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Picket Fence Studios February Release Day!

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Hi everyone!  It is one of my favorite days…release day!  Every single month Picket Fence Studios gives us so much to use for creating and this month is no exception.  Another amazing release!!  So I’m going to get right to my cards.

I Love Your Face Light Up by Jen Timko | I Love Your Face Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Chibitronics Chibi Lights, Light Up CardFirst up, I used this super cute selfie cat to create an interactive card.   The name of the stamp is I Love Your Face and it is such fun.  I colored the kitty to look a bit like my little Meg.  We decided that Kate is far too dignified for selfies but Meg, well, she would totally be taking them!  But then I wanted to take it a step further.

I Love Your Face Light Up by Jen Timko | I Love Your Face Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Chibitronics Chibi Lights, Light Up CardSo I created an interactive light up card using Chibitronics Chibi lights.  So when you push the cat’s paw, the camera “flashes”.  I used my bone folder here to keep my hand out of the way.  I dimmed the lights a bit too so you can see the light better.  I’ll post a quick video over on my FB and IG pages later today.  The foundation of this card is pretty simple.  I used stitched dies to cut out the square of patterned paper.  Then I used the actual die and traced inside it to make sure I knew where my boundaries are.  I built the simple circuit and then poked a small hole in the paper under the cat’s paw so the light could shine through well.  I think this is fun for anyone, don’t you?

Own Kind of Beauty by Jen Timko | Shop Hard Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Let's Shake Our Tail Feathers Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringNext up, I chose a set from the “Girls” series and this one is called Shop Hard.  Now, I chose this image because it reminds me of one of my neighbor girls.  So much so that I showed her mom (and mom agreed).  This girl is like family to us and she is such a beauty.  How could I not color her??  So out came the Copics and I chose some colors I thought would be right.  While I love the sentiments in the set, they were not quite right for this girl (she is a super athlete and doesn’t have much time for shopping).  Instead, I chose one from the new set called Let’s Shake Our Tail Feathers.  I think it is perfect for a teenage girl!

The whole team will be sharing today and I hope you enjoy my cards.  Make sure you go check out the whole release over at the Picket Fence Studios site!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #375

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Glad you are here to visit today as I share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  The always brilliant Cécile has created a unique and wonderful sketch for us this week.  Such fun when you get to stretch your brain with something truly new.

FMS375 by Jen Timko | Hay There Stamp Set and Dies by Lawn Fawn, Land Borders Dies by Newton's Nook DesignsI will admit that those triangles had me a bit confounded at first so I reverted to another shape.  Circles!  You’d think I’d have had my fill of those last week but nope.  So I pondered what stamp set to use and how to make this work.  And I came across this Hey There set by Lawn Fawn that had gone uninked….how is that even a thing?!  Every image in this set is totally adorable.  I stamped the barn, the cow and the fence (in my brain this would be the leaf element) and of course the speech bubble.  Because why shouldn’t a cow send Valentine’s sentiments?  I colored them with my Copics and started playing with the layout.  Originally I started with no background shapes at all but quickly found that not to work.  So I cut a landscape border for “grass” and then cut it out with a circle die (and cut whole circles from blue card stock while I was at it).  That worked much better!  It seemed for me that a square card worked better so I cut a square from some Lawn Fawn plaid and then layered my elements.  I kind of love this quirky cow card and DH will surely chuckle.  He thinks cows are hilarious so I think he will like it.   I’m back in FL this week to work on my mom’s house….so off I go back to organizing.  I hope your day is wonderful!  See you tomorrow with the latest release info from Picket Fence Studios!


 

Happy Birthday Shaker Card

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I’m over on the Picket Fence Studios blog today with a fun birthday card idea that is great for anyone on your list!  Let’s face it, everyone loves a shaker card.  What is not to like?!  Even my boys go a little shaker crazy when I show them one I have made.

Happy Birthday Shaker Card by Jen Timko | Happy Happy Happy Birthday Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Rough Around The Edges Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Shaker CardSo I thought it would be a great way to highlight the Rough Around the Edges background stamp and the Happy Happy Happy Birthday sentiment set.  But other backgrounds or sentiment would work great too!  I have the how-to over at the company blog so hop over there to take a look.

Happy Birthday Shaker Card by Jen Timko | Happy Happy Happy Birthday Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Rough Around The Edges Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Shaker CardI love the mint color on this for a fresh feel but any color would be fun.  Find some sequins or jewels in your stash, pick coordinating ink and paper, make a quick shaker, send a smile to someone!  I hope you enjoy this card.  Let me know what you think!!  Thanks for stopping in today.  So happy you did.  See you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #374

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So you need a new sketch idea?  Something you haven’t seen before?  Have I got something for you!  This week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches from the former circle-phobe Jen Brum is amazing.  Not gonna lie, when she first showed me the sketch, I thought she was kidding since we have a long running team joke about her lack of love for circles in sketches.  Well, she has clearly embraced Team Circle and the sketch is fabulous!

FMS374 by Jen Timko | Monogram J Stamp and Monogram Dies by Concord and 9th, Posie Fill-In Dies by Concord and 9th, Daniel Smith WatercolorsAs per usual, my first thought when I see circles is a flower.  But will all the circles, I needed to stretch a little.  So instead, I thought about die cuts and different elements I could use.  As I went through my stash, I came upon two set by Concord and 9th and knew exactly what to do.

First I took my Daniel Smith watercolors and painted some random splotches on watercolor paper.   After they were dry, I piled on the dies from both the Monogram and Posie Fill In sets.  The dies coordinate well so I just cut things in multiple colors to see what would work.  I mixed and matched and played with a few backgrounds until I settle on a watercolor wash.  To help follow the sketch a bit more, I added some Clear Drops from Studio Katia.  The sentiment comes from the Monogram J set.

I’m so impressed with the variations on this sketch by the team.  I think this week is going to be particularly fun and that there will be loads of creativity on display.  I hope you’ll play along!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Daylight comes to my stamp room!

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As with many things, this post has been overdue for a bit but I really wanted to make sure I had time for a real product review.  Because lighting is SOOOO critical to all we do as crafters, I feel like I have been in search of the right lights for a long time.  And then something crazy happened.  I won some!  Like a whole, insane group of some!  Sarah of Sariditty is a brilliant quilter.  BRILLIANT!  She is a designer and artist and creates beautiful things.  And she swears by the lights from the Daylight Company.  Enough that she joined with them as a promoter.  And then she had a contest and I won!!  All of this happened during the chaos of my life so only during the holidays did I get a chance to properly set some of the lights up in my craft room.  And I have only begun to really assess all that I got.  But I’m going to start today with two of the products.  The first is the Luminos and the second for today is the Smart Travel Lamp.

Daylight Company - LuminosIn my first photo I wanted to show you a bit of what my set up looks like from afar.  I have been using the Luminos as my lighting for my desk for about a month.  It is a difference maker!  It provides a natural lighting that is great for all my coloring.   Bright enough to reduce eye strain but my colors remain true.  You can see that it clamps to my desk on the far side which works well for me to maximize my table space (translated, I can make a bigger mess).  The Smart Travel Lamp is a supporting actor for this post though.  Because all of these pictures were taken at night.  Yes, AT NIGHT.  Daylight photography is the holy grail, as many of us know.  But how many times does that just not work out?!  So I brought over this little travel light on the side to help balance my shadows while I took photos of this card for my Picket Fence Studios post a couple of weeks ago.

Daylight Company - Luminos and Smart Travel LightThis give you an idea of exactly how good the lighting was for my pictures.  My photos were simply taken with my iPhone 8 Plus with no additional features.  This was an aha moment for me!!  Less stress, less time, night time work can actually still get done!

Daylight Company - Luminos and Smart Travel LampA little more close up you can see how good the lighting is on my work station too.  Again, this is really a big help since my crafting time is not always on a good schedule for the best lighting.   As a reminder, here is the photo that was the result of of this set-up.

Beautiful Inside and Out by Jen Timko | Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Zig Clean Color Markers, Watercolor, FlowersYou’d never know that it was not taken under optimal conditions or that it was 9p when taken.  Now while I have focused on how it works with photography, the real plus for me has simply been how much I feel a difference in my eyes while coloring.  I love to color!!  But my eyes do not.  And given that my eyes are one of the most important things in my flying, I will do what I need to protect them from strain.  Much of the time that has simply meant I cannot color as long as I’d like.  But the Luminos has changed that for me.  I don’t say that lightly.

So now the rest of the story.  Sarah is a Brand Ambassador with Daylight Company and as such she is able to offer us all a deal.  You get a 20% discount with this code:  SARIDITTY.  Just enter that at checkout and you get the savings.  Super easy, right??  That said, I do have some other products that I’m going to be testing soon.  These include the Slimline Light, the Halo Lamp and the Wafer Light Box.  If you have specific questions about any of these, let me know so I can address them for you.  I intended to do this all with just Instagram but found that it was so much easier to give specifics here.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you tomorrow for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.

Freshly Made Sketches #373

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Hello my friends.  I’m going to start off with a brief explanation.  I know that my posting right now seems to come inconsistently.  The truth is, I’m working very hard on balancing a lot of things.  The biggest of them has been my mom’s estate.  My mom lived in Orlando and I’m not there.  That makes things hard since there are many decisions to be made and many beloved treasures to be sorted.  So I’m going down there as much as I can to help handle that.  When added to my flying schedule, I admit that my blog is the thing that seems to get the short end of my attention.  I promised more details on my PFS January release and then promptly didn’t provide them all.  I’m so sorry.  Please forgive my distraction.  The last trip was highly emotional for me and I’m truthfully feeling a bit overwhelmed.  But stamping helps.  And my family is the best.  I’ll find my new normal soon but until the estate is handled, I think this is my normal.  Thank you for your patience and support.  It means the world.

And with that, I’m on to this week’s FMS card.  I love this sketch by the lovely Kim Singdahlsen.  It is fresh and clever!  And, as usual, I think I may have stretched it a little too far.  But whatever comes out of my head when I’m crafting is what I go with these days.

FMS373 by Jen Timko | Be A Unicorn of the Sea Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Sunburst Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Watercolor, Life Changing Blender BrushesI love the Be a Unicorn of the Sea set by Picket Fence Studios and I thought it might be fun for the sketch.  But what about the diagonals?  Oh yeah….the new stencils!!  And an idea was born.  The Sunburst Stencil seemed perfect when I chose a few select “beams” and inked them with Distress Ink using the Life Changing Blender Brushes.  I chose one of the small brushes because it fits in the beams perfectly without me having to tape and cover the others.  Nice and simple!  I inked up another piece of Bristol and then cut it out with a stitched circle as a background for my narwhal.

I have to confess that I love narwhal images.  And this set is the BEST!  The sentiments are such fun and useful for so many occasions.  They are encouraging and kind!!  I colored the narwhal with my Zigs to coordinate and then chose some Audrey Blue (SSS) as a background to make the colors pop.  I love the Shark Bite Sequins too so of course I added a few.

Thank you so much for stopping in today.  I’m grateful you choose to spend a few moments of your day with me.  Make sure you hop over to see the inspiration from the whole team.  See you soon!


Picket Fence Studios January Release – Aeonium African Succulent

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As promised I’m back today with more details on my card using the new Aeonium African Succulent set from Picket Fence Studios.  So the second I saw this, I knew the color palette that I wanted to use.  Why you ask?  Because I have a little set of plants on my kitchen table that were chosen by my 12 yo son.  He is a total character and he has a tendency to name things.  There is no rhyme or reason to the names but they are always funny.  So introducing Timmy, Jimmy and Timmy Jr.

SucculentsWhile I was coloring the image, he would come down as ask me how Timmy was doing.  Or I’d say I was going to hang out with Timmy.  To be fair, the coloring of this happened over about 4 days.  No, it wasn’t a whole 4 days….I just did it in bits and pieces because it does take a bit of time and blending. But oh is it worth it!!

Beautiful by Jen Timko | Aeonium African Succulent Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringI stamped the image using Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used my Misti (of course) to get perfect coverage for such a big image.  I shaded first with the lighter colors and then came in with darker ones to add depth.  It took a bit of going back and forth for the the transitions to blend out but just be patient.  Here are the colors I used:

Copic ColorsAfter I was done with the coloring, I cut the image out. I debated cutting the size down but just couldn’t bear to lose any of the image.  So instead, I chose to make a 5″ x 5″ card.  So what about an envelope for that?  No problem.  I made one!  I used an Envelope Punch Board and some pretty purple card stock (Gorgeous Grape by Stampin’ Up) to create one that is perfect for the card.  Behind the image I used Fog Gray card stock to give a little richness and depth without taking away from the image.  I splattered it with ink before adding the image.  The sentiment comes from the Rose Bouquet set (should look familiar, I used it on Friday) and I simply put it on black card stock with Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I added a few sequins, of course, to complement the splatters.

I hope this card inspires you to get out your Copics and mix colors.  It is easier than you think!  Even with green and purple (see Lydia’s discussion on breaking the “rules”).  I’ll be back tomorrow with another of the cards from the release.  See you then!


Picket Fence Studios January Release

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FINALLY!  I can share some of the new sets for the Picket Fence Studios January release!  This release is timed to coordinate with the reveal of the same products at Creativation and I’m so excited to show you some of the products.  In order to keep this post in check, today I’m mostly just going to show you three projects.  Then I’ll come back over the next few days to give you more of the details on each.  Let me know what you think of that method or if you’d rather just see one long post.  I’m curious what works better for you.  With that, let’s get to the cards!

Faith Before Worry by Jen Timko | Wild Heart, Gypsy Soul Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Exhale Worry Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Daniel Smith WatercolorsThe first of the day used a new set called Wild Heart, Gypsy Soul.  It has a boho style that is unique and really beautiful.  I chose watercolor as my medium and went with a loose style of coloring.  The sentiment is from another new set called Exhale Worry.  It needs to be on your must-have list!

Miss You by Jen Timko | Today Is All About You Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringNext up is a card using Today Is All About You.  It is so cute and the little selfie (or in my case, it seems like FaceTime) llama is hilarious.  I colored her using Copic Markers and used the coordinating die to cut her out.

Beautiful by Jen Timko | Aeonium African Succulent Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringFinally is a seriously spectacular image.  It is called Aeonium African Succulent.  It is a large image and it is unbelievable!!  I have a funny story about my color choices that I’ll share tomorrow so make sure you come back for more info.  I colored this using Copic Markers and then cut it out by hand.  It is on a base of Fog Gray card stock.

Now make sure you hop around and see what the team has created.  Between us all, we are showing the whole release.  And I hope you’ll come back for all the details on this cards starting tomorrow.  Until then, have a great weekend!


Rose Bouquet

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Happy Friday!!  It is my week to share on the Picket Fence Studios blog and I’m so excited to share my card with you.  And then there is tomorrow….the start of Creativation (a huge industry event).  The January release has been timed to correspond with the start of all the fun there so make sure you come back tomorrow to see projects with the new products.

Beautiful Inside and Out by Jen Timko | Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Zig Clean Color Markers, Watercolor, FlowersSo for today, I used one of the first sets I got from Picket Fence called Rose Bouquet.  It is gorgeous!!  And it is meant for coloring of ALL kinds.  I chose Zig Clean Color Markers.  I love these pens for the precision tips and nice blending.  I find that they work best on a Bristol paper so that is what I stamped the image on using the Black Hybrid Ink which I love for watercoloring. It doesn’t budge!

I layered on pinks and reds for the roses and then moved to olive greens for the leaves.  To make the image pop more, I used a gray marker around the edges and blended it out.  Once I had most of the coloring done, I went back and added the deepest of each color to get more depth and shadowing.  While this takes a bit of time, I love coloring and I enjoy watching the project develop as I add shading.  Since I didn’t want to cover up any of the image, I chose vellum for my sentiment.  And you know what??  I found that I had this sentiment already stamped and heat embossed sitting right on my desk.  It was left over from a design where I changed my mind but it was PERFECT for this card.  So nice when that happens!  I finished the card with some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and found this pretty pink envelope from Simon Says Stamp to match.

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll see you again tomorrow!


 

Freshly Made Sketches #371

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Another week has flown by and it is time for the newest challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.  The amazing Jen Mitchell is our sketch designer this week and her sketch is fantastic.

FMS371 by Jen Timko | Little Lilies Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Beautiful Ride Stamp Set by Simon Says Stamp, WatercolorI thoughts I’d pull out my Daniel Smith watercolors for this one and create a bit of a wash for the rounded corner square.  But what image to use as a focal point?  After scanning through, I came upon the Little Lilies set from Newton’s Nook Designs and I thought it would be perfect for the job.  I painted it and cut it out using the coordinating dies and then decided it would be nice to add a wash of color to the crossing panel too.  So a little more painting (and waiting to dry).  Finally, I found this sweet sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Ride that seemed just right for the little flowers.  A quick little card for a sweet sketch!

Short and sweet today.  Out on a trip and then back to finish up some details for the big January/Creativation Release from Picket Fence Studios.  Hop over and check out all the great cards from the DT this week at FMS and I hope you’ll join us.  Have a great rest of your week and see you soon!


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