PPA228 with Wonderous Wreath

I think this may be may favorite Christmas card thus far this season, and it’s all due to Margaret Moody and her uncanny ability to create the most fabulous sketches to work with and that really inspire me.  Margaret designed this sketch for this week’s challenge at Pals Paper Arts, and based on the Resident Artist’s creations, I think it’s safe to say they all liked the sketch, too!

PPA228-Wonderous-WreathI was playing with my Wonderous Wreath stamp set a few weeks ago, trying different colors and adding glitter glue and had set this sample aside.  Sometime since then, it ended up lying next to a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock, and I knew I had to use them together.

For this card, I cut two strips of Mossy Meadow and one of Whisper White, adhered them together on the back with Post-It Tape, and ran it through the Big Shot using the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  I couldn’t leave well-enough alone, and started adding dots with the White Gel Pen, and then it HAD to have Mossy Meadow Dots on the white panel.  I could quit there.  The Frosted Sequins with a pearl in the center of each was my final touch to my homemade background.

PPA228-Another-Wonderous-WrThe wreath was “stepped up” with some Cherry Cobbler Glitter Glue, because I think all Christmas cards need a little sparkle.  :)

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I hope you’ll join us at Pals Paper Arts this week and show us how Margaret’s fabulous sketch inspired YOU!

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Wonderous Wreath and Good Greetings;  Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler;  Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow and Versa Mark;  Tools and Accessories:  Frosted Sequins, Pearls Basic Jewels, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, White Gel Pen, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Big Shot and Cherry Cobbler Satin Ribbon.

 

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Freshly Made Christmas Wishes

Happy Wednesday!  I am both humbled and thrilled to be hosting this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Humbled because I have to create a sketch after 10 of the best card makers in the world, literally, have presented awesome sketches for you to create with.   Did you know our team at FMS represents multiple continents?  Thrilled because I get to see over 100 unique and fabulous creations made with my sketch.  And here’s my clean and simple sketch: FMS163 Cindy I thought this sketch was another great opportunity to use the Ornamental Pine stamp set.  I jazzed it up a bit by fussy cutting one of the pine cones and stamping two more directly on the pine branch.  The Early Espresso covers the Garden Green wonderfully, so you don’t see a blend of two colors.  I added Multi-Purpose Glue to the white spots and sprinkled on some Gold Glitter, just like the pine cones that will soon be on my mantle. The third (center) pine cone is popped up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  FMS163-Ornamental-PineThis is a super-simple card to make and is mail-friendly; just right for making multiple cards to send out. I hope you are inspired by it, and will play along with our challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches!   Don’t forget to stop by first to see what the ‘Clean Team’ has created to inspire you.

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Set:  Ornamental Pine;  Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Trim The Tree DSP Stack;  Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Early Espresso;  Stampin’ Write Marker:  Early Espresso;  Tools and Accessories:  Gold 1/8″ Ribbon, Gold Glitter, Multi-Purpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Project Life Corner Punch.

 

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Christmas Wishes with A Lovely Tree

My card for this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches gave me another opportunity to use another lovely tree from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  I have loved this particular tree stamp since the moment I saw it.

FMS162-Love-As-A-TreeHow lucky are we to have Kim Singdahlsen as our host this week?   She has awesome papercrafting talents, and now she’s showing her skills at creating fabulous, fresh and user-friendly sketches.  I was tempted to rotate the sketch, but then I quickly found that my tree fit in the vertical panel perfectly, and the card was designed around that panel.

FMS162The tree was inked up in three colors:  Mossy Meadow, Chocolate Chip and Smoky Slate.  I love the look of the tree trunk going all the way up through the tree, and the Smoky Slate was perfect for the shadow line at the bottom of the tree.

FMS162-Christmas-WishesThe background piece (Night of Navy) was stamped a thousand times (well, it seemed like it!) with the tiny little snowflakes from Holiday Home with White Craft Ink, and then sprinkled with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat set.  The sentiment is from Endless Wishes and was also heat embossed (Cherry Cobbler) on a print from the Gold Soiree Specialty DSP.  A little Red Glimmer Paper star, cut with the Star Framelits and punched with two 1/16″ holes for the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine gave the final sparkling touch.

I hope you are inspired by my card and that you’ll play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.  Be sure to check out Kim and the rest of the  ‘Clean Team’s’ wonderful variety of designs and themes made with this sketch.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Thank You with Polka Dot Pieces

It’s time for another color challenge at Pals Paper Arts, and this one was right up my color alley!  A gorgeous combination of Mossy Meadow (my new favorite green), Cajun Craze (my old favorite “rust”) and Soft Suede (there’s no better brown!).

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I count my blessing by my never-ending need for Thank You cards.  I can’t seem to keep up lately, and that’s a very good thing.  I am truly blessed with wonderful people in my life.  This one is for Larissa, one of my ‘Stampin’ Students’, who, as a former demonstrator, teaches me a thing or two.  She, her daughter, Gretchen, and her mother, Charlene, attend my stampin’ classes.  Larissa and Gretchen shower me with handmade cards, which is such a treat for someone who makes handmade cards for others.

PPA226-Polka-Dot-PiecesSome special little additions to this card:  I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to color the eye of the bird and added a dot of Crystal Effect, and added Soft Suede Candy Dots (Neutrals Collection) to the Cajun Craze Buttons (Regals Collection).  Rather than add the oval sentiment on top of the stamped shape from Everything Eleanor, I cut the oval out of the center of the shape and put the cardstock with the sentiment (from Something to Say) behind it.  A little ‘nest’ for the bird (from the Polka Dot Pieces stamp set) was made with a little bit of linen thread.  I also added a few extra dots on the print from the Color Me Autumn DSP with a Mossy Meadow marker.  The Naturals cardstock paired beautifully with this scene and the colors for the challenge.

Please join us at Pals Paper Arts, check out what the Resident Artists have created to inspire you, and play along with us.  We love seeing your creations, because YOU inspire us.

PPA226 Nov 6I hope you enjoyed today’s card, and a want to extend a Thank You to all of you who regularly visit me and leave such sweet comments.  I hope you know that you truly do warm my heart and make me smile when I read them.  Blessings to all of you!

 

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A Little Card to Perk You Up!

Good morning, Stampers!  I wish you could smell this card, because it would certainly wake you up!

First, I have to give credit for the inspiration for this card to the wonderfully talented and extremely witty blog writer, Linda Callahan, who created this great sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week. I love everything Linda does, but especially love reading her blog posts and she’s never made a card that I didn’t flip over.  Nope, never.

FMS161-Perfect-BlendThis card has freshly ground coffee and a few coffee beans, and it smells WONDERFUL!  I can’t wait for my daughter to get it in the mail and hear what she has to say when she smells the coffee coming from a card!  I’m sure she’ll be out the door and on her way to the nearest Starbucks within minutes.  I’ll enclose a Starbucks gift card when I send this to her, otherwise, it would just be torture.  :)

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Yes, that really is ground coffee and real coffee beans.  I wish I could take the credit for this idea, but I saw a card with coffee grounds and beans a long time ago, and I’ve never forgotten how clever it was.  I’m sure my card is different than the one I saw, but I can’t remember the actual card, only the coffee.  I used my old crimping tool on the coffee cozy to make it more realistic.

FMS161-Rule-the-WorldWith my Type A personality, I am having a hard time loving the font on this sentiment, because to me it looks like I messed up, but I have to admit, it’s quite appropriate.  I’m already looking forward to making another card with the Perfect Blend stamp set and I plan to split up the sentiment and put the “temporarily” on the interior of the card.

FMS161 Linda

Are you awake and alert now?  Good!  It’s time to go visit Freshly Made Sketches, grab a little more inspiration from the ‘Clean Team’ and get busy making a card to enter in this week’s challenge.  See you in the gallery!  Okay, now I’m off to finish up my card for tomorrow’s Pals Paper Arts color challenge.  Don’t you just love caffeine?!  Bye!

 

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Endless Wishes for a White Christmas

Well, I don’t think there’s much hope for a white Christmas here in Naples, Florida, so I’ll be creating lots of white Christmases on paper.  I hope that’s a word.  Spell check didn’t red flag it!

Rita Wright has designed the BEST sketch for our challenge at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Rita has amazing talent, fresh ideas and is a master of new techniques.  This sketch is the epitome of fresh!  I chose to ink up two stamp sets that I haven’t played with yet:  White Christmas and Endless Wishes.

FMS160-White-ChristmasThis is a pretty easy sketch to work with, that is IF you can make a decision.  I must have cut 20 pieces of cardstock and DSP trying to find the right patterns and textures to use.  I finally settled for a pattern from the All Is Calm DSP collection and a piece of Pool Party embossed with the Stylish Stripes folder.  The background piece of Lost Lagoon was embossed with the Decorative Dots folder.

FMS160-Endless-WishesThe trees were embossed with White and the deer with Early Espresso Embossing Powders, and the deer was colored with a Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker.  Both stamps are from the White Christmas stamp set.  The ‘ground’ was filled in with a White Gel Pen, and then Dazzling Details gave it a snowy scene effect.

The sentiment and snowflake stamp are from Endless Wishes, and made it easy to create a small round sentiment.  It was cut with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch and adhered to a piece of Silver Foil Paper cut with the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch.

And here’s Rita’s sketch:

FMS160 RitaI hope you’ll play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Be sure to check out the ‘Clean Team’s’ inspirational designs before you get started!

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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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