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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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Botanical Rose

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Jen Timko - Botanical RoseI really wanted to use this title on the post:  “In which I say happy anniversary to Altenew, show what I have learned about Chameleon pens, and profess undying thanks to Lydia”  (format courtesy of Lydia)  I think we can agree that would have been a bit cumbersome.  But it is really what this post is about!

First of all, I wanted to share this card that is inspired by the 2nd Anniversary of Altenew.  This company is so fabulous and the inspiration they have provided through beautiful designs and an amazing design team are a stand out in the industry!  This set, Botanical Blooms, is pretty new and I’m completely enamored with it.  Such pretty, pretty images!  I wanted to make a clean card (yeah….I know, I always do) that showed off the lovely details in these stamps.  I stamped them with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and added a sentiment from Watercolor Wishes (SU) stamped in Versafine Black Ink.

Then I get to part two of my post….Chameleon Pens.  These are a unique way to color using alcohol pens that have all the shading care of one pen.  The dear Ilina Crouse sent me the Pastel Tones set and that is all I have used for coloring here.  In fact, I only used three of them (Y03-Warm Sunset, CG8-Cool Gray, and PK3-Bubble Gum).  I am getting better at shading and timing the infusions and they are really fun to use.  This is what I was working on the other day when a friend came over to visit….she colored some pretty flowers too!  I added a few sequins that matched (two from Pretty Pink Posh and one from SU) and added a border of a pretty watercolor DSP (retired SU).

Finally, and this is big.  I need to profess my thanks to the one-of-a-kind Lydia.  I have struggled pretty much forever in getting a decent picture of a primarily white card.  As in, I take 25 pictures all over my house, edit the pictures, hate the pictures, take 25 more pictures…..   Well, you get the point.  So when Lydia posted about a new light box she got and how it changed her world, well, I had to run right out to get one.  I caution you that following Lydia inspires that result.  Being her friend can be expensive because she is always right.  When she says you have to have it, you do.  Just accept it and move forward.  I had planned to post this card yesterday but then I found out my Foldio 2 was coming and I wanted to wait to give it a good test.  Let me tell you what happened.  I set it up, took one (yes, ONE) picture with my phone (YES, MY PHONE!!!!!!) and this is the one I took.  I cropped it, lightened it just a little and done.  Threw on the watermark and I’m pretty sure I squealed loud enough for the neighbors to be concerned.  Now I can spend more time making things.  I’m so happy!!

So that is it for today.  Pretty much one big thank you post to Altenew, Ilina and Lydia.  Wow, I’m lucky to be a stamper!  Hope your weekend is fabulous!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Watercolor Wishes (SU); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Chameleon Pastel Tones; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP (SU retired); Accessories:  Sequins – PPP Summer Mix and SU Paper Pumpkin, Glue Dots

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Freshly Made Sketches #231

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FMS231 - Dogwood on grayTake a look at this cool sketch we have this week over at Freshly Made Sketches!!  No surprise that it comes from the incredibly awesome Karren Johnson who always wows me with her superb coloring and fabulous designs.  The little angle on the back panel provides so many opportunities to add interest to your card!

Recently I got this beautiful image from Mama Elephant called Butterfly Kisses.  It has this gorgeous dogwood flower plus some butterflies.  But it also comes with a fantastic sentiment set.  Totally had to have it!  I was stamping with a friend yesterday and she pulled out this flower to color with my new Chameleon pens (I worked on another project that I’ll share soon).  We were discussing how pretty this would be if colored in white on a dark background and an idea was born!!  I stamped the flower using Versamark ink onto Basic Gray card stock and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  They using a Blender Pen and White Craft Ink (SU), I colored the flower and the leaves.  I went back and added Pear Pizzazz ink over the leaves and put in a touch of Blushing Bride near the centers of the flowers.  This technique has been around for a while but somehow it seems fresh to me when coloring on the gray.  In person, it almost has a chalk look.  I felt like the flower petals needed a little something extra so I added Wink of Stella on top of them.  SOOOOO pretty in person!  Also, nearly impossible to photograph….here is my attempt.  FMS231 - CloseupIf you have seen Stella in person then you know how gorgeous it is!  I chose a Pink Pirouette back panel to pull from the pink in the flower and then put it on a Basic Gray base.  The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin set (don’t forget to pull those out….they are consistently just the right sentiment for me!).  I added some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish.  They look a bit silver in the photo but they are really a pale gray, see through sequin….beautiful!

I hope you have a great time with this sketch!  The team has shown all kinds of ways to use it and I know you will show us even more.  I’ll be back on Friday to share some more of this week’s stamping.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink: Versamark, White Craft (SU), Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride; Paper: Basic Gray (SU), Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  Blender Pen (SU), Wink of Stella Clear, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Dimensionals

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Butterfly Shine

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Jen Timko - NoVa Friends SwapFor those of you who follow me on Instagram, you already saw the pieces of this card in progress of making it.  On Saturday, I went to the NoVa Stamping Friends event put together by two of the most wonderful ladies you could ever meet – Rose Ellen Eastman and Michelle Suit.  It is always a treat to go to these get-togethers!  I was pretty busy with my 10yo spring breaker last week but at the last minute (always the last minute) I decided that I really could not attend empty handed.  So I put together a few swap cards.

I just got this Shine On DSP and I have to admit that it surprised me.  In a great way.  I loved its predecessor from a holiday catalog two years ago so I thought I would mostly be using it for 3-d type items.  But once I got it in hand, I had to make cards….right away.  This is actually the second card I have designed with it and I’ll share the first in a few days.  The silver with the kraft is an unexpected and fresh combination that I love.  The colors on the reverse sides included Bermuda Bay and that is where my pop of color inspiration is from.  With the cool print on the DSP, I didn’t want to clutter things up too much.  I punched out some Kraft Card Stock with a 2-1/2″ Circle Punch.  Using my Big Shot, I pulled out my Butterflies Thinlits and my Greetings Thinlits and cut Bermuda Bay Card Stock.  I attached the circle with Dimensionals and then used Glue Dots on the two thinlet pieces.  I added on some silver sequins from the Metallics Sequins.  Because I started late in the afternoon on Friday, I ran out of time when putting them together so the ones in the stack below are without sequins.  This is a public service announcement showing why you should always start making your swaps sometime earlier than 4p the day before…..  yeah….just sayin’!  Oh well, I’m just happy they were all glued together!  And the lighting on the photo…also part of the PSA about not waiting until the last minute and then remembering to take a photo in bad lighting with your phone.  *smile*

I made some lovely make-n-take cards while at the event and received some beautiful swaps in return.  I’m going to get nice pictures of those and share them soon.  I’m so glad you stopped in with me today.  See you again tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!

Paper: Shine On DSP, Kraft, Bermuda Bay; Accessories:  Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits, Greetings Thinlits, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Metallics Sequins

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Kate’s Day Dream

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Kate's DaydreamWith my youngest on Easter break this week, my stamping time has still been a little limited but I have been able to sneak down to the stamp room some.  And I even got my son to join me for a few minutes!  Mom win!  What tempted him away from Legos and his iPad??  Well, a cute cat stamp of course!  I just got this little adorable set from Newton’s Nook called Newton’s Day Dream.  I have been infatuated with the Newton images for a while but always had a hard time choosing which one I wanted.  I knew that this was one I had to have because my, um, “muse” tends to look a lot like this a lot of the time.  My kitty Kate (the little princess calico) is such a sweet girl.  She is an inside cat so I suspect being out amongst the flowers and grass is in her day dreams.  But we have loads of pictures of her just like this curled up on book bags, toys, chairs, stamp tables, and everywhere in between.IMG_1685Here is one at Christmas.  Like all calicos she has the most unique markings and it was fun to be able to mimic them on this sweet image.  I stamped in black using WPlus9’s Dye Ink onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper and then used my Zig Clean Color Pens to color Kate in (Bright Yellow, Light Brown and Black).  I added a sentiment from the February Paper Pumpkin kit and then cut the image using the Stitched Mats Circles from Lil’ Inker.  The background paper is retired SU DSP.

I mentioned that my son came down to stamp with me after seeing this adorable image and he decided to use a Minecraft Lego cat (yes…..the perfect storm of toy greatness for a 10yo = Legos + Minecraft) for his coloring choices.  Here are our cards together.Kate and FriendHe used some of my retired Blendabilites and colored on Thick WW card stock.  He liked the red polka dots behind the kitty so we just used the same layout as mine.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Newton’s Day Dream (Newton’s Nook); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Blendabilities (SU retired); Paper:  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White (SU), Retired DSP (SU); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Big Shot, Stitched Mats Circles (LID), Dimensionals

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