One Down and the Rest to Go — FMS303

It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches today, and this week the New Zealand stamper extraordinaire, Karren Johnson, is our hostess. Take a look at this fun sketch that she has designed for us:

I have to say it has been hard to focus on stamping this past week with all of the horrible and devastating effects that Hurricane Harvey has had on our state.  While we have not had a drop of rain where I live in the DFW area so I have not been personally affected, I have found myself glued to the news stations and Facebook to check on friends who live in South Texas and my heart breaks for them.  I grew up in a small town in South Texas, not far from Rockport, where the hurricane landed.  We spent many days at the beach in Port Aransas.  It’s unbelievable to see what has happened to this area.  And then the incredible flooding in Houston has been so terrible for other friends.  I have friends who have lost homes, but I am so thankful that they are safe.  Wow!  What an unbelievable week!  If you have been affected, I am so sorry and I pray that you will find relief quickly.

Some of my fellow teammates have been showing beautiful Christmas cards all Summer, and I haven’t made a single one.  So I finally decided that I needed to get started and at least make one to get the ball rolling.  I don’t have any of the new sets yet, so I pulled out one that carried over to the annual catalog, Christmas Pines.  I tried to use the greenery as the star elements in the sketch and the pine cone as the triangle element.  Hmmm….I may have taken some creative liberties with this sketch.

I used a piece of the Wood Textures dsp stack and trimmed it with a bit of Cherry Cobbler card stock cut with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

We hope you’ll join us and create you own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to drop by 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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Noel Pines — FMS266

It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week I get the pleasure of being the hostess.  How fun!  One of my favorite card styles is what I’d call simple collage style.  I love a little gathering of fun elements for a focal point.  Based on that, here is our sketch for the week:

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I put a heart and circle on the sketch, but feel free to change them out for any shapes you wish.  Continuing with a Christmas theme, I used pine branches and pine cones.

noel-pineconesI started with a Kraft card base and stamped the little stars and dots with some Crumb Cake ink.  I then flicked some gold Wink of Stella on top.

I used a square from the Stitched Shapes framelits to cut out the Whisper White square. The sentiment was embossed with Real Red Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I love the red sparkle against the white and kraft card base.

noel-pinecones-close-upWe hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  I’d love to see what you do with it!  Meanwhile, be sure to journey over to the Freshly Made Sketches site.  I’ve seen what the design team has created this week, and you’ll love it.

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A Peek at Pines — FMS252

Another Wednesday, another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week the fabulous Karren Johnson, our talented friend from New Zealand, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch:

I think I took some creative liberties with this one.  When I saw those four circles, I immediately thought of a collage of fun die-cuts, and I started down a trail far away from four circles.

The new Christmas Pines bundle, which will be available in the new Holiday catalog starting tomorrow, was right at the top of my must-have list.  Fabulous dies, fabulous stamp images and fabulous sentiments are all included in this bundle.

Noel PinesI started with a strip of dsp from the This Christmas dsp package and embossed the sentiment with some of the Real Red Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder (yes!  Glittery embossing powder).

I die cut the greenery and pine cones from Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Kraft, and Early Espresso cardstock with the Pretty Pines Thinlits dies.  A couple of strands of Real Red Baker’s Twine from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine duo was added as a finishing touch.

Noel Pines Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  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 made for your inspiration!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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