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Merry Monday #88 & Fred She Said Christmas Party

Fred She Said is having a Christmas Party Giveaway! From Wednesday Dec. 18 until Monday Dec. 23 Midnight EST.

Come see the Fred She Said DT’s fabulous projects 🙂  Please leave a comment at the Fred She Said Blog for a chance to win one of 3 $10 Fred She Said gift certificates or post a link to a recent Christmas or Winter project  using Fred She Said products for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate 🙂

Also at the Fred She Said Facebook Page there will be an extra $10 gift certificate to giveaway.  All you have to do there is post a recipe ( or link to a recipe) of your favourite holiday recipe or treat 🙂  All details are at the Fred She Said Blog.

I wanted to be sure and tell you about the Fred She Said Party over on the FSS blog! 🙂  Be sure to check it out for some great giveaways!

Now I have three cards to share! 🙂  I’ve already entered one at Merry Monday #88, but I think I can enter one more:) I’ve given all the cards away, so I will have to post details as I remember them.

Here’s their challenge:

MM New Look Sketches-021Here’s my first card:

Poster3This is a very simple card, but I love it!  I know my DIL checks out my blog now and then, so I have to ask her to not tell Matthew this is his card;)  I got the background from Raspberry Road Designs.  It’s called Blue Christmas Paper Set.  There are other Blue Christmas sets to match, including a freebie:)  Right now they are having a 50% off sale, so hurry over there!

Anyway……I picked out the paper and thought about what I would do next.  I flipped the image, and knew the deer would be perfect!  The deer are a Memory Box die called Deer Trio.  I cut them apart and placed them in the “snow”, I glued them down with sticky dots, not pop ups.  Then I looked at it a few days and thought about what I wanted to add.  I decided I didn’t want to add anything;)  It’s clean and simple, and I love it, I hope my grandson will too! 🙂

My next two cards are alike in that they use a technique called Starburst , I found the technique instructions here.  My next card:

Half-fold Card2I just couldn’t get the colors right for this photo, at least not to my satisfaction;)  But the card is gone so I had to do the best I could to present it.  The papers are from imaginisce, the series was called Polar Expressions.  I had a number of the papers and some chipboard stickers.  The bear is a chipboard sticker that is popped up with Stamin’ Up!,  Stampin’ Dimentionals.  I bought it several years ago, but I still love it! 🙂  I used the fronts and the backs of the papers to make my Starburst.

Last card for tonight:

Half-fold Card1Now the colors in this photo look awesome and I don’t know why, I took the photos one after the other.  This card uses a chipboard sticker from the previous pack of stickers, but the paper is something I found on ESTY.  I am so sorry to say I don’t remember where on ESTY:(  It was listed as Christmas paper, but it looked a little Spring like to me.  Finding Cardinal papers was almost impossible!  I do love how it turned out though! 🙂 I attached the Cardinal with glue dots.

Well, I’m off to get more done.  The grandkids will be home from school for two weeks, so I have to use my time wisely…..if that’s possible;) lol

Thanks for coming by today, I hope you’ll come again! 🙂  Be sure to check out all my links for special deals! 🙂

In case I don’t get back, please have a safe, peaceful, and very Merry Christmas!!!! 🙂



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Fred She Said, Merry Monday #88, Friday Mashup #139 & Send A Smile 4 Kids

OMGoodness, I have a lot to share today!  I have three cards! 🙂  All of my images today are Fred She Said, they are having a contest with prizes!

Fred She Said is having a Christmas Party Giveaway! From Wednesday Dec. 18 until Monday Dec. 23 Midnight EST.

Come see the Fred She Said DT’s fabulous projects 🙂  Please leave a comment at the Fred She Said Blog for a chance to win one of 3 $10 Fred She Said gift certificates or post a link to a recent Christmas or Winter project  using Fred She Said products for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate 🙂

Also at the Fred She Said Facebook Page there will be an extra $10 gift certificate to giveaway.  All you have to do there is post a recipe ( or link to a recipe) of your favourite holiday recipe or treat 🙂  All details are at the Fred She Said Blog!  Check it out!! 🙂

This first card was supposed to go to Freshly Made Sketches #116.  I was too late to enter:(  So….since it fits with the theme of the Friday Mashup #139, I’m going to enter it there! 🙂

Fm139Here’s your Mashup Challenge:
Create a “Winter themed project (Non Christmas).”
Create a project using “Embossing (Dry or Heat). ”
Or Mash it Up and create a “Winter Project using Embossing.”

Half-fold Card2The image is from the Fred She Said store called Emma & the Snowball.  Isn’t she just too cute! ? I used some new paper from Stampin’ Up! called Winter Frost.  I love it!  It has two sheets with Silver accents.  I used one of the silver here, it’s kind of hard to see how shiny and beautiful it is:(  But trust me, it’s gorgeous! 🙂

Now, my next two cards use the same image from Fred She Said, but I made them up two different ways;)  One of them will be entered into Merry Monday #88 this week.

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Here’s the first one

Half-fold Card3And now the second one

Half-fold Card1I love this image from Fred She Said called, Catchin’ Flakes! 🙂  All of these cards will be going into the box for Send A Smile 4 Kids!

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  I hope to be back at least one more time before Christmas, but just in case that doesn’t work out, I’m wishing you all a very  Merry Christmas!! 🙂



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Fred She Said 5th Birthday BLOG HOP! & Freshly Made Sketches #88

I am so so sorry I’m a little late to the party:(   So here we go!

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Welcome to the Fred, She Said 5th Birthday Blog Hop!  We’ve been up and running 5 wonderful years!  The theme for this hop is Fred’s FAVES  FLORAL and/or PURPLE!



If you have arrived from Crystal’s blog, you are right on track. If you are just happening by, you will want to start on the FSS Blog. (

Collect a secret word on each blog along the way, leave us some love on our posts and follow the directions at the end of the hop for your chance to win this FABULOUS PRIZE!


One winner will receive ALL of this:

$25 Gift Certificate to the Fred She Said Store
$25 USD equivalent Gift Certificate to any online papercrafting store of winner’s choice 🙂

Wow, how awesome is that!?

Here is the info for my Blog Hop card, but keep scrolling, I have a second card! 🙂

For my card I used a retired Stampin’ Up! cardstock, Lavender Lace.  I don’t remember what year it’s from, but I just love all the retired purples!    The flowered  paper is from the Fred She Said paper pack, Summer’s Roses Digital Paper Set by Bearly Mine Designs.  Yep, I know, incredibly long name;)  The main image is, of course, Fred She Said’s,  Hearts & Roses Pre-Coloured Set. It also comes B & W for you to color yourself.  I love the pre-colored versions of Fred She Said images! 🙂

I imported the FSS image sheet into Print Shop and cropped out the image I wanted to use.  I added a circle shape and made it into an oval that would fit my Spellbinders Oval Dies. Just to make sure I was sizing everything the way I wanted.  I then deleted the oval.  Then I used the Print Shop text boxes to add my sentiment.  I tried using a rubber stamp, but I was getting frustrated!

The white decorative paper was made with Spellbinders Nestabilities, Decorative Labels Eight.  I had a terrible time cutting it out! 😦  Cardstock was too thick and paper was a little to thin, I think, because the lower left corner is a little mangled:(  I hid it well, did I not?  I did use wax paper, but if anyone out there has a tip on getting a good cut, I would be happy to have the info:)

I finished up with some retired Stampin’ Up! ribbon, Mellow Moss, and some misc. gems.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask:)

Your secret word on my blog is  Happy


Your next stop on the hop is Judy’s blog.


Winners will be selected on June 8th 2013 at 12:01 EST.

Fred She Said is also having a sale!


Now for my second card which will be entered in Freshly Made Sketches #88.

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For my card I used a retired Stampin’ Up! cardstock, Lovely Lilac.  I think it matches perfectly with the flowers Tracey has drawn!  The flower paper is from the Fred She Said paper pack,  BMD Petunia Parade Digital Papers Set.  Yep, I know, really long name, but not as long as the first paper pack;) lol  This digital paper set was designed by Donna of Bearly Mine Designs using graphics from the Wee HummingBird & Petunias which comes as outlines or  a Pre-coloured set ( not included).    This paper set includes 27  beautiful 6″x6″ papers ( JPG 133 ppi )

Which brings me to my digital image.  What else, a pre-colored digital image from Fred She Said,  Wee Hummingbird & Petunias Pre-coloured Set.  This card was much more simple to make, but I still love it!  I used my Print Shop program to print the image and paper on the same sheet of paper, photo project paper-matte from Target.  Both the image and paper were mounted on the Lovely Lilac cardstock.  I used an older punch from Martha Stewart, a couple misc. gems, and  a tiny Stampin’ Up! rubber stamp that someone gave me.

I hope I’m still making sense, it’s so late here, but my daughter kept texting me over and over, even though I told her I was busy:(  I honestly started my cards last weekend!  Busy, busy, busy!!!  Please feel free to let me know if I’ve made an error, or just plain confused you!

Thank you for coming by today! 🙂  Have a great weekend and be sure to follow the Blog Hop and check out the sale! 🙂




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Tuesday Throwdown #138

Fred She Said is sponsoring a challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown .  I can’t enter or win, but you can!  Head over there and take a look at what everyone else is making and enter for yourself:)  Here is a card to inspire you:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAOf course, I used a Fred She Said digital image;)  This one is called  Hummingbird & Columbine Pre-Coloured Set.  I used a precolored image, but it also comes ready to color yourself:)

This card was truly simply made!  I used a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder and a misc. rubber stamp.  All I had to do was print out the image and mount it all together:)  I did add some SU Dazzling Details to the bird throat to make it sparkle.  I’ve made one like this before, it’s so easy I decided to make another;)

So check out the Tuesday Throwdown, and enter for a chance to win a $20 Fred She Said gift certificate! 🙂  Also take a peek at the Fred She Said store and see all the wonderful images! 🙂  Tracey’s kits come with lots of extras:)

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂   See you again soon! 🙂


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Fred She Said Ground Hog Day Blog Hop

final wiarton willieFred She Said is having a Ground Hog Day Blog Hop.  Tracey, from Fred She Said hails from Wiarton, Ontario, Canada, home of Wiarton Willie, the albino ground hog.  Every February 2nd, Willie emerges from his den to predict whether or not we will have an early Spring.  If he sees his shadow, he will become frightened and scurry back into his den, hailing 6 more weeks of winter.  If he does not see his shadow, he will declare an EARLY SPRING woohoo!  Tracey has asked the Fred She Said DT to make a card – either a “wintery” card ( if they think Willie will predict  a LATE SPRING ) or a “Flowery or Spring” card ( if they think he will predict an EARLY SPRING ).

Your job, dear blog hopper, is to hop along and TALLY up how many DT thought it will be an EARLY SPRING and how many predict a LATE SPRING.   Instructions on how to enter will be posted on the last stop at the FSS CHALLENGE BLOG.

Blog Hop closes Friday February 8th,  Midnight EST

$30 GC for the Fred She Said Store
$25 GC for Crop Stop ( provided by Tracey )

( 25% off any purchase  on or over $10 from Friday FEB 1 UNTIL Sunday FEB 3 midnight EST )



Why?  Because I want one!! LOL   When I started making cards for this Hop, it was 60 degrees (for those of you who don’t know, that’s very warm for January in Illinois, USA! )   But warm weather doesn’t last long here in Illinois.  The very next day it snowed!  Now it’s VERY cold!!!!

So what does my card look like?  Here it is:

Half-fold Card1This beautiful pre-colored digital image made me think of standing on a hill in the Spring with the warm breeze blowing though my hair:)  If you go here, you can find the free digital background, just scroll down a bit:)  The image of Emma is called, Emma and the Butterfly.  I asked Tracey for the PNG version so I could add it to the background.  I printed two Emmas, cut one out  and popped up the dress and butterfly.

The white embossed frame is from Stampin’ Up! called, the Framed Tulip Embossing Folder, one of my favorites!  The sentiment is from the retired set, Easter Blossoms.  I love this set, but having recently moved, I still can’t find it so I popped over to my Stampin’ Up! site and ordered the EASTER BLOSSOMS STAMP BRUSH SET as a digital download.

The great thing about the My Digital Studio downloads, besides the fact that you can get retired images, is that it’s almost instantly available.  You don’t even have to own the My Digital Studio software!  I, of course, own MDS , but in this instance I used it in my Print Shop to make it the size I wanted it!  How cool is that!?

Now for the part that’s not so “simple” for everyone, I made my own paper:)  Yep, I have a program that’s called Artweaver.  I downloaded the free version;)  I took my image of Emma, plus opened a new window.  I used the ink dropper to pick up the color from the ribbon on Emma’s dress and used the paint bucket to make my own color in the new window.

Ok, I know that sounds hard, and for the first three or four tries, it was, but now it’s easy:)  Something to think about;)  Let me know if you would like to try it, or the My Digital Studio.

If you follow me at all, you know I have a couple more cards to celebrate the Early Spring I’m predicting (hoping for).  Just keep scrolling:)

If you’ve come from Crystal, you’re right on track, and your next stop is Karen🙂  If you’ve just happened to stop by, head over to the Fred She Said blog and start with Tracey🙂

Here is the blog hop list in case you lose your way!

Blog Hop List:

Janet Kay – Me, you are here
FSS CHALLENGE BLOG ( entry instructions )

Good luck and Have Fun!

For those of you still here, I have two more cards! 🙂  Nothing says Spring quite like Daffodils….. unless it’s Tulips, so I have one of each!! 🙂  Both cards use all Stampin’ Up! products, except for the beautiful digital images from the  Fred She Said store.

These two are from the Spring Flowers & Paper Pricking Frame set.  There are two more flowers in the set.

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Half-fold Card13Yes, I made them almost the same, that’s because I won’t send them both to the same person, and I love them both!  For the Daffodils, I used Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight cardstock and buttons.  For the Tulips I used SU Primrose Petals cardstock and ribbon.  Both these cards were very simple to make.  If you need a nice card quickly, FSS pre-colored digital images are the way to go!  I don’t color very well and Tracey does beautiful coloring!  Most of her images also come un-colored so you can choose your own colors if you like;)

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’m always happy to answer questions or order products for you:)  As a Fred She Said Design Team member, I’m also happy to answer questions about images and techniques:)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the Fred She Said Blog Hop, you could win!! 🙂



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