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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Christmas Camper — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to our first 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.  For this post we are each sharing a project with you and a little bit about ourselves so you can get to know all of the team.  So for those of you who already know me, you can skip on down to the project.  🙂

I live in the Dallas area in Texas.  My very supportive husband and I have been married for 20 years (we just celebrated that anniversary this month), and have three children — ages 16, 14, and 11.  Before I had kids, I was a CPA but am now a stay-at-home mom.  I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for over seven years.  I fell in love with the products the first time I got to play with them.  I love how they all coordinate and are of such great quality.  I love being a demonstrator because it such a joy to see someone who “isn’t creative” make a beautiful card and discover that we can all truly be creative (especially with the right supplies).  🙂

I am so excited to be on this team!  It is really a dream come true, and I am looking forward to getting to know the other team members and to grow creatively.  After having applied to be on this team several times over the years, I am still quite shocked to actually be on it.

Hopefully, you aren’t tired of Christmas cards yet.  For my project today, I used a stamp set from the Annual Catalog and a couple of dies from the Holiday catalog.

Christmas CampingI started by sponging on some Soft Sky ink onto some Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from Holly Jolly Greetings with Basic Black ink.

The cute camper from the You’re Sublime stamp set was stamped with Jet Black Staz-On ink onto Watercolor Paper.  I watercolored it with Real Red, So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Mossy Meadow inks using an aquapainter.

I used the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies to cut out the tree and a Christmas Greetings Thinlits die to cut out the sentiment from a Silver Foil sheet.

Christmas Camping Close UpI added a few embellishments here and there, but kept it pretty clean, which is typically more my true style.

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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Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Presents under the Trees — Monday Montage #57

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  There are ten of us who love to share what we create, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, there is no denying that Christmas is quickly approaching. I just need to embrace it and dive right in, so I decided to make a Christmas card for today.

I pulled out my Peaceful Pines set and coordinating framelits because I have so much fun decorating these cute trees.   I went with a traditional colors scheme of red and green, more specifically — Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  I also threw in some touches of gold because I have been a little obsessed with gold accents lately.

Trees with PresentsI started with a Crumb Cake card base and layered on a sheet of the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum.   Then I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped some little stars and dots from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set with gold ink.  I added some gold thread and sequins and a fun Snowflake Element and Metal Rimmed Pearl.

I stamped the trees with Versamark ink and used clear and white Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Old Olive and Mossy Meadow card stock, and then cut them out with the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies.  The sentiment was cut with a Christmas Greetings Thinlit die from Red Glimmer Paper, and the “Christmas” is a stamp from the Holly Jolly Greetings set, which I embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

Trees with Presents Close UpThis would not be a card I would want to mass produce, but it’s perfect to send to a special someone.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog for a huge dose of beautiful creativity.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can hop over to Wendy Weixler’s inspiring blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all ten links.

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When creating this card, I decided to play along with Sandy’s current challenge at The Paper Players.  I haven’t done that in a while, and they always have great challenges.

I went with the “Patterned Paper, Sparkle or Shine, and Tree” column.  Or I could say I went with the “Snowflake, Sparkle or Shine, and Punch or Die-Cut” diagonal.  Or how about the “White, Embossing, and Punch or Die-Cut” column.  Just call me indecisive!

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Snowflake Penguin — FMS211

It’s time for another sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our super talented friend from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  And she has a beautiful collage-style sketch for us:

One of my very favorite sets in the Holiday Catalog is Snow Place.  But since snow has been nowhere near a possibility here, I haven’t even inked it up.  Snow is still nowhere near a possibility here as today is supposed to be in the 70s, but I have seen on the news that some other parts of the country have already seen some.  Yikes!

Snowflakes and PenguinI love all of the little accessories that come with this stamp set.  I chose to use the cute Santa hat and bow tie for this particular little guy.

The large snowflake in the circle is from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.  I used Pool Party ink with it.

I also used a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter as I find it difficult to not use it on a snow-themed card.

Snowflakes and Penguins Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to see your creativity at work.  Meanwhile, you can hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the design team made for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!