Birthday Week — Monday Montage #88

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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.

It was birthday week in our house this past week.  My daughter turned 16 on Valentine’s Day and my son turned 18 just two days later.  I shared the card I made for her in our last blog hop, so I thought I’d share the card I made for him today.  It was a fun week to celebrate these milestone birthdays with my kids (can I still call him that now that he’s 18?), but it was also bittersweet.  I know that next year, he’ll be away at college on his birthday and I won’t get to celebrate with him in person.  But I’m excited for him and the opportunities before him.  I just try to focus on today and not think about what’s coming in a few short months too much.

18-birthday-hopI pulled out a set I haven’t used in a while, Celebrate Today.  I used a color combo of Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, and Watermelon Wonder.  This is a fun set, as it has banners, balloons, and great sentiments.  Plus it has coordinating framelits!

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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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Birthday Balloons Celebration — FMS181

Here we go — another Wednesday is upon us already.  And that means it’s time for another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, the super stamper, Jen Mitchell, is our hostess, and she has a fun sketch for us.

I needed to add to my birthday card stash, so I pulled out Celebrate Today and paired it with some Birthday Bash Specialty dsp.

Celebrate with BalloonsI have the hardest time taking pictures of cards that have a tilted panel.  So please forgive my crooked picture.

I used a color scheme of Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush and Bermuda Bay.  Bright, cheery colors.

Celebrate with Balloons Close UpWe hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  It’s always fun to see what you make.  Meanwhile, you should jump over to the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the design team made for some inspiration.

Have a great Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Celebrate with a Balloon — FMS169

Are you ready for another fun sketch challenge?  Well, we have a good one for you over at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  The always fabulous Jennifer Timko has a versatile sketch for us to work with this week:

I have a new box of goodies from the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs, and I’ve barely had a chance to look at it yet.  I carved out a half hour yesterday and decided that the sketch lent itself to one of the new balloon dies in the Balloon Framelits Die collection.

Celebrate BalloonI used the framelit on the pretty piece of dsp from the Birthday Bash Specialty dsp collection.  I stamped the balloon and confetti on a piece of Whisper White card stock and placed it behind the dsp with dimensional adhesive.  Behind that, I layered a piece of Night of Navy card stock and used a Calypso Coral base.

Celebrate Balloon Close UpI added some sequins and hand-cut the sentiment.  It all came together pretty easily and quickly.  I love having a great sketch with which to work!

We hope you’ll be able to play along and post your own card to the gallery.  You can check out what the rest of the design team created at the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!