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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!

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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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Freshly Made Sketches #224

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FMS224 - Watercolor FlowersAs I continue on my quest to color as much as possible for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I realized I needed to pack a little smarter on some of my trips.  So last week I pre-stamped some images and picked some of my Zig Clean Color Markers to bring along to work on during layovers.  I posted some of what I did on Instagram and you may have seen part of this image there.  I had hoped it would work for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this week and it totally did!  I am the sketch hostess this week and the big open panel lends itself to all kinds of fun things (I hope!).

I stamped these pretty images from Altenew’s Beautiful Day with WPlus9 Black Dye Ink and used a little bit of masking to cluster the flowers.  The zigs did all the work on the coloring.  I love how easy it is to create shading with only a couple of markers!  I added the little piece of DSP in a color similar to the flower centers and then pulled out some sequins from the Watercolor Wishes kit that complement the colors.  The Soft Sky base is pretty with the light blue of the little flowers.

Our team has its normal amazing variety so make sure you go tell the gals how much you love their work!  Ok…back to work!  But I did bring some more coloring along.  I’ll post on Instagram if I get some time on this trip to play!  Until next time, hope you have a great week!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Soft Sky, DSP;  Ink:  Zig Clean Color, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink; Accessories:  Watercolor Wishes Sequins (SU), Zig Brush2O Water Pen

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Happy Home For You

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Happy Home - For you

I hope you are having a great week so far!  I wanted to share this fun little card with you as I tried to start out right with Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I won’t be able to color every day due to flying but I will participate where I can for sure!  I chose this sweet image from the Happy Home set out of the Occasions Catalog.  It is my favorite set from this catty!  It is stamped in WPlus9 Black Dye Ink and colored with my Zig Markers to create this easy watercolor scene that is also a birthday card for my dear husband.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wings stamped in Versafine Black.  I put it on a Coastal Cabana base for an extra pop of color.

Happy Home - ZigsSuper quick post today since I’m back to flying later.  Long night last night with a snow storm in Denver and the ensuing airport chaos.  Hoping today is MUCH smoother!!  Perhaps that is why I’m enjoying this little spring scene so much.  I hope your day is fabulous.  Back tomorrow with the next Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  See you then!

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Stamps:  Happy Home, Watercolor Wings; Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Coastal Cabana;  Ink:  Versafine Black, WPlus9 Black Dye, Zigs; Accessories:  Misti, Dimensionals, Zig Water Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #220

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FMS220 - Sending Hugs

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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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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Watercolor Drummer

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Watercolor Drummer

I told you a few post ago when I was coloring this adorable little drummer boy that my oldest son was a bit put out that I had made the drummer blonde like his brother.  So the other day I had some time to color while he was home.  He colored one version of himself and I colored another.  This is the one I ended up with!  I used my new Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create the background and my Zig Clean Color Markers for the images.  Super fun and pretty quick too!  I cut the image sheet with my Stitched Rectangles from Simon Says Stamps (I’m addicted to these dies) and then embossed the base (Night of Navy) with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  My oldest gave it his thumbs up of approval!!

Quick post…still recovering from the 3 days of simulator madness.  Fortunately it all went well and I’m good to go for another 9 months.  Back next week with some more fun.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!

Stamp:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9); Ink:  Black WPlus9 Pure Color Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Night of Navy; Accessories: Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies(WPlus9), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Zig Water Pen, Dimensionals, Softly Falling Embossing Folder (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #211

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FMS211- Drummer Boy

Wow, where did the week go??!!  Back to Wednesday and another new challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, our sketch hostess is the incredible Karren Johnson and I love what she gave us to work with this week!

I pulled out my Drummer Boy set from WPlus9 again and played with a different set of colors.  I tried to pare down the colors into gray and red to help keep this clean.  I used my Copic Markers to color the drummer boy and his little friend.  I was going to grab a sheep again but my oldest told me that the poor donkey needed some love.  Kind of cracked me up and who was I to argue?!  I used the coordinating dies to cut the boy and his friend.  Then I used my 2-1/2″ Circle Punch to pop out the partial circle from Thick Whisper White card stock.  I added Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper behind it (wish you could see it in person….so much prettier!).  I added some Silver Thread and used a sentiment from the same stamp set to finish the sketch.

I think that you will have such fun with this sketch!  So many ways to go with it!!  The team certainly used it creatively and I know you’ll be in awe, as always.

Back on Friday with a fun card using some coloring I did last week.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!!

Stamps:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9); Ink: Momento Black, Copics; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer; Accessories:  2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Silver Thread, Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies

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CTS#146 – Cheers

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CTS#146

I got some extra time to stamp yesterday and thought it would be fun to join in at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I love the angle of the sentiment in the sketch and was looking through my stamps to see what would work well.  I got this awesome set called Twenty Fifteen as a bonus when I made an order from WPlus9.  The sentiments are so fun and I just love the triangles.  I layered and stamped the triangles using Blackberry Bliss and Daffodil Delight ink and then stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow.  By happy accident, I found out that White Perfect Accents from SU can become clear by removing the backing….I love them as clear for this so that is what I did.  The panels were cut using the Stitched Rectangles Dies from Simon Says Stamps.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with our month Fancy Friday hop!  You won’t want to miss this one….my fancy friends are concocting some real treats for you!  *smile*  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you tomorrow!

Stamp:  Twenty Fifteen (WPlus9) ; Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Misti, White Perfect Accents

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Little Drummer Boy

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Drummer Boy

You know sometimes you see a stamp set that really speaks to you, that is how I felt when I saw this adorable little set from WPlus9 called Drummer Boy.  My boys, particularly my youngest, love the song Little Drummer Boy.  We tend to play it over and over and I don’t get tired of hearing them sing along.  Needless to say, I had to order this right away and my first drummer boy is created in the image of my youngest.  Don’t think for a minute that the oldest isn’t put out and asking for his version.  I’m working on it for sure.  I stamped the images onto SU Thick Whisper White paper using Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Using my Copics, I colored the images.  Then I simply cut them out using the companion dies to the stamp.  I cut the the layers using the Stitched Rectangle die (SSS) and Border Builders die (Li’l Inkers).

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Just a fun bonus, here is the card my little one made using the set.  He colored with my markers and added the images to a card base I had left from a card kit last year.  Yeah….I may have used his card for inspiration.  He said it was ok. *smile*  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you tomorrow for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches

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Stamp:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9) ; Ink:  Momento Black, Copics, Blendabilities (ret); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Border Builder Dies (Lil’ Inkers)

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