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Freshly Made Sketches #270

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Glad to see you on this lovely Wednesday!  At least I hope it is lovely where you are.  Just like in yesterday’s post, I am working to resist the winter weather with another pretty spring image.  This time I’m using this awesome sketch by the incredible Kim Singdahlsen.  Something about this sketch really spoke to me and it is going right into my “use again soon” favorites.

Last week I showed you a card with one of my gifts from Santa and this gorgeous Mondo Hydrangea was in the same package.  I think Santa has my number when it comes to picking stamps!  I had to admit that stamping cards like this with aligned images used to put me off because I knew they would never be quite aligned.  No more!  The Misti tool makes short work of this and the line up is perfect every time!  I stamped onto SU Shimmery White paper using WPlus9 Black Dye Ink for the base.  Then laid the little piece of DSP down and stamped again.  I figured out the spacing for the top layer, moved the others out of the way and stamped one more time onto Shimmery White.  While the Shimmery White paper is not true watercolor paper, it does watercolor nicely if you don’t need to add lots of color (or water).  I love it for effects like this.  And the added bonus is the subtle sparkle!  I used Light Blue and Peacock Blue Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and my Zig BrusH2O for a quick coloring of the rectangle part of the flower.  A little bit of Light Green and Yellow for the stems and centers.  I thought the sentiment from yesterday’s card was perfect for this one too so I used the Happy Little Thoughts set from Newton’s Nook Designs.  I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black to keep it crisp and clear.  I popped the colored panel up on Dimensionals for a little more wow and then added some of my hoarded beloved sequins from the SU Watercolor Wishes set.  They really are just the right colors!

I do hope that you will enjoy this sketch as much as I did.  Now I have to admit that as I just added the sketch in to my blog writeup, I realized that my sentiment is in the wrong place.  Sigh.  My computer issues have addled my brain.  Good thing the team has exceeded their normally fabulous creative work!  Yes, I am still facing computer issues so I’ll be a bit quiet still this week (it has gone in to the professional Apple people to see what they can do….perhaps a graphics driver) but I’m working busily in my stamp room creating projects for the upcoming Newton’s Nook Designs January release.  I can’t wait to share!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamp:  Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs)Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Real Bush Markers; Paper:  Shimmery White (SU); Accessories: Misti Stamp Tool, Sequins (Watercolor Wishes Kit – SU), Zig BrusH20, Dimensionals

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The Card Concept #61

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cc61-lovely-dayWe have a beautiful inspiration piece over at The Card Concept this week and it was hard for me to narrow down which elements I wanted to use.  No surprise, the team has created some really pretty projects and you are going to have fun with this one!

I chose to use one of my favorite flowers from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set.  I stamped on Canson Watercolor paper using WPlus9 Black Dye Ink and then colored using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry.  The pretty mint typewrite inspired the Mint Macaron card base.  I cut image layer using Stitched Rectangled from Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and comes from the Lovely set by Ellen Hutson (Essentials by Ellen).  Finally the little details.  I added some lace trim and gold thread (hard to see in the picture) to keep with the sketch from this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch.  I also colored this for Kathy Racoosin’s Thirty Day Coloring Challenge….a great way to motivate yourself to color just a little every day!

Just a reminder that this is my second post of the day.  Please check my card for Freshly Made Sketches as well. I hope you enjoy this and that you are having a great week.  See you soon!

61cts_196Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry), WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper, Mint Macaron (SU); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Dimensionals, Lace Trim (SU ret), Gold Metallic Thread (SU), Green Pearl (Paper Pumpkin by SU)

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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!

59Supplies (affiliate links included):

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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Stamp Ink Paper #67

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Jen Timko - SIP#67 I cannot believe that a month has already passed and this is my last week with Stamp Ink Paper.  What fun it has been to join this talented group of stampers!  This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge.  Totally my happy place for sure!

I chose to use LOTS of white space with only this neutral flowers as the focus.  It is the Daisy stamp from Altenew and I love it layered with Altenew’s dye inks.  Their gray family is so wonderful!  I added a sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Lovely (yes, again….) and a few Pretty Pink Posh Marshmellow Sequins from the Birthday Bling Mix.  The rest of the detail is courtesy of Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangles.  This is really, really clean but I kind of love all that white!

14207779_10153814400338531_1439368033519347519_oNow hop on over to check out the whole team’s take on the sketch.  Beautiful work by all!  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great day!!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Daisy (Altenew), Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Altenew Warm Gray Mini Cube Set; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp)Birthday Bling Mix (Pretty Pink Posh for C9), Dimensionals

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The Card Concept #58

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cc58-you-are-enoughI am so happy to share this card with you today for The Card Concept!  First of all, I cannot even being to tell you how much I love this sentiment.  I have been looking for the perfect place to use it and this card was definitely it!  We all need to hear this message over and over (and over and over…..).  There are so many people that will try to convince us that we need to change, that we need to do just one more thing, that there is something wrong with us somehow.  Nope!  Not true.  None of that.  While there is nothing wrong with working to be the best you, at the end of the day YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Ok….with all that out of the way, I’m going to admit out loud that this inspiration photo completely freaked me out.  I first saw it and I had nothing, nada, zilch.  I pondered how bad it would be to just call uncle and bail out this week, haha!  No, I’m not kidding.  So I walked away.  For a week!  And then it was time to face the challenge and woman up!  So I looked at it a different way and saw fun colors and that stitching and I had my answer.  Whew!!!  I used this fun striped print from Pop of Pink and simply added a shaker with stitched circles.  All I had to do was mix up two of my Pretty Pink Posh sequin mixes to get the colors from the inspiration.  I took the Summer Mix and pulled out the teal and added some of the green from the Birthday Bling Mix.  Perfect!  And a Clean and Graphic card created with no wimping out!  Sometimes challenges that give me the most trouble to start help me create some of my favorite cards.  Totally true for today’s card.  I am also submitting this for the Can You Case It challenge this week:  Shaker Cards!

58cyci138-300x300I hope you will join right in with us on this one.  Use any part of the inspiration photo and pick a style for creating….then off you go!  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery.  Now this is my second post of the day.  You can see my Freshly Made Sketches post by just scrolling.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Versafine; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh (Summer Mix, Birthday Bling Mix for Concord and 9th), Window Sheet, Foam Tape

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Freshly Made Sketches #254

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fms254-lovely-floralsIt seems that I have a theme going this week.  But sometimes when stuff is out on the craft table, it cries out to be used more than once!  We have this super sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week from our resident queen of layers and fussy cutting, Narelle.  And while she gave us layers, she certainly allowed for some great ways to use the sketch.

I immediately thought of washi tape for the vertical pieces and thought this Floral Boutique Washi Tape was fantastic for the job.  I LOVE those prints!!  And frankly, the tape did the vast majority of the work.  I have the new Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson) set called Lovely that was designed by Julie Ebersole and it is a seriously great word set.  I’ll be continuing to use it for a while so just plan for that, haha!  Isn’t this one great?!!  It is perfect for so many people I know!!  I cut it out with a Stitched Circle and added the little flower from the Flourish Thinlets set that coordinates with the tape.  Nothing too complicated but what a great sketch for another busy day.  I got this one done so fast that I had time for a second.  That almost never happens!!

Hope you enjoy this one.  Hop on over to see the gorgeous variations presented by the team.  Time well spent for sure!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Night of Navy; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Floral Boutique Washi Tape, Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #252

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FMS252 - Flower HugsWow, has it already been a week since I posted??  Holy smokes August has flown by!!  I think the end of summer flying just zapped my brain!  Fortunately I am off this week and have some time to stamp.  YAY!!!!  First order of business was this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  And it is awesome, just like the sketch designer Karren Johnson!  Ok….I confess that when I saw the 4 circles I had a moment of panic.  But then I realized I could do just about anything for shapes.  Naturally I chose flowers.  Because, well, I love them!

So which flowers??  I paged through my Paper Pumpkin stamps and came across this set from last year and it was perfect.  Pretty flowers plus coordinating leaves!  I stamped them on Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper with Early Espresso ink (embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder) and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Pens.  I used Lemon Yellow and Light Brown and love the fall feel they created together!  Using a Border Builders die (Lil’ Inker Designs) I cut the white panel and layered it with a retired DSP pattern from SU.  The sentiment is brand new from a set called Lovely from Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson).  Given how much I love a flower stamp, this set of sentiments was simply a must have for me.  And it showed up super fast too!  WIN!!!  But I digress.  I stamped the background leaves and the sentiment in Early Espresso with clear embossing (to match the flowers).  After some debate, I stopped there.  I thought about some Wink of Stella for the flowers (still might go and add it on) but I was pretty happy with this just like it is.  You can totally tell I’m ready for some cool fall weather, can’t you?  I’m willing it to show up!!!

Card Sketch Aug 16-001Well, back to the stamp room to create some more.  Lots coming up in the next few weeks and I look forward to sharing with you.  I hope you’ll have as much fun with this week’s sketch as the Design Team did.  I don’t even have to ask them….I just saw what they made!!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun twist on a recent kit.  Until then, hope the day is great!  Thanks for stopping in!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin (SU), Lovely – Julie Ebersole (Ellen Hutson); Ink: Early Espresso, Zig Clean Color Pens; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Retired DSP (SU); Accessories:  Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Zig BrusH2O Water Pen, Big Shot, Border Builder Dies (LID), Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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