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Freshly Made Sketches #350 – I See A Wish

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FMS350 by Jen Timko | Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Shark Bite Sequins by Picket Fence StudiosHappy middle of the week!  I’m a bit belated (if you were looking at the challenge this morning) with my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.  I had about 11.3 seconds in the last week to make a card but I just HAD to pull this set out.  Thank heavens that the awesome Narelle gave us a super sketch for this week!!  Her layers (she really is amazing with layers) were a great way to show  off some new things.

You see, this stamp (and some lovely friends) all showed up to my mailbox on Monday as part of my new adventure of being on the Picket Fence Studios Design Team.  *Insert whooping and hollering here*  I look forward to having lots of time to play but I really wanted to be able to share the good news here.  So….a quick card.  I stamped the flower and the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black in and put them on a base of Smoke Gray (SSS).  To add a little bit of color I thought these sweet blue sequins were just perfect.  They are from the Shark Bite collection, also from Picket Fence Studios.

Here is a picture of the whole team….according to my husband, I’m Peter Brady of the Brady Bunch…..we may have just aged ourselves irrevocably.
Ok, well off to see if I can find a few minutes to actually craft!  I’ll be back soon.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping in.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Dandelion Wishes (Picket Fence Studios); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Smoke Gray (Simon Says Stamp); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Big Shot, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Shark Bite Happy Hour Sequin Mix (Picket Fence Studios)

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Freshly Made Sketches #349

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Hi everyone!  I’m back from a bit of a summer break and I’m thrilled to be able to share the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess is Karren Johnson and she has created the perfect clean sketch to get me inspired after my time off.  Karren always has the most beautiful coloring and design on her cards so it is no surprise that she gave us a sketch that allows for lots of creativity.

When I saw the horizontal panel, the first thing that came to mind was watercoloring.  So I went with it.  I used my Daniel Smith palette from Simon Says Stamp (lots of little dots to allow you to find your favorite colors!) and chose a soft color scheme.  I made an ombré gray and then added some little hydrangea petals from Mondo Hydrangea colored in purple with a bit of green.  The sentiment from the same set fit perfectly across the bottom of the colored swash.  I thought about adding more bling or details but then I felt it was perfect just as it was.  You can’t really see it but the purple watercolor is called Amethyst Genuine and has a bit of sparkle in it.  Gorgeous!

I needed a clean card to warm back up!  Over the last two weeks, I have not been in my stamp room.  We had a family vacation to Florida (yes…it was crazy hot and humid, haha!!).  We conquered three parks and enjoyed some pool time.  And most fun, we even managed to sneak a surprise visit in with my mom!  That was a highlight of the trip, for sure.  After vacation it was right back to work.  This is the busy season for sure and the weather has been no one’s friend.  I definitely needed some stamping time!!  I’m back out today but hoping for some more craft time next week.  Lots of fun things in the works!  Until then, thanks for stopping in and I’ll see you soon.  Hope you’ll join in our challenge this week!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Montval Watercolor (Canson); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Big Shot, Mondo Hydrangea Dies (Ellen Hutson), Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Daniel Smith Watercolors – Holiday Palette (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #347

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FMS347 by Jen Timko | Happy Birds Stamps and Dies by WPlus9 The summer fun continues around my house and we have been busy, busy!  Hope you are having a great week too.  Our sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches is courtesy of the lovely Kim Singdahlsen.  I love her style…always something really special about her work!

I saw a circle and at first I thought flower (of course).  But I thought maybe I should stretch a bit so I flipped through my stamp sets and came upon Happy Birds by WPlus9.  It was PERFECT!  So I colored up this little cardinal and pulled out a previously inked and cut out panel.  I knew I was right to keep this stack of unused extras!  I thought the sentiment was funny because the little bird has a slightly grumpy look to me (although my 15yo swears he looks happy).  To add a little more interest, I embossed the base of my card with a circles folder from SU.

I hope you will enjoy playing along with us this week.  Please stop by and say and extra thank you to Caly Person for all her inspiration this month.  It has been such a joy to have her along!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Happy Birds (WPlus9); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Extra White Watercolor (Fabriano); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Squeezed Lemonade (Tim Holtz); Accessories: Big Shot, Happy Birds Dies (WPlus9), Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Stitched Shape Dies (SU), Daniel Smith Watercolors – Yana’s Palette (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #346

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FMS346 by Jen Timko | Posie Fill In Stamp Set and Dies by Concord and 9th, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide InkI hope your week has been great so far.  Here today with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  We have a wonderful challenge this week from sketch hostess Linda Callahan.  Just like with every card Linda makes, this sketch lends itself to fun and whimsy…and lots of creativity.

As soon as I saw the circles, I thought about flowers and I thought these from the Posie Fill In Set were perfect for the job.  I love how they layer (even without their cool background that comes with the set).  I stamped them in Altenew Ink and chose the Coral Berry and Forest Glades.  I find it is easiest to stamp the outlines first and then the inside solid image.  They line up really easily.  For the flowers, I added the centers after the other layers.  I used my Misti to make short work of all the stamping too.  After pondering just using a plain white base, I thought it might be fun to create a more interesting background.  I pulled out my Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers.  I inked up a large clear block and spritzed it with water then used that to add the ink to Watercolor Paper.  I let the first layer dry a bit and then stamped a little extra ink down to add the splatters and details.  Conveniently, there was a bit of a white area left on the side with matches up with the sketch so I chose not to add another layer.  The sentiment comes from the same set as the flowers.

Flying tons this week.  The busy season is really upon us airline people!  Have a great rest of your week and I’ll see you again soon!  Thanks for stopping in.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Posie Fill In (Concord and 9th)); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Extra White Watercolor (Fabriano); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Coral Berry (Altenew), Forest Glades (Altenew), Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink (Tim Holtz); Accessories: Big Shot, Posie Fill In Dies (Concord and 9th)), Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Mini Dimensionals (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #345

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FMS345 by Jen Timko | Beautiful Ride Stamp Set and Dies by Simon Says Stamp, Copic Coloring, Sparkling Clear Sequins by Pretty Pink PoshHappy Wednesday to you!  I hope your week is wonderful so far!  I had pretty much a perfect 4th of July last week.  We went to the Washington Nationals baseball game.  They lost but the game was still fun.  Then we went down to the National Mall.  To cool off, we visited the Museum of Natural History…one of my favorites (but glad I don’t have to choose one).  Then, the big fireworks event!  And what fireworks they were!  After recovering for a day, we drove for a quick weekend to visit family in Cleveland.  The boys and I have enjoyed the last couple of summer days by going to the pool and getting ice cream at a local gem called the Moo Thru.  So, you can see that I have summer on the brain.

Perfect for this amazing sketch by Jen Mitchell over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Jen’s clean style always has special touches and this sketch reflects that wonderfully.  For the rectangle part of the sketch, I obsessed over the idea of this bike.  I love this bike and it seems to say summer to me.  This comes from a set call Beautiful Ride by Simon Says Stamp and has lots of fun accessories that go with the bike.  I chose a little bag to fill with flowers.  I stamped them all in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  The sentiment is from the same set….love it!  I added a few Sparkling Clear sequins and put the image layer on a Real Red base.

I hope you are enjoying your week.  I’m back to work today.  Maybe I’ll see some of you around the country.  Don’t forget to peek in if you are on a United Airbus!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you again soon.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Beautiful Ride (Simon Says Stamp); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Real Red (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Ride Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Misti, Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Dimensionals (SU), Mini Dimensionals (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #344

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FMS344 by Jen Timko | Floral Phrases Stamp Set by Stampin' UpHappy 4th of July!!!  For all of you in the US, I hope you have a happy and safe celebration.  We are off to a baseball game and to see fireworks in downtown DC.  Should be a very classic celebration for us!  But it is also Wednesday and we have a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  The lovely Cécile Ribon is our hostess this week and the sketch is perfect for her clean but always intricate style.

My card uses the Floral Phrases stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  A set that I have loved from the moment I first saw it!  I love these flowers on the angle for the sketch!!  I stamped onto Thick Whisper White with some Lawn Fawn ink in Mermaid.  The sentiment is from the same set and I simply layered banners.  I thought it needed a little a little something extra so I added some pearls.  It was just what the card needed for me!

Some fun news from FMS!  Our July Guest Designer is revealed today and it is my wonderful friend Caly Person.  If you don’t know her, you should!  Go check out her card for today then hop over to see her blog.  Short and sweet today.  Must get to the ball park early, after all!  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Floral Phrases (SU); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU); Ink: Mermaid (Lawn Fawn); Accessories: Misti, Basic Pearls (SU), Dimensionals

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A Fond Farewell

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So today is a day that I have really mixed feelings about.  A year and half ago, I was given the amazing opportunity to become a design team member for Newton’s Nook Designs.  Jen and Jeff Jackson took a chance on me and I am forever grateful!  Being on this team has allowed me to stretch creatively with the support of an incredible group of designers.  What a privilege!  But today, it is time to say goodbye as a team member.  Making the decision to leave was a tough one but it is the right one for me right now.  I’m going to breathe, create for me and see what stamping adventure comes next.

But first, I want to let you know what I have learned being on this team.  I always knew that small business owners were important to our country.  Now I know for sure that small business owners are the heart of it.  Especially in our creative world, I’m grateful for entrepreneurs like Jen and Jeff.  They run Newton’s Nook Designs with love and caring.  You see this in their art and humor.  And as a design team member, you get to see behind the curtain, so to speak.  What did I find??  More love and caring.  The design team becomes family. The communication and organization is so impressive.  I can hardly find enough compliments for how I feel about the entire experience working with Newton’s Nook.

When I needed to ponder a “farewell” card, I was a bit overwhelmed.  I finally decided to create a card with my very first NND stamp.  You have seen me return to it often and it remains an all time favorite.  In the end, I created something clean, because I guess that is really who I am creatively.  Lovely Amazing You by Jen Timko | Happy Little Thoughts Stamp Set by Newton's Nook DesignsI stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  Then I pulled out my Daniel Smith paints and just painted for fun.  I tried to create some color variations on the flowers and just create a pretty summer wreath.  I added this sentiment from the stamp set (all of them in the set are fantastic).  But I thought that is was perfect for all of you who have supported my work while on the DT.  For all the kind and encouraging comments, I cannot tell you how much they mean.  Thank you, all of you, for your sweet words!

So over at the Newton’s Nook Blog today, they have posted some cards that are my faves from the last year and a half.  I hope you’ll go over to visit and see them.  And as with all change, you will find out some fun news over the next few days about who will be joining the team to inspire you.  You are sure to be thrilled!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I’m grateful you shared some time with me.  See you soon!

Stamps: Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Bristol Smooth (Strathmore), Bermuda Bay; Accessories:  Misti, Daniel Smith Palette (Debby’s Set – Simon Says Stamp), Silver Paint Brush, Sequins (SU)

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Feature Friday with Concord and 9th – Furry Friends

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Merry Reindeer by Jen Timko | Furry Friends Stamp Set and Dies by Concord and 9th, O Christmas Tree Stamp Set by Concord and 9thToday I have my last Feature Friday with Concord and 9th and we are showing off the new Furry Friends stamp set.  So many different elements with so many options!!  So of course I had to make two cards.

First up, I chose the reindeer and decided to turn him into a little Rudolph for Christmas.  My first Christmas card of the year, I think.  I stamped the wreath and added some clear rhinestones for sparkle.  Then I stamped the line image for the deer and added the inner solid images.

Merry Reindeer by Jen Timko | Furry Friends Stamp Set and Dies by Concord and 9th, O Christmas Tree Stamp Set by Concord and 9thThese are remarkable easy to line up, especially if you have a MISTI.  I did the same for the antlers and again, easy to line up.  I colored a rhinestone with a red Copic Marker to add to the nose…so fun!!  Finally a sentiment from one of my favorites, O Christmas Tree.  I put the image panel over some great red patterned paper to help pull the red from the nose and to give it a festive feel.  These would be easy to make in a stack (I need to get on that)!

Party Animal by Jen Timko | Furry Friends Stamp Set and Dies by Concord and 9th, Shaker Card, Marbled Smooch Technique, Smooch Accent InkFor my second card, I thought the unicorn option would be fun.  I used some leftover panels that I had created using the Marbled Smooch technique and as part of my Smooch Accent Ink review for Splitcoaststampers.  The panel on the back side of the shaker and the paper pieced mane on the unicorn were cut from a pattern I created.   I thought the blues and purples were a natural for a unicorn.  I stamped the horn, colored with some Gold Lamé Smooch and then stamped again one the Smooch was dry to cover if I went a little out of the lines.  Again, the MISTI is perfect to make this fast and simple.  The frame is from the coordinating die set in the bundle…love those stitched details, don’t you?  I added a variety of sequins to match and put the shaker and sentiment on a base of Fog Gray.

It has been such a privilege to work with Concord and 9th this month.  I’m grateful for the chance to help show off these amazing products and I have become even more of a fan of C9 (if that is possible).  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Furry Friends (Concord and 9th), O Christmas Tree (Concord and 9th); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Tutti-Frutti DSP (SU), Fog Gray (Simon Says Stamp), Bristol Smooth (Strathmore); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Walnut (Lawn Fawn), Crumb Cake (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Furry Friends Dies (Concord and 9th), Smooch Accent Ink  – Pool, Ocean Soul, Sugarberry, Gold Lamé (Clearsnap), Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura), Rhinestones (SU), Sequins, MISTI, Acetate (SU), Foam Adhesive Strips (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #343

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FMS343 by Jen Timko | Grateful For You Stamp Set by Concord and 9th, Copic ColoringHappy Freshly Made Sketches day!!  I’m your sketch hostess this week and I hope you will have some time to play along with us!  As usual, I left some wide open white space for you to use as you want to.

For my card, I pulled out this awesome Grateful For You stamp by Concord and 9th.  I love that it is just one stamp with the sentiment and all the fun flowers!  I colored it up with my Copic Markers to create a pretty summer garden feel.  To add just a little more to the panel, I used the Wonky Stitches Rectangles die to cut the panel.  Love how it gives a nice frame!  I found out that the YG greens that I love in Copics match perfectly with this new Granny Apple Green card stock from SU so I added that to my base for a pop of color.  I thought a little bit of thin ribbon along that border would be a nice touch too.  And that is it!  A nice clean and happy card!

The design team has some amazing work to share with you, of course, and we are happy to see Laurie with us as our guest designer one more time.  It has been fantastic having her along with us for June!!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you on Friday with another Feature Friday.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Grateful For You (Concord and 9th)); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Granny Apple Green (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things), Misti , White Ribbon (SU retired)

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Peonies in Silver

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This week Newton’s Nook Designs and Xyron are partnering for an awesome inspiration week! Each day there is fresh inspiration using Newton’s Nook Designs products with Xyron adhesives on the NND blog and on the Xyron facebook page!  I am thrilled to be here on the lead off day to share with you.

Hello by Jen Timko | Peony Blooms Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Cameo Frame Die Set by Newton's Nook Designs, 3" Disposable Sticker Maker by XyronToday’s card all started with the Cameo Frames Die Set.  This intricate die is gorgeous but I will admit that dies like this (and word dies) sometime intimidate me because of how to adhere them to a card.  So I was a stamper on a mission and took advantage of this collaboration to see what solution I could find.  And you know what??  I found one!  The Xyron sticker makers are a new to me product and I’m officially in love.

Hello by Jen Timko | Peony Blooms Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Cameo Frame Die Set by Newton's Nook Designs, 3" Disposable Sticker Maker by XyronI started by running some glitter paper through the sticker maker.  That is certainly simple enough!  I removed the top clear layer and then put my die down on the paper.  Next up, the Big Shot.  I shimmed this with some plain typing paper to force the cut a little more and then ran it back and forth a few times to make sure the cut was really complete.  When you remove the die, you are left with a die cut that has a sticky backing.  Talk about making things easier!  Once I knew it was that simple, I got to designing the rest of the card.  This frame is so pretty all alone that I didn’t want to cover it or take away from it.  So I pulled out some vellum and did some Versamark stamping followed by silver embossing powder.

Hello by Jen Timko | Peony Blooms Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Cameo Frame Die Set by Newton's Nook Designs, 3" Disposable Sticker Maker by XyronI used the Peony Blooms stamp set (one of my all time faves) on the vellum.  I added the sentiment from the same set off center.  The backing was pulled off the frame and it adhered perfectly.  I glued down the flowers and then added a clear button and some silver thread.  To add to the silver (but trying not to take away from the gorgeous frame and images), I added a silver striped vellum to a white base.  And that’s it.

It all started with the frame and the ability to glue it down simply.  Xyron has so many wonderful products and you are sure to find tons of inspiration from the combined DT’s this week.  And guess what…a chance to win!

Would you like to win a Prize pack including a Mega Runner from Xyron and a $25 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?

Here’s how to win:
Leave a comment on the NND & Design Team blog posts using Xyron products all week (June 25-29) to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen from blog posts throughout the week so the more posts you leave comments on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Friday June 29th at midnight EST to comment. The winner will be announced on the NND blog post on Monday, July 2nd.

Xyron will also be giving away a prize pack! Make sure to visit the Xyron facebook page each day this week for inspiration and leave comments there for another chance to win!

Stamps: Peony Blooms (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), White Vellum (SU), Silver Striped Vellum (SU retired); Accessories:  Big Shot, Cameo Frame Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Clear Crystal Button (SU retired), Silver Thread (SU), Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack (Concord and 9th), 3″ Disposable Sticker Maker (Xyron)

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