Big Birthday Candles — Monday Montage #74

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten 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 has one of those milestone birthdays coming up this week (he’s MUCH older than me, by the way!  ha), so I knew I needed to make a special card for him.  I pulled out my birthday themed stamp sets and sat and stared at them for a while, before deciding to use a combo of Number of Years and Birthday Banners.

50th BirthdayI started with a piece of Festive Birthday dsp, and created some candles by stamping the candle image from Birthday Banners three times – one of top of the other to create tall candles.  I cut out a circle of Vellum Card Stock using the Layering Circles Framelits, and then placed the numbers which were die-cut with the Large Numbers Framelits on top.

50th Birthday Close UpA little bit of Black Solid Baker’s Twine was looped underneath the Lots of Labels Framelits layer.

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!

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A Big Piece of Cake — FMS246

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week the very talented Rita Wright is our hostess.  Look at what she has made for us:

I recently got a new set called Biggest Birthday Ever, and I couldn’t wait to ink it up.  I had to take a few creative liberties with the sketch, but I hope you can still see the sketch in my card.

Big Birthday CakeI started this card by stamping the cake with Daffodil Delight ink.  The cake layers were stamped with Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride, and Tangerine Tango.  The plate was stamped with Pool Party.

Big Birthday Cake Close upThis bundle is so fun!   I am looking forward to playing with some of the other images in the set.  I make more birthday cards than any other type of card, so it’s good to have another birthday themed set.  However, there are other images in the set that can be used for occasions other than birthdays.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card this week!  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to jump on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team created for a huge dose of inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Christmas in July — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

Our theme for this month is Christmas in July.  I know there are some of you who like to get ahead and get started on your Christmas card making well before the Christmas season rolls around.  I wish I could say that I am that organized, but alas, I can’t.  Thanks to this assignment, I now have one card down and now I’m further ahead than I’ve ever been at this point in the year.  It feels good!

Christmas in July groupI started with the card and the Peace This Christmas stamp set.  I cut a piece of the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper to cover the card front.  This dsp is lighter weight than normal dsp and you get four sheets of each design rather than the normal quantity of two.  This makes it perfect for mass producing your Christmas cards!

Christmas in July cardI then stamped some of the pine boughs, pine cones, and berries on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut those out.  They were arranged and layered on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, on which I stamped and embossed the sentiment with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Isn’t that sentiment just beautiful?  I love it!

Christmas in July card close upI added a few gold Metallic Sequins, adhering them with my Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

While I had these supplies out, I couldn’t resist making a little treat box using one of the new Clear Tiny Treat Boxes.  These things are adorable!

Christmas in July boxThese are quick to assemble!  I decorated it with a gold Metallic Foil Doily and some of the beautiful gold 1/4″ Natural Trim Ribbon.  Easy and quick!

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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Wedding Flourishes — FMS245

These Summer Wednesdays are flying by!  It’s already time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week, the wildly talented Jen Mitchell is our hostess with the mostess.  And look at what she has for us:

A square card!  I am so glad to see these in a sketch once in a while, because I forget about making square cards!  It’s so routine to just cut that sheet of card stock in half and go to work, that I often forget that cards can be made in other sizes.

I needed a card to go with a wedding gift, so that is what I started with for this sketch.  I hadn’t used the Flourishing Phrases bundle yet, and I thought it would be perfect for a wedding card, so that was the next step in my design process.

I started by layering a piece of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate over a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I love these acetate sheets!  One side has silver foil while the reverse side has gold foil.  I chose to use the silver side for this card, as I thought it looked perfect for a wedding theme.

Wedding Flourishes

I chose a color palette of Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, and Garden Green.  I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to make the tag.  The leaves were cut using the Flourish Thinlits, and the sentiment was embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Wedding Flourishes Close Up

I stamped the flower twice, cutting out the top layer and popping it up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

We hope you’ll be able to play along and join us this week!  We love to see what you create and post in the gallery.  Meanwhile, be sure to drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team created for a big dose of creative inspiration.

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Birthday Llama — Monday Montage #73

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten 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 bundles I was most excited about when I first saw the new annual catalog was the Festive Birthday bundle.  I love all of the banners and the bright colors.  This is a set that is perfect for both male and female cards.

Llama Manana

I started with a Tempting Turquoise card base and stamped the streamers with Tempting Turquoise ink.  I then cut an oval with the Layering Ovals Framelits from the Festive Birthday dsp.  I stamped the llama with Basic Black ink and added some colors with my Stampin’ Write markers onto his blanket.

Llama Manana Close UpWhen I showed this card to my daughter expecting squeals of delight as she likes llamas, she disapproved.  She has taken four years of Spanish in school, and said, “Mom, it’s grammatically incorrect.  ‘Fiesta’ is a noun, and you’ve used it as a verb.”  So there you have it.  I don’t think the recipient I sent this card to will mind (or even know, for that matter).

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!

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Introducing Thoughtful Branches — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  We have a special blog hop for you today, as we are providing you with a sneak peek of a stamp set and coordinating dies that will be available next month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

Our projects today focus on a new exclusive and limited time stamp set called Thoughtful Branches.  It will be available for purchase next month.  There is a coordinating set of dies that go with this set, called Beautiful Branches Thinlits.

If you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you can pre-order the bundle as a (demonstrator) during July and receive a Bonus Day coupon that you can use toward the Holiday Catalog pre-order during August.  It’s just another reason to join the family as a demonstrator if you haven’t already done so!

There are a lot of different images (23 to be exact) in this stamp set, including some beautiful sentiments.  It was hard to decide which ones to share with you today!  I ended up deciding on my favorites — a tree branch die and leaf dies.  I love how they can be layered or used alone.  And they can be used for any season!

Fall TreeThe detail on this die is just amazing!  I started this card by sponging on some Soft Sky ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped the grass image with Old Olive ink, and placed the Soft Suede tree image on top.  I then die cut some of the leaves from Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, and Cajun Craze cardstock.

Fall Tree Close Up

I added a torn strip of Vellum Cardstock as a bottom layer, and stamped the sentiment from this set with Early Espresso ink.  A few gold sequins from the Metallic Sequins assortment were thrown in the mix.

This next card uses the same tree branch outline framelit die, but I’ve added another stamp and die on top of it to add leaves to it.

Apple TreeI started by adding a watercolor wash of Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz inks.  Then I cut the tree out of Early Espresso ink using the same framelit die I used on the card above.  I stamped the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and used a framelit to cut out the leaf layer.  I love how the tree branches peek out from the leaf canopy.  It is such a cool effect!

Apple Tree Close UpI stamped the apples with Real Red ink and colored the stems with an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.  These were also cut out easily with a die from this framelits set. The sentiment was stamped with Basic Black ink.

The stamps and dies that I’ve used for these cards are only a few of those available in the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches Thinlits.  There is so much more to them than what I’ve shown you here.  I’m sure some of the rest of the team has used some of the other images, so you’ll get to see more of what’s in this great new set.

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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A Love Note — FMS244

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week our favorite pilot, Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  Take a look at what she has for us:

It’s fun to have a card with a different orientation!  I am so used to using a portrait orientation rather than landscape.

My daughter is leaving for a mission trip to Africa today.  She has been excited about this for months, and the day has finally arrived.  She has a 33 hour travel day in front of her before she arrives in Zambia (and then more travel time via bus to get to her destination).  Her group will be serving at an orphanage/school there, and she’ll be gone for a little less than two weeks.  I can’t wait to see her pictures and hear all about her trip when she returns!

I wanted to include some little notes for her to find in her suitcase when she is there, so I had that in mind when making her card today.  She loves this sweet fox image from the Foxy Friends stamp set, so I decided to use it.

Fox LoveI used ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, and the coordinating Fox Builder Punch for the sweet little girl.  The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and I used the Classic Label Punch to punch it out.

Fox Love Close UpI think it will be a long two weeks for me while she’s gone!  But I know it will be a great experience for her, and I love to see her excitement to step out in faith and serve the Lord by being a servant to others.

We hope you’ll find time to play along with our challenge this week and make your own card using the sketch.  It’s fun for us to see your creativity in action!  Meanwhile, be sure to skip on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the design team made for a big dose of inspiration.

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