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A Colorful Thank You

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Jen Timko - A colorful thank youToday is the last day of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge and I wanted post one last card that I created with my colored samples.  Mostly as a big thank you to Kathy for all that she does in this challenge to encourage us all to make time for a little art every day.

I used the retired SU set So Very Grateful because I just love the flowers and the style of artwork on this stamp! It is a fun set to color and I pulled out my Zig Clean Color Markers again for this one.  The flowers are stamped with WPlus9 Dye Ink and the sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx.  Not much else to add other than I am going to try to keep up my coloring as much as possible because it makes me happy.  The overwhelming participation in this challenge says that I’m not alone.

I hope you enjoy this sweet card.   Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!  See you then!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  So Very Grateful (SU – ret); Ink: Versafine Onyx BlackZig Clean Color Markers, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink; Paper: Ranger Watercolor Paper, Cucumber Crush; Accessories:  Big Shot, Zig BrusH2OStitched Rectangles (SSS)

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Smile!

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Jen Timko - Smile - Happy BirdsJust a quick post today to share a card I made with a fun new stamp set from WPlus9 called Happy Birds.  Sometimes you see a set that just calls out your name and you HAVE to have it and this was one of them for me!  of course I got the little dies that coordinate because, well….just has to be done!!  So for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I had stamped a bunch of the birds and then colored them with both Copics and Zigs.  I chose this one colored with Copics (BG11, BG13, BG15, Y17, Y06) after having stamped it with Momento Tuxedo Black ink.    I wanted this one to have a sense of fun given the sentiment so I created a shaker card.  The circle frame was created using the Stitched Mats Circles Dies from Lil’ Inker Designs….fun right?!  I used a window sheet and cut a circle from it too and layered it under the frame.  Then I pulled out some sequins that I thought were a great match.  These are some of the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim flat circles pulled off the trim combined with some of the Metallics Sequins (all from SU).  All of this was added to a panel cut with the Stitched Rectangles from SSS. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

So….I hope this does put a big smile on your face!  Coloring these certainly has had that effect on me!  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!  See you then!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Happy Birds (WPlus9); Ink: Versafine Onyx BlackCopic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Bermuda Bay; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Mats Circles (LID), Sequins (SU), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

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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!

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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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Freshly Made Sketches #222

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FMS222 - Floral WingsYou know when you see a sketch and know right away what you want to do?!  That is exactly what happened to me for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  Narelle always has a knack for layering and this sketch shows why!  You can have such fun with how to build you layers!

I knew right away that I wanted to use a butterfly instead of the rectangle (just popped in my head so I went with it) but which butterfly?  I realized that I had not used this one from the hostess set Floral Wings and I really think it is so pretty!  I stamped it in Pool Party and layered on Calypso Coral flowers with Pear Pizzazz leaves.   It is cut out with the Bold Butterflies framelits.  Now for the layers.  I thought a little banner would be fun on top but that I should maybe to a stamped layer under the butterfly.  I pulled the vine image form the set and stamped it across some Thick Whisper White card stock in the same colors.  I took a little bit of latitude with the sketch but I like the result.  The sentiment is from the same set.  Once I had everything ready to assemble, I cut the image panel with my Stitched Rectangles dies.

I hope you have fun with this week’s challenge!  The team has all sorts of cool variations to inspire you!  I think I’ll get some stamping time over the next couple of days.  I’d love to fit in some more coloring for sure!  Until next time, thanks for stopping in!  See you soon!

 

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Stamps:  Floral Wings; Paper:  Thick Whisper White;  Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterflies Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Banner Punch, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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You’re in my Thoughts

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You're in my ThoughtsI hope your weekend is going well!  We are finally digging out of all the snow and life is returning to normal.  Both boys may even go to school tomorrow!  Yay!!  My oldest missed a whole week.  Eek!  I know a lot of people make fun of this area and how it handles snow but the reality is that we have equipment that is good for regular little snows and NOT for gigantic storms like Snowzilla.  So it takes a bit.  But I did have a great time with sledding along with all the shoveling.  Over all, a mom win for time spent with the boys!

Meanwhile, back at the stamp table, I was able to finally put together something that I worked on over a week ago.  I showed a peek of the coloring in progress on my Instagram page (link is over in my sidebar if you want to follow).  I was practicing my no-line coloring using just grays.  In this case, Copic Toner Grays T0, T2 and T5.  The flower is from Altenew’s Beautiful Day.  I stamped in SU Smoky Slate ink and then did the coloring.  I added a little white to the center with a White Gel Pen.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes and also stamped in Smoky Slate.  I cut the white layer with a Lil’ Inkers Border Builders Die and added a piece of Basic Grey Vivienne DSP underneath.  Some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh were a nice finishing touch.  You can get most of these products all in one place at Simon Says Stamp.

wednesdayblog-logoI hope you enjoy this one.  I had fun practicing my coloring.  Even more fun when it turns into something worth showing (not everything does but the practice is still worth it!).  Thought I’d add this in on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week – the theme is Anything Goes.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Smoky Slate (SU), Copic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Gray Vivienne DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builders Die (LID), Sequins (PPP), White Gel Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #221

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FMS221 - Thank YouQuick post today.  I just got back from a long day of sledding. Taking advantage of the snow while we have it!  The neighborhood sports complex has some fabulous hills that are simply crazy for the boys!  Good stuff.  Speaking of good stuff, Freshly Made Sketches has an awesome one for you this week courtesy of the wonderful Karren Johnson.  I just love it.

Had no stamping time this week due to the snow madness here.  I was able to put this together quickly yesterday.  I tried a technique I had seen on a card made by Tasnim over at Altenew to create the flower.  Her’s, admittedly, is far more spectacular but I think this creates a nice effect.  I simply used Distress Ink in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Hickory Smoke on wet watercolor paper and then added more water with my Zig Water Pen to move ink a little more.  The sentiment comes from Another Thank You stamped in Basic Gray ink (SU).  Despite using my Misti to overstamp multiple times, the sentiment just would not stamp completely clean.  Ah well….that is how it goes sometimes.  I cut the panel out with my Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS) and put the image panel on a Smoky Slate base.

Hope you have a fun time with the sketch this week!  So much room for fun and interpretation!

 

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Another Thank You (SU); Ink: Basic Gray, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Zig Water Pen, Misti, Big Shot, Stitches Rectangles Dies

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Freshly Made Sketches #219

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FMS219 - Just Believe

Well, winter has finally found its way to Northern Virginia….wow it is cold today!!  The good news is that the weather was just the excuse to hang out in the stamp room yesterday.  My mom is visiting so we did some stamping and hanging out.  She was a big help on this card because I kept running into creative road blocks.  Which is crazy because this sketch is awesome!  The oh so amazing Cindy Hall created this one and it is a classic for sure.

Over the Black Friday time frame, I took advantage of some great deals from Lil’ Inker Designs and purchased this Fancy Feathers stamp set that I had wanted for quite a while. I just love these feathers and their matching dies!  The sentiments in the set fill some holes I had too so this was a big win to find it on sale!  Now that the holidays are over, I finally had the chance to break out the set and I love it even more than I thought!  I kept this to all gold and white.  I cheated a little, maybe, on the sketch because I didn’t create two panel colors on the base but I think I kept to the spirit of the layout at least.  Good thing Cindy already told us that we could not be fired with her as the boss this week!  Whew!  *smile*  I inked up the feathers using Versamark and heat embossed them with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The same for the sentiment.  I created the frame by layering the Stitched Rectangles Dies from Simon Says Stamp.  The Gold Thread and gold sequins from the Metallics Sequins (SU) add a little more gold goodness!  For some reason it looks dark here but the shine in person is really pretty.  I just love the sentiment and my mom had a great suggestion for the perfect recipient!

Ok, the team has rocked the sketch and you are going to have a great time with it for sure.  So off to the stamp rooms!  Can’t wait to see your creations!

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Stamps:  Fancy Feathers (Lil’ Inker Design); Ink: Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Dimensionals, Metallics Sequins, Gold Thread, Glue Dots

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Tree Hugs for You + Me

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Tree Hugs for You + Me

I’m so happy to be able to share this fun card I created last week for the Simon Wednesday Challenge!  The challenge was “Something New” and I totally just had to pull out the latest stamp that I got from Concord and 9th called Tree Hugs.  I just love that you can create your own birch trees and add a little carving.  I suppose that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (already?!) and this set makes awesome masculine cards!  I stamped the trees onto Whisper White using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  It took a little bit of masking to create the angled trees and the branch but nothing too time consuming.  Then I set about coloring.  I used two Copic colors and that was it!  BG11 is the light aqua background and then E31 adds a little shading to the trees and carving.  I was so happy that Santa brought me some Copics for Christmas and E31 was in that little pack of neutrals that he knew I just had to have!!  When I was all done coloring, I trimmed the image layer using my Big Shot and the Stitched Rectangles Dies from Simon Says Stamp.

Hope you enjoy this fun card.  Back on Wednesday for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!  See you then!

wednesdayblog-logoStamp:  Tree Hugs (Concord and 9th); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black; Accessories: Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies(WPlus9), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Zig Water Pen, Dimensionals, Softly Falling Embossing Folder (SU)

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Holly Jolly in Silver & Gold

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Holly Jolly Gold

I’m here today with two cards that are pretty much exactly the same but with a very different look.  Let’s face it, this is the time of year to work smarter not harder!  So the basics….  I stamped the awesome snowflake from Holly Jolly Greeting with Versamark and heat embossed with Gold (and Silver) Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The image panels were cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Die (Simon Says Stamp).  Using the lovely sentiment dies from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits, I cut multiple layers from Thick Whisper White.  I then stacked them up and glued them together using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  For the top layer, I used Watercolor Paper (Fabriano) and Silver Glimmer paper respectively.  On the watercolor paper, I colored the sentiment with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mowed Lawn) and an Aquapainter, dabbing some off to create an ombre look.  Once dry, I covered the sentiment with Clear Wink of Stella (coming in the new Occasions catalog!).  I added sequins onto each to add a little more shine.

Holly Jolly Silver

So there you have it!  Two versions of the same card.  Easy to duplicate and fun to make!  I think I need to make a few more!

Hope you had a great week.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink:  Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Thick Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper; Accessories: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Heat Tool, Metallics Sequins, Retired Sequins, Basic Rhinestones, Clear Wink of Stella, Fine Tip Glue Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #216

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FMS216 - Merry Poinsettia

Today I have such a treat for you!  Another fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  It is brought to you by our sketch hostess Rita Wright.  As always, she comes up with something fun and fresh!  Love it!

I tried to keep it clean and played with using watercoloring as one of the “panels”.  I like the effect and how the stitched frame works with it.  I layered two Stitched Rectangle Dies (Simon Says Stamp) to create the frame…easy peasy.  All the stamps from from Paper Pumpkin.  The poinsettia is the flower from October’s kit layered and colored with Zig Markers.  The holly and sentiment come from the November kit.  The picture doesn’t do it any justice but the flower and holly are topped with Clear Wink of Stella and the sparkle in person is lovely.  I cheated a little on the scalloped element because I just could not seem to make it work with any strips of paper there.  So I added Gold Thread instead.  Hope Rita gives me a little latitude on that!  A little gold sequin in the center of the flower ties into the gold.

I hope you enjoy this week’s inspiration and all that the design team has created.  I’ll be back on Friday with a couple more quick holiday cards because, well, it is time for QUICK holiday cards now isn’t it?!  *smile*  See you then!

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Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin kits (Oct/Nov); Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Watercolor (Tim Holtz Distress Paper), Real Red; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Gold Thread,  Metallics Sequins, Clear Wink of Stella

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