Spreading Some Valentine Love — Monday Montage #183

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.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of the Valentine’s Day love I’m going to share with my family. Included in the care packages I’ll be sending my two college kiddos will be a card and of course some candy.

I love the adorable Snail Mail designer series paper! And when I saw how well it worked with the January Paper Pumpkin kit, I knew I wanted to create a card for my daughter with it. Her favorite color is yellow, so even though it isn’t a traditional color for Valentine’s Day, that is what I went with.

I sponged some Daffodil Delight ink onto the background and then stamped the “xoxo”s with the same ink color. That stamp is from the Paper Pumpkin kit, as is the sentiment. I cut out the heart, envelopes and snail from the Snail Mail dsp. And then I added some googly eyes to the snail for fun. Three little Resin Hearts Embellishments were added to give it some more pops of red and strengthen the Valentine’s theme.

The Paper Players has a fun theme challenge this week. I thought this card would fit in with the hearts part of the theme.

I have one kid who loves peanut M&Ms. I put some of them in a pillow box, which is now retired, but I still had a few on hand. Using the Always dies, I decorated a Cherry Cobbler heart to attach to the pillow box. The ribbon is from the January Paper Pumpkin kit, and I attached a little heart charm to it.

Another kid loves jelly beans, so I found some heart shaped jellies and put them in one of the Love You Always Treat Boxes. I wrapped one of the Flower & Field dsp sheets around it that I thought looked the most Valentine-y. This dsp is one of the current Sale-a-Bration offerings and is so pretty!

Here’s another treat box decorated with a different sheet of this dsp and uses the Heartfelt 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

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Sweet Little Valentine — FMS468

Another week has flown by and it’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Linda Callahan, our favorite up-state New Yorker who is a talented stamped with some super cute grandchildren. Take a look at this fun sketch:

Continuing with my theme of Valentine’s Day cards, I pulled out the Sweet Little Valentines Cards & More pack. This is such a great deal! You get the ingredients to make 10 note-card sized Valentines and the coordinating envelopes all for just $10. I love the colors and the cute little scalloped layers!

I didn’t do anything to the focal panel but add some twine and a Heart Charm. The striped layer is from one of the note cards in the pack, which I cut down to work with this sketch. The Petal Pink card base was not included in the pack and is a standard 5-1/2″ by 4-1/4″.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch! We love seeing 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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Valentine Donkey — Monday Montage #181

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’m going to try to get ahead on the Valentine’s cards and gifts this year. I can never do it with Christmas, but maybe Valentine’s Day will go better for me. It’s good to have goals, right?

While the Darling Donkeys Sale-a-Bration set is not a Valentine’s Day set, I thought that one of the stamps could be used for a Valentine’s Day card. The donkeys in this set are really cute! That is something I never thought I would hear myself say.

I colored this donkey with alcohol markers and placed him on a piece of dsp from the Snail Mail dsp collection. The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set. I added one of the cute little Resin Hearts Embellishments on the sentiment strip.

A silver Heart Charm was tied to the big red bow. I don’t know why, but I thought this donkey would like a big red bow.

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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Heartfelt Valentine — FMS467

Well it’s a new year and we’re back with a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches. This week our hostess is CAS card maker extraordinaire, Jen Mitchell. Take a look at this fun sketch:

I hadn’t made a slim line card in a long time, so I was excited to see this sketch. My card base is 8-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. I thought I’d make a Valentine’s card and since I don’t have any of the new mini catalog products yet, I pulled out an older set that’s in the annual catalog, Heartfelt.

I started by stamping the arrows in different colors of ink and punched out the large heart from a piece of dsp from the Playing with Patterns collection. The smaller hearts were stamped and embossed with an image from the Heartfelt stamp set.

The sentiment was die-cut using a die from the Word Wishes collection. And the word stamps are from the Well Said stamp set.

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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Heart to Heart Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here’s one last card I’ll share for the occasion.

This one uses the sweet Hear to Heart stamp set.  It has a sentiment for today’s holiday, but it has others that are perfect for weddings or just to send love to someone.

I stamped the three images randomly on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Flirty Flamingo and Real Red ink for the flowers, and Old Olive ink for the leaves.

The paper is from the From My Heart Specialty DSP collection, and the pretty little border is from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies collection.  It adds a pretty feminine touch against the striped paper.  I added some black and white baker’s twine, which is retired but I hope I never run out of it (I stocked up on it when I found out it was being retired).  I also used some of the Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots, which were offered in the Holiday catalog but have been carried over and are still available.

I hope you are able to spend this Valentine’s Day with those you love!  Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tiny Little Heartfelt Valentine — FMS420

It’s time for our last sketch for the month of January at Freshly Made Sketches.  Yes, we’ve almost completed the first month of the year and February is just around the corner.  Our hostess this week is the talented and lovely Jennifer Timko, and she has a fun one for us.  Take a look:

I decided I’d better get busy with making some Valentines since it is getting close to that time.  I love the whole From My Heart suite in the mini catalog, and decided to go the easy route with some little Valentine cards to stick in gifts for that day.

This is a little 3″ x 3″ card.  I started by stamping and embossing the arrow.  I then used the two coordinating heart punches in the Heart Punch Pack to punch out the scalloped heart on the bottom layer and the pretty patterned heart on the top layer from two sheets of the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper.  These papers have pretty foil accents in pink and red.

The sentiment is from another stamp set called Flourishing Phrases.  I added a little bow made with white twine and called it a day.

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 for some inspiration from the design team.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Lacy Floral Valentine — FMS375

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes from France and our sweet friend, Cecile Ribon, has a fun one for us.  Take a look:

I had one more Valentine that I needed to make, and this sketch was my starting point.  I just substituted hearts for the triangle shapes in the sketch.

I started by cutting out some hearts from the pretty All My Love dsp collection using dies from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies.  I then cut out some greenery using Soft Sea Foam card stock and the Foliage Frame Framelits dies.  A little bit of ribbon and a fun mulit-hearts die using some Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets were also added as accents.  The gorgeous Lace embossing folder was used for the card base.  I love the beautiful detail on this.  The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

 

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to browse the gallery and look at all of the creations.  Meanwhile, be sure to check out the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

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I Love our Life Together — FMS369

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope your Christmas was full of joy and that you are having a great start to 2019.  I have a couple more days here with my college student before he heads back to school.  It’s so nice having the family all together.  The days pass way too quickly though.

We’re back with our first sketch for the year, and this week it is my pleasure to be the hostess at Freshly Made Sketches.  I have a sketch that I think will be quite versatile and I hope you’ll play along with us.  Here’s a look at the sketch:

I have a box of goodies from the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration, which starts tomorrow, that I’ve been dying to tear into but have been too preoccupied with the holidays.  I thought the circle image in the sketch would be perfect for one of the new heart dies in the Occasions catalog so that is the direction I took.

I love this particular heart die because the detail is gorgeous.  I used it with some retired red glimmer paper and paired it with Powder Pink card stock and a piece of Tropical Escape dsp.  The dsp was cut using a new stitched rectangle die, which is another new offering in the Occasions catalog.

The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set, Meant to Be.

We hope you’ll join us and create 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 has created for your inspiration.  We are excited to have three new designers on the team, and I’m sure you’ll love what they’ve made.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Punny Knight Joke

Still making Valentine’s Day cards here.  I wanted to make a couple that my girls could send to my son, who is away at college.  It’s going to be strange not having him at home next week.  Both he and my older daughter have birthdays next week.  Her’s is on Valentine’s Day and his is two days later.  That has always been such a busy week in our house with fun celebrations.My older daughter loves punny jokes.  So I knew her Valentine for her brother needed to include one.  I used the Myths & Magic suite to create this card.  I colored the little knight with the Stampin’ Blends markers.  The background was made by inking up an acetate sheet, spritzing it with water, and then pressing it onto the card base.

I printed out the joke by using my laptop and printer.  In case you want to hear the rest of the bad joke, here it is.

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Valentine Treats — Monday Montage #109

Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of nine 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 have been busy making Valentine treats lately.  With two girls in school, there are lots of treats to prepare as they love giving them to friends and teachers.  And I think hand-crafted treats are extra special and stand out amongst all of the other treats.

I found some Mega M&M’s that are like conversational hearts with little Valentine messages (be mine, you’re cute, etc…) at the store and thought they’d be perfect for these 1″ x 8″ cellophane bags that I had leftover from a previous catalog.

Since I knew the kids wouldn’t spend a lot of time examining the packaging, I kept them pretty simple.  Plus, I needed to make a lot of them.  I stamped the cute striped hearts from the Heart Happiness set and the sentiment from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.  A gold Metallic Enamel Shape was added as well.

A Gold Binder clip, some ribbon and gold sequin trim were added to dress them up a little.

I put some Peanut M&M’s in some Clear Tiny Treat Boxes, and added some Glimmer Paper and ribbon to help decorate these little treats.

The heart is from the Heart Happiness set and the sentiment is from the Bloomin’ Love set.

This is a quick card I pulled together using the Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes.  I love the cute size of this.  I stamped the hearts from the Heart Happiness set and the “you” comes from a Paper Pumpkin kit.  The washi tape is from the Pick a Pattern collection.  Some gold sequins were added, as were some black rhinestones which I had leftover from the Holiday catalog.

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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