Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches: Birthday Wishes

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this one's from me!

6.23.21 FMS side 

I kept it very simple - just four panels.  I like to do sketches that challenge me to use patterned paper - but notice not a piece of patterned paper on my card!!  I really had planned to do at least a strip or two but after I settled on those detailed flowers, I just didn't want any more colorful detail in the background.  I settled on an embossing folder and a trellis die - they seem to accent the flower without detracting from the flower.

6.23.21 FMS

I don't use textured paper a lot and I'm not convinced that I did well with it.  It didn't occur to me until I had it together that the grain of each element went in different directions.  Maybe that's how it's supposed to be - after all it's a raggedy-looking die - but it sort of offends my clean and simple eye. But I can't even imagine accomplishing this card with the grain all in the same direction. I tend to cut my elements then I move them around again and again and again until I'm finally happy with the arrangement.  I'd almost have to recut all of the elements once I got the arrangement figured out and line up each die on the grain of the paper. Ugh.  And here I am obsessing and I'm guessing that virtually all of you are wondering what in the world I'm talking about. Luckily I actually like the process of creating a card even when I am obsessing!

I hope to see you playing along with us this week - I LOVE browsing the challenge gallery and seeing all the ways that you all got creative with the sketch.


Stamps: Mama Elephant Blogging Buddies (sentiment)

Dies: Sizzix Brushstroke Flowers #2, Altenew Garden Trellis Cover Die

Cardstock: Various Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) white core texture cardstock colors

Other: Stampin' Up Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder, Pretty Pink Posh Marigold gems


  1. I love the way you've interpreted this sketch!

  2. I love these pretty pops of color against the interest of the white textures! Beautiful flowers and a beautiful card! Thanks for the fun sketch, Kim!

  3. I love this sketch and the amazing texture in your fabulous design, Kim!

  4. Oh I LOVE your interpretation of this sketch!! That background ROCKS and your pretty flowers are perfect with it!!

  5. Fabulous textured panels and I love your flowers! Pretty card! I enjoyed you sketch this week!

  6. Haha, I love your obsessing Kim and can very much relate to it! I can honestly say though that I actually love that the grain goes every which way! I really like those textured panels at the back too - a clever way to use the sketch. Vicky x

  7. What terrific idea to use the white embossed pieces!!! Wow!

  8. These gorgeous panels are so amazing in white. Love the texture and detail. Thanks for such a great sketch this week.

  9. Wow! This is such a stunning card! So much to love about this - the background texture and the grain on those gorgeous flowers. I think the grain looks fabulous going in different directions. It creates a more organic look. Thanks for the great sketch.


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