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Freshly Made Sketches #422

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The Freshly Made Sketches challenge is up and running and the amazing Linda Callahan is our sketch designer this week. This one has all the hallmarks of a big week since I can see lots of ways to use the sketch.

I opted to keep it pretty straight to the sketch and chose this fun image from My Favorite Things called Miss You A Latte. She is fun to color and pretty quick too. Colored her in using Copics in my RV, B and Y families. I used a sentiment from the same set cut out with the MFT Slanted Sentiments Dies. The patterned paper is from my stash (SU) and I used some bold pink card stock and brushed on a little ink at the edges to give it some depth.

A fun little card to brighten someone’s day and get me back into the swing of creating after all the cleaning I’ve been doing. I hope you will have a few moments to join us on the sketch this week. Hope to be back later this week with another creation from my weekend at Stamping Away. Until then, have a wonderful day!

Freshly Made Sketches #403

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Happy Wednesday! Freshly Made Sketches has a fabulous sketch from designer Narelle Farrugia today. It is one that is fun for patterned paper, die cut elements or even great horizontal images. You are going to love it!

I went with a fall go-to this week, Layering Leaves Dies by Concord and 9th. They seemed to fit the sketch perfectly! I also went to the way back machine and pulled out remnants of some old designer paper by SU called Sweater Weather. Loved it then, still do. This plaid seemed right on trend so I thought it would be great for the background. I used some other prints from the pack and a sentiment from C9’s Hello Lovely set on the panels. To keep the panel cutting easy and uniform, I cheated. I used the Slanted Sentiments Dies from MFT and simply cut them down to rectangles.

Hope you’ll head over and join the team for this latest sketch. I’ll be back on Friday with a post with the Crafty Friends. You won’t want to miss this month. Another fabulous promo code from another amazing company! Until then, have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #359

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Happy Wednesday!!  Today is Freshly Made Sketches day and I’m happy to share a classic sketch with you for the week.  This one by Narelle is simply a go-to winner!  LOVE it!

FMS359 by Jen Timko | Layering Leaves Dies by Concord and 9th, Give Thanks Stamp Set by Concord and 9th, Daniel Smith Watercolors, Wonky Stitched Dies by MFT StampsIn a surprise move, I actually opted not to use flowers for the circle elements.  That is usually where my brain goes but given that fall seems to be wanting to finally show up, I decided leaves were decidedly more appropriate.  And what better leaves to use that the Concord and 9th Layering Leaves Dies?!  They are gorgeous and perfect!  I cut the leaves from watercolor paper first.  Then, using Daniel Smith watercolors, I painted them with fall colors.  If you have never used these high quality paints, I linked a palette of these watercolors below.  This is a perfect way to try them (and fall in love with them!) with virtually no commitment.  I love the sentiment from the coordinating Give Thanks stamp set because, well, it is true.  At least when it actually acts like fall.  Which has been not at all this year.  I thought the Wonky Stitched Dies were a nice look with the style of the leaves and I used it on Gray Granite cardstock (SU).

You are going to be in awe when you take a look at all the design team created! I think they just knocked it out of the park this week.  There are so many ways to interpret this sketch and I’m certain the gallery will be full of inspiration too.  I hope you will join us and share your creation.  We love seeing what you make!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card using October release products from Picket Fence Studios.  So glad you stopped in today.  See you soon!

Picket Fence Studios – Crafty Friends

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Crafty Friends by Jen Timko | Crafty Friends Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Tonic Nuvo Glimmer Paste, Wow Embossing GlitterI have a fun card to share with you today over at the Picket Fence Studios blog.  Many of you know that I tend to hoard collect sentiments and this sentiment set called Crafty Friends is simply amazing.  I though it would be great if I simply focused on it without any images but wanted the card to feel special enough to sent to a crafty friend.

Back in March when I was at Stamping Away, I created this background after I saw some inspiration by the awesome stampers who joined me.  My friend Jill told me about a great way to use the Tonic Nuvo Glimmer Pastes.  Using a background cover plate from My Favorite Things, I created a disposable stencil.  All you have to do is lay it down on card stock just like any stencil and apply the paste.  I got two cards out of it before it was a big mess and then could just toss it.  If you do want to use the pastes with your real stencils, take care to wash them off immediately since the paste dries quickly.  I used two colors here…so pretty!

Crafty Friends by Jen Timko | Crafty Friends Stamp Set by Picket Fence StudiosMy sentiment was stamped onto vellum with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed with Wow Black Glint Embossing Glitter.  It has a bit of a shimmer and shine that regular embossing powder doesn’t have.  Perfect against this background.  I created this with this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch challenge as inspiration.  Perfect for showing off great sentiments!

I will be sharing posts about every three weeks over on the Picket Fence Studios blog (as will all my fellow design team members) so we would love to have you visit over there for inspiration.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Newton’s Nook Designs April Release – Little Lilies and April Showers

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Welcome to the last day of the April Release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  This has been an amazing month and we are finishing off with style!!  Two, yes two, more stamp sets to show you today.  Woohoo!!  Both of these are just what you need to bring a little spring sunshine into your craft room!

Just Because by Jen Timko | Little Lilies Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Stitched Circle Scallop Frames by MFT StampsFirst up is Little Lilies.  I love these sweet little flowers so much and literally ran right down to stamp with it when it arrived on my doorstep.  I colored the flower with my Zig Clean Color Markers and then cut it out with the coordinating dies.

Just Because by Jen Timko | Little Lilies Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Stitched Circle Scallop Frames by MFT StampsI added just a little touch of light gray and green on the ends of the flowers to give a little dimension to the white flowers.  Onto a base of Bristol Smooth paper, I swirled on a little bit of Distress Ink and sprinkled it with water.  I am a big fan of a “just because” card since I can use them for so many things so I chose it for my sentiment.  The flower went perfectly with this little scalloped circle frame so I added that and then the flower on top.  I dug through and found a few sequins to finish the card.

April Showers by Jen Timko | April Showers Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs, Wood Textures Card Stock by Stampin' UpThe second set for today is called April Showers.  I have to tell you, I am SERIOUSLY hoping this sentiment is true!!  I am done with winter weather and really ready for some flowers and butterflies!  I used a yellow embossing powder on vellum for the sentiment and then cut it out with a banner die.  I pulled out my trusty sewing machine (see, mom, I still know how to use it!!) and stitched the banner onto some Wood Textures paper.April Showers by Jen Timko | April Showers Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs, Wood Textures Card Stock by Stampin' UpIt is a little hard to see in the big picture so I’m giving you a close up of the little beads that I attached to the centers of the flowers and onto the banner.  I used the Multi-Medium Matte Glue for those.  There are additional images that are super cute that go with the sentiment and I’m sure the DT has some great examples with those.

I hope that you have enjoyed all of my cards this week.  I very much enjoy hearing from you in the comments and your kind words always bring a smile.  Thanks for letting me be a part of your day!  Now for your chance to win!!

Would you like to win the “Little Lilies” or “April Showers” 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, April 19th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 20th.

Thanks for stopping in today and during this whole week.  All of the sets will be available for purchase tomorrow…happy shopping!Supplies:

Stamps: Little Lilies(Newton’s Nook Designs), April Showers (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers, Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Versamark; Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Wood Textures DSP (SU), White Vellum (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Little Lilies Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Dimensionals (SU), Mini Dimensionals (SU), Misti, Petal Peach Sequin Pack – Beads (Honey Bee Stamps), Sequins (SU ret), Stitched Circle Scallop Frames Dies (MFT Stamps), Multi-Medium Matte Glue (Ranger)

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Freshly Made Sketches #333

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(Note:  This is my first post of the day.  If you are looking for the Newton’s Nook Designs Release day 3 post, you can find it HERE.)FMS333 by Jen Timko | Posie Fill-In Stamp and Dies by Concord and 9th, Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die by MFT StampsIt is a busy week and I have two cards for today.  First up is this one for Freshly Made Sketches.  Narelle Farrugia is our sketch hostess this week and she created a sketch that I fell instantly in love with!  Per the usual, when I saw the circles I thought flowers.  After seeing the Where Creativity Meets C9 theme for this month, I knew it flowers were meant to be.  So I grabbed these amazing Concord and 9th flowers from the Posie Fill-In set that worked perfectly!

I stamped the outlines with Momento Tuxedo Black ink first.  Then I used the fill in stamps with Lawn Fawn ink in Cilantro (the leaves), Raspberry and Sugar Plum.  I added the flower centers and then cut out all the images using the coordinating dies.  The sentiment comes from the same set…perfect for “just because” cards.  I used a Wonky Stitches Rectangle to add a bit more detail to the card.

Hope you like this sketch and will have some time to play along.  As always, the design team has fantastic inspiration for you.  Back in a few with today’s reveal from Newton’s Nook Designs.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Posie Fill-In (Concord and 9th); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Lawn Fawn; Accessories: Big Shot, Posie Fill-In Dies (Concord and 9th), Misti, Mini Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #279

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FMS279 by Jen Timko | Mondo Hydrangea by Ellen Hutson, Lovely by Ellen Hutson, Watercolor, Zig Clean Color, Wonky Stitched RectanglesIn the middle of all the Newton’s Nook release week, I have a card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.  If you are looking for today’s release, it will be up right after this.  Our sketch hostess today is the amazingly talented Rita Wright.  I hope she forgives my stretch on her sketch this week.

So yes, there is supposed to be a vertical panel with the rectangle and the banners but here is the deal.  As part of the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge, I had colored this hydrangea last week.  And I really wanted to use it.  And I was seriously pressed for time (only two days in between trips).  And I just could not make this work if I added another panel.  Sooooo, the hydrangea is taking the place of the panel.  Some weeks go like that!  I colored this pretty image using my Zigs and here was my inspiration.I had watched a coloring video where she talked about using images of real flowers when you are coloring them.  I think we can agree that my version is still pretty simple compared to nature’s gorgeous work but it was fun to have a starting place for colors.  And I really LOVE white hydrangeas with their shades of green and pink and sometimes pale blues.  I added a frame cut with my Wonky Stitched Rectangles Dies and some retired lace from SU behind the flower.  The sentiment is from another Ellen Hutson set called Lovely.

Make sure to come back for my card for today’s reveal from Newton’s Nook and make sure you take the opportunity for chances to win the set from this month’s release.  I hope you have a great rest of your week!!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson), Lovely (Ellen Hutson) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Arches Cold Press Watercolor; Accessories:  Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Dies (My Favorite Things), Lace (SU retired)

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Freshly Made Sketches #257

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fms257-season-of-joySo we have some fun news over at Freshly Made Sketches.  First, we can announce that the lovely Cécile Ribon will be joining us full time Design Team member.  YAY for us!!!  Also, we introduced an update to the blog.  We hope you like our, um, “fresh” new look!  Let us know what you think.  We have a great sketch from the amazing Jen Mitchell.

I decided I better get a little more serious about Christmas cards so I pulled out one of my go to sets, Holly Jolly Greetings.  This big snowflake is so pretty and was perfect for the focal element.  And the sentiments in the set (the reason I got it, of course) are awesome.  I know it is easy to get all caught up in the newest, latest and greatest but sometimes it is nice to pull out a workhorse set.  I stamped in Night of Navy and paired it with Floral Boutique DSP (not just flowers!!).  I used Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies from My Favorite Things to add the fun stitching and a few Basic Pearls.

fms-final-257-001This is my first post for today.  My second post is my card for The Card Concept.  I hope you’ll enjoy Jen’s sketch this week!  Thanks for stopping in today.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink: Night of Navy; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT), Basic Pearls, Misti

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May Fancy Friday – Thanks!

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Jen Timko - FF May - ThanksWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of demonstrators who love to make beautiful things.  Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from the super talented Marisa, welcome to the next stop.  For May, our theme is Never Enough Thanks!  You may have heard of the hashtag fun going around for birthdays (#imbringingbirthdaysback), well we are bringing thanks yous back!  Yep, #imbringingthankyousback !

I think that thank you cards are actually what I make the most but I love them!  Faced with the prospect of the theme, somehow I froze.  What to make?  Who should it be for?  Retiring items or new products?  Oh the pressure!  *smile*  Ok, not really but I did kind of go blank.  So I decided to go a little artsy.  I took some watercolor paper and got it wet where I wanted color and then added some Melon Mambo ink.  At first, I was thinking to make it all one color and use a new suite from the catalog but then I thought that it needed something more.  So I added Daffodil Delight too.  When I say added, I just added a little more water and then smooshed my Aquapainter into the ink and dropped it onto the water.  And it spread around and became totally cool.  I took the same brush (without more ink) and placed it around the pink to add variety.  And then the hardest part, just sit it aside to dry.  I worked on another card… of yesterday’s to be exact.  Once it was dry, I sent it through the Big Shot and cut out the sentiment with Greetings Thinlits.  The thick paper had a few of those dots that sometimes happen (from the holes to help free your paper) so I ran it back through the Big Shot between just the two plates to flatten it.  Then I cut out some Thick Whisper White that had foam tape attached to the back with the same thinlet.  Because I wanted the whole panel to pop up onto my card base, I added a white panel behind the sentiment negative to allow a place to attach the positive.  I added a little more detail with a Wonky Stitched Die and then I just stacked the cutouts where the original sentiment had been cut out.  A Melon Mambo base to make it even brighter and some sequins leftover from Paper Pumpkin for more fun!  Just a quick reminder….this die set is retiring.  So make sure you have it before it is gone!!

So, I have a confession to make.  I haven’t mailed this yet.  They may kick me out for not following the rules!  But I can tell you that this is going to an awesome mom who has been the team manager for my younger son’s soccer team this year and, truthfully, it will be hand delivered.  So I only kind of sort of fail in the month’s instructions — we were to make a card and actually send it!  My friend is bright and happy and always keeps the rest of us parents on track.  This card makes me think of her!



I hope you will be inspired to make some thank you cards this month and you too can join us with our hashtag!  We’ll be watching for it!  Now you get to go over to my dear friend Jeanna who I just KNOW will make you smile!

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


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Paper:  Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor;  Ink:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight; Accessories:  Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Wonky Stitched Dies (My Favorite Things), Aquapainter, Foam Tape (3M), Sequins, Dimensionals

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