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Smile!

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Jen Timko - Smile - Happy BirdsJust a quick post today to share a card I made with a fun new stamp set from WPlus9 called Happy Birds.  Sometimes you see a set that just calls out your name and you HAVE to have it and this was one of them for me!  of course I got the little dies that coordinate because, well….just has to be done!!  So for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I had stamped a bunch of the birds and then colored them with both Copics and Zigs.  I chose this one colored with Copics (BG11, BG13, BG15, Y17, Y06) after having stamped it with Momento Tuxedo Black ink.    I wanted this one to have a sense of fun given the sentiment so I created a shaker card.  The circle frame was created using the Stitched Mats Circles Dies from Lil’ Inker Designs….fun right?!  I used a window sheet and cut a circle from it too and layered it under the frame.  Then I pulled out some sequins that I thought were a great match.  These are some of the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim flat circles pulled off the trim combined with some of the Metallics Sequins (all from SU).  All of this was added to a panel cut with the Stitched Rectangles from SSS. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

So….I hope this does put a big smile on your face!  Coloring these certainly has had that effect on me!  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!  See you then!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Happy Birds (WPlus9); Ink: Versafine Onyx BlackCopic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Bermuda Bay; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Mats Circles (LID), Sequins (SU), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

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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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Freshly Made Sketches #223

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FMS223 - Blooming WatercolorI am so happy to be back today with this awesome new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Our resident Artisan, Amy O’Neill, has created a super one for us this week.  You will see the team has some cool interpretations and I think you will have fun with this one.

I continued on my efforts to color as much as possible for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.  I was very inspired by the incredible Dawn Woleslagle of WPlus9 and wanted to try her technique for creating a watercolor look using stamps.  She is a true artist but I simplified her method a bit to make these little flowers.  I have a video to show you the details.

Here is the direct link:  https://youtu.be/HsnfYwLGPrI

FMS Final 223-001I hope you have a great time playing along with us this week!  Let me know what you think about the technique and tutorial, too.  I’m working this week but brought along some coloring to do.  With any luck, you’ll see the results in a card soon (or maybe on Instagram even sooner).  Until then…have a great day!  Thanks for stopping in!

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Stamps:  Garden in Bloom, Paper Pumpkin; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Smoky Slate;  Ink:  Zig Clean Color, Midnight Muse (SU ret); Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Mats: Circles (Lil’ Inker Designs), Thread, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Zig Brush2O Water Pen

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Essence of Love…

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Tulips in Pink

I am continuing my coloring practice for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge with this card today.  I love this retired image it is perfect for working on shading.  I also saw the Time Out Challenge #49 with their inspiration challenge: “Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow”.  Again….this image is simply perfect.  So I got to work.  I stamped with Smoky Slate (SU) ink and colored with my Copics.  Once I was done, I cut it out with a Stitched Rectangles Die.  When I put it on the white panel, it seemed a little blah so I added some stenciled sponging.  The stencil is from the Happy Patterns masks group.  I used my Ranger Mini Round Blending Tool (I love it because it doesn’t create edges).  Once I had the background on, I liked it much better.  I popped the image up on Dimensionals and added some Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP).

Tulips - Copics

I’ll be back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  I even made another video for it!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Hope your day is great!

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Stamps:  Love is Kindness (SU ret); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU);  Ink:  Smoky Slate, Copic Markers; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Sequins (PPP)

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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!!

 

Direct link here:  https://youtu.be/Bk_-hd5vc3I

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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Freshly Made Sketches #222

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FMS222 - Floral WingsYou know when you see a sketch and know right away what you want to do?!  That is exactly what happened to me for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  Narelle always has a knack for layering and this sketch shows why!  You can have such fun with how to build you layers!

I knew right away that I wanted to use a butterfly instead of the rectangle (just popped in my head so I went with it) but which butterfly?  I realized that I had not used this one from the hostess set Floral Wings and I really think it is so pretty!  I stamped it in Pool Party and layered on Calypso Coral flowers with Pear Pizzazz leaves.   It is cut out with the Bold Butterflies framelits.  Now for the layers.  I thought a little banner would be fun on top but that I should maybe to a stamped layer under the butterfly.  I pulled the vine image form the set and stamped it across some Thick Whisper White card stock in the same colors.  I took a little bit of latitude with the sketch but I like the result.  The sentiment is from the same set.  Once I had everything ready to assemble, I cut the image panel with my Stitched Rectangles dies.

I hope you have fun with this week’s challenge!  The team has all sorts of cool variations to inspire you!  I think I’ll get some stamping time over the next couple of days.  I’d love to fit in some more coloring for sure!  Until next time, thanks for stopping in!  See you soon!

 

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Stamps:  Floral Wings; Paper:  Thick Whisper White;  Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterflies Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Banner Punch, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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Happy Home For You

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Happy Home - For you

I hope you are having a great week so far!  I wanted to share this fun little card with you as I tried to start out right with Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I won’t be able to color every day due to flying but I will participate where I can for sure!  I chose this sweet image from the Happy Home set out of the Occasions Catalog.  It is my favorite set from this catty!  It is stamped in WPlus9 Black Dye Ink and colored with my Zig Markers to create this easy watercolor scene that is also a birthday card for my dear husband.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wings stamped in Versafine Black.  I put it on a Coastal Cabana base for an extra pop of color.

Happy Home - ZigsSuper quick post today since I’m back to flying later.  Long night last night with a snow storm in Denver and the ensuing airport chaos.  Hoping today is MUCH smoother!!  Perhaps that is why I’m enjoying this little spring scene so much.  I hope your day is fabulous.  Back tomorrow with the next Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  See you then!

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Stamps:  Happy Home, Watercolor Wings; Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Coastal Cabana;  Ink:  Versafine Black, WPlus9 Black Dye, Zigs; Accessories:  Misti, Dimensionals, Zig Water 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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Freshly Made Sketches #221

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FMS221 - Thank YouQuick post today.  I just got back from a long day of sledding. Taking advantage of the snow while we have it!  The neighborhood sports complex has some fabulous hills that are simply crazy for the boys!  Good stuff.  Speaking of good stuff, Freshly Made Sketches has an awesome one for you this week courtesy of the wonderful Karren Johnson.  I just love it.

Had no stamping time this week due to the snow madness here.  I was able to put this together quickly yesterday.  I tried a technique I had seen on a card made by Tasnim over at Altenew to create the flower.  Her’s, admittedly, is far more spectacular but I think this creates a nice effect.  I simply used Distress Ink in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Hickory Smoke on wet watercolor paper and then added more water with my Zig Water Pen to move ink a little more.  The sentiment comes from Another Thank You stamped in Basic Gray ink (SU).  Despite using my Misti to overstamp multiple times, the sentiment just would not stamp completely clean.  Ah well….that is how it goes sometimes.  I cut the panel out with my Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS) and put the image panel on a Smoky Slate base.

Hope you have a fun time with the sketch this week!  So much room for fun and interpretation!

 

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Another Thank You (SU); Ink: Basic Gray, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Zig Water Pen, Misti, Big Shot, Stitches Rectangles Dies

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For-Ever

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For-Ever

I’m a little late with this today but I have been in full snow prep mode!  The snow started at noon and we are hunkered down for whatever comes!  My boys have promised me they will help me shovel along with their playing in the snow.  Good lads!

I have a fun little Valentine for you today using a set I used recently called Tree Hugs from Concord and 9th.  I used the retired Canvas Creations as my base and sponged on a little Crumb Cake ink to start.  I stamped the big heart, the sentiment and the little heart and added in the “birch” lines and marks using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  A little bit of a red Copic marker for the little heart and I put it on a Real Red base.  A nice, clean and masculine Valentine!

Just a note…over the next couple of days I’m doing a little construction on the blog.  Bear with me if things seem a bit off as I get widgets and details rebuilt.  Hoping for a cleaner look that works better with devices when I’m done.

Thanks so much for stopping in today

Stamp:  Tree Hugs (Concord and 9th); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Real Red; Accessories: Canvas Creations (SU ret), Copic Marker

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