Farewell Dahlia — Monday Montage #42

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberHere we are with another Monday Montage Blog Hop for you.  There are ten of us who participate, and all you have to do to see all of the crafty creations is to click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I am still going through the mourning process with my retiring stamp sets.  Don’t worry — it won’t be a long mourning period because as soon as I get some of the new ones that will be released next month, I will be a happy stamper again.  One of those I will miss most is Regarding Dahlias.  I love this set!

Vellum Dahlia

I started by stamping the dahlia with Versamark ink on vellum card stock and then embossing it with Crushed Curry embossing powder.  I added some washi tape along the side of the card base, and added some Black Baker’s Twine.

The sentiment comes from a Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  I love the font on the sentiments in this set.  I added a little piece of a doily behind it.

Vellum Dahlia Close Up

You’re ready to move on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  She is such a creative and talented stamper, and I’m always inspired by what she makes.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can hop on over to Wendy Weixler’s blog to check out her beautiful creations.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all nine of the other blogs.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Tough Card

What kind of card do you find the hardest to make?  I often think masculine cards are the hardest to make.  But for me the hardest ones to write are sympathy cards.  And even harder than that are ones like I had to write yesterday.

A dear friend of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer.  I’m still in shock, as I’m sure she and her family are.  I stared at this card for the longest time and didn’t know what to write.  So I just told her that I’m praying for her.  Because that’s all I can do.   And that’s what the Lord tells us to do.  So I get down on my knees and pray for her when she comes to mind, which is quite often each day now.

Praying for YouI used one of my favorite flower stamps, Regarding Dahlias, and added some pretty gold embellishments.  The sentiment comes from  Blessing from Heaven, which is on the retirement list.  I embossed it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Gold Dahlia — Monday Montage #17

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We have ten fabulous posts for you to view, and all you have to do is click on the arrows at the bottom of each post to work your way through the hop.

I have a simple card for you today.  I love the Regarding Dahlias stamp set!  I stamped and embossed it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder three times, and then used my paper snips to cut out three different layers.  I popped each layer up with dimensionals.

Gold Dahlia

I added some Gold Baker’s Twine and Gold Sequin Trim around the sentiment.  All of the elements are placed on some Strawberry Slush DSP stack paper and a Gold Foil Sheet.  I love the Strawberry Slush paired with gold.

Gold Dahlia Close UpYou’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s awesome blog and find some creative inspiration.  If you’d rather work your way backwards, you can go view Wendy Weixler’s inspiring creation.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all ten blogs.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Something Soft and Pretty

I felt like making something soft and pretty yesterday, just for the fun of it.  I grabbed the sheet from the Etcetera dsp package with the soft houndstooth pattern, and went from there.  I ended up pulling the Regarding Dahlias set off my shelf because I haven’t used it in a while and I love this set.  I also used some other well-loved products that I haven’t used in a while — the Tea Lace doilies, Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon and the Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons.  With all of these pretty things, the card practically assembled itself!  🙂

Shabby DahliaHave a great Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Regarding Dahlias
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Black, Sahara Sand (splatters and sponging on doily)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Etcetera dsp, Modern Medley dsp
Embellishments:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Pool Party 1/2″ Seam Binding ribbon, Circles Collection framelits, Victoria 5/8″ Crochet Trim, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine

Eastern Elegance Dahlia

I’m not quite ready to fully move on to Fall and Christmas themed projects yet.  It could be because the temps are still around 100 degrees here, or it could be that I just haven’t had enough of Summer’s fun colors.  So I’ll probably be dabbling with a little bit of both for a while.

class dahliaThis card was super simple and quick to make.  That ruffled ribbon makes everything look good!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Regarding Dahlias, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Eastern Elegance dsp
Embellishments:  Boutique Details, White Baker’s Twine, Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim


Saturday Strawberry Slush

Pink chevron dahliaWhile I had my Positively Chevron background stamp out I thought I’d use it again.  I embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I think it gives the card such a happy look with this color.  I stamped the dahlia and cut it out and adhered it to the bottom corner.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Positively Chevron, Regarding Dahlias
Ink:  Versamark, Strawberry Slush
Paper:  Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Scallop Edge Border, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Artisan Label punch


A Curvy Dahlia Card — FMS92

It’s Wednesday, and the talented Jen Brum has a sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches this week:

Now, I must say that this curve had me stumped for quite a while.  Then I decided to just print the sketch, cut along the curve, and trace it onto my dsp.  Pretty simple!  Once I figured that out, this card was pretty easy and quick to make.

Curvy Dahlia

I hope you’ll join us with this challenge.  You can check out what the other designers made at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Regarding Dahlias
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, In Color DSP Stack
Embellishments:  Strawberry Slush 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim, White Baker’s Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels

A Doily Hi

The super talented Anne Marie has a great CAS (Clean And Simple) challenge for us this week at the Paper Players:

I decided to really focus on the CAS aspect of this challenge, because I often struggle with this.  And struggle I did — I have several versions of this very simple card in my trash can.  Either I didn’t line the two layers up properly, or I stamped the sentiment crooked, or I got a random smear of ink on the white card stock, or somehow otherwise messed it up.  I was quite frustrated with this little card by the time I finished.  Guess I need more practice with CAS, huh!?

CAS Doilies

I hope you can join us in this challenge.  Meanwhile, you can check out the other designers’ creations here:

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Delicate Doilies, Regarding Dahlias (sentiment)
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Basic Black
Paper:  Whisper White
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels

A Clean, Crisp Dahlia — FMS90

The super talented Linda Callahan has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.

I pulled out my new Regarding Dahlias stamp set again (I love that flower, I tell ya).  This card was super simple and easy to make.

FMS Dahlia

I hope you’ll join us for this challenge.  You can check out what the other designers did with the sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Regarding Dahlias
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Versamark
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, I am Me dsp
Embellishments:  White Baker’s Twine, Neutrals Candy Dots, Candy Dots Brad Bases, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder

It’s a Dahlia Day

I got my order of new catalog items and had a little time to play with it today.  One of the stamp sets at the top of my wish list was the Regarding Dahlias set.  Not only do I love the floral image (I’m such a sucker for floral images), but I love the sentiments as well.  They will be well used I’m sure.

Dahlia Day

I stamped the dahlia on watercolor paper with Calypso Coral ink, and then took my watercolor brush and Crisp Cantaloupe ink and colored in the petals.  I then just used some water in my brush to dilute the colors a bit and blur the image slightly.  I then applied Dazzling Diamonds on top.  I used another stamp set, Gorgeous Grunge, to make the splatters.

Enjoy your Saturday!  I am one project away from being finished with my convention display samples (23 down, and just one to go).   Then I need to take pictures of them all so I can share them with you after convention next month.  Whew!  It will be such a relief to box them all up and ship them to Utah.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Regarding Dahlias, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Smoky Slate, Basic Black
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Whisper White, Watercolor paper, I Am Me dsp
Embellishments:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Subtles Designer Buttons, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack