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Freshly Made Sketches #268

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Wow….the last Freshly Made Sketches challenge of the year.  Can you believe it??  I know, it snuck up on me too.  Good thing my friend the amazing and talented Jen Mitchell created one that is good for last minute holiday cards or ready for your post holiday crafting.  Hopefully with some new toys from Santa!!!

I could not do another Christmas card.  Done, complete, no more!  But I did need a birthday card for a special family member whose birthday is near the holidays.  So the only rule was nothing at all holiday-like!  Out came Pop of Pink DSP and this adorable little kitty from Newton’s Nook Designs.  The stamp set is Newton’s Day Dream.  And oh, this fellow is adorable!  I colored him with my Zig Clean Color Markers to look like this certain someone’s kitty and I love how he turned out!  I have to say that taking a short break from holiday madness to create this was EXACTLY what I needed!

Today I’m off for a trip so if you are going through Chicago O’Hare (or other parts of the country) keep an eye out for me.  And please remember to pack your patience at the airport.  This is a crazy time of year for us all.  Many travelers are super stressed and, I promise, we really really want to get you (and us) there on time….safely!

I have some fun news coming up in the next few days that I look forward to sharing with you.  But you can expect that I’ll be away a bit more over the next couple of weeks.  I am off after Friday (like winning the lottery for an airline pilot) but will be spending time with family.  I hope to fit in some bonus stamping too!

The team has such fun inspiration for you this week!   It is sure to get you on your way to creating.  Plus, this sketch is open until Jan. 2 so that the team can take a bit of a holiday too.  Stop in to visit us though…we’ll see you in the gallery!!

 

Supplies:

Stamp:  Newton’s Day Dream (Newton’s Nook); Ink:  WPlus9 Black, Versafine Black; Paper:  Pop of Pink DSP (SU), Watercolor Paper (Ranger); Accessories:  Zig Clean Color Pens (48 pack), Zig BrusH2O Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #262

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Jen Timko - FMS262Today is Freshly Made Sketches day.  Thank goodness.  Because I, for one, need something happy to occupy my time.  I feel certain there are others who share my thoughts.  The lovely Jennifer Brum is our sketch hostess.  I know you will love it as much as I did.

I will admit that things have been super busy here are I had this flower colored from a project last week.  Copics were the tool of choice for coloring this flower and it was such fun.  I had not used them for a bit and forgot how much I love them.  I added some Pop of Pink DSP with this cool chevron pattern and a sentiment from the same set as the flower, Altenew’s Beautiful Day.

So today is one of those days that we have a choice.  I am going to choose kindness.  I wish you a beautiful day!  See you soon!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Copic Markers, Momento Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Pop of Pink DSP; Accessories:  Metal rimmed pearl (SU ret)

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Fancy Friday – Merry Tags Partial Die Cut

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Jen Timko - Merry Tags Partial Die Cut TechniqueWelcome 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 lovely and talented Connie, welcome to the next stop.  For October, our theme is a Technique challenge!  I love a good technique and I thought it would be fun to revisit the Partial Die Cut Technique.

So I debated whether I should do this as a shaker card or using DSP and I finally decided to show you both!!  They each have their wow and I can totally see you being able to go crazy with ideas on them.  To keep it simple, I created a video tutorial for you on the shaker card.

If you are having trouble seeing it in your email, you can click HERE!

Just a few of the details to add in from the video.  The DSP in the background on the deer and tree tag is from the Floral Boutique pack.  Just remember your paper doesn’t have to be “holiday” to work perfectly.  And you could totally use some Glimmer Paper for a wow effect!  DSP on the bottom panel or textures like the Softly Falling Embossing Folder will change the look and allow for fun variations.  I’m really hoping you’ll share your versions with me!!

Fancy-Friday-08I think you are going to jump for joy as you hop around this month!  You know these stampers are simply going to wow you!!  And speaking of wow, I get the privilege of introducing a new member of our Fancy Friday team.  The amazing Sue Plote has agree to join us.  Her work is extraordinary and we are thrilled to have her along.  Have fun on the hop!

You can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!

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Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink:  Versamark, Night of Navy; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Merry Tags Framelits, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh – Concord and 9th Birthday Mix), Window Sheet, Die Brush, Stampin’ Trimmer, Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, Foam Adhesive Strips

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Strength & Prayers

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Jen Timko - Strength & PrayersBecause I had some time to stamp last week and I needed a card for a friend, it seemed like the perfect time to pull out this gorgeous stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  I think the art on this bird is stunning!!!  The best part of this set??  Less is more.  (I know it shocks you to hear that I’d be drawn to a set like that, haha!)  I stamped the image and the sentiment onto watercolor paper using WPlus9 Black Dye Ink.  Then using a Zig Clean Color Pen in Light Blue I added in a bit of color to the bird.  And a few sequins (some hoarded ones that I LOVE) from the Watercolor Wishes kit that matched perfectly just had to go on too.  I put it on a Soft Sky base and cut the inside sentiment panel to match the layout of the front.

I rarely see a set that simply goes into my shopping cart without question and this was one.  The set of 3 is perfect for sympathy cards but also for inspiration.  Ok…quick post for today.  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Strength & Prayers; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink; Paper: Canson Watercolor, Soft Sky; Accessories:  Misti, Zig BrusH2O, Sequins (Watercolor Wishes Kit), Dimensionals

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The Card Concept #59

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Jen Timko - CC59It is time for a new challenge at The Card Concept and I’m so excited to share my Clean and Graphic card.  Our inspiration this week is such fun and I was thought I would use the colors to create my card.

I thought the flower from You Are Enough (Concord and 9th) would be perfect for playing with color.  I stamped on Fabriano Watercolor Paper using WPlus9 Black Ink.  Then I colored using two of Stampin’ Up’s In Colors, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.  I added a little Tip Top Taupe (mostly because I love the name, haha) to mimic the neutral of the ice cream cone in the photo.  I added a sentiment from Lovely (Essentials by Ellen) and some sequins from an old Paper Pumpkin kit.  I put the watercolor panel on a Flirty Flamingo card base.Jen Timko - CC59 - Closeup

Here is a closeup of how the colors blended.  So pretty together!  I kept going back in layers to get the variations.  This is one of the best things about watercoloring for me.  You never quite know how colors will blend and each time you create, the result will be different.  I was totally right about this flower being the perfect image!!

The challenge page has so many beautiful pieces by the design team in all the different styles.  You are going to be in awe!  Just a note, this is my second post for the day.  My Freshly Made Sketches post was up first.  I hope you like my two projects today.  Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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Stamps:  You Are Enough (Concord and 9th), Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum (SU In Colors); Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Flirty Flamingo; Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Water Pen, Sequins (Paper Pumpkin), Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #257

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fms257-season-of-joySo we have some fun news over at Freshly Made Sketches.  First, we can announce that the lovely Cécile Ribon will be joining us full time Design Team member.  YAY for us!!!  Also, we introduced an update to the blog.  We hope you like our, um, “fresh” new look!  Let us know what you think.  We have a great sketch from the amazing Jen Mitchell.

I decided I better get a little more serious about Christmas cards so I pulled out one of my go to sets, Holly Jolly Greetings.  This big snowflake is so pretty and was perfect for the focal element.  And the sentiments in the set (the reason I got it, of course) are awesome.  I know it is easy to get all caught up in the newest, latest and greatest but sometimes it is nice to pull out a workhorse set.  I stamped in Night of Navy and paired it with Floral Boutique DSP (not just flowers!!).  I used Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies from My Favorite Things to add the fun stitching and a few Basic Pearls.

fms-final-257-001This is my first post for today.  My second post is my card for The Card Concept.  I hope you’ll enjoy Jen’s sketch this week!  Thanks for stopping in today.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink: Night of Navy; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT), Basic Pearls, Misti

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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!

You can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!

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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 #58

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cc58-you-are-enoughI am so happy to share this card with you today for The Card Concept!  First of all, I cannot even being to tell you how much I love this sentiment.  I have been looking for the perfect place to use it and this card was definitely it!  We all need to hear this message over and over (and over and over…..).  There are so many people that will try to convince us that we need to change, that we need to do just one more thing, that there is something wrong with us somehow.  Nope!  Not true.  None of that.  While there is nothing wrong with working to be the best you, at the end of the day YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Ok….with all that out of the way, I’m going to admit out loud that this inspiration photo completely freaked me out.  I first saw it and I had nothing, nada, zilch.  I pondered how bad it would be to just call uncle and bail out this week, haha!  No, I’m not kidding.  So I walked away.  For a week!  And then it was time to face the challenge and woman up!  So I looked at it a different way and saw fun colors and that stitching and I had my answer.  Whew!!!  I used this fun striped print from Pop of Pink and simply added a shaker with stitched circles.  All I had to do was mix up two of my Pretty Pink Posh sequin mixes to get the colors from the inspiration.  I took the Summer Mix and pulled out the teal and added some of the green from the Birthday Bling Mix.  Perfect!  And a Clean and Graphic card created with no wimping out!  Sometimes challenges that give me the most trouble to start help me create some of my favorite cards.  Totally true for today’s card.  I am also submitting this for the Can You Case It challenge this week:  Shaker Cards!

58cyci138-300x300I hope you will join right in with us on this one.  Use any part of the inspiration photo and pick a style for creating….then off you go!  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery.  Now this is my second post of the day.  You can see my Freshly Made Sketches post by just scrolling.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Versafine; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh (Summer Mix, Birthday Bling Mix for Concord and 9th), Window Sheet, Foam Tape

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Freshly Made Sketches #254

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fms254-lovely-floralsIt seems that I have a theme going this week.  But sometimes when stuff is out on the craft table, it cries out to be used more than once!  We have this super sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week from our resident queen of layers and fussy cutting, Narelle.  And while she gave us layers, she certainly allowed for some great ways to use the sketch.

I immediately thought of washi tape for the vertical pieces and thought this Floral Boutique Washi Tape was fantastic for the job.  I LOVE those prints!!  And frankly, the tape did the vast majority of the work.  I have the new Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson) set called Lovely that was designed by Julie Ebersole and it is a seriously great word set.  I’ll be continuing to use it for a while so just plan for that, haha!  Isn’t this one great?!!  It is perfect for so many people I know!!  I cut it out with a Stitched Circle and added the little flower from the Flourish Thinlets set that coordinates with the tape.  Nothing too complicated but what a great sketch for another busy day.  I got this one done so fast that I had time for a second.  That almost never happens!!

Hope you enjoy this one.  Hop on over to see the gorgeous variations presented by the team.  Time well spent for sure!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Night of Navy; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Floral Boutique Washi Tape, Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

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Stamp Ink Paper #65

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sip65-hello-with-a-flourishThis week at Stamp Ink Paper, we have a monochromatic challenge for you.  I always love those and knew right away  that I was going to pull out the extraordinary Floral Boutique DSP and the coordinating suite.  Wow, am I glad I did!!

I love, love, love this print.  I know it is just polka dots but they are really awesome polka dots, don’t you think?  I cut it out with my Stitched Rectangles dies and started playing with different elements.  I had not used a doily in forever and thought it was a nice touch with the pattern.  And how could I not used these awesome flowers from the Flourish Thinlits?  The delicate design of these really make them beautiful on so many things.  To add a sentiment, I thought it best to stamp onto vellum so that it didn’t distract from the pretty flowers.  I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The flowers looked like they needed a little bling so I added some Basic Pearls for their centers.

14188256_10153802931398531_5199749635668342472_oNow don’t you love a monochromatic look??  Yeah, me too.  I just know you are going to have fun with this one this week.  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery! (Oh, and it doesn’t have to be blue!!)

Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases; Ink: Versamark; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP, White Vellum; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Basic Pearls, Doily (SU Ret), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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