A Taste of Fall Pumpkin — FMS401

We had so much fun celebrating our 400th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches last month, and now it’s time to move along towards the next milestone.  And Cecile Ribon, our French stamper who is the queen of die-cutting, is our hostess this week.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

I had the latest Paper Pumpkin kit sitting on my desk, and when I looked at the contents, I thought they were made for this sketch.  This card came together in no time!

I started by stamping and embossing the circle image from Swirly Frames with clear embossing powder onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  It’s very subtle and you have to look closely to see it.  All of the remaining elements came directly from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  The vellum die-cuts are so petty.

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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A Beachy Pumpkin — Monday Montage #145

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.

This has been a busy Summer!  With all three kids at home this Summer, it seems like there is something going on every single day.  It has left me very little time for crafting.  Not complaining though — I love having everyone home!  I just haven’t figured out how to balance it all.  I’ve had the June Paper Pumpkin kit sitting on my desk for a few weeks now, and with the Texas Summer temperatures at 100-plus degrees, this kit has been calling my name.  My, how I wish we had a beach close by!

I started this one by watercoloring on a piece of watercolor card stock.  Watercoloring is so fun, and it’s so forgiving — especially for people like me who don’t really know what they’re doing.  🙂

The trees, starfish, and sand dollar are from the kit.  As are the sentiment and linen thread.

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 time
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Pretty Pink Pumpkin Birthday — FMS388

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from New Zealand compliments of our hostess this week, Karren Johnson.  And she has a fabulous sketch for us.  Take a look:

Because I’m still in love with last month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, I wanted to make a friend’s birthday card with it.  Using some of the contents from the kit, I made a card using the sketch.

I started with a Blushing Bride card base and cut one of the cards in the kit to make the dsp panel in the background.  The flowers and leaves were die-cuts included in the kit.  The sentiment comes from a stamp in the kit.  The enamel dots were also included in the kit.  I added a little baker’s twine from my own stash.

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 whipped up for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Mother’s Day Pumpkin — Monday Montage #137

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.

Do you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin?  They are kits of paper crafting goodies that include all you need to create a fabulous project each month.  Most of the time, they include a stamp set that you can continue to use even after you’ve made all of the projects in the kit.  The April box included a gorgeous stamp set that includes Distinktive images and some great sentiments.  I decided to make a Mother’s Day card with the stamp set , so I pulled it out of the box and used some of my other supplies to make this card.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and applied a watercolor wash of Balmy Blue ink.  The flowers were stamped with Powder Pink ink and the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink.

I die-cut the trellis in the background from vellum paper and applied it to the watercolor paper once it dried.  This die and the label for the sentiment are from the Rose Trellis Thinlits dies.  I added a few sequins from the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins pack, and some Silver Baker’s Twine.

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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A Slightly Tilted Thanks — FMS345

Wednesdays bring new sketches over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week Jen Mitchell has created a great sketch for us that I think will lead to some fabulous and diverse cards.  Here’s a look at the sketch with a fun, tilted panel:

With Stampin’ Up!’s current designer series paper promotion, I recently acquired some more pretty dsp.  And rather than hoard my favorite patterns, I am trying to use them.  This sketch provides a great opportunity to do just that.

Starting out with a sheet of dsp from the Share What You Love pack, which is not included in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion (oops!), I added a sentiment from a previous Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  I LOVE the sentiments in this stamp set, and think this set alone was worth the price of that month’s kit, not including all of the rest of what was in it.  And Stampin’ Up! is now offering a 50% discount on your first month’s subscription of Paper Pumpkin.  Two great promotions going on this month — Paper Pumpkin and DSP!

I cut out some flowers from another sheet of the dsp and placed them around the sentiment.  The blue flower is shimmery and is so pretty in real life.  This was a quick and easy card to make.

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.  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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Hooray for Paper Pumpkin — FMS#342

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week I have the honor of hosting our challenge.  I have a simple sketch, but it is one with multiple layers.  I think it will be fun to see how everyone uses them.  Here’s a look at the sketch:

As soon as I got my newest Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail this week, I knew I wanted to use it for the sketch.  It seems like I rarely use these kits as designed, though I usually love the sample cards.  It is so fun to get this cute box of happy mail each month.  The kit this month coordinates with the Broadway Bound suite in the annual catalog.

Everything on this card comes from the kit.  The only exception is the card base, which I substituted for a plain Whisper White base.  I love the shiny gold sentiment (which I had a terrible time trying to photograph).

 

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to browse the gallery and visit your blogs.  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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Mother’s Day Pumpkin — FMS331

Ready or not, it’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  And this week, our favorite French friend, Cecile Ribon, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch she has for us:

I needed to make something in a hurry, and I had the newest Paper Pumpkin kit out on my desk.  Have you seen it?  It is beautiful!  I decided I could easily use some of the elements in it to fit the sketch, so that was the direction I took.

I love how the kits make it so easy to put beautiful cards together.  And I love how most of them come with a stamp set that you can use even when the kits’ contents run out.

Everything on this card came from the kit except the Gold Metallic Thread.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! is running a special right now on Paper Pumpkin?  You can get the first two months’ kits at 50% off.  What a great way to try it!

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  We have a new guest designer for April.  Tracey McNeely is joining the team this month, and we are so glad to have her on board.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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