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Best Day

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I think the “hardest” part about going to Stamping Away (other than leaving) is getting started on stamping there. So many products, so much inspiration, so many talented stampers…oh my! So when it came to my first project I decided to go with what I know. A bit of Copic coloring on an image that wasn’t overly complicated. I looked through some sets and immediately gravitated to this Just Vines stamp by The Stamp Market.

Instead of just the yellow greens, I decided to combine them with my BG family for something a bit unexpected. So I sat for quite a while coloring and listening to the chatter and admiring the work others were doing and….it was perfect! I didn’t have a particular plan for the panel when I was working on it but quickly realized that it might be nice for a birthday card for my husband. So that became my mission. After a few starts (and fails) I finally just kept it simple. I found this sentiment from the For My Bestie set. A Pink and Main Sentiment Strip die was just perfect for the sentiment and I added on a few sequins to finish.

I love the overall effect of the coloring here and, though it took a bit, it was the perfect “warm up” for my crafting weekend. And it made me happy to make too! I hope you get a bit of time for some “just because” crafting this week. I’m trying to make sure it becomes a bigger part of my creative time. Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #424

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I don’t know about where you live, but here in Virginia winter has kind of been a bust. In fact, I just saw some daffodils actually blooming. At the end of February. So, in that effort of accepting that we will have no real snow, I’m just moving on to stamping spring. Thankfully, the wonderful Jen Brum designed a great sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches to enable me.

I told you recently that I had just put in my order from The Greetery and guess what? It arrived!! I love the Let’s Have a Word – Beautiful die set for this sketch. And the little flower from Summer Sketches seemed perfect yet again. I started with a Strathmore Watercolor Card and brushed on Altenew inks from the same color family. The pretty yellow oranges seemed right for my spring mood. After brushing them on, I spritzed with a bit of water and got this pretty effect. I thought the words in black were a nice contrast. I stamped the little flower using the lightest (Sunday) and third (Snapdragon) colors in the set to coordinate. The little banner is also from The Greetery and comes from the Sentiment Suite Basic die set. I found some sunny sequins in my stash to match and done!

I hope you will join us this week for our challenge. As always, make sure you check out all the inspiration from the design team! Back tomorrow with a fun card (yes, created at Stamping Away). See you then!

Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Gina K. Designs + Discount Code

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One of the best days of the month is here! Crafty Friends day! My friends and I have a company focus this month on the fabulous Gina K. Designs and I’m so thrilled. Not only do I love her designs, but I have come to see that Gina herself is such a leader in the industry on how to succeed in business and still be amazingly kind and generous. Now THAT is something to celebrate for sure!

I chose the Tropical Blooms stamp set to work with since it remains a favorite of mine. Something about this image and the sentiments just simply works. I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with gold powder. The raised embossing helps contain the water and made this quick coloring even easier. I used coral and rose Daniel Smith watercolor paints to create a bit of variance in the petals. Then I played with a couple of greens and a bit of blue for the leaves. Nothing particularly fancy because I wanted the colors to remain pale on the flowers.

To help them pop a bit, I decided to blend on some green Distress Inks onto another watercolor paper layer. I started with Twisted Citron Oxide but it wasn’t the right shade. So I added some Peeled Paint regular Distress Ink over it to get it right. That is the beauty of these inks, they blend and mix and they are not overly persnickety. I cut the panel out with an old Pretty Pink Posh scalloped rectangle (it must be retired, I could not find it to link). I stamped on part of the sentiment and then used the die set for part too. All of the cut outs were popped up using my favorite Foam Squares by Gina K. Designs. For this I used white but they also have black ones that are great for those dark panels and images. Finally, after some playing around, I decided the base needed some ink too so I brushed Tattered Rose Oxide Ink onto it.

I continue to be so thrilled that companies are working with us to give you discounts for our hops. Shop with Gina K. Designs on Feb 20 – 22 and use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 at checkout to get a 20% Discount. Click the graphic above to get to her shop.

Now on to the rest of the hop. I’m thrilled to send you to the lovely and talented Amy Kolling. Here is the list in case you get lost along the way:

I hope you enjoy the hop as much as we do. Thanks so much for stopping in today!

Freshly Made Sketches #423

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The newest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches was created by the amazing Kim Singdahlsen and oh wow! I’m sure it is not really surprising for you to find that I “think” in sketches when designing. When I see one, I usually know almost immediately what to make (I think it is my math brain). But with this sketch, I saw multiple choices right away! That rarely happens and usually means that it is going to be a super cool week.

I showed you recently what I gave for the gift exchange at Stamping Away but I was negligent in showing what I received. Well, this darling little stamp set from Avery Elle was part of my amazing package (also a wonderful paint palette and some pens that will live in my craft room without being stolen by certain teenagers because they are awesome and immediately identifiable!). The set is called Beary Good Friends and is part of the latest release. So many little images to mix and match! I love sets like this.

I stamped a bunch of images and just started coloring, not sure what I would use. Well, I pretty much used all the things! Because how could I not?! In keeping with the sketch I used a circle stencil and brushed on some Distress Oxide ink. I used a sticky note to block the bottom part of the circle. I used the bear as one of the horizontal layers and then built up the scene around him. To “ground” the grass a bit, I used another of the layers and brushed on green ink. By doing this instead of using colored card stock, it kept the depth of color throughout and keeps the focus on the images. I did the same with some yellow ink on the sentiment panel.

I guess it is not a surprise that the design team has come up with some pretty amazing cards with the sketch and quite a variety too. Make sure you go see what they made and come over and join us! Back tomorrow for this month’s Craft Friends Blog Hop. Until then, have a great day!

Beautiful Roses

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I’m sharing a card made with another of the gorgeous sets from The Greetery. You know by now that I love the look of watercoloring. But let’s face it, sometimes there just isn’t time for coloring…the horror! This set gives you a similar style with just layered stamping. Fabulous!

I had not used The Greetery’s layered images before I went to Stamping Away but I knew I’d have a chance to try them there. I doubted whether the layering was as easy to achieve as it appeared. So the short answer…YES! It is! Based on advice from the gals there, I die cut first and then stamped onto the cut image using my Misti. The instructions on in the set are super clear and easy to follow. I chose some color families in the Altenew Ink lines which worked beautifully (I have them linked below). I was totally in love with this flower spray and then needed to create a card to showcase it.

I was sitting next to the very talented Alyssa Scritchfield and she created this card. I loved the stencil she used so pretty much grabbed it right away from her when she was done. It was the perfect background for my flowers. The sentiment is from the same set as the flowers. That script is gorgeous, don’t you think?! I thought a few little Sparkling Clear sequins were a nice touch to finish.

If you haven’t already seen it, The Greetery has a new release that went live today. And yes, I have just finished my shopping! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a beautiful day!

Freshly Made Sketches #422

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The Freshly Made Sketches challenge is up and running and the amazing Linda Callahan is our sketch designer this week. This one has all the hallmarks of a big week since I can see lots of ways to use the sketch.

I opted to keep it pretty straight to the sketch and chose this fun image from My Favorite Things called Miss You A Latte. She is fun to color and pretty quick too. Colored her in using Copics in my RV, B and Y families. I used a sentiment from the same set cut out with the MFT Slanted Sentiments Dies. The patterned paper is from my stash (SU) and I used some bold pink card stock and brushed on a little ink at the edges to give it some depth.

A fun little card to brighten someone’s day and get me back into the swing of creating after all the cleaning I’ve been doing. I hope you will have a few moments to join us on the sketch this week. Hope to be back later this week with another creation from my weekend at Stamping Away. Until then, have a wonderful day!

Hello, Beautiful

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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was wonderful. Today I’m sharing another of the cards I created while at Stamping Away. One of the fun parts of stamping at this event is the ability to use all kinds of products that I don’t own (yet…). I shared my Freshly Made Sketches card last week made with a set from The Greetery and today I’m sharing another made with the same set.

I love how forgiving the layering is on these images and the loose “sketch” lines are easy to use too. This is the Summer Sketches set and the sentiment is from the brand new Sketchbook Roses set. I found it is easiest to use the coordinating die and cut first. Then, using my Misti, I simply aligned the images into the negative, placed the positive in and stamped. Perfect! There is an easy stamping guide in the stamp sets too so it is super clear how to create the layers. I used Altenew inks for these flowers. The blues are Misty Morning and Nimbus. The green is Frayed Leaf ad the black is Altenew’s Jet Black. I know you are probably in love with that border die as much as I am. Isn’t it pretty?! It is also from The Greetery and it is called Nordic Frames. Sorry, not sorry for the enabling! *smile*

Well, that is all for today. Thanks to those of you who took advantage of my de-stash sale! I’m continuing my clean out this week and working on inks. Oh my! Hope you have a good start to your week! See you soon.

Crafty De-stash!!

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Multi-company Product De-stash (All Multi-company boxes SOLD)

I just completed a big cleaning of my stamp room and it is time for another de-stash!  I have put together mystery boxes packed with a variety of products that are valued at more than twice the price of the box.  In each box there are many different brands (Picket Fence Studios, Newton’s Nook, Altenew, WPlus9, Concord & 9th, Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things, The Ink Road, Winnie and Walter are examples).  If I had coordinating dies to match the stamp, they are included.  While some of these are gently used (with some staining), there are also brand new and unused sets in each box.

I have three $120 boxes and two $60 boxes. (SOLD!)  Priority shipping is already included in the pricing.  All products are “as is” and all sales are final.  All items are from a smoke free, cat-friendly home. Buyers must pay using PayPal and must be in the US. First come, first served and I will use time stamps. Please email or message me as soon as possible to secure a box (email at jentimko@gmail.com). Specify which price point please.  I will send you an invoice for your selected box. You have 24 hours to pay the invoice and I will ship within 3 business days of payment receipt.

Stampin’ Up De-stash

Additionally, I currently have 2 boxes of retired Stampin’ Up products for sale. Each box is loaded with products and is priced at $30. That is an insane discount! I’m hoping that my de-stash is your gain. Each box is a unique compilation of products that I grouped into “families”. (Note: these are the only two I had left, thus the seemingly random numbering)

I have them packaged into USPS Priority Medium Flat Rate boxes so you will pay the $30 plus the flat rate shipping ($14.35). All stamps are “as is”. Many are lightly used or unused. There may be slight staining on one or two per set but that in no way affects the use of the stamps. Punches are in good working order upon being boxed. Ribbons have been used and the rolls included are partial rolls. Extra ribbon may be included that is not pictured.  All items are from a smoke free, cat-friendly home.

Buyers must pay using PayPal and must be in the US. First come, first served and I will use email time stamps. Please email me as soon as possible to ensure your choice. I will send you an invoice if you are the first to claim the box. You have 24 hours to pay the invoice and I will ship within 3 business days of payment receipt. Instructions and box inventory listed below each “bundle” picture.

BOX 3:  If you would like Box 1, send me an email at jentimko@gmail.com  Include your name, PayPal email address, preferred mailing address and let me know which box(es) you want.  I will send you an invoice.  Timelines above in general instructions.

Fabulous Four, Outlined Occasions (SAB), Big Wish, High Five, You Brighten My Day (SAB), Metro Type, Morning Post, Circle Card Thinlits, What’s Up Punch, Confetti Stars Punch

BOX 7:  If you would like Box 2, send me an email at jentimko@gmail.com  Include your name, PayPal email address, preferred mailing address and let me know which box(es) you want.  I will send you an invoice.  Timelines above in general instructions.

Hip Notes, So You, Dotty Angles, Express Yourself (Hostess), Geometrical, Triangle Punch, Project Life Point and Click, Oh Hellow, Chevron Border Punch, Pinwheel Sizzlet, Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Rainbow of Happiness

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I mentioned on Wednesday that I had the pleasure of attending a crafty retreat called Stamping Away. It is an event coordinated by two of the kindest women, Laurie Willison and Amy Kolling. It is held at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, KS and it is a magical gathering of friends. The house itself it bright and happy and rainbow themed. So you just need to be ready for me to be rainbowing all the things for a while! I have a double inspiration for today’s card.

One of the funniest parts of the weekend event is a White Elephant gift exchange. Standard rules where you can steal from another and wow, are those women vicious, lol! No, not really. But the stealing is hilarious and the laugh until your sides hurt joy is the kind of happy we all need in our lives. I asked another amazingly talented crafted to help me with my gift for the exchange and she delivered more than I could have hoped! Her name is Melissa Bickford of Honey and Pine Signs. I told her that I wanted a rainbow sign for the exchange and she created a custom one for me!

This is what she created (this is also her store photo). WOW!! I fell in love with it immediately. Because she came up with multiple designs, I also fell in love with another one for my own stamp room.

Isn’t it wonderful?! Well, needless to day I had rainbow inspiration going into my weekend so I was super happy to find a wonderful die set from The Stamp Market called Rainbow Stripes Die. I cut it out from watercolor paper and then inked it with Distress Inks in rainbow colors. So pretty! So fun! I added some Tumbled Glass Oxide Ink behind the rainbow to help it pop. Then I found this sentiment from SugarPea Designs called Whatever the Weather and it was PERFECT! I stamped it in Catherine Pooler Twilight Ink.

This card makes me SOOOO happy! I love it. I love where I made it. I love all the things! I hope you do too!

Well, that is it for today. I’ll be sharing lots more cards over the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by today. And if you go shop with Melissa, tell her I sent you! I’m just so grateful for her awesomeness! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #421

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A quick post today (sorry I’m up a little late). I just got back from the most marvelous weekend of stamping and laughing and hanging with crafty friends. It is called Stamping Away and I’ll be sharing more cards I made there over the next few weeks. But now, I’m in “re-entry” phase and catching up.

This week the wonderful Jen Mitchell is the sketch designer for Freshly Made Sketches. I love this design and think you will too.

I used a set from The Greetery to create this and just love this sweet little flower from Summer Sketches. I have loved this company for awhile and had the chance to use their sets last weekend. You’ll be seeing more! The die is from Reverse Confetti and seemed perfect for the sketch.

I hope you like this card and the sketch. I hope your week is going well! Back later this week to share some more of what I made over the weekend. Until then, have a great day!

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