Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: You're On My Mind

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

I had something entirely different in mind when I came up with this sketch, but when I sat down to make this card, I had a different need.  A friend, who is now far away so I can't show up at her door with a coffee and a hug, is struggling and she's on my mind.

FMS 397

This card went through some evolutions.  My original plan was to use a big leaf for the side panels, but when I decided to use these very detailed butterflies, my clean-and-simple brain needed to have something subtle behind them. I tried a number of options, but I ended up simply embossing some little flowers and leaves - problem solved!

FMS 397 Flat

As is usual with me, I struggled more with the sentiment than anything else.  Too small, too big, underneath, to the side - and most importantly the meaning.  I ended up paging through my stash of Verve stamps which will never EVER leave my stash because there is always something just right in there.  (Sadly, they have closed their shop.)  The sentiment I picked is simple - but I think it's just the right size, style and meaning.

It looks like not only did I use a stamp that's unavailable, but the butterflies might be too.  Cheery Lynn appears to have become Maker's Movement - but I don't see these butterflies.  (I can find the Cheery Lynn brand on some websites like Frantic Stamper but not these exact dies.  Note that they are the MINI set so there are some on Frantic Stamper of a bigger size.)

I hope to see you playing along this week.  It's always exciting to see the incredible variety of cards that come out of a single sketch!!

Stamps: Verve With Love, Taylored Expressions Notable Blooms Background
Dies: Cheery Lynn MINI Exotic and Angel Wings
Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Candy Corn, Pineapple, Confetti Cake
Ink: Stampin Up Smoky Slate, Versamark
Other: Wow Bright White Embossing Powder


  1. I love these beautiful butterflies, and the sentiment is perfectly placed and perfect for the occasion. A pretty card, Kim!

  2. This is so pretty. I love the sentiment placement and the pretty butterflies you chose to use on this. Don't you hate it when you cannot find the products you want to link? GREAT design!!

  3. Your embossed panels where the perfect choice for the lovely butterflies! This is marvelous Kim and I'm sure it will lift your friend's spirits.

  4. Butterflies were my first thought when I saw the sketch - these are the perfect size and work beautifully with the subtle patterned panels!

  5. Fun sketch this week! And your card is very pretty.....the embossed panels are elegant and I love the sweet butterflies!

  6. Your card is so elegant. The trio of butterflies are so beautiful as well as the subtle embossed design on the vertical layers. And I feel the same way about Verve stamps - they are definitely keepers!

  7. This card is so gorgeous Kim! I just love those intricate butterflies and the sweet panels! Your friend will definitely be encouraged by this card! Thanks for an amazing sketch this week!

  8. This is perfectly put together and beautiful! The embossed side panels are so pretty and yet subtle enough not to compete with the butterflies. And yes, the sentiment is perfect! I miss their stamps too! I loved this sketch!


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