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Happy Friday all! Not really feeling like Friday here, but that's what happens when the Holidays are around!! The creativity isn't really flowing here either, but I came up with something I could live with for the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge of the week :)

 Here is my creation

based on this sketch by Sharon Wheet.

My card base is Crumb Cake, with a Chocolate Chip accent layer behind a Real Red background. The strip across the center is Real Red DSP from the Patterns DSP Brights Stack. The flower image is from Faith in Nature (a Hostess set). I stamped the image on Naturals White in Chocolate Chip then added color to it. I sponged on Real Red (using a reverse masking technique), then added some Real Red accents with a Blender Pen. The stem was colored with Chocolate Chip and a Blender Pen, and the center with a little Daffodil Delight. I sponged the edge lightly with Crumb Cake before layering to Real Red and Chocolate Chip. A Real Red button with White Baker's Twine is the final accent. The "Thank You" saying is also from the Faith in Nature set.

Happy Friday all, and Happy New Year!! Continue on our mini tour by clicking HERE to see what Maria has created this week.

See you next year :)


Merry Christmas 2011!!

Here is the card I sent to the Family and Friends on our Christmas list this year. We pared it down a little, but I still made 90 cards!! I tried hard to keep it simple so it didn't become overly stressful. I like it and think it's been well received!!

I decided there isn't enough purple in my life so I wanted to work that in somehow. Then I saw this tree stamp that I bought last year when the new catalog came out and still hadn't used. Grab the color coach, and here we go!! The card base is Concord Crush with an accent layer of Lucky Limeade underneath Shimmery White. The Shimmery White was textured in the Big Shot using the Snowburst embossing folder and craft frame to leave the oval in the center unembossed. The saying is from a different set, but we wanted Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays. The tree was stamped in Lucky Limeade and ornaments added in Concord Crush and Daffodil Delight. One Rhinestone as added at the top for just a little bling :)

Below are links to all of my previous Christmas cards. I love taking a look back at them. Usually, I'm cussing them before actually getting them in the mail, but I still like them all! 

Merry Christmas all!!

2010 Dasher

2001 Frosty


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Happy Friday all! Hope your Christmas planning and preparations are progressing well! I feel like I'm making a dent, but will probably still have a few long days ahead!! As you know, Friday means another Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge and mini tour! Here is my creation

based on this sketch by Robbie Rubala.

I had fun with this one! Felt the need to create after so much time doing everything but stamping! My card base is Real Red with a Marina Mist accent layer. The snowflakes were embossed with the Snowburst folder on Shimmery White card stock. I used the Cutter Kit (item 106958, page 208) to to the curved bottom edge on the snowflake layer. I used the Snow Swirled set. The greeting is stamped on the left side of the Marina Mist, just under the curve. The large flake was stamped on Shimmery White in Real Red and punched with the 1-3/8" punch. I jazzed it up with Rhinestones and layered it onto a Real Red 2-3/8" Scallop Circle. On the scallop circle, I used my White Gel Pen to add a dot to each scallop. That element is attached with dimensionals to the snowflake background. Along the curved line I added some small snowflakes. They were also stamped in Real Red on Shimmery White but punched with the 1/2" circle punch. I attached them with Mini Glue dots and added a Rhinestone to the center of each. Finally, a Real Rel Satin ribbon is knotted around the Marina Mist.

Continue on the tour by clicking HERE to see what Kim has created for your viewing pleasure this week.

Merry Christmas all! I hope to be back on Saturday with my Christmas card of the year, and maybe with a look back at all the Christmas cards of my past. We shall see :)


Sketch Frenzy Friday 12/16/11

Happy Friday all! Crazy week here, so crazy that I couldn't find time to create anything for the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge-Sorry!! Maybe I'll come back to it this weekend. But, here is the sketch of the week, created by Patrice Herrera, if you'd like to play along!

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Happy Friday again all. Man, don't the weeks go by fast this time of year? We've hit Winter this week! Snow last Saturday (about 3 inches) and bitter cold. A little warmer today (hit freezing this afternoon) but the chance for snow is back in the forecast :( I like to look at it, but not be out in it!!

Anyway, as you know Friday means another Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge and mini hop. My brain is on snow and Christmas, so that is what you get!! Here is my card

based on this sketch by Maria Vanderform.

This sketch was a bit of a challenge to me, but probably because I haven't been stamping. No creative juices flowing!! I will get back to it-eventually!!

My card base is Cherry Cobbler. The background plaid print in Marina Mist & Cherry Cobbler is from the Frostwood Lodge DSP pack. I stamped the snowman from Snow Much Fun in Stazon Black on Shimmery White and added Marina Mist & Cherry Cobbler to him with a blender pen. And just a touch of Basic Gray for shadows. He is very tall so this layer is almost as tall as the card front! Not my ideal choice of size, but what it has to be for him to fit!! The saying is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and punched with the Modern Label punch. That is layered onto a Punch Window Modern Label cut with the Big Shot from Cherry Cobbler. I added Marina Mist brads on each side and attached with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Continue on our tour by clicking HERE to see what Kim has created this week.

I hope to be back to regular stamping soon! My house is decorated, shopping is progressing, and cards are started. Too bad there are so many other things that require my attention :) Have a GREAT weekend all!!


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Happy Friday all! Wow. A non productive week here! Think I'm overwhelmed with all that needs doing, and therefore not getting anything done!! Oh well, I will survive :)

As you know, Friday means another Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge and mini hop. Here is my creation

based on this sketch by Kim Innis:

My card base is Lucky Limeade with a Naturals Ivory background that was textured with the Snow Burst embossing folder in the Big Shot. The Tree image is from the Jolliest Time of Year stamp set. It was stamped on a Naturals Ivory in Lucky Limeade oval cut with the Big Shot Ovals die and is the middle size on that die. It was layered onto the largest oval in Lucky Limeade. A Scallop Punch of Old Olive was cut in half and attached to either side to match the sketch. I ran a Blender Pen over the tree to blend the Limeade just a bit and added Daffodil Delight for the ribbon and spots on the tree. I skipped the "sentiment" because of the textured background. The saying from the set works perfect for the inside of the card. :)

Thanks for stopping by today! To continue on our tour, click HERE to see what Kim has created this week.

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