Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #514

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #514!



The elegant Clean Team designer Cécile Ribon has given us a super versatile sketch this week! I'm still plugging away with Christmas cards, so started looking through ornament images for the circle element.



The Memory Box Cabrini Ornament is cut from glitter paper first and then the holly leaves and berries were cut again from scraps for a pop of color.  A quick search on my Evernote inventory identified a slightly smaller holly die in the MFT Christmas Ornament die set that worked for the extra leaves and the berry is a leftover bit from a tag die cut. 

A heat embossed PTI Traveler's Journal December Typed Words sentiment finishes the design.



I hope you check out the amazing Clean Team cards at Freshly Made Sketches and play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #513

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #513!



Clean Team designer Jennifer Brum is the creative genius behind the sketch this week! There are so many great images that are perfect for the circle element, especially if you are knee deep in holiday cards like me.





The MFT Snow Globe sentiment is stamped on the white panel first, then snow embossed and cut with a wonky stitched rectangle die. 

The bird pair from MFT Tweet Holidays stamp set is perfect for the circle element. The image is colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and popped up over a black sentiment strip. 




The Clean Team has fabulous designs this week. I hope you check them out and play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #512

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #512!



Clean Team designer Kim Singdahlsen has given us the sweetest sketch this week! I pulled out the smaller  Memory Box Star of Wonder die to use for the tree element and thought about what I wanted to do with the horizontal lines for a few days. 





I have a bowl on my desk that holds little stars left over from other projects and realized there was enough gold shimmer bits to create an anchoring line for the big star.  I'd already watercolored the splash of purpley blue sky to back the big star so ran a light touch of color to add a couple horizontal lines. Once the panel was dry, the PTI December Typed Words sentiment is split between the top two lines and the metallic gold star popped up last.




The Clean Team has amazing cards this week. Check them out at Freshly Made Sketches and play along with us!

Thanks for stopping,

Jacquie





Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #511

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #511!


Clean Team designer Linda Callahan has given us a super sketch to work with this week! I decided to pair the negative space of a Memory Box Snowflake Joy die cut with patterned paper to make a my center panel. 




The Joy panel is popped up over the pretty plaid and then the full snowflake die cut is popped back into the opening. A Kerri Bradford Studios Wonderland sentiment is heat embossed on a scrap of red paper from the same paper pad to add a little extra layer and interest to the design.




I hope you check out the fabulous Clean Team designs and play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #510

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #510!

The fabulous Jen Mitchell designed our sketch this week and a quick glance through my stamps had me reaching for the Pretty Pink Posh Winter Wreath as the circle element.




Somehow I ended up coloring a nontraditional Christmas rainbow of colors with Copic markers, so went with my favorite aqua cardstock for the horizontal band. The heat embossed sentiment fits perfectly in the middle of the wreath.




I hope you check out the amazing Clean Team designs and play along with us Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie




Tuesday, November 2, 2021

CASology Challenge #397

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #397!



We have a fun new word for you to play with this month! 




I went looking for an older Teresa Collins paper pad that I knew had rows of the prettiest red typewriters and paired it with an MFT Well Hello sentiment.





We have a couple changes on the CASology Design Team, with Milka moving on and Åsa joining us.

Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Claire!

 
We are looking forward to seeing how TYPE inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! This is a month long challenge, so you have until 9 AM Monday, December 6th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #509

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #509!



Clean Team designer Jennifer Timko has given us a fun slimline sketch to work with this week. I played around with a few ideas, all involving snowflakes, before deciding to make the squares into three individual shaker boxes.




Three squares were cut from the scalloped edge panel first and then the three MFT Stitched Square Scallop frames die cuts were adhered to frame the openings. A transparency is adhered to the back of the panel and then foam adhesive added to frame the shaker boxes. The sequins, coarse glitter and snowflakes were piled on the card base and then the white panel added to seal them into place.

A trio of older Taylored Expressions snowflakes and platinum embossed sentiment  finish the design.




I hope you check out the amazing Clean Team cards at Freshly Made Sketches and play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie






Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #508

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #508!


I'm excited to be hosting the challenge this week and created this sketch with a borrowed stamp in mind. 

A couple of weeks ago I had a long overdue crafting day with friends and fell in love with the  CAS-ual Fridays Flowery Background stamp. Joyce Mehrberg generously let me take it home to play around a bit with heat embossing and watercoloring this fabulous explosion of flowers.





A deep pink panel is cut in half and adhered to the top and bottom of the card base first before the watercolored panel is popped up over it. The Avery Elle Thanks a Bunch sentiment is stamped on a PTI 
tag, layered with a couple other tags and tied with twine before being added to the watercolored panel.




I'm linking this card to Seize the Birthday #225 in the Anything Goes option.


I hope you check out the amazing Clean Team designs and play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #507

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #507!

The sketch this week is provided by the talented Clean Team Designer, Judy Rozema. I love the way she placed the large circle and banner element extending past the center panel!

I saw the circles as flowers and pulled out Poppystamps Blooming Poinsettia and Small Blooming Poinsettia dies and started cutting red cardstock. I love that these dies can work together and used the medium and small layers of the first set with the largest layer from the smaller set to make the big flower.




An MFT Bitty Holiday Wishes sentiment is heat embossed on the black banner and layered over the large poinsettia. The smaller flower is added along with a few Pretty Pink Posh jewels to add a festive finish to the design.



I hope you check out the fabulous Clean Team designs and play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #506

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #506!

Diagonal lines in a sketch are always a bit of a challenge for me, but I have to thank Clean Team designer Amy O'Neill for pushing me out of my comfort zone this week. I really love the way this design turned out.




The Simon Says Stamp Alexis snowflake die is cut three times and layered with a white cardstock base, a vellum center and a glitter cardstock top. My first thought was to run diagonal lines of smaller snowflakes but I didn't like the look and decided to play around with the vellum. 

The Stamp Market Quick Strip dies were used to cut 1/2 inch vellum strips and 1/8 inch glitter paper strips that were alternated to form the diagonal panel. An MFT Snow Globe Sentiment is heat embossed on the last vellum strip before it was added to the panel.

A few smaller glitter paper snowflakes cut for Plan A finish this design.




Check out the fabulous Clean Team designs and play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Tuesday, October 5, 2021

CASology Challenge #396: VIEW

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #396!



I am excited to see how the cue word inspires you this month! Do you think of the view through a window, your favorite view, a seasonal view or something else? Don't overthink the cue word, even the view of a birthday candle, cake or balloon works.

I was inspired by a few Kerri Bradford stamps sets to create a simple design highlighting some of my favorite views at one of my favorite places: palm trees and waves in the sunshine at the beach.




The sentiment from Waves is stamped first and then surrounded with pops of color from the palm tree and waves stamps from the Southern California set. The sun came from a BoBunny Adventure Icons stamp set. The stamped panel is cut with an MFT Wonky Stitched Square die before being popped up on the aqua card base.



Check out the fabulous design team cards!

Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Åsa!

 
We are looking forward to seeing how VIEW inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! This is a month long challenge, so you have until 9 AM Monday, November 1st (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #505

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #505!


Clean Team designer Narelle Farrugia provided our fun sketch this week. She is truly the queen of fabulous layered designs so I decided to go a little out of my comfort zone this week.




I cut the circles and Poppystamps Silver Bells first and then went looking for a foliage die. The Poppystamps Holiday Mistletoe die cut three times allowed me to selectively trim and layer the colors and pieces to make a swag to hang on the wood panel circle.

A few swipes of pale blue and cool gray Copic markers added enough shading to the Lawn Fawn Sparkle Pixie Dust bell inside pieces to create dimension. An MFT Bitty Holiday Wishes sentiment and a few tiny sequins finish the design.




I hope you check out the terrific Clean Team designs and play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #504

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #504!


Clean Team designer Karren Johnson has given us a classic sketch in the slimline format this week. Does anyone else immediately think this style is perfect for slipping a little cash to the recipient or is it just me?




I pulled out the Poppystamps Haunting Pumpkins die and cut them in a few colors, including teal as a nod to the Teal Pumpkin Project that promotes awareness and inclusion for those living with food allergies. A teal pumpkin on your doorstep signals you offer nonfood options for trick-or-treaters.

The MFT Fab-Boo-lous Friends sentiment is heat embossed with teal embossing powder before the patterned paper strips and pumpkins are adhered to the panel.



I hope you check out the fabulous Clean Team designs and play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #503


Cécile Ribon is the Clean Team designer behind our sketch this week and it is her work that first introduced me to the lovely Simply Graphic dies. I immediately thought of the tram and mountain top from Sur La Montagne when I saw the sketch.




The squares were die cut first and the mountain die then used to cut across the tops of the two white squares. They are overlapped and adhered at slightly different heights on a falling snow embossed panel before the tram and MFT Bitty Holiday Wishes sentiment are added.



I hope you check out the fabulous Clean Team cards at Freshly Made Sketches and join in the fun this week!

ETA I've had a few questions about where to get the dies I used on this card. Simply Graphic is a French based papercrafting company that I order from directly using PayPal and the default/basic shipping option to the US. This die set is called Sur La Montagne (On the Mountain).

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #502

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #502!


I love the offset panel on Jennifer Brum's great sketch this week. I decided to use it to highlight a few bits and pieces that surfaced while reorganizing things in the office. 



The bouquet is created from a couple buttons, a resin flower, a resin flower brad and a rubber flower sitting on a Memory Box Massa Leaf die cut. The hello speech bubble was leftover from a long ago project and became the starting point for the sentiment.



Check out the amazing Clean Team designs and play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie