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Freshly Made Sketches #374

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So you need a new sketch idea?  Something you haven’t seen before?  Have I got something for you!  This week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches from the former circle-phobe Jen Brum is amazing.  Not gonna lie, when she first showed me the sketch, I thought she was kidding since we have a long running team joke about her lack of love for circles in sketches.  Well, she has clearly embraced Team Circle and the sketch is fabulous!

FMS374 by Jen Timko | Monogram J Stamp and Monogram Dies by Concord and 9th, Posie Fill-In Dies by Concord and 9th, Daniel Smith WatercolorsAs per usual, my first thought when I see circles is a flower.  But will all the circles, I needed to stretch a little.  So instead, I thought about die cuts and different elements I could use.  As I went through my stash, I came upon two set by Concord and 9th and knew exactly what to do.

First I took my Daniel Smith watercolors and painted some random splotches on watercolor paper.   After they were dry, I piled on the dies from both the Monogram and Posie Fill In sets.  The dies coordinate well so I just cut things in multiple colors to see what would work.  I mixed and matched and played with a few backgrounds until I settle on a watercolor wash.  To help follow the sketch a bit more, I added some Clear Drops from Studio Katia.  The sentiment comes from the Monogram J set.

I’m so impressed with the variations on this sketch by the team.  I think this week is going to be particularly fun and that there will be loads of creativity on display.  I hope you’ll play along!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #370

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I am so happy to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches today!  I am the sketch hostess this week and I hope you will enjoy this one.  As I pondered what to do, I thought about a “one layer” look for the sketch.  This is what I came up with.  In fairness, my final card isn’t really one layer but I hope that means there are lots of ways to create with it.

FMS370 by Jen Timko | Posie Fill In Stamps and Dies by Concord and 9thI scoured around my stamps to figure out what I wanted for the groupings and came across this pretty Posie Fill In from Concord and 9th.  And then I realized that the coordinating dies were PERFECT for the sketch.  The big sentiment in the middle is from that!  So I stamped the flowers in shades of aqua (Mermaid and Peacock by Lawn Fawn) and then stamped the outlines in black.  The flowers are easily cut out with the coordinating dies.  I cut the sentiment from white card stock and then layered on the flowers alternating the heights with regular adhesive and foam tape.  Then using my paper cutter, I trimmed off the edges of the flowers to make them flush.  Using more foam tape, I popped the stamped image up on an aqua card base (Bermuda Bay by Stampin’ Up).  I added the letter “middles” from the R and the D on more foam tape and that was it.

Something about these colors really made me happy when I was creating it.  While I’m content with some winter weather that still may be due, the fresh spring look of this appealed to me.  I hope that you will have some time to play along this week.  The team has outdone themselves and I hope you enjoy their creations too.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I’ll be back to crafting tomorrow as the Picket Fence Studios team is preparing for the CHA (Creativation) release later this month.  You will be blown away!!  I’ll try to sneak in something just for fun to share sooner though.  Until then, have a great rest of your week.


All Fun and Games Until…

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Happy Friday to you!  I’m here with a quick share of a card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog.  I’m super behind on Christmas cards so it is a good think they have stamps that practically make the card for you!!

All Fun and Games by Jen Timko | Santa's Sleigh Ride Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Summer Glitter Paper Pack by Concord and 9th, Copic ColoringI love these fun reindeer and the sentiments from the Santa’s Sleigh Ride set.  I colored them quickly with Copics after stamping them with Picket Fence Studios’ Black Hybrid Ink. (Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY over on Instagram for a chance to win this awesome ink.)  I created a chalkboard look for the background after embossing the sentiment with white embossing powder.  Super simple to do and I love this look!  Things needed a bit more holiday cheer so I found a retired candy cane paper from SU and some green glitter paper from Concord and 9th to add color.  Then I added some colored pearls to finish.

I hope you enjoy this one!  So glad you stopped in today!  Hope you have a great weekend….lots of fun and games!  As long as you remember that Santa eventually checks that list!


 

 

 

Freshly Made Sketches #365

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A quick post today with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  The lovely Jennifer Brum is our sketch hostess and I love her sketch this week.  Well, in truth, I loved her original version….and I also love the flipped version that I had in my head (without going back to the team page to confirm the sketch).  Ah well, that is how it goes some weeks.  So imagine, if you will, that my layers are properly aligned.  Jen, sorry!!

I used the O Christmas Tree stamp set by Concord and 9th.  This is a go-to set for me and has been for a while.  Love the sentiments but these trees seemed to be perfect with all the prints.  I stamped them with Momento Tuxedo Black and added a little bit of Copic coloring to add a pop.  It still needed something so I colored some pearls to match.  The printed papers are from Stampin’ Up (Festive Farmhouse – Holiday Catty).

I hope you enjoy this sweet sketch.  I love all the possibilities!  I’ll be back later this week and I’ll look forward to seeing you then.  Hope you have a great week!


Freshly Made Sketches #359

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Happy Wednesday!!  Today is Freshly Made Sketches day and I’m happy to share a classic sketch with you for the week.  This one by Narelle is simply a go-to winner!  LOVE it!

FMS359 by Jen Timko | Layering Leaves Dies by Concord and 9th, Give Thanks Stamp Set by Concord and 9th, Daniel Smith Watercolors, Wonky Stitched Dies by MFT StampsIn a surprise move, I actually opted not to use flowers for the circle elements.  That is usually where my brain goes but given that fall seems to be wanting to finally show up, I decided leaves were decidedly more appropriate.  And what better leaves to use that the Concord and 9th Layering Leaves Dies?!  They are gorgeous and perfect!  I cut the leaves from watercolor paper first.  Then, using Daniel Smith watercolors, I painted them with fall colors.  If you have never used these high quality paints, I linked a palette of these watercolors below.  This is a perfect way to try them (and fall in love with them!) with virtually no commitment.  I love the sentiment from the coordinating Give Thanks stamp set because, well, it is true.  At least when it actually acts like fall.  Which has been not at all this year.  I thought the Wonky Stitched Dies were a nice look with the style of the leaves and I used it on Gray Granite cardstock (SU).

You are going to be in awe when you take a look at all the design team created! I think they just knocked it out of the park this week.  There are so many ways to interpret this sketch and I’m certain the gallery will be full of inspiration too.  I hope you will join us and share your creation.  We love seeing what you make!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card using October release products from Picket Fence Studios.  So glad you stopped in today.  See you soon!


Christmas Glitters and a GIVEAWAY!

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On Friday I told you that  Picket Fence Studios was launching its very first new release.  It has been so exciting to see the projects from the design team and there will be more to come from us all!  And guess what?!  I even have a giveaway for you courtesy of Picket Fence Studios (details at the end of my post).  For today, I have a card that showcases two of the new sets, Merry Christmas and All That Glitters.

Christmas Glitter by Jen Timko | All That Glitters Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Merry Christmas Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Shark Bite Sequins by Picket Fence StudiosI stamped the both images in Twilight Versafine Clair ink.  Such a pretty color!  The ink stays wet enough to emboss for a bit so I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to add a little more shine to the card.  I used the sentiment layer to add dimension and thought maybe it needed a little more oomph.

Christmas Glitter by Jen Timko | All That Glitters Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Merry Christmas Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Shark Bite Sequins by Picket Fence StudiosSo I added a layer of silver glitter paper from the Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack by Concord and 9th.  So wonderful!!  And it doesn’t shed the glitter…win!!  I picked out some the of the more neutral sequins from the Shark Bite Sequins pack to finish the card.

And now to my GIVEAWAY!!  I am giving one set of three circle blending stencils from the new release.  These stencils are pure genius and have both the positive and negative circles.  When paired with the Life Changing Blender Brush set, you won’t know how you lived without them!  Rules for the giveaway are simple:

Comment on this post for a chance to win by Saturday, Sep. 22nd.  I’ll announce a winner by Sep. 25th right here.  It is that simple!  Pretty great, right?  So let me know what your favorite product is from the new release.  Good luck!

I hope you are loving this new release!  I’ll be back soon with card showcasing another stamp.  See you soon!  Thanks for stopping in.


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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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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Good Friends Are Like Stars…

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Happy Friday!!  Wow it has been quite a week and I’m happy to end it with this week’s Feature Friday with Concord and 9th.  This week we are focusing on the City Stacks bundle.  There are so many options with this set that my head was spinning with ideas.  After pondering a bit, I settled down into an idea that centers on this amazing sentiment.  I LOVE this sentiment.

I stamped the tree image onto Bristol Smooth paper and colored using some Daniel Smith watercolor paints.  Just different shades of green.  With a quick cut using the coordinating dies, this layer was done.  Then I took another piece of Bristol Smooth and inked it up with a variety of blue Distress Inks.  I splattered with a bit of water and then finished with a little splatters of gold Smooch Accent Ink to mimic stars (the stamp set has stars so that is totally a great choice too).  And then I debated some more.  I finally settled on using a dark blue panel that is cut using the “top” die from the die set.  I like the detail it gives.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Finally, to add the perfect finish with all the gold, I added a small strip of the gold glitter paper from the Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack.  All the shine is hard to capture in a photo but it is really spectacular in person.

I popped up my layers on foam tape but this bundle is designed to create 3-D cards.  Make sure you watch the tutorials from Concord and 9th to see how cool this is!  You can also see inspiration from all the Feature Friday designers on the Concord and 9th Blog.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you again soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  City Stacks (Concord and 9th); Paper:  Bristol Smooth (Strathmore), Night of Navy (SU); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Smooch Accent Ink (Gold Lamé); Accessories: Big Shot, City Stacks Dies (Concord and 9th), Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (SU), Daniel Smith Watercolor Palette (SSS)

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