Triple Topiaries — FMS338

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week, our favorite Colorado resident, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  Take a look at her fun sketch:

I dusted off a stamp set, Vertical Greetings, that has been on my shelf for a while for this sketch.  Fortunately, this set will not be retiring this month and is sticking around for another year in the new annual catalog.  I haven’t used it enough, so I am glad to see it stay.

I have also used a new stamp set, Artisan Textures, on this card.  I stamped one of the images four different times, slightly overlapping the images to fit the space I wanted.  This created a background for the topiaries and provided a little color.

While playing around with different color combinations, I decided to compare some of the different greens.  On my card, I used Granny Apple Green (new color) for the topiary on the left, Lemon Lime Twist (returning In-Color) for the topiary in the center, and Old Olive (returning color) for the one on the right.

I have to say that the Granny Apple Green is really pretty.  I think these three greens will be my go-to greens.

Another new color, Mango Melody, was used for the pots on this card.  I have been waiting forever for Stampin’ Up! to add a pretty and fun yellow-orange to its color palette.  And this one will fit the bill.  I think Mango Melody and I will be very good friends.  You will probably see me using a lot of this color, as I love how it pairs with many other colors, and it’s just a beautiful, happy color on its own.

The blue on this card is Soft Sky.  I’m sad to say I’m down to my last sheet of card stock of this color.  I will miss it.  Sigh…

The sentiment is from a new Paper Pumpkin stamp set and was stamped with Early Espresso ink.

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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Sneak Peeks — Monday Montage #116

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.

We are now less than two weeks away from the launch of the new catalog!  Yippee!  I need to start making my list ready and plan out what will go on my first order.  It’s better than making a Christmas list when I was a kid.

I have a sneak peek of a new stamp set, Swirly Frames, that will be available on June 1.  It has some fun geometric shapes that can be used to frame images or sentiments, or they can be used as the focal images on cards.

The sentiment on this card is from the Celebrate You Thinlits dies.  I think this stamp set is great for masculine cards.  Geometric shapes are always great for them.

A color combination of Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, and Night of Navy was used.

On this next card, I paired the square shape with a sentiment from the Detailed with Love stamp set.

 I love the color combination of Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pool Party.

These cards are all quick and simple, and are easy to mail.

This last card also uses the Celebrate You Thinlits dies.

Lining up the rectangles is easy to do with the Stamperatus.

I’ve used a color combination of Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Melon Mambo on this card.

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 tonight
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Animal Welcome — FMS337

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess, Linda Callahan, who loves a good pun even more than I do, has a great sketch for us.  Take a look:

I needed a baby card this week, and was disappointed to see that my stash was totally depleted.  So I pulled a new set off my shelf which will be available with the new catalog next month, Animal Outing, and used it.  It was the only set I have left that is appropriate for a baby card after pulling all of my retiring sets off the shelf.  Fortunately, there are some really cute ones in the new catalog, and I will have to get a couple.

I colored the sweet pair with my watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  When I got this set, I didn’t notice that the kangaroo had a koala bear in its pouch.  When I went to color it, I was taken by surprise — wait, that’s not a baby kangaroo.  I guess this would also be a great card for an adoption.

I did use some retiring products on this one — the dsp, washi tape, and doily (tears are sliding down my face right now for this one).

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

A Remarkable Farewell — FMS336

We’re back with another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our Boston-area friend, Jen Mitchell, is our hostess.  She has a super versatile sketch that was so easy with which to work.  Take a look:

I wanted to use a favorite retiring stamp set, Remarkable You, and make a Mother’s Day card, and this sketch worked perfectly for both requirements.

I colored the image with my Stampin’ Blends markers and used a piece of Petal Garden dsp.  The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  Not only is the dsp and stamp set retiring, but so is Soft Sky.  I was sad to see it on the retiring list, and wanted to use it once more before it is gone.

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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Thankful Bouquet — FMS335

Ready or not, it’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our crafty pilot friend, Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  She has a simple, classic sketch for us and it is one that is super versatile.  Take a look:

Since Stampin’ Up! has made some of the new products from the upcoming annual catalog available a month early, I thought I should feature this suite today.  There is some gorgeous dsp and a new stamp set, Love What You Do, that you can order now.

I started with a Mint Macaron (I’ve missed this color — It’s so good to have it back) card base and stamped the clusters of small flowers with Mint Macaron ink.  The sentiment was stamped with Tranquil Tide ink.

The flowers were all cut out with paper snips (lots of fussy cutting) from a sheet of Share What You Love Specialty DSP.  They were arranged and a bit of Fresh Fig ribbon (this is retiring) was added, as were some new Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.

Stampin’ Up! is offering three different bundles, which all include free products, when you purchase products in this new suite.

 

 

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  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!

More Sneak Peeks — Monday Montage #115

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.  They all feature a new set of Thinlits dies, Springtime Impressions.

On this first card, I die-cut the pretty corner floral image from Whisper White cardstock and used a sponge dauber to add color.  This was easy and quick, as I wasn’t trying to be exact with my placement.  I was aiming for more of a watercolored effect.

The sentiment is from a new stamp set that will also be released with the new catalog, called Detailed with Love.

Another die in this set is a beautiful butterfly.

I also die-cut this from Whisper White card stock and added color with a sponge dauber and ink, concentrating on applying more ink to the center of the butterfly.

The medallion images and sentiment come from the Detailed with Love stamp set.

Here is a little box that was decorated with this butterfly.  I used some Rose Glimmer Paper that will be available in the new catalog as well.  The leaves are from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits set.

 I also used a little Petal Pink Rhinestone Gem in the center of the butterfly that will be available in the new catalog on June 1.  They come in different gem shapes and are such a pretty pink.

The new catalog is only one month away!  What do you think of these new dies?  I do love how detailed they are.

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 tonight
Kaitlyn Zumbach
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Super Duper Farewell — FMS334

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week I get the privilege of creating it and playing hostess.  It seems like most cards I create have a vertical orientation, but for some reason when I create a sketch, I tend to use a horizontal orientation.  I’m not sure why that is, but I always end up wondering why I don’t create more horizontal cards.  Well, this sketch is pretty clean and has lots of possibilities.  Take a look:

When I made the sketch a few weeks ago, I had a specific stamp set in mind.  However, since I am not very good at predicting which stamp sets will be retired and which will stay, I didn’t guess correctly on this one.  So I picked another stamp set, Super Duper, that is retiring.  I love the fun, graphic sentiments in this set.

Going along with the retiring products theme, I’ve also used Peekaboo Peach as the card base.  This color will be retiring soon; however, there will be a new In-Color called Grapefruit Grove, which is a really pretty peachy color.  Some other retiring products include the black Baker’s Twine (yep, I had to stock up on this!  So sad to see it go!), the Tutti-Frutti Adhesive Backed Sequins, the Picture Perfect dsp, and the Enamel Shapes.

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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