Biggest Birthday Wish — Monday Montage #193

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 needed to make a masculine birthday card and found myself lacking in masculine stamps. Hmmm… My default for that is usually stars. So I pulled out the Stitched Stars Dies, a stamp set with a big birthday greeting, and some fun striped dsp. I knew it would be easy from there!

I started with some of the fun Pattern Party dsp. The sentiment was stamped and cut out with a die from the Tasteful Labels dies collection. I then cut out some stars using a die from the Stitched Stars dies and scattered then around the sentiment panel. Some Matte Black Dots and some Opal Rounds were added as embellishments, as was some black baker’s twine looped underneath the sentiment panel.

This was a quick and easy 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
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Loved, Today & Always — FMS493

We are cruising our way into July, and we have a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. Our hostess this week is Karren Johnson, our resident queen of coloring, , blending, and making all things gorgeous. Take a look at her fun sketch:

When I first sat down with this sketch, I knew I wanted to use the flowers in the Flowers of Friendship stamp set. So before coloring them, I picked out some dsp from the Pattern Party collection so I could decide on a color scheme.

These flowers were easy to put together thanks to the coordinating punch that works with both blooms and leaves.

The sentiment is from the Through It Together stamp set.

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.

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Peach Blossom Birthday — FMS492

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from France. Cecile Ribon, the queen of using die-cut images to make gorgeous clean cards, has a fun sketch for us. Take a look:

I thought this sketch would be perfect to use a die-cut flower (especially in honor of our hostess, Cecile) and some pretty dsp. So the You’re a Peach suite was an easy choice for me.

I started this card by stamping the leaves and using one of the coordinating dies to cut them out. I then used my paper snips to cut out the flowers from a piece of the coordinating dsp.

I used two different patterns of the dsp for the card base and focal panel. I love the pretty colors in this suite! Some Pale Papaya Open Weave Ribbon was added beneath the focal panel.

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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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

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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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Hand-Penned Birthday — FMS490

It’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our lovely Canadian friend, Jen Brum. Take a look at her fun sketch:

I needed to make a birthday card for my sweet mom and since she loves flowers, I decided to use a floral set. Hand-Penned Petals bundle to the rescue!

The flowers were colored with alcohol markers and cut out using the coordinating dies. I added a strip of coordinating dsp and cut a piece of Mint Macaron card stock using a scalloped die in the Hand-Penned bundle. Some fun little glittery gems were added as embellishments.

The sentiment is from the Sweet as a Peach stamp set.

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.

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Stellar Astronaut — FMS489

We’re back with another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our lovely New Yorker friend, Linda Callahan. Take a look at this fun sketch:

Normally I might think this is a challenging sketch. What to do with those little circles? But I recently acquired a new stamp set, Stellar Birthday, that I knew my older two kids would love as they are big space nerds. And this set has little planets that I thought would be perfect for the little circles. This card is for my daughter, who would love to go on a mission to Mars. In fact, that is what she wrote her college application essay about. Not me — I think I’ll keep my feet firmly on Earth.

I started this out by stamping the images, coloring them with alcohol markers, and then cutting them out with my paper snips. I arranged them on a piece of Ombre Specialty Paper which is sparkly and oh-so-pretty and was cut using a die from the Scalloped Contours Dies collection.

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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You Are Loved — FMS488

We’re back with another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the incredible Jen Mitchell. Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I needed to make something really quick as I haven’t had much stamping time lately, and I wanted to use a new set that I hadn’t used yet called In Symmetry. I probably would have skipped right over this stamp set, but when I saw the coordinating dsp which I fell in love with at first sight, the stamp set ended up in my cart too.

Since the dsp is so fabulous, I wanted to make it the star of the show. This is a color palette I adore! I used the dsp as the card base. I then stamped the images in coordinating colors and cut them out with my paper snips.

The sentiment is from a sentiment set called Through it Together. It has lots of uplifting sentiments. I stamped it and embossed it with white embossing powder.

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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Just Peachy — FMS487

As we speed along to Summer, it’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. And this week our hostess is the incredible Jennifer Timko, who has a fun slimline card sketch for us:

The sky is the limit with this sketch! The hardest part about it is deciding on a set to use. One of my favorite new suites in the new catalog is the You’re a Peach suite. I love the stamps, the sentiments and the gorgeous dsp which has beautiful colors. Since I hadn’t used it yet, I decided to make a card with it with this sketch.

I started by inking the peaches stamps with Pale Papaya ink and sponging on a little Calypso Coral ink on some of the edges before stamping. I cut out all of the stamped images with the coordinating die cuts. I added some tiny die-cut flowers and some Loose Flower Flourishes as embellishments around the sentiment.

I blended a little Balmy Blue ink on the focal piece of white card stock before adhering the stamped images. The focal panel was then layered on a piece of the coordinating dsp.

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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