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Sending Hugs for Layton’s Legacy

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I have an extra card to share with you today in support of Layton’s Legacy.  I’m sure many of you saw the amazing work being done to launch this card drive and fundraiser yesterday and I’m up on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog today with my card made for the card drive.

This drive is the dream of Lea Lawson as a way to honor her sweet little boy Layton.  Please read the story about this tiny warrior and his amazing parents.  While he was in the NICU getting some of the world’s finest care, Lea and her husband found themselves in emotional anguish and exhausted.  At one point, someone gave them a Starbucks gift card so they could walk across the street from the hospital for a small break.  Lea speaks of that moment bringing tears to her since for a small moment it felt like someone was taking care of her and her husband.

This story is heartbreaking and yet heartwarming at the same time.  Because to honor Layton’s second birthday, she is choosing to bring good to other parents at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.  She is doing a card drive and a fundraiser to buy more Starbucks cards so that other families in the same situation can feel like people are looking out for them and remembering them.  You can find out how to donate HERE and know that your donation may even make you the winner of some amazing prizes.  Yes, in all of this, she has sponsors that are sharing generously to help encourage generous giving.  This crafting community is truly a blessing!!One of the sponsors is Newton’s Nook Designs.  I created my card for today using the mood board for the Layton’s Legacy Hop and will be sending it to Lea as a way to deliver one of her gift cards.  I ask that you consider doing the same.  Think about how special a handmade card would be for any of these families and we have the power to bring a smile and love to someone who could really use it.Sending Hugs by Jen Timko | Cottage Garden Stamps and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Sending Hugs Stamp Set by Newton's Nook DesignsI love the color choices Lea gave us and the wonderful pictures provide so much inspiration.  Using the little animals, I immediately thought of Cottage Garden and stamped the owl in a pretty teal color.  Then I chose to add some yellow flowers for a pop of color.  The rest of the card is based on the chevron curtains and the gray room palette.

I hope you will join Lea and help her pay it forward with her event.  If you do make a card, make sure to link it up HERE.

Supplies (some affiliate links included):

Stamp: Cottage Garden (Newton’s Nook Designs), Sending Hugs (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Smokey Slate (SU), Lawn Fawn Candy Store Cubes – Peacock, Fresh Lemon (Altenew); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Ombré Chevrons Paper Pad (Lil’ Inker Designs), Smokey Slate (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Cottage Garden Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Basic Gray Baker’s Twine (SU), Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Frames and Flags Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs)

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You Make Life Sweeter

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Did you know that yesterday was National Cocoa Day??  I mean seriously, who can NOT be excited about a day devoted to cocoa?!  So of course I needed to have some hot cocoa and today I get to share a card that is all about sharing it with those you love.  I created this for my December post over at the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog.

You Make Life Sweeter by Jen Timko | Cup of Cocoa Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Love & Chocolate Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs, Softly Falling Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up, Stitched Shapes Dies by Stampin' Up

The little cups from the Cup of Cocoa stamp set are just so cute and I love all the variations.  I chose two that seemed to work well together and colored them to match.  Then I chose the little heart from the same set.  All of them were colored with Copic markers and then cut using the coordinating dies.  While a number of the sentiments from Cup of Cocoa would work nicely here, I thought this one from Love & Chocolate was just perfect for my sweet little pairing.  I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black and then cut out the oval with stitched dies.  The cups and heart are popped up using Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals (those minis are really the BEST).  I added a little extra texture in the background with my Softly Falling embossing folder (and it helps keep it wintery).  Because hey, there is still time to enter the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Newton’s Nook Designs is one of the Super Sponsors for the Coffee Lovers Hop so make sure you go check out all the inspiration and enter for a chance to win!!  I’m also linking this in to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Stitch It.

I hope you like this card!  Don’t forget to stop by the Newton’s Nook Designs blog for daily inspiration!!  Thanks so much for visiting today.  Hope you have a great day….and it isn’t too late to get that cocoa!

Stamp: Cup of Cocoa (Newton’s Nook Designs), Love & Chocolate (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copic Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Cup of Cocoa Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Stitched Shaped Dies (SU), Softly Falling Embossing Folder (SU), Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals, Misti

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Be Colorful

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Be Colorful by Jen Timko | Beautiful Plumage Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Copic Coloring, Distress Ink, Stitched Shapes Dies by Stampin' UpI’m up today over at the Newton’s Nook Designs blog today and I want to share all the details with you here.  My project focuses on the Beautiful Plumage stamp and coordinating dies.

When I first showed you this set in release week, I focused on one of the pretty peacock images.  I thought for today, I could show you a way to use the little feathers and also show off this fabulous sentiment from the set.  I stamped the feathers in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with Copic Markers.  I just played with colors that I thought you’d find on actual peacock feathers and these were fun to blend together.  The dies make short work of cutting out the detailed images!  I took some Thick Whisper White card stock and applied some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers (of course!) and then cut out a stitched oval.  I stamped on this sentiment which I think is really awesome for so many people.  I LOVE people who have lots of color and character, don’t you?  One of my boys saw this and claimed it as a card for his birthday.  Maybe that is a good sign for a teenager.  Because to me, being colorful is also embracing being unique.

Because Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge is showcasing Newton’s Nook Designs with an Anything Goes challenge, I’ll be linking this in there as well.  Thanks so much for stopping in to visit.  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Wishing you a colorful day!


Stamps:  Beautiful Plumage (Newton’s Nook); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers), Momento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Misti, Big Shot, Beautiful Plumage Dies, Stitched Shaped Thinlits (SU), Share Kindess Mix Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Dimensionals

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Newton’s Nook Designs – Cottage Flowers

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Hello Friend by Jen Timko | Cottage Garden Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Distress Ink, Watercolor I’m up today over at the Newton’s Nook Designs blog today and I want to share all the details with you here.  My project focuses on the Cottage Garden Stamp Set and coordinating dies.

The art in this beautiful stamp set is unique and really pretty but I also fell in love with the sentiments.  I created this card to show one of them off and to also highlight that the dies are able to multitask.  On a piece of watercolor paper (Tim Holtz Distress), I sponged on some different Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch and Squeezed Lemonade then splattered on a bit of water.  Using the dies, I cut out the flowers big and small.  Additionally I created a frame with the ovals from my Stitched Shapes dies.  I stamped the sentiment in Picked Raspberry onto a white base (using the Misti helps since I needed to stamp a few times given the nature of Distress Ink).  All I had to do was group my flowers and add some Basic Pearls.

I love when die sets lend themselves to quick cards and I think these flowers are ones I’ll return to again and again (and of course, all the other adorable shapes in the set!).  Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Thanks so much for stopping in.  See you soon!


Stamps:  Cottage Garden (Newton’s Nook); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch, Squeezed Lemonade); Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor, Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories:  Misti, Big Shot, Cottage Garden Dies, Stitched Shaped Thinlits (SU), Basic Pearls (SU), Dimensionals

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Fancy Friday – Step Up Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of stampers who love to make beautiful things.  Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from the amazing Erica Cerwin, welcome to the next stop.  For March, we have double the fun!  Not only do we have a sketch but we have a step it up challenge.  Making a basic card and a stepped up version!  It is going to be a fun hop!

Fancy Friday March by Jen Timko | Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Flourish Thinlits by Stampin' UpSo here are my cards together but I also took photos of them separately so you can see the details better.  Both versions are still “clean” but the stepped up version has a bit more wow to it.

FF Mar Flourish Basic by Jen Timko | Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits by Stampin' UpFor my first card I used the sketch as my guide.  I love the new Stitched Shapes Thinlits and they worked perfectly here.  I stamped the leaves from the stamp set in Night of Navy then cut a flower with the coordinating thinlits to go with them.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  When you have a card that is super clean, every detail matters.  Bold contrast (like the navy and white) really catches the eye and the bit of stitching helps the card feel finished.  The Basic Pearl in the flower’s center adds a special touch.

FF Mar Flourish Stepped Up by Jen Timko | Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits by Stampin' Up, Floral Boutique DSP, Stitched Shapes, VellumFor my stepped up version, I added a few more elements.  First I cut a frame with my stitched squares and then also cut a square from both White Vellum Card Stock and Floral Boutique DSP (the polka dots).  I layered them up and attached them together.  The vellum helps the DSP not take over the card and you can still see the flower.  This time, I cut both the flower and the leaves from with the Flourish Thinlits and then added them to the square.  The sentiment remains the same as above, as does the pearl.  But I decided it needed more accessorizing so I added some Night of Navy Solid Baker’s Twine.  For both cards, I used my Envelope Punch Board to round the corners (those little punches are so handy on that board!).

I hope you like both of my cards and the sketch.  I think the team is going to impress you with their creativity!  And let’s face it, these ladies are all about stepping it up!

Now for the rest of the hop!  I’m telling you….this team is the most talented group.  You will be so inspired as you go along.  Next up is my amazing friend Cindy Schuster.  She is one of my favorite stampers and one of the nicest people you could ever meet!

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Stamp:  Flourishing Phrases; Ink:  Night of Navy; Paper:  Floral Boutique DSP, Thick WW, White Vellum; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits, Basic Pearls, Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, Envelope Punch Board

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Freshly Made Sketches #281

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FMS281 by Jen Timko | Work of Art Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, Stitched ShapesAnother super fun sketch is up this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, the super talented Kim Singdahlsen is our hostess and her sketch is really unique.  It is always fun to see what the team comes up with and this one really got me to thinking.

I love when a sketch inspires me to go look hard at my stamps to see what jump out and this Stampin’ Up set called Work of Art practically leapt off the shelf.  The watercolor styled swoosh is tailor made for the sketch.  All I had to do was choose the ink colors.  I went for this happy spring trio of Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo because they seem to be my go-to palette these days.  Seasonal stamper’s disorder….choosing the colors of the season….although it seems that I have been stamping in spring for the entire winter too, haha! This sentiment is in my personal sentiment hall of fame (I may be guilty of sentiment hoarding collecting).  The perfect message and one that many need to hear.  I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black and then cut it out using the Stitched Shapes circle from SU.  The whole panel was cut using Stitched Rectangles from Simon Says Stamp and put on a base of Thick Whisper White.  I added some enamel dots because they, too, were calling out to join the fun.

I hope that you have a good time with this sketch.  I anticipate a gallery full of creative work.  The Design Team will start you off right so make sure you go take a look at their amazing cards.  I’ll be back on Friday with this month’s Fancy Friday hop.  Hint…their just may be a sketch!!  Yippee!


Stamp:  Work of Art (SU) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Thinlits (SU), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Dimensionals, Enamel Dots (SU)

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