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!

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Praying for a Sweet Friend — FMS483

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the fussy-cutting, floral queen, Narelle Farrugia. Take a look at this fabulous sketch:

My daughter has a good friend who has been struggling with some undiagnosed health issues, which have gotten worse over the past few months. I feel for her, and pray for her often. I wanted to make a card for her and send it to her as she prepares for final exams.

I used the Pretty Perennials set and coordinating dies to make this card. The dsp is from the Fine Art Floral collection. I stamped the envelope too, which is a quick and easy way to add a special touch.

I stamped the flower twice and layered them on top of each other. The twine is some old, retired twine and the Holiday Rhinestone Jewels are on the current retiring list.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love to see what 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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Ridiculously Sunshiny — Monday Montage #188

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’ve been trying to play one last time with some of the stamp sets that are retiring next week. The Ridiculously Awesome stamp set is one that I used many times to make cards for my kids. I love the fun handwriting on the sentiments and the messages are so positive and uplifting. As finals are this week for my college kiddos, I thought this one tucked in a care package would provide a little lift.

A recent Paper Pumpkin kit included some fun stencils, one of which was a sunburst. I used it with a blending brush to apply some Daffodil Delight ink to a piece of Basic White cardstock. The sentiment was stamped over it with Bermuda Bay ink.

I added some little die-cut flowers from the retiring Always Dies, and added some Elegant Faceted Gems to their centers. Some staples were added as embellishments, which I haven’t thought to use in a long time.

This was a quick and easy one. I know the card will be appreciated, but who I am kidding — it’s the other treats in the box that will receive the most attention. 🙂

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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C is for Congratulations, Cole — FMS482

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our fabulous hostess, Karren Johnson, is providing us a slimline card sketch all the way from New Zealand. I love how technology makes that so easy! Take a look at her fun sketch:

Before I even looked at the sketch, I knew I was going to make a graduation card because our son is graduating next week! He graduated last year with his Bachelor’s degree, but didn’t get to participate in any graduation activities because of, you know, Covid. Next week, he’ll be graduating with his Masters in Accounting from the University of Alabama and I can’t wait to celebrate with him. This handsome guy had a wonderful four years at Alabama and he’ll be starting his career with Ernst & Young in Atlanta in July.

For his card, I used the retiring set, Monogram Messages. I paired it with some miscellaneous graduation stamps I have held onto over the years and some old dsp that was in my stash.

I started by applying some embossing paste, which I haven’t used in a very long time, over a retired stars stencil. I love the texture it adds.

I printed Cole’s name off on some card stock and cut it out and pasted it onto the card to personalize it. Plus, his name starts with C, so it seemed fitting for the theme of the card.

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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Many flowers for Mother’s Day — FMS481

Goodness! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. We had the interior of our house painted, and man, is that a lot of work — even though we hired someone to do the actual painting it’s still a lot of work. Most of the work was my craft room, which also serves as our office/study room. We installed some Elfa shelving on three of the four walls in that room and use lots of vertical space. All of that had to come down for the painters and then when they were done we had to put it all back up again. Whew!! There’s nothing like having to pack up all of your crafting stuff to make you realize just how much you really have! Here’s a look at the finished product (I still haven’t put the curtains up yet). I went with a Sherwin Williams color called Natural Choice, which is nice and clean and bright. It looks darker in these pictures than it really is.

Well now that I’m unpacked and my room is back in order, I was excited to get to play along with the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Cecile Ribon, our favorite French stamper. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I thought I should get a jump on Mother’s Day cards before things get really busy again. I pulled out the Pierced Blooms Dies and ran some through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.

I framed the focal panel with a piece of dsp from the True Love collection and placed it all on a So Saffron card base. Some Matte Black Dots were added to the flower centers to add a touch of black to coordinate with the dsp and sentiment.

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.

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Perennials for Easter — FMS478

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the amazing Jen Timko. Actually, I should call her Captain Timko, as she has recently become one of United Airline’s newest captains. A big Congratulations to her!! Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us this week:

I need to make some Easter cards to put in some Easter Basket care packages, so that was my goal with this sketch. I don’t really have any current cute Easter stamps, so I decided to go with pretty Spring flowers instead.

I started by stamping some of the floral images from the Pretty Perennials set and then cut them out with the coordinating Perennial Petals dies.

I added the little “Easter” sentiment from the A Wish for Everything stamp set. A strip of dsp from the Ice Cream Corner collection was added at the bottom of the card base.

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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Thank You Berry Much — FMS477

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the butterfly-stamping queen and lover of square cards, Jen Mitchell. Of course, Jen makes beautiful cards with whatever stamp set and shape she uses, but I think she makes especially gorgeous cards with butterflies and square cards. Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

When I first saw this sketch, I knew I wanted to use some fun dsp for the background behind the focal square. This paper is from the Sale-a-Bration pack called Berry Delightful. I still had some in my stash, so I thought I’d use it with the Sweet Strawberry stamp set which is still available in the mini catalog.

I cut it into two triangles and placed it on a Basic White card base. I then cut out some of the strawberries and flowers with my paper snips from the pattern on the other side of the dsp and arranged them on a Stitched with Whimsy cut out. Some Misty Moonlight enamel dots were thrown in there as well.

The sentiment is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and was also cut out with 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 whipped up for your inspiration.

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St. Patrick’s Day Care Package — FMS476

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is Linda Callahan, our fun friend from New York, who is one talented card maker. Take a look at this fun sketch:

My college girl is in the throes of midterm exams and with no spring break this year, it’s all a little much. I thought she could use a care package and since St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to use that theme. Besides, with a name like O’Neill, I think we’re required to celebrate this day!

I started with a card. Since I don’t have any St. Patrick’s Day stamps, I had to get creative and since the care package is mostly filled with treats, I thought some mint chocolate chip ice cream would fit in with the green theme.

I used the cute Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and coordinating punch for the fun ice cream and the Word Wishes dies for the sentiment. Some linen thread was used for the diagonal stripes in the sketch. And some Ice Cream Corner dsp was adhered to the card base.

I used some of the remaining dsp to decorate the box. I printed out some shamrocks on some Garden Green card stock and used some old letter dies to cut out the “Love You.” I included some candies and a t-shirt with the O’Neill coat of arms, which I found on Etsy. Hopefully this will be a fun thing for her to open and she’ll know we’re thinking of her.

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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Art Gallery Thoughts — Monday Montage #185

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.

The grass is starting to green up and the daffodils and tulips are starting to bloom here. Spring is on the way! I’m ready to make cards with bright, pretty colors and lots of flowers. That was my starting point with this card. It’s also the theme at the Paper Players this week:

I love the gorgeous, layered flowers in the Art Gallery stamp set. And the papers are so pretty with beautiful colors. My daughter’s favorite color is yellow, so I knew I wanted to use one of the pretty sheets of dsp in that color for my starting point.

The coordinating dies for the Art Gallery stamp set also include this fabulous sentiment. I die-cut it and the stamped sentiment with the Floral Gallery dies. This card came together really quickly!

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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Popsicle Birthday — FMS475

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the ever lovely and talented Jacquie Southas. Take a look at this great sketch:

I needed to make a birthday card for a sweet friend and when I saw this sketch I immediately thought of the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set, figuring that ice cream treats could make up the three rectangular focal points. And since this friend loves color like I do, I knew this would be a good set for her birthday card.

I started by brushing some Pool Party ink on a piece of watercolor paper. Once that dried, I used one of the Stitched with Whimsy Dies to add the fun stitching around the edges.

The popsicles were stamped using my stamp positioning tool so I could make them exactly the same size, as these popsicles are made using three stamps — the top part, the bottom part, and the stick. I then cut them and the sentiment out with my paper snips.

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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