Seriously Hello Friend — Monday Montage #163

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’s that time of year where we have to say goodbye to some stamp sets that we love and will miss to make room for some new friends.  One of the sets that will be retiring in just one short month is the Seriously the Best stamp set.  I feel like I barely got to play with this one.  Since it has a sentiment that I think is perfect for these days, I decided to ink it up.  And I used one of the in-colors, Lovely Lipstick, that will also be retiring.

I started by stamping the sentiment with Lovely Lipstick ink and cutting it out with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I then cut out the smaller sentiment, stamped with Pear Pizzazz ink, with my paper snips and glued it on the focal panel.  Before adhering the focal panel with dimensionals, I stamped some leaves and little flowers using the same ink colors and added some splatters.

I liked the fresh, clean look so I decided not to add any embellishments other than the white baker’s twine bow, which required a lot of restraint.

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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A Heart to Heart Wreath — FMS432

We’re back with another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week, and our hostess, the lovely Jennifer Timko, has a fun one for us.  Take a look:

When I first saw the sketch, I immediately knew I wanted to make a wreath with Spring flowers.  And since I hadn’t used the Heart to Heart stamp set in a while, I thought I would go with that set.

I started by stamping the flowers on a piece of white card stock with Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Blushing Bride inks.  I stamped the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink and then cut all of them out with my paper snips.  I die cut a circle from Crumb Cake card stock and then cut out another smaller circle inside it to make the wreath base.

Using a stamp from the A Big Thank You stamp set, I stamped the horizontal line using Pool Party ink.  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings.  Some sequins were added as finishing touches.

We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch!  We love to see what your 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 Wild Rose Two Ways — FMS431

It’s Wednesday again (in case you’re keeping track) and that means it’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is Lee Ann Barrett, who does amazing things with all types of coloring mediums.  Take a look at the fun sketch she has for us:

I pulled out a set I hadn’t used in a while, To a Wild Rose, and stamped the flower several times, some on card stock and some on watercolor paper.  I also hadn’t watercolored in a long time and I’ve seen some really pretty watercolored cards recently, so I wanted to give it a go too.  Coloring is always a stress reliever for me, so it sounded like a good idea for these days.

Here is the watercolored card.

I am not a Purple person, but this Spring I have been drawn to it.  The card base is the new In-Color, Purple Posy.  I used a mix of Purple Posy, Highland Heather, and Gorgeous Grape inks to watercolor the purple flower.  The yellow flower has Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Mango Melody inks.  The leaves have Granny Apple Green and Old Olive inks.

While I was waiting for these flowers to dry, I used the stamps to color in the flowers on this other card.  The stamp set includes three stamps for the flower — one is an outline, which I stamped first with black ink.  The next stamp adds a base layer of color for the flower, and the third stamps adds a top layer of color.

Here is the stamped-only card.

I started out by stamping off the base layer stamp once to obtain a more muted color, and then stamped the top layer of color with full strength ink.  I used Purple Posy and Daffodil Delight inks for these flowers, and Pear Pizzazz ink for the leaves.

So which one do you like better — the one with watercolored flowers or the stamped flowers?  I think if I was better at watercoloring, I’d like the first card best.  The colors are more vibrant.  However, I kinda like the softer look of the second card.  Hmmm…..

We’d love for you to 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 Tropical Color Challenge — Monday Montage #162

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 upline has been giving us some weekly challenges to keep us entertained during this quarantine period.  This week’s involved using three colors, and since I love all of these colors, I knew it would be a fun challenge.

 

I wanted to make a big, bold flower with the Pumpkin Pie color and chose the Timeless Tropical stamp set.

I started by coloring the focal image with markers and cutting it out.  I placed the flower and leaves on a pretty label die that is included in the Wild Rose dies collection.  I placed that on a Stitched Shapes square cut from Night of Navy card stock.  All of this was placed on a stitched rectangle that was stamped with some Night of Navy dots from the Label Me Bold stamp set.  In all of those layers, there is a piece of dsp from the coordinating Tropical Oasis dsp pack and some linen thread.  Lots of layers on this one!

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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Cherry Blossoms for Mom — FMS430

Staying at home has caused me to lose all sense of what day it is anymore.  I definitely couldn’t tell you the date, and I probably would have a hard time determining what day of the week it currently is as well.  But I do know it’s time for another new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week our hostess, the very talented Jacquie Southas, has a fun one for us.  Take a look:

I hadn’t used the Forever Blossoms stamp set yet, and I think it is so pretty.  Now that Spring is officially here, I thought it was high time to break it out and get it inky.

I started by cutting out a Pool Party card base and adhering a piece of Parisian Blossoms dsp to it.  I then cut out a piece of white card stock using one of the Stitched Nested Labels dies.

The flowers were stamped and colored with markers and then die-cut using the Cherry Blossoms dies.  I love how these dies cut out the little bits for you.

I added some Flirty Flamingo splatters before adhering the blooms with dimensionals and a little white baker’s twine bow.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

This is a great time to be creative and make a pretty card!  We hope you’ll use the sketch and create your own card and post it to the Freshly Made Sketches 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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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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