Many flowers for Mother’s Day — FMS481

Goodness! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. We had the interior of our house painted, and man, is that a lot of work — even though we hired someone to do the actual painting it’s still a lot of work. Most of the work was my craft room, which also serves as our office/study room. We installed some Elfa shelving on three of the four walls in that room and use lots of vertical space. All of that had to come down for the painters and then when they were done we had to put it all back up again. Whew!! There’s nothing like having to pack up all of your crafting stuff to make you realize just how much you really have! Here’s a look at the finished product (I still haven’t put the curtains up yet). I went with a Sherwin Williams color called Natural Choice, which is nice and clean and bright. It looks darker in these pictures than it really is.

Well now that I’m unpacked and my room is back in order, I was excited to get to play along with the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Cecile Ribon, our favorite French stamper. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I thought I should get a jump on Mother’s Day cards before things get really busy again. I pulled out the Pierced Blooms Dies and ran some through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.

I framed the focal panel with a piece of dsp from the True Love collection and placed it all on a So Saffron card base. Some Matte Black Dots were added to the flower centers to add a touch of black to coordinate with the dsp and sentiment.

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

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Perennials for Easter — FMS478

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the amazing Jen Timko. Actually, I should call her Captain Timko, as she has recently become one of United Airline’s newest captains. A big Congratulations to her!! Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us this week:

I need to make some Easter cards to put in some Easter Basket care packages, so that was my goal with this sketch. I don’t really have any current cute Easter stamps, so I decided to go with pretty Spring flowers instead.

I started by stamping some of the floral images from the Pretty Perennials set and then cut them out with the coordinating Perennial Petals dies.

I added the little “Easter” sentiment from the A Wish for Everything stamp set. A strip of dsp from the Ice Cream Corner collection was added at the bottom of the card base.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what you make 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!

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Thank You Berry Much — FMS477

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the butterfly-stamping queen and lover of square cards, Jen Mitchell. Of course, Jen makes beautiful cards with whatever stamp set and shape she uses, but I think she makes especially gorgeous cards with butterflies and square cards. Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

When I first saw this sketch, I knew I wanted to use some fun dsp for the background behind the focal square. This paper is from the Sale-a-Bration pack called Berry Delightful. I still had some in my stash, so I thought I’d use it with the Sweet Strawberry stamp set which is still available in the mini catalog.

I cut it into two triangles and placed it on a Basic White card base. I then cut out some of the strawberries and flowers with my paper snips from the pattern on the other side of the dsp and arranged them on a Stitched with Whimsy cut out. Some Misty Moonlight enamel dots were thrown in there as well.

The sentiment is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and was also cut out with paper snips.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what you make 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 whipped up for your inspiration.

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St. Patrick’s Day Care Package — FMS476

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is Linda Callahan, our fun friend from New York, who is one talented card maker. Take a look at this fun sketch:

My college girl is in the throes of midterm exams and with no spring break this year, it’s all a little much. I thought she could use a care package and since St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to use that theme. Besides, with a name like O’Neill, I think we’re required to celebrate this day!

I started with a card. Since I don’t have any St. Patrick’s Day stamps, I had to get creative and since the care package is mostly filled with treats, I thought some mint chocolate chip ice cream would fit in with the green theme.

I used the cute Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and coordinating punch for the fun ice cream and the Word Wishes dies for the sentiment. Some linen thread was used for the diagonal stripes in the sketch. And some Ice Cream Corner dsp was adhered to the card base.

I used some of the remaining dsp to decorate the box. I printed out some shamrocks on some Garden Green card stock and used some old letter dies to cut out the “Love You.” I included some candies and a t-shirt with the O’Neill coat of arms, which I found on Etsy. Hopefully this will be a fun thing for her to open and she’ll know we’re thinking of her.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch. We love to see what you make 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.

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Art Gallery Thoughts — Monday Montage #185

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of 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.

The grass is starting to green up and the daffodils and tulips are starting to bloom here. Spring is on the way! I’m ready to make cards with bright, pretty colors and lots of flowers. That was my starting point with this card. It’s also the theme at the Paper Players this week:

I love the gorgeous, layered flowers in the Art Gallery stamp set. And the papers are so pretty with beautiful colors. My daughter’s favorite color is yellow, so I knew I wanted to use one of the pretty sheets of dsp in that color for my starting point.

The coordinating dies for the Art Gallery stamp set also include this fabulous sentiment. I die-cut it and the stamped sentiment with the Floral Gallery dies. This card came together really quickly!

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
Charlet Mallett
Cheryl Curtis
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

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Popsicle Birthday — FMS475

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the ever lovely and talented Jacquie Southas. Take a look at this great sketch:

I needed to make a birthday card for a sweet friend and when I saw this sketch I immediately thought of the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set, figuring that ice cream treats could make up the three rectangular focal points. And since this friend loves color like I do, I knew this would be a good set for her birthday card.

I started by brushing some Pool Party ink on a piece of watercolor paper. Once that dried, I used one of the Stitched with Whimsy Dies to add the fun stitching around the edges.

The popsicles were stamped using my stamp positioning tool so I could make them exactly the same size, as these popsicles are made using three stamps — the top part, the bottom part, and the stick. I then cut them and the sentiment out with my paper snips.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch. We love seeing what you make 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.

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A Touch of Ink Hummingbird — FMS474

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Our hostess this week is the talented and lovely Judy Rozema. Take a look at this fun sketch:

This is the last week of Sale-a-Bration! Since I hadn’t gotten the A Touch of Ink stamp set inky yet, I decided I’d better hurry up and use it. I love hummingbirds and I’m drawn to hummingbird stamps. But when it comes to coloring them, I feel like a failure — a frustrated failure. I think it’s because they are so gorgeous and colorful in real life and it’s hard to capture that with ink and paper.

I stamped and colored this bird several times using different techniques and then just went with watercoloring because it’s the most forgiving. I sponged on a little Rococo Rose ink onto the card base because I have a fear of too much white space. I probably wouldn’t do that again, but after spending so much time coloring different hummingbirds I was out of time and needed to finish up so I didn’t redo that panel. Sometimes, you just have to call it a day and let it go. 🙂

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what you make 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!

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Pierced Positive Thoughts — Monday Montage #184

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of 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 thawed out and the snow is almost all gone, I’m starting to think about Spring. This past week was beyond crazy here in Texas! I thought the longest week ever occurred last month when my husband had Covid and our dog got suddenly sick and I had to put her to sleep. But then last week we experienced rolling blackouts and water shortages during the most frigid spell here I have ever experienced. We were in a cycle of having power for about 30 minutes and then the power would go out for about an hour. Then repeat… And repeat… For 3 long days. The temperature in our house hovered in the low 50s. We have a gas fireplace, and we moved some of our furniture directly in front of it so we could keep warm. When the power would come on we’d run to cook something quickly and charge our devices. We were very fortunate in that none of our pipes burst, and we never lost our water supply nor had to boil our water. My heart goes out to the many families that will be dealing with the clean-up from this disaster for a long time.

While all of this was going on here, my mother-in-law was in the hospital awaiting surgery about an hour and a half away. We couldn’t go visit her because of Covid restrictions and with all of the ice and snow on the roads, we wouldn’t have been able to anyway. I wanted to make her a sunny card to let her know we’ve been thinking of her. I pulled out the Pierced Blooms dies and got to work with my Big Shot.

A piece of dsp from the Paper Blooms collection was adhered to the side of the card base. The sentiment is from the Positive Thoughts 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
Charlet Mallett
Cheryl Curtis
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Ice Cream for Frigid Days — FMS473

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my privilege to be the hostess. I have a sketch with some layers this week, so use your creativity with this one.

I made my card for this sketch last week, and thought some ice cream would be fun for a birthday card I needed to send. With the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing here in Texas, maybe that wasn’t a good idea. We are now on day three of rolling blackouts with no end in sight until possibly the weekend. At our house we have been fortunate to have intermittent power. We seem to be in a cycle of about 30 minutes with power on and then about an hour with no power. And it has been very cold (at least by Texas standards), Yesterday morning it was -2 degrees F. We’ve gotten snow twice now, and temperatures aren’t supposed to get above freezing until Saturday. The temperature in our house has been in the low to mid 50s since Monday morning. We are blessed to have a gas fireplace, so we do have some heat from that. We moved some of our furniture directly in front of the fireplace and you can find us huddled under blankets in our layered clothing there. My husband has taken the prize for most layers – six! I feel like I’m living in the days of Little House on the Prairie and have renewed respect for settlers in the days before electricity! Despite the discomfort and inconvenience, we are blessed! We haven’t had any frozen pipes yet (houses here are not built for these conditions) and when our power does come on for short bursts, we run to the microwave and stove to heat up some food. Of course, everything is shut down here because we have snow on the ground (again, we are not used to these conditions and know our limitations about driving in it). 🙂 So at least we don’t have to venture outside into the pretty winter wonderland.

I used some of the Ice Cream Corner dsp and the coordinating punch to create this card. The sentiment is from the coordinating Sweet Ice Cream stamp set.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! I am looking forward to browsing the gallery and seeing what you make this week! Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration!

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Simple Sympathy — FMS472

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it comes all the way from Australia. Our hostess, the creator of incredible cards, Narelle Farrugia, has a fun one for us. Take a look:

I needed to make some sympathy cards, which have unfortunately been necessary more than usual so far this year. I thought Narelle’s sketch was perfect to make some quick and easy cards for the occasion.

I thought this sketch was perfect for some pretty designer series paper to shine. I pulled out some from the Flower & Field collection, which is a free Sale-a-Bration offering right now. I love the gorgeous patterns in this paper.

I added a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings, a little ribbon, and a scrap made with an old punch. To tie it all together, I cut out a flower using the Perennial Petals Dies and added a white twine bow.

Easy peasy! It’s the writing of the message inside that is always the hard part for me.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what you make 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!

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