Freshly Made Sketches #213

Hey Everyone

I had no idea which stamp set I was going to use when I set out to create a card for my uber talented friend Amy O’Neill.  Amy’s talent has earned her the honour of becoming Stampin’ Up!s newest Artisan Design Team Member! Huge congrats Amy! Here’s her sketch for this weeks challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.


So I got my radio going and looked to my new stamp sets.  It then literally only took me about 2 minutes to decide colours and stamp sets and I was off.  Sometimes cards just come together with ease and other times I can sit and play with a card over two days. This card came together in no time – I think I banged it out in about 25 minutes and that included heat embossing my sentiment and bauble. It might’ve then taken a couple more minutes to stick it together.  Love it when it “just happens”!  All thanks to Amy’s great sketch.

Here’s my card:


Our team has provided wonderful inspiration for you.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out their fabulous cards.  We would love for you to join us with our challenge.

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Freshly Made Sketches #212

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We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’m the sketch hostess this week – here’s my sketch:


I’ve kept it pretty simple – just three shapes.  Tip Top Taupe is my go-to colour now. I’ve combined it with Hello Honey and Whisper White. Another non-traditional colour combo that I like for Christmas.


Our team has created wonderful inspiration for you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at their gorgeous card.

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The Creative Blog Hop

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Something a little different from me today.  I’m participating in the Creative Blog Hop – a continuous hop that happens every Monday where creative people all around the world share a little bit about themselves and their creative processes.  As part of the Blog Hop there are four questions to be answered and then at the end, we get to tag other crafters, that will then repeat the process the following Monday.

I’ve been tagged by one of my fellow Just Add Ink Design Team members – Nikki Spencer.  I met Nikki through blogland but got the opportunity to finally meet face-to-face in May of last year at our Annual Stampin’ Up! Convention.  She, along with all the girls at JAI, made me feel so welcome and instantly part of the team.  Nikki is incredibly talented and I’m in awe of her gorgeous creations.  Head over to her blog and check out how talented she is.

1. What am I working on now?

Being on three design teams, I’ve always got design team samples on the go.  After that, I’ve got my favourite challenges that I love playing along with –  lately there doesn’t seem to be enough time to enter them all.  Also after having a conversation with my mum on the weekend I decided it was time to start working on my Christmas projects as she has an upcoming market that I want to help out with.  So with that in mind – I’ve created the projects below (it was only as I was uploading my photos did I realise how hard Smoky Slate and Soft Sky were to photograph!).

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I had to think about this one long and hard…..  I don’t even really know what my genre is as I’ve been mixing it up lately.  Originally I thought my style was vintagey/shabby chic, but lately I’ve been creating with a bit more of a cleaner style.  With all of my cards, I do tend to over-layer (don’t think that qualifies for it’s own style though!).  Who knows – by Christmas I may even change it up and become a Clean and Simple designer! lol.  I guess my style changes for the different challenges I enter.

3. Why do I create what I do?

I’ve been creating for about 6 years.  Before this, I had no interest in anything crafty, so it still surprises me that I’m addicted to this hobby. I head out to my craft room every chance I get and find it relaxes me.  I finally have “my time”.

4. How does my creative process work?

I find my inspiration from challenges.  I’m always searching for a great sketch or a pretty colour combo – if I can, I try and combine both of these together.

Here’s some Christmas cards that I’ve been working on:




Here I’ve created a gift tag and a gift card/money holder:


Here’s a close up of the gift card/money holder made with the envelop punch board.  They’re so quick and easy to whip up.


I was on a roll with Christmas projects and decided to create a simple gift tag with leftovers that I had sitting on my desk.


Now this is the part where I send you off to the next person on the blog hop – but unfortunately I didn’t find anyone to hop to.  If there’s anyone out there that would like to join in, let me know and I edit this post and have you join in for 29th September.

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