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Freshly Made Sketches #349

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Hi everyone!  I’m back from a bit of a summer break and I’m thrilled to be able to share the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess is Karren Johnson and she has created the perfect clean sketch to get me inspired after my time off.  Karren always has the most beautiful coloring and design on her cards so it is no surprise that she gave us a sketch that allows for lots of creativity.

When I saw the horizontal panel, the first thing that came to mind was watercoloring.  So I went with it.  I used my Daniel Smith palette from Simon Says Stamp (lots of little dots to allow you to find your favorite colors!) and chose a soft color scheme.  I made an ombré gray and then added some little hydrangea petals from Mondo Hydrangea colored in purple with a bit of green.  The sentiment from the same set fit perfectly across the bottom of the colored swash.  I thought about adding more bling or details but then I felt it was perfect just as it was.  You can’t really see it but the purple watercolor is called Amethyst Genuine and has a bit of sparkle in it.  Gorgeous!

I needed a clean card to warm back up!  Over the last two weeks, I have not been in my stamp room.  We had a family vacation to Florida (yes…it was crazy hot and humid, haha!!).  We conquered three parks and enjoyed some pool time.  And most fun, we even managed to sneak a surprise visit in with my mom!  That was a highlight of the trip, for sure.  After vacation it was right back to work.  This is the busy season for sure and the weather has been no one’s friend.  I definitely needed some stamping time!!  I’m back out today but hoping for some more craft time next week.  Lots of fun things in the works!  Until then, thanks for stopping in and I’ll see you soon.  Hope you’ll join in our challenge this week!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Montval Watercolor (Canson); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Big Shot, Mondo Hydrangea Dies (Ellen Hutson), Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Daniel Smith Watercolors – Holiday Palette (SSS)

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Freshly Made Sketches #347

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FMS347 by Jen Timko | Happy Birds Stamps and Dies by WPlus9 The summer fun continues around my house and we have been busy, busy!  Hope you are having a great week too.  Our sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches is courtesy of the lovely Kim Singdahlsen.  I love her style…always something really special about her work!

I saw a circle and at first I thought flower (of course).  But I thought maybe I should stretch a bit so I flipped through my stamp sets and came upon Happy Birds by WPlus9.  It was PERFECT!  So I colored up this little cardinal and pulled out a previously inked and cut out panel.  I knew I was right to keep this stack of unused extras!  I thought the sentiment was funny because the little bird has a slightly grumpy look to me (although my 15yo swears he looks happy).  To add a little more interest, I embossed the base of my card with a circles folder from SU.

I hope you will enjoy playing along with us this week.  Please stop by and say and extra thank you to Caly Person for all her inspiration this month.  It has been such a joy to have her along!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Happy Birds (WPlus9); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Extra White Watercolor (Fabriano); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Squeezed Lemonade (Tim Holtz); Accessories: Big Shot, Happy Birds Dies (WPlus9), Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Stitched Shape Dies (SU), Daniel Smith Watercolors – Yana’s Palette (SSS)

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Good Friends Are Like Stars…

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Happy Friday!!  Wow it has been quite a week and I’m happy to end it with this week’s Feature Friday with Concord and 9th.  This week we are focusing on the City Stacks bundle.  There are so many options with this set that my head was spinning with ideas.  After pondering a bit, I settled down into an idea that centers on this amazing sentiment.  I LOVE this sentiment.

I stamped the tree image onto Bristol Smooth paper and colored using some Daniel Smith watercolor paints.  Just different shades of green.  With a quick cut using the coordinating dies, this layer was done.  Then I took another piece of Bristol Smooth and inked it up with a variety of blue Distress Inks.  I splattered with a bit of water and then finished with a little splatters of gold Smooch Accent Ink to mimic stars (the stamp set has stars so that is totally a great choice too).  And then I debated some more.  I finally settled on using a dark blue panel that is cut using the “top” die from the die set.  I like the detail it gives.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Finally, to add the perfect finish with all the gold, I added a small strip of the gold glitter paper from the Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack.  All the shine is hard to capture in a photo but it is really spectacular in person.

I popped up my layers on foam tape but this bundle is designed to create 3-D cards.  Make sure you watch the tutorials from Concord and 9th to see how cool this is!  You can also see inspiration from all the Feature Friday designers on the Concord and 9th Blog.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you again soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  City Stacks (Concord and 9th); Paper:  Bristol Smooth (Strathmore), Night of Navy (SU); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Smooch Accent Ink (Gold Lamé); Accessories: Big Shot, City Stacks Dies (Concord and 9th), Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (SU), Daniel Smith Watercolor Palette (SSS)

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Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Loveable Llamas

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Welcome to day 2 of the June Release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  Today’s set reveal is sure to make you smile…I mean really, who doesn’t like llamas?? So naturally, you will fall for Loveable Llamas!

Have a LLama Fun by Jen Timko | Loveable Llamas Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Sunscape Stencil by Newton's Nook DesignsThis gorgeous stencil was my starting place of the card.  The Sunscape Stencil give you the choice of the sun, some landscape or both!  It is awesome!  I chose to use just the sun for this and sponged on some Distress Ink in yellows and oranges.  Then I got to coloring this super fun little llama.  I love all the options for him and oh, those glasses.  Well, they were a must to go along with the sunny background.  Plus, the glasses make the card super “cool” for just about anyone’s birthday!  I colored the llama and his accessories using Distress Inks too and then just layered them on.  This was just a fun card to make!

I love when a stamp set makes it simply fun to sit down and create!  So you know what time it is…hop around to the whole DT and make sure leave comments for your chance to win.

Would you like to win the “Loveable Llamas” 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, June 21st at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 22nd.

Thanks for stopping in today.  See you tomorrow for Day 3 of the release and Freshly Made Sketches.

Supplies:

Stamp: Loveable Llamas (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Various); Paper:  Bristol Vellum (Strathmore), Basic Black (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Loveable Llamas Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Sunscape Stencil (Newton’s Nook Designs), Dimensionals (SU), Misti

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Freshly Made Sketches #341

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FMS341 by Jen Timko | Banner in Bloom Stamp Set and Dies by Reverse Confetti, Zig Clean Color Markers, Softly Falling Embossing Folder by Stampin' UpI love the new sketch that we have from Freshly Made Sketches this week!!  The lovely Narelle has given us such a great one and I knew I had to use flowers…because, well, Narelle is the queen of gorgeous flower cards.  This pretty stamp set seem tailor-made for the sketch so I just went with the easy choice.

Banner in Bloom has such wonderful images and this banner with the flowers is an easy go-to.  I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and colored with Zig Clean Color Markers.  The pretty pastels seemed just right for the image and I love how they looked agains the Fog Gray color from Simon Says Stamp.  To add to the sketch elements (that were really already incorporated in the image), I thought it would be nice to add a bit of black metallic thread behind the banner.  The card seemed a little too clean (even for me) so I pulled out an old favorite embossing folder called Softly Falling to add a little bit of texture.  What a difference that makes!

And there you have it!  Fun coloring and a sweet little card for my stash.  I’m busy stamping this week for some upcoming projects.  Can’t wait to share them all.  Until next time, thanks so much for stopping in!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Banner In Bloom (Reverse Confetti); Paper:  Bristol Smooth (Strathmore), Fog Gray (SSS); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers; Accessories: Big Shot, Banner In Bloom Confetti Cuts Dies (Reverse Confetti), Misti , Black Metallic Thread (SU), Softly Falling TIEF (SU)

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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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