Farewell to Crafting Forever — FMS437

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from France.  Cecile Ribon, who is our resident master of die-cuts, has a great one for us.  Take a look:

Were you wondering about the alarming title to this blog post?  I’m still trying to use some of the retiring stamp sets before they are gone next week for good.  One I haven’t used in a long time is the Crafting Forever stamp set.  I loved this set when it came out and I remember using it a lot as I made display board samples with it.  My favorite image in the set is the pens.  I have used these pens for lots of different types of cards, but I needed to make a graduation card and I thought it would work for that too.

I started by stamping the pens and coloring them with markers before cutting them out with my paper snips.  I then adhered them to the card base with the small dimensionals.

The sentiment is from another retiring stamp set, Seriously the Best.  This is a set that I will really miss.  I love the big, bold sentiments.

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.  They have some fabulous interpretations of the sketch this week!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Tropical Father’s Day — FMS436

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from Canada, as Jen Brum has provided a great one for us.  Take a look:

This is such a versatile sketch — you could do so many things with it.  But since I haven’t been feeling very creative lately, I decided to let some dsp be the focus of my card.  I decided to make a Father’s Day card and try to get ahead of the game a little bit.

I cut a piece of dsp from the Tropical Oasis dsp pack and mounted it on some Pretty Peacock dsp to frame it.  This was all mounted on another piece of dsp from the same pack.

The sentiment is from the Word Wishes die collection and the Well Said stamp set.  I added a little bit of Braided Linen Trim as an embellishment.

We hope you’ll join us and make 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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Birthday Positive Thoughts — FMS435

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite Coloradan, Kim Singdahlsen.  She has a good sketch for us.  Take a look:

This one threw me for a loop with those stripes.  I decided to use some ribbon for some of them and card stock for others.  I’m not entirely sure you can see the sketch with my card, but it really was my starting point.  🙂

I wanted to use the Positive Thoughts stamp set and coordinating dies for my card, and I needed to make a birthday card for a sweet friend, so I started by stamping several flowers and leaves.  I die-cut some of the stems from vellum card stock as well.  Once I had all of that done, I splattered some Petal Pink ink on the card base, and arranged the Metallic-Edge Ribbon and a die-cut piece of trim to represent the sketch’s stripes.  I then arranged the flowers and greenery.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I added some champagne rhinestones 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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Farewell Accented Blooms — Monday Montage #164

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 where we have to say good-bye to some stamps sets that we will miss to make room for new stamp sets to love.  As I was pulling the retiring sets off my shelf, I knew I wanted to use the Accented Blooms set at least one more time.  It is so easy to make a pretty card with very few embellishments with this stamp set.

I started by stamping this image with Memento ink and then coloring it in with my alcohol markers.  I then stamped the sentiment and cut it out with my paper snips and adhered it with dimensionals.  I added a few sequins and some baker’s twine, and then mounted it on the card base of Balmy Blue card stock.

This is such a fun set for coloring therapy.  The flowers are easy to color and I love the pretty script sentiments.  If you don’t have it and think you might want it, you’d better hurry because it is retiring in just three short weeks!

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 — not participating this week
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Bird for Mom — FMS434

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the talented and very witty New Yorker, Linda Callahan.  She has a good one for us!  Take a look:

I finished my last card for mother’s day with this one.  My mother-in-law loves birds, so I knew exactly what I wanted to use for this card — the beautiful Free as a Bird Bundle.  I think this dsp is some of the prettiest ever that Stampin’ Up has made.

I started by using my paper snips to cut out this pretty bird and the flowering branch.  I placed it on a labels die-cut and stamped the sentiment which is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

I stamped some of the little flowers from the coordinating stamp set on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock and placed the dsp pieces and focal piece on top.  A little bow made from linen thread and some Champagne Rhinestone jewels were added as embellishments.

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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Stars for the Graduate — FMS433

We have another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess, the very talented Jen Mitchell, has a good one for us.  Take a look:

My son is graduating from the University of Alabama this weekend so I needed to make him a graduation card.  There will not be a graduation ceremony as planned, which is disappointing, but he is going back in the Fall to complete his master’s degree.  So God willing, we should be able to see him walk across the stage next year.  I thought this sketch would be perfect for a masculine card, so I decided to make him a graduation card with it.

I pulled out some retiring products for this card.  The Artisan Textures stamp set was used for the Smoky Slate background.  I cut the flourishing stars die from Real Red card stock and adhered some little silver stars as well.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings 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.  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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Seriously Hello Friend — Monday Montage #163

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 where we have to say goodbye to some stamp sets that we love and will miss to make room for some new friends.  One of the sets that will be retiring in just one short month is the Seriously the Best stamp set.  I feel like I barely got to play with this one.  Since it has a sentiment that I think is perfect for these days, I decided to ink it up.  And I used one of the in-colors, Lovely Lipstick, that will also be retiring.

I started by stamping the sentiment with Lovely Lipstick ink and cutting it out with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I then cut out the smaller sentiment, stamped with Pear Pizzazz ink, with my paper snips and glued it on the focal panel.  Before adhering the focal panel with dimensionals, I stamped some leaves and little flowers using the same ink colors and added some splatters.

I liked the fresh, clean look so I decided not to add any embellishments other than the white baker’s twine bow, which required a lot of restraint.

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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