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!

Peace & Joy in the Stars and Trees

Ok.  So I can’t ignore it anymore.  It’s November now, and that means Christmas is right around the corner.  I guess I had better get busy and start preparing so I won’t be freaking out the week before Christmas about how much I need to do.

Maybe a Christmas card will put me in the mood.  Especially a simple one.

Stars and Trees


I started by cutting out the large label using one of the Apothecary Accents framelits.  After stamping the three trees on it, I added the punched out stars and sentiment (from Good Greetings).  I ran the card base through the Big Shot with the Lucky Stars embossing folder and I was done.  Pretty easy, huh!

Stars and Trees Close Up

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Soft Holiday Cheer — FMS154

Are you ready for another great sketch today?  I hope so because the super talented Cindy Lovell has a fabulous sketch for us all the way from Germany:

I love the beautiful All is Calm Specialty dsp in the Holiday catalog, but I hadn’t used any of it yet.  So I decided it was time to pull it out.

Holiday Cheer TreeI layered my main panel on a piece of a Silver Foil Sheet.  The cute sentiment is from the Cheerful Tags stamp set.  I embossed the tinsel on the tree with Silver Stampin’ Emboss powder.

Holiday Cheer Tree Close UpWe hope you’ll play along with us this week and post your card to the gallery.  Meanwhile, you should go check out what the rest of the design team made with this fun sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Peace & Joy in the Trees

Peace & Joy TreesI’ve got another Christmas card for you today.  I love this fun new set, Festival of Trees, because it’s so easy to decorate the trees however one likes.  The sentiment is from Good Greetings.

I used two different sheets of dsp from two different packages.  The Soft Sky sheet is from the Nordic Noel dsp and the Cherry Cobbler is from the Trim the Tree dsp stack.

The beautiful ribbon is some of the Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon.  I love how easy it is to make pretty bows with it.

Peace & Joy Trees Close UpEnjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!