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Freshly Made Sketches #367

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It was no surprise that last week’s gallery at Freshly Made Sketches was particularly fantastic…a Design Team Call certainly brings out everyone’s best!  And we are at it again for this week’s sketch too.  And oh what a great one it is!

FMS367 by Jen Timko | Let It Snow Stamp Set and Dies by Honey Bee Stamps, Striped Frame Cover Panel by Reverse Confetti, Life Changing Blender BrushesThe incredible Karren Johnson created this one and it has tons of potential for creativity.  I saw the layered rectangles and immediately thought of this great cover panel from Reverse Confetti (Striped Frame).  I cut it from white card stock.  With the little rectangle in the middle, I added distress ink using the Life Changing Blender Brushes.  Even on regular card stock, these really do make blending SOOO much easier!

I stamped the snowman from Let It Snow (Honey Bee Stamps), some snowflakes and the sentiment all in Hybrid Ink.  Then I added a little bit of Copic coloring to the snowman.  I hand cut the words and then added all the elements using foam tape.  There is something about this fellow and his snowflakes that makes me happy every time I pull him out.  Maybe it is the easy coloring but I’m pretty sure it is the simple joy he has in throwing the snow around.  It always looks like he is creating a magical scene to me.

Well, I hope you enjoy this one.  I’m back on Friday with the latest from Picket Fence Studios.  They are having a small December release that you will love.  Also…if you missed it…hop over to their Instagram page for a chance to win the entire release for you AND a friend!  YES!  Go…right now….ok, go after you go to FMS to check out all the details for the sketch.  Hope you have a great day and I’ll see you soon!


All Fun and Games Until…

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Happy Friday to you!  I’m here with a quick share of a card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog.  I’m super behind on Christmas cards so it is a good think they have stamps that practically make the card for you!!

All Fun and Games by Jen Timko | Santa's Sleigh Ride Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Summer Glitter Paper Pack by Concord and 9th, Copic ColoringI love these fun reindeer and the sentiments from the Santa’s Sleigh Ride set.  I colored them quickly with Copics after stamping them with Picket Fence Studios’ Black Hybrid Ink. (Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY over on Instagram for a chance to win this awesome ink.)  I created a chalkboard look for the background after embossing the sentiment with white embossing powder.  Super simple to do and I love this look!  Things needed a bit more holiday cheer so I found a retired candy cane paper from SU and some green glitter paper from Concord and 9th to add color.  Then I added some colored pearls to finish.

I hope you enjoy this one!  So glad you stopped in today!  Hope you have a great weekend….lots of fun and games!  As long as you remember that Santa eventually checks that list!


 

 

 

Freshly Made Sketches #366 and an Announcement

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I cannot even tell you how happy I am to bring you the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Why??  First of all, the sketch is super clever and amazingly unique, just like its designer Cécile.  Second, we are announcing a Design Team Call.  Yes, we are looking to add to our team and we are so happy to see who is ready to join us.  All the details are on the challenge blog.

FMS366 by Jen Timko | Poinsettia Stamp Set and Dies by Simon Says Stamp, Snow Globe Shaker Dies by Newton's Nook DesignsBut I’ll start with my card for today’s challenge.  I was so in awe of this sketch and could not wait to use it.  I started off knowing I wanted to use embossing paste for the striped detail but which stencil?  After a few false starts I settle on this brick style that I had from Stampin’ Up.  And I also used their Silver Embossing Paste that hadn’t been opened (seriously, why?).  I love the effect for a holiday card!  Next up, what to use for the images.  I settle on the gorgeous Poinsettia stamp set from Simon Says Stamp (always a coloring favorite for me.  The images were stamped on Shimmery White paper (SU) which has a subtle sparkle to it and still works for Copics.   I stamped using the new Black Hybrid Ink from Picket Fence Studios since it is Copic friendly.  I used my Misti and left the stamp in place for later.  Then using my red family of Copics, I colored the flowers and then added some gray centers.  After the coloring was done, I put my panel of flowers back in the Misti and overstamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  Finally, I cut the images out with the coordinating dies.I hope you will jump right over to the the challenge site and consider playing along this week.  This sketch is sure to be a hit!  I’m so glad you dropped in today.  Thanks for sharing a few minutes of your time with me.  See you soon!


 

You Make Me Smile

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You Make Me Smile by Jen Timko | Rustic Florals by Picket Fence Studios, Daniel Smith Watercolors, Wonky Stitched Circle Dies by Gina Marie DesignsI thoughts I’d share a sweet little Monday card with you.  I created this just for fun using the new Rustic Floral set from Picket Fence Studios.  I love this darling little image and the sentiments in the set are perfect for note cards for many occasions.  I stamped this in the new Black Hybrid Ink from Picket Fence and wow!  Hybrid it is!  I tested it with Copics and this was my watercolor test.  PERFECT!  I love a one stop black ink!  It doesn’t budge or smear with either.  Not sure how that is possible but some things just don’t require an explanation.  I’ll accept that it is crafting magic!

I love it so much that I’m going to gift it and the Crafty Friends stamp set to one lucky person.  I’m going to make this an Instagram drawing so hop over and follow me there and enter for your chance to win.  You can find the details HERE.

After coloring the image and the background of this with Daniel Smith watercolors (just some quick and easy coloring) I cut it out using the Wonky Circle Dies by Gina Marie Designs.  The stitched background is made with the same set…it cuts the stitches separately from the circle cutting die.  So clever!

That’s it for today. I hope you hop over and find me on Instagram to enter.  Back on Wednesday with an awesome announcement from Freshly Made Sketches!  You will not want to miss it!  Until then, have a happy start to your week.


 

 

Freshly Made Sketches #365

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A quick post today with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  The lovely Jennifer Brum is our sketch hostess and I love her sketch this week.  Well, in truth, I loved her original version….and I also love the flipped version that I had in my head (without going back to the team page to confirm the sketch).  Ah well, that is how it goes some weeks.  So imagine, if you will, that my layers are properly aligned.  Jen, sorry!!

I used the O Christmas Tree stamp set by Concord and 9th.  This is a go-to set for me and has been for a while.  Love the sentiments but these trees seemed to be perfect with all the prints.  I stamped them with Momento Tuxedo Black and added a little bit of Copic coloring to add a pop.  It still needed something so I colored some pearls to match.  The printed papers are from Stampin’ Up (Festive Farmhouse – Holiday Catty).

I hope you enjoy this sweet sketch.  I love all the possibilities!  I’ll be back later this week and I’ll look forward to seeing you then.  Hope you have a great week!


Freshly Made Sketches #364

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FMS364 by Jen Timko | i love you momma stamp set by Picket Fence Studios, Lawn Fawn Gingham Paper, Copic ColoringHappy Wednesday to you!  I hope your week is going well.  Here to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  The amazingly talented Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch hostess this week and I was super inspired by her challenge.  It seemed just right for a baby card I needed to make for a very special family member whose shower is coming up.

FMS364 by Jen Timko | i love you momma stamp set by Picket Fence Studios, Lawn Fawn Gingham Paper, Copic ColoringI thought the set called “i love you momma” from Picket Fence Studios was perfect for both the sketch and for the shower.  And I admit that I’m a total sucker for the namesake sentiment since one of my boys says that to me (more lately with all that has been happening).  I stamped both the momma goose and her little one using the new Picket Fence Studios Hybrid Ink.  It was my first time using it and I wanted to give it a go with Copic markers.  And I love it!  Works great and I can’t wait to try it with more mediums.

After I had colored the geese, I cut them out with new prototype dies for the set.  More dies will be coming to the shop soon and I’m really excited about that.  I added a sentiment from the set and then started with some details.  The Double Stitched Square Dies from Gina Marie Designs are wonderful and I love this pretty gingham paper from Lawn Fawn.  To keep with the sketch I added some ribbon and a coordinating button from my stash (SU retired).  I included most of the colors I used below but the grays are the Toner Grays.

I’m so happy you stopped by to visit today!  I want to share one more thing with you.  Starting on Monday, Picket Fence Studios started their Black Friday WEEK Sale.  Not just one day, no way!  So all the way through 11/26/18 at 11:59p Central, you can get 20% off plus FREE US shipping.  Additionally, you get a free blender brush for every $30 spent (while supplies last).  Use coupon code:  BLACK20

I hope you have a great rest of your week.  For those of you in the US, I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with joy, family and lots of pie (and turkey too).  See you soon!


 

Picket Fence Studios November Release – Ruffled Peony Bouquet

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Back today with a card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog.  I am super excited about how this turned out and I hope you will like it too.  I even create a video for it…wow, it has been a while since I have done that.

Have a Lovely Day by Jen Timko | Ruffled Peony Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Daniel Smith Watercoloring, Copic ColoringI saw a similar technique done by the amazing Kelly Latevola and had it in my “to try” list for quite a while.  This lovely Ruffled Peony Bouquet set seemed like the perfect one to use with it so I got to experimenting.  In my video, I talk a bit about The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I cannot recommend joining in enough.  Even if you don’t share it all, a little coloring every day (or every day that you can) for a month can make a big difference in your attitude and your creativity.  I think it allows me to try more things, risk “failing” and it is good for the soul.

I’d love to know what you think about this technique.  I will confess that as I created it, I kept thinking how my my mom would have loved this.  But maybe that is why coloring is so good.  You can remember and smile and heal a bit.  I’m linking all the colors for the markers below in my product list along with some of the other products.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  And if you will be out and about during your holiday traveling in the US next week, keep your eyes open….I’ll be out there!  Hopefully I will see you!  Thanks for stopping by today.  See you soon.


Picket Fence Studios November Release – Jill Girl

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I was having so much designing with the new stamps from Picket Fence Studios that I wanted to share another card with you right away.  If you were anywhere near the design team’s posts yesterday, I’m sure you have already seen and fallen in love with this wonderful Jill Girl stamp.  I’ll admit that she intimidated me a bit but I decided just to jump in and see what happened.  I started with her hair to see how that would go.  All in all, I kind of liked it so I continued on and eventually found that I liked the coloring enough to turn it into a card.

A Call Away by Jen Timko | Jill Girl Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Rustic Floral Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringSometimes it is nice just to color and not be sure that it will “be” something.  If you need an excuse, the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge is currently running and there are tons of people coloring just for fun.  It is awesome!!  But Jill wanted to become a card so I added her onto a background that is really a Christmas print pack (SU).  The striped are neutral enough to be anything though.  Love prints like that.  The sentiment is from another of the new sets called Rustic Floral and it seemed right for her (I also found that another DT member, Jana Millen, used the same one….isn’t it funny when that happens in the big craft world???  I kind of like to imagine it was like we were crafting together instead of all being miles apart.)

A Call Away by Jen Timko | Jill Girl Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Rustic Floral Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringI think this image is going to be wildly popular (based on the reaction by the DT alone).  Something about her is really special!  I am going to be on the Picket Fence Studios blog tomorrow morning with a card I think you will love.  More coloring and a new to me technique that I have been wanting to try for a while.  So glad you stopped in today.  See you tomorrow!


Picket Fence Studios November Release Day and FMS #363

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Hi everyone!  I’m happy to be back today after my month of time off.  I have to start with a big thank you to all who sent me such kind words on the passing of my mother.  I feel like blogging is one of the last things to conquer but I know that my stamping community will understand some inconsistencies over the next month or so.  Suffice it to say that my sister and I still have much to do.  All of the sweet cards, nice comments and emails were very much appreciated and I’m truly grateful.

I’m back today with the start of the November release from Picket Fence Studios and I’m the sketch hostess for Freshly Made Sketches too.  Nothing like jumping in with both feet!  While I haven’t been posting, I have been doing some work and have things to share with you over the next couple of weeks.  Maybe even a video…gasp!!! But not today, haha!  Today, I’m just sharing this adorable new image set called Coffee Understands and a must-have background stamp called Rough Around the Edges.  This gives you just an idea of how great the new release is and I’ve had such fun just creating with the sets.

FMS370 by Jen Timko | Coffee Understands Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Rough Around the Edges Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringThis fun gal was the inspiration for my sketch (the joy of being the hostess)!  Isn’t she adorable?  I colored her using my Copic markers.  This was the first card I had made in a month and I totally appreciated how fast this was to color.  And then choosing a sentiment…  Well, this one simply made me laugh out loud so clearly it was the winner!  I’m not lying when I say that there is a tad bit of truth to this one for me over the last month…  Patience is not always my strong suit and I have needed a bit of it as we tread through paperwork and details.

For the background layer, I thought this sketch was the perfect place to show you a peek of a new stamp.  Rough Around the Edges is a striped pattern that will find itself on many cards.  Just a perfectly neutral pattern that can be used for bold or subtle designs.  LOVE that!  I chose a few sequins from SU to keep with the fall colors of the coffee cup and that is it.

I hope you will enjoy playing along with my sketch this week.  The team has created some amazing cards and I suspect the gallery is going to be full of inspiration!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I’ll see you again on Friday with a card (and maybe that video) I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog.  Until then, have a lovely day.


A Short Absence

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It is with great sadness that I share the passing of my mother, Elizabeth Rohrer, on October 18, 2018.  This was sudden and a shock to my entire family.  As you can imagine, our grief is overwhelming and we are working to take care of many things.  My mother was my biggest cheerleader on all that I created for this blog.  I will continue to look for her emails and comments on the cards, especially the ones with flowers, since she often commented on what we needed to make “next time”.

With all that I need to do for my family, you have probably already noticed my absence but I will remain away from here for a bit longer.  Thank you for understanding and know that I have leaned heavily on the kindness of my friends near and far over the last week.  Hug those you love and make sure you tell them often what they mean to you!  Until next time, thanks so much for stopping in.

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