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Freshly Made Sketches #329

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FMS329 by Jen Timko | Free Spirit Stamp Set by Taylored Expressions, Mandala Cutting Plate by Taylored Expressions, Tim Holtz Distress InkI’m busy, busy showing you projects this week and I have been waiting to show you this one.  I made this while I was at Stamping Away and just love it!!  It seems perfect that the wonderful Kim Singdahlsen is the sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love what she creates with Taylored Expressions products so it seems fitting that I was able to use some of those for her sketch.

I started with the Mandala Cutting Plate and what a wow it is!  I cut it out of some Bristol Smooth paper so that I could watercolor it.  I smooshed some Distress Ink onto a clear block and added some water, then used that to color the mandala.  I saved the large cut out section on the right side so that I could color it too.  So bold and super simple to do!  Another of the TE design team members, Jen Shults, brought this die (and many of its friends) to Stamping Away and she also brought a ton of TE stamps.  I was like a kid in a candy store!!  Took me a while but I finally narrowed down to the perfect sentiment from the Free Spirit stamp set.  I cut out a banner with the Double Ended Flag Stacklet and then stamped on the sentiment using my Misti.

This may be my favorite card that I have made in a while and I was clearly inspired by all the rainbows and creativity while I was at the Whatever Craft House!  I hope you enjoy this sketch as well…so many beautiful projects from our design team!!  Thanks so much for stopping in.  I’ll see you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Free Spirit (Taylored Expressions); Paper:  Neenah Solar White #110, Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron); Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Mandala Cutting Plate (Taylored Expressions), Double Ended Flag Stacklet (Taylored Expressions

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So Very Kind

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So Very Kind by Jen Timko | So Very Kind Greeting Die by Lil' Inker Designs, Tim Holtz Distress InksDropping in today to show you some sweet little note cards that I made.  Something about a little card that you can tuck into a package always makes me smile.  And I don’t seem to make them enough.  This little die with the sentiment comes from Lil’ Inker Designs and was among the sweet products I got at Stamping Away (I might as well warn you that I have many posts worth of enabling as I get to use these items).  I made little 3″ x 3″ squares and then used the die to cut out the centers.  Because I used Bristol Smooth paper, I was able to add these fun watercolor looks using Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I simply smooshed the ink onto a small acrylic block, spritzed with water and dabbed the color onto cut sentiments.  So easy and yet so fun!  Once dry, I attached them onto 3″ x 3″ cards and they are all ready to go.  These already have homes that they are going to so I think I need to set about making more to have on hand.

Thanks so much to Lil’ Inker Designs for sponsoring Stamping Away.  You are, indeed, so very kind!

Back tomorrow with a fun hop that you are going to LOVE!  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links may be included):

Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry); Accessories: Big Shot, So Very Kind Greetings Die (Lil’ Inker Designs)

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Welcome to the Family – Winnie and Walter Rerun

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Happy Friday everyone!!  I’m thrilled to be here today to help launch a new Rerun Feature and Challenge over at Winnie and Walter.  The stamp set for this month is Welcome to the Family with Eveline T Designs.

Welcome Little One by Jen Timko | Welcome to the Family Stamp by Winnie and Walter, Lawn Fawn Gotta Have Gingham Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Ink WatercoloringI think this little set is simply precious and I fell in love with the giraffe.  With a baby them in mind, I chose soft Distress Ink Colors and colored this little fellow on Fabriano Watercolor paper.  Just a little masking to allow him to sit on the block.

Welcome Little One by Jen Timko | CloseupI masked the sentiment as well to mix the script with the print….love the flexibility to do that!  Once everything was stamped and colored, I cut the image layer and the gingham paper using cross stitched dies.  Finally a little black twine for an added detail.

I talked a bit about the Stamping Away retreat that I attended last week in my post from Wednesday and this is another of the sets so generously given to us by Shay of Winnie and Walter.  She really is incredible!!  And the Rerun has cards created by some of my retreat friends too so make sure to go see them all!

I’m also linking this with the Simon Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Girl Power and the focus is on Winnie and Walter stamps.  Hope you enjoy my card and that you will be inspired to join in this month!  Make sure to go check out the Winnie and Walter blog for all the details!  Thanks so much for stopping in.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Welcome to the Family with Eveline T Designs (Winnie and Walter); Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor Paper, Gotta Have Gingham (Lawn Fawn); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Accessories: Misti, Black Twine, Big Shot, Large Cross Stitched Dies (Lawn Fawn)

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Truly Grateful

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Truly Grateful by Jen Timko | Shades of Autumn Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Lovely Blooms Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide InkToday is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog.  Even though it is the beginning of March, we are starting to see signs of spring here in Virginia.  My daffodils seem almost ready to bloom, if you can believe it.  I went a little non-standard and actually started with a set introduced in the fall…Shades of Autumn.  But I gave it a spring twist courtesy of the color palette and some flower dies from Lovely Blooms.

I pulled out my Distress Oxide inks in Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint and created some backgrounds that I could cut with my dies.  The green I cut with the Shades of Autumn Dies and Lovely Blooms Dies (the leaves).  Then I cut out some blossoms with the Lovely Blooms flowers.  I love the variations from the Oxide inks and how they make these dies take on such depth.  On some more watercolor paper, I created a background with Broken China Oxide ink and then stamped the sentiment from Shades of Autumn in the middle.  I found some pink card stock to coordinate with the flowers and that completes the spring feel, don’t you think?  We may yet have a touch of winter coming but at least I can celebrate flowers and greenery in my stamp room!

I hope you like this fun way to use dies!  Make sure to stop by the Newton’s Nook Designs blog for daily inspiration.  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Stamp: Shades of Autumn (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Strathmore Watercolor; Accessories:  Big Shot, Lovely Blooms Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Shades of Autumn Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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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 #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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Newton’s Nook Designs February Release – Newton’s Easter Basket

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Welcome to day 1 of the February Release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  This month’s reveals are going to wow you, as usual.  Such variety and fun!  Today we have an adorable set called Newton’s Easter Basket (with coordinating dies) along with a new stencil called Cloudy Sky.

Egg-stra Special Day by Jen Timko | Newton's Easter Basket Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Cloudy Sky Stencil by Newton's Nook Designs, Watercolor, Tim Holtz Distress InkI love that we get to start off with our favorite kitty this month!  I chose the image with all the eggs but you are going to love the Newton “bunny” and Newton in the egg too.  Such fun!  I started by using the new Cloudy Sky stencil with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  I just applied the ink straight from the pad.  A little less precise but that was the look I was going for….just like real clouds!  The embossed areas resist the watercoloring.  I used Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers for the sky.  I created the grass using Mowed Lawn and cut the edge with the Land Borders Dies.  Then the real fun started!  I stamped Newton, a few extra eggs and an extra bird.  Using more Distress Inks I chose bright and happy colors and got to coloring.  The coordinating dies make cutting out the elements easy.  I added two extra eggs for dimension and the little bird seemed perfect on Newton’s tail.  I pulled out my white gel pen to add a little more detail to finish.

Isn’t this a great day 1?  Yep, I knew you would think so.  Now on to everyone’s favorite part of release week.  A chance to win!!

Would you like to win the “Newton’s Easter Basket” 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, February 15th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 16th.

Thanks for stopping in today and during this whole week.  Make sure you stop back in tomorrow for Day 2 of the release.Supplies:

Stamps: Newton’s Easter Basket (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Versamark; Paper:  Fabriano Extra White Watercolor, Thick Whisper White (SU – card base); Accessories:  Big Shot, Newton’s Easter Basket Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Land Borders Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Cloudy Sky Stencil (Newton’s Nook Designs), Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder (SU), Silver Paint Brush, Dimensionals (SU)

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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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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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