Caroling for Freshly Made Sketches

I am thrilled to be this week’s Guest Designer for Freshly Made Sketches. This is a brand new challenge blog with a weekly Sketch Challenge. The “twist” to this challenge is to keep your interpretation of the sketch CLEAN.  Not Clean and Simple…just CLEAN!  For me, this meant no color spritzer, no sponge dauber, no seven-sided tool! I will be so anxious to read whether you think I succeeded in staying clean.  Here is today’s sketch:

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips:  Keeping It Clean

  • Emboss it! The image from A Christmas Carol was inked with VersaMark and stamped onto Whisper White card stock.  It was then heat embossed with the new yummy Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Heat embossing brings the image to the forefront,  giving depth and dimension without distressing the edges.

  • Pearl it! Adding Basic Pearls around the edge of a scalloped oval accentuates the shape and draws the eye to the sentiment.  Alternate sizes for even more interest!

  • Scrunch it! Keeping it clean does not mean you can’t scrunch your ribbon!  In fact, scrunching Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding adds perfect texture!

I hope you will join us in this week’s challenge.  Lesley Croghan, the creator of Freshly Made Sketches, has put together an extremely talented group of designers. I would like to thank her for letting me prove, in the lingo of the Midwest, that I “clean up well”!  So please let me know what you think of today’s card. And remember…if you ever have any questions about the cards that I create or the techniques that you use, I am only an email away! Until next time…

(And in case you did not notice…the ol’ counter has surpassed the “1 Million Hit” mark.  That means it is time for my Blog Candy Blow Out.  Please watch for a post later today outlining just exactly what I will be giving away!  Trust me…I think it will be worth the wait!”)

Stamp Set:  A Christmas Carol (W 122635, C 122637);  Ink:  VersaMark (102283), Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker (119681); Designer Series Paper:  Letters to Santa (122349);  Card Stock:  Marina Mist (119682), Riding Hood Red (111348), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Whisper White (100730), Very Vanilla (101650); Tools:  Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Large Oval Punch (119855), Heat Tool (100005); Glitz and Glam:  Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Emboss Powder (122949), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992),  Marina Mist 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (Retired), Basic Pearls (119247)


  1. Ann, you sure do “clean up well!” Love the pearls on the scalloped oval – just genius!

  2. A lovely traditional Christmas card. Love the scrunched seam binding. x

  3. You did it! Very clean yet elegant. Well done.

  4. Just beautiful Ann! You did a great job on keeping it clean, yet still so elegant looking! I just have to have that Cherry Cobbler EP!

  5. Awesome Ann, you more than exceeded simple to Elegant and simple.

  6. There’s something about Carolers that really says Christmas to me! Love this card!!

  7. Congrats again!!! What a great start to a week! Yep looks CLEAN to me. Well Done!

  8. Gorgeous card Ann! Love the embossed image in Cherry and the pearls are fabulous as always! Thank you for being our Featured Designer this week!

  9. well congrats on a gdt spot-this is a hit with me-the dsp is perfect for the image you used

  10. I had honestly looked over this set in the catalog. After your card, I am giving it a hard second look. The embossing makes all the difference. Thanks for the idea.

  11. Ooh, this is just lovely Ann … Yes, you have definitely nailed the “clean” look …. Love the new CC EP, fabulous colours and DSP, super gorgeous sentiment panel … But my oh my … That ribbon treatment is just superb …
    Thank you for Guest Designing with us this week and sharing in our terrific new “Freshly Made Sketches” challenge site!!!

  12. What a way to keep it clean Ann! Embossing the image in Cherry Cobbler is an inspired choice. It ties that gorgeous color scheme all together. So glad you could lend your amazing talents to Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  13. Love this one, Ann! Great color combo and looks great with that stamp. Thanks!

  14. Love your spanking clean card! It’s a hit, the cherry cobbler embossing just makes the card. Congrats on your million hits! Go Ann.

  15. What a beautiful, detailed card ,Ann. It makes you feel like you are right there with them. You always inspire us.Kathy in AZ

  16. Beautifully done! Your style (whether vintage or clean) is uniquely yours and I love the results.

  17. I am singing the praises for the # of hits and this wonderful card! Wow, that is a lot of hits my dear! I am not sure what the definition of clean is for a card, but I sure love this card! The scrunched ribbon and the pearls are the perfect touches. Plus, the fact that it is your sketch! Wonderful card and I love the colors!

    Chris R. from Iowa

  18. You did it, Ann. Kept it nice and clean. Beautiful job. Congrats on getting 1 million hits. WOO HOO.
    Way to go!!!


  19. You were successful! It’s a beautiful card, Ann.

  20. Great success on your card for the sketch challenge! Love the addition of the ribbon & the pearls around the oval. Congratulations on 1 million hits! That is a huge accomplishment!

  21. Yes, Ann, you do clean up well! Love the image embossed and uncolored. The alternating sized pearls are a real eye-catcher.

    p.s. Did you pull out the spritzer after taking the photo?!?!?

  22. yes, I love it!
    as long as you had your ribbon and the Ann Schach (SU) pearls, who cares!!! haha. It is fantastically gorgeous.

  23. Beautiful card Ann. You did great not using the tools that you would normally use. You did keep it “Clean and Simple”

  24. Yes, I think it turned out great. i find “clean” hard to do also.

  25. Your card is just beautiful! Sometimes clean is just the way to go. Dar

  26. A million?? Wowza! That’s ’cause you rock, Ann!! And congrats on guesting at FMS – how cool. LOOVE those pearls around the scalloped oval.

  27. So happy you joined us this week! Major kudos for this one; you are only person I know who can make uncolored line art images look stunning. This is gorgeous and very clean. 🙂

  28. Totally successful in every aspect! I like the idea of “clean” and not just “clean and simple”. This is a beautiful card. Thanks for blessing my . . . . .

    Woof, woof – don’t forget me!

    Miss Daisy stop interrupting . . . . day and inspiring my art! :)))))))

  29. You do clean up well o fabulous guest designer 🙂 And you are way ahead of me on Christmas cards. I love this stamp – very pretty card!

  30. Ann, what a beautiful “carolers” card. I LOVE the alternating pearl sizes on the sentiment – so beautiful! The scrunchy seam binding is perfect texture. Wow. You did just great keeping it clean, but I know your hands must have been itching to add,spritz,distress too.

  31. Beautiful! You did a great job keeping it “clean”!

  32. Love the clean and simple look and it’s very elegant, too!

  33. I like this card. I am more clean and simple card making, and clean is great.

  34. This is so great, love the dp and the images. Congrat’s on your blow-out million. lol.

  35. Yes, Ann! It’s clean and cute! I love how the plaids are on the diagonal!

  36. Ann, this is fabulous and yes, you nailed it! ~ I’m hoping to play along as well, so for me…no sponging, nothing torn….I think I can, I think I can ~ TFS and have a wonderful day!

  37. What a beautiful card! I love the unconventional colors for Christmas! So very pretty!

  38. Good thing they didn’t say “No Pearls” lol… I think it is stunning even without distressing or
    the color spritzer. It still looks vintage.. loving the color combo.

  39. and congrats on 1 million hits! You go, girl!

  40. Nice sketch. Love your card. You were successful at keep it clean and gorgeous also.

  41. That would be soooooo hard for me to do! But you pulled it off with your signature style, Ann!

  42. Love the combination of colors, dsp, and embellishments. Clean it is but still a beautiful card.

  43. You definitely kept it clean! What a great look to accentuate the carolers. I was not originally to keen on this particular dsp, but I am having 2nd thoughts now that I have experienced some of your amazing creations.

  44. I agree with Mary, Very nice job! It is a great card! Here is another set I didn’t buy but just may have to after this!

  45. You were successful…it is stunning and elegant while still clean.

  46. I love it! I’m going to use this stamp set to make cards for my church choir members. It’s perfect with its message of harmony. Thanks for the ‘clean’ inspiration.

  47. Very nice job keeping it clean!
    I’m looking forward to seeing more.

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