A Fond Farewell to Oh, Hello — FMS134

Are you ready for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches?  Well, that’s what we provide every Wednesday.  And this week you’re in for a treat, as the fabulous Karren Johnson has a very versatile sketch for us:

I knew right away what I wanted to do with this sketch, and that so rarely happens to me. Continuing on with my theme of showcasing retiring products, I pulled out my Oh, Hello stamp set.

Farewell to Oh, HelloI just love that chevron oval, and the pretty flower, and the fonts on the sentiments.  I will miss this set!

Farewell to Oh, Hello Close UpI embossed the sentiment with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The two types of ribbon I used — Strawberry Slush 3/8″ Stretch Ruffle Trim and Blushing Bride 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain ribbon are both also retiring.

We hope you’ll be able to play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Go check out what the rest of the design team did with the sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and then link up your creation there.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 5


Today marks the half-way point on our Artisan Finalist Blog Hop.  Five projects down, five more to go.  Today I’m going to share another card with you:

Artisan ButterflyI thought this card was very true to my style.  For the butterfly, I die cut a piece of cardboard and then applied some Whisper White craft ink with a sponge dauber.  I then glued down some of the Glass Stampin’ Glitter on the butterfly.

Here’s the inside:

Artisan Butterfly InsideNext on the blog hop is Breelin Renwick’s blog, or you can work your way backwards and visit Wendy Weixler’s blog.

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Enjoy your Wednesday night!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Vintage Verses (Sale-a-Bration), Oh, Hello
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Island Indigo, Tea for Two Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Victoria 5/8” Crochet Trim, Island Indigo 3/8” Ruffled Ribbon, Subtles Designer Buttons, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, 7/8” Scallop Circle punch, Silver Glass Stampin’ Glitter, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, cardboard (from a SU cardboard box), white acrylic paint, sewing machine

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 2


Welcome!  We’re on day 2 of our Artisan Finalist blog hop.  The ten finalists who were not chosen to be on the design team are sharing our ten projects.

My project today is a scrapbook page.  Scrapbooking was my first love when it came to paper crafting.  I love to do it, but find that I don’t do it very often anymore.  It’s just so much quicker to make a card.  Making the three required scrapbook pages is always my favorite part of this contest.

Artisan Fab Scrapbook PageThis page was actually pretty simple to make.  I just used lots of circle punches.  Punches make everything easier!

Artisan Fab Scrapbook Page Close Up 2I stamped over some of the circles with a stamp from Circle Circus (now retired).  I also added some washi tape to the photo.

Artisan Fab Scrapbook Page Close Up 1This is an older picture of my three kids that we took for a Christmas card one year.  I love this picture of them.

Because I made this page back in May, before the new catalog was released, I have used some retired products (mainly the dsp and buttons).

Now you should hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog and see her fabulous creation!  Or you can work your way backwards and visit Wendy Weixler’s page.  Either way, you’re sure to see something beautiful!

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Enjoy your Sunday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps Oh, Hello, Designer Typeset Photopolymer stamps, Remember This and That Rotary Stamp, Circle Circus
Ink:  Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Floral District Designer Series Paper
Paper:  Basic Gray, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Hung Up Cute Clips, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Subtles Designer Buttons, Brights Designer Buttons, Typeset Alphabet Bigz die,
Punches:  Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly, 2-1/2” Circle, 1-3/4” Circle, 1” Circle, 1-3/8” Circle, ¾” Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 1


Two posts in one day!  That’s unusual for me.  Well, I’m back for the second time today because those of us who were chosen as Artisan Award Finalists, but didn’t make the design team are doing a blog hop over the next ten days to share our projects.

We each made ten projects — 5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages, and 2 3-d items, and we all put a lot of work into these projects.   I hope you’ll follow along the blog hop trail and check all of them out.  There are some truly amazing projects made by some amazing artists to see along the way.

My first project is a card.  This was actually the first card I made.  I made it back in February and was going to use it for one of my regular blog postings.  But then I thought that maybe I should set it aside just in case I decided to enter the Artisan contest again.  If only I had done that with all of my other projects!  By the time May rolled around (the deadline to enter was May 22), I had only done this with two cards and still had eight projects to go. It seems like I never decide to enter until the last minute.  Life would be so much easier if I planned ahead.

Artisan FirstI even finished the insides of my cards for this contest.  That truly was a last minute decision.  I did this on the morning of packing up all of my entries to send off to Stampin’ Up! (which was only six days before they had to be in Utah).  It made me very nervous to stamp on the insides because the outsides were finished and ready to go, so if I didn’t stamp something straight it would have been disaster.  I didn’t do much with the inside of this one, but it’s much more than I normally do.  🙂

Artisan First InsideWell, now you’re ready to hop on to the next blog, which is Breelin Renwick.  If you’d rather go in reverse order you can do that too, and go visit Wendy Weixler.  Either way, you can make a full circle and visit all ten blogs with the click of a button.

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Some of the products I used on these Artisan entries are now retired, as I made all of these projects before the new catalog was released.

Enjoy your Saturday evening!  I’ll be back tomorrow evening (and the next eight evenings after that) with another Artisan project.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Oh, Hello, Madison Avenue (Sale-a-Bration)
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, Comfort Café Designer Series Paper, Creped Filter Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Delicate Details Lace Tape, White Baker’s Twine, 2-1/2” Circle punch, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/4” Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/8” Circle punch, 1-1/4” Circle punch, ½” Circle punch, In Color Dahlias, 3/16” Corner punch

Best Friends

I’m still playing with some of the new colors.  I had some Coastal Cabana on my desk from yesterday, so I decided to try some other combinations that go with that color.  The Color Coach suggested Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate, and since I love both of those colors, I thought the combination sounded great.


So after figuring out my color scheme, I had to figure out what stamps to use and a sketch as well.  I popped on over to the Retro Sketches site and decided to use their sketch this week:

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Oh, Hello and Label Love
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, In Colors dsp stack
Embellishments:  Ovals Collection framelits, Artisan Label punch, Epic Day washi tape, Honeycomb embossing folder, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Doilies Galore — FabFri19

It’s time for another Fab Friday challenge!  And we have a great sketch challenge for you this time:

I used a little mix of old and new on this card — some new colors (Strawberry Slush and Smoky Slate), some new dsp (Quatrefancy Specialty dsp), and some old favorites (Large Delicate Doilies Sizzlits die, Delicate Doilies and Oh, Hello stamps).

Doilies Galore

Today is the day when you can order from the new catalog.  Yippee!  Today is one of the last days that you can order from the old catalog and the Spring catalog as well.  Sounds like a great day to order to me!

I hope that over the next two weeks you’ll be able to join us at Fab Friday with this challenge.  Go check out what the rest of the design team made at the Fab Friday site.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Oh, Hello, Delicate Doilies, A Round Array
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Pool Party, Versamark
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Pool Party, 2011-2013 In Color dsp stack
Embellishments:  Large Delicate Doilies Sizzlits die, Circle punches, 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder


New Fave Color Combo

I’ve been having fun playing with some of the new In-Colors which will be released on May 31.  I’m trying to figure out what color combinations I like, and I found one today that I really like — Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, and Old Olive.  I think Strawberry Slush will be a favorite color of mine.

Strawberry Slush and Oh, Hello

My posts have been a little irregular lately, and they will probably continue to be so for the next couple of weeks.  I apologize!  I’ve been working fast and furiously on some samples for the display boards for Stampin’ Up’s convention in July.  I have a short turn-around time and I have a lot to get finished in the next two weeks.  I can’t show you what I’ve been working on now, but after Convention I’ll have a lot to share with you.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Oh, Hello
Ink:  Strawberry Slush (available May 31), Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Gingham Garden dsp (available May 31)
Embellishments:  Brights designer buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels, Apothecary Accents framelits, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack

Fresh Floral Fusion Thanks

Fresh Floral Fusion Thanks

When I saw the current sketch at Retro Sketches, I knew I needed to find the time to play along.  I love this sketch!

I am in love with these colors together right now — Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Island Indigo.  I think they are so fresh and Spring-y.

I dyed the flowers, made from Creped Filter Paper by placing the flowers directly on my ink pad and using a sponge dauber to dab them until they were well inked.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Oh, Hello
Ink:  Island Indigo, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Sunshine & Sprinkles dsp, Creped Filter Paper
Embellishments:  Floral Fusion sizzlits, 3/8″ Designer Printed Brads

A Flower Trio — FabFri13

Yea! It’s time for another challenge at the Fab Friday Challenge Blog today. And I love the sketch for today.

I didn’t use the butterfly shape; I chose an oval instead.  Use your imagination, and surprise us with your creation.  Of course, you can use a butterfly if you’d like.  Who doesn’t like butterflies?

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I am stuck on this color combo — I LOVE it!  Have you noticed how coral is everywhere these days!  Every catalog I get in the mail features this color.

I distressed the flowers with my bone folder before gluing them together.  Here’s a closer look:

A Trio of Flowers Closeup

Not much stamping on this card — just the chevron background on the oval.  Just plenty of Big Shot work — how did we ever live without this thing?  I didn’t put a sentiment on this card.  I just couldn’t figure out where to put one.  It’s nice to have a few cards on hand without a sentiment anyways.

Well, I hope you can find time to join us at Fab Friday for this sketch challenge.  Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Oh, Hello
Ink:  Basic Gray
Paper:  Basic Gray, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Old Olive, Whisper White, Tea for Two dsp, In Color dsp stack
Embellishments:  Floral Fusion Sizzlits, Honeycomb embossing folder, Ovals Collection framelits, Secret Garden framelits (leaves), Modern Label punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Large Pearl Basic Jewels, Delicate Details Lace Tape, Color Spritzer Tool


Easy Thanks

CAS Thanks

Here’s a simple thank you card today.  Just a little dsp, a little stamping, a little Baker’s twine, a little brad.  Well, you get the idea.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Oh, Hello
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pretty in Pink
Paper:  Island Indigo, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Tea for Two dsp
Embellishments:  Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, 3/8″ Designer Printed Brads