Fall-themed Christmas Season–FMS503

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite French stamper extraordinaire, Cecile Ribon. Take a look at this fun sketch, which is very Cecile-like:

A teenager in our small group from church recently lost a sibling, and I wanted to send him a sympathy card. Masculine cards are always hard for me, but make it a teenaged masculine card AND a sympathy card — whoa!! That’s a tough one. I decided something nature themed would be good, so I went that direction. I’m not sure that what I ended up is really right for a teenaged boy, but it’s what is written inside that is really important and what will be remembered, I hope.

I started this card by cutting out three squares from different patterns in the Harvest Meadow dsp collection. I then stamped the pine cone and greenery from the Christmas Season stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies. They were all arranged on a piece of Sahara Sand card stock that was cut with one of the Rectangle Stitched dies.

I added some linen thread and Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots as embellishments, and kept it pretty simple.

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 made for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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Fall Dahlia Healing Thoughts– FMS502

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is our favorite clean card making Canadian stamper extraordinaire, Jen Brum. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I thought the focal panel on this sketch would be big enough to showcase the Delicate Dahlias stamp set. It is one of the current Sale-a-Bration offerings, so if you don’t have it yet you’d better hurry and get it (for free!).

My mother-in-law has not been doing well the past couple of weeks, and because the hospitals here are full with so many Covid cases it has been hard for her to get into the hospital to get the care she needs. She was finally admitted yesterday and I wanted to make a card for her to hopefully brighten her day just a little bit.

I stamped the images and cut them out with my paper snips. I then arranged them on a piece of card stock that was cut with the Stitched Greenery die. A Cajun Craze scalloped edge was cut using a die from the Scalloped Contours dies. The sentiment is from the Nature’s Harvest stamp set and was embossed with white embossing powder. The dsp on the card base is from the Harvest Meadow 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.

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A Penguin Playmate — FMS501

Oh, we had a fun time celebrating our 500th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches last week — a fabulous gallery, prizes and so many supportive comments! Thank you to everyone who participated in one way or another! With that milestone achieved, it’s time to work on another. This week’s hostess, our favorite Coloradoan, Kim Singdahlsen, has a great sketch to get us started. Take a look:

There are some really cute products in the current Sale-a-Bration offering. One of the first ones on my list was the Penguin Playmates 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper. It is designed to coordinate with the Penguin Place bundle in the holiday mini catalog.

I started this card using a blending brush to apply some Misty Moonlight ink onto a white piece of card stock. Some splatters were added ( I think I got more of the white acrylic paint in my hair than on the paper ) and I cut it out with a die from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies collection.

The sweet bear was cut out of the dsp with my paper snips and popped up with dimensionals. I stamped the balloon and sentiments with stamps from the Penguin Place stamp set. The striped dsp is also from the Penguin Playmates dsp collection.

While this suite is perfectly suited for holiday cards, it’s also cute for other occasions!

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 made for your inspiration!

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A Sheep Celebration — Monday Montage #196

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.

One of the fun Sale-a-Bration offerings going on right now is the cute Counting Sheep stamps. Additionally, for another Sale-a-Bration credit you can get the coordinating Sheep Dies. So in other words, with a $100 purchase, you can get the stamps and dies for free! I love Sale-a-Bration!!

I started this fun card by using a blender brush to apply some Pool Party and Granny Apple Green inks to a piece of white card stock. I then stamped some of the grass using a stamp in the Counting Sheep stamp set. I stamped the sheep and hat and colored them with my alcohol markers, and cut them out with the Sheep Dies. The fence was also cut using the dies from a piece of Gray Granite card stock. I love the texture this die provides on the fence!

Some strips of Poppy Parade and Coastal Cabana card stock and a piece of dsp from the Pattern Party collection were added to the card base. A Square Vellum Doily was added underneath the focal image, and some balloons and a sun, which were also cut using dies from the Sheep Dies set, were added to make the card more festive.

Because I love this paper so much and I do like to decorate the envelopes a little bit too, I used some of the dsp on the envelope flap. I just cut a strip of paper big enough to cover it and then used my paper snips to trim around the edges. It’s a 2 minute step that adds a lot of fun to the mail.

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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Blue Harvest — FMS500

Whew!! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog! It’s been a while since I’ve stamped! With making a trip to Atlanta to help my son get moved into his new apartment as he starts his new job after college, and then driving to Michigan and back to help my daughter move out of her apartment and get settled into her new place for school, it has been a very busy month! Though moving is hard work and not very fun, I treasured the time I got to spend with these two. And I’m so glad I got back just in time to participate in Freshly Made Sketches’ 500th challenge!! What a milestone! I am so thrilled to be a part of this team of such wonderful ladies! They are a true blessing in my life and inspire me with not only their incredible stamping talents, but also with the love and friendship they have provided me over the years.

There are some fun prizes associated with this challenge so make sure you stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what you can win. Our hostess this week is our favorite upstate New Yorker, Linda Callahan. Take a look at this fun sketch:

I wanted to play with the Nature’s Harvest stamp set again, and I thought it would work perfectly with the sketch.

I stamped and colored the image before cutting it out with the coordinating die. I then cut out a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using a die from the Scalloped Contours Dies. I added some splatters of Misty Moonlight and Cajun Craze ink and some splatters of watered down white acrylic paint.

The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder and is from the same 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 and learn how to snag one of the terrific prizes we have to celebrate this 500th sketch!

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Red Dahlia –FMS497

Hello, August! I can’t believe I’m saying that already! School starts next week here, and my older two kids will be moving into new digs over the next couple of weeks. That means a couple of trips to Atlanta and Ann Arbor are coming up fast for me. Busy days! But it’s all good! Speaking of good, our hostess at Freshly Made Sketches is the amazing Jacquie Southas, who I believe has also been helping her daughter resettle to a new home far away. Take a look at her fun sketch:

There’s a new catalog and Sale-a-Bration offering on the block this week! When I saw the sketch, I knew this big new flower in the Delicate Dahlias stamp set would be perfect to fill up some of the white space. It’s a Sale-a-Bration set, so that means it’s free with a qualifying order.

I started this card by running the Stitched Greenery die through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. It’s a cool die plate that is like an embossing folder, but instead cuts stitched leaves onto your cardstock.

I then added some strips of black and white paper from the Pattern Party collection. The flower and leaves were stamped with Memento black ink and then stamped with Poppy Parade and Old Olive inks. I love that you can choose to color in the flowers on your own or you can use the stamps to do it. I went the easy route this time and used the stamps. I then cut them out with my paper snips.

The sentiment is also from the stamp set and was cut out using a die from the Harvest dies, which is a collection in the new mini catalog.

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 made for your inspiration.

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Three Paned Friendship Flowers — FMS496

We’re back with another new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess, the amazing Judy Rozema, has a fun sketch for us. Take a look:

When I was looking through my stamp sets for a set that would work with the sketch, I knew the Flowers of Friendship set would be perfect with it’s vertical sentiment and long, skinny flower.

I started by stamping the flowers, coloring them with my alcohol markers, and then cutting them out with my paper snips. The dsp is from the Hand-Penned 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. 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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Harvest with Bumblebee — Monday Montage #194

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.

Here’s another sneak peek of some products in the upcoming Holiday mini catalog. It features the Harvest Meadow suite.

I started by stamping the flowers and coloring them with my alcohol markers. There is a coordinating die that I used to cut them out. Using a die from the Scalloped Contours dies, I cut out a frame of Misty Moonlight card stock.

The three strips under the focal panel are from the Harvest Meadow dsp collection. It is such pretty paper! I placed some strips of 3/8″ Diamond Weave Ribbon on top of the dsp.

A piece of Crumb Cake card stock was embossed with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder.

This card was inspired by the fun sketch over at The Paper Players:

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!

Christmas in July — FMS495

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my privilege to provide the sketch for the week. Take a look:

I’ve seen so many people posting Christmas in July creations this month, so I decided to join in. This card is also full of sneak peeks of new products in the upcoming Holiday catalog which comes out in just a couple of weeks.

I started with a new embossing folder, the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder, which isn’t really a Christmas theme, but I thought it fit in with the rustic look. I embossed some of the new Kraft paper, which I love!

I then stamped some of the different images from the Christmas season stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

The sentiment is from another new stamp set called Merriest Moments. I love the gorgeous sentiments in this set! I added some new Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots and linen thread 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!

Dotty Art Gallery — FMS494

Oh, boy!! This month is flying by! It’s already time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the incredible Narelle Farrugia. Take a look at her simple sketch, which is full of possibilities:

I wanted to use one of the new In-colors that I’ve neglected so far, Polished Pink. I don’t know why it has been ignored! I love it! I thought the easiest way to use it would be with flowers, and since flowers seem to dominate my stamp set shelves, that was an easy decision.

I started by stamping the flower from the Art Gallery stamp set and cutting it out with the coordinating dies. I sponged some Balmy Blue ink onto some white card stock, cut out a piece with a rectangle stitched die and splattered some black ink on it. Some fun In Color Jewels were added as embellishments.

The sentiment is also from the Art Gallery stamp set and was cut out with a Tasteful Labels die. A piece of dsp from the Pattern Party collection was adhered to the card base.

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!

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