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Freshly Made Sketches #207

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FMS207 - Glimmer Joy

Another Wednesday and another fabulous sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!  Our sketch hostess this week is the extraordinary Kim Singdahlsen.  She created this sketch as a way to showcase designer papers but, per usual, I broke the rules.  Just goes to show how really flexible this sketch can be!!

Now where would my week be without using another of these snowflakes?!  I have already admitted my obsession with them so….  Today some silver.  And glitter!  For the base of the image panel, I chose the gorgeous Silver Glimmer paper and then topped it with Thick Whisper White panels that were embossed with the Softly Falling Folder.  I cut the ‘Joy’ from the same paper and then 3 more times from Thick Whisper White.  This one is from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.  Layering those makes the sentiment pop up but still keeps it easy to adhere to the card.  The big snowflake from Snowflake Elements was heat embossed using Versamark Ink and Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I added an Iced Rhinestone to the center.  Aren’t they perfect together??  And that is it.  All the work is done by the shimmer and shine!


For the blocked panels.  Don’t make the math hard.  Really.  Don’t!  I don’t know the measurements.  Here is what I did.  I cut the white panel 1/16″ narrower that I would have and normal on the length (I usually use 1/8″ spacing for layers like this).  That little bit extra is what give you the space between.  Next I cut the long panel off the side.  With the remaining (slightly wider panel), I cut it in two with a 1/3 to 2/3 proportion….ish.  I didn’t measure, I just eyeballed it.  Then from the larger of those, I cut an addition 1/16″ off to make room for that little space between them.  Once they were all cut, I laid them on the embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot.  I found if you try to emboss first and then cut, the paper cutter does not give you super clean edges on those narrow cuts.  To adhere the panels, I used Fast Fuse.  Glue dots work well with the Glimmer Paper too.

FMS Final 207-001

I hope you enjoy this card today.  Have fun with the sketch and make sure you check out what the team has for inspiration!  I’ll be back soon with another of the cards I made for my class last weekend.  Until then, have a great day!  Thanks for stopping in!

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Ink: Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Silver Shimmer; Accessories:  Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Snowflake Elements, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Iced Rhinestone, Dimensionals

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Peace & Joy

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Peace & Joy

I am so excited to share with you today.  I got to stamp with some friends over the weekend and it was so much fun.  I even had a new stamper join in.  Four cards, Jen style, and she totally kept up with us!!  This was our technique card of the class and we had more fun with it.  This background is so spectacular and yet SOOO easy.  Really!  Trust me.  Ok….I thought you might not believe me so I made a video.

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I saw this cool technique last week as shown by the oh so talented Jennifer McGuire.  She used a different medium and I wanted to see what happened when I tried reinkers.  Wow is what happens!  Beyond the background I love how the Sleigh Ride Edgelits can be used to create a pretty scene within the PL Cards & Labels Framelits.  This may be one of my favorite cards so far this season.  Hope you love it too!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new card for Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great day!

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Stamp:  Holly Jolly Christmas ; Ink:  Night of Navy, Blackberry Bliss; Paper: Watercolor, Thick Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper; Accessories: Big Shot, Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Project Life Card & Labels Framelits, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Iced Rhinestones, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #206

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FMS206 - Joy

Oooh, looky!!!  We have another amazing sketch for you this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!  The oh so fabulous Linda Callahan is our sketch hostess and she has come up with something super fun!!

Ok….I have to say it out loud (because you already know it).  My name is Jennifer Timko and I’m seriously addicted to wooden snowflakes.  I apologize in advance but the simple reality is that I love them and will continue to pop them on everything in sight!!  I went back to the Winter Wonderland DSP too….because it is SOOOOO pretty!  Now I did almost talk myself out of using the snowflakes.  But really, they were tailor made for the sketch.  Would I be responsible if I didn’t show you (again) how fabulous they are??  Today, I smooshed them in Versamark and heat embossed them with White and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Just look at them in white!  And yet again the gold doesn’t photograph even half as pretty as it is in person.  All I did was add a sentiment with heat embossing onto the DSP to finish the sketch.  It seemed like it needed another something, so I threw on some Gold Thread.  This stuff is really pretty too.  To adhere the snowflakes I used Crystal Effects.  I added a Gold Foil layer onto a Whisper White base and then popped up the snowflake layer on Dimensionals.  Word of warning.  I’m getting ready to order more of these snowflakes.  You may want to order soon before I get them all!  *smile*

Now off to the FMS site to see all the beautiful projects from the team.  Week in and week out, they amaze me!  Can’t wait to see what you do with this sketch…I feel confident that the gallery is going to be chock full of wonderful inspiration!  I’ll be back tomorrow with some really fun projects so plan to stop back in.  See you then!

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Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings ; Ink: Versamark; Paper:  Winter Wonderland DSP, Gold Foil; Accessories:  Snowflake Elements, White and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Gold Thread, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #205

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Oh, do I have a treat for you today!  We have an awesome sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  The amazingly talented Rita Wright came up with this super fun layout and I think you are going to love it!

FMS205 - Season of Joy

I went all in on products from the Holiday Catalog on this card.  So many pretty things that coordinate perfectly!  Winter Wonderland is a beautiful suite of products that starts with a stunning DSP pack.  The gold and black  in the prints ensures many elegant projects!  I chose two of them  as the background for this card and I just love them.  I pulled the banner from my August Paper Pumpkin (but you can cut one just as easily with your Banner Framelits from Very Vanilla).  Using Momento Black ink, I stamped the sentiment from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.  I love all the combinations that are possible with that set!  I took a snowflake from Snowflake Elements and smooshed it in Versamark ink, poured on some Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it.  The picture doesn’t come close to showing how pretty it is!  For finishing details, I cut  strip of Gold Foil and flagged the end with my Banner Punch and added some gold sequins from the Metallic Sequins.  Both the snowflake and the sequins are attached using the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  This is already one of my favorite things from this new catalog (I know….yes, I REALLY love having the right glue for each job).

A few little hints.  The paper in this Winter Wonderland has a lighter feel than some.  It makes the paper really usable for so many things but on a large panel, it may feel a little too light.  I simply cut another panel from dark card stock to 1/4″ less than the DSP panel and attached the DSP to it.  This allowed me to pop the decorative panel up on Dimensionals and have it still lay correctly on the card.  Also, with the new glue, a light hand is all that is needed.  I place a little dot of the glue on the paper where I want a sequin and place the sequin down on the dot.  Easy!

You already know that the design team will have tons of inspiration for you so I’ll stop talking now and let you get on to the business of oohing and ahhing over their work!

FMS Final 205-001I’ll be back on Friday with a new Fancy Friday project and next week with some other great stuff I’ve been working on!  Until then, thanks so much for stopping in.

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Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings ; Ink:  Momento Black, Versamark; Paper:  Winter Wonderland DSP, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil; Accessories:  Paper Pumpkin (August), Snowflake Elements, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Metallic Sequins, Dimensionals

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This day has come again.  The day you want to forget except that you want to remember the special people and all that they meant to so many.  I feel compelled to write down something every year.  (You can read them here:  9th Anniversary10th Anniversary,  11th Anniversary , 12th Anniversary and 13th Anniversary).   As always, I find it hard to put into words how I feel about this anniversary.  As a United pilot, it is astonishing to think about all the changes to my company, our country, the world since that awful day.  Many of the changes make me sad but I also have to think about the good ones.  My boys, for instance.  On that day 14 years ago, I could hardly think, much less imagine where I would be now and how my life would be filled with laughs and smiles from these crazy, funny kids.  And my stamping.  I had never stamped or even considered anything crafty back then.  It was my furlough and all the family changes because of it that led me to stamping.  I needed a refuge, a happy refuge, and stamping filled a wonderful spot in my heart.  And the friends that have come via this hobby are a blessing!  So I’m going to break out a little and share a card with you but not a card that maybe fits the occasion.  Because sometimes it just flies like that around here.

Jen Timko - All Ye Faithful

I created this card for a swap with some of these dear friends I have met over the course of my stamping and I thought that maybe today was an ok day to share.  I love silver and blue together (maybe it is a legacy United pilot thing….I also have a soft spot for Rhapsody in Blue) and I used them to create this clean Christmas card using All Ye Faithful.  This set made me so happy when I saw it and I could not wait to get it.  I kept this one simple to bring focus to the Holy Family.  Hopefully exactly what we want at Christmas (and all year).  I used stars from the set Holly Jolly Greetings  and stamped them randomly to create the sky.  All the images were stamped in Versamark and embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I added some washi tape from the Watercolor Wishes kit and this beautiful Iced Rhinestone as the star.

I think this card kind of reflects how I feel about today’s anniversary.  I wish for people of good hearts and faith to come together with a single voice.  For love to win and for the quiet moments of reflection to help us find the light.

Thanks so much for letting me share with you.  I hope for you a safe and love-filled Patriot’s Day.

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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Freshly Made Sketches #202

Freshly Made Sketches #202 published on 14 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #202

Happy Wednesday to you!  Hope this finds you well.  I’m sure you are as happy as I am to see the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!  Our sketch hostess this week is the amazing Amy O’Neill and I just love what she has given us to use!

FMS202 - Sleigh in Gold

I decided that Amy’s fun sketch was simply perfect for pulling out some new, fun items from the Holiday Catalog (it went live yesterday!!).  You are going to love this one.  I used the Sleigh Ride Edgelits to cut this piece from Gold Foil and then stamped the sentiment from Holly Jolly Greetings with Stazon Black.  The beautiful papers are from the Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP and they are a real wow!  I added a little bit of Gold Thread and some Gold Sequins to finish it up.  This one is super quick but still feels really rich and special because of the gold.  What do you think about the new products?!  You really are going to have fun with them!

FMS Final 202-001Super quick post today.  I’m on a trip and need to get ready for more flying around tomorrow.  I hope to be back on Friday with the card I promised using last week’s Fancy Friday colors.  Until then, I hope you have a great day.  Thanks for stopping in!

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Stamp:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink:  Stazon Black; Paper:  Gold Foil, Winter Wonderland DSP, Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Gold Thread, Metallic Sequins, Dimensionals

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FMS #200 – Sleigh Ride

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So I may have said the other day when I posted my FMS card for our big celebration that I made a couple versions of the sketch before making the snowflake card.  I thought it would be fun to share some of what I created.  Before I get going, I have had a few people ask me how to join in the fun with Freshly Made Sketches this week.  It is so easy that you just have to give it a go!  Make a card using our sketch (I have a picture below).  Then post that card to a blog, at Splitcoaststampers or at your favorite social media location.  Once you have that done, just go to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and link your project in.  Hoping to see lots of you this week!

FMS200 - Silent Night in Silver

My first card uses the new Sleigh Ride Edgelits and the Softly Falling Embossing Folder from the new Holiday Catalog.  I created a watercolor background using Night of Navy.  Then using the embossing folder that had been inked with White Craft Ink, I stamped the stars.  I cut the tree layer from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Jingle All the Way (it coordinates with the Edgelits), then texture embossed with the Softly Falling folder.  I added a new Iced Rhinestone as a big star and a couple more Basic Rhinestones.

FMS200 - Peace & Joy in Gold

I was so happy with that one that I wanted to keep going and try another version.  I chose a gold dots pattern from the Winter Wonderland DSP for the background then cut the two layers with the Sleigh Ride Edgelits again.  I used Thick Whisper White and Gold Foil for the layers this time.  The sentiment is from Holly Jolly Greetings which is a mix and match sentiment set.  Love it!  Again with the rhinestone combination and done for a totally different look.

FMS Final 200I hope that you are enjoying the celebration over at FMS so far.  You really must click over to see all the amazing cards have already been added.  I am in awe of the talent on display!

I’ve still been flying tons and not as much stamping time as I’d like.  I did have the chance to get together with friends the other day to make their Watercolor Wishes Card Kits!  I had such fun!  I hope you are having a great week.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

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Stamps:  Jingle All the Way, Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink:  Night of Navy, White Craft, Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Gold Foil, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Watercolor ; Accessories:  Big Shot, Sleigh Ride Thinlits, Softly Falling TIEF, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Iced Rhinestons, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #200 – A Celebration!

Freshly Made Sketches #200 – A Celebration! published on 32 Comments on Freshly Made Sketches #200 – A Celebration!

The day is finally here!  The 200th sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!!  I had to stop and take in all that means when it comes to crafty inspiration.  The amazing challenge consistently has over 100 players each week.  That means over the last 4 years our challenge has had over 20,000 cards shared!  Wow.  Just wow!  When Lesley started this challenge, I felt immediately like she had put words to my style.  Clean but not always simple.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Clean AND Simple (CAS) but many times I make cards that have clean lines but also take a long time to make.  Sometimes it is a technique, sometimes it is detail work, sometimes it is working on balance…but many of these clean cards are actually hard.  *smile*  Lesley gave me an a-ha moment and clearly I am not the only one!  The success of this challenge is about the right mix of sketches and the amazing design team (I still pinch myself that I get to be a part of it!).  It is even more about YOU, the greater crafting community.  Our sponsors recognize what you bring and have been so generous in all they are offering as prizes!

FMS Final 200 Sponsors-002

We don’t have a traditional sketch hostess today.  The whole team is your hostess!  We chose a sketch that we felt allows for lots of expression and creativity.  Based on what I have seen from both our FMS DT and our guest DT members, we were right.  I hope that you will enjoy it as much as we already have!

FMS200 - MerryI had so many ideas for this sketch that I could barely clear my head enough to use just one (actually I have more cards to share with you later this week).  This one really reflects some of my favorite items in the new Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up so I just had to share.  These catalogs should be arriving soon to customers and you are going to be in love!  I started with the new Softly Falling TIEF and embossed my Thick Whisper White panel.  This embossing folder is awesome.  While it is meant to be “snow”, I just used it as a texture layer with the concentrated dots at the bottom (helped me stick to the sketch).  It is so pretty and more impressive in person than in my picture.  Then there are the snowflakes.  These wooden Snowflake Elements are awesome.  I should have gotten more.  There are 24 in a pack and I’ll be through them in no time!  I took them and smooshed them into my Versamark Ink Pad and them poured Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder on them.  Add a heat tool and they emboss up super fast.  GORGEOUS!  They are attached with the new Fine Tip Glue Pen…so great for tiny things!  I added a Basic Rhinestone to each center with such a pretty effect.  Next, using the new Christmas Greetings Thinlit Dies and my Big Shot, I cut out the sentiment from Silver Glimmer Paper.  Mmmm….glitter!  As if the shine and sparkle weren’t enough already, I added a layer of Silver Foil behind the image layer and popped the whole thing up on Dimensionals.  This card is such a wow in person.  I love it and I hope you do too!

FMS Final 200Now if you have ever needed inspiration, this is the week to get ready to Pin.  I’m in complete awe over the talent that is in our guest gallery.  As if I wasn’t already mouth agape enough from the FMS DT!!!  The support from the stamping community has been humbling for all of us at FMS and I cannot begin to tell you what it has been like for me over the last few weeks.  Every time a card was sent to me, I squealed out loud.  As the companies responded with their sponsorship offers, I could hardly believe what I was reading.  At one point I think I channeled my inner Sally Field.  We can’t deny that you like us…you really like us!  *smile*  And that is a fabulous honor for all of us at Freshly Made Sketches.  This community of artists and friends is unlike any other I have known.  I’m grateful beyond measure to Lesley for having given me, a small time and unknown stamper, the offer of being on this amazing team almost 4 years ago.  It changed the course of my crafting life.  Gave me the confidence to enter and be chosen for Stampin’ Up’s Artisan Design Team.  And most importantly, it has given me the chance to meet some of the kindest and most generous people in the world.  The actual world….because we are all over the place and yet we feel like neighbors.

So, I’ll stop being sappy before I can’t continue my post.  I hope you have fun this week!  Here’s to another 200!

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Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer ; Accessories:  Big Shot, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Softly Falling TIEF, Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Basic Rhinestones, Fine Tip Glue Pen

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