Merry and Bright — FMS358

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite paper crafter extraordinaire from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, has a fun sketch for us.  Take a look:

I thought I would add another Christmas card to the stack as the large circle image made me think of a wreath.  When I was looking at the stamp sets on my shelf, I was drawn to the Making Christmas Bright bundle.  There is a circular image in the set that is adorned with tiny stars, and while I’m not sure if it’s really a wreath, I thought it would work well with the sketch.

The card base is a 3-1/2″ x 5″ Crumb Cake note card.  I stamped the string of light on it randomly with Versamark ink.

I embossed the star wreath with gold embossing powder and stamped the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce ink.  The bulbs were stamped with Shaded Spruce, Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler inks.

This was a quick and easy one to pull together.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you make.  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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Leafy Topiary — FMS357

We have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches this week and it has come all the way from France, the home of our die-cut guru, Cecile Ribon.  She has an interesting and fun sketch for us this week.  I think it’s super versatile, and here’ s a look:

When I saw the vertical sentiment, I immediately thought of the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  I love the topiaries in this set, and there is a sheet of dsp in the Share What You Love collection, that I think is a perfect match.  So this card came together quickly and easily.  I love when that happens!

I kept the embellishments to a bare minimum since there is already quite a bit going on with this card, with the dsp and sentiment strip.

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.

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Spooky Sweets — Monday Montage #125

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.

Now that we have come to the month of October, it’s time to get serious about Halloween treats.  While I’m not all that excited about Halloween as a holiday, I do enjoy the treat making part of it.

The Spooky Sweet bundle was my set of choice this year.  Here are a couple of simple treats I pulled together with it.

I used a small paper sack for the first treat.  It holds a variety of miniature chocolate bars.  I used a strip of dsp from the Country Lane dsp collection and a scrap of black glimmer paper I found in my scrap pile.  I embossed the bats with black embossing powder to add a little shine.  The orange moon was punched from a piece of Mango Melody card stock.

My favorite accessory in the holiday catalog is the Black 3/8″ Glittered Organdy Ribbon.  It is so sparkly and is gorgeous!

For the second treat, I used one of the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes and the same supplies as used for the treat sack above.

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 this week
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Birthday Brew — FMS356

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our lovely Canadian friend, Jen Brum, who makes such beautiful clean cards (and who may, or may not, have a phobia when it comes to circles — ha!).   Take a look at this circle-free card that she has for us this week:

Those three panels gave me fits!  I tried many different things with them and just couldn’t get happy.  Then I pulled a dusty stamp set off my shelf, and after playing with it I wondered why I hadn’t used it in so long.  It is such a fun set!  That stamp set was the Bubble Over stamp set.

I sponged the ink onto the stamp and stamped it with Pool Party, Petal Pink, and Soft Sea Foam.  The card base is Gray Granite.  The dsp is from the Twinkle, Twinkle dsp collection.

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.

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A String of Lights — FMS355

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite Coloradan card maker, Kim Singdahlsen.  Take a look at the sketch she has created for us:

When I first saw this sketch, I focused on the vertical strip.  I recently acquired the Making Christmas Bright bundle and was itching to ink it up.  I thought I could run a string of lights down the card in place of the vertical strip.

This bundle includes a punch which punches out the two parts of the light bulbs.  I love dies, but punches are my favorite.  They are quicker and easier.  I stamped the lights and punched them out.  The metal part of the bulbs were punched from silver foil card stock.

The stamp set also includes a little star stamp, which I used with Gray Granite Ink.  The dsp is from the Twinkle, Twinkle dsp collection.  A string of Silver & White Baker’s Twine was used as the cord.

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.

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Three Branches of Thought — FMS354

Here we go with another sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is the lovely Linda Callahan, the one who makes us smile and laugh with her stories and who wows us with her paper crafting talents.  Take a look at what she has for us this week:

I have really been focused on Fall-themed projects lately, but Summer is still not over, especially in Texas.  I felt like making something sunny and happy and I pulled out a stamp set that hadn’t seen any love in a while, Colorful Seasons.  I thought the branches in this set would work well with the sketch, so away I went.

I started by brushing on some Daffodil Delight ink onto a piece of watercolor cardstock with an aquapainter.  Once that was dry I stamped the branches, sentiment, and flowers.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you make each week 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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Leaf Treats — Monday Montage #124

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.

My husband makes our weekly Costco trips.  He is good about sticking to the list, and he goes, gets what’s on the list, and gets out in about 20 minutes.  When I go, it doesn’t quite work that smoothly.  I take the list and while I’m on my way to snag the first item, I get distracted by something that’s not on the list but for the life of me I can’t figure out why that is.  One hour later and with a cart full of many more items than what were on my list, I am leaving the store wondering what just happened.  So last week when I went in for a rotisserie chicken and croissants, a container full of sea salt chocolate covered caramels (shame on those sample people) ended up in my cart.  After consuming too many of them the past few days, and with many more still in the Costco sized container, I knew I needed to get rid of them.  So I decided to package them up in cute packages and give them to my girls to give to someone at school to brighten their day.

I started by assembling the Kraft Pillow Boxes, which are cute and super easy to assemble.  You don’t even need any adhesive.  I then stamped some of the leaves from Falling for Leaves, which is now available in the Holiday catalog, using Memento black ink on thick white cardstock.  I colored them with my markers, and die cut them with the coordinating framelits.

I was inspired by the color challenge over at The Paper Players this week.  It made me think of Fall, and I added the yellow color in as the color of my choice.  I know purple isn’t really a common leaf color, but hey, maybe it should be!

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 this week
Kaitlyn Zumbach –not participating this week
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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