Freshly Made Sketches #154

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I have to say that last week’s Freshly Made Sketches gallery was simply awesome!  There was so much inspiration there!  And I strongly suspect this week will be the same.  Because this new sketch is just fabulous, don’t you think?!  No surprise since the designer of this one is the incredible Cindy Lovell!  I just love her style and was so excited to see this sketch.

FMS154 - Fall Thx

I posted yesterday on the Freshly Made Sketches Facebook Page that I seem to have an overabundance of designer paper.  I took a small step towards addressing that with this card.  I just loved this Sweater Weather DSP last year and I have no idea how it is possible that I still have so much of it but I was happy to see it as I was pondering this sketch.  That herringbone piece was already cut with the “thx” so it was meant to be!  (The cut out is from the Circle Card Thinlits)  I used leaves from the Thankful Tablescape Kit from last year too.  The card was practically made for me at this point.  I chose patterns from the rest of the DSP to complete the sketch, added a Chocolate Chip layer underneath the sentiment to help it pop and a button with some Metallic Baker’s Twine sans metallic thread.  (I was using the little metallic threads for something else and found that this remaining twine is nice for things where you need a more Vanilla twine.)

I hope you enjoy this blast from the past card and maybe it will inspire YOU to pull out some old DSP that is begging to be used.  Seriously….it does not want to be hoarded, it is crying out to be on your crafting table.  *smile*

The design team has created a fabulous collection to show you (and I’m pretty sure Rita pulled out some retired paper too so I’m in good company).  Have fun with this and I can’t wait to see what you create.

I’ll be back on Friday with a fun project I created for my hostess club meeting this month.  Until then, have a great week!

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Paper:  Sweater Weather DSP (ret), Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Big Shot, Circle Card Thinlit, Tablescape Simply Created Kit (ret), Neutrals Button, Metallic Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

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Glimmer Leaves

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Do you know what today is??  Well, Monday of course.  But it is a good Monday because it is reveal day for the Dirty Dozen Design Team at Splitcoaststampers!!!  Yep, the new gallery full of stamping inspiration is open.  In order to see what I have created, you have to be a member of the Splitcoast Fan Club.  But seeing my cards is definitely the tip of the iceberg!  You get access to the whole Fan Club/Dirty Dozen Gallery plus all the other perks outlined in the club link.  Yeah…it is awesome!

This month’s theme is super cool!  “If You Leave Me Now….”  So many ways to interpret and the team has had a blast with it!  I even have a card to share that did not make my final cut to the gallery there.  But I just HAD to share it!

Glimmer Leaves

I pulled out some retired things to play with on this one.  The leaf image is from the Secret Garden Framelits and the sentiment (embossed in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder) is from Always Thankful.  The Champagne Glimmer paper makes the card and wow does it sparkle in person!

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Stamp:  Always Thankful; Paper:  Very Vanilla. Champagne Glimmer Paper; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Secret Garden Framelits, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Dimensionals

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Blooms of Remembrance

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I think by now most of you know that in my “day” job, I am a pilot at United Airlines.  Every year I feel compelled to write a post commemorating those lost on that horrific day 13 years ago.  (You can read them here:  9th Anniversary10th Anniversary,  11th Anniversary and 12th Anniversary)  Each year I feel the sadness creeping in and find myself a bit out of sorts.  While I know that we have distance on the event and that certainly dampens the emotions a bit, I can’t help but reflect back.  I know many people throughout the world feel the same and that is a good thing.  Those lost were husbands, wives, daughters, sons.  Meaningful lives cut too short.  They should be remembered and honored.

As usual, I turn to stamping to ease my heart and give my emotions a place to go.  This week was no different.  I found myself a little chaotic in the stamp room and having a hard time focusing.  Eventually I just gave in to it and created a card especially inspired by 9-11.

While I could not be there, I was proud that my pilot brethren could form an “honor guard” of sorts outside the ceremony to award three Congressional Gold Medals given yesterday in honor of the fallen victims.  Each medal was specially designed to commemorate the crash sites.  Each will be housed in the appropriate memorial at the sites.  The fact that pilots stood in honor of the fallen is fitting and makes me proud.  We do not forget.  Every time we go to work, we realize the responsibility given to us to protect the lives and well-being of our passengers.  We take it very seriously every single day.  We love the smiling children boarding planes on the way to their great adventures.  We love taking people to visit their loved ones.  We even love the harried business people who barely look up from their devices to acknowledge us.  Because we love to fly!  And we know in our hearts the trust you put in us.  We get to bring people together and what an amazing opportunity that is.  That togetherness flies in the face of the evil that showed itself 13 years ago.  The evil will not win over love, joy, family!  It will not win over the smiles and hugs I see every time our planes arrive.  And we are grateful for the privilege of being a part of that!

Remembrance Blooms

So here is my card for today.  The colors fit my mood so I just went with them.  The lovely Kraft Card Stock was stamped with Early Espresso Ink and then embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I colored the flowers with my Blendabilities (Night of Navy and Skin Tone Assortment).  That elegant striped paper is from the Under the Tree Specialty DSP.  The ribbon…one of my new favorites…Early Espresso Seam Binding.  It is gorgeous.  And I colored some Basic Pearls with my darkest Skin Tone Blendabilities Marker.

I appreciate you stopping in today and I appreciate all of my readers so much.  Thank you for letting me share this part of my heart.  I wish you a day of love and joy and togetherness!

In memory of:

United 93:  Jason Dahl, LeRoy Homer, Lorraine Bay, Sandra Bradshaw, Wanda Green, CeeCee Lyles, Deorah Welsh

United 175:  Victor Saracini, Michael Horrocks, Robert Fangman, Amy Jarret, Amy King, Kathryn Laborie, Alfred Marchand, Michael Tarrou, Alicia Titus

American 11:  John Ogonowski, Thomas McGuinness, Barbara Arestegui, Jeffrey Collman, Sara Low, Karen Martin, Kathleen Nicosia, Betty Ong, Jean D. Roger, Dianne Snyder, Amy Sweeney

American 77:  Charles Burlingame III, David Charlebois, Michele Heidenberger, Jennifer Lewis, Kenneth Lewis, Renee May

 

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Freshly Made Sketches #153

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Time for the middle of the week fun from Freshly Made Sketches!  Just take a look at this fabulous sketch from the lovely and talented Jen Brum.  I just know you are going to love this one!  So many fantastic ways to interpret it!

FMS153 - Grateful WreathI chose to stick with my fall theme and created a little wreath for the sketch.  I took a 1-3/8″ and 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to create the wreath form out of scrap card stock.  Then I cut the edge off a piece of Burlap Ribbon and simply wrapped it around the form.  It is secured with Glue Dots.  Then I used my Flower Fair Framelits leaf to punch out the three leaves from Champagne Glimmer Paper and Color Me Autumn.  I added some Linen Thread and the Gold Metal Button to finish the wreath (also secured with Glue Dots).  The sentiment is from the lovely set Truly Grateful and I added one more Gold Metal Button to try to match the sketch a bit more.  This is a simple card to make but I think that wreath is kind of a wow.  Hope you like it too…let me know what you think!

Today is the last day to sign up for Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition.  I hope you’ll join me!

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Stamp:  Truly Grateful; Paper:  Color Me Autumn DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Soft Suede; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelit, Gold Basic Metal Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Deadline Approaching – Stamps on the Fly

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I am so excited about the response to my Stamps on the Fly – Bright & Beautiful Edition!  Thank you so much to all of you who have already signed up.  This stamp set is so beautiful and I can hardly wait to share all my ideas for it!  But time is running out and I don’t want YOU to be left out of the fun.  The deadline is tomorrow, Sept. 10th!  All of these projects are created solely by me and I’m looking to bring the same style you have seen in my Artisan Design Team 2013 and Dirty Dozen Design Team work.

Don’t forget the sneak peek on my YouTube channel:

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B&B Sneak PeekAnd here is another little one. *smile*

The summary of the program:

The monthly fee is $45 each month for three months (includes shipping and tax).

  • The first month will include the Bright & Beautiful Clear Mount Stamp Set, Frosted Sequins and Silver Foil Sheets.  It also includes shipping and the materials needed to make September’s four projects.
  • The second two months will include approximately $30 each in Stampin’ Up products plus shipping and materials for the remaining eight projects (four per month).
  • Every month you will receive detailed measurements and video tutorials for each project.

** Cost includes clear mount stamp.  If you prefer wood, your fee in the first month will be $53.

What kind of projects will we make?

Project ideas will vary but they will be cards and 3-d projects.  These are stepped-up projects with clean lines and beautiful details.  Stampin’ on the Fly style!  And of course the bonus projects will continue throughout to help inspire you!

How do I register?

Email me (Jen Timko) at jentimko@gmail.com

You can see all the details here:  Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition

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Don’t delay, sign up today!

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Seasonally Scattered – Fall Thanks

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Today I have another card to show you from my Convention Display Board projects!  (Remember to click on the button above to link to all the other display stampers on our Pinterest board)

Seasonally Scattered - Fall ThanksI thought you would enjoy the fall colors of this card as we get more into fall mode.  These are such great ones too!  I started with my new In Colors and chose Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey then added in some Early Espresso.  I markered up the stamp putting colors where they seemed to make sense.  Then I lightly spritzed the stamp with water to get the colors to bleed just a little.  The image was stamped onto Naturals Ivory paper and then cut with an Oval Framelit.  I good a piece of Mossy Meadow Card Stock and embossed it with the Honeycomb folder then layered some Burlap Ribbon and a Tea Lace Doily behind the image.  A button tied with Linen Thread completes it.

I am a little late on my post today.  It has been soccer madness for my family this weekend!  Two games for the oldest and one for the youngest.  Great playing and fun watching for all!  But whew…we are tired.  I hope your weekend was equally wonderful!  Until next time, thanks so much for stopping in!

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Stamp:  Seasonally Scattered; Paper:  Mossy Meadow, Naturals Ivory; Ink: Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Honeycomb TIEF, Burlap Ribbon, Tea Lace Doily, Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Neutrals Button

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Freshly Made Sketches #152

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I am happy to be back today with this awesome sketch for Freshly Made Sketches!  Our sketch hostess this week is the oh so lovely Cindy Hall.  I just love her style of stamping and you could not hope to meet a nicer person.  And she came up with a fabulous clean sketch for us this week that I know you will love.

FMS152 - Thankful Leaves

So yes, I did use this stamp for last week’s FMS card.  But surely you can’t expect me to put it down.  It is awesome!  I love fall.  Fall in Virginia is amazing.  Leaves turning, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, beautiful weather.  So I am inspired by fall stamps sets and colors every year. For All Things is one of those go-to sets.  I combined it with the Color Me Autumn DSP and it is a match made in heaven.  I popped the leaves out of the DSP with my Flower Fair Framelits.  Yes.  You were all caught up in the pretty flowers and didn’t notice the leaves.  I did the same thing until I was scouring about trying to figure out how to accessorize this.  Beautiful papers plus great framelits equal fabulous!  All I had to do was add a little bit of Linen Thread and a Gold Basic Metallic Button to finish.

The FMS team has tons of inspiration for you this week.  And…if you didn’t see it….we could not let Kim Singdahlsen leave our team so she has agreed to stay on as a permanent member!  We are so thrilled!

My boys are finally both back in school and I am stamping away.  Some of my work is for my Stamps on the Fly edition (see below) and some is for Dirty Dozen.  But I hope to have something new to show you later this week if United doesn’t call me in to fly.  I hope you September is off to a great start and I am so glad you stopped in to visit me today.

Don’t forget….signs up are open now for Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition

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Stamp:  For All Things; Paper:  Color Me Autumn DSP, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelite, Gold Basic Metal Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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Because I’m Happy….

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Why am I happy??!!!  In case you’ve been hiding, I need to remind you that the new Holiday Catalog is now live.  Yes…oh and the Big Shot special is still ongoing.  But today is the last day for that!  What does that mean?  You need to order and now!  I have links below to the Big Shot and the bundles so check them out.

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I’m also happy to share this card from my Display Stamper collection.  Can I confess that the Pharrell Williams song was in my head while I was making this?  And then I made variations of it as a swap card for the other display stampers.  That was a LOT of happy going on!  So I took the stamp from Amazing Birthday and inked the words with Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry.  Then I just cut them apart.  Finally, I took the markers back to the edges to clean up my cutting.  They are up on Dimensionals with a background of Moonlight DSP.  Add in a Vintage Faceted Button and some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine and you have a fun card!

Don’t forget….signs up are open now for Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition

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And….I’m REALLY happy that you can get the Big Shot bundle (either the Big Shot with the Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle or simply the Bright & Beautiful Bundle at the 15% discount) and still get the discount on my Stamps on the Fly program.  You can read about the whole thing HERE if you missed it.

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Stamp:  Amazing Birthday; Paper:  Whisper White, Moonlight DSP; Ink:  Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry; Accessories:  Vintage Faceted Button, Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine, Dimsensionals

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Fancy Friday – Faux Painting

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10603969_507387439394481_1743873333853894643_oI am so excited to be able to share with you a new monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over the last year “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month we have a color challenge that the whole team will be using as inspiration.  And you know what?  You can join in too!  Just use our inspiration piece (all or some of the colors) and post a comment with your link on any of the team Fancy Friday team’s blogs.

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For my card I wanted to show you this new technique I learned in a Watercolor for Card Makers class I have been taking.  I love the idea of being able to paint an image but that is definitely NOT my talent.  Thank heavens for the artists at Stampin’ Up who create them for me!  But I can cheat and look like I know how to paint.  How?  Well, I inked up my flower from Gifts of Kindness using my Stampin’ Write Markers in the colors from the challenge and stamped it on Watercolor Paper.  Then, using a paint brush dipped in water, I blended the colors and the lines to create this image that looks like I painted it by hand.  Then I took my Aquapainter and added the Island Indigo (really watered down) around the edges of the paper.  Once everything was dry, I added some water drops to it and the sentiment from the same stamp set.  The image here is the star of the show so I simply attached it to an Early Espresso card base using Dimensionals (a lot of them since the paper tends to curl after all the water was added).  I had so much fun with this that I’m looking for more stamps I can use with the technique!

Wanna chance to play along and with the challenge and have a chance to win the Seasonally Scattered stamp set? Be sure to leave a comment on any of our blogs with a link back to your creation, and ONE lucky participant will win! Here are the rules for the challenge: 1. Leave a comment on one of our blogs with a link to your creation, comments/links MUST be left by Friday, September 19th 7:00 PM MST in order to be eligible for the prize. 2. Please use the color palette provided. You can use any combination or all of the colors provided as well as any neutrals. Although SU colors are listed, you can use any colors you have on hand as long as they are similar. 3. You MUST put a link in your post back to the challenge.  **Winner will be announced during the September Fancy Friday Blog Hop! (the last Friday of September).**

Okay, off to go visit the awesome Mercedes Weber!  You will love her project!

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Stamp:  Gifts of Kindness; Paper:  Watercolor, Early Espresso; Ink:  Real Red, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Island Indigo, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Aquapainter, paint brush, Dimsensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #151

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Happy Wednesday!!  Boy do we have a treat for you today over at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our amazing Guest Designer for August, Kim Singdahlsen, is the sketch hostess.  Can you believe this is the first sketch she has created?  Yeah, me neither.  It is fabulous!  I have really enjoyed all her work this month and this is the icing on the cake.

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I kept my card super clean this week with the focus on the new stamp set  For All Things.  I think this set is beautiful and I see so many ways to use it.  My colors for this are Soft Suede (stamped off), Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso.  Other than cutting out the leaf, this card is pretty straight-forward.  I added on a new Gold Basic Metal Button tied with Linen Thread for a little extra and stamped everything on Naturals Ivory Card Stock.  I love the little flecks in that paper that help to fill the white space a bit.

The design team has so many fantastic interpretations of this sketch and I know it will be wildly popular this week because of the possibilities!  I hope you can join in on the fun!  Don’t forget to drop by and say hi to Kim too!

I have been working on my projects for my Stamps on the Fly but I will have a new card ready for you Friday.  The first Fancy Friday hop….a new monthly hop with my 2013 Artisan Design Team friends.  We miss hopping together so this will be fun!  First up….a color challenge for us (and you can join in too)!  Until then, I hope your week is amazing!

Don’t forget….signs up are open now for Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition

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Stamp:  For All Things; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso; Ink:  Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Gold Basic Metal Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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