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Freshly Made Sketches #278

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FMS278 by Jen Timko | Marvelous Mehndi by Uniko, Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th, Distress Ink, SpongingToday is Freshly Made Sketches day!!  Always the most inspirational day of the week!  My friend, the amazing Jen Mitchell is our sketch designer this week and I love this one.  A lot!

I have had this gorgeous image from Uniko for a while but I needed just the right inspiration for it.  I thought this sketch was exactly right to show it off.  I heat embossed it (Versamark and White embossing powder) first and then sponged it using Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed.  I cut the panel using Stitched Rectangle by Simon Says Stamp.  Next I created another panel with sponging for the layer behind.  And finally, I added this sentiment from Concord & 9th and sponged again.  The gorgeous details of the image get to be the star of the show with the sponging!  And this came together pretty quickly…which is amazing since it looks artsy and hard.  Nope!  Totally easy and fun!

So I know you’ll love this sketch too and I am completely sure that the team will inspire you with their stunning work.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Marvelous Mehndi (Uniko), Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th) ; Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard SeedRipe PersimmonPicked Raspberry); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Mini Round Ink Blending Tool, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Furniture, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies

Freshly Made Sketches #273

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Jen Timko - FMS273 | Concord & 9th Layering Leaves Dies, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Paper Pumpkin Sentiment (Stampin' Up)My favorite stamping day of the week is here!  Happy Wednesday to you!  I’m so excited to share this week’s sketch by coloring genius Karren Johnson.  Her split panel concept is so fun and can lead to so many great ideas!

So I’m hoping that I didn’t stretch too far from the sketch but I really tried to make my watercolor ombré layer into three distinctive sections.  I used the beautiful Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to create the colors.  I started with a light wash and then went back and layered on more ink.  The heart is really one of the leaves from the Layering Leaves Die Set (Concord & 9th) and I just snipped the stem off to turn it into a heart.  I colored a scrap of watercolor paper with my Wine Red Zig pen and washed it out a bit with water.  Then I die cut with the leaf.  So pretty!  Finally, after some debate, I chose a sentiment.  You see…I need a birthday card for my dear husband and I think this might hit the right masculine note (well, at least it isn’t a flower, haha!).  I love that the Moon Rock ink from Altenew is a nice match to the distress ink on the panel with crisper stamping.  The sentiment itself is from the January Paper Pumpkin kit.  While the kit is an adorable Valentine’s 3-d set, the sentiments are going to be in your go-to list for a while.  I love this font and this says it all!

I know the gallery will be full of inspiration this week.  The design team has some amazing work already there for you to enjoy.  Hope to see your take on the sketch!  I’ll be back on Saturday with a fun hop that you are going to love.  See you then!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Paper Pumpkin January ; Ink: Altenew (Moon Rock), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke), Zig Clean Color 48 Pack (Wine Red); Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Accessories:  Big Shot, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th)

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Freshly Made Sketches #271 and The Card Concept #65

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Jen Timko - Hello Lovely Stamp Set by Concord & 9th - FMS271, CC#65Since it is release week for Newton’s Nook, please bear with me as I combine the two challenges from Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept this week.  The sketch from the kind and amazing Cindy Hall seemed perfect to with the inspiration piece!

I came back to this gorgeous set from Concord & 9th called Hello Lovely because I really, really wanted to use this sentiment for the sketch.  They seemed perfect for each other!  I stamped using Versafine Black ink to ensure a crisp look.  The two words are actually separate stamps and can be used in multiple ways (one of the things that drew me to the set) and then there is the flower.  You may remember the flower from my last card for The Card Concept and it really is a full card size.  But how wonderful that you can use a small portion of it too!  I used the colors from the inspiration piece (orange, pink and gray) and I love how quick it was to create this pretty watercolor look.  The image panel and the base are Shimmery White Card Stock (SU).  This paper really does take ink well and is beautiful with a light coloring hand…nevermind the subtle shimmer which is so pretty in person.  I added a layer of Tangerine Tango and colored some Basic Pearls with a black Sharpie marker to mimc the speckles from the image and add a little more dimension.

I know you have been getting tons of posts from me this week and I hope you have enjoyed my projects.  This is my first post of the day and you will see the next in the January Release from Newton’s Nook Designs in just a bit.  The FMS and Card Concept design teams have created marvelous projects for our challenges this week and I hope you will join us for both.  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, WPlus9 Black Dye, Zig Clean Color Pens; Paper: Shimmery White (SU), Tangerine Tango; Accessories:  Misti, Glue Dots, Zig BrusH2O, Basic Pearls, Black Sharpie Marker

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The Card Concept #64

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Welcome back to a new year of challenges from The Card Concept.  I am so happy to share the first one with you!  The inspiration piece is really pretty!

I was inspired by the gold and the flowers in the background plus the sentiment on the note.  I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful stamp set from Santa.  It is called Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th.  I stamped in Versamark and embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I did the same with the sentiment.  I added just a touch of color with my Zig markers to mimic the pink in the flowers.  All I added was a few gold sequins to finish.  I chose the Clean and Graphic style for this week.

I hope you will join us for this one.  I’m sure you will see something in our inspiration that you love!  This is my second post of the day so don’t forget to check out the latest from Freshly Made Sketches too.  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, Versamark; Paper: StrathmoreWatercolor Cards; Accessories:  Misti, Glue Dots, Zig BrusH2O, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Fancy Friday – Merry Tags Partial Die Cut

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Jen Timko - Merry Tags Partial Die Cut TechniqueWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of stampers 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 lovely and talented Connie, welcome to the next stop.  For October, our theme is a Technique challenge!  I love a good technique and I thought it would be fun to revisit the Partial Die Cut Technique.

So I debated whether I should do this as a shaker card or using DSP and I finally decided to show you both!!  They each have their wow and I can totally see you being able to go crazy with ideas on them.  To keep it simple, I created a video tutorial for you on the shaker card.

If you are having trouble seeing it in your email, you can click HERE!

Just a few of the details to add in from the video.  The DSP in the background on the deer and tree tag is from the Floral Boutique pack.  Just remember your paper doesn’t have to be “holiday” to work perfectly.  And you could totally use some Glimmer Paper for a wow effect!  DSP on the bottom panel or textures like the Softly Falling Embossing Folder will change the look and allow for fun variations.  I’m really hoping you’ll share your versions with me!!

Fancy-Friday-08I think you are going to jump for joy as you hop around this month!  You know these stampers are simply going to wow you!!  And speaking of wow, I get the privilege of introducing a new member of our Fancy Friday team.  The amazing Sue Plote has agree to join us.  Her work is extraordinary and we are thrilled to have her along.  Have fun on the hop!

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Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink:  Versamark, Night of Navy; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Merry Tags Framelits, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh – Concord and 9th Birthday Mix), Window Sheet, Die Brush, Stampin’ Trimmer, Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, Foam Adhesive Strips

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Freshly Made Sketches #260

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Jen Timko - FMS260The lovely and super talented Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches and she really created a unique one.  Super interesting and so many ways to play with the idea!

After pondering the “any shape” feature for a while, I thought I would see if these leaves from Concord and 9th would be right.  Yep!  Totally!!  I colored with Tim Holtz Distress Ink onto watercolor paper and then cut the leaves out.  It gives them a soft, varied look in person!  I first started using Kraft and then white but finally realized that this DSP pack (retired from SU) was the PERFECT answer.  Don’t forget to look in your stash (because I know you have one) for those hidden gems that you have forgotten after the season changed.  I love the plaid for fall and the pretty polka dots were a great background for the sentiment.  This script/type combination is from Mama Elephant’s Butterfly Kisses set.  I stamped in Early Espresso using my Misti to get a super crisp and clean look.  I played with the placement of the leaves and found that this little button provided the right balance.  See…you are going to have fun playing with this one!!

I hope you enjoy this one and that you will join us this week.  I’ll be back on Friday with the latest from the Fancy Friday team.  Lots of fun on that one that you won’t want to miss.  Until then, have a great week!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink: Early Espresso, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered StrawMustard Seed); Paper:  Sweater Weather DSP (SU ret), Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Accessories:  Big Shot, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th), Button, Early Espresso Twine

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The Card Concept #59

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Jen Timko - CC59It is time for a new challenge at The Card Concept and I’m so excited to share my Clean and Graphic card.  Our inspiration this week is such fun and I was thought I would use the colors to create my card.

I thought the flower from You Are Enough (Concord and 9th) would be perfect for playing with color.  I stamped on Fabriano Watercolor Paper using WPlus9 Black Ink.  Then I colored using two of Stampin’ Up’s In Colors, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.  I added a little Tip Top Taupe (mostly because I love the name, haha) to mimic the neutral of the ice cream cone in the photo.  I added a sentiment from Lovely (Essentials by Ellen) and some sequins from an old Paper Pumpkin kit.  I put the watercolor panel on a Flirty Flamingo card base.Jen Timko - CC59 - Closeup

Here is a closeup of how the colors blended.  So pretty together!  I kept going back in layers to get the variations.  This is one of the best things about watercoloring for me.  You never quite know how colors will blend and each time you create, the result will be different.  I was totally right about this flower being the perfect image!!

The challenge page has so many beautiful pieces by the design team in all the different styles.  You are going to be in awe!  Just a note, this is my second post for the day.  My Freshly Made Sketches post was up first.  I hope you like my two projects today.  Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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Stamps:  You Are Enough (Concord and 9th), Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum (SU In Colors); Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Flirty Flamingo; Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Water Pen, Sequins (Paper Pumpkin), Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #255

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Jen Timko - FMS255 - Fall LeavesThis is my first of two posts today!  (Every other Wednesday I will have two)  Freshly Made Sketches is ready to challenge you again with this fun and versatile sketch by the lovely Amy O’Neill.  I love how this image panel provides so many options.  You can stamp directly onto it, use DSP or play with some dies like I did.

I had the Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th) still out from yesterday’s tag and wanted to play with them some more.  I thought it would be fun to add pops of color behind these delicate cuts and I’m thrilled with how easy it was to create.  All I did was lay the die onto the Kraft card stock with the end of the die hanging off over the edge of my bottom plate.  This meant that my leaves did not cut completely out and were still attached at the bottom of the cut.  Keeps it simpler on having the leaves stay in place without complicated glueing.  Using some watercolor paper, I sponged on Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade under where the leaves would sit.  So pretty!!  I used a retired sentiment set and stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder (retired).  It needed a little something more so I added on a little bit of twine that I had left from a Paper Pumpkin kit.

fms-final-255-001It just says fall is here, doesn’t it?!  And it ALMOST is!  Now for our Virginia weather to cooperate!  I hope you like this one and see all that can be done with our sketch this week.  Make sure you jump over to see my card for The Card Concept too.  See you again soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Made for You (SU Retired); Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade); Paper:  Kraft Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Accessories:  Big Shot, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th), Twine, Heat Tool, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Stamp Ink Paper #66

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Jen Timko - SIP#66 - Hello FallWe have a great new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper this week and I think you will like the theme.  It is one that always forces me out of my box!  Yep, we have Anything but a Card.  Deep breaths and jump on in!!

I decided to go with a tag because well, why not?!!  I knew that whatever I made was going to start with the Layering Leaves Dies by Concord and 9th.  I love all things fall and leaves are a big part of that here in Virginia.  I could not even wait to get these!  I cut the leaf out of Thick Whisper White and chose to add some copper to it.  I smooshed the end of the leaf into Versamark Ink and dipped it into the new Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Simple and so pretty!  The tag is made out of corrugated kraft paper (SU retired).  I added on some Burlap ribbon and Copper Metallic Thread for some extra texture.  The sentiment is from the Lovely stamp set (Essentials by Ellen) and was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed as well.  Finally the sequins.  These are from the Birthday Bling mix created by Pretty Pink Posh for C9.  The Rose Gold is a nice match to the copper and the Marshmallow adds a balance for the white.  I added some twine to finish the tag.  I think this will be pretty added onto a kraft bag or box for a great fall gift.

14188098_10153814375853531_786484110860479437_oI hope you’ll feel inspired to come join us this week.  Always fun to see what everyone creates!  I’m back tomorrow with two posts (Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept).  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Versamark; Paper:  Corrugated Kraft Paper (SU retired), Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th), Birthday Bling Mix (Pretty Pink Posh for C9), 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Twine, Copper Metallic Thread, Heat Tool, Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Tag Topper Punch (SU retired)

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Fifteenth Anniversary

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This day has come again.  For those of you who have been with me for awhile, you probably know that I write a little every year and tend to create something to commemorate this date.  (You can read my previous posts here:  9th Anniversary10th Anniversary,  11th Anniversary , 12th Anniversary13th Anniversary and 14th Anniversary).  Each one of those posts is special to me.  I looked back on them to reflect before sitting down to write this year.  In many ways, I suppose, after reading those you know a lot about me.  The stuff I mostly don’t write about here.  I usually keep my life as a United pilot and my life as a stamper separate….at least here.  But on this anniversary, I find it easier to show how I feel than explain it sometimes.

Jen Timko - With Love (Concord and 9th)For the first time this year, I have actually had a long conversation with my oldest son about my memories of September 11, 2001.  Much of it I have already told you in my posts above.  But he had not heard my story.  It wasn’t as personal to him.  I didn’t want to scare him.  I didn’t want him to worry when I left to fly.  But this year seemed like the time.  Because he has started to learn about it in school.  He has seen the pictures of those planes, my company’s plane, flying into buildings.  He has heard the stories of the heroes of Flight 93.  But he needed to hear my part of the story too.  I also talked with him about my visit to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York.  I went when I was on a layover and chose to go by myself.  I wanted to take it all in alone before I ever went with others, especially my boys.  The Museum is emotional and heart-breaking and a beautiful tribute.  One of the most moving pieces there is called “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning” by Spencer Finch. 

img_0111This wall is filled with individual panels all in shades of blue.  Each panel commemorates a person.  Each panel is a memory of a shade of blue since we all remember color differently.img_0116So, as usual, my inspiration is clear.  My pictures of this art pale in comparison to the real piece.  And the theme spoke to me in a way that I cannot explain.  Because I remember the sky when I was flying that day.  It was glorious.  A perfect fall blue.  The perfect day to fly.  And in all that beauty, pure evil went to work.  But evil cannot win.  We must not let it.  Because there is too much beauty.  And even in our sadness, beauty helps us heal.  It helps up move forward.  It helps us find our things in common.

I created my card as a tribute to those things.  The things we, as humans, share.  The appreciation of God’s handiwork, the strength to move forward even after great tragedy, the expression of our feelings in art and music and mostly…and most importantly….love.  I used two sets from Concord and 9th.  The flower seemed perfect and the sentiment was what was in my heart.  I colored using a few shades of blue from Tim Holtz Distress Ink and my Zig Light Gray Pen.  Both seemed right for today.  The blues for the sky.  The gray for the sadness.  Three sequins for the planes that found their mark and one missing for the one that missed because of the heroes aboard.

Thank you for letting me share with you.  Thank you for the support you have always given me when I do.  I’m grateful for the stamping community who seems to understand why it is important for me to create and remember.  I wish you a day filled with love.


In memory of:

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