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Freshly Made Sketches #275

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FMS275 - Amazing by Jen Timko | Botanical Garden Stamp Set by Altenew, Zig Clean Color Markers, WatercoloringAs a programming note, if you are looking for day 2 of the Newton’s Nook February Release it will be up in a second post.  For this card, I’m working with another fantastic sketch for Freshly Made Sketches created by the queen of layers, Narelle.  The way she has layered this sketch speaks to how she always has the most lovely details.

When I saw the scallop, I immediately thought of this flower from Altenew’s Botanical Garden set.  I pulled out my Zig again and this time focused on Peacock Blue.  Love that blue!  I aded a little yellow in the center and combined greens for the leaves but generally some super quick coloring.  With the blue being so striking, I chose this pale background, Fog from Simon Says Stamp.  Using the scraps from where I colored the flower, I cut two banners and colored one with the green and left one plain.  Finally I added this little Paper Pumpkin sentiment and some Basic Pearls.  It was nice to stretch into a different set of colors this week and I think this sketch is going to be fun for everyone.

Back in just a few with today’s release card.  You will be “egg-cited” to see it!  Thanks for stopping in today.


Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Botanical Garden (Altenew) ; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color 48 Pack, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Fog (SSS), Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Basic Pearl, Zig BrusH2O

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Newton’s Nook Designs February Release – Newton’s Pot of Gold

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Are you ready for another week of amazing releases from Newton’s Nook Designs???  Just say yes because you are going to LOVE what we have to show this week!  First up Newton himself is making an appearance and he seems to have the luck of the Irish!  Newton’s Pot of Gold is being featured along with the Land Borders die set.

Newton Finds the Gold by Jen Timko | Newton's Pot of Gold Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs, Land Borders Dies #newtonsnookThis sweet little stamp set is perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day fun but I love that the sentiments will be ones you can turn to again and again.  I started by coloring my image with Copic Markers (colors listed below) and while I was coloring, I had some inspiration.  How about using sequins as gold?!  Yes, they are totally perfect with the scale of the image and I could not even be more excited about how this turned out.  So how did I get the sequins on there?  It was actually easier than I thought it would be.  I put a ‘blob’ (yep, official crafting term) of Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue on a scrap of paper and then using a toothpick end, applied the glue where I wanted it to be.  Then just added the sequin on top.  I put down one layer in the placement of the gold on the stamp image and once dry, added some more on top.  This glue dries pretty quickly and most importantly, it dries with a matte finish.

I needed just the right layer for this fun image to go on, so I created a little interest using the Land Borders Die. I cut a piece of Green Apple Card Stock (SSS) with the border die, then laid it on some white card stock and cut again with a stitched rectangle.  The sentiment is really one that I’m happy to add to my repertoire (being a hoarder collector of sentiments).  Now here is the best part….

Would you like to win the “Newton’s Pot of Gold” Stamp Set?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner

Here’s how to win: 

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday February 16th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 17th. 


I am so happy that you stopped in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 2 of release week and I know you will be thrilled to see what comes next.  I hope you have a great day!

Copics:  Newton – W2, W3, W5;  Pot and Hat – YG03, YG25, YG17, Y35, E31

Stamp: Newton’s Pot of Gold (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black,  Copic Markers; Paper:  Green Apple (Simon Says Stamp), Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Land Borders Die (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), Misti Stamp Tool, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Dimensionals


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Happy Little Wreath

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I have a quick post for today because I want to share a set of cards I created (and am creating more of).  Not sure how it happens that I’m behind on making cards given that I started in August.  But here we are.  So I’m pulling out the Misti and putting the sweet elves (translated kids) to work and cranking out some cards.  In bulk.  Which I never really do.  Did I mention that the Misti makes it possible??  My 10 yo was die cutting with the Stitched Rectangles and then stamping when he commented how he was impressed with his CPM rate (that would be cards per minute).  Yep.  He made 12 while I made 1/2 card (on another project).  And everyone single one was perfect.  When I get home from this trip, I have them all ready to finish into final cards.  These were his model and we liked them enough to make more.

The key is this pretty wreath.  I got it on sale from Newton’s Nook over the Thanksgiving holiday and what a good get!  The set is called Happy Little Thoughts and it has such pretty elements.  This wreath though….I just knew it would be great for my Christmas cards and I was right!  I colored some Basic Rhinestones with a Copic and added them on along with a twine bow.  The sentiment is from the retired Santa’s Gifts (SU).  All the stamping was done in Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake card stock.

Ok….like I said.  Quick post but I thought you might like a great last minute, I’m really late getting my cards done idea.  *smile*  Hope your day is fantastic!  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamps:  Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook), Santa’s Gifts (SU retired); Ink: Early Espresso, Copic Red Marker; Paper: Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Basic Rhinestones, Twine

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The Card Concept #63

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Jen Timko - CC63 - Poinsettia GreetingsToday is a two post Wednesday and this is my first card for the day.  I’m so excited to share the inspiration from The Card Concept for our latest challenge.  As I was looking at the beautiful details of that fireplace, I found that the colors and the patterns started to jump out at me and so an idea was born.

I think this flower from Poinsettia (Simon Says Stamp) is simply wonderful to color.  I used it with Copics last week but decided to try it with Zig Clean Color Markers for this challenge.  I thought the watercolor feel was more in line with the country vibe of the photo.  I stamped the flower using Versafine Onyx Black and then masked it to add the leaf.  The paper is Fabriano Watercolor Paper.  The sentiments from the same stamp set worked perfectly for this so I inked up this combination with Versafine again and used my Misti to make sure my stamping was right.  I always use my Misti when I have colored the image (because…well, you know why).  I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangles Dies to add a bit more detail when I cut the image panel down to size.  Now for the background.  I created a card base using this great pattern from Under the Tree DSP (SU ret).  Yep, the whole card base.  Because the other side (now the inside) is a Kraft pattern with little stars.  I love the result!!  Finally, I pulled some sequins out and started to mix and match. These happen to all be from Paper Pumpkin kits.

Make sure you check my second post for Freshly Made Sketches too.  I am still recovering from our Thanksgiving adventures but the fun was worth all the traveling.  Hope you have a great week!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Poinsettia Stamp and Dies (Simon Says Stamp); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Under the Tree DSP (SU Ret); Accessories:  Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangles Dies (My Favorite Things), Misti, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Zig BrusH2O

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Freshly Made Sketches #264

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Jen Timko - FMS264 - Christmas PoinsettiaHappy Wednesday to you!  For those of you in the US, I’m sure you are preparing for Thanksgiving!  And for your holiday crafting time, we have a lovely sketch for you from Freshly Made Sketches.  The incredible Karren Johnson has a winning sketch that is sure to spark your creativity.  Perfect for fast cards or those that require a bit more time!

I opted for the “a bit more time” choice but only because I had colored these flowers last week.  I took some stamped images and my Copics on a trip with me and took a bit of time just to color for The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I used two of the poinsettias and some of the leaves from the Poinsettia stamp set (Simon Says Stamp) to create this lovely flower.  The set comes with coordinating dies but I chose to fussy cut these instead.  I used a card base from an old holiday kit and then cut some Thick Whisper White with my Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS).  The sentiment is from WPlus9’s Be Merry set.  I just LOVE this sentiment and the fonts!!  I added some little pearls to finish and add a little balance without detracting from this flower.

If you are traveling this weekend, I wish you a safe trip and no delays!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Be Merry Stamp and Die Combo (WPlus9), Poinsettia Stamp and Dies (Simon Says Stamp); Ink: Copic Markers, Momento Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Holiday Card Kit (retired); Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Basic Pearls, Red Pearls (kit), Misti, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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The Card Concept #61

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cc61-lovely-dayWe have a beautiful inspiration piece over at The Card Concept this week and it was hard for me to narrow down which elements I wanted to use.  No surprise, the team has created some really pretty projects and you are going to have fun with this one!

I chose to use one of my favorite flowers from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set.  I stamped on Canson Watercolor paper using WPlus9 Black Dye Ink and then colored using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry.  The pretty mint typewrite inspired the Mint Macaron card base.  I cut image layer using Stitched Rectangled from Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and comes from the Lovely set by Ellen Hutson (Essentials by Ellen).  Finally the little details.  I added some lace trim and gold thread (hard to see in the picture) to keep with the sketch from this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch.  I also colored this for Kathy Racoosin’s Thirty Day Coloring Challenge….a great way to motivate yourself to color just a little every day!

Just a reminder that this is my second post of the day.  Please check my card for Freshly Made Sketches as well. I hope you enjoy this and that you are having a great week.  See you soon!

61cts_196Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry), WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper, Mint Macaron (SU); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Dimensionals, Lace Trim (SU ret), Gold Metallic Thread (SU), Green Pearl (Paper Pumpkin by SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #254

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fms254-lovely-floralsIt seems that I have a theme going this week.  But sometimes when stuff is out on the craft table, it cries out to be used more than once!  We have this super sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week from our resident queen of layers and fussy cutting, Narelle.  And while she gave us layers, she certainly allowed for some great ways to use the sketch.

I immediately thought of washi tape for the vertical pieces and thought this Floral Boutique Washi Tape was fantastic for the job.  I LOVE those prints!!  And frankly, the tape did the vast majority of the work.  I have the new Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson) set called Lovely that was designed by Julie Ebersole and it is a seriously great word set.  I’ll be continuing to use it for a while so just plan for that, haha!  Isn’t this one great?!!  It is perfect for so many people I know!!  I cut it out with a Stitched Circle and added the little flower from the Flourish Thinlets set that coordinates with the tape.  Nothing too complicated but what a great sketch for another busy day.  I got this one done so fast that I had time for a second.  That almost never happens!!

Hope you enjoy this one.  Hop on over to see the gorgeous variations presented by the team.  Time well spent for sure!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Night of Navy; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Floral Boutique Washi Tape, Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

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Stamp Ink Paper #65

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sip65-hello-with-a-flourishThis week at Stamp Ink Paper, we have a monochromatic challenge for you.  I always love those and knew right away  that I was going to pull out the extraordinary Floral Boutique DSP and the coordinating suite.  Wow, am I glad I did!!

I love, love, love this print.  I know it is just polka dots but they are really awesome polka dots, don’t you think?  I cut it out with my Stitched Rectangles dies and started playing with different elements.  I had not used a doily in forever and thought it was a nice touch with the pattern.  And how could I not used these awesome flowers from the Flourish Thinlits?  The delicate design of these really make them beautiful on so many things.  To add a sentiment, I thought it best to stamp onto vellum so that it didn’t distract from the pretty flowers.  I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The flowers looked like they needed a little bling so I added some Basic Pearls for their centers.

14188256_10153802931398531_5199749635668342472_oNow don’t you love a monochromatic look??  Yeah, me too.  I just know you are going to have fun with this one this week.  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery! (Oh, and it doesn’t have to be blue!!)

Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases; Ink: Versamark; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP, White Vellum; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Basic Pearls, Doily (SU Ret), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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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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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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