When I Need a Friend — Monday Montage #27

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  It’s a holiday weekend here in the U.S., but we’ve been at work making projects to share, as we do every two weeks.  There are ten of  us participating, so just work your way through all of the blogs by clicking on the “Next” buttons at the end of each post.

When I Need a FriendI used the Choose Happiness stamp set and stamped onto some of the Typeset dsp.  The little strip of blue dsp is from the Flashback dsp stack.

When I Need a Friend Close UpI am sandwiched in this blog hop between two ladies who are not only super stampers but are also super athletes.  Both Breelin Renwick and Wendy Weixler ran a half marathon this morning at Disneyland.  Way to go, ladies!  Just click on the “Next” button to venture on to Breelin Renwick’s blog, or you can work your way backwards starting with Wendy Weixler’s blog.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Trick or Treat Pumpkin in August

Yes, I know it is just August and I’m posting a Halloween themed card today.  But I have all of these great goodies from the Holiday catalog (which was released yesterday, by the way) and it’s just torture not to use them.

trick or treat pumpkinI started with some of the dsp from the Motley Monsters dsp pack.  I then cut one of the Project Life Grid Cards down to a smaller size and rounded the corners.  I stamped one of the cute pumpkins from Fall Fest and cut it out with a coordinating framelit from the Fun Fall Framelits Dies.

trick or treat pumpkin close upThe sentiment comes from a new hostess set called Good Greetings.  It is available for free until October 31 when you have a party order total of $300 or more.  Plus you still get all of the normal hostess benefits for the $300 order.  Look at all of the great greetings that come in the set.

Good Greetings Clear-mount Stamp Set

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!


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Yee-Haw for a Rootin’ Tootin’ Fun New Stamp Set

Every once in a while, Stampin’ Up! will surprise us and come out with a new photopolymer stamp set out of the blue.  The latest one to come out  is called Yee-Haw, and I just love it!  The images are so fun, and I love how easy it is to mix and match all of the elements.  I just got this set yesterday, and I couldn’t wait to ink it up.  I haven’t even put it on my stamp shelf yet, because I am going to have to play with it some more because there are still lots of cute images I didn’t use yet.

Howdy CowgirlI started with a piece of dsp from the All Abloom dsp pack, which I adhered to the fabulous Kraft cardstock.  I then stamped the cute cactus, colored it with the Old Olive Blendabilities markers, and cut it out with my paper snips.  I stamped the Howdy with Pumpkin Pie ink and punched it out with the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch.  I then stamped the little stars with Lost Lagoon ink, and the larger star with So Saffron ink before punching it out with the 1″ Circle Punch.  I stamped the barbed wire using Crumb Cake ink.

Howdy Cowgirl Close UpHere’s a look at the whole stamp set since it isn’t in any of the catalogs.  You can order it online though (item #138107, $25.95 US).

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!


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Watercolors and a Speech Bubble — FMS151

It’s already Wednesday again, and it’s the last Wednesday of the month.  That means two things — (1) It’s time for another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, and (2) It’s our last week with Kim Singdahlsen as a guest designer.  And boy, does she have a great sketch for us this week, so make sure to drop by her blog and leave her some love.  She has done a fabulous job and we will really miss her.

I’ve been taking an online watercoloring class with some of the other team members, and I must say that watercoloring is not a talent with which I was blessed.  I watch the videos and the techniques look simple enough, but when I go to make my own projects, they never look like what I had envisioned.  In fact, they just look bad.  That’s why I haven’t posted anything I’ve made yet.  But I’m not giving up.  I’m going to finish the class and I’ll keep trying the techniques with the hope that practice really does make perfect.

Hi Alphabet DiesI had a scrap of watercolor paper on my desk, so I took an aquapainter and some Coastal Cabana ink and just made a colorwash panel.  I then added a few drops of water to create a spotted effect.

I added a strip of Back to Black dsp and a white base which I embossed with the Large Polka Dots embossing folder.

Hi Alphabet Dies Close UpFor the focal image, I embossed the speech bubble from the Point & Click Project Life stamp set with white embossing powder on Strawberry Slush card stock, and then used one of the Word Bubbles Framelits dies to cut it out.  I then cut out the letters with the Little Letters Thinlits Dies.  I attached a piece of So Saffron card stock with dimensionals behind the speech bubble.

We hope you’ll make some time to join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  You can drop by the website to see what the rest of the design team made for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hooray for Embossing Paste

I have a card for you today using the A Happy Hooray stamp set and Gorgeous Grunge.  I recently got some embossing paste.  I’ve used texture paste a few times with stencils, and while I love that look, sometimes I want something that dries a bit smoother and whiter.

Happy Embossed HooraySince I wanted to play with the embossing paste, and I wanted to use the chevron punch, I decided to use both.  I made my own little stencil with the punch using a scrap of card stock.  I used some washi tape to temporarily adhere it to the card base and then applied the embossing paste over the stencil, smoothing it out with a popsicle stick.  Here’s a pic of the stencil after I used it.  I should have photographed it while I was actually making the card, but I never think about those things while I’m in the creative mode.  This will at least give you an idea of how I did it I hope.

Happy Embossed Hello StencilI stamped the two feathers and sentiment with Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, and Island Indigo inks.  I added some splatter and some messy lines with the Gorgeous Grunge set.

Happy Embossed Hello Close Up

Be sure to come back tomorrow as we have another challenge for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and the fabulously talented Kim Singdahlsen, our guest stamper this month, is our hostess.  She has a really fun sketch for us too!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Do Your Best

All three of my kids went back to school today.  It’s a sad day for this mom!  I love having them home for the summer, and I love our carefree schedule during vacation.  Now we’re back to crazy schedules and less time together.  I have one in high school, one in middle school, and one in elementary school this year.  Let the craziness begin!

I like to surprise the kids with little notes in their lunch boxes occasionally, and when I saw the super cute Do Your Best Printables in the annual catalog (page 89), I knew they would be perfect. Plus, the download is only $2.95 and you get lots of cute cards.

Do Your Best 1I made this card in MDS using a stamp brush set and embellishment included in the download.  I printed several custom made cards like this on one sheet of Whisper White card stock and then cut them all out to mount on various colors of card stock bases.

Do Your Best 2I was then able to add little embellishment of my own to add a little dimension and texture.  I added the baker’s twine and flower with the rhinestone (colored with a Blendabilities marker) on this card.

Do Your Best 3I kept these all really simple, and they were really quick to make.  I’m looking forward to making more throughout the school year.

I can’t wait for the kids to get home and tell me all about their days!  The first day of school is always so exciting!

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Season of Love

SS Card 2Here’s another Convention display board sample for you using the Seasonally Scattered stamp set.

SS Card 2 Close UpI embossed the stamped image with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder and then used a sponge dauber to apply some Pink Pirouette ink around the middle of the image.  I added a few embellishments and kept it pretty simple.

All of the convention display stampers are posting their projects to a special Pinterest board so you can see all of the display projects in one convenient place.  Just click on the button below to see it.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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