Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches: Thinking of You

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

I'm not sure I love the direction I took with this. I had the image of a tablecloth in my head - so I was thinking of a lacy and elegant look.  In retrospect, I wish I would have gone for quirky.  I don't dislike this card, but I think it would have made more sense with regular lines vs. the angled panel.

FMS Thinking of You

I do like the various elements of this.  I hadn't yet used the sentiment - but I adore every card that I've seen on various blogs.  The cover plate is one of my favorites from Taylored Expressions.  And aquas are at the very top of my very favorite list!!  I do like sending "thinking of you" cards.  Sometimes I just feel a need to send one to a faraway friend and it's always surprising how often they tell me it arrived exactly when they needed it most.

And the other very exciting thing on this card are the black speckles.  Most of you are now rolling your ideas but I stress over speckles.  I recently watched this video by Jennifer McGuire which is her "other crafty favorites" video from 2019 and lo and behold she demonstrates a variety of products to add speckles.  This is the Spellbinders Silk and is oh-so-easy to use!  I got the three colors that she recommended but I might be going back for more.  I also got the Brutus Monroe White Aqua Pigment that she recommended for white speckles but haven't used it yet.  I love anything that improves and de-stresses my crafting life!!

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.

Stamps: The Stamp Market A Few Words and the coordinating dies
Dies: Taylored Expressions Bold Lace Cutting Plate, Lil' Inker Designs Of the Heart
Paper: Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy CS, Echo Park Black Polka Dot with a little sparkle added to it
Ink: Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy, Sprinkles and Cookie Monster, Altenew Obsidian Black Pigment
Other: Honey Bee Marine Dream sequins with a little gem plopped in the middle of it, Spellbinders Black Licorice Silk


  1. What a sweet card! I love this sentiment and cover plate, and aquas are the top of my favorite list, too.

  2. I think the lacy tablecloth direction you took is a lovely one Kim!

  3. This is lovely! Great colors - pretty diecut.....and what? Speckles? I stress over them too! I am afraid I will ruin my card with the wrong flick at the very end and always end up putting away the splashy stuff! I need to be braver!

  4. This is GORGEOUS!! I love the pretty blue you used with that lovely lace. Such pretty design.

  5. Yes, Kim, I watched that videos Jennifer made. Glad to know the new products make your life simpler! As for your card - I love it! I think the lacy die looks great with the aqua and black and white. The inking is gorgeous!

  6. What a beautiful card Kim! I just love the lace background and the sweet sentiment! So pretty!

  7. How lovely this is! I'm always a little afraid to use speckles for fear of ruining my card but I'm off to watch that video so I can see how to do it right!

  8. I love the lacy die effect Kim and am impressed by the speckles too - I think I may need to go watch the video, I am always too scared I'll mess up to have a go at anything messy!!

  9. I think this lacy creation turned out beautiful, Kim! The colors- love them. Who doesn't love aqua?! And the black speckles. Great addition. I think the speckles do get easier the more you do them. I feel better about them now than a year ago for sure.

  10. Your lacy aqua/white card is lovely, especially with the contrast of the black heart, sentiment and speckles! I stress over those as well (my attempts at splatters often result in blobs!). I'll be checking the video for sure...


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