One of a Kind Mermaid — FMS333

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our incredibly talented friend from down under, Narelle Farrugia, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

In my quest to use retiring stamp sets before they officially retire, I pulled my Magical Day stamp set off the shelf.  I love the sweet little mermaid in this set, and can’t help but think of Ariel from the Little Mermaid.  Boy, I saw that one many times when my girls were little.

I started this one by coloring a little bit of embossing paste with a drop of Pool Party ink on my silicone mat and then spreading it over a Pattern Party Decorative Mask.  I used a little bit of leftover ribbon from Sale-a-Bration to add a bit of color.

For the focal circle, I stamped the the mermaid and sea horse and colored them with Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write markers, and then die-cut them with the coordinating framelits.  The other circle was cut from a piece from the Myths & Magic dsp.

This is such a fun suite, and it will only be available for a short time so get it now if you want it.

When I was deciding on which stamp set to use this week, I remembered The Paper Players current challenge, and thought this would work with their theme as well as our sketch.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see how you interpret the sketch and visit your blog.  Meanwhile, be sure to go by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Couple of Sneak Peeks — Monday Montage #114

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of nine stampers who love to share what we create with you, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I have a couple of sneak peeks for you today from the upcoming new Annual catalog.  These new products will be available June 1.

Both of these cards feature a stamp set called Detailed with Love and some dsp called Garden Impressions, which has beautiful floral and watercolor prints.

There are several beautiful sentiments in this set.  I love the mix of fonts and the sweet messages.  For this card, I used Berry Burst ink to stamp the sentiment and cut it out with one of the Layering Oval Framelits.  The little flowers come from this stamp set too, and were cut out with my paper snips, and Pearl Basic Jewels were placed in their centers.  I looped some Whisper White 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon under the focal image.

How about that paper?!  I love the pretty colors.  If you look closely, you can see some of the new colors (the background is Soft Sea Foam, and there are some splashes of Mango Melody and Shaded Spruce).

This next card uses the same stamp set and dsp.  I looped some Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon (it’s retiring, so stock up now) under the focal image.

The little flowers are from a new die set, Springtime Impressions Thinlits.  This thinlits set has some beautifully detailed dies, and this one is the smallest.  I’ll have some other cards that feature the other dies on another day.

To add a little interest to the sentiment panel, I took a sponge dauber and applied a little So Saffron ink.  The flower centers were finished with some Clear Faceted Gems.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  I always love seeing what she makes!  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing.

 

 

 

If you should happen to get lost in the blog hop links, here is a list of all of those participating:

Amy O’Neill  —> you are here
Breelin Renwick
Cathy Casey
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Kaitlyn Zumbach — not participating this week
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Fond Farewell to Cool Treats — FMS332

It’s time for a new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our favorite New Zealander, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

Since Stampin’ Up! released the list of retiring products, I’ve been inspired to use those that I have loved before they will be gone.  When I saw this sketch, I grabbed the Cool Treats set off my shelf, dusted it off, and got to work.  This set and coordinating framelits make the cutest ice cream treats and popsicles.

I used another retiring product on this card — the Ticket Tear Border punch.  I feel like I barely got to know that punch.

The dsp I used is from the Tutti Frutti dsp stack.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create as we browse the gallery each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Mother’s Day Pumpkin — FMS331

Ready or not, it’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week, our favorite French friend, Cecile Ribon, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch she has for us:

I needed to make something in a hurry, and I had the newest Paper Pumpkin kit out on my desk.  Have you seen it?  It is beautiful!  I decided I could easily use some of the elements in it to fit the sketch, so that was the direction I took.

I love how the kits make it so easy to put beautiful cards together.  And I love how most of them come with a stamp set that you can use even when the kits’ contents run out.

Everything on this card came from the kit except the Gold Metallic Thread.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! is running a special right now on Paper Pumpkin?  You can get the first two months’ kits at 50% off.  What a great way to try it!

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  We have a new guest designer for April.  Tracey McNeely is joining the team this month, and we are so glad to have her on board.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Flying Homes — Monday Montage #113

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of nine stampers who love to share what we create with you, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

Now that we have celebrated Easter, I feel like it is time to fully embrace Spring!  So when I was pulling a stamp set off my shelf, I decided to grab Flying Home with its cute little bird houses.  It also satisfied my need to color with my Stampin’ Blends markers.

I kept this one pretty clean and simple as I really wanted the colored image to be the focus of the card.

The sentiment is from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  I always love seeing what she makes!  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing.

 

 

 

If you should happen to get lost in the blog hop links, here is a list of all of those participating:

Amy O’Neill  —> you are here
Breelin Renwick
Cathy Casey
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick —> not participating this week
Kaitlyn Zumbach
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!
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Birthday Panda — FMS330

All you have to do is blink your eyes and it’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  It sure seems like that anyway.  Our hostess this week is our favorite Canadian designer, Jen Brum.   Take a look at this fabulous sketch:

I knew I wanted to make a card using the Party Panda set as this is the last week of Sale-a-Bration and this is one of the sets offered.  I love the sweet images in this set, and it was one of the first Sale-a-Bration items I had to have.  And now that it’s the last week of the offering, I figured that I should actually use it…for…the…first…time…  Argh!  As I said, all you have to do is blink your eyes…  Time flies!

I colored this party animal’s hat with Stampin’ Write markers and added a little shading to him with a gray watercolor pencil, and then I cut him out.  The balloon is from the Balloon Celebration stamp set, and I hand drew the string.  The paper is from the Picture Perfect Party dsp stack.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Celebration Candles — FMS329

The days are flying by, and it’s already time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is our friend from the Rocky Mountains state of Colorado, Kim Singdahlsen.  Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I needed to make a quick birthday card — like in less than 20 minutes quick.  I thought that giant circle could be filled with some dsp, and the Picture Perfect Party dsp stack seemed like a great choice.  I had planned on adding a thin strip of cardstock under the sentiment to more closely follow the sketch, but I felt like it covered too much of the candles.  So I just used a die-cut sentiment from the Celebrate You Thinlits dies, which enables one to see more of what’s underneath.

There’s not a bit of stamping on this card.  The dsp does all of the work.

The card base is note card sized — 3-1/2″ x 5″.  I tried toying with adding some embellishments — ribbons, twine, or sequins.  But nothing looked quite right.  I decided that sometimes simple is best.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you make.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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