Patterned Hugs — FMS314

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite stamper extraordinaire from the land down under, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess.  She has a fabulous sketch for us too!  Take a peek:

I decided to take a little break from Christmas card stamping, and I thought the circles would be perfect to use with patterned paper.  So I reached for my favorite pack of dsp, Pick a Pattern.  I love the fun color combos in this pack, and of course the fun patterns.

 

Once I got everything cut out and arranged, I thought it was still missing something.  Using a stencil and adding some embossing paste is an easy way to add a little extra interest to a background.

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, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving (for those of you in the U.S.)!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Snowflake Greetings — FMS#313

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite and talented New Zealander, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  Someday, I am going to make it to New Zealand!  And when I do, I really hope Karren will agree to give me coloring and technique lessons, as she is amazing!  Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I’m continuing with my Christmas card journey, though I have stepped away from the Seasonal Lantern stamp set this week.  Those circles made me think of snowflakes, and then it was easy from there.

I went with an unusual color combo for snowflakes and Christmas, for that matter.  I cut the snowflakes from Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum card stock, and some more from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper using dies from Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

The sentiment was embossed with silver embossing powder and cut out with a Stitched Shapes Framelit die.  It is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.  Some fun sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment and sequin trim add a little shine.

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

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Lantern Full of Christmas Cheer — FMS

We have a new sketch for you today over at Freshly Made Sketches thanks to our favorite French design team member, Cecile Ribon.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

I’ve been playing with a new bundle, The Seasonal Lantern bundle, and thought it would work well with this sketch.  I have really enjoyed playing with this bundle.  It has fun stamps, which allow you to color (the Stampin’ Blends markers work great with this set) or you can use the stamps that come in the set to fill in the images.  Since I’ve been addicted to the Stampin’ Blends markers, I went that route with this card.

I started by die-cutting the lantern from a gold foil sheet.  There is one die that outlines the inside of the lantern, and that was cut from gold glimmer paper.  The other dies were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink  and colored with Stampin’ Blends markers.

I stamped one of the sentiments repeatedly on a piece of Pool Party card stock and added a piece of Merry Little Christmas dsp.  Half of a doily and some gold metallic thread were added as embellishments.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  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 Helpful Elf — FMS311

We’re ready with a new sketch for you over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week, our favorite Canadian, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  Jen has a gift for making clean and elegant work beautifully together.  Her sketch this week is a fun one!  Take a look:

I’ve been on a little bit of a roll with Christmas cards lately, and I really wanted to use a new stamp that I love so much and thought would work well with this sketch.  In my last post, I used a different stamp from this set, Festive Phrases.  But I think the elf stamp is my favorite.

I think this little guy is so cute!  And he’s very fun and easy to color, especially with the new Stampin’ Blends markers which you can now purchase.

I used some Merry Little Christmas dsp and a snowflake die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies.  Some silver Metallic Enamel Shapes were used for the little pom-poms on his hat and shoes.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch above.  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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Merry & Bright Lights — FMS#310

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Rocky Mountains stamper, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I pulled out a new stamp set, Festive Phrases, and some of the Quilted Christmas dsp and got to work.  I love all four of the images in this stamp set, and I think they all have fabulous fonts.

This card came together quickly.  I’ve been stuck on traditional Christmas colors lately, and continued that trend with this card (except for the little lights).

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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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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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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