Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #403





I took a little creative license with Narelle Farrugia's great sketch, turning it to a horizontal orientation, pulling the strips apart so they don't overlap and placed them on top of the leafy embellishment.




A Memory Box Bamboo Shoots die cut is selectively trimmed and placed along a diagonal line on the embossed panel before adding the MFT Greetings and Salutations sentiment strips. The top strip is adhered to the panel, with the other two added with two different height foam adhesives. 



The Clean Team has terrific cards this week! I hope you are inspired to play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

CASology Week 352: DRAGONFLY

Welcome to CASology!




I paired a PTI Penned Elegance Sentiment with a Hero Arts Antique Engravings dragonfly image for my card this week. The sentiment was stamped and clear embossed on the panel first, then Shabby Shutters Distress Ink blended over it.




The last step was to stamp a trio of dragonflies, partially overlapping a couple on the sentiment. I love that the embossed area resists the ink and the dragonflies appear to be flying under the sentiment.




The design team has great cards this week!




Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Deepti!

Sponsor: STAMPlorations!


We are looking forward to seeing how DRAGONFLY inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! We are back to a TWO WEEK CHALLENGE, so you have until 9 AM Monday, Sep 30th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #402




This fun sketch is from Clean Team designer, Karren Johnson, and had me immediately thinking of fall leaves for the circle elements.




A Concord & 9th sentiment is heat embossed on a stitched panel and popped up over a white panel on the card front before the Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves die cuts are added.




Check out Freshly Made Sketches for more Clean Team inspiration and link up your card by Monday,  September 16th!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 400 Anniversary Celebration!




We have had so much fun celebrating the 400th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches all month long! 

There are even more reasons to play along with this fabulous sketch as Jennifer Timko has gathered a number of generous sponsors to help us celebrate and prizes will be randomly awarded to cards in the gallery.




I can't seem to leave my Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes alone and was playing with an MFT sun ray stencil when this idea came together. A square is die cut from the center of the inked panel and adhered to the card base. The first part of the sentiment is stamped and then foam adhesive added to create the shaker box. A piece of transparency covers the opening of the large panel and closes the microbeads and sequins in place. The MFT Sunshine die is cut from an inked piece of scrap paper and layer with a black die cut before being adhered in place.




Head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to see a list of all the sponsors this week and the terrific Clean Team cards!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 400 Celebration - Week 3





It is Week 3 of our month long Anniversary Celebration at Freshly Made Sketches! This week it is sketch 300 that is once again being used to inspire us.




I watercolored a few pieces of scrap watercolor paper to get the pink for the ice cream, brown for the cone and blue background panels. The Hero Arts cone die cut was embossed and a sprinkle of course glitter sugar added to the edge of the ice cream. These pieces were adhered to a large circle embossed panel before the Lawn Fawn sentiment was added.




I hope you will continue to join in our anniversary celebration and play along!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Tuesday, August 20, 2019

CASology Week 350: WATER

Welcome to Week 350 at CASology!




There are so many directions to go with out cue word this week that I had a hard time narrowing it down. As I will be sitting on the beach or floating in the sea when this card posts, in the end pulled out Paper Smooches Get Outta Town for this great sentiment.




The tropical drink is stamped and masked first, then the wave lightly inked in and the sentiment added. 




The design team has fabulous cards for you this week!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Amy C.!

Sponsor: STAMPlorations!


We are looking forward to seeing how WATER inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! We are back to a TWO WEEK CHALLENGE, so you have until 9 AM Monday, Sep 2nd (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 400 Celebration Week 2





The Anniversary Celebration for Freshly Made Sketches is going on all month and for Week 2 we are revisiting the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches 200!




I used a Poppystamps Snowflake Ribbon die to divide my panel, insetting a piece of snowflake patterned paper in the bottom portion. The top layer of the snowflake is only adhered in the center, allowing the red sentiment tag to be attached with silver thread.




We loved your cards last week and hope you will continue to celebrate with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #400!!!!

Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches!!!!




Celebrating sketch #400 is huge and we are doing all month long. This week we go back to the beginning and revisit Sketch #1, which is also the sketch for FMS100 - how fun is that? 

I pulled out MFT Martini Time stamps and dies to get this party started, pairing them with a sentiment from MFT Spirited Sentiments.




The shaker is stamped with Delicata Silver Shimmer ink and tucked slightly behind the Limeade Ice Appletini.




The Clean Team designers have great cards this week and I have to give a big shout-out to Linda Callahan and Jen Mitchell who have been here from the beginning - that's eight years of fabulous design inspiration for us!

I'm also linking this card to Seize the Birthday in the Anything Goes category and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to Add A Die Cut.


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I look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie





Tuesday, August 6, 2019

CASology Week 349: GRILL

Welcome to Week 349 at CASology!




Our cue word will have a lot of us in the Northern Hemisphere thinking about outdoor cooking, but as I was interrogating one of the kids about where they had been, a different idea took hold and led to this card.




I pieced together stamps from three different sets and kind of love the way this came together. The Maya Road Eureka light bulb is selectively stamp and heat embossed first and then the Avery Elle Bunting string added. The MFT Friend Request sentiment is stamped after the Lemonade Squeeze and Mustard Seed Distress Inks are blended with my new Taylored Expressions Blender Brush.




The design team, including newest member Milka, have fabulous cards this week!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Deepti A.!


We are looking forward to seeing how GRILL inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! We are back to a TWO WEEK CHALLENGE, so you have until 9 AM Monday, Aug 19th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #399

Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches!





Clean Team designer, Jennifer Brum, gives us a fun sketch to work with this week at Freshly Made Sketches.




I pulled out a very old MFT set of camera charms, cutting them twice so the gray details could be inset to contrast with the black base. A touch of Glossy Accents on the lenses and simple Lawn Fawn sentiment finish this card.




I hope you check out the fabulous design team cards at Freshly Made Sketches and play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #398



Clean Team designer C├ęcile Ribon's lovely, elegant style shines through in our sketch this week!

The black dashed diagonal line in the background had me thinking of stitching and quilting, which led to the Concord & 9th Flutter die being cut a few times and pieced together. 




It took a while to settled on the brick embossed wall background but once I did,  I cut another butterfly in black to layer on top of my original white outline and stand out a bit more from the wall. An Altenew sentiment finishes off my design.




I hope you will join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week! Remember, any shape or image can be substituted for the butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #397




It took a bit of thinking and flipping through my stamp sets before settling on an idea for this fabulous sketch from Clean Team designer Kim Singdahlsen. Once I saw the checklist in MFT Perk Up stamp set, I had my trio element and the rest of the design came together pretty quickly.




A gray panel is embossed with the Tim Holtz coffee cups to provide a little extra texture and interest as the Memory Box Coffee On The Go die cut cups were kept clean and simple. 




The Clean Team has wonderful inspiration for you this week. I hope you check out their cards and join in the fun with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

CASology Week 348: SHIMMER

Welcome to Week 348 at CASology!




We have a terrific cue word this week! One of my favorite ways to add a bit of shimmer to a design is by using Wink of Stella.




The pretty vase of flowers from Pretty Pink Posh is paired with an MFT Essential sentiment and colored with Copic markers before just a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the vase.




Check out the design team cards and give a special welcome to our newest team member, Nancy!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)
Melissa Chipperfield (on a break)

Guest Designer: Maria!

Sponsor: STAMPlorations!



We are looking forward to seeing how SHIMMER inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! This is a special THREE WEEK CHALLENGE, so you have until 9 AM Monday, Aug 5th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.



Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #396




Clean Team designer Linda Callahan has given us a fabulous sketch to work with this week!




This card is miles away from where I started the design, but once I had the idea to stitch a frame I couldn't let it go. This MFT Happy Llamadays llama image fit the rustic feel of my stitching. A little selective stamping allowed me to transform it from a Christmas holiday stamp to a birthday image.




The sentiment is masked to remove the "s", heat embossed and the tassel stitches added before it is adhered to the card base.

The Clean Team has terrific ideas this week - check them out and join us over at Freshly Made Sketches!

I'm linking this card to Seize the Birthday! in the Anything Goes category.




Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie