Life is Better with Autumn — FMS454

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is our creative and talented friend, Jacquie Southas.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

This card started out with the sentiment.  I wanted to make a card for my college daughter and thought this stamp would be perfect.  Since today is the first day of Fall, I decided to go with that theme as well.

I started by masking off a rectangle with washi tape and then blended some inks to create the background.  I then stamped the sentiment on a piece of Very Vanilla and cut it out with a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies.  Some leaves and the acorn were punched out of a piece of dsp from the Gilded Autumn dsp collection with the coordinating punches.  Some Gilded Gems were added as embellishments.

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!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Gather Home — FMS453

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

This sketch is so versatile!  I looked through the stamp sets on my shelf and pulled out the Coming Home set because I hadn’t used it yet and I wanted to color.  I decided to make a Fall themed card rather than a Christmas card, which this set was designed for.

I started by stamping the two houses, trees, and wreath with Memento Black ink and colored them with my alcohol markers.  I then cut them out with the coordinating dies.  I layered the smaller house over the larger one to make a new house.  These images layer so easily and give you so many possibilities.  I love them!

I sponged a little Crumb Cake and Balmy Blue inks onto the circle to add a little depth.  I then added some Pretty Peacock splatters to the sky.  The sentiment is from the Gather Together stamp set and was stamped with Cajun Craze ink.

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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Polka Dots and Poinsettias — Monday Montage #173

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 made another Christmas card using the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and dies.  This bundle is addictive!  I love how you can cut and emboss the elements so easily!

I started this one by die-cutting the smallest petals dies from Poppy Parade card stock.  I’ve discovered that if you spritz the card stock with some water before using the embossing die, it makes the embossed part a little darker and it stands out better.  I did the same thing with the leaves using Garden Green card stock.

I have some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper scraps left over in my stash, and used them for the sprigs of berries.  The sentiment was stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock cut using a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies collection.

This was actually a really easy card to put together thanks to the fabulous dies!

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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Grateful Heart — FMS452

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week it is my turn to be the hostess, which means it is my turn to provide the sketch.  Here’s what I came up with:

When I made the sketch, I thought it would be perfect to showcase some pretty Fall leaves or some pretty flowers, or whatever focal images you’d like to feature.  I went with the leaves, and inked up those from Loyal Leaves for the first time.

We had a big road trip to Michigan last week to move my daughter into her college apartment.  It is such a long drive (1,111 miles away)!  My parents came down to stay with our youngest who is in high school while my husband and I made the trip.  I wanted to make a card for them to thank them for coming down here from Kansas.

I love the detail on these pretty leaves!  I cut them out with my paper snips and placed then on the Mint Macaron card base.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set and was cut out with a die from the Detailed Bands dies collection.

I sponged a little bit of Mint Macaron ink on the sentiment piece before stamping the sentiment with Early Espresso ink.

I hope you’ll play along with the challenge this week!  I’d love to see what you create with the sketch.  Looking through the gallery will be so much fun this 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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Life is Better in Autumn — FMS451

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week, our sketch comes all the way from Australia courtesy of our favorite Artisan designer, Narelle Farrugia.  Take a look at what she has given us:

Now that it’s September, I feel like Fall should be in the air.  But alas, I live in Texas, so it will be awhile.  Sigh…  However, I can embrace all of Fall’s glory in my craft room and make Fall cards.  I grabbed the new Gilded Autumn suite and went to work.

I started this card with the pack of designer series paper.  The card base with the brown splatters — it’s a sheet of dsp.  The little punched leaves and acorns — they’re from a sheet of dsp.  The two pretty printed rectangles — yep, more dsp.

The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set, Beautiful Autumn, and was embossed on a piece of Early Espresso card stock, which I cut out with a label from the Ornate Frames Dies.

I added a little ribbon and linen thread and the pretty punched shapes (There are coordinating punches for this suite.  The tiny leaf was cut by hand as it doesn’t have a punch).

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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Poinsettia Glow — FMS449

Another week has flown by and it’s once again time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week our sketch comes all the way from France via our favorite queen of die-cuts, Cecile Ribon.  Take a look at her fun sketch:

Well, this sketch had me stumped for a long while.  And then I thought — what would Cecile do?  Why, she would pull out some of her really cool dies!  But I didn’t really have any geometric dies that would work.  So I got a little creative and probably strayed WAY far away from the sketch.  But hopefully, you can kinda see what I was going for.  The flower is the top large triangle, the leaves are the bottom triangle and the yellow sprig is the little triangle.  Yeah, it’s a stretch! ha!

I love poinsettias at Christmas time, and these dies are so pretty with their embossed detail.  There was little stamping involved on this card — just the sentiment, which I also love.

I started by sponging on some Crushed Curry ink on to a piece of white card stock and then splattered some of the same ink over it.

The focal image was cut from Real Red, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry card stock.

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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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You Are My Ridiculously Awesome Sunshine — Monday Montage #171

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’s that time of year again where some of my chicks are leaving the nest to go back to college.  My oldest left last weekend to go back for his final year at Alabama.  He graduated in May with his undergrad, and will be completing his Masters degree next May.  He starts class on Wednesday and so far has four out of five classes in person and one on-line.  We’re hoping it stays that way.  My middle child goes back to Michigan in two weeks.  She’ll be starting her Sophomore year and will be moving into an apartment.  So far she has one on-line only class and the remainder are hybrid classes.  My youngest started her Sophomore year of high school this past week, and she is on-line only right now with the plan to switch to in-person classes beginning in September.  It’s a lot to keep track of!  And none of it is what they really wanted, but like most people, we’re trying to make the most of it.

I decided it was time to start preparing those cards of encouragement for my students that they will most likely need at times this semester.  My middle child loves yellow and teal, and is decorating her apartment with those colors.  With temperatures over 100 degrees here the past few days, I thought a sunshiny card would be appropriate.

I started by stamping this awesome sentiment from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set with my Stamparatus.  I used some old washi tape to cover the parts I wanted to be yellow and then inked the stamp with Bermuda Bay ink.  I then did the reverse — covered the Bermuda Bay word with washi on the stamp and inked the remainder of the stamp with Mango Melody ink and stamped again.  I then cut out the sentiment with a new die from the Halloween Magic die set.  I love the large size of this fun die!

The sun is from a recent Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  I stamped it on watercolor paper and then colored it with a combo of Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody inks.  Once it was dry, I cut it out with my paper snips.

The base layer is a piece of dsp from the Playing with Patterns pack, and it was mounted on a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock.  I added a couple of thin strips of Bermuda Bay card stock under the sentiment panel for fun.

The current challenge at The Paper Players gave me the inspiration to make this card, and to keep it uncluttered and fee of many embellishments.  Sometimes clean and simple is best!

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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Halloween Flight of Fancy — FMS#448

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is Jen Brum, our lovely and talented Canadian friend.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

Now I know it’s too early to start thinking about Halloween, but I recently got a few things from the new August-December mini catalog, and one of my favorite stamps is the adorable Flight of Fancy set, which covers three holidays — Christmas,  Halloween, and Valentine’s Day.  I thought the little witch would work well with the slanted feature on the card, so I went with that.

I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the image with Memento black ink.  I then colored the piece with markers and mounted it on a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock, which was mounted on a Gray Granite card base sponged with a little ink of the same color.

The sentiment is from the new Hallows Night Magic stamp set and was embossed with some old shimmery black embossing powder.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to browse the gallery and admire your creativity.  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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Rainbow Dino — FMS447

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our talented stamping friend from Colorado, Kim Singdahlsen.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

I went in many different directions with this sketch before settling on a plan.  I cut a piece of dsp that I wanted to use and that was my starting point.  After coloring and cutting out the focal element, I just didn’t like how it was coming together so I cut out another piece of dsp and chose a different focal element.  After getting everything ready to place down, I wasn’t happy again.  However, by simply flipping the piece of dsp over to the pattern on the back, I got happier.  I mean, how could you not be happy with rainbow themed paper!

The dsp came from the Playing with Patterns pack and the dino is from the Dino Days stamp set.  I  cut it out with the coordinating Dino Dies.

We hope you’ll join us and make 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.

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Rococo Rose Touches — Monday Montage #170

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.

While I have used some of the various sentiments from the Tasteful Touches stamp set several times, I had yet to use any of the other images.  So I decided that I needed to right that wrong.

I started by stamping the flower on a piece of white card stock with Rococo Rose ink.  To get the two ink colors, I used a blender pen to pick up the ink from the flower center directly from the stamp before stamping and used a Bumblebee Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the center before stamping on the card stock.  I then cut it out with my paper snips.  I used the blender pen to lightly color in the petals with some Rococo Rose ink.

I sponged some Balmy Blue ink on a rectangular piece of white card stock and then stamped the leaves with Old Olive ink and lightly colored them in with a blender pen as well.  Some Rococo Rose ink splatters were added before embossing the sentiment with black embossing powder.  I roughed up the edges a little, which is a touch I hadn’t done in a long time.

I added some subtle stamping around two of the corners and a little strip of ribbon at the bottom for a little more color and texture.  Rococo Rose is a color I haven’t used much, but it truly is a lovely color.

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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