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Freshly Made Sketches #331

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FMS331 by Jen Timko | Jungle Little Stamp Set by Hello Bluebird, Copic ColoringHappy middle of the week to you!!  I hope your week is going well so far.  This great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches from the lovely Cécile Ribon is sure to get you up and stamping!!  I just love all the possibilities on this one.

I have already told you about the amazing gifts I came home with from Stamping Away last month.  Well, one of my favorites was an adorable stamp set from a new company called Hello Bluebird.  I love finding out about new companies and this one is sure to make you smile.  The Jungle Littles stamp set is from their March release and there are tons of sweet images in this set.  I stamped a few of them not knowing which I would choose for the card and then got to coloring with my Copics.  I just knew the vines would be great for the sketch too.  Because the stamps are photopolymer, I was able to change the curve on the vine (the real image has a bit more bend to it) on my MISTI.  Love how you can do that!  Then I took a very practical approach to choosing which images to use…I let my boys choose.  The oldest told me that the tiger was simply a must (after some debate with the youngest because I had also colored the lion).  The tiger finally won out because he belongs in a jungle, apparently.  Who am I to argue?!  Naturally, the monkey had to join him because who can resist a monkey bringing you a flower?  Yep…that is how it rolls some days around here.  Oh, the real back story to how some things get created, haha!  While there are dies for this set, I don’t have them (yet) so I fussy cut the images to be able to pop them up on the card.

I hope you like my take on the sketch today.  And yes, I did realize that my panels are reversed from the sketch…after they were all stamped and colored.  So I hope Cécile won’t mind too much.  You are going to love all that the design team has created this week.  And we have a new guest to introduce for the month of April!!  My Stamping Away table neighbor, the extraordinary Tracey McNeely, has joined our happy band of enablers.  I already loved her work from afar and then when I got to meet her….well, adjectives don’t quite cover how kind, sweet and seriously talented she is.  Stop over and say hi!!

Thanks for stopping in today.  I appreciate you spending a little time with me and I’ll see you again soon.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Jungle Littles (Hello Bluebird); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals

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Lovely Amazing You

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Lovely Amazing You by Jen Timko | Cottage Garden Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Happy Little Thoughts Stamp by Newton's Nook DesignsToday is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog.  While my blog was plugging along with pre-scheduled posts last week, I was in New York City with my family for spring break.  We had an amazing time and saw as much as we could (and had the tired feet to prove it)!!  Because of the week off, I was not able to participate in the Stamping for Autism Blog Hop so instead I created my card today with that in mind.

I was inspired for my card by this logo.  I love how the colors reflect the differences of all those who are on the autism spectrum.  Just like a rainbow, the colors are better together!  I thought it would be nice to create a wreath of sorts using similar colors and this wonderful flower from Cottage Garden.  After stamping and die cutting the flowers, I chose this sentiment from Happy Little Thoughts.  It sums up how special each individual is, after all.  And on a personal note, I have a number of friends with children on the spectrum.  These parents are the most extraordinary kind of parent.  They are gentle and kind, yet ferocious when defending their children against misunderstanding.  They are full of love and tolerance, yet willing to fight any battle to make sure their children get the most they can from this world.  I’m in awe of them and pray that with each post in this week’s hop, there is more kindness and understanding for those who face these challenges every day.

Please take the time to go over to Newton’s Nook Designs for the DT hop and also to see Veronica Zalis who is the creator of the 2018 Stamping for Autism hop (there are chances to win prizes at both too).

Thanks for stopping in today.  I’m back to stamping and will see you tomorrow for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (some affiliate links included):

Stamp: Cottage Garden (Newton’s Nook Designs), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Lawn Fawn Candy Store Cubes, Lawn Fawn Ice Cream Parlor Cubes, Wild Dandelion Cube (Gina K Designs), Orange Slush Cube (Simon Says Stamp); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Wild Dandelion (Gina K Designs); Accessories:  Big Shot, Cottage Garden Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Dimensionals (SU)

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Grateful

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I’m so excited to be able to share with you one more card I made for the collaboration this month between My Sweet Petunia and Joy Clair.  This is a month long partnership and it gives you lots of opportunities to win!  With two full designs teams (I’m guesting in with My Sweet Petunia), all you have to do is comment on posts where you see this blog hop banner.  You are then entered to win these prizes: two $25 gift certificates to Joy Clair or one MISTI (your choice of original or mini).  Winners will be announced in April on both blogs.

Grateful by Jen Timko | Thank You for Everything Stamp by Joy Clair, MISTI by My Sweet PetuniaThis card is brought to you by the fun of repeat stamping with the MISTI.  Yes, I did say the fun of repeat stamping.  Those are not the words I would have used without a MISTI!!  *smile*  I started by stamping the top center flower and then moved the paper left and right the same distance to stamp the rest of the row.  Then I moved the paper up and back to center and started the process again.  Perfect alignment, no stress, almost no actual math.  I added this sweet sentiment that comes from the same set as the flower (Thank You for Everything).  I colored in the flowers using my watercolors and then cut the image with a stitched square die.

I thought that the dimension from the Wood Textures paper on the base was perfect to complement the flowers so I just layered it onto the square base and popped the image layer up with Dimensionals (SU).

I thought this was the perfect card for today. I am grateful for many things!  For friends and family, on that I’m very blessed!  For this stamping community, the encouragement from you brings me such joy.  And despite the fact that today is Good Friday, I’m grateful that I know Easter will come.  I hope that you have a beautiful Easter weekend!

Make sure you go over to the  Joy Clair and My Sweet Petunia blogs to see what other inspiration they have for you.  And don’t forget to leave your comments for a chance to win!

 

Supplies (affiliate links may be included):

Stamp: Thank You for Everything (Joy Clair); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Watercolor Paper (Canson), Wood Textures DSP (SU); Accessories:  Original MISTI, Silver #4 Round Paint Brush, Debby’s Set Watercolor Palette (Simon Says Stamp)

 

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Bloom Where You’re Planted

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I’m so excited to be able to share with you another card I made for the collaboration this month between My Sweet Petunia and Joy Clair.  This is a month long partnership and it gives you lots of opportunities to win!  With two full designs teams (I’m guesting in with My Sweet Petunia), all you have to do is comment on posts where you see this blog hop banner.  You are then entered to win these prizes: two $25 gift certificates to Joy Clair or one MISTI (your choice of original or mini).  Winners will be announced in April on both blogs.

Bloom by Jen Timko | Grow in Faith Stamp by Joy Clair, Christmas Nativity by Joy Clair, MISTI by My Sweet PetuniaI’m continuing on my spring theme today with this sweet little flower set called Grow in Faith.  I just love all the little flowers in the set but thought it would be fun to but them in the watering pail.  There was a bit of masking for this card.  First, I stamped the pail using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  Then I put down my mask over the pail.  I pulled this wooden image from the Christmas Nativity set (part of a stable) to create a table for the flowers.  With mask safely in place, I stamped the first (top) board, then I masked that and stamped the second one.  The MISTI takes away all the fear on making mistakes…and no starting over if there is incomplete stamping!  I do find that on masking projects I always need to stamp twice.  Once those were done, I stamped the flowers (with the pail mask still in place).  Notice that I had cut the little top part off the pail mask so that the flower appear to be in the pail.

So after all that was done, I pulled off all the masks and YAY!!  There is always a bit of a moment of holding your breath with masking…at least for me.  I stamped the sentiment and then colored the images using Copic markers.  Such a sweet little card!

Make sure you go over to the  Joy Clair and My Sweet Petunia blogs to see what other inspiration they have for you.  And don’t forget to leave your comments for a chance to win!

Supplies (affiliate links may be included):

Stamp: Grow in Faith(Joy Clair), Christmas Nativity (Joy Clair); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Elegant Eggplant (SU), Daffodil Delight (SU); Accessories:  Original MISTI, Copic Markers, Masking Paper (SSS)

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Sending You Smiles

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I’m so excited to be able to share with you a card I made for the collaboration this month between My Sweet Petunia and Joy Clair.  This is a month long partnership and it gives you lots of opportunities to win!  With two full designs teams (I’m guesting in with My Sweet Petunia), all you have to do is comment on posts where you see this blog hop banner.  You are then entered to win these prizes: two $25 gift certificates to Joy Clair or one MISTI (your choice of original or mini).  Winners will be announced in April on both blogs.

Sending You Smiles by Jen Timko | Hugs and Smiles Stamp by Joy Clair, MISTI by My Sweet Petunia, WatercolorSo today, I pulled out this amazing Hugs and Smiles stamp set.  These flowers are so pretty and I love the sentiments.  I lined up the stamp on one side of the watercolor paper and stamped using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed with Wow White Embossing Powder.  I did stamp twice with my Versamark because it is kind of hard to see if you missed a spot.  Of course, the MISTI makes that super easy!  Then, and here is where the MISTI really earns her keep, I flipped the card stock and stamped again.  The stamp positions exactly where it was on the opposite side with no stress.  Perfectly symmetrical!!

Using some watercolor paints, I painted the flowers and then chose the green for the center section.  Something about a nice spring green makes me happy!  Also, it was snowing when I made this…in spring…when there had not been snow all winter….  So yes, spring green!  I splattered on a little extra paint and then decided which sentiment to use.  Now, without a MISTI, this card would have gone without a sentiment because it would certainly have been ruined.  I know we all did that before this tool came around!!  But into the breach I went (not really…there was no stress, lol), and I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed it too.  The whole panel is so pretty on this green base, don’t you think?!

Ok, now I made you look so you need to go find all the blogs participating this month.  Start with Joy Clair and My Sweet Petunia and you will find their teams!  I’ll be back in a few days with more from this collaboration.  Until then, have a great weekend!

Supplies (affiliate links may be included):

Stamp: Hugs and Smiles (Joy Clair); Ink:  Versamark; Paper: Montval Watercolor (Canson), Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp); Accessories:  Original MISTI, Silver #4 Round Paint Brush, Debby’s Set Watercolor Palette (Simon Says Stamp)

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CTS264 – Hello Friend

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Hello Friend by Jen Timko | Hearts and Flowers Stamps and Dies by Gina K Designs (Sentiments), Magic Stamp by ClearsnapI got a chance yesterday to create a quick card and I knew when I saw that latest from CAS(E) this Sketch I had to join in.  And I knew exactly what I wanted to use for the sketch element….my Magic Stamp!

I showed you a card with a Newton’s Nook sentiment during the release that used a background made with this and for today’s card, I used a background that was created using a wooden basket.  The texture is really fun!  Something about the sunny yellow seemed right (since I am ready for spring) so I used my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Squeezed Lemonade.  What a pretty color!  The sentiment comes from Gina K Designs (I love that die with the ‘hello’) and then I just added some sequins.

The sketch over at CTS is a great one for CAS cards and you are sure to want to join in too.  Glad you stopped in today.  Back tomorrow with another fun collaboration that I get to share in.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies:

Stamp:  Hearts and Flowers (Gina K Designs), Magic Stamp (Clearsnap); Paper: Basic Black (SU), Solar White (Neenah); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink (Squeezed Lemonade), Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Sequins

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Freshly Made Sketches #329

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FMS329 by Jen Timko | Free Spirit Stamp Set by Taylored Expressions, Mandala Cutting Plate by Taylored Expressions, Tim Holtz Distress InkI’m busy, busy showing you projects this week and I have been waiting to show you this one.  I made this while I was at Stamping Away and just love it!!  It seems perfect that the wonderful Kim Singdahlsen is the sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love what she creates with Taylored Expressions products so it seems fitting that I was able to use some of those for her sketch.

I started with the Mandala Cutting Plate and what a wow it is!  I cut it out of some Bristol Smooth paper so that I could watercolor it.  I smooshed some Distress Ink onto a clear block and added some water, then used that to color the mandala.  I saved the large cut out section on the right side so that I could color it too.  So bold and super simple to do!  Another of the TE design team members, Jen Shults, brought this die (and many of its friends) to Stamping Away and she also brought a ton of TE stamps.  I was like a kid in a candy store!!  Took me a while but I finally narrowed down to the perfect sentiment from the Free Spirit stamp set.  I cut out a banner with the Double Ended Flag Stacklet and then stamped on the sentiment using my Misti.

This may be my favorite card that I have made in a while and I was clearly inspired by all the rainbows and creativity while I was at the Whatever Craft House!  I hope you enjoy this sketch as well…so many beautiful projects from our design team!!  Thanks so much for stopping in.  I’ll see you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Free Spirit (Taylored Expressions); Paper:  Neenah Solar White #110, Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron); Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Mandala Cutting Plate (Taylored Expressions), Double Ended Flag Stacklet (Taylored Expressions

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Reverse Confetti and Misti Blog Hop

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I cannot even tell you how excited I am to be participating today in a hop with Reverse Confetti and My Sweet Petunia!  You are going to be blown away by all the inspiration as the two design teams combine.

Enjoy Today by Jen Timko | Take Flight Stamp and Dies by Reverse Confetti, Sunburst Tag Layer Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Copic Coloring, My Sweet Petunia's Original Misti

I fell completely in love with the Take Flight stamp set (big surprise, right?!) and thought it would be such fun to use with the Sunburst Tag Layer.  I knew the sentiment was a great fit in that circle but making sure it stamped there perfectly was up to my Misti!

Enjoy Today - Jen Timko | Take Flight Stamp (Reverse Confetti) with a Misti Original by My Sweet PetuniaHonestly the best part of the Misti is just KNOWING it will be right.  And if it isn’t the first time, it becomes perfect because you can stamp again.  I’m not sure how I ever created without this tool and I know for certain that there is no going back.  It simply lives on my table.

After stamping, I attached the Sunburst tag to the Topped Off Tag base and tied on a bit of baker’s twine.  The kite from the stamp set was the perfect little image to add.  Something about a kite brings thoughts of a happy summer day and that seemed to fit so well with the sentiment.  After attaching the kite to the tag, I just put the whole thing on a pretty polka dotted base.

As if all this crafty goodness wasn’t enough, we will choose two lucky commenters from the hop to win one of two prizes: a $60 shopping spree at www.mysweetpetunia.com and a $60 shopping spree at www.Reverseconfetti.com.  You must leave your comments no later than Sunday, March 25th, at 11:59 PM Central time and winners will be announced on Tuesday March 27th, on the Reverse Confetti and My Sweet Petunia blogs.

So make sure you stop by all the amazing blogs and leave a little love!  Up next is the incredible Kelly Lunceford.  And here is the whole list to make it easy to find everyone.

Amy Tsuruta
Ilina Crouse
Lisa Henke
Jeanne Streiff
Susan Liles
My Sweet Petunia
Tricia Barber
Kia Gibson-Clapper
Deanne Kuntz
Ceal Pritchett
Melissa Phillips
Giovana Smith
Audrey Tokach
Chris Dayton
Kathy Schweinfurth
Stephanie Severin
Laurie Schmidlin
Janine Tinklenberg
Amy Rohl
Dina Kowal
Heather Hoffman
Jana Millen
Reverse Confetti
Jennifer Timko (you are here)
Kelly Lunceford
Joan Bardee
Olga Moss
Judy Rozema
Jeanne Jachna
Susan Wymer
Lydia Fiedler

Stamp: Take Flight (Reverse Confetti); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Pastels Pack (MFT); Accessories:  Big Shot, Sunburst Tag Layer Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Topped Off Tag Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Original MISTI, Yellow Baker’s Twine, Mini Dimensionals (SU)

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So Very Kind

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So Very Kind by Jen Timko | So Very Kind Greeting Die by Lil' Inker Designs, Tim Holtz Distress InksDropping in today to show you some sweet little note cards that I made.  Something about a little card that you can tuck into a package always makes me smile.  And I don’t seem to make them enough.  This little die with the sentiment comes from Lil’ Inker Designs and was among the sweet products I got at Stamping Away (I might as well warn you that I have many posts worth of enabling as I get to use these items).  I made little 3″ x 3″ squares and then used the die to cut out the centers.  Because I used Bristol Smooth paper, I was able to add these fun watercolor looks using Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I simply smooshed the ink onto a small acrylic block, spritzed with water and dabbed the color onto cut sentiments.  So easy and yet so fun!  Once dry, I attached them onto 3″ x 3″ cards and they are all ready to go.  These already have homes that they are going to so I think I need to set about making more to have on hand.

Thanks so much to Lil’ Inker Designs for sponsoring Stamping Away.  You are, indeed, so very kind!

Back tomorrow with a fun hop that you are going to LOVE!  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links may be included):

Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry); Accessories: Big Shot, So Very Kind Greetings Die (Lil’ Inker Designs)

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Thanks a Bunch

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Thanks a Bunch by Jen Timko | Posie Fill In Stamps and Dies by Concord and 9th, C9Happy weekend!!  Just a fun extra post to show you a great new set from Concord and 9th called the Posie Fill-In.  I was lucky enough to get this from my Stamping Away retreat and could not wait to use it.  I stamped the background using Versafine Onyx Black and then added in the different elements with Altenew inks.  The flowers were all stamped and cut with the coordinating dies.  Such a sweet way to make a fun card and there are so many options!!

Now back to your regularly schedule browsing.  I’m off to watch some soccer today!!  WOOHOO!!  Until next time, have a great day!  And to Concord and 9th….THANKS A BUNCH for this awesome bundle!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Posie Fill-In Bundle (Concord and 9th); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Black (SU); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Pocketful of Sunshine Cubes (Altenew), Green Fields Cubes (Altenew), Deep Blue Sea Cubes (Altenew); Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Posie Fill-In Dies (Concord and 9th)

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