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Freshly Made Sketches #464

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A super quick post for today. I’m so happy to share this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge with you. Our lovely Judy Rozema is the sketch designer and you are going to love this classic design.

I thought the sketch was perfect for showing off this new Cup Heart Die from Erin Lee Creative. It is one of the add-ons to her new Coffee Lover Kit and it is fabulous. I cut it out of watercolor paper and then just colored it with Distress Inks. Super easy! I created a wash background to match the sketch and then added a sentiment from the kit. I think this will be super popular and we have a hop coming at the end of the week to show you even more!

I hope you have a few moments to join in. The team has created a wonderful variety and I’m sure you’ll be inspired by them. Thanks for stopping in today. See you tomorrow and Friday for new projects with SugarPea Designs and Erin Lee Creative.

Black Friday Sales

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Just a quick drop in to share some Black Friday (or all weekend) sales from some of my favorite companies. If you are shopping, I’d appreciate you shopping from my affiliates. There is no cost to you and it helps me continue to run my blog. Thank you!!

SugarPea Designs

Erin Lee Creative

Ellen Hutson

Simon Says Stamp

Honey Bee Stamps

Picket Fence Studios

Concord and 9th

Freshly Made Sketches #463

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Happy Thanksgiving Week to those of you in the US! I hope you are all safe, first and foremost! While this is not the holiday many of us want, I pray for us all to stay vigilant and follow whatever best guidance you have for your area. If nothing else, I hope that you have a bit of down time and time to craft. Our new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is fun for using your papers or maybe even some other elements. The lovely Amy O’Neill is the sketch designer so of course it is fun!

I continued playing with the Gina K Designs Sparkle and Shine Kit and used the Holiday Tapestry Stamp Set from the kit. The rectangle stamp had such a pretty design that I thought it would be nice for the panels under the sentiment. I also love that this set has a Hanukkah stamp. I didn’t have one in my repertoire and so happy I do now.

So glad you stopped in today. I am so incredibly thankful for each of you!

25 Days of Christmas Tags – Erin Lee Creative

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I am happy to be joining in again on Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Today, the featured company is the wonderful Erin Lee Creative.

You know how much I love Erin and her unique artistic point of view. It is so important to have a voice like hers in our creative industry! Also, she is truly a gem!

When it comes to tags, I’m very much a clean and simple fan. They make such a difference as a final touch in packaging but, let’s face it, mostly do not make it past the opening process. I saw this leaf from the Boho Rainbow Stamp Set and knew it would be perfect for my tags. I stamped it on two tags using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with Copic Markers.

The sentiment is from another favorite set, Winter Florals. With a little bit of masking, I split up the sentiment to make it tag friendly. My MISTI made this easy to duplicate, always a key in making tags. I added a few red rhinestones from my stash and finished with red ribbon.

There are all kinds of ways to win this month so head over to Tracey’s main post for all the details. Thanks so much for stopping in today! See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #462

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Happy middle of the week! Here with our weekly challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer is Narelle Farrugia and this one is really fun. Go read about her inspiration for the sketch too…I love how we can be inspired to create by so many things.

If any of you have ever tried to get good photos of glitter and embossing, you are now feeling my pain! *smile* This card is all about shimmer and shine and my camera just cannot capture it in its full glory. But you get the idea. I used products by Gina K Designs today. The Double Stitched Squares were my logical starting place for the sketch and then I went all in on the Sparkle and Shine Kit. The snowflakes dies come from the kit and I used them on gold Glitter Card Stock. The sentiment is from the Holiday Tapestry set from the kit. I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

I hope you will come over and join us this week. It is always such a joy to scroll through the gallery looking at your beautiful creations. Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon.

25 Days of Christmas Tags – Honey Bee Stamps

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I am so excited to be joining in on Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Today’s featured sponsor is Honey Bee Stamps.

I have long been a fan of Honey Bee Stamps and one of my all-time favorite Christmas images is from them! The best snowman ever is from the Let It Snow set.

I stamped our little friend in Momento Ink and did a quick color with Copic Markers. I brushed some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink onto white card stock and cut two tags from the same piece. After splattering them a bit for depth I simply added the snowman and some flakes from the set. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and I stamped it on red card stock in Versamark Ink, then heat embossed in white. The rectangle die is from the coordinating Let It Snow Honey Cuts, along with the dies to cut out all the stamped images. I added a bit of red ribbon and twine from my stash to finish.

There are all kinds of ways to win so head on over to Tracey’s main post for all the details! So many prizes and giveaways!

Thanks for stopping in today! So happy to have been able to join the fun. See you soon!

Hello Friend for SPD and FMS

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I’m up on the SugarPea Designs blog today playing with the Mix It Up Challenge #73 and I combined it with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. The sketch from Karren really opened up lots of options and I knew just what I wanted to do.

I thought the colors were perfect for a little fall wreath so I created one using the lovely elements from the SugarCut – Open Book dies. A bit of twine created the wreath.

To make the sketch panel feature, I used the Outdoor Scene Builder Stencil and sponged on Tuxedo Black Momento Ink. The sentiment comes from the Beautiful Books Stamp Set.

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you’ll join me for both of these fun challenges. Have a wonderful day!

O Christmas Trees for SugarPea Designs

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I’m over at the SugarPea Designs blog with a new project today. I created a Christmas card for you using products not specifically for the holidays.

I started the card by creating the base detail with the Falling Snow Stencil. First I embossed with the stencil running it through my Gemini Jr., then I sponged a little bit of white ink over the texture to add more detail. Next up, I used the triangle from the SugarCut – Piece of Cake set. Then I used one of the box dies to score another larger triangle which I just cut on the score line. Finally, I used the small flag die for the trunks. They were all cut from watercolor paper and I inked them with Distress Oxide Ink.

I chose the sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments set and cut it out using the SugarCut – Sentiment Strips. I decorated the trees with stars from the box set and cut them from glitter paper. Such a fun and easy way to create a holiday card!

I love that this used things that are not intended for holiday cards. Multi-tasking of products is a big thing for me because you get the best value from your craft dollar. Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you again soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #460

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We have a wonderful new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches today from our wonderful designer Judy Rozema. I love the big banner shape and lots of great ideas immediately came to mind.

I fell in love with the Sparkle and Shine Kit from GinaK Designs the moment I saw it. And this particular stamp set was one I could not wait to get my hands on. I opted to use the round ornament image and embossed in silver. Perfect for the sketch and so pretty! I layered on a sentiment from the set and then….. Yes, I added GinaK’s Glitter Card Stock.

This is such a different kind of glitter paper! It has all the sparkle but is almost “sealed” if that makes sense. No shedding of the glitter whatsoever. Perfect from someone like me who likes the looks but can’t stand the mess.

I hope you enjoy this card and will come over to play with our sketch this week. Thanks so much for stopping in. See you tomorrow with a new card for SugarPea Designs.

Erin Lee Creative November Release Blog Hop

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Welcome to the November Release Blog Hop from Erin Lee Creative! I’m so excited to share these Stripes and Hearts products!

I could not wait to focus on the suite of Stripe products! I started with the Stripe Stencil. So easy to quickly create this little rainbow of color! I just used a straight edge and moved the stencil down while switching out the Distress Ink colors.

Needless to say, the obvious sentiment answer was this “Be A Rainbow” from the Stripe Sentiments Stamp Set. So many great sentiments, though, and a coordinating Stripe Die with it that is a must-have! I added on a few sequins from my stash to highlight the rainbow colors.

Now for a chance to win!

Prizes: Two $50 gift vouchers to be used in the ELC shop. Winners will be chosen and announced on Monday, November 9. Comment on all the blogs or IG pages for chances to win.

On with the hop! Next up is the awesome Lynnea Hollendonner. You are sure to love her project. Here is the whole hop list in case you get lost:

I hope you have fun with the hop and enjoy all the inspiration. Thanks so much for stopping in today! See you soon!

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