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Freshly Made Sketches #301

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FMS301 by Jen Timko | Poinsettia Stamp by Simon Says Stamp, O Christmas Tree Stamp by Concord and 9th, Copic ColoringThis is my first post for today (my second, for the August release from NND will be up shortly following).  After an amazing week of inspiration and celebration from Freshly Made Sketches, we are on our way to the next 300 sketches this week.  The sketch hostess is our lovely friend Jen Brum and she has a unique angled sketch for us this week.  I’m in love!!

I chose to make another Christmas card since I’m starting to get the holiday card making buzz.  What better image than this beautiful flower from the Poinsettia stamp by Simon Says Stamp?  I’m taking another Copic coloring class this Friday (YAY!!!) and I thought I should probably put in a little practice before going.  So out came my reds and off to coloring I went.  I added in some leaves from the set for another pop of color and then made the rest using Vanilla and Black. Yes, Vanilla.  Because Stampin’ Up has a new Thick Vanilla card stock that is amazing!!!!  And it works beautifully for Copic coloring!!  I chose this sentiment from Concord and 9th since I thought it was a nice fit on the angle and then added some sequins in black.  This patterned paper is retired from Stampin’ Up (I have huge stash of black and vanilla papers that I think will finally get the love they deserve!).

I hope you have a great time with this sketch!  The team has provided their always spectacular inspiration so check out their work!  Thanks so much for stopping in.  So glad to see you!

Supplies:

Stamp:  Poinsettia (Simon Says Stamp), O Christmas Tree (Concord and 9th); Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla(SU), Basic Black (SU), Typeset Specialty DSP (SU Retired); Ink:  , Momento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Metallic Sequins (SU), Misti

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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.

Supplies:

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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Freshly Made Sketches #299

Freshly Made Sketches #299 published on 8 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #299

FMS299 by Jen Timko | Mini Thank You Stamp by Studio Katia, Tim Holtz Distress InkWhat is it about summer that seems to fly by?!  Another week has come and gone already.  I survived clothes shopping with the “back-to-school duo” and we are trying to fit in as much summer as we can over the next couple of weeks until school begins.  With that, I am back today with a card for Freshly Made Sketches.  The incredible Kim Singdahlsen has given us a unique and fantastic sketch that is sure to inspire you!  I just love it!!

While I first thought about using some pretty papers for the panels, I realized that I liked the idea of washi tape instead.  I found two from SU in my stash that have differing width stripes and I thought they would be great together.  I created a watercolor background using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and then added the washi tape.  I stamped the gorgeous sentiment from Studio Katia in Versafine Onyx Black and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  A few little sequins to finish.  It kind of has a summer feel to it, don’t you think?  Fun, bright and a little bit of whimsy.

I hope you will have as much fun with this as I did.  Make sure you check out the work from the whole design team…always a treat!!  I’ll be back tomorrow to share with you my project for the joint collaboration between Newton’s Nook Designs and Xyron.  There is all kinds of fun happening at the NND blog so don’t miss out!  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies:

Stamp:  Mini Thank You (Studio Katia); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Black (SU); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink; Accessories: Washi Tape (SU), Metallic Sequins (SU), Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (SU), Misti

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Freshly Made Sketches #298

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FMS298 by Jen Timko | Be Merry Stamp Set and Dies by WPlus9, Copic ColoringHello friends!!  Sorry about the long break.  Pesky work and fun summer activities have gotten in the way over the last couple of weeks and I haven’t had any real time in the stamp room.  GASP!!!  So what to do when presented with a great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches?  When it is a million degrees outside in July?  Create the first Christmas card of the year, of course!  I love this sketch by the witty and fabulous Linda Callahan.

As soon as I saw this one, I started pondering a meandering group of images on the diagonal.  Somehow, these pretty little leaves and flowers practically jumped out of the stamp collection and a Christmas card was born.  I stamped the images from WPlus9’s Be Merry in Momento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers using traditional colors.  Something about the pops of red and green against the white base really made me happy.  I confess that the sentiments in this stamp set are what drew me in and I LOVE this one.

Well, I’m back to my previously scheduled chaos.  On the agenda today….back to school clothes shopping.  For a rising high schooler and a rising middle schooler.  Pray for me.  *smile*  Make sure you check out the inspiration from the team and I can’t wait to see how you interpret this sketch!  Have a great day!

Supplies:

Stamp:  Be Merry (WPlus9); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Accessories: Big Shot, Be Merry Dies (WPlus9)), Mini Dimensionals, Misti

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Newton’s Nook Designs 4 Year Celebration – Day 3 (and FMS)

Newton’s Nook Designs 4 Year Celebration – Day 3 (and FMS) published on 41 Comments on Newton’s Nook Designs 4 Year Celebration – Day 3 (and FMS)

Back with day 3 of the 4 year celebration with Newton’s Nook Designs.  Today we are showing off one set that I just think is adorable.  It is called Toucan Party…such fun!  I combined the reveal with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (where I am the sketch hostess this week).

Toucan Do It by Jen Timko | Toucan Party Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Tropical Leaves Stencil by Newton's Nook DesignsThe first thing I did for this card was pull out the awesome new Tropical Leaves stencil and create this background with Distress Ink (Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn).  Just look at what a great foundation it gives a card.  Can I tell you how happy I am for these new stencils??  And it seems like all of you are loving them too!  Then I stamped the toucan and some leaves and flowers using Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored using more Distress Ink.  Want to see my “muse” for this one?

Just look at his amazing coloring!!!  Nature certainly does it best so I just mimicked his colors.  And I LOVE them!!  Check out his little blue feet!!!  Yeah…I know.  Who can resist that?!  Clearly not me!  I colored some of the leaves as a background for him and then the flower as a balance element.  I used the small panel of the sketch to show off part of the sentiment (and the puns in this one are super fun).  Here is the sketch if you want to join in this week…I’d be thrilled to see you!

 

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 4 of this great celebration and you can start looking forward to a fun extra on Friday!
Stamps: Toucan Party (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Accessories:  Tropical Leaves Stencil, Big Shot, Toucan Party Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool

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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!

Supplies:

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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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!

Supplies:

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!

Supplies:

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 – Cuppa Cactus and Cultivated Cacti

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Today is Day 3 of the release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  I’m super excited that we have not one but TWO sets to share (and matching dies!).  Yeah….this is awesome!!!FMS292 by Jen Timko | Cuppa Cactus Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Chameleon Pens ColoringI’m starting with a card that I created for the release but also for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.  Our hostess is the lovely and amazing Cécile Ribon and she created this fun and clever sketch!  I loved using it to show off the Cuppa Cactus stamp set.

I colored these adorable images using my Chameleon Pens.  These are such fun to color!!!  I sponged some stitched circles with Distress Ink in the coordinating colors and they are perfect to show off these fun image, don’t you think?!  I stamped the “caution” sentiment to follow the sketch and then put the actual caution inside the card.  *smile*Super cute, right??  All of you coffee fans will totally need this one.  Not sure how to take it but my boys commented about this being perfect for me when I showed them the card.  Hmmmm…..

Stuck on You by Jen Timko | Cultivated Cacti Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook DesignsThis second card used the Cultivated Cacti set and I had such fun with it.  I love that you can stamp quickly with solid image stamps and get such a cute little scene!  I did a mix and match of inks and colors to created my scene.  And oh, this sentiment (and the others in the set)….such fun little puns!  While I think these are hard cards to make, having a stamp that says exactly what you need it to is invaluable.  And, you can get the set for free!

Would you like to win the “Cuppa Cactus” or “Cultivated Cacti” Stamp Set?
Each of these sets 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. 

 

I am so happy that you stopped in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 4 of release week.  You don’t want to miss it!
Stamps: Cuppa Cactus (Newton’s Nook Designs), Cultivated Cacti (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Berry Burst (SU), Fresh Fig (SU), Powder Pink(SU), Evergreen (Altenew), Frayed Leaf (Altenew), Squeezed Lemonade (Tim Holtz), Spun Sugar (Tim Holtz); Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Audrey Blue (SSS), Berry Burst (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), White Baker’s Tiwn

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Freshly Made Sketches #291

Freshly Made Sketches #291 published on 6 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #291

FMS291 by Jen Timko | Butterfly Kisses by Mama Elephant, Thank You by Studio KatiaI hope your week has been wonderful and full of summer fun!  We are still finishing up some school things with one of my sons so it doesn’t quite feel like summer yet…but soon!  Just a few more days!  And that anticipation was definitely on my mind as I worked on this card for today.  Our hostess, the wonderful Jennifer Brum, has created a wonderful sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

I started with this pretty little butterfly from Mama Elephant and did a quick coloring with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.  I love butterflies and I’m finally started to see some around here.  Always makes me happy!  I created a watercolor background using a couple of yellow Distress Inks and the “smoosh” technique (apply the ink to acetate, spritz and ink the paper).  I this the two tones of yellow add a nice contrast.  This gorgeous sentiment comes from Studio Katia and it was an extra treat in our supplies that came for last week’s collaboration hop with Newton’s Nook Designs and Studio Katia.  LOVE this scripty font, don’t you?!  I thought a couple of the Clear Round Drops from Studio Katia to finish.  Quick and easy and perfect for summer (and it let me get back outside on a beautiful day)!

I hope you have fun with this sketch.  You can use designer paper, background stamps or keep it simple like it did.  Tons of ways to use this one!  The DT has shown you that, as always.  Love those gals!  I hope your week has time for some crafty fun.  Until next time, thanks for stopping in!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant), Thank You (Studio Katia); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Fabriano Extra WhiteWatercolor, Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Misti, BrusH2O Water Pen, Clear Round Drops (Studio Katia)

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