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Freshly Made Sketches #300

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FMS300 by Jen Timko | Vibrant Thanks Stamp by Power Poppy, Floral Boutique DSP by Stampin' Up, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder by Stampin' UpSo today is a very special day for the whole team at Freshly Made Sketches.  We have hit another milestone and we are thrilled to celebrate!  Sketch #300!!  WOW!  I’m personally just in awe of the inspiration that all the players over the years have given.  I might be a little biased but this has been an amazing challenge from the very beginning.  And yes….I actually played along on Sketch #1.  I even got chosen as a Perfect Princess by my friend Linda (I knew I loved her, haha!!!).  Jen Mitchell, Linda Callahan and Rita Wright have been on the team since the beginning and we have had amazing stampers with us along the way.  What a privilege it is to work with people who are not only extraordinarily talented but also are simply incredible people!!

So that was my inspiration for today’s card.  The sentiment pretty much says it all (it is from the gorgeous new Vibrant Thanks by Power Poppy)!  Thanks to you, my blog readers, and to all who play along each week and keep this challenge fresh week after week.  I enjoy seeing your creations, and watching as you all grow in your crafting along with us.  After all, we are first and foremost enablers!  I used this beautiful paper from last year’s Stampin’ Up Catalog (this year’s catalog features a fresh version in the new In Colors).  I love how the leaves in the paper coordinate with the new Layered Leaves embossing folder so I combined them for the panels.  I added some Navy twine that I unravelled to give it a looser look.  I even lined the envelope with designer paper to make it extra special.

And I really tried to make this extra special since one of our players this week will win all the cards created by the team for this challenge.  I know.  And I already asked if I could enter again….  Apparently it would look suspicious if I won.  *smile*  I continue to be astonished at how different cards can be that are created from the same sketch and the design team has created a beautiful variety for you this week.  I very much hope you will have time to join us in our celebration.  Having a hard time not getting too “sappy” (as my kids call me) so I’ll leave it there.  I’ll see you in the gallery.


Stamp:  Vibrant Thanks (Power Poppy); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Floral Boutique DSP (SU); Ink:  Night of Navy; Accessories: Big Shot, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder (SU), Ovals Dies (SU ret), Night of Navy Twine (SU ret), Misti

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Newton’s Nook Designs 4 Year Celebration – Day 1

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I am so thrilled to begin this amazing week celebrating 4 years of inspiration from Newton’s Nook Designs.  What it takes to make the leap of faith to start your own company always amazes me but wow am I glad Newton’s Nook Designs is a part of this amazing industry!  I might be a little biased but any time art can bring such smiles and joy, it is a wonderful thing and something to celebrate.  And celebrate is what we are doing this week!  My post today is longer than normal because we are revealing an incredible set of products.  Two (yep TWO) stamp sets, four (oh yeah…FOUR) stencils and a new border dies set.  And that is only today’s reveal.  Hang on my friends!  This is going to be fun!

Meet Me At The Lake by Jen Timko | Winston's Lake House Stamps and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Watercolor

I’m going to start you off with a fun stamp set called Winston’s Lake House.  Using Distress Ink in Broken China, I played with the “smoosh” technique for watercoloring.  I applied ink to an acetate sheet and then spritzed it with water.  Then I laid the acetate down onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper to get the cool water effect.  I love how it turned out!!  The way the color pools was perfect to created the dimension I wanted for the lake.  After letting it dry, I used the new Sea Borders Dies (combined with a Stitched Rectangles Die) to created the waves for our little friends.  All I had to do was offset the border die to get this look.  Fun, right??  I did the same thing with Peeled Paint ink for the ground and used the Land Borders Dies instead.  Yep…all the dies coordinate perfectly.  Then I stamped the images in Versafine Onyx Black and colored with more Distress Ink.  That little cottage is one I want to visit for sure!  And not sure what it is about the little dragonfly but I just could not resist adding it on.  The corrugated paper seemed like the perfect background for this scene to show off all the details in these new images and dies.Advice from the Lake by Jen Timko | Lake Advice Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs, Wood Textures DSP by Stampin' UpSo now on to the second stamp set called Lake Advice.  I had a ton of ideas on how to use this with the Winston set but I thought maybe it was better just to focus on this sentiment.  It is really a great one!  I stamped it onto vellum using Early Espresso ink (SU) and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to make it really stand out.  Then I took a piece of the Wood Textures DSP from SU (already a fabulous wooden look) and cut it up to make it look like planks on a palette.  I used a darker color of the same DSP for the base.

And now we get to talk about these stencils.  You should have seen the response when the DT heard about them.  And then again when we saw them!!!  Oh, they are fun and so perfect for the release.  Want to see them???  Of course you do!  I will be showing you more with them as the week goes on too.  And then check out what you could win this week!

Would you like to win a $20 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?
ONE lucky comment will be chosen from each reveal day to win!

Here’s how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Thursday July 13th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, July 14th.

I am so happy that you stopped in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 2 of this great celebration and I know you will be thrilled to see what comes next.  I hope you have a great day!
Stamps: Winston’s Lake House (Newton’s Nook Designs), Lake Advice (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Candied Apple, Vintage Photo, Ground Espress0), Early Espresso; Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Corrugated Paper (SU, retired), Vellum (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Winston’s Lake House Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Misti Stamp Tool, Ribbon (SU, retired), Gold Button (SU, retired), Linen Thread (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #295

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FMS295 by Jen Timko | Quirky Critters Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Copic ColoringSo remember in my post last Friday (for Fancy Friday) where I talked about some of my favorite things from the new Stampin’ Up catalog??  Well, yesterday I showed you a bit of why I love the Color Theory paper and today I’ve got the narwhal!!  I love him!!  The incredibly talented Narelle Farrugia is our sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I thought her sketch this week gave me the perfect chance to show you this fellow.

He comes from the stamp set called Quirky Critters and actually has a sentiment attached to him.  I could not seem to make the sentiment work for the sketch but I really wanted to use him.  So….I just cut him out by hand and added another sentiment from Newton’s Nook instead (Beautiful Plumage).  I think this one is super fun and perfect for this guy.  I stamped the narwhal using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with Copic Markers.  He seemed to fit better on a little square than a circle so I hope Narelle doesn’t mind the switch.  For the horizontal element I tried something new.  A few weeks ago, my mom was here to visit.  She is an amazing quilter and believes in supporting local quilt shops wherever she travels.  Hmmm….that may explain where I get that from! As we were looking around (and the shop here in Warrenton is called Kelly Ann’s Quilting…a gorgeous shop!), I was falling in love with all the prints and patterns, wishing they were all paper.  Then I spied this tiny rickrack trim (in multiple colors no less!).  Needless to say, I grabbed it right up.  Isn’t it fun???  Ok, well, I’m completely off track for my post but seriously, shops like that are so inspirational!  Since this rickrack matched the narwhal perfectly, it was clearly meant to be.  I match the bling elements of the sketch, I added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  They are clear but have a bit of gray tint to them so I love them on cards with gray.

Well, I hope you love this little guy as much as I do.  Not sure why, but he really does crack me up.  I showed the card to my husband and he said it was just like the narwhal from the movie Elf.  So on that note….”Bye Buddy”! Thanks for stopping in today!  Hope your week is great!


Stamp:  Quirky Critters (SU), Beautiful Plumage (NND); Paper:  Smoky Slate (SU), Thick Whisper White (SU); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Rickrack

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Lovely Yellow Blooms

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Lovely Yellow Blooms by Jen Timko | Lovely Blooms Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Chameleon Pens, Color Theory DSP by Stampin' UpToday is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog and I just had to continue with making pretty summer cards with this Lovely Blooms stamp set.  This flower set really is awesome for coloring!

Is there such thing as a yellow hydrangea??  I’m not sure but I created one in any case.  Using my Chameleon pens, I colored the flowers and the leaves to coordinate with this new Color Theory DSP from Stampin’ Up.  I LOVE this paper!  It is the perfect background for almost any image but it really shows off this flower.  The sentiment is a go-to for me lately and it comes from the Happy Little Thoughts stamp set (NND).  I colored some Basic Pearls with the Olive Chameleon pen and added those fora little more detail.  The whole image panel is on a Crushed Curry card base.

For those of you in the US, I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!!  So glad you stopped in today.  See you tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp: Lovely Blooms (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens (Y03 Warm Sunset, OL3 Olive Green); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Color Theory DSP (SU), Crushed Curry; Accessories:  Big Shot, Lovely Blooms Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Basic Pearls

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Fancy Friday – A Fancy Top 5

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Welcome 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 Paula Dobson, welcome to the next stop.  For June we are sharing our personal “Top 5” lists from the new 2017-18 Stampin’ Up Catalog.  Choosing 5…that was the hard part for sure!

Fancy Friday - Hello by Jen Timko | Floral Statements Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Watercolor, Zig Clean Color MarkersI managed to combine 3 of my top choices onto this one card to show you why I love them so much.  This new Floral Statements stamp set was an absolute must buy for me and I ordered it immediately.  I’m so glad I did!  Isn’t it gorgeous??!!  I stamped it in black onto watercolor paper and then colored it.  Super fast watercoloring!  But the result is fabulous!  I put it onto a base of the new Lemon Lime Twist card stock and I love the pop of color.  And as an accent to the pink, I added the new sequins.  These are the Iridescent color from the Metallics Sequins Assortment.  Oh my, these are a wow!

To round out my choices, I just have to discuss the new Color Theory DSP.  This paper pack will be a go-to for so many of your cards!  The colors and the unique uses of the shades is perfect for so many projects.  And last (but not least)….the narwhal set (otherwise known as Quirky Critters).  I have no reasonable explanation of why I am obsessed with this set but I am.  Totally fun, totally adorable…and just a little quirky!

So here it is in list form:

  1. Floral Statements Stamp Set
  2. Lemon Lime Twist (in EVERYTHING)…and the other In Colors are fabulous too!
  3. Sequins – Metallics, Iridescent, all of them!
  4. Color Theory DSP
  5. Quirky Critters Stamp Set

I hope you like my take on the top 5.  Now on to the rest of the hop!  These talented stampers are going to inspire you for sure and I cannot wait to see what they enable me to buy share as their must haves!  Next up is the lovely Shannon Lane.

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

Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamp:  Floral Statements (SU); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Fabriano Extra White Watercolor, Lemon Lime Twist; Accessories:  Metallics Sequins (SU), Multi Matte Medium (as glue for the sequins), Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #294

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FMS294 by Jen Timko | Coffee Break DSP by Stampin' Up, Funny Coffee Stamp by Skipping Stones DesignsI’m sure you have already seen the gazillions of coffee cards across blog land this week and I could not resist adding one more!  It is the week for the 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I just had to combine the coffee theme with this week’s new challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.  The lovely queen of color, Amy O’Neill, is our sketch designer this week and I love this classic look.

I started with the new Coffee Break DSP from Stampin’ Up and pretty much let the paper do all the work.  The French Press and the cup…straight from the paper (just fussy cut and off you go).  And check out that coffee bean paper!!!  I was in a huge hurry to create this but just could not let the hop and great sketch go by without playing along.  I only stamped this fun sentiment from Skipping Stones Designs and put the card together.  I added a few sequins from an old Paper Pumpkin set to give it a little bling and still keep it on the masculine side.  I thought the colors lent themselves to that and I always seem a little short on “man cards”.

So I have been stamping a ton with a lot to share in the upcoming weeks.  And also, flying lots and lots.  Summer is always the busy time for us airline folks!  I love having all the summer people on the planes.  There is a great energy and excitement for vacations.  I particularly love when the kids visit us in the front!!  So I apologize for some of my absences.  I am, however, super excited about the Fancy Friday hop we have coming up this week.  I hope you’ll join us.

For now, hop on over to Freshly Made Sketches and see all the amazing work from the design team this week.  You’ll be happy you did.  Have a great day!


Stamp:  Funny Coffee (Skipping Stones Designs); Paper:  Coffee Break DSP (SU), Thick Whisper White (SU), Old Olive; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories: Bronze Sequins (Paper Pumpkin by SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #293

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FMS293 by Jen Timko | Color Theory DSP by Stampin' UpWhere did the week go??  Wow, it is already Wednesday!!  And what a sketch we have for you today. The amazing and oh so talented Karren Johnson is our sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches and she created a really clever one for us this week.

I opted to show off this gorgeous new DSP from Stampin’ Up called Color Theory.  There are tone on tone variations that are simply fabulous.  This one is an ombré effect that I just love.  I not only cut out the shaped panel with it but I used the bottom piece that I cut off (for size) for the die cut word.  I LOVE when paper does all the work for you!  This fun edge is cut using the Border Builders Dies from Lil’ Inker Designs.  The sentiment is a retired SU die.  Just a few sequins added for that extra dimension.  My husband needed a thank you and I think this is the perfect masculine card for him to send.  I struggle with that sometimes but I think this one is just right.

The team has such a variety of cards this week and that is always a great indicator of a fun gallery.  I cannot wait to see all that you create!  I hope you have a super rest of your week.  Thanks for stopping in!


Paper:  Color Theory DSP (SU), Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builder Dies (Lil’ Inker Designs), Greetings Thinlits (SU retired), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

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Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Newton Rides West

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Today is last day of the June release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  I have to say, this one has been quite amazing (by the already high standards of previous releases).  I’m simply in awe of the creativity of design and the ability of these sets to appeal to so many.  I know, I know…I’m gushing…but really….based on the lovely comments I have received this week (for which I’m incredibly grateful), you agree with me!  So now, onto the last set.  Our week would not be complete without our friend Newton, now would it?!

Howdy by Jen Timko | Newton Rides West Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Copic ColoringOur little buddy gets to go on an adventure and the team gets to have some fun with this western theme!  The hardest part of the card??  Choosing which image to color first!  There are so many great choices…and take note of the little mustache.  I mean, seriously!!  So much fun (my oldest told me that all the Newtons need a mustache from now on, haha).  I pulled out my Copics and got to work coloring.  Something about him popping out of the boot just cracks me up.  After I had him colored, I wanted to continue the western theme with the elements of the card.  I used this brand new designer paper from Stampin’ Up called Wood Textures.  The whole pack of 6″x6″ paper is full of wood prints in different colors.  I added a bit of burlap ribbon on the edge and some twine under the sentiment panel.  The wood paper is simply perfect for showing off Newton!  I know you will love all the other designers’ work so off you go with the hop.  But before you go….make sure to be eligible to win the sets from this week by commenting on the team’s pages.

Would you like to win the “Newton Rides West” Stamp Set?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner

Here’s how to win: 

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday June 15th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 16th. 


Thanks for stopping in today and during this whole week.  Your kind words mean so much to all of us and we are thrilled that you share our excitement over these fabulous products!
Stamp: Newton Rides West (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU), Kraft (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU); Accessories:  Burlap Ribbon (SU ret), Twine, Big Shot, Newton Rides West Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Shapes Dies (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #287

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FMS287 by Jen Timko | Feathery Friends Hostess Set by Stampin' Up, Chameleon Color Tones PencilsThis is my first post of the day, if you are looking for day 2 of the Newton’s Nook Designs May Release, it will be up in just a bit.

I am the sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches and I have a sketch that I hope you will really enjoy.  I thought the long panel would give you space for some different images or dies that take up the vertical and I added in a place for a sentiment too.

So did you hear that the new Stampin’ Up catalog has been released to demonstrators and the preorder is super fun.  I just HAD to have one of the adorable hostess sets called Feathery Friends and I think it is going to be such fun to color.  Today I used the Chameleon Color Tones Pencils for coloring.  I have not had wax based pencils like this before so I’m still working on my technique with them but the colors are really pretty, don’t you think?!  And speaking of color…look at that card base!  Oh yes, you DO spy one of the new In Colors for 2017-18 called Berry Burst.  It is rich and so lovely!  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I added on some fun sequins in coordinating colors.

Thanks for stopping by for my FMS card.  Make sure you come back for the Newton’s Nook projects and a chance to win free stamp sets!  See you soon!


Stamp:  Feathery Friends (SU Hostess 2017-18) ; Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark; Paper:  Arches Cold Press Watercolor, Berry Burst, Basic Black; Accessories:  Chameleon Color Tones Pencils, Misti,Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Dimensionals

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