Basket of Fall Wishes — FMS254

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week our talented friend from Australia, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess.   Check out the great sketch she has for us:

fms-final-254-001I recently acquired a new set that I was eager to ink up and color.  It’s the Basket of Wishes set in the Holiday Catalog.  It’s a fun set because there are three different baskets and four different arrangements that you can place in the baskets.  If  I could remember anything from my college statistics class, I could tell you just how many different baskets you could make.  It’s a lot!

basket-of-fallI totally stayed true to the sketch this week!  Shocking!  I stamped the image with Basic Black Archival ink onto a piece of Shimmery White cardstock.  I colored it with a blender pen and my ink pads — Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry, and a little Smoky Slate for outline shadowing.  This one is easy to color and fun!

basket-of-fall-close-upI used some of the Fancy Frost Specialty dsp, which has beautifully textured designs and has some patterns that don’t have to be used just for Christmas-themed cards.  I very lightly sponged some Crumb Cake ink onto the raised dots to add a tiny bit of contrast.

A strip of Petals & Paisleys Specialty dsp and a strip of a Copper Foil Sheet were used as well.  The sentiment is from a stamp in the Paisleys & Posies set.

We hope you’ll join us and play along with us this week!  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to jump on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Happy Fall Scarecrow — FMS253

These holiday weeks always mess me up.  So even though it doesn’t feel like a Wednesday after our U.S. holiday on Monday, it is and that means it’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week, our fearless Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  I had to point out that she’s fearless because she has included an element on her sketch that used to send her into a panic.  A circle!!  Either Jen has overcome her phobia or else she has decided to face her fear and conquer it.  I am proud of her!

One of my very favorite sets in the new Holiday Catalog is the Cookie Cutter Halloween set.  As if this set isn’t awesome enough solely based on its cute images, there is also a coordinating punch that goes with it.  And to make it even better, there is a Christmas themed set called (you guessed it) Cookie Cutter Christmas.  I love it when there are multiple sets that coordinate with a punch!

Happy Fall ScarecrowI started this one by pulling out a favorite embossing folder from last year, Woodland.  I then made my square background with a piece of Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP.  I love houndstooth patterns, and this pack has two different colors.

Happy Fall Scarecrow Close UpI really wanted to us a Fall-themed sentiment, but couldn’t find one in my sets.  So I just made one using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

Some fun accents — Copper Metallic Thread, Rich Razzleberry ribbon, an In-color doily and Brights Enamel Shapes were added as finishing touches.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create.  Meanwhile, hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Scenic Collage — Monday Montage #77

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten stampers who love to share what we create with you, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

Sometimes you need a card with a simple sentiment to send to a friend who lives far away if you just want to let her to know you’ve been thinking about her.  I love the sentiments in the Scenic Sayings set, and knew that one of them would be perfect for a friend who has been on my mind.

Scenic CollageI started by running a piece of Kraft cardstock through the Big Shot with the Sparkle embossing folder.  I die cut a couple of greenery stems from the May Flowers Framelits dies from Dapper Denim cardstock.  A circle from Fruit Stand dsp was cut with a Layering Circles Framelit die.

Some of the absolutely fabulous gold baker’s twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack, which is one of the offerings in the new Holiday Catalog was layered under some 3/8″ Mint Macaron ribbon.

Scenic Collage Close UpThis was a quick card to assemble and it has so many fun elements which I love.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  I always love seeing what she makes!  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing!

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Summer Flourishes — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another 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.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

This is one of our “Open” hops, where we can use any of the products in our quarterly box. I decided to pull out Flourishing Phrases and make a bright, happy card that has a Summery feel.  Summer is often considered to be over with the Labor Day holiday here in the U.S., and I guess this is my last attempt to hold on to it for a little longer.  Of course, here in Texas it will still feel like Summer for a couple of months most likely.

Summer FlourishesI started by die-cutting a bunch of leaves and flowers with the Flourish Thinlits Dies.  I used Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy, Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, and Daffodil Delight for my color palette.

Summer Flourishes Close UpI added some White Perfect Accents on the flowers and some gold Metallic Enamel Shapes (these will be included in the weekly specials at 25% off  Sept 1-7, so stock up!).

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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A Peek at Pines — FMS252

Another Wednesday, another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week the fabulous Karren Johnson, our talented friend from New Zealand, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch:

I think I took some creative liberties with this one.  When I saw those four circles, I immediately thought of a collage of fun die-cuts, and I started down a trail far away from four circles.

The new Christmas Pines bundle, which will be available in the new Holiday catalog starting tomorrow, was right at the top of my must-have list.  Fabulous dies, fabulous stamp images and fabulous sentiments are all included in this bundle.

Noel PinesI started with a strip of dsp from the This Christmas dsp package and embossed the sentiment with some of the Real Red Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder (yes!  Glittery embossing powder).

I die cut the greenery and pine cones from Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Kraft, and Early Espresso cardstock with the Pretty Pines Thinlits dies.  A couple of strands of Real Red Baker’s Twine from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine duo was added as a finishing touch.

Noel Pines Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to jump on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has made for your inspiration!

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Little Bella — FMS251

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our hostess is Cindy Hall, the master of gorgeous details.  She wows me every week with the extra touches she adds to her cards.  Take a look at the sketch she has for us:

Since I really need to stock up on birthday cards and I haven’t had a chance to ink up the adorable Bella & Friends stamp set, I decided to embrace the opportunity to accomplish both goals with one card.

I think the dogs in this little set are so cute!  There is a little cupcake included in the set, so I figured I could make a birthday card out of it.

Bella BirthdayI watercolored this sweet little guy with an aquapainter using Smoky Slate, Pool Party, and Calypso Coral inks.  The dsp is from the A Little Foxy dsp stack.  I used the Sparkle embossing folder to add a little texture.

I kept this card really simple and stayed quite true to the sketch.  I didn’t even add any embellishments.  That may be a first for me!

Bella Birthday Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and play along with the challenge, making a card of your own.  If you do, please post it in the gallery at Freshly Made Sketches so we can see what you create.  We love browsing the gallery each week!  Meanwhile be sure to pop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team created for a big dose of inspiration.

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Falling Flowers Birthday — Monday Montage #76

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten stampers who love to share what we create 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 birthday card for my sweet mother-in-law, who has been having a hard time since her knee replacement surgery last month.  I wanted to make something cheery and pretty, and I haven’t been able to play with the Falling Flowers bundle very much, so I thought it would be perfect for the occasion.

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I started by stamping the beautiful flourish from the stamp set with Versamark ink onto a Pool Party card base.  I stamped the sentiment, which is a single stamp called Stylized Birthday, onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, which I cut out with a die from the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies.

I stamped the flowers with Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, and Daffodil Delight ink and colored them with a blender pen.  White Perfect Accents were added to the flower centers after they were cut out with the coordinating dies.

Falling Flowers Birthday Close UpThe fabulously detailed leaves were cut using the coordinating dies from Old Olive cardstock.

I added a piece of a Delicate White Doily and a bow made from Black Baker’s twine to finish things off.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  I always love seeing what she makes!  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing!

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Flourishing Phrases — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another 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.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

Our focus for this hop is the Flourishing Phrases bundle and 2015-2017 In-Color Envelope Paper.  And what a beautiful bundle it is!  This bundle has everything — beautiful floral images, intricate coordinating dies, and fabulous sentiments.

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I started by making a square card, which is something I don’t often do.  This particular card is 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

A watercolor wash of Mint Macaron ink was applied by spritzing some water on a clean acrylic block and then adding a bit of Mint Macaron ink, letting it mix with the water.  The block was then placed on the piece of thick Whisper White Cardstock.

August Flourishes CardI then stamped some splatters using  a stamp from Touches of Texture and embossed them with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Two of the flourishes were cut from Vellum Cardstock and Whisper White Cardstock and placed over the dried watercolor wash piece.  I also added a bit of Copper Metallic Thread (so gorgeous), and added the sentiment which was placed over a piece of the Envelope Paper.

I also made a coordinating envelope using the Envelope Punch Board since my card is not a standard size.  Plus, it adds such a pretty touch.  This lightweight paper is perfect for not only making envelopes, but for adding layers on cards as well.

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The coordinating gift bag was made using the same products and techniques.  I started with one of the Petite Cafe Gift Bags and added some pretty embellishments, including some of the Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon, which ties so beautifully.

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I love how easy it is to create an elegant project with this bundle.  And I love how versatile this bundle is with its many great sentiments and gorgeous dies.

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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A Jar of Love and Pretty Flowers — FMS250

We have another sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our wonderfully talented guest designer, Cècile Ribon, is our hostess.  Take a look at what she has for us:

I really love this sketch and I love all of the pretty flowers in the Jar of Love bundle, so it seemed like a natural decision to combine the two.  I wanted to make a card for a friend who is going through some terribly hard things right now, so I wanted to make something cheery and pretty.
Jar of FlowersI stamped the flowers with Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight inks.  The greenery was stamped with Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz inks.  The dsp is from the Fruit Stand dsp collection, and the sentiment is from the Here for You stamp set.

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I love how easy it is to use these two-step stamps and to cut out the images with the coordinating framelits.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to see your creations in the gallery and visit your blogs.  Meanwhile, be sure to move on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made.  You’ll surely be inspired!

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A Copper Medallion — FMS249

Another Wednesday, another sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches! And this week the super talented Kim Singdahlsen is our hostess. Take a look at what she has for us this week:

While I had the Moroccan Nights stamp set out I made another card with it.  I really love the medallion image in this set, and I can’t seem to stop myself from embossing it.  This time I used some of the gorgeous copper embossing powder.

Copper Moroccan MedallionI embossed the image on some Vellum cardstock, and placed it over a piece of the Moroccan dsp.  A piece of burlap ribbon and lace trim were attached, and a piece of Navy Baker’s Twine was tied on top.

Copper Moroccan Medallion Close UpI stamped the sentiment from Thoughtful Banners on a strip of Cajun Craze cardstock and added a little piece of Delightful Dijon doily.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love seeing what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to jump on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made.  It will be sure to give you a big dose of inspiration!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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