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March 24, 2014

March Guest Designer: Cheryl

Woop Woop!
For those of you who are rolling your eyes, 
 I get it! We all dread Monday's...
BUT  I have something fun to share with you that will change your mind!

Today I get to share our MARCH GUEST DESIGNER POST with you.
This one is fun because after Cheryl and I chatted, I realized that she found
Fresh Brewed Designs through my sister... How cool is that! 
But I am getting ahead of myself. You will find that out and more in her 
questionnaire that follows her adorable cards.

Lets get this party started! 

First up is a card Cheryl created using the FBD Digital Stamps:
Betty and Bob 

Next up is a SWEETER than SWEET creation using the FBD Digital Stamp:
~~~Let's take some time to get to know Cheryl~~~

1) How and where did you hear about Fresh Brewed Designs?
I heard about FBD a couple of months ago when Heather’s sister contacted me through a knitting website to buy some yarn (I gave up knitting when I took up papercrafting). I sent her a thank you card with the yarn, and when she got it, she emailed me and mentioned that her sister made cards and had a challenge blog. And, here I am! :D 

2) How long have you been paper crafting? 
I’ve been papercrafting about 3 years.

3) Are there any tips you have learned along the way that you would like to share with our readers? When I want to “lift” a layer on my card, rather than use foam dots, I often use layers of crimped cardstock instead. It makes for a heavier card, but I like that it makes layers so sturdy. It’s simple to do. You just crimp lightweight (65 lb.) cardstock pieces, then glue them with the crimps perpendicular to each other so the layers don’t nest. You can glue as many layers as you need to vary the height, and trim it to whatever size you need. 

4) What are your GO TO colors when creating your projects? I don’t really have any specific go-to colors, but I do tend to lean toward the tertiary colors on the color wheel. 

5) What is your favorite card making technique? Distressing of any kind!

6) Tell us a little about yourself and what gets your creative mojo brewing. I’m married, have a 9 year old daughter, and live in Georgia. Until I started making cards, my crafts have always involved fiber-knitting, crocheting, embroidery, cross stitch, quilting, dressmaking, etc. Now, I’m strictly a papercrafter!!! I usually start with a sketch when I make a card, but color is what really kick starts my mojo—color that is everywhere—not just on a color palette. 

Thank you so much for creating such lovely cards 
for us to share and for the awesome write up. 
It was so nice to meet you / get to know you better.
You are such a talented designer and I can't wait to see what you create next!

Thank you all for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed your visit
and hope you will go by and leave Cheryl some comment love, FBD Style :)

Have a blessed day!


  1. WOW! Cheryl, Your cards are absolutely beautiful! Your coloring is outstanding and I love the special background paper you colored for Watermelon Girl! I will be by to visit your blog later this evening, after work! I can hardly wait!
    Big Hugs, Sheryl

  2. Thanks, again, Heather, for featuring me on your blog today! It was fun!!! :)

  3. What gorgeous card! I Love the watermelon girl card the best. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  4. Two WONDERFUL cards Cheryl!!! Such beautiful summery scenes you have the risk of being repetitive...your background for Watermelon Girl is FABULOUS!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Fresh Brewed Designs!!!

  5. WOW! two super awesome cards. I especially love the first one with the couple- amazing coloring and love the papers and card design along with it. :)

  6. Cheryl I LOVE your cards!! I especially love to couple - that paper you used is brilliant!! Brings me right to Cape Cod and the old shed in my back yard... Adorable!! So glad to have you with us this month at FBD!!!
    Blessings to you!!


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