Colorblock Autumn — FMS458

We have another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches. And this week our hostess is our crazy talented friend from Colorado, Kim Singdahlsen. Take a look at this fun layered card:

When I first saw this sketch I immediately thought of paint chips. Maybe that’s because we are preparing to have our house painted and I’ve been looking at paint chips a lot lately. I pulled out some favorite Fall colors of inks and sponged some of those colors on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.

I used a color scheme of Merry Merlot, Cajun Craze, Terracotta Tile, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry and masked off a 3/4″ block before applying each color. Stampin’ Up’s grid paper really made this easy.

The leaves and acorn are from the Gilded Autumn dsp and the Beautiful Autumn stamp set and coordinating dies. The sentiment was embossed with some old Early Espresso embossing powder. In my excitement of knowing exactly what I wanted to make with this sketch as soon as I saw it, I didn’t look at the sketch closely enough. I didn’t notice that the sentiment is supposed to go below the focal panel until I was tying up this post. Oops!

The focal panel was placed on a card base which was embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.

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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Halloween Mish Mash — FMS457

With another new Wednesday comes another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. And this week our hostess is our favorite up-state New Yorker, Linda Callahan. Take a look at this sketch with its fun layers:

I needed to make another Halloween themed card for one of my college students’ care packages and I had a variety of different Halloween themed elements on my workspace. So I did the lazy thing and decided to see what I could make out of what I already had on hand.

I started this one with the cat die-cut which came from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I just added the little rhinestone collar, which I colored with a marker. The bats were leftover from a previous card and were made with the Turnovers stamp set. I blended some inks to make the focal panel and layered that on a sheet of dsp from the Magic in this Night dsp collection. That was placed on a sheet of Basic Gray card stock that was embossed using the Cobwebs 3D Embossing Folder.

I added a sentiment from the Hallows Night Magic stamp set and a little strip of ribbon.

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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Fall Flowers for a Birthday — Monday Montage #175

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.

I wanted to create a pretty card for a friend’s birthday, and I thought of Fall flowers. Since I hadn’t used the To a Wild Rose stamp set in a while and I love these flowers, I pulled it off my shelf.

I started by stamping the flowers on some Very Vanilla card stock. The flowers were stamped using two-step stamping and have coordinating dies which I used to cut them out.

I lightly sponged a little Pretty Peacock ink on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and added some splatters. I also die cut the sentiment using a die from the Well Written die collection and colored some rhinestones with a marker for accents.

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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Ridiculously Awesome — FMS456

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s October. It seems like March through July went by at such a crawl, but now time is flying again. Speaking of time — it’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our flying friend, Jennifer Timko, who flies the friendly skies when she isn’t making beautiful cards. Take a look at this fun sketch:

I wanted to make another card for one of my college students. I thought the the focal panel would be perfect for a large sentiment and the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set has some really great sentiments.

I paired it with some dsp from the Playing with Patterns pack and some die-cut elements from the Well Written collection. The little flowers were cut from some of the Playing with Patterns paper and the centers are Playing with Patterns Resin Dots.

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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Little Red House — FMS455

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Bay Stater and clean stamper extraordinaire, Jen Mitchell, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun square sketch:

I hadn’t made a square card in a while, so I was glad that Jen drew a square sketch.  I wanted to play with the cute houses in the Coming Home stamp set, so that was my starting point.

The focal circle was made with a little ink blending and was cut out with a Stitched Shapes circle.  I then stamped the tree , chimney smoke, and light pole directly on the circle.  The two houses and wreath were stamped and colored with alcohol markers and cut out with the coordinating dies.  I layered the two houses to make one house with a little more dimension.

The sentiment was cut from a piece of dsp from the Trimming the Town collection.  That is also where the background paper with the trees is from.

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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Halloween Turnover — Monday Montage #174

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.

Some of my neighbors have already started decorating for Halloween, and while I can’t quite start that yet, I thought I could make some Halloween cards that I’ll put in some care packages for my college students next month.  I’ll probably have to send this one to my son because when we moved my daughter into her apartment in Michigan a few weeks ago, one of her neighbors had a bat flying around in her apartment.  It kinda freaked my daughter and me out.  Fortunately, she hasn’t been visited by one of these flying creatures in her own apartment, but I don’t want to remind her of the possibility.

I love the simple line-art images in the Turnovers stamp set.  The bat in this set is much cuter than the live one we saw in Michigan.  This set has you covered for multiple holidays — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  And it’s a clever set — if you turn the stamp over, it will color in the images for you.  I didn’t do that with this card because I wanted to color in the images with my markers, but that is an easy option if you choose it.

This card was started with stamping the pumpkins and bat on some Whisper White card stock and coloring them with my alcohol markers.  I then cut them out with my paper snips.  I used a Stitched Shapes die to cut out the circle from the same card stock and blended in some Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss inks.  That was placed on a Rich Razzleberry scalloped circle.

I placed that on a strip of Metallic Mesh Ribbon, which is a fun embellishment that I am looking forward to wrapping Halloween treats with.  The dsp is from the Magic in This Night pack.

 

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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Life is Better with Autumn — FMS454

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is our creative and talented friend, Jacquie Southas.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

This card started out with the sentiment.  I wanted to make a card for my college daughter and thought this stamp would be perfect.  Since today is the first day of Fall, I decided to go with that theme as well.

I started by masking off a rectangle with washi tape and then blended some inks to create the background.  I then stamped the sentiment on a piece of Very Vanilla and cut it out with a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies.  Some leaves and the acorn were punched out of a piece of dsp from the Gilded Autumn dsp collection with the coordinating punches.  Some Gilded Gems were added 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!

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Gather Home — FMS453

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week the very talented and lovely Judy Rozema is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

This sketch is so versatile!  I looked through the stamp sets on my shelf and pulled out the Coming Home set because I hadn’t used it yet and I wanted to color.  I decided to make a Fall themed card rather than a Christmas card, which this set was designed for.

I started by stamping the two houses, trees, and wreath with Memento Black ink and colored them with my alcohol markers.  I then cut them out with the coordinating dies.  I layered the smaller house over the larger one to make a new house.  These images layer so easily and give you so many possibilities.  I love them!

I sponged a little Crumb Cake and Balmy Blue inks onto the circle to add a little depth.  I then added some Pretty Peacock splatters to the sky.  The sentiment is from the Gather Together stamp set and was stamped with Cajun Craze ink.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love seeing 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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Polka Dots and Poinsettias — Monday Montage #173

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.

I made another Christmas card using the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and dies.  This bundle is addictive!  I love how you can cut and emboss the elements so easily!

I started this one by die-cutting the smallest petals dies from Poppy Parade card stock.  I’ve discovered that if you spritz the card stock with some water before using the embossing die, it makes the embossed part a little darker and it stands out better.  I did the same thing with the leaves using Garden Green card stock.

I have some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper scraps left over in my stash, and used them for the sprigs of berries.  The sentiment was stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock cut using a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies collection.

This was actually a really easy card to put together thanks to the fabulous dies!

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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Grateful Heart — FMS452

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week it is my turn to be the hostess, which means it is my turn to provide the sketch.  Here’s what I came up with:

When I made the sketch, I thought it would be perfect to showcase some pretty Fall leaves or some pretty flowers, or whatever focal images you’d like to feature.  I went with the leaves, and inked up those from Loyal Leaves for the first time.

We had a big road trip to Michigan last week to move my daughter into her college apartment.  It is such a long drive (1,111 miles away)!  My parents came down to stay with our youngest who is in high school while my husband and I made the trip.  I wanted to make a card for them to thank them for coming down here from Kansas.

I love the detail on these pretty leaves!  I cut them out with my paper snips and placed then on the Mint Macaron card base.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set and was cut out with a die from the Detailed Bands dies collection.

I sponged a little bit of Mint Macaron ink on the sentiment piece before stamping the sentiment with Early Espresso ink.

I hope you’ll play along with the challenge this week!  I’d love to see what you create with the sketch.  Looking through the gallery will be so much fun this 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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