Sweet Robin — FMS389

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess, Narelle Farrugia, is providing a sketch from the land down under.  She has a good one — I love a simple collage.  Take a look:

Since I still had the Free as a Bird stamp set on my desk and I needed to make a thank you card for someone who loves birds, it was an easy decision on what set to use.  I did some fussy cutting on this one and used an embossing folder.  Two things I don’t do very often, though I like them both.

I colored the robin (I don’t know if that’s what this bird was designed to be, but that’s how I tried to color it) with markers.  The background circle was sponged with some Balmy Blue ink .

I looped some Linen Thread behind the circle and added some Metallic Pearls as embellishments.

The more I play with this suite, which will be available in the new catalog in two weeks, the more I love it.  I love the sentiments and I love the images.  A double win!

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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Sweet Birds — Monday Montage #139

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 recently pre-ordered just a few things from the new catalog which will be released in two short weeks.  One of my favorite bundles in the new catalog is the Bird Ballad suite.  I think the birds in this suite are perfectly sweet!  (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

I colored the birds with markers and cut them out with a Stitched Nested Labels Die.  This set of dies will be included in the Free as a Bird bundle.  I added some Braided Linen Trim, some Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, and Gingham Gala sequins.

You’re ready to hop on over to Cathy Casey’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 — not participating this week
Cathy Casey
Charlet Mallett
Cheryl Curtis
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Pretty Pink Pumpkin Birthday — FMS388

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from New Zealand compliments of our hostess this week, Karren Johnson.  And she has a fabulous sketch for us.  Take a look:

Because I’m still in love with last month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, I wanted to make a friend’s birthday card with it.  Using some of the contents from the kit, I made a card using the sketch.

I started with a Blushing Bride card base and cut one of the cards in the kit to make the dsp panel in the background.  The flowers and leaves were die-cuts included in the kit.  The sentiment comes from a stamp in the kit.  The enamel dots were also included in the kit.  I added a little baker’s twine from my own stash.

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 whipped up for your inspiration.

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Farewell Falling Flowers — FMS387

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite French paper crafter, Cecile Ribon, is our hostess.  She has a fun sketch for us.  Take a peek:

I’m trying to use some of my favorite retiring stamp sets this month before they are gone forever.  I love the Falling Flowers set and coordinating dies and thought they would work perfectly with the sketch.

I started this card by cutting three little pennants from Nature’s Poem dsp.  I then stamped the stem and leaves with Mossy Meadow ink and the flower in Calypso Coral ink.  I used markers to color them.

The sentiment was cut from Mossy Meadow card stock using the Well Written Framelits dies.  The “with” is from a random stamp set I found.  Why the Well Said stamp set doesn’t include that word is beyond me.  I added some Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots as embellishments and called it a day.

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 whipped up for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Farewell to Jar of Love — Monday Montage #138

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 sat down today and pulled out all of my stamp sets that will be retiring at the end of the month.  Let’s just say I now have a lot of room for new ones!  This process always makes me a little nostalgic for some of these sets which haven’t seen love in a while but still bring a smile to my face.  One of the sets that really struck me today was the Jar of Love set.  I think it’s so fun to make bouquets with this pretty set.

I started this one by stamping some of the flowers using Mango Melody and Calypso Coral inks.  The leaves were stamped with Lemon Lime Twist and Granny Apple Green inks.

The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  My daughter will start taking her IB exams this week, and I want to give her little notes of encouragement in her lunches.  It is such a stressful time.  I know she is prepared and will do well though.

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— not participating this week
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Mother’s Day Tea — FMS386

Well, here it is — May.  And to welcome this new month, we have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is the amazing Jen Brum, our Canadian bestie, and she has a great one for us.  Take a look:

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought I should make another card for the occasion.  I wanted to use the pretty set, called Tea Together.  I love the Tea Room specialty dsp and knew it would be perfect with the sketch.

I almost had a mono-chromatic card, but I just couldn’t stand it.  I wanted that flower to have another color.  I probably should have added some pink elsewhere on the card but I ran out of time.  I may have to add some before I send it in the mail.

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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Tropical Thanks — FMS385

Well it’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Coloradan, Kim Singdahlsen, has a fun sketch for us.  Take a peek:

Now that the retirement list has been posted, I tend to get a little nostalgic about sets that will be leaving us.   It makes me want to use them all one last time.  The Tropical Chic bundle is on the list and I hadn’t used it in a long time, so I decided to dust it off.  After I finished the card though, I noticed that it isn’t really retiring.  It’s just being improved to cling-mount.  This switch really makes the whole retirement list thing extra confusing.

I started by inking the focal leaf with Pear Pizzazz ink, stamping off once, and then sponging on some Granny Apple Green ink in the center.  I die-cut this image and the two background leaves from Call Me Clover card stock.

The dsp is from the Tropical Escape dsp pack.  Some Happiness Blooms enamel dots and linen thread were added as embellishments.

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 and see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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