Cups of Happiness — FMS346

It’s Summertime and the days may be longer, but they sure do fly by!  We have another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week, the ever-clever and oh-so-talented Linda Callahan, has a fun sketch for us.  Take a look:

I have been drawn to the Tea Room suite lately.  In fact, this was the first suite to go on my wish list when I first saw the new catalog.  And I don’t even drink tea.  And I can’t stand coffee.  I know…  I know…  Most of you can’t understand that and probably think there’s something wrong with me.  ha!

I thought the cute little teacups would work perfectly for the circle elements of the sketch, so that’s where I started.  I stamped them on watercolor paper and colored them with an aquapainter and ink pads.  I used a color scheme of Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight/Crushed Curry, and Coastal Cabana.

The cups were cut out with the coordinating framelits.  I love how the tea cup framelit cuts out the handle as well.

I embossed the background with the new Subtle embossing folder.  I love the bit of linen-like texture this adds.

The little flourish was stamped under the sentiment and embossed with copper embossing powder.  A strip of Tea Room dsp was added along the side, and some pearls were added as embellishments.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see your work as we browse the gallery and visit your blog.  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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Blended Seasons Sneak Peek — Monday Montage #120

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of nine 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.

There is a new bundle that will be coming out soon (August 1) called Blended Seasons.  It is a stamp set that has images from all four seasons and coordinating framelits, including some new stitched label-style framelits.  I couldn’t wait to play with it, so here is the first card I made with the bundle.

I started out by adhering one of the patterns from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Papers.  I love the detail on these sheets, and they make easy work out of creating a pretty background.

I stamped the floral image from Blended Seasons onto some thick Whisper White card stock and colored it with watercolor pencils.  As part of this promotion, there will also be a new collection of watercolor pencils available!  I used a blender pen to blend the colors, and then cut out the flowers.

Some Share What You Love Artisan Pearls and Linen Thread were added as embellishments.

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
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Kaitlyn Zumbach
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Slightly Tilted Thanks — FMS345

Wednesdays bring new sketches over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week Jen Mitchell has created a great sketch for us that I think will lead to some fabulous and diverse cards.  Here’s a look at the sketch with a fun, tilted panel:

With Stampin’ Up!’s current designer series paper promotion, I recently acquired some more pretty dsp.  And rather than hoard my favorite patterns, I am trying to use them.  This sketch provides a great opportunity to do just that.

Starting out with a sheet of dsp from the Share What You Love pack, which is not included in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion (oops!), I added a sentiment from a previous Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  I LOVE the sentiments in this stamp set, and think this set alone was worth the price of that month’s kit, not including all of the rest of what was in it.  And Stampin’ Up! is now offering a 50% discount on your first month’s subscription of Paper Pumpkin.  Two great promotions going on this month — Paper Pumpkin and DSP!

I cut out some flowers from another sheet of the dsp and placed them around the sentiment.  The blue flower is shimmery and is so pretty in real life.  This was a quick and easy card to make.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create 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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Cheers to Tea Room DSP — FMS344

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our talented French friend, Cecile Ribon, is our hostess.  She has a fun sketch for us.  Take a look:

This sketch had me stumped for a while.  I decided to start by finding some dsp to use, and reached for a pretty sheet from the Tea Room Specialty dsp pack.  Once I got it cut out I decided to let it be the star of the show because it is so pretty.

I almost had a monochromatic card, but when it was time to add the sentiment I felt like I needed another color to make it pop.  And once I went down that road, my chances for making a monochromatic card went out the window.  Maybe one day…

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create.  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!  Happy Independence Day to all of my American friends!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Birthday Celebration — Monday Montage #119

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of nine 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 my Dad, and I always seem to struggle with masculine cards.  So I decided to pull out the Picture Perfect Birthday set.  Birthday candles and confetti are always perfect for guys and girls, right?

I started with a Bermuda Bay card base and added in some fun, bright colors such as Lemon Lime Twist, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, and Pool Party.

I was inspired by the current challenge at The Paper Players, which is:

It is their 400th challenge!  That definitely deserves a celebration!  And they are having a big one for the next couple of weeks!  Lots of prizes and inspiration at their blog — go check it out.  The Paper Players is one of the first challenge sites I ever participated in, and I have used their weekly challenges as starting points for many of my cards over the years.

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
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick — Not participating tonight
Kaitlyn Zumbach
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Big Thank You — FMS343

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is Jennifer Timko, who has an amazing talent with super clean design.  Her sketch lends itself to that style, but you can easily adapt it to any style.  It’s a great sketch!  Take a look:

I’m a sucker for great word dies, so when I saw the new Thank You Thinlits die, I knew it had to be on my first order.  It also has a great coordinating stamp set which has fabulous word stamps AND other great images as well.  I loved one of the samples in the catalog for this set, and that inspired me to make this card.

I have really been drawn to a new In Color called Grapefruit Grove.  It pairs with some of my other favorite colors beautifully, and it is so fresh and pretty.

The sentiment was cut from another new color, Balmy Blue.  I think I will get a lot of use out of this color too.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to see your creativity as we browse the gallery and visit your blogs.  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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Hooray for Paper Pumpkin — FMS#342

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week I have the honor of hosting our challenge.  I have a simple sketch, but it is one with multiple layers.  I think it will be fun to see how everyone uses them.  Here’s a look at the sketch:

As soon as I got my newest Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail this week, I knew I wanted to use it for the sketch.  It seems like I rarely use these kits as designed, though I usually love the sample cards.  It is so fun to get this cute box of happy mail each month.  The kit this month coordinates with the Broadway Bound suite in the annual catalog.

Everything on this card comes from the kit.  The only exception is the card base, which I substituted for a plain Whisper White base.  I love the shiny gold sentiment (which I had a terrible time trying to photograph).

 

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to browse the gallery and visit your blogs.  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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