Season of Wheat — Monday Montage #122

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’ve been playing around with the Blended Seasons bundle some more.  I love how fun it is to color the images, whether it’s using the watercolor pencils, the Stampin’ Blends, a blender pen and ink pads, or an aquapainter.  Coloring therapy is so relaxing and fun!

I hadn’t used the wheat image yet, so that was what I pulled out today.  My grandparents were farmers in Kansas, and I have fond memories of spending summers with them and “helping” with the wheat harvest.  My grandfather would operate the combine and I would ride with my grandmother in the truck as we delivered the wheat to the elevator.  Those were long, hot and dirty days, but this city girl thought it was so fun to spend time on the farm.

I used Stampin’ Blends markers to color the image.  A blend of Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie were used, as well as Old Olive for the leaves  and Crumb Cake for the stems.

A simple watercolor wash using Pool Party and a stamp from Artisan Textures were used to make the background.

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

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Season of Leaves — FMS349

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend who lives half-way around the world in New Zealand, Karren Johnson, is our hostess.  She has a simple and classic sketch for us this week.  Take a look:

 

With the girls headed back to school next week, I feel like Fall should be right around the corner.  That’s not quite true here in Texas, as we’re still a good 2-3 months away from that, but I can pretend as I stamp that Fall is almost here.

I love the die-cut leaves that are included in the Stitched Seasons Framelits dies, so I cut several out in different Fall colors and Gold Glimmer Paper.

I stamped part of the sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  The remainder of the sentiment was stamped with Merry Merlot ink.  It’s so easy to do this and get perfect placement with the Stamparatus.

This bundle is only available this month while supplies last, so if you like it, don’t wait too long to get it.

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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tropical Chic Squared — FMS348

August has arrived, and it has hit me that Summer is almost over in our household.  The girls go back to school in less than two weeks now, and my oldest goes back to his university in just a little over two weeks.  And I was just getting used to our Summer routine!  Well, time flies in the stamping world too.  It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our talented Canadian friend, Jen Brum, is our hostess.  She has a fun sketch for us.  Take a look:

I still had the Tropical Escape suite of products out on my desk from my last card, and while I was putting it away I thought that one of the dies would work with the sketch.  However it is ONE large square die, while the sketch has four.  But the one square has four leaves in it, so I thought I could take some creative liberties with the sketch.

I started by running five pieces of card stock through the Big Shot — one each of Shaded Spruce, Pineapple Punch, Lemon Lime Twist, Mango Melody, and Whisper White.  I then cut out the individual leaves with my paper snips and glued them onto the white die-cut.

A piece of Whisper White was embossed with the Subtle embossing folder (love that thing!) to add a linen-like look.  The sentiment was stamped with Shaded Spruce ink, which I had never used before and I have to say I really like this color.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see your work 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!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tropical Birthday — Monday Montage #121

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 set out to make a masculine birthday card with products from the Tropical Escape suite, but I couldn’t quite keep on track.  My first misstep was the dsp.  I just really wanted to use a pink pattern because I wanted a contrast with the green leaves.    Then when I had it all together, I couldn’t resist adding a flower.  While the end result isn’t overly feminine, it didn’t quite meet my goal of masculine either.  Oh, well!  It gave me an excuse to stay in my craft room a little longer to make another 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
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Kaitlyn Zumbach
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Accented Thanks — FMS347

Are you ready for another new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches?  Well, ready or not, we have one for you.  And this week our hostess extraordinaire is our favorite Rocky Mountain resident, Kim Singdahlsen.  And she has a super versatile sketch for us.  Take a look:

I recently acquired a new stamp set, Accented Blooms, and I really wanted to use it.  I could kinda-sorta see how it could work with the sketch, so I decided to use it.  I think I stretched the sketch a little bit, but hopefully you can see the sketch in my card.

I started by sponging on a little Daffodil Delight ink onto my base layer.  On a sheet of Thick Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the focal image and colored it with Stampin’ Blends markers.  I then cut it out with my paper snips.  The sentiment was stamped with Calypso Coral ink, cut out, and placed on top of the floral image with a stampin’ dimensional.

I added some Gold Metallic Thread and Metallic Pearls as embellishments.

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 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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Cups of Happiness — FMS346

It’s Summertime and the days may be longer, but they sure do fly by!  We have another new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week, the ever-clever and oh-so-talented Linda Callahan, has a fun sketch for us.  Take a look:

I have been drawn to the Tea Room suite lately.  In fact, this was the first suite to go on my wish list when I first saw the new catalog.  And I don’t even drink tea.  And I can’t stand coffee.  I know…  I know…  Most of you can’t understand that and probably think there’s something wrong with me.  ha!

I thought the cute little teacups would work perfectly for the circle elements of the sketch, so that’s where I started.  I stamped them on watercolor paper and colored them with an aquapainter and ink pads.  I used a color scheme of Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight/Crushed Curry, and Coastal Cabana.

The cups were cut out with the coordinating framelits.  I love how the tea cup framelit cuts out the handle as well.

I embossed the background with the new Subtle embossing folder.  I love the bit of linen-like texture this adds.

The little flourish was stamped under the sentiment and embossed with copper embossing powder.  A strip of Tea Room dsp was added along the side, and some pearls were added as embellishments.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see your work as we browse the gallery and visit your blog.  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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Blended Seasons Sneak Peek — Monday Montage #120

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.

There is a new bundle that will be coming out soon (August 1) called Blended Seasons.  It is a stamp set that has images from all four seasons and coordinating framelits, including some new stitched label-style framelits.  I couldn’t wait to play with it, so here is the first card I made with the bundle.

I started out by adhering one of the patterns from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Papers.  I love the detail on these sheets, and they make easy work out of creating a pretty background.

I stamped the floral image from Blended Seasons onto some thick Whisper White card stock and colored it with watercolor pencils.  As part of this promotion, there will also be a new collection of watercolor pencils available!  I used a blender pen to blend the colors, and then cut out the flowers.

Some Share What You Love Artisan Pearls and Linen Thread 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
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Kaitlyn Zumbach
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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