Hello stampers! I am thrilled to be participating in my first ever Joy of Sets blog hop. Don’t you just love the name of this group? It sure cracked me up. I am going to be sharing some lovely Christmas cards that I made using the Free Skate stamp set.



Free Skate Inspiration


My cards were inspired by this card that I made at the Holiday Hoopla in Illinois with Peggy Murwin and Tina Rappe. Peggy designed this card.



I just love everything about this card. All the pretty details on the skates: the pearls, the silver blades, the ribbon and the layered glimmer paper die cuts. The background was done using Seaside Spray ink sponged with the stencils from the annual catalog. The ribbon is from the Feels Like Frost suite.


My Free Skate cards


I love the romance of skating so I wanted to make a card that had a man’s figure skate and a woman’s figure skate together. This is what I came up with.



I lightly sponged the background using balmy blue ink. That lovely holly die cut is also from the Free Skate bundle. I cut it twice, once in shaded spruce and once in silver foil paper. The bow die cut is also in this bundle and I cut it out of red glimmer paper.


Library Challenge card - https://thelibrarycraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2019/11/challenge-47-little-women.html


For this card I used the exact same skates as in Peggy’s card but I layered it on the beautiful Feels Like Frost paper. Did you know that this paper is now back in stock? Be sure to get some before it’s gone!! This is definitely my favourite card and I am so glad I had some of this paper stashed away just waiting for the right purpose.

Even more exciting, I entered this card into the Library Challenge for crafters who like books! That’s a perfect fit for me and this book in particular, Little Women, is one of my childhood favourites. You can see the challenge here.


Free Skate cards with Feels Like Frost Paper


So Excited!


I am editing this post since I just found out that I was a winner of this contest. Three  cards were chosen and mine was one of them. It made me very happy that Fiona Whitehead’s card was also chosen, she is one of the main people involved in The Joy of Sets and she also made me aware of this site.


Librarian's Choice


Parisian Blossoms Tutorial


The pdf that I promised you that has the instructions for all my #OnStage2019 Toronto Parisian Blossoms projects is now finished!! It is a thirteen page full colour tutorial that explains step by step how to make my projects and also includes the link to a great reverse stamping technique that I used on my scrapbook page. Just click on the Buy it Now button and you can have it for $15. If you have ever made a pdf you know how much work goes into making one. It took me the better part of a day to get it done. I hope you like it.





Thanks so much for joining me today for a rare Saturday post. I wouldn’t have blogged today but I felt it was high time that I joined in on a blog hop. I really enjoy The Joy of Sets Facebook page, so be sure to click on the link and check them out. It is so much fun connecting with paper crafters around the world. Have a wonderful day and be sure to hop along to all the other participants.




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