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The Card Concept #60

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Jen Timko - CC60 - GratefulIt is a double post Wednesday!!  Yippee!  My second of the day is my card for The Card Concept.  We have a beautiful inspiration picture and you are going to have loads of ideas from it.  As I was looking through my stash, I realized I was woefully low on pumpkin stamps (seriously??!!).  But I had kept this one from a few years ago because it is always fun to color.

I stamped it in WPlus9 Black ink and colored the image with my Zig Clean Color Pens.  The best part about saving great images is that you get to re-visit them later when you have different supplies.  Coloring this one with the Zigs made me so happy.  I’m not totally sure I hit the mark with Clean and Graphic this week but in an attempt to keep it there, I simply added the sentiment from the set and kept the rest clean.  The chevron paper is from the old Sweater Weather DSP (ret) that gives a nod to the inspiration.  I was also inspired by Ceal’s challenge for Falliday Fest at Splitcoaststampers, FF16Simplybeautiful, which is a Colors of Fall challenge.  There are a lot of great ones to join in so go check them out!


60I hope you will have fun joining us this week at The Card Concept.  Remember that my Freshly Made Sketches post went up earlier so go check that one out too.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Always Thankful; Ink: Early Espresso, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Pens; Paper: Canson Watercolor, Sweater Weather DSP (SU ret); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Water Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #259

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Jen Timko - FMS259Happy middle of the week to you!  Today is one of my double post days so make sure you keep an eye out for my card for The Card Concept too.  For Freshly Made Sketches, our sketch hostess this week is the witty and talented Linda Callahan.  I just love the interesting layers behind the circle for the sketch.  Such a simple detail but fantastic.

I pulled out (again) my new Merry Tags dies and the coordinating Merriest Wishes stamp set.  I used Thick Whisper White and Silver Glimmer Paper with the dies.  So nice that there is a plain ornament that is designed to go behind the detailed ornament.  Super easy to put together.  I cut the panels behind in the same glimmer paper and added some Silver Baker’s Twine to finish the little tag.  Pretty and super fast to put together.  The sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with Silver Stampin Emboss Powder.  I was also inspired by the Falliday Fest challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, FF16Stampingcrazy, which is Snow Much Glitter!  Hope you will find a challenge that inspires you and join in!!

fms-final-259-001I hope you enjoy this card.  I am starting to make a little progress in my holiday card stash but a long way to go.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Merriest Wishes; Ink:  Versarmark; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Merry Tags Dies, Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Silver Baker’s Twine

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Freshly Made Sketches #258

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fms258-merry-everythingAre you ready for Freshly Made Sketches this week??  I know I certainly was!  Totally needed something to kick my mojo in gear!!  I’m not sure why exactly but the last few weeks have been a scheduling mess at my house and my stamps sat collecting dust.  It was good to sit down yesterday with a sketch and see what happened.  The amazing Rita gave us some layers this week but not too many.  Just enough to make it interesting!

The only thing I knew when I sat down was that I wanted to use the “negative” of the Merry Tags dies and this tree in particular.  The actual die is an ornament with the tree cut from the middle (totally awesome tag!).  So I ran the die through with some Bermuda Bay card stock.  Once it was cut, I put the little pieces back into the ornament and covered the whole front with Glad Press and Seal (Just a small square).  This effectively holds the little pieced in place so you can flip it over and add glue without all the little pieces running away on you.  (No, I’m totally not the first person to come up with this.  First saw it from Jennifer McGuire but others have shown it perfectly too.)  I added my adhesive to the back of the tree elements the then put the whole thing down onto Thick Whisper White card stock.  Then just pull away the Press and Seal and the ornament piece and you are left with the tree perfectly placed.  YAY!!!!  Then I pulled out some retired stuff because seriously, I need to use it!!  The sentiment is from the Jingle All The Way stamp set (retired, last year’s Holiday Catty).  I just straightened it a bit before stamping to make it work for the sketch.  The Real Red striped DSP and the button are from previous holiday offerings as well.  They just all seemed to work together for this!

fms-final-258-001I am happy to say that I’m off this week from work so I really, really hope to get in some more stamping.  I have some more ideas for this fabulous die set (and matching stamp) so that is a good start.  Until then, off you go to join the FMS team on this sketch.  You will love their never-ending creativity and I think you will have fun with this one.  See you soon.  Thanks so much for dropping in!!


Stamps:  Jingle All The Way (SU retired); Ink: Bermuda Bay; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Real Red, DSP (ret), Bermuda Bay; Accessories:  Big Shot, Merry Tags, Banner Punch (SU retired), Button (SU retired), Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine, Press and Seal Wrap

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The Card Concept #59

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Jen Timko - CC59It is time for a new challenge at The Card Concept and I’m so excited to share my Clean and Graphic card.  Our inspiration this week is such fun and I was thought I would use the colors to create my card.

I thought the flower from You Are Enough (Concord and 9th) would be perfect for playing with color.  I stamped on Fabriano Watercolor Paper using WPlus9 Black Ink.  Then I colored using two of Stampin’ Up’s In Colors, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.  I added a little Tip Top Taupe (mostly because I love the name, haha) to mimic the neutral of the ice cream cone in the photo.  I added a sentiment from Lovely (Essentials by Ellen) and some sequins from an old Paper Pumpkin kit.  I put the watercolor panel on a Flirty Flamingo card base.Jen Timko - CC59 - Closeup

Here is a closeup of how the colors blended.  So pretty together!  I kept going back in layers to get the variations.  This is one of the best things about watercoloring for me.  You never quite know how colors will blend and each time you create, the result will be different.  I was totally right about this flower being the perfect image!!

The challenge page has so many beautiful pieces by the design team in all the different styles.  You are going to be in awe!  Just a note, this is my second post for the day.  My Freshly Made Sketches post was up first.  I hope you like my two projects today.  Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

59Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  You Are Enough (Concord and 9th), Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum (SU In Colors); Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Flirty Flamingo; Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Water Pen, Sequins (Paper Pumpkin), Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #257

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fms257-season-of-joySo we have some fun news over at Freshly Made Sketches.  First, we can announce that the lovely Cécile Ribon will be joining us full time Design Team member.  YAY for us!!!  Also, we introduced an update to the blog.  We hope you like our, um, “fresh” new look!  Let us know what you think.  We have a great sketch from the amazing Jen Mitchell.

I decided I better get a little more serious about Christmas cards so I pulled out one of my go to sets, Holly Jolly Greetings.  This big snowflake is so pretty and was perfect for the focal element.  And the sentiments in the set (the reason I got it, of course) are awesome.  I know it is easy to get all caught up in the newest, latest and greatest but sometimes it is nice to pull out a workhorse set.  I stamped in Night of Navy and paired it with Floral Boutique DSP (not just flowers!!).  I used Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies from My Favorite Things to add the fun stitching and a few Basic Pearls.

fms-final-257-001This is my first post for today.  My second post is my card for The Card Concept.  I hope you’ll enjoy Jen’s sketch this week!  Thanks for stopping in today.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink: Night of Navy; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT), Basic Pearls, Misti

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Fancy Friday – Holiday Celebration

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ff-sep-happy-wonderful-christmasWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of stampers 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 the incredible Erica, welcome to the next stop.  For September, our theme is Anything Holiday!  If it is a holiday item from the main catalog or the Holiday catalog, we are celebrating it!

I decided to stick with a set that has actually been around for a while but should not be forgotten.  The Wondrous Wreath stamp set is one I loved from the minute I saw it.  I decided to show its versatility a bit and create a card with only the wreath and the sentiment from the set.  I started with a product I just discovered but already love.  They are Strathmore Watercolor Cards and they really are fabulous.  Very much like the Stampin’ Up Note Cards except made with watercolor paper.  Makes it easy to create a one layer watercolor card and conquer that hoarding tendency that tends to show up around watercolor paper (please tell me I’m not the only one).  I stamped the wreath with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Twisted Citron and then colored in with my Aquapainter with some more Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn.  Using the same inks, I connected the leaves with hand drawn stems which makes the wreath have a subtly different look.  To keep with that watercolor feel, I did not stamp the berries from the set (but you totally could).  Instead I hand drew them in with a Zig Clean Color Pen.  Once I had this like I wanted all that was left was the sentiment.  And then I had to take a deep breath because I didn’t want to mess it up.  So out came my Misti!!  I got the sentiment exactly where I wanted and stamped in Real Red ink.  Because the watercolor paper is rough, I had to overstamp to get the sentiment fully inked.  And yes….the Misti is a total life saver for that!!!  It makes every photopolymer stamp easier to use!!  While this takes a little longer that the average “simple one layer” card, I think the result is worth it.


I think you are going to enjoy all the holiday fun from the hop this week!  This talented group never disappoints!!  You are sure to be totally wow’d by Krista at your next stop.  Have fun on the hop!

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Stamp:  Wondrous Wreath; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Real Red (SU), Zig Clean Color Pens; Paper:  Strathmore Watercolor Cards; Accessories:  Misti, AquapainterSignature 2016 - 1

Freshly Made Sketches #256

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Jen Timko - FMS256 - Be JoyfulBack today with a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches where I am the sketch hostess this week.    I was so excited to see all that the Design Team created with my sketch.  As always, such different and creative interpretations!

My focus today is on the Merriest Wishes bundle from Stampin’ Up.  I just got this last week so of course it had to come right out!!  I love the tags and details but I will admit that one of the biggest reasons I got the set was this sentiment.  I love it!!  I love how the “snow” image mimics the pattern of the Softly Falling embossing folder so I used the folder in the background and stamped the image in Versamark and then heat embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy.  Then I cut the whole thing with my Banners Die.  I added a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper and some retired silver sequins for a bit of sparkle.  I can’t wait to use the tags and other elements on more projects!

I hope you have fun with my sketch this week.  I’d love to see you in the gallery!  Back on Friday with this month’s Fancy Friday Hop.  See you then!


Stamps:  Merriest Wishes; Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy, Silver Glimmer; Accessories:  Big Shot, Banners Thinlits, Silver Sequins, Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Stamp Ink Paper #67

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Jen Timko - SIP#67 I cannot believe that a month has already passed and this is my last week with Stamp Ink Paper.  What fun it has been to join this talented group of stampers!  This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge.  Totally my happy place for sure!

I chose to use LOTS of white space with only this neutral flowers as the focus.  It is the Daisy stamp from Altenew and I love it layered with Altenew’s dye inks.  Their gray family is so wonderful!  I added a sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Lovely (yes, again….) and a few Pretty Pink Posh Marshmellow Sequins from the Birthday Bling Mix.  The rest of the detail is courtesy of Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangles.  This is really, really clean but I kind of love all that white!

14207779_10153814400338531_1439368033519347519_oNow hop on over to check out the whole team’s take on the sketch.  Beautiful work by all!  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great day!!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Daisy (Altenew), Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Altenew Warm Gray Mini Cube Set; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp)Birthday Bling Mix (Pretty Pink Posh for C9), Dimensionals

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The Card Concept #58

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cc58-you-are-enoughI am so happy to share this card with you today for The Card Concept!  First of all, I cannot even being to tell you how much I love this sentiment.  I have been looking for the perfect place to use it and this card was definitely it!  We all need to hear this message over and over (and over and over…..).  There are so many people that will try to convince us that we need to change, that we need to do just one more thing, that there is something wrong with us somehow.  Nope!  Not true.  None of that.  While there is nothing wrong with working to be the best you, at the end of the day YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Ok….with all that out of the way, I’m going to admit out loud that this inspiration photo completely freaked me out.  I first saw it and I had nothing, nada, zilch.  I pondered how bad it would be to just call uncle and bail out this week, haha!  No, I’m not kidding.  So I walked away.  For a week!  And then it was time to face the challenge and woman up!  So I looked at it a different way and saw fun colors and that stitching and I had my answer.  Whew!!!  I used this fun striped print from Pop of Pink and simply added a shaker with stitched circles.  All I had to do was mix up two of my Pretty Pink Posh sequin mixes to get the colors from the inspiration.  I took the Summer Mix and pulled out the teal and added some of the green from the Birthday Bling Mix.  Perfect!  And a Clean and Graphic card created with no wimping out!  Sometimes challenges that give me the most trouble to start help me create some of my favorite cards.  Totally true for today’s card.  I am also submitting this for the Can You Case It challenge this week:  Shaker Cards!

58cyci138-300x300I hope you will join right in with us on this one.  Use any part of the inspiration photo and pick a style for creating….then off you go!  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery.  Now this is my second post of the day.  You can see my Freshly Made Sketches post by just scrolling.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Versafine; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh (Summer Mix, Birthday Bling Mix for Concord and 9th), Window Sheet, Foam Tape

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Freshly Made Sketches #255

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Jen Timko - FMS255 - Fall LeavesThis is my first of two posts today!  (Every other Wednesday I will have two)  Freshly Made Sketches is ready to challenge you again with this fun and versatile sketch by the lovely Amy O’Neill.  I love how this image panel provides so many options.  You can stamp directly onto it, use DSP or play with some dies like I did.

I had the Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th) still out from yesterday’s tag and wanted to play with them some more.  I thought it would be fun to add pops of color behind these delicate cuts and I’m thrilled with how easy it was to create.  All I did was lay the die onto the Kraft card stock with the end of the die hanging off over the edge of my bottom plate.  This meant that my leaves did not cut completely out and were still attached at the bottom of the cut.  Keeps it simpler on having the leaves stay in place without complicated glueing.  Using some watercolor paper, I sponged on Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade under where the leaves would sit.  So pretty!!  I used a retired sentiment set and stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder (retired).  It needed a little something more so I added on a little bit of twine that I had left from a Paper Pumpkin kit.

fms-final-255-001It just says fall is here, doesn’t it?!  And it ALMOST is!  Now for our Virginia weather to cooperate!  I hope you like this one and see all that can be done with our sketch this week.  Make sure you jump over to see my card for The Card Concept too.  See you again soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Made for You (SU Retired); Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade); Paper:  Kraft Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Accessories:  Big Shot, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th), Twine, Heat Tool, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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