Hey There, Strawberry! — Monday Montage #192

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 had been a while since I had played with the Sweet Strawberry stamp set, so I grabbed it from my shelf and stamped a couple of those sweet berries. I also stamped the pretty flowering vine on a piece of white card stock, which i had lightly blended some Balmy Blue ink on. I then colored the strawberries and vine with alcohol markers.

I added a strip of dsp from the Pattern Party hostess pack along the edge, and tied on some retired baker’s twine. I could have colored some of the white twine in the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack with a marker, but I like using up some of the retired stuff when I can. Some enamel dots were added as embellishments and the sentiment was added. It is from the April Paper Pumpkin 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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Sharing a Sunshiny Birthday — FMS491

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes from our favorite crafty Coloradan, Kim Singdahlsen. Take a peek at her fun sketch:

Wanting to use a new set I hadn’t inked yet, I reached for the Sharing Sunshine stamp set. I love how this set can be used for suns and moons and has the cutest happy face to decorate them. And since I’m running low on birthday cards, I knew it had the perfect sentiment too.

I started by cutting strips of dsp from the Pattern Party collection, which is a hostess reward set. The dsp is actually a sheet of black and white paper. I used my alcohol markers to color it with Pool Party and colored in some of the circles with Bumblebee and Daffodil Delight markers.

The sun was stamped with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie inks and cut out with different circle dies from the Layering Circles dies. The sentiment was stamped on Bumblebee cardstock and embossed with black embossing powder. I cut it out with my 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 created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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Ice Cream Treat — Monday Montage #191

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.

When my daughter who stayed in Michigan for the summer recently told me she had been craving ice cream, I knew exactly what stamp set to use to make a card to send her a little money to treat herself. Sweet Ice Cream to the rescue!

I used some of the coordinating Ice Cream Corner dsp to punch out the cones and scoops of ice cream, so there really wasn’t much stamping involved with this card. I did stamp the sprinkles and dots with some stamped off inks and a splatter of some white acrylic paint. The sentiment from the set was embossed with white embossing powder.

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!

Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!

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My Baby Is 9

My baby is celebrating her 9th birthday today.  My, where does the time go?  She is having her birthday party next weekend, but we’ll celebrate with her today as a family.  She told me the only thing she wants is a microphone, and if she gets anything else she’d like to exchange it for a microphone.  Her brother and sister are less than excited about the prospect of her having a microphone — they think she’s loud enough without one.  🙂

Here is the birthday card I made for her.

Sparkly 9I think this is a fun mix of colors.  I used Brushed Silver card stock for the embossed frame. I always forget about that stuff, but it is so pretty.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Raspberry Ripple, Crisp Cantaloupe, Bermuda Bay, Brushed Silver card stock, Silver Glimmer paper, Birthday Basics dsp
Embellishments:  Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, Designer Frames embossing folders, Large Scallop edgelit die, Scallop Edge Border punch, In Color Dahlias, Raspberry Ripple 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Essentials Paper-Piercing pack

Tag-a-Bag Halloween Style

I wanted to play along with the Paper Players challenge this week, as I love to make Halloween treats, and my kids love to give and receive them.

I love the Tag-A-Bag gift bags because they make it so easy to make a cute gift in minutes.  I used a glue pad to stamp the splotches from Gorgeous Grunge onto the bag, and then applied some of the black Stampin’ Glitter.  I made a quick tag using some dies, washi tape, and a stamp from Halloween Bash.  And my favorite part is the big chevron bow.

Eat if You Dare Treat SackI put some mini Hershey’s candy bars inside.  I think everyone loves those.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Halloween Bash
Ink:  Old Olive, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Embellishments:  Tag-a-Bag gift bags, Black Stampin’ Glitter, Pumpkin Pie 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Chalk Talk framelits, Labels Collection framelits, Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape, White Baker’s Twine, Halloween Banner Simply Created Kit (button)

 

Farewell to Flower Trim and First Edition DSP

Farewell Flower Trim and First Edition dsp

Two products that I will definitely miss after May 31 are the Flower Trim and the First Edition Specialty dsp.  I love both of these!

Super busy weekend planned.  Wish I could say it was all fun, but my kids have gotten slammed with end of the year school projects.  We also need to do our Spring/Summer planting in the flower bed, and birthday parties to attend for the kids.   Plus, somewhere in there I still have a lot of stamping to do for convention samples.  Glad it’s a long weekend!  And all of these things are truly good things (except for maybe my daughter’s model of the Globe Theater 🙂 ).

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Stamps
:  Sweet Essentials
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Naturals White, First Edition Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  Flower Trim, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels

A Pop of Red

Bold Polka Dot Flower

Not much stamping on this card, but it was fun to make.  I recently got the Natural Composition Specialty dsp (I know — where have I been?!), and have been playing with it a little lately.  On this card, I cut a panel of it and used a sponge dauber and White craft ink to soften the Crumb Cake color a little.  When I was finished sponging, I wiped off the excess ink with a paper towel to reveal the beautiful embossed pattern.  Pretty easy!

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Made for You
Ink:  Real Red, White craft
Paper:  Real Red, Pool Party, So Saffron, Natural Composition Specialty dsp, Polka Dot Parade dsp
Embellishments:  Flower Folds Bigz die, 7/8″ Scallop Circle die, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Sycamore Street Designer Buttons (retired)

 

One for Mom

Yesterday, I had a Father’s Day card.  So I figured, it should be Mom’s turn today, right?  Especially since Mother’s Day is right around the corner.

Bright Mother's Day

To make the flower, I just used circle punches and then cut little notches out of the circles with my paper snips.  Pretty easy!  The fun dsp is from the new Gingham Garden dsp, which will be released with the new catalog on May 31.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Melon Mambo
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Gingham Garden dsp (available May 31)
Embellishments:  1-3/4″, 1-1/4″, and 1″ Circle Punches, Brights Designer buttons, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine

A Manly Ikat Birthday Card

I never have enough guy birthday cards.  So I was inspired to make one today for my stash.

Manly Ikat Birthday

I must confess that I’ve had a hard time using the Parker’s Patterns dsp in the Spring catalog.  I love all of the patterns and colors, but they’re just so bold.  So I decided to let the paper be the star of the card.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Curly Cute
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Parker’s Patterns dsp
Embellishments:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Silver Basics Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Natural 7/16″ Trim Ribbon, Finishing Touches Edgelits