Jolly Christmas for Freshly Made Sketches

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Freshly Made Sketches features a classic sketch this week which I can see myself using again and again! I was in the mood for something a wee bit elegant, so I decided to ink up a retired set which is one of my all-time favorites, Jolly Christmas.  This is one of my sets which has seen a ton of use, since I used this same deer to create 115 swap cards when I attended Stampin’ Up!‘s last Founder’s Circle.  I think this design just may be a winner for this year’s Christmas cards, too!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 5-1/2″ wide x 4-1/4″ tall when folded.

  • Touches of elegance!  Gold embossing, Very Vanilla cardstock and Gold Foil pair up for a rich and elegant combination.  The Tree die cut, made with the Perfect Pines Framelits, is decorated with Pearls.  Retired Gold Cording Trim accents the punched circle nicely.  Since this was the last of my cording trim, my Christmas cards will be sporting Gold Baker’s Twine.

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  • Gold snowflakes! I pulled out my retired Gold Encore ink to ink up the Snowflakes from Christmas Pine.  This image is turning into one of my “go-to” stamps.  I love the background it creates.  If you do not have Gold Encore, consider one of Stampin’ Up!’s neutral shades of inks, like Crumb Cake, and stamp off to lighten it. For a touch of color, Soft Sky would be lovely, too!
  • img_1671Merry Christmas! In keeping with the elegant tone of this card, I opted to use a sentiment with a cursive font.  This one is from the Star of Light stamp set.  I just LOVE it, don’t you?  Soft Suede ink looks great with the gold.

img_1678If you do not have the  retired Jolly Christmas set, don’t despair.  This is such a wonderful sketch, you could put a variety of images in the focal circle, and the results would be amazing. I could have used current sets.  Bells, pine cones, stockings, trees, ornaments…the list is endless! But every once in awhile, nostalgia strikes, and I just have to pull out one of my oldies but goodies.  When I saw the circle on this sketch, I immediately thought of this leaping reindeer.

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DON’T FORGET! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale Ends Monday, November 28th!  It only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! Through November 28th, you can save up to 40% on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

Stamps and Dies and Punches … Oh, My! To see a complete list of items, please click on the image below.

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Be sure to wake up early  to take advantage of the 24-Hour Flash Sale!

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As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Cozy Critters for The Paper Players

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The talented Claire at The Paper Players has the perfect challenge for this busy Thanksgiving week: Clean and Simple Christmas.  I had all types of clean and simple designs floating through my head. Most of them were clean and elegant.  Surprisingly enough, I opted for clean and cute, and inked up the Cozy Critters Host Set for the first time. I hope you enjoy today’s effort!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
When folded, this card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ tall.

  • Fox on a box! I stamped the Present from Cozy Critters three times: Emerald Envy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight. I then cut off the Real Red lid and adhered it to the Emerald Envy image.  I did the same with the Daffodil Delight ribbon.  The result has so much dimension!

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  • Fox in a hat!  I inked up the Fox from Cozy Critters with Calypso Coral ink, and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  I repeated this two more times, for a total of three foxes.  Fox #1, I snipped out with Paper Snips.  The body of Fox #2 was punched out with the Fox Builder Punch, and popped atop Fox #1 with dimensionals. I snipped out the head of Fox #3, and also added it Fox #1.  For Santa’s hat, I used the Hat from Jolly Friends, while the Tail is courtesy of the Foxy Friends set.

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  • Stitches and snowflakes! The Snowflake background, from Christmas Pines, was inked in Soft Sky. What a sweetly subtle background it makes for the Present, which was cut out using an Oval Stitched Shapes Framelits die.

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Wouldn’t this make an adorable card for a child? I thought it would.  But when my 27-year-old son saw it, his eyes lit up.  He has a thing for foxes…so Brady, I guess this one will be yours!

online-extravaganza-editedDON’T FORGET! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale is going on NOW!  It only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! Through November 28, you can save up to 40% on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

Stamps and Dies and Punches … Oh, My! To see a complete list of items, please click on the image below.

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As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Hey Chick for Freshly Made Sketches

img_1532-001The talented designers at Freshly Made Sketches have what I think is a very cute sketch this week.  I know I should be making holiday cards, but I really wanted to play with some of my new goodies from the upcoming Sale-a-bration Brochure.  This fun little set is called Hey, Chick.  I thought this goofy little chickie would be perfect to use with this sketch.  Although she will not be available until the brochure goes live January 4th, I still hope you will enjoy today’s card.  And I promise, I will be posting holiday cards for you very soon!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ tall when folded.

  • Easy peasy! I inked this crazy little gal in Basic Black Archival ink and stamped her three times.  I then punched out the images using the 1-1/2″, 1-3/8″, and 1-1/4″ punches.  Her feathers are a mix of Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie, while Smoky Slate was used to highlight her body.  Soft Sky adds a subtle shadow around her.  The image was inked a fourth time and stamped directly onto the card base.  She was colored the same way as before.
  • Speckles! One of my most often used stamps is the Speckles image from Gorgeous Grunge.  For this card, it was inked with Crushed Curry, and used to randomly stamp the lower part of the card. I repeated the process with Smoky Slate.  Of course, I masked off the chicken in the corner to prevent her from getting speckled in the process.
  • Hey, chick!  Every chick deserves a little bling, so I added a single Rhinestone to accent each chick.  I LOVE the way the rhinestones draw the eye right to the circles.

I had a blast creating this quick and easy, clean and simple card.  Since I have a few friends who would be perfect candidates for receiving this card, I  am sure I will be whipping out a couple more!

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DON’T FORGET! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale starts tomorrow!  It only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! For one week only, November 21-28, you can save up to 40% on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

Stamps and Dies and Punches … Oh, My! To see a complete list of items, please click on the image below.

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Jackie the Boxer says, don’t sleep-in tomorrow morning! Wake up early in order to take advantage of the 24-Hour Flash Sale!

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As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Online Extravaganza Sale Begins Nov. 21

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Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! For one week only, November 21-28, you can save up to 40% on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

Stamps and Dies and Punches … Oh, My! To see a complete list of items, please click on the image below.

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Click on the Flyer above to see the complete list of items.

FLASH SALES! To sweeten the deals, Stampin’ Up! will be having 24-hour sales on the first and last days of the promotion, featuring special products available for that day only. You can even get a sneak peek AND save on products that will be on the future holiday catalog retiring list.

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Search the Stampin’ Up! library of videos which highlight many of these products!  Here are a few of my favorite products:

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And what a coincidence…I just completed my Stitched with Cheer Project Kit last night.  I will be back this weekend to give you my assessment of this awesome kit!

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Because of higher demand than expected, the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) are in backorder status.  They will be placed on “non-orderable” status on November 21, 2016, at 10:00 AM (MT).  SO PLEASE, order today!!!  However, the stamps that coordinate with these dies are STILL available and are still 25% off through November 30th.

fullscreen-capture-10312016-25802-pmAs always, if you have any questions, I am only an email away!  Until next time…
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Merry Mice for The Paper Players

img_1437First, I would like to thank all of you for your kind condolences.  It lightened my heart during a trying time to know so many of you were thinking of me and my family.

I have found time to do a little stamping.  The Paper Players are having a Color Challenge (Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Real Red).   Since I used these colors on the Merry Mice card I created for Freshly Made Sketches last week, I thought it would a perfect time to create a companion card.  I hope you enjoy this quick and easy card.

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This finished card measures 5-1/2″ wide by 4-1/4″ tall.

I just loved coloring this little fella from Merry Mice.  I dressed him in a Mint Macaron sweater and Real Red pants, using Blender Pens and inks. The mouse himself is Smoky Slate with Blushing Bride ears and nose.  I do like the bit of sparkle on his ornament, whiskers, and tail, thanks to Clear Wink of Stella.

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Because this card is so simple, I added a double cheater bow, crafted from Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy Silky Taffeta Ribbon.  Talk about easy-peasy!

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And just in case, this wasn’t enough texture, I used the Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add even more. This folder is so classy and timeless.  I can’t wait to play with it again.

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When I think back, this set was not on my initial order.  I had no desire to purchase it.  But the more I looked at it, the more it spoke to me.  Now I can’t wait to use the third stamp in the set to create a third card!

picmonkey-collage As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  I’ll leave you with this adorable, little fairy rose I found on the bush outside my door yesterday morning.  Just when you think the colors of summer have faded for the blazing glory of fall, Mother Nature surprises us.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

In the Meadow

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My brother passed away last night.  He had been ill for quite some time. But that doesn’t lessen the shock or the sense of sorrow I am feeling.

He was my older brother…older by 14 years.   By the time I was old enough to truly remember him, he had joined the Navy, and was stationed in Florida.  But once he was discharged, he moved back to the Midwest.  I remember spending weekends and vacations with him and his wife when I was still quite young, creating memories to cherish.

One memory stands out above all others.  One winter, I was staying with them on the Missouri farm my parents owned.  Snow fell during the night, blanketing the pasture at the edge of the timber.  We were walking out to check on the cattle to make certain everything was fine.   Suddenly, from out of a thicket, stepped a doe.  For a moment, her eyes locked on us.  She stood like a statue, amidst a field of diamonds, her breath leaving wispy trails in the cold, crisp air.  Then, just as quickly as she appeared, she was gone.  A moment of beauty was shared with a big brother…never to be forgotten.

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He never really knew the creative side of me.  He never visited my blog, and I doubt he really understood the cards I sent him were designed by me.   How I wish now that I had created this card earlier.  We could have shared the beauty of the Day of the Doe, and I could have told him that my world truly was brighter and more beautiful because of the role he played in it…

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Until next time…
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Merry Mice for Freshly Made Sketches

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I have always loved the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I remember filling in for the talented Rita Wright during her leave of absence a few years back.  Although I am a vintage and distressed gal at heart, I LOVE a clean card and admire those who are masters at creating them, like the designers at FMS.  I was thrilled to have a few spare minutes this evening to create a card specifically for Jennifer Brum’s classic sketch.  I hope you enjoy this Merry Mice card.

 

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 5-1/2″ wide by 4-1/4″ tall.

Our sweet, caroling mouse is sporting a Mint Macaron shirt and hat, Soft Suede pants, and a Cherry Cobbler scarf.  To simulate water coloring, I used Blender Pens and inks.  Isn’t he just adorable? I wish you could see the Clear Wink of Stella on the snowflakes, whiskers and tail.  It’s so subtle, but adds just the perfect amount of shimmer.

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A strip of Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper adds a splash of festive color, while Emerald Envy Taffeta Ribbon adds a touch of texture.  Even more texture is imparted with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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I don’t usually create what I would call “cutesy” cards, but this one is an exception.  Who can resist this little guy?  I can’t wait to use the rest of the images in this set.   This may be the year when everyone on my Christmas card list receives a different design. How fun would that be!

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As always, if you ever have a questions about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…
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Love Sparkles … An Occasions’ Sneak Peek

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Woo hoo!  I am taking advantage of some free time to play with new stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog.  As I mentioned yesterday, these are sets I received at Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event this past weekend.  Today’s card is made using the “Thank You” sentiment from the Love Sparkles set.  I am entering it in The Paper Players’ “Count Your Blessings” challenge.  In this challenge, we are being asked the question, “For what are we thankful?” I am thankful for a friend who is making Jackie a new show lead.  Because she loves fairies and pixies, I thought this card would be perfect for her.  Enjoy!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

The Watercolor Wash background stamp was used to create the background for this card.  I colored the stamp with Pool Party, Marina Mist, So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Markers.  I then spritzed it with a little Stampin’ Mist cleaner to allow the colors to bleed.  I usually use water, but I had a dog sleeping on my feet, and didn’t want to disturb his slumber by waking him up and running upstairs to fill my empty spritzer.  The Stampin’ Mist worked just fine.

img_1289The sentiment and trail of stardust was inked in Archival Basic Gray ink.  Rhinestones and Clear Wink of Stella add the perfect sparkly touch!

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The adorable little pixie-in-flight is sporting Bitty Butterfly Punch wings inked in Soft Sky and Sweet Sugarplum.  Wink of Stella “fairy dust” accents her Soft Sky dress.  As you may have noticed, she is carrying a Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper wand with a Silver Metallic Star tip.  Don’t you just LOVE it?

img_1306I really think the font in this stamp set is adorable.  It will work well with several other sets I own…and with new ones in the upcoming Occasions Catalog.

img_1308-001I hope you enjoyed today’s peek! I really need to be working on holiday cards, but I am having so much fun with these new sets.  However, I do have a couple of Christmas card designs in my head, so stay tuned!

As always, if you ever have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  I’ll leave you with a picture of my #1 Squirrel Watcher.  Until next time…

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Window Shopping…An Occasions’ Sneak Peek

img_1278Are you ready for a “sneak peek” from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog? I hope so, because today’s card features the new Window Shopping stamp set.  What a coincidence the sentiment is just perfect for The Paper Players this week!  Laurie is hosting a theme challenge “Count Your Blessings”.  In this challenge, we are being asked the question, “For what are we thankful?”  For me, the answer to this question is an easy one…my friends!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This folded card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

I love this sentiment.  I stamped it in VersaMark onto vellum, and heat embossed it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I inked it up a second time in Island Indigo, snipped out the “for being a great” portion, and popped it up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The adorable little flower was inked in Sweet Sugarplum and Wild Wasabi.  A single Rhinestone and a Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine bow are the perfect accents.

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The Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds a coordinating touch of texture, but this card is equally as lovely without the embossing.

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This set was just one of four new sets from the Occasions Catalog which I received at Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Event.  My customers will be receiving their own copy of this catalog directly from Stampin’ Up! in December.  I also placed a Product Purchase Premiere order, one of the perks of attending OnStage.  I will be receiving more goodies.  I can’t wait to play with these new products.  Of course, I will be sharing the results of my playtime with you in the upcoming weeks.

As always, if you have any question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Wrapped in Warmth for The Paper Players

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The Paper Players is one of my favorite challenges.  So when I had a few minutes free today, I seized upon the opportunity to play along.  This week, the talented LeAnne Pugliese has a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for us.

pp319I was able to fill up three of the rows: Red – Glitter – Snowflakes; Red – Washi Tape – Ribbon; Diecut – Pine – Ribbon.  I did take the liberty of counting Clear Wink of Stella as “glitter”, and Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine as ribbon.  However, this was still a challenge which took me time to plan out.  Originally, I was going to use the Steam Engine from Christmas Magic.  Suffice it to say, I have a water colored locomotive to use on another card, another day.  Do you ever have days like that? In the end, I used the sentiment from Wrapped in Warmth, and combined it with some Gold Foil pine diecuts from the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies collection.  I hope you enjoy today’s effort!

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

Gold paired with Cherry Cobbler is one of my favorite color combinations for the holidays. I love the elegance of Gold Foil and the warmth of Cherry Cobbler.

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I adore this sentiment from Wrapped in Warmth! I used Stampin’ Markers to selectively color it.  Of course, I gave the stamp a good “huffing” after inking it up, to make certain the inks transferred easily to the paper.

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Soft Sky Snowflakes, from the stamp set Peace This Christmas, were outline with Clear Wink of Stella and adorned with Pearls.

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A Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine bow and loops of Gold Baker’s Twine gracefully accent the Gold Foil Pine Cones.

img_0784I hope whomever receives this card for Christmas will be pleased with it.  And, as a bonus, I have a great start on another card…as soon as I figure out what to do with a water colored Christmas Express!

I am off on an adventure this weekend, and will be traveling to Kansas City for Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage local.  Nearly twenty of my downline and sideline are gearing up for a Saturday filled with fun, stamping, and friendship.  If you are in attendance, please be sure to say “Hi”!  As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…
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