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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 #275

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FMS275 - Amazing by Jen Timko | Botanical Garden Stamp Set by Altenew, Zig Clean Color Markers, WatercoloringAs a programming note, if you are looking for day 2 of the Newton’s Nook February Release it will be up in a second post.  For this card, I’m working with another fantastic sketch for Freshly Made Sketches created by the queen of layers, Narelle.  The way she has layered this sketch speaks to how she always has the most lovely details.

When I saw the scallop, I immediately thought of this flower from Altenew’s Botanical Garden set.  I pulled out my Zig again and this time focused on Peacock Blue.  Love that blue!  I aded a little yellow in the center and combined greens for the leaves but generally some super quick coloring.  With the blue being so striking, I chose this pale background, Fog from Simon Says Stamp.  Using the scraps from where I colored the flower, I cut two banners and colored one with the green and left one plain.  Finally I added this little Paper Pumpkin sentiment and some Basic Pearls.  It was nice to stretch into a different set of colors this week and I think this sketch is going to be fun for everyone.

Back in just a few with today’s release card.  You will be “egg-cited” to see it!  Thanks for stopping in today.

 

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Botanical Garden (Altenew) ; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color 48 Pack, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Fog (SSS), Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Basic Pearl, Zig BrusH2O

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Freshly Made Sketches #274

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FMS274 - Jen Timko | Beautiful Day Stamp by Altenew, Zig Clean Color MarkersSo on Saturday, I had the most lovely invitation to go to an event that was a “bring your own craft” kind of thing.  There were Stampin’ Up demos and customers along with some other company reps and friends.  These ladies get together each month to just make things all day.  I know what you are thinking and you are right!  It was awesome!  I could only go for a few hours but it is amazing how much that time is good for the soul.  Per my usual, I accomplished very little because I’m never sure what to pack (and I’m the slowest stamper).  But I did bring along this flower to color and some things that I might be able to use for this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I have to say that I just love the creative possibilities that this week’s hostess, the lovely Jennifer Brum, has given us!

I only used two colors from my Zig Clean Color Pack (a bright pink and a yellow) to color this flower but I love how they work together and blend to create the orange.  With the strength of the flowers colors, I opted to use a neutral base so I chose Smoky Slate.  The sentiment is from the same Altenew set as the flower (Beautiful Day) and I stamped it in Versafine ink and the layered the white with some Melon Mambo.  I added some Daffodil ribbon that I have hoarded in my stash since it is so pretty with the flower.  I think I’ll be adding this sketch to my go-to group.  I see lots of ways to use it!

And yes, the team has definitely come up with some of them.  As always, they are amazing!  Well, lots of posts this week and I’m back to the stamp room to get ready for some more coming up soon.  Until then, I hope you have a great day!  As for the monthly gathering…I can’t wait to go back and this time actually finish some projects!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Beautiful Day (Altenew) ; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color 48 Pack, SU Black Stampin’ Write Marker; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (SU ret), Basic Pearl, Sharpie Marker

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

Newton’s Nook Designs January Release – Newton’s Happy Mail published on 49 Comments on Newton’s Nook Designs January Release – Newton’s Happy Mail

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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