Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches: Believe

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

I put this sketch together with the idea of a layered snowflake die that I recently purchased.  But when it came time to create the card, I struggled.  So I switched gears to a squirrel with a latte.  Still struggled.  I hate when that happens.  It just shouldn't be as hard as a make it sometimes - it's a hobby, right?  A relaxing, enjoyable hobby.   I have learned to stop the struggle early.  If I find myself looking askance at a partially crafted card, I allow myself to try maybe two things - a new paper, new colors, etc. - then I move on.  I know it's mental, but once I decide I'm not happy - I'm never going to be happy. 

But this card finally made me happy!  Who wouldn't like a big red "believe" ornament?! 

FMS Believe

I'm figuring out my photo options right now because the wonderful natural light in my new craft room disappeared completely with the shorter days and lower sun.  I think I've decided photos from the top are my best choice; however, I'm still practicing and I haven't quite figured out how to show dimension.  So here's a shot from the side to give you a better idea on this card.

FMS Believe CloseUp

I wish I had pictures for you of my photo experimentation.  The table that I used all summer is window height.  When I started practicing with photos from the top, without any logic at all, I kept the cards on that table and literally climbed a stepladder each time to get above the card to take the photo.  It took seeing a friend's picture of her card on the floor (in her case, with a cat blocking the photo), before I realized what an idiot I was being!

I hope to see you playing along this week.

Stamps: Reverse Confetti Vintage Ornaments
Dies: Reverse Confetti Vintage Ornaments, Cottage Cutz Spruce Stems
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Gray Granite, Taylored Expressions Peapod and Granny Smith
Patterned Paper: Reverse Confetti (from a retired paper pad)
Ink: My Favorite Things Wild Cherry, Stampin' Up Gray Granite
Miscellaneous: Stampin' Up Subtle Embossing Folder, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Snowflake Sequins


  1. Kim, I'm a HUGE fan of your work! You bring up a characteristic that is probably common to all of us - the pursuit of perfection.

  2. What a great card Kim! I just love the fun paper and that big red ornament! Stands out so nicely! Love the texture of the background as well! So pretty!

  3. Oh, I like this, what a pretty ornament!

  4. This is beautiful! Love the red ornament! And I love hearing your photo struggles as I have the same issues as we enter the dark season!

  5. I love all of the pretty details on this beautiful card -- from the scalloped frame to the touches of perfectly placed greenery.

  6. Great sketch and a great card! All the details on your card are just perfect.

  7. It's funny how our own sketches often give us grief! But you've created a great card with the fun ornament!


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