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Freshly Made Sketches #252

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FMS252 - Flower HugsWow, has it already been a week since I posted??  Holy smokes August has flown by!!  I think the end of summer flying just zapped my brain!  Fortunately I am off this week and have some time to stamp.  YAY!!!!  First order of business was this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  And it is awesome, just like the sketch designer Karren Johnson!  Ok….I confess that when I saw the 4 circles I had a moment of panic.  But then I realized I could do just about anything for shapes.  Naturally I chose flowers.  Because, well, I love them!

So which flowers??  I paged through my Paper Pumpkin stamps and came across this set from last year and it was perfect.  Pretty flowers plus coordinating leaves!  I stamped them on Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper with Early Espresso ink (embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder) and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Pens.  I used Lemon Yellow and Light Brown and love the fall feel they created together!  Using a Border Builders die (Lil’ Inker Designs) I cut the white panel and layered it with a retired DSP pattern from SU.  The sentiment is brand new from a set called Lovely from Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson).  Given how much I love a flower stamp, this set of sentiments was simply a must have for me.  And it showed up super fast too!  WIN!!!  But I digress.  I stamped the background leaves and the sentiment in Early Espresso with clear embossing (to match the flowers).  After some debate, I stopped there.  I thought about some Wink of Stella for the flowers (still might go and add it on) but I was pretty happy with this just like it is.  You can totally tell I’m ready for some cool fall weather, can’t you?  I’m willing it to show up!!!

Card Sketch Aug 16-001Well, back to the stamp room to create some more.  Lots coming up in the next few weeks and I look forward to sharing with you.  I hope you’ll have as much fun with this week’s sketch as the Design Team did.  I don’t even have to ask them….I just saw what they made!!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun twist on a recent kit.  Until then, hope the day is great!  Thanks for stopping in!


Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin (SU), Lovely – Julie Ebersole (Ellen Hutson); Ink: Early Espresso, Zig Clean Color Pens; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Retired DSP (SU); Accessories:  Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Zig BrusH2O Water Pen, Big Shot, Border Builder Dies (LID), Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Dare To Get Dirty – Day 1

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DTGD16stampmomma - Fancy FlowersToday starts the most wonderful week of inspiration over at Splitcoaststampers!!!  It is Dare To Get Dirty Challenges week and you will not even believe all that SCS has planned!  As a former “Dirty Girl”, I get to participate on the planning side and will even be hosting my own challenge later in the week.  How do you get to see all this fabulousness??  You simply have to be a Fan Club Member at Splitcoaststampers.  Not only can you see all the details of the challenges, you can participate with present and past Dirty Girls.  And trust me….I have seen the challenges!  You will want to play!

My card today is a sample for Lori Craig’s Challenge (DTGD16stampmomma).  I can’t share the details of the challenge but you really need to see the inspiration for this card!  I started by coloring these flowers from Altenew’s Botanical Garden using Chameleon Pens (a technique I learned from my friend Ilina Crouse).  I am completely in love with these flowers!!!  I added them to a white base that I stamped with a sentiment from the July Paper Pumpkin (SU).  Don’t you love this one??  I cut the edge with my Border Builders die from Lil’ Inker Designs.  I added some sequins from my stash.  I love how the brushed gold ones match the Crumb Cake! I am a sample maker for another challenge on Aug 4th and my challenge will be on Aug 5th.  I hope you will join in the fun!!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Paper Pumpkin July (sentiment); Ink: Chameleon Pens, Momento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Crumb Cake (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builder Dies (LID), Dimensionals, Sequins (retired SU and Paper Pumpkin)

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It’s Dad’s Day

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Jacob Timko - It's Dad's DayI told you I would have a guest designer on my blog today and it is none other than my oldest son!  He created a card for Father’s Day that I just had to share!!  (Don’t worry, he approved)  He chose the Bon Voyage stamp set and colored it using my T series gray Copics to make it look like dad’s airplane.  Cute, right?!  Then I showed him how to create a sponged sky using Tim Holtz Distress Ink and the Mini Ink Blending Tool.  He created a super cool sky, don’t you think?!  He wanted a cloud too so that was stamped and cut using the coordinating dies (as was the plane).  Then he picked a sentiment from the May Paper Pumpkin.  I LOVE this sentiment!! In order to get the sentiment just right, he pulled out my trusty Misti to get the perfect alignment and fully inked stamping.  Because he just had to have it perfect after all the work on the sky panel!   The panel was cut using Stitched Rectangles and popped up on Dimensionals.  I think he totally rocked this card!!  I’m sure my husband will be totally thrilled.  Little brother created his own work of art too (never to be outdone).  So they made mom’s day while working to make dad’s day fabulous!

I hope that your weekend is lovely!  Thanks for dropping in to see my talented guest’s work!!

Stamps:  Bon Voyage (Lawn Fawn); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Misti, Big Shot, Bon Voyage DiesStitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Dimensionals

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Amazing Goalie for Coach

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Amazing Goalie for CoachA quick post for Saturday since I had some things I wanted to share.  Many of you know that besides driving the Airbus for United, I spend a great deal of my time driving the mom “bus” as a soccer mom.  At the end of the year, I always feel like I need to do something special for coaches.  These people give so much of themselves in their dedication to training the kids.  I pulled out my Goalie Saves stamp from Lili of the Valley and this time I colored him to look like my youngest.  Little boy is also a keeper (these kids really stress my nerves in games!) and he wears an orange shirt and has shiny blue cleats.  The yellow blonde is pretty accurate too!  I colored him using my Zig Clean Color Pens.  They are AWESOME for this kind of image!!  My sentiment is a favorite from one of my old Paper Pumpkins and is a go-to for so many cards.  My little keeper wrote a sweet note inside and delivered it last weekend.  I hope coach enjoyed a small token of how much he is appreciated!!

Well, back out today for a trip.  I have a “guest designer” for my post tomorrow on Father’s Day.  Hope to see you then.  Thanks for stopping in!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Goalie Saves (LOTV); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink; Paper:  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Dimensionals, Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine

The Card Concept #55

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CC55- Hello SunshineSo guess what?!!  I have a fun announcement to make!  Yes, I have been holding out on you but I can finally share.  I am one of two new additions to the design team at The Card Concept!  Now try to contain your shock but I’m one of the clean designers…..  Clean and Graphic to be exact.  The definition:  Clean lines, simple treatment of text, no frills, bare boned, message communicated quickly.  Yep….I think Lesley (the challenge creator) knows me pretty well!

Our inspiration for this challenge spoke to me right away.  I knew right away that I was going to pull out this sentiment from Paper Pumpkin.  This one makes me smile every single time!!  I’ll share why a little further on.  For the background, I pulled out the Dots & Stripes stencil (to mimic the graphic) and my new Clarity Stencil Brushes.  Yes, they really are ALL that.  You can blend and no lines or unevenness shows.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and they blended so well!  To keep it clean, I simply added the sentiment to an offset panel and a few sequins.

So now the sentiment.  When I first graduated from Air Force Pilot Training, I became an instructor in the T-38, the secondary training jet at the time (and a beautiful, fast, pointy nosed jet it is!!).  My students were more advanced so we could give them a little more latitude as they learned.  Instead of direct intervention, we could give verbal hints and suggestions.  Well, apparently over time I started calling my students “sunshine”.  As in “What is the plan, Sunshine” or “Where are you going, Sunshine”.  They learned that when I called them Sunshine that they might need to reconsider what they were doing, lol.  Fast forward almost 20 years….  My husband finds that another instructor that I flew with is in his Guard unit.  I had totally forgotten about the Sunshine thing until he was telling my husband about it.   Needless to say, the reminder brought back some good laughs and stories!!  And yes, the military is remarkably small sometimes.  My friend who works with my husband is also a pilot at United with me.  So there it is….Hello Sunshine!  And really, no corrections needed.  Hmmm….I think I might need to send this one in to my friend, don’t you think?

So if you stuck with me, thanks for humoring me.  Sometimes cards just have a bigger story!  So now you need to jump over and see the rest of the inspiration from the design team.  Make sure you add in a welcome to the lovely Ilina Crouse too.  How amazing to be a part of this fabulous group!  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!  (and a reminder that my Freshly Made Sketches post is down one…went up a little earlier today)

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin (SU); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink ; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Black; Accessories:  Clarity Stamps Stencil Brushes, Dots & Stripes Stencil (SU), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and SU)

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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… 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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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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Fancy Friday – Treats, not Tricks

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It is time again for our monthly Fancy Friday hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over our year together on the ADT,  “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month we have a theme challenge that the whole team will be using as inspiration – Tricks, not Treats!  Perfect for your last minute Halloween crafting or as inspiration for other fall fun!

FF Oct - You're so sweet

I decided to go for a treat bag that I can use anytime over the next month or so.  I used my September Paper Pumpkin kit to create those darling little broom bags for teachers yesterday (yep, the hard work is all done for you!!!) so I still had this stamp set sitting on my table.  I know I have said it a lot but the Paper Pumpkin stamps are a gift that keep giving.  I used one for my card on Wednesday and now again for this.  I started with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies and cut this bag out using the Typeset DSP.  That die allows you to create whatever kind of bag you want out of whatever paper you want.  AWESOME!!  I used the little banner die in the set to cut this one out of Very Vanilla.  Then I pulled out the leaves and sentiment from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  I stamped them in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I used the banner die to flag the ends of the Gold Foil piece to tuck underneath.  I had one piece of raffia left from the kit (an extra…they multiplied…???) so I wrapped it and some Gold Thread around and tucked them under the tag.  I attached them using Glue Dots and then added another slightly shortened banner to make a sandwich to secure everything.  Clip the tag on with a Clothespin and done.  All that remains is to fill the bag.

FF Oct - Tag closeup


Here is a bit of a closeup so you can click in and see the details more.  I just have to say that these Paper Pumpkin kits are a fantastic value.  Many times, the sets have sentiments that are really modern and feel very on trend.  The ink spots are super to have on hand (especially when I am using my Misti…much easier to ink with them!).  And of course, the projects.  The Concept Artists who work on these really out-do themselves each month.  If you really love a project, you can buy extras once you are a subscriber.  I never thought that I “needed” kits because my craft room is so fully, um, stocked.  But these kits fill a niche for me that makes me continue to invest.  My kids LOVE the projects and help me make them most of the time.  Because everything is prepared, we get right to creating.  Perfect for the attention span of my boys.

Ok, ok….I’ll quit waxing poetic about the kits, haha!  Time for you to get on with the hop!!

I hope you will be inspired by all the lovely creations in our hop this month.  I know you will find each stop a real treat!

The amazing Mercedes Weber is up next!   Wait until you see the fancy project she created!

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


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Stamps:  Wickedly Sweet Treat (PP Sept 2015); Paper:  Very Vanilla, Typeset DSP, Gold Foil; Ink:  Versamark; Accessories:  Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Gold Thread, Raffia (PP Sept 2015), Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Clothespin

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Freshly Made Sketches #210

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Jen Timko - FMS210 - October Flower

So guess what we have for you today at Freshly Made Sketches!!  Just look at this awesome sketch.  So cool and creative….just like Cindy Lovell who designed this one for us!  The fun trio plus the vertical sentiment makes for fun options.

I used the stamp set from the latest Paper Pumpkin (October) called Blissful Bouquet.  The images and sentiments are fabulous!  I colored these with Zig Clean Color Markers to create these fall flowers.  I made a video to show you how easy it is to color these flowers.

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The team has come up with incredible inspiration for you this week and you will be wow’d by the variety!  I hope you’ll find time to join in with us.

I hope you enjoy this one and I look forward to seeing you soon.  Thanks for stopping in today.

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Stamps:  Blissful Bouquet (Paper Pumpkin); Ink: WPlus9 Pure Color Dye Ink Black, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens; Paper:  Fabriano Cold Press 140 lb Watercolor, Basic Black; Accessories:  Zig Watercolor Medium Pen, Basic Pearls, Sharpie Marker, Dimensionals

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A Golden Hello

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ScorDies - Golden Hello

From time to time, I feel like I need to make sure you, my awesome readers, know about all that Splitcoaststampers brings to the crafting world.  Challenges – check, tutorials – check, forums full of info – check and product reviews – check, check!  A while ago I shared that I was asked to join the Product Review Team and I had the opportunity to get to play with another new product recently!   On my Project Life page that I showed you in Monday’s post, I shared that I used the PocketPenPals Scor-Dies to add interest to my page.  Well, now I get to share some more of the things I created for the review!!

For today’s card I combined a number of brands that all just seemed to work perfectly together.  I started with the card base from my August Paper Pumpkin and then cut this adorable tag from the PocketPenPals Basics Package B.  I actually cut it twice, once with Very Vanilla and once with Basic Black.  I layered them to allow the black to just sneak out from the bottom.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the same Paper Pumpkin using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used the black ribbon from the kit and wrapped it around the top of the tag and added on some Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine.  For a final wow, I cut this flower from Gold Foil and added a Basic Black center.  This tag is so unique and cool!  Ok, I totally didn’t use it as intended but who cares when it has such versatility!!

Want to see the whole story on these dies?  And a video?  And my whole product review?  And the reviews from some seriously amazing stampers???  Yeah, I thought so!!  Hop right over to the Product Focus page and you can see ALL of that!!  Oh, and you’ll get to see more projects too, of course!


I’ll be back tomorrow with two more projects I made.  I can hardly wait to share!!  Until then, have a great day!

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Stamp: Paper Pumpkin August; Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper:  Paper Pumpkin August, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Gold Foil ; Accessories:  Scor-Dies PocketPenPal Basics Package B, Big Shot, Flower Die from Echo Park Paper Co., Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, Ribbon

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