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Freshly Made Sketches #399

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Wow! That number is getting pretty close to a significant big one, don’t you think?! Yep, me too. Make sure you tune in next week to see what Freshly Made Sketches has in store for you. But for now….we have a new and fabulous sketch by the wonderful Jen Brum this week. It is such fun and lends itself to repeated patterns and small images. Love it!

I thought that the leaves from Weekend Doodles by Altenew were perfect for the sketch. I stamped them three times in black Versafine ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder by WOW! (Oh yeah….don’t miss LOTS of fun inspiration in the WOW and Picket Fence Studios collaboration in my second post today).

I cut the images out using the coordinating dies and then watercolored with Daniel Smith paints. I had a little bit of fall on the brain (because the heat is addling mine at this point of the summer) and added a bit of golden yellow to the green and teal. I used a sentiment from the same set on Fog Gray card stock and then cut with a double stitched square die. I added some clear drops that I loved with the shine of the clear embossing and then put it all on a base of Tranquil Tide card stock (SU).

I hope you enjoy this card and all the inspiration from the team. Hope you will consider joining us too! Thanks so much for stopping in today and make sure you come back for the second round too. Have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #389

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Another amazing sketch today from Freshly Made Sketches!!  No surprise that there is a tendency towards florals this week with our lovely sketch designer Narelle in charge.  Let’s face it, she is the queen of a gorgeous floral card!  Who am I to buck the trend?!  So I chose a brand new set that I just got from Altenew called Weekend Doodles.  I love the whimsical style of the flowers and wreaths of the set.

FMS389 by Jen Timko | Weekend Doodles Stamp Set and Dies by Altenew, Copic Coloring I chose the smaller floral and did a bit of Copic coloring on the image using some purples and a pretty sage green.  To stay truer to the sketch, I used a stitched circle and put the flowers up on the circle.  Look at that, following the sketch….you knew it had to happen eventually!!

FMS389 by Jen Timko | Weekend Doodles Stamp Set and Dies by Altenew, Copic ColoringTo play off of the green of the leaves, I chose a pale green (from my SU stash) that coordinated beautifully.  For the sentiment, I stamped one from the same set but then used the Cut Align (My Sweet Petunia) to cut only the part I wanted for the sketch.  This is a new to me tool and I’m already addicted to it!  Finally, I added a few sequins to finish.

This week’s sketch is one that is easy to use and such fun too.  I hope to see you in the gallery!!  Thank you so much for stopping in today!  See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #346

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FMS346 by Jen Timko | Posie Fill In Stamp Set and Dies by Concord and 9th, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide InkI hope your week has been great so far.  Here today with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  We have a wonderful challenge this week from sketch hostess Linda Callahan.  Just like with every card Linda makes, this sketch lends itself to fun and whimsy…and lots of creativity.

As soon as I saw the circles, I thought about flowers and I thought these from the Posie Fill In Set were perfect for the job.  I love how they layer (even without their cool background that comes with the set).  I stamped them in Altenew Ink and chose the Coral Berry and Forest Glades.  I find it is easiest to stamp the outlines first and then the inside solid image.  They line up really easily.  For the flowers, I added the centers after the other layers.  I used my Misti to make short work of all the stamping too.  After pondering just using a plain white base, I thought it might be fun to create a more interesting background.  I pulled out my Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers.  I inked up a large clear block and spritzed it with water then used that to add the ink to Watercolor Paper.  I let the first layer dry a bit and then stamped a little extra ink down to add the splatters and details.  Conveniently, there was a bit of a white area left on the side with matches up with the sketch so I chose not to add another layer.  The sentiment comes from the same set as the flowers.

Flying tons this week.  The busy season is really upon us airline people!  Have a great rest of your week and I’ll see you again soon!  Thanks for stopping in.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Posie Fill In (Concord and 9th)); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Extra White Watercolor (Fabriano); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Coral Berry (Altenew), Forest Glades (Altenew), Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink (Tim Holtz); Accessories: Big Shot, Posie Fill In Dies (Concord and 9th)), Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Mini Dimensionals (SU)

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Thanks a Bunch

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Thanks a Bunch by Jen Timko | Posie Fill In Stamps and Dies by Concord and 9th, C9Happy weekend!!  Just a fun extra post to show you a great new set from Concord and 9th called the Posie Fill-In.  I was lucky enough to get this from my Stamping Away retreat and could not wait to use it.  I stamped the background using Versafine Onyx Black and then added in the different elements with Altenew inks.  The flowers were all stamped and cut with the coordinating dies.  Such a sweet way to make a fun card and there are so many options!!

Now back to your regularly schedule browsing.  I’m off to watch some soccer today!!  WOOHOO!!  Until next time, have a great day!  And to Concord and 9th….THANKS A BUNCH for this awesome bundle!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Posie Fill-In Bundle (Concord and 9th); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Black (SU); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Pocketful of Sunshine Cubes (Altenew), Green Fields Cubes (Altenew), Deep Blue Sea Cubes (Altenew); Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Posie Fill-In Dies (Concord and 9th)

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Freshly Made Sketches #327

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FMS327 by Jen Timko | In Bloom Julie's Roses Stamp by Winnie and Walter, Into the Woods Stamp by Winnie and WalterHow is it already Wednesday again?  My last week has been a bit of a whirlwind and I’ll share more about that later in this post.  First, though, let’s talk about Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch designer this week is my friend Jen Mitchell.  She always makes the most lovely clean cards and her style is fantastic!  She gave us a cool angled panel to use and I love the options with it.

I started with this amazing wood grain stamp from Winnie and Walter called Into the Woods.  Isn’t it fantastic?!  Putting it on the angle seemed to just work well and I like not having to add a layer.  Julie’s Roses (another Winnie and Walter set) gave me this lovely flower and the sentiment.  The image looks colored but I actually just stamped using my Misti with the fill-in stamp from the set.  I started with Altenew’s Citrus Burst ink and then layered on some Maple Yellow on the edges by re-stamping.  The leaves are stamped the same way with Altenew’s Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades inks.  I fussy cut the images and added some sequins for a little extra touch.

Now for a little more about me.  Last Wednesday, I left on the most wonderful adventure.  I was invited to attend a retreat at the Whatever Craft House.  Just go look at that incredible house….Yes, click now.  I’ll wait.  Stamping Away March 2018 was truly a retreat full of inspiration and laughter.  I met new friends and some of my stamping idols.  All of them were so kind and welcoming.  The retreat actually has sponsors that are incredibly generous and I can promise you’ll be seeing the products I received over the next weeks and months (yes, there really is that much!).  I want to share one picture of me from the house.  These colored stairs are a bit iconic to the house and I remembered to get a photo on the last day.  Yes, I was a bit tired (hard to sleep when there is that much stamping to do!) but really happy.

Jen Timko - Whatever Craft House in Newton, KS

As I sat down to create the card for today, I admit that my creative brain was a bit scattered.  So I chose the Winnie and Walter stamps because Shay (who IS Winnie and Walter) was at the retreat.  And she is such a fun person!  I so enjoyed meeting her and watching her create with her own images…talk about insight into design.  She has a crazy amount of talent but is so down to earth.  And she was insanely generous to all of us at the retreat!

I hope that you love this card and that you’ll have time to play along with our sketch.  Also, we have a new guest designer for the month of March.  Make sure you stop by to say hi to Claire Apostoloff.  Thank you so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a wonderful crafty day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Julie’s Roses (Winnie and Walter), Into the Woods (Winnie and Walter); Paper:  Neenah Solar White #110; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Pocketful of Sunshine Cubes (Altenew), Green Fields Cubes (Altenew); Accessories: Misti, Sequins (SU)

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Newton’s Nook Designs Holiday Release – Stylish Stockings and Reindeer Roll Call

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Happy day 3 of the Holiday Release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  And yes, it is also Freshly Made Sketches day.  So I combined two of my favorite things into one post!  This holiday release from Newton’s Nook is going to continue to amazing you as, yet again, we have TWO stamps to share with you.

FMS309 by Jen Timko | Stylish Stockings Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Be Merry DSP by Stampin' UpI am going to start with the Stylish Stockings Stamp Set and the coordinating dies since I used it with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.  I love the sweet designs on these little stockings and the adorable stitched details for them.  I stamped them using Altenew’s Ruby Red ink and just look at how those tiny details show perfectly.  All I had to do was stamp the sentiment on a stitched circle and add some festive patterned paper.  Stamps like this make your holiday cards easy to reproduce and such fun to make!

Reindeer Chalk Board by Jen Timko | Reindeer Roll Call Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs, Corrugated Paper, Chalk BoardNext up is Reindeer Roll Call.  What an awesome idea this stamp is!!  As soon as I saw it, I thought chalk board card so I just had to give it a try.  I stamped using Versamark ink on a textured black card stock and then heat embossed with WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder.  I added the little snowflakes and one of the reindeer from the stamp set to accent the names and embossed them too.  I cut the panel out with a cross-stitched rectangle die and added a few rhinestones that I colored with a red Copic marker.  To give it that chalk board look, I tapped on a little bit of white craft ink with a sponge.  Then, I cut out some Corrugated Kraft card stock using a cross-stitched rectangle and added this great 7/8″ Striped Ribbon from Stampin’ Up as an accent.  You’ll notice a theme with these card today….makable!  Because when it comes to holiday cards, I generally like the make a few of each style!

I just know you are going to love the projects from the entire Newton’s Nook team today and don’t forget to take a look at all the inspiration at Freshly Made Sketches too!  Of course, the post isn’t complete without a chance to win!

Would you like to win the “Stylish Stockings” or “Reindeer Roll Call” Stamp Set?
Each 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, October 19th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, October 20th.

Thanks for stopping in today and during this whole week.  Tomorrow is the last day of this release and I feel safe in saying you are going to be thrilled by the products!

Stamps: Stylish Stockings (Newton’s Nook Designs), Reindeer Roll Call (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink: Versamark, Ruby Red (Altenew); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Be Merry DSP (SU), Textured Black (SU ret), Corrugated Kraft (SU ret); Accessories:  Big Shot, Stylish Stockings Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Large Cross Stitched Rectangles Dies (Lawn Fawn), Heat Tool, Bright White Opaque Embossing Powder (WOW!), Basic Rhinestones (SU), 7/8″ Striped Ribbon (SU), Button (SU ret), White Baker’s Twine

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All the pretty colors — of new ink

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Congrats by Jen Timko | Dotty Angles Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Clearsnap Petal Point InkI get to share some projects I have been holding on to that are part of a product review for Splitcoaststampers.  Many of you know my long standing love of “Splitcoast” because it is always full of creative inspiration, techniques, tutorials and reviews.  I was asked to take a look at some Clearsnap Petal Point Pigment Inks that are being released in two new color groupings (Sunset and Boardwalk).  Please hop right over to see my thoughts and the analyses of some amazing stampers (and their projects!) – Product Review.  If you want to see the whole gallery of work with these inks, CLICK HERE.

In my review, I mention how I was playing with the ink and trying new things.  I reference a card on kraft (Crumb Cake) card stock and an ombré card.  I wanted to share those here too since I had not put them on my blog yet.  I love the pretty Sunset color family for my Congrats card, don’t you?!  The strong colors from the pigment ink are fabulous on this background stamp!Just for You by Jen Timko | Beautiful Day Stamp by Altenew, Clearsnap Petal Point InkIn my flower card I was able to use the Boardwalk ink to get a gorgeous look on my Crumb Cake paper.  I love how the Dune color is a match and yet shows up beautifully with the line image flower.  While you are over at  Splitcoast, take some time to look around and appreciate all the resources.  You’ll be glad you did!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Paper Pumpkin sentiment(SU), Dotty Angles (SU retired); Ink:  Clearsnap Petal Point Inks in Sunset and Boardwalk; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Wooden Element Sentiment (SU), Twine, Gold Sequins, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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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!!


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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Freshly Made Sketches #284

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FMS284 by Jen Timko | Botanical Garden Stamp by Altenew, Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up Sentiment, Woodgrain Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up, Petal Point Pigment Ink by ClearsnapI hope you are having a great week!  I am slowly coming back to reality after a week vacation.  Our family took a wonderful trip to San Diego last week…what a treat!  The boys both had some real favorites events.  Oldest loved seeing the USS Midway and all the airplanes while the youngest enjoyed both the zoo and Sea World.  I love a vacation that can allow everyone to see something that feeds their interests!

So I finally got back into the craft room yesterday and that always seems to be a slow process for me.  Fortunately, Karren created a fabulous (and really workable) sketch for Freshly Made Sketches that made it a bit easier.  I knew I wanted to use these pretty flowers from Altenew (Botanical Garden) and also pulled inspiration from Altenew’s April Inspiration Challenge.  I loved the blue and the yellow and also the bokeh styling of their photo.

For my flowers, I wanted to try a new to me technique.  I have some sneak peek Petal Point inks from Clearsnap that are pigment inks so I tried this technique from Jennifer McGuire.  It is a little bit messy but I agree with Jennifer that using your fingers to apply ink is easy to control.  It also allowed me to have a bit of a splattered look on the flowers per the inspiration.Jen Timko | Botanical Garden by Altenew, Petal Point Pigment Ink by Clearsnap

The fun part with pigment ink is that it stays stickier for a little longer and that allows time to be able to come back and emboss the whole image.  The effect gives a bit of shine and depth to the card that is hard to capture in a picture.  For my center panel of the sketch,  I cut a piece of Thick Whisper White and embossed it with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder (SU).  It adds a subtle texture without pulling attention from the flowers.

I hope you are off to a great week.  I’m back to stamping today and a bit of gardening too.  I love this time of year in Virginia and my youngest is still off this week for break.  We are getting the gardens all ready for planting our vegetables and re-mulching to get things tidy after the winter.  I’m lucky he is such a great helper!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon! Supplies:

Stamp:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Sentiment (Paper Pumpkin by SU) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Petal Point Pigment Inks; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Woodgrain TIEF (SU), Dimensionals, Basic Pearls (SU), Black Sharpie Marker

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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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