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Freshly Made Sketches #433

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Happy Wednesday! Ready for the next great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches? Lucky you because the wonderful Jen Mitchell designed a fabulous one.

I pulled out the Summer Sketches stamp set from The Greetery. Thought it was perfect to add over an ink splatter. I inked it up using Altenew inks in pretty spring colors. I added the Beautiful die, also from The Greetery, to finish the sketch.

Thanks for stopping in today. Hope you will come over and play along. We love seeing all the beautiful creations in the gallery.

Freshly Made Sketches #429

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Happy Wednesday to you all! I hope this finds you healthy, safe and secure in your homes. Like many places, Virginia now has a stay at home order so we are hunkered down. I am still considered essential but with the flying pulled down for April, I’m on a reserve (on call) status. My boys are waiting for the real plan to start distance learning so we are trying to do what we can to stay engaged. My husband is also essential so works from his office every other day and teleworks on the others. All in all, we seem to be adapting as well as can be expected. The cats are confused and, no surprise, are the big winners. With all this at home time, I keep thinking that I’ll do so much crafting but somehow the mojo has just flown away. I’m glad for Freshly Made Sketches to keep me motivated! This sketch by the lovely Judy allowed me to follow my previous formula of finding a favorite stamp from a favorite company and just keeping it simple.

The Posie Fill-In stamp set from Concord and 9th remains a favorite of mine, especially on sketches with circles. I stamped using Altenew inks in Aqualicious, Lime and Jet Black. I found this piece of patterned paper in the stash and it seemed just right behind the flowers. The sentiment from the same set is bold and fabulous. I’m trying hard to mail more cards to friends. It makes me feel better and I hope it brightens their days too.

I just bet the cards from the design team will inspire you and I hope the sketch gives a boost to your creativity. I am grateful for you all. Please stay safe! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #424

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I don’t know about where you live, but here in Virginia winter has kind of been a bust. In fact, I just saw some daffodils actually blooming. At the end of February. So, in that effort of accepting that we will have no real snow, I’m just moving on to stamping spring. Thankfully, the wonderful Jen Brum designed a great sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches to enable me.

I told you recently that I had just put in my order from The Greetery and guess what? It arrived!! I love the Let’s Have a Word – Beautiful die set for this sketch. And the little flower from Summer Sketches seemed perfect yet again. I started with a Strathmore Watercolor Card and brushed on Altenew inks from the same color family. The pretty yellow oranges seemed right for my spring mood. After brushing them on, I spritzed with a bit of water and got this pretty effect. I thought the words in black were a nice contrast. I stamped the little flower using the lightest (Sunday) and third (Snapdragon) colors in the set to coordinate. The little banner is also from The Greetery and comes from the Sentiment Suite Basic die set. I found some sunny sequins in my stash to match and done!

I hope you will join us this week for our challenge. As always, make sure you check out all the inspiration from the design team! Back tomorrow with a fun card (yes, created at Stamping Away). See you then!

Beautiful Roses

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I’m sharing a card made with another of the gorgeous sets from The Greetery. You know by now that I love the look of watercoloring. But let’s face it, sometimes there just isn’t time for coloring…the horror! This set gives you a similar style with just layered stamping. Fabulous!

I had not used The Greetery’s layered images before I went to Stamping Away but I knew I’d have a chance to try them there. I doubted whether the layering was as easy to achieve as it appeared. So the short answer…YES! It is! Based on advice from the gals there, I die cut first and then stamped onto the cut image using my Misti. The instructions on in the set are super clear and easy to follow. I chose some color families in the Altenew Ink lines which worked beautifully (I have them linked below). I was totally in love with this flower spray and then needed to create a card to showcase it.

I was sitting next to the very talented Alyssa Scritchfield and she created this card. I loved the stencil she used so pretty much grabbed it right away from her when she was done. It was the perfect background for my flowers. The sentiment is from the same set as the flowers. That script is gorgeous, don’t you think?! I thought a few little Sparkling Clear sequins were a nice touch to finish.

If you haven’t already seen it, The Greetery has a new release that went live today. And yes, I have just finished my shopping! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a beautiful day!

Hello, Beautiful

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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was wonderful. Today I’m sharing another of the cards I created while at Stamping Away. One of the fun parts of stamping at this event is the ability to use all kinds of products that I don’t own (yet…). I shared my Freshly Made Sketches card last week made with a set from The Greetery and today I’m sharing another made with the same set.

I love how forgiving the layering is on these images and the loose “sketch” lines are easy to use too. This is the Summer Sketches set and the sentiment is from the brand new Sketchbook Roses set. I found it is easiest to use the coordinating die and cut first. Then, using my Misti, I simply aligned the images into the negative, placed the positive in and stamped. Perfect! There is an easy stamping guide in the stamp sets too so it is super clear how to create the layers. I used Altenew inks for these flowers. The blues are Misty Morning and Nimbus. The green is Frayed Leaf ad the black is Altenew’s Jet Black. I know you are probably in love with that border die as much as I am. Isn’t it pretty?! It is also from The Greetery and it is called Nordic Frames. Sorry, not sorry for the enabling! *smile*

Well, that is all for today. Thanks to those of you who took advantage of my de-stash sale! I’m continuing my clean out this week and working on inks. Oh my! Hope you have a good start to your week! See you soon.

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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