“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please,
but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

-Peter Marshall


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    Cards & Crops

    Sketch Challenge Salute to a Special Teacher

    Another school year is finally winding down and that means we have to cram in all sorts of spirit weeks, field days, special celebrations and, of course, teacher appreciate day. I have a suspicion that a lot of these events are probably just fluff to get the students and especially the teachers through the final weeks of school, but I can definitely get on board with teacher appreciation day (or week, if you are in our district) because the thought of having 25 of my sons in one small square-shaped room for any length of time is just plain exhausting. . . and I think he is actually a good…

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    Octopied with My First 2019 Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

    I’m late-night posting this evening because my heart is still pounding from the heart breaking AFC championship game. Our Chiefs gave it a great go, and after a short grieving period I’m sure I will be looking forward to next year! Although my head is elsewhere, l guess I should get to the business at hand, and that would be this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. I decided to whip up a card today and discovered I was feeling a little fishy. For Christmas my sister gave me a collection of paper and embellishments from Bella Blvd’s “Secrets of the Sea,” and that is where I found my inspiration. All…

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    Another Sketch Challenge Christmas Card

    After last week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, I decided to create an entire collection of Christmas cards using the rest of my “Tis the Season” kit by Echo Park. So when the new sketch came out this week at Freshly Made Sketches, of course I had to play along. All the papers used on this creation are from the EP “Tis the Season” collection, including the premade graphic card. I interpreted one of the boxes from the sketch into a banner shape and slightly popped up the front card. I inked all my edges with an antique gray color and added one little accent of snowflake ribbon to polish off…

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