Retiring Star — FMS233

It’s my week to be the hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches, and I can’t wait to see what you do with the sketch.  Here it is:

Stampin’ Up! will soon be retiring lots of products to make room for new stuff in the upcoming annual catalog.  I’ve seen the new catalog, and I love so many things in it!  It makes the pain of losing some old favorites a little easier.  So before they retire, I am going to try to use as many of my favorites as I can.

I started by pulling Pictogram Punches off my shelf.  I love this set and will be sad to see it go.  I paired it with some other retiring products — Color Me Irresistible dsp, the Eclectic paper-piercing pack, a Brights Designer Button (still crying over the loss of buttons), the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, and the It’s My Party dsp stack.

Last Be a StarI used a color combo of Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Smoky Slate. The little stars on the main panel are from the Be the Star stamp set — also retiring.

Last Be a Star Close UpI hope you’ll make your own card using the sketch!  I always love to see how you interpret the sketch.  Meanwhile, you can jump over to the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration from the design team.  They did a fantastic job with it!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Mint Pictogram — Monday Montage #44

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We have ten paper crafters that are sharing their latest projects with you, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I needed to make a quick thank you card and I wanted to use one of the new In Colors which I haven’t really used yet, Mint Macaron.  It is such a pretty color.  I paired it with Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Tip Top Taupe.

Mint Pictogram


One of the things I love about this stamp set (other than the cute images) is the way it coordinates with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  It makes for quick cards!

The sentiment is from Another Thank You.

Mint Pictogram Close Up

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog to check out her latest project.  She is always so creative and makes such beautiful things.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can hop over to the oh-so-talented Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the other nine blogs.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

The Moon and the Stars

I happened to stumble across a new-to-me challenge blog, Clean & Simple Stamping, and I loved the sketch they had last week so I decided to play along.

I hadn’t used my Pictogram Punches stamp set in a while, and I love the images in this set so I pulled it out.

Moon and StarsI went with a color combination of Hello Honey, So Saffron, Soft Sky, and Tempting Turquoise.

Moon and Stars Close UpI think I’ll give this card to my daughter who just performed in a choir concert at school.  Singing in front of people is not something I would ever like to do, so I am proud of her for having the courage to do it.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Love and Arrows

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away now, I decided I needed to start making some Valentine’s cards.

Love and ArrowsI use two different stamp sets for this card — What’s Up? and Pictogram Punches.  And I used a color combo of Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, and black.

Love and Arrows Close UpI added some splatters and sequins, and finished this really simple card.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Rows of Hearts — FMS147

I’m taking a break today from convention display board samples because it’s Wednesday. And Wednesday means it’s time for a new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, the amazingly talented Jennifer Timko is our hostess, and she has a creative sketch for us.

When I first saw the sketch and its rows, I thought of a new punch I’ve barely used, the Hearts Border Punch.  When I realized that my hearts would be side-ways with this sketch, I decide to flip the sketch 90 degrees.

Rows of HeartsI also used the Hearts Decorative Mask and sponged some Whisper White ink over the mask on the bottom of the card.  I punched the little heart from Silver Glimmer Paper with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  The larger heart was cut with one of the framelits in the Hearts Collection.

Rows of Hearts Close Up

The stamped sentiment is from Pictogram Punches.  I used a color combo of Lost Lagoon, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, and Crumb Cake.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  Be sure to post it in the gallery, as we love to see what you make.  You can go check out what the design team made at the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Pictogram Punches X 2 — Monday Montage #23

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWe’re back with another Monday Montage blog hop for you.  There are ten of us participating, so just follow the links at the bottom of each post to see what everyone has in store for you this week.

One of the stamp sets that I love in the new annual catalog is Pictogram Punches.  I love the clean and simple style of it, and I love how it coordinates with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

I made two cards using different stamps in the set, but using the same sketch and color scheme.

Pictogram StarI used a sheet of dsp from Confetti Celebration, and went with a color scheme of Strawberry Slush, Hello Honey, and Pool Party.

Pictogram Star Close UpThe little starburst accent comes from the Be the Star stamp set.

Pictogram HeartThis is basically the same card as the previous one, but I’ve used different stamps, and have gone with a heart theme instead of stars.

Pictogram Heart Close UpThe little hearts are from the photopolymer stamp set called Countless Sayings 2.

Well, you’re ready to hop on over to see Breelin Renwick’s gorgeous creations.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can venture on to Wendy Weixler’s awesome work.  Either way, just keep clicking your way through all of the blogs.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Pictogram Vase

Pictogram VaseHere’s a pretty simple one for you today.  I am really enjoying the new Pictogram Punches stamp set.  I love how it coordinates with the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, and how it makes creating clean and simple cards so quick and easy.

I started by stamping the vase and leaves image with Pear Pizzazz ink on the tag.  I then stamped the same image again with Coastal Cabana ink on some other white card stock and cut just the vase out so I could paper piece that part.  I could have used my markers to color the leaves one color and the vase another, but sometimes it’s just as easy to paper piece, especially when the image isn’t hard to cut out, like the vase.

The flowers were stamped with Real Red ink and Hello Honey ink and punched out.

Pictogram Vase Close UpThe sentiment is from the Something to Say stamp set, and the fun stamped border is from Boutique Borders.   The dsp is from the Lullaby dsp pack.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!


You’re a Star

You're a StarI recently got my box of new catalog goodies, but I haven’t had time to play with them.  How frustrating is that?!?  Well, I carved out a half an hour to play with a new set called Pictogram Punches and the new Hearts and Stars Decorative Masks (what I would call stencils).

I really can’t wait to play with these decorative masks more.  I am itching to get out some modeling past and gesso and try some different techniques with them.  For this card, I just used a sponge dauber to apple some Whisper White Craft ink over the stencil.

One other new love I have discovered is this new 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon.  I am going to have to get more (all) colors of it.  It ties so beautifully and it is so pretty.

You're a Star Close UpI hope you have a great weekend.  My two oldest left for camp bright and early this morning.  I have some projects that I need to finish up this weekend, and then I’m looking forward to some one-on-one time with my youngest.  That will be a treat.  Thanks for stopping by!