Freshly Made Sketches

Cards made for Freshly Made Sketches


A sparkly Meow-oween

A sparkly Meow-oween

A Halloween kitty! I have been in love with this stamp set for a while, and am so glad that I own it now and can make all sorts of Halloween cards with it. I had a grey tiger striped tom cat with a pumpkin colored tummy that this reminded me of, and I tried to use him a bit as the inspiration for this card.

Birthday flowers

Birthday flowers

There are months when I have a lot of birthdays.  I guess I just tend to find friends with certain birthdays tend to click.  June is one of those months.  I guess it says something that my husband is a June baby 🙂  So, I need to be making birthday cards in order to prepare for next month.  It’s always good to have birthday cards, I don’t have a month without needing to send out at least one (this is the only month with one!).  This card let me play with my new inks a bit.  I finally have yellow!  I am unstoppable!  Well, I am pretty easy to stop, but I have a feeling it means I will be having a lot more fun.

You are mine

You are mine

I used this challenge as an excuse to make my kids some cards. I said they would get some soon 😉 . My hope is that they know that there is someone out there that loves them simple because they are them. I think that is the reason that I wanted to make them cards in the first place. When I think about them (which I do pretty much all the time) I wanted a way to let them know. With a card it gives them something that they can hold, and look at again later if they are feeling down. It also is fun to get something in the mail. I like sending them the same one most of the time because I feel it connects them in some strange way. When I was in college I had a very good friend who would send me cards and it meant the world to me. I want to pass that on as well for when my kids leave home. I am just starting to practice now!

A bit of sunshine

A bit of sunshine

My first time using sequins on a card!!  Well, as an individual embellishment.  I have used them in shaker cards.   I am sure I will run out of first times, or maybe I won’t, there seems to be a lot of fun things out there to learn.  I kind of hope I keep finding new things to try out, and I love that my monthly kits so far have had new things in them for me to play with.  This month my Simon Says Stamp Card Kit had a Sakura Glue Pen in it which was perfect for affixing the sequins to the front of the card.

Notes of happiness

Notes of happiness

I made five different cards, although I am only ‘showing off’ one of them.  I loved how these each featured little snaps of things I find bring happiness.  I thought what a great thing to put on a mother’s day card to share with others that I know find happiness in some of the same places.  A good book, a hot cup of something yummy (cocoa, coffee, tea), and then one card that is just about love.  I didn’t love the color combination on all of the cards, but I think sometimes that’s ok.

Simply Thanks

Simply Thanks

I loved this ribbon so much when I saw it years ago that I bought several rolls.  I still love it so much that I only use it sparingly,  Then awhile ago an absolute angel of a friend gifted me with scrapbook paper when I started making cards. I have been extremely blessed to be gifted with some things that have helped me on my card making journey and I am always so giddy when it happens!  I am always torn between wanting to make sure to use and enjoy the items and to make sure that they only get used sparingly so that they last as long as possible.  In with the paper was a piece that matched my ribbon, only in reverse.  This was the perfect card to use just a little of each and let them really shine!  Now I just have to find the right time to use the card….