Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Frosty and Fresh {FMS3}

Have you heard the news?  There's a fun, fresh and fabulous new challenge blog in town.  Yes, I'm talking about Freshly Made Sketches and today I am honored and delighted to be their Featured Designer!!  My fellow Paper Player and blog queen extraordinaire, Lesley Croghan lined up an all-star "Clean Team" to bring you a fresh and clean sketch every week.  What is "clean" you say?  Well, it's clean lines--no sponging, distressing or tearing but not simple style either--embellishments and layers are encouraged!  All the gals at FMS rock, hi girls(!), and I am tickled pink to be with them this week.    Here is this week's Freshly Made Sketch #3:

Fabulous, isn't it?  I wanted to get a head start on my holiday cards and had a "fresh" stack of Frostwood Lodge designer paper just calling my name:

Since I really bought this paper for the gorgeous woodgrain patterns (right, Rita?!), I surprised myself by actually using plaid!  I am not really a plaid girl--must be my catholic school girl roots--but paired with the birch background paper and the woodgrain background stamp (yes I used it again!), the Cherry Cobbler plaid just worked!  Here's few close-ups of the fun bits:

Love that birch patterned paper--another woodgrain, yay!  The trees from Plant Hope were stamped in Garden Green and outlined with dazzling diamonds....because who says you can't wear diamonds with plaid?  :) 
Even the inside got the fresh and clean treatment with this beautiful sentiment from Comfort & Joy.

So, what do you think....are you inspired?  Check out Freshly Made Sketches for even more inspiration--you won't be disappointed!  I hope you'll play along with the team!  Just make sure to link up your clean creation over at Freshly Made Sketches by Monday, September 26th at midnight (PST).   The Clean Team will be delighted to come visit you and offer an encouraging comment or two!  Thanks so much to Lesley and the Clean Team for inviting me on board this week...and thanks to you for stopping by! 

stamps: plant hope; woodgrain; you're a gem; comfort & joy
ink: garden green, cherry cobbler
paper: cherry cobbler, early espresso, whisper white CS; frostwood lodge DSP
xtras: paper crimper; designer buttons (regals); dazzling diamonds; early espresso baker's twine


Tui Nathan said...

Hi Nance
So great to have you on board Guest Designing with us, I love your style and creative talent.
And, this is no exception ... fabulous combination of colours, looove that woodgrain background and gorgeous patterned paper, and oh my ... a crimped banner and sparkly trees .... woooww... love it!

Linda Callahan said...

Hello O Fabulous Featured Designer! You are the woodgrain wonder........beautiful card! Sparkly trees, great colors and so well crafted down to every detail! And your sentiment is perfect - I always enjoy when I visit here :)

Marisa said...

Fun sketch and congrats on being a Featured Designer :) Great take on the sketch. Got a giggle re: your plaid issues as my DD hates plaid. Looks great on this card, though, that's for sure!

Diane - said...

Nancy CONGRATS on being the Featured Designer! Whoo Hoo... who wouldn't LOVE to have you on board.
Love the woodgrains too, and you always have the extra little touches..BG Woodgrain, crimped flag piece, and little laced buttons tucked in too. The inside is So pretty too. PS: I think diamonds and plaid were just added to my wardrobe! Hugs.

Rita W said...

Gorgeousness to the max! Can you believe I don't have that paper? I loved the woodgrain, but I didn't think the plaids would work for me. Should I send you a bill for the paper when I have to buy it now? :) I really do love this card, Nance. The crimped flag, the buttons, the all works and makes this AWESOME! So glad you joined us this week!

Margaret said...

I'm loving this lodge style card! The glittery snow on the trees was a nice touch too! Thanks also for giving me yet another challenge site to check out!!

Rita W said...

I just clicked to look again and seriously...I love it so much! The woodgrain doesn't show up as well in the small picture, but once I enlarged it, I feel even more in love. You really rocked this one. I am going to have to get that paper now and it is all your fault. :) I think it would make cute stockings, so I'll just it for my fireplace garland that DH asked me to make. (easier to justify HAVING to buy it that way, right?)

Lesley said...

Hi Nance,
I finally have a chance to visit the DT cards! Love your card this week! The woodgrain, plaid and dazzling diamonds, DO work so well together. Thank you for being on the team this week and for making such a stellar card...hugs to you my friend.

Notes by Nina said...

Congratulations on being the Featured Designer, and what a great card. Love the rich colors, trees.

Julie Marshall said...

Such a cozy little card Nance! I love the horizontal panel you added.

None None said...

I didn't even realize that you used woodgrain here as I just used it on my card this week as well! I love this and the plaid really makes the card pop! Love how all the elements work together so well. You rocked this, Nance!

Aileen said...

Beautiful trees and i like the extra bit of sparkle. x