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Freshly Made Sketches #279

Freshly Made Sketches #279 published on 5 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #279

FMS279 by Jen Timko | Mondo Hydrangea by Ellen Hutson, Lovely by Ellen Hutson, Watercolor, Zig Clean Color, Wonky Stitched RectanglesIn the middle of all the Newton’s Nook release week, I have a card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.  If you are looking for today’s release, it will be up right after this.  Our sketch hostess today is the amazingly talented Rita Wright.  I hope she forgives my stretch on her sketch this week.

So yes, there is supposed to be a vertical panel with the rectangle and the banners but here is the deal.  As part of the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge, I had colored this hydrangea last week.  And I really wanted to use it.  And I was seriously pressed for time (only two days in between trips).  And I just could not make this work if I added another panel.  Sooooo, the hydrangea is taking the place of the panel.  Some weeks go like that!  I colored this pretty image using my Zigs and here was my inspiration.I had watched a coloring video where she talked about using images of real flowers when you are coloring them.  I think we can agree that my version is still pretty simple compared to nature’s gorgeous work but it was fun to have a starting place for colors.  And I really LOVE white hydrangeas with their shades of green and pink and sometimes pale blues.  I added a frame cut with my Wonky Stitched Rectangles Dies and some retired lace from SU behind the flower.  The sentiment is from another Ellen Hutson set called Lovely.

Make sure to come back for my card for today’s reveal from Newton’s Nook and make sure you take the opportunity for chances to win the set from this month’s release.  I hope you have a great rest of your week!!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson), Lovely (Ellen Hutson) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Arches Cold Press Watercolor; Accessories:  Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Dies (My Favorite Things), Lace (SU retired)

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Freshly Made Sketches #257

Freshly Made Sketches #257 published on 8 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #257

fms257-season-of-joySo we have some fun news over at Freshly Made Sketches.  First, we can announce that the lovely Cécile Ribon will be joining us full time Design Team member.  YAY for us!!!  Also, we introduced an update to the blog.  We hope you like our, um, “fresh” new look!  Let us know what you think.  We have a great sketch from the amazing Jen Mitchell.

I decided I better get a little more serious about Christmas cards so I pulled out one of my go to sets, Holly Jolly Greetings.  This big snowflake is so pretty and was perfect for the focal element.  And the sentiments in the set (the reason I got it, of course) are awesome.  I know it is easy to get all caught up in the newest, latest and greatest but sometimes it is nice to pull out a workhorse set.  I stamped in Night of Navy and paired it with Floral Boutique DSP (not just flowers!!).  I used Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies from My Favorite Things to add the fun stitching and a few Basic Pearls.

fms-final-257-001This is my first post for today.  My second post is my card for The Card Concept.  I hope you’ll enjoy Jen’s sketch this week!  Thanks for stopping in today.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink: Night of Navy; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT), Basic Pearls, Misti

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May Fancy Friday – Thanks!

May Fancy Friday – Thanks! published on 2 Comments on May Fancy Friday – Thanks!

Jen Timko - FF May - ThanksWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of demonstrators 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 super talented Marisa, welcome to the next stop.  For May, our theme is Never Enough Thanks!  You may have heard of the hashtag fun going around for birthdays (#imbringingbirthdaysback), well we are bringing thanks yous back!  Yep, #imbringingthankyousback !

I think that thank you cards are actually what I make the most but I love them!  Faced with the prospect of the theme, somehow I froze.  What to make?  Who should it be for?  Retiring items or new products?  Oh the pressure!  *smile*  Ok, not really but I did kind of go blank.  So I decided to go a little artsy.  I took some watercolor paper and got it wet where I wanted color and then added some Melon Mambo ink.  At first, I was thinking to make it all one color and use a new suite from the catalog but then I thought that it needed something more.  So I added Daffodil Delight too.  When I say added, I just added a little more water and then smooshed my Aquapainter into the ink and dropped it onto the water.  And it spread around and became totally cool.  I took the same brush (without more ink) and placed it around the pink to add variety.  And then the hardest part, just sit it aside to dry.  I worked on another card… of yesterday’s to be exact.  Once it was dry, I sent it through the Big Shot and cut out the sentiment with Greetings Thinlits.  The thick paper had a few of those dots that sometimes happen (from the holes to help free your paper) so I ran it back through the Big Shot between just the two plates to flatten it.  Then I cut out some Thick Whisper White that had foam tape attached to the back with the same thinlet.  Because I wanted the whole panel to pop up onto my card base, I added a white panel behind the sentiment negative to allow a place to attach the positive.  I added a little more detail with a Wonky Stitched Die and then I just stacked the cutouts where the original sentiment had been cut out.  A Melon Mambo base to make it even brighter and some sequins leftover from Paper Pumpkin for more fun!  Just a quick reminder….this die set is retiring.  So make sure you have it before it is gone!!

So, I have a confession to make.  I haven’t mailed this yet.  They may kick me out for not following the rules!  But I can tell you that this is going to an awesome mom who has been the team manager for my younger son’s soccer team this year and, truthfully, it will be hand delivered.  So I only kind of sort of fail in the month’s instructions — we were to make a card and actually send it!  My friend is bright and happy and always keeps the rest of us parents on track.  This card makes me think of her!



I hope you will be inspired to make some thank you cards this month and you too can join us with our hashtag!  We’ll be watching for it!  Now you get to go over to my dear friend Jeanna who I just KNOW will make you smile!

And you can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!


Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Paper:  Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor;  Ink:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight; Accessories:  Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Wonky Stitched Dies (My Favorite Things), Aquapainter, Foam Tape (3M), Sequins, Dimensionals

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