Christmas Thanks — FMS167

Wow!  Time is flying!  It’s like our clocks get set on fast forward during the two weeks before Christmas.  We have one last sketch for you for 2014 at Freshly Made Sketches, and our Australian friend, Narelle Farrugia has a great one for us.  She is so talented with layers, so it is fitting that she has given us a sketch with some fun layers:

My husband and I both lead small groups of 10th graders at our church each week.  This is our second year to do this, and I really love it.  I am amazed at the faith that some of these youth exhibit while only being 15-16 years old, and I admire their commitment to develop their relationship with Christ.  One of the boys in my group gave me a Christmas gift so I needed to make a thank-you card.

I thought that since it was for a Christmas gift, I could use Christmas themed stamps.  That also made it a little easier to make a masculine card since many Christmas sets are pretty gender neutral.

Christmas ThanksI thought this sketch was perfect for pulling out some of my leftover dsp.  Both of these patterns came from the Trim the Tree dsp stack.  I used my Festival of Trees stamp set and coordinating punch for the focal image.  The “thanks” is from a stamp in the Lots of Thanks stamp set.

Christmas Thanks close upWe hope you’ll join us in this last challenge of the year.  We’ll be back on January 7th with an all-new sketch for you.  Meanwhile, you can drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration from the design team.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Sledding in the Snow — FMS166

It’s time for another challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches, and Karren Johnson, our favorite Kiwi, has a versatile sketch for us.

I still had a couple of the cute sleds from the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit, so I grabbed one and watercolored it with some Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate ink.

Sledding in the SnowI paired it with some of the pretty dsp from the All is Calm Specialty dsp collection.  I added some silver ribbon and glimmer paper.  Pretty easy.

Sledding in the Snow Close upWe hope you’ll be able to join us and share your own take on the sketch this week.  We love looking through the gallery at all of the work you create.  Meanwhile, you can go see the design team’s awesome work at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Holiday Happy — Monday Montage #34

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWe have another Monday Montage Blog Hop ready for you.  There are ten of us participating, and all you have to do is click on the links at the end of each post to work your way through all of the participants.

Holiday Happy with White StarsI started this card by spreading some embossing paste (non-SU) over the Stars Decorative Mask and then sprinkling some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on the stars before they dried.  While that was drying, I colored this fun stamp from the Mingle All the Way set using Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers.

I love the sparkle that the glitter adds and the texture from the embossing paste.

Holiday Happy with White Stars Close UpYou’re ready to hop on over to the ever-creative Breelin Renwick’s blog to see her fabulous work.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, I won’t judge, and you can see the super talented Wendy Weixler’s work.  Either way, be sure to work you way through all ten blogs.

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Glittered Snowflake — FMS165

It’s time for another sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week the fabulously talented Cindy Lovell from Germany is our hostess.  I love everything Cindy makes, and her sketch this week is no exception.

I had my new My Paper Pumpkin kit on my desk, so I immediately thought of using the snowflake from the kit as the focal image on this sketch.

glittered flakeI ran the snowflake halves through my Xyron machine and applied Dazzling Diamonds glitter over it.  The dotted background and sentiment are from stamps in the recent My Paper Pumpkin kit.

glittered flake close upWe hope you’ll join us and make your own creation using the sketch this week.  We love looking through the gallery and seeing what you make.  Meanwhile, you can check out the rest of the design team’s work over at the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Christmas Bauble

After having a whole week off with family it’s so hard to get back into the normal routine.  I didn’t set foot in my craft room for the whole week, and while I missed it, I had such a great week spending time with the kids and my hubby.

We put up the tree and the other Christmas decorations on Saturday.  So when I sat down to make a card last night, I immediately pulled the Christmas Bauble stamp off my shelf.  It’s so fun to pull out all of the Christmas ornaments out of the boxes — I forget about some of them and get to rediscover them while decorating.

A Christmas BaubleI stamped the ornament on Whisper White card stock and colored it with my Blendabilities (which are on sale today only!), and then hand-cut the ornament.  I placed it on a card from the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life kit.  The sentiment is from the Watercolor Winter Too set.

A Christmas Bauble Close UpI’m not very good at coloring — I have trouble staying in the lines, let alone blending my colors well.  But it is so fun!  It’s therapeutic.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Grateful for So Much — FMS164

I love this week of the year!  The kids get the whole week off from school and this year my husband has been able to take the week off from work, so we are getting lots of family time.  We don’t have much planned — a little cooking and baking, going to see a couple of movies, a little shopping, and visiting some family.  I love it!

Another thing I love is this week’s sketch by the oh-so-talented-and-lovely Jen Brum at Freshly Made Sketches.  She has such a good one for us this week:

I wanted to make one more Thanksgiving/Fall themed card because the Christmas train is coming in a hurry.  I pulled out the Seasonally Scattered set and stamped it with Cajun Craze ink on a strip of Very Vanilla card stock.  I then layered some burlap ribbon and Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon over the stamped image.

Grateful for So MuchI stamped the sentiment from the For All Things stamp set over the banner image from the same set.  Colors used were Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay.  This card came together pretty quickly.  I will use it to send to my MIL to thank her for her preparations for our Thanksgiving dinner.

Grateful for So Much Close Up

We hope you’ll be able to join us and make your own card using this sketch.  We love to see your creations in the gallery.  You can check out what the design team made at the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Simple Kraft Christmas — Monday Montage #33

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We have nine different bloggers ready to share their creativity with you.  All you need to do is click on the “Next” buttons at the bottom of each post to work your way through all of the participants.

I have really been drawn to our Kraft and Crumb Cake card stock lately.  It gives such a warm and cozy looks to Christmas cards, and I love it.  I’ve also been drawn to super simple cards lately.  At this time of year, I just don’t have the time to spend on crafting like I wish I had.   So I have to keep things simpler.

Simple Row of TreesFor this first card, I punched out three trees from Crumb Cake card stock with the Tree Punch and sponged the edges with some Whisper White Craft Ink.  I also sponged the edges of the card layers, and stamped the sentiment from the stamp set included in the November My Paper Pumpkin kit.

Simple Row of Trees Close UpThis was a super simple and quick card to make.

Crooked Christmas CheerOn this card, I used some of the Kraft card stock, which I love, love, love.  I stamped this pretty sentiment image from Cheerful Christmas, which I colored with my Stampin’ Write markers onto Whisper White card stock.

Crooked Christmas Cheer Close UpI added a few simple embellishments and tilted the focal panel a little to the side.  Easy-peasy.

You’re ready to hop on over to the super talented and always amazing Breelin Renwick’s blog by clicking on the “Next” button below.  If you’d rather work your way backwards, I won’t judge.  Just click on the “Back” button to venture over to the ever creative and inspiring Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, just make sure you work your way through all nine blogs.

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