Sharing a Sunshiny Birthday — FMS491

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes from our favorite crafty Coloradan, Kim Singdahlsen. Take a peek at her fun sketch:

Wanting to use a new set I hadn’t inked yet, I reached for the Sharing Sunshine stamp set. I love how this set can be used for suns and moons and has the cutest happy face to decorate them. And since I’m running low on birthday cards, I knew it had the perfect sentiment too.

I started by cutting strips of dsp from the Pattern Party collection, which is a hostess reward set. The dsp is actually a sheet of black and white paper. I used my alcohol markers to color it with Pool Party and colored in some of the circles with Bumblebee and Daffodil Delight markers.

The sun was stamped with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie inks and cut out with different circle dies from the Layering Circles dies. The sentiment was stamped on Bumblebee cardstock and embossed with black embossing powder. I cut it out with my paper snips.

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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Hand-Penned Birthday — FMS490

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our lovely Canadian friend, Jen Brum. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I needed to make a birthday card for my sweet mom and since she loves flowers, I decided to use a floral set. Hand-Penned Petals bundle to the rescue!

The flowers were colored with alcohol markers and cut out using the coordinating dies. I added a strip of coordinating dsp and cut a piece of Mint Macaron card stock using a scalloped die in the Hand-Penned bundle. Some fun little glittery gems were added as embellishments.

The sentiment is from the Sweet as a Peach stamp set.

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.

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Stellar Astronaut — FMS489

We’re back with another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our lovely New Yorker friend, Linda Callahan. Take a look at this fun sketch:

Normally I might think this is a challenging sketch. What to do with those little circles? But I recently acquired a new stamp set, Stellar Birthday, that I knew my older two kids would love as they are big space nerds. And this set has little planets that I thought would be perfect for the little circles. This card is for my daughter, who would love to go on a mission to Mars. In fact, that is what she wrote her college application essay about. Not me — I think I’ll keep my feet firmly on Earth.

I started this out by stamping the images, coloring them with alcohol markers, and then cutting them out with my paper snips. I arranged them on a piece of Ombre Specialty Paper which is sparkly and oh-so-pretty and was cut using a die from the Scalloped Contours Dies 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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Ice Cream Treat — Monday Montage #191

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.

When my daughter who stayed in Michigan for the summer recently told me she had been craving ice cream, I knew exactly what stamp set to use to make a card to send her a little money to treat herself. Sweet Ice Cream to the rescue!

I used some of the coordinating Ice Cream Corner dsp to punch out the cones and scoops of ice cream, so there really wasn’t much stamping involved with this card. I did stamp the sprinkles and dots with some stamped off inks and a splatter of some white acrylic paint. The sentiment from the set was embossed with white embossing powder.

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

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You Are Loved — FMS488

We’re back with another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the incredible Jen Mitchell. Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I needed to make something really quick as I haven’t had much stamping time lately, and I wanted to use a new set that I hadn’t used yet called In Symmetry. I probably would have skipped right over this stamp set, but when I saw the coordinating dsp which I fell in love with at first sight, the stamp set ended up in my cart too.

Since the dsp is so fabulous, I wanted to make it the star of the show. This is a color palette I adore! I used the dsp as the card base. I then stamped the images in coordinating colors and cut them out with my paper snips.

The sentiment is from a sentiment set called Through it Together. It has lots of uplifting sentiments. I stamped it and embossed it with white embossing powder.

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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Just Peachy — FMS487

As we speed along to Summer, it’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. And this week our hostess is the incredible Jennifer Timko, who has a fun slimline card sketch for us:

The sky is the limit with this sketch! The hardest part about it is deciding on a set to use. One of my favorite new suites in the new catalog is the You’re a Peach suite. I love the stamps, the sentiments and the gorgeous dsp which has beautiful colors. Since I hadn’t used it yet, I decided to make a card with it with this sketch.

I started by inking the peaches stamps with Pale Papaya ink and sponging on a little Calypso Coral ink on some of the edges before stamping. I cut out all of the stamped images with the coordinating die cuts. I added some tiny die-cut flowers and some Loose Flower Flourishes as embellishments around the sentiment.

I blended a little Balmy Blue ink on the focal piece of white card stock before adhering the stamped images. The focal panel was then layered on a piece of the coordinating 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.

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Flowers of Friendship Hey — FMS486

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of our hostess, the amazingly talented Jacquie Southas. Take a look at this fun sketch:

When I saw this sketch, I immediately knew I would be using a die from a new set called Basic Borders. This collection has fun dies to create cute edges for your cards.

I started by cutting a piece of dsp from the Pattern Party collection, which is a hostess benefit option, using one of the dies mentioned above. I then stamped several of the flowers and leaves from the Flowers of Friendship stamp set and colored them with alcohol markers before punching them out with the coordinating punch.

After arranging and adhering all of the flowers and leaves, I stamped a sentiment. And I didn’t like it. But I’d already adhered everything! And I wasn’t starting over! So, I decided to just cover up the sentiment. Which meant I then proceeded to spend more time trying to figure out how to best do that than I did in making the rest of the card. My Goodness!! I finally settled on cutting out a cute scalloped rectangle from the Scalloped Contours Dies and using a different sentiment from the In Symmetry stamp set.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! And I hope you have an easier time than I did! 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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Amazing Hand-Penned — FMS485

To usher in another Wednesday, we have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the super talented Judy Rozema. Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

When I first saw this sketch, I knew I wanted to use some pretty dsp, and the prettiest dsp I have right now is the Hand-Penned dsp. So I cut into one of the pretty patterns and mounted it on a piece of Pool Party cardstock.

I then stamped some flowers from the Color & Contour Stamp set and added some pretty In Color Jewels and a little Baker’s Twine bow. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set.

This one was really easy! I love it when dsp can do all of the work.

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!

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Hand-Penned Birthday — Monday Montage #189

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 needed to make a birthday card for a sweet friend and still had the Hand Penned Petals stamp set on my desk. Rather than color the image I stamped with markers, I decided to use another stamp to color in the images. I love how the set included images to do that for the leaves and flowers separately.

I used a couple of the new In-Colors, Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent, as well as Highland Heather and Daffodil Delight to color the flowers. The flowers were arranged on a piece of Basic White card stock which was cut using one of the new dies in the Scalloped Contours dies collection.

The sentiment is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set.

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

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Hand-Penned Mother’s Day — FMS484

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my pleasure to be the hostess, which means I get to provide the sketch for the week. I have a very simple collage-style sketch and I think it’s pretty versatile — you don’t have to use a leaf but can use any kind of image you prefer. Take a look:

I needed to make another Mother’s Day card and thought the new Hand-Penned Petals set would work perfectly with the sketch. This bundle has some of the prettiest dsp ever, and I had planned to use it on my Mother’s Day card, but then changed my mind on the dsp at the last minute.

I colored the focal image with my alcohol markers and then cut it out with a coordinating die. I love how the die cuts out those little bits between the leaves. I cut out the scalloped focal panel using a die from the new Scalloped Contours dies. I think I’m just going to leave this set of dies out on my desk because I think I’ll be getting a lot of use out of them!

The sentiment is from the A Wish for Everything stamp set. Some little sparkly gems from the Genial Gems collection 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. 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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