Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches: Totally Grateful

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

I had a fabulous cardmaking weekend.  But I have absolutely nothing to show for it except for memories!!  I have a brand new 13-year old niece and a soon-to-be 10-year old niece who spent the weekend so we could celebrate their birthdays.  We had plans to go places and do things - but we ended up making cards for an entire day. Actually - they made cards and I fetched supplies!  They were thrilled with everything that I showed them.  I knew stamping and coloring would be a hit - but then I showed them embossing folders and then I showed them die-cutting!!  They were hooked.  But I am exhausted and my crafting area will take weeks to organize again.

My card today reflects that.  The paper is from a pad that they used.  The flowers were in the stash of dies that was on top of the piles.  The simplicity of it all is a reflection of my exhaustion!!!  And the sentiment - - - I am definitely totally grateful - - - grateful for my charming nieces, for the joy and laughter of the weekend and the for the hobby that we shared!

FMS Totally Grateful

I hope to see you playing along with our sketch this week!


Stamps: My Favorite Things More Essential Stamps
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Perky Posies dies
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Designs Gingham-Linen Rainbow Petite Prints
Embellishments: YNS Gumdrops Magical Pastel


  1. How wonderful for you three ladies! A full day of crafting and making memories; something to treasure forever! Love the simplicity of your card, and the papers and colors are so happy. Last Fall, my sister and I spent a weekend crafting with our granddaughters...they're asking to come again and "make stuff!" I can so relate to the exhaustion and mess...but it was totally worth it!! Bev

  2. I like the colors, this is so cute!

  3. The black just pops against the greens! Pretty card! Sounds like a fun day with your nieces!

  4. Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! Your card is perfect and shows no signs of having been made by an exhausted card-maker! Gorgeous papers and the pops of black look so striking.

  5. This is clean and so fresh. I love these shades of green together. So glad you had a fun time stamping with your nieces. It sounds like you are well on your way to making some long-term stamping buddies.

  6. Glad you had a wonderful weekend and sure you have many wonderful memories to take away from it :) Absolutely adore this card! So clean and crisp - pinning it.

  7. What a fun card Kim! I love that paper and the big black flower! A weekend with your nieces sounds like so much fun! I would love to have some girls around!!!!

  8. Crafting takes on whole new levels of joy and 're-organization' whenever I do so with my niece and nephew! They've become quite skilled with my Big Shot and Misti; last summer's big revelation was stencils. Embossing folders on the 'next time' radar, along with new batches of stamps/dies to play with. I'm thinking that one of the new Sizzix sidekicks might be worth an investment for traveling...will have to ponder that for a bit! So glad you and your nieces had precious time together; these are the kinds of things that make priceless memories. Your card is perfect as a showcase of the sketch but, more important, for expressing how grateful you are to have such special young 'budding craft-mates' in your life! Heart-warming!

  9. Beautiful card! I love the pretty color palette and flower. new follower.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting with Creative M

  10. What a wonderful story. I'm not sure this is a story of exhaustion or rather seeing your stash in a whole new way! Thank God for fresh eyes to show us what is right before us! Great card. I LOVE that mix of patterned paper for the background, and the heartfelt sentiment sums it all up perfectly!


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