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The Card Concept #64

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Welcome back to a new year of challenges from The Card Concept.  I am so happy to share the first one with you!  The inspiration piece is really pretty!

I was inspired by the gold and the flowers in the background plus the sentiment on the note.  I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful stamp set from Santa.  It is called Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th.  I stamped in Versamark and embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I did the same with the sentiment.  I added just a touch of color with my Zig markers to mimic the pink in the flowers.  All I added was a few gold sequins to finish.  I chose the Clean and Graphic style for this week.

I hope you will join us for this one.  I’m sure you will see something in our inspiration that you love!  This is my second post of the day so don’t forget to check out the latest from Freshly Made Sketches too.  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th); Ink: Zig Clean Color Pens, Versamark; Paper: StrathmoreWatercolor Cards; Accessories:  Misti, Glue Dots, Zig BrusH2O, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Freshly Made Sketches #243

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FMS243 - Just for youHappy Wednesday!!  I hope your week is going well.  I have just what you need to make your week keep moving along…a sketch from our lovely resident Artisan Amy O’Neill.  She created a fabulous sketch to get us moving and I just love it!

I wanted to play with some new inks I have from ColorBox and they seemed perfect combined with these images from Altenew’s Botanical Garden.  I embossed the images onto vellum using the Copper Embossing Powder (yep, still obsessed with it) and then colored on the back side with the inks from the Fall color selection of the Premium Dye Inks.  Great colors don’t you think?!  I added a sentiment from Paper Pumpkin (those seem to be my go-to lately, don’t they?) and embossed it with the copper too.  The panel was cut using a Stitched Rectangles Die from Simon Says Stamp.  Clean and simple with minimal layers.  The perfect summer card!

FMS Final 243-001I think you are going to have a lot of fun using this one and I expect the gallery to be really full!  Ok, off to see the rest of the team’s beautiful work.  I hope you’ll join us this week!


Stamps:  Botanical Garden (Altenew), Paper Pumpkin Sentiment; Ink:  Fall Premium Dye Inks (Colorbox), Versamark ; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Vellum; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Glue Dots, Zig BrusH2O

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The Card Concept #56

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CC56 - Be-you-tifulToday’s challenges over at The Card Concept is going to make you jump for joy!  The inspiration image is so pretty!!  It won’t take long for you to see how I got to this card, for sure!

So first, I knew that I had to use a peony.  This pretty one from You’ve Got This is perfect for the job!  I simply stamped in Versamark and then embossed using Gold embossing powder to mimic the gold in the image.  The flower was colored using Zig Markers.  Next I decided to use my Clarity Stencil Brushes to apply some Soft Sky ink to a Thick Whisper White panel.  The brushes make the ink go on so beautifully!!  I cut that colored panel plus a sentiment panel using Stitched Rectangle Dies and then added a gold embossed sentiment from the Flower Patch set.  Some sequins from an old Paper Pumpkin went so perfectly with this that I had to use them!

56Ok, this is my Clean and Graphic take on the inspiration piece this week!  If you missed it, I also have a Freshly Made Sketches card up today in the post below.  (A reminder that every other Wednesday I will have two posts)  The team over at The Card Concept has a widely varied and gorgeous set of cards to get you on your way!  I hope you will join us!

Back on Friday with this month’s Fancy Friday!  Until then, thanks for stopping in!


Stamps:  You’ve Got This, Flower Patch; Ink: Versamark, Soft Sky ; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Tim Holtz Watercolor; Accessories:  Clarity Stamps Stencil Brushes, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Zig Clean Color Markers, Sequins, Heat Tool, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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A Colorful Thank You

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Jen Timko - A colorful thank youToday is the last day of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge and I wanted post one last card that I created with my colored samples.  Mostly as a big thank you to Kathy for all that she does in this challenge to encourage us all to make time for a little art every day.

I used the retired SU set So Very Grateful because I just love the flowers and the style of artwork on this stamp! It is a fun set to color and I pulled out my Zig Clean Color Markers again for this one.  The flowers are stamped with WPlus9 Dye Ink and the sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx.  Not much else to add other than I am going to try to keep up my coloring as much as possible because it makes me happy.  The overwhelming participation in this challenge says that I’m not alone.

I hope you enjoy this sweet card.   Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!  See you then!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  So Very Grateful (SU – ret); Ink: Versafine Onyx BlackZig Clean Color Markers, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink; Paper: Ranger Watercolor Paper, Cucumber Crush; Accessories:  Big Shot, Zig BrusH2OStitched Rectangles (SSS)

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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.

Here is the direct link:

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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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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Fancy Friday – Joy

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I know it isn’t the last Friday of the month yet but the Fancy Friday team decided to hop a little early this month (and we will next month too) in order to get ahead for the holidays.  And you know what?!  I have some fun news.  This team of amazing designers has just added some new fanciness!!!  Many of you know that Fancy Friday developed after the 2013-14 Artisan Design Team’s tenure was up.  We enjoyed hopping together so much that we wanted to keep sharing with you once a month.  Some of our team has needed to take a hiatus so we thought we should add stampers to the team that you are sure to love!  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 November we are creating a Fancy Christmas, but with a twist.  We are using non-traditional colors and hope to inspire you to try some of them!

FF Nov - Joy

I have to say that I went pretty far out of my normal Christmas color scheme on this one but I love it so much!  I have told you many times that Holly Jolly Greetings is my favorite stamp of the Holiday Catalog.  This is totally why!  I love the snowflake (a lot) and I love the versatility of the sentiments.  And they will be great sentiments for years to come.  You see, I tend to “collect” Christmas sets.  Especially the ones with great sentiments.  They rarely leave once I have gotten them.  That also makes me picky when it comes to sets because I have so many from previous years.  But this one…..unique and flexible!  And guess what?  It is one of the continued and not retiring sets from the Holiday Catalog so I think Stampin’ Up agrees!

So how did I create this?  Using watercolor paper to start, I placed down some water on the paper.  Then using Distress Inks, I added three different colors (Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry) to the stamp.  I spritzed the stamp with water and stamped.  I did the same with the “Joy” and then took a wet paint brush and added a little ink then splattered it.  The clear sequins are from the Metallic Sequins pack and I just love the little bit of special something they add!  The panels are cut with Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS).  The card base is Tangerine Tango and I think it is a nice foundation for these crazy colors.  This is a fun card to make and I may play around with some other color combinations as I get more serious in my Christmas card production.


As you hop around, please make sure you add a special welcome to Allison, Kaitlyn, Krista and Marisa.  These ladies are seriously talented and totally fancy!!

The fabulous Mercedes Weber is up next!   Wait until you see what she created!

And you can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!


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Stamps:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Paper:  Watercolor (Fabriano), Tangerine Tango, Thick Whisper White (base);  Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Metallic Sequins, Dimensionals, paint brush

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CTS#149 – Amazing

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CTS#149 - Amazing Mon Ami

I got some time to sit down and stamp last week and I saw the fabulous sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch…I knew I had to play along.  But what to make?!  I also saw that Michele from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is hosting a Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop for a very special release.  In honor of Michele and her amazing cause, I thought I should make a card with one of her sets.  Please read her story and the background on this hop HERE.  I am in awe that she has taken this news and turned it into a way to help others.  I have no doubt that her mission to get us all to check “the sistahs” will help someone else have early detection!

I used the Mon Ami stamp set…such a beautiful image collection!  I stamped the flower 3 times with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I colored the back of the flowers using Zig Clean Color Pens.  It is only one color that I used to create this ombre look.  Then I cut them out with the matching Mon Ami dies.  I stamped the sentiment with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using my Misti to make sure I got perfect coverage.  The Stitched Rectangles made another appearance to add a little interest.  Finally, I added Silver Thread (SU) and silver sequins.

CTS_149Michele has a product launch today and she will be sharing some of the proceeds with very good causes.  You can read all about it from her and her talented team.  So go hop with them, get inspired and make sure you take care of your self check!

I got called out on a trip so I will not have a card for tomorrow’s Freshly Made Sketches.  With any luck, I will have time on Thursday to catch up and join in.  It is a really fabulous sketch!!  I’ll definitely be back on Friday with a new Fancy Friday blog hop and we have some fun new things to share with you!!  Until then, have a great week!

Stamps:  Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps); Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Zig Clean Color Pens; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), White Vellum (SU); Accessories:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Sequins, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Zig Watercolor Pen, Silver Thread (SU)

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Watercolor Drummer

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Watercolor Drummer

I told you a few post ago when I was coloring this adorable little drummer boy that my oldest son was a bit put out that I had made the drummer blonde like his brother.  So the other day I had some time to color while he was home.  He colored one version of himself and I colored another.  This is the one I ended up with!  I used my new Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create the background and my Zig Clean Color Markers for the images.  Super fun and pretty quick too!  I cut the image sheet with my Stitched Rectangles from Simon Says Stamps (I’m addicted to these dies) and then embossed the base (Night of Navy) with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  My oldest gave it his thumbs up of approval!!

Quick post…still recovering from the 3 days of simulator madness.  Fortunately it all went well and I’m good to go for another 9 months.  Back next week with some more fun.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!

Stamp:  Drummer Boy (WPlus9); Ink:  Black WPlus9 Pure Color Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Paper: Fabriano Watercolor, Night of Navy; Accessories: Big Shot, Drummer Boy Dies(WPlus9), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Zig Water Pen, Dimensionals, Softly Falling Embossing Folder (SU)

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Freshly Made Sketches #212

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FMS212 - Hydrandgeas

As promised, I have a fun card to share with you today plus a video.  We have this super sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches from the queen of layers, Narelle.  She makes layering look effortless and always elegant!  As for me….it wasn’t working.  So I took a step back and simply layered the images instead.  I hope she doesn’t mind too much.  Here is the how to on my card:

Direct link HERE

I’m still in Denver taking my check ride (3 days of fun in the simulator) but I did get to have coffee with the amazing Kim Singdahlsen from the team.  I tell you what, it made facing all those engine out approaches much more tolerable!!  *smile*

Ok….back to studying.  I hope you enjoy the video and this fun sketch.  Go check out all the inspiration from the team, of course, too!  See you again Friday with another fun card!

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Stamps:  Best Thoughts, And Many More; Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper:  Fabriano Cold Press 140 lb Watercolor, Soft Sky; Accessories:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Sequins (Watercolor Wishes Card Kit), Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Zig Watercolor Pen

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