Bicycle Smiles — FMS293

Wednesdays brings a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our dear New Zealander friend, Karren Johnson.  Take a look at what she has for us:

I struggled with this one for quite a while because I don’t have any circles large enough.  I tried to be creative – using a plate to trace around and cut by hand.  While I do love fussy cutting, circles are not my friend to cut with scissors.  I definitely need a die or punch for circles.  So I decided to take some creative liberties with the sketch and make do with what I have.

One of my favorite sets in the new catalog is the Bike Ride set, which has coordinating framelits as well.  I love how you can decorate this cute bicycle with all sorts of fun accessories.

I started with a piece of dsp from the Petal Garden dsp stack, using a color scheme of Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Berry Burst, with some touches of Basic Gray and Crumb Cake thrown in too.

The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card with 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!  Thanks for stopping by!

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You’re the Best, Dad! — Monday Montage #95

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.

I always struggle a bit with making masculine cards, especially special ones for Father’s Day.  When I saw the You’re Delightful stamp set in the catalog, I knew it would be perfect for making cards for my kids and my hubby.  It’s one of the hostess sets, and this month is the perfect time to get it with the great hostess offer currently running.  You can earn an additional $35 in hostess rewards (more than enough to get this stamp set for free) with any workshop or qualifying order of $350 or more.

I started by applying a layer of embossing paste over a stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks pack.  I’ve used embossing paste before, and I love this new offering from Stampin’ Up!  It dries quickly and spreads so smoothly.

Once it was dry, I could add a strip of dsp from the Pick a Pattern dsp pack and a die-cut circle from the Stitched Shapes framelits set.  Some wooden Hearts and Stars Elements were added as some fun embellishments, and the sentiment was hand cut and placed haphazardly around the circle.

This came together quickly and easily!

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 Melissa Stout’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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Enjoy Today — FMS292

Here we go again — another Wednesday and another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week, our hostess is our French friend, Cecile Ribon.  She has a creative and fun sketch too:

Of all the products in the new catalog, I seem to be especially drawn to the Pick a Pattern Suite.  I think it’s the fun, quirky images and patterns that draw me in, and I love the colors.

I used several new products to make this card.  I started by using the new Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I spritzed the Emerald Envy card stock with a little bit of water before embossing, and it left such a detailed and beautiful impression.

The cute bear and tree were cut from the coordinating dsp, Pick a Pattern.  There are so many cute images, it was hard to just pick two.

I also used some of the new Black Mini Sequin Trim and the retired Flirty Flamingo ribbon (don’t have any of the new yet).  Some Crushed Curry enamel shapes helped finish it off.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create as we browse the gallery.  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to 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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Party On, Mr. Fox — FMS291

It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week, our favorite Canadian designer extraordinaire, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun one:

I’ve been itching to use the new Birthday Memories Suite in the new catalog, so I pulled out the dies, dsp and stamp set.  One of the things that I love about this suite is how the dies not only coordinate with the stamp set, but how they also coordinate with the images in the dsp.  And what cute images they are!  I love all of them!  They remind me of the old Golden Books for children.

I die-cut the images of the fox, the banner, and his hat with the framelits.  I then stamped the sentiment on the banner and the one on the dsp background piece and created this little scene.  Easy!

I had some leftover enamel shapes from the previous catalog and used them here as well.  I think these images are sweet as can be, and I love how they’re perfect for boys or girls.

It has been a busy week in the O’Neill household.  The kids finished school on Thursday, my oldest graduated from high school on Friday, and the girls left for church camp Saturday morning.  And we had a graduation party on Friday afternoon, as well as having family in town for part of the week.  Fun times every minute of it!

 

 

Cole will be heading off to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the Fall to attend the University of Alabama.  We’re going to try to enjoy this Summer as much as possible while we still have him around here in Texas.  I’m excited for him and what his future holds.

Well, enough about that!  We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create and 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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Fabulous Flirty Flamingos — Monday Montage #94

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.

One of the fun new sets in the new annual catalog is Fabulous Flamingo.  It’s a 2-Step Stamp set, but I used it as a 3-step stamp, making it easy to layer different shades of pink.

I started this card by applying a light wash of Pool Party ink to the bottom, and once it was dry I stamped the water image over it with the same color of ink.  I added some Pear Pizzazz for the grass/reeds.  The flamingo was stamped with Flirty Flamingo (of course), Blushing Bride and Powder Pink.

I also made a little gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board and some of the Lemon Lime Twist card stock.  I LOVE this new color!

I cut out a flamingo with my Paper Snips and and adhered it with some Stampin’ Dimensionals onto a piece of Vellum Card stock.  The bow was made with some of the pretty Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon, which is so easy to work with.

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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Delightful Daisy DSP Card — FMS290

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our hostess is our favorite Rocky Mountains resident, Kim Singdahlsen.  She has a fun and creative sketch for us this week.  Take a look:

Unfortunately, I needed to make a sympathy card when I sat down to work on a card for this sketch.  So that was where I started.  I found a sentiment that I thought would work from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and then used one of the prettiest sheets of dsp that is in the new catalog coming out tomorrow.  It’s from the Delightful Daisy dsp pack, and I thought it deserves to be the star of this card.  Hopefully, it will bring a little bit of beauty into my friend’s day.

I paired it with a doily and some of the beautiful Calypso Coral 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon.  This was all placed on a Whisper White Note Card. Super quick and easy.  Writing the note for the inside is what was hard.  Sympathy cards are so hard to write!  I never feel like my words are adequate.

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

Have a great Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Day at the Beach — FMS289

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  We have Linda Callahan, our delightful friend from New York, to thank for this fabulous sketch.  I almost squealed with joy when I saw it.  I do love a good collage-style sketch.

I reached for a retiring stamp set, Day at the Beach, when I saw this one.  I also used a retiring sentiment set, Suite Sentiments and some retiring dsp, By the Shore.

I embossed the images by stamping with Basic Black ink and using clear embossing powder and then watercolored them with an aqua painter and ink pads.  I cut them out with my paper snips.

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 drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!