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Fancy Friday – Speechless!

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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 one of my crafty heroes Cathy Caines, welcome to the next stop.  For April, we are focusing on the gorgeous artwork and images in the stamp sets.  Sometimes pictures speak louder without words!FF April by Jen Timko | Butterfly Basics Stamp by Stampin' Up, No Line WatercolorI chose this gorgeous flower image from the Butterfly Basic stamp set as my focal point.  I thought it would be fun to try coloring it using the no-line watercolor technique.  I’m still working on this but I am pretty happy with the end result here.  One of the best parts of stamping is that there is always something new to learn!!  After I colored the flowers, I added a few pretty little details.  First some lace trim (this one is retired but SU always has the most amazing ribbons and trims) and then I added some Linen Thread.  The base is Crumb Cake, one of my favorite neutrals.  I added some Basic Pearls too, because, well, I love them!

Now on to the rest of the hop!  These talented stampers are going to inspire you for sure!  Next up is the lovely Sue Plote.

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Stamp:  Butterfly Basics; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Lace Trim (retired), Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

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Fancy Friday – Step Up Sketch Challenge

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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 the amazing Erica Cerwin, welcome to the next stop.  For March, we have double the fun!  Not only do we have a sketch but we have a step it up challenge.  Making a basic card and a stepped up version!  It is going to be a fun hop!

Fancy Friday March by Jen Timko | Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Flourish Thinlits by Stampin' UpSo here are my cards together but I also took photos of them separately so you can see the details better.  Both versions are still “clean” but the stepped up version has a bit more wow to it.

FF Mar Flourish Basic by Jen Timko | Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits by Stampin' UpFor my first card I used the sketch as my guide.  I love the new Stitched Shapes Thinlits and they worked perfectly here.  I stamped the leaves from the stamp set in Night of Navy then cut a flower with the coordinating thinlits to go with them.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  When you have a card that is super clean, every detail matters.  Bold contrast (like the navy and white) really catches the eye and the bit of stitching helps the card feel finished.  The Basic Pearl in the flower’s center adds a special touch.

FF Mar Flourish Stepped Up by Jen Timko | Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits by Stampin' Up, Floral Boutique DSP, Stitched Shapes, VellumFor my stepped up version, I added a few more elements.  First I cut a frame with my stitched squares and then also cut a square from both White Vellum Card Stock and Floral Boutique DSP (the polka dots).  I layered them up and attached them together.  The vellum helps the DSP not take over the card and you can still see the flower.  This time, I cut both the flower and the leaves from with the Flourish Thinlits and then added them to the square.  The sentiment remains the same as above, as does the pearl.  But I decided it needed more accessorizing so I added some Night of Navy Solid Baker’s Twine.  For both cards, I used my Envelope Punch Board to round the corners (those little punches are so handy on that board!).

I hope you like both of my cards and the sketch.  I think the team is going to impress you with their creativity!  And let’s face it, these ladies are all about stepping it up!

Now for the rest of the hop!  I’m telling you….this team is the most talented group.  You will be so inspired as you go along.  Next up is my amazing friend Cindy Schuster.  She is one of my favorite stampers and one of the nicest people you could ever meet!

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Stamp:  Flourishing Phrases; Ink:  Night of Navy; Paper:  Floral Boutique DSP, Thick WW, White Vellum; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits, Basic Pearls, Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, Envelope Punch Board

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Fancy Friday – Think Pink

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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 the amazing Susan Wong, welcome to the next stop.  For February, we have an inspiration challenge….Think Pink!

Think Pink by Jen Timko | Strength & Prayers Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Watercolor, Pop of Pink DSPI have loved this beautiful bird image from Strength & Prayers since I got it and I wanted to use it for a non-sympathy card.  I thought playing with it in pink would be fun.  I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and also stamped the splatters from Gorgeous Grunge.  Then I started a loose watercolor with Pink Pirouette followed by additional coloring with Melon Mambo.  I just pulled the color right from the lid of my ink pads using an Aqua Painter.  Super easy to do, especially when you get to go out of the lines like I did here.  After the color dried back a bit, I went back in and layered in some more Melon Mambo to add more depth.  The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin set and I thought the font was a nice match to the art on the image.  I added a small border on the colored panel with Basic Black card stock and put it on a Pop of Pink DSP base.  Lots of pink here but you could use any color singly or a combination for a different look.

I hope you enjoy this fun look!  There are some serious “pink girls” in our hop and I just know they will have had a great time creating with this theme.

Now for the rest of the hop!  I’m telling you….this team is the most talented group.  You will be happy you hopped!  Next up is my amazing friend Connie Collins.  Her work is always extraordinary and you are sure to love what she created!

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Stamp:  Strength & Prayers, Paper Pumpkin, Gorgeous Grunge; Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Basic Black, Pop of Pink DSP, Thick WW (Card Base); Accessories:  Aquapainter, Metallic Sequins, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

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Fancy Friday – Pencils and Ink

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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 the amazing Allison, welcome to the next stop.  For January, our theme is “Just Because”.  Kind of an anything goes concept which is always fun!

Watercolor Pencils and Ink - Jen Timko | Stampin' Up Watercolor Pencil Blending on Flourishing Phrases and Floral Phrases stamp setsI chose to show you a new technique that you can try with your Watercolor Pencils from Stampin’ Up.  The fun of this is the color coordination that Stampin’ Up is known for and now you can use it to your advantage with this new coloring medium.  The first card I created for today used complementary blues, Soft Sky and Bermuda Bay, and greens, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.  I stamped the flower from Flourishing Phrases onto watercolor paper and then added shading using the pencil in Bermuda Bay.  The effect is so pretty and changes the whole feel of the image.
Flourishing in Blue by Jen Timko | Watercolor Pencils and Ink on Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set by Stampin' UpSo I decided to try it with more colors.  I decided to used Daffodil Delight ink and the Pumpkin Pie pencil together for my second project but I show my “worksheet” at the end of the video as I played with options.  While the flower from Floral Phrases already has a watercolor look, this ups the game a bit as you add shading. Daffodil Floral by Jen Timko | Floral Phrases Stamp Set by Stampin' UpHere is my video with all the details.

 

Click here for the direct link to the video if you prefer:  Watercolor Pencils and Ink

Just a quick note on the pencils.  Apparently many of you already own these lovelies because they are currently unavailable.  No fear though.  They should be back in stock by Feb. 13th if you don’t already have them.

Now for the rest of the hop!  I’m telling you….this team is the most talented group.  You will be happy you hopped!  Off to see the super talented Krista Frattin.  As always, she has created something fabulous!

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Stamp:  Floral Phrases, Flourishing Phrases, Paper Pumpkin Oct; Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Basic Gray; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor Paper, Strathmore Watercolor Note Cards, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories:  SU Watercolor Pencils, Zig BrusH2O, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Misti Stamping Tool,

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Fancy Friday – Winter White

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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 the amazing Allison, welcome to the next stop.  For December, we are bringing out our winter white – projects that are white and one neutral.

I chose to use gold as my neutral and pull out some sparkle.  I will admit that there is no way to get a picture of all the shimmer on this card.  Believe me, I tried.  So please trust when I tell you that it is a stunner in person.  I started with a base of Shimmery White card stock.  The subtle sparkle in this is so elegant.  I used my Merry Tags framelits and cut the front ornament from the Shimmer White too.  Then I cut the backing piece from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Yep….it is a wow!  I added a gold embossed sentiment from Holly Jolly Greetings and some pretty elements that I had left over from my Stitched with Cheer card kit.  The gold twine and the gold “pearl” are so pretty with the embossing.

I tried here to capture all the shine but, well, I only sort of got it.  But you get the point.  Just try combining these elements and you will pat yourself on the back!  *smile*

Fancy-Friday-08Now for the rest of the hop!  I’m telling you….this team is the most talented group.  You will be happy you hopped!  Now off to my dear friend Jeanna Bohanon.  As always, she has created something fabulous!

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Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Shimmery White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Merry Tags Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Stitched With Cheer Card Kit, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool

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Fancy Friday – Holiday Inspiration

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Jen Timko - FF Nov - Plaid 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 my friend Cindy, welcome to the next stop.  For November, we have an inspiration challenge!  And what inspiration it is!

Nov FF InspirationThere are so many beautiful elements in these photos to draw from!  I decided to pull the plaid, the kraft/burlap and the chalkboard style wrapping paper into a card.  I started with the Stitched with Cheer kit from Stampin’ Up’s Holiday Catalog and then put a spin on it.  That is one of the best parts of kits.  If you are pressed for time, the kits are perfect just as they are!  If you are like me and have a hard time making multiples of things, the kit allows for personalization.  In this case, I just did a mix and match.  I pulled the star and two of the kraft banners along with the kraft base.  The stitching on the star is super quick and the metallic thread in the kit is gorgeous!  I adhered the two banners together and the seam is hidden behind the star.  I pulled out a piece of Basic Black card stock and cut it to 3-3/4″ x 5″.  I stamped this sentiment from Wondrous Wreath (it is a favorite of mine) with Craft White and then embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Then I sponged on a tiny bit more of the Craft White to give the chalkboard feel.  Gold, red and white “pearls” are in the kit.  I did use at least one that was from a previous kit (but I can’t remember because I was playing with them for so long, haha).  But that is just me being me.  Use the ones from the kit and keep it simple!  If you have the sentiment set that goes with the kit, most of them would work here too.  So to make this the only non-kit items you need are black card stock and the white ink/embossing powder.  Jen Timko - FF Nov - Plaid Christmas

Fancy-Friday-08You are going to love all that the team has to share this month!  How lucky I am to be a part of this  Fancy Friday team.  We have another new face joining us this month….the lovely Susan Wong.  You know her work, I’m sure!  No more delay!  On with the hop.  The extraordinary Cathy Caines is next up.  You already know you will be wow’d!

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Stamp:  Wondrous Wreath; Ink:  Craft White; Paper:  Basic Black; Accessories:  Stitched With Cheer Card Kit, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Sponges, Dimensionals

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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!

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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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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!

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Fancy Friday – Pick a Bundle!!

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FF Jul - Floral WeddingWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of demonstrators 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 my amazing friend Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  For July, our theme is Pick a Bundle!  The team is focusing on the amazing bundles in the annual catalog!!

I know it probably won’t come as a big surprise to those of you who follow my blog, but I chose the Floral Boutique bundle.  I am obsessed with this die set and the stamp is equally gorgeous!  Navy is the seems to be the wedding color of the season since I know of at least 2 brides (meaning that I know two brides, lol) who have chosen Navy as one of their colors.  Stampin’ Up sure hit the trend spot on!  I decided to use the dies to create a background for my stamped panel so I went with a tone on tone look.  But cutting a Night of Navy panel to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and then cutting using the top and bottom dies from the Detailed Floral Thinlits, I had a perfect overlay for my card base (also in Night of Navy).  I used the dies similarly in my tutorial here except to create a stencil.  By attaching it directly to the base, it takes on almost an embossed look but with more detail.  I stamped my flower from the coordinating stamp set, Floral Phrases, in Night of Navy onto watercolor paper.  I took an paintbrush and moved the ink around a bit (and added some) to make it look a bit more hand painted.  I added the sentiment from the set by stamping in Versamark and heat embossing with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  So pretty!!  The image was cut with a Stitched Mat Circle Die and put up on Dimensionals.  A few Gold Metallic Sequins are a nice touch to add a bit more gold.

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I think you are going to LOVE all the inspiration from the hop this week!  So many beautiful bundles!!  You are sure to be totally wow’d by Erica at your next stop.  Have fun on the hop!  Make sure you come back on Saturday for the start of the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges at Splitcoaststampers!  See you then!

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Stamp:  Floral Phrases; Ink:  Night of Navy, Versamark; Paper:  Night of Navy, Fabriano Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Detailed Floral Thinlits, Stitched Circles Mat Dies (Lil’ Inker Designs), Dimensionals, Paint Brush, Metallic Sequins, Glue Dots, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Fancy Friday – Back to the 80s!

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FF Jun - Lucky StarWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of demonstrators 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 my amazing friend Connie, welcome to the next stop.  For May, our theme is Back to the 80s!  Yep, you read that right!  Bright colors, big hair, bigger shoulder pads and, my inspiration for today, Madonna!

14af8df5e7b18380857faee7396d2291Just take a look at this picture of her!  By the time you are done with my post, you too will be singing Lucky Star in your head.  You can thank me any time!! I started off pondering the thought of acid washed jeans.  And I really pondered why we all thought it was a good idea.  But we did.  So why not play around with the new In Color Dapper Denim to see how denim-like it really is.  Well if you add a little bleach in splatters, apparently it is really like denim.  AWESOME!  Then I got a little crazier and actually stamped using bleach too.  The new Flourishing Phrases had a perfect little sentiment to try.  Now this is a red rubber stamp and I’m pretty sure the bleach is tough enough on that.  I strongly discourage you from trying it with a photopolymer stamp.  Pretty sure you would not be happy with the result!  Even still, right after stamping I cleaned it first with water and then with Stampin’ Mist and then again with water.  I kept up the Madonna theme by pulling out lace things from my stash because it was all about lace and pearls and layered accessories if you were going to do the Madonna fashion trend!  These are all retired SU things that I have hoarded kept safe for just the right project and this just had to be it!  The Tea Lace Doily just retired and there is a new even fancier version.  The lace is from a kit (Artisan, I think) and the gold star clip was perfect to complete my Madonna theme.  I added a star punched from Gold Foil to add a little more focus there.  So….how did I do??  Are you singing Lucky Star yet??? Please tell me you know the song so I don’t feel too old!!

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I hope you have a great time on our ‘flashback’ hop today.  Now you get to head over to the super talented Marisa for our next stop.

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Stamp:  Flourishing Phrases; Paper:  Dapper Denim, Gold Foil; Accessories:  Tea Lace Doily (ret), Artisan Kit Lace (ret), Star Clip (ret), Glue Dots, Bleach

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