A Beachy Pumpkin — Monday Montage #145

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.

This has been a busy Summer!  With all three kids at home this Summer, it seems like there is something going on every single day.  It has left me very little time for crafting.  Not complaining though — I love having everyone home!  I just haven’t figured out how to balance it all.  I’ve had the June Paper Pumpkin kit sitting on my desk for a few weeks now, and with the Texas Summer temperatures at 100-plus degrees, this kit has been calling my name.  My, how I wish we had a beach close by!

I started this one by watercoloring on a piece of watercolor card stock.  Watercoloring is so fun, and it’s so forgiving — especially for people like me who don’t really know what they’re doing.  🙂

The trees, starfish, and sand dollar are from the kit.  As are the sentiment and linen thread.

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 — not participating this time
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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To a Wild Rose Anniversary Month — FMS400

If you noticed the title of this post, you probably noticed that this is a milestone anniversary at Freshly Made Sketches.  It is our 400th sketch!  I’ve been on this team for a while, and I LOVE the ladies on this team!  It is such a kind and supportive group, and we have been through a lot of life’s ups and downs together.  It’s like another family.  I couldn’t remember exactly how long I had been a part of the team, so when I looked back I was shocked to see that I joined the team with sketch #76.  That was back in March 2013.

Lesley Croghan started this challenge site eight years ago with the idea of creating cards that were clean (but not always simple).  We have a couple of members who have been on the team since the very beginning — Jen Mitchell and Linda Callahan.  To celebrate this 400th milestone, we are shaking things up a little bit.  We are starting out the month by re-using our very first sketch, which also happened to be our 100th sketch when we celebrated that anniversary as well.  We have some more fun surprises as the month continues.

I pulled out the To a Wild Rose stamp set for this one, thinking one of the roses would be good for the heart shape in the sketch.  I played with some dsp squares for the two square elements in the sketch, but I couldn’t get happy with anything.  Then I decided to just stamp two flowers as background for the focal flower.

I started with a base of Seaside Spray, which is one of the new In Colors.  I paired it with a flower made with Grapefruit Grove and Calypso Coral ink.  The vertical strip was die-cut from Vellum card stock using one of the coordinating Wild Rose Dies.  The sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what you make.  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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Balloon Adventures Await — FMS399

We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our friend from way up North, Jen Brum.  She has an aversion to circles, so it should be no surprise to see squares in her sketch.  Take a look:

I hadn’t made a square card in a while, so it was fun to do something different.  I still had the Time for Tags hostess stamp set on my desk from the last card I made, and there is a cute hot air balloon image on one of the tags that I thought would work perfectly with the sketch.

I started by inking some Balmy Blue ink onto a white piece of card stock.  I then applied some embossing paste over a cloud stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks pack.

The balloons were stamped and colored with markers and then I cut them out with my paper snips.

I thought this would be another good card for my daughter who is going off to college next month.

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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Time for a Birthday Tag — Monday Montage #144

 

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’m a sucker for cute images, and one of the hostess sets has some super cute images.  It’s called Time for Tags, and not only are the images cute but it also has a coordinating punch.  That’s a winning combination.

I started by lightly applying some Crushed Curry ink onto a piece of white card stock.  I then added some splatters and let it all dry.  I then stamped the “Celebrate” sentiment from the set with Crushed Curry ink.  A strip of dsp from the Bird Ballad dsp pack was added on top.

The focal image was colored with markers and punched out with the Timeless Label Punch.  A few sequins and some white baker’s twine were added as embellishments.

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 — not participating this time
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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This Much Dino — FMS398

It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from France.  Ooh la la!  Our hostess is Cecile Ribon, who is a master with die-cuts.  Take a look at what she has created for us:

I recently acquired the Dino Days suite of products.  No, I do not have young children anymore and hence no longer play with plastic dinosaurs, but I have an 18 year-old daughter who still loves dinosaurs and these dinos are just plain cute.  I knew I could make some dinosaur cards to mail to her when she goes off to college next month, so I decided to get started.

On a piece of white card stock I applied a light wash of Pool Party ink.  Once that dried, I stamped the background with Old Olive and Pretty Peacock ink.  I also added some splatters.  The dinosaur was die-cut from the coordinating dsp and popped up with dimensionals.

This was a fun card to make!  I guess I still like playing with dinosaurs.

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 and check out what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tropical Chic Trio — FMS397

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our sketch comes all the way from Colorado, which is where I would love to be to escape this Texas heat.  Our hostess is Kim Singdahlsen, and she has a good challenge for us.  Take a look:

This sketch had me stumped for a while.  We’ve been traveling a lot and have had so much going on the past couple of months that I haven’t been stamping very much.  I feel rusty.  I have a few new stamp sets, and I really wanted to use them but I couldn’t figure out how to make them work with this sketch.  So I turned to an old favorite, Tropical Chic.

This was my first time to use the new In Color, Pretty Peacock.  I love it!  I paired it with a mix of greens, oranges and yellows.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to browse the gallery and see all you make.  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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Bovine Cuteness — Monday Montage #143

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.

One of the cutest new sets in the catalog is the Over the Moon stamp set.  All of the images make me smile.

I colored this cute cow with markers.  I layered it up with a sheet of dsp from Bird Ballad dsp and two sheets of card stock.  I added some “cow spots” with a marker on a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock to add some pattern to the 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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