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Freshly Made Sketches #291

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FMS291 by Jen Timko | Butterfly Kisses by Mama Elephant, Thank You by Studio KatiaI hope your week has been wonderful and full of summer fun!  We are still finishing up some school things with one of my sons so it doesn’t quite feel like summer yet…but soon!  Just a few more days!  And that anticipation was definitely on my mind as I worked on this card for today.  Our hostess, the wonderful Jennifer Brum, has created a wonderful sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

I started with this pretty little butterfly from Mama Elephant and did a quick coloring with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.  I love butterflies and I’m finally started to see some around here.  Always makes me happy!  I created a watercolor background using a couple of yellow Distress Inks and the “smoosh” technique (apply the ink to acetate, spritz and ink the paper).  I this the two tones of yellow add a nice contrast.  This gorgeous sentiment comes from Studio Katia and it was an extra treat in our supplies that came for last week’s collaboration hop with Newton’s Nook Designs and Studio Katia.  LOVE this scripty font, don’t you?!  I thought a couple of the Clear Round Drops from Studio Katia to finish.  Quick and easy and perfect for summer (and it let me get back outside on a beautiful day)!

I hope you have fun with this sketch.  You can use designer paper, background stamps or keep it simple like it did.  Tons of ways to use this one!  The DT has shown you that, as always.  Love those gals!  I hope your week has time for some crafty fun.  Until next time, thanks for stopping in!


Stamps:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant), Thank You (Studio Katia); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Fabriano Extra WhiteWatercolor, Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Misti, BrusH2O Water Pen, Clear Round Drops (Studio Katia)

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Dogwood Graduation

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Dogwood Graduation by Jen Timko | Butterfly Kisses Stamp by Mama Elephant, Chameleon Color Tones Pencils, Wood Textures DSP by Stampin' UpWith this time of year, so many graduations are upon us and I’m always looking for ideas to create unique and special cards to celebrate.  I thought this sentiment from Mama Elephant was absolutely perfect for a special graduate I know!  And the flower image from the same set (Butterfly Kisses) is really pretty too.

I used this card as one of my samples for the Chameleon Color Tones Pencils review over at Splitcoaststampers.  The pretty coral and green pencils (double sided!) create the perfect shading and no stress over coordination.  I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I love this particular paper the best with the pencils.  It has a smoother feel that a watercolor paper but enough “tooth” to allow light coloring and layering.  The key with most colored pencils, it seems, is layering.  Lots of layering.  And patience!  I colored for bit and then moved on to a different section.  Eventually I came back to each part and layered some more, and so on.  I had never used wax based pencils so I definitely had a learning curve…but not an overwhelming one.  Success came quickly and the colors on these just match!  A light touch was definitely the key to success.  As a background for the image, I used this brand new DSP from Stampin’ Up called Wood Textures DSP.  It is a MUST HAVE from the catalog that goes live today.  I promise you it will fly off the shelves so take a look and order it quickly!

That’s it for today.  If you want to see more about these pencils, please go over to the review (linked above) there are amazing videos from both Lydia Fiedler and Kathy Racoosin….two extraordinary stampers!

Back tomorrow with a collaboration blog hop that I know you don’t want to miss.  Hope to see you then!  Have a great day!


Stamps:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Strathmore Mixed Media, Wood Textures DSP; Accessories:  Chameleon Color Tones Pencils

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Freshly Made Sketches #277

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FMS277 by Jen Timko | Butterfly Kisses by Mama Elephant, Tim Holtz Distress InkSo is it acting like spring where you are?  Well, it certainly has been in Virginia and that inspired my card for today.  I’m the sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I hope you will love the sketch I created for you.  It is also the beginning of Kathy Racoosin‘s 30 Day Coloring Challenge (The Daily Marker 30 Day) which is a month of amazing inspiration that fills IG feeds with lovely art.  It reminds us, as crafters, to take a little time every day just to make a little something that is pretty.

I kept my coloring pretty simple for today and used this gorgeous flower from Mama Elephant.  Inspired by some of the cherry blossoms that are sure to be popping out any time here in my yard, I chose a soft pink for the flowers.  The sentiment comes from the set too and I think it is a favorite of mine.  The image and sentiments were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and the flower was coloring using Tim Holtz Distess Inks.

I hope you will join us with this sketch.  I tried to make one that is open to techniques, large images or even pretty DSP.  The team, of course, used all of these ideas and I’m sure you will come up with even more!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Remember….YOU make the world a better place!  You certainly make mine better!  Have a great day.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Twisted Citron); Paper:  Shimmery White (SU), Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  Sequins (SU and Pretty Pink Posh)

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Freshly Made Sketches #269

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I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!!  It was nice to have a little break but great to be back too.  I have been busy creating for some upcoming projects and I look forward to sharing those with you!  Word of warning…..part of my holiday fun is a computer that has decided to give me fits.  I will probably have to send it in for repairs so I apologize in advance for any late posts or gaps in posting.  You just don’t realize how much you rely on these silly things until you don’t have them!

My friend Linda Callahan has created just the right sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches and I know you will have fun with it.  I kept it simple (because, well, the computer….) and I stuck with just the gold and the kraft.  I used this sweet sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Butterfly Kisses and embossed it in gold.  Then I added the gold glitter tape and the gold thread and a few sequins to finish.  You can dress you version of the sketch up or keep it simple….your choice!

This is my first post of the day and the second one will be out soon.  A great inspiration piece from The Card Concept!  See you soon!


Stamp:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Kraft; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Gold Glitter Tape (SU retired), Gold Thread (SU), Gold Sequins

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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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Freshly Made Sketches #235

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FMS235 - ThanksAnother fun week in store over at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our sketch hostess this week is the fabulous Jen Mitchell and, no surprise, she has a clean and modern sketch for us this week.  Love it!

I thought it would be fun to color an image on the big panel of the sketch and then add a die as the sentiment.  I went with this pretty flower from Mama Elephant out of the Butterfly Kisses set.  I wanted to work on my coloring for white flowers.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to color.  I think the effect is pretty and I look forward to playing some more with this concept.  The sentiment comes from the retiring Greetings Thinlits from SU and was cut from the same watercolor paper as the image.

FMS Final 235-001Short post today.  Working this week!  I hope you have fun with the sketch.  Make sure you go tell Jen and the team how much you love their inspiration!  See you soon.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink ; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #231

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FMS231 - Dogwood on grayTake a look at this cool sketch we have this week over at Freshly Made Sketches!!  No surprise that it comes from the incredibly awesome Karren Johnson who always wows me with her superb coloring and fabulous designs.  The little angle on the back panel provides so many opportunities to add interest to your card!

Recently I got this beautiful image from Mama Elephant called Butterfly Kisses.  It has this gorgeous dogwood flower plus some butterflies.  But it also comes with a fantastic sentiment set.  Totally had to have it!  I was stamping with a friend yesterday and she pulled out this flower to color with my new Chameleon pens (I worked on another project that I’ll share soon).  We were discussing how pretty this would be if colored in white on a dark background and an idea was born!!  I stamped the flower using Versamark ink onto Basic Gray card stock and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  They using a Blender Pen and White Craft Ink (SU), I colored the flower and the leaves.  I went back and added Pear Pizzazz ink over the leaves and put in a touch of Blushing Bride near the centers of the flowers.  This technique has been around for a while but somehow it seems fresh to me when coloring on the gray.  In person, it almost has a chalk look.  I felt like the flower petals needed a little something extra so I added Wink of Stella on top of them.  SOOOOO pretty in person!  Also, nearly impossible to photograph….here is my attempt.  FMS231 - CloseupIf you have seen Stella in person then you know how gorgeous it is!  I chose a Pink Pirouette back panel to pull from the pink in the flower and then put it on a Basic Gray base.  The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin set (don’t forget to pull those out….they are consistently just the right sentiment for me!).  I added some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish.  They look a bit silver in the photo but they are really a pale gray, see through sequin….beautiful!

I hope you have a great time with this sketch!  The team has shown all kinds of ways to use it and I know you will show us even more.  I’ll be back on Friday to share some more of this week’s stamping.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink: Versamark, White Craft (SU), Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride; Paper: Basic Gray (SU), Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  Blender Pen (SU), Wink of Stella Clear, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Dimensionals

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Botanical Cherry Blossoms

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PP287, CAS - Botanical cherry blossomSo I told you that I was supposed to head to Denver on Wednesday….well, the weather had other plans and crazy enough, I ended up back at home for another night (YAY!!!).  Well I had a little bit of time to play (very little) in the morning before heading back into the fray and I just had to do a little bit of coloring on a new stamp set.  This Botanical Garden set from Altenew is just gorgeous and I wanted to color it to look like my cherry tree which is just starting to bloom.Cherry BlossomsI really wanted to use my new Chameleon Markers that were sent to me by the fabulous Ilina Crouse.  She is a master with these and I am determined to learn to use them well.  I only used the pink on for today and the way they blend seamlessly is really cool.  Again, I was working quick but I look forward to more time with them.  I added some Copics markers for the green.  The sentiment comes from another set I just got called Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant) and I’m in love with the fonts and sentiment choices on this one!    I played along with The Paper Players Celebrate Spring theme and with Addicted to CAS #84 code word Delicate.  PP287 ColorsOk, I’m really out on my trip now and hoping for some flyer friendly weather tomorrow.  Today….not so much.  Thanks so much for stopping in today!  See you soon.

ATCAS - code word delicate pp287Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Copics, Chameleon; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  Misti, Perfect Accents

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