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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!

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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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Fancy Friday – Holiday Celebration

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ff-sep-happy-wonderful-christmasWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of stampers who love to make beautiful things.  Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from the incredible Erica, welcome to the next stop.  For September, our theme is Anything Holiday!  If it is a holiday item from the main catalog or the Holiday catalog, we are celebrating it!

I decided to stick with a set that has actually been around for a while but should not be forgotten.  The Wondrous Wreath stamp set is one I loved from the minute I saw it.  I decided to show its versatility a bit and create a card with only the wreath and the sentiment from the set.  I started with a product I just discovered but already love.  They are Strathmore Watercolor Cards and they really are fabulous.  Very much like the Stampin’ Up Note Cards except made with watercolor paper.  Makes it easy to create a one layer watercolor card and conquer that hoarding tendency that tends to show up around watercolor paper (please tell me I’m not the only one).  I stamped the wreath with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Twisted Citron and then colored in with my Aquapainter with some more Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn.  Using the same inks, I connected the leaves with hand drawn stems which makes the wreath have a subtly different look.  To keep with that watercolor feel, I did not stamp the berries from the set (but you totally could).  Instead I hand drew them in with a Zig Clean Color Pen.  Once I had this like I wanted all that was left was the sentiment.  And then I had to take a deep breath because I didn’t want to mess it up.  So out came my Misti!!  I got the sentiment exactly where I wanted and stamped in Real Red ink.  Because the watercolor paper is rough, I had to overstamp to get the sentiment fully inked.  And yes….the Misti is a total life saver for that!!!  It makes every photopolymer stamp easier to use!!  While this takes a little longer that the average “simple one layer” card, I think the result is worth it.

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I think you are going to enjoy all the holiday fun from the hop this week!  This talented group never disappoints!!  You are sure to be totally wow’d by Krista at your next stop.  Have fun on the hop!

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Stamp:  Wondrous Wreath; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Real Red (SU), Zig Clean Color Pens; Paper:  Strathmore Watercolor Cards; Accessories:  Misti, AquapainterSignature 2016 - 1

The Card Concept #57

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Jen Timko - CC57 - Just a NoteAfter a summer hiatus, we are back to stamping over at The Card Concept!  And we are starting you off on a happy note with a fabulous inspiration piece that you are sure to love.

As soon as I saw all those little plants in the bright rainbow pots, I thought of this stamp set from an old Paper Pumpkin kit (SU).  The little coffee cut just begs to be colored and the sweet plant is a perfect touch.  I want this in real life!!  I added a sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes set.  I just thought this font was a nice match for the image.  All of my coloring is using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in a variety of colors.  The pink is Picked Raspberry which I totally adore!!  I added these sequins from Pretty Pink Posh that mimic the colors from the inspiration and cut the panel using my Wonky Stitches Dies from My Favorite Things.  In keeping with the Clean and Graphic style, I put my image panel up on a white card base to complete it.

The Card Concept #57Just an admin note, this is my second post of the day.  If you are looking for my card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, just roll down.  Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you are inspired by the team and have a great time choosing YOUR style this week for the challenge!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin (cup and plant), Watercolor Wishes; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade; Paper:  Tim Holtz Distress Cardstock, Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangles STAX (MFT), Dimensionals,  Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh (Share Handmade Kindness Mix, Summer Mix), Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

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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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Freshly Made Sketches #235

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FMS235 - ThanksAnother fun week in store over at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our sketch hostess this week is the fabulous Jen Mitchell and, no surprise, she has a clean and modern sketch for us this week.  Love it!

I thought it would be fun to color an image on the big panel of the sketch and then add a die as the sentiment.  I went with this pretty flower from Mama Elephant out of the Butterfly Kisses set.  I wanted to work on my coloring for white flowers.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to color.  I think the effect is pretty and I look forward to playing some more with this concept.  The sentiment comes from the retiring Greetings Thinlits from SU and was cut from the same watercolor paper as the image.

FMS Final 235-001Short post today.  Working this week!  I hope you have fun with the sketch.  Make sure you go tell Jen and the team how much you love their inspiration!  See you soon.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink ; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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SRC – Blended Bloom

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Blended Bloom bannerI am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators!  If you haven’t heard of “The Crew” yet, you are going to be so thrilled with this.  We are here to show you the versatility of one stamp set every time we hop (the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month).  We have a whole team of people and different stampers participate each time.  Like you, we look to find ways to maximize our investments and the single focus on one set allows you to see all the possibilities!  This week, our featured stamp is Blended Bloom.  I have loved this flower from the moment I first saw it…such fun to color!  And it is retiring so make sure you get it before it is gone.

If you just came over from Bruno Bertucci, I’m so glad you are here!  If you want to see everyone who is hopping or if you get lost along the way, just click over to The Stamp Review Crew blog.

SRC - Blended BloomDid I mention that I love coloring this flower!  Love it!  *smile* Today I pulled out Chameleon Pens to see how they would be on this image and they did not disappoint!  Only two pens for all the coloring!  Love that.  The colors were inspired by The Card Concept 54.   I did stamp another flower on the side of this one to practice on first.  Once I decided how I wanted to do the shading, the rest was just a little bit of patience, coloring each petal separately.  I find that coloring makes me really happy so I was thrilled to just take a bit of time on the flower.  Once I was done, I cut it out.  I colored this yellow ink onto watercolor paper in order to follow the sketch from Fusion Card Challenge.   I added a sentiment from Watercolor Wishes and some sequins to complete the sketch.      54

04.28.16Well, I know this hop is full flowery goodness so I hope you will enjoy it.  Up next, the lovely and talented Martha Inchley!  Thanks for hopping through….see you soon!!

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Stamp:  Blended Bloom, Watercolor Wishes; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper; Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Momento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade), Chameleon Pens ( Purple Grape PR4, Warm Sunset YO3); Accessories:  Sequins (Paper Pumpkin and Pretty Pink Posh)

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Kate’s Day Dream

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Kate's DaydreamWith my youngest on Easter break this week, my stamping time has still been a little limited but I have been able to sneak down to the stamp room some.  And I even got my son to join me for a few minutes!  Mom win!  What tempted him away from Legos and his iPad??  Well, a cute cat stamp of course!  I just got this little adorable set from Newton’s Nook called Newton’s Day Dream.  I have been infatuated with the Newton images for a while but always had a hard time choosing which one I wanted.  I knew that this was one I had to have because my, um, “muse” tends to look a lot like this a lot of the time.  My kitty Kate (the little princess calico) is such a sweet girl.  She is an inside cat so I suspect being out amongst the flowers and grass is in her day dreams.  But we have loads of pictures of her just like this curled up on book bags, toys, chairs, stamp tables, and everywhere in between.IMG_1685Here is one at Christmas.  Like all calicos she has the most unique markings and it was fun to be able to mimic them on this sweet image.  I stamped in black using WPlus9’s Dye Ink onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper and then used my Zig Clean Color Pens to color Kate in (Bright Yellow, Light Brown and Black).  I added a sentiment from the February Paper Pumpkin kit and then cut the image using the Stitched Mats Circles from Lil’ Inker.  The background paper is retired SU DSP.

I mentioned that my son came down to stamp with me after seeing this adorable image and he decided to use a Minecraft Lego cat (yes…..the perfect storm of toy greatness for a 10yo = Legos + Minecraft) for his coloring choices.  Here are our cards together.Kate and FriendHe used some of my retired Blendabilites and colored on Thick WW card stock.  He liked the red polka dots behind the kitty so we just used the same layout as mine.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Newton’s Day Dream (Newton’s Nook); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Blendabilities (SU retired); Paper:  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White (SU), Retired DSP (SU); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Big Shot, Stitched Mats Circles (LID), Dimensionals

Fancy Friday – Spring Inspiration

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Jen Timko - FF Mar - Butterfly HelloWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of demonstrators who love to make beautiful things.  Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from my dear friend Cindy, welcome to the next stop.  For March, we decided to have an inspiration challenge.  Wow, inspiration is the word!

12829361_10205494643597837_8157772420674638890_oIsn’t this gorgeous?!  How to choose what to focus on with all that spring beauty?!!  I know it isn’t any great shock that I was drawn to the butterflies first.  I do love a butterfly!  And the pink and blue setting on the bottom left is just so pretty!  I pulled out watercolor paper and used some Distress Inks to create an ombre effect on the paper.  Then, using my Greetings Thinlits and my Butterfly Thinlets, I positioned the dies on my Big Shot to cut them out.  I made sure on both cuts that I had a little bit of white left to add interest to the cut-outs.  Don’t you love it when a little bit of ink and some dies do all the work?  Yeah, me too.  I used a Stitched Rectangle as a focal layer and then pulled out my sequins.  I have become quite the sequin hoarder and it pays off!  The little blue sequin is from the Watercolor Wishes kit and the pink ones are from the February Paper Pumpkin kit.  I just love the little bit of sparkle and fun that they add!  And these colors are so fabulous together….totally channeling the Pantone colors of the year (a combination of pink and blue).

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I love using these little sentiment dies and I seem to be obsessed with “hello” on my cards lately….just noticed that as I was scrolling down some of my latest posts.  Just like a “for you”, it is such a workhorse sentiment.  You can make the inside anything from a birthday to a thank you to a thinking of you.

I hope you love all the spring loveliness from the team this month!  If you find yourself inspired by our picture, make sure to let us know!!

My lovely friend Jeanna Bohanon is up next!   As always, she will wow you!

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Paper:  Watercolor (Ranger), Thick Whisper White;  Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Broken China); Accessories:  Aquapainter, Sequins (Feb Paper Pumpkin and Watercolor Wishes kits), Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

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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 #220

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Do you hear the panic in my typing??!!!!  The snow is coming, the snow is coming!!!  And apparently lots of it to Northern Virginia.  So I did what any reasonable stamper would do…..I created a happy spring card with not a snowflake in sight!  Over at Freshly Made Sketches this week we have an awesomely fun one for you to try.  It comes courtesy of the lovely Jen Brum who has clearly decided to embrace her fears as a new year’s resolution.  She notoriously does not like it when we put circles in the sketch and then she went and created this one!  Bravest woman I know, haha!

I played around with the idea of flowers and was looking through the stash when I saw this little floral spray in my Beautiful Day stamp from Altenew.  I thought it would be perfect to use in the corner and I just love how this turned out.  Using WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, I stamped the image onto Shimmery White Paper (SU) then added a couple more little flowers from the set to fill out gaps.  With my Zig Water Pen, I colored using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  Easy and so pretty!  Then I lined up the sentiment on my Misti and stamped in the WPlus9 Ink again.  I stamped another few flowers inside the card (you can see them peeking out) and colored them up to.  Fast and oh so happy!

FMS Final 220-001I hope you enjoy this one as much as I liked making it.  Now hop right on over to the challenge and let’s see what you make of the circles!

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Back on Friday with a fun Valentine card!  See you then!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: WPlu9 Black Dye Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Shimmery White, Bermuda Bay (SU); Accessories:  Zig Water Pen, Misti

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