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Fancy Friday – Holiday Celebration

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ff-sep-happy-wonderful-christmasWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of stampers 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 incredible Erica, welcome to the next stop.  For September, our theme is Anything Holiday!  If it is a holiday item from the main catalog or the Holiday catalog, we are celebrating it!

I decided to stick with a set that has actually been around for a while but should not be forgotten.  The Wondrous Wreath stamp set is one I loved from the minute I saw it.  I decided to show its versatility a bit and create a card with only the wreath and the sentiment from the set.  I started with a product I just discovered but already love.  They are Strathmore Watercolor Cards and they really are fabulous.  Very much like the Stampin’ Up Note Cards except made with watercolor paper.  Makes it easy to create a one layer watercolor card and conquer that hoarding tendency that tends to show up around watercolor paper (please tell me I’m not the only one).  I stamped the wreath with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Twisted Citron and then colored in with my Aquapainter with some more Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn.  Using the same inks, I connected the leaves with hand drawn stems which makes the wreath have a subtly different look.  To keep with that watercolor feel, I did not stamp the berries from the set (but you totally could).  Instead I hand drew them in with a Zig Clean Color Pen.  Once I had this like I wanted all that was left was the sentiment.  And then I had to take a deep breath because I didn’t want to mess it up.  So out came my Misti!!  I got the sentiment exactly where I wanted and stamped in Real Red ink.  Because the watercolor paper is rough, I had to overstamp to get the sentiment fully inked.  And yes….the Misti is a total life saver for that!!!  It makes every photopolymer stamp easier to use!!  While this takes a little longer that the average “simple one layer” card, I think the result is worth it.


I think you are going to enjoy all the holiday fun from the hop this week!  This talented group never disappoints!!  You are sure to be totally wow’d by Krista at your next stop.  Have fun on the hop!

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Stamp:  Wondrous Wreath; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Real Red (SU), Zig Clean Color Pens; Paper:  Strathmore Watercolor Cards; Accessories:  Misti, AquapainterSignature 2016 - 1

Stamp Ink Paper #67

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Jen Timko - SIP#67 I cannot believe that a month has already passed and this is my last week with Stamp Ink Paper.  What fun it has been to join this talented group of stampers!  This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge.  Totally my happy place for sure!

I chose to use LOTS of white space with only this neutral flowers as the focus.  It is the Daisy stamp from Altenew and I love it layered with Altenew’s dye inks.  Their gray family is so wonderful!  I added a sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Lovely (yes, again….) and a few Pretty Pink Posh Marshmellow Sequins from the Birthday Bling Mix.  The rest of the detail is courtesy of Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangles.  This is really, really clean but I kind of love all that white!

14207779_10153814400338531_1439368033519347519_oNow hop on over to check out the whole team’s take on the sketch.  Beautiful work by all!  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great day!!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Daisy (Altenew), Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Altenew Warm Gray Mini Cube Set; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp)Birthday Bling Mix (Pretty Pink Posh for C9), Dimensionals

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The Card Concept #58

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cc58-you-are-enoughI am so happy to share this card with you today for The Card Concept!  First of all, I cannot even being to tell you how much I love this sentiment.  I have been looking for the perfect place to use it and this card was definitely it!  We all need to hear this message over and over (and over and over…..).  There are so many people that will try to convince us that we need to change, that we need to do just one more thing, that there is something wrong with us somehow.  Nope!  Not true.  None of that.  While there is nothing wrong with working to be the best you, at the end of the day YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Ok….with all that out of the way, I’m going to admit out loud that this inspiration photo completely freaked me out.  I first saw it and I had nothing, nada, zilch.  I pondered how bad it would be to just call uncle and bail out this week, haha!  No, I’m not kidding.  So I walked away.  For a week!  And then it was time to face the challenge and woman up!  So I looked at it a different way and saw fun colors and that stitching and I had my answer.  Whew!!!  I used this fun striped print from Pop of Pink and simply added a shaker with stitched circles.  All I had to do was mix up two of my Pretty Pink Posh sequin mixes to get the colors from the inspiration.  I took the Summer Mix and pulled out the teal and added some of the green from the Birthday Bling Mix.  Perfect!  And a Clean and Graphic card created with no wimping out!  Sometimes challenges that give me the most trouble to start help me create some of my favorite cards.  Totally true for today’s card.  I am also submitting this for the Can You Case It challenge this week:  Shaker Cards!

58cyci138-300x300I hope you will join right in with us on this one.  Use any part of the inspiration photo and pick a style for creating….then off you go!  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery.  Now this is my second post of the day.  You can see my Freshly Made Sketches post by just scrolling.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Versafine; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh (Summer Mix, Birthday Bling Mix for Concord and 9th), Window Sheet, Foam Tape

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Freshly Made Sketches #255

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Jen Timko - FMS255 - Fall LeavesThis is my first of two posts today!  (Every other Wednesday I will have two)  Freshly Made Sketches is ready to challenge you again with this fun and versatile sketch by the lovely Amy O’Neill.  I love how this image panel provides so many options.  You can stamp directly onto it, use DSP or play with some dies like I did.

I had the Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th) still out from yesterday’s tag and wanted to play with them some more.  I thought it would be fun to add pops of color behind these delicate cuts and I’m thrilled with how easy it was to create.  All I did was lay the die onto the Kraft card stock with the end of the die hanging off over the edge of my bottom plate.  This meant that my leaves did not cut completely out and were still attached at the bottom of the cut.  Keeps it simpler on having the leaves stay in place without complicated glueing.  Using some watercolor paper, I sponged on Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade under where the leaves would sit.  So pretty!!  I used a retired sentiment set and stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder (retired).  It needed a little something more so I added on a little bit of twine that I had left from a Paper Pumpkin kit.

fms-final-255-001It just says fall is here, doesn’t it?!  And it ALMOST is!  Now for our Virginia weather to cooperate!  I hope you like this one and see all that can be done with our sketch this week.  Make sure you jump over to see my card for The Card Concept too.  See you again soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Made for You (SU Retired); Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade); Paper:  Kraft Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Accessories:  Big Shot, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th), Twine, Heat Tool, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Stamp Ink Paper #66

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Jen Timko - SIP#66 - Hello FallWe have a great new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper this week and I think you will like the theme.  It is one that always forces me out of my box!  Yep, we have Anything but a Card.  Deep breaths and jump on in!!

I decided to go with a tag because well, why not?!!  I knew that whatever I made was going to start with the Layering Leaves Dies by Concord and 9th.  I love all things fall and leaves are a big part of that here in Virginia.  I could not even wait to get these!  I cut the leaf out of Thick Whisper White and chose to add some copper to it.  I smooshed the end of the leaf into Versamark Ink and dipped it into the new Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Simple and so pretty!  The tag is made out of corrugated kraft paper (SU retired).  I added on some Burlap ribbon and Copper Metallic Thread for some extra texture.  The sentiment is from the Lovely stamp set (Essentials by Ellen) and was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed as well.  Finally the sequins.  These are from the Birthday Bling mix created by Pretty Pink Posh for C9.  The Rose Gold is a nice match to the copper and the Marshmallow adds a balance for the white.  I added some twine to finish the tag.  I think this will be pretty added onto a kraft bag or box for a great fall gift.

14188098_10153814375853531_786484110860479437_oI hope you’ll feel inspired to come join us this week.  Always fun to see what everyone creates!  I’m back tomorrow with two posts (Freshly Made Sketches and The Card Concept).  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Versamark; Paper:  Corrugated Kraft Paper (SU retired), Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Layering Leaves Dies (Concord and 9th), Birthday Bling Mix (Pretty Pink Posh for C9), 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Twine, Copper Metallic Thread, Heat Tool, Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Tag Topper Punch (SU retired)

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Freshly Made Sketches #254

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fms254-lovely-floralsIt seems that I have a theme going this week.  But sometimes when stuff is out on the craft table, it cries out to be used more than once!  We have this super sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week from our resident queen of layers and fussy cutting, Narelle.  And while she gave us layers, she certainly allowed for some great ways to use the sketch.

I immediately thought of washi tape for the vertical pieces and thought this Floral Boutique Washi Tape was fantastic for the job.  I LOVE those prints!!  And frankly, the tape did the vast majority of the work.  I have the new Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson) set called Lovely that was designed by Julie Ebersole and it is a seriously great word set.  I’ll be continuing to use it for a while so just plan for that, haha!  Isn’t this one great?!!  It is perfect for so many people I know!!  I cut it out with a Stitched Circle and added the little flower from the Flourish Thinlets set that coordinates with the tape.  Nothing too complicated but what a great sketch for another busy day.  I got this one done so fast that I had time for a second.  That almost never happens!!

Hope you enjoy this one.  Hop on over to see the gorgeous variations presented by the team.  Time well spent for sure!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Night of Navy; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Floral Boutique Washi Tape, Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

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Stamp Ink Paper #65

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sip65-hello-with-a-flourishThis week at Stamp Ink Paper, we have a monochromatic challenge for you.  I always love those and knew right away  that I was going to pull out the extraordinary Floral Boutique DSP and the coordinating suite.  Wow, am I glad I did!!

I love, love, love this print.  I know it is just polka dots but they are really awesome polka dots, don’t you think?  I cut it out with my Stitched Rectangles dies and started playing with different elements.  I had not used a doily in forever and thought it was a nice touch with the pattern.  And how could I not used these awesome flowers from the Flourish Thinlits?  The delicate design of these really make them beautiful on so many things.  To add a sentiment, I thought it best to stamp onto vellum so that it didn’t distract from the pretty flowers.  I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The flowers looked like they needed a little bling so I added some Basic Pearls for their centers.

14188256_10153802931398531_5199749635668342472_oNow don’t you love a monochromatic look??  Yeah, me too.  I just know you are going to have fun with this one this week.  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery! (Oh, and it doesn’t have to be blue!!)

Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases; Ink: Versamark; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP, White Vellum; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Basic Pearls, Doily (SU Ret), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Fifteenth Anniversary

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This day has come again.  For those of you who have been with me for awhile, you probably know that I write a little every year and tend to create something to commemorate this date.  (You can read my previous posts here:  9th Anniversary10th Anniversary,  11th Anniversary , 12th Anniversary13th Anniversary and 14th Anniversary).  Each one of those posts is special to me.  I looked back on them to reflect before sitting down to write this year.  In many ways, I suppose, after reading those you know a lot about me.  The stuff I mostly don’t write about here.  I usually keep my life as a United pilot and my life as a stamper separate….at least here.  But on this anniversary, I find it easier to show how I feel than explain it sometimes.

Jen Timko - With Love (Concord and 9th)For the first time this year, I have actually had a long conversation with my oldest son about my memories of September 11, 2001.  Much of it I have already told you in my posts above.  But he had not heard my story.  It wasn’t as personal to him.  I didn’t want to scare him.  I didn’t want him to worry when I left to fly.  But this year seemed like the time.  Because he has started to learn about it in school.  He has seen the pictures of those planes, my company’s plane, flying into buildings.  He has heard the stories of the heroes of Flight 93.  But he needed to hear my part of the story too.  I also talked with him about my visit to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York.  I went when I was on a layover and chose to go by myself.  I wanted to take it all in alone before I ever went with others, especially my boys.  The Museum is emotional and heart-breaking and a beautiful tribute.  One of the most moving pieces there is called “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning” by Spencer Finch. 

img_0111This wall is filled with individual panels all in shades of blue.  Each panel commemorates a person.  Each panel is a memory of a shade of blue since we all remember color differently.img_0116So, as usual, my inspiration is clear.  My pictures of this art pale in comparison to the real piece.  And the theme spoke to me in a way that I cannot explain.  Because I remember the sky when I was flying that day.  It was glorious.  A perfect fall blue.  The perfect day to fly.  And in all that beauty, pure evil went to work.  But evil cannot win.  We must not let it.  Because there is too much beauty.  And even in our sadness, beauty helps us heal.  It helps up move forward.  It helps us find our things in common.

I created my card as a tribute to those things.  The things we, as humans, share.  The appreciation of God’s handiwork, the strength to move forward even after great tragedy, the expression of our feelings in art and music and mostly…and most importantly….love.  I used two sets from Concord and 9th.  The flower seemed perfect and the sentiment was what was in my heart.  I colored using a few shades of blue from Tim Holtz Distress Ink and my Zig Light Gray Pen.  Both seemed right for today.  The blues for the sky.  The gray for the sadness.  Three sequins for the planes that found their mark and one missing for the one that missed because of the heroes aboard.

Thank you for letting me share with you.  Thank you for the support you have always given me when I do.  I’m grateful for the stamping community who seems to understand why it is important for me to create and remember.  I wish you a day filled with love.


In memory of:

United 93:  Jason Dahl, LeRoy Homer, Lorraine Bay, Sandra Bradshaw, Wanda Green, CeeCee Lyles, Deborah Welsh

United 175:  Victor Saracini, Michael Horrocks, Robert Fangman, Amy Jarret, Amy King, Kathryn Laborie, Alfred Marchand, Michael Tarrou, Alicia Titus

American 11:  John Ogonowski, Thomas McGuinness, Barbara Arestegui, Jeffrey Collman, Sara Low, Karen Martin, Kathleen Nicosia, Betty Ong, Jean D. Roger, Dianne Snyder, Amy Sweeney

American 77:  Charles Burlingame III, David Charlebois, Michele Heidenberger, Jennifer Lewis, Kenneth Lewis, Renee May


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The Card Concept #57

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Jen Timko - CC57 - Just a NoteAfter a summer hiatus, we are back to stamping over at The Card Concept!  And we are starting you off on a happy note with a fabulous inspiration piece that you are sure to love.

As soon as I saw all those little plants in the bright rainbow pots, I thought of this stamp set from an old Paper Pumpkin kit (SU).  The little coffee cut just begs to be colored and the sweet plant is a perfect touch.  I want this in real life!!  I added a sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes set.  I just thought this font was a nice match for the image.  All of my coloring is using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in a variety of colors.  The pink is Picked Raspberry which I totally adore!!  I added these sequins from Pretty Pink Posh that mimic the colors from the inspiration and cut the panel using my Wonky Stitches Dies from My Favorite Things.  In keeping with the Clean and Graphic style, I put my image panel up on a white card base to complete it.

The Card Concept #57Just an admin note, this is my second post of the day.  If you are looking for my card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, just roll down.  Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you are inspired by the team and have a great time choosing YOUR style this week for the challenge!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin (cup and plant), Watercolor Wishes; Ink: WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade; Paper:  Tim Holtz Distress Cardstock, Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangles STAX (MFT), Dimensionals,  Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh (Share Handmade Kindness Mix, Summer Mix), Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

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Freshly Made Sketches #253

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FMS253 - ThanksOh do I have a fun one to share this week over at Freshly Made Sketches.  The lovely Jennifer Brum is our hostess this week and she had this “out of the box” sketch for us that I just love!  You are going to think of so many things to make!!

I pulled out my Pop of Pink DSP and Washi Tape and played around with some ideas before I decided….hang on… mostly keep it super simple.  I know, shocker right?!!  Haha!!  I hadn’t used this flower die (Echo Park Paper Co) in a while and thought it would be great for the sketch.  I thought it would be fun to use the die on this DSP and I like the effect.  I took the coordinating Washi Tape and attached to a strip of white card stock.  Not really the intended use but I just loved this particular pattern under the flower so…..  The sentiment is from Paper Pumpkin (the same kit as my FMS card with the fall flowers last week).  I think this curved font worked really well, don’t you??  A few sequins to finish.

FMS Final 253-001This is my first post of the day but don’t be surprised when another goes up soon.  The Card Concept Team is back from their summer break with a great challenge.  So….three cards from me in two days.  See, I have been a little more busy with my stamping!  I hope you get some time to create too.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin (SU); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Die (Echo Park Paper Co.), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and SU), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Pop of Pink Washi Tape

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