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Freshly Made Sketches #441

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I have the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches to share with you today! Our lovely Judy Rozema has designed this wonderful layered challenge and it is fabulous.

I chose the bird from Folk Hummingbird (Pinkfresh Studios) as the focal point for the card. It had been a bit since I had colored it and since it is hummingbird season here, I thought it was perfect to use. I colored it using Copic Markers. Then I set to layering. I brushed on Salty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Inks for the layers. Then I realized the base needed a bit more oomph so I added a bit of Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to it. The sentiment comes from the same set and fit nicely into the rectangle die.

I hope you will come over and join the fun this week. Make sure you visit the rest of the team to see their beautiful work! Back tomorrow with a card for SugarPea Designs. See you then!

FMS #440 and SPD Mix #68

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I have a combination of challenges for today’s card. I’m using the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches designed by the wonderful Amy O’Neill. Such a pretty one to use! I added this to this month’s inspiration from the Mix It Up Challenge #68 by SugarPea Designs.

I started with the Stacked Honeycombs cut out of vellum. After brushing on Hero Arts Hero Hues ink in Pool Party and Lemon Drop onto Bristol Smooth paper, I cut them out with the SugarPea Designs dies. Love the font on this big Hello die! The butterflies are an extra from this month’s orders. The card is pretty clean and easy but these dies really make it look special.

I hope you will join in on both challenges this week! And a reminder that by joining in the Mix It Up Challenge, you have a chance to win a $50 gift card from SugarPea Designs. Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon!

Happy Ever After – Sweet 2 Repeat IG Hop with Giveaway

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Today I’m part of a fun Instagram hop with SugarPea Designs! Sweet 2 Repeat with the whole design team! The details and hop are at my Instagram page: jentimko on IG

I combined the new Happy Thoughts Stamp Set and the Handwritten Letter Stamp set with the beautiful Meadow Motifs set and dies. I love how these combine beautifully to create a wedding/shower card.

Short and “sweet” today! Head on over to IG for more. And if you are inspired to shop, I would very much appreciate you using my affiliate links! Have a beautiful day!

Freshly Made Sketches #439

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Today we have another fun sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Our designer this week is the queen of florals, the lovely Narelle.

I decided to use another new product from Erin Lee Creative, the Tiny Card + Envelope Die. Isn’t this just adorable?! I want to make all the envelopes in all the colors! I thought the sentiment from Let’s Make Cards were perfect to pair with the die. I embossed the background using the Wonky Plaid Stencil.

I think you will have lots of fun with these square layers. And be ready, Erin Lee Creative’s new release goes live on June 12th. Thanks for stopping in today!! See you soon.

We’re In This Together

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There are times when stamp companies come out with a release that is perfect for the moment. And you have to know that these companies work months before a release to design and manufacture so it generally isn’t something they just put together last second. So I will say that I’m thrilled that my friend Erin from Erin Lee Creative has done it again.

She has a new release coming out on June 12th and this image is a part of a set called Here For You. The sentiment is from the same set. I stamped the hands three times using my Misti for spacing and then colored away. It took a few days of coloring and taking my time to work on skin tones. Which is a wonderful thing to do when one likes to Copic color. I also realized that I need a few more colors to get the colors of the human rainbow right.

I generally avoid discussions of any political nature here but this moment in time is bigger than just “politics”. It is a time of learning and listening. It is also a time to realize that we have to figure this out. Really. We need to understand at our core that humans of all colors, shapes, sizes, genders and any other defining characteristic have value and worth. We have the ability to fix these problems. Together.

I hope you will be inspired by this card and by Erin’s release. Keep your eyes out for more details. I’ll be sharing them here and on social media. Until tomorrow, I hope you are safe and healthy. Thanks for stopping in!

Freshly Made Sketches #438

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We have a beautiful new sketch today from Freshly Made Sketches. It is designed by the lovely and talented Karren Johnson.

I chose this fabulous new image from Erin Lee Creative as the focal point. It is from the Tropical Leaves stamp set and will be available on June 12th as part of her new release. I colored with Copic and then cut it out with an oval die. I realized that one of the sentiments in the set fit perfectly so I added it on the oval. I did some scoring to complete the sketch.

Thank you for stopping in today. I hope you are safe and well. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #437

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Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed the flurry of posts last week. It was such fun being part of that exciting release. Back to “normal” this week and up with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer is Cécile and wow, did she create a wonderful challenge.

At first the sketch had me a bit stumped. But then….an a-ha moment!! This City Stacks Stamp Set by Concord and 9th was perfect!! I stamped it onto white card stock with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and then pulled out my Copic markers. I kept to generally muted colors that seemed right for my imaginary city. And I’m going to be truthful, I love many cities across the country (and world). And I miss them. I miss traveling a lot. I miss the people I work with and I miss seeing friends on my occasional visits to their cities. And that is ok. Because I know I have also been part of a greater good. But won’t it be wonderful when we can gather again?!

I think you are going to find all kinds of ways to use this sketch and I cannot wait to see them! I hope you are able to join us. Make sure to go see all that the design team has created. Honestly, they are just the best!! Thanks for stopping in today. I appreciate you so much!

SugarPea Designs – May Release Day

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Today is the day! Release day from SugarPea Designs! Everything goes live at 2p Eastern and my links below will go live then too. For now, I have one more project to inspire you and the team has more too!

I created a background with the Scale Cover Plate. I cut out a scrap of paper with the die and then used it as a stencil. An easy way to expand the use of your die! After that, I brushed some of the same ink onto a piece of watercolor paper with a heavier hand and then cut it out with the Happy Word die. I cut the shadow out of vellum and layered the two. In a similar way, I brushed coral ink onto the paper and cut it out with this lovely little butterfly. The butterfly die? Oh yes….it is a new product too. And you get it FREE with a $60 order. How awesome! I finished the card by adding the rest of the sentiment from the Happy Thoughts Stamp Set.

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to the SPD store? Leave a comment below for your chance to win. TWO lucky commenters will be randomly selected from the Sweet Peek Week comments to win a $50 Gift Voucher! Winners will be announced on our blog: Monday, May 25th.

Thank you for all the lovely comments this week! It is always so rewarding for the team to hear from our crafty friends and we are grateful. I am linking to all of the new products below with affiliate links and I hope you will have fun shopping with SugarPea Designs. Just a reminder that they won’t work until about 2p Eastern. I appreciate you stopping in today!

SugarPea Designs – Sweet Peek Week Day 4

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Today is day 4 of the Sweet Peek Week from SugarPea Designs! Are you impressed yet?! Well, we have just a little more to blow your sock off before unleashing you to shopping. Today’s stamp set and coordinating die are the Floral Envie Set and SugarCut plus the Handwritten Letter background stamp.

I am utterly in love with this envelope image. Just wow! The details are spectacular. If you love to color as much as I do, you will have so much fun with this. I colored the image using Copic Markers and just played with shading. To be truthful, I got just a bit lost in the process and that was such a gift!

Once I was done coloring, I cut the image out with the coordinating SugarCut die. It lines up perfectly and easily. Which is critical after all the time spent coloring for sure. I wanted to keep all the focus on my work so I used a piece of Kraft paper and stamped the Handwritten Letter background in Versamark. Subtle, beautiful, classic! I could not resist adding a couple of butterflies from the set popped up and the simple sentiment is from the Floral Envie set too.

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to the SPD store? Leave a comment below for your chance to win. TWO lucky commenters will be randomly selected from the Sweet Peek Week comments to win a $50 Gift Voucher! Winners will be announced on our blog: Monday, May 25th.

Thank you for stopping in today. Back tomorrow for one additional card and the entire release will be available on Friday, May 22nd at 2p Eastern.

Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Honey Bee Stamps

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My second post of today because it is a busy week! It is Crafty Friends Blog Hop day! This month we are showcasing products made with Honey Bee Stamps. They are another of those companies that are such great stamping community members and I am thrilled to be a part of celebrating them.

I was in need of some less “girly” birthday cards and the Piece of Cake Stamp Set was the perfect answer. So many fantastic options! I colored the cupcake with Copic and put it up on its very own little pedestal.

Isn’t it fun? The sentiment is from the same set and I thought a little banner was perfect for it. I found this cute patterned paper in my stash that matched the scallops of the holder. And it was in green, clearly meant to be!

I continue to be so thrilled that companies are working with us to give you discounts for our hops. Shop with Honey Bee Stamps on May 20 – 21 and use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 at checkout to get a 20% Discount. Click the graphic above to get to the shop.

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

I hope you enjoy this hop as much as we do! Thanks for stopping in for my second project. Don’t forget to go check out today’s release peek from SugarPea Designs too. See you tomorrow!

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