Thank You Berry Much — FMS477

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the butterfly-stamping queen and lover of square cards, Jen Mitchell. Of course, Jen makes beautiful cards with whatever stamp set and shape she uses, but I think she makes especially gorgeous cards with butterflies and square cards. Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

When I first saw this sketch, I knew I wanted to use some fun dsp for the background behind the focal square. This paper is from the Sale-a-Bration pack called Berry Delightful. I still had some in my stash, so I thought I’d use it with the Sweet Strawberry stamp set which is still available in the mini catalog.

I cut it into two triangles and placed it on a Basic White card base. I then cut out some of the strawberries and flowers with my paper snips from the pattern on the other side of the dsp and arranged them on a Stitched with Whimsy cut out. Some Misty Moonlight enamel dots were thrown in there as well.

The sentiment is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and was also cut out with paper snips.

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.

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A Touch of Ink Hummingbird — FMS474

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Our hostess this week is the talented and lovely Judy Rozema. Take a look at this fun sketch:

This is the last week of Sale-a-Bration! Since I hadn’t gotten the A Touch of Ink stamp set inky yet, I decided I’d better hurry up and use it. I love hummingbirds and I’m drawn to hummingbird stamps. But when it comes to coloring them, I feel like a failure — a frustrated failure. I think it’s because they are so gorgeous and colorful in real life and it’s hard to capture that with ink and paper.

I stamped and colored this bird several times using different techniques and then just went with watercoloring because it’s the most forgiving. I sponged on a little Rococo Rose ink onto the card base because I have a fear of too much white space. I probably wouldn’t do that again, but after spending so much time coloring different hummingbirds I was out of time and needed to finish up so I didn’t redo that panel. Sometimes, you just have to call it a day and let it go. 🙂

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!

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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

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Simple Sympathy — FMS472

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it comes all the way from Australia. Our hostess, the creator of incredible cards, Narelle Farrugia, has a fun one for us. Take a look:

I needed to make some sympathy cards, which have unfortunately been necessary more than usual so far this year. I thought Narelle’s sketch was perfect to make some quick and easy cards for the occasion.

I thought this sketch was perfect for some pretty designer series paper to shine. I pulled out some from the Flower & Field collection, which is a free Sale-a-Bration offering right now. I love the gorgeous patterns in this paper.

I added a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings, a little ribbon, and a scrap made with an old punch. To tie it all together, I cut out a flower using the Perennial Petals Dies and added a white twine bow.

Easy peasy! It’s the writing of the message inside that is always the hard part for me.

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!

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Sweet Strawberries — FMS471

We have another new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our crazy talented friend from New Zealand, Karren Johnson. Take a look at this fun sketch:

Have you earned all of the Sale-a-Bration offerings you like yet? Time is running out as Sale-a-Bration ends at the end of the month. One of the fun Sale-a-Bration offerings is the Berry Blessings stamp set and coordinating Berry Delightful DSP, which also coordinates with the Sweet Strawberry bundle in the mini catalog. I love how they all mix and match!

For this card I used the Berry Delightful dsp with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle. I started by sponging a circle of Daffodil Delight ink and stamped the sentiment over it. I then used different images from the dsp to decorate the edge of the circle. Another piece of dsp was added to the card base. I love this pretty blue plaid!

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.

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Pierced Blooms Happy Mail — FMS470

We’re back with another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the extraordinarily talented Canadian stamper, Jen Brum. Take a look at this fun sketch:

I thought it was only fitting that I should pull out the Pierced Blooms dies for this challenge since Jen had made a couple of cards using the dies earlier this month and made me want them with her cute cards. We joke on the FMS team that we are a team of enablers, and this is just one of the many instances where that is true.

I paired the cute die-cut flowers and leaves with the fun sentiment from the Pretty Perennials stamp set and the pretty ombre paper, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering.

I want to thank y’all for your words of encouragement after my post last week describing our recent tough times. Some good news — my husband is out of quarantine and is feeling much better. He lived upstairs for 13 days and I left him trays of food , clean clothes, etc… without really seeing him. We facetimed each night to catch up about what was going on. He didn’t lose his sense of taste nor smell, but he did lose his appetite. He lost 15 pounds while in quarantine! I really did leave him trays of food three times a day, plus snacks! I swear this would only happen to a man! 🙂

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!

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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

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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