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Freshly Made Sketches #395

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Happy middle of the week! I hope yours is going well. So I have a confession. Last week my family and I were on vacation. I generally don’t mention it too much until we get back for safety and security but it was really fun. And then reality came back with a work trip that went a day over and dealt with lots of unique issues (Newark shutting down a runway, lots of weather, timing out). In any case, all of this has cut WAY into my crafting time. I find that is generally true during the summer. For some people, it is the time to relax. For my job, it is the busy season. So with all that, I am still trying to find time to craft. I need to do it!

So yesterday I forced the issue and stamped one of my favorite images. The Mondo Hydrangea from Ellen Hutson is just so pretty. I also pulled out my Zig Clean Color Markers which had been sadly neglected. I used a light blue and a light purple to shade this flower.

I also would be negligent not to share that Ellen Hutson is having a sale! If you want this set, now is the time!!

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After some false starts, I finally decided to just add a pale watercolor wash to keep with the fun sketch by Jen Mitchell for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches. It looks really light here but is a little more noticeable in person. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and works perfectly here.

And here is my color inspiration for the flowers. You see, before I got to color yesterday, I had been out weeding around these beauties. My white hydrangeas are anything but dull and always have such pretty and interesting shades.

I hope you enjoy this bit of watercoloring and that you will join us with Jen’s sketch. So many great ways to use it! For those in the US, I wish you a safe and happy Independence Day! Thanks for stopping in today. 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 #381

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So how is your spring going so far?  I’m convinced that Virginia really hasn’t gotten the memo yet (although I did see some gorgeous hyacinths today so there is hope!).  Clearly I had no other choice but to create a little spring in the craft room instead!  And conveniently enough, our Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week leaves loads of room for flowers….even a Mondo flower!  Big thanks to design team member Lee Ann Barrett for a fabulous sketch with room for images, techniques or designer paper prints.

FMS381 by Jen Timko | Mondo Gerbera Daisy by Ellen Hutson, Copic MarkersI looked at all my Mondo flowers by Ellen Hutson but thought the new Mondo Gerbera Daisy was the way to go for spring.  I’m not sure there is an actual Gerbera in this color combo but I’d love to have it in my garden if it exists!  I used Copics to shade just the base of the petals and the center of the flower leaving the white space at the edges.  I think having all the white makes the color pop even more.  The sentiment is from the same set and I love this calligraphy look!

This is Lee Ann’s first sketch with FMS so I hope you show her some extra love and even play along.  Designing sketches can be intimidating and her classic look will surely be a hit!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #380

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I’m so happy to share today’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches with you!  This one is from new design team member Jacquie Southas and it is awesome!  So creative!

FMS380 by Jen Timko | Mondo Hydrangea by Ellen Hutson, Lovely Stamp Set by Ellen Hutson, Daniel Smith WatercolorsMy mind was spinning with ideas but I settle on flowers (because, well, spring) and what better flowers than the Mondo Hydrangea from Ellen Hutson?  I really love all the Mondo flowers but this one seems to be a set I come back to over and over.  I stamped one of the single flowers over and over (giving a couple of extras) and then broke out the watercolors.  I just played with some purple and green shading to see what would happen.  Loved it, went with it!

I created a panel with a light green watercolor wash that would go with my Jelly Bean Green base (Gina K Designs).  Then I added this awesome sentiment from the Lovely stamp set (Ellen Hutson).  This one seems tailor made for the flowers in the sketch.

I hope your week is going well.  I’ll be back on Friday with a share from my Picket Fence Studios blog post.  See you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #376

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So you may have noticed (especially if you follow me in Instagram) that I have been trying hard to participate in the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge as much as possible this month.  I really am trying to eek out more coloring, even if only for a few minutes.  So this card is a reflection of that as I found the perfect way to use the sketch by Karren Johnson for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Karren is an amazing Copic colorist and this sketch lends itself to colored images, bold panels and word dies, among other things.

FMS376 by Jen Timko | Mondo Gerbera Daisy Stamp Set by Ellen Hutson, Zig Clean Color Real Brush MarkersI chose to use this new Mondo Gerbera Daisy by Ellen Hutson as my focal image.  I stamped in black ink and then colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I chose a number of corals/reds/pinks to play with the shading on the flower.  It didn’t take long and I love it.  The flower reminds me of the Gerbera Daisies my dad would grow when I was little.  There is something velvety and special about these flowers and I was thrilled that Ellen came out with this one.

A super quick post today.  I’m back at work this week and it seems harder that usual after spending time at my mom’s last week.  Off to bed to be ready for winter weather fun tomorrow!  I hope you have a great day and will play along this week.  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!



 

Freshly Made Sketches #349

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Hi everyone!  I’m back from a bit of a summer break and I’m thrilled to be able to share the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess is Karren Johnson and she has created the perfect clean sketch to get me inspired after my time off.  Karren always has the most beautiful coloring and design on her cards so it is no surprise that she gave us a sketch that allows for lots of creativity.

When I saw the horizontal panel, the first thing that came to mind was watercoloring.  So I went with it.  I used my Daniel Smith palette from Simon Says Stamp (lots of little dots to allow you to find your favorite colors!) and chose a soft color scheme.  I made an ombré gray and then added some little hydrangea petals from Mondo Hydrangea colored in purple with a bit of green.  The sentiment from the same set fit perfectly across the bottom of the colored swash.  I thought about adding more bling or details but then I felt it was perfect just as it was.  You can’t really see it but the purple watercolor is called Amethyst Genuine and has a bit of sparkle in it.  Gorgeous!

I needed a clean card to warm back up!  Over the last two weeks, I have not been in my stamp room.  We had a family vacation to Florida (yes…it was crazy hot and humid, haha!!).  We conquered three parks and enjoyed some pool time.  And most fun, we even managed to sneak a surprise visit in with my mom!  That was a highlight of the trip, for sure.  After vacation it was right back to work.  This is the busy season for sure and the weather has been no one’s friend.  I definitely needed some stamping time!!  I’m back out today but hoping for some more craft time next week.  Lots of fun things in the works!  Until then, thanks for stopping in and I’ll see you soon.  Hope you’ll join in our challenge this week!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Montval Watercolor (Canson); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Big Shot, Mondo Hydrangea Dies (Ellen Hutson), Misti, Dimensionals (SU), Daniel Smith Watercolors – Holiday Palette (SSS)

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FMS290 and the Chameleon Color Tone Pencils

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FMS290 - Flower Hugs by Jen Timko | Mondo Hydrandgea Stamp and Dies by Ellen Hutson, Lovely Stamp by Ellen Hutson, Chameleon Color Tone Pencils, Chameleon Color Tone PensI have been waiting for today because I have something super awesome to share with you!!  Not only do we have a great sketch by the lovely Kim Singdahlsen at Freshly Made Sketches, I also finally get to share some information about a product review I did for Splitcoaststampers!

I have been using the amazing new pencils from Chameleon and I created this card by combining the Chameleon Color Tone Pens with the Color Tone Pencils.  Wow, they are great together!  I shared details and my thoughts on paper choices over at Splitcoaststampers so please check the entire review from the review team here:  CHAMELEON COLOR TONE PENCILS REVIEW

To help you understand a bit more of how the products work together, I made a quick video showing you how I did the coloring:

 

 

 

Direct link to YouTube:  Chameleon Color Tone Pencils

I made the flowers the star of the show but I could not resist adding a doily that seemed perfect for the sketch!  I used Night of Navy Baker’s Twine to coordinate with the blue in the flowers and thought this great sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Lovely worked beautifully with the sketch.

The Freshly Made Sketches design team has created some beautiful work to inspire you and the Splitcoaststampers Review Team has samples that show many facets of these new pencils.  I’ll be back tomorrow with another card I created for the review.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Mondo Hydrandea (Ellen Hutson), Lovely (Ellen Hutson); Ink:  Smoky Slate (SU), Chameleon Color Tone Pens; Paper:  Strathmore Mixed Media, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Doily (SU Ret), Mondo Hydrangea Dies, Night of Navy Baker’s Twine

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Freshly Made Sketches #282

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FMS282 by Jen Timko | Mondo Hydrangea and Lovely Stamp Sets by Ellen Hutson, Zig Clean Color, WatercolorQuick post today.  Sorry if you stopped in earlier and got a white screen or other messages.  Apparently a plugin update cause the whole site to have a fatal error.  Good times!  Now to happy things!

We have the most wonderful sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches from the lovely Cécile.  I just love the idea of the layered squares!  It didn’t take me long to decide on the smallest squares from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits but then what to add?  I was looking through my stamp sets and the most counterintuitive set jumped out at me.  Mondo Hydrangea by Ellen Hutson!  So yes, the mondo flower was not the right fit for the squares but the little blossoms were perfectly sized!  I stamped them in Versafine ink onto Fabriano watercolor paper and colored with my Zigs.  Simple coloring but oh so pretty!  I added on a little sentiment from another Ellen Hutson set called Lovely.  Am I allowed to say how happy I am with this card?  I was fighting with my mojo a bit this week and having this card come together quickly saved a bit of my sanity.

Ok…off to visit the amazing team.  Make sure you stop in to let us know what you think of the sketch and I hope you’ll join in with us.  I’ll be back at the beginning of next week with the April release week from Newton’s Nook Designs.  Until then, I hope you have a great week!  See you soon.

Supplies:

Stamp:  Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson), Lovely (Ellen Hutson) ; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Thinlits (SU), Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #270

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Glad to see you on this lovely Wednesday!  At least I hope it is lovely where you are.  Just like in yesterday’s post, I am working to resist the winter weather with another pretty spring image.  This time I’m using this awesome sketch by the incredible Kim Singdahlsen.  Something about this sketch really spoke to me and it is going right into my “use again soon” favorites.

Last week I showed you a card with one of my gifts from Santa and this gorgeous Mondo Hydrangea was in the same package.  I think Santa has my number when it comes to picking stamps!  I had to admit that stamping cards like this with aligned images used to put me off because I knew they would never be quite aligned.  No more!  The Misti tool makes short work of this and the line up is perfect every time!  I stamped onto SU Shimmery White paper using WPlus9 Black Dye Ink for the base.  Then laid the little piece of DSP down and stamped again.  I figured out the spacing for the top layer, moved the others out of the way and stamped one more time onto Shimmery White.  While the Shimmery White paper is not true watercolor paper, it does watercolor nicely if you don’t need to add lots of color (or water).  I love it for effects like this.  And the added bonus is the subtle sparkle!  I used Light Blue and Peacock Blue Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and my Zig BrusH2O for a quick coloring of the rectangle part of the flower.  A little bit of Light Green and Yellow for the stems and centers.  I thought the sentiment from yesterday’s card was perfect for this one too so I used the Happy Little Thoughts set from Newton’s Nook Designs.  I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black to keep it crisp and clear.  I popped the colored panel up on Dimensionals for a little more wow and then added some of my hoarded beloved sequins from the SU Watercolor Wishes set.  They really are just the right colors!

I do hope that you will enjoy this sketch as much as I did.  Now I have to admit that as I just added the sketch in to my blog writeup, I realized that my sentiment is in the wrong place.  Sigh.  My computer issues have addled my brain.  Good thing the team has exceeded their normally fabulous creative work!  Yes, I am still facing computer issues so I’ll be a bit quiet still this week (it has gone in to the professional Apple people to see what they can do….perhaps a graphics driver) but I’m working busily in my stamp room creating projects for the upcoming Newton’s Nook Designs January release.  I can’t wait to share!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamp:  Mondo Hydrangea (Ellen Hutson), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs)Ink:  WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Real Bush Markers; Paper:  Shimmery White (SU); Accessories: Misti Stamp Tool, Sequins (Watercolor Wishes Kit – SU), Zig BrusH20, Dimensionals

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