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Freshly Made Sketches #239

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Jen Timko - FMS239 - One of a kind butterflyFreshly Made Sketches has a great sketch for you today!  Just look at what the lovely Cindy Hall dreamed up for us this week!  I know, right?  I love off centered sketches and this one is going to be fun for you all to use!

I kept it pretty simple for today.  I had only a little stamping time yesterday and really wanted to do this sketch justice.  After some playing around with shapes and stamp sets, I settled on this butterfly die.  I think a layer under him might have been nice but he was was already glued down before I considered it, lol.  In any case, I took some Tim Holtz Distress Inks and blended them onto watercolor paper, then cut the butterfly out.  I wanted the panel to have some detail but not distract from the butterfly.  I inked up Dots for Days (retired) with the same ink colors, stamped off and then stamped onto Thick Whisper White.  I cut the panel out with a Stitched Rectangles Die.  The sentiment is from a sweet little set by Altenew called One of a Kind.  A few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh matched perfectly so I just had to add them on!

So I have been in the midst of a flying blitz (lots of 4 day trips) and then had a soccer-palooza weekend.  Tournament play for both of my soccer boys!  To top it off, my oldest turned 13 on Sunday too.  How can that possibly be?! We had a pretty chilled out family day on Monday topped off with his dinner request:  Breakfast for dinner with lots of bacon.  Yep, he is 13!!!  Oh, and of course cake.  Strawberry Applesauce Cake.  YUM!  So blessed to have been home over this long weekend for all of that so it is worth the rest of the flying schedule that was needed to make that happen!  Out again today but a bit of a respite next week where I hope to fit in more stamping!

FMS Final 239-001Just a quick reminder…the new Stampin’ Up Catalog goes live today!  Wow it is fun!  If you want to see it online, just click here:  2016-17  Catalog.  I hope you love the rest of the DTs inspiration as much as I do…fabulous as always!  I’ll be back on Friday with some details about an amazing hop I’ll be participating in on June 5th…but you will want the details early!  Please stop back in to see what it is all about!  Until then, have a great week!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  One of a Kind (Altenew), Dots for Days (SU Ret); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade) ; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterflies Thinlits, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Summer Mix Sequins (PPP)

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Freshly Made Sketches #238

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FMS238 - BotanicalsI have to admit that this weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches made me think.  Kim Singdahlsen always has the coolest cards and her groupings are one of the reasons.  And this week she gave us a challenge that allows us to try the same idea.  Once I narrowed down that I wanted to used a stamp set (and which one) things got a bit easier for me.

I stamped these pretty images from Altenew’s Botanical Garden set onto watercolor paper and then colored them with my Zig Markers.  These markers allow for such pretty shading super fast!  Then I cut them by hand and started playing around with the arrangement.  I realized that a doily (these are retiring so stock up) was perfect for the sketch and to help ground the flowers a bit.  I used the sentiment from another Altenew set because it seems perfect for many occasions.  I played a little more with the placement and finally got things how I wanted them.  The butterfly is popped up on a Dimensional to add even more emphasis on him.  Finally I added some Basic Pearls.  These seem to be the right touch for the elegant images.

FMS Final 238-001As a reminder, every other week I will have two posts on Wednesday.  This is one of those.  In just a little bit, I’ll be back with my card for The Card Concept this week.  See you in a bit!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (sentiment), WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers ; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O Detailer, Tea Lace Doily, Basic Pearls (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #234

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Jen Timko - FMS234 - FriendsHope your week has been moving along well so far!  I finally got into my craft room yesterday (after way too many days away) and got right to work on this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I am the hostess this week and I went with a sketch that leave open space to be filled with whatever you want.  I opted for this pretty flower from Altenew.

How is your crafty mojo when you have taken a big break from making stuff?  I have to admit that mine seems to be a little slow off the starting block.  So I went with my happy place and chose to watercolor.  This flower from Botanical Garden (Altenew) is so pretty, don’t you think?  I used my Zig Clean Color Pens to color it.  The flower was first stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I think it adds an elegant touch.  For the little sentiment banner, I pulled out a brand new stamp that I got from Skipping Stones Design called Healing Wings.  I’ll be doing more with sets from this company in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned for more on that.  I just thought this sentiment was perfect!  Actually, I can see me using this sentiment A LOT!!!  I added a strip of gold DSP down the side and put the card on a Night of Navy base.Jen Timko - FMS234 - Friends bring colorYou can see the gold a bit better in this flat picture…it really adds a touch of elegance to an otherwise simple design.  I hope that you enjoy this sketch.  The team has done their usual amazing work and their interpretations are sure to inspire!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Healing Wings (Skipping Stones Design); Ink: Versamark, Zig Clean Color Markers, ; Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Retired SU DSP, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Zig BrusH2O Detailer

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Freshly Made Sketches #232

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FMS232 - Coral BeautyHappy middle of the week to you!  I hope your week is going well.  As with most Wednesdays, I’m here with your mid-week inspiration from Freshly Made Sketches.  Our own amazingly talented queen of layers, Narelle Farrugia, has created this super cool sketch with layered rectangles.  So many ways to go with this!

I thought I would try a collage style background using this flower from Beautiful Day by Altenew.  It remains one of my favorite stamp sets!  I recently ordered some of Altenew’s inks and I pulled out Coral Berry for this card.  Isn’t it the most gorgeous pink?!  I stamped the solid image all over some Thick Whisper White Card Stock (SU) using that ink and then stamped the line image in Versafine Onyx Black ink randomly to fill in spaces.  I used the sentiment from the set and stamped it with the Versafine too, then layered the sentiment and the image panel onto Basic Black layers.  I added a little bit of black thread and some sequins as a finishing touch.

FMS Final 232-001This kind of card is super easy to create and you can use a variety of stamp sets to get this effect.  I’m really happy with how this came out and want to try some other sets and colors!  Ok….you know the drill.  Go check out the awesome projects from the rest of the team…you’ll be happy you did!

So glad you stopped in today.  I hope you like this one!  Back soon with another card….see you then!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Coral BerryVersafine Onyx Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black; Accessories:  Thread, Metallic Sequins (SU), Dimensionals

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Botanical Rose

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Jen Timko - Botanical RoseI really wanted to use this title on the post:  “In which I say happy anniversary to Altenew, show what I have learned about Chameleon pens, and profess undying thanks to Lydia”  (format courtesy of Lydia)  I think we can agree that would have been a bit cumbersome.  But it is really what this post is about!

First of all, I wanted to share this card that is inspired by the 2nd Anniversary of Altenew.  This company is so fabulous and the inspiration they have provided through beautiful designs and an amazing design team are a stand out in the industry!  This set, Botanical Blooms, is pretty new and I’m completely enamored with it.  Such pretty, pretty images!  I wanted to make a clean card (yeah….I know, I always do) that showed off the lovely details in these stamps.  I stamped them with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and added a sentiment from Watercolor Wishes (SU) stamped in Versafine Black Ink.

Then I get to part two of my post….Chameleon Pens.  These are a unique way to color using alcohol pens that have all the shading care of one pen.  The dear Ilina Crouse sent me the Pastel Tones set and that is all I have used for coloring here.  In fact, I only used three of them (Y03-Warm Sunset, CG8-Cool Gray, and PK3-Bubble Gum).  I am getting better at shading and timing the infusions and they are really fun to use.  This is what I was working on the other day when a friend came over to visit….she colored some pretty flowers too!  I added a few sequins that matched (two from Pretty Pink Posh and one from SU) and added a border of a pretty watercolor DSP (retired SU).

Finally, and this is big.  I need to profess my thanks to the one-of-a-kind Lydia.  I have struggled pretty much forever in getting a decent picture of a primarily white card.  As in, I take 25 pictures all over my house, edit the pictures, hate the pictures, take 25 more pictures…..   Well, you get the point.  So when Lydia posted about a new light box she got and how it changed her world, well, I had to run right out to get one.  I caution you that following Lydia inspires that result.  Being her friend can be expensive because she is always right.  When she says you have to have it, you do.  Just accept it and move forward.  I had planned to post this card yesterday but then I found out my Foldio 2 was coming and I wanted to wait to give it a good test.  Let me tell you what happened.  I set it up, took one (yes, ONE) picture with my phone (YES, MY PHONE!!!!!!) and this is the one I took.  I cropped it, lightened it just a little and done.  Threw on the watermark and I’m pretty sure I squealed loud enough for the neighbors to be concerned.  Now I can spend more time making things.  I’m so happy!!

So that is it for today.  Pretty much one big thank you post to Altenew, Ilina and Lydia.  Wow, I’m lucky to be a stamper!  Hope your weekend is fabulous!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Watercolor Wishes (SU); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Chameleon Pastel Tones; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP (SU retired); Accessories:  Sequins – PPP Summer Mix and SU Paper Pumpkin, Glue Dots

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Botanical Cherry Blossoms

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PP287, CAS - Botanical cherry blossomSo I told you that I was supposed to head to Denver on Wednesday….well, the weather had other plans and crazy enough, I ended up back at home for another night (YAY!!!).  Well I had a little bit of time to play (very little) in the morning before heading back into the fray and I just had to do a little bit of coloring on a new stamp set.  This Botanical Garden set from Altenew is just gorgeous and I wanted to color it to look like my cherry tree which is just starting to bloom.Cherry BlossomsI really wanted to use my new Chameleon Markers that were sent to me by the fabulous Ilina Crouse.  She is a master with these and I am determined to learn to use them well.  I only used the pink on for today and the way they blend seamlessly is really cool.  Again, I was working quick but I look forward to more time with them.  I added some Copics markers for the green.  The sentiment comes from another set I just got called Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant) and I’m in love with the fonts and sentiment choices on this one!    I played along with The Paper Players Celebrate Spring theme and with Addicted to CAS #84 code word Delicate.  PP287 ColorsOk, I’m really out on my trip now and hoping for some flyer friendly weather tomorrow.  Today….not so much.  Thanks so much for stopping in today!  See you soon.

ATCAS - code word delicate pp287Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Copics, Chameleon; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  Misti, Perfect Accents

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Freshly Made Sketches #226

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Jen Timko - FMS226 - Thank YouHappy Wednesday everyone!  I’m so thrilled to share this awesome sketch from the lovely Rita.  I was so grateful for this one since my card came together really fast!!

I had colored this flower a few weeks ago when my mom was visiting.  We were playing with Zig Clean Color Markers and Shimmery White card stock and this flower was a natural to color.  You can’t see it in the picture but the flower has a lovely shimmer to it that makes it even prettier in person.  I stamped some Crumb Cake card stock using the Dots for Days stamp and Momento Black.  The sentiment is from the February Paper Pumpkin kit (I’m obsessed with this font and the sentiments).

FMS Final 226-001I hope you enjoy playing along this week!  I can’t wait for you to see all the team has created.  And I know I’ll be loving the gallery this week too.  Thanks for stopping in!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Dots for Days (SU), Paper Pumpkin Feb (SU); Ink: Versafine Onyx BlackZig Clean Color Markers, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink; Paper: Crumb Cake, Shimmery White (SU); Accessories:  Zig BrusH2O

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Freshly Made Sketches #224

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FMS224 - Watercolor FlowersAs I continue on my quest to color as much as possible for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I realized I needed to pack a little smarter on some of my trips.  So last week I pre-stamped some images and picked some of my Zig Clean Color Markers to bring along to work on during layovers.  I posted some of what I did on Instagram and you may have seen part of this image there.  I had hoped it would work for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this week and it totally did!  I am the sketch hostess this week and the big open panel lends itself to all kinds of fun things (I hope!).

I stamped these pretty images from Altenew’s Beautiful Day with WPlus9 Black Dye Ink and used a little bit of masking to cluster the flowers.  The zigs did all the work on the coloring.  I love how easy it is to create shading with only a couple of markers!  I added the little piece of DSP in a color similar to the flower centers and then pulled out some sequins from the Watercolor Wishes kit that complement the colors.  The Soft Sky base is pretty with the light blue of the little flowers.

Our team has its normal amazing variety so make sure you go tell the gals how much you love their work!  Ok…back to work!  But I did bring some more coloring along.  I’ll post on Instagram if I get some time on this trip to play!  Until next time, hope you have a great week!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Soft Sky, DSP;  Ink:  Zig Clean Color, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink; Accessories:  Watercolor Wishes Sequins (SU), Zig Brush2O Water Pen

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Gray Flower Copic Coloring Tutorial

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I had a few requests to show you how I created the gray flower from my post a few days ago with this card.

You're in my ThoughtsSo I created a quick video to show you the basics of my Copic coloring.  I will apologize now….some of the video quality is not what I would want but I was trying out creating videos with my IPhone for the first time and clearly have some things to work out.  In any case, you can see the fundamentals and I hope you will give this a try!!


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Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Smoky Slate (SU), Copic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Gray Vivienne DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builders Die (LID), Sequins (PPP), White Gel Pen

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You’re in my Thoughts

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You're in my ThoughtsI hope your weekend is going well!  We are finally digging out of all the snow and life is returning to normal.  Both boys may even go to school tomorrow!  Yay!!  My oldest missed a whole week.  Eek!  I know a lot of people make fun of this area and how it handles snow but the reality is that we have equipment that is good for regular little snows and NOT for gigantic storms like Snowzilla.  So it takes a bit.  But I did have a great time with sledding along with all the shoveling.  Over all, a mom win for time spent with the boys!

Meanwhile, back at the stamp table, I was able to finally put together something that I worked on over a week ago.  I showed a peek of the coloring in progress on my Instagram page (link is over in my sidebar if you want to follow).  I was practicing my no-line coloring using just grays.  In this case, Copic Toner Grays T0, T2 and T5.  The flower is from Altenew’s Beautiful Day.  I stamped in SU Smoky Slate ink and then did the coloring.  I added a little white to the center with a White Gel Pen.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes and also stamped in Smoky Slate.  I cut the white layer with a Lil’ Inkers Border Builders Die and added a piece of Basic Grey Vivienne DSP underneath.  Some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh were a nice finishing touch.  You can get most of these products all in one place at Simon Says Stamp.

wednesdayblog-logoI hope you enjoy this one.  I had fun practicing my coloring.  Even more fun when it turns into something worth showing (not everything does but the practice is still worth it!).  Thought I’d add this in on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week – the theme is Anything Goes.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew); Ink: Smoky Slate (SU), Copic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Gray Vivienne DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builders Die (LID), Sequins (PPP), White Gel Pen

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