Sweet 16 — Monday Montage #87

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten 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.

Two of my children have milestone birthdays next week.  My oldest will turn 18 on Thursday and my middle child will turn 16 on Tuesday.  It is fun to see them grow and mature, but I wish it didn’t have to happen so quickly.

Since my middle child is a Valentine’s baby, when she was little I always made her birthday party invitations and cards with a heart theme.  As she got older, she asked me to stop — she wasn’t into that and wanted a Star Wars theme or a Dr. Who theme, or a whatever-she-was-interested-in-at-the-time theme instead.  I must say it made me a little sad, but I could understand her desire.  But now that she is turning 16, and she is a sweet 16, I couldn’t resist.  One last time!  It’s just too fitting to make her card with hearts for this milestone occasion.

sweet-16I at least tried to use colors that I know she loves — Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, and Bermuda Bay.  She loves bright, happy colors which suits her personality.

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The “sweet” on the sentiment was stamped by selectively inking up part of a sentiment from the Birthday Banners stamp set.  The stamped hearts are from the Sealed with Love stamp set.  The large heart was cut from the Carried Away dsp with a Sweet & Sassy Framelits die.  The tiny hearts are from a Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

I got my inspiration for this card from the current sketch over at the CAS(E) this Sketch site.  Here’s their sketch for the week:

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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.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Simple I Love You — FMS273

We have another new sketch for you to try over at the Freshly Made Sketches site today.  And this week, our favorite friend from New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch that she has made for us:

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I used this one to make another Valentine’s card.  I love the super simplicity of this sketch, and chose to keep my card just as clean and simple.  I used the Sending Love suite of products.

love-heartsI embossed the hearts with clear embossing powder on Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, and Pink Pirouette card stock, and cut them out with the coordinating die.  Very quick and easy!

I dusted off my sewing machine and added a little crazy stitching around the edges.  It was just so much white space, I felt I had to add something but wanted to keep it clean.

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I love the sentiments that come with this set.  They are just beautiful.  I also finished the inside of the card with this gorgeous sentiment below.

love-hearts-insideI think this card will go to my hubby.  It’s clean and doesn’t have any frills — no ribbon, sequins or bling of any kind.  It does have pink, but I think that’s perfectly acceptable for Valentine’s day.  ha!

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  Meanwhile, be sure you drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site and take a look at what the design team has created.  You’ll be inspired!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Kraft-y Valentine — FMS272

We have another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for you today.  And this week our hostess is Cecile Ribon, our newest team member who inspires us all.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

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I’ve been making a big dent in my Valentine’s Day cards and I’ve been having so much fun with the Sending Love suite.  I love all of the images in this set, but I think my favorites are the arrows.

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This was really a simple card to put together.  Die-cuts, embellishments and ribbon do most of the work.

krafty-valentine-close-upWe hope you’ll play along and make 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 created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Bitty Love Note — FMS271

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Floridian, Cindy Hall, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fabulous, classic sketch that she has for us:

fms-final-271-001I decided to get a jump on Valentine’s Day cards.  That’s always a busy week in our house — two birthdays, kids’ Valentine parties at school, etc…  The Sending Love suite has so many sweet images/dies in it, that it was hard to decide what to include on this card because I wanted to play with them all.  In the end, I chose the adorable little envelope and notecard dies, the arrow die, and the striped heart die.

hello-bitty-love-noteI started with a piece of paper from the Sending Love DSP stack.  After embossing the sentiment with some Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, I added a strip of Silver Foil Sheets and attached them to the card base, tying some of the Real Red Sending Love Ribbon around it.

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We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch this week.  We love to browse the gallery and see what you create.  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to 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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