Pumpkin Rainboots — FMS429

It’s time for a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is the very talented Judy Rozema, and she has a fun sketch for us.  Take a look:

I hadn’t made a square card in a while, so this was a fun one for me.  I had the newest Paper Pumpkin kit on my desk and it is one of my all-time favorites.  I love the beautiful elements in this kit, and the card bases are little watercolored works of art (I didn’t use the card bases on this card since they aren’t square).

I started out by die-cutting three stitched circles.  I layered those on the card base, which includes a piece of Pleased as Punch dsp.  The flowers and cute boots came with the kit, so all I had to do was punch them out and adhere them with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from one of the stamp sets that came with the kit, and was stamped with Basic Gray ink.

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 created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Perfectly Framed Together — Monday Montage #161

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 was so excited to see that the Ornate Frames Dies were carried over from the Holiday catalog.  And I was just as excited to see that there is a new stamp set that coordinates with these dies, Perfectly Framed, which has some fabulous sentiments.  One of the sentiments in particular stood out to me as I was contemplating what I wanted to stamp today.  It seemed to be appropriate for these times we are experiencing.

I started by stamping some of the greenery and flowers with Pear Pizzazz and Poppy Parade inks.  I stamped off once onto scratch paper before stamping on the card base to achieve a softer look.

I love the detail on the gorgeous frames in this die set.  I popped up the two layers with dimensionals and added some retired baker’s twine as an embellishment.

I was inspired by the current tic-tac-toe challenge over at The Paper Players, and went with the diagonal score of ribbon, spring, and flowers.

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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Seriously the Best Little Ladybug — FMS428

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week I have the privilege of being the hostess and providing the sketch.  Take a look:

When I made the card for this sketch a couple weeks ago, life wasn’t so crazy yet.  My daughter was still at college in Michigan and my son was still doing his internship in Atlanta.  Now they’re both home.  It’s unbelievable how much life changed in just one week.  I’m trying to focus on the positives — we’re all healthy, we have food and shelter, and we have some extra time together that as a mom of two college students, I wouldn’t have had under normal circumstances.  I hope that you are faring as well!

I combined two stamp sets for this card — Seriously the Best for the sentiment and Little Ladybug for the images.

I stamped the flower on some white card stock and cut it out with a stitched shapes circle.  The ladybug was stamped on another piece and cut out with my paper snips.  I colored them with markers and adhered them to a piece of dsp from the Pleased as Punch dsp package.

The sentiment was stamped on a piece of black card stock and embossed with white embossing powder.

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.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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A Pastel Birthday Cake — FMS427

In the midst of all the craziness in the world right now, I’m glad to have some things remain the same.  And one thing that is consistent right now is a new sketch on Wednesdays at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our sketch comes to us all the way from Australia, where our resident Artisan award-winning crafter, Narelle Farrugia, has a clean and simple sketch for us.  Take a look:

 

Needing to restock the birthday cards supply, I pulled out the Happy Birthday to You stamp set, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering.  I love that it also has a coordinating die set, Birthday Dies.  Since Spring is just about here, I pulled out some soft pastel colors.

I tend to shy away from purples, but for some reason I’ve been drawn to them lately.  In fact, this is the second card in a row that I’ve made using them.  I colored the cake and flowers with markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  The pretty yellow scalloped border is from the Flourish dies.  The dsp is from the Best Dressed dsp collection

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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Get Well Blooms — Monday Montage #160

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.

My daughters have been sick this past week, and with all of the craziness surrounding the Corona Virus around the world, it has been an especially bad time to be sick.  I sent a package to my daughter who is at school out of state, and wanted to include a card for her.  I thought she could use some bright, cheerful colors so I pulled out the Thoughtul Blooms stamp set, which is a Sale-a-Bration offering and stamped away.  I love that there is a coordinating punch for this set!

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and was cut out with a die from the Ornate Frames die set.  I added some rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels 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 — not participating this week
Cheryl Curtis
Dani Dzamia
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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An Easter Chick — FMS426

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is the incredibly talented Karren Johnson, our good friend from New Zealand.   Take a look at what she has for us this week:

 

It is beautiful Spring-like weather here in Texas this week, so I decided to break out my new Welcome Easter stamp set.  I adore the sweet animals in this set!  I decided to use the little chick for this card, and had fun coloring her.

I started by stamping her on a piece of white card stock and coloring her with markers.  I then cut her out with my paper snips.  I cut out a stitched shapes circle and blended some Old Olive ink over the grass stamped images, and placed the little chick on it.  The dsp is from the Birthday Bonanza dsp collection, and the sentiment was embossed on a piece of Mango Melody card stock.

Some of the little flowers were stamped on the card base and colored with markers before adhering the focal circle with dimensionals.

We hope you’ll 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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Tropical Relaxation — FMS424

It’s another Wednesday and that means we have a new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess and sketch designer is our talented Canadian friend, Jen Brum.  Take a look at this fun sketch:

This is the time of year where I start to long for sunshine and warmer days.  I decided to use the new Tropical Oasis suite of products to indulge my longing.  At least I can imagine I’m at a tropical resort lounging in the sunshine.

I started by stamping the hibiscus bloom with Mango Melody ink and lightly coloring it in with the same ink using a blender pen.  I added a little bit of Poppy Parade ink with the blender pend around the center of the flower.  The leaves were stamped with Old Olive ink and colored the same way.

I used two different sheets of the Tropical Oasis dsp collection on the card and embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder.  Some rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels packet were also used as embellishments.

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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A Meerkat Birthday — FMS423

It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our hostess is our talented stamping friend from the Rocky Mountains, Kim Singdahlsen.  She has a great sketch for us!  Take a look:

I thought I should stock up on some birthday cards because my stash has taken a big hit lately.  I thought the cute little meerkats would work well with the partial circle in the sketch, so I went with that Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

I stamped these three images and colored them with my markers.  I ran a piece of Pool Party card stock through the Big Shot using the Subtle embossing folder just to add a little texture and interest to the card base.

I added a few sequins and a bow from bakers twine that were part of the Metallic Baker’s Twine & Sequins Combo Pack, which I just noticed today is sold out.  Hopefully you got yours as a Sale-a-Bration reward before they ran out.

The dsp is from the Birthday Bonanza paper package.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what your 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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Toucan Celebration — Monday Montage #158

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 was birthday week in our house the past couple of days — one on the 14th and one today on the 16th.  And both of them are away at college, so we had to celebrate long distance.  My oldest turned 21 today.  Here’s the card I made to mark the occasion.

I started by sponging on some Bermuda Bay ink onto a white card base.  I then splattered on some ink.  The Bonanza Buddies bundle has the cutest pennant dies, which I strung at the top of the card.

I sprinkled on some sequins, which are a Sale-a-Bration offering right now so you can get them for free, and coordinate perfectly with this bundle.  They actually also include some baker’s twine, which I didn’t use on this card, but it also coordinates with this suite.

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 week
Elizabeth Price
Julie Warnick
Melissa Stout
Wendy Weixler

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Heart to Heart Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here’s one last card I’ll share for the occasion.

This one uses the sweet Hear to Heart stamp set.  It has a sentiment for today’s holiday, but it has others that are perfect for weddings or just to send love to someone.

I stamped the three images randomly on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Flirty Flamingo and Real Red ink for the flowers, and Old Olive ink for the leaves.

The paper is from the From My Heart Specialty DSP collection, and the pretty little border is from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies collection.  It adds a pretty feminine touch against the striped paper.  I added some black and white baker’s twine, which is retired but I hope I never run out of it (I stocked up on it when I found out it was being retired).  I also used some of the Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots, which were offered in the Holiday catalog but have been carried over and are still available.

I hope you are able to spend this Valentine’s Day with those you love!  Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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