Christmas Cheer

I created this card for this weeks Freshly Made Sketch challenge (FMS403). I was super excited to use this new bundle from the Holiday Catalog called Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle! The small sentiments make it easy to let other elements stand out!

I am very happy with the sparkle in the snowflakes and the “rustic” charm the gingham DSP brings to the overall look. This sketch and card remind me of how much I enjoy making clean and simple cards! I can’t wait to create more with this set!

Toot, Toot!

I just recently started to focus on my online presence regarding my Stampin’ Up! business. When you check my posts you’ll see that I’ve added supply lists to them and tried to detail how I created the card or project I am sharing!

I really like sharing via Instagram because it’s a whole lot easier to post a picture with a quick blurb than it is to write out a whole blog post, but I’ve been diligent in making sure I put in the work! About 2 months ago I created this blog post and posted the card on my Instagram account.

If you recall I made the card for a Freshly Made Sketch challenge (I love sketch challenges) and I was trying to get to their blog so I could participate in another challenge! I hastily typed “Freshlymadesketch blog” in the address bar on my internet browser and you would not believe what came up!

THAT’S MY CARD! Omg, I can’t believe that my card was showing up in the images for that particular search! So I started to look into the stats of that particular post on my blog, and Instagram, and Pinterest! What, omg, someone Pinned my card!

This particular card has been viewed by almost 700 people and that’s just the ones I can count! I’m so excited to see my work shared all across the internet and to me this proves that all of the hard work I’ve been doing to build my online presence is working.

If you’ve made at all the way to the end here all I’m really trying to say is Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to everyone who is following along here on the blog, but also on Instagram, and Pinterest! I hope to continue to bring more crafty content to you and have more OMG moments when I see my creations out there!

Beautiful Friendship

Every time a new Stampin’ Up! publication comes out I always say “Too many flowers, I don’t need any new flower stamps!” And then every time I fall in love with all of the flowers! I am head over heals for Beautiful Friendship!

I’m also in love with the color combo I used here! Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana, and Mango Melody with a hint of Granny Apple Green for the leaves! I used old Mango Melody DSP because I haven’t quite gotten around to ordering the new color family DSP and I loved last years patterns! Don’t be afraid to use the products you have on hand even if they are retired or currently unavailable. There will ALWAYS be more DSP to swoon over!

I created this card following the Freshly Made Sketch 393 shown below! I am a really big fan of clean and simple card sketches and find that I use FMS sketches regularly for card classes and swaps.

Thank you for visiting today! We are on holiday this coming week, but I’ve scheduled a few crafting posts to keep everyone occupied!

Genuine Gems

Two weeks ago the new 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog went live! I some times find it challenging to channel all of the inspiration from the book and other stampers during the initial launch. I also find it challenging to accomplish all of my crafting and stamping goals during May and June because I am also trying to reorganize my stamp room. I move all of the retired products that I keep to a different space so that I have all of the new and current products at my finger tips.

I work full time outside of the home, like many other crafters do, and I have to manage my time between my professional obligations, my social obligations, and my self care. I count crafting and stamping in both my social and self care time blocks!

I’ve been a subscriber to many challenge blogs/groups over the years and I also want to participate, but the way I craft I’m not always able to post my participation and call attention to it! Today I’m sharing an example of just how challenging time management can be during this time!

Two of the challenges that I follow/subscribe too are the TGIF Challenges and Freshly Made Sketches. I can usually complete the challenge, but have trouble actually getting around the posting the challenge not only on my personal accounts but also to the challenge pages! Especially when the challenge is a weekly challenge. So this year I’ve made a decision to post no matter what!

So here is my card using the stamp set Genuine Gems. I drew inspriation to create this card from the colors in the TGIF challenge and the sketch of the FMS challenge. I used Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Whisper White cardstock for the card base and elements. I used Night of Navy ink and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends for my sentiment. I accented everything with the Glitter Enamel Dots.

I find these challenges to be a fun way of crafting and creating. At the end of the day they are all about fun and thinking outside of the box that you normally create in! I hope that you’ve enjoyed what I shared and I hope to be able to continue to bring you inspiration!