Coloring Therapy with True Love — Monday Montage #182

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.

Since it has been a rough couple of weeks, I decided to spend some time in coloring therapy. The True Love dsp has some sheets with beautiful floral designs that are just what the doctor ordered for this type of therapy. I cut out a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece and put my alcohol markers to work.

Since I needed a sympathy card for a friend who lost her father, I stamped the sentiment from Heal Your Heart, which is one of the free Sale-a-Bration sets available now. I added a little strip of scalloped line ribbon to peek out underneath the sentiment strip.

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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Birthday Art and Too Many Goodbyes — FMS469

It’s a new week (thank you, Lord!) and we have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Kim Singdahlsen, our Colorado friend who makes absolutely gorgeous cards. Take a look at this fun sketch:

I hadn’t played with the Art Gallery stamp set yet and I needed to make a birthday card, so I decided to go that route.

I started out by stamping the flower. To get the tone-one-tone coloring, I stamped off with one stamp three times before stamping on the white card stock. The second stamp was stamped full strength. The flower was then die-cut using the coordinating dies.

The three little strips were die-cut from a piece of dsp from the Fine Art Floral dsp collection using another of the coordinating dies. I mounted those pieces on strips of Bumblebee card stock. The sentiment also comes from the Art Gallery stamp set.

I was thankful for some time in my craft room yesterday. I needed some stamping therapy. There were too many goodbyes the past few days. What with sending two of mine back off to college, putting my husband in quarantine upstairs as he started showing symptoms of Covid (and did test positive but seems to have a fairly mild case), and putting our beloved dog, Maggie, to sleep, it’s been an emotionally exhausting week.

I shared over 7 years ago in this post, how I went to Stampin’ Up convention and came back to find my family had adopted a dog while I was away. She was such a sweet dog and a loyal companion in my craft room, snuggling in by my feet while I worked. She seemed perfectly healthy, other than being much thirstier than normal, until the day last week when we had to unexpectedly put her down. It has been heartbreaking, as I know those of you who have lost a beloved pet know. I’m ready for my husband to get out of quarantine so I can get a big hug and have a shoulder to cry on. 2021 hasn’t been very kind so far, but I am hopeful that all of the bad things were just compressed into this one week. 🙂

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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Sweet Little Valentine — FMS468

Another week has flown by and it’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Linda Callahan, our favorite up-state New Yorker who is a talented stamped with some super cute grandchildren. Take a look at this fun sketch:

Continuing with my theme of Valentine’s Day cards, I pulled out the Sweet Little Valentines Cards & More pack. This is such a great deal! You get the ingredients to make 10 note-card sized Valentines and the coordinating envelopes all for just $10. I love the colors and the cute little scalloped layers!

I didn’t do anything to the focal panel but add some twine and a Heart Charm. The striped layer is from one of the note cards in the pack, which I cut down to work with this sketch. The Petal Pink card base was not included in the pack and is a standard 5-1/2″ by 4-1/4″.

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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Valentine Donkey — Monday Montage #181

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’m going to try to get ahead on the Valentine’s cards and gifts this year. I can never do it with Christmas, but maybe Valentine’s Day will go better for me. It’s good to have goals, right?

While the Darling Donkeys Sale-a-Bration set is not a Valentine’s Day set, I thought that one of the stamps could be used for a Valentine’s Day card. The donkeys in this set are really cute! That is something I never thought I would hear myself say.

I colored this donkey with alcohol markers and placed him on a piece of dsp from the Snail Mail dsp collection. The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set. I added one of the cute little Resin Hearts Embellishments on the sentiment strip.

A silver Heart Charm was tied to the big red bow. I don’t know why, but I thought this donkey would like a big red bow.

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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Heartfelt Valentine — FMS467

Well it’s a new year and we’re back with a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches. This week our hostess is CAS card maker extraordinaire, Jen Mitchell. Take a look at this fun sketch:

I hadn’t made a slim line card in a long time, so I was excited to see this sketch. My card base is 8-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. I thought I’d make a Valentine’s card and since I don’t have any of the new mini catalog products yet, I pulled out an older set that’s in the annual catalog, Heartfelt.

I started by stamping the arrows in different colors of ink and punched out the large heart from a piece of dsp from the Playing with Patterns collection. The smaller hearts were stamped and embossed with an image from the Heartfelt stamp set.

The sentiment was die-cut using a die from the Word Wishes collection. And the word stamps are from the Well Said stamp set.

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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Snow Front Sympathy — FMS466

We’re getting close to Christmas and the end of the year, and we have one last 2020 sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is our talented friend who flies the friendly skies, Jennifer Timko. Take a look at this classic sketch that she has for us:

This has been a rough week. My 94 year-old grandmother died of Covid-19 complications last week and an aunt passed away after her two year battle with ALS. I needed to make some cards and wanted them to have a wintery feel, so I pulled the Snow Front stamp set from my shelf, which I hadn’t used in quite a while.

I started this one by applying some Seaside Spray ink onto a piece of Whisper White card stock with a blender brush. I then stamped the different tree images using Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz inks, sometimes stamping off and sometimes not to add a little variation in the color. A piece of Seaside Spray card stock was run through the Big Shot with the Subtle 3d embossing folder.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own cards using the sketch! We love to see what you make as we browse the gallery. We’re leaving this challenge open until January 4th, so that gives you extra time during this busy season and will provide you an opportunity to use any new crafting supplies that may be in your Christmas stocking. Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has whipped up for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy your Wednesday and have a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for stopping by!

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Anniversary Ferns — Monday Montage #179

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.

My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary earlier this month. It wasn’t exactly how we hoped to celebrate, but like so many in 2020 we had to postpone our travel plans for sometime next year. We had a really nice dinner out and I made this card for him.

I’ve been blessed to have a husband I can laugh with over the years so I thought this sentiment was a good one. I used the Forever Fern stamp set and coordinating 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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Poinsettia Wishes — FMS465

We’re back with another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the super talented Jacquie Southas. Take a look at her fun sketch:

This sketch is perfectly timed as many of us are in the midst of making tags for Christmas presents ( which are all still unwrapped in my house). I decided to make a tag using the pretty poinsettia dies from the Poinsettia Place suite.

I started by embossing the sentiment with gold embossing powder onto the tag. I then die-cut the flower from Real Red card stock and layered the flowers. It really helps to spritz the card stock with water before die-cutting, as it makes the embossing more visible.

I layered the tag on some gingham dsp from the Heartwarming Hugs 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 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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Little Red Cabin in the Woods — FMS464

We have a new sketch ready and waiting for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the lovely and talented Judy Rozema. Take a look at this fun sketch:

When I saw that little focal box, I immediately thought of the Trimming the Town suite. Maybe that’s because it’s my favorite suite and I think about it all the time when sitting down to stamp! Well, I was in a hurry and decided to let the dsp do all the work.

I cut out the little houses and layered them to create a more dimensional house. That was layered on another piece of the Trimming the Town dsp, which was layered on a piece of card stock embossed with an old snow-themed embossing folder.

The sentiment was cut out from another piece of dsp in the 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 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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Angel in Flight — FMS463

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week it is my turn to be the hostess. When I designed this sketch, I wanted to design a focal panel that could feature a stamped image or a large sentiment, or any other creative thing you can think of.

I love the sweet images in the Flight of Fancy stamp set. I stamped the image and colored it with my watercolor pencils and blender pen.

I added some strips of dsp from the Trimming the Town collection and cut out a frame from the Stitched So Sweetly dies for the focal image. The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

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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