So Long Sublime — FMS286

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week, our hostess is our incredibly talented friend from Australia, Narelle Farrugia.  She has a great sketch that will be easy to dress up or down.  Take a look:

I’m trying to give some love to the sets I will miss most when they retire at the end of the month.  For this sketch, I knew that one of the images from the You’re Sublime set would work well and I think all of the images in this set are so cute.

I started by stamping the image on some watercolor card stock and coloring it with an aqua painter and my ink pads.  A little scrap of Succulent Garden dsp, metallic thread, and some silver ribbon were added to finish it off.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you make and look through the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team 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!


Snappy Crab Convention Swap

One of the things that I most love about attending Stampin’ Up’s annual convention is seeing friends that I usually only get to see electronically during the rest of the year.  Our group does a swap and dinner each year and I always look forward to it.  It’s such a great group of women, and they happen to be talented stampers as well.

This is the card I made for our swap using the You’re Sublime stamp set.

snappy crab convention swapI used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set for the background, and I watercolored Mr. Crab with Real Red and So Saffron ink.  I added some gold metallic thread (because I am completely addicted to this stuff) and some punched Gold Foil stars from the Confetti Stars Border Punch and a gold star sequin.  The dsp is from Everyday Chic.

snappy crab convention swap close upThis crab makes me smile, so it wasn’t too hard to make 30 of these cards.  Even after coloring him that many times I still think he’s cute.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Loads of Sublime Thanks — FMS192

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week Jen Mitchell is our hostess.  Jen is so gifted at making fab clean cards.  She has a great versatile sketch for us too:

I pulled a new stamp set, You’re Sublime, off my shelf.  I think all of the images in this set are so cute.  And I love the punny sentiments.

Loads of Sublime ThanksI colored this with an aquapainter and a blender pen.  I added some of the fun silver metallic thread, white baker’s twine, and silver 1/8″ ribbon behind the focal image.  The dsp is from the Schoolhouse pack.

Loads of Sublime Thanks Close UpWe hope you’ll make some time to play along with the challenge.  We love to see how you interpret the sketch.  Meanwhile, you can see what the design team made at the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!