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Freshly Made Sketches #246

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Jen Timko - FMS246 - Flourish in PinkNow just look at the cool sketch we have over at Freshly Made Sketches today!!  It is so fantastic!  No surprise, my friend Rita has added a tag since she has been making some super fab ones on her blog lately.  Ours are a bit cleaner but it is a fun element for sure!

I decided that Pop of Pink DSP was perfect for this one and used this fun Melon Mambo print for my tag that was created with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and a Corner Rounder from my Envelope Punch Board.  Super quick and so easy!  I love, love this flower that I created with the Flourish Thinlets.   I added some Black Baker’s Twine and embossed the back panel with Softly Falling to add a little more texture.  The sentiment comes from Paper Pumpkin.  Love how all the elements combine so beautifully for a bright and happy card!

FMS Final 246-001The team has such a variety of ideas to show you.  I hope you have fun with the challenge this week and I will see you soon!


Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin Sentiment; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black ; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Pop of Pink DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Black Baker’s Twine, Softly Falling TIEF, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Envelope Punch Board, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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CTS #181 – Day Filled with Sunshine

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CTS#181 - Day Filled with SunshineI have  fun card to share with you today!  I have been trying to play along with the 30-day Coloring Challenge again.  I miss some days but I like that I think about taking time (even just a few minutes) to color….just because.  It also pushes me to look for inspiration and find some fun challenges in which to play.  I was able to do just that for this card.  I started using the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge for the week as my sketch and also decided to join the Simon Wednesday Challenge.  The sketch is a wonderfully clean one that I hope I didn’t stretch too far.  The Simon challenge is to create a scene with a focus on Newton’s Nook stamps.

I used the adorable stamp set Newton’s Day Dream to create this little scene.  As usual for all cat things, my cat muse is my sweet little calico Kate.  I think in her perfect world she would nap with all these fun things flying about.  Or so she tells me when she tried to sneak outside and is caught.  *smile*  I colored using my Zig Clean Color Pens in the following colors:IMG_3591I really do love coloring with these pens so much!!  I cut the image panel out using my Wonky Stitches die to add a little more fun detail.  Just a quick post today.  I hope you have a lovely Saturday filled with sunshine.

CTS_181Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Newton’s Day Dream (Newton’s Nook); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor Paper, Basic Black(SU); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT), Dimensionals

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Pottery Inspired Florals

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Jen Timko - Pottery Inspired FloralsI am thrilled to finally share with you that I have been working on a Product Review for Splitcoaststampers over the last few weeks.  I’m sure you already know that Splitcoaststampers is always on the leading edge in looking for the latest and greatest in products, helping put focus on talented designers and a one-stop-shop for inspiration and information!  What a privilege it is to get the call about doing a review for something new!

For this round I am reviewing a new ink offering from Clearsnap called the Colorbox 4-Color Premium Dye Ink.  It configures a color family of inks all into one box to make your stamping convenient and allow you to have perfectly coordinated colors with simply one box.  Hop right over to the Product Focus page and you can see all the reviews and projects from the whole Product Review Team!

For my project today, I used the Summer palette’s blue to create this pretty card.  I was inspired by a cool piece of pottery I saw on Pinterest that reminded me of the Detailed Floral Thinlets (picture below).  I just had to see if I could mimic the look.  Here is the video tutorial showing you the how-to:

If you cannot see it via your email, you can go to YouTube directly by clicking this link:  Pottery Inspired Watercolor


9adf4c5698c3119e40b2f15ac7eb9109I hope that you enjoy this fun technique.  You could totally do this in multiple colors as well for a great result!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

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Stamp:  Flourishing Phrases; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor, Whisper White (Base); Ink:  Colorbox 4-Color Premium Dye Ink in Summer; Accessories:  Big Shot, Details Florals Thinlits Dies, Paint Brush, Dimensionals, Sequins (Share Kindess set from Pretty Pink Posh)

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Freshly Made Sketches #245

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FMS245 - Happy BirdsI am so happy to be able to share our adorable sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  This one is such fun and lends itself to so many things….DSP, colored panels, great focal images.  Should not come as a surprise that the incredible Jen Mitchell is this week’s sketch hostess!

I opted to focus on a fun stamp from WPlus9’s Happy Birds.  These birds still just crack me up!  I  colored him using my Zig Clean Color Markers (just two colored needed).  I chose zig-zag print from Pop of Pink DSP (SU) and cut it a using Border Builders die from Lil’ Inkers.  The focal panel was cut with a Stitched Rectangles die (SSS).  I chose a sentiment from Paper Pumpkin….I know….those seem to be my go-to lately but they really are so trendy and great!  I finally topped it with a few sequins.

FMS Final 245-001I hope you have a great time with this one.  Guessing the gallery will be just loaded with inspiration!!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a new card that has a Product Review for Splitcoaststampers.  It even included a video tutorial so I hope you’ll stop in!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Happy Birds (WPlus9); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Pop of Pink DSP, Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builders Dies (LID), Sequins (SU), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)Summer Mix Sequins (PPP)

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One of a Kind

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One of a KindI hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  I had some time to stamp during the week and wanted to share this fun little card with you.  I feel like sometimes I get so caught up in techniques and supplies and all the shiny things in stamping that I forget the basics of just stamps and ink.  So today, that is what I’m sharing with you.  A basic and fun card that I made just because it made me happy.

I got this little One of a Kind stamp set from Altenew awhile ago because I simply love the size and style of the flower.  Also, because I feel like this sentiment is timely and perfect for so many things.  After all, we are each one of a kind aren’t we?  It is good to celebrate that!!!  I inked up this little flower using the Colorbox 4-color ink box in the Fall palette.  The ink box is kind of unique in that it has four colors in one box that are meant to go together.  I inked the top of the flower in the purple and the bottom in the green from the box and stamped onto watercolor paper.  Then I pulled some ink with my Zig Brush2O and touched in a little more color.  The sentiment was stamped in the blue from the box.  I cut it out with a stitched rectangle and put it on a Night of Navy base.  Simple, clean and sweet.

I hope you will find some time today to create something because it makes you happy.  You deserve it!  Take care of you because you are unique, special and one of a kind!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  One of a Kind (Altenew); Ink: Fall Colorbox 4-Color Premium Dye Ink ; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #244

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Jen Timko - FMS244 - Spring DaisiesHappy July to you!!  I hope that you have had a great start to the month.  You may have noticed I have been mostly absent over the last week or so.  Well, I was!  Because I was on vacation!  YAY!!!  My family and I went to the beach for a week and then added onto the vacation with a trip to downtown Washington DC for a baseball game and the big fireworks on the 4th.  The weather was a bit soggy but the game played on and the family had a great time.  Even the fireworks managed to go up despite the low ceilings.  But now I’m home and getting everything back in order.  So I’ll start by being the sketch hostess for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.

I continued to play with my new Colorbox inks, this time in the Spring color palette.  I thought it would be fun to pull out the little Daisy stamp from Altenew and do a bit of masking to create this little trio of flowers.  Pretty, aren’t they?!  The layering of the colors comes from just stamping off the inks in various degrees to create the shades.  Super simple way to make sure your colors coordinate perfectly!  Speaking of coordinating….aren’t these sequins an awesome match?!    I picked out two from Pretty Pink Posh and one from an old Paper Pumpkin.  The sentiment is from the Skipping Stones Design set Healing Wings.  I cut the stamped layer using my retired Ovals Dies (SU) and then attached it to a White Notecard from SU.

FMS Final 244-001I hope that you enjoy this sketch!  The team must have because their samples this week are incredible!!  I look forward to seeing you in the gallery too!  Now….back to laundry….  And maybe just a bit of stamping too, I hope.  Until next time, I hope you have a great day!


Stamps:  Daisy (Altenew), Healing Wings (Skipping Stones Design); Ink:  Spring Premium Dye Inks (Colorbox), Versafine Onyx Black ; Paper: Thick Whisper White, White Note Card; Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Dies (SU – Ret), Dimensionals, Summer Mix Sequins (PPP), Pink Sequin (Paper Pumpkin), Glue Dots

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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.

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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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