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Freshly Made Sketches #432

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Three posts in a row! Don’t faint! It has been fun to be able to share different things with you and today I’m back to my standard Wednesday with Freshly Made Sketches. I am the sketch designer this week.

I started coloring these images over the weekend (and shared on Instagram) from the new Superhero Scrubs stamp set by Erin Lee Creative. Erin’s husband is one of these superheroes so the set is near and dear to her! I was really hoping that I could make them work for my sketch this week and I love how they turned out. I stamped them onto XPress-It Copic Coloring Paper. This paper is made just for Copic and it makes blending easy. I fussy cut them out and then went to work on the rest of the card. For the top, I decided to use the Tumbling Hearts Stencil from Newton’s Nook Designs for textured embossing. It is really easy with the right sandwich. I often say that stencils are a cost effective workhorse in your crafting and this is an example why. I stamped the bottom portion with a sentiment from the same stamp set. To add extra dimension, I glued the red card stock to the base and then popped up the white pieces. Red sequins seemed like a good addition so on they went.

The design team has created all kinds of wonderful takes on the sketch. What amazing talent they have! Hope you will join in and share with us too. Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #405

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Happy Wednesday! Happy Freshly Made Sketches day! I love this cool and interesting sketch by the lovely Judy Rozema.

I continued to be inspired by the thought of fall. Not actual fall since that seems to be eluding us in Virginia. But I’m going to keep making cards with leaves to see what I can do. I pulled out these wonderful Autumn Leaves Dies by Newton’s Nook Designs and used a sentiment from the Cottage Garden Stamp Set. I popped them onto some stitched squared with the entire base of Neenah Desert Storm.

Come on over and join us for this fun sketch! And make sure you go see all the inspiration from the design team too. Always a joy to see the takes on the sketch and this week is no exception. Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #375

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Glad you are here to visit today as I share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  The always brilliant Cécile has created a unique and wonderful sketch for us this week.  Such fun when you get to stretch your brain with something truly new.

FMS375 by Jen Timko | Hay There Stamp Set and Dies by Lawn Fawn, Land Borders Dies by Newton's Nook DesignsI will admit that those triangles had me a bit confounded at first so I reverted to another shape.  Circles!  You’d think I’d have had my fill of those last week but nope.  So I pondered what stamp set to use and how to make this work.  And I came across this Hey There set by Lawn Fawn that had gone uninked….how is that even a thing?!  Every image in this set is totally adorable.  I stamped the barn, the cow and the fence (in my brain this would be the leaf element) and of course the speech bubble.  Because why shouldn’t a cow send Valentine’s sentiments?  I colored them with my Copics and started playing with the layout.  Originally I started with no background shapes at all but quickly found that not to work.  So I cut a landscape border for “grass” and then cut it out with a circle die (and cut whole circles from blue card stock while I was at it).  That worked much better!  It seemed for me that a square card worked better so I cut a square from some Lawn Fawn plaid and then layered my elements.  I kind of love this quirky cow card and DH will surely chuckle.  He thinks cows are hilarious so I think he will like it.   I’m back in FL this week to work on my mom’s house….so off I go back to organizing.  I hope your day is wonderful!  See you tomorrow with the latest release info from Picket Fence Studios!


Freshly Made Sketches #371

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Another week has flown by and it is time for the newest challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.  The amazing Jen Mitchell is our sketch designer this week and her sketch is fantastic.

FMS371 by Jen Timko | Little Lilies Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Beautiful Ride Stamp Set by Simon Says Stamp, WatercolorI thoughts I’d pull out my Daniel Smith watercolors for this one and create a bit of a wash for the rounded corner square.  But what image to use as a focal point?  After scanning through, I came upon the Little Lilies set from Newton’s Nook Designs and I thought it would be perfect for the job.  I painted it and cut it out using the coordinating dies and then decided it would be nice to add a wash of color to the crossing panel too.  So a little more painting (and waiting to dry).  Finally, I found this sweet sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Ride that seemed just right for the little flowers.  A quick little card for a sweet sketch!

Short and sweet today.  Out on a trip and then back to finish up some details for the big January/Creativation Release from Picket Fence Studios.  Hop over and check out all the great cards from the DT this week at FMS and I hope you’ll join us.  Have a great rest of your week and see you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #366 and an Announcement

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I cannot even tell you how happy I am to bring you the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Why??  First of all, the sketch is super clever and amazingly unique, just like its designer Cécile.  Second, we are announcing a Design Team Call.  Yes, we are looking to add to our team and we are so happy to see who is ready to join us.  All the details are on the challenge blog.

FMS366 by Jen Timko | Poinsettia Stamp Set and Dies by Simon Says Stamp, Snow Globe Shaker Dies by Newton's Nook DesignsBut I’ll start with my card for today’s challenge.  I was so in awe of this sketch and could not wait to use it.  I started off knowing I wanted to use embossing paste for the striped detail but which stencil?  After a few false starts I settle on this brick style that I had from Stampin’ Up.  And I also used their Silver Embossing Paste that hadn’t been opened (seriously, why?).  I love the effect for a holiday card!  Next up, what to use for the images.  I settle on the gorgeous Poinsettia stamp set from Simon Says Stamp (always a coloring favorite for me.  The images were stamped on Shimmery White paper (SU) which has a subtle sparkle to it and still works for Copics.   I stamped using the new Black Hybrid Ink from Picket Fence Studios since it is Copic friendly.  I used my Misti and left the stamp in place for later.  Then using my red family of Copics, I colored the flowers and then added some gray centers.  After the coloring was done, I put my panel of flowers back in the Misti and overstamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  Finally, I cut the images out with the coordinating dies.I hope you will jump right over to the the challenge site and consider playing along this week.  This sketch is sure to be a hit!  I’m so glad you dropped in today.  Thanks for sharing a few minutes of your time with me.  See you soon!


National Coffee Day Hop – Have a Cup of Cheer

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Happy National Coffee Day!!  If ever there was something worth celebrating, it is definitely coffee!  I am thrilled to be part of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers hop today.  So many Super Sponsors!  So many prizes!!


Avery Elle – $25 Gift Code
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps – $25 Gift Code
Ellen Hutson LLC – $25 Gift Card
Gina K Designs – Two $50 Gift Cards
Honey Bee Stamps – $25 Gift Card
Joy Clair – $25 Gift Card
Lawn Fawn – $25 Gift Card
Newton’s Nook Designs – $25 Gift Card
Pink & Main – $25 Store Credit
Precious Remembrance – Little Things stamp set + exclusive coupon savings
Reverse Confetti – $15 Gift Card
STAMPlorations – $15 Gift Card
Studio Katia – A Cup of Thanks Stamp Set & Coordinating Die Set
Trinity Stamps LLC – Coffee with Character stamp set

The hop starts over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers’ blog.  You should have come to me via the amazing Wendy McGaffey.  I have all the links later in my post if you get lost along the way.

Coffee Lovers National Coffee Day Hop by Jen Timko | Cup of Cocoa Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Mini Storybook 1 Dies by Pretty Pink Posh, Copic ColoringI decided I should pull out the adorable Cup of Cocoa set from Newton’s Nook Designs today.  It so happens that Newton’s Nook Designs is one of the Super Sponsors today and I will be giving away $25 Store Credit to shop with them!  Make sure to comment here and around the hop for chances to win.  Also, the Newton’s Nook Designs team is doing a hop too with another chance to win.

Coffee Lovers National Coffee Day Hop by Jen Timko | Cup of Cocoa Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Mini Storybook 1 Dies by Pretty Pink Posh, Copic ColoringI colored these fun cups with my Copic Markers and then created a shaker card with the Storybook Dies.  The sequins from Picket Fence Studios were perfect to match the cups.  I think the sentiment from the stamp set is fantastic for today’s hop theme!!  Lots of cups of cheer all around blogland!!

I’m so happy that Newton’s Nook Designs allowed me to feature their prize!  Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to win!  Now on to the rest of the hop.  Next up is Maria Peters over on Instagram.

Here are all the links to the Coffee Lovers team (click the blue button):

And here are the links to all the Super Sponsors (click the blue button):

I hope you have a fun with all the inspiration!!



Santa and His Reindeer

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I have two more cards to share with you today that I created for the Picket Fence Studios new release.  I have had such fun with the new sets and will be sharing more with you over the next weeks too.  Today, I’m focusing on Santa and his reindeer.  Two adorable sets!  And don’t forget my GIVEAWAY….see my post from Sunday to enter.

Ho Ho Ho by Jen Timko | Santa's Mishief Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Coloring, Framework Dies by Newton's Nook DesignsI love all the Santa images in the Santa’s mischief set and the sentiments are awesome too.  Lots of possibilities for fun cards!  I fell in love with the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #289 and thought it wold be fun to use for this card.  I stamped Santa in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with my Copics.  I thought the Framework Dies  were a great shape for the sketch and used it to cut some of the Festive Farmhouse paper (SU).  I added a sentiment from the set onto some Wood Textures paper (SU) and then layered on the elements.

Santa Did It by Jen Timko | Santa's Sleigh Ride Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Zig Clean Color MarkersFor my second card, I chose three of the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Ride and watercolored them with Zig Clean Color Pens.  Using a mask that I created with the Land Borders Dies I added a distress ink background with my Life Changing Blender Brushes.  And yes, they really are THAT good!!  Super smooth and absolutely zero brush or blending lines!  I put the panel on a base of School House Red card stock and added the sentiment onto a banner.  It is embossed with Wow Bright White Embossing Powder.

I hope you enjoy these cards and don’t forget to enter for my giveaway!!  See you soon!




A Fond Farewell

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So today is a day that I have really mixed feelings about.  A year and half ago, I was given the amazing opportunity to become a design team member for Newton’s Nook Designs.  Jen and Jeff Jackson took a chance on me and I am forever grateful!  Being on this team has allowed me to stretch creatively with the support of an incredible group of designers.  What a privilege!  But today, it is time to say goodbye as a team member.  Making the decision to leave was a tough one but it is the right one for me right now.  I’m going to breathe, create for me and see what stamping adventure comes next.

But first, I want to let you know what I have learned being on this team.  I always knew that small business owners were important to our country.  Now I know for sure that small business owners are the heart of it.  Especially in our creative world, I’m grateful for entrepreneurs like Jen and Jeff.  They run Newton’s Nook Designs with love and caring.  You see this in their art and humor.  And as a design team member, you get to see behind the curtain, so to speak.  What did I find??  More love and caring.  The design team becomes family. The communication and organization is so impressive.  I can hardly find enough compliments for how I feel about the entire experience working with Newton’s Nook.

When I needed to ponder a “farewell” card, I was a bit overwhelmed.  I finally decided to create a card with my very first NND stamp.  You have seen me return to it often and it remains an all time favorite.  In the end, I created something clean, because I guess that is really who I am creatively.  Lovely Amazing You by Jen Timko | Happy Little Thoughts Stamp Set by Newton's Nook DesignsI stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  Then I pulled out my Daniel Smith paints and just painted for fun.  I tried to create some color variations on the flowers and just create a pretty summer wreath.  I added this sentiment from the stamp set (all of them in the set are fantastic).  But I thought that is was perfect for all of you who have supported my work while on the DT.  For all the kind and encouraging comments, I cannot tell you how much they mean.  Thank you, all of you, for your sweet words!

So over at the Newton’s Nook Blog today, they have posted some cards that are my faves from the last year and a half.  I hope you’ll go over to visit and see them.  And as with all change, you will find out some fun news over the next few days about who will be joining the team to inspire you.  You are sure to be thrilled!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I’m grateful you shared some time with me.  See you soon!

Stamps: Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Bristol Smooth (Strathmore), Bermuda Bay; Accessories:  Misti, Daniel Smith Palette (Debby’s Set – Simon Says Stamp), Silver Paint Brush, Sequins (SU)

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Peonies in Silver

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This week Newton’s Nook Designs and Xyron are partnering for an awesome inspiration week! Each day there is fresh inspiration using Newton’s Nook Designs products with Xyron adhesives on the NND blog and on the Xyron facebook page!  I am thrilled to be here on the lead off day to share with you.

Hello by Jen Timko | Peony Blooms Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Cameo Frame Die Set by Newton's Nook Designs, 3" Disposable Sticker Maker by XyronToday’s card all started with the Cameo Frames Die Set.  This intricate die is gorgeous but I will admit that dies like this (and word dies) sometime intimidate me because of how to adhere them to a card.  So I was a stamper on a mission and took advantage of this collaboration to see what solution I could find.  And you know what??  I found one!  The Xyron sticker makers are a new to me product and I’m officially in love.

Hello by Jen Timko | Peony Blooms Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Cameo Frame Die Set by Newton's Nook Designs, 3" Disposable Sticker Maker by XyronI started by running some glitter paper through the sticker maker.  That is certainly simple enough!  I removed the top clear layer and then put my die down on the paper.  Next up, the Big Shot.  I shimmed this with some plain typing paper to force the cut a little more and then ran it back and forth a few times to make sure the cut was really complete.  When you remove the die, you are left with a die cut that has a sticky backing.  Talk about making things easier!  Once I knew it was that simple, I got to designing the rest of the card.  This frame is so pretty all alone that I didn’t want to cover it or take away from it.  So I pulled out some vellum and did some Versamark stamping followed by silver embossing powder.

Hello by Jen Timko | Peony Blooms Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Cameo Frame Die Set by Newton's Nook Designs, 3" Disposable Sticker Maker by XyronI used the Peony Blooms stamp set (one of my all time faves) on the vellum.  I added the sentiment from the same set off center.  The backing was pulled off the frame and it adhered perfectly.  I glued down the flowers and then added a clear button and some silver thread.  To add to the silver (but trying not to take away from the gorgeous frame and images), I added a silver striped vellum to a white base.  And that’s it.

It all started with the frame and the ability to glue it down simply.  Xyron has so many wonderful products and you are sure to find tons of inspiration from the combined DT’s this week.  And guess what…a chance to win!

Would you like to win a Prize pack including a Mega Runner from Xyron and a $25 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?

Here’s how to win:
Leave a comment on the NND & Design Team blog posts using Xyron products all week (June 25-29) to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen from blog posts throughout the week so the more posts you leave comments on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Friday June 29th at midnight EST to comment. The winner will be announced on the NND blog post on Monday, July 2nd.

Xyron will also be giving away a prize pack! Make sure to visit the Xyron facebook page each day this week for inspiration and leave comments there for another chance to win!

Stamps: Peony Blooms (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), White Vellum (SU), Silver Striped Vellum (SU retired); Accessories:  Big Shot, Cameo Frame Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Clear Crystal Button (SU retired), Silver Thread (SU), Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack (Concord and 9th), 3″ Disposable Sticker Maker (Xyron)

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Newton’s Nook Designs June Release – Newton’s Kitchen

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Welcome to the last of the June Release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  Our favorite feline is back to cap off the week and you are sure to love this adorable set.

All You Knead Is Love by Jen Timko | Newton's Kitchen Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Zig Clean Color MarkersIf you are a cat person, you probably had a “kneader” in your house,  I certainly do.  Little Kate is a chirpy purr kneader.  So I just had to use this sentiment.  I decided to color this one up to look like the real Newton.  I do love an orange kitty and the pictures of Newton are always so sweet.  I colored him using Zig Clean Color Markers and added the little white hat (because it is just so cute!!).  I pulled out a pack of designer paper and found this orange print that seemed perfect to go behind our kitty friend.

All the images in this new set are great…especially if you love to cook as well!   So you know what time it is…hop around to the whole DT and make sure leave comments for your chance to win.

Would you like to win the “Newton’s Kitchen” 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, June 21st at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, June 22nd.

Thanks for stopping in today.  See you tomorrow for Day 3 of the release and Freshly Made Sketches.


Stamp: Newton’s Kitchen (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Bristol Smooth (Strathmore), Tutti-Frutti DSP (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Newton’s Kitchen Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Shape Dies (SU), Dimensionals (SU), Misti

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