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Freshly Made Sketches #237

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Jen Timko - FMS237 - SmileKnow what puts a smile on my face??  Yep, Wednesdays!  Especially when we have a sketch at Freshly Made Sketches as awesome as this one from Linda.  I felt like I needed a bit of a sunny card for today because we have had rain, lots and lots and lots and lots…of rain.  I thought a happy little bird might brighten things up!

Ok, he really is a Happy Bird from that set by WPlus9.  I had colored this fellow a while ago and he was sitting there begging to be put on a card.  I finally found just the right one.  This striped background comes from the It’s My Party DSP pack…yes, I may have a little bit of a problem putting it down but I’m sure you’ll forgive me.  It matched the bird.  It just had to happen!  I stamped the wire and the sentiment in Versafine ink onto Thick Whisper White paper and just popped up my little friend on a dimensional.  He was colored with Zig Clean Color Markers and cut out with the coordinating dies.  I found that Pacific Point card stock was a good match with the blue and added it as a layer behind the image.  Finally a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Love these!

FMS Final 237-001Ok, ready, set, stamp!  I just know the gallery will be full with a sketch this open for interpretation!  Make sure you take a minute to visit the team’s blogs for all their awesome inspiration!

Back to lots of flying this week (and next) but I have a few things I’m working on.  Ok, really I’m just sketching and hoping to work on when I get home!  Until next time, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Happy Birds (WPlus9); Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx BlackZig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), It’s My Party DSP (SU), Pacific Point; Accessories:  Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Big Shot, Happy Birds Coordinating Dies (WPlus9)

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The Card Concept #55

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CC55- Hello SunshineSo guess what?!!  I have a fun announcement to make!  Yes, I have been holding out on you but I can finally share.  I am one of two new additions to the design team at The Card Concept!  Now try to contain your shock but I’m one of the clean designers…..  Clean and Graphic to be exact.  The definition:  Clean lines, simple treatment of text, no frills, bare boned, message communicated quickly.  Yep….I think Lesley (the challenge creator) knows me pretty well!

Our inspiration for this challenge spoke to me right away.  I knew right away that I was going to pull out this sentiment from Paper Pumpkin.  This one makes me smile every single time!!  I’ll share why a little further on.  For the background, I pulled out the Dots & Stripes stencil (to mimic the graphic) and my new Clarity Stencil Brushes.  Yes, they really are ALL that.  You can blend and no lines or unevenness shows.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and they blended so well!  To keep it clean, I simply added the sentiment to an offset panel and a few sequins.

So now the sentiment.  When I first graduated from Air Force Pilot Training, I became an instructor in the T-38, the secondary training jet at the time (and a beautiful, fast, pointy nosed jet it is!!).  My students were more advanced so we could give them a little more latitude as they learned.  Instead of direct intervention, we could give verbal hints and suggestions.  Well, apparently over time I started calling my students “sunshine”.  As in “What is the plan, Sunshine” or “Where are you going, Sunshine”.  They learned that when I called them Sunshine that they might need to reconsider what they were doing, lol.  Fast forward almost 20 years….  My husband finds that another instructor that I flew with is in his Guard unit.  I had totally forgotten about the Sunshine thing until he was telling my husband about it.   Needless to say, the reminder brought back some good laughs and stories!!  And yes, the military is remarkably small sometimes.  My friend who works with my husband is also a pilot at United with me.  So there it is….Hello Sunshine!  And really, no corrections needed.  Hmmm….I think I might need to send this one in to my friend, don’t you think?

So if you stuck with me, thanks for humoring me.  Sometimes cards just have a bigger story!  So now you need to jump over and see the rest of the inspiration from the design team.  Make sure you add in a welcome to the lovely Ilina Crouse too.  How amazing to be a part of this fabulous group!  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!  (and a reminder that my Freshly Made Sketches post is down one…went up a little earlier today)

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin (SU); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink ; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Black; Accessories:  Clarity Stamps Stencil Brushes, Dots & Stripes Stencil (SU), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #236

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FMS236 - Latte BirthdayYay it is Freshly Made Sketches day!!  And the talented Rita Wright is our sketch hostess today.  She has given us one that really made me think.  So many options!!  Took me a bit to figure out which way to go but I finally narrowed it down.

The It’s My Party DSP from SU was my starting place.  Love the fun colors.  Then I pulled out the Funny Coffee Vol 1 stamp set from Skipping Stones Design.  I stamped the cup a few times on the DSP and on Whisper White, then cut them out and pieced them together.  Fun, right?  The sentiment is perfect….they are actually two sentiments from the set that you can use separately or together.  But knowing me, best to just add the second part in.  *smile*

FMS Final 236-001Now this is my first post of the day and I have another to follow shortly behind with a fun announcement.  See you in a few!


Stamps:  Funny Coffee Vol 1 (Skipping Stones Design); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black ; Paper: It’s My Party DSP (SU), Whisper White; Accessories:  Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #235

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FMS235 - ThanksAnother fun week in store over at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our sketch hostess this week is the fabulous Jen Mitchell and, no surprise, she has a clean and modern sketch for us this week.  Love it!

I thought it would be fun to color an image on the big panel of the sketch and then add a die as the sentiment.  I went with this pretty flower from Mama Elephant out of the Butterfly Kisses set.  I wanted to work on my coloring for white flowers.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to color.  I think the effect is pretty and I look forward to playing some more with this concept.  The sentiment comes from the retiring Greetings Thinlits from SU and was cut from the same watercolor paper as the image.

FMS Final 235-001Short post today.  Working this week!  I hope you have fun with the sketch.  Make sure you go tell Jen and the team how much you love their inspiration!  See you soon.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink ; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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SRC – Blended Bloom

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Blended Bloom bannerI am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators!  If you haven’t heard of “The Crew” yet, you are going to be so thrilled with this.  We are here to show you the versatility of one stamp set every time we hop (the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month).  We have a whole team of people and different stampers participate each time.  Like you, we look to find ways to maximize our investments and the single focus on one set allows you to see all the possibilities!  This week, our featured stamp is Blended Bloom.  I have loved this flower from the moment I first saw it…such fun to color!  And it is retiring so make sure you get it before it is gone.

If you just came over from Bruno Bertucci, I’m so glad you are here!  If you want to see everyone who is hopping or if you get lost along the way, just click over to The Stamp Review Crew blog.

SRC - Blended BloomDid I mention that I love coloring this flower!  Love it!  *smile* Today I pulled out Chameleon Pens to see how they would be on this image and they did not disappoint!  Only two pens for all the coloring!  Love that.  The colors were inspired by The Card Concept 54.   I did stamp another flower on the side of this one to practice on first.  Once I decided how I wanted to do the shading, the rest was just a little bit of patience, coloring each petal separately.  I find that coloring makes me really happy so I was thrilled to just take a bit of time on the flower.  Once I was done, I cut it out.  I colored this yellow ink onto watercolor paper in order to follow the sketch from Fusion Card Challenge.   I added a sentiment from Watercolor Wishes and some sequins to complete the sketch.      54

04.28.16Well, I know this hop is full flowery goodness so I hope you will enjoy it.  Up next, the lovely and talented Martha Inchley!  Thanks for hopping through….see you soon!!

Supplies (Click HERE to purchase Stampin’ Up products)

Stamp:  Blended Bloom, Watercolor Wishes; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper; Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Momento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade), Chameleon Pens ( Purple Grape PR4, Warm Sunset YO3); Accessories:  Sequins (Paper Pumpkin and Pretty Pink Posh)

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April Fancy Friday – Anything but a card!

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Jen Timko - FF Apr - Party Fry BoxWelcome 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 the super talented Kaitlyn, welcome to the next stop.  For April, we are creating anything but a card!

Before I sat down to create, I had to take care of the yearly task of assessing the Retirement List from Stampin’ Up.  I went through and started pulling some of the items and it is always a bit bittersweet.  This year, the accessory list is pretty long (as you can see from the link) and there are some “must haves” on it for sure.  Some of them are simply workhorse items that need to be in your stamp room.  Since we are making 3-d items this month, I knew I needed to show you the Fry Box Bigz Die again.  Something about this die is just so adorable!  It is so perfect for creating treat boxes FAST!  All the DSP that you have lying around (yes, you….and me, haha!), the Fry Box is a great way to use it and create party favors or dress up a little gift.  The die does all the work!  I use Fast Fuse Adhesive to secure the sides….easy and, well, fast!  For the inside, I used a 4×6″ Cellophane Bag (also on the list…..just stock up…you need to have these on hand!) and filled it with buttons and twine.  All of the color family buttons are retiring this year and if you love having buttons to match your inks I strongly recommend you stock up!!  The 1/4″ White Cotton Ribbon that I used to tie up the bag?  Yep, also retiring!  Another staple for sure.  The little clip is an already retired item and I added a banner using a Paper Pumpkin sentiment.  I use these Paper Pumpkin stamps all the time.  I hope to show you my storage tips for them soon…..helps me find exactly what I am looking for with those fun sets.  One more retired item that is shown but yet not shown is the Banner Punch….GASP!!!!  Ok, breathe!  That little banner punch that is so perfect for cutting perfect little ends.  It is still in stock but I’m guessing not for long.  Stampin’ Up is keeping the list current but really, just go order it if you love it.  TH_social_retired2016_demo_Apr1816_NA_2Whew…that is a lot of retiring stuff in one project.  Funny enough, I didn’t really sit down with a plan to do that but it just shows how versatile many of these items are.  Many of you know that I’m not much of a 3-d stamper.  Oh, I love the idea of them but my practical side takes over and I often ask “But what will I do with that?”.  This is the kind of project I can see plenty of uses for…maybe not totally “fancy” but definitely fun!


So we have some great news for you in this month’s hop.  We have added a new Fancy stamper to our group!!  The oh-so-fabulous Joyce Fowler is joining us.  Yep….she is totally fancy!

We hope you love our “not cards” this month!  Tons of inspiration for sure.  I get the honor of linking to our new team member so off you go to see what Joyce has created!

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


Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamp:  Paper Pumpkin; Paper:  It’s My Party DSP, Thick Whisper White;  Ink:  Tempting Turquoise; Accessories:  Big Shot, Fry Box Bigz Die, Fast Fuse Adhesive, Banner Punch, Brights Buttons, 4×6″ Cellophane Bag, 1/4″ White Cotton Ribbon, Star clip (ret),

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Freshly Made Sketches #234

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Jen Timko - FMS234 - FriendsHope your week has been moving along well so far!  I finally got into my craft room yesterday (after way too many days away) and got right to work on this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I am the hostess this week and I went with a sketch that leave open space to be filled with whatever you want.  I opted for this pretty flower from Altenew.

How is your crafty mojo when you have taken a big break from making stuff?  I have to admit that mine seems to be a little slow off the starting block.  So I went with my happy place and chose to watercolor.  This flower from Botanical Garden (Altenew) is so pretty, don’t you think?  I used my Zig Clean Color Pens to color it.  The flower was first stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I think it adds an elegant touch.  For the little sentiment banner, I pulled out a brand new stamp that I got from Skipping Stones Design called Healing Wings.  I’ll be doing more with sets from this company in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned for more on that.  I just thought this sentiment was perfect!  Actually, I can see me using this sentiment A LOT!!!  I added a strip of gold DSP down the side and put the card on a Night of Navy base.Jen Timko - FMS234 - Friends bring colorYou can see the gold a bit better in this flat picture…it really adds a touch of elegance to an otherwise simple design.  I hope that you enjoy this sketch.  The team has done their usual amazing work and their interpretations are sure to inspire!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Healing Wings (Skipping Stones Design); Ink: Versamark, Zig Clean Color Markers, ; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Retired SU DSP, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Zig BrusH2O Detailer

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Freshly Made Sketches #233

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FMS233 - Happy BirthdayAs I told you last week, I wasn’t sure I would get this card done.  Thank heavens for a great sketch from our queen of color and resident Artisan, Amy O’Neill over at Freshly Made Sketches.    I channeled my inner Amy for this one and went with some bright and happy colors.

The It’s My Party DSP provided the fun striped and the black design…aren’t they fun together?  For the circle element, I added half of a Tea Lace Doily (they are retiring so get them now!!).  For the sentiment panel I pulled out the bonus stamp set from this month’s Paper Pumpkin and found this awesome birthday greeting.  I LOVE that stamp set!!  I added some Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine and some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to add a little more color.

FMS Final 233-001Well, super fast card and a super fast post.  On the road again…..  But home at the end of the week for a few more days so hoping to catch up on more stamping.  I hope your week is fabulous.  Thanks for stopping in!!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin April; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, It’s My Party DSP; Accessories:  Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Tea Lace Doily

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Rain or Shine

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Rain or ShineI made this card a week or so ago but thought I should hold on to it for posting during this big time away for work.  Seems like today is a good day to share!  I got this fun Shine On DSP from the Occasions Catalog and this is the first thing that came to my mind when I was looking through the designs.  All the work is really done by the DSP!

I think those little raindrops are so sweet and the clouds from another pattern were just meant to go with them!  I cut them out by hand and started playing with the design.  I didn’t have a sentiment that worked for me but no worries….I just pulled out my Alphabet Rotary Stamp and created what I wanted.  Having that choice is SOOOO awesome!!  I stamped my sentiment in Versamark and then heat embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I thought it needed a little something extra so I put some Silver Metallic Thread behind the word panel.  A strip of Silver Foil along the side and done.

Love this fun card for a friend, don’t you?!  I will tell you that the silver on this card is way prettier in person.  I find that if I show the shine well, you kind of miss the rest of the details.

Hope you have had a great week.  I hope to be back sometime next week but there is a chance I’ll be off for a few days.  I am finishing up a 4 day trip today and have another starting on Monday.  With all the soccer and family stuff over the weekend, stamping will be lower on the list.  Still, I might be able to sneak away for a few minutes…..  *smile*  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Hope to see you soon!

Stamp:  Alphabet Rotary Stamp; Paper: Shine On DSP, Kraft, Silver Foil; Ink:  Versamark; Accessories:  Silver Metallic Thread, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #232

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FMS232 - Coral BeautyHappy middle of the week to you!  I hope your week is going well.  As with most Wednesdays, I’m here with your mid-week inspiration from Freshly Made Sketches.  Our own amazingly talented queen of layers, Narelle Farrugia, has created this super cool sketch with layered rectangles.  So many ways to go with this!

I thought I would try a collage style background using this flower from Beautiful Day by Altenew.  It remains one of my favorite stamp sets!  I recently ordered some of Altenew’s inks and I pulled out Coral Berry for this card.  Isn’t it the most gorgeous pink?!  I stamped the solid image all over some Thick Whisper White Card Stock (SU) using that ink and then stamped the line image in Versafine Onyx Black ink randomly to fill in spaces.  I used the sentiment from the set and stamped it with the Versafine too, then layered the sentiment and the image panel onto Basic Black layers.  I added a little bit of black thread and some sequins as a finishing touch.

FMS Final 232-001This kind of card is super easy to create and you can use a variety of stamp sets to get this effect.  I’m really happy with how this came out and want to try some other sets and colors!  Ok….you know the drill.  Go check out the awesome projects from the rest of the team…you’ll be happy you did!

So glad you stopped in today.  I hope you like this one!  Back soon with another card….see you then!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Coral BerryVersafine Onyx Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black; Accessories:  Thread, Metallic Sequins (SU), Dimensionals

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