Cheerful Christmas

It’s time for another wonderful sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, and this week our host is Jen Mitchell.  Jen is such a talented card maker and an exceptional sketch designer.  I have to say that I LOVE Jen’s sketch; it’s really easy to work with and I had so many ideas for it, but I really wanted to use the Festival of Trees stamp set for one of the components of the sketch.  The rest of the card just kind of grew around the tree.FMS159-Cheerful-ChristmasThe large rectangular piece was perfect for the “christmas cheer’ sentiment from the Cheerful Christmas stamp set.  I colored it with Garden Green and Real Red Stampin’ Write markers so I could eliminate the swirls and the items where the tree would go.

Speaking of the tree, I didn’t start out with the idea of adding the colored pearls, but they make wonderful 3-D ornaments!  They were colored with Sharpie Markers and some were just left white.  This is very similar to the colors that I use on my Christmas tree.  The Silver Glitter Glue makes a wonderful looking tinsel, too!

FMS159-Festival-of-TreesThis card was so quick and easy, especially since the tree has a coordinating punch.  I hope you like this one, and that you’ll give it a try!

Please stop over at Freshly Made Sketches to see the truly inspirational cards made for you by the ‘Clean Team’.  We would love to have you play along with us this week, and Jen’s sketch is perfect to get you going.  Also, be sure to stop by throughout the week; the talent in the gallery is always awesome, too!   You all make it VERY difficult to pick winners.  :)

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PPA224 Happy Hour!

It’s time for another fabulous sketch by Margaret Moody!  This week’s Pals Paper Arts Challenge features a fun and easy sketch with lots of character!  The sketch made me feel happy and I grabbed the Happy Hour stamp set for this card. PPA224-CheersIn case you haven’t noticed, I can’t get enough of the 2014-2016 In Colors!  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow were my picks for this card.  The horizontal panels were stamped with the border stamp included in the Summer Silhouette stamp set, and I didn’t notice that the print on the wine glasses stamp, from Happy Hour, was the same pattern.  That worked out well!  And since I had a great thing going, I embossed the background panel with the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder. The Gold Foil paper, the gold sequins from the 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment, along with gold embossed “Cheers”  gives the card a classy look with all the rich colors. PPA224-Happy-HourTwo little Rhinestone Basic Jewels on the glasses is the perfect sparkling finishing touch for this very clean and simple card. TIP FOR CASE-ing THIS CARD:   It is easiest to stamp the border design and then trim it rather than trying to position it on the strip of paper. PPA224 Oct 16 I hope you’ll visit us at Pals Paper Arts to see the wide variety of inspiring creations that the Resident Arts have designed for you, and that you’ll join un with this challenge this week!

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Lots-a-Dots for FMS158

Okay, I may have gotten a little carried away with the dots on this one…

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Jennifer Timko has a fabulous sketch for us to work with at Freshly Made Sketches this week, and I already have a LOT of ideas of how I will be using it again.  However, I think my massive amount of dots may have taken away from the beauty of the sketch.

I started with the Moonlight DSP Stack with those dots and colors that I love.  After I picked out the tiny-dotted paper from Flower Pot DSP to stamp my sentiment on, I thought it needed dots, too, so a used a sponge dauber to add more, as well as a few more Crushed Curry dots on the background piece.  I was on a dot-frenzy, so I had to add some candy dots  To add a little dimension, some of the dots were circled or filled with Crystal Effects.

Be sure to visit Freshly Made Sketches, see what the ‘Clean Team’ has created with Jennifer’s awesome sketch, and play along with us this week!

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For those of you who haven’t seen my personal Facebook page, my mom and I visited my daughter in New York City a week ago.  I wanted to share a photo of my two favorite women and a few highlights of our time together.

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We all feel so blessed to have been able to spend 5 glorious days exploring the best of Manhattan!  One of the highlights of the trip was seeing “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theater on Broadway.

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I could watch this production over and over again!

My favorite place to eat was the Gallow Green rooftop restaurant at the McKittrick Hotel:  It was a beautiful sunshiny and crisp fall day, and the wonderful ambience and incredible brunch buffet, not to mention the bottomless Mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys, made it absolutely perfect and memorable.

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Mom had to drink hot tea because she forgot to bring her ID to prove she was over 21.  :)

Gallow 3Thanks for stopping by!

 

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FMS157 You’re the Best!

It’s Wednesday and time to check out this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge!  This week our amazingly talented and super-sweet Amy O’Neill is hosting with a new ‘clean and fresh’ sketch.  If you haven’t been to her blog, be sure to visit Amy’s Paper Crafts.  I think it’s safe to say that she’s never created a card that I didn’t LOVE.FMS157-Flower-Shop-HoneycomI just can’t seem to get enough of the 2014-2016 In Colors, and they seem to be my go-to colors ever since they were released in the Annual Catalog.  I love the combination of Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey, and those colors are featured in the Moonlight DSP Stack.  This may be a stack that doesn’t end up getting hoarded;  I’m working my way through it pretty quickly!  Three of the prints from the collection are featured on this card. FMS157-Flower-ShopTwo stamp sets, Flower Shop and Honeycomb Hello, were used to create a quick and easy card.  The Pansy Punch coordinates with the Flower Shop stamp set and makes it a breeze to cut out the flower.  And a simple button tied with some Baker’s Twine for a finished look to the flower.  The sentiment, from Honeycomb Hello, is a perfect fit for one of the opening created with the Hexagon Hive Thinlits, and stamped with VersaMark and embossing with White Embossing Powder, it shows up so well against the Blackberry Bliss cardstock. As a last-minute addition, I used a Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker (fine tip end) to create a faux stitching around the card and cut three circles with a standard household paper punch and coated them with Crystal Effects for faux enamel dots.  Sometimes I just want something a little larger than Candy Dots, and this works for me.  SNAP!   It’s done! FMS157 Amy Have you played along with us at Freshly Made Sketches yet?  We hope you will come visit us and see the inspiration galore created by our ‘Clean Team’ and the awesome array of talent represented in our gallery of challenge participants.  We’re pretty sure it will get your stampin’ Mojo flowing.  Please join us this week and make it even more difficult than it already is to pick our King or Queen of Clean and princes/princesses!   Obviously, we love a challenge! Thanks for stopping by today!

STAMPIN’ UP SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop and Honeycomb Hello;  Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Whisper White and Moonlight DSP Stack;  Ink:  VersaMark, Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight Blendabilites, Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker;  Tools and Accessories:  Pansy Punch, Regals Designer Buttons, Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine, Crystal Effects, Hexagon Hive Framelits Die, Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  NON-SU SUPPLIES:  Basic Hole Punch.

 

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PPA222 – Another Reason to Give Thanks!

I’ve sure been busy showing you different ways to use the For All Things stamp set this fall, and I’m not done yet.  I love this stamp set and it seems to show up in some way on most of my cards.  From the sentiments to the images, it’s a must-have for your collection.

This week’s color challenge at Pals Paper Arts inspired yet another fall card for me.  I’m not sure if there’s a color scheme that I couldn’t turn into a fall card right now, because I’m so ready for some sign of fall here in SW Florida!

PPA222-For-All-ThingsWatercolor Wonder Metallic Gold washi tape helped me create some fun lines for this super-simple card and a small strip of Calypso Coral from the Epic Day washi tape set made a perfect border for three beautiful Gold Basic Metal Buttons.  PPA222-Color-ChallengeThe Very Vanilla panel was matted with Brushed Gold cardstock before adhering it to the Early Espresso card base.  Clear Block stamping created a unique backdrop for the image and sentiment from the For All Things stamp set, and a fine line around the edge gave the rectangular shape created with the clear blocks a little more definition.  My favorite part of this card is the teeny-tiny little Linen Thread bow.

Well, in case you haven’t figured it out, the colors for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge are Early Espresso, Calypso Coral and So Saffron.  You really MUST go see the exceptional array of cards and an awesome journal idea at PPA.  Seriously, I was WOWED when I saw the lineup this week.  We hope you will be inspired to play along with us!PPA222 Early Espresso Calypso Coral So SaffronI hope today’s card gave you a feeling of stampin’ mojo and that you’re headed to your crafting space…  thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Set:  For All Things;  Paper:  Early Espresso, Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla and So Saffron;  Ink:  Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Early Espresso; Stampin’ Write Marker:  Early Espresso;  Tools and Accessories:  Watercolor Wonder and Epic Day Washi Tape, Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, All Purpose Glue, Glue Dots, Clear Block “C” and Paper Snips.

 

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Lovely As A Tree is Still Lovely!

It’s been awhile since I’ve pulled out my Lovely As A Tree stamp set, and I’d be remiss if I let fall go by without inking it up.  This week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge provided me with the perfect sketch for a fresh design with it.  Narelle Farrugia is hosting this week at FMS, and she designed the most fabulous sketch for us to work with!  FMS156-Lovely-As-A-Tree (2)Many of you still remember the Spice Cake DSP, which was probably my all-time favorite, and I used the colors that were the primary colors in that collection:  Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso.  A new SU favorite for me is the Good Greetings.  I love the wide variety of greetings in that fun font!

FMS156-Lovely-As-A-TreeThe tree was stamped with Early Espresso, the leaves were colored with Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry by just tapping the side of the brush tip on the image.  The tree trunk was colored with a blender pen and a little Soft Suede ink.  And as for that cute little leaf, it was cut with a framelit from the Fun Fall Collection.

FMS156 NarelleNarelle’s sketch is a wonderful starting point for your next card… I really hope you’ll play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Be sure to stop by and see the awesome array of cards that the ‘Clean Team’ has created for you for additional inspiration.

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Lovely As A Tree,  Good Greetings and Gorgeous Grunge;  Paper:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie;  Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pool Party and Soft Suede;  Stampin’ Write Markers:  Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry;  Tools and Accessories:  Fun Fall Framelits, Circles Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Blender Pen, Neutrals Candy Dots, Sponge Daubers and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

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FMS155 – Hang In There

Today’s card is an adorable little Get Well card using Karren’s awesome sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. FMS155-Hang-In-ThereKarren’s sketch is beautifully simple and oh-so-easy to use.  You  just HAVE to stop by Freshly Made Sketches to see what the ‘Clean Team’ has created to inspire you!  Another amazing array of cards for many different occasions… it’ll get your mojo flowing! FMS155 Karren This sweet little hostess stamp set, “Nuts About You”, is perfect for Get Well cards.  I love the sentiment “hang in there”, and for this card, I paired it with a sentiment from “Fabulous Four” for the card interior. FMS155-Fabulous-Four A few accessories and tools make this card come to life:  Crystal Effects on the leaves and possum, Blue Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon on the tag top (quickly and easily cropped with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch) and a few sequins from the In Color Sequin Assortment. FMS155-Nuts-About-You-2I hope you’ve been inspired by Karren’s sketch and my card and that you’ll come play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Nuts About You and Fabulous Four;  Paper:  Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP Stack;  Ink:  Soft Suede, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi and Basic Gray;  Stampin’ Write Marker:  Soft Suede;  Tools and Accessories:  Blue Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, In Color Sequin Assortment, Crystal Effects, Word Bubble Framelits, Big Shot and Stampin’ Dimensionals

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