Seriously the Best Little Ladybug — FMS428

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week I have the privilege of being the hostess and providing the sketch.  Take a look:

When I made the card for this sketch a couple weeks ago, life wasn’t so crazy yet.  My daughter was still at college in Michigan and my son was still doing his internship in Atlanta.  Now they’re both home.  It’s unbelievable how much life changed in just one week.  I’m trying to focus on the positives — we’re all healthy, we have food and shelter, and we have some extra time together that as a mom of two college students, I wouldn’t have had under normal circumstances.  I hope that you are faring as well!

I combined two stamp sets for this card — Seriously the Best for the sentiment and Little Ladybug for the images.

I stamped the flower on some white card stock and cut it out with a stitched shapes circle.  The ladybug was stamped on another piece and cut out with my paper snips.  I colored them with markers and adhered them to a piece of dsp from the Pleased as Punch dsp package.

The sentiment was stamped on a piece of black card stock and embossed with white embossing powder.

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!

 

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A Pastel Birthday Cake — FMS427

In the midst of all the craziness in the world right now, I’m glad to have some things remain the same.  And one thing that is consistent right now is a new sketch on Wednesdays at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch comes to us all the way from Australia, where our resident Artisan award-winning crafter, Narelle Farrugia, has a clean and simple sketch for us.  Take a look:

 

Needing to restock the birthday cards supply, I pulled out the Happy Birthday to You stamp set, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering.  I love that it also has a coordinating die set, Birthday Dies.  Since Spring is just about here, I pulled out some soft pastel colors.

I tend to shy away from purples, but for some reason I’ve been drawn to them lately.  In fact, this is the second card in a row that I’ve made using them.  I colored the cake and flowers with markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  The pretty yellow scalloped border is from the Flourish dies.  The dsp is from the Best Dressed dsp collection

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 inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Get Well Blooms — Monday Montage #160

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 daughters have been sick this past week, and with all of the craziness surrounding the Corona Virus around the world, it has been an especially bad time to be sick.  I sent a package to my daughter who is at school out of state, and wanted to include a card for her.  I thought she could use some bright, cheerful colors so I pulled out the Thoughtul Blooms stamp set, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering and stamped away.  I love that there is a coordinating punch for this set!

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and was cut out with a die from the Ornate Frames die set.  I added some rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels 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 — not participating this week
Cheryl Curtis
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Meerkat Birthday — FMS423

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our talented stamping friend from the Rocky Mountains, Kim Singdahlsen.  She has a great sketch for us!  Take a look:

I thought I should stock up on some birthday cards because my stash has taken a big hit lately.  I thought the cute little meerkats would work well with the partial circle in the sketch, so I went with that Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

I stamped these three images and colored them with my markers.  I ran a piece of Pool Party card stock through the Big Shot using the Subtle embossing folder just to add a little texture and interest to the card base.

I added a few sequins and a bow from bakers twine that were part of the Metallic Baker’s Twine & Sequins Combo Pack, which I just noticed today is sold out.  Hopefully you got yours as a Sale-a-Bration reward before they ran out.

The dsp is from the Birthday Bonanza paper package.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what your 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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Toucan Celebration — Monday Montage #158

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 was birthday week in our house the past couple of days — one on the 14th and one today on the 16th.  And both of them are away at college, so we had to celebrate long distance.  My oldest turned 21 today.  Here’s the card I made to mark the occasion.

I started by sponging on some Bermuda Bay ink onto a white card base.  I then splattered on some ink.  The Bonanza Buddies bundle has the cutest pennant dies, which I strung at the top of the card.

I sprinkled on some sequins, which are a Sale-a-Bration offering right now so you can get them for free, and coordinate perfectly with this bundle.  They actually also include some baker’s twine, which I didn’t use on this card, but it also coordinates with this suite.

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
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Party Lion — FMS 421

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our favorite Bostonian-area stamper, Jen Mitchell.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

I needed to make a birthday card and I hadn’t had the opportunity to play with the Birthday Bonanza suite yet, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity.  This is such a fun set!  I loved building these cute birthday animals.

I started by stamping the cute lion.  I love how easy it is to assemble him with the different stamps and the coordinating dies.

I die-cut the tag from Bermuda Bay card stock using one of the coordinating dies.  The tag is actually longer, but it is easy to shorten it to a length you desire.  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.  The coordinating dies also contain these fun banners, which I cut down to fit how I wanted.

I added some sequins from the Sale-a-Bration offering and a fun pompom on his hat.  The paper is from the coordinating Birthday Bonanza DSP collection.

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.  Meanwhile, be sure to check out what the design team has created for your inspiration at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Positive Thoughts for a Sympathy Card — Monday Montage #157

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 needed to make a sympathy card for a friend and the new Positive Thoughts stamp set seemed like a perfect set.  And on Feb. 4th, Stampin’ Up! will release some coordinating dies for this set.

I started out by die-cutting a piece of Whisper White card stock with one of these new dies.  It is a rectangle with some pretty piercings around the border.  I then stamped some of the foliage with Pear Pizzazz ink.  I stamped the flowers with Rococo Rose ink, which was stamped off one time, and cut them out with another coordinating die.  The Mossy Meadow leaves were cut with other coordinating dies, as was the little bit of So Saffron trim underneath the sentiment.  And you guessed it — the butterfly was cut out with another coordinating die in the set.  I definitely made good use of a lot of the dies on this card!

The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I added some Faceted Dots and some Metallic Baker’s Twine, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering, as embellishments.

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
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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