Farewell to Crafting Forever — FMS437

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from France.  Cecile Ribon, who is our resident master of die-cuts, has a great one for us.  Take a look:

Were you wondering about the alarming title to this blog post?  I’m still trying to use some of the retiring stamp sets before they are gone next week for good.  One I haven’t used in a long time is the Crafting Forever stamp set.  I loved this set when it came out and I remember using it a lot as I made display board samples with it.  My favorite image in the set is the pens.  I have used these pens for lots of different types of cards, but I needed to make a graduation card and I thought it would work for that too.

I started by stamping the pens and coloring them with markers before cutting them out with my paper snips.  I then adhered them to the card base with the small dimensionals.

The sentiment is from another retiring stamp set, Seriously the Best.  This is a set that I will really miss.  I love the big, bold sentiments.

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.  They have some fabulous interpretations of the sketch this week!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Seriously Hello Friend — Monday Montage #163

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’s that time of year where we have to say goodbye to some stamp sets that we love and will miss to make room for some new friends.  One of the sets that will be retiring in just one short month is the Seriously the Best stamp set.  I feel like I barely got to play with this one.  Since it has a sentiment that I think is perfect for these days, I decided to ink it up.  And I used one of the in-colors, Lovely Lipstick, that will also be retiring.

I started by stamping the sentiment with Lovely Lipstick ink and cutting it out with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I then cut out the smaller sentiment, stamped with Pear Pizzazz ink, with my paper snips and glued it on the focal panel.  Before adhering the focal panel with dimensionals, I stamped some leaves and little flowers using the same ink colors and added some splatters.

I liked the fresh, clean look so I decided not to add any embellishments other than the white baker’s twine bow, which required a lot of restraint.

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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