Butterfly Sympathy — FMS301

Well, we’ve officially reached the end of Summer here in the O’Neill household.  We dropped my son off for his first year of college on Sunday and the girls started school this morning.  It has been a whirlwind these past couple of weeks!  But one thing that helps me keep my sanity is making some time to be creative, and making something with a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is a great way to do that.  This week, our wonderfully kind and creative Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch:

I needed to stock up on some sympathy cards and I hadn’t used the Watercolor Wings stamp set in a while, so I decided to go that route.  I love this set and the coordinating dies, and I think they are perfect for almost any kind of card.

I started by sponging the top panel with some Powder Pink and Peekaboo Peach inks.  The butterflies were stamped with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry inks.  Some pretty iridescent sequins and Peekaboo Peach baker’s twine were added as well.

The sentiment from Rose Wonder was embossed with gold embossing powder.

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 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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Hello Butterfly and White Space — FMS194

Are you ready for another great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches?  If you are, you’re going to love what our hostess, Linda Callahan, has for you.  Linda makes me smile with all of her posts — both for her sense of humor and her crafty creativity.

I took some creative liberties with this sketch, and substituted a butterfly for one of the squares.  I am so in love with the Watercolor Wings stamp set and coordinating dies, that I could use this set every day.

Wings and White SpaceI also used a couple of other dies with this card.  The Tags & Labels Framelits dies were used to cut the Cherry on Top dsp, and the Greetings Thinlits were used for the sentiment.

Wings and White Space Close UpWe hope you’ll join us for the challenge this week.  You can venture over to the Freshly Made Sketches site for some inspiration from the design team.  You’ll see lots of different interpretations of the sketch, and I’m sure at least one of them will get your creative juices flowing.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor Wings Thanks — FMS191

Happy Wednesday!  We’re on Summer vacation here, so every Wednesday is happy.  Another reason for a happy Wednesday is that we have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, the oh-so talented Jennifer Timko is our hostess.  And she has a super versatile sketch for us:

I hadn’t cleaned up my desk after making my last card, and I had so much fun using the Watercolor Wings stamp set that I decided to use it again for this card.  I just changed up the color scheme for this one.

Watercolor Wings ThanksI started by putting a few drops of re-inker on an acrylic window sheet.  I then took a wet aquapainter and moved the ink around a little and then spritzed water on it.  Then I took my card stock and smooshed it on the acrylic sheet.  It made a nice messy watercolor look.  After that dried, I stamped some of the So Saffron dots and spritzed some So Saffron ink on the card base.

Watercolor Wings Thanks Close UpI used a color combo of So Saffron, Pool Party, and Smoky Slate.  The “thanks” die was used on a Gold Foil Sheet.  The top layer of the butterfly was made with vellum paper.

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you make.  You can go visit the Freshly Made Sketches site to see how the design team used the sketch for some inspiration.  You’ll see a great variety!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor Wings Hello — Monday Montage #45

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWelcome to another Monday Montage blog hop.  We are a group of ten stampers who share our work every other Monday.  All you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

When a new catalog comes out and I get my first order of new goodies, I usually don’t know what to ink up first.  So after much consideration, I pulled Watercolor Wings off the shelf and started playing.  This set is so fun!  I just love the three-step stamping you can do with this set, and I love that it has coordinating framelits.

Watercolor Wings HelloI used a color scheme of Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Soft Sky, and Tip Top Taupe.  And I added some touches of gold with the Gold Metallic Thread, the Metallic Foil Doilies, and the Gold Foil Sheets.

I used the new Elegant Dots embossing folder on the Soft Sky strip — love this!  The sentiment was made using the Greetings Thinlits.

Watercolor Wings Close UpI am looking forward to playing with this set more and trying out different color combinations and layers.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog for a helping of creative genius.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can venture over to Wendy Weixler’s blog and be inspired with her amazing work.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all ten blogs.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!