Thankful for Her — FMS412

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our good friend from way up north in Canada, Jen Brum.  Take a look at this super versatile sketch:

My middle child is in her first year of college over 1,000 miles away from home.  And she is not coming home for Thanksgiving.  😦  She has tickets to her school’s big rivalry football game on the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving and has class on Wednesday, so it doesn’t make sense to come home for just two days when she’ll be home for Christmas break just two weeks later.  I keep telling myself that this is the smart thing to do, but it hurts my heart.  Another family in Michigan has offered to adopt her for the day, so she won’t be alone but I wanted to send her a care package with some treats from home to let her know we will miss her.  Here’s the card I made to put in the box.

I hadn’t used the To Every Season stamp set yet, and it has some cute images for — you guessed it — every season (well, not exactly EVERY season, but at least Fall, Winter, and Valentine’s Day).  I started by stamping the three leaf images randomly on a white piece of card stock and then colored them with my alcohol markers.  I colored the background a pretty shade of Pool Party too.

I stamped the sentiment on some Basic Black cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Some copper sequins were sprinkled on 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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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It’s Still Fall, Right? — Monday Montage #152

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.

We had a blast of winter for a week or two, but I think Fall is back in Texas this week.  I’m so thankful because I love Fall and don’t really like temperatures below 50 degrees.  With the return of Fall, I wanted to set the Christmas themed products aside and use the Gather Together bundle again.

I started by die-cutting the leaves from some Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, and Cajun Craze card stock.  The little sprigs were cut from Merry Merlot card stock using the Flourish thinlits.

I made a card base of Very Vanilla card stock and applied a piece of Come to Gather dsp.  A sentiment from an old favorite Paper Pumpkin set was stamped with Merry Merlot ink, and some splatters were added for interest.  Since I am mailing this card, I didn’t add much in the way of embellishments other than a bow made from linen thread.

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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Stars and Plaid — FMS411

These Wednesdays are flying by!  We are marching right towards Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.  Fortunately, we have a new sketch every week at Freshly Made Sketches to help you with your card making for these occasions.  And this week our hostess is the incredible Kim Singdahlsen, who has a great sketch for us.  Take a look:

I made another card for the Christmas card stash.  I love the So Many Stars bundle, as not only is this set perfect for Christmas, but I love to use stars for birthdays, graduations, and other occasions.  Very versatile!

I started by embossing the star with gold embossing powder and cutting it out with one of the coordinating stitched stars dies. I added a little green rhinestone from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels collection.

The dsp has pretty gold accents and is from the Wrapped in Plaid dsp collection.  I mounted it on some gold foil paper.  Some tiny little Snowflake Sequins were added as embellishments, as was a strip of striped ribbon.

The sentiment from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set was stamped with Night of Navy ink.

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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Fall Floral Essence — FMS410

Wednesdays bring new sketches over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our stamping friend from up-state New York with a fun sense of humor, Linda Callahan, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch:

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been making some thank you cards and was experimenting with Fall colors with floral stamp sets.  For my card today, I have used the Floral Essence stamp set.

I stamped these flowers with Merry Merlot, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry inks.  The leaves were stamped with Pear Pizzazz ink.  I then cut all of them out with my paper snips, because while this stamp set does have a coordinating punch, I didn’t use the flower with which the punch coordinates.  I guess it’s a good thing I find fussy cutting to be therapeutic (at least when I have the time to do it).

I embossed the background layer with the Subtle embossing folder.  The dsp is from the Come to Gather dsp 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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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A Fall Wild Rose — Monday Montage #151

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 few thank you cards and since it finally feel like Fall here in Texas, I decided to combine the two themes.  I hadn’t used the To a Wild Rose bundle in a while, and I thought I could make some pretty Fall colored flowers with it.  I don’t know if there are really any roses this color, but they would be pretty.

I used a color combo of Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie for the flower.  The leaves were made using Mossy Meadow and Old Olive inks.  The coordinating dies make it easy to cut them out.

These stamps use three different layers for the flower and three other for the leaves.  But they are so easy to line up and add such fabulous shading to the images.

The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin set.  The little embellishments were made by coloring some Frosted Epoxy Droplets with an alcohol marker.  I love how you can easily make custom colored accents this way.

Some family commitments and poor planning on my part caused me to miss out on the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  So here is my card using the following sketch a little late:

I was also inspired by the challenge at The Paper Players this week.  Their theme is Into the Woods, and I chose my dsp background with this theme in mind.

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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Snow Front Scene — FMS408

Another Wednesday has arrived, which means it’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week, our talented pilot friend, Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch:

This sketch is so versatile.  I think you could do just about anything with it.  I decided to pull out a new stamp set that I have been itching to ink up, Snow Front.  I grew up hating art class in school.  I couldn’t draw or paint at all and I really thought I had no artistic ability at all.  But then I discovered stamping about twenty years ago, and now I know that you don’t have to have any drawing talent to be artistic.  We can create little works of art with our stamps.  And this set is perfect for that!

 

This set has such fun images with which to play.  I only used a few of them, and I’m looking forward to using the others now.

There are no sentiments in this set, so I used one from the Christmas Gleaming set.  I like the pop of color the red sentiment strip adds.

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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Monster Bash Care Package — Monday Montage #150

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 collecting Halloween and Fall themed items to put into care packages for my two college kiddos.  Of course, most of the items in the boxes are food items (if you can call candy “food”).  I used the Monster Bash suite of products to decorate the boxes and some of the contents.

My daughter loves some taffy that a local candy shop carries, so I bought some pieces for her and put some of the Monster Bash dsp on a box to decorate it.  The ribbon is some retired ribbon.  I made the tag from some Pumpkin Pie card stock and cut out the picture from one of the Monster Bash dsp sheets.

I also made some little 3″ x 3″ cards to put in the boxes.  I’m not sure why my camera changed the color of the card, as it is exactly the same as the sheet of dsp on which the projects are sitting.  I included some some square tubes that I had on hand but can’t remember where I got them and filled them with peanut M&Ms.  Both the card and tag were made using the Spooktacular Bash stamp set and coordinating Ornate Frames dies.

I used a couple of Monster Bash dsp sheets to decorate the inside of the box as well, where I put some soft, warm socks, decorations for her door and room, some of her favorite Halloween candy, and some pictures of them when they were little in their Halloween costumes.

What items do you put in care packages?  I used to put homemade goodies in them, like cookies, but they never seem to stay fresh enough by the time they get them.  I think that just getting a package is fun for these students, and they’re not particular about what is actually in them.

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— not participating this week
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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