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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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Dare To Get Dirty – Day 1

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DTGD16stampmomma - Fancy FlowersToday starts the most wonderful week of inspiration over at Splitcoaststampers!!!  It is Dare To Get Dirty Challenges week and you will not even believe all that SCS has planned!  As a former “Dirty Girl”, I get to participate on the planning side and will even be hosting my own challenge later in the week.  How do you get to see all this fabulousness??  You simply have to be a Fan Club Member at Splitcoaststampers.  Not only can you see all the details of the challenges, you can participate with present and past Dirty Girls.  And trust me….I have seen the challenges!  You will want to play!

My card today is a sample for Lori Craig’s Challenge (DTGD16stampmomma).  I can’t share the details of the challenge but you really need to see the inspiration for this card!  I started by coloring these flowers from Altenew’s Botanical Garden using Chameleon Pens (a technique I learned from my friend Ilina Crouse).  I am completely in love with these flowers!!!  I added them to a white base that I stamped with a sentiment from the July Paper Pumpkin (SU).  Don’t you love this one??  I cut the edge with my Border Builders die from Lil’ Inker Designs.  I added some sequins from my stash.  I love how the brushed gold ones match the Crumb Cake! I am a sample maker for another challenge on Aug 4th and my challenge will be on Aug 5th.  I hope you will join in the fun!!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Paper Pumpkin July (sentiment); Ink: Chameleon Pens, Momento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Crumb Cake (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builder Dies (LID), Dimensionals, Sequins (retired SU and Paper Pumpkin)

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Freshly Made Sketches #242

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FMS242 - Copper HelloWe have an awesome week for you over at Freshly Made Sketches!  To start, we have a super fun sketch that you are sure to love.  It comes from our resident queen of layers and fussy cutting…the lovely Narelle!  And we also have a great announcement!  GUEST DESIGNERS!!  And in true FMS style, you are going to be wow’d by these two stampers!!

First to my card.  I am all in on copper!  I mean seriously ALL IN!!!  Stampin’ Up has new copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and Copper Metallic Thread in the new catty and it is so pretty.  Coppery, kind of rose gold-ish….and gorgeous!  I kept this card super clean to show it off!  I stamped using the great flower from Flourishing Phrases in Versamark Ink onto White Vellum Card Stock and heat embossed the image with the Copper EP.  Then I cut this little flower our using the coordinating Flourish Thinlits from Thick WW Card Stock.  I “smooshed” the flower into Versamark and heat embossed it too.  To get it nice and thick and metallic looking, I re-stamped and re-embossed.  It looks just like it was cut from a piece of metal.  I layered the white banner piece under the sentiment to help it pop more.  The hardest part of this card is securing it together.  We all know that vellum is particularly fussy on that.  I used Glue Dots that were folded in half (ish) and tucked them under the bases of the flowers in the stamped image and on the die cut too.  There is also one under the ‘o’ in Hello.  One more note: this copper is way prettier than in the picture.  Something about metallics and sparkles that never quite photograph true.

Now to our guest stampers!  Shannon Jaramillo and Cécile Ribon have bravely agreed to join our happy little band of enablers through the summer!  In fairness, I did warn them to hold on to their wallets but I have it on good authority that they might be enablers themselves!!  *smile*  We are so happy to have them with us!  Make sure you go check out their work along with that of the rest of the DT.  Beautiful!

I’ll be back on Friday with the latest from Fancy Friday.  We have a doozy of theme this month so you won’t want to miss it!  Until then, thanks for stopping in!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases; Ink: Versamark ; Paper: Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Glue Dots, Stitched Mat Circles (LID)

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Blogs 4 Boobies Blog Hop and Card Auction

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Jen Timko - B4B - Butterfly SetI have something incredibly special to share today!  I am participating in a very special kind of blog hop.  Not only are designers sharing their beautiful work, but we are working together for a very special cause!  Skipping Stones Design has coordinated this Blogs 4 Boobies Hop and Auction to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  There is no doubt in my mind that cancer has touched each of you in some way.  For me, personally, I lost my father to cancer and have another dear family member who is fighting the good fight right now.  So how can you help?BannerShopping at Skipping Stones Design:  Between June 1st and June 14th, there will be $2 donated for every stamp sold at SSD.

You can help by bidding on the auction items.
 
***Bidding Instructions***
1. To bid on the card set I’ve posted today:
Leave a comment below with your bid amount and your email address.
Starting bid is $5.
Only comments on this post will be eligible for this card auction.
Comments without an email address are invalid.
(Including your email address is the electronic equivalent of signing your bid.)
2. Comments will post in chronological order, so you will be able to see the current high bid.
3. Return frequently to see if you’ve been outbid and to place a new high bid.
(Below the comment field, you’ll see a “subscribe to post comments” option. You can subscribe if you would like notification of additional comments.)
4. My auction closes at 8 pm Mountain Time on June 11th (10 pm Eastern Time).
The winning bid will be the highest valid bid at the close of the auction. I will notify the winner by email. Skipping Stones Design will send the winner an invoice for the amount of the winning bid. Once the invoice is paid, I will mail the card!

Please spread the word!  When more people know about this event, we have a better chance of raising more money for this great cause!

This is a 7 day event and I’m am hopping on day 5.  You can go refer to the Skipping Stones Design link at the top of my blog roll to see all of the designers who are participating (there are more than 60).

 

Jen Timko - B4B - Coastal ButterflyNow for my card set!  I created a set of 4 cards that I hope you will love.  These use the butterfly from Healing Wings and the sentiment from Breathtaking Butterflies.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Watercolor Paper to color this amazing image.  Once they were colored, I hand cut them to help them pop on the page.  I started with blue and green inks combined with a Coastal Cabana base.  I had so much fun making it, that I made two. Jen Timko - B4B - Coastal PairThen I decided I should make a set of four cards and wanted to try another color scheme.  So I played around with yellows and oranges and found that the resulting butterfly matched my new Flirty Flamingo card stock.  Jen Timko - B4B - Flamingo butterflyI colored in much the same way and simply added different sequins to match the inks.B4B - FlamingoI love the results on both colors of cards!!

So now we get down to the nitty-gritty!  I hope you will consider bidding on this set.  Please remember to leave your bid and your email address in the comments of this post to be eligible.  You are also most welcome to leave comments without a bid since I always appreciate hearing from you!Jen Timko - B4B - Auction SetSupplies:

Stamps:  Healing Wings (SSD), Breathtaking Butterflies (SSD); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White, Coastal Cabana (SU ret), Flirty Flamingo (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterflies Thinlits, Border Builders Die (LID), Summer Mix Sequins (PPP), Share Kindness Sequins (PPP)

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Kate’s Day Dream

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Kate's DaydreamWith my youngest on Easter break this week, my stamping time has still been a little limited but I have been able to sneak down to the stamp room some.  And I even got my son to join me for a few minutes!  Mom win!  What tempted him away from Legos and his iPad??  Well, a cute cat stamp of course!  I just got this little adorable set from Newton’s Nook called Newton’s Day Dream.  I have been infatuated with the Newton images for a while but always had a hard time choosing which one I wanted.  I knew that this was one I had to have because my, um, “muse” tends to look a lot like this a lot of the time.  My kitty Kate (the little princess calico) is such a sweet girl.  She is an inside cat so I suspect being out amongst the flowers and grass is in her day dreams.  But we have loads of pictures of her just like this curled up on book bags, toys, chairs, stamp tables, and everywhere in between.IMG_1685Here is one at Christmas.  Like all calicos she has the most unique markings and it was fun to be able to mimic them on this sweet image.  I stamped in black using WPlus9’s Dye Ink onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper and then used my Zig Clean Color Pens to color Kate in (Bright Yellow, Light Brown and Black).  I added a sentiment from the February Paper Pumpkin kit and then cut the image using the Stitched Mats Circles from Lil’ Inker.  The background paper is retired SU DSP.

I mentioned that my son came down to stamp with me after seeing this adorable image and he decided to use a Minecraft Lego cat (yes…..the perfect storm of toy greatness for a 10yo = Legos + Minecraft) for his coloring choices.  Here are our cards together.Kate and FriendHe used some of my retired Blendabilites and colored on Thick WW card stock.  He liked the red polka dots behind the kitty so we just used the same layout as mine.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Newton’s Day Dream (Newton’s Nook); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Blendabilities (SU retired); Paper:  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White (SU), Retired DSP (SU); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Big Shot, Stitched Mats Circles (LID), Dimensionals

Freshly Made Sketches #228

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FMS228 - Watermelon BlossomWell, all I can say is thank goodness for Freshly Made Sketches!!  The beginning of the flying month held 8 out of 11 days gone from home so I can safely say that stamping was pretty much off the table.  Then I came home to a house full of sick boys (big and little, alike!) and the last few days haven’t allowed much time to myself.  Thankfully, I got to the stamp room for a few minutes yesterday and got to try my take at Kim‘s super fun sketch.  I was feeling absolutely NO mojo when I walked in.  Totally distracted and my brain racing will all the stuff I need to get done.  But her sketch seemed so perfect when I looked around at my stamps.

I had this old retired set, Betsy’s Blossoms, sitting in my closet but it virtually jumped off the shelf for this one.  I thought it might be fun to use it with updated colors and I fell in love with it all over again!  I stamped the flower in Watermelon Wonder, added mask and then stamped the leaves using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  I cut a piece of Basic Black to look like a label and added the sentiment from Lil’ Inker Designs Fancy Feathers set.  It was stamped in Versamark and embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I added a layer of black to make the white pop and put it on a Watermelon card base.  Super simple but I really love how modern it looks!!

I’m hoping to get back to some more stamping today and tomorrow and I should be back for an early edition of Fancy Friday later this week.  Until then, I hope you’ll go enjoy the inspiration from the team!  See you soon!

 

Supplies (affiliate links may be included):

Stamps:  Betsy’s Blossoms (SU ret); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black,Watermelon Wonder; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder; Accessories: Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Foam Tape

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Smile!

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Jen Timko - Smile - Happy BirdsJust a quick post today to share a card I made with a fun new stamp set from WPlus9 called Happy Birds.  Sometimes you see a set that just calls out your name and you HAVE to have it and this was one of them for me!  of course I got the little dies that coordinate because, well….just has to be done!!  So for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I had stamped a bunch of the birds and then colored them with both Copics and Zigs.  I chose this one colored with Copics (BG11, BG13, BG15, Y17, Y06) after having stamped it with Momento Tuxedo Black ink.    I wanted this one to have a sense of fun given the sentiment so I created a shaker card.  The circle frame was created using the Stitched Mats Circles Dies from Lil’ Inker Designs….fun right?!  I used a window sheet and cut a circle from it too and layered it under the frame.  Then I pulled out some sequins that I thought were a great match.  These are some of the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim flat circles pulled off the trim combined with some of the Metallics Sequins (all from SU).  All of this was added to a panel cut with the Stitched Rectangles from SSS. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

So….I hope this does put a big smile on your face!  Coloring these certainly has had that effect on me!  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!  See you then!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Happy Birds (WPlus9); Ink: Versafine Onyx BlackCopic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Bermuda Bay; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Mats Circles (LID), Sequins (SU), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #223

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FMS223 - Blooming WatercolorI am so happy to be back today with this awesome new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Our resident Artisan, Amy O’Neill, has created a super one for us this week.  You will see the team has some cool interpretations and I think you will have fun with this one.

I continued on my efforts to color as much as possible for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.  I was very inspired by the incredible Dawn Woleslagle of WPlus9 and wanted to try her technique for creating a watercolor look using stamps.  She is a true artist but I simplified her method a bit to make these little flowers.  I have a video to show you the details.

Here is the direct link:  https://youtu.be/HsnfYwLGPrI

FMS Final 223-001I hope you have a great time playing along with us this week!  Let me know what you think about the technique and tutorial, too.  I’m working this week but brought along some coloring to do.  With any luck, you’ll see the results in a card soon (or maybe on Instagram even sooner).  Until then…have a great day!  Thanks for stopping in!

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Stamps:  Garden in Bloom, Paper Pumpkin; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Smoky Slate;  Ink:  Zig Clean Color, Midnight Muse (SU ret); Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Mats: Circles (Lil’ Inker Designs), Thread, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Zig Brush2O Water Pen

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You’re in my Thoughts

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You're in my ThoughtsI hope your weekend is going well!  We are finally digging out of all the snow and life is returning to normal.  Both boys may even go to school tomorrow!  Yay!!  My oldest missed a whole week.  Eek!  I know a lot of people make fun of this area and how it handles snow but the reality is that we have equipment that is good for regular little snows and NOT for gigantic storms like Snowzilla.  So it takes a bit.  But I did have a great time with sledding along with all the shoveling.  Over all, a mom win for time spent with the boys!

Meanwhile, back at the stamp table, I was able to finally put together something that I worked on over a week ago.  I showed a peek of the coloring in progress on my Instagram page (link is over in my sidebar if you want to follow).  I was practicing my no-line coloring using just grays.  In this case, Copic Toner Grays T0, T2 and T5.  The flower is from Altenew’s Beautiful Day.  I stamped in SU Smoky Slate ink and then did the coloring.  I added a little white to the center with a White Gel Pen.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes and also stamped in Smoky Slate.  I cut the white layer with a Lil’ Inkers Border Builders Die and added a piece of Basic Grey Vivienne DSP underneath.  Some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh were a nice finishing touch.  You can get most of these products all in one place at Simon Says Stamp.

wednesdayblog-logoI hope you enjoy this one.  I had fun practicing my coloring.  Even more fun when it turns into something worth showing (not everything does but the practice is still worth it!).  Thought I’d add this in on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week – the theme is Anything Goes.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Smoky Slate (SU), Copic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Gray Vivienne DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builders Die (LID), Sequins (PPP), White Gel Pen

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CTS#155 – Ombre Feathers

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CTS#155 - Ombre Feathers

Happy weekend to you!!  I hope you are having a great one!  I had a little time to stamp yesterday and I wanted to join in some fun challenges.  First, I saw an incredibly cool sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch and I decided to combine it with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to use Ombre in your card.

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I had the feathers out on my desk still from the FMS Challenge this week so that was my starting place.  Instead of using the stamp set that coordinates, I only used the Fancy Feathers Dies (Lil’ Inker Designs) and cut a couple out of Fabriano Watercolor Paper.  Then using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry (sounds like a tasty summer treat, doesn’t it?!), I colored to create a graduated ombre look to the feathers.  After they were dry, I spritzed on a little water to add to the look.  For the sentiment I went in reverse and inked up the watercolor paper first (same colors) and then cut it out with a little bonus die that I got from Taylored Expressions with an order….love the size and font on this one!  Then on to the sketch.  I found this one intriguing but challenging.  I thought this curved stitched die from the Border Builders set (Lil’ Inker Designs) did a pretty good job of approximating the sketch so I cut some more watercolor paper with it and put in on a Tangerine Tango (SU) card base.  Finally I added the White Perfect Accents (backs removed) to finish.

Well, off to see what the weekend holds.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

wednesdayblog-logoInk:  Tim Holtz Distress (Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry); Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Tangerine Tango (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Feathers Dies (LID), Border Builders Dies (LID), Joy Die (TE), Zig Water Pen, Dimensionals, White Perfect Accents (SU)

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