Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches: Keep It Simple

 It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Cécile and I think she created the sketch just for this Colorado gal!

FMS 448 ST

The Colorado mountains have always been a place of peace and refuge for me and my family - hiking, biking, snow-shoeing, skiing, just breathing the air - it's a wonderful place to be.  Just getting out of the car after a drive to the mountains and taking a deep breath of air can change a bad attitude.  Worries disappear, energy appears, stress and anger drift away.  (Assuming you can handle the altitude!!!)  But right now, our mountains are in trouble.  There are four major forest fires - one of which is already the fourth biggest in Colorado history (already 138 square miles) and only 7% contained so will grow.  Another has shut down the major/east west interstate across Colorado (and the country). A third is in the mountains just above where my oldest goes to school.  There's no danger to him, but the skies are smoke-filled and orange.

And from a local news station ( - here are the heroes who are fighting this.

National news is annoying - it's 90% politics, 9% coronavirus and then 1% fires in California (not Colorado).  Also did you know a town of 125,000 people in Iowa has been destroyed by a derecho?  Look up Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Wow. But it was a week before I saw it on the news and only because Trump went (thus it's politics!)  

OK - I'm done being depressing and this isn't why you are here.  Here's one last look at my take on the peaceful mountains of Colorado.  I hope to see you playing along with us this week - it's a wonderful break from the real world!

FMS 449


Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Things to Say

Dies: Concord & 9th Geometrics dies

Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy, Stampin' Up Shaded Spruce

Ink: Distress Oxides in Evergreen Bough, Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans

Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sea Glass


  1. Your inked triangles are just gorgeous and are perfect for your mountain-inspired card. Everything is perfectly arranged. So sorry to hear about the fires! I hope they're contained soon. And you're right about the news coverage. :(

  2. I absolutely LOVE every single thing about this card, my fellow mountain girl!!!! So fantastic!!! I'm so heartbroken about these fires and so very grateful for all of the firefighters who are out there battling the blazes. Hoping for rain, containment and everyone's safety. Hugs!

  3. When I saw your card on the DT page I immediately thought Colorado! Such a beautiful state! The fires are awful - and terrifying for sure! I hope everything returns to its peaceful beauty - like your card - soon!

  4. So much sadness in our country, so much happening. Prayers for all involved. Your card is peaceful and just lovely!

  5. Beautiful cards and beautiful tribute to our country's mountain-scape. I pray that these fires, and COVID, are eradicated from God's earth and that you and your family remain safe. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I'm so sorry about the fires in your beautiful state. I hope they are brought under control soon. Your card just invokes a sense of peace and calm. So very beautiful and such a wonderful take on the sketch.

  7. This card is so gorgeous Kim! I love the mountains and the trees! Such a great take on the sketch! I'm so sad to hear about the Colorado mountains. That was to be our vacation this summer but alas!

  8. Oh my goodness those photos! Your card is just gorgeous - I love your take on the sketch by creating mountains.


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