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Freshly Made Sketches #245

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FMS245 - Happy BirdsI am so happy to be able to share our adorable sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  This one is such fun and lends itself to so many things….DSP, colored panels, great focal images.  Should not come as a surprise that the incredible Jen Mitchell is this week’s sketch hostess!

I opted to focus on a fun stamp from WPlus9’s Happy Birds.  These birds still just crack me up!  I  colored him using my Zig Clean Color Markers (just two colored needed).  I chose zig-zag print from Pop of Pink DSP (SU) and cut it a using Border Builders die from Lil’ Inkers.  The focal panel was cut with a Stitched Rectangles die (SSS).  I chose a sentiment from Paper Pumpkin….I know….those seem to be my go-to lately but they really are so trendy and great!  I finally topped it with a few sequins.

FMS Final 245-001I hope you have a great time with this one.  Guessing the gallery will be just loaded with inspiration!!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a new card that has a Product Review for Splitcoaststampers.  It even included a video tutorial so I hope you’ll stop in!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Happy Birds (WPlus9); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Pop of Pink DSP, Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builders Dies (LID), Sequins (SU), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)Summer Mix Sequins (PPP)

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Freshly Made Sketches #237

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Jen Timko - FMS237 - SmileKnow what puts a smile on my face??  Yep, Wednesdays!  Especially when we have a sketch at Freshly Made Sketches as awesome as this one from Linda.  I felt like I needed a bit of a sunny card for today because we have had rain, lots and lots and lots and lots…of rain.  I thought a happy little bird might brighten things up!

Ok, he really is a Happy Bird from that set by WPlus9.  I had colored this fellow a while ago and he was sitting there begging to be put on a card.  I finally found just the right one.  This striped background comes from the It’s My Party DSP pack…yes, I may have a little bit of a problem putting it down but I’m sure you’ll forgive me.  It matched the bird.  It just had to happen!  I stamped the wire and the sentiment in Versafine ink onto Thick Whisper White paper and just popped up my little friend on a dimensional.  He was colored with Zig Clean Color Markers and cut out with the coordinating dies.  I found that Pacific Point card stock was a good match with the blue and added it as a layer behind the image.  Finally a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Love these!

FMS Final 237-001Ok, ready, set, stamp!  I just know the gallery will be full with a sketch this open for interpretation!  Make sure you take a minute to visit the team’s blogs for all their awesome inspiration!

Back to lots of flying this week (and next) but I have a few things I’m working on.  Ok, really I’m just sketching and hoping to work on when I get home!  Until next time, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Happy Birds (WPlus9); Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx BlackZig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), It’s My Party DSP (SU), Pacific Point; Accessories:  Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Big Shot, Happy Birds Coordinating Dies (WPlus9)

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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

Freshly Made Sketches #225

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FMS225 - Happy HelloI’m back today with the latest and greatest from Freshly Made Sketches and I do mean great!  My friend Jen Mitchell has created a marvelous sketch for this week and you are going to love it!

I had some birds from this wonderful Happy Birds stamp set (WPlu9) colored from the coloring challenge I’ve been doing.  This bright happy pink one jumped out and demanded to be used!  I used some retired SU DSP from my stash and I love the graphic feel that it gives.  I stamped the bird in Momento Tuxedo Black and colored him with my Copics (RV21, RV04, Y06) then cut him out with the coordinating die.  I added the little “wire” from the stamp set onto my square panel and then popped the bird on Dimensionals to attach.  The sequins and the sentiment are part of the Paper Pumpkin kit from February…..one of my all time faves!

FMS Final 225-001Ok….I hope you enjoy this fun little card as much as I enjoyed making it!  The team has some adorable work to share with you so have a great time with their inspiration.  Back on Friday with a fun new hop with my Fancy Friday friends.  See you then!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Happy Birds (WPlus9), Paper Pumpkin – Feb; Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx BlackCopic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Retired DSP (SU); Accessories:  Sequins (Paper Pumpkin – Feb), Big Shot, Happy Birds Coordinating Dies (WPlus9)

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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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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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