A Basket Full of Birthday Wishes — FMS308

Another Wednesday, another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. But not just any old sketch — a sketch by our talented friend, Rita Wright, who has a great one for us this week:

Since I have been hooked on Fall-themed stamps and colors lately, I decided to continue my trend and pulled out a set that came out last year and carried over into the annual catalog this year.  It is a fun one to color, and I love how you can fill the baskets with different goodies.

I started by stamping the images on some Shimmery White cardstock with Basic Black ink and colored them in with a blender pen and my ink pads.  A sheet of Wood Textures dsp and a scrap of Painted Autumn dsp were used as well

The sketch reminded me that I haven’t used a button in a long time and I really miss them.  But I had one of these fun wooden Touches of Nature Elements on my desk, and thought it would go well with the wood theme of this card.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Thanksgiving Place Setting — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

This is one of our “Open” hops, where we can use any of the products in our quarterly box. Now that Halloween is over, I am focused on Thanksgiving.  Of the 20 years I’ve been married, I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving or Christmas at our house.  We always either travel to my parents or my husband’s parents.  Well, this year Thanksgiving is at my house.  And I’m a little scared.  There will only be 12 of us, but I don’t have many of the serving pieces for a nice dinner.  One of the items I don’t have 12 of is napkin rings.  So here is what I’ll do instead.

placesettingI tucked a napkin and silverware into one of the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags and decorated it with the Basket of Wishes stamp set.  The image was colored with a blender pen and ink pads.

placesetting-close-upI love this sentiment which is included with the stamp set.  It is phrased a little differently, but since I wanted to personalize the bags and use them as place cards as well, I selectively inked up the stamp to make the words work for me.  I just covered the words I didn’t want to stamp with washi tape and then inked up the stamp on the ink pad.  I then removed the washi tape before stamping directly on the bag.  Easy!

placesetting-longI hand wrote the names of all our guests on the labels, which were stamped with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and punched out with the Classic Label punch.

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!




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Basket of Fall Wishes — FMS254

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week our talented friend from Australia, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess.   Check out the great sketch she has for us:

fms-final-254-001I recently acquired a new set that I was eager to ink up and color.  It’s the Basket of Wishes set in the Holiday Catalog.  It’s a fun set because there are three different baskets and four different arrangements that you can place in the baskets.  If  I could remember anything from my college statistics class, I could tell you just how many different baskets you could make.  It’s a lot!

basket-of-fallI totally stayed true to the sketch this week!  Shocking!  I stamped the image with Basic Black Archival ink onto a piece of Shimmery White cardstock.  I colored it with a blender pen and my ink pads — Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry, and a little Smoky Slate for outline shadowing.  This one is easy to color and fun!

basket-of-fall-close-upI used some of the Fancy Frost Specialty dsp, which has beautifully textured designs and has some patterns that don’t have to be used just for Christmas-themed cards.  I very lightly sponged some Crumb Cake ink onto the raised dots to add a tiny bit of contrast.

A strip of Petals & Paisleys Specialty dsp and a strip of a Copper Foil Sheet were used as well.  The sentiment is from a stamp in the Paisleys & Posies set.

We hope you’ll join us and play along with us this week!  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to jump on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


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