Freshly Made Sketches #480 a sketch by Jen B.

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am working on a challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. They offer weekly challenges which are always beautiful and the design team offers up stunning samples. 

Today's sketch is number 480

Lets begin, I started with selecting my colors for my card. I used all Mini Ink Cubes from . Lets start with the Baby Pink, which is in the middle layer of the blooms. Then we've got the leaves in Olive and Mountain Pine. Finally for the middle of the flowers and the Bee I used Chamomile.  The stamp sets used are both from the Mini Delight collection, every month a new stamp and die set are offered by Altenew.  The two I'm using are Smile Blooms and Be Kind

The background has Dotted Scales which is a Debossing Cover Die and I used a die from my stash to cut the mid area. 

Other Items I used: Antique Gold sequins. 

Have a fabulous day


Altenew April 2021 Inspiration Challenge

I am loving the colors for this month's challenge at 

I chose a simple design, in which I used the Limeade, Purple Wine and Lagoon Mini inks as watercolors along with a simple sentiment. 

The stamp set I am using is Mini Delight: Strength which contains two images and one sentiment. I love the blend of colors I selected, and while they aren't perfectly matched to the colors in the challenge, they similar tones.  

For my sentiment I went with Label Love, which a personal favorite of mine. I used Obsidian Black with a second stamping. I wanted an imperfect image, you don't always need the darkest of color. I also added a layer of vellum

Here is a close up for the details. Simple card...  I used a black splatter in the background and added a quarter inch strip of Jet black cardstock at the top. 

Thanks for droppin' by 



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Mini Delight: Strength Stamp & Die Set

Freshly Made Sketches #479 sketch by Kim

Hello and welcome back to my blog, today I'm doing the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches
Love when you wake up and see a wonderous sketch. 
Most of my products are from, I will have just a couple that aren't. Lets get crafty!

First up is a nice front shot, I love the sketch offers you a multitude of ways to  create within your style or reach even farther and do something different. 

For the flowers I used Rose Flurries 3D Die set in Glacier Cave Mini ink cubes.  The Background stripe color is Charcoal Suit mini ink which is a bold brown. The tiny flowers are in Chamomile

The leave in between the flowers is from the Just Leaves Die set, and was colored in Moss, Chamomile and Charcoal Suit for the light and darks of the die cut. 

To finish up today, I splattered Gold watercolor paint and Nuvo's Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer on to my 110 lb. white cardstock

Thanks for stopping by and God bless


I saw it on ALTENEW

Rose Flurries 3D Die Set

I saw it on ALTENEW

Many Thanks Stamp Set 
I saw it on ALTENEW

Just Leaves Die Set

Altenew Educators "Favorite Old/New Altenew Stamp" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

I hope you enjoyed visiting with Roteja Galvan and now its my turn to share. 

We're back with another hop with the Educators.  Its been a pleasure to hop with so many talented people. Altenew Educator Program helped me to be a better card maker, paper craft artist and I hope you will check out the program available here: Altenew Certified Educator Program

I went with cards for the gals, one more women of any age and one for a young girl or teen. 
My old and new favs are the Label Love and the Leaf Border die, I hope you will enjoy the blog hop.

I loved the mix of the favorites, I've always loved Label Love stamp set, it was the very first stamp I purchased from Altenew, it wasn't my last. The Leafy Border Die is my new fav!  I used Frayed Leaf Cardstock and added Green Fields Oval inks to give it more depth.  

The layers on my first card are always a great look.  The White cardstock with a simple 1/4 reveal onto lifted onto a full A2 cardbase is a great layout. But the florals are the show stopper. 

Them Build A Flower: Sakura Blossom just brings everything together. Inked with Red Cosmos for the blooms and Happy Birthday sentiment  make it a subtle beauty. 

No card is complete without some bling and a beautiful sentiment, the Make Today Beautiful is inked in Obsidian Black. I loved this card so much when I finished it.  


My second card was a personal challenge, could I make another card with the items above and make it totally different, yes of course I could.  This time I started by adding one additional piece to the puzzle. The Rounded Rectangles Die was perfect. 

I started by stamping the bloom onto my cardstock, using the two lightest shades from Red Cosmos in a repeating pattern. Then I die cut it with the Rounded Rectangles die. 

I colored the Leafy Border Die in Cotton Candy mini ink cube. It give a mid tone to the Red Cosmos inks.  Also made two of the Build A Flower: Sakura Blossom the circle dots in Obsidian ink to add to the retro feel. To complete this card I added a few Red Cosmos Enamel Dots, using the Hearts.  Made with 80 lbs. White cardstock,

Up next is Fiona Duff  


Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 4/4/2021 for a chance to win. 


We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 4/6/2021.


There’s MORE! What’s a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew “Old/New Favorite Altenew Stamp” creations. We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!


Hop list:

Please add a link to the person before and after you in your post. You are encouraged to include the full list as well. 

Altenew Card Blog

Bridget Casey

Colleen Balija 

Teresa Litchfield

Katrina Howe

Rosie Neustaedter

Terri Marie Koszler

Tenia Nelson

Pam Boedeker

Nandini Karmarkar

Amy Hill

Irina Fonina

Natasha Davies

Karen Brown

Helen Kalb

Patty Mello

Roteja Galvan

Eva Bussom Here

Fiona Duff Next

Jaycee Gaspar

Vicki Finger

Nenette S. Madero

Teri Wilson

Rachael Shedeed

Neha Aggarwal

Kari VanNoy

Teri Stokes

Amber Rain Davis

Virginia Lu

Sandra Woodson

I love how it all works together beautifully. 

I saw it on ALTENEW

Label Love Stamp Set

I saw it on ALTENEW

Leafy Border Die

I saw it on ALTENEW

Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom Layering Stamp & Die Set

I saw it on ALTENEW

Green Fields Mini Cube Set 

Set of 4 cubes of Altenew dye inks. 

Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to the Altenew Celebrating Parents 2021 Blog Hop and Giveaway, you should have come from Dana Joy blog, but if not you can go to Altenew's blog.  

We have chosen a few Altenew products that are great for your Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards (and other year-round projects)!

Altenew will donate $1 with every order of the above stamp sets from 3/6/2021 until 5/31/2021 to the Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need.

For the Mom card, I used my Fine Alphabet Die in Jet Black cardstock and for the Dad's card I used the Gradient Stripes Stamp set plus so much more. 

I combined several stamps and dies to create the Mother's Day card. 
Staring with the Precious Moments Stamp set, for my sentiment then the Life Is Awesome  stamp set.

I used a bunch of mini ink cubes: Cherry Blossom, Golden Sunset, Enchanted Garden, Green Valley and Obsidian Black ink for the sentiment and leaves. 

I love the pops of color and the Shades of Purple enamel dots all on 80lb White cardstock.

I kept the dad card simple with a few layers as an added surprise I used the Halftone Nesting Circles die for my sentiment from the Best Dad stamp set.  

For the Gradient Stripes I used the Cool Summer Nights Oval inks, after stamping the image, I cut it in half and placed it leaving enough room for the Sentiment and other images. 

The shaving images are colored with Mediterranean Terrace Garden Artist Markers set B!

Up Next is Helen Kalb Enjoy

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 03/31/2021 for a chance to win. 


Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 04/2/2021.

Blog Hop List

Altenew Card Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

Tenia Nelson

Virginia Lu

Alex Syberia

Carol Hintermeier

Cheryl Espie

Dana Joy

Eva Bussom Here

Helen Kalb Next

Hussena Calcuttawala 

Jenny Colacicco

Joylita Dsouza

Kelly Griglione

Linda Westfall

Nandini Karmarkar

Natasha Davies

Preeti Chandran

Sandhya Iyer


TaeEun Yoo

Terri Koszler

Bridget Casey


 I want to thank Altenew for the wonderful products, classes, blog hops and giveaways!

Thanks for hopping along, God bless