Farewell to Helping Me Grow — FMS287

These weeks are flying by!  I know December gets billed as the busiest month of the year, but I really think it’s May.  Especially as a parent.  There are so many end-of-the-school-year activities, and even more so when you have a Senior.  Fortunately it’s all good stuff, and with memories to treasure.

Since it is Wednesday, that means it’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week our hostess is our favorite pilot and clean stamper extraordinaire, Jennifer Timko.  She has a great one for us too:

I’m still trying to use as many of my favorite retiring stamp sets as possible.  I thought the Helping Me Grow set would work well with this sketch, so I pulled it out.  I also used my favorite retiring In-Color, Watermelon Wonder.

I started by stamping the floral image with Basic Black Archival Ink and coloring it with a blender pen and ink pads.  I then applied some washi tape into a rectangle as a mask, and colored in some Soft Sky ink, removing the tape when finished.

The sentiment was embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Basic Black card stock.  I added some splatters and called it a day.

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 each week.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Growing Thanks and Congrats — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

Our theme for this month is “May flowers.”  We had three different stamp sets from which to choose, and for this hop I chose the Helping Me Grow set.  I love the flowers in this set, and it has some other great elements as well.

Growing ThanksFor this first card, I stamped the flowers on a sheet of Whisper White card stock and colored them with a Blender Pen using Real Red, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, and Hello Honey ink pads.  I then cut them out using my Paper Snips.  The little leaves were cut out of Old Olive cardstock with one of the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  I pressed the Expressions Natural Elements sentiment onto a Versamark pad and embossed it with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Growing Thanks Close UpI love the bright flowers against the Typeset dsp, which is on the retiring list (boy, am I going to miss this stuff!).

Growing CongratsFor this next card, I stamped the image onto a Project Life 3″ x 4″ Grid Card.   This is another retiring item I am really going to miss, as I use them for a lot of other things besides Project Life memory keeping.

I colored the flowers with Real Red, Old Olive, Hello Honey, and Soft Sky inks using a Blender Pen.  A Tea Lace Paper Doily and some 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, which I cut to a narrower width with my Craft Scissors (gasp — these are retiring, too!  Get them quick!), were added as embellishments.

Growing Congrats Close Up

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Helping Me Grow
Ink:  Real Red, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Old Olive, Hello Honey, Basic Black, and Soft Sky, Versamark
Paper:  Kraft Cardstock, Whisper White, Basic Black, Typeset Specialty dsp, Project Life 3″ x 4″ Grid Cards
Accessories:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, Expressions Natural Elements, Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Black Baker’s Twine, Gold Basic Metal Buttons,  Botanical Builder Framelits Dies

Cheerful Colors with Sympathy — Monday Montage #62

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome 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 to click on the links at the bottom of each post.

My daughter needed a sympathy card for a favorite teacher who suffered a terrible loss recently.   Sympathy cards are so hard to make, and tears were running down my face as I made this one.  But we wanted her to know that she is loved and we are praying for her.

I hadn’t used my Helping Me Grow stamp set yet, so I pulled it off the shelf, and used some pretty, cheerful colors with it.

Helping Me Grow with SympathyI watercolored the image with my aquapainter on watercolor paper.  I used So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Soft Sky inks.

The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder set and so is the label border.

Helping Me Grow with Sympathy Close UpI kept this card really simple and the embellishments to a minimum because of the occasion.

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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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!