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Freshly Made Sketches #500 – A Decade of Sketch Inspiration

Freshly Made Sketches #500 – A Decade of Sketch Inspiration published on 25 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #500 – A Decade of Sketch Inspiration

Yes, you read that right. Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating 500 sketches. A decade ago, the amazing Lesley started this challenge during a time when “clean” stamping was not a dominant style. She put together an idea of clean, but not always simple, designs based on layouts. BRILLIANT! I played along as a player from the first challenge and soon joined the team. It has been my biggest consistent inspiration in my stamping and it has been a great joy to be on this team for so many years.

As you can imagine, 10 years of a challenge is really worth celebrating. We have sponsors and the winners will simply be randomly chosen from all the players this week. Additionally, I have a personal prize too! As a thank you for the support you have given me over these many years, I will choose a winner from all who comment on this post. See the end of the post for details.

I love that Linda chose 5 layers for the sketch as a nod to the 500 milestone. I wanted to explore a little more on some of the products from the Honey Bee Stamps release we just featured. The Garden Harvest Florals is such fun to color and I thought it would be perfect for this sketch. All of the elements were colored with Copic Markers. I chose a pretty gingham from the Summer Stems paper pack that had a bit of a late summer/early fall feel.

The sentiment is my favorite part of the card. It comes from the Bitty Buzzwords: Fall stamp and die set. Truly, this sums up how I feel about this team. Some have been together for the whole 10 years, some joined us more recently, but all are amazing. In every possible definition of the word, our happy little group is a team. And one that has given me immeasurable joy!

For my personal giveaway, I will send the above products to one lucky winner, randomly chosen from those who comment on this post. Giveaway is limited to those in the US only. It include: Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry Ink and products from Honey Bee Stamps: Team Tie Dye Paper Pack, Precision Tip Glue, Bee Young: Blooms Stamps and Dies. Winner will be contacted via information left when you comment.

Again, thank you for playing along, supporting our fun challenge and for always sharing your time and talents in our gallery. We are so grateful you have included us in your crafty adventures!


This is a gorgeous fall bouquet! The gingham is perfect and I love the watering can! I can’t believe we made it to 500…! Many thanks for everything you do to keep this all together and running smoothly! It is a lot of work …… and you do have a “real” job and family too! Thanks for your leadership and friendship!

Oh, my! I love everything about this card – from the beautiful flowers with their gorgeous coloring to the gingham paper! Thanks for all you have done in organizing the celebration of this milestone and for the work you do to keep us running smoothly each week! I love you, friend!

Jen, I don’t often leave comments, but I have loved your cards for several years. I have followed Freshly Made Sketches for many years, also, and have a Pinterest board with the same name.
You have been in my thoughts a lot these past several days as we come upon the anniversary of 9/11.

I love your card and the sketch that Linda made.

Congrats on 10 years of FMS! I am looking forward to many more.


This is the perfect fall card! I just love that can of flowers! The colours are so rich and lovely! That sentiment is just perfect too! I think fall has arrived here in Alberta and I can’t wait to get out my pumpkins!!! Happy 500th! Thank you for everything you do for our little challenge!!!

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