From Our Family to Yours — FMS309

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our favorite friend from upstate New York, Linda Callahan, is our hostess.  Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I have always wanted a Christmas sentiment that says, “From Our Family to Yours,” so when I saw one that says just that in the Snowflake Sentiments set, I knew I had to have it.  Have you ever bought an entire stamp set for just one sentiment?  Truth be told, I love all of the sentiments in this set, and I know I will use many of them, but I would have bought it anyways for just this one.

I paired this lovely sentiment (isn’t the font gorgeous!) with some Garden Green dsp from the Quilted Christmas pack.  A scrap of black Merry Music dsp was added as well.  I used a bit of Real Red ribbon and one of the Stitched Felt Embellishments to finish things off.

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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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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Project Life Joy — FMS268

Here we are with our last sketch for 2016 at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our resident Massachusettsan (yes — that’s really a word — I looked it up), Jen Mitchell, is our hostess with the Christmas spirit.  Her gift — a fabulous sketch that is versatile enough to be used for any season or occasion.

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While I had my Hello December 2016 Project Life collection out, I made another quick card (or 2 or 3).  I kinda felt like this was cheating for a sketch challenge because there is no actual stamping on this card, but time is at a premium this week, so anything quick and easy is good.

joy-for-plI added a piece of dsp from the Warmth & Cheer dsp stack and a bit of baker’s twine and silver metallic thread, as well as some staples.

I love making square cards, but never think to do them.  I’m so glad Jen made one for this sketch.

joy-for-pl-close-upQuick and easy, like this post.  🙂

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch and post it to the gallery. You have until January 2 to get it in, as we’re taking a little break for the holidays.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to venture 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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Last Minute Christmas Cards — 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 the current team’s last hop together, as our term has come to a close.  It has been a fun ride and I have loved getting to know these other ladies.  They are inspiring and they are amazingly talented, and I have been blessed getting to share this journey with them.

Our focus for this hop is on one of three different products.  Since I’m still focused on last minute Christmas cards, I am using the Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Collection to make cards rather than scrapbook pages.  And these are all super quick and easy!

hello-groupIn addition to the Project Life cards, I’ve also used the Fancy Frost dsp.  I love this paper — it dresses up simple cards so easily.

hello-trioI paired these little cards from the Hello December Accessory Pack with some of the Silver 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon and silver metallic thread.  The sentiment is from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and coordinating Christmas Greetings Thinlits dies.

hello-wreathThis card didn’t require any stamping at all.  Some staples and ribbon trim added some fun accents.

hello-deerI embossed the sentiment from Star of Light with silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  A bit of a silver Metallic Foil Doily and silver glitter ribbon peek out from underneath it.

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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While this team won’t be hopping together anymore, there is a new team that’s coming around the corner.  There are some familiar faces and some faces you might not know yet, but they will all wow you with their creations in 2017.  Just in case you want to take a peak at the new team, here is a list of all of the new Artisans with links to their blogs.

Allison Okamitsu – Canada
Aurélie Fabre – France
Cathy Caines – Canada
Dani Dziama – United States
Holly Stene – United States
Jennifer Sootkoos – United States
Jessica Winter – Austria
Katy Harrison – United Kingdom
Kimberly Van Diepen – United States
Louise Sharp – Australia
Maike Ulbrich – Germany
Martha Inchley – Canada
Mercedes Weber – United States
Mindy Bingamon-Backes – United States
Miriam van Eyden – Netherlands
Paula Dobson – New Zealand
Rochelle Blok – Australia
Shannon Lane – Canada
Sylwia Schreck – Germany
Tanya Boser – United States

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Caroling Mouse — FMS

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend who flies the friendly skies, Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  Take a look at the great sketch she has for us:

fms-final-267-001I wanted to use my favorite Christmas set from the Holiday Catalog again before it retires soon.  It’s the Merry Mice set and it’s currently 20% off, so if you don’t have it, you may want to grab it while you can.

caroling-mouseThe mice in this set are so cute!  And they’re fun to color.  I used an aquapainter and a blender pen on this one.  The Falling Snow embossing folder was used as well.

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

Enjoy your Wednesday!  I’ll be back tonight for the current Artisan Design Team’s last blog hop.  Sniff!  Sniff!  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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Sugarplum Star of Peace — FMS265

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend from the land down under, Narelle Farrugia,  is our hostess.  Take a look at her fun sketch:

fms-final-265-001Since I’m woefully behind on Christmas cards, I decided to go that route.  I pulled out my Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set, fully intending to place the large snowflake image over a sponged circle.  But it all looked so plain.  I decided a die-cut image was needed, so I pulled out the Starlight Thinlits Dies.

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I started by sponging some Sweet Sugarplum ink on a mask created with a circle die and a scrap piece of cardstock.  With the mask still on, I stamped the stars and dots background with the same ink.

I die cut the star from a Silver Foil Sheet and the sentiment from some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

star-of-peace-close-upWe hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch and post it to the gallery so we can see your own work.  Meanwhile, be sure to journey 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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