Pierced Positive Thoughts — Monday Montage #184

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.

Now that we have thawed out and the snow is almost all gone, I’m starting to think about Spring. This past week was beyond crazy here in Texas! I thought the longest week ever occurred last month when my husband had Covid and our dog got suddenly sick and I had to put her to sleep. But then last week we experienced rolling blackouts and water shortages during the most frigid spell here I have ever experienced. We were in a cycle of having power for about 30 minutes and then the power would go out for about an hour. Then repeat… And repeat… For 3 long days. The temperature in our house hovered in the low 50s. We have a gas fireplace, and we moved some of our furniture directly in front of it so we could keep warm. When the power would come on we’d run to cook something quickly and charge our devices. We were very fortunate in that none of our pipes burst, and we never lost our water supply nor had to boil our water. My heart goes out to the many families that will be dealing with the clean-up from this disaster for a long time.

While all of this was going on here, my mother-in-law was in the hospital awaiting surgery about an hour and a half away. We couldn’t go visit her because of Covid restrictions and with all of the ice and snow on the roads, we wouldn’t have been able to anyway. I wanted to make her a sunny card to let her know we’ve been thinking of her. I pulled out the Pierced Blooms dies and got to work with my Big Shot.

A piece of dsp from the Paper Blooms collection was adhered to the side of the card base. The sentiment is from the Positive Thoughts stamp set.

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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Spreading Some Valentine Love — Monday Montage #183

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.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of the Valentine’s Day love I’m going to share with my family. Included in the care packages I’ll be sending my two college kiddos will be a card and of course some candy.

I love the adorable Snail Mail designer series paper! And when I saw how well it worked with the January Paper Pumpkin kit, I knew I wanted to create a card for my daughter with it. Her favorite color is yellow, so even though it isn’t a traditional color for Valentine’s Day, that is what I went with.

I sponged some Daffodil Delight ink onto the background and then stamped the “xoxo”s with the same ink color. That stamp is from the Paper Pumpkin kit, as is the sentiment. I cut out the heart, envelopes and snail from the Snail Mail dsp. And then I added some googly eyes to the snail for fun. Three little Resin Hearts Embellishments were added to give it some more pops of red and strengthen the Valentine’s theme.

The Paper Players has a fun theme challenge this week. I thought this card would fit in with the hearts part of the theme.

I have one kid who loves peanut M&Ms. I put some of them in a pillow box, which is now retired, but I still had a few on hand. Using the Always dies, I decorated a Cherry Cobbler heart to attach to the pillow box. The ribbon is from the January Paper Pumpkin kit, and I attached a little heart charm to it.

Another kid loves jelly beans, so I found some heart shaped jellies and put them in one of the Love You Always Treat Boxes. I wrapped one of the Flower & Field dsp sheets around it that I thought looked the most Valentine-y. This dsp is one of the current Sale-a-Bration offerings and is so pretty!

Here’s another treat box decorated with a different sheet of this dsp and uses the Heartfelt stamp set.

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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Coloring Therapy with True Love — Monday Montage #182

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.

Since it has been a rough couple of weeks, I decided to spend some time in coloring therapy. The True Love dsp has some sheets with beautiful floral designs that are just what the doctor ordered for this type of therapy. I cut out a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece and put my alcohol markers to work.

Since I needed a sympathy card for a friend who lost her father, I stamped the sentiment from Heal Your Heart, which is one of the free Sale-a-Bration sets available now. I added a little strip of scalloped line ribbon to peek out underneath the sentiment strip.

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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Valentine Donkey — Monday Montage #181

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’m going to try to get ahead on the Valentine’s cards and gifts this year. I can never do it with Christmas, but maybe Valentine’s Day will go better for me. It’s good to have goals, right?

While the Darling Donkeys Sale-a-Bration set is not a Valentine’s Day set, I thought that one of the stamps could be used for a Valentine’s Day card. The donkeys in this set are really cute! That is something I never thought I would hear myself say.

I colored this donkey with alcohol markers and placed him on a piece of dsp from the Snail Mail dsp collection. The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set. I added one of the cute little Resin Hearts Embellishments on the sentiment strip.

A silver Heart Charm was tied to the big red bow. I don’t know why, but I thought this donkey would like a big red bow.

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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Anniversary Ferns — Monday Montage #179

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.

My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary earlier this month. It wasn’t exactly how we hoped to celebrate, but like so many in 2020 we had to postpone our travel plans for sometime next year. We had a really nice dinner out and I made this card for him.

I’ve been blessed to have a husband I can laugh with over the years so I thought this sentiment was a good one. I used the Forever Fern stamp set and coordinating dies.

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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Ivory Poinsettia — Monday Montage #177

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Since I hadn’t played with the Poinsettia Place Suite in a while, I decided to pull that out and give it another go.

I started by die-cutting the poinsettia petals out of some Very Vanilla card stock. I layered them with dimensionals and added a red bow and topped it with a pretty beaded pearl embellishment. I place that on a scalloped stitched rectangle that I die-cut using a die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies collection. The berries were cut from some Real Red card stock using a die from the Poinsettia dies.

The sentiment is from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and the houndstooth dsp is from the Heartwarming Hugs dsp collection.

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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Fall Flowers for a Birthday — Monday Montage #175

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 wanted to create a pretty card for a friend’s birthday, and I thought of Fall flowers. Since I hadn’t used the To a Wild Rose stamp set in a while and I love these flowers, I pulled it off my shelf.

I started by stamping the flowers on some Very Vanilla card stock. The flowers were stamped using two-step stamping and have coordinating dies which I used to cut them out.

I lightly sponged a little Pretty Peacock ink on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and added some splatters. I also die cut the sentiment using a die from the Well Written die collection and colored some rhinestones with a marker for accents.

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 Turnover — Monday Montage #174

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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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Polka Dots and Poinsettias — Monday Montage #173

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 made another Christmas card using the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and dies.  This bundle is addictive!  I love how you can cut and emboss the elements so easily!

I started this one by die-cutting the smallest petals dies from Poppy Parade card stock.  I’ve discovered that if you spritz the card stock with some water before using the embossing die, it makes the embossed part a little darker and it stands out better.  I did the same thing with the leaves using Garden Green card stock.

I have some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper scraps left over in my stash, and used them for the sprigs of berries.  The sentiment was stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock cut using a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies collection.

This was actually a really easy card to put together thanks to the fabulous dies!

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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You Are My Ridiculously Awesome Sunshine — Monday Montage #171

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.

It’s that time of year again where some of my chicks are leaving the nest to go back to college.  My oldest left last weekend to go back for his final year at Alabama.  He graduated in May with his undergrad, and will be completing his Masters degree next May.  He starts class on Wednesday and so far has four out of five classes in person and one on-line.  We’re hoping it stays that way.  My middle child goes back to Michigan in two weeks.  She’ll be starting her Sophomore year and will be moving into an apartment.  So far she has one on-line only class and the remainder are hybrid classes.  My youngest started her Sophomore year of high school this past week, and she is on-line only right now with the plan to switch to in-person classes beginning in September.  It’s a lot to keep track of!  And none of it is what they really wanted, but like most people, we’re trying to make the most of it.

I decided it was time to start preparing those cards of encouragement for my students that they will most likely need at times this semester.  My middle child loves yellow and teal, and is decorating her apartment with those colors.  With temperatures over 100 degrees here the past few days, I thought a sunshiny card would be appropriate.

I started by stamping this awesome sentiment from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set with my Stamparatus.  I used some old washi tape to cover the parts I wanted to be yellow and then inked the stamp with Bermuda Bay ink.  I then did the reverse — covered the Bermuda Bay word with washi on the stamp and inked the remainder of the stamp with Mango Melody ink and stamped again.  I then cut out the sentiment with a new die from the Halloween Magic die set.  I love the large size of this fun die!

The sun is from a recent Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  I stamped it on watercolor paper and then colored it with a combo of Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody inks.  Once it was dry, I cut it out with my paper snips.

The base layer is a piece of dsp from the Playing with Patterns pack, and it was mounted on a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock.  I added a couple of thin strips of Bermuda Bay card stock under the sentiment panel for fun.

The current challenge at The Paper Players gave me the inspiration to make this card, and to keep it uncluttered and fee of many embellishments.  Sometimes clean and simple is best!

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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