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Fancy Friday – Treats, not Tricks

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It is time again for our monthly Fancy Friday hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over our year together on the ADT,  “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month we have a theme challenge that the whole team will be using as inspiration – Tricks, not Treats!  Perfect for your last minute Halloween crafting or as inspiration for other fall fun!

FF Oct - You're so sweet

I decided to go for a treat bag that I can use anytime over the next month or so.  I used my September Paper Pumpkin kit to create those darling little broom bags for teachers yesterday (yep, the hard work is all done for you!!!) so I still had this stamp set sitting on my table.  I know I have said it a lot but the Paper Pumpkin stamps are a gift that keep giving.  I used one for my card on Wednesday and now again for this.  I started with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies and cut this bag out using the Typeset DSP.  That die allows you to create whatever kind of bag you want out of whatever paper you want.  AWESOME!!  I used the little banner die in the set to cut this one out of Very Vanilla.  Then I pulled out the leaves and sentiment from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  I stamped them in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I used the banner die to flag the ends of the Gold Foil piece to tuck underneath.  I had one piece of raffia left from the kit (an extra…they multiplied…???) so I wrapped it and some Gold Thread around and tucked them under the tag.  I attached them using Glue Dots and then added another slightly shortened banner to make a sandwich to secure everything.  Clip the tag on with a Clothespin and done.  All that remains is to fill the bag.

FF Oct - Tag closeup


Here is a bit of a closeup so you can click in and see the details more.  I just have to say that these Paper Pumpkin kits are a fantastic value.  Many times, the sets have sentiments that are really modern and feel very on trend.  The ink spots are super to have on hand (especially when I am using my Misti…much easier to ink with them!).  And of course, the projects.  The Concept Artists who work on these really out-do themselves each month.  If you really love a project, you can buy extras once you are a subscriber.  I never thought that I “needed” kits because my craft room is so fully, um, stocked.  But these kits fill a niche for me that makes me continue to invest.  My kids LOVE the projects and help me make them most of the time.  Because everything is prepared, we get right to creating.  Perfect for the attention span of my boys.

Ok, ok….I’ll quit waxing poetic about the kits, haha!  Time for you to get on with the hop!!

I hope you will be inspired by all the lovely creations in our hop this month.  I know you will find each stop a real treat!

The amazing Mercedes Weber is up next!   Wait until you see the fancy project she created!

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


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Stamps:  Wickedly Sweet Treat (PP Sept 2015); Paper:  Very Vanilla, Typeset DSP, Gold Foil; Ink:  Versamark; Accessories:  Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Gold Thread, Raffia (PP Sept 2015), Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Clothespin

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CTS#146 – Cheers

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I got some extra time to stamp yesterday and thought it would be fun to join in at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I love the angle of the sentiment in the sketch and was looking through my stamps to see what would work well.  I got this awesome set called Twenty Fifteen as a bonus when I made an order from WPlus9.  The sentiments are so fun and I just love the triangles.  I layered and stamped the triangles using Blackberry Bliss and Daffodil Delight ink and then stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow.  By happy accident, I found out that White Perfect Accents from SU can become clear by removing the backing….I love them as clear for this so that is what I did.  The panels were cut using the Stitched Rectangles Dies from Simon Says Stamps.


I’ll be back tomorrow with our month Fancy Friday hop!  You won’t want to miss this one….my fancy friends are concocting some real treats for you!  *smile*  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you tomorrow!

Stamp:  Twenty Fifteen (WPlus9) ; Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Misti, White Perfect Accents

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Freshly Made Sketches #210

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Jen Timko - FMS210 - October Flower

So guess what we have for you today at Freshly Made Sketches!!  Just look at this awesome sketch.  So cool and creative….just like Cindy Lovell who designed this one for us!  The fun trio plus the vertical sentiment makes for fun options.

I used the stamp set from the latest Paper Pumpkin (October) called Blissful Bouquet.  The images and sentiments are fabulous!  I colored these with Zig Clean Color Markers to create these fall flowers.  I made a video to show you how easy it is to color these flowers.

Click HERE for a direct link.

The team has come up with incredible inspiration for you this week and you will be wow’d by the variety!  I hope you’ll find time to join in with us.

I hope you enjoy this one and I look forward to seeing you soon.  Thanks for stopping in today.

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Stamps:  Blissful Bouquet (Paper Pumpkin); Ink: WPlus9 Pure Color Dye Ink Black, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens; Paper:  Fabriano Cold Press 140 lb Watercolor, Basic Black; Accessories:  Zig Watercolor Medium Pen, Basic Pearls, Sharpie Marker, Dimensionals

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Little Drummer Boy

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Drummer Boy

You know sometimes you see a stamp set that really speaks to you, that is how I felt when I saw this adorable little set from WPlus9 called Drummer Boy.  My boys, particularly my youngest, love the song Little Drummer Boy.  We tend to play it over and over and I don’t get tired of hearing them sing along.  Needless to say, I had to order this right away and my first drummer boy is created in the image of my youngest.  Don’t think for a minute that the oldest isn’t put out and asking for his version.  I’m working on it for sure.  I stamped the images onto SU Thick Whisper White paper using Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Using my Copics, I colored the images.  Then I simply cut them out using the companion dies to the stamp.  I cut the the layers using the Stitched Rectangle die (SSS) and Border Builders die (Li’l Inkers).

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Just a fun bonus, here is the card my little one made using the set.  He colored with my markers and added the images to a card base I had left from a card kit last year.  Yeah….I may have used his card for inspiration.  He said it was ok. *smile*  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you tomorrow for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches


Stamp:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9) ; Ink:  Momento Black, Copics, Blendabilities (ret); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Border Builder Dies (Lil’ Inkers)

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Triple Snowflakes

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Misti - Snowflakes

Today I’m continuing with my last card for the Product Review of the Misti at Splitcoaststampers.  I wanted to demonstrate how this stamp positioner is different than any other tool out there.  Take  look!

A direct link to the video is HERE.

Most of the how-to details are in the video so I’ll let you watch how I made it there.  I did make a mistake in the name of the stamp set in the video (because I actually had the mentioned stamp on my table too).  It is Festive Flurry, also retired.

Want to learn more about the new configuration for the Misti?  Hop right over to the Product Focus page and you can see all the reviews and projects from the whole Product Review Team!

I hope that you have enjoyed these Misti projects!  I will be back next week with some new projects I’ve been working on.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping in!

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Stamp: Festive Flurry (ret), Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Silver Fancy Foil ; Accessories: Misti, Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Iced Rhinestones

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A Gift from Santa

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Misti - SantaGuess what?!!  It is time for another product review over at  Splitcoaststampers and I could not be more excited to share today!  What are we reviewing???  Misti – or the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented!  Um…Jen….the Misti has been around for a while so what are you talking about?  Let me show you!!!!  Check out this video!

A direct link to the video is HERE.

Ok, back to my card today.  I pulled out this adorable set, Santa’s Gifts, and I just love it.  Love the Santa and all the little images that go with him.  Using my Misti to stamp with this set makes it even better.  I simply cut a mask for Santa and lined up the present image on my Misti.  Once I was sure it was right, I ink it up and stamped.  No chance for my hand to slip and perfect placement every time.  Once I had everything stamped, I used my Zig Clean Color markers to color the scene.

Want to learn more about the new configuration for the Misti?  Hop right over to the Product Focus page and you can see all the reviews and projects from the whole Product Review Team!

Also make sure you take advantage of the Splitcoaststampers special savings code!  You’ll find it on the Product Focus page linked above!!  The code is only good through today (Oct. 22nd), so shop fast!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another project complete with a tutorial using the Misti!!  Until then, have a great day!

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Stamp: Santa’s Gifts; Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Real Red, Basic Black, Watercolor (Fabriano Cold Press) ; Accessories: Misti, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Zig Watercolor Brush, Wink of Stella Clear

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Freshly Made Sketches #209

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FMS209 - Joy

The dear Jen Brum has come up with a clean and really awesome sketch for this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I love all the possibilities it provides for die cuts or stamped images.

I went all in on the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set for this card.  I love when you can stick to only one set and this set really is fabulous.  I know it is mostly a sentiment set but the combinations of sentiments give so many options!  And then there is the snowflake.  Love this snowflake!  I stamped the image onto Tip Top Taupe card stock using Versamark ink, added White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed.  Then I cut it with my 2-1/2″ Circle Punch.  On another layer of Taupe, I stamped the sentiment the same way and embossed.  I centered the circle just laying it on the Joy layer and placed my circle template on top of it.  Once that was in the right spot, I used my Piercing Tool to add the circle detailing.  I popped the snowflake on Dimensionals and added Basic Pearls.  I love the color scheme on this.  A little more toned down but clean and elegant.

I have to confess that I want to keep playing with this sketch and you might see some more from me over the next few weeks using it.  Thanks, Jen!! I suspect you will feel the way and I hope to see your creations in the gallery!

I will be back tomorrow with a really fun card and a video.  Hint:  Another product review for Splitcoaststampers!!!  See you then!

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Stamps:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink: Versamark; Paper:  Tip Top Taupe; Accessories:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Piercing Tool, Template, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

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O, Come All Ye Faithful…

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Jen Timko - O Come All Ye Faithful

The beautiful images in All Ye Faithful have just been calling out to be colored.  If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen the wise men but I kept playing around with this to see what would happen.  I got my Zig Clean Color Markers a couple of weeks ago and have been working to improve my coloring skills.  Images like these are so fun and allow room to play.  Watercolors in particular are pretty forgiving since you can “erase” many mistakes with a little water!  The coloring uses many (many) of the colors from the 48 pack of the Zigs and I just played with things until they seemed right.  I added a little big of Night of Navy ink to the background then spritzed with water to get the effect you see.  The navy was added over some other colors from the Zigs.  I pulled out the Misti again for this one since I wanted to be able to repeat the alignment of the stamps easily.  Once you have them right, the Misti allows you to create multiples!  Love that!

I hope you find some inspiration to head to your craft room and try some coloring!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!

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Stamp:  All Ye Faithful ; Ink:  Night of Navy, Zig Clean Color Markers, Momento Black; Paper: Watercolor, Thick Whisper White; Accessories: Heat Tool, Zig Water Pen, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Wink of Stella

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Stamp Review Crew – For All Things

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SRC-For-All-Things-bannerI am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators!  If you haven’t heard of “The Crew” yet, you are going to be so thrilled with this.  We are here to show you the versatility of one stamp set every time we hop (the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month).  We have a whole team of people and different stampers participate each time.  Like you, we look to find ways to maximize our investments and the single focus on one set allows you to see all the possibilities!  This week, our featured stamp is For All Things.  I have loved this set from the moment I got it…so pretty and so versatile!

If you just came over from Dawn Tidd, I’m so glad you are here!  If you want to see everyone who is hopping or if you get lost along the way, just click over to The Stamp Review Crew blog.

SRC - Leaves and Thanks

I thought playing with these awesome leaves would be perfect for today since we are having such pretty fall weather.  I played with a new (to me) technique using my Misti (a cool stamp positioner that allows for over stamping multiple times).  I sponged on Hello Honey ink and added a little bit of Cajun Craze then stamped the middle leaf.  Without moving the paper, I sponged on some Early Espresso ink and stamped back down again.  What a great effect!  I masked the middle leaf and did the same for the top and bottom leaves. You’ll notice the texture on the white card stock.  This piece was a leftover from last year’s Christmas card kit but you could easily get exactly the same look using Whisper White and the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  I love how you see the texture in the stamping!!  Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso.  Again, the Misti is really helpful since I needed to stamp a few times to get the right depth of color on the embossed panel.  I added some twine I had from a Paper Pumpkin kit and popped the panel on Dimensionals and put it onto an Early Espresso card base.

Hope you like this fall inspiration!  I’m the end of the hop but you can keep going in the loop by jumping right over to see Sue Plote.  I can promise you’ll be inspired!  So glad you dropped in today.  See you again soon!

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Stamp:  For All Things; Paper:  Early Espresso, White; Ink:  Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Misti, Sponge Daubers, Twine


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Freshly Made Sketches #208

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Has it been fall-like where you are??!!  In Virginia, the last few days have been really amazing.  Cool morning, comfortable afternoons…perfect weather!  My family and I got to go out to one of our state parks on Sunday and enjoy the leaves starting to turn and the amazing day.  So nice!  And….I got to do a little stamping too.  Just a little but I’ll take it!

Our own sweet, kind and fabulous Cindy Hall is our sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches and she has brought a really cool challenge this week.  The team has some really varied interpretations which always guarantees that the gallery is going to be amazing.

FMS208 - Deck the Halls

I am a hoarder of many Christmas things for stamping….because I love them so much!  I decided I had better pull them out this week.  And that I should also get bonus points for resisting using another snowflake.  Because I almost did!  Instead, I opted for this cute little present.  But you can totally use a snowflake!  *smile*  The sentiment is from Christmas Messages (2013 Holiday) and the present is from Color Me Christmas (2013 Holiday).  I added these to a base of retired DSP and added some Baker’s Twine that I double tied using the inspiration of Kimberly Van Diepen.  Cute, fun, easy to make a bunch of!   The present was colored using Zig Clean Color Markers.

FMS Final 208-001I hope you have a great time joining in this week.  We always have such a great time looking through the creations each week!  I have a bunch of new stuff to share in the upcoming week and I can’t even wait!  The fun starts on Monday with the Stamp Review Crew!  Until then, have a wonderful week!  Thanks for stopping in!

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Stamps:  Christmas Messages, Color Me Christmas; Ink: Momento Black; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Retired DSP; Accessories:  Zig Clean Color Markers, Black Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

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