Freshly Made Sketches 113: Holiday Hedgehogs

I viewed a video on Stamping School that showed how to use Crystal Effects with  tissue paper.  I was eager to try the technique to create a snowy scene; so, I quickly reached for my holiday hedgehogs –they always make me smile!


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STAMPIN UP STAMPS:  Holiday Hedgehogs, Woodgrain background stamp

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK & PAPER:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Old Olive, used white tissue paper

EMBELLISHMENTS & SUPPLIES:   Cherry Cobbler polka dot ribbon, Cherry Cobbler medium button, Cherry Cobbler bakers twine, Crystal Effects, clear embossing powder

Polka Dot EF, Darice snow EF, Martha Stewart branch punch

ADHESIVES:  Red Line tape, Dimensionals, double sided tape, 2 large glue dots

INK:  Versamark, Staz-on Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Primrose Petals, Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake

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Pals Paper Art #179: Hedgehog Happiness and Friendly Phrases

2013.11.18 VS3I just love the hedgehog stamps – they make me smile every time!  This week’s Pal’s Paper Art challenge combined the colors of Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake.   A friend of mine recently had surgery and I wanted to make a cheery card for her to let her know she was in my thoughts.  This color combination seemed like the perfect combination for that card.  It’s a bit difficult to tell from the picture; but the “roadway” lies flat, while the hedgehogs are popped out to add dimension to the card.


STAMP:  Friendly Phrases, Hedgehog Hapiness

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK & PAPER:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry

SU DSP: Eastern Elegance

EMBELLISHMENTS & SUPPLIES:   White embossing powder, two Crushed Curry candy dots, mini pearl, Polka DOT EF, sponge

ADHESIVES:  Red Line tape, Dimensionals, double sided tape

INK:  Crushed Cury, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark

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Dynamic Duos #78: Lovely as a Tree with Blessings from Heaven

2013.11.12 DYNAMIC DUOS

Crumb Cake and Always Artichoke are such a beautiful combination of colors and are this week’s chosen colors for the Dynamic Duos Subtly Yours challenge.  After having spent two days solely focused on Christmas cards, I chose to go a different direction with this card.   The DSP was a little brighter than I desired, so I sponged Crumb Cake all over the DSP and then decided to sponge it on the Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake CS too.  A small matte of black provided the pop I desired for the image.  For the embellishment, I colored the buttons with my Crumb Cake marker and then heat set them before attaching the linen thread.


STAMP:  Lovely as a Tree, Blessings from Heaven

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK & PAPER:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Always Artichoke

SU DSP: Regals DSP

EMBELLISHMENTS & SUPPLIES:   Clear embossing powder, small naturals buttons, linen thread

ADHESIVES:  Red Line tape, Dimensionals, double sided tape

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INK:  Crumb Cake and Always Artichoke

Paper Players 171: Best of Autumn Pumpkins & Barn

2013.11.11 PAPER PLAYERS

There’s something about a country setting that just makes me smile.   As a teenager we had a big red barn in our back yard (even though it was a suburban home) that we used for occasional youth group gatherings –many fond memories of those days!  This stamp completes my “tour” of the Best of Autumn set and I have to say this set ended up being my favorite for the fall season.  I just loved being able to color the various images!



STAMP:  SU Best of Autumn

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK & PAPER:  Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip

SU DSP: Sweater Weather

EMBELLISHMENTS & SUPPLIES:   Black embossing powder

TOOLS:  Nestabilities square dies; Big Shot

ADHESIVES:  Red Line tape, Dimensionals, double sided tape

INK:  Versamark, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip and I did add a touch of Cherry Cobler and Always Artichoke


Friday Mashup 135: Cardinal Tea Light Favor

2013.11.11 FRIDAY MASHUPHave you ever had “one of those” projects where you kept mulling it over and over in your mind, mentally making it and then remaking it time and time again?  That’s what this project was for me!  I wanted to make a holiday tea light favor (battery operated, of course) that would have a WOW factor on any holiday table.  I scored different box sizes and finally settled on a small milk carton size (this one measures 2” x 4.25”). Then, one night as I was perusing Pinterest, I saw a pin by Jennifer Eby that had the most beautiful punched cardinal; I immediately knew I had to have a cardinal on my favor.  (Hmmm, looking back over my most recent posts, this makes three cardinal posts in a row!  You’d think I was a bird lover or something!)

This week’s Friday Mashup gave me the incentive to apply the finishing touches, which were basically just assembling and attaching the roof.   I used two small Velcro dots on the back flap of the roof in order to give easy access to the tea light.   The picture may give the illusion of a yellow card stock circle; but, that’s actually a battery operated tea light glowing behind a piece of vellum!


STAMP:  SU Woodgrain background

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK & PAPER:  Baked Brown Sugar, Old Olive, Real Red, Vellum (I used a piece of a discarded wedding invitation J)

EMBELLISHMENTS & SUPPLIES:   SU Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

SU TOOLS:  1-3/8 circle punch, scallop border punch, bird punch, score board

ADHESIVES:  Red Line tape, Dimensional, Tombo glue, Velcro

INK:  Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler, white gel marker

MISCELLANEOUS: 1 battery operated tea light

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Freshly Made Sketch 111: Winter Cardinal


I had so many ideas flitting through my head as I considered this week’s Freshly Made Sketch; so, I decided to start by choosing my paper and then working from there.  Typically I use Stampin Up products; but, last week I pulled out all my archived Christmas paper and it was “calling my name!”  Once I selected the paper, I knew I wanted to focus on the red, which reminded me of the $1 cardinal stamp I threw in my cart as I was checking out of the store Friday.   As I looked at the stamp closely, I got very excited, because it was the perfect stamp for experimenting with the new tube of liquid applique that was sitting on my desk!  With the cardinal colored and in place, there was only one decision remaining — what embellishment should I use to finish the card?   I glanced to the left of my desk at the discarded button/bow I had prepared for another card.  I liked the button; but, I wanted a red accent.  Hmmmm.  I reached for my Real Red marker and decided to give it a try.   Woo hoo – a new discovery for me — you CAN color (and heat set) Stampin Up’s natural buttons to match your projects – happy dance!!!


STAMP:  Craftsmart Cardinal

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK:  Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla

DSP:  Kaiser Craft

EMBELLISHMENTS & SUPPLIES:   SU Natural button, SU natural linen thread, SU black embossing powder, Liquid Applique, sponges

TOOLS:  2-3/8 Scallop Circle Punch, heat tool

ADHESIVES:  Snail adhesive, Dimensionals, medium glue dot

INK:  Versamark, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Primrose Petals, Cherry Cobbler, white gel marker

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