Best Witches — FMS552

There’s a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite mountain hiking Canadian stamping talent, Jen Brum. Take a look at what she has for us:

Now that the calendar says it’s September, I feel like I should start making Fall themed cards. Plus, I love Fall so bring on all of the Fall stuff!

I thought one of the cute witches from the Best Witches stamp set would work well with the focal panel of the sketch. I stamped the image and colored it with alcohol markers.

I paired it with a piece of dsp from the Black & White designs collection.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! 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!

Windows to Halloween — FMS509

We have the last sketch of October over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the amazing Jennifer Timko, who has a fun slimline card design for us. Take a look:

I needed one more Halloween card, and thought the little images in the Frightfully Cute stamp set would be perfect for the three little squares. I decided to make a tri-fold card and have the images peek out from cut-out windows.

I started this one by cutting out the three squares and used the Stitched with Whimsy Dies to add a little stitching around them. I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Frightfully Cute stamp set. All of the stamped images and sentiments came from this set. In fact, I used every single image while making this card! I never do that! It was fun doing all of that stamping — except for when I stamped this sentiment as my very last step and discovered I placed it a little too high. Oh well! I wasn’t starting over!

While the card was closed, I lightly traced around the squares onto the white card stock with a pencil and then stamped the images inside those squares.

Here’s what the card looks like when it is fully open. I added a piece of Cute Halloween dsp to the center panel.

This definitely wasn’t a quick card, but it sure was fun to make! It was fun to just make something different than normal.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch! 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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Frightfully Cute — FMS507

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite theater-loving Nebraskan, Judy Rozema. She’s also a pretty fabulous card designer too! Take a look at her fun sketch this week:

With Halloween right around the corner, I decided to make another card for the holiday. I used the Cute Halloween dsp, and cut out a couple of ghosts from one of the sheets. The other side of this particular sheet has a fun black and white pattern with Boo written all over it, which is perfect with the cute ghosts.

The sentiment is from the Frightfully Cute stamp set, and was embossed with white embossing powder. I added some fun Cute Stars Adhesive Backed Sequins as embellishments, as well as some black baker’s twine.

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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Witch Way to the Candy? — FMS505

There’s a new sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches, and our hostess today comes all the way from the land down under. Narelle Farrugia is our resident queen of florals, fussy cutting, and gorgeous cards. And great sketches — take a look at her current one:

Halloween is just around the corner, so I thought I should use the sketch to make a card for a Halloween care package. I just wanted a little something to tuck into a package so I made a 3″ x 3″ card. I hadn’t made one of these little cards in a while, and had forgotten how much fun they are.

This little card was made using the Frightfully Cute stamp set and the Cute Halloween designer paper. I started by stamping the moon with Crushed Curry ink and then stamped the witch over part of it. I then used my paper snips to cut this out.

The sentiments are from the same stamp set and were stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I added some old adhesive dots from a Paper Pumpkin kit and some old baker’s twine.

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 made for your inspiration.

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Halloween Mish Mash — FMS457

With another new Wednesday comes another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. And this week our hostess is our favorite up-state New Yorker, Linda Callahan. Take a look at this sketch with its fun layers:

I needed to make another Halloween themed card for one of my college students’ care packages and I had a variety of different Halloween themed elements on my workspace. So I did the lazy thing and decided to see what I could make out of what I already had on hand.

I started this one with the cat die-cut which came from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I just added the little rhinestone collar, which I colored with a marker. The bats were leftover from a previous card and were made with the Turnovers stamp set. I blended some inks to make the focal panel and layered that on a sheet of dsp from the Magic in this Night dsp collection. That was placed on a sheet of Basic Gray card stock that was embossed using the Cobwebs 3D Embossing Folder.

I added a sentiment from the Hallows Night Magic stamp set and a little strip of ribbon.

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 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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Halloween Turnover — Monday Montage #174

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.

Some of my neighbors have already started decorating for Halloween, and while I can’t quite start that yet, I thought I could make some Halloween cards that I’ll put in some care packages for my college students next month.  I’ll probably have to send this one to my son because when we moved my daughter into her apartment in Michigan a few weeks ago, one of her neighbors had a bat flying around in her apartment.  It kinda freaked my daughter and me out.  Fortunately, she hasn’t been visited by one of these flying creatures in her own apartment, but I don’t want to remind her of the possibility.

I love the simple line-art images in the Turnovers stamp set.  The bat in this set is much cuter than the live one we saw in Michigan.  This set has you covered for multiple holidays — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  And it’s a clever set — if you turn the stamp over, it will color in the images for you.  I didn’t do that with this card because I wanted to color in the images with my markers, but that is an easy option if you choose it.

This card was started with stamping the pumpkins and bat on some Whisper White card stock and coloring them with my alcohol markers.  I then cut them out with my paper snips.  I used a Stitched Shapes die to cut out the circle from the same card stock and blended in some Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss inks.  That was placed on a Rich Razzleberry scalloped circle.

I placed that on a strip of Metallic Mesh Ribbon, which is a fun embellishment that I am looking forward to wrapping Halloween treats with.  The dsp is from the Magic in This Night pack.

 

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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Halloween Flight of Fancy — FMS#448

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is Jen Brum, our lovely and talented Canadian friend.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

Now I know it’s too early to start thinking about Halloween, but I recently got a few things from the new August-December mini catalog, and one of my favorite stamps is the adorable Flight of Fancy set, which covers three holidays — Christmas,  Halloween, and Valentine’s Day.  I thought the little witch would work well with the slanted feature on the card, so I went with that.

I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the image with Memento black ink.  I then colored the piece with markers and mounted it on a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock, which was mounted on a Gray Granite card base sponged with a little ink of the same color.

The sentiment is from the new Hallows Night Magic stamp set and was embossed with some old shimmery black embossing powder.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to browse the gallery and admire your creativity.  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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Monster Bash Care Package — Monday Montage #150

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.

I’ve been collecting Halloween and Fall themed items to put into care packages for my two college kiddos.  Of course, most of the items in the boxes are food items (if you can call candy “food”).  I used the Monster Bash suite of products to decorate the boxes and some of the contents.

My daughter loves some taffy that a local candy shop carries, so I bought some pieces for her and put some of the Monster Bash dsp on a box to decorate it.  The ribbon is some retired ribbon.  I made the tag from some Pumpkin Pie card stock and cut out the picture from one of the Monster Bash dsp sheets.

I also made some little 3″ x 3″ cards to put in the boxes.  I’m not sure why my camera changed the color of the card, as it is exactly the same as the sheet of dsp on which the projects are sitting.  I included some some square tubes that I had on hand but can’t remember where I got them and filled them with peanut M&Ms.  Both the card and tag were made using the Spooktacular Bash stamp set and coordinating Ornate Frames dies.

I used a couple of Monster Bash dsp sheets to decorate the inside of the box as well, where I put some soft, warm socks, decorations for her door and room, some of her favorite Halloween candy, and some pictures of them when they were little in their Halloween costumes.

What items do you put in care packages?  I used to put homemade goodies in them, like cookies, but they never seem to stay fresh enough by the time they get them.  I think that just getting a package is fun for these students, and they’re not particular about what is actually in them.

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— not participating this week
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick— not participating this week
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Spooky Jars — FMS407

It’s Wednesday again, and that means it’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week out hostess is the ever talented Lee Ann Barrett.  Take a look at this fabulous collage-style sketch:

I wanted to make a Halloween themed card for a care package I will be sending off to one of my college kids, and when I saw the sketch I immediately thought of the cute little jars on one of the sheets in the Monster Bash dsp collection.  I cut a few of the various jars out using my paper snips and arranged them around the sentiment piece.

I die-cut one of the cool frames in the Ornate Frames dies collection from black card stock and embossed the sentiment with some old Crushed Curry embossing powder.

For the background I blended some Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie inks onto a piece of white card stock and then splattered some Terracotta Tile ink over it.

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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Spooky Sweets — Monday Montage #125

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.

Now that we have come to the month of October, it’s time to get serious about Halloween treats.  While I’m not all that excited about Halloween as a holiday, I do enjoy the treat making part of it.

The Spooky Sweet bundle was my set of choice this year.  Here are a couple of simple treats I pulled together with it.

I used a small paper sack for the first treat.  It holds a variety of miniature chocolate bars.  I used a strip of dsp from the Country Lane dsp collection and a scrap of black glimmer paper I found in my scrap pile.  I embossed the bats with black embossing powder to add a little shine.  The orange moon was punched from a piece of Mango Melody card stock.

My favorite accessory in the holiday catalog is the Black 3/8″ Glittered Organdy Ribbon.  It is so sparkly and is gorgeous!

For the second treat, I used one of the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes and the same supplies as used for the treat sack above.

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 –not participating this week
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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