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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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Freshly Made Sketches #277

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FMS277 by Jen Timko | Butterfly Kisses by Mama Elephant, Tim Holtz Distress InkSo is it acting like spring where you are?  Well, it certainly has been in Virginia and that inspired my card for today.  I’m the sketch hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I hope you will love the sketch I created for you.  It is also the beginning of Kathy Racoosin‘s 30 Day Coloring Challenge (The Daily Marker 30 Day) which is a month of amazing inspiration that fills IG feeds with lovely art.  It reminds us, as crafters, to take a little time every day just to make a little something that is pretty.

I kept my coloring pretty simple for today and used this gorgeous flower from Mama Elephant.  Inspired by some of the cherry blossoms that are sure to be popping out any time here in my yard, I chose a soft pink for the flowers.  The sentiment comes from the set too and I think it is a favorite of mine.  The image and sentiments were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and the flower was coloring using Tim Holtz Distess Inks.

I hope you will join us with this sketch.  I tried to make one that is open to techniques, large images or even pretty DSP.  The team, of course, used all of these ideas and I’m sure you will come up with even more!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Remember….YOU make the world a better place!  You certainly make mine better!  Have a great day.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Twisted Citron); Paper:  Shimmery White (SU), Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  Sequins (SU and Pretty Pink Posh)

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Inky Paws #40

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A Little Birdie by Jen Timko | Inky Paws Challenge #40, Newton's Birthday Flutter Stamp Set, Newton's NookI am happy to be joining in the latest Inky Paws Challenge today!  This is such a fun challenge site and one I know you are going to love.  A great place to share your Newton’s Nook Designs creations!  This week there is a sketch challenge so you KNOW I had to join in!

I used this adorable little set called Newton’s Birthday Flutter.  When you hit the age I am (unnamed, of course), there is a need for humor in your cards.  I knew I would find lots of uses when I got this!  For the record, the inside sentiment says “so I ate him”.  Love it!!  I sent this to my sister-in-law who I know will appreciate the humor.  I colored this sweet kitty with my Zig Clean Color Pens and added some fun DSP to follow the sketch.  I hope you enjoy it!

You can join in the challenge and link up so the team can see your work.  I hope you will join in!  Oh…and it is open for two weeks so there is lots of time!  As for me, I’ll be back tomorrow with a post on a project being shared on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog.  I can’t wait to show you!  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Newton’s Birthday Flutter (Newton’s Nook); Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper: Ranger White Watercolor, Wanderlust DSP (Studio Calico), Red Polka Dot (SU ret); Accessories:  Misti, Gray Baker’s Twine (SU), BrusH2O Watercolor Pen, Dimensionals

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Fancy Friday – Pencils and Ink

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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 the amazing Allison, welcome to the next stop.  For January, our theme is “Just Because”.  Kind of an anything goes concept which is always fun!

Watercolor Pencils and Ink - Jen Timko | Stampin' Up Watercolor Pencil Blending on Flourishing Phrases and Floral Phrases stamp setsI chose to show you a new technique that you can try with your Watercolor Pencils from Stampin’ Up.  The fun of this is the color coordination that Stampin’ Up is known for and now you can use it to your advantage with this new coloring medium.  The first card I created for today used complementary blues, Soft Sky and Bermuda Bay, and greens, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.  I stamped the flower from Flourishing Phrases onto watercolor paper and then added shading using the pencil in Bermuda Bay.  The effect is so pretty and changes the whole feel of the image.
Flourishing in Blue by Jen Timko | Watercolor Pencils and Ink on Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set by Stampin' UpSo I decided to try it with more colors.  I decided to used Daffodil Delight ink and the Pumpkin Pie pencil together for my second project but I show my “worksheet” at the end of the video as I played with options.  While the flower from Floral Phrases already has a watercolor look, this ups the game a bit as you add shading. Daffodil Floral by Jen Timko | Floral Phrases Stamp Set by Stampin' UpHere is my video with all the details.

 

Click here for the direct link to the video if you prefer:  Watercolor Pencils and Ink

Just a quick note on the pencils.  Apparently many of you already own these lovelies because they are currently unavailable.  No fear though.  They should be back in stock by Feb. 13th if you don’t already have them.

Now for the rest of the hop!  I’m telling you….this team is the most talented group.  You will be happy you hopped!  Off to see the super talented Krista Frattin.  As always, she has created something fabulous!

You can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!

Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamp:  Floral Phrases, Flourishing Phrases, Paper Pumpkin Oct; Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Basic Gray; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor Paper, Strathmore Watercolor Note Cards, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories:  SU Watercolor Pencils, Zig BrusH2O, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Misti Stamping Tool,

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Newton’s Nook Designs January Release – Newton’s Happy Mail

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Welcome back for the last day of January Release Week at Newton’s Nook Designs.  Today is a great day for all of you who are fans of the sweet Newton!  I just adore this little kitty and I’m sure you will too.  You can see more information over at the Newton’s Nook Designs blog!

Special Delivery by Jen Timko | Newton's Happy Mail Stamp Set by Newton's Nook #newtonsnookI have to admit that I pretty much jumped up and down the second I saw this set!  This really is some seriously happy mail!!  Not only do I love the main image of Newton but I adore the sentiment and the sweet little paw print!  I decided that my little kitty would be sending out some Valentine happy mail.  Using Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, I stamped in black ink and colored with my Zig Clean Color Markers.  I love how you can blend them to create perfect shading on the kitty!  I colored the top of the mailbox a second time so that I could pop it up to give extra dimension.

Special Delivery by Jen Timko | Newton's Happy Mail Stamp Set by Newton's Nook #newtonsnookHere is a closeup so you can see it a little better.  It gives the look of Newton really coming out of the mailbox!  You know that stuff you always hold on to in your crafty stash “just in case”.  Well, glad I did.  I found some mini silver brads that I attached at the base of the flag which was the perfect finishing touch.  I created a coordinating envelope and colored the little paw print to match the mailbox and added the perfect sentiment from the set.  This was just so fun to create!

Would you like to win the “Newton’s Happy Mail” 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 January 19th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 20th. 

 

Thanks you for stopping back in today.  Today is the last day for the release reveals and all of the release sets will be available tomorrow (January 20th).  The design team has done such a fabulous job of showing these new sets and I hope you have liked our projects!  Newton's Happy Mail - Newton's Nook DesignsStamp: Newton’s Happy Mail (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Pop of Pink DSP (SU), Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor, Bermuda Bay(SU); Accessories:  Misti Stamp Tool, Dimensionals, Mini Brads (SU ret), Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp)

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Newton’s Nook Designs January Release – Pug Hugs

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Welcome back for Day 3 of January Release Week at Newton’s Nook Designs.  Dog lovers, today is your day!  Especially all of you who are owned by pugs.  The adorable Pug Hugs is going to make you so happy!  You can see more information over at the Newton’s Nook Designs blog!

Birthday Pug by Jen Timko | Pug Hugs Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnookThese little pug images are just too cute and I just love the accessories that go with them.  I chose to do a little bit of masking to put the birthday hat on the pug.  I stamped the images onto watercolor paper and then colored them with Zig Clean Color Markers using some of the grays and added orange to his hat.  I’m forever needing cards that are more appropriate for boys and I love that this set could be for anyone on your list.  Once colored, I cut the image out using a stitched circle die and then I added in this orange polka dot banner and stamped the sentiment right onto the card base.  It still needed a little something so I added Baker’s Twine to coordinate with the base.

Would you like to win the “Pug Hugs” 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 January 19th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 20th. 

 

Thanks you for stopping back in today.  Since Wednesday is also Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept day, please see my first post to see my creation for them.  Tomorrow will be Day 4 of release week and I know you will be thrilled to see what comes next.  I hope you have a great day!Stamp: Pug Hugs (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Polka Dots DSP (SU ret), Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor, Bermuda Bay(SU); Accessories:  Misti Stamp Tool, Dimensionals. Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine (SU), Big Shot, Stitched Circle (Lil’ Inker Designs)

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The Card Concept #64

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Welcome back to a new year of challenges from The Card Concept.  I am so happy to share the first one with you!  The inspiration piece is really pretty!

I was inspired by the gold and the flowers in the background plus the sentiment on the note.  I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful stamp set from Santa.  It is called Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th.  I stamped in Versamark and embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I did the same with the sentiment.  I added just a touch of color with my Zig markers to mimic the pink in the flowers.  All I added was a few gold sequins to finish.  I chose the Clean and Graphic style for this week.

I hope you will join us for this one.  I’m sure you will see something in our inspiration that you love!  This is my second post of the day so don’t forget to check out the latest from Freshly Made Sketches too.  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, Versamark; Paper: StrathmoreWatercolor Cards; Accessories:  Misti, Glue Dots, Zig BrusH2O, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Freshly Made Sketches #243

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FMS243 - Just for youHappy Wednesday!!  I hope your week is going well.  I have just what you need to make your week keep moving along…a sketch from our lovely resident Artisan Amy O’Neill.  She created a fabulous sketch to get us moving and I just love it!

I wanted to play with some new inks I have from ColorBox and they seemed perfect combined with these images from Altenew’s Botanical Garden.  I embossed the images onto vellum using the Copper Embossing Powder (yep, still obsessed with it) and then colored on the back side with the inks from the Fall color selection of the Premium Dye Inks.  Great colors don’t you think?!  I added a sentiment from Paper Pumpkin (those seem to be my go-to lately, don’t they?) and embossed it with the copper too.  The panel was cut using a Stitched Rectangles Die from Simon Says Stamp.  Clean and simple with minimal layers.  The perfect summer card!

FMS Final 243-001I think you are going to have a lot of fun using this one and I expect the gallery to be really full!  Ok, off to see the rest of the team’s beautiful work.  I hope you’ll join us this week!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Paper Pumpkin Sentiment; Ink:  Fall Premium Dye Inks (Colorbox), Versamark ; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Vellum; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Glue Dots, Zig BrusH2O

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