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Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Ellen Hutson Essentials

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I’m so excited that today is Crafty Friends Blog Hop day! We are celebrating Ellen Hutson today with a focus on Ellen Hutson Essentials. Our timing is particularly great because Ellen Hutson is holding The Summer of Stamping event and today there is a new release (along with many other fun reveals all month).

I just recently got the Be the Change Stamp Set and coordinating dies and the first thing I thought to do with it was to create “real” lightning bugs. I mean, who can resist with such a cute image and the perfect sentiment? Want to see it lit up?

I LOVE THEM!! With a card like this, the best way to explain how to make it is to show you. So I created a video on how I built my circuit using the Chibitronics kit. If you have any questions after watching, let me know. These are just so fun to make and I highly recommend it when you want to create something special.

I am so happy to share this shopping code that is good for today and tomorrow (July 20 and 21, 2020). Just click the button above to shop and use the code: CRAFTYFRIENDS. I have linked my affiliate link and appreciate you shopping with me.

Now to the rest of the hop. I’m sending you to my friend Amy Kolling and I know you will love what she created. Here is the whole hop in case you get lost along the way.

I hope you enjoy our hop and have fun shopping too! Thank you so much for stopping in today. Let me know what you think about my lightning bugs! See you soon.

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!

Shine On With Your Bad Self

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Shine On by Jen Timko | Shine On Stamp Set and Dies by Concord and 9th, Chibitronics Light CircuitsI am so super excited to finally share some great news!  I am a guest designer for the June release from Concord and 9th!!!  I mean really, this is so awesome that I’m almost without words.  I mean really, have you seen the June release yet??  If not, just run right over and take a look right now.  Here is the link to the New Releases (live at 9am MT on the 9th of each month).

The first set being feature today by the guest designers is called Shine On.  It. Is. Awesome!  I love this fun Edison style light bulb and all the accessory images and sentiments.  And then there are the coordinating dies.  But let’s get to the sentiments.  Because the second my boys saw this one, they demanded that I use it.  Who am I to argue?? I stamped the light images with Momento Ink and colored with Copic Markers.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the light and fixture then also cut the “Shine” from black card stock.  And then I had a thought…I know….dangerous….  *smile*  Wanna see??

Shine On by Jen Timko | Shine On Stamp Set and Dies by Concord and 9th, Chibitronics Light CircuitsYeah, I decided I needed to add a Chibitronics circuit under the light.  Because it needed to actually shine.  The oldest trusty assistant helped me with the circuit (because summer…and trying to keep brains from rotting on video games).  The youngest trusty assistant is featured in the above photo since he really liked the end result.  All you have to do is push the word shine and it does.

I’m so glad that you stopped in today.  Make sure you hop over to the Concord and 9th Blog to see who the other guests are this month.  I’ll give you a hint….you are sure to be in love with their creations!  Thanks for joining me today.  See you soon!




Supplies (affiliate links included):

Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Pineapple Punch (SU); Stamp:  Shine On (Concord and 9th); Accessories: Big Shot, Shine On Dies (Concord and 9th),  Chibi Lights LED Circuit Stickers (Chibitronics), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS)

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Newton’s Nook Designs September Release AND Freshly Made Sketches

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Welcome to day 3 of the September release from Newton’s Nook Designs.  Hold on because I have A LOT to share with you today.  First of all, Newton’s Nook Designs has two (yes TWO) sets to share today.  And then, well, it is Wednesday so it is also Freshly Made Sketches day.  I did a little multi-tasking so that I could keep everything to one post.  Are you ready??

FMS304 by Jen Timko | Beautiful Bones Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs, Black Glitter Embossing Powder by WOW!, Sugar SkullFirst up is this marvelous new set called Beautiful Bones.  These images are simply awesome and if you love sugar skulls, this set is going to blow you away.  I also used the fun sketch from Freshly Made Sketches designed by the sweet and talented Amy O’Neill.  This sketch was a natural to combine with the NND set!!  I lined up the images using my Misti (makes is super simple to make sure they are straight).  Once I knew the placement, I put some Bristol paper under the images (uninked) and figured out where I wanted the watercoloring to be.  I used my Zig Clean Color Markers and added the bright colors…super fast and so striking with the set.  Next I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  I added some Wow brand Black Glitter Embossing Power and heat embossed.  You should see how cool the glitter looks in person!  I pulled a sentiment from Beautiful Plumage and stamped/embossed it too.  I added some extra splatters and then some rhinestones (colored with a Sharpie) for a little more sparkle.  The perfect card to send out to some family members who live in Mexico and have fun with Day of the Dead celebrations.No Bones About It by Jen Timko | Spooky Skeletons Stamp Set by Newton's Nook Designs, Chibitronics, Chibi Card, Xray card, Studio Katia Dotted Shaker TagFor the next set called Spooky Skeletons, I created a card to look like an X-ray.  Now, I would love to say that the X-ray was all my idea but sadly, no.  My oldest son saw the stamp set when I first got it and told me “that would make a cool X-ray…can you do that?”  Why yes I can!!  I used Chibitronics and two white lights from the kit to backlight this image.  I stamped the kitty skeleton on vellum and put that layer underneath another vellum piece surrounded by the cute tag.  I helps conceal the Chibi tape and still let’s you see the lights easily.  Want to see it lit up??  Of course you do!  My trusty assistant (my oldest) helped me by pushing the ribbon on the tag.  For some reason the lights seem way brighter in the video but it has a distinctly X-ray look in person.  He LOVED it so mission accomplished!

I hope you enjoy all of today’s products.  Remember that there are matching dies with the stamps too!  And on to someone getting to win!

Would you like to win the “Beautiful Bones” or “Spooky Skeletons” Stamp Set?
These sets will be given away to ONE lucky winner each!

Here’s how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, September 14th at 9pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, September 15th.

Thanks for stopping in today and during this whole week.  Make sure you stop back in tomorrow for the last day of the release.  One more set and I think you will be over-the-top excited when you see it.
Stamp: Beautiful Bones (Newton’s Nook Designs), Spooky Skeletons (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Pens, Versamark ; Paper:  Strathmore Bristol, DSP (SU retired), Basic Black, White Vellum (SU); Accessories:  Big Shot, Dotted Tags Die (Studio Katia), Black Glitter Embossing Powder (Wow!), Basic Rhinestones (SU), Pumpkin Seam Binding (SU ret), Black Baker’s Twine (SU), Chibitronics Kit, White Embossing Powder (SU)

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Newton’s Nook Designs and Chibitronics Inspiration Week plus a Giveaway

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This week Newton’s Nook Designs and Chibitronics are partnering for a fabulous inspiration week! All week long both design teams will be sharing ways to light up your cards using Chibi lights with Newton’s Nook Designs stamps!  This is a match just made to work together since so many of the NND sets have features that are perfect for lighting up.

Always Be Brave by Jen Timko | Knight's Quest Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Chibitronics, Light Up Card, Chibi LightsAs soon as I heard about the collaboration, my first thought was this dragon from Knight’s Quest.  I just knew that somehow he had to have “real” fire!  I started by coloring the images with Copic Markers (I have colors listed in my YouTube video).  I cut the hills using the Land Borders Dies (NND) and stitched rectangles dies (SSS).  My base is the new Tranquil Tide card stock (a Stampin’ Up In Color) that is sponged with Night of Navy ink.  The hills are Night of Navy and Smoky Slate (SU).  I put one of the red lights behind the fire and yellow lights behind the windows to create this awesome interactive card.  Want to see it lit?!

Always Be Brave Lit Up by Jen Timko | Knight's Quest Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Chibitronics, Chibi LightsIt is so awesome in person too!  I created a short video to show you a few more specifics on how I created the circuit and the “switch” for this.  Things I learned along the way….Think of a fun place for the switch so that it is easy for the recipient, make sure you press the copper tape on really well (I used a bone folder), check your circuits before gluing stuff down (I may have checked a few too many time, haha).  The kit comes with great directions on building your circuits.  Mine is a pretty basic parallel circuit.  Here is my video so you can see the rest:


And here is the link right to YouTube:  Knight’s Quest Light Up Card

Would you like to win a prize pack including a Starter Kit from Chibitronics and a $30 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?

Here’s how to win!!

Leave a comment on the NND & Design Team blog posts using Chibitronics products all week (Aug 21-25) to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen from blog posts throughout the week so the more posts you leave comments on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Friday August 25th at midnight CST to comment. The winner will be announced on the NND blog post on Monday, August 28th.
Chibitronics will also be giving away a prize pack! Make sure to visit the Chibitronics blog each day this week for more inspiration and leave comments there for another chance to win!

I’m so glad you stopped in today!  I hope you enjoy this amazing week of fun!

Stamp: Knight’s Quest (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Night of Navy; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Big Shot, Knight’s Quest Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Land Border Dies (NND), Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Foam Tape, Tear and Tape (SU), Craft Knife

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