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Freshly Made Sketches Anniversary Celebration Week 2

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Welcome to the second week of our celebration of 400 sketches at Freshly Made Sketches. We are continuing with a look back at sketch #200. We did a big team celebration on this one with tons of prizes and it really was such fun. We chose a clean and basic sketch then and I admit I still love it!

I thought this was the perfect one to pull out the Alcohol Inks since it was easy to put the focus on a background. I used the Nature Walk pack of inks along with Gold Mixative (all from Tim Holtz/Ranger) and combined two of the colors. I was inspired by my friend Caly Person who created a pretty tile art piece using similar colors a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to try it. Worked beautifully!

With the gold mixed in, I thought it would be good to use some gold glitter paper with a sentiment die. This Hello die from Gina K Designs is so wonderful and has just the right flair to stand out against the background. I shadowed the glitter paper with black to help it pop a bit and put the whole thing on a black base, again to help it stand out.

I hope you like this card and the sketch this week. Come on over to help us celebrate! This is my first post of the day. Hope you’ll stop back in for my Picket Fence Studios August Release coming up later. Until then, thanks for sharing a few minutes of your time!

It’s In The Bag for Picket Fence Studios

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It is my turn to be up on the Picket Fence Studios blog today and I want to share my card here too. I have to confess that I am more and more in love with many of these PFS “Girls”. I have never been much for coloring people but these images really do make me want to learn more about skin color, hair color and honing my coloring skills. They are perfect for trying new things too.

This gal is BFF Kate and she is particularly stylish, don’t you think?! I gave her a wardrobe of neutrals but decided she needed a statement bag. What better than orange for that? Once she was colored, I wanted to add some splatters but did not want them on the image. So I cut out some scrap paper with the coordinating die and laid it over the colored image. Then I could splatter away without putting it where I didn’t want paint.

I was searching for sentiments that seemed right and stumbled across this one in the You’ve Got This set. I love it for Kate! Hope you have some time to do some coloring and that you have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #394

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The latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches is one that I hope you will like. I am the sketch designer this week and I went for a straight-forward look. These are my favorite during the summer since I seem to have limited crafting time (kids home, lots of work, etc).

I could not wait to color this hummingbird from the Folk Hummingbird Stamp Set by Pinkfresh Studios. I had such fun coloring this with my Copic Markers! Then I continued the fun by creating this background with Hero Hues Ink Reactive Ink in Pool Party. It swirls on the Bristol paper like a dream and creates such great texture with just a little water. I found this sentiment in my stash and it is an Ellen Hutson set called Be Strong. I thought the Passionate Pink base was perfect to coordinate with my RV Copics on the bird.

I hope that you will enjoy playing along with us this week! Thanks for stopping in today. See you again soon!

Stamping Friends Trifecta Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Stamping Friends Trifecta Blog Hop with Picket Fence Studios, Gina K Designs and My Sweet Petunia!  This collaboration of artists and friends is sure to inspire and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!  I have two cards to share today!  See links at the bottom plus how to win one of three $50 gift certificates from our sponsors.

Birthday Wishes by Jen Timko | Elegant Asters Stamp Set and Dies by Gina K Designs, Wishes Stamp by Gina K Designs, Wishes Die by Gina K Designs, Copic coloring, FlowersFirst I have a card that uses the Elegant Asters Stamp Set by Gina K Designs.  I stamped the images using my Misti (because I ALWAYS stamp with my Misti) to ensure perfect inking.  Then I colored them using Copic Markers.  Since they are Asters, I focussed on purples but decided that adding in a yellow flower would be a nice contrast.  The butterfly was a must add to this card because, well, it is such a beautiful butterfly!!  I used the Wishes Die paired with the Wishes Mini Stamp Set for the sentiment.  And here is the kicker…that close cutting with perfect borders on the tiny sentiment??  Yeah, the My Sweet Petunia Cut Align!!!  Oh, I’m in LOVE!!  I added some splatters using black watercolor paint and Smooch Moonlight Accent Ink.

Sending Birthday Wishes by Jen Timko | Wishes Stamp set and Wishes Word Die by Gina K Designs, Cut Align by My Sweet Petunia, Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence StudiosFor my second card, I decided to focus on only the sentiment.  Same die and stamp but a totally different vibe!  I used Gina K Inks with my Life Changing Blender Brushes to add ink to some watercolor paper.  I added some water to soften the look and splattered with some water as well.  By using the blender brushes, I could control the color placement which made it work easier for me.  Again, I used the Cut Align to create the layered tiny sentiments.  The Blue Lagoon Card Stock was wonderful for a base to make the colors pop!

Next up is Jana Millen.

Below is the list of all the participants in today’s Trifecta Hop! You can refer to this at any time if you get lost on the links:

I’m so glad you stopped by today! Remember to comment all around the hop. Each store (Picket Fence Studios, Gina K Designs and My Sweet Petunia) will be giving a $50 gift certificate to their store (that is THREE chances for shopping!).

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!


Wild Rose Birthday for Picket Fence Studios

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Happy Friday!!  A quick share today of my card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog today.  I tried something a bit new for me and did a whole big image using no line watercolor.  I find it intimidating but thought this gorgeous image was worth the risk.

Wild Rose Birthday by Jen Timko | Wild Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, I Wish We Could Hug Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, No Line WatercolorI stamped in an ink specially made for no line coloring called Fadeout Ink by Ink on 3.  It is super cool to use for this!  And then I just kept layering on color until I was happy.  It isn’t perfect.  I’d totally change things.  But I’m happy over all and so glad I tried it.  And I’ll keep on trying to perfect the technique over time.

Wild Rose Birthday by Jen Timko | Wild Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, I Wish We Could Hug Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, No Line WatercolorI have a few more details over there and I hope you’ll visit the company blog for lots of inspiration!  Thanks 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 #377

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Happy Wednesday!  Today over at Freshly Made Sketches we have an interesting sketch that is sure to spur you on to create.  The lovely Narelle is our sketch hostess and we all know that she has a special talent for layering.  Her sketch reflects that perfectly and it lends itself to lots of different takes.

FMS377 by Jen Timko | Tropical Blooms Stamp Set and Dies by Gina K DesignsI went a pretty simple route, to be honest, and used flowers as the circles.  I have this great set from Gina K Designs that is so pretty and seemed perfect.  I stamped the flowers and leaves using Gina K inks and then die cut them with the set’s coordinating dies.  I added a stitched square for the layering and then debated the sentiment.  Fortunately, the set has this pretty script that has a coordinating die so that was a natural choice.

I have to admit that the call of the bright colors is upon me.  Winter ice and yuck can be done now and I’m ready for flowers!  Until the time that winter decides to cooperate, you can expect that I’ll just keep doing cards with sets like this.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I’ll be back on Friday with a card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog.  Until then, have a great week!

Freshly Made Sketches #340

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FMS340 by Jen Timko | Hearts and Flowers Stamp Set and Dies by Gina K Designs, Balmy Blue Card Stock by Stampin' Up, Copic ColoringHi everyone!  Glad to see you today!  I hope your week is going well so far.  I am starting to adjust to the fact that summer has really begun and my boys are home from school.  That also means a little more flying for us airline people so that we can get all of you to fabulous destinations!  What does that mean…well, I have to be pretty efficient with my stamping time!  *smile* Good thing Karren has an awesome sketch for us over at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  We can always count on her to color something amazing and so it is no surprise that she created a sketch that is perfect for colored images.  (Just in time for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and, hopefully, a place to use some of the things you are coloring)

I chose this sweet bouquet from Gina K Designs and pulled out my Copics for a little bit of “me” coloring time.  The little flowers are so fun and because the are small, the image doesn’t have to be time consuming.  Perfect!  You know what I found out??  I used some soft blues for the jar, namely the B3X Copics and specifically B32 (with a little bit of B00).  The new Balmy Blue Card Stock from Stampin’ Up is a great match to this blue family and it is really, REALLY pretty!  There are packs in the new catalog that have only the new card stock colors and I cannot recommend enough that it is a good add for you.  The colors are clear and happy and really pretty!  The revamp has been super on point, in my opinion.  Enough with the gushing on card stock…yeah, I know….but really, the colors are wonderful.  I added a sentiment from the same bundle and called this one done.  No extra embellishments (although I did try) and I love the clean simplicity of it.

Well, I’m looking to get in some more coloring and I hope you will too.  You can find many examples on social media using #thedailymarker30day and you can use that to get all kinds of support from those joining in.  I hope you have a happy Wednesday.  Until next time, thanks for stopping in!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Hearts and Flowers StampTV Kit (Gina K. Designs); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Balmy Blue (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts and Flowers Dies (Gina K Designs), Misti 

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Lovely Amazing You

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Lovely Amazing You by Jen Timko | Cottage Garden Stamp and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Happy Little Thoughts Stamp by Newton's Nook DesignsToday is my day to share a project on the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog.  While my blog was plugging along with pre-scheduled posts last week, I was in New York City with my family for spring break.  We had an amazing time and saw as much as we could (and had the tired feet to prove it)!!  Because of the week off, I was not able to participate in the Stamping for Autism Blog Hop so instead I created my card today with that in mind.

I was inspired for my card by this logo.  I love how the colors reflect the differences of all those who are on the autism spectrum.  Just like a rainbow, the colors are better together!  I thought it would be nice to create a wreath of sorts using similar colors and this wonderful flower from Cottage Garden.  After stamping and die cutting the flowers, I chose this sentiment from Happy Little Thoughts.  It sums up how special each individual is, after all.  And on a personal note, I have a number of friends with children on the spectrum.  These parents are the most extraordinary kind of parent.  They are gentle and kind, yet ferocious when defending their children against misunderstanding.  They are full of love and tolerance, yet willing to fight any battle to make sure their children get the most they can from this world.  I’m in awe of them and pray that with each post in this week’s hop, there is more kindness and understanding for those who face these challenges every day.

Please take the time to go over to Newton’s Nook Designs for the DT hop and also to see Veronica Zalis who is the creator of the 2018 Stamping for Autism hop (there are chances to win prizes at both too).

Thanks for stopping in today.  I’m back to stamping and will see you tomorrow for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great day!

Supplies (some affiliate links included):

Stamp: Cottage Garden (Newton’s Nook Designs), Happy Little Thoughts (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Lawn Fawn Candy Store Cubes, Lawn Fawn Ice Cream Parlor Cubes, Wild Dandelion Cube (Gina K Designs), Orange Slush Cube (Simon Says Stamp); Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Wild Dandelion (Gina K Designs); Accessories:  Big Shot, Cottage Garden Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti, Dimensionals (SU)

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