My Challenge and Sketch Blog

Creatively Artsy is my CTMH blog and this is my FUN Blog.
Here is where I can use any products and just do my own thing. I started out with just one sketch challenge and now I'm hooked. I wish there were more hours in the day.

New Additions to Studio J

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The Close to my Heart Embossing folders are like none other. Watch this video to see how fabulous they really are. You still have until February 28th to get one FREE. Just order two packs of Cardstock for $14.50 each and get an Embossing Folder of your choice absolutely FREE.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Rose - Fred She Said



Another Christmas Card made with the fabulous pre-colored Christmas Rose image from Fred She Said. I just love her colored images, especially when I'm in a hurry to make things and don't want to take the time to color it myself. 

The roses are actually layered three times, which you can't tell in the picture. 

Challenges for this Card:
Just Inspirational - Frame it.
Card Mania - Use a Digi
Bearly Mine - Christmas Cards
Christmas Cards All Year Round - No dp
Crafty Hazelnut - Anything Christmas

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Candle and Rose - Fred She Said



Here's another Christmas card for you. This one uses a pre-colored Christmas Rose and Candle from Fred She Said.

I made another Easel Card. They are very addicting. Especially when you don't want to make your focal image smaller and still want to add a sentiment. However, taking a really good picture isn't that easy.

The rose is actually layered twice on top of the original. 

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up, which was stamped and heat embossed.

Challenges for this Card:
Card Mania - Use a DigiP
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything with a bow
Dream Valley - Anything
Love to Create - Christmas
Melonheadz friends - Add a sentiment
Not Just Cards - Anything
Perfectly Rustic - Embossing
Stamp and Create - Ribbon and Bows

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Cardinal - Fred She Said




My card today is a Christmas Card using the pre-colored images from Fred She Said called Christmas Cardinal. I added dots of Liquid Applique when the snow dotsw are on the image and then covered with Fine Prisma Glitter for just a little added sparkle.

When I was designing this card, I was going to put the sentiment below the image, but I didn't want the pretty dry embossed Holly to be covered. So I decided to make an Easel Card instead.  

The sentiment is from an old retired stamp set from Close to my Heart and the Red Enamel Hearts and some new embellishments for CTMH also.

This card worked perfectly for using up some of my scraps of cardstock and ribbon.

Challenges for this card:
Bearly Mine - Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round - No DP
Crafters Companion - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut - Christmas
Die Cut Diva's - Any Holiday
Live and Love Crafts - Favorite Christmas Colors
Mema's Crafts - Anything



Thursday, September 25, 2014

FSS Cornflowers



My card today uses another of the new images just released at Fred She Said. This is the Cornflower and comes pre-colored or a digi to color yourself.

My inspiration started with a sketch from Sketch File.

I have a wedding to go to next month and I have a stamp set called Life time of Happiness from CTMH, that I thought would be perfect for a wedding card. I think it goes well with the FSS Cornflowers.

The cornflowers were fussy cut and layered on top of the original flowers for added dimension. 

I added some Hand Stitching around the card using a matching color embroidery floss, keeping the color subtle as to not take away from this beautiful image.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

FSS Scribbled Roses




Fred She Said is having an End of Summer Sale and my card uses one of the newest images, Scribbled Roses released this week. These beautiful pre-colored flowers come in 11 different colors. This image also comes as a line image to color yourself. These come as individual flowers, but I used the PNG version to group three different colors together.

I used the sketch challenge from Mojo Monday for my starting inspiration. 

I added some hand stitching around the edges for some added dimension. 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fred She Said End of Summer SALE!

FRED SHE SAID DESIGNS is having an END OF SUMMER SALE!
And there are new floral releases just in time! *Ü*
You can find more info at the FRED SHE SAID BLOG.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fred She Said 6th Birthday Sale


It's May and it's time for a Birthday!
Fred She Said Designs 6th Birthday. *Ü*

Use CODE 6THBDAY to get 25% off order of $10 or more.





Monday, February 24, 2014

Emma and the Cake



Well, it's just a little over three weeks until Spring begins. I can't wait. Here in Pennsylvania, we've been bombarded with so much snow this month and they're calling for a little more tomorrow night. Every winter I go through a depression but this year is worse then ever. My passion is card making and it's even been a struggle to do this lately. However, my beautiful Granddaughter Mya celebrated her 7th birthday Saturday, so I made her a very special card. It actually did feel good to create again.

My card today was created with a pre-colored imaged from Fred She Said called "Emma and the Cake"
Mya's favorite color right now is Pink. So I started out with the Pink Emma and matched it up with The Lollydoodle Paper pack from Close to my Heart. 

The Happy Birthday is from the Holiday Tags stamp set from CTMH. This is my "Go To" stamp set most of the time. Great sentiments and matching tags. 

The pink Hearts and small flowers were punched form the Pink Glitter Papers. The Green banner was cut from the Green Glitter Papers. The hearts and banner were hung from the Pink bakers twine form the Paradise assortment.
Pink Glitter Gems were added to the center of the flowers.

Challenges for this card:
Seize the Birthday - Use hearts on Birthday card.
Catered Crop - Birthday
One Stitch at a Time - Girly
Quirky Crafts - Pile it on & 3D
Ink on My Fingers - Have a Heart

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nolan & the Bull Frog



Here is a Valentine I made for my Grandson Jeffrey. Very Non Traditional Valentine colors. I just love this image from Fred She Said called "Nolan and the Bull Frog"

I used the same sketch from the Deconstructed Sketch Blog, for this card and my last post. 

The design of this sketch was just perfect for the images plus, I have many rolls of glitter tape in many different colors so I wanted to finally use them.

The paper is from the Ivy Lane paper pack from Close to my Heart along with Crystal Blue Cardstock

Monday, February 17, 2014

I Love you THIS much!




Here is a Valentine that I made for my Granddaughter Mya for Valentines Day.

The inspiration for this card started with the pre-colored imaged from Fred She Said called "I Love You THIS Much!" This fabulous image comes in Six different colors or a Digi that you can color yourself.

I then matched it up with a great Sketch Challenge from the Deconstructed Sketch Challenge Blog. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

I Love Mom - Valentine




Here's a Valentine that I thought I might make for my 4 year old grandson to give his Mommy for Valentines Day. I used the Fred She Said pre-colored image called Nolan with a Sign. There are five different signs plus a blank one that goes with this digi set. 

I had a new paper pack from Close to my Heart called Skylark. I just thought this coerner of the paper would go perfect with this image. 

I have just started getting back into Hand Stitching on my cards and so I dod so on this one. I also used a brand new Spellbinder's die. 

Other challenges for this card:
Bunny Zoe's - Stitching

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Better Than Chocolate



I have another Valentine card for you here today using pre-colored images form Fred She Said.

The roses on the sides are from the Hearts and Roses set. This set comes in Seven Pre-Colored choices.

The focal image is from the Better Than Chocolate and comes in three colored versions.

The papers, ribbon and flourishes is all from Close to my Heart.

The hand stitching is another pattern from the Close to my Heart Stitch Guide. This guide is loaded with lots of stitching options. The card previous to this post was stitched using the guide also.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I Love You This Much



Here is a Valentine card I made using a Fred She Said image called "I Love You This Much"

In the past my cards all had hand stitching on them. It's been a long time since I stitched on one. I used to make up my own stitch designs, but this one came from a Close to My Heart Ruler called the Stitch Guide. It's quite easy to use. Just put a foam mat down with the paper on top and the stitch guide on top of that. Then just pierce through the holes using a piercing tool, and then stitch.

The embellishments in the top corners are called Flamingo Dots and the Heart by the sentiment were punched out of the Pink Collection of glitter papers. There are three sheets. One each of a light pink, medium pink and the one I used is the darkest pink. Both of these items will be available through Close to My Heart starting on February 1st here on my website.

Friday, January 3, 2014

FSS Kiss Me Scottie - Thank You Card



Here is the last post on the Thank You cards I made for my granddaughter Mya to give her 1st grade teacher for Christmas.
The paper is from the Frosted Papers from Close to my Heart. Burlap ribbon and the sentiment is also from CTMH.
The adorable Kiss Me Scottie pre-colored image is from Fred She Said.



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Red Caroling Angel



My card today started out being a Thank You card but I needed another Christmas Card. I used the Red pre-colored Caroling Angel from Fred She Said. I thought it looked a little boring so I then printed out the image from the Poinsettias and Holly, cut it out and mounted in the upper right corner.

The papers are from the Close to my Heart Sparkle and shine papers.

Challenges with this card:
Craftitude - Christmas Sparkle