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Freshly Made Sketches #289

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FMS289 by Jen Timko | Lovely Blooms Stamps and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Studio Katia SequinsOh, look at the amazing sketch we have for you today over at Freshly Made Sketches!  My friend Linda Callahan, queen of clever, is our hostess this week and her sketch will get you moving right to your craft room!

As soon as I saw the sketch, I thought shaker card.  So that is just what I made!  I did a quick watercolor using Tim Holtz Distress Inks on these fun flowers from the Lovely Blooms Stamp set (Newton’s Nook Designs) and cut them out with coordinating dies.  I chose colors to match my awesome sequins from Studio Katia and to make my coordination easy.  I cut a frame with Stitched Shapes Thinlits (SU).  The sentiment from Happy Little Thoughts (NND) was stamped onto the window sheet (also cut with the square die) and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Kind of wish I had black powder for a sharper look but I think this works with the loose watercolor look from the flowers.  I rooted around in my DSP stack until I found a print that worked in the background.  I kind of love these stripes!

I have been stamping madly and have lots coming up for you in the next couple of weeks.  Until next time, I hope you have an amazing day!  Thanks for stopping in!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Lovely Blooms (Newton’s Nook Designs), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor, Typeset Specialty DSP (SU Retired); Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Thinlits, Window Sheet, Sequins by Studio Katia and 28 Lilac Lane, Foam Adhesive Strips

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Freshly Made Sketches #288

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FMS288 by Jen Timko | Beautiful Day Stamp by Altenew, sentiment from Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up, Zig Clean Color Markers, WatercolorI hope you are having a great week!  I’m so happy to share the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess this week is one seriously amazing stamper!  Jen Mitchell has created a gorgeous sketch for us and I’m totally in love with it!

I tried to use a different color palette than I have been playing with lately and started first with this go-to flower from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set.  I stamped using Versafine ink and then colored using Zig Clean Color Markers.  Just two colors was all it took to get pretty variation on the petals.  I fussy cut it out and then added it to this ivory base to match the sketch.  I used the Softly Falling embossing folder to give dimension to the top panel and added a Paper Pumpkin sentiment on the bottom later.  I then added a Basic Pearl (colored with a Sharpie) and some Black Metallic Thread to the flower.

This sketch has infinite potential and I think I may use it again soon!  Love, love it!  I hope you will too.  So glad you stopped in for today’s card.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a look at a new product and I can’t wait to share.  Until then, have a great day!!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Paper Pumpkin sentiment(SU) ; Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Naturals Ivory (SU retired); Black Metallic Thread, Basic Pearls, Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

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Inky Paws #47 – Cake Day

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Cake Day by Jen Timko | Newton Loves Cake Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Zig Clean Color Markers, Watercolor, Inky Paws #47A quick card for today’s Inky Paws #47 Challenge.  I loved the colors in this challenge so I just had to play along!  I thought this little Newton Loves Cake set was perfect for the challenge and I had not colored this particular image yet so win, win!

I stamped Newton on some Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper and colored with Zig Clean Color Markers to match the challenge colors.  Fun and simple to do!  Then, using the coordinating dies I cut out the image.  I added this awesome sentiment (because it really is ALL about the cake) plus some baker’s twine and sequins.  I always need birthday cards on hand and this one is quick to duplicate…always a plus!

I hope you will find a moment to join the challenge.  You have two weeks and this color palette is sure to inspire.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamp: Newton Loves Cake (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink,  Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Tim Holtz Watercolor, Bermuda Bay (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Newton Loves Cake Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Dimensionals, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Baker’s Twine (SU ret)

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Newton’s Nook Designs May Release – Newton Dreams of Italy

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Did you enjoy day 1 of  the May release from Newton’s Nook Designs?  Well, I’m sure you will be just as thrilled with the reveal for Day 2!  This is my second post of the day so if you are looking for Freshly Made Sketches, just roll to the next post.

Ciao Bella by Jen Timko | Newton Dreams of Italy Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Distress Ink, Zig Clean Color MarkersI’m going to tell you right now that I have only just started playing with this new set called Newton Dreams of Italy.  Just look at the adorable images and so many ways to have fun!  But the very first thing that came to mind was use gondola image and create Newton’s very own little river.

I looked up some information on gondolas and found out that they are traditionally black.  I found some fun images that showed that the insides have different colors but saw quite a number of versions that were red.  I went with that and then made sure that Newton himself was all decked out in the appropriate gear.  Isn’t he just too cute?!  I created the river using the Land Border Dies on different angles.  Then I simply cut it out again using a rectangle.  I sponged on Distress Ink to create the water and then on a background panel, I added a little more color to help the water pop.  I looked up pictures of the actual Rialto bridge as an inspiration for the shading here (just a little light blue).  Finally, I added a little “Ciao bella” (hello beautiful) that you can just imagine coming from our dapper friend here.  Hard to see on the black base but I added some striped embossing too.  You are going to have such fun with the images in this set.  I just know the team has knocked this one out of the park too.  Of course you can get the set for free….don’t you love that?!

Would you like to win the “Newton Dreams of Italy” Stamp Set?
This 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 May 11th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, May 12th. 

 

I am so happy that you stopped in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 3 of release week and I know you will be thrilled to see what comes next.  I hope you have a great day!
Stamp: Newton’s Dreams of Italy (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers, Distress Ink; Paper:  Arches Cold PressWatercolor Paper, Basic Black; Accessories:  Big Shot, Newton Dreams of Italy Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Land Borders Dies, (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Stripes Embossing Folder (SU ret)

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Freshly Made Sketches #286

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FMS286 by Jen Timko | Butterflies Thinlets by Stampin' Up, WatercolorOh yes we do have another wonderful sketch today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our hostess this week is the amazing Narelle and this is a classic go-to sketch for sure.

I started with the intention of using a stitched circle under the butterfly but once I had the butterfly cut, I realized I liked it by itself.  I used my Winsor and Newton watercolor paints for all the coloring on this. First I simply painted a piece of watercolor paper with the pretty Turquoise and cut it out using the Butterflies Thinlits.  Then I painted on the swooshes using Cadmium Yellow and Alizarin Crimson.  The nice thing about paints is that when you let the layers dry, the colors don’t blend and you can get them to layer nicely.  Super simple and no real drawing talent required (but I still FEEL like an artist when I use the paints, haha).  I added a sentiment from an old Paper Pumpkin set because I love this font and, well, it is always nice to have birthday cards on hand.  A few little sequins for a small extra touch.

I know this will be another stunning gallery (they always are) and I hope you’ll have time to play along with us.  Thanks so much for stopping in today!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Paper Pumpkin sentiment(SU) ; Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Ranger Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits, Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), Dimensionals

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Fancy Friday – Speechless!

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Welcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of stampers who love to make beautiful things.  Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from one of my crafty heroes Cathy Caines, welcome to the next stop.  For April, we are focusing on the gorgeous artwork and images in the stamp sets.  Sometimes pictures speak louder without words!FF April by Jen Timko | Butterfly Basics Stamp by Stampin' Up, No Line WatercolorI chose this gorgeous flower image from the Butterfly Basic stamp set as my focal point.  I thought it would be fun to try coloring it using the no-line watercolor technique.  I’m still working on this but I am pretty happy with the end result here.  One of the best parts of stamping is that there is always something new to learn!!  After I colored the flowers, I added a few pretty little details.  First some lace trim (this one is retired but SU always has the most amazing ribbons and trims) and then I added some Linen Thread.  The base is Crumb Cake, one of my favorite neutrals.  I added some Basic Pearls too, because, well, I love them!

Now on to the rest of the hop!  These talented stampers are going to inspire you for sure!  Next up is the lovely Sue Plote.

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Stamp:  Butterfly Basics; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Lace Trim (retired), Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

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Newton’s Nook Designs April Release – Lovely Blooms

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Welcome back for another day of release week for the April release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  Day 2 has a beautiful flower set called Lovely Blooms.

Blooms for Mom by Jen Timko | Lovely Blooms Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Mason Jar, #newtonsnookI hardly knew where to start with this set.  If you follow me, you know I love myself a flower.  And this set is full of pretty images to mix and match.  I finally settled on creating a watercolor styled card but kept it simple.  I sponged Distress Ink onto watercolor paper creating some ombré effects and then stamped over the sponging with the images.  The coordinating Lovely Blooms Dies made short work of cutting things out so that I could create this pretty little arrangement.  The script sentiments are really great so I chose to create this one for mom.  Um….sorry mom, should have given a spoiler alert.  I added a few sequins for a finishing touch and I just love the effect you get on this with no actual coloring required.

Of course, if you love to color, this set is totally for you too!  I’ll show you what I mean tomorrow!  Until then, you have a chance to win this set with just some simple commenting.

Would you like to win the “Lovely Blooms” Stamp Set?
This 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 April 13th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 14th. 

 

I am so happy that you stopped in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 3 of release week and I know you will be thrilled to see what comes next.  I hope you have a great day!
Stamp: Lovely Blooms (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper:  Marina Mist (SU), Thick Whisper White (SU), Tim Holtz Watercolor, Basic Black; Accessories:  Big Shot, Lovely Blooms Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (SU), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

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Lesley’s Baby Girl Celebration Blog Hop

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If you have been around stamping for a while, you are sure to know the lovely Lesley Croghan.  She is personally responsible for some of the most successful and fun challenges!  But beyond that, she has encouraged stampers to join her design teams and to play along with all kinds of inspiring ideas, making our stamping world a happier place.  I know that I personally can never truly pay Lesley back for the joy, friends and confidence I have due to one little contact.  The day she asked me to join the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team is one that I can mark as one of those days that changes your life in a meaningful way.  At the time, I squealed and jumped around like a fool because I was so excited to be asked to join such an amazing group of stampers.  Little did I know that I would also make some of the most incredible friends and find a support network that makes me a better person….and enables more that I can even admit to!!  *smile*

So Lesley, thank you!  For you and Corey, I am so very happy for this new little girl to arrive and she will have more stamping “aunties” than she can even imagine!Hello Baby Croghan by Jen Timko | Moon Baby Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Zig Clean Color Pens, Watercolor

I created this card using the Moon Baby stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  I think these little images are too cute and they seemed perfect for Lesley’s little girl.  The nursery colors are Cameo Coral, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and White.  I took a little bit of liberty and added some pale yellow to help the colors pop but tried hard to stick to this fabulous combination.  I colored the images with my Zig Clean Color Markers and used some Distress Ink in the background.  After coloring, I cut out the image panel with Stitched Shapes Framelits and layered another stitched oval cut from Thick Whisper White.  I added some retired coral ribbon (SU SAB) and put the whole thing on some Lemon Card Stock (SSS).

Now you need to check out all the marvelously talented stampers who feel just the same way I do about Lesley.  We have a whole hop going on and you can find the link to all of us here:  It’s A Girl Blog Hop for Li’l Miss Croghan

Many of us sent our cards to the hop coordinator, Lori Turner, who bundled everything up and sent it to Lesley and Corey.  They get to open it this morning (Saturday) and I hope it brings much joy and happiness!!  Thanks for hopping through today.  I hope you enjoy sharing in the love and appreciation we have for Lesley!  Have a great weekend.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Moon Baby; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Pens, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor, Thick Whisper White, Lemon Card Stock (Simon Says Stamp); Accessories:  Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Ribbon (SU Retired), Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #280

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FMS280 by Jen Timko | Botanical Garden Stamp Set by Altenew, Healing Wings by Skipping Stones DesignEver see a sketch and know that whatever you make with it will be awesome?  That is how I felt the minute I saw this one from Freshly Made Sketches.  The incredible Linda Callahan created this beauty and the possibilities are endless!

I thought these gorgeous images from the Botanical Garden would be great for the sketch.  I stamped them onto Canson Watercolor Paper using Versafine Ink.  Then I colored using Winsor and Newton Watercolor Paints.  I just got these and was swatching them when I thought I should just break them in and see what happened.  I kind of love the possibilities!!  Once I was done coloring the images, I cut them out to see how they looked for the sketch.  I felt like they needed a little bit of a background so I added a little more color behind them before stamping the sentiment.  I love this one!!  And it is perfect for my friend that will receive this card.

Our design team has done their always excellent job this week and you will be so inspired.  I hope you will have as much fun with this sketch as I did.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Healing Wings (Skipping Stones Designs) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Canson Watercolor; Accessories:  Winsor and Newton Watercolor Paints, Silver Brush Round 4

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Newton’s Nook Designs March Release – Winston Takes Flight

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Guess what today is?!  The start of release week for the March release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  I swear each release gets better and better!  I won’t even keep you in suspense.  Let’s just get this started!

I Just Plane Like You by Jen Timko | Winston Takes Flight by Newton's Nook Designs, Sky Borders Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Distress Ink, Watercolor, #newtonsnookSo you know that I almost died of joy the second I saw this set, right?  I mean really.  This adorable little Winston and a plane!  It is like Jennifer Jackson knew how much I needed this when she designed this set.  I’m forever on the lookout for the perfect plane and sentiments and this set has them all!  The hardest part was getting my brain to focus on what to make first.  I thought that I’d be good starting with Distress Ink coloring since I could show off the new Sky Borders Dies along with this set by creating a sky background.

I inked up watercolor paper with Broken China ink and then added some splatters of water.  Then I cut 2 layers of the clouds with the Sky Border Dies and offset them.  I used a stitched rectangle die to get them all evened up and created the sky for my plane.  After some debate I chose an orange and yellow palette for the plane (who doesn’t love a yellow plane?!) that I thought was fun and a great way to show off this image.  The coordination die set makes it super simple to create scenes since it includes clouds and a die for the banner image too.  I found this happy bright base that matched my plane (Sunshine by Simon Says Stamp).  Now here is some more exciting news….

 

Would you like to win the “Winston Takes Flight” Stamp Set?
This 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 March 16th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, March 17th. 

 

I am so happy that you stopped in today.  Tomorrow will be Day 2 of release week and I know you will be thrilled to see what comes next.  I hope you have a great day!Stamp: Winston Takes Flight (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink,  Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper:  Sunshine (Simon Says Stamp), Thick Whisper White (SU), Tim Holtz Watercolor; Accessories:  Big Shot, Sky Borders Die (Newton’s Nook Designs), Winston Takes Flight Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), Misti Stamp Tool, Dimensionals

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