Butterfly Sympathy — FMS301

Well, we’ve officially reached the end of Summer here in the O’Neill household.  We dropped my son off for his first year of college on Sunday and the girls started school this morning.  It has been a whirlwind these past couple of weeks!  But one thing that helps me keep my sanity is making some time to be creative, and making something with a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is a great way to do that.  This week, our wonderfully kind and creative Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch:

I needed to stock up on some sympathy cards and I hadn’t used the Watercolor Wings stamp set in a while, so I decided to go that route.  I love this set and the coordinating dies, and I think they are perfect for almost any kind of card.

I started by sponging the top panel with some Powder Pink and Peekaboo Peach inks.  The butterflies were stamped with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry inks.  Some pretty iridescent sequins and Peekaboo Peach baker’s twine were added as well.

The sentiment from Rose Wonder was embossed with gold embossing powder.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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300 with Zest — FMS300

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week we are celebrating our 300th sketch challenge! Wow!  That’s a lot of sketches!  I feel like we just celebrated our 200th sketch, and now here we are at 300.  You don’t need to remind me that time flies.  My oldest is about to move over 600 miles away as he goes to college.  We are moving him into his dorm on Sunday. As I have been helping him pack all of the things he’ll be taking with him, I can’t help but wonder how we could be at this point in his life already.  I have shed some tears this week and I’m sure there will be plenty more shed as I make that 9 hour drive back home on Monday.  But he’s ready, even though I’m not.  Yep, time flies.

But back to our 300th Challenge.  We have a special prize for one lucky participant this week.  One random winner will receive all of the cards created by the design team using the sketch below.

I pulled out a stamp set I hadn’t used yet called Lemon Zest.  I love that it has a coordinating punch, which makes it so easy to use.  I paired it with some dsp and created a background with some embossing paste and a stencil.  You can see the supplies listed below.

I scooped out a little bit of embossing paste and mixed in one drop of So Saffron ink before spreading it over the stencil.  So easy!  And I love how quickly it dries.

We hope you’ll join us and play along with this special challenge this week.  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration (and for one lucky winner).

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Hooray It’s Your Day — FMS299

Well, hello August!  I’m not sure how that happened so quickly, but here it is.  It’s also time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is our favorite Coloradoan, Kim Singdahlsen.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

We just got back from a week-long family vacation and I needed to make something quick for this challenge.  So I went the easy route on this one.   I had the newest Paper Pumpkin kit on my desk so I opened it up and grabbed some of the items from it, which I used to fit the sketch.

I could always use some birthday cards, so I pulled out the wooden sentiment that fits with the birthday theme.  The stamps are from the stamp set that was included in the Paper Pumpkin kit.  I had planned on using the two washi tape rolls that were included in the kit, but I wanted something brighter against all of the white space, so I used a couple of other rolls that were in my washi tape basket.   I also placed some White Perfect Accents on the little stamped stars for fun.

We hope you’ll create your own card using the sketch and post it in the gallery.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to venture over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Happy Birthday to one Who’s Lovely Inside & Out — Monday Montage #98

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 hubby celebrated a birthday this past week.  And he got to celebrate in big fashion!  We went on a cruise.  Not really for his birthday though.  My oldest graduated from high school this summer and will be going out of state for college.  Since this could potentially be our last summer together as a family, we decided to start a tradition and allow the graduate to pick a summer vacation for the family (within reason, of course).   Cole picked a cruise to Spanish speaking countries.  He took five years of Spanish in school and plans to minor in it at college.  We had a fabulous time and I am so grateful that we could share it as a family.

Well, back to my husband’s birthday.  Here is the card I made for him:

I used the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set and the Happy Birthday Thinlits die to make this one.  I used the bright color combination of Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Lemon Lime Twist.

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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Dinosaur Greetings — FMS297

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week the supremely talented Jen Mitchell is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch she has for us:

I am still in love with the Patterns & Pieces suite.  It’s just so easy to make a cute card with these sweet images.

I used a color combination of Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Basic Black.

I started by using the Layering Squares Framelits die to cut out a square black frame.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see your creativity at work!  Meanwhile be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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Feathery Friend — Monday Montage #97

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.

The hostess sets in the annual catalog are really fabulous this year!  One of the sets that caught my eye is the Feathery Friends set.  It has images like those you’d find in an adult coloring book.  And since I love to color, I dropped this one in my cart.

I used a color scheme of Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and Dapper Denim.  I colored the sweet little bird with Stampin’ Write Markers.

The diamond background pattern was made with some embossing paste which was dyed with some Pool Party re-inker.

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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This Little Piggy — FMS296

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend who flies the friendly skies (and makes them much friendlier), Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  Take a look at what she has for us:

A square card!  I love them and don’t know why I never think to make them.

One of my favorite sets in the new catalog is the This Little Piggy stamp set.  I hadn’t had the opportunity to use it yet, but I thought it would be perfect for this sketch.

This adorable little guy just makes me smile.  He is much cuter (and cleaner) than the pigs that were on my grandparents’ farm.  When I was a kid, I spent a good part of the Summer on their farm.  One of my chores often included feeding the pigs.  The little ones were pretty cute, but the big sows… not so much.  Their pen was enclosed by an electric fence, which always made me a little nervous when I had to step over it, especially when trying to balance two heavy buckets of feed and seeing several large, dirty, and hungry sows come running in my direction.

I stamped this image on watercolor paper and colored it with an aquapainter using Powder Pink ink and Blushing Bride ink for the nose.  I also used the Ruffled 3D embossing folder, which is so cool!

I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card.  It says “Loves You.”

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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