Conversation Hearts — FMS517

Happy New Year! I hope you had a good time with family and friends over the holidays, and were able to rest and do some things that bring you joy. Our Christmas didn’t go according to plans, as my husband came down with Covid (he is fully recovered now) shortly before we were to leave to go see my parents out of state. So we had to pivot and stay home. However, Christmas wasn’t totally disappointing as we adopted a sweet little Pug through a local rescue group. Her name is Millie, and she has been a delight! She is about 2 years old and bonded instantly with our 17 year-old daughter, who desperately wanted another pet after we had to put down our beloved Pug, Maggie, one year ago.

This week is my turn to be the hostess at Freshly Made Sketches, which means I get to design the sketch. I always love a collage for a focal point, so that is what I went with. I used squares and rectangles, but feel free to use whatever shapes you’d like.

I didn’t even enter my craft room over the break, but it felt so good to get back in there this week and be creative again. I played with some new Valentine’s stuff from the Sweet Talk suite.

I started by cutting out some squares and rectangles from various colors of card stock that are in the Sweet Talk dsp. I then cut out some of the conversation hearts from one of the sheets of dsp and arranged them all on a piece of white card stock which was cut out using a die from the Scalloped Contours dies. I stamped off some circle splats from the coordinating stamp set before adhering the focal images.

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!

Icing on my Gingerbread — FMS516

We’re back with the last sketch of 2021 at Freshly Made Sketches! And it comes all the way from Australia and our talented friend, Narelle Farrugia. She is so good at expertly arranging beautiful collages on her cards, so this sketch from her is very fitting. Take a look:

Maybe I just have Christmas cookies on the mind, but I thought the adorable images in the Frosted Gingerbread Bundle would work perfectly with the sketch, so I cut some out of the dsp and arranged them on a white card base.

I added some of the Wonderful Snowflakes under the cookies, which add a fun iridescent shine to the card. The coordinating acrylic shapes add a little pop of color.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! You have until January 3rd to add your card to the gallery, so you can use some of those new crafting supplies that Santa brings, if you’d like. 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!

Product List

Poinsettia Blessings — FMS515

We’re back with another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from New Zealand. The oh-so-talented coloring and ink blending star on our team, Karren Johnson, has a great sketch for us. Take a look:

I hadn’t used the Merriest Moments stamp set yet and thought that a strip of poinsettia blooms would work well as the horizontal strip on the card. So I stamped the blooms several times on a piece of white card stock and some of the greenery as well. I then cut them out with my paper snips.

A piece of Heartwarming Hugs dsp was added to the bottom of the card base and then the flowers and greenery were arranged on top. The sentiment is from the Happy Holly-Days 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!

Product List

Gingerbread Cookie — FMS514

We’re back with another new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from France via our favorite master of die-cuts, Cecile Ribon. Take a look at this fun sketch:

When I saw this sketch, I was bound and determined to be creative and substitute something for the stars. Why, oh why, do I make things harder than they need to be?!? I have some great stars dies that would have been so easy to use, but alas…

After trying several different stamp sets and dies, I finally settled on cutting out one of the gingerbread cookies from the Gingerbread & Peppermint dsp stack. I cut out some little holly leaves from the Christmas Trimmings dies and the Stockings dies and used some of the fun Gingerbread & Peppermint Acrylic Shapes as embellishments. 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!

Product List

Poinsettia Wishes — FMS513

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is provided by our Canadian friend, Jen Brum, who has developed a love for snowy mountain hikes and has always had a talent for making beautiful, clean cards. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I hadn’t pulled out one of my all-time favorite Christmas bundles, Poinsettia Petals, yet this season so I thought it was high time to do so as it would work with this sketch.

I spritzed some Shimmery White and Mossy Meadow card stock with water before cutting out the petals with the coordinating dies. The flower was arranged on some Heartwarming Hugs dsp.

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!

Product List

A Chill Penguin — FMS512

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is Kim Singdahlsen, our super talented Coloradan friend. Take a look at her fun sketch:

Now that I am in the throes of Christmas card making, I wanted to use the cute little penguin in the Penguin Place stamp set and I thought he would work well as a substitute for the tree in the sketch.

I started by cutting out some dsp from the Sweet Stockings dsp collection. I added a Wonderful Snowflake upon which to place my penguin friend. He was stamped and punched out with the coordinating punch. I then stamped and cut out the trees and his accessories with my paper snips.

I added some little Snowflake Sequins and cut out the sentiment 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 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!

Product List

Stocking Pets — FMS511

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the new dog parent, Linda Callahan, who recently adopted an adorable little rescue dog. Take a look at her fun sketch:

Maybe I was inspired by Linda rescuing her new furry friend when I decided to use the Sweet Little Stockings bundle for this sketch. We lost our beloved Pug, Maggie, back in January and my youngest has been politicking hard to get a new pet. Lately, she has been begging for a cat, but I know she would be thrilled to find any of these three stockings that I’ve made for the card below on Christmas morning.

This stamp set is so fun! I stamped the three critters and stockings and colored them with my alcohol markers. I then arranged them on a piece of white card stock that was cut out with a die from the Scalloped Contours dies collection. This was placed on a piece of dsp from the coordinating Sweet Stockings dsp collection. The little holly leaves are also from the coordinating dies with this bundle.

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!

Product List

Star Trimmings — FMS510

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite Bay Stater and someone who really knows her way around a fabulous clean card, Jen Mitchell. Take a look at what she has for us:

I recently acquired the Tidings & Trimmings bundle, and I have to confess that the primary reason I got is was because of a certain die-cut star. So when I saw the sketch, I knew that it would be perfect for a focal image on that big circle.

I die-cut the star from some silver foil paper and placed it on the solid star which was cut from some Real Red card stock. The die set also includes some holly leaves, which I cut from some Old Olive card stock.

The paper is from the Heartwarming Hugs dsp collection, which is such awesome traditional paper. The sentiment is also from the Tidings & Trimmings stamp set.

I added some red rhinestones for the holly berries and some silver twine to make a bow.

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!

Product List

Windows to Halloween — FMS509

We have the last sketch of October over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the amazing Jennifer Timko, who has a fun slimline card design for us. Take a look:

I needed one more Halloween card, and thought the little images in the Frightfully Cute stamp set would be perfect for the three little squares. I decided to make a tri-fold card and have the images peek out from cut-out windows.

I started this one by cutting out the three squares and used the Stitched with Whimsy Dies to add a little stitching around them. I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Frightfully Cute stamp set. All of the stamped images and sentiments came from this set. In fact, I used every single image while making this card! I never do that! It was fun doing all of that stamping — except for when I stamped this sentiment as my very last step and discovered I placed it a little too high. Oh well! I wasn’t starting over!

While the card was closed, I lightly traced around the squares onto the white card stock with a pencil and then stamped the images inside those squares.

Here’s what the card looks like when it is fully open. I added a piece of Cute Halloween dsp to the center panel.

This definitely wasn’t a quick card, but it sure was fun to make! It was fun to just make something different than normal.

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!

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

Product List

Let’s Celebrate — Monday Montage #200

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.

We have hit a milestone blog hop! It’s our 200th as a group! Since we felt that calls for a celebration, we have a blog hop centered around that theme. I feel so blessed to call these fabulous ladies friends, and I eagerly await the days when we can get together again! Not only is this group full of talented stampers, but they are the kindest and most supportive people. I love them so!

I decided to use the Best Chapter stamp set as I love these sentiments and their positive messages.

I used some of the Pattern Party dsp because it is perfect for a celebration! And I used one of the Scalloped Contours dies to make the fun scalloped border. It was all placed on a Pool Party card base.

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!