Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Freshly Made Sketches #1

September 7th is finally here and with it the launch of my new Challenge Blog called "Freshly Made Sketches".  Every week there will be a new sketch to try and of course one of our participants will be the "Queen" of Clean!  The whole twist to the sketch challenge is to use "clean" designs...we welcome lots of embellishments, this doesn't have to be a "simple" design, just clean!!!

Here is this week's sketch:

And here is the card I made for it!  I went for a birthday theme to go with the current Paper Players Birthday Challenge.  I used some retired Designer Paper but paired it up with the awesome Cupcake Punch!  The background is the Stripes Embossing Folder (a new favourite) and I added some bling, a la Nance Leedy by colouring my SU! Rhinestones with a red sharpie...thanks for the tip Nance! 

I hope you will come and join us for our first challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and check out the Design Team Samples.  I sure hope you enjoy my sketch!!!!

and our Guest Designer Jaydee

Cupcake punch #121807
Cupcake Punch - by Stampin' Up!

Stripes Embossing Folder #123128
Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die - by Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by!!!


  1. This is so bright and cheerful! Great birthday card! And that striped emboosing folder makes a perfect background!

  2. Lesley, how fabulous that you chose a Birthday card for the "birth" of your new challenge site! Congratulations, my friend.
    Love this bright, cheerful card. You have inspired me to use some of this paper for cards for the OWH card drive. Thanks for inspiring me - and for inviting me to be your featured designer this week.

  3. Love your card Lesley ... so fresh, bright and happy - just the right ingredients for a super birthday!
    Yep ... love the new striped EF ... oh and ... gotta love the coloured bling!!!
    Congratulations and well done on the new challenge site, here's to a bright and happy future!!!

  4. And we're off! Great card Lesley. The colors are so fresh and cheery!

  5. Lesley, this is such a fun and happy card! It would be perfect for any age and sure to bring a smile from the lucky recipient. So excited that are finally up and going!

  6. I LOVE this! The bright, cheerful colors, the papers...everything!

  7. What a great birthday card! Love the concept of the new challenge...can't wait to play!

  8. Congrats on the new challenge, Lesley! What an adorable card! I love this embossing folder! Your card is definitely clean and cheery!

  9. Thank you for the new challenge site, I am so excited to be able to participate. Love your card, it is super fun and the colors are fabulous.

  10. Lesley, congrats on a new challenge blog! I had heard about it, because I subscribe to Linda Callahan's blog by email. I hope to have time to play with you soon!

  11. This is so fun, bright and cheery! Love that DSP too! Your new challenge blog is off to a great, bright start!

  12. Such a bright & cheerful card! Love it, and your new Sketch Challenges!
    Question: Can you use any stamps for these challenges, or do they have to be Stampin Up? I don't have any SU products and really can't afford to buy any, but I would love to play along. Your answer is much appreciated! ;o)

  13. I love the sketch Lesley, what a great start to your new challenge site. Your card is so "bright and cheery" anyone would love it!


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Lesley :)