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Freshly Made Sketches #317

Freshly Made Sketches #317 published on 8 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #317

FMS317 by Jen Timko | Lots of Lavender Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Wood Textures DSP by Stampin' UpYes, I finally did it.  I took a break from making Christmas cards.  Yes, I still have some to finish and all of them to address but I needed a brief reprieve.  So I used this week’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch designed by the amazing Jen Mitchell to show off some new things.

Alright, alright, the sketch is actually a square.  And I really love square cards!  But I wanted to use this lavender image so badly and it just fit better on a rectangle.  The flower is from the new Sale-a-bration set called Lots of Lavender and it will be available on January 3rd for free with a $50 US purchase.  I actually heard it calling to me the second I saw it.  I used some soft Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Bristol Smooth paper to color it and the background.  Such a pretty one to work with and it hardly takes any time to color.  I wanted to use this sentiment from the new Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts Stamp Set (Occasions 2018, available on Jan 3rd too) but didn’t want to lose any of the image.  Vellum to the rescue.  I added a small piece of Elegant Eggplant behind the image panel to try to keep with the sketch.  The whole panel is popped up on foam (I find this helps keep the panel smooth after watercoloring) and then put on a base from the Wood Textures DSP.  These woodgrains are so pretty and can be used in so many ways.

I hope you like this pretty little look at spring!  Now off I go, back to the Christmas card production line!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I’m back tomorrow with a fun card for Newton’s Nook.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Lots of Lavender (SU SAB), Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts (SU); Paper:  Strathmore Bristol, Elegant Eggplant (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU), Vellum (SU); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Wilted Violet, Shabby ShuttersWeathered Wood, Abandoned Coral) ; Accessories: Misti, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Zig BrusH2O

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Freshly Made Sketches #315

Freshly Made Sketches #315 published on 9 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #315

FMS315 by Jen Timko | Be Merry Stamp Set and Dies by WPlus9, Chameleon Pens, Wood Textures DSP by Stampin' UpHappy middle of the week to you!!  I hope you are having a great one so far.  Today’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch is one that is sure to inspire.  The lovely Amy O’Neill has given us one that can be used in so many ways!  Love it!

When I saw the oval in the sketch, my brain immediately went to this sentiment from WPlus9.  I love it as a focal point and it gets to be the star of the show.  I stamped it in Versamark ink and embossed with Wow Bright White Embossing Powder.  The coordinating dies make quick work of cutting it out.  The little flower and foliage images are super fun to use as accents.  I stamped them in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and the colored using Chameleon Pens.  I thought the black sentiment would be great against a wood grain background so I turned to this Wood Textures DSP by Stampin’ Up.  I cut it using the Lawn Fawn Cross Stitched Rectangles Dies.  Finally I added some Basic Pearls to the flower centers after coloring them with a Sharpie marker.

I hope you have a great time with the sketch this week.  I’m working hard to finish up my holiday cards.  Christmas card-a-palooza, if you will.  I’ll share some of those in the next few weeks.  Thank you so much for dropping in today.  See you again soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Be Merry (WPlus9); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU), Basic Black (SU); Ink:  Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Color Tones Pens; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Large Cross-Stitched Rectangles Dies (Lawn Fawn), Be Merry Dies (WPlus9), Basic Pearls (SU), Heat Tool, Wow Bright White Embossing Powder

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Enjoy Autumn

Enjoy Autumn published on 4 Comments on Enjoy Autumn

Enjoy Autumn by Jen Timko | Autumn Newtons Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Happy Little Thoughts Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs, Winsor and Newton Paints, WatercolorToday is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog and I’m still in love with all things fall!  Apparently my little friend Newton is too and I pulled out Autumn Newton to color today.

Fall in Virginia is my favorite season and we are finally really entering the season.  About time!  It seemed late to arrive this year.  I love apples and pumpkins and oh do I love the leaves!  I used some of the local fall things as inspiration for my colors (See the spotty gourd?  My friend had a picture of one like that so I had to include it!)  The leaves next to the card are from my yard and I used those colors as a start for my leaf coloring.

Enjoy Autumn Close Up by Jen Timko | Autumn Newton Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Happy Little Thoughts Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs, Winsor and Newton Paints, WatercolorI thought that using my Winsor and Newton watercolor paints would be the perfect way to color this.  Something about how the paints layers that ink doesn’t makes it great for blending colors and layering texture.  I used Fabriano Extra White Watercolor Paper….one of my favorites.  While the stamp set has wonderful sentiments, I leaned on one of my go-to phrases from the Happy Little Thoughts stamp set.  I thought it fit this sweet image wonderfully!  I cut a the image layer shape with the Snow Globe Shaker Dies for a fun and different look.

I’m also linking this in to the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge….more gorgeous fall loveliness.  I hope you enjoy this autumn extra today!  Make sure to stop by the Newton’s Nook Designs blog for daily inspiration!!  See you tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.

Stamp: Autumn Newton (Newton’s Nook Designs), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Verafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Fabriano Extra White Watercolor, Wood Textures DSP (Stampin’ Up); Accessories:  Big Shot, Autumn Newton Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Snow Globe Shaker Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Misti, Silver Paint Brush, Winsor and Newton Paints, Daniel Smith Paints, Burlap Ribbon (SU ret)

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Freshly Made Sketches #307

Freshly Made Sketches #307 published on 6 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #307

FMS307 by Jen Timko | Autumn Leaves Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Stitched Shapes Framelits by Stampin' Up, Tim Holtz Oxide Inks, Paper Pumpkin, Wood Textures DSP by Stampin' UpHappy Wednesday to you!  I took a little bit of a break last week to catch up on home things and to even clean my stamp room.  Seriously, it was out of control and I needed to reorganize before I could work in there anymore.  I’m sure you have been there!

I’m the sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches and I wanted to make a sketch that could be interpreted in a few different ways.  I chose to go with it “as is” and made a little frame using my Stitched Shapes Framelits.  If you follow the Newton’s Nook Designs newsletter, you saw how I created these leaves for yesterday’s “Designer’s Nook”.  They use the Autumn Leaves Dies and are so pretty!!  The background is the fabulous Wood Textures paper by Stampin’ Up (a go-to for fall, don’t you think?!).  I added a piece of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon as another layer of texture.  The sentiment strip was cut from the same paper that I used for the leaves (where I had splattered ink) and this stamp is from the July Paper Pumpkin.  Don’t forget how much those add to your sentiment repertoire!  I found a few sequins in coordinating colors so of course I had to throw them on!

I hope you enjoy this sketch.  The design team has tons of inspiration, as always, and I would love to see you in the gallery!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  See you soon!


Stamp:  July Paper Pumpkin Sentiment; Paper:  Arches Watercolor Paper, Wood Textures DSP (SU); Ink:  Early Espresso, Tim Holtz Oxide Ink; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Autumn Leaves Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (SU), Sequins (Honey Bee Stamps, Pretty Pink Posh)

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Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Newton Rides West

Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Newton Rides West published on 30 Comments on Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Newton Rides West

Today is last day of the June release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  I have to say, this one has been quite amazing (by the already high standards of previous releases).  I’m simply in awe of the creativity of design and the ability of these sets to appeal to so many.  I know, I know…I’m gushing…but really….based on the lovely comments I have received this week (for which I’m incredibly grateful), you agree with me!  So now, onto the last set.  Our week would not be complete without our friend Newton, now would it?!

Howdy by Jen Timko | Newton Rides West Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Copic ColoringOur little buddy gets to go on an adventure and the team gets to have some fun with this western theme!  The hardest part of the card??  Choosing which image to color first!  There are so many great choices…and take note of the little mustache.  I mean, seriously!!  So much fun (my oldest told me that all the Newtons need a mustache from now on, haha).  I pulled out my Copics and got to work coloring.  Something about him popping out of the boot just cracks me up.  After I had him colored, I wanted to continue the western theme with the elements of the card.  I used this brand new designer paper from Stampin’ Up called Wood Textures.  The whole pack of 6″x6″ paper is full of wood prints in different colors.  I added a bit of burlap ribbon on the edge and some twine under the sentiment panel.  The wood paper is simply perfect for showing off Newton!  I know you will love all the other designers’ work so off you go with the hop.  But before you go….make sure to be eligible to win the sets from this week by commenting on the team’s pages.

Would you like to win the “Newton Rides West” 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 June 15th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 16th. 


Thanks for stopping in today and during this whole week.  Your kind words mean so much to all of us and we are thrilled that you share our excitement over these fabulous products!
Stamp: Newton Rides West (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU), Kraft (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU); Accessories:  Burlap Ribbon (SU ret), Twine, Big Shot, Newton Rides West Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Shapes Dies (SU)

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