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Welcome to the Winter Themed Fred She Said Blog Hop.
I’m so glad you dropped in today because our Design Team have some fabulous Fred She Said art work to share with you.
You’ll definitely want to play along because we have some wonderful gifts that THREE of you could win by just collecting the word/s along the way and putting them together for the secret phrase. Entry instructions will be at the FSS Challenge BLOG. Entries will be accepted for 2 weeks - until Friday December 2nd midnight EST. Winners will be announced Saturday December 3rd
PRIZES: 3 random winners. 1 winner for each prize below: $30 GC for www.cropstop.com $30 GC for Fred She Said $30 GC for Fred She Said
If you’ve come here from Carol’s Blog, you are on the right track. If you just happened upon my blog, you will want to start at the very beginning at theFSS Blog so you can collect all the words in the correct order.
I purchased some jpeg's of actual vintage Christmas cards and postcards some time ago and finally found the papers I needed to use them. These Bo Bunny Chrismas papers are just perfect. I think you may be seeing a few more in the next few days.
The ribbon was 3/8" satin ribbon that I hand stitched a zig zag parrern is then pulled the threads to ruffle it together. I thought this looked more vintage then just using the ribbon. The white pointsettia flower brad was in some stash that I had from last years embellishment assortment called Mistletoe from Close to my Heart . I distressed it then attached it to pointsettia leaves from an old CTMH stamp set.
The Hand stitching was done with new England Ivy Embroidery Floss up the sides and top of the cards.
Here is my last post for today. I saved the best for last.
I absolutely LOVE Vintage Christmas cards so I decided to purchase some vintage images. Then I found this fabulous Christmas Paper from Bo Bunny to go with them. I think I should have bought much more of this paper.
The inspiration for this card came from a Verve Sketch Challenge. They have some beautiful sketches every week.
The hand stitching was done using my own design with Embroidery Floss. For the stitching around the green paper, I used a running stitch and Gold Metallic Embroidery Floss.
Here is my second post for today with a set of Six Hydrangea Note cards. These are also 4" x 4". I used the pre-colored images fromFred She Said called Hydrangeas. After the image is cut out using a nestability die, I keep the die on and sponge blue around the edge and brown on the bottom. This gives the appearance of it having a white layer underneath.
I cuttle bugged the front of the card and used one of my favorite punches for the corners. I wanted to give it an antique look. All papers and inks are from Close to my Heart.
Here is the first of threel posts I may be putting up today. I was going to do one each day but I may just get it all over with today while I have a few extra minutes.
I've been on a note card kick lately. These cards are all 4" x 4". I think what I enjoy about them is the fact that I can make them in sets. This set can be used for Thank You cards or just a note card.
I was on a kick with the 4" x 4" cards. I made a set of note cards with six of the eight pre-colored wheelbarrow images from Fred She Said. I would have made all eight but only 6 fit on my paper to print. I cuttlebuged the front of each card then sponged around the edges with the same color of ink as the matting. I tried to match up the colores of each wheelbarrow with the colors of Close to my Heart Card Stock.
I was in the mood for making some small cards. So, I made a set of 6 Thank You Cards using the Sunflower and Thankfullness pre-colored images from Fred She Said. Not much to say about these cute 4" x 4" cards . I fussy cut a small sunflower for the top and poped it then added some brown faux flower soft to the centers of the sunflowers.
I just finished this Birthday Card for my Son-in-law using the Colored Version of The Old truck from Fred She Said. I’m horrible at making masculine cards and thought this image would be perfect.
After printing out the image, I scouted around for a Sketch Challenge to use it on and decided on this week’sMidnight Madness sketch. They always have such gorgeous sketches there. At first I wasn’t going to use the fancy sketch because of the flag pennants across the top but then remembered that there were flag pennants on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge from Close to my Heart. Then back in August, there was a FREE alphabet stamp set I got that I thought I would never use. (I’m not an alphabet stamp person). This set was perfect for the space I had and added his name. I’m in love with the finished look of Easel cards so the bottom portion of the sketch is on the bottom of it.
The papers are from the Roxie Paper pack from Close to my Heart as well as the mocha pearls I added for a little bling. Can’t bling up a masculine card too much.
I added my own unique design of Hand Stitching to both inside and outside of the card.
Last week my card was chosen 1st place over atDelightful Challenges and I received the Guest designer post for this week. The Hugging Ghosts was the image I chose to work with and above is the card I made with it.
I thought this would make such a cute Halloween card to send to my grandchildren so I did minimal hand stitching and since I have to send out so many, the pre-colored image was fabulous.
I was looking for a fairly simple sketch so I could make the image bigger and found the perfect one withSaturday's Card Patterns.
The black and orange cardstock is from CTMH and the dp is from basic grey. I've had this dp lying around for ages and am finally using it. I hand stitched a very simple running stitch around the card and tied some Mandarin Bakers Twine around the right side of the image.
Fall has definitely been in the air lately her in PA. Even though the days have been warm, the nights have been in the 30’s and 40’s. But, that’s what we need to change the leaves the magnificent colors of autumn. They are a little late changing this year but it won’t be too long now.
So, this is the inspiration for making my card for today. I love Candles and Sunflowers so I combined two Digi sets from Fred She Said for this card. I used the Sunflowers and Thankfulness pre-colored set to start off. I selected just the three sunflowers and printed up a whole sheet of them. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them yet but just knew I LOVED them. Then I thought about a candle. So, I went scouring through all of my FSS Digis and came across theRose spray and candle, which was just what I was looking for. I actually made the candle wider so it looked like one of those "Fat" candles. So, I printed that digi out several times and colored just the candle with Copic Markers. I actually used two candles here. One was cut out and layered with foam tape on top for more dimension. Then I Fussy cut out a bunch of the sunflower images and layered them also.
Since I love to play along with sketch challenges and I save many of them each week. I looked for one that would fit the images I was using. I usually start with the sketch but this time I did that last. I found this great one from Monday’s Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog with optional 3 dp’s and 3 embellishments. Just perfect!!!
After coming home from a business meeting at which some friends mentioned that they love my easel cards, I decided to make this into one so who ever receives this card could set it out as a fall decoration. I’m so grateful for their encouragement because I love it now even though there was a lot more Hand Stitching on this card. This was done with matching Embroidery floss in my own unique design. I think I need to add some yellow and orange stitckes glitter to the candle flame yet.
Today's card is using a beautiful pre-colored image from Fred She Said called Blue Jay and Raspberries. The set contains both red and black raspberries. I chose to use the black raspberries because of the papers I wanted to use. This also comes in a Digi version if you want to color it yourself.
The image was printed and cut out using the out of the box technique. Then another set of berries and a Blue Jay were also fussy cut and layered with foam tape for lots of dimesnion.
The papers and half pearls are from Close to my Heart.
The Hand Stitching around the card was done with matching Embroidery Floss.
I then chose this fun decoupage image from Fred She Said calledEmma the Cat. This really was so fun to make because it is an entire decoupage sheet. The Purple background sheet and the orange plaid stripe were also included. Then there is the pre-colored images of Emma and layered pieces printed several times for fussy cutting and layering. You really can't see all the layers in the photo, so here is a close up of the many layers.
I love Hand stitching on my cards but this one was a little too busy for that so I just hand stitched around the edge of the card with a simple back-stitch.
The leaves were cut using a sizzix die then shadded with some copic markers for a little dimension. The flower was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge exclusively through Close to my Heaert. I added some purple faux flower soft to the center of the flower.
The Trick or Treat sign is held up with a Foundry Pin Clip also from Close to my Heart. I added a small bow with purple bakery twine.
I have a fabulous sketch challenge and card to share with you today. I had been asked to be a Guest Designer this week at Colorful Creations Sketch Challenge. I feel so honored to be asked to be a part of the fabulous designers of this group today. Here is the sketch. Come on over and play with us.
For my card, I used a gorgeous pre-colored image from Fred SheSaidcalled Pumpkins and Sunflowers. The pumpkin image was printed three times then two of them were fussy cut and layered with foam tape for lots of dimension. The sunflower at the bottom was actually from a scrap left over from a card I made a few days ago. That was also fussy cut and layered with foam tape.
The papers, ribbon and pearls are from Close to my Heart.
This card is far from my normal style of card making. All of my cards have been larger cards with hand stitching on it. This one is your standard 4.25 x 5.5 card. I sometimes have a hard time making these small cards but have decided to add some smaller and less expensive ones for my etsy shop.
Anyway, this card was inspired by a sketech fromMarket Stress Stamps Sketch Challenge . All products used are from Close to my Heart. There are lots of layers here that you can't see on the picture. I used the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out many of the shapes.This cart is exclusive through CTMH. I added two small brown flower buttons and some jute to adorn the card and the stamping is done using the Sweet Moments Clear acrylic stamp set. I can see a lot more cards coming out if this set.
Welcome to the Fred-She-Said Fabulous Fall Blog Hop. Hop along with us and not only will you see some amazing artwork from the Design Team but you could win some fabulous prizes.
Here's how to play along: Start here at the FSS Blog . From there you will visit the next blog as designated there, leave a sweet comment for each of us and pick up the secret word. Then continue to the next person and do the same throughout until you reach the challenge blog where you will be given final directions for your secret sentence.
Here's what you could win: $15 Gift Voucher to Bearly Mine Designs. $10 Prize Package of yummy goodies chosen by Judy from PizzazzAPlenty $30 Gift Certificate to Fred She Said Store. Entries close on Friday September 30th at Midnight EDT and winners will be announced Saturday October 1st. So, now lets get on with the hop. If you've come here from Debbie's Blog, you're on the right path.
The Gorgeous Sunflower pre-colored images are from Fred She Said. The set is called Sunflowers and Thankfulness. This is such a beautiful set. I wish I could have made cards with every image and sentiment in it. However, I was having some printer issues so I had to stamp the Thinking of you.
The papers are from the Dreamin Paper pack from Close to my Heart. I'm having a bit of trouble getting away from this paper. I just love it but I think I've been making too many cards with it lately. But, it is perfect for Fall Cards. The Hand Stitching was done with Matching Blue Embroidery Floss.
My word for you is"Autumn". Now hop on over to Robin's blog for her fabulous artwork and her secret word.
Here is day four of my Hollyhock cards. The inspiration for this card came from the Verve August sketch challenge. The image used is the Hollyhock collection from Fred She Said. This collection comes in a digi form and pre-colored. I used the Vintage Pink color for my card.
The papers, ribbon and half pearls are all from Close to my Heart. I added just a drop of glitz glitter gel to the center of each flower for just a little sparkle. The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.
Happy Labor Day Weekend. I can hardly believe the summer is over already. I wouldn't mind all of the seasons flying by so quickly if I wasn't getting older along with it! *Ü*
Here is the 3rd of 5 cards I made during my power outage. The sketch is from Verve August sketch challenges. This card is purple and green. I used the purple pre-colored holly hocks from Fred She Said and the Ornate Butterfly Digi which I colored with Copic Markers to martch. I added light green sparkles to the butterflies' bodies. White half pearls adorn the rest of the card along with Matching Embroidery Floss for the Hand Stitching in the corners of the card.
Here is day 2 of my Hurricane Irene power outage creations. This color combination is one of my favorites. It's Twilight and sweetleaf. All papers, ribbons, half pearls, stick pins, and tag cut from the exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge are all from Close to my Heart.
The image is from theFred She Said Hollyhock collection. These images come in a digi form or 8 pre-colored versions. I had so much fun playing with five different colors.
The sketch is from the Verve August sketch challenge.
The Hand Stitching was done with white Embroidery Floss.
Well, we had an earth quake and Hurricane Irene all in the same week with a four day power outage. So the cards I post in the next five days are what I created while there was nothing much else to do.
This card was using a Verve Sketch Challenge. Fred She Said just recently released theHollyhock Digi and pre-colored images. Today I am using the Red Hollyhocks which I teamed up with Red, White and Blue papers from Close to my Heart. I added red sparkles to the flowers above the Thinking of you as well as to dod the "i"'s. The I added light blue sparkles to the centerds of the Hollyhocks.
The Hand Stitching was done with Red Embroidery Floss.
Well, I'm finally back from four days with no power due to a power outage from Hurricane Irene.
I made a card before the power went out for a challenge atFlourishes Birthday Hop Challenge but never got to post it. So here is it. I'm trying to make this quick since I don't know if the power will stay on or go out again.
My card was made with Flourishes stamp set "Butterflies & Blossoms". This set is gorgeous. I'm in love with those Butterflies. .The images were stampede and colored with Copic Markers. The flowers and butterflies were stamped and colored several times them then cut out & layered for more dimension.
The papers are all from Close to my Heart . The glitter on the Butterflies is from Martha Stuart.
The Hand Stitching around the card was done with my own unique design and matching Embroidery Floss.
Today I have a card for you made with Fourishes Butterflies and Blossoms Stamp set. This card was made for thePage Maps Blog Sketch Challenge where flourishes is one of the sponsors along with Basic Grey. The prize is to die for. You can never have too many of these gorgeous stamps. I sure wish I had more.
The paers, ribbons, stick pins and glitter gel glitz are all from Close to my Heart. The Flowers and Butterflies were stamped with Memento Black Ink then heat embossed with Clear Detail Embossing Powder to give it a little added dimension. They were then colored with Copic Markers. The Butterflies were stamped and colored twice, then cut out and layered with foam tape on the wings for more dimension. I touched their wings with stardust glitter gel glitz. I added some Faux Flower Soft to the centers of the flowers I had these stick pins fro a few years and never used them before. I thought they aded the finishing touch to this card. I just wish I could get my pictures of my cards to look as good as they do in person.
The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.
Well, I had my first experience with an Earth Quake yesterday. I live in Eastern PA and there was a 5.9 Earth Quake in Virginia. Which they say was felt as far north as Toronto Canada and East to Chicago. I was sitting out on my deck with the grandkids, who were quietly eating a frozen yogurt pop. All of a sudden, the deck started swaying and the table and my laptop shook. There was a slight breeze blowing and I thought, “Oh my, this isn’t good.” I never even thought of it being a quake until my daughter emailed me and asked if I felt the quake.
So, that was my excitement for yesterday. Now Hurricane Irene is expected to hit the East Coast later this week. They expect this to be the worst hurricane to hit the New York and surrounding area since the 1940’s. I sure wish I would have invested in a generator.
I added a few half pearls and the Hand Stitching was done with matching embroidery floss.
I am also submitting this card for the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog this week where Flourishes is the sponsor. It's a Bingo Challenge. My card has Die cuts, Ribbon and the sentiments are embossed with clear EP.
This card was made using the new release from Fred She Said called Hydrangea Bouquet. You can purchase this as a Digi to color yourself, or as a sets of 7 colored jpegs. I’ve used one of the colored images. Why change perfection!!! I also used the Ornate Butterfly Digi and colored them with copic markers.
The papers are all from Close to my Heart and the Hand Stitching was done with matching embroidery floss.
I added a little of the Stardust Glitter Glitz, also from CTMH, to the tops of the flowers and some light green sparkles to the butterflies and tiny blue sparkles to the flourish that was cut out with the NEW Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge from Close to my Heart. This cart can be purchased as a set with chipboard shapes and three stamp sets that all match cut outs from this cartridge. If you'd like more information about this cart, just send me an email. Or, you can see what all is in it or purchase it at the link above .
Welcome to another fabulous Fred She Said Blog Hop.
The theme is favorites. It really is difficult for me to pick a favorite Fred She Said image, since I absolutely LOVE them all. So, I picked one of her latest releases as my favorite this time called Sentimental Flower Doodledallion. I used the pre-colored images but you can also get the digi's to color yourself.
So, let's get on with the hop. If you've come here from Robin's Blog, you are on the right track.
If you just happened upon my blog and want to hop along and have some fun and a change to win some fabulous prizes, then go to the Fred She Said Blog so you can start at the beginning.
Fred She Said Favorites HOP - HOW TO ENTER
To ENTER, please leave a comment on each BLOG HOP POST. There will be ONE winner. A random hop post will be chosen and then a comment on that post will be chosen randomly to win. BLOG HOP closes Friday, JULY 29 midnight EDT so please leave your comments by then ;) Commenting on ALL the hop stops is not necessary to WIN... BUT it definitely increases your chances of winning ;) and spreads some LOVE! Please make sure you leave your name in your comment! NOTE: some DT's moderate their comments for evil spam so please be patient if you don't see your comment right away.
THE PRIZE: £15 Gift Voucher to Bearly Mine Designs $15 Prize Package of yummy goodies chosen by Judy from Pizzazz APlenty $30 Gift Certificate to the Fred She Said Store
The WINNER will be announced Saturday morning July 30th on the Fred She Said Blog AND the FSS Challenge Blog.
Now that you know how the game is played, I'd love for you to leave me some lovin and then hop on over to Donna's Blog and see what fabulous artwork she has to share today.
My card today is made with both sets. The fabulous thing about Digi's is the fact that you can print them any size. The original image of the Peony in a Jar has just one flower. BUT, I printed out two more in smaller sizes to make it look like there are three flowers in that jar. Then I printed out the Red Corner Peony for the lower right corner to follow the sketch.
The beginning inspiration for this card came from a Sketch at Ribbon Carousel challenge blog The papers are from the Wings collection from Close to my Heart. I used the reverse Juniper sides of the two papers but they just looked too plain with this image that I ran them through the cuttlebug embossing folder.
I hand stitched around the card with red Embroidery Floss to help make the images POP!!! I then added Red Sparkles, also from CTMH, in all the corners.
I'm a little late posting this card. I made it using the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and almost forgot it needs to be posted by today. I was only planning on posting it tomorrow for the BIG SALE at Fred She Said. This image will be on sale for a week starting TOMORROW, (Monday 6/13).
Wow, just one week until Father's Day. Where is this year going.
I played along with the challenge at My Sheri Crafts last week and won the honor of being the Guest Designer this week. The theme of this weeks challenge is Father's Day. Since you need a Father's Day Card by next week anyway, why not hop on over and play along with this challenge.
So, here is one of my Father's Day cards. I haven't used this fantaastic image since last year. I don't make many masculine cards. This is The Old Truck Digi and pre-colored Set from Fred She Said. I chose to use the Blue Truck fro my card. I just love the way that Tracey Lynn colors her images so when I'm busy, I choose to let her do the hard work for me. The best part is that when you purchase this image, you get the Digi and four pre-colored images as a package deal. It doesn't get much better then that.
I'm always experimenting with my hand stitching which I do with Embroidery Floss. This is a new design and I used two colors of floss. I first stitched around with the blue, then over stitched other areas with the green. I just needed a more masculine stitch then I usually use.