love the soft colors and the dots!!
    Glad you'll stay with us at FMS!! :)

  14. Congrats on the new DT post...
    This is a lovely card!

  15. Love the FMS sketches! Always great inspiration. Congrats on the DT gig. What a great card! Hugs xxx

  16. So pretty! I love the stamping off the panel.


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