A Touch of Ink Hummingbird — FMS474

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Our hostess this week is the talented and lovely Judy Rozema. Take a look at this fun sketch:

This is the last week of Sale-a-Bration! Since I hadn’t gotten the A Touch of Ink stamp set inky yet, I decided I’d better hurry up and use it. I love hummingbirds and I’m drawn to hummingbird stamps. But when it comes to coloring them, I feel like a failure — a frustrated failure. I think it’s because they are so gorgeous and colorful in real life and it’s hard to capture that with ink and paper.

I stamped and colored this bird several times using different techniques and then just went with watercoloring because it’s the most forgiving. I sponged on a little Rococo Rose ink onto the card base because I have a fear of too much white space. I probably wouldn’t do that again, but after spending so much time coloring different hummingbirds I was out of time and needed to finish up so I didn’t redo that panel. Sometimes, you just have to call it a day and let it go. 🙂

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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Pierced Positive Thoughts — Monday Montage #184

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.

Now that we have thawed out and the snow is almost all gone, I’m starting to think about Spring. This past week was beyond crazy here in Texas! I thought the longest week ever occurred last month when my husband had Covid and our dog got suddenly sick and I had to put her to sleep. But then last week we experienced rolling blackouts and water shortages during the most frigid spell here I have ever experienced. We were in a cycle of having power for about 30 minutes and then the power would go out for about an hour. Then repeat… And repeat… For 3 long days. The temperature in our house hovered in the low 50s. We have a gas fireplace, and we moved some of our furniture directly in front of it so we could keep warm. When the power would come on we’d run to cook something quickly and charge our devices. We were very fortunate in that none of our pipes burst, and we never lost our water supply nor had to boil our water. My heart goes out to the many families that will be dealing with the clean-up from this disaster for a long time.

While all of this was going on here, my mother-in-law was in the hospital awaiting surgery about an hour and a half away. We couldn’t go visit her because of Covid restrictions and with all of the ice and snow on the roads, we wouldn’t have been able to anyway. I wanted to make her a sunny card to let her know we’ve been thinking of her. I pulled out the Pierced Blooms dies and got to work with my Big Shot.

A piece of dsp from the Paper Blooms collection was adhered to the side of the card base. The sentiment is from the Positive Thoughts 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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Ice Cream for Frigid Days — FMS473

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my privilege to be the hostess. I have a sketch with some layers this week, so use your creativity with this one.

I made my card for this sketch last week, and thought some ice cream would be fun for a birthday card I needed to send. With the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing here in Texas, maybe that wasn’t a good idea. We are now on day three of rolling blackouts with no end in sight until possibly the weekend. At our house we have been fortunate to have intermittent power. We seem to be in a cycle of about 30 minutes with power on and then about an hour with no power. And it has been very cold (at least by Texas standards), Yesterday morning it was -2 degrees F. We’ve gotten snow twice now, and temperatures aren’t supposed to get above freezing until Saturday. The temperature in our house has been in the low to mid 50s since Monday morning. We are blessed to have a gas fireplace, so we do have some heat from that. We moved some of our furniture directly in front of the fireplace and you can find us huddled under blankets in our layered clothing there. My husband has taken the prize for most layers – six! I feel like I’m living in the days of Little House on the Prairie and have renewed respect for settlers in the days before electricity! Despite the discomfort and inconvenience, we are blessed! We haven’t had any frozen pipes yet (houses here are not built for these conditions) and when our power does come on for short bursts, we run to the microwave and stove to heat up some food. Of course, everything is shut down here because we have snow on the ground (again, we are not used to these conditions and know our limitations about driving in it). 🙂 So at least we don’t have to venture outside into the pretty winter wonderland.

I used some of the Ice Cream Corner dsp and the coordinating punch to create this card. The sentiment is from the coordinating Sweet Ice Cream stamp set.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! I am looking forward to browsing the gallery and seeing what you make this 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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Simple Sympathy — FMS472

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it comes all the way from Australia. Our hostess, the creator of incredible cards, Narelle Farrugia, has a fun one for us. Take a look:

I needed to make some sympathy cards, which have unfortunately been necessary more than usual so far this year. I thought Narelle’s sketch was perfect to make some quick and easy cards for the occasion.

I thought this sketch was perfect for some pretty designer series paper to shine. I pulled out some from the Flower & Field collection, which is a free Sale-a-Bration offering right now. I love the gorgeous patterns in this paper.

I added a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings, a little ribbon, and a scrap made with an old punch. To tie it all together, I cut out a flower using the Perennial Petals Dies and added a white twine bow.

Easy peasy! It’s the writing of the message inside that is always the hard part for me.

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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Spreading Some Valentine Love — Monday Montage #183

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.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of the Valentine’s Day love I’m going to share with my family. Included in the care packages I’ll be sending my two college kiddos will be a card and of course some candy.

I love the adorable Snail Mail designer series paper! And when I saw how well it worked with the January Paper Pumpkin kit, I knew I wanted to create a card for my daughter with it. Her favorite color is yellow, so even though it isn’t a traditional color for Valentine’s Day, that is what I went with.

I sponged some Daffodil Delight ink onto the background and then stamped the “xoxo”s with the same ink color. That stamp is from the Paper Pumpkin kit, as is the sentiment. I cut out the heart, envelopes and snail from the Snail Mail dsp. And then I added some googly eyes to the snail for fun. Three little Resin Hearts Embellishments were added to give it some more pops of red and strengthen the Valentine’s theme.

The Paper Players has a fun theme challenge this week. I thought this card would fit in with the hearts part of the theme.

I have one kid who loves peanut M&Ms. I put some of them in a pillow box, which is now retired, but I still had a few on hand. Using the Always dies, I decorated a Cherry Cobbler heart to attach to the pillow box. The ribbon is from the January Paper Pumpkin kit, and I attached a little heart charm to it.

Another kid loves jelly beans, so I found some heart shaped jellies and put them in one of the Love You Always Treat Boxes. I wrapped one of the Flower & Field dsp sheets around it that I thought looked the most Valentine-y. This dsp is one of the current Sale-a-Bration offerings and is so pretty!

Here’s another treat box decorated with a different sheet of this dsp and uses the Heartfelt 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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Sweet Strawberries — FMS471

We have another new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our crazy talented friend from New Zealand, Karren Johnson. Take a look at this fun sketch:

Have you earned all of the Sale-a-Bration offerings you like yet? Time is running out as Sale-a-Bration ends at the end of the month. One of the fun Sale-a-Bration offerings is the Berry Blessings stamp set and coordinating Berry Delightful DSP, which also coordinates with the Sweet Strawberry bundle in the mini catalog. I love how they all mix and match!

For this card I used the Berry Delightful dsp with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle. I started by sponging a circle of Daffodil Delight ink and stamped the sentiment over it. I then used different images from the dsp to decorate the edge of the circle. Another piece of dsp was added to the card base. I love this pretty blue plaid!

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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Pierced Blooms Happy Mail — FMS470

We’re back with another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the extraordinarily talented Canadian stamper, Jen Brum. Take a look at this fun sketch:

I thought it was only fitting that I should pull out the Pierced Blooms dies for this challenge since Jen had made a couple of cards using the dies earlier this month and made me want them with her cute cards. We joke on the FMS team that we are a team of enablers, and this is just one of the many instances where that is true.

I paired the cute die-cut flowers and leaves with the fun sentiment from the Pretty Perennials stamp set and the pretty ombre paper, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering.

I want to thank y’all for your words of encouragement after my post last week describing our recent tough times. Some good news — my husband is out of quarantine and is feeling much better. He lived upstairs for 13 days and I left him trays of food , clean clothes, etc… without really seeing him. We facetimed each night to catch up about what was going on. He didn’t lose his sense of taste nor smell, but he did lose his appetite. He lost 15 pounds while in quarantine! I really did leave him trays of food three times a day, plus snacks! I swear this would only happen to a man! 🙂

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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Coloring Therapy with True Love — Monday Montage #182

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.

Since it has been a rough couple of weeks, I decided to spend some time in coloring therapy. The True Love dsp has some sheets with beautiful floral designs that are just what the doctor ordered for this type of therapy. I cut out a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece and put my alcohol markers to work.

Since I needed a sympathy card for a friend who lost her father, I stamped the sentiment from Heal Your Heart, which is one of the free Sale-a-Bration sets available now. I added a little strip of scalloped line ribbon to peek out underneath the sentiment strip.

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

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Birthday Art and Too Many Goodbyes — FMS469

It’s a new week (thank you, Lord!) and we have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Kim Singdahlsen, our Colorado friend who makes absolutely gorgeous cards. Take a look at this fun sketch:

I hadn’t played with the Art Gallery stamp set yet and I needed to make a birthday card, so I decided to go that route.

I started out by stamping the flower. To get the tone-one-tone coloring, I stamped off with one stamp three times before stamping on the white card stock. The second stamp was stamped full strength. The flower was then die-cut using the coordinating dies.

The three little strips were die-cut from a piece of dsp from the Fine Art Floral dsp collection using another of the coordinating dies. I mounted those pieces on strips of Bumblebee card stock. The sentiment also comes from the Art Gallery stamp set.

I was thankful for some time in my craft room yesterday. I needed some stamping therapy. There were too many goodbyes the past few days. What with sending two of mine back off to college, putting my husband in quarantine upstairs as he started showing symptoms of Covid (and did test positive but seems to have a fairly mild case), and putting our beloved dog, Maggie, to sleep, it’s been an emotionally exhausting week.

I shared over 7 years ago in this post, how I went to Stampin’ Up convention and came back to find my family had adopted a dog while I was away. She was such a sweet dog and a loyal companion in my craft room, snuggling in by my feet while I worked. She seemed perfectly healthy, other than being much thirstier than normal, until the day last week when we had to unexpectedly put her down. It has been heartbreaking, as I know those of you who have lost a beloved pet know. I’m ready for my husband to get out of quarantine so I can get a big hug and have a shoulder to cry on. 2021 hasn’t been very kind so far, but I am hopeful that all of the bad things were just compressed into this one week. 🙂

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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Sweet Little Valentine — FMS468

Another week has flown by and it’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Linda Callahan, our favorite up-state New Yorker who is a talented stamped with some super cute grandchildren. Take a look at this fun sketch:

Continuing with my theme of Valentine’s Day cards, I pulled out the Sweet Little Valentines Cards & More pack. This is such a great deal! You get the ingredients to make 10 note-card sized Valentines and the coordinating envelopes all for just $10. I love the colors and the cute little scalloped layers!

I didn’t do anything to the focal panel but add some twine and a Heart Charm. The striped layer is from one of the note cards in the pack, which I cut down to work with this sketch. The Petal Pink card base was not included in the pack and is a standard 5-1/2″ by 4-1/4″.

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.

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