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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!


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!


 

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 #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.


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