Grateful for Family — Monday Montage #149

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.

Not having water colored in a long time, I decided it would be fun to pull out my brushes and color the large leaf in the Gather Together stamp set.  Since I haven’t been stamping much lately, I went with a favorite layout to make things easy.

I used Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody inks to color the leaf.  I started by embossing the leaf first by stamping Versamark ink on my stamp and then stamping Early Espresso ink over it before applying clear embossing powder to the stamped image and heat setting it.

Keeping it super simple I added a little linen thread as an embellishment.  The sentiment is from the stamp set included with the August Paper Pumpkin kit.

The Paper Players is having a Theme Challenge this week, and it helped me in choosing my sentiment for this card.

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 — not participating this week
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Copper Tipped Leaves — FMS405

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week our hostess is our talented friend, Judy Rozema.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

While I still had my Gather Together bundle out on my desk, I decided to make another card with it.  I thought the three leaves in the die set would work well for the three squares in the sketch.

I die cut the leaves from Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze card stock.  I then lightly rubbed parts of the leaves with some Versamark ink and then sprinkled on some Copper embossing powder.  The leaves were placed on a sheet from the same suite and some sequins were scattered as embellishments.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  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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Gather Thanks — FMS404

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week it is my pleasure to serve as the hostess.

Fall is such a short season where I live.  Summer is LONG…  So even though it doesn’t feel like Fall here yet, I want to play with my Fall stamps.  I love Fall and all of the Fall products, so I guess I just need to light a pumpkin scented candle and turn the A/C down to make it even cooler in the house and maybe I can fool myself into feeling like it’s Fall.  😉

I started by die-cutting some leaves using the Gathered Leaves dies.  I took a tip from the Holiday catalog and spritzed my card stock with water before die-cutting the leaves.  I think it added a little depth and a little color variation.  I stamped the pumpkin from Gather Together with Cajun Craze ink and then colored it in with my alcohol markers.

The paper is from the Come to Gather dsp pack.  The card stock is Very Vanilla.

 

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 see what the design team has created for your inspiration at the Freshly Made Sketches site.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Three Little Birds — FMS402

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our ink-blending and coloring pro, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

Since it is still hot as blazes here in Texas, I just can’t even look at my pretty Fall and Christmas stamps yet.  When I saw the circles in this sketch, I thought of those sweet little birds in the Bird Ballad Suite.  I got out my paper snips and cut some of them out.

I started out by sponging some Pool Party ink onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I then cut a strip of the pretty pink polka dot paper from the same dsp pack and mounted it on another piece of whisper white card stock that I had cut out using a scalloped die from the Stitched Be Mine dies collection.

I added a little baker’s twine and a few sequins, and called it a day.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  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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Dino Fun — Monday Montage #147

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 made a care package to send to my son in college last week and needed a card to include in his box.  I struggle with making masculine cards.  He’s not an outdoorsy kind of guy, so those types of cards are out.  He’s not a mechanical kind of guy, so those cards are out.  He’s not really into sports, so those cards are out.  But when he was little, he was really into dinosaurs.  He knew all of the names of dinosaurs that I had a hard time trying to pronounce.  And he could tell you all about them.  So I decided that while he may have outgrown plastic dinosaur toys, he might still appreciate a dinosaur themed card.  And this set is so fun to play with!  I thoroughly enjoyed creating a little scene.

I started this one by sponging on some Sahara sand ink along the bottom third of the card and some Balmy Blue ink along the upper portion of the card.  I then stamped the dinosaur, tree, and sentiment.  I didn’t add any embellishments even though I really wanted to.

Super simple and super fun to make as there was a lot of stamping.  I had forgotten how fun it is to make a card with just ink and paper, as I love using my Big Shot and tend to use it with every card.  It was nice to go back to the basics.

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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A Taste of Fall Pumpkin — FMS401

We had so much fun celebrating our 400th sketch at Freshly Made Sketches last month, and now it’s time to move along towards the next milestone.  And Cecile Ribon, our French stamper who is the queen of die-cutting, is our hostess this week.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

I had the latest Paper Pumpkin kit sitting on my desk, and when I looked at the contents, I thought they were made for this sketch.  This card came together in no time!

I started by stamping and embossing the circle image from Swirly Frames with clear embossing powder onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  It’s very subtle and you have to look closely to see it.  All of the remaining elements came directly from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  The vellum die-cuts are so petty.

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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FMS Anniversary Celebration (You Don’t Want to Miss This) — FMS#400

We have been celebrating the Sketch #400 milestone at Freshly Made Sketches all month, and now we finally present sketch #400.  Take a look:

And to further celebrate this milestone, we have prizes!!  Several stamping companies have offered to donate prizes for this celebration, and you can see the list here:

 

I flew to Michigan this past weekend to move my Freshman daughter into her new dorm room.  Everything went well except for one mishap.  Since we decided to fly in rather than drive from Texas, we placed online orders at Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond for those items that we couldn’t fit in the suitcases.  After picking these items up in our rental car, we put them in those large blue Ikea bags to make it easier to carry them up to her dorm room.  Somehow a bottle of OxiClean spray came unscrewed and spilled all over everything in the Ikea bag.  We didn’t notice it until we had set the bag on the floor in her room.  When we unzipped the bag and pulled out the first item, we saw the mess, but not before it had soaked through the bag onto the floor.  What a mess!  We salvaged what items we could and then had to mop the floor, which was now super slippery and soapy.  She now has the cleanest floor in all of the Michigan dorms!

I hadn’t played with the Over the Moon stamp set in a while, and I needed to make something that would make me smile.  Dropping my second one off for college was just as hard as letting the first one go.  It seems so quiet at home now.  But she’s excited to be there and was already making friends when I left.  She’ll do great!

I colored the cow with my markers and used a piece of retired gingham paper.  I really need to order some more new dsp.  I just have so much retired paper that I haven’t used.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you make and the prize winners will be chosen randomly from the Freshly Made Sketches gallery.  See the Freshly Made Sketches site for the details and rules, and while you’re there take a look at what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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