Flourishing Sympathy — Monday Montage #112

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 needed another sympathy card, and decided to use an old favorite, Flourishing Phrases.  I die-cut some of the foliage elements from Old Olive and Lemon Lime Twist.  The sentiment was embossed on a piece of Petal Garden dsp, cut with a Stitched Shapes framelits die, and embellished with some flowers from the Touches of Nature Elements.

The card base was stenciled using a Pattern Party Decorative Mask and was splattered with some ink.  A strip of burlap ribbon was added to coordinate with the wood elements.

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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Amazing Lilacs — FMS328

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week, and our favorite Up-State New Yorker, Linda Callahan, is our hostess this week.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

While our hostess, Linda, may be buried in snow from another Nor’Easter, it’s beginning to feel like Spring here in Texas.  The grass is starting to green, the Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom, and the tulips are showing off their beautiful colors.  The pollen counts are also starting to soar, but we’ll just focus on the pretty stuff.

All of this Springtime activity made me want to create something with flowers.  As I still have some of the Lots of Happy card kit pieces available, I decided to use that with today’s sketch.

I colored the die-cut flowers with watercolor pencils, using a blender pen to blend the colors.  I cut out a square frame from Gold Glimmer Paper using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.  Some gold thread was looped underneath the flowers.

The sentiment die-cut is from the Celebrate You Thinlits dies.  I originally cut the sentiment out three times using Basic Black card stock and layered the three die-cuts on top of each other.  However, when I placed it on the finished card, I thought it needed a bit more contrast.  So I cut out the sentiment one more time using Gold Foil Paper.  When I placed it on top, I intentionally let  a little bit of the black show underneath.  It adds a bit of a neat shadow effect.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create as we browse the gallery.  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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Lots of Feminine Happy — FMS327

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Massachusetts resident, Jen Mitchell, is our hostess.  She has a sketch that I love, which is easy to use and is very versatile.  Take a look:

I wanted to use some more of the Lots of Happy Card Kit, so I pulled out some pieces from it to get started.  I think these pieces are so pretty and feminine, so I decided to embrace that and made a very feminine card.  I colored the pieces with watercolor pencils and used a blender pen as well.

 

The Powder Pink card base (this is such a pretty shade of pink!) was stenciled on the bottom portion with some embossing paste and a stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  I added a little strip of gold foil paper to further distinguish the two layers on the card base.

Some other little gold touches were added and this card came together pretty quickly.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you create as we browse the gallery.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has made for your inspiration.

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Thinking of You on the Waterfront — Monday Montage #111

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.

Recently, my husband needed a sympathy card for a friend from his Bible study.  I wanted to make something more on the masculine side, yet still have a card that would convey caring and peace.  Having played with the Waterfront stamp set not long ago, I knew it would be perfect.

This stamp set is so fun to work with because it is so versatile.  And it is so forgiving.  By adding layers of stamped images, it doesn’t matter if you don’t place something exactly as intended.  Nothing has to line up exactly right.

The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

Since I wanted to keep it a manly card, I added some Wood Textures dsp on the card base and added a little line thread as the only embellishment.  This one was an easy one to make.

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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Coloring Therapy — FMS326

We have a new sketch for you over at the Freshly Made Sketches site today.  And this week, our friend who is supremely talented at clean cards and coloring, Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fab sketch:

 

I was in need of some coloring therapy lately (I think it was the eight day stretch of seemingly non-stop rain and zero sunshine that did it), so I pulled out my Petal Passion dsp and chose a sheet that had a big pattern to color.  This sketch is perfect for a large image.

I used my Stampin’ Blends markers for this one.  This dsp is perfect for those like me who are never sure where to add shading, as the images have shading drawn for you — all you have to do is color over it.

The sentiment comes from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit, and the scalloped edge was made using the Decorative Ribbon Punch.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We always love looking through the gallery and visiting your blogs.  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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Bloom for You — FMS325

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it’s my turn to provide the sketch.  I’ve used some shapes in this sketch (a star and a circle), but of course you can use any shape you prefer.

I’ve had the itch to color with the Stampin’ Blends markers lately, so I pulled out a stamp set that hasn’t seen ink in a while but I thought would be perfect for coloring.

This flower from Birthday Blooms is such a fun flower to color.  I fussy-cut it and placed it on half of a doily.  The striped dsp is from the Petal Passion collection.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone does with the sketch.  Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.  I love all of their different interpretations of this sketch.

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Bubbly Thanks — Monday Montage #110

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.

One of the cutest suites in the Occasions catalog has to be the Bubble Over suite.  And with the free dsp offered through the Sale-a-Bration offering, it was a must-have for me.  While it was one of the first things on my initial order, the bottles in this set had yet to see ink until this past week.  Once I finally started playing with it, I had so much fun with it.

I started by sponging on some Pool Party ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped the bubbles, some using the stamped-off technique.  A couple of strips of dsp were added to ground the bottles.

For the bottles, I sponged on some ink directly to the stamps.  This provided a softer image.  Some Glitter Epoxy Shapes were added to resemble the perspiration on the bottles.  The star label on the Calypso Coral bottle was punched from the dsp, and the straws were die-cut from vellum cardstock and the bottle caps from a Silver Foil sheet.

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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