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Freshly Made Sketches #407

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Hi everyone! Sorry for the quiet on the blog lately. I’ll explain a bit more at the end of my post. But for today, I get to share with you the latest from Freshly Made Sketches! Our sketch designer is the talented Lee Ann Barrett and she has a winner of a sketch for us this week.

I’m all in on Christmas cards now and I thought it was perfect to pull out an old favorite for this sketch. The Be Merry stamps and dies from WPlus9 are always a winner in my book. I stamped the sentiment onto Ivory card stock and then cut it out with the dies. I stamped some of the accessory images too for layering. I thought the sentiment needed a bit more oomph so I added a bit of the olive ombré on the Merry. The flowers and leaves were quick Copic coloring but they really add so much.

I seem to be drawn to plaid this year and I found this old Stampin’ Up patterned paper in my stash. Perfect! I added a couple of little pearls for flower centers and popped up all the elements with foam squares.

Now for the rest of the story. I never really share too much about my “day job” here but in this case, I wanted to explain my sporadic posting. This picture is from the last day of flying on my beloved Airbus 319/320. I have been in the right seat of that fleet for a long time and I needed to make a change for scheduling. Last week I started training on the Boeing 757/767 fleet. There is a lot that goes into training. Studying, of course, but we also come to our training center in Denver for over a month. Needless to say, I had lots to do to make that happen at home. So I did get a few cards made ahead of time (not as many as I had hoped) and will be posting those over the next couple of weeks. And then you probably won’t hear too much from me until I can get back home and in the craft room. Once I’m back home, I should be able to settle back into the routine quickly and get back to creating.

So with that, back to the Freshly Made Sketches challenge! Make sure you hop over and check out all the inspiration from the team. Thanks so much for stopping in today!

Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Hero Arts

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Welcome to our second month of the Crafty Friends Blog Hop! For those new to our hop, we are a group who had a similar beginning in the crafting world and had the good fortune to become friends.

We will feature a different company on the 20th of each month. I’m super excited that we are focusing on Hero Arts for September!

I chose to use some of their new Christmas products as I start to get more serious about making holiday cards. The Paper Layering Poinsettia Die is absolutely a dream to use. These were cut from Bristol Smooth paper and watercolored with Daniel Smith paints. The process is super easy to do but the look of watercoloring makes them feel special. Each flower is unique and you could make a stack of these super fast (no one needs to know it was quick!).

I combined the die set with a sentiment from the Color Layering Nordic Tree stamp set. It is stamped on black card stock with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The patterned paper is from my stash but I like the little bit of texture that didn’t draw the eye from the gorgeous flower.

As part of our fun today, Hero Arts has generously offered a discount for shopping through the Crafty Friends for today and tomorrow (Sep 20 and 21). Click the coupon above and then use the code Craftyfriends20.

Now on to the rest of the hop. I’m thrilled to send you to Amy Kolling, who is next in the rotation. And here is the list in case you get lost along the way.

We hope you are inspired by this month’s hop and all of the Hero Arts products! Thank so much for stopping in!

Eighteen Years

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I am here today with a card for Freshly Made Sketches, but even more with a look back. It has been a few years since I shared a 9/11 tribute. Somewhat because I don’t want it to feel forced. Last year, there was a lot of personal sadness happening and I just could not handle more. But this year, I felt compelled to create and share in honor of those lost.

Because it has been a while, and because I mostly don’t share about my “day job” here, I’ll clarify for those who are newer to the blog. I am a pilot for United Airlines. I currently fly an Airbus 319/320 but on 9/11/2001 I flew a B757. On that day. From Providence, RI to Chicago O’Hare. I have shared stories over the years if you are interested: 9th Anniversary, 10th Anniversary, 11th Anniversary, 12th Anniversary, 13th Anniversary, 14th Anniversary, 15th Anniversary.

As time goes by, I thought that the memories would ease a bit. I’m sure for all of us, we have found that isn’t really true with this particular event. But as I was talking with my now 16 year old son last night, and sharing my experiences of that day, there are so many things that still stand out as if it was yesterday. The fear, the confusion, yes. But really the strongest part is the coming together of people. All of us. I miss that. I tried explaining it to my boys. I feel like in trying to control our fear we have lost a bit of what makes us special. So many people worldwide simply stopped and took care of each other. They looked to neighbors and people that they had never met and found a way to come together. I reflect on flying that day and the feeling of that glorious sky and the darkness that came after. And I’m grateful for the light that returned because of love and kindness.

As in previous years, my color scheme seems to remain the same. Blue and gray (silver). The colors of legacy United Airlines. But as with the new United, the colors are a bit updated. A nod to our history but with an eye to our future too. Please know that there no matter how many years go by, the pilots of United do not forget. Our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our family, the passengers entrusted to our care….all were taken. We work every day to honor them. Today especially.

I “borrowed” this photo from a friend and Captain I fly with. The wings and jackets representing the crews of United and American Airlines. My friend, Brian, works daily protecting the legacies of the pilots of United lost that day. He and their loved ones bring light to the darkness. It is an amazing gift.

So today, as in the past, I hope for more of that. Kindness and love are the only solution to the tragedy brought by hate. I hope that today, and on other days, we give each other a little grace and work to find the light.

In memory of:

United 93:  Jason Dahl, LeRoy Homer, Lorraine Bay, Sandra Bradshaw, Wanda Green, CeeCee Lyles, Deborah Welsh

United 175:  Victor Saracini, Michael Horrocks, Robert Fangman, Amy Jarret, Amy King, Kathryn Laborie, Alfred Marchand, Michael Tarrou, Alicia Titus

American 11:  John Ogonowski, Thomas McGuinness, Barbara Arestegui, Jeffrey Collman, Sara Low, Karen Martin, Kathleen Nicosia, Betty Ong, Jean D. Roger, Dianne Snyder, Amy Sweeney

American 77:  Charles Burlingame III, David Charlebois, Michele Heidenberger, Jennifer Lewis, Kenneth Lewis, Renee May

Freshly Made Sketches #393

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I’m happy to share the latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches today. Today our sketch designer is the lovely Lee Ann Barrett and I love this one.

I needed a card for a dear friend who has suffered at tremendous loss. These are truly the worst cards to make. Thankfully I had this new sentiment set called You’ve Got This by Pinkfresh Studios. This set was designed by my friend Caly Person and the script is Caly’s own writing. Elegant and gorgeous. I was even lucky enough to have the set sent to me by Caly…thank you so much!! I chose this pretty little flower from Serene Garden (Stampin’ Up) and did simple watercoloring on it.

The sketch is fabulous and I hope you will join us this week. Make sure you come over to see all the inspiration from the team too. Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon.

Picket Fence Studios June Release

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I am so excited to share two cards that I have made for today’s June Release from Picket Fence Studios. I’m also on the company blog today!

Just To Say Hello by Jen Timko | BFF Claire Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Coloring

To start, the new BFF Claire could not be more fun. I love these “girls” to color and she is no exception. I chose a fun yellow dress and pink shoes. She looks like the kind of gal that can carry off pink shoes, don’t you think?! I pulled some old patterned papers from my stash to provide some extra texture and even a button and twine to match.

For my second card, I wanted something with a more masculine feel. So I grabbed the new Polka Dot Grunge stamp and the new Seriously die. Aren’t they great? You see, I needed to make an anniversary card for my DH and I had to avoid my normal girly tendencies. I love how this Catherine Pooler ink provides beautiful coverage on a solid image stamp. It keeps all the details! Audrey Blue is the card stock to coordinate and I cut a large circle out and popped it up on foam dots. I used clear foam under the vellum sentiment layer (still hidden under the word as much as possible) to allow it to be popped up invisibly.

And guess what I discovered? I went to the obvious set for the inside of my card, Ways to Say Happy Anniversary. Then I found this sentiment with the same script style as the die on the front! Also, a perfectly true sentiment for my DH.

If you want to see the whole release, make sure you click here and check out the Latest Releases section. Stamps, dies, word dies, stencils…something for everyone! Enjoy! Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great Friday!

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.


Picket Fence Studios March Release and a GIVEAWAY

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Happy Release Day!!  So happy to share with you some projects I created for the Picket Fence Studios March Release AND a chance to win a $15 gift card for shopping at PFS.  Yep, it is a great day!

Painted Coffee Cup by Jen Timko | Color Can Heal the Soul Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Coffee Cup Die by Picket Fence Studios, Random Dots Stencil by Picket Fence StudiosI am going to get right to it and introduce the new stamp set called Color Can Heal the Soul.  This is a pretty paint look image that has beautiful sentiments that you are sure to love.  As soon as I saw the stamp set, I thought about creating a coffee cup that I want to have!  And even better, Picket Fence Studios has just the die for the job.  I inked the paint drip image with a rainbow of colors and then stamped onto white card stock.

Painted Coffee Cup by Jen Timko | Color Can Heal the Soul Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Coffee Cup Die by Picket Fence Studios, Random Dots Stencil by Picket Fence StudiosThen using the die, I cut out a coffee cup.  I thought this sentiment from the set was just what I would put on my morning cup.  In fact, I would love this to BE my morning cup for coffee!!  To add a bit of texture, I embossed using the Random Dots Stencil.  I love using a stencil for embossing…a great way to stretch these must have products!  I went into my stash of sequins and started grabbing colors until I found the combination I liked to finish the card.

Family Fish by Jen Timko | Oceans of Fish Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Be a Unicorn of the Sea Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Daniel Smith Watercolor, Deco Foil Transfer Gel Next up, I wanted to focus completely on another stencil.  A new stencil called Oceans of Fish.  As I debated pulling out the Glimmer Paste (and believe me, I almost did), I chose another version of shine for this one.  I thought the fish would be amazing in foil!  So I grabbed Transfer Gel (which acts pretty much like embossing paste except a little thinner) and applied it to a watercolored panel.

Family Fish by Jen Timko | Oceans of Fish Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Be a Unicorn of the Sea Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Daniel Smith Watercolor, Deco Foil Transfer Gel Let the gel dry for at least an hour and then add Deco Foil Transfer Sheets on top with a heat laminator (or foiling machine).  I love the shine you get!  I added some Embossing Glitter for the sentiment to add to the shine.  With all that is going on (more texture and shine in person too), I thought it best to leave this one cleaner.

I hope you like the sets I am featuring today.  I’ll be back over the upcoming days and weeks to showcase more of the release!  But now…the GIVEAWAY!  In your comments, tell me your favorite way to use a stencil (because I always need more ideas).  That’s it.  Comment and share your idea.  I’ll randomly choose one winner and announce on March 19th.  Thanks so much for stopping in today!  See you 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!


Be Fearless

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You know that moment when you see a craft product and you know EXACTLY what you need to make?  Well, that is what I felt when I saw the Peacock Tail stencil from Picket Fence Studios.  I just knew, without a doubt, that it needed to be used with Nuvo Glimmer Paste.  The only problem, I didn’t have any of the paste.  So I ordered and waited and finally I got to sit down to see if I was right.  Yes, yes I was!!

Be Fearless by Jen Timko | Peacock Tail Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Wild Heart Gypsy Soul Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Tonic Nuvo Glimmer PasteI was introduced to the Glimmer Paste a year ago while I was at Stamping Away.  I created some panels there with the paste and loved it.  But I was super indecisive about which colors to buy and I put it off.  No more!   I chose Emerald Green and Tanzanite Lavender for their “peacock” colors but let’s face it, they are just gorgeous. I taped my stencil to a board over some white card stock and simply applied the paste.  I first added the green and then the lavender, allowing the colors to blend together where they met.  The result you see was my first try and really fast.  I initially planned for this to be a trial run but decided it was too pretty to waste and put it right onto a card.  I’m going to warn you now, I am going to need to glimmer paste all the stencils!!

Be Fearless by Jen Timko | Peacock Tail Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Wild Heart Gypsy Soul Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Tonic Nuvo Glimmer PasteA note about the paste though….you do need to move reasonably quickly once you have the paste in place.  Don’t let your stencil sit with the paste on it.  Pull it off, put the project aside to dry and get right to rinsing off the stencil so it doesn’t stick there.  You can see my stencil cleaned up perfectly but I knew this from when I first used it.

To finish the card, I thought this sentiment from Wild Heart Gypsy Soul was perfect for the wow of the shimmer.  I simply stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Wow White Embossing Powder.  So glad you stopped in today.  Let me know what you think about this card and the glimmer paste!  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!


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