Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #541

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #541!


The fun sketch this week is from the talented Jen Brum and had me immediately thinking of ways to use the horizontal panel to add a splash of color or pattern to my design. It was accidental that I went with a rainbow stripe after a couple attempts at using a rainbow in the center panel failed.




I love the precision stripes I can get using The Stamp Market Quick Strip 1/4" dies. The rainbow colors were adhered to a black scrap panel slightly smaller than the width of the white panel and then cut with the same rectangle die to get a perfect fit.

Butterflies were cut from scraps using the Memory Box Butterfly Wings die, adhered in the same rainbow order as the stripes and topped with Pretty Pink Posh gems. A heat embossed sentiment from MFT Bitty Birthday Wishes finished 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, June 15, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #540

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #540!


I took a super clean and simple approach to Jen Mitchell's terrific sketch this week, creating the overlapping panels with Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks and a Taylored Expressions stencil. I masked off about an inch of the stencil to get a smaller rectangle the fit the design better.




An MFT Greetings and Salutations sentiment is stamped overlapping the orange panel and then The Stamp Market Just Vines die cut and a trio of sequins are to finish the design.




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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #539

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #539!



Our challenge leader, Jen Timko, has given us a terrific sketch that is wide open for creative ideas! This is one of those sketches that had so many different thoughts swirling in my head. The funny thing is I started with candles, couldn't make the idea in my head happen on paper, played with another bunch of ideas and then came back to candles after I found the perfect sentiment for the circle element.




An older Sweet'n Sassy Birthday Word Art stamp set designed by my real life friend, Gloria Stengel, brought me back to the candle theme. The Elizabeth Crafts Candles die cuts are layered and adhered over the numbers stamped on the soft gray panel and then Ranger Liquid Platinum heat embossed sentiment added.

I love the touch of extra color from the Essential by Ellen thin circle frame die cut adds to finishing the design.



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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Tuesday, June 7, 2022

CASology Challenge #404: RIDE

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #404!



I went in many different directions (bikes, amusement parks, cars, trains, planes, etc.) before settling on riding the waves as inspiration for my card this month. The beach is my happy place and I am lucky enough to watch surfers ride the waves several times a week.




The Kerri Bradford Waves stamp set provided both the sweet surfboard and sentiment for this card. My Tim Holtz stamp platform is indispensable in creating the evenly spaced images and lining everything up perfectly. The boards are colored with Copic Markers and the panel popped up on a white card base. 




I hope you check out the amazing design team creations and play along with us this month!


Jacquie Southas (you are here)


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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #538

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #538!


I'm hosting the sketch this week and hope you have fun with it. I needed a retirement card and have been itching to use the Simply Graphic Hammock (Hamac) die for ages. It is a perfect pairing in my opinion.




The hammock is cut from white and orange cardstock and pieced together first, then the three woodgrain posts cut with a die from MFT Blueprints 17 die set. 

A white panel is inked with Salty Ocean Distress Ink and a Simply Graphics Best of Summer sentiment added. Pieces of floss are adhered to each end of the hammock and the other ends tied to the post before they are adhered into place.



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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Freshly Make Sketches #537

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #537!

Clean Team designer Judy Rozema has given us a really fun sketch this week! My design started with the circle element, where I knew I would be using a balloon and making a birthday card, but I kind of stalled out with what to do with the angled panel.

It was while playing around with a few ideas from Heather Hoffman's Day 4 Emboss Resist techniques from the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2022, that an idea came together. 




The MFT Happy Birthday Text background stamp is clear embossed on a white panel and then the Taylored Expressions Big Bold Balloons stencil used to selectively add balloons over the text. You can see the magic as the text resists the ink.

An MFT Bitty Birthday sentiment is embossed on a black flag for contrast and the largest Poppystamps Celebration Balloons die cut is added to finish the card.



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

I'm linking this card to the Spring Card Camp 2022 Day 4 Gallery.


Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #536

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #536!

Clean Team designer Karren Johnson gave me the perfect sketch to make a last minute anniversary card for my husband. This isn't the first year the date has snuck up on us and, as expected, he laughed at the sentiment.




The Stamp Market Big Bold Number dies are perfect for a couple of the circle elements. The base number is cut from Lawn Fawn Pixie Dust glitter cardstock and layered with a red outline piece. An ancient MFT Clearly Sentimental About Anniversaries sentiment is heat embossed on a vellum banner and adhered to the back of the 2 before they are layered on the heart embossed panel.

A PTI From the Heart die cut takes the place of the third circle to finish the design.



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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #535

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #535!



I love Amy O’Neill’s fun sketch this week and it completely inspired me to make a graduation card.

The PTI layered star tag, circle and graduation cap dies were the first things pulled and cut in the colors of a local high school.


I went back and forth on the sentiment before deciding on this joyful option from MFT Yay stamp set. This also meant taking creative license and moving the sentiment from the suggested spot in the sketch.

Everything is layered and added to the star embossed panel to finish the design.



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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #534

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #534!


I adore the elegant, airy feel of Cécile Ribon's sketch this week and played with a few ideas before settling on a little bit more of a clunky design.




The airy swipes became the inked blended ocean and partially stamped Concord & 9th Map Love world map. An Ali Edwards Roam Story Stamp (July 2020 kit) sentiment pairs perfectly with the Simply Graphic VW Bus die cut.

This card is for my VW Bus loving DH who dreams of roaming the globe in the new electric version due out in a 2024. I'm trying to figure out how to operate a mobile craft room so I can join him.




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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

CASology Challenge #403: BOTANICAL

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #403: BOTANICAL!



It's going to be a fun month looking at all your BOTANICAL inspired creations! I pulled out a bunch of little flower dies to fill the Simply Graphics Cornets À Fleurs bouquet wrapper die cut. This may be a bit busier and more layered than typical clean and simple designs, but still follows the rule to leave lots of white space for the eye to rest.




A simple sentiment from Avery Elle Thanks a Bunch finishes the design.



Check out the terrific design team cards!


Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Elizabeth!

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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #533

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #533!


I had a few ideas swirling in my head for Jennifer Brum's fabulous sketch and put the brakes on them all after seeing Lisa Petrella's fun card for FMS532 last week. She used strips of patterned paper to create a panel and the strips reminded me of Jen's three vertical panels or strips.




A few ancient paper pads were pulled out, with the beach papers quickly making their way to the top of the pile. The first two strips are from Carta Bella's Beach Boardwalk line and the sunny stripe is from Pink Paislee's Solstice. 

A simple MFT Essential Sentiment is stamped in navy blue and popped up over the patterned panel. While flipping through embossing folders looking for a curved line I came across this panel. Since I don't recognized the pattern, I'm assuming it is something borrowed and run through the Big Shot while crafting with friends. 

I thought it was the perfect extra to finish off this design and keep it neutral enough to go into the masculine birthday pile.




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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie



Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #532

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #532!


Clean Team Designer Kim Singdahlsen's fabulous sketch was perfect for inspiring a wedding card needed this weekend. 




The versatile Poppystamps Silver Bells die is being used for wedding bells and cut from Lawn Fawn Pixie Dust Sparkle cardstock. The inside of the bells are colored with a Copic marker for a bit of dimension and tied with a couple strands of peach fiber before being added to the corner of the Mini-scalloped stitched panel.

An MFT Essentials sentiment is heat embossed for a clean and simple finish.




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, April 13, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #531

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #531!


I had fun with Clean Team designer Linda Callahan's sketch this week! A few people in my life have been sick with good old fashioned colds lately so I thought a Get Well card was needed and Linda's horizontal lines had me thinking of the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo edge punch.




The green edge was cut first and then a line of thin washi tape added to make the second line. A Taylored Expressions Wheely Great sentiment is stamped on the white panel and a couple images from PTI Funky Florals provide one of the squares from the sketch. The gooey bugs are made with Lawn Fawn Monster Mash images and colored with Copic Markers.



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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Freshly Made Sketches #530

 Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches #530!


The first thought I had after looking at Jen Mitchell's terrific offset panel was to wrap it around the back of the card base, so I did. I think it is my favorite part of this design.




Still adding to the masculine birthday stash, a favorite tree stamp and die were pulled out today. The Concord & 9th Tree Ring Background image is stamped in lime green on a kraft MFT Mod Rectangle die cut panel first and the Memory Box Arboscello tree cut three times.

The trees are layered with dark green on the bottom, kraft next and a light green on top.




For a little extra interest and dimension, several green and tan Distress Inks were blended over the tree and the MFT Bitty Birthday Wishes sentiment strip. The sentiment gave me a giggle and seemed completely appropriate paired with the tree rings.




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

I am linking this to Seize the Birthday #235 in the Anything Goes category.




Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

CASology Challenge #402: FLUFFY

 Welcome to CASology Challenge #402!



These sweet PTI Simply Spring Borders bunnies came to mind immediately when I saw the cue word this month. The border stamp was masked to center five of the bunnies in the MFT Stitched Mini-Scallop Rectangle panel.



The Paper Smooches Critter Card Puns sentiment fit the mood of the card. After playing around a bit, only three of the bunnies were given mini felt ball tails to add to the fluffy theme.



Check out the fabulous design team cards!


Jacquie Southas (you are here)

Guest Designer: Ishani!

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

Thanks for stopping by,

Jacquie