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Sending Love & Hugs

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I mentioned the other day that one of the things I have been doing is just coloring for fun while listening to “Lives” or classes online taught by my friends. One of these is my dear friend Lydia Fiedler. Something about that dear woman’s calming voice and humor just makes my day better. I’d love to say I even did the basic work of stamping the image for this but my Crafty Friends teammate (and of course, friend) Sandi Maciver shared the image with me in the fall (Botanical Burst by Tonic Studios).

I started with my G series Copics on the greens (G20, G21, G24, G28) and played with shading. Once I got those right, I stared on the flowers using some pinks, oranges and yellows (RV09, YR68, Y38, Y17, Y06). I was just messing around with blending while listening to the lovely chatter about shading (with Lydia and Kathy Racoosin) and then while Lydia was showing some swatching. These wonderful friends who share their time and talents make me happy. Friends who send not only pretty cards but pretty things to colors are amazing! In all of this that is swirling about, I love that one my constants is the kindness of my creative community.

Most of the time I share things that were created with a “purpose” but I wanted to remind you that now is the time to create when the actual creating is the purpose. The coloring on this took about 4 days or so, just a little at a time. It is hard to pay back for how these people help but I can attempt to pay forward. Affiliate links are how many of us pay for our crafting blogs and products. They don’t cost you, the customer, anything additional. It just allows companies to reward those who create sales for them. Lydia and Sandi have affiliate links over on their blogs. So if you need a little something for your craft room, I promise they probably will enable you to go ahead and get it. Just click the links on their names above and you will be routed to the right place.

I hope you have a peaceful day. Remember to cut yourself some slack if things don’t be going how you think they should. None of this is normal. It is ok to be on your heels a bit, to feel like you have lost control of things. I know that is how I feel many days. But we have each other and isn’t that a beautiful thing. I’ll be back soon with more to share. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

Freshly Made Sketches #427

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This is the first of two posts today for me. Our latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches is designed by the lovely Narelle Farrugia. Another beauty for sure! First though, a brief update. Like everyone else worldwide, I’m finding my world turning upside down. A week ago I was on my way to Amsterdam when the first travel ban went into place. Since then, my airline has been trying to adjust and adapt. As pilots we are conflicted. We understand the need for social distancing but we also know there are circumstances that require people to fly. We love bringing people together safely. My airline is suffering (like so many businesses) and we have no idea what will come next. I’m trying to focus on one day at a time, as I’m sure you are too. So, with that, crafting! I’m thankful I have this hobby for respite.

I had trouble focusing even with such an inspiring sketch so I went to what makes me happy. I started with a stamp from a company I love (Gina K Designs) and colored it with my favorite Copic colors. After some debate, I just kept the rest of the card white. The pretty circle behind the butterfly is from Pinkfresh Studios and the sentiment is from Tonic Studios. All the links are below.

Our design team has created marvelous works of inspiration. How lucky I am to work with such an extraordinary group of people! My friends, as always I am thankful for you all. While we all have some turbulent days ahead, I have faith in the kindness of people. I have confidence that we can find our best selves. Please be safe, stay home and know that I hold you in my prayers.

Make sure you come back for my second post and a fun announcement too!

Picket Fence Studios August Release

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Happy August release day from Picket Fence Studios! I’m so excited to share a couple of projects using two of the new sets. Also, this is my second post of the day. If you are looking for Week 2 of the Freshly Made Sketches #400 Celebration, just scroll down.

So in that “what did you do on your summer vacation” prompt for blogging, my family did a long weekend in New York City and I finally got to see Wicked. Yep, you can see where I’m going with this. Needless to say, the moment I saw the If You’ve Got It, Haunt It set, I knew I had to create Elphaba. Isn’t she glorious with her green complexion?!

I used my Zig Clean Color Markers to color her on Bristol Smooth Paper and then cut her out using circle die. I found this awesome ombré paper that matched perfectly too. Now this sentiment made me jump for joy! It comes from the Wicked Together stamp set and it was PERFECT! A few green sequins as a finishing touch.

Next up is another adorable Halloween set called Trick or Treaters. This little group of ghouls could not be even a little cuter! And the perfect size for quick coloring. I colored them up using Copic Markers and thought it would be fun to make a wobbler card. Yep, that little spider is on an Action Wobbler and it just makes me chuckle. I’ll have a short video over at Instagram if you care to see it in action. My background was created with Distress Ink in Wilted Violet and I used Tonic Glimmer Paste to add extra dimension with the Random Dots Stencil. The sentiment from the new Witch, Please cracked me up with the spider.

I hope you enjoy these cards and the whole release! Hop on over to Picket Fence Studios to see all the offerings! Thanks so much for stopping in today. And happy shopping…because you are going to want it all!

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!


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