A Meerkat Birthday — FMS423

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our talented stamping friend from the Rocky Mountains, Kim Singdahlsen.  She has a great sketch for us!  Take a look:

I thought I should stock up on some birthday cards because my stash has taken a big hit lately.  I thought the cute little meerkats would work well with the partial circle in the sketch, so I went with that Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

I stamped these three images and colored them with my markers.  I ran a piece of Pool Party card stock through the Big Shot using the Subtle embossing folder just to add a little texture and interest to the card base.

I added a few sequins and a bow from bakers twine that were part of the Metallic Baker’s Twine & Sequins Combo Pack, which I just noticed today is sold out.  Hopefully you got yours as a Sale-a-Bration reward before they ran out.

The dsp is from the Birthday Bonanza paper package.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what your 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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Toucan Celebration — Monday Montage #158

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.

It was birthday week in our house the past couple of days — one on the 14th and one today on the 16th.  And both of them are away at college, so we had to celebrate long distance.  My oldest turned 21 today.  Here’s the card I made to mark the occasion.

I started by sponging on some Bermuda Bay ink onto a white card base.  I then splattered on some ink.  The Bonanza Buddies bundle has the cutest pennant dies, which I strung at the top of the card.

I sprinkled on some sequins, which are a Sale-a-Bration offering right now so you can get them for free, and coordinate perfectly with this bundle.  They actually also include some baker’s twine, which I didn’t use on this card, but it also coordinates with this suite.

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 — not participating this week
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Heart to Heart Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here’s one last card I’ll share for the occasion.

This one uses the sweet Hear to Heart stamp set.  It has a sentiment for today’s holiday, but it has others that are perfect for weddings or just to send love to someone.

I stamped the three images randomly on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Flirty Flamingo and Real Red ink for the flowers, and Old Olive ink for the leaves.

The paper is from the From My Heart Specialty DSP collection, and the pretty little border is from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies collection.  It adds a pretty feminine touch against the striped paper.  I added some black and white baker’s twine, which is retired but I hope I never run out of it (I stocked up on it when I found out it was being retired).  I also used some of the Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots, which were offered in the Holiday catalog but have been carried over and are still available.

I hope you are able to spend this Valentine’s Day with those you love!  Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Eiffel World — FMS422

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite stamper from up-state New York, Linda Callahan, is our hostess.  Take a look at this awesome sketch:

The Parisian Blossoms suite is such a pretty suite of products.  I love the soft colors and the pretty florals.  And I love the big Eiffel Tower die!

I die-cut it from Silver Foil paper and applied it to the card with dimensionals.  The paper is from the Parisian Blossoms paper pack.

The Eiffel Tower die made me think of travel.  I’ve never been to Paris, but I would love to go some day.  I thought this would be a fun card to send to my daughter and I thought this sentiment would be perfect for her and the travel theme.

I added some fun embellishments which will be listed at the bottom of the post.

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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Party Lion — FMS 421

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite Bostonian-area stamper, Jen Mitchell.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

I needed to make a birthday card and I hadn’t had the opportunity to play with the Birthday Bonanza suite yet, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity.  This is such a fun set!  I loved building these cute birthday animals.

I started by stamping the cute lion.  I love how easy it is to assemble him with the different stamps and the coordinating dies.

I die-cut the tag from Bermuda Bay card stock using one of the coordinating dies.  The tag is actually longer, but it is easy to shorten it to a length you desire.  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.  The coordinating dies also contain these fun banners, which I cut down to fit how I wanted.

I added some sequins from the Sale-a-Bration offering and a fun pompom on his hat.  The paper is from the coordinating Birthday Bonanza DSP collection.

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 check out what the design team has created for your inspiration at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Positive Thoughts for a Sympathy Card — Monday Montage #157

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.

I needed to make a sympathy card for a friend and the new Positive Thoughts stamp set seemed like a perfect set.  And on Feb. 4th, Stampin’ Up! will release some coordinating dies for this set.

I started out by die-cutting a piece of Whisper White card stock with one of these new dies.  It is a rectangle with some pretty piercings around the border.  I then stamped some of the foliage with Pear Pizzazz ink.  I stamped the flowers with Rococo Rose ink, which was stamped off one time, and cut them out with another coordinating die.  The Mossy Meadow leaves were cut with other coordinating dies, as was the little bit of So Saffron trim underneath the sentiment.  And you guessed it — the butterfly was cut out with another coordinating die in the set.  I definitely made good use of a lot of the dies on this card!

The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I added some Faceted Dots and some Metallic Baker’s Twine, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering, as embellishments.

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 — not participating this week
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tiny Little Heartfelt Valentine — FMS420

It’s time for our last sketch for the month of January at Freshly Made Sketches.  Yes, we’ve almost completed the first month of the year and February is just around the corner.  Our hostess this week is the talented and lovely Jennifer Timko, and she has a fun one for us.  Take a look:

I decided I’d better get busy with making some Valentines since it is getting close to that time.  I love the whole From My Heart suite in the mini catalog, and decided to go the easy route with some little Valentine cards to stick in gifts for that day.

This is a little 3″ x 3″ card.  I started by stamping and embossing the arrow.  I then used the two coordinating heart punches in the Heart Punch Pack to punch out the scalloped heart on the bottom layer and the pretty patterned heart on the top layer from two sheets of the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper.  These papers have pretty foil accents in pink and red.

The sentiment is from another stamp set called Flourishing Phrases.  I added a little bow made with white twine and called it a day.

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 for some inspiration from the design team.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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