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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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Butterfly Shine

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Jen Timko - NoVa Friends SwapFor those of you who follow me on Instagram, you already saw the pieces of this card in progress of making it.  On Saturday, I went to the NoVa Stamping Friends event put together by two of the most wonderful ladies you could ever meet – Rose Ellen Eastman and Michelle Suit.  It is always a treat to go to these get-togethers!  I was pretty busy with my 10yo spring breaker last week but at the last minute (always the last minute) I decided that I really could not attend empty handed.  So I put together a few swap cards.

I just got this Shine On DSP and I have to admit that it surprised me.  In a great way.  I loved its predecessor from a holiday catalog two years ago so I thought I would mostly be using it for 3-d type items.  But once I got it in hand, I had to make cards….right away.  This is actually the second card I have designed with it and I’ll share the first in a few days.  The silver with the kraft is an unexpected and fresh combination that I love.  The colors on the reverse sides included Bermuda Bay and that is where my pop of color inspiration is from.  With the cool print on the DSP, I didn’t want to clutter things up too much.  I punched out some Kraft Card Stock with a 2-1/2″ Circle Punch.  Using my Big Shot, I pulled out my Butterflies Thinlits and my Greetings Thinlits and cut Bermuda Bay Card Stock.  I attached the circle with Dimensionals and then used Glue Dots on the two thinlet pieces.  I added on some silver sequins from the Metallics Sequins.  Because I started late in the afternoon on Friday, I ran out of time when putting them together so the ones in the stack below are without sequins.  This is a public service announcement showing why you should always start making your swaps sometime earlier than 4p the day before…..  yeah….just sayin’!  Oh well, I’m just happy they were all glued together!  And the lighting on the photo…also part of the PSA about not waiting until the last minute and then remembering to take a photo in bad lighting with your phone.  *smile*

I made some lovely make-n-take cards while at the event and received some beautiful swaps in return.  I’m going to get nice pictures of those and share them soon.  I’m so glad you stopped in with me today.  See you again tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!

Paper: Shine On DSP, Kraft, Bermuda Bay; Accessories:  Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits, Greetings Thinlits, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Metallics Sequins

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Fancy Friday – Spring Inspiration

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Jen Timko - FF Mar - Butterfly HelloWelcome 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 my dear friend Cindy, welcome to the next stop.  For March, we decided to have an inspiration challenge.  Wow, inspiration is the word!

12829361_10205494643597837_8157772420674638890_oIsn’t this gorgeous?!  How to choose what to focus on with all that spring beauty?!!  I know it isn’t any great shock that I was drawn to the butterflies first.  I do love a butterfly!  And the pink and blue setting on the bottom left is just so pretty!  I pulled out watercolor paper and used some Distress Inks to create an ombre effect on the paper.  Then, using my Greetings Thinlits and my Butterfly Thinlets, I positioned the dies on my Big Shot to cut them out.  I made sure on both cuts that I had a little bit of white left to add interest to the cut-outs.  Don’t you love it when a little bit of ink and some dies do all the work?  Yeah, me too.  I used a Stitched Rectangle as a focal layer and then pulled out my sequins.  I have become quite the sequin hoarder and it pays off!  The little blue sequin is from the Watercolor Wishes kit and the pink ones are from the February Paper Pumpkin kit.  I just love the little bit of sparkle and fun that they add!  And these colors are so fabulous together….totally channeling the Pantone colors of the year (a combination of pink and blue).


I love using these little sentiment dies and I seem to be obsessed with “hello” on my cards lately….just noticed that as I was scrolling down some of my latest posts.  Just like a “for you”, it is such a workhorse sentiment.  You can make the inside anything from a birthday to a thank you to a thinking of you.

I hope you love all the spring loveliness from the team this month!  If you find yourself inspired by our picture, make sure to let us know!!

My lovely friend Jeanna Bohanon is up next!   As always, she will wow you!

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Paper:  Watercolor (Ranger), Thick Whisper White;  Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Broken China); Accessories:  Aquapainter, Sequins (Feb Paper Pumpkin and Watercolor Wishes kits), Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

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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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Fancy Friday – All the pretty colors

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FF Feb - Watercolor ButterflyWelcome 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 my dear friend Cindy, welcome to the next stop.  For February, we came up with a really unique theme.  Colors.  But not your average color challenge.  Nope, not for us.  We decided to give some love to colors who, frankly, don’t get enough love.  You know the ones.  The sad neglected ink pads that haven’t been opened in, ahem, months (or years).

So as I looked at my papers and my markers and pads, a few colors jumped out.  The first was Chocolate Chip.  There was a day in my early stamping that I was hard pressed to make a card without this color.  I thought it would be my all-time favorite bestie forever.  But then, sigh, Espresso came to town and the shabby chic trend went to the side and…..well, you know the story.  My dear friend was set aside.  I also noticed that Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise had not seen much love either.  So a card to combine them….possible?  Why yes!!

Admittedly, Turquoise has never been on my go-to list but maybe it needs to be.  It really is a pretty color!  In any case, I wanted to make these colors look fun and trendy so my first thought was watercolor.  Specifically Watercolor Wings.  I sponged the Pumpkin Pie onto the big butterfly and stamped it onto Shimmery White card stock.  Then I sponged Tempting Turquoise onto the coordinated “spots” image and stamped it over the orange.  And here is where the magic happens.  I took a dampened Aquapainter (mine did not have water in it, I just dipped into water so you could use a paint brush here too), and started moving the ink around a bit.  Just a little.  Enough to make the edges fuzzy and to create the watercolor look.  Almost like I painted it myself if I was capable of painting it myself!  The body of the butterfly was stamped with Chocolate Chip with more water added.  Then I added a few speckles with my Gorgeous Grunge stamp and added a little water to those too.Here is a closeup.FF Feb - CloseupI’m going to take a moment to give a big shout out to the underutilized workhorse that is Shimmery White paper.  This paper is so pretty.  The subtle sparkle in it makes everything special to start.  But then….who knew….it actually allows for some watercoloring!!  Not tons and tons of water like a true watercolor paper, but certainly perfect for this kind of project.  It makes this one layer card feel complete.  You can see some of the shimmer in the closeup but in person, amazing.

The Fancy-Friday-08sentiment is from the Watercolor Wings set too and is one of my favorite sentiments to put on cards.  Many times I’m not sure of the card’s purpose when I make it and this one allows for the card to used for almost anything!

Ok, it is time for you to continue on our colorful hop.  Hope you will be inspired to pull out some of your old favorites that need a little love!

The fabulous Mercedes Weber is up next!   As always, she will wow you!

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Stamps:  Watercolor Wings, Gorgeous Grunge; Paper:  Shimmery White;  Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Aquapainter

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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.

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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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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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Fancy Friday – I Heart You

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Welcome 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 my dear friend Cindy, welcome to the next stop.  For January we are creating a Valentines….but very special ones with a twist.  No traditional red or pink!FF Jan - I Heart YouMy first thought when I considered what colors to use was to somehow add in gold.  I went looking for a sketch and found this fun one from Can You Case It.  I also wanted to focus on Valentine’s Day for the CASology Adore Challenge.  I used a Tea Lace Doily against Basic Black and then layered on some Gold Metallic Thread and heart cut from Gold Foil with the Sweetheart Punch.  The sentiment stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder is from And Many More.  Finally a few gold Metallic Sequins to finish the image layer.  I cut a card base from Basic Black and put on an A2 sized piece of Gold Foil.  I think the color combination is really elegant and just as perfect for Valentine’s Day as red or pink!

Fancy-Friday-08I’ll be back on Sunday with another card that I had time to create.  But for now you need to get to hopping and check out all that the team has created!

The fabulous Kaitlyn Zumbach is up next!   As always, she will wow you!

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Stamps:  And Many More; Paper:  Basic Black, Gold Foil;  Ink:  Versamark; Accessories:  Tea Lace Doily, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Sweetheart Punch, Gold Metallic Thread, Metallic Sequins

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Freshly Made Sketches #218

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FMS218 - Beautiful Thanks

Happy first Wednesday of the new year and welcome back to another year of challenges from Freshly Made Sketches!!  I have to admit that it was nice to have a little bit of time off but wow, were you all busy in the FMS gallery.  We were so thrilled to be a part of your holiday stamping and really enjoyed seeing your creations!  The oh so talented Kim Singdahlsen has a fun and unique sketch for this week and it is sure to get you right to playing with all your new holiday gifts!

The focal point of my card today is this gorgeous flower from Altenew from the set Beautiful Day.  I had been showing a friend how to use the Zig Clean Color Markers one day and this flower was the result (hers was really lovely too).  Because it was sitting on my desk calling to be used, I built the card up around it.  I stamped with the diagonal image from Gorgeous Grunge (SU) using Versamark Ink onto Basic Gray card stock and then heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I did the same with the sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set.  After fussy cutting the flower and leaves, I popped them up on Dimensionals.  These lovely sequins from Pretty Pink Posh were the perfect finish, don’t you think?!

Now I will let you get to the rest of the team’s gorgeous work!  You can tell they were happy to get back to the sketches too!

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I hope your week is fantastic!  See you soon!

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Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Gorgeous Grunge, Watercolor Wishes; Ink: Versamark, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Dimensionals, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins 6mm Sparkling Clear

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SRC – You’ve Got This

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I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators!  If you haven’t heard of “The Crew” yet, you are going to be so thrilled with this.  We are here to show you the versatility of one stamp set every time we hop (the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month).  We have a whole team of people and different stampers participate each time.  Like you, we look to find ways to maximize our investments and the single focus on one set allows you to see all the possibilities!  This week, our featured stamp is You’ve Got This.  This set is a hero of this year’s catalog.  The beautiful flower plus the wonderful sentiments makes it a real winner!

If you just came over from Dawn Tidd, I’m so glad you are here!  If you want to see everyone who is hopping or if you get lost along the way, just click over to The Stamp Review Crew blog.

SRC - You've Got This

I wanted to play some more with the watercolor look for this flower so I stamped using Versamark Ink onto watercolor paper and then heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Using Zig Clean Color Markers (#21 Light Carmine, #46 Mid Green, #50 Yellow, #91 Light Gray) I colored the flowers.  I love how these markers coordinate with my Stampin’ Up color palette so it makes my coordination simple.  I added the sentiment by stamping it in Smoky Slate along with some Smoky Slate splatters.  For just a little more dimension, I added White Perfect Accents except with a trick.  With a little attention you can peel the white back off of the dots and then they are clear (looking like water drops).  Using glue dots I just added them onto the card that way.  No extra color but a pretty little accent.  The image panel was popped up and put on a Smoky Slate card base.

I seems that I’m ready to move into spring colors and it hasn’t even really acted like winter here.  I hope you like this little burst of flowery fun!  You can continue the hop by jumping over to see my friend Heidi Baks.  I can promise you’ll be wow’d!  So glad you dropped in today.  See you again on Wednesday with a new Freshly Made Sketches challenge!

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Stamp:  You’ve Got This; Paper:  Smoky Slate, Fabriano Watercolor Paper; Ink:  Versamark, Smoky Slate, Zig Clean Color Markers; Accessories:  White Perfect Accents, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder


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