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Freshly Made Sketches #284

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FMS284 by Jen Timko | Botanical Garden Stamp by Altenew, Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up Sentiment, Woodgrain Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up, Petal Point Pigment Ink by ClearsnapI hope you are having a great week!  I am slowly coming back to reality after a week vacation.  Our family took a wonderful trip to San Diego last week…what a treat!  The boys both had some real favorites events.  Oldest loved seeing the USS Midway and all the airplanes while the youngest enjoyed both the zoo and Sea World.  I love a vacation that can allow everyone to see something that feeds their interests!

So I finally got back into the craft room yesterday and that always seems to be a slow process for me.  Fortunately, Karren created a fabulous (and really workable) sketch for Freshly Made Sketches that made it a bit easier.  I knew I wanted to use these pretty flowers from Altenew (Botanical Garden) and also pulled inspiration from Altenew’s April Inspiration Challenge.  I loved the blue and the yellow and also the bokeh styling of their photo.

For my flowers, I wanted to try a new to me technique.  I have some sneak peek Petal Point inks from Clearsnap that are pigment inks so I tried this technique from Jennifer McGuire.  It is a little bit messy but I agree with Jennifer that using your fingers to apply ink is easy to control.  It also allowed me to have a bit of a splattered look on the flowers per the inspiration.Jen Timko | Botanical Garden by Altenew, Petal Point Pigment Ink by Clearsnap

The fun part with pigment ink is that it stays stickier for a little longer and that allows time to be able to come back and emboss the whole image.  The effect gives a bit of shine and depth to the card that is hard to capture in a picture.  For my center panel of the sketch,  I cut a piece of Thick Whisper White and embossed it with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder (SU).  It adds a subtle texture without pulling attention from the flowers.

I hope you are off to a great week.  I’m back to stamping today and a bit of gardening too.  I love this time of year in Virginia and my youngest is still off this week for break.  We are getting the gardens all ready for planting our vegetables and re-mulching to get things tidy after the winter.  I’m lucky he is such a great helper!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon! Supplies:

Stamp:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Sentiment (Paper Pumpkin by SU) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Petal Point Pigment Inks; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Woodgrain TIEF (SU), Dimensionals, Basic Pearls (SU), Black Sharpie Marker

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Freshly Made Sketches #281

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FMS281 by Jen Timko | Work of Art Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Stitched ShapesAnother super fun sketch is up this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, the super talented Kim Singdahlsen is our hostess and her sketch is really unique.  It is always fun to see what the team comes up with and this one really got me to thinking.

I love when a sketch inspires me to go look hard at my stamps to see what jump out and this Stampin’ Up set called Work of Art practically leapt off the shelf.  The watercolor styled swoosh is tailor made for the sketch.  All I had to do was choose the ink colors.  I went for this happy spring trio of Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo because they seem to be my go-to palette these days.  Seasonal stamper’s disorder….choosing the colors of the season….although it seems that I have been stamping in spring for the entire winter too, haha! This sentiment is in my personal sentiment hall of fame (I may be guilty of sentiment hoarding collecting).  The perfect message and one that many need to hear.  I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black and then cut it out using the Stitched Shapes circle from SU.  The whole panel was cut using Stitched Rectangles from Simon Says Stamp and put on a base of Thick Whisper White.  I added some enamel dots because they, too, were calling out to join the fun.

I hope that you have a good time with this sketch.  I anticipate a gallery full of creative work.  The Design Team will start you off right so make sure you go take a look at their amazing cards.  I’ll be back on Friday with this month’s Fancy Friday hop.  Hint…their just may be a sketch!!  Yippee!

Supplies:

Stamp:  Work of Art (SU) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Thinlits (SU), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Dimensionals, Enamel Dots (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #280

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FMS280 by Jen Timko | Botanical Garden Stamp Set by Altenew, Healing Wings by Skipping Stones DesignEver see a sketch and know that whatever you make with it will be awesome?  That is how I felt the minute I saw this one from Freshly Made Sketches.  The incredible Linda Callahan created this beauty and the possibilities are endless!

I thought these gorgeous images from the Botanical Garden would be great for the sketch.  I stamped them onto Canson Watercolor Paper using Versafine Ink.  Then I colored using Winsor and Newton Watercolor Paints.  I just got these and was swatching them when I thought I should just break them in and see what happened.  I kind of love the possibilities!!  Once I was done coloring the images, I cut them out to see how they looked for the sketch.  I felt like they needed a little bit of a background so I added a little more color behind them before stamping the sentiment.  I love this one!!  And it is perfect for my friend that will receive this card.

Our design team has done their always excellent job this week and you will be so inspired.  I hope you will have as much fun with this sketch as I did.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Healing Wings (Skipping Stones Designs) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Canson Watercolor; Accessories:  Winsor and Newton Watercolor Paints, Silver Brush Round 4

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Freshly Made Sketches #278

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FMS278 by Jen Timko | Marvelous Mehndi by Uniko, Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th, Distress Ink, SpongingToday is Freshly Made Sketches day!!  Always the most inspirational day of the week!  My friend, the amazing Jen Mitchell is our sketch designer this week and I love this one.  A lot!

I have had this gorgeous image from Uniko for a while but I needed just the right inspiration for it.  I thought this sketch was exactly right to show it off.  I heat embossed it (Versamark and White embossing powder) first and then sponged it using Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed.  I cut the panel using Stitched Rectangle by Simon Says Stamp.  Next I created another panel with sponging for the layer behind.  And finally, I added this sentiment from Concord & 9th and sponged again.  The gorgeous details of the image get to be the star of the show with the sponging!  And this came together pretty quickly…which is amazing since it looks artsy and hard.  Nope!  Totally easy and fun!

So I know you’ll love this sketch too and I am completely sure that the team will inspire you with their stunning work.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Marvelous Mehndi (Uniko), Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th) ; Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard SeedRipe PersimmonPicked Raspberry); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Mini Round Ink Blending Tool, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Furniture, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies

Freshly Made Sketches #277

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FMS277 by Jen Timko | Butterfly Kisses by Mama Elephant, Tim Holtz Distress InkSo is it acting like spring where you are?  Well, it certainly has been in Virginia and that inspired my card for today.  I’m the sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I hope you will love the sketch I created for you.  It is also the beginning of Kathy Racoosin‘s 30 Day Coloring Challenge (The Daily Marker 30 Day) which is a month of amazing inspiration that fills IG feeds with lovely art.  It reminds us, as crafters, to take a little time every day just to make a little something that is pretty.

I kept my coloring pretty simple for today and used this gorgeous flower from Mama Elephant.  Inspired by some of the cherry blossoms that are sure to be popping out any time here in my yard, I chose a soft pink for the flowers.  The sentiment comes from the set too and I think it is a favorite of mine.  The image and sentiments were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and the flower was coloring using Tim Holtz Distess Inks.

I hope you will join us with this sketch.  I tried to make one that is open to techniques, large images or even pretty DSP.  The team, of course, used all of these ideas and I’m sure you will come up with even more!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Remember….YOU make the world a better place!  You certainly make mine better!  Have a great day.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Twisted Citron); Paper:  Shimmery White (SU), Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  Sequins (SU and Pretty Pink Posh)

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Freshly Made Sketches #276

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FMS276 by Jen Timko | Mon Ami Stamp Set by Cas-ual Fridays Stamps, Zig Clean Color MarkersI hope you are having a great week so far.  After a very busy weekend of soccer, yard work and some other family things, I got just a few minutes to stamp for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Fortunately, the sketch from Amy is super easy to use and totally flexible!

I opted to pull out this pretty little flower from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps and did a simple coloring using just the Pink Zig Marker.  Something about the pop from the pink to make an impact!  I cut it out with the coordinating die and then decided to use a Paper Pumpkin sentiment.  It is a great way to lead into the sentiment inside (Thanks, in this case).  I liked the look of the texture from the watercolor paper so I used it for the middle panel as well as for the flower.  I accented it with a narrow border of Melon Mambo and put it all on Basic Gray base.  Some Sparkling Clear sequins (PPP) are the perfect way to finish…I always love these with gray!

Long day at work today so I’m keeping this short.  I will be back on Friday with this month’s Fancy Friday.  Thanks for stopping in today!!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Mon Ami (Cas-ual Fridays), Paper Pumpkin sentiment ; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color 48 Pack, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Basic Gray (SU), Melon Mambo, Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #275

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FMS275 - Amazing by Jen Timko | Botanical Garden Stamp Set by Altenew, Zig Clean Color Markers, WatercoloringAs a programming note, if you are looking for day 2 of the Newton’s Nook February Release it will be up in a second post.  For this card, I’m working with another fantastic sketch for Freshly Made Sketches created by the queen of layers, Narelle.  The way she has layered this sketch speaks to how she always has the most lovely details.

When I saw the scallop, I immediately thought of this flower from Altenew’s Botanical Garden set.  I pulled out my Zig again and this time focused on Peacock Blue.  Love that blue!  I aded a little yellow in the center and combined greens for the leaves but generally some super quick coloring.  With the blue being so striking, I chose this pale background, Fog from Simon Says Stamp.  Using the scraps from where I colored the flower, I cut two banners and colored one with the green and left one plain.  Finally I added this little Paper Pumpkin sentiment and some Basic Pearls.  It was nice to stretch into a different set of colors this week and I think this sketch is going to be fun for everyone.

Back in just a few with today’s release card.  You will be “egg-cited” to see it!  Thanks for stopping in today.

 

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Botanical Garden (Altenew) ; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color 48 Pack, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Fog (SSS), Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Basic Pearl, Zig BrusH2O

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Freshly Made Sketches #274

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FMS274 - Jen Timko | Beautiful Day Stamp by Altenew, Zig Clean Color MarkersSo on Saturday, I had the most lovely invitation to go to an event that was a “bring your own craft” kind of thing.  There were Stampin’ Up demos and customers along with some other company reps and friends.  These ladies get together each month to just make things all day.  I know what you are thinking and you are right!  It was awesome!  I could only go for a few hours but it is amazing how much that time is good for the soul.  Per my usual, I accomplished very little because I’m never sure what to pack (and I’m the slowest stamper).  But I did bring along this flower to color and some things that I might be able to use for this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I have to say that I just love the creative possibilities that this week’s hostess, the lovely Jennifer Brum, has given us!

I only used two colors from my Zig Clean Color Pack (a bright pink and a yellow) to color this flower but I love how they work together and blend to create the orange.  With the strength of the flowers colors, I opted to use a neutral base so I chose Smoky Slate.  The sentiment is from the same Altenew set as the flower (Beautiful Day) and I stamped it in Versafine ink and the layered the white with some Melon Mambo.  I added some Daffodil ribbon that I have hoarded in my stash since it is so pretty with the flower.  I think I’ll be adding this sketch to my go-to group.  I see lots of ways to use it!

And yes, the team has definitely come up with some of them.  As always, they are amazing!  Well, lots of posts this week and I’m back to the stamp room to get ready for some more coming up soon.  Until then, I hope you have a great day!  As for the monthly gathering…I can’t wait to go back and this time actually finish some projects!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Beautiful Day (Altenew) ; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color 48 Pack, SU Black Stampin’ Write Marker; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (SU ret), Basic Pearl, Sharpie Marker

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Freshly Made Sketches #273

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Jen Timko - FMS273 | Concord & 9th Layering Leaves Dies, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Paper Pumpkin Sentiment (Stampin' Up)My favorite stamping day of the week is here!  Happy Wednesday to you!  I’m so excited to share this week’s sketch by coloring genius Karren Johnson.  Her split panel concept is so fun and can lead to so many great ideas!

So I’m hoping that I didn’t stretch too far from the sketch but I really tried to make my watercolor ombré layer into three distinctive sections.  I used the beautiful Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to create the colors.  I started with a light wash and then went back and layered on more ink.  The heart is really one of the leaves from the Layering Leaves Die Set (Concord & 9th) and I just snipped the stem off to turn it into a heart.  I colored a scrap of watercolor paper with my Wine Red Zig pen and washed it out a bit with water.  Then I die cut with the leaf.  So pretty!  Finally, after some debate, I chose a sentiment.  You see…I need a birthday card for my dear husband and I think this might hit the right masculine note (well, at least it isn’t a flower, haha!).  I love that the Moon Rock ink from Altenew is a nice match to the distress ink on the panel with crisper stamping.  The sentiment itself is from the January Paper Pumpkin kit.  While the kit is an adorable Valentine’s 3-d set, the sentiments are going to be in your go-to list for a while.  I love this font and this says it all!

I know the gallery will be full of inspiration this week.  The design team has some amazing work already there for you to enjoy.  Hope to see your take on the sketch!  I’ll be back on Saturday with a fun hop that you are going to love.  See you then!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Paper Pumpkin January ; Ink: Altenew (Moon Rock), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke), Zig Clean Color 48 Pack (Wine Red); Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Accessories:  Big Shot, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th)

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Freshly Made Sketches #272

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Jen Timko - FMS272 | Stampin' Up Bold Butterflies Dies, Butterflies Dies, Watercolor Wings Stamp SetAfter the whirlwind of posting last week, I have been taking advantage of this week’s quiet to take care of non-stamping things.  But I finally got back into the stamp room yesterday and took a good look at the amazing Cécile‘s fun sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  The first think that popped into my head was butterflies (not sure why since they are clearly circles….but she did say any shape!).  Sometimes it is best just to go with it to see what happens!

I colored some Ranger Watercolor Paper (it is white) using Tim Holtz Distress Inks with the pretty aquas and pinks and set it aside to dry.  While I was waiting, I used the Bold Butterflies and Butterflies Dies (they coordinate) from SU to cut the intricate butterflies from White Vellum Card Stock.  Then I cut the colored paper with the outline dies of the same sets.  I pulled the stamp set from the same family, Watercolor Wings, and used the dotted border and sentiment stamped in Smoky Slate.  To help match the circle elements from the sketch, I added a white doily and some Silver Metallic Thread behind the butterflies.  I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach the vellum to the colored butterflies and was amazed to see that you cannot see the adhesive.  (I had planned to use pearls to conceal it but went with a cleaner look when I realized I could.)

All in all, this is such a fun and easy card to make.  You could use DSP or watercolor different colors or even add glimmer paper to alter the feel of the card and make a pretty set.

I love how the design team has interpreted this one and I’m sure you’ll agree that they are amazing!  I hope you have fun and will join us in the gallery this week.  Back on Friday for this month’s Fancy Friday.  Until then, have a great week!

Supplies:

Stamp:  Watercolor Wings; Ink:  Smoky Slate, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Ranger Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterflies Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Silver Metallic Thread, Fine Tip Glue Pen, White Doily (ret)

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