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Freshly Made Sketches #243

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FMS243 - Just for youHappy Wednesday!!  I hope your week is going well.  I have just what you need to make your week keep moving along…a sketch from our lovely resident Artisan Amy O’Neill.  She created a fabulous sketch to get us moving and I just love it!

I wanted to play with some new inks I have from ColorBox and they seemed perfect combined with these images from Altenew’s Botanical Garden.  I embossed the images onto vellum using the Copper Embossing Powder (yep, still obsessed with it) and then colored on the back side with the inks from the Fall color selection of the Premium Dye Inks.  Great colors don’t you think?!  I added a sentiment from Paper Pumpkin (those seem to be my go-to lately, don’t they?) and embossed it with the copper too.  The panel was cut using a Stitched Rectangles Die from Simon Says Stamp.  Clean and simple with minimal layers.  The perfect summer card!

FMS Final 243-001I think you are going to have a lot of fun using this one and I expect the gallery to be really full!  Ok, off to see the rest of the team’s beautiful work.  I hope you’ll join us this week!


Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Paper Pumpkin Sentiment; Ink:  Fall Premium Dye Inks (Colorbox), Versamark ; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Vellum; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Glue Dots, Zig BrusH2O

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Fancy Friday – Back to the 80s!

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FF Jun - Lucky StarWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of demonstrators who love to make beautiful things.  Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from my amazing friend Connie, welcome to the next stop.  For May, our theme is Back to the 80s!  Yep, you read that right!  Bright colors, big hair, bigger shoulder pads and, my inspiration for today, Madonna!

14af8df5e7b18380857faee7396d2291Just take a look at this picture of her!  By the time you are done with my post, you too will be singing Lucky Star in your head.  You can thank me any time!! I started off pondering the thought of acid washed jeans.  And I really pondered why we all thought it was a good idea.  But we did.  So why not play around with the new In Color Dapper Denim to see how denim-like it really is.  Well if you add a little bleach in splatters, apparently it is really like denim.  AWESOME!  Then I got a little crazier and actually stamped using bleach too.  The new Flourishing Phrases had a perfect little sentiment to try.  Now this is a red rubber stamp and I’m pretty sure the bleach is tough enough on that.  I strongly discourage you from trying it with a photopolymer stamp.  Pretty sure you would not be happy with the result!  Even still, right after stamping I cleaned it first with water and then with Stampin’ Mist and then again with water.  I kept up the Madonna theme by pulling out lace things from my stash because it was all about lace and pearls and layered accessories if you were going to do the Madonna fashion trend!  These are all retired SU things that I have hoarded kept safe for just the right project and this just had to be it!  The Tea Lace Doily just retired and there is a new even fancier version.  The lace is from a kit (Artisan, I think) and the gold star clip was perfect to complete my Madonna theme.  I added a star punched from Gold Foil to add a little more focus there.  So….how did I do??  Are you singing Lucky Star yet??? Please tell me you know the song so I don’t feel too old!!


I hope you have a great time on our ‘flashback’ hop today.  Now you get to head over to the super talented Marisa for our next stop.

And you can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!


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Stamp:  Flourishing Phrases; Paper:  Dapper Denim, Gold Foil; Accessories:  Tea Lace Doily (ret), Artisan Kit Lace (ret), Star Clip (ret), Glue Dots, Bleach

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Freshly Made Sketches #242

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FMS242 - Copper HelloWe have an awesome week for you over at Freshly Made Sketches!  To start, we have a super fun sketch that you are sure to love.  It comes from our resident queen of layers and fussy cutting…the lovely Narelle!  And we also have a great announcement!  GUEST DESIGNERS!!  And in true FMS style, you are going to be wow’d by these two stampers!!

First to my card.  I am all in on copper!  I mean seriously ALL IN!!!  Stampin’ Up has new copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and Copper Metallic Thread in the new catty and it is so pretty.  Coppery, kind of rose gold-ish….and gorgeous!  I kept this card super clean to show it off!  I stamped using the great flower from Flourishing Phrases in Versamark Ink onto White Vellum Card Stock and heat embossed the image with the Copper EP.  Then I cut this little flower our using the coordinating Flourish Thinlits from Thick WW Card Stock.  I “smooshed” the flower into Versamark and heat embossed it too.  To get it nice and thick and metallic looking, I re-stamped and re-embossed.  It looks just like it was cut from a piece of metal.  I layered the white banner piece under the sentiment to help it pop more.  The hardest part of this card is securing it together.  We all know that vellum is particularly fussy on that.  I used Glue Dots that were folded in half (ish) and tucked them under the bases of the flowers in the stamped image and on the die cut too.  There is also one under the ‘o’ in Hello.  One more note: this copper is way prettier than in the picture.  Something about metallics and sparkles that never quite photograph true.

Now to our guest stampers!  Shannon Jaramillo and Cécile Ribon have bravely agreed to join our happy little band of enablers through the summer!  In fairness, I did warn them to hold on to their wallets but I have it on good authority that they might be enablers themselves!!  *smile*  We are so happy to have them with us!  Make sure you go check out their work along with that of the rest of the DT.  Beautiful!

I’ll be back on Friday with the latest from Fancy Friday.  We have a doozy of theme this month so you won’t want to miss it!  Until then, thanks for stopping in!


Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases; Ink: Versamark ; Paper: Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Glue Dots, Stitched Mat Circles (LID)

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It’s Dad’s Day

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Jacob Timko - It's Dad's DayI told you I would have a guest designer on my blog today and it is none other than my oldest son!  He created a card for Father’s Day that I just had to share!!  (Don’t worry, he approved)  He chose the Bon Voyage stamp set and colored it using my T series gray Copics to make it look like dad’s airplane.  Cute, right?!  Then I showed him how to create a sponged sky using Tim Holtz Distress Ink and the Mini Ink Blending Tool.  He created a super cool sky, don’t you think?!  He wanted a cloud too so that was stamped and cut using the coordinating dies (as was the plane).  Then he picked a sentiment from the May Paper Pumpkin.  I LOVE this sentiment!! In order to get the sentiment just right, he pulled out my trusty Misti to get the perfect alignment and fully inked stamping.  Because he just had to have it perfect after all the work on the sky panel!   The panel was cut using Stitched Rectangles and popped up on Dimensionals.  I think he totally rocked this card!!  I’m sure my husband will be totally thrilled.  Little brother created his own work of art too (never to be outdone).  So they made mom’s day while working to make dad’s day fabulous!

I hope that your weekend is lovely!  Thanks for dropping in to see my talented guest’s work!!

Stamps:  Bon Voyage (Lawn Fawn); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Misti, Big Shot, Bon Voyage DiesStitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Dimensionals

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Amazing Goalie for Coach

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Amazing Goalie for CoachA quick post for Saturday since I had some things I wanted to share.  Many of you know that besides driving the Airbus for United, I spend a great deal of my time driving the mom “bus” as a soccer mom.  At the end of the year, I always feel like I need to do something special for coaches.  These people give so much of themselves in their dedication to training the kids.  I pulled out my Goalie Saves stamp from Lili of the Valley and this time I colored him to look like my youngest.  Little boy is also a keeper (these kids really stress my nerves in games!) and he wears an orange shirt and has shiny blue cleats.  The yellow blonde is pretty accurate too!  I colored him using my Zig Clean Color Pens.  They are AWESOME for this kind of image!!  My sentiment is a favorite from one of my old Paper Pumpkins and is a go-to for so many cards.  My little keeper wrote a sweet note inside and delivered it last weekend.  I hope coach enjoyed a small token of how much he is appreciated!!

Well, back out today for a trip.  I have a “guest designer” for my post tomorrow on Father’s Day.  Hope to see you then.  Thanks for stopping in!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Goalie Saves (LOTV); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink; Paper:  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Dimensionals, Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine

Freshly Made Sketches #241

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FMS241 - Wedding WishesAnother week has flown by!  I think maybe because my mom was here and we were busy, busy, busy!!  *smile*  We did some stamping that I’ll share with you soon but she helped me create my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge too.  Our sketch hostess this week is the amazing Karren Johnson and she has a classic one for us this week.  As you can imagine, the team has all kinds of variations that are super fun!

The minute I saw this sketch I knew exactly what I wanted to use!!  This gorgeous (and I mean seriously gorgeous) die set is from the new Stampin’ Up Catalog.  I have not seen anything really like it before and I’m in love!  Ok….it is a flower so it really should not surprise anyone how much I love it, haha!!  There are many ways to use the Detailed Floral Thinlits and the coordinating Floral Phrases stamp set but I stuck to the color combination in the catty because I love it so much.  For the record, I bought the whole suite!  I cut the bottom part using a 4″ wide piece of Thick Whisper White and then used the edge piece to put a similar border on the top.  Using only the border die, I cut the edge of some Night of Navy and cut the rest down to fit behind the floral cutouts.  So striking!  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set in Night of Navy.  Then for the circle.  I kept thinking it just needed a bow since it a wedding card so I used retired White Seam Binding (I’m guessing you still have a stash of this too) to make a shabby bow.  It is the perfect touch!!

FMS Final 241-001I’m on a trip this week (sitting in Chicago on a delay as I type) but hope to share more with you later this week from my stamping with mom.  Until then, I hope you enjoy this look at the new products!  Let me know if you need more info on this suite or any other!  Make sure you go check out the rest of the cards from the DT too.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Floral Phrases; Ink: Night of Navy ; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Big Shot, Detailed Florals Thinlits, White Seam Binding, Glue Dots

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Freshly Made Sketches #240

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FMS240 - Sending WishesOh do we have some fun for you this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  The lovely Jennifer Brum has created this fun sketch that will make you run right to your DSP supply!  So many ways to play around with this one!

So I figured I should show you one of the new paper packs from Stampin’ Up called Pop of Pink.  And let’s face it, if you are going to show off paper with that name, you have to go all in on the pink!!  Melon Mambo to be specific!  Aren’t these prints fun??  I chose three of them that I thought would, well, pop against the background and they are fabulous!  The whole pack is amazing!  Some of the prints have gold in them too.  Oh my!  I grabbed a sentiment from Butterfly Basics and stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  A few sequins in the paper colors (including gold) for a little bling.

Just a reminder….my card auction to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation is still open.  Please consider a bid.  The cards and the details are here:  Blogs for Boobies Auction

I’m enjoying some fun with my mom in town this week and I think we will get some stamping time in later today (after swim team and some other fun summer stuff).  Hoping to share more soon!  See you then!


Stamps:  Butterfly Basics; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black ; Paper: Pop of Pink DSP, Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Paper Pumpkin Sequins, Summer Mix Sequins (PPP)

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Blogs 4 Boobies Blog Hop and Card Auction

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Jen Timko - B4B - Butterfly SetI have something incredibly special to share today!  I am participating in a very special kind of blog hop.  Not only are designers sharing their beautiful work, but we are working together for a very special cause!  Skipping Stones Design has coordinated this Blogs 4 Boobies Hop and Auction to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  There is no doubt in my mind that cancer has touched each of you in some way.  For me, personally, I lost my father to cancer and have another dear family member who is fighting the good fight right now.  So how can you help?BannerShopping at Skipping Stones Design:  Between June 1st and June 14th, there will be $2 donated for every stamp sold at SSD.

You can help by bidding on the auction items.
***Bidding Instructions***
1. To bid on the card set I’ve posted today:
Leave a comment below with your bid amount and your email address.
Starting bid is $5.
Only comments on this post will be eligible for this card auction.
Comments without an email address are invalid.
(Including your email address is the electronic equivalent of signing your bid.)
2. Comments will post in chronological order, so you will be able to see the current high bid.
3. Return frequently to see if you’ve been outbid and to place a new high bid.
(Below the comment field, you’ll see a “subscribe to post comments” option. You can subscribe if you would like notification of additional comments.)
4. My auction closes at 8 pm Mountain Time on June 11th (10 pm Eastern Time).
The winning bid will be the highest valid bid at the close of the auction. I will notify the winner by email. Skipping Stones Design will send the winner an invoice for the amount of the winning bid. Once the invoice is paid, I will mail the card!

Please spread the word!  When more people know about this event, we have a better chance of raising more money for this great cause!

This is a 7 day event and I’m am hopping on day 5.  You can go refer to the Skipping Stones Design link at the top of my blog roll to see all of the designers who are participating (there are more than 60).


Jen Timko - B4B - Coastal ButterflyNow for my card set!  I created a set of 4 cards that I hope you will love.  These use the butterfly from Healing Wings and the sentiment from Breathtaking Butterflies.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Watercolor Paper to color this amazing image.  Once they were colored, I hand cut them to help them pop on the page.  I started with blue and green inks combined with a Coastal Cabana base.  I had so much fun making it, that I made two. Jen Timko - B4B - Coastal PairThen I decided I should make a set of four cards and wanted to try another color scheme.  So I played around with yellows and oranges and found that the resulting butterfly matched my new Flirty Flamingo card stock.  Jen Timko - B4B - Flamingo butterflyI colored in much the same way and simply added different sequins to match the inks.B4B - FlamingoI love the results on both colors of cards!!

So now we get down to the nitty-gritty!  I hope you will consider bidding on this set.  Please remember to leave your bid and your email address in the comments of this post to be eligible.  You are also most welcome to leave comments without a bid since I always appreciate hearing from you!Jen Timko - B4B - Auction SetSupplies:

Stamps:  Healing Wings (SSD), Breathtaking Butterflies (SSD); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White, Coastal Cabana (SU ret), Flirty Flamingo (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterflies Thinlits, Border Builders Die (LID), Summer Mix Sequins (PPP), Share Kindness Sequins (PPP)

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Hopping for a cause!

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I will be participating tomorrow in a hop that is for a great cause!  Some amazing designers have created projects that will be auctioned to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Please go to the blog for Skipping Stones Design to see all the details and the links to cards already posted.

I am on day 5 of the hop and I don’t want you to miss all the inspiration that I am seeing!

Make sure you come back tomorrow to see a set of cards I created for this worthwhile cause!  Until then…happy Saturday!


Freshly Made Sketches #239

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Jen Timko - FMS239 - One of a kind butterflyFreshly Made Sketches has a great sketch for you today!  Just look at what the lovely Cindy Hall dreamed up for us this week!  I know, right?  I love off centered sketches and this one is going to be fun for you all to use!

I kept it pretty simple for today.  I had only a little stamping time yesterday and really wanted to do this sketch justice.  After some playing around with shapes and stamp sets, I settled on this butterfly die.  I think a layer under him might have been nice but he was was already glued down before I considered it, lol.  In any case, I took some Tim Holtz Distress Inks and blended them onto watercolor paper, then cut the butterfly out.  I wanted the panel to have some detail but not distract from the butterfly.  I inked up Dots for Days (retired) with the same ink colors, stamped off and then stamped onto Thick Whisper White.  I cut the panel out with a Stitched Rectangles Die.  The sentiment is from a sweet little set by Altenew called One of a Kind.  A few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh matched perfectly so I just had to add them on!

So I have been in the midst of a flying blitz (lots of 4 day trips) and then had a soccer-palooza weekend.  Tournament play for both of my soccer boys!  To top it off, my oldest turned 13 on Sunday too.  How can that possibly be?! We had a pretty chilled out family day on Monday topped off with his dinner request:  Breakfast for dinner with lots of bacon.  Yep, he is 13!!!  Oh, and of course cake.  Strawberry Applesauce Cake.  YUM!  So blessed to have been home over this long weekend for all of that so it is worth the rest of the flying schedule that was needed to make that happen!  Out again today but a bit of a respite next week where I hope to fit in more stamping!

FMS Final 239-001Just a quick reminder…the new Stampin’ Up Catalog goes live today!  Wow it is fun!  If you want to see it online, just click here:  2016-17  Catalog.  I hope you love the rest of the DTs inspiration as much as I do…fabulous as always!  I’ll be back on Friday with some details about an amazing hop I’ll be participating in on June 5th…but you will want the details early!  Please stop back in to see what it is all about!  Until then, have a great week!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  One of a Kind (Altenew), Dots for Days (SU Ret); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade) ; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterflies Thinlits, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Summer Mix Sequins (PPP)

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