Hello crafters!   Today’s post is all about some Christmas cards I created for a donation to an amazing event called Artisan Fest.   All New American is a non-profit supporting the American Artisanal small business economy with fuel,  in the form of grants.    This event, Artisan Fest 2017 is a local event to support artists all over the country.  One of the organizers asked for a donation and I was thrilled to be a part of such an AH-mazing event.  Want know more about this?  Please go check them out www.allnewamerican.com.  The artists and makers are incredibly talented.

Christmas Cards for a Cause

The basket of cards I put together has a total of 20 cards,   I created 5 different designs and made four of each for a nice variety.    In a crazy high tech world, a hand made Christmas card is a wonderful way to show someone you care!     Not one person I know hangs an email on their refrigerator!   Here is the basket I put together for the donation to Artisan Fest 2017.

Christmas Basket filled with Handmade Christmas Cards for silent auction for Artisan Fest

#2017 Artisan Fest Donation basket by Sally Hessenius, www.sallyssentiments.com

And these are the card creations . . .

White cable knit embossed card with Christmas Quilt Designer paper, sentiment from Christmas Sweaters, hand colored sweather featuring Santa with textured beard

Warmth of Christmas

This Santa Sweater if from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog – Christmas Sweaters   I colored the sweater in pool party with SU watercolor pencils and used some texture paste for his beard.   The sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.  That gorgeous background is done with the Cable Knit 3D dynamic textured embossing folder from the SU 2017-18 Annual Catalog.


Stampin Up! Christmas Sweater Image hand colored with Old Olive water color pencils with dazzling diamond on Santa's Beard

Sparkly Santa Beard


For a delightful twist, same stamp set, Christmas Sweaters, with a different color scheme and dazzling diamonds on Santa’s beard.


Cherry Cobbler Background, Whisper White Circle featuring Watercolor words sentiment Merriest Christmas Wishes,

Merriest Wishes

This sweet card was created with the Watercolor Words Stamp set from the current Holiday Catalog.  This set was designed to coordinate with the Watercolor Christmas Project Kit, but I always try to step outside the box and go for something a little different.   I just love the fancy font used in this set.


Lemon Lime twist watercolor wash, whimsy ornament stamped in black with sentiment deck the halls, cardbase is lemon lime twist with black and melon mambo mats

Whimsy Christmas

This charming little ornament comes from the Season of Whimsy stamp set.   This exclusive set is only offered to Hosts!  All you need to do is gather your friends, get creative and you can earn rewards – like this stamp set!    Contact me for more details!Just look how scrumptious this background turned out!   A bit of Lemon Lime twist ink watercolored onto the Shimmery White paper, sets the stage for this very non-traditional Christmas card.

Lemon Lime Twist Watercolor Wash on Shimmer Whisper White featuring Whimsy Christmas Host Stamp Set

Shimmery & Whimsy

And last but certainly not least, clean and simple design featuring the winter wonder textured impressions embossing folder.   A small sentiment, “season of cheer” from the Watercolor Words set finishes the card.

Dapper Denim Card base with whisper white embossed snowflake with rhinestone center, sentiment from Watercolor Words Stamp set, embellished with Silver ribbon and silver sequin trim

Season of Cheer


Thanks for stopping by today!   I truly hope you will take a moment to see what this organization is all about.   If you are interested in knowing how I made these cards, stay tuned!  Don’t forget to check out www.allnewamerican.com   Also, I will be posting details & dimensions on each of these cards throughout the week.  Have a fabulous weekend!


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Love, hugs & inky fingers,

Sally Hessenius Signature