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Stamp Ink Paper #64

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SIP#64 -Botanical BirthdayI have something fun to share with you today!  I get to be a guest designer with the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge over the month of September!  Awesome!!  And lucky for me they started off “easy” (for me) with a Less Is More challenge this week.  Right up my alley!

Back in July I has colored this flower from Altenew’s Botanical Garden for the 30 day coloring challenge but never used it for anything.  But there it sat calling out to me.  I thought it would be perfect for this kind of challenge since a clean card allows focus on the flower itself.  Just a couple of colors of Zig Clean Color Pens can create such a beautiful look!  I love the wash on this flower!  The sentiment comes from a Paper Pumpkin Kit (love that font!!) and seemed just right to match the style of the image.  I cut the panel using my trust Stitched Rectangles dies and added a few Sparking Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  These have a touch of gray to them but also can take on colors behind them.  My favorite sequins!

14207753_10153802923923531_4274181975561845747_oI hope you will join in with us for this week’s challenge.  Super fun inspiration from the DT for sure!  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, I hope you have a great start of your week!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Paper Pumpkin (sentiment); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Basic Gray (SU); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Dimensionals, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP)

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Freshly Made Sketches #250

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FMS250 - Merry ChristmasI’m sure you have already been blown away by the amazing Cécile Ribon in her time as a Guest Designer at Freshly Made Sketches.  Well, this week she took on the task of being our sketch hostess.  And look at what she came up with!!  It really is fun!

I wanted to play a little more with O Christmas Tree from Concord and 9th as a continuing celebration of their first birthday.  The fonts from this set are so fabulous and the variety of images are super fun.  I took a panel of watercolor paper and inked it up with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in a variety of blues.  Then I splattered it with some water to see what would happen.  True confessions….this was actually my third panel….I messed up the embossing on the first two….yes, it was THAT stamping day.  The interesting finding in all this was the differences you get with varying brands of watercolor paper.  This paper is the Fabriano 140 lb Cold Press but I has also played with the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper.  They have different textures (Tim Holtz has a smooth side and a rougher side) and the water spots move the ink in different ways.  It is like a fun experiment to play with them!!  I found that the Fabriano held onto the color just a little more and the texture really shows when you sponge on the colors.  I think the effect on this is pretty and I didn’t want to distract too much from it.  I added the snowflakes from the set by stamping in Versamark and heat embossing with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I pulled a snowflake wooden element from my stash (SU) and heat embossed it in white too.  The sentiment was stamped onto a Night of Navy panel the same way.  I added a few Sparkling Clear sequins which I love for how they morph depending on the background.

FMS Final 250-001I hope you have a great time playing with this sketch!  The angled panel allows for so many great options.  Make sure you stop by and say hi to Cécile too.  This is her first sketch and I think she did a great job!!  Trying to fit in some more stamping today.  Hope to have more to share soon.  See you then!

 

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  O Christmas Tree (Concord and 9th); Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch; Paper:  Fabriano 140 lb Cold Press, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Dimensionals, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP)Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool, Snowflake Wooden Element (SU Retired)

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O Christmas Tree in Gold and Silver

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DTGT16jentimko - O Christmas TreeThe most wonderful week of inspiration continues today over at Splitcoaststampers!!!  It is Dare To Get Dirty Challenges week and you will not even believe all that SCS has already done!  As a former “Dirty Girl”, I get to participate on the planning side and today is the day for my challenge!!  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.  My sample makers have created the most awesome inspiration.  I hope you will come check it out!  You can see all the cards for my challenge HERE.

I can’t share the details of the challenge but I think you will not be too surprised by my choice of challenge!  As I was making cards, I was actually inspired to make two variations.  Gold and Silver!  They used the new set from Concord and 9th called O Christmas Tree.  I am totally in love with the sentiments and the great trees!  As an extra bonus, Concord and 9th is celebrating their first birthday so I wanted to join in on their party!  I heat embossed the trees on Thick Whisper White card stock (in gold and silver) to put as the base of my shaker cards. For the gold version, I used Pop of Pink DSP’s gold confetti pattern and cut it using the Stitched Rectangle Dies (SSS).  The silver version uses a retired DSP.  I added sequins based on the color of embossing.  The gold is from SU’s Metallic Sequins and a retired holiday pack while the silver are the Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins.  Now for that bit of sparkle on the sides.  Remember back during Sale-a-bration when the Glitter Tape was one of the choices?  Yeah.  I HAD to have that and I got it with the holidays in mind.  It is so easy to use and it adds so much!!  I heat embossed the sentiments again and done!  Now…..which is your favorite??!!  My house is split on their decision (which is why I posted both).The challenges this week really are amazing and your need to come check out the gallery!!  I hope you will go over and check out my challenge and join in!!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  O Christmas Tree (Concord and 9th); Ink: Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Pop of Pink DSP, Retired DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Gold and Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Metallic Sequins (SU)

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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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Freshly Made Sketches #237

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Jen Timko - FMS237 - SmileKnow what puts a smile on my face??  Yep, Wednesdays!  Especially when we have a sketch at Freshly Made Sketches as awesome as this one from Linda.  I felt like I needed a bit of a sunny card for today because we have had rain, lots and lots and lots and lots…of rain.  I thought a happy little bird might brighten things up!

Ok, he really is a Happy Bird from that set by WPlus9.  I had colored this fellow a while ago and he was sitting there begging to be put on a card.  I finally found just the right one.  This striped background comes from the It’s My Party DSP pack…yes, I may have a little bit of a problem putting it down but I’m sure you’ll forgive me.  It matched the bird.  It just had to happen!  I stamped the wire and the sentiment in Versafine ink onto Thick Whisper White paper and just popped up my little friend on a dimensional.  He was colored with Zig Clean Color Markers and cut out with the coordinating dies.  I found that Pacific Point card stock was a good match with the blue and added it as a layer behind the image.  Finally a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Love these!

FMS Final 237-001Ok, ready, set, stamp!  I just know the gallery will be full with a sketch this open for interpretation!  Make sure you take a minute to visit the team’s blogs for all their awesome inspiration!

Back to lots of flying this week (and next) but I have a few things I’m working on.  Ok, really I’m just sketching and hoping to work on when I get home!  Until next time, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Happy Birds (WPlus9); Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx BlackZig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), It’s My Party DSP (SU), Pacific Point; Accessories:  Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Big Shot, Happy Birds Coordinating Dies (WPlus9)

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The Card Concept #55

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CC55- Hello SunshineSo guess what?!!  I have a fun announcement to make!  Yes, I have been holding out on you but I can finally share.  I am one of two new additions to the design team at The Card Concept!  Now try to contain your shock but I’m one of the clean designers…..  Clean and Graphic to be exact.  The definition:  Clean lines, simple treatment of text, no frills, bare boned, message communicated quickly.  Yep….I think Lesley (the challenge creator) knows me pretty well!

Our inspiration for this challenge spoke to me right away.  I knew right away that I was going to pull out this sentiment from Paper Pumpkin.  This one makes me smile every single time!!  I’ll share why a little further on.  For the background, I pulled out the Dots & Stripes stencil (to mimic the graphic) and my new Clarity Stencil Brushes.  Yes, they really are ALL that.  You can blend and no lines or unevenness shows.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and they blended so well!  To keep it clean, I simply added the sentiment to an offset panel and a few sequins.

So now the sentiment.  When I first graduated from Air Force Pilot Training, I became an instructor in the T-38, the secondary training jet at the time (and a beautiful, fast, pointy nosed jet it is!!).  My students were more advanced so we could give them a little more latitude as they learned.  Instead of direct intervention, we could give verbal hints and suggestions.  Well, apparently over time I started calling my students “sunshine”.  As in “What is the plan, Sunshine” or “Where are you going, Sunshine”.  They learned that when I called them Sunshine that they might need to reconsider what they were doing, lol.  Fast forward almost 20 years….  My husband finds that another instructor that I flew with is in his Guard unit.  I had totally forgotten about the Sunshine thing until he was telling my husband about it.   Needless to say, the reminder brought back some good laughs and stories!!  And yes, the military is remarkably small sometimes.  My friend who works with my husband is also a pilot at United with me.  So there it is….Hello Sunshine!  And really, no corrections needed.  Hmmm….I think I might need to send this one in to my friend, don’t you think?

So if you stuck with me, thanks for humoring me.  Sometimes cards just have a bigger story!  So now you need to jump over and see the rest of the inspiration from the design team.  Make sure you add in a welcome to the lovely Ilina Crouse too.  How amazing to be a part of this fabulous group!  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!  (and a reminder that my Freshly Made Sketches post is down one…went up a little earlier today)

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin (SU); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink ; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Black; Accessories:  Clarity Stamps Stencil Brushes, Dots & Stripes Stencil (SU), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #233

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FMS233 - Happy BirthdayAs I told you last week, I wasn’t sure I would get this card done.  Thank heavens for a great sketch from our queen of color and resident Artisan, Amy O’Neill over at Freshly Made Sketches.    I channeled my inner Amy for this one and went with some bright and happy colors.

The It’s My Party DSP provided the fun striped and the black design…aren’t they fun together?  For the circle element, I added half of a Tea Lace Doily (they are retiring so get them now!!).  For the sentiment panel I pulled out the bonus stamp set from this month’s Paper Pumpkin and found this awesome birthday greeting.  I LOVE that stamp set!!  I added some Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine and some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to add a little more color.

FMS Final 233-001Well, super fast card and a super fast post.  On the road again…..  But home at the end of the week for a few more days so hoping to catch up on more stamping.  I hope your week is fabulous.  Thanks for stopping in!!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin April; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, It’s My Party DSP; Accessories:  Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Tea Lace Doily

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Botanical Rose

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Jen Timko - Botanical RoseI really wanted to use this title on the post:  “In which I say happy anniversary to Altenew, show what I have learned about Chameleon pens, and profess undying thanks to Lydia”  (format courtesy of Lydia)  I think we can agree that would have been a bit cumbersome.  But it is really what this post is about!

First of all, I wanted to share this card that is inspired by the 2nd Anniversary of Altenew.  This company is so fabulous and the inspiration they have provided through beautiful designs and an amazing design team are a stand out in the industry!  This set, Botanical Blooms, is pretty new and I’m completely enamored with it.  Such pretty, pretty images!  I wanted to make a clean card (yeah….I know, I always do) that showed off the lovely details in these stamps.  I stamped them with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and added a sentiment from Watercolor Wishes (SU) stamped in Versafine Black Ink.

Then I get to part two of my post….Chameleon Pens.  These are a unique way to color using alcohol pens that have all the shading care of one pen.  The dear Ilina Crouse sent me the Pastel Tones set and that is all I have used for coloring here.  In fact, I only used three of them (Y03-Warm Sunset, CG8-Cool Gray, and PK3-Bubble Gum).  I am getting better at shading and timing the infusions and they are really fun to use.  This is what I was working on the other day when a friend came over to visit….she colored some pretty flowers too!  I added a few sequins that matched (two from Pretty Pink Posh and one from SU) and added a border of a pretty watercolor DSP (retired SU).

Finally, and this is big.  I need to profess my thanks to the one-of-a-kind Lydia.  I have struggled pretty much forever in getting a decent picture of a primarily white card.  As in, I take 25 pictures all over my house, edit the pictures, hate the pictures, take 25 more pictures…..   Well, you get the point.  So when Lydia posted about a new light box she got and how it changed her world, well, I had to run right out to get one.  I caution you that following Lydia inspires that result.  Being her friend can be expensive because she is always right.  When she says you have to have it, you do.  Just accept it and move forward.  I had planned to post this card yesterday but then I found out my Foldio 2 was coming and I wanted to wait to give it a good test.  Let me tell you what happened.  I set it up, took one (yes, ONE) picture with my phone (YES, MY PHONE!!!!!!) and this is the one I took.  I cropped it, lightened it just a little and done.  Threw on the watermark and I’m pretty sure I squealed loud enough for the neighbors to be concerned.  Now I can spend more time making things.  I’m so happy!!

So that is it for today.  Pretty much one big thank you post to Altenew, Ilina and Lydia.  Wow, I’m lucky to be a stamper!  Hope your weekend is fabulous!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Watercolor Wishes (SU); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Chameleon Pastel Tones; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP (SU retired); Accessories:  Sequins – PPP Summer Mix and SU Paper Pumpkin, Glue Dots

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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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Essence of Love…

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Tulips in Pink

I am continuing my coloring practice for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge with this card today.  I love this retired image it is perfect for working on shading.  I also saw the Time Out Challenge #49 with their inspiration challenge: “Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow”.  Again….this image is simply perfect.  So I got to work.  I stamped with Smoky Slate (SU) ink and colored with my Copics.  Once I was done, I cut it out with a Stitched Rectangles Die.  When I put it on the white panel, it seemed a little blah so I added some stenciled sponging.  The stencil is from the Happy Patterns masks group.  I used my Ranger Mini Round Blending Tool (I love it because it doesn’t create edges).  Once I had the background on, I liked it much better.  I popped the image up on Dimensionals and added some Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP).

Tulips - Copics

I’ll be back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  I even made another video for it!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Hope your day is great!

Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamps:  Love is Kindness (SU ret); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU);  Ink:  Smoky Slate, Copic Markers; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Sequins (PPP)

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