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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!

My Kind of Crazy

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I’m back today with another card sharing some of the new products from the Picket Fence Studios October Release.  For today I combined an adorable new image with a sentiment from a not coordinating but oh so perfect set.

My Kind of Crazy by Jen Timko | Princess Owl Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, My Man My Friend Stamp set by Picket Fence StudiosI love this funny little owl and her quirky look!  Those eyebrows make me chuckle!  There is another new sentiment that is awesome for her (Throw on a Crown) but I needed one that I could use with a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  So I chose My Man, My Friend…some of the sentiments are for the men in your life but others are universal.  This one seems like the perfect fit with my Princess Owl!  I colored her with Copic Markers and then added a little doily behind her for texture.

This sketch was perfect for showing her off!  I originally planned on a white base but that was a bit too plain so I chose a base of Lemon Cardstock instead.  This is such a pretty yellow!

So that is it for today.  I am back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and on Thursday with another of the new sets from the October release.  So glad you stopped in today!  See you tomorrow!

Picket Fence Studios October Release – Lily Bouquet

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Well, I have some awesome news for you today!  It is Picket Fence Studios October Release day!!  WOOHOO!!  I have a special card to share today and will be sharing projects made with the new sets over the next week.  So. Many. Awesome. Things!!!

Get Well Lilies by Jen Timko | Lily Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Ways to Say Get Well Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Coloring, Double Stitched Rectangles Dies by Gina Marie Designs I could hardly choose where to start but anyone who knows me, knows that I have a serious weakness for flowers.  The Lily Bouquet set is too pretty to resist so off I went to my stamp room for some time coloring.  I took a Copic coloring class from my friend Lori Craig a couple of years ago and this color scheme came from the time I had in that class.  I thought it was worth re-visiting for this gorgeous flower set and I love it!!  I used a sentiment from the wonderful Ways to Say Get Well set (a must have for any sentiment hoarder collector like me).

Get Well Lilies by Jen Timko | Lily Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Ways to Say Get Well Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Coloring, Double Stitched Rectangles Dies by Gina Marie DesignsI liked the idea of a virtually uncluttered card front so I only added a few pink sequins but I wanted to add another special touch.  I went to another technique that I love of using a colored base for a pretty surprise.  The Cotton Cardstock from Simon Says Stamp was the perfect pink to coordinate with the lilies and I love the result.

You will be in love with all the new sets in this release!  Make sure you go over to the Picket Fence Studios site to see them and check out projects from the rest of the design team that you will find shared on social media and their blogs.  Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I appreciate you sharing your time with me.  See you soon with more from this release!


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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I created a card for both today’s Picket Fence Studios blog and for a product review for Splitcoaststampers on a new ink from Clearsnap.  The inks are called Colorbox Dyestress Inks and they are really beautiful!  I had such fun blending these colors together and creating a cool background using a new to me technique that is perfect for distress inks.

Smile by Jen Timko | Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Colorbox Dyestress Inks, Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence Studios, Flower Burst Trio Die by Gina Marie DesignsI’m going to send you to the Picket Fence Studios blog for the how-to but suffice it to say that you NEED these Life Changing Blender Brushes.  I put off some backgrounds that required blending because I was forever getting streaks or edges or something that seemed to ruin what I was working on.  Not with these brushes!


The other product I want to share directly here are the dies I used for this card.  They come from Gina Marie Designs and they are wonderful.  I used the Double Stitched Rectangles and the Flower Burst Trio.  I love this site (and I have no affiliate there….simply loving her dies and her pricing!).

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you like this card and this technique.  See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #357

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FMS357 by Jen Timko | Mondo Holly Stamp Set and Dies by Ellen Hutson, Daniel Smith WatercolorsAnd I’m back for my regular Wednesday post!  Thanks for your patience as I caught up to life a bit.  I started with creating a swatch paper for  some new watercolors that I got for my birthday (THANKS MOM!!).  The paints are from Daniel Smith and my friend Lydia puts together splits to share the cost and allow people to have more colors.  Here is my first split….aren’t they pretty?!!

Lydia Split D SwatchingSwatching out the colors was a good way to get back in the groove a bit.  And did I mention they are so pretty!!! Notice that the palette has room for another split….hmmm…..  So after putting these paints down on paper, I decided to get real and actually color an image.  I had ordered this Mondo Holly the second I saw it and thought it would be pretty for today’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Cécile created this one and I love all the options for it.  I thought this would go another way (with a spotlight vibe) but it didn’t work out quite like I had in my head.  I stamped the holly onto watercolor paper using Gina K’s Amalgam ink.  This is a new ink to me and I just had to give it a go.  It stamped well onto the watercolor paper (always a challenge, don’t you think?).  I did overstamp a few times with my Misti but the result was clear and crisp.  It dried quickly and I was able to get right to watercoloring.  I used colors from my split above (with the addition of one brown from a DS Dot Palette I have from Simon Says Stamp).  I need to work on the shading of the leaves more but I love these colors!  I added a sentiment from the same set and some black to make the image pop.  Finally some sequins in a pretty Rose Gold.I hope you have fun with this sketch and will join in with us.  The inspiration is always amazing from our design team and in the gallery too!  Thanks for stopping in today.  I’ll be back on Friday with a card featuring a new product and a new to me technique.  Until then, have a wonderful week!


National Coffee Day Hop – Have a Cup of Cheer

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Happy National Coffee Day!!  If ever there was something worth celebrating, it is definitely coffee!  I am thrilled to be part of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers hop today.  So many Super Sponsors!  So many prizes!!


Avery Elle – $25 Gift Code
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps – $25 Gift Code
Ellen Hutson LLC – $25 Gift Card
Gina K Designs – Two $50 Gift Cards
Honey Bee Stamps – $25 Gift Card
Joy Clair – $25 Gift Card
Lawn Fawn – $25 Gift Card
Newton’s Nook Designs – $25 Gift Card
Pink & Main – $25 Store Credit
Precious Remembrance – Little Things stamp set + exclusive coupon savings
Reverse Confetti – $15 Gift Card
STAMPlorations – $15 Gift Card
Studio Katia – A Cup of Thanks Stamp Set & Coordinating Die Set
Trinity Stamps LLC – Coffee with Character stamp set

The hop starts over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers’ blog.  You should have come to me via the amazing Wendy McGaffey.  I have all the links later in my post if you get lost along the way.

Coffee Lovers National Coffee Day Hop by Jen Timko | Cup of Cocoa Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Mini Storybook 1 Dies by Pretty Pink Posh, Copic ColoringI decided I should pull out the adorable Cup of Cocoa set from Newton’s Nook Designs today.  It so happens that Newton’s Nook Designs is one of the Super Sponsors today and I will be giving away $25 Store Credit to shop with them!  Make sure to comment here and around the hop for chances to win.  Also, the Newton’s Nook Designs team is doing a hop too with another chance to win.

Coffee Lovers National Coffee Day Hop by Jen Timko | Cup of Cocoa Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Mini Storybook 1 Dies by Pretty Pink Posh, Copic ColoringI colored these fun cups with my Copic Markers and then created a shaker card with the Storybook Dies.  The sequins from Picket Fence Studios were perfect to match the cups.  I think the sentiment from the stamp set is fantastic for today’s hop theme!!  Lots of cups of cheer all around blogland!!

I’m so happy that Newton’s Nook Designs allowed me to feature their prize!  Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to win!  Now on to the rest of the hop.  Next up is Maria Peters over on Instagram.

Here are all the links to the Coffee Lovers team (click the blue button):

And here are the links to all the Super Sponsors (click the blue button):

I hope you have a fun with all the inspiration!!



Cool Beans

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I’m thrilled to be sharing one more card as the Guest Designer for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers today.  I’m back using Picket Fence Studios products and I hope you enjoy this.

Cool Beans by Jen Timko | BFF Owl Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Ways to Say Congrats Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence StudiosI’m pretty much in love with the sweet owls and this BFF Owl is super fun to color. I went a little out of the box on her palette and used the new Color Box Dyestress Inks by Clearsnap. They have some beautiful shades and they are great for easy watercoloring and blending. I stamped the owl in Versafine Onyx Black and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Once she was colored I used the new Circle Stencil from Picket Fence Studios and the Life Changing Blender Brushes to create her spotlight.

Cool Beans by Jen Timko | BFF Owl Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Ways to Say Congrats Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence StudiosYou can see that there are seriously no lines from the blending. And the brushes come in big and little sizes so you can use them for all your stencils. The really are life changing when it comes to simplifying your blending. For the sentiment, I used another set from Picket Fence Studios (soon to arrive in the store) called Ways to Say Congrats. This one is perfect for all us coffee fans, don’t you think?

I had so much fun joining in on the Coffee Loving fun this month that I’ll be a part of  their hop celebrating National Coffee Day!!!  A whole day to celebrate coffee…I’m all in!!  And I’m lucky enough to be one of the hop participants with a sponsored prize.  You won’t want to miss it!!  Come back tomorrow for all the fun.  Until then, thanks for stopping in today.

A Winner….and a brief note

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Hi everyone!  I’m here today to announce a winner from my Circle Stencils Giveaway!

Using a random number generator, the winner is comment #2.  That means Patricia Allison is my winner!  Patricia, I’ll be sending you an email to get your mailing information.  Congratulations!!

Now for an update.  Over the last few weeks, my posts have been sporadic and mostly ones with projects created well ahead of time for design team work.  A week and a half ago, my dear brother-in-law passed away after a fierce battle with cancer.  Needless to say, it has been a difficult time for my husband and my boys, along with the whole family.  As such, I have not had time for stamping.  I know you understand that family comes first but wanted you to know why I have been gone a bit more.  I will have a post for Friday this week (I hope) and then should be returning to a more normal schedule.  United has been good about giving me time off and making sure we got to all the family events.  I’m back to flying today so we are working back to a new normal.  I’m grateful for all the support you give me here and look forward to getting back to creating.  We all know it is good for the soul.  Until next time….thank you!!

Santa and His Reindeer

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I have two more cards to share with you today that I created for the Picket Fence Studios new release.  I have had such fun with the new sets and will be sharing more with you over the next weeks too.  Today, I’m focusing on Santa and his reindeer.  Two adorable sets!  And don’t forget my GIVEAWAY….see my post from Sunday to enter.

Ho Ho Ho by Jen Timko | Santa's Mishief Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Coloring, Framework Dies by Newton's Nook DesignsI love all the Santa images in the Santa’s mischief set and the sentiments are awesome too.  Lots of possibilities for fun cards!  I fell in love with the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #289 and thought it wold be fun to use for this card.  I stamped Santa in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with my Copics.  I thought the Framework Dies  were a great shape for the sketch and used it to cut some of the Festive Farmhouse paper (SU).  I added a sentiment from the set onto some Wood Textures paper (SU) and then layered on the elements.

Santa Did It by Jen Timko | Santa's Sleigh Ride Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Zig Clean Color MarkersFor my second card, I chose three of the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Ride and watercolored them with Zig Clean Color Pens.  Using a mask that I created with the Land Borders Dies I added a distress ink background with my Life Changing Blender Brushes.  And yes, they really are THAT good!!  Super smooth and absolutely zero brush or blending lines!  I put the panel on a base of School House Red card stock and added the sentiment onto a banner.  It is embossed with Wow Bright White Embossing Powder.

I hope you enjoy these cards and don’t forget to enter for my giveaway!!  See you soon!




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