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I am sharing a card today that was almost a month in the making.  If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my progress on coloring Taylored Expressions’ gorgeous Big Bloom – Sunflower image over the course of the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge in February.  I did a little at a time and tried to just enjoy the coloring process where it fit in.  You see, a year ago I had just attended the amazing Stamping Away retreat and the lovely Jen Shults had stamped a few extra images for me from her incredible Taylored Expressions stash.  Yes, it took me a year to finally decide to tackle this flower (and yes, there is actually another one for another time).  I am so grateful still for that retreat time and for all the inspiration I received.

Sunflower by Jen Timko | Big Blooms - Sunflower Stamp Set by Taylored Expressions, His Love Stamp Set by Right At Home, Copic ColoringAfter all the coloring, I finally had time to finish the fussy cutting and figured out what I was going to do with the image.  I thought that a basic kraft card stock was perfect under the earthy tones of the sunflower and I chose a simple sentiment by Right At Home from the His Love set.  It was really nice to make a card just because.  No deadline, no particular purpose (although I think I have a place for this to go now), just for me to have fun coloring.  I am committing to do that a little more where it fits in because it makes me happy!

Sunflower by Jen Timko | Big Blooms - Sunflower Stamp Set by Taylored Expressions, His Love Stamp Set by Right At Home, Copic ColoringNow there are a ton of Copic Markers that were used to create this.  I have linked a few below in my Link Deli but I will also just simply list them for you for simplicity.  I don’t think I have ever used this many markers on anything but it was worth the complexity, I think.

I’m out on a trip and more flying next week but in between, I will be getting some projects done for Picket Fence Studios and the March release.  I hope you have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you soon!  Thanks for stopping in today.

Flower:  Y11, Y35, Y38, YR24, E37, Y06, Y17   Center:  Y11, Y35, G20, G24, G99, YG97, YR24, YG67, E59, E57, E37, E35, E33   Leaves:  YG00, G20, G21, G24, G28, YG67


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!


 

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!


Kiesha Rocks!

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Happy Friday everyone!  A quick post today to show you a card I’m sharing over at the Picket Fence Studios blog today!  I got a little bit of stamping time and I just HAD to color this gorgeous new girl named Kiesha!

Kiesha Rocks by Jen Timko| Keisha Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, #girlboss Louise Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Skin Tones, Copic ColoringI stamped Kiesha using the Picket Fence Hybrid Ink with my Misti.  Then I started playing with her shading.  I learned something from Lydia recently about adding a violet hue to ethnic skin colors for depth.  Wow, what a difference a little makes!

Keisha Rocks by Jen Timko | Kiesha Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, #girlboss Louise Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Skin Tones, Copic ColoringOnce I had her skin tones like I wanted, I delved into her hair.  Just look at the lovely art there!  All the details in the image are mesmerizing.  I played with grays and browns to create some highlights.  Still need to work on the shading for dark hair but I’m overall happy with my first attempt on this image.

I hope you like this one too and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.  Make sure you go check out the whole line of “Girl” stamps too.  They are all gorgeous!!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I hope you have a fabulous day!


 

Freshly Made Sketches #368

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So….how is your holiday prep going?!  I’m going to say that things at my house seem to be a little crazy.  Truthfully, it has been a bit difficult getting things moving for us with all the loss we have had over the last few months.  But I keep telling myself that we have to focus on the real meaning of Christmas.  We have so many blessings, the biggest of which is an amazing family.  How lucky I am!

Today I have the last Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the year.  The team always takes the holidays off but we leave our sketch open during the whole time so that people can play along.  Hopefully you will have some time to join us!  Our sketch is courtesy of the lovely Narelle Farrugia.  She is one of the newest Artisan Design Team members for Stampin’ Up and I’m so thrilled for her!  She has mad skills so it is no surprise that she gave us a great sketch with lovely layers!

FMS368 by Jen Timko | Be Merry Stamp Set and Dies by WPlus9, Copic Coloring, Festive Farmhouse DSP by Stampin' UpWith the layers on the sketch, I thought that this great patterned paper from Stampin’ Up would be perfect (Festive Farmhouse).  I just chose a plaid that I liked (there are a few) and then two prints that went with it.  Because the base of the plaid is vanilla and not white, I used some Thick Very Vanilla card stock (also SU) to stamp my sentiment and images.

I colored the little leaves and berries using Copic Markers to add a little bit of detail.  But let’s face it, the sentiment is the star of the show!  At first I had it without coloring but when I mocked up the card, it seemed a little too plain.  So I added additional coloring to the letters to help it pop.  And you know what else???  I think this is the last Christmas card of the year for me.  I’ll admit that I didn’t make nearly what I normally do and I didn’t send out handmade cards to my entire list.  But sometimes you just have to accept limitations and move along.

I hope to have some other cards to share with you over the upcoming weeks.  I’m still playing with the new release from Picket Fence Studios and I have some unused stamps that have been calling my name to be used.  Wishing for you that your last days before Christmas are merry and bright!  See you soon!


Picket Fence Studios December Release

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It is the 14th of the month and that means today is a super fun day at Picket Fence Studios!  Time for the December release!!  I have two cards to share with you for the release and I know the team will have lots to share too.

Have a Cheerful Day by Jen Timko | Have a Cheerful Day Stamp Set and Die by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringLet’s get started with this ADORABLE image!  Oh. My. Word.  So cute.  And such fun to color.  I stamped her in the Black Hybrid Ink and then colored with my Copic Markers.  Super awesome news here too….there are dies on every release now.  I do love a coordinating die!!

Have a Cheerful Day by Jen Timko | Have a Cheerful Day Stamp Set and Die by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringSo I cut her out with the die and decided to keep the rest of the card simple so as to focus on the image.  I cut a scalloped frame and stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set.  With all the Christmas cards I have been trying to make last minute, this release is a great change of pace!

Your Special Day by Jen Timko | Spotlight on You Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Distress Ink, Life Changing Blender BrushesWith my next card I tried to do what I never do enough…make a masculine card.  I have so many men in my life that need cards so you’d think I be a pro but nope.  I thought this set really called for me to give it a go.  I stamped in Versafine Ink (because it stays wet long enough to emboss) and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Out came the Life Changing Blender Brushes again and I blended on oranges and yellows until I was happy.  I cute my inked panel down with some stitched rectangle dies and then used part of the cut off piece for the sentiment panel (all the coloring was done, after all).  I found some sequins in my stash that matched and then put the panel on a black card base.  My high schooler agreed that it looks like a “man card” so I’m going to call it mission complete.

Make sure you hop over to the Picket Fence Studios site to see the whole release!  You will love it!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Hope you have a great weekend.


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!


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!


 

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