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Freshly Made Sketches #326

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FMS326 by Jen Timko | Dahlia XL by Power Poppy, Zig Clean Color PensHappy middle of the week to you!  I am the sketch hostess today over at Freshly Made Sketches and I hope I created a sketch that will be fun for everyone.

With that big panel, I thought it was the perfect time to pull out a big stamp.  Dahlia XL from Power Poppy to be exact.  I stamped the flower in Versafine Black and colored with my Zig markers.  I don’t think I made an actual color combination for a dahlia, but hey…artistic interpretation!  *smile*  I just wanted to make a bright and happy card and I think this does the job.  The sentiment is from the set too and works perfectly for the little panel on the sketch.  For the yellow strip, I used some washi tape and put it on a piece of white paper.  You get all the effect of the washi but it looks a bit more tailored.

I hope you enjoy the sketch and will consider joining us!  The design team has done amazing things with my sketch…I’m always in awe of the different looks all from the same sketch.  I’ll be back on Friday with a fun post for Newton’s Nook.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Dahlia XL (Power Poppy); Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Audrey Blue (SSS); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers ; Accessories: Misti, Washi Tape (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #325

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FMS325 by Jen Timko | Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' UpA really quick post for you today to share a really quick card.  Today is Freshly Made Sketches day and our lovely queen of color, Amy O’Neill, has given us a fabulous sketch!  I have had a heavy flying schedule over the last couple of weeks but just ‘had’ to play along.  So I kept it quick.

How to do that??  Start with a kit!  In this case, I used a Paper Pumpkin (by Stampin’ Up) kit.  I had already been working on putting the kit together and I tend to made small modifications to the designs.   Usually by removing elements or layers…because, well, that is how I fly.

I am ashamed to say that this kit was one I have had since July.  Which is crazy because I loved it when I first got it and still do.  I just made some modifications by flipping the base, stamping with the cute border stamp and adding some sequins (not from the kit).  It doesn’t take much to tweak the kits to personalize them to your style and taste!

The DT at FMS has so many great variations on the sketch…always the sign of a great one!  Make sure you hop over to see the inspiration.  I so appreciate you stopping by to visit.  Until next time, have a great week.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps, Paper, Ink:  Paper Pumpkin (Positively Picturesque – July 2017);  Sequins, Washi Tape (Paper Pumpkin kit), Misti 

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Freshly Made Sketches #324

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FMS324 by Jen Timko | Hearts and Flowers Stamps and Dies by Gina K Designs, Watercolor, Lawn Fawn Note CardsThis is my first post of the day.  If you are looking for my NND release week posts just scroll up and down.  We have a super sketch for you this week from Freshly Made Sketches and I love the opportunities in this one.  No surprise that our sketch hostess, the amazing Narelle, has given us perfect layers to use.

I colored this sweet little bouquet of flowers using my Winsor and Newton paints.  Such a fun image from Gina K.  I love that there is a matching die set and the flowers seemed just right for the sketch.  I added a sentiment from the same set and found a little green piece of card stock to match the greens.  The base of the card is a note card from Lawn Fawn.  I love the size!  A little smaller so that the elements haning off the edge are ok since it will still fit in a standard envelope.

The inspiration from the team is awesome today!  Hope you will be able to join us!  Don’t forget to check out my Newton’s Nook Designs previews this week too.  You have a chance to win the sets just by commenting!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Hearts and Flowers StampTV Kit (Gina K. Designs); Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Lawn Fawn Note Card, Green Leaf (SSS); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts and Flowers Dies (Gina K Designs), Misti 

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Freshly Made Sketches #322

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FMS322 by Jen Timko | Hearts and Flowers Stamps and Dies by Gina K Designs, Watercolors by Daniel SmithHappy middle of the week to you!  I have a real treat of a sketch to share with you today from Freshly Made Sketches.  The lovely Cécile is our hostess this week.  Elle est merveilleuse et si créative.  Her basic sketch leaves so much room for interpretation…you are sure to love it too!

I thought it would be fun to create a “spotlight” style card.  I chose this beautiful flower image from Gina K Designs.  Using my handy dandy Misti, it is super easy to line up the image on the watercolor panel and the vellum.  I stacked the two layers where I wanted them, place the magnet, and stamped (using Versafine Onyx Black).  Then I pulled up the watercolor paper and stamped again on the vellum layer.  I heat embossed on the vellum using clear embossing powder.  So fast, and no stress on how to get the layers aligned.  I colored the flower using my “Debby’s Palette” of Daniel Smith Watercolors.  I attached the watercolor layer to the vellum (I recommend a liquid glue like Multi Medium Matte or a strong tape runner like SU’s Fast Fuse).  The sentiment comes from the same Gina K set.  So awesome how the word image is cut with a little border using the dies.  The entire image layer was popped up using double sided adhesive foam from Newton’s Nook.  This foam is just the BEST!!

I hope that you enjoy this card and will join us this week at FMS.  We love seeing what you create!  Make sure you go check out the work from the design team.  You know it is fabulous!!  Back tomorrow with a fun hop.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Hearts and Flowers StampTV Kit (Gina K. Designs); Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Fog Gray (SSS), Vellum; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark; Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts and Flowers Dies (Gina K Designs), Misti, Double Sided Adhesive Foam (Newton’s Nook Designs), Debby’s Palette DS Watercolors (SSS), Clear and White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

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Freshly Made Sketches #321

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FMS321 by Jen Timko | Hearts & Flowers StampTV Kit by Gina K. Designs, Gina K. InkHappy Wednesday to you!  I get to share the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge with you and I’m in love with this one.  The amazing Jen Brum is our sketch hostess and she has a really fresh and creative challenge for us this week.  And shockingly, I mostly just stuck to the simple directions, haha!

Back in December I was lucky enough to be one of the winners of a prize from the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  I won a gift card from Gina K. Designs!!  I resisted using it right away (wow, was that hard!!) but held onto it to find just the right thing.  And the right thing I found!  I just ordered the Hearts and Flowers StampTV Kit and it arrived last week.  Needless to say, it called out to be used on this sketch!

I stamped the flower insides first in Versafine Onyx Black ink and then positioned the flowers to layer on top.  After inking with Gina K’s Dye Inks, I spritzed before I stamped to create an easy watercolor feel.  I let the flowers dry and the hand painted the banner using the Blue Lagoon Ink by Gina K.  After the banner was dry, I added a sentiment from the stamp sets.  To add a little more texture, I splattered on some black ink and added some black rhinestones.  The watercolor panel is cut using a stitched rectangle.  I cut yellow base to match the card size.  No border on the front but a pop of color when you open the card.  Somehow this is really appealing to me lately…a way to have the clean front but still have an extra surprise.

Well, off to see all the marvelous creations from the team!!  This is a sketch that can be perfect with whatever little shapes you want to use.  Hope you have fun with it and looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!!  Thanks for stopping in!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Hearts and Flowers StampTV Kit (Gina K. Designs); Paper:  Fabriano Extra White Watercolor, Wild Dandelion (Gina K); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Wild Dandelion (Gina K), Passionate Pink (Gina K), Blue Lagoon (Gina K); Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Misti

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Newton’s Nook Designs January Release – Deer Friend

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Welcome back for day 3 of the January  Release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  It is also Freshly Made Sketches day so I created a card featuring the sketch with today’s stamp set, Deer Friend.

Such a Deer, FMS320 by Jen Timko | Deer Friend Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Copic Coloring These little deer images are darling and I love the coordinating sentiments, don’t you?!  I colored my deer with Copic markers and then went a little crazy coloring leaves and flowers to go with it.  I loved the layered shape option in the sketch so I chose stitched circles…one in white and one with vellum.  To add a little more detail but still keep focus on the images, I embossed my white base with a woodgrain texture.  I consider this time of year thank you note season so this sentiment was a natural.

On a Freshly Made Sketches note, I want to make sure you saw that the incredible Teresa Kline is joining us as a guest designer so make sure you stop in to welcome her.  The whole team has done beautiful work with the lovely Kim Singdahlsen‘s sketch.

Now back to this Newton’s day…   I hope you are enjoying this week of reveals as much as I am.  Tomorrow is our last day and you know who will be coming!!  Until then, here is your chance to win!!

Would you like to win the “Deer Friend” Stamp Set?

Each 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, January 18th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 19th.

Thanks for stopping in today and during this whole week.  Make sure you stop back in tomorrow for the last of the release.
Supplies:

Stamp: Deer Friend (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Vellum (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Deer Friend Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #319

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FMS319 by Jen Timko | Bouquet of Thanks Stamp Set by Simon Says Stamp, , Debby's Watercolor Palette (Daniel Smith) by Simon Says StampHappy New Year!!!  I hope you had a safe and joyful holiday season!  So excited to be back today after the hiatus.  We have the perfect sketch at Freshly Made Sketches courtesy of the amazing Rita Wright and it will get you back to stamping in no time!!  This big panel provides infinite opportunities!

I had an unused stamp set from the fall that called out to be colored and I’m so happy I worked with it.  On Fabriano Extra White Watercolor Paper, I stamped with Versafine Ink with this flower from Bouquet of Thanks from Simon Says Stamp.  Along with the stamp I had gotten the Debby’s Palette of Daniel Smith Watercolors so naturally I looked to Debby Hughes for inspiration on the coloring itself.  I found this card and was inspired!  I blended the colors of the palette with a loose coloring and had such fun playing with how they mixed.  A good way to start getting back in the groove!  The sentiment is from the same set and I used a panel of green behind the watercolor layer and then used a base of Fog cardstock.

I hope you’ll be able to join us this week!  We look forward to sharing in your crafty goals of the new year!  Back tomorrow with some more coloring with a new to me product.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Bouquet of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp); Paper:  Fabriano Extra White Watercolor, Simon Says Stamp Card Stock Rainbow Pack; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black ; Accessories: Debby’s Palette (Daniel Smith Watercolors), Misti

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Freshly Made Sketches #318

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FMS318 by Jen Timko | Vibrant Thanks Stamp by Power Poppy, Chameleon Pens, Chameleon Color TopsI’m happy to have the last Freshly Made Sketches card of the year to share with you today!  Whew….always amazing to look back at all the sketches and inspiration!!  It is fitting that our resident birthday girl, Linda Callahan, is also today’s sketch hostess.  I could sing Linda’s praises all day long but suffice it to say that she is one of a kind in her humor, talent and overall amazingness!  And she, thankfully, gave us a really great sketch that will carry us through the holiday season.  Feel free to use it multiple times and make sure to share with us!

As Christmas sneaks up on me (how…I cannot explain), I knew that it was time to reach into my pile of UFOs (Unfinished Objects).  You may recognize this flower as the same one I used back on FMS304 but it has the flower name along side.  I colored with the Chameleon Color Tops Pens and cut it out with a stitched oval.  While it didn’t work how I wanted it to then, it works perfectly for today’s sketch.  And all the stamping/coloring/cutting was already done!  I backed it up with this awesome striped ribbon and pretty much called it done.  Yay for UFOs…of course this justifies my keeping that pile so not sure if it is an overall win, haha.

As we get closer to Christmas, my “day job” schedule is really busy.  Not sure how much stamping I’ll get to do but I’m already looking forward to having things to share with you in the new year.  Until next time, thank you so much for stopping in!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Vibrant Thanks (Power Poppy); Paper:  Thick Whisper White(SU), Basic Black (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Chameleon Color Tops Warm Tones ; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), 7/8″ Striped Ribbon (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #317

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FMS317 by Jen Timko | Lots of Lavender Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Wood Textures DSP by Stampin' UpYes, I finally did it.  I took a break from making Christmas cards.  Yes, I still have some to finish and all of them to address but I needed a brief reprieve.  So I used this week’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch designed by the amazing Jen Mitchell to show off some new things.

Alright, alright, the sketch is actually a square.  And I really love square cards!  But I wanted to use this lavender image so badly and it just fit better on a rectangle.  The flower is from the new Sale-a-bration set called Lots of Lavender and it will be available on January 3rd for free with a $50 US purchase.  I actually heard it calling to me the second I saw it.  I used some soft Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Bristol Smooth paper to color it and the background.  Such a pretty one to work with and it hardly takes any time to color.  I wanted to use this sentiment from the new Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts Stamp Set (Occasions 2018, available on Jan 3rd too) but didn’t want to lose any of the image.  Vellum to the rescue.  I added a small piece of Elegant Eggplant behind the image panel to try to keep with the sketch.  The whole panel is popped up on foam (I find this helps keep the panel smooth after watercoloring) and then put on a base from the Wood Textures DSP.  These woodgrains are so pretty and can be used in so many ways.

I hope you like this pretty little look at spring!  Now off I go, back to the Christmas card production line!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I’m back tomorrow with a fun card for Newton’s Nook.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Lots of Lavender (SU SAB), Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts (SU); Paper:  Strathmore Bristol, Elegant Eggplant (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU), Vellum (SU); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Wilted Violet, Shabby ShuttersWeathered Wood, Abandoned Coral) ; Accessories: Misti, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Zig BrusH2O

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Freshly Made Sketches #316

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FMS316 by Jen Timko | Let It Snow Stamps and Dies by Honey Bee Stamps, WatercolorWell, I’m moving along on my holiday cards and even though I have some that are “mass producible”, I still mostly love when I have time to make a one of a kind card.  I took the opportunity of being the sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches as the excuse to take some watercoloring time for myself.

Before I get to the card, a little personal info.  Over the last 3 months I have been on a leave of absence from United Airlines.  Yesterday, it was back to reality.  I went out to Denver to our training center to get re-qualified in the simulator.  Fortunately, being on the same fleet (Airbus 319/320) for almost a decade allows me to not stress the simulators too much after time off.  The reason for the time off??  My husband has been deployed since the end of July.  For security reasons, I simply don’t discuss these things here or in social media but since he comes home this week I felt like I could share.  The boys and I are really happy to get him home!!  In the time he was gone:  one boy started middle school and the other high school, the oldest has grown 3 inches (!!), they both completed full travel soccer seasons, I stayed sane.  *smile*  United Airlines has no reason to have to help me under these circumstances but when I put in my leave request (and the reasons) I got an approval in about 3 days.  This is REAL military family support and I am very, very grateful to them for that.  As much as I love flying, I love being a mom more and this time with the boys has been really important to our family.  So while I am transitioning to getting back to work, this also means that we are almost done with the deployment!  YAY!!!

Now on to the card.  I guess the above explains a little more of why I was savoring some watercolor time.  I fell in love with this Let It Snow stamp set and coordinating dies from Honey Bee Stamps and simply had to use it as soon as possible.  In truth, I chose my sketch to accommodate coloring a scene.  I stamped this adorable snowman and then watercolored with my Winsor and Newton paints (along with some Daniel Smith colors too).  I thought it would be fun to make this guy look like he was creating winter magic.  The sentiment die and stamp are from the matching set and I love how the ‘Christmas’ layers.  I put it all on an Island Indigo card base to emphasize the little bit of blue on our snowy friend.

I hope you love this sketch and will have a few moments to play along this week.  I also want to take a moment to thank my dear friends for all their support during this long 4-1/2 months.  I have an incredibly great village (both local friends and stamping friends) who make all of this possible.  I am blessed and very grateful!  Back on Friday for a fun hop.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Let It Snow (Honey Bee Stamps); Paper:  Strathmore Bristol, Basic Black (SU), Island Indigo (SU); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Let It Snow Dies (Honey Bee Stamps), Winsor and Newton Watercolors, Daniel Smith Dot Palette Debby Hughes Edition

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