A Merry Toile Christmas — FMS416

Twas the week before Christmas and we have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  It’s my turn to be the hostess, and with the craziness of last minute preparations, I thought a card that features a tilted/crooked/wonky panel would be appropriate.  Take a look:

The closer I get to Christmas, the simpler my cards become.  With this one, I let the pretty Toile Tidings dsp do most of the work.  I paired it with my favorite sentiment die from the Merry Christmas Dies.  I just love the scripty “M” in this one.

The “Merry” was cut from the Red Glimmer Paper and the “Christmas” was stamped with a stamp from the coordinating Merry Christmas to All stamp set.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  I know it’s a busy time of year and it can be hard to carve out time to craft, but this challenge will be open for three weeks.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop 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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Winter Birch Greetings — FMS415

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the repeat Artisan award-winning, card maker extraordinaire, Narelle Farrugia.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

I had the still unopened October Paper Pumpkin kit sitting on my desk, and when I saw the sketch I thought the sparkly birch trees in the kit would work with this sketch.  So I blended an ink background using Night of Navy and Pool Party inks, and then added a couple of the birch trees and one of the sweet cardinals to make a little wintery scene.

The stamp set included in the kit has a snow stamp, which I stamped and embossed using white embossing powder.  The sentiment, which is also in the included stamp set, was also embossed on a piece of Poppy Parade card stock.

Some Snowflake Sequins were also added for some additional sparkle.  This was a pretty quick card to pull together.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  Meanwhile, be sure to stop 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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To Every Snowflake Season — Monday Montage #153

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of stampers who love to share what we create with you, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

With the craziness of the holidays last week, I didn’t get to finish my card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge on Wednesday.  I had most of it done using this great sketch:

When I first saw this sketch, I immediately thought of snowflakes where the stars are.  I still had the To Every Season stamp set on my desk and it has three cute snowflakes on it that I thought would work perfectly.

I started by blending some Blueberry Bushel and Balmy Blue ink on a piece of white card stock.  I then embossed the snowflakes with white embossing powder.  The large sentiment was die-cut from Cherry Cobbler card stock using The Merry Christmas dies.  The “Christmas” sentiment was stamped using a stamp from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set.

I added some Snowflake Sequins and called it a day.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  I always love seeing what she makes!  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing.

 

 

 

 

If you should happen to get lost in the blog hop links, here is a list of all of those participating:

Amy O’Neill  —> you are here
Breelin Renwick
Cathy Casey
Charlet Mallett
Cheryl Curtis — not participating this week
Dani Dzamia— not participating this week
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Stars and Plaid — FMS411

These Wednesdays are flying by!  We are marching right towards Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.  Fortunately, we have a new sketch every week at Freshly Made Sketches to help you with your card making for these occasions.  And this week our hostess is the incredible Kim Singdahlsen, who has a great sketch for us.  Take a look:

I made another card for the Christmas card stash.  I love the So Many Stars bundle, as not only is this set perfect for Christmas, but I love to use stars for birthdays, graduations, and other occasions.  Very versatile!

I started by embossing the star with gold embossing powder and cutting it out with one of the coordinating stitched stars dies. I added a little green rhinestone from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels collection.

The dsp has pretty gold accents and is from the Wrapped in Plaid dsp collection.  I mounted it on some gold foil paper.  Some tiny little Snowflake Sequins were added as embellishments, as was a strip of striped ribbon.

The sentiment from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set was stamped with Night of Navy ink.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop 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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Snow Front Scene — FMS408

Another Wednesday has arrived, which means it’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week, our talented pilot friend, Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch:

This sketch is so versatile.  I think you could do just about anything with it.  I decided to pull out a new stamp set that I have been itching to ink up, Snow Front.  I grew up hating art class in school.  I couldn’t draw or paint at all and I really thought I had no artistic ability at all.  But then I discovered stamping about twenty years ago, and now I know that you don’t have to have any drawing talent to be artistic.  We can create little works of art with our stamps.  And this set is perfect for that!

 

This set has such fun images with which to play.  I only used a few of them, and I’m looking forward to using the others now.

There are no sentiments in this set, so I used one from the Christmas Gleaming set.  I like the pop of color the red sentiment strip adds.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop 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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Festive Farmhouse — FMS368

With Christmas right around the corner, we have one last sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for you in 2018.  Our hostess this week is a newly crowned Artisan Design Team winner and our friend from down under, Narelle Faruggia.  Take a peek at this fun sketch:

Since I still hadn’t made a card with the cute farmhouse in the Farmhouse Christmas set, I knew I wanted to make it work with the sketch somehow.  Hopefully you can use your imagination and see that the house represents the oval in the sketch.

I sponged a couple of pieces of shimmery card stock with Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake inks to create the two background panels.  I colored the trees and house with my markers.

This was a fun card to make as it’s so fun playing with all of the pieces to create a scene.  This card reminds me of Christmas at my Grandma & Grandpa’s farmhouse.  I miss them and spending time on their farm.  Those are good memories.

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

Since I most likely won’t get another card posted before Christmas, I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas.  I hope you get to spend it with those you love most and are able to relax and enjoy it amidst all of the busyness that the season brings.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Bright Lights of Christmas — FMS367

We have another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week our hostess is our amazingly talented New Zealander friend, Karren Johnson.  Take a look at what she has for us:

This is also your last chance to submit your entry for our Design Team Call.  If you are interested, be sure to go by the Freshly Made Sketches site to read about the qualifications and responsibilities.

This week’s card uses a little bit of several different things.  I thought I would start with a card from the Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card Pack.  I knew I wanted to use the cute little bulbs from the Making Christmas Bright set for the shape in the bottom left corner, but what to use for the big middle panel?  How about a big sentiment?

The sentiment is a great mix of fonts and is from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set.

I used a color combo of Real Red, Granny Apple Green, and Pineapple Punch.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop 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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