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Freshly Made Sketches #350 – I See A Wish

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FMS350 by Jen Timko | Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Shark Bite Sequins by Picket Fence StudiosHappy middle of the week!  I’m a bit belated (if you were looking at the challenge this morning) with my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.  I had about 11.3 seconds in the last week to make a card but I just HAD to pull this set out.  Thank heavens that the awesome Narelle gave us a super sketch for this week!!  Her layers (she really is amazing with layers) were a great way to show  off some new things.

You see, this stamp (and some lovely friends) all showed up to my mailbox on Monday as part of my new adventure of being on the Picket Fence Studios Design Team.  *Insert whooping and hollering here*  I look forward to having lots of time to play but I really wanted to be able to share the good news here.  So….a quick card.  I stamped the flower and the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black in and put them on a base of Smoke Gray (SSS).  To add a little bit of color I thought these sweet blue sequins were just perfect.  They are from the Shark Bite collection, also from Picket Fence Studios.

Here is a picture of the whole team….according to my husband, I’m Peter Brady of the Brady Bunch…..we may have just aged ourselves irrevocably.
Ok, well off to see if I can find a few minutes to actually craft!  I’ll be back soon.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping in.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Dandelion Wishes (Picket Fence Studios); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Smoke Gray (Simon Says Stamp); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Big Shot, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Shark Bite Happy Hour Sequin Mix (Picket Fence Studios)

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Freshly Made Sketches #345

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FMS345 by Jen Timko | Beautiful Ride Stamp Set and Dies by Simon Says Stamp, Copic Coloring, Sparkling Clear Sequins by Pretty Pink PoshHappy Wednesday to you!  I hope your week is wonderful so far!  I had pretty much a perfect 4th of July last week.  We went to the Washington Nationals baseball game.  They lost but the game was still fun.  Then we went down to the National Mall.  To cool off, we visited the Museum of Natural History…one of my favorites (but glad I don’t have to choose one).  Then, the big fireworks event!  And what fireworks they were!  After recovering for a day, we drove for a quick weekend to visit family in Cleveland.  The boys and I have enjoyed the last couple of summer days by going to the pool and getting ice cream at a local gem called the Moo Thru.  So, you can see that I have summer on the brain.

Perfect for this amazing sketch by Jen Mitchell over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Jen’s clean style always has special touches and this sketch reflects that wonderfully.  For the rectangle part of the sketch, I obsessed over the idea of this bike.  I love this bike and it seems to say summer to me.  This comes from a set call Beautiful Ride by Simon Says Stamp and has lots of fun accessories that go with the bike.  I chose a little bag to fill with flowers.  I stamped them all in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  The sentiment is from the same set….love it!  I added a few Sparkling Clear sequins and put the image layer on a Real Red base.

I hope you are enjoying your week.  I’m back to work today.  Maybe I’ll see some of you around the country.  Don’t forget to peek in if you are on a United Airbus!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you again soon.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Beautiful Ride (Simon Says Stamp); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Real Red (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Ride Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Misti, Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Dimensionals (SU), Mini Dimensionals (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #335

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FMS335 by Jen Timko | Julie's Roses Stamp Set by Winnie and Walter, Sketchy Thoughts Stamp Set by Winnie and Walter, Lattice Frame Cutting Plate by Taylored ExpressionsI am so happy to be the sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches!  It always makes me a little nervous since we always want you to love our sketches and today I went with a bit of a classic look.  I love a big oval as a place to show off images and dies.  But I’m sure you will find ways to interpret this that I didn’t even consider.  That always makes me happy!

I used this pretty little flower from Julie’s Roses by Winnie and Walter.  I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and then colored with  Zig Clean Color Markers.  After coloring the flower and the leaves, I fussy cut them out.  I thought this amazing Lattice Frame Cutting Die by Taylored Expressions was the perfect way to show off the flower.  So much detail but not enough to distract from the focal image.  Love it!  The sentiment is also from Winnie and Walter in a set called Sketchy Thoughts.  I used a base of Doll Pink by Simon Says Stamp to complete the look.

Now I get to share some fun news!  For the month of May, my friend Jill Hawkins will be joining us as a Guest Designer at Freshly Made Sketches.  If you don’t know Jill, you should!  She has the BEST sense of humor and oh by the way makes insanely great cards!  We are thrilled to have her joining our happy band for the month.

Well, I hope you like the sketch and that you will have a few minutes to play along.  We are full up in soccer season here at my house (JV High School for the oldest, Middle School for the youngest and club ball all around).  The good news….I get to see the boys doing what they love.  The bad news, less stamping.  It is a worthwhile tradeoff though.  Hoping to hit the stamp room later today to make some stuff to share soon.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Julie’s Roses (Winnie and Walter), Sketchy Thoughts (Winnie and Walter); Paper:  Neenah Solar White #110; Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Lattice Frame Cutting Die (Taylored Expressions)

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For Someone Special

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For Someone Special by Jen Timko | Banner in Bloom Stamp Set and Dies by Reverse Confetti, Striped Frame Cover Pane by Reverse Confetti, Copic ColoringWishing you a happy Saturday!  For “spring”, it certainly has not been very bright or warm yet here in Virginia so I thought I should just create a little of my own spring sunshine.  I think this Banner in Bloom stamp set from Reverse Confetti does that perfectly, don’t you?!  I wanted the banner to go with this pretty yellow (Lemon Chiffon from Simon Says Stamp…it is a current favorite for sure!).  I stamped in Momento ink and then used Copics to color two of the images from the set.  They layer up so nicely!!For Someone Special by Jen Timko | Banner in Bloom Stamp Set and Dies by Reverse Confetti, Striped Frame Cover Pane by Reverse Confetti, Copic Coloring

To add a little more interest, I used the Striped Frame Cover Panel and popped up the center layer to allow for more of the yellow to peek out.  So pretty!!  I added some Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) for just a little more shine on the card.

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week is a celebration of their 9th Birthday!  So, naturally they are having a birthday theme.  I thought this would be a fun way to help them celebrate (and add to my birthday card stash too!).  Hope the weekend is full of sunshine (either for real or in your craft room).  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Banner in Bloom (Reverse Confetti); Paper: Lemon Chiffon (SSS), Thick Whisper White (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Banner in Bloom Dies (Reverse Confetti), Striped Frame Cover Panel Die (Reverse Confetti), Sparkling Clear Cupped Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals

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Lovely Amazing You

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Lovely Amazing You by Jen Timko | Cottage Garden Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Happy Little Thoughts Stamp by Newton's Nook DesignsToday is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog.  While my blog was plugging along with pre-scheduled posts last week, I was in New York City with my family for spring break.  We had an amazing time and saw as much as we could (and had the tired feet to prove it)!!  Because of the week off, I was not able to participate in the Stamping for Autism Blog Hop so instead I created my card today with that in mind.

I was inspired for my card by this logo.  I love how the colors reflect the differences of all those who are on the autism spectrum.  Just like a rainbow, the colors are better together!  I thought it would be nice to create a wreath of sorts using similar colors and this wonderful flower from Cottage Garden.  After stamping and die cutting the flowers, I chose this sentiment from Happy Little Thoughts.  It sums up how special each individual is, after all.  And on a personal note, I have a number of friends with children on the spectrum.  These parents are the most extraordinary kind of parent.  They are gentle and kind, yet ferocious when defending their children against misunderstanding.  They are full of love and tolerance, yet willing to fight any battle to make sure their children get the most they can from this world.  I’m in awe of them and pray that with each post in this week’s hop, there is more kindness and understanding for those who face these challenges every day.

Please take the time to go over to Newton’s Nook Designs for the DT hop and also to see Veronica Zalis who is the creator of the 2018 Stamping for Autism hop (there are chances to win prizes at both too).

Thanks for stopping in today.  I’m back to stamping and will see you tomorrow for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (some affiliate links included):

Stamp: Cottage Garden (Newton’s Nook Designs), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Lawn Fawn Candy Store Cubes, Lawn Fawn Ice Cream Parlor Cubes, Wild Dandelion Cube (Gina K Designs), Orange Slush Cube (Simon Says Stamp); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Wild Dandelion (Gina K Designs); Accessories:  Big Shot, Cottage Garden Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Dimensionals (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #319

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FMS319 by Jen Timko | Bouquet of Thanks Stamp Set by Simon Says Stamp, , Debby's Watercolor Palette (Daniel Smith) by Simon Says StampHappy New Year!!!  I hope you had a safe and joyful holiday season!  So excited to be back today after the hiatus.  We have the perfect sketch at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazing Rita Wright and it will get you back to stamping in no time!!  This big panel provides infinite opportunities!

I had an unused stamp set from the fall that called out to be colored and I’m so happy I worked with it.  On Fabriano Extra White Watercolor Paper, I stamped with Versafine Ink with this flower from Bouquet of Thanks from Simon Says Stamp.  Along with the stamp I had gotten the Debby’s Palette of Daniel Smith Watercolors so naturally I looked to Debby Hughes for inspiration on the coloring itself.  I found this card and was inspired!  I blended the colors of the palette with a loose coloring and had such fun playing with how they mixed.  A good way to start getting back in the groove!  The sentiment is from the same set and I used a panel of green behind the watercolor layer and then used a base of Fog cardstock.

I hope you’ll be able to join us this week!  We look forward to sharing in your crafty goals of the new year!  Back tomorrow with some more coloring with a new to me product.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Bouquet of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp); Paper:  Fabriano Extra White Watercolor, Simon Says Stamp Card Stock Rainbow Pack; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black ; Accessories: Debby’s Palette (Daniel Smith Watercolors), Misti

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Freshly Made Sketches #310

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FMS310 by Jen Timko | Be Merry Stamp Set and Dies by WPlus9, Be Merry DSP by Stampin' Up, Copic ColoringHappy Wednesday!!  We have a fabulous new sketch for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  The incredible Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch hostess this week and you are just going to fall in love!

It seems that traditional colors are the way I’m leaning this year on my Christmas cards.  I remain obsessed with this Be Merry DSP from Stampin’ Up and I added on this speckled woodgrain print from Coffee Break DSP (also SU).  I think the prints work really well together!  I kept this pretty simple and used one of my go-to Christmas sentiments from the Be Merry Stamp Set by WPlus9.  The little flower and holly leaves are from the same set and I did some quick Copic coloring.  The sentiment is from the Be Merry Stamp Set from WPlus9 and it is one of my favorites again this year.  It is stamped in Early Espresso ink to match the woodgrain paper.  To create all the rectangles, I used the Stitched Rectangles Dies by Simon Says Stamp.

I’m trying to get a little more serious about my holiday cards so I think you can expect to see more of those in the upcoming weeks.  Make sure you stop over to say hi to the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  They have created wonderful projects this week!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Be Merry (WPlus9); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Be Merry DSP (SU), Coffee Break DSP (SU); Ink:  Early Espresso (SU); Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Basic Pearls (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #308

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FMS308 by Jen Timko | Poinsettia Stamp by Simon Says Stamp, Be Merry Stamp and Dies by WPlus9, Be Merry DSP by Stampin' Up, Copic ColoringI am so happy to be able to share another great sketch with you today! The amazing Rita Wright is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches and she has one that will be fun for lots of interpretations.  Rita always has the most incredible coloring and that inspired me to pull out my Copics for today.

I love this Poinsettia stamp from Simon Says Stamp and I wanted to try to make it a white version.  (Red would have been pretty for this card too.)  Coloring white is always hard so I played around to see if I could do it.  On the flower I started with my light Toner Gray markers (T0, T2).  While I liked the look, I decided that I needed a little more color to make the flower look realistic.  So I added in a little bit of G20.  I think over all it turned out pretty.  The leaves from the set set were colored with a combination of green markers (G20, G24, YG61, YG17, YG67).  To add just a little more color to the card, I used this pretty Be Merry DSP from Stampin’ Up.  Love those speckles on the paper!  The sentiment and banner are from the Be Merry Stamp Set and Dies from WPlus9.  Finally, I thought I needed a little “something”, so I added some pearls to mimic the patten on the paper.

I have been busily stamping this week and getting ready to a new release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  You can expect lots of fun next week!  Until then, I hope you have a good week.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Poinsettia (Simon Says Stamp), Be Merry (WPlus9); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Be Merry DSP (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Be Merry Dies (WPlus9), Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Basic Pearls (SU)

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Autumn in Gray

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Autumn in Gray by Jen Timko | Shades of Autumn Stamp by Newton's Nook Designs, Falling Leaves Stencil by Newton's Nook DesignsToday is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog.  I’m fully into all things fall at this point and, apparently, obsessed with leaves.  Shades of Autumn was a natural for me to grab for today’s project.

I wanted to go with a monochromatic look but with something a little less expected.  So I pulled out my Fog Gray paper from Simon Says Stamp and used the Falling Leaves Stencil with the new Embossing Paste from Stampin’ Up.  I love the look of the leaves on the soft gray!  The leaf from the stamp set was stamped in Smoky Slate (SU) and the veining of the leaf image shows up so beautifully!!  I added a sentiment from the set.  A great go-to sentiment!!  Many time when I use grays, I’m drawn to use the Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and they work perfectly here.

I hope you like my card for today.  With all that is happening in the world, make sure you take time to give thanks for the many people who mean so much to you.  Glad you stopped in to see me.  Hope to see you again soon!

Stamp: Shades of Autumn (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Smoky Slate, Verafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Fog Gray (SSS); Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Misti, Sparklin Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Dimensionals

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STAMPtember – Loads of Thanks

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We are in the middle of the Newton’s Nook Designs release week so what better time to share the newest STAMPtember set from Simon Says Stamp?!!  Yes, today we celebrate the collaboration with Simon Says Stamp and Newton’s Nook Designs so you have to know how happy that makes me!  Two fabulous companies!Fall Thanks by Jen Timko | Loads of Thanks Stamp Set by Simon Says Stamp and Newton's Nook Designs, STAMPtember, Falling Leaves Stencil by Newton's Nook Designs, Chameleon Color Tops, Chameleon Pens

This sweet stamp set comes with our little dog friend pushing a wheel barrow and LOTS of options for filling it.  I thought it would be fun to add in the bunny and leaves, which gave me the perfect excuse to use the new Falling Leaves Stencil that NND revealed yesterday (and available on Friday, Sept. 15th).  I stamped the bunny and then masked to add the wheelbarrow in a way that makes the leaves kind of spill over.  Isn’t it cute?!  Then, using my Chameleon Pens and Color Tops, I colored the images.  I love how I can get a real fall leaf feel with the shading from these Color Tops!  I wanted the focus to stay on the image but the embossing paste with the stencil adds just the right amount of interest behind our little friends.  Gotta say, these are a perfect go-together.  Remember, this STAMPtember release is only available directly from Simon Says Stamp (and conveniently enough, they will have the new stencil a SSS on Friday once it goes “live”).  If all that wasn’t enough, there is a matching die set for the images too.  Good luck holding onto your paycheck!  STAMPtember is fun time of year but oh so dangerous for the budget!  *smile*Thanks for stopping in to see my take on the new release.  Make sure you go over to the Simon blog to see all the inspiration there.  See you back in a little while for Day 2 of the NND September release.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Loads of Thanks – STAMPtember (Simon Says Stamp/Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Chameleon Color Tops; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Falling Leaves Stencil (Newton’s Nook Designs), Embossing Paste (SU), Stitched Circles Dies (Lil’ Inker), Misti, Sequins (Paper Pumpkin, Studio Katia)

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