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Freshly Made Sketches #270

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Glad to see you on this lovely Wednesday!  At least I hope it is lovely where you are.  Just like in yesterday’s post, I am working to resist the winter weather with another pretty spring image.  This time I’m using this awesome sketch by the incredible Kim Singdahlsen.  Something about this sketch really spoke to me and it is going right into my “use again soon” favorites.

Last week I showed you a card with one of my gifts from Santa and this gorgeous Mondo Hydrangea was in the same package.  I think Santa has my number when it comes to picking stamps!  I had to admit that stamping cards like this with aligned images used to put me off because I knew they would never be quite aligned.  No more!  The Misti tool makes short work of this and the line up is perfect every time!  I stamped onto SU Shimmery White paper using WPlus9 Black Dye Ink for the base.  Then laid the little piece of DSP down and stamped again.  I figured out the spacing for the top layer, moved the others out of the way and stamped one more time onto Shimmery White.  While the Shimmery White paper is not true watercolor paper, it does watercolor nicely if you don’t need to add lots of color (or water).  I love it for effects like this.  And the added bonus is the subtle sparkle!  I used Light Blue and Peacock Blue Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and my Zig BrusH2O for a quick coloring of the rectangle part of the flower.  A little bit of Light Green and Yellow for the stems and centers.  I thought the sentiment from yesterday’s card was perfect for this one too so I used the Happy Little Thoughts set from Newton’s Nook Designs.  I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black to keep it crisp and clear.  I popped the colored panel up on Dimensionals for a little more wow and then added some of my hoarded beloved sequins from the SU Watercolor Wishes set.  They really are just the right colors!

I do hope that you will enjoy this sketch as much as I did.  Now I have to admit that as I just added the sketch in to my blog writeup, I realized that my sentiment is in the wrong place.  Sigh.  My computer issues have addled my brain.  Good thing the team has exceeded their normally fabulous creative work!  Yes, I am still facing computer issues so I’ll be a bit quiet still this week (it has gone in to the professional Apple people to see what they can do….perhaps a graphics driver) but I’m working busily in my stamp room creating projects for the upcoming Newton’s Nook Designs January release.  I can’t wait to share!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamp:  Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs)Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Real Bush Markers; Paper:  Shimmery White (SU); Accessories: Misti Stamp Tool, Sequins (Watercolor Wishes Kit – SU), Zig BrusH20, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #269

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I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!!  It was nice to have a little break but great to be back too.  I have been busy creating for some upcoming projects and I look forward to sharing those with you!  Word of warning…..part of my holiday fun is a computer that has decided to give me fits.  I will probably have to send it in for repairs so I apologize in advance for any late posts or gaps in posting.  You just don’t realize how much you rely on these silly things until you don’t have them!

My friend Linda Callahan has created just the right sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches and I know you will have fun with it.  I kept it simple (because, well, the computer….) and I stuck with just the gold and the kraft.  I used this sweet sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Butterfly Kisses and embossed it in gold.  Then I added the gold glitter tape and the gold thread and a few sequins to finish.  You can dress you version of the sketch up or keep it simple….your choice!

This is my first post of the day and the second one will be out soon.  A great inspiration piece from The Card Concept!  See you soon!


Stamp:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Kraft; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Gold Glitter Tape (SU retired), Gold Thread (SU), Gold Sequins

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Freshly Made Sketches #268

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Wow….the last Freshly Made Sketches challenge of the year.  Can you believe it??  I know, it snuck up on me too.  Good thing my friend the amazing and talented Jen Mitchell created one that is good for last minute holiday cards or ready for your post holiday crafting.  Hopefully with some new toys from Santa!!!

I could not do another Christmas card.  Done, complete, no more!  But I did need a birthday card for a special family member whose birthday is near the holidays.  So the only rule was nothing at all holiday-like!  Out came Pop of Pink DSP and this adorable little kitty from Newton’s Nook Designs.  The stamp set is Newton’s Day Dream.  And oh, this fellow is adorable!  I colored him with my Zig Clean Color Markers to look like this certain someone’s kitty and I love how he turned out!  I have to say that taking a short break from holiday madness to create this was EXACTLY what I needed!

Today I’m off for a trip so if you are going through Chicago O’Hare (or other parts of the country) keep an eye out for me.  And please remember to pack your patience at the airport.  This is a crazy time of year for us all.  Many travelers are super stressed and, I promise, we really really want to get you (and us) there on time….safely!

I have some fun news coming up in the next few days that I look forward to sharing with you.  But you can expect that I’ll be away a bit more over the next couple of weeks.  I am off after Friday (like winning the lottery for an airline pilot) but will be spending time with family.  I hope to fit in some bonus stamping too!

The team has such fun inspiration for you this week!   It is sure to get you on your way to creating.  Plus, this sketch is open until Jan. 2 so that the team can take a bit of a holiday too.  Stop in to visit us though…we’ll see you in the gallery!!



Stamp:  Newton’s Day Dream (Newton’s Nook); Ink:  WPlus9 Black, Versafine Black; Paper:  Pop of Pink DSP (SU), Watercolor Paper (Ranger); Accessories:  Zig Clean Color Pens (48 pack), Zig BrusH2O Pen

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Freshly Made Sketches #267

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Guess what??  I get to be the sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  I’m pretty excited about this one because I think everyone will be able to find fun ways to use it.  I first designed it as a panel to have colored images but then I realized it was great for DSP or sentiments too.

I went the sentiment route and springboard off my Fancy Friday card from a few weeks ago.  I had one extra stitched star from the Stitched with Cheer kit and thoughts it would be good to use it here.  To get the coordinating plaid on the bottom of the chalkboard panel, I cut a piece from the envelope insert.  It will be tucked down in the envelope so no one will know it is missing.  The sentiment comes from the same set as yesterday’s card (Santa’s Gifts).  I think it is going to stay a go-to for me as I finish up my cards.  I added the striped embossing on Kraft card stock to give a little more texture and the gems come from the kit.

I hope you are having a great week so far.  After seeing all that the design team has done to inspire this week, I just know the gallery will be fabulous.  I hope you will sneak down to your craft rooms and take a little time to create!  Back on Friday for this month’s Fancy Friday.  See you then!


Stamp:  Santa’s Gifts (SU ret); Ink:  Craft White; Paper:  Basic Black; Accessories:  Stitched With Cheer Card Kit, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Sponges, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Stylish Stripes EF (ret)

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Freshly Made Sketches #266

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So it is officially crunch time.  I am working like mad on Christmas cards and, somehow, I’m still behind.  Thank goodness for this great sketch from Amy over at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  I was able to put this together quickly and keep plugging away at my to-do list!

I started with the Stitched with Cheer Card Kit from the Holiday Catalog and modified it just a little.  I took one of the trees and stitched it up per the directions (except did not attach) and that took about a minute.  Really.  The sewing adds a lot but not very much time!  I cut a panel from Kraft card stock and heat embossed this sentiment from WPlus9 using Versamark ink and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The gold doily is from the kit as is the card base.  Even the matching envelope was all ready for me to put together.  This kit is a huge time saver!!  The cards are cute as is but also fun to change with small modifications to personalize them.

Ok….back out on the road this week.  Let me know if you’ll be flying on United for your holiday travels and look for me if you are!!  I hope you have a fabulous day!

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Stamp:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9); Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Kraft; Accessories:  Stitched With Cheer Card Kit, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #265

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Jen Timko - FMS265 - Jolly ChristmasHi again!  My second post for today is for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.  Our wonderful sketch is courtesy of the lovely Narelle and I think you will have fun with it!

I will admit that I almost didn’t get this one done for today.  I spent all day Monday taking care of the post-holiday travel stuff at home and then had to leave on a trip late yesterday.  I played around with some ideas but this is what finally seemed to work best.  I colored this little Santa from Color Me Christmas (SU ret) using Copics and then fussy cut him out.  I used a stitched circle as the base for him and the sentiments.  I thought this was the perfect sketch for pulling out words dies so I used Christmas Greetings thinlits for this “jolly”.  I thought it was a perfect choice for using with Santa.  The “Christmas” sentiment is from the Poinsettia stamp set and fit perfectly with the die.  In fairness, I may have cheated a bit on the sketch but I’m saying that the stamped word is kind of like the rectangle on the sketch and I’m sticking to that story!  *smile*  The card base is from an old kit and I’m happy to be using them up this year.

I hope you enjoy this card and the sketch this week.  The team has done beautiful work and you will love all the inspiration.  Don’t forget to check out my first post for The Card Concept.  It is a fabulous inspiration piece that is sure to make you want to run to your stamp room!  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps: Poinsettia Stamp and Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Color Me Christmas (SU ret); Ink: Copic Markers, Momento Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Holiday Card Kit (retired); Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Circle Dies (Lil’ Inker Designs), Misti, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue

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Freshly Made Sketches #264

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Jen Timko - FMS264 - Christmas PoinsettiaHappy Wednesday to you!  For those of you in the US, I’m sure you are preparing for Thanksgiving!  And for your holiday crafting time, we have a lovely sketch for you from Freshly Made Sketches.  The incredible Karren Johnson has a winning sketch that is sure to spark your creativity.  Perfect for fast cards or those that require a bit more time!

I opted for the “a bit more time” choice but only because I had colored these flowers last week.  I took some stamped images and my Copics on a trip with me and took a bit of time just to color for The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I used two of the poinsettias and some of the leaves from the Poinsettia stamp set (Simon Says Stamp) to create this lovely flower.  The set comes with coordinating dies but I chose to fussy cut these instead.  I used a card base from an old holiday kit and then cut some Thick Whisper White with my Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS).  The sentiment is from WPlus9’s Be Merry set.  I just LOVE this sentiment and the fonts!!  I added some little pearls to finish and add a little balance without detracting from this flower.

If you are traveling this weekend, I wish you a safe trip and no delays!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Be Merry Stamp and Die Combo (WPlus9), Poinsettia Stamp and Dies (Simon Says Stamp); Ink: Copic Markers, Momento Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Holiday Card Kit (retired); Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Basic Pearls, Red Pearls (kit), Misti, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Freshly Made Sketches #263

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Jen Timko - FMS263 - Be MerryI cannot believe it has been a week since I posted.  I am in the joy and pain of pre-holiday flying.  I was totally fortunate in getting Thanksgiving off but to make that happen my monthly flying has been really front loaded.  So…not much stamping time.  But today is Freshly Made Sketches day and I simply cannot miss out on that!!  And oh I cannot wait to see what this week’s gallery looks like!!  The incredibly fabulous Cécile Ribon is our sketch hostess and this one is super creative!

After pondering for a bit on how to incorporate circles, I had a burst of inspiration.  I just got this awesome Be Merry set from WPlus9 and it seemed just right for all the elements.  So I stamped a bunch of them with Momento Black ink and then colored with my Copic Markers.  This set has matching dies which make it easy to create these groups!!  I thought it would be fun to use a black card base to help everything pop that much more.  I added extra dimension by using, well, Dimensionals to pop some of the layers.  Then I added some tiny Basic Pearls to the flower centers.

fms-final-263-001Ok, it is your turn!  Run right over and check out the inspiration and then get to work so we can see your creations!  Also, there is a new challenge over at The Card Concept today.  I just could not get it together enough to finish my card (not enough hours home) but I want you to see all the gorgeous work for the challenge!  I think you will want to play along there too (why not join the challenges??!)!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  So glad you did!  See you on Friday for this month’s Fancy Friday hop.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Be Merry Stamp and Die Combo (WPlus9); Ink: Copic Markers, Momento Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black; Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Misti, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #262

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Jen Timko - FMS262Today is Freshly Made Sketches day.  Thank goodness.  Because I, for one, need something happy to occupy my time.  I feel certain there are others who share my thoughts.  The lovely Jennifer Brum is our sketch hostess.  I know you will love it as much as I did.

I will admit that things have been super busy here are I had this flower colored from a project last week.  Copics were the tool of choice for coloring this flower and it was such fun.  I had not used them for a bit and forgot how much I love them.  I added some Pop of Pink DSP with this cool chevron pattern and a sentiment from the same set as the flower, Altenew’s Beautiful Day.

So today is one of those days that we have a choice.  I am going to choose kindness.  I wish you a beautiful day!  See you soon!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Copic Markers, Momento Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Pop of Pink DSP; Accessories:  Metal rimmed pearl (SU ret)

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Freshly Made Sketches #261

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fms261-deck-the-hallsToday is Freshly Made Sketches day and I have some fun for you!  They sweet and oh so talented Cindy Hall is our hostess and she has created an instant classic for us to use this week!

A little while ago, I was lucky enough to have a layover in Dallas-Ft. Worth and got to spend a whole day with the lovely Bev Gerard.  She is even nicer in person that she is over at Splitcoaststampers (almost impossible to believe!!).  She and her dear husband came over to whisk me away from a long boring layover hotel and straight into her amazing stamp room.  I sat there in awe and we even did a little bit of stamping.  One of the things I brought home was this stamped image from Merry Mice and I knew I wanted to color him for The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I posted a closeup of him yesterday on Instagram and you can see the sparkle in his little sweater and on the ornament!  I used my Zig Clean Color pens for coloring and then added some Wink of Stella to add some shimmer.  The image was stamped on Fabriano Watercolor Paper which happens to be a nice color match for Shimmery White card stock from SU.  So that is what I used as a base.  The sparkle from the Stella is also a nice complement to the shimmer from the base.  I added a Cherry Cobbler layer and a Bermuda Bay embossed layer across the card.  Isn’t this mouse just the cutest???  I love him so much!  If you do too, you are in luck.  He is on sale right now for a 25%  discount!!  It is our lucky day!

fms-final-261-001Just a reminder that this is post 1 of 2 today.  I’m back in a little while with a beautiful inspiration challenge from The Card Concept.  Please make sure you go check out that FMS team’s work this week and let them know how much you appreciate their work!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Merry Mice; Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, SU Archival Black; Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay; Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O, Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder (ret), Dimensionals, Wink of StellaSignature 2016 - 1

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