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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sharing Sweet Thoughts Scrapbook Page - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to another Artisan Design Team blog hop.  I'm so glad you're here! :)  If you came from Dani's blog, thank you for continuing on to my blog.  I always love what she makes!  We are a group of 20 demonstrators that represent Stampin' Up! and their amazing products - and twice a month we share creations with you!  Because we are a global team, be sure to use google translator as needed.

This month we are using a very special stamp set called Sharing Sweet Thoughts.  Each year Stampin' Up! designates a certain stamp set as the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) set and this year, Sharing Sweet Thoughts is the chosen set.  You can find this set on the last page of the catalog.

So what exactly does that mean? Stampin' Up donates time and money to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  To date, SU! has contributed over $1.5 million to RMHC and their network of local RMHC chapters.  When you purchase the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set, Stampin' Up! donates $3(USD) to RMHC.

Pretty awesome reason to buy this set!  I've had the pleasure of working with the Las Vegas chapter while I lived in Nevada.  It's a wonderful charity that helps so many families in need.

Let's see what I've made with this cheerful set:


The stamp that caught my eye with this set was the strawberry stamp.  We've shared many memories of strawberry picking in many of the states we've lived in.  The boys and I really enjoy picking (and eating) strawberries. Don't they just taste sweeter freshly picked!?

I knew I wanted to make a scrapbook page documenting one of the many trips to the strawberry farm.  This particular trip was right after our youngest was born (not in pictures).  His brothers surely enjoyed the trip!


My favorite part of the page is the ruffled white on white background.  I cut a 12" x 6" piece of Whisper White Cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot twice with the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I fussy cut a few of the strawberries that I colored with my Blender Pen and spread them out on the page.  Here I added one with in the corner with some of the adorable wooden hearts from the Hearts & Stars Elements pack.  These are great accessories for your Scrapbook/Memories & More pages.  I also added some of my favorite ribbon at the moment - the Night of Navy 1/2" Gingham Ribbon.  The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy and punched out with the Classic Label Punch.


I added some designer series paper (DSP) from the Delightful Daisy DSP and Birthday Memories DSP.  I also added a scalloped Real Red edge using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.


The jar stamp coordinates with the Everyday Jars Frameltis which makes cutting quick and easy.



I think the jelly jar lid stamp in this set is great!  I decided to match the ribbon and lid.  A little bit of Linen Thread and another Delicate White Doily and the page is complete.


I hope this brings some inspiration to you!  I love to make and share cards, but as a mom to (soon to be) 4 kids, I need to catch up on some much needed memory keeping.

One page at a time...

Please make your way around the entire hop and see the beautiful creations from my teammates.  I know you won't be disappointed!  Also consider helping the RMHC in your local area.  Donate your time or cards, maybe make a meal, or even purchase this set and support the Ronald McDonald House Charities directly.

Next up is the talented Jennifer Sootkoos!  As always, the list of the team is below.


Blessings,
Holly

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Blues for TGIFC120

Happy Friday!
Today I have a very similar sketch to my last card that I posted - I hope you don't mind!

Had I planned better, I might have just combined the two, but since I didn't - you get another card this week!  This card features another new stamp from the Holiday Catalog.

This week over at TGIF Challenges we have a sketch challenge.  Feel free to use your creativity and imagination to change things up at a bit, but it should resemble the sketch as best as possible.


This card gave me some trouble and I started with a completely different color combo and choice of ribbon but nothing seemed to be working.  I didn't like covering the ribbon with this large sentiment, but there wasn't really a work around.  I decided to keep the large sentiment and roll with it!


The sentiment comes from a fall themed set in the Holiday Catalog called Count My Blessings.  I really like the font.  I stamped this in Dapper Denim Ink and diecut it with the Stitched Shapes Frameltis.  
I also fit this sentiment on a square and it looked nice too.


I added some 3/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread and some Soft Sky Enamel Shapes to finish off the card.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the TGIF Challenges blog to see what the rest of the DT has made and play along with us!

Blessings, 
Holly


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Painted Harvest for Freshly Made Sketches 300th Challenge!

This week has been rather quiet and it's hard to believe I'm 37 weeks today.  We are anxious for our little one's arrival, but also enjoying the time with the boys before she comes.  Eli will be in school in just 2 weeks too, so we are soaking in as much family time as we can.

But, I still need to stamp, right?  It's my little escape.
Yesterday I received my last Artisan box for the year.  I will say I was a little sad thinking about it, but it's been so fun and I've enjoyed every moment of it.  
Even if I never made it again, I am blessed to have had the chance!

Anyway, I couldn't wait to play with some of the new goodies that came.  One stamp set and paper in particular - the Painted Harvest stamp set and Painted Autumn DSP.  I love autumn and this set grabbed my attention right away.  It is a must have!

Today I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches for their 300th challenge!  I knew I wanted to use the Painted Harvest set.  I think you'll agree that it's a set to own!


I really liked the offcentered panels so I chose to use some of the new DSP (designer series paper) and a scrap piece of embossed paper I had sitting on my desk.  This is the Petal Burst embossing folder.


I stamped a few of the leaves in the background - Garden Green stamped off once - and added a little Crumb Cake splatter with my Aqua Painter.  (I know this isn't "clean" for FMS, but the splatter is me).

I stamped a few more leaves onto Garden Green Cardstock and punched the leaves out with the new Leaf Punch that coordinates with this suite.


The flower was stamped with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede inks and fussy cut.  The new Jute Twine is perfect for this fall themed card and pairs nicely with the Crushed Curry Solid Bakers Twine.  The sentiment I punched out with a new punched called the Everything Label Punch - but I did modify it and trim it down some.


So there you have it - my card for the 300th FMS challenge!  Be sure to check out Freshly Made Sketches and see all of the design team's inspiring creations!

I hope you enjoyed some sneak peeks of new product too!

Have a wonderful day!
-Holly

Sunday, August 6, 2017

This Little Piggy with the Stamp Review Crew


Hello there!

I hope you've noticed I've been enjoying some time stamping before our little one arrives (any day now).  I'm trying to stamp as much as I can before I'm lacking sleep and motivation - haha!  I've jumped back in with a few of the design teams that I took a break from - today's being the Stamp Review Crew.

Every other Monday we highlight a particular stamp set from the current annual or holiday catalog.  Today's set is the cute This Little Piggy stamp set.  We were lucky to receive this set at OnStage in April - but sadly I haven't used it much.  I definitely need should - it's caa-ute!

The piggy I like the most is this one with the wings:


I colored the little piggy with Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter on some Shimmery White CS.  I decided to fussy cut the pig and put it on some Kraft cardstock to make it stand out more.  Plus, I'm super excited that Kraft cardstock is back with the holiday catalog so I had to use it!  Cutting the image out also gave me the idea to move the sentiment off-center, which I like.


I did color the wings with Clear Wink of Stella, but it's hard to tell in the picture.

(by the way... want to know how to get the middle of the curly tail out?? 1/16" Handheld Circle Punch!)


And to add just a little more detail, I used the same designer series paper from the Delightful Daisy DSP pack for the inside of the card too.  A little twine and it's complete.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I sure hope you enjoy the hop and get lots of inspiration for the This Little Piggy stamp set.  You can head backwards towards the lovely and talented Natalie Lapakko or click the next button and be wowed by the awesome Holly Krautkremer!


Have a wonderful week!

-Holly



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August in My Neighborhood! with The Creation Station


Happy Sunday to you! Wow - it has been months since I've joined in on the fun with the Creation Station team.  I had to step back from a few of the design teams I'm on while we moved, and I am fortunate enough that the teams welcome me back! :)  So here I am!  If you came from Julie, thanks for continuing on to me.

This month's theme is August in My Neighborhood and this was so perfect for me.  We moved 5 weeks ago into a new subdevelopment and there are families moving in almost weekly.  For my project I used the hostess set called In the City.  I love this set - it's so much fun to play around with and create city scenes.  Our boys like to stamp with it too!

We noticed new neighbors two houses down the other day so I thought this would be a nice way to say welcome!  I know I could have used the "welcome to our block" sentiment, but I thought the "neighborhood" seemed sweet.

I will (shamefully) admit that I did not bake this.  I was in the hospital this week and it's been just a long few days.  I cheated and bought some Blackberry Peach Coffee Cake - yummo!


I kept the original packaging for the bread and made a little box with a sheet of Delightful Daisy DSP.  I stamped a little scene on some whisper white cardstock and cut it out with the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.


I've done this technique several times where I simply wrap the bread with Vellum.  I'm not quite certain it's food safe, so you could use wax or parchment paper if you'd like.  I added a belly band of Crumb Cake cardstock that I stamped the little buildings and trees on.  


I added a doily and some ribbons and the gift was complete.


This really didn't take long at all and it's a sweet way to dress up a little loaf of bread.  You could even create something for a bag of cookies too.

Thanks for stopping by!  You can head back to Julie or onto Val Moody!
     

Have a wonderful day!
-Holly

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