Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #485

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #485!


It has been ages since I've needed a wedding card but we have two coming up in the next 6 weeks. This card really took on a life of its own as the original plan slowly changed in every which way except for the vertical banner. Dies, sentiments and designer papers were arranged and rearranged over a couple days before I finally made a commitment.




The PTI Penned Elegance sentiment is heat embossed on the PTI heart die and popped up over the MFT Fishtail Flag die cuts. A smaller banner is created with ancient PTI Banner Builders dies - I love the little banner toppers!

The hearts joining the banners are cut from the Memory Box Heat Wave die and all a slightly different shape and size, adding a touch a whimsy to the design.



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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Tuesday, May 11, 2021

CASology Challenge #390

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #390!



I really can't wait to see what you do with the cue word for this challenge! With all the flowers blooming outside this time of year, I plucked a sweet Penny Black Bashful Flower die from my stash and cut it from white card stock.




It is paired with a bright sunshine yellow panel and heat embossed Pretty Pink Posh Encouraging Greetings sentiment. 



The design team has some clever takes on the cue word!


Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Cécile!
 
We are looking forward to seeing how OUTSIDE inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! This is a two week challenge, so you have until 9 AM Monday, May 24th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #484

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #484!


I love that Clean Team Designer Amy O'Neill created a sketch with the idea of a favorite die cut taking center stage! I have a few favorites, but after spending time last week repotting our olive grove, I knew I was going to do something with this sweet Memory Box Small Olive Branch die.




The PTI Choose Joy sentiment is masked to allow for the two color stamping and the die cut colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment panel is popped up over a soft gray stamped Concord & 9th Tree Ring background.




My husband always dreamed of having an olive grove and ours started with a single plant from Trader Joe's that gave us a single olive to harvest last year. When I saw the olive trees (shrubs?) in the store again  I filled my cart and we have high hopes for a bigger harvest.


  



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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie




Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #483

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #483!


The queen of layering, Narelle Farrugia, has given us a terrific sketch to work with this week! I interpreted it very literally from the ink splats (way out of my comfort zone!) to the flower and leaves.




Memory Box Forget Me Not Blooms are paired with Pretty Pink Posh Cherry Blossoms leaves and layered around a doily style circle die cut. The MFT Bitty Birthday Wishes sentiment is nestled into place to finish the design.




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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

CASology Challenge #389: DEAR

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #389!



I was surprised to discover only a few sentiments in my stamp collection included the word "dear", but  knew right away this MFT All Above You set was what I would be using this week.




The PTI Birthday Style balloon is stamped first and then the YOU partially masked and layered over it. The biggest decision for this design were what colors to use!



The design team has fabulous cards this week!


Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Tenia!
 
We are looking forward to seeing how DEAR inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! This is a two week challenge, so you have until 9 AM Monday, May 10th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Freshly Made Sketch #482

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #482!


Karren has given us a really cool sketch this week! I knew immediately that I was going to use Papertrey Ink's Lift Me Up stamps and dies for the larger panel but was a little stumped on what to use for the smaller panel.




I was thinking a mountain top or tree could fit the sketch and my scene, when I flipped past the Impress Seattle Skyline die and changed direction. To stay true to the sketch, I trimmed the die cut to fit the bottom right corner.



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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #481

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #481!


Clean Team designer Cécile Ribon has given us one of my favorite type of sketches to work with this week. I usually would turn to my small dies for a grid like this, but instead turned to a PTI Sketched Shapes simple circle stamp. I played with a number of color palettes before deciding this pink/aqua/orange combination was going on the final design.




I also turned to an older stamp set for the sentiment as this Avery Elle Oh Happy Day fit the mood and left the design flexible enough to be used for a birthday or congratulations card.




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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie






Tuesday, April 13, 2021

CASology Challenge #388: HELLO

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #388!



I love a cue word as simple as HELLO! I knew I was going to use MFT Greetings and Salutations sentiments in brightly colored speech bubbles but wanted to add something more to the background.




A flip through my stencils gave me what I was looking for. To keep the design from getting too busy, I masked off part of the stencil before applying the gloss gel paste which gives a nice finish.



Check out the terrific design team cards for more ideas!


Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Asa!
 
We are looking forward to seeing how HELLO inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! This is a two week challenge, so you have until 9 AM Monday, April 26th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Freshly Made Sketch #480

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #480!


I admit I was a little intimidated by Jen's fabulous sketch this week until I thought about how I could arrange elements to give the illusion of a curved line. Butterflies were the first thing I thought of, although I almost immediately switched to cherry blossoms after seeing a few gorgeous trees in bloom on social media.




The Pretty Pink Posh Cherry Blossoms are stamped and embossed on watercolor paper before being colored with Kitsch Pink Distress Ink. While they dried, the curved line is added on a white panel using a Tim Holtz Burlap stencil. A little more color is added after the stencil is removed to soften the lines.



A few Pretty Pink Posh jewels add a bit of shine and the MFT Bitty Birthday Wishes sentiment is tucked in place.

The Clean Team has amazing cards to inspire you this week! I hope you will plan along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

I'm linking this card to Seize the Birthday #211 in the Anything Goes category.


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #479

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches 479!



Kim designed the perfect sketch to highlight a new stencil and the sentiment stamp I didn't use on the card posted yesterday. Knitting is probably my first crafting love. Even though I can go years between projects, I always come back to my needles. 

A while ago I searched for anything "knit" related in the papercrafting world and discovered this fun Carabelle Studio Tricot stencil. Molding paste inked with a touch of Kitsch Flamingo Distress Ink is stenciled onto to a light pink panel. 



The Sugar Peas Knit Wit sentiment and image are layered and colored with Copic markers while the panel dried. The vertical panel is replaced with a length of fiber wrapped around the main panel several times and tied off just below the sentiment panel.




Check of the amazing Clean Team cards and join in the fun this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

CASology Challenge #387: COMFORT

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #387!



I anticipate get well and sympathy cards filling the gallery this week! I took a slightly different route, making a card to thank a friend for always being there and giving me comfort during this extra challenging year.




The sweet knit heart is found in Sugar Peas Knit Wit stamp set which also has the same sentiment, but I pulled this one from Paper Roses Knit Happens instead. Copic Markers were used to color the ombre stripes and an MFT Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die gives a little extra interest to the panel.



The design team has fabulous cards this week!

Jacquie Southas (you are here)


 
We are looking forward to seeing how COMFORT inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! This is a two week challenge, so you have until 9 AM Monday, April 12th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #478

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #478!


Designer Jennifer Timko created a terrific sketch that was perfect for pairing this sweet Simply Graphic die with a little patterned paper.




The sentiment from Ali Edwards Roam stamp set is stamped on the kraft panel first and then partially inked PTI World Map image added to provide a little more interest and a base for the pieced van. When adding the kraft panel to the patterned paper I liked having a little bit of the green peeking out at the top so left it showing.

This card is perfect for my husband and I'm sure one of the kids will snag it from the pile for Father's Day.



I hope you check out the Clean Team cards for more inspiration and join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #477

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #477!



The square focal panel of Jen M's fabulous design, a new Simply Graphic die and five friends selling houses this week conspired to influence me into making a card that could be given to someone buying or selling a home.

The house is cut three times using two shades of Lawn Fawn Woodgrain cardstock and a scrap of red felt. The MFT Greetings & Salutations sentiment is heat embossed on the aqua panel before the house is assembled and adhered. It's always a challenge to match whites on a project and I was a little frustrated that the white embossing definitely took on a cream tone.




A square of the white woodgrain paper is cut along a diagonal line and adhered to the gray card base. I love the way the simple cut line adds interest to the design.




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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie