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Freshly Made Sketches #229

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FMS229 - Flying byDo you ever feel like the weeks are flying by?  Yeah…me too.  Something about this time of year, I suppose.  Over the weekend my boys started up the spring soccer season with a tournament and then the whole family headed out for a couple of days of much needed vacation.  We joined some friends in a cabin at a local state park for an amazing time!  Unplugged and out in a beautiful location with great friends!  FABULOUS!!  We hiked, made s’mores at a big fire the dads built, and enjoyed the company of some of our favorite people.  Now that we are back to reality, I’m trying to catch up a bit but out for a trip later today.  Maybe I’ll catch up next week???  Sure, ok!  *smile*

In any case, my friends over at Freshly Made Sketches have a great sketch for jump starting your creativity this week.  The talented, fabulous and oh so creative Cindy Hall is our sketch hostess this week and her sketch is sure to get you moving right to your stamp room!

My card, thankfully, popped right into my head when I saw the sketch.  I just got this awesome little plane set called Bon Voyage from Lawn Fawn and I pulled out my Copics to color it.  I thought the plane and the clouds were perfect for the set of three on the sketch.  Now I have to confess that when I started editing my photo, I thought it looked like something was missing and I realized that I should have included a sentiment.  Ah well…I will include a fun one inside instead.  I used the coordinating dies for this set to cut out the images with my Big Shot, added some Black Baker’s Twine and attached them all to a panel cut using Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS).  The base of the card is Real Red.

Alright…off to get ready to fly into Denver and beyond.  Hoping the blizzard there doesn’t cause too much havoc!  Make sure you take a look at all the DT’s inspiration this week!  Have fun stamping!

With this trip and then Easter, I won’t be back until next week.  But I have some great ideas that are all ready to hit the paper when I return!  Until then, I hope you have a safe and blessed Easter.

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Bon Voyage (Lawn Fawn); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Real Red; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bon Voyage Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Black Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #227

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FMS227 - Blue Skies BalloonsWow, is it already Wednesday again?!  The last week has just flown by!  Literally.  Because I have been flying TONS!  But at least it is Freshly Made Sketches day.  Yay for that!!  And the clever and so fabulous Linda Callahan has our sketch all ready for this week and it is awesome.

I just got this stamp set called Blue Skies from Lawn Fawn last week and the little balloons called out to be colored for this one.  I also got some new Copics so out those came too!  Also in the order, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins….yep, I was ready for some spring colors and inspiration for sure!  The sentiment on this is from the February Paper Pumpkin, the DSP is retired from SU and the pink strip is a piece of white colored with Copics to match.FMS227 - CopicsI know my post is super fast.  Long day dealing with weather and another looms for tomorrow.  This is a long trip but when I get home, I have some time off so it will be worth it!

FMS Final 227-001I hope that you are having a great week.  Last week you all blew us away with a super gallery.  I’m hoping to see that again this weekend.  Make sure you let the team know how much you like their work and give a special note to Linda for our awesome sketch!  Happy rest of your week.  See you soon!


Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Blue Skies (Lawn Fawn), Paper Pumpkin Feb (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Retired DSP; Accessories:  Summer Mix Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Ranger Multi Matte Medium

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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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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!!


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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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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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Little Drummer Boy

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Drummer Boy

You know sometimes you see a stamp set that really speaks to you, that is how I felt when I saw this adorable little set from WPlus9 called Drummer Boy.  My boys, particularly my youngest, love the song Little Drummer Boy.  We tend to play it over and over and I don’t get tired of hearing them sing along.  Needless to say, I had to order this right away and my first drummer boy is created in the image of my youngest.  Don’t think for a minute that the oldest isn’t put out and asking for his version.  I’m working on it for sure.  I stamped the images onto SU Thick Whisper White paper using Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Using my Copics, I colored the images.  Then I simply cut them out using the companion dies to the stamp.  I cut the the layers using the Stitched Rectangle die (SSS) and Border Builders die (Li’l Inkers).

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Just a fun bonus, here is the card my little one made using the set.  He colored with my markers and added the images to a card base I had left from a card kit last year.  Yeah….I may have used his card for inspiration.  He said it was ok. *smile*  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you tomorrow for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches


Stamp:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9) ; Ink:  Momento Black, Copics, Blendabilities (ret); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Border Builder Dies (Lil’ Inkers)

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Freshly Made Sketches #198

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I know you have heard it before but I have to say it again.  We are only two weeks away from our 200th Sketch Celebration at Freshly Made Sketches.  You need to mark your calendars!  You will not believe what we have in store for you!

Now….here it is.  Yes….the first Christmas card of the season.  I made it to August!  I love making holiday cards.  Something about them always makes me happy.  So I figured it was as good a time as any to start.  This sketch from Cindy Lovell is so perfect for focus on images or pretty die cuts.

FMS198 - Reindeer Christmas

I just love, love, love this little reindeer from Color Me Christmas.  It is a retired set but I am waiting (impatiently) for my new Holiday Catalog order to show up so retired stuff it is!  This fellow is so fun to color.  I used a combination of Copics and Blendabilities to match this retired DSP.  The SSS Stitched Rectangles provide a little extra fun.  The sentiment is from Petite Pairs (love those fonts).  I added a Cherry Cobbler button and Early Espresso Baker’s Twine to finish.  Now you are in for it because the Christmas vault is open and let the seasonal stamping begin!

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Did I mention the 200th sketch?!  Yes….we are working tons behind the scenes to make this super fun.  We have sponsors that you are sure to love!  Big names…names you love….names I love!!  That is it for hints today.  But more will come.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss anything!

Now, off to see the amazing designs from the team this week.  You are going to love what you see!  I’ll be back on Friday with another card (and it might be another Christmas card).  Hope your week is going well.  See you soon!

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Stamp:  Color Me Christmas, Petite Pairs; Ink:  Momento Black, Blendabilities, Copics; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, ; Accessories:  Big Shot, SSS Stitches Rectangles Dies, Regals Buttons, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #191

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The middle of the first week with both kids out for summer break and so far, so good.  I have actually made a couple of things (yay!) and they seem to be settling into a routine that is so much calmer (yay, again!).  We finished the first swim meet of the season last night and both boys did a great job moving across those lanes.  Fun stuff!  And speaking of fun, I get to be the hostess for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

FMS191 - Goalie Thanks

In other posts I have spoken of my kids’ soccer.  Well, it is that time of year and we are ending another year of training with great coaches.  I created this card for my oldest son’s coach.  My son asked me to color it to look like him and I did my best to capture that.  He has blue cleats and wears an orange goalie jersey so I think I came close.  The image is from Lili of the Valley and is called Goalie Saves.  I colored it with a combination of the discontinued Blendabilities and Copics.  Then I added a sentiment created using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.  I love that I can create an individualized sentiment with that cool little tool!  I backed the image with some retired DSP that matched my green grass.

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The team has some marvelous interpretations of this pretty basic sketch that I know you will love…I certainly do.  I hope you will find some time to play along too.  I just love looking at the gallery every week.

I’m off on another trip soon so am trying to fit some more stamping in today before I go.  Hopefully I will have something to share with you later this week.  Until then, have a great day!

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Stamp:  Goalie Saves (LOTV); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Blendabilities; Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Print Poetry DSP Stack (ret); Accessories:  Alphabet Rotary Stamp, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #185

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Another week is flying by!  I hope that your week has been wonderful so far.  I know it is shocking to hear but mine has been full of more…  Yes, I knew you’d be surprised.  *smile*  My oldest son is on his school soccer team as well as his travel team.  Between both boys, someone has been in a game for the last 4 days.  It is so fun to watch the dedication of these kids, coaches and parents.

Over at Freshly Made Sketches, we have a fun new challenge from our hostess Cindy Hall.  Cindy is one of the kindest people and her beautiful cards are a sure way to make you smile!  She has come up with a fun sketch that can be super clean or a bit fancy.  You’ll have fun with it for sure!

FMS185 - Amazing

I needed a boost of some fresh art last week so I ordered this new stamp from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps – Mon Ami.  I love this simple, modern flower and that great font on the sentiment.  And it is perfect for simple coloring with Copics.  I played pretty quickly with them for this one and I am pretty happy with the result.  The strips in the background come from the retired Fresh Prints DSP stack which is topped with some Real Red card stock.  A quick card for a busy week.  With any luck, I’ll be able to share some pictures of what else I’ve been working on soon.  Painting….but not on cards!

FMS185 Copics

I do have something fun coming up that is card related.  I’ll be participating in a retiring stamp hop starting on Friday.  Can’t wait to have you come join us!  My team mates over at Freshly Made Sketches have created some real beauties for our challenge today.  Make sure you head on over to see what they have to share!

Thanks so much for dropping in today.  See you again soon!
May Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

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Stamp:  Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps); Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Fresh Prints DSP; Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics (shown above); Accessories:  Big Shot, Mon Ami Fleur Fri-dies, Dimensionals

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