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Freshly Made Sketches #386 plus a Bonus Card

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Hi all!  I get to have a double play today!  First of all, it is Freshly Made Sketches day.  We have a new, awesome sketch by Jennifer Brum and it is super fun!  Second, I’m over on the Picket Fence Studios blog AND up with a Product Focus Review for Splitcoaststampers.  YAY!!!

FMS386 by Jen Timko | Chirp Chirp Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Creative Cards by Clearsnap, Dyestress Ink by ClearsnapSo first up, my card for FMS.  I love this fun sketch and the angle makes it a real standout.  I started off with a base from Clearsnap called Creative Cards.  These are super fun (and available on Amazon).  I topped it off with an old retired paper for contrast.  The little birds are from a Picket Fence Studios stamp set called Chirp Chirp which is super cute.  I cut the birds out with the coordinating dies (what a life saver for small images!).  The birds were colored with new colors of Dyestress Inks by Clearsnap.  And that brings me to my Product Focus Review.  I have reviewed the Dyestress Inks before but I now have the newest color release and it is wonderful!  I’m sure you have noticed a couple of other cards using them (last week’s FMS card was one).  This was all part of my analysis.  You can read all about it here:  Splitcoaststampers Product Focus

Sunny Peacock by Jen Timko | Peacock Tail Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Spotlight on You Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Colorbox Dyestress Ink by Clearsnap, Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence Studios, Summer Glitter Paper by Concord and 9th My “bonus” card today is also for that review and I posted it over at the Picket Fence Studios blog today with the details.  I just wanted to share it so you could see it here too.  Head over to the blog to read all about it!

Whew…lots to typing and busy, busy.  I hope you enjoy both of these cards.  Remember to go see the ink review at Splitcoaststampers and the peacock card at Picket Fence Studios.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you again soon!  (FYI, I separated the links into the two cards to make it simpler for you)



FMS #384

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Happy Wednesday to you!  Hope your week is going well thus far.  Here today with a super quick card.  You see, I’m on Spring Break week with the family and we are off on adventures.  But I did have a moment to make a card with this awesome sketch by our sketch designer Linda over at Freshly Made Sketches.  As usual when I’m in a hurry, it seems that I didn’t quite follow the sketch.  Sigh.  Oh well, Linda will forgive me!  *smile*

FMS384 by Jen Timko | Give Thanks Stamp by Concord and 9th, Tropical Blooms Stamp Set by Gina K Designs, Catherine Pooler InksI was recently enable to try Catherine Pooler inks by my crafty friend Ardyth and boy was she right.  I’m totally in love with these!!  The clarity of stamping solid image is gorgeous!  I purchased some of the families of minis and they are fabulous!  I used the Give Thanks stamp set by Concord and 9th and sentiments by Gina K Designs.  Clean, simple, fast!

Yep…it really is that short today.  I hope to have more to share with you next week after all the spring fun!  So glad you dropped in.  See you soon!


 

Picket Fence Studios April Release

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Oh happy day!!!  No really, it is a happy day!  Release day for Picket Fence Studios starts now.  I’m going to share two stamp sets and a new die in today’s post but the design team will be working together to show you the whole release so make sure to visit each one of them.

Beautiful Peony by Jen Timko | Botan Peony Stamp by Picket Fence Studios, Hello Beautiful Stamp by Picket Fence Studios, Daniel Smith Watercolors, Watercoloring I’m starting with a new large flower image called Botan Peony.  Oh my.  When I say wow, I’m not kidding.  This is not a small image (my card is 5.5″ square) but it is detailed and seriously gorgeous.  I stamped the image in black in multiple times using my Misti onto Fabriano watercolor paper.  Then I heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder.  I like the extra dimension you get with the embossing and it is nice when watercoloring too. I got to work with watercoloring using Daniel Smith watercolor paints.  They are amazing!  If you are not sure about them, you can get dot sheets with actual samples of the colors to try (I linked it below).  Once you do, you’ll be hooked.  I combined pink, coral, gold and a little green and blue in a loose style.  No real plan, nothing formal, but it is such fun to do on these big petals!  Once done, I fussy cut the flower.

Beautiful Peony by Jen Timko | Botan Peony Stamp by Picket Fence Studios, Hello Beautiful Stamp by Picket Fence Studios, Daniel Smith Watercolors, Watercoloring For the background, I used the Random Dots Stencil as an embossing folder to add a subtle texture.  I then used this great sentiment from the new Hello, Beautiful stamp set.  Again I stamped in black and heat embossed in clear.

Beautiful Leaves by Jen Timko | Leaves Negative Die by Picket Fence Studios, Hello Beautiful Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Ink, Concord and 9th Glimmer PaperNext up, I jumped on the alcohol ink bandwagon and used a background I created with the new Leaves Negative Die.  I used just one color of Ranger Alcohol Ink (Stream) and the Gold Mixative on Yupo paper.  I kept playing with the one colors and the gold and now have a few varied backgrounds that I’m sure you’ll see soon.

Beautiful Leaves by Jen Timko | Leaves Negative Die by Picket Fence Studios, Hello Beautiful Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Ink, Concord and 9th Glimmer PaperI took the panel and cut it with the Leaves and decided that I’d use gold glimmer paper in the negative space to play off the gold in the ink.  Again I used the sentiment from Hello, Beautiful except heat embossed in gold.

I hope you like these two looks at the new release.  Everything is available in the Picket Fence Studios store now!  Thanks for stopping in to visit.  See you again soon.


Freshly Made Sketches #378

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Happy middle of the week to you!  Here with the latest sketch by Freshly Made Sketches where the wonderful Amy is our sketch hostess.  This little trio sketch is sure to get you looking through your stamps for fun.

FMS378 by Jen Timko | City Stacks Stamp Set and Dies by Concord and 9th, Hello Lovely Stamp Set by Concord and 9th, Daniel Smith WatercolorsI had lots of ideas but finally settled on these trees from the City Stacks Stamp set by Concord and 9th.  It is probably a stretch for the sketch but sometimes that is how it rolls.  Besides, I wanted to play with my Daniel Smith watercolors.  I just got a whole new split that has lots of greens and they called out to be used.  This was a quick watercolor after stamping in the Picket Fence Studios Hybrid Black ink.  I decided the background was a little too plain and added a wash of some yellows behind.  Hopefully this is what Virginia will start looking like soon.  Sunny with pretty green things!!

Ok, off to visit a friend today (and discuss an upcoming collaboration!!).  Until Friday, have a great day!


Freshly Made Sketches #374

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So you need a new sketch idea?  Something you haven’t seen before?  Have I got something for you!  This week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches from the former circle-phobe Jen Brum is amazing.  Not gonna lie, when she first showed me the sketch, I thought she was kidding since we have a long running team joke about her lack of love for circles in sketches.  Well, she has clearly embraced Team Circle and the sketch is fabulous!

FMS374 by Jen Timko | Monogram J Stamp and Monogram Dies by Concord and 9th, Posie Fill-In Dies by Concord and 9th, Daniel Smith WatercolorsAs per usual, my first thought when I see circles is a flower.  But will all the circles, I needed to stretch a little.  So instead, I thought about die cuts and different elements I could use.  As I went through my stash, I came upon two set by Concord and 9th and knew exactly what to do.

First I took my Daniel Smith watercolors and painted some random splotches on watercolor paper.   After they were dry, I piled on the dies from both the Monogram and Posie Fill In sets.  The dies coordinate well so I just cut things in multiple colors to see what would work.  I mixed and matched and played with a few backgrounds until I settle on a watercolor wash.  To help follow the sketch a bit more, I added some Clear Drops from Studio Katia.  The sentiment comes from the Monogram J set.

I’m so impressed with the variations on this sketch by the team.  I think this week is going to be particularly fun and that there will be loads of creativity on display.  I hope you’ll play along!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #370

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I am so happy to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches today!  I am the sketch hostess this week and I hope you will enjoy this one.  As I pondered what to do, I thought about a “one layer” look for the sketch.  This is what I came up with.  In fairness, my final card isn’t really one layer but I hope that means there are lots of ways to create with it.

FMS370 by Jen Timko | Posie Fill In Stamps and Dies by Concord and 9thI scoured around my stamps to figure out what I wanted for the groupings and came across this pretty Posie Fill In from Concord and 9th.  And then I realized that the coordinating dies were PERFECT for the sketch.  The big sentiment in the middle is from that!  So I stamped the flowers in shades of aqua (Mermaid and Peacock by Lawn Fawn) and then stamped the outlines in black.  The flowers are easily cut out with the coordinating dies.  I cut the sentiment from white card stock and then layered on the flowers alternating the heights with regular adhesive and foam tape.  Then using my paper cutter, I trimmed off the edges of the flowers to make them flush.  Using more foam tape, I popped the stamped image up on an aqua card base (Bermuda Bay by Stampin’ Up).  I added the letter “middles” from the R and the D on more foam tape and that was it.

Something about these colors really made me happy when I was creating it.  While I’m content with some winter weather that still may be due, the fresh spring look of this appealed to me.  I hope that you will have some time to play along this week.  The team has outdone themselves and I hope you enjoy their creations too.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I’ll be back to crafting tomorrow as the Picket Fence Studios team is preparing for the CHA (Creativation) release later this month.  You will be blown away!!  I’ll try to sneak in something just for fun to share sooner though.  Until then, have a great rest of your week.


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 #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 #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!


Christmas Glitters and a GIVEAWAY!

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On Friday I told you that  Picket Fence Studios was launching its very first new release.  It has been so exciting to see the projects from the design team and there will be more to come from us all!  And guess what?!  I even have a giveaway for you courtesy of Picket Fence Studios (details at the end of my post).  For today, I have a card that showcases two of the new sets, Merry Christmas and All That Glitters.

Christmas Glitter by Jen Timko | All That Glitters Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Merry Christmas Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Shark Bite Sequins by Picket Fence StudiosI stamped the both images in Twilight Versafine Clair ink.  Such a pretty color!  The ink stays wet enough to emboss for a bit so I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to add a little more shine to the card.  I used the sentiment layer to add dimension and thought maybe it needed a little more oomph.

Christmas Glitter by Jen Timko | All That Glitters Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Merry Christmas Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Shark Bite Sequins by Picket Fence StudiosSo I added a layer of silver glitter paper from the Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack by Concord and 9th.  So wonderful!!  And it doesn’t shed the glitter…win!!  I picked out some the of the more neutral sequins from the Shark Bite Sequins pack to finish the card.

And now to my GIVEAWAY!!  I am giving one set of three circle blending stencils from the new release.  These stencils are pure genius and have both the positive and negative circles.  When paired with the Life Changing Blender Brush set, you won’t know how you lived without them!  Rules for the giveaway are simple:

Comment on this post for a chance to win by Saturday, Sep. 22nd.  I’ll announce a winner by Sep. 25th right here.  It is that simple!  Pretty great, right?  So let me know what your favorite product is from the new release.  Good luck!

I hope you are loving this new release!  I’ll be back soon with card showcasing another stamp.  See you soon!  Thanks for stopping in.


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