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Freshly Made Sketches #352

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FMS352 by Jen Timko | Wicked Together Stamp Set by Picket Fence DesignsDo you ever see a stamp set that speaks to you and you cannot even begin to resist it?!  Yeah…me too.  And my card today features one of those stamps!!  I’m the sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches today and I created a sketch that was perfect for this image and this sentiment.  Because, really….just look at them!!

As with most things that hit you as “must have”, there is a back story.  Many of you know about my sweet little calico kitty named Kate.  But do you know WHY she is Kate?  Before her, I had an old man kitty who had been my friend for over 19 years.  He was my sweet boy who was kind enough to adopt my husband and then tolerate the arrival of my two boys (albeit, with a 2 week hunger strike after the birth of the second).  When he passed away, the house was too quiet and I was so sad.  After a few months, DH told me that we were heading to the local SPCA to see if a new kitty would choose us.  We narrowed it down and I was looking for another boy.  After all, I said, I’m the queen and there will be no other.  So I took the boys the next day to see which kitty really wanted to come home with us and there was this sweet little girl.  And she took one look at us, realized we would do very nicely and demanded that we get her home immediately.  So there was a princess.  As luck would have it, there was also a new princess (well duchess but whatever) so we chose the name Kate.  And here we are about 6 years later and the boys wore DH and I down asking for a second kitty.  In a moment of weakness, I took them back to the SPCA “just to look”.  Yeah, right.  And thus a new kitty has entered the house.  Another little girl.  Naturally, her name is Meg (after the latest addition to the royal family).  Kate is warming up to the idea of a sister but you don’t have to speak fluent cat to know there were some very unkind words uttered.  In the midst of the early chaos (Meg has been with us about 3 weeks), I saw this stamp and yep.  It just hit me as totally hilarious.  And true.  At least in my house.  (and yes, I’ll share some pics here of Meg but I did put some up on Instagram when she first came home)

Ok now that I covered that seriously too long story, back to the card.  This stamp set is from Picket Fence Studios and it is called Wicked Together.  It is awesome!!  I stamped this fabulous kitty in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder (SU).  I chose this chevron paper from my stash as a background to the sentiment (stamped and embossed too).  I tied on some purple twine and added a few sequins just for more dimension.  But we know that all eyes are on that cat…as they should be!!

I hope you will find this sketch inspiring!  As always the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team has outdone themselves and you need to hop right over to see their work.  I’m so glad you were able to stop in today.  Until next time, happy stamping!

 

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Freshly Made Sketches #331

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FMS331 by Jen Timko | Jungle Little Stamp Set by Hello Bluebird, Copic ColoringHappy middle of the week to you!!  I hope your week is going well so far.  This great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches from the lovely Cécile Ribon is sure to get you up and stamping!!  I just love all the possibilities on this one.

I have already told you about the amazing gifts I came home with from Stamping Away last month.  Well, one of my favorites was an adorable stamp set from a new company called Hello Bluebird.  I love finding out about new companies and this one is sure to make you smile.  The Jungle Littles stamp set is from their March release and there are tons of sweet images in this set.  I stamped a few of them not knowing which I would choose for the card and then got to coloring with my Copics.  I just knew the vines would be great for the sketch too.  Because the stamps are photopolymer, I was able to change the curve on the vine (the real image has a bit more bend to it) on my MISTI.  Love how you can do that!  Then I took a very practical approach to choosing which images to use…I let my boys choose.  The oldest told me that the tiger was simply a must (after some debate with the youngest because I had also colored the lion).  The tiger finally won out because he belongs in a jungle, apparently.  Who am I to argue?!  Naturally, the monkey had to join him because who can resist a monkey bringing you a flower?  Yep…that is how it rolls some days around here.  Oh, the real back story to how some things get created, haha!  While there are dies for this set, I don’t have them (yet) so I fussy cut the images to be able to pop them up on the card.

I hope you like my take on the sketch today.  And yes, I did realize that my panels are reversed from the sketch…after they were all stamped and colored.  So I hope Cécile won’t mind too much.  You are going to love all that the design team has created this week.  And we have a new guest to introduce for the month of April!!  My Stamping Away table neighbor, the extraordinary Tracey McNeely, has joined our happy band of enablers.  I already loved her work from afar and then when I got to meet her….well, adjectives don’t quite cover how kind, sweet and seriously talented she is.  Stop over and say hi!!

Thanks for stopping in today.  I appreciate you spending a little time with me and I’ll see you again soon.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Jungle Littles (Hello Bluebird); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals

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Grateful

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I’m so excited to be able to share with you one more card I made for the collaboration this month between My Sweet Petunia and Joy Clair.  This is a month long partnership and it gives you lots of opportunities to win!  With two full designs teams (I’m guesting in with My Sweet Petunia), all you have to do is comment on posts where you see this blog hop banner.  You are then entered to win these prizes: two $25 gift certificates to Joy Clair or one MISTI (your choice of original or mini).  Winners will be announced in April on both blogs.

Grateful by Jen Timko | Thank You for Everything Stamp by Joy Clair, MISTI by My Sweet PetuniaThis card is brought to you by the fun of repeat stamping with the MISTI.  Yes, I did say the fun of repeat stamping.  Those are not the words I would have used without a MISTI!!  *smile*  I started by stamping the top center flower and then moved the paper left and right the same distance to stamp the rest of the row.  Then I moved the paper up and back to center and started the process again.  Perfect alignment, no stress, almost no actual math.  I added this sweet sentiment that comes from the same set as the flower (Thank You for Everything).  I colored in the flowers using my watercolors and then cut the image with a stitched square die.

I thought that the dimension from the Wood Textures paper on the base was perfect to complement the flowers so I just layered it onto the square base and popped the image layer up with Dimensionals (SU).

I thought this was the perfect card for today. I am grateful for many things!  For friends and family, on that I’m very blessed!  For this stamping community, the encouragement from you brings me such joy.  And despite the fact that today is Good Friday, I’m grateful that I know Easter will come.  I hope that you have a beautiful Easter weekend!

Make sure you go over to the  Joy Clair and My Sweet Petunia blogs to see what other inspiration they have for you.  And don’t forget to leave your comments for a chance to win!

 

Supplies (affiliate links may be included):

Stamp: Thank You for Everything (Joy Clair); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Watercolor Paper (Canson), Wood Textures DSP (SU); Accessories:  Original MISTI, Silver #4 Round Paint Brush, Debby’s Set Watercolor Palette (Simon Says Stamp)

 

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Bloom Where You’re Planted

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I’m so excited to be able to share with you another card I made for the collaboration this month between My Sweet Petunia and Joy Clair.  This is a month long partnership and it gives you lots of opportunities to win!  With two full designs teams (I’m guesting in with My Sweet Petunia), all you have to do is comment on posts where you see this blog hop banner.  You are then entered to win these prizes: two $25 gift certificates to Joy Clair or one MISTI (your choice of original or mini).  Winners will be announced in April on both blogs.

Bloom by Jen Timko | Grow in Faith Stamp by Joy Clair, Christmas Nativity by Joy Clair, MISTI by My Sweet PetuniaI’m continuing on my spring theme today with this sweet little flower set called Grow in Faith.  I just love all the little flowers in the set but thought it would be fun to but them in the watering pail.  There was a bit of masking for this card.  First, I stamped the pail using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  Then I put down my mask over the pail.  I pulled this wooden image from the Christmas Nativity set (part of a stable) to create a table for the flowers.  With mask safely in place, I stamped the first (top) board, then I masked that and stamped the second one.  The MISTI takes away all the fear on making mistakes…and no starting over if there is incomplete stamping!  I do find that on masking projects I always need to stamp twice.  Once those were done, I stamped the flowers (with the pail mask still in place).  Notice that I had cut the little top part off the pail mask so that the flower appear to be in the pail.

So after all that was done, I pulled off all the masks and YAY!!  There is always a bit of a moment of holding your breath with masking…at least for me.  I stamped the sentiment and then colored the images using Copic markers.  Such a sweet little card!

Make sure you go over to the  Joy Clair and My Sweet Petunia blogs to see what other inspiration they have for you.  And don’t forget to leave your comments for a chance to win!

Supplies (affiliate links may be included):

Stamp: Grow in Faith(Joy Clair), Christmas Nativity (Joy Clair); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Elegant Eggplant (SU), Daffodil Delight (SU); Accessories:  Original MISTI, Copic Markers, Masking Paper (SSS)

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Sending You Smiles

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I’m so excited to be able to share with you a card I made for the collaboration this month between My Sweet Petunia and Joy Clair.  This is a month long partnership and it gives you lots of opportunities to win!  With two full designs teams (I’m guesting in with My Sweet Petunia), all you have to do is comment on posts where you see this blog hop banner.  You are then entered to win these prizes: two $25 gift certificates to Joy Clair or one MISTI (your choice of original or mini).  Winners will be announced in April on both blogs.

Sending You Smiles by Jen Timko | Hugs and Smiles Stamp by Joy Clair, MISTI by My Sweet Petunia, WatercolorSo today, I pulled out this amazing Hugs and Smiles stamp set.  These flowers are so pretty and I love the sentiments.  I lined up the stamp on one side of the watercolor paper and stamped using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed with Wow White Embossing Powder.  I did stamp twice with my Versamark because it is kind of hard to see if you missed a spot.  Of course, the MISTI makes that super easy!  Then, and here is where the MISTI really earns her keep, I flipped the card stock and stamped again.  The stamp positions exactly where it was on the opposite side with no stress.  Perfectly symmetrical!!

Using some watercolor paints, I painted the flowers and then chose the green for the center section.  Something about a nice spring green makes me happy!  Also, it was snowing when I made this…in spring…when there had not been snow all winter….  So yes, spring green!  I splattered on a little extra paint and then decided which sentiment to use.  Now, without a MISTI, this card would have gone without a sentiment because it would certainly have been ruined.  I know we all did that before this tool came around!!  But into the breach I went (not really…there was no stress, lol), and I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed it too.  The whole panel is so pretty on this green base, don’t you think?!

Ok, now I made you look so you need to go find all the blogs participating this month.  Start with Joy Clair and My Sweet Petunia and you will find their teams!  I’ll be back in a few days with more from this collaboration.  Until then, have a great weekend!

Supplies (affiliate links may be included):

Stamp: Hugs and Smiles (Joy Clair); Ink:  Versamark; Paper: Montval Watercolor (Canson), Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp); Accessories:  Original MISTI, Silver #4 Round Paint Brush, Debby’s Set Watercolor Palette (Simon Says Stamp)

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