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Blooms of Remembrance

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I think by now most of you know that in my “day” job, I am a pilot at United Airlines.  Every year I feel compelled to write a post commemorating those lost on that horrific day 13 years ago.  (You can read them here:  9th Anniversary10th Anniversary,  11th Anniversary and 12th Anniversary)  Each year I feel the sadness creeping in and find myself a bit out of sorts.  While I know that we have distance on the event and that certainly dampens the emotions a bit, I can’t help but reflect back.  I know many people throughout the world feel the same and that is a good thing.  Those lost were husbands, wives, daughters, sons.  Meaningful lives cut too short.  They should be remembered and honored.

As usual, I turn to stamping to ease my heart and give my emotions a place to go.  This week was no different.  I found myself a little chaotic in the stamp room and having a hard time focusing.  Eventually I just gave in to it and created a card especially inspired by 9-11.

While I could not be there, I was proud that my pilot brethren could form an “honor guard” of sorts outside the ceremony to award three Congressional Gold Medals given yesterday in honor of the fallen victims.  Each medal was specially designed to commemorate the crash sites.  Each will be housed in the appropriate memorial at the sites.  The fact that pilots stood in honor of the fallen is fitting and makes me proud.  We do not forget.  Every time we go to work, we realize the responsibility given to us to protect the lives and well-being of our passengers.  We take it very seriously every single day.  We love the smiling children boarding planes on the way to their great adventures.  We love taking people to visit their loved ones.  We even love the harried business people who barely look up from their devices to acknowledge us.  Because we love to fly!  And we know in our hearts the trust you put in us.  We get to bring people together and what an amazing opportunity that is.  That togetherness flies in the face of the evil that showed itself 13 years ago.  The evil will not win over love, joy, family!  It will not win over the smiles and hugs I see every time our planes arrive.  And we are grateful for the privilege of being a part of that!

Remembrance Blooms

So here is my card for today.  The colors fit my mood so I just went with them.  The lovely Kraft Card Stock was stamped with Early Espresso Ink and then embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I colored the flowers with my Blendabilities (Night of Navy and Skin Tone Assortment).  That elegant striped paper is from the Under the Tree Specialty DSP.  The ribbon…one of my new favorites…Early Espresso Seam Binding.  It is gorgeous.  And I colored some Basic Pearls with my darkest Skin Tone Blendabilities Marker.

I appreciate you stopping in today and I appreciate all of my readers so much.  Thank you for letting me share this part of my heart.  I wish you a day of love and joy and togetherness!

In memory of:

United 93:  Jason Dahl, LeRoy Homer, Lorraine Bay, Sandra Bradshaw, Wanda Green, CeeCee Lyles, Deorah 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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Freshly Made Sketches #153

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Time for the middle of the week fun from Freshly Made Sketches!  Just take a look at this fabulous sketch from the lovely and talented Jen Brum.  I just know you are going to love this one!  So many fantastic ways to interpret it!

FMS153 - Grateful WreathI chose to stick with my fall theme and created a little wreath for the sketch.  I took a 1-3/8″ and 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to create the wreath form out of scrap card stock.  Then I cut the edge off a piece of Burlap Ribbon and simply wrapped it around the form.  It is secured with Glue Dots.  Then I used my Flower Fair Framelits leaf to punch out the three leaves from Champagne Glimmer Paper and Color Me Autumn.  I added some Linen Thread and the Gold Metal Button to finish the wreath (also secured with Glue Dots).  The sentiment is from the lovely set Truly Grateful and I added one more Gold Metal Button to try to match the sketch a bit more.  This is a simple card to make but I think that wreath is kind of a wow.  Hope you like it too…let me know what you think!

Today is the last day to sign up for Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition.  I hope you’ll join me!

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Stamp:  Truly Grateful; Paper:  Color Me Autumn DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Soft Suede; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelit, Gold Basic Metal Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Deadline Approaching – Stamps on the Fly

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I am so excited about the response to my Stamps on the Fly – Bright & Beautiful Edition!  Thank you so much to all of you who have already signed up.  This stamp set is so beautiful and I can hardly wait to share all my ideas for it!  But time is running out and I don’t want YOU to be left out of the fun.  The deadline is tomorrow, Sept. 10th!  All of these projects are created solely by me and I’m looking to bring the same style you have seen in my Artisan Design Team 2013 and Dirty Dozen Design Team work.

Don’t forget the sneak peek on my YouTube channel:

Bright & Beautiful Trailer

B&B Sneak PeekAnd here is another little one. *smile*

The summary of the program:

The monthly fee is $45 each month for three months (includes shipping and tax).

  • The first month will include the Bright & Beautiful Clear Mount Stamp Set, Frosted Sequins and Silver Foil Sheets.  It also includes shipping and the materials needed to make September’s four projects.
  • The second two months will include approximately $30 each in Stampin’ Up products plus shipping and materials for the remaining eight projects (four per month).
  • Every month you will receive detailed measurements and video tutorials for each project.

** Cost includes clear mount stamp.  If you prefer wood, your fee in the first month will be $53.

What kind of projects will we make?

Project ideas will vary but they will be cards and 3-d projects.  These are stepped-up projects with clean lines and beautiful details.  Stampin’ on the Fly style!  And of course the bonus projects will continue throughout to help inspire you!

How do I register?

Email me (Jen Timko) at

You can see all the details here:  Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition

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Don’t delay, sign up today!

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Seasonally Scattered – Fall Thanks

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Today I have another card to show you from my Convention Display Board projects!  (Remember to click on the button above to link to all the other display stampers on our Pinterest board)

Seasonally Scattered - Fall ThanksI thought you would enjoy the fall colors of this card as we get more into fall mode.  These are such great ones too!  I started with my new In Colors and chose Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey then added in some Early Espresso.  I markered up the stamp putting colors where they seemed to make sense.  Then I lightly spritzed the stamp with water to get the colors to bleed just a little.  The image was stamped onto Naturals Ivory paper and then cut with an Oval Framelit.  I good a piece of Mossy Meadow Card Stock and embossed it with the Honeycomb folder then layered some Burlap Ribbon and a Tea Lace Doily behind the image.  A button tied with Linen Thread completes it.

I am a little late on my post today.  It has been soccer madness for my family this weekend!  Two games for the oldest and one for the youngest.  Great playing and fun watching for all!  But whew…we are tired.  I hope your weekend was equally wonderful!  Until next time, thanks so much for stopping in!

Don’t forget….signs up are open now for Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition

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Stamp:  Seasonally Scattered; Paper:  Mossy Meadow, Naturals Ivory; Ink: Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Honeycomb TIEF, Burlap Ribbon, Tea Lace Doily, Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Neutrals Button

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Freshly Made Sketches #152

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I am happy to be back today with this awesome sketch for Freshly Made Sketches!  Our sketch hostess this week is the oh so lovely Cindy Hall.  I just love her style of stamping and you could not hope to meet a nicer person.  And she came up with a fabulous clean sketch for us this week that I know you will love.

FMS152 - Thankful Leaves

So yes, I did use this stamp for last week’s FMS card.  But surely you can’t expect me to put it down.  It is awesome!  I love fall.  Fall in Virginia is amazing.  Leaves turning, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, beautiful weather.  So I am inspired by fall stamps sets and colors every year. For All Things is one of those go-to sets.  I combined it with the Color Me Autumn DSP and it is a match made in heaven.  I popped the leaves out of the DSP with my Flower Fair Framelits.  Yes.  You were all caught up in the pretty flowers and didn’t notice the leaves.  I did the same thing until I was scouring about trying to figure out how to accessorize this.  Beautiful papers plus great framelits equal fabulous!  All I had to do was add a little bit of Linen Thread and a Gold Basic Metallic Button to finish.

The FMS team has tons of inspiration for you this week.  And…if you didn’t see it….we could not let Kim Singdahlsen leave our team so she has agreed to stay on as a permanent member!  We are so thrilled!

My boys are finally both back in school and I am stamping away.  Some of my work is for my Stamps on the Fly edition (see below) and some is for Dirty Dozen.  But I hope to have something new to show you later this week if United doesn’t call me in to fly.  I hope you September is off to a great start and I am so glad you stopped in to visit me today.

Don’t forget….signs up are open now for Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition

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Stamp:  For All Things; Paper:  Color Me Autumn DSP, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelite, Gold Basic Metal Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #151

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Happy Wednesday!!  Boy do we have a treat for you today over at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our amazing Guest Designer for August, Kim Singdahlsen, is the sketch hostess.  Can you believe this is the first sketch she has created?  Yeah, me neither.  It is fabulous!  I have really enjoyed all her work this month and this is the icing on the cake.

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I kept my card super clean this week with the focus on the new stamp set  For All Things.  I think this set is beautiful and I see so many ways to use it.  My colors for this are Soft Suede (stamped off), Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso.  Other than cutting out the leaf, this card is pretty straight-forward.  I added on a new Gold Basic Metal Button tied with Linen Thread for a little extra and stamped everything on Naturals Ivory Card Stock.  I love the little flecks in that paper that help to fill the white space a bit.

The design team has so many fantastic interpretations of this sketch and I know it will be wildly popular this week because of the possibilities!  I hope you can join in on the fun!  Don’t forget to drop by and say hi to Kim too!

I have been working on my projects for my Stamps on the Fly but I will have a new card ready for you Friday.  The first Fancy Friday hop….a new monthly hop with my 2013 Artisan Design Team friends.  We miss hopping together so this will be fun!  First up….a color challenge for us (and you can join in too)!  Until then, I hope your week is amazing!

Don’t forget….signs up are open now for Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition

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Stamp:  For All Things; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso; Ink:  Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Gold Basic Metal Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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Seasonal Branches

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You have probably heard the sound throughout the crafting world.  Maybe even at your own house!  Yes, the squeals of happiness when seeing the new Holiday Catalog!!  My customers have started receiving theirs and they feel like I do….WOW!

Today I get to show you what happens when you combine the new stamp set Beauty of the Season with Blendabilities.  This is one of the cards we will be making in my Blendabilities “on the Fly” class today and it focuses on coloring accessories.

Seasonal Branches

You know by now that I love a card with clean lines.  What does “clean” mean to me?  Well, usually lots of white space (or unembellished space).  That does not always mean simple nor without distressing.  For me, clean means the ability to focus on a special detail.  Sometimes that is coloring (like on another card I’ll show you Monday) or in today’s case, the focus on the pretty pearl berries.  The other card elements are there to add a specialness but not distract you from the focal point.  So that is how I design most of the time.  And I love teaching you how to design as much as how to stamp!

For this card, I stamped the small branch from Beauty of the Season twice with just a little crossing at the branches’ ends.  A Stamp-a-ma-jig is helpful to get this just right (and is one of my go-to tools).  Before I worked on the rest of the card, I colored some Basic Pearls with the middle marker from my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and set aside.  They don’t take long to dry but I have no patience to wait so doing it now is good.  Then I stamped the sentiment (all stamping in Early Espresso).  Using my Stampin’ Distress Tool, I distressed the edges of my Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler panels and then sponged some Crumb Cake ink on the edges of the Vanilla panel.  I attached the two together.  Then the fun.  I started attaching the different sized Pearls (small and medium) where the berries are on the image.  So easy but so much wow!  Finally, I doubled up some Linen Thread and tied a bow.  I attached the bow to my Early Espresso Button with Tombow Multipurpose Glue and then attached the button with a Glue Dot.  The decorated panel is put on the base with Dimensionals.  And there you have it.  Clean but with a very special feel!  I can’t wait to share this with my class later today and I hope you’ll give it a try too.

I’ll be back Monday with another of the projects from this class!  Until then, I hope you have a great weekend and get a little stamping time!

Don’t forget….signs up are open now for Stamps on the Fly Bright & Beautiful Edition

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Stamp:  Beauty of the Season; Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler; Ink:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities; Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Multipurpose Glue

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Freshly Made Sketches #150

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Well, it looks like I missed an amazing week last week at Freshly Made Sketches but I am back with this wonderful sketch from the awesome Linda Callahan.  I love Linda’s sense of style and she always has a little twist of humor that brings a smile!

FMS150 - Bright Joy

So I have to confess that I can’t stop creating with this stamp set.  I had all the items for this card already out on my table from making the projects for my new Stamps on the Fly and put them to use again.  I used the Silver Foil at the bottom of my Whisper White base.  Then I inked up the middle and small stars from Bright & Beautiful with Versamark then embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Pretty, huh??  I did the same with the “Joy” sentiment on the base.  I added on some of the Frosted Sequins (from the Holiday Catalog too).  It still needed a little something, so I colored some Basic Rhinestones with the darkest Coastal Cabana Blendabilities marker and added those on too.

I know you are going to enjoy all the variations the team has for you this week.  I hope you’ll be able to join us too!

I have been getting one of my boys back to school this week.  The oldest started middle school on Monday.  Sigh….. How did that happen?!  But he loves all his teachers and has a smile coming home every day.  Happy mom!  My youngest starts back next Monday and then, hopefully, I will really have some stamping time.  Until then, you can see these two sweet boys in my trailer below.

If you missed it (apparently it may have been difficult to see for my email subscribers), I have a movie trailer created with my boys to show you a bit of a peek into month one of my new Stamps on the Fly program.

Click here:  YouTube Bright & Beautiful Movie Trailer

I hope your week is going well.  I look forward to getting back to a “normal” pattern of posting soon.  If you missed it, I also have 7 new projects over at Splitcoaststampers for the Dirty Dozen.

Ok…back on Saturday with a project I’ll be teaching at my class this weekend.  Until then, have a great week!

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Stamp:  Bright & Beautiful; Paper:  Whisper White, Silver Fancy Foil; Ink:  Versamark, Coastal Cabana Blendabilities; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stars Framelits Dies, Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Frosted Sequins, Basic Rhinestones

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Stamps on the Fly – Bright & Beautiful Edition

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I have been working on this for awhile and am so excited to finally share the details with you.  I am thrilled to introduce my version of a stamps in the mail program.  What does this mean?  Simply put, you can stamp “with me” from anywhere in the US!  I have a page (see top menu) with all the specifics any time you want to find them but today I want to share some highlights. To start, I have a new “creative consultant” who is working with me on this.  He is my 11 year old son.  *smile*  So what happens when you combine a stamping mom with a new idea and a tween-age son with tech savvy?  A movie trailer, naturally.  And you get to see a sneak peek of some things we’ll be using in the first month.

The Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set is my focus for the first edition of Stamps on the Fly.  During this 3-month program, you will get 12 projects plus access to a “subscriber only” page of my blog that will include bonus projects.  With your projects you get video/PDF tutorials as well. Please see my Stamps on the Fly page for pricing and all the details!

*** Stamps on the Fly EXCLUSIVE  early registration offer ***

In conjunction with the amazing Big Shot special being run by Stampin’ Up, I have a fabulous offer for you!  I have opened up registration early to allow you to take advantage of both the deal from Stampin’ Up and to provide a special bonus for you.

If you order a Big Shot from me in August and choose the Bright & Beautiful Bundle as your FREE choice, I will offer you my first month (September’s Class) for the amazing price of $20.  You will still get your Frosted Sequins and Silver Foil Sheets when I order for you in September but you will have your stamp set, Stars Framelits Dies and Big Shot all ready for the class!

But what if you already have a Big Shot!  Yay!  I have a deal for you too!  Buy the Bright & Beautiful Bundle from me in August (remember, there is a 15% savings on the bundle!) and you will also get your September class for $20!

So you get this amazing deal from Stampin’ Up and I will show you lots of ideas on how to use them!  I hope you are as excited about this as I am!

These projects are all designed by me so you know they will be stepped-up ideas with clean lines and beautiful details!  Stampin’ on the Fly style!

If you have any questions, I’m happy to help!  Just email me and I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can.  (** United disclaimer:  Because of my flying, sometimes it will take me about 24 hours to get back to you.  But I will answer as promptly as possible.)

So what is stopping you?  Order your Big Shot/Bright & Beautiful Bundle or your 15% off Bright & Beautiful Bundle now and let me know you are ready to sign up for the class!

See….now you know what I have been up to over the last few weeks! The last few days of announcements have been in the works for a while! As my Artisan 2013 year came to a close, I was definitely looking for the next way to be able to share my love of stamping! The Dirty Dozen at Splitcoaststampers combined with this Stamps on the Fly program got me really excited about new ideas for sharing. I look forward to designing for you and sharing all the fun ideas I have with this great set! And now I have a few days to stamp….so I hope to be up soon with new cards to share! Until then….have a great day!

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Freshly Made Sketches #148

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Wow, what a gallery we had in last week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Thanks to all who played along with my sketch!  This week we have a fabulous sketch courtesy of the incredible Jen Mitchell.  Her style and attention to detail always wow me!

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My card this week should come with a disclaimer *Does Not Follow Simple Instructions Well*.  I flipped the sketch, kind of.  Only the center panel though.  Hmmmm…. Hopefully Jen won’t mind too much.  I was just obsessed with using this bird from the new set Beauty of the Season.  He is so fantastic.  And I had to color him.  I had to!  I framed him with a cut out from the On Film Framelits (cut from Early Espresso ) and added a sentiment from a set that is not even in the Holiday Catalog is it so new.  It will be a set you can get for hostessing in an upcoming promotion and it is called Good Greetings.  You will need it too.  It is awesome.  The Vintage Faceted Button was colored using the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities (just like the bird).  A little Burlap Ribbon and that awesome Kraft Card Stock for the finished card.

You know that the team at FMS has amazing inspiration for you this week.  Because they always do!  And we have a guest stamper for the whole month of August.  Kim Singdahlsen has joined the Clean Team (and the ensuing craziness)!  Please go give her a warm welcome!  Back soon with some more of my Display Stamper projects.  Until then, have a great week!

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Stamps:  Beauty of the Season, Good Greetings; Paper:  Kraft, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Momento Black, Blendabilities – Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Skin Tone;  Accessories:  Big Shot, 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, On Film Framelits, Vintage Faceted Button, Linen Thread

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