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Freshly Made Sketches First Anniversary

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Happy Wednesday to you all!!  It is a very exciting day and the whole team at Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating the first anniversary of the challenge!  You’ll notice that I don’t have a sketch posted….hmmm.  That is because we are opening up EVERY sketch from the last year as a choice.  Good luck with that because I had a very hard time choosing!!  Click on over to the blog and there is a link to all the previous sketches.  Not surprisingly, the team has outdone themselves.  We are even welcoming back Rita Wright and Linda Callahan for this one!

I went with this awesome sketch originally created by Linda Callahan.  I loved so many cards that were made with this sketch and I thought it would be fun to make one really different than my original.

I am so completely in love with the new 3-1/2″ Scalloped Tulle Ribbon and have been wanting to make one of these flowers with it.  It is so easy now that Stampin’ Up has the new 2-1/2″ Jumbo Sticky Rounds.  I simply tied a knot in the end of the ribbon and stuck it to the middle and started wrapping in circles.  You twist the ribbon as you wrap and I love how some of the loose scallops add to the look of the flower.  I applied the ribbon straight from the roll of ribbon so I don’t have a length for you.  I do recommend this technique, though, since you won’t waste one little bit of the ribbon that way!  A Naturals Ivory panel was embossed using the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder and then lightly brayered with Crumb Cake ink to highlight the pattern.  Now that background panel on the base…you’ll notice it matched the embossing folder perfectly.  Nope, it isn’t a stamp….I used the embossing folder to stamp it!  Just brayer the ink onto the folder and carefully stamp it down.  Now of course it doesn’t hold ink like the rubber but the effect is pretty for a card like this.

This is what it looks like when the panel is stamped with the folder.  Cool, huh?  I love so many of the patterns on our embossing folders so I think I’ll be using this technique again.

I want to take the time to thank Lesley Croghan and the whole team at Freshly Made Sketches!  I am so inspired by your artistry and so grateful to have the privilege of working with you all.

I was looking back to my post for the first challenge and my card was for the 10th anniversary of 9-11.  I guess that is fitting since my post yesterday reflects on that in a different way.  What a great year it has been for this challenge and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone makes for this one (and all the challenges in the upcoming year!).  Hope you will be able to join us!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Brayer, Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, 3-1/2″ Crumb Cake Tulle Ribbon, Jumbo Sticky Rounds, Jewelry Tag Punch, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals


Wow .. what a fabulously elegant and classic design Jen …. I love the kraft and vanilla together – the effect is … tres chic! Love what you did with the embossing folder – thanks for sharing the technique … it’s awesome!
Happy Anniversary my friend … so happy to have met you, worked with you and being a part of this awesome team with you!

Wow, there are so many things I love about this card! The tulle flower is gorgeous and sounds easy to make. And thanks for the tip about inking up the embossing folder and using it as a “stamp.” It makes a lovely, soft image!

We’ve had a wonderful ride this past year and I’m looking forward to another fun year ahead!!

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