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




Tuesday, September 7, 2021

CASology Challenge #395: ONE

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #395!



One year older, one year old or a tribute to your number one friend, love or whatever, there are so many ways to use our cue word this month. I can't wait to see what you do!




I pulled out a few stamp and die sets to create this collage design. The "you are my" is a partially stamped sentiment from Altenew's Figure effects and stamped on the panel first. The "love" from PTI's Grand Ampersand is heat embossed on the PTI From the Heart die cut before it is layered with the PTI By the Numbers die cut one. A hashtag/number symbol from MFT Little Numbers & Punctuation adds the final piece of the sentiment.




Check out the fabulous design team cards!

Jacquie Southas (you are here)

 
We are looking forward to seeing how MASK inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! This is a month long challenge, so you have until 9 AM Monday, October 4th (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #501

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches!


It was such fun to see the gallery fill up last week with all of you helping us celebrate sketch #500! Kim is starting us on the way to the next 500 with a terrific classic design.

I don't usually make a lot of Halloween cards but have a fun Poppystamps Scary Ghost die waiting impatiently to be used. And I didn't want to risk upsetting an impatient ghost.



My idea was to create a bit of dimension by embossing a white panel and then cutting the small rectangle panel from the center. The outside frame is adhered to the card base first, then an orange polka dot panel added for a bit of fun and finally the center panel is popped back in so the embossed lines match up.

I hope the ghost looks like she is rising from a smoky swirl with her bottom end adhered flat to the panel and a foam dot elevating her head.



Make sure you check out this Freshly Made Sketches post to see if you won one of the fabulous prizes our sponsors offered last week!

A random number generator helped me pick the winner of this prize. 



The winning number is 1, which means I will be in contact with you,  Stephanie! Please don't hesitate to email me at jjsouthas@yahoo.com if an email doesn't show in your inbox today.

I'm adding this card to the NBUS Challenge #30 to celebrate using the ghost die!



Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #500!!!!

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #500!

I am thrilled to be back in the craft room with Clean Team designer Linda Callahan's fabulous sketch for our milestone celebration! 

Things have been quiet around here as I spent the last month or so helping my daughter settle into her new life in Vancouver. While it was awesome to catch up with family and friends, I was starting to miss my home routines and creative outlets.




Following the sketch closely,  a rectangle panel is inked in my favorite sunrise/sunset colors to allow the white Penny Black Bashful Flower to pop. It is adhered to another white panel with an embossed diagonal line and the MFT Well Hello sentiment popped up over it and woven into the flower stem.




To help celebrate this amazing milestone, a number of our favorite stamp companies are sponsoring prizes this week. Everyone who plays along is eligible to win one in a random draw after the link closes. Please check the Freshly Made Sketches post for all the details!





In addition, I have a prize this week as well. Anyone who comments on this post before Tuesday, August 31st will be entered into the random draw for a set of My Favorite Things Skinny Strips dies and the sweetest set of washi tape.




I look forward to seeing your fabulous creations in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #497

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #497!

  

I am hosting the challenge this week and came up with a sketch that was designed around a couple sentiment strips. Of course, you can add your sentiment anywhere and do something entirely different for the strips!

The Rubbernecker Layered Poppy stamp is heat embossed on watercolor paper before being watercolored. Although I have always loved red poppies, the orange California poppy has really stolen my heart in the last few years and seemed appropriate for wedding wishes from us California relatives to my nephew and his fiance.




An MFT Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp is paired with the MFT Document It - Off the Chart stamp to make the full sentiment on the two strips. Twine wrapped around the panel provides the vertical strip and completes the design.




I  look forward to seeing how you are inspired by the sketch this week! Check out the Clean Team designs and play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

CASology Challenge #394: MASK

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #394!



After a year plus of mask having a very defined meaning, it took me a minute to think of what else I could do with the cue word this week. A quick check with my Evernote inventory reminded me about the PTI Superhero Stamps and dies and this card quickly came together.




I did play around a bit with the colors and pulled a starburst stamp from the PTI Zappy Birthday set to layer with the dots before deciding to stick to a yellow, black and white palette.




I don't think I shared here the Christmas card sent to most family and friends last year, which also fits the mask challenge. The Spellbinders Santa is wearing a pale blue crepe paper mask creating using an oval die cut.




Check out the terrific design team cards and join in the fun this month!


Jacquie Southas (you are here)

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


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie




Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #496

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #496!

Designer Judy Rozema has given us a fun trio of panels to work with in the sketch this week. When going through a bin of paper recently I came across these three outdoorsy designs. They were loose, so I don't know who the manufacturer is, but the patterns reminded me of my sister's new wooded island home.




The papers were cut with MFT stitched panel dies to get the right shape and the large forest panel is adhered with foam adhesive. The MFT Thanks die is cut twice for a little more stability, popped up over the right half of the panel and adhered flat on the left side.




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, July 21, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #495

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #494!

These sweet Simply Graphic butterfly dies have been sitting on my desk waiting for the right sketch to come along, so thank you Amy! 




The dies were cut from a few different papers to add a bit of pattern and texture to the monochromatic butterflies. The third circle on the sketch is represented with a trio of Memory Box Mini Butterflies. 

The diagonal panel took me a bit longer to figure out, but once again I went to my favorite cloud stencil to add color and diagonalish lines to the panel. A PTI Penned Elegance sentiment is stamped in the bottom right corner before the butterflies are adhered with glue dots.




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, July 7, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #493

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #493!


When I saw the diamond trio in Karren's terrific sketch this week I started flipping through my bin of designer papers hoping to find a long lost argyle pattern. I stopped at the Authentique. While not an arglye pattern, I liked the subtle orange and blue diagonal lines and the distressed feel of the solid colors cut with the Spellbinders Diamond die.





The patterned paper is bordered with a thin orange strip before it is added to a pale gray card base. The blue diamonds are adhered to the panel next, then the sentiment strip added to the orange diamond and it is popped up on the center of the two.






Of course, the diamonds in the sketch can be any shape you want to use. Check out the Clean Team designs and play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie






Tuesday, July 6, 2021

CASology Challenge #393: PARK

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #393!



Where do you like to park yourself? I can see comfy chairs, hammocks and beach scenes filling the gallery this month with just the answer to that question. Or maybe you thought about parking a sweet camper or tent image in a design. 

I was drawn to this tire swing in the trees image from Concord & 9th City Stacks stamp set to make a park I would love to visit.




The image and sentiment were stamped and heat embossed on a watercolor paper panel before the Zig Real Brush markers were used to add a bit of color. This panel is then popped up on a Sno-Cone card base.




The design team has great inspiration for you this month!



Jacquie Southas (you are here)

 
We are looking forward to seeing how PARK inspires you - just remember to keep it Clean & Simple! This is a one month challenge, so you have until 9 AM Monday, August 2nd (CMT) to link your card to the CASology blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #492

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #492!



Cécile Ribon is the Queen of creating graceful, elegant designs and this talent shows in her sketch this week! I went searching for a die that replicated the gentle curve of the flower and found what I was looking for in a Memory Box Bamboo Shoots die I had cut while on a long ago crafting date with a friend. 




The die cut was bigger than I wanted for this design, so a few careful snips freed the right section and left me with a great piece to use another day. The MFT Greetings and Salutations sentiment is stamped first and then the Darice Thin Lines embossing folder used to add a bit of texture and interest.





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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #491

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #491!



I've had this Simon Says Stamp Sending Smiles die on my desk for a while, waiting for the perfect sketch to come along, so was thrilled to see this panel based design created by Kim Singdahlsen this week.



In a nod to the first week of summer, I dug into the bin of 6x6 paper pads and pulled three pieces from the 2012 American Crafts Shoreline collection and the yellow sunshine from the 2013 Carta Bella Beach Boardwalk collection. My favorite MFT Horizontal Stitched Strip die is used to cut the paper into the panels, which are adhered to a slightly smaller panel and popped up on the card base.



Check out the great Clean Team designs at Freshly Made Sketches and join in the fun this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie