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Freshly Made Sketches #368

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So….how is your holiday prep going?!  I’m going to say that things at my house seem to be a little crazy.  Truthfully, it has been a bit difficult getting things moving for us with all the loss we have had over the last few months.  But I keep telling myself that we have to focus on the real meaning of Christmas.  We have so many blessings, the biggest of which is an amazing family.  How lucky I am!

Today I have the last Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the year.  The team always takes the holidays off but we leave our sketch open during the whole time so that people can play along.  Hopefully you will have some time to join us!  Our sketch is courtesy of the lovely Narelle Farrugia.  She is one of the newest Artisan Design Team members for Stampin’ Up and I’m so thrilled for her!  She has mad skills so it is no surprise that she gave us a great sketch with lovely layers!

FMS368 by Jen Timko | Be Merry Stamp Set and Dies by WPlus9, Copic Coloring, Festive Farmhouse DSP by Stampin' UpWith the layers on the sketch, I thought that this great patterned paper from Stampin’ Up would be perfect (Festive Farmhouse).  I just chose a plaid that I liked (there are a few) and then two prints that went with it.  Because the base of the plaid is vanilla and not white, I used some Thick Very Vanilla card stock (also SU) to stamp my sentiment and images.

I colored the little leaves and berries using Copic Markers to add a little bit of detail.  But let’s face it, the sentiment is the star of the show!  At first I had it without coloring but when I mocked up the card, it seemed a little too plain.  So I added additional coloring to the letters to help it pop.  And you know what else???  I think this is the last Christmas card of the year for me.  I’ll admit that I didn’t make nearly what I normally do and I didn’t send out handmade cards to my entire list.  But sometimes you just have to accept limitations and move along.

I hope to have some other cards to share with you over the upcoming weeks.  I’m still playing with the new release from Picket Fence Studios and I have some unused stamps that have been calling my name to be used.  Wishing for you that your last days before Christmas are merry and bright!  See you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #347

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FMS347 by Jen Timko | Happy Birds Stamps and Dies by WPlus9 The summer fun continues around my house and we have been busy, busy!  Hope you are having a great week too.  Our sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches is courtesy of the lovely Kim Singdahlsen.  I love her style…always something really special about her work!

I saw a circle and at first I thought flower (of course).  But I thought maybe I should stretch a bit so I flipped through my stamp sets and came upon Happy Birds by WPlus9.  It was PERFECT!  So I colored up this little cardinal and pulled out a previously inked and cut out panel.  I knew I was right to keep this stack of unused extras!  I thought the sentiment was funny because the little bird has a slightly grumpy look to me (although my 15yo swears he looks happy).  To add a little more interest, I embossed the base of my card with a circles folder from SU.

I hope you will enjoy playing along with us this week.  Please stop by and say and extra thank you to Caly Person for all her inspiration this month.  It has been such a joy to have her along!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Happy Birds (WPlus9); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Extra White Watercolor (Fabriano); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Squeezed Lemonade (Tim Holtz); Accessories: Big Shot, Happy Birds Dies (WPlus9), Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Stitched Shape Dies (SU), Daniel Smith Watercolors – Yana’s Palette (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #315

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FMS315 by Jen Timko | Be Merry Stamp Set and Dies by WPlus9, Chameleon Pens, Wood Textures DSP by Stampin' UpHappy middle of the week to you!!  I hope you are having a great one so far.  Today’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch is one that is sure to inspire.  The lovely Amy O’Neill has given us one that can be used in so many ways!  Love it!

When I saw the oval in the sketch, my brain immediately went to this sentiment from WPlus9.  I love it as a focal point and it gets to be the star of the show.  I stamped it in Versamark ink and embossed with Wow Bright White Embossing Powder.  The coordinating dies make quick work of cutting it out.  The little flower and foliage images are super fun to use as accents.  I stamped them in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and the colored using Chameleon Pens.  I thought the black sentiment would be great against a wood grain background so I turned to this Wood Textures DSP by Stampin’ Up.  I cut it using the Lawn Fawn Cross Stitched Rectangles Dies.  Finally I added some Basic Pearls to the flower centers after coloring them with a Sharpie marker.

I hope you have a great time with the sketch this week.  I’m working hard to finish up my holiday cards.  Christmas card-a-palooza, if you will.  I’ll share some of those in the next few weeks.  Thank you so much for dropping in today.  See you again soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Be Merry (WPlus9); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU), Basic Black (SU); Ink:  Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Color Tones Pens; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Large Cross-Stitched Rectangles Dies (Lawn Fawn), Be Merry Dies (WPlus9), Basic Pearls (SU), Heat Tool, Wow Bright White Embossing Powder

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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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Freshly Made Sketches #303

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FMS303 by Jen Timko | Happy Birds Stamp by WPlus9, Watercolor, Winsor and Newton PaintsHi everyone!  Sorry it has been a bit since I posted.  I needed a crafty break and had lots going on with my boys and work.  But I’m getting back to the craft room this week and will have lots for you in the upcoming weeks.  Today, I’m excited to join back in with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Our host this week is the extraordinary Karren Johnson, queen of coloring.  And she has such a fun sketch this week.  One that allows for elements to be combined and all kinds of creativity.

After puttering around in my stamp room like I had no clue for a while, I finally settled on this set.  Something about these birds always make me happy!  Well, they are Happy Birds.  I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black on Bristol Smooth paper and then colored with my Winsor and Newton Watercolors.  Instead of a “real” panel, I painted on some stripes for the vertical elements.  Hopefully Karren forgives my loose interpretation of this part of the sketch.  I love the stitched dies with the stitched details of the stamps so that was my final touch.  I used the new Mini Dimensionals for attaching the bird and other little things.  I have to say that this new size from Stampin’ Up is a must have for your glue arsenal (and I know we are all collectors of just the right adhesives).

I think that like many in the US, I have been a little overwhelmed by what I am seeing in Texas.  Watercoloring yesterday was good for my soul.  Later today, I’ll be working on what I can do to help.  There are many good references on what is needed and reliable organizations who will have boots on the ground to help.  If you are not sure where to go, start here:  United Airlines Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.  They have links to donate to vetted charities and you can even get a few frequent flyer miles for your donation.

Back to the stamp room for me and I’ll see you soon.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I hope you have a happy Wednesday.

Supplies:

Stamp:  Happy Birds (WPlus9); Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Basic Black (SU); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Winsor and Newton Watercolors, Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #298

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FMS298 by Jen Timko | Be Merry Stamp Set and Dies by WPlus9, Copic ColoringHello friends!!  Sorry about the long break.  Pesky work and fun summer activities have gotten in the way over the last couple of weeks and I haven’t had any real time in the stamp room.  GASP!!!  So what to do when presented with a great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches?  When it is a million degrees outside in July?  Create the first Christmas card of the year, of course!  I love this sketch by the witty and fabulous Linda Callahan.

As soon as I saw this one, I started pondering a meandering group of images on the diagonal.  Somehow, these pretty little leaves and flowers practically jumped out of the stamp collection and a Christmas card was born.  I stamped the images from WPlus9’s Be Merry in Momento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers using traditional colors.  Something about the pops of red and green against the white base really made me happy.  I confess that the sentiments in this stamp set are what drew me in and I LOVE this one.

Well, I’m back to my previously scheduled chaos.  On the agenda today….back to school clothes shopping.  For a rising high schooler and a rising middle schooler.  Pray for me.  *smile*  Make sure you check out the inspiration from the team and I can’t wait to see how you interpret this sketch!  Have a great day!

Supplies:

Stamp:  Be Merry (WPlus9); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Big Shot, Be Merry Dies (WPlus9)), Mini Dimensionals, Misti

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Freshly Made Sketches #266

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So it is officially crunch time.  I am working like mad on Christmas cards and, somehow, I’m still behind.  Thank goodness for this great sketch from Amy over at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  I was able to put this together quickly and keep plugging away at my to-do list!

I started with the Stitched with Cheer Card Kit from the Holiday Catalog and modified it just a little.  I took one of the trees and stitched it up per the directions (except did not attach) and that took about a minute.  Really.  The sewing adds a lot but not very much time!  I cut a panel from Kraft card stock and heat embossed this sentiment from WPlus9 using Versamark ink and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The gold doily is from the kit as is the card base.  Even the matching envelope was all ready for me to put together.  This kit is a huge time saver!!  The cards are cute as is but also fun to change with small modifications to personalize them.

Ok….back out on the road this week.  Let me know if you’ll be flying on United for your holiday travels and look for me if you are!!  I hope you have a fabulous day!

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Stamp:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9); Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Kraft; Accessories:  Stitched With Cheer Card Kit, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals

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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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Freshly Made Sketches #263

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Jen Timko - FMS263 - Be MerryI cannot believe it has been a week since I posted.  I am in the joy and pain of pre-holiday flying.  I was totally fortunate in getting Thanksgiving off but to make that happen my monthly flying has been really front loaded.  So…not much stamping time.  But today is Freshly Made Sketches day and I simply cannot miss out on that!!  And oh I cannot wait to see what this week’s gallery looks like!!  The incredibly fabulous Cécile Ribon is our sketch hostess and this one is super creative!

After pondering for a bit on how to incorporate circles, I had a burst of inspiration.  I just got this awesome Be Merry set from WPlus9 and it seemed just right for all the elements.  So I stamped a bunch of them with Momento Black ink and then colored with my Copic Markers.  This set has matching dies which make it easy to create these groups!!  I thought it would be fun to use a black card base to help everything pop that much more.  I added extra dimension by using, well, Dimensionals to pop some of the layers.  Then I added some tiny Basic Pearls to the flower centers.

fms-final-263-001Ok, it is your turn!  Run right over and check out the inspiration and then get to work so we can see your creations!  Also, there is a new challenge over at The Card Concept today.  I just could not get it together enough to finish my card (not enough hours home) but I want you to see all the gorgeous work for the challenge!  I think you will want to play along there too (why not join the challenges??!)!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  So glad you did!  See you on Friday for this month’s Fancy Friday hop.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Be Merry Stamp and Die Combo (WPlus9); Ink: Copic Markers, Momento Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black; Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Misti, Dimensionals

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