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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!


Freshly Made Sketches #369

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Happy New Year to you all!!  I hope you have had a nice holiday season and are looking forward to what 2019 brings.  I’ll admit that I’m pretty good with seeing 2018 leave.  Not a great year for our family.  But onward we go!  I’m happy to share the first Freshly Made Sketches challenge of the year and we have some pretty exciting news too.  More on that in a bit.

FMS369 by Jen Timko | Cup of Thanks Stamp Set and Dies by Studio Katia, Zig Clean Color Real Brush MarkersLet’s start with our new sketch.  I fell in love with this classic look as soon as I saw it and thought it would be the perfect excuse to use the Cup of Thanks stamp that was sitting unused and calling to be colored.  And I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers too.  I haven’t used them in a while and I remember why I loved them from the first time I used them.  Such vibrant colors and so easy to blend.  I find that the blending is based on your paper and the Bristol paper really works wonderfully with them.  I chose some bright, happy colors and just spent a few minutes coloring all the pretty details.After I finished the coloring I looked to the details of the sketch and how to finish the card.  First, I found this lime green print in my stash of retired SU paper and cut it using the Double Stitched Rectangles Dies (Gina Marie Designs).  I added a strip of Doll Pink card stock that I thought was a nice match to the coloring.  Then I cut the sentiment from the coordinating Cup of Thanks Dies and cut out the colored image too.

Now for some exciting news!  Our DT Call over at Freshly Made Sketches was more successful than we could have imagined!!  So many talented designers entered and we had a really hard time narrowing down.  In fact, we chose three because we just could not narrow further!  So please hop over to the FMS challenge blog and give a warm welcome to Lee Ann Barrett, Judy Rozema and Jacquie Southas!  Well, I’m off to my check ride at United today.  We get these every 9 months and they are very important to maintaining safety and standardization.  I’ll be happy to get this under my belt (no matter how many I do, they always bring a bit of stress).  Back soon with more once I’m back from training.  See you then!!  Thanks for stopping by today.


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!


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!


 

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 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.


Freshly Made Sketches #359

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Happy Wednesday!!  Today is Freshly Made Sketches day and I’m happy to share a classic sketch with you for the week.  This one by Narelle is simply a go-to winner!  LOVE it!

FMS359 by Jen Timko | Layering Leaves Dies by Concord and 9th, Give Thanks Stamp Set by Concord and 9th, Daniel Smith Watercolors, Wonky Stitched Dies by MFT StampsIn a surprise move, I actually opted not to use flowers for the circle elements.  That is usually where my brain goes but given that fall seems to be wanting to finally show up, I decided leaves were decidedly more appropriate.  And what better leaves to use that the Concord and 9th Layering Leaves Dies?!  They are gorgeous and perfect!  I cut the leaves from watercolor paper first.  Then, using Daniel Smith watercolors, I painted them with fall colors.  If you have never used these high quality paints, I linked a palette of these watercolors below.  This is a perfect way to try them (and fall in love with them!) with virtually no commitment.  I love the sentiment from the coordinating Give Thanks stamp set because, well, it is true.  At least when it actually acts like fall.  Which has been not at all this year.  I thought the Wonky Stitched Dies were a nice look with the style of the leaves and I used it on Gray Granite cardstock (SU).

You are going to be in awe when you take a look at all the design team created! I think they just knocked it out of the park this week.  There are so many ways to interpret this sketch and I’m certain the gallery will be full of inspiration too.  I hope you will join us and share your creation.  We love seeing what you make!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card using October release products from Picket Fence Studios.  So glad you stopped in today.  See you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #358

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FMS358 by Jen Timko | Simply Wonderful Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios. 3-1/3" Blending Circle Stencil by Picket Fence StudiosI am so happy to share with you this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is the fabulous Karren Johnson and this sketch is super fun!  Pull out your favorite trios!

I chose the Simply Wonderful set by Picket Fence Studios and used two of the flower stamps for the trio element.  First I created the circle with Distress Ink on Bristol Smooth paper.  The Life Changing Blender Brushes and Squeezed Lemonade Ink made short work of that.  Then I stamped in Distress Oxide Ink for the flower since the ink layers a bit.  Finally I added this great sentiment from the set.  LOVE the font on this!!  I layered onto some yellow card stock and kept the card super clean.

I hope you’ll join us for this week’s sketch!  Make sure you hop over to see all the inspiration from the DT too.  You are going to love all the cards they made!!  Until next time, have a great day!


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