A Big Love You — Monday Montage #86

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten 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 am still on my Valentine cards kick.  For this card, I made myself step away from the Sending Love suite (but I do have another one coming this week), and decided to just use some die-cuts.  I pulled out the Sunshine Wishes dies and the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies, as well as some Sending Love dsp (so I guess I didn’t totally step away from this suite — baby steps).

gray-heartsI used a Basic Gray card base.  The “you” part of the sentiment was made with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.  This card came together pretty quickly.  The hardest part was deciding which sheets of dsp to use.

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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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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Bitty Love Note — FMS271

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our favorite Floridian, Cindy Hall, is our hostess.  Take a look at this fabulous, classic sketch that she has for us:

fms-final-271-001I decided to get a jump on Valentine’s Day cards.  That’s always a busy week in our house — two birthdays, kids’ Valentine parties at school, etc…  The Sending Love suite has so many sweet images/dies in it, that it was hard to decide what to include on this card because I wanted to play with them all.  In the end, I chose the adorable little envelope and notecard dies, the arrow die, and the striped heart die.

hello-bitty-love-noteI started with a piece of paper from the Sending Love DSP stack.  After embossing the sentiment with some Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, I added a strip of Silver Foil Sheets and attached them to the card base, tying some of the Real Red Sending Love Ribbon around it.

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We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch this week.  We love to browse the gallery and 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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A Tower of Ice Cream — FMS270

It’s time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches already!  And this week our friend in the Rockies, Kim Singdahlsen, is our hostess.  Take a look at this great sketch that she has for us:

fms-final-270-001I was trying to select an image that is tall and skinny, and decided that a tower of ice cream scoops would be perfect.  Guess I have ice cream on the brain as I am trying to be a healthy eater and shed those holiday pounds since the new year started.  I guess if I can’t eat it, I can have fun stamping it.

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The Cool Treats suite was right at the top of my list from the new Occasions catalog.  I love the fun fonts of the sentiments and I love ice cream.  I think this set will be fun for so many occasions.

I chose to make my towering cone with Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, and Watermelon Wonder inks.  The vertical sentiment was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink.

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We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch and post it to the gallery.  We love seeing what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to drop 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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Another Year Full of Adventures — Monday Montage #85

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten 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 I was making birthday cards recently, I was drawn to one of the stamps in the new Balloon Adventures stamp set.  It has a sentiment that I thought was particularly appropriate for the start of the new year.  I fully expect 2017 to be a year full of adventures, especially as our oldest child will be graduating from high school this Spring and leaving for college in the Fall.  No matter how much I try to make time slow down, it just keeps speeding by.

heres-to-another-yearI love balloons for birthdays, and this set has some really fun ones.  And they coordinate with the Balloon Bouquet Punch.  I love that too!

I used a festive color combo of Pacific Point, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, and Cucumber Crush.

heres-to-another-year-close-upI colored in part of the sentiment with my Stampin’ Write Markers.  Easy peasy!  The strips of dsp are from the Party Animal dsp collection and the In Color DSP stack.

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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A Good Egg — FMS269

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  I loved having all of our little chicks at home in the nest, but I must confess that I also felt pretty good dropping them off at school yesterday morning.  It’s good to get back in a routine (and not have to load/unload the dishwasher twice a day).  We’re back with another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend from the snowy Northeast, Linda Callahan, is our hostess.  She has a super versatile sketch for us that I think you’ll love:

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Since today is the first day of Sale-a-Bration (woohoo!!), I thought I should use some Sale-a-Bration products.  I’ve used two stamp sets for this card.  One will be obvious, but you may have to look closely for the second one.  Each Sale-a-Bration set is FREE with any $50 purchase.

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I’m not sure why, but I love the Hey, Chick stamp set.  All of the chickens are adorable and I love the sentiments.  I stamped the images on watercolor paper and colored with an aquapainter.

The other stamp set that I used is another Sale-a-Bration set called Delicate Details.  It has some fun border images, and I love how it is photopolymer and therefore easy to line everything up.  I stamped one of the borders on the strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock with Basic Black ink.

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We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to venture 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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Project Life Joy — FMS268

Here we are with our last sketch for 2016 at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our resident Massachusettsan (yes — that’s really a word — I looked it up), Jen Mitchell, is our hostess with the Christmas spirit.  Her gift — a fabulous sketch that is versatile enough to be used for any season or occasion.

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While I had my Hello December 2016 Project Life collection out, I made another quick card (or 2 or 3).  I kinda felt like this was cheating for a sketch challenge because there is no actual stamping on this card, but time is at a premium this week, so anything quick and easy is good.

joy-for-plI added a piece of dsp from the Warmth & Cheer dsp stack and a bit of baker’s twine and silver metallic thread, as well as some staples.

I love making square cards, but never think to do them.  I’m so glad Jen made one for this sketch.

joy-for-pl-close-upQuick and easy, like this post.  🙂

We hope you’ll join us and make your own card using the sketch and post it to the gallery. You have until January 2 to get it in, as we’re taking a little break for the holidays.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to venture 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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Last Minute Christmas Cards — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

This is the current team’s last hop together, as our term has come to a close.  It has been a fun ride and I have loved getting to know these other ladies.  They are inspiring and they are amazingly talented, and I have been blessed getting to share this journey with them.

Our focus for this hop is on one of three different products.  Since I’m still focused on last minute Christmas cards, I am using the Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Collection to make cards rather than scrapbook pages.  And these are all super quick and easy!

hello-groupIn addition to the Project Life cards, I’ve also used the Fancy Frost dsp.  I love this paper — it dresses up simple cards so easily.

hello-trioI paired these little cards from the Hello December Accessory Pack with some of the Silver 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon and silver metallic thread.  The sentiment is from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and coordinating Christmas Greetings Thinlits dies.

hello-wreathThis card didn’t require any stamping at all.  Some staples and ribbon trim added some fun accents.

hello-deerI embossed the sentiment from Star of Light with silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  A bit of a silver Metallic Foil Doily and silver glitter ribbon peek out from underneath it.

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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While this team won’t be hopping together anymore, there is a new team that’s coming around the corner.  There are some familiar faces and some faces you might not know yet, but they will all wow you with their creations in 2017.  Just in case you want to take a peak at the new team, here is a list of all of the new Artisans with links to their blogs.

Allison Okamitsu – Canada
Aurélie Fabre – France
Cathy Caines – Canada
Dani Dziama – United States
Holly Stene – United States
Jennifer Sootkoos – United States
Jessica Winter – Austria
Katy Harrison – United Kingdom
Kimberly Van Diepen – United States
Louise Sharp – Australia
Maike Ulbrich – Germany
Martha Inchley – Canada
Mercedes Weber – United States
Mindy Bingamon-Backes – United States
Miriam van Eyden – Netherlands
Paula Dobson – New Zealand
Rochelle Blok – Australia
Shannon Lane – Canada
Sylwia Schreck – Germany
Tanya Boser – United States

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