Art Gallery Thoughts — Monday Montage #185

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.

The grass is starting to green up and the daffodils and tulips are starting to bloom here. Spring is on the way! I’m ready to make cards with bright, pretty colors and lots of flowers. That was my starting point with this card. It’s also the theme at the Paper Players this week:

I love the gorgeous, layered flowers in the Art Gallery stamp set. And the papers are so pretty with beautiful colors. My daughter’s favorite color is yellow, so I knew I wanted to use one of the pretty sheets of dsp in that color for my starting point.

The coordinating dies for the Art Gallery stamp set also include this fabulous sentiment. I die-cut it and the stamped sentiment with the Floral Gallery dies. This card came together really quickly!

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!

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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