Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: A Milestone

This is a big week for Freshly Made Sketches - in fact so big, we'll be celebrating for the entire month.  We just passed 399 challenges which kind of makes this 400 but we're doing something a little different to celebrate.  Our first challenge opened way back on September 7th, 2011.  Isn't that amazing?!  You should check it out - you'll see some familiar names!  A big thank you to all of our players.  Some of you play along week after week; some pop in when you need inspiration.  But you are always here and keep this challenge vibrant.

To celebrate the 400th sketch, we are going back to #1 (which was also #100) and using the same sketch.  Over the month, we'll revisit some of the other milestone sketches with a lot of other fun events mixed in.  Here is #1.

You can see that the sketches have always been fun and unique - yet still so fresh and clean!!  Here's my  take on it.

Feel Better Bird

As I was making this card, I didn't have any special needs to point me in a direction.  I flipped through my dies and saw my very-favorite bird set.  It made sense to use my very favorite bird on this special day for my very favorite challenge!!  I sat him on some stitched lines as wire - then added some clouds and a rainbow-colored pattern.  It seemed like such a cheerful card, it made sense to add a get well sentiment!

Feel Better Bird

I did not join the design team until September of 2014 but I did play along with that first challenge - details here.  And I'm very proud to say I was a "Perfect Princess" for the week!  It was fun to see that Jen Timko was a perfect princess that week too!  Here's what I did on this sketch the first time around - 400 sketches ago.

I hope to see you playing along this week.  It's a big one!!  And it's so much fun to browse the gallery - I think I'll even head back to the first time on this sketch and see how things have changed.

SUPPLY LIST (for the new card!)
Stamps: Simon Says Stamps Messages for Everyday
Dies: My Favorite Things Birds of a Feather, Stitched Strip
Cardstock/Paper: Taylored Expressions Confetti Cake, Candy Corn, Pineapple and Hello Sunshine Paper Pack
Other: Taylored Expressions Cloudy Days


  1. I love this cute bird, and I love how you made wires for him to sit on. It is no surprise to hear that you and Jen were Perfect Princesses. You still rock these sketches every week!

  2. What an absolutely adorable card! Your little bird is quite awesome.

  3. This is adorable! I like the tiny scallops around the embossed clouds and the sweet little bird!

  4. So fun to look back! Love the stitches as the wire for that sweet bird! Adorable card!

  5. Fabulous card, Kim! Even though I have bird terror, your little blue guy makes me smile!

  6. I love the little peek into the past! It's fun to see how our card making styles have evolved over the years. I remember that DSP that you used - I'd be surprised if I didn't have some it still floating around in my stash! LOL! And your new card is bright and cheerful. The birdie is so sweet and I love the layer with the embossed clouds!

    Away we go to another 400 challenges! <3

  7. Love the fresh & clean colors and patterns, Kim!

  8. I LOVE both cards - new and old! Your FAV bird on the stitched wire is just perfect! And I LOVED reading about your Mom - what a special post for your sidebar.


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