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Freshly Made Sketches #388

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As promised, I’m back to share another card I made for the May release from Picket Fence Studios and it does double duty with the newest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  This versatile design by Karren Johnson is fabulous and I could not resist using the new Poppy Blossoms stamp and dies with it.

FMS388 by Jen Timko | Poppy Blossoms Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringThis new flower set has so many options and ways to use it.  You already know that I can’t resist a flower but it is even better when a set has lots of image choices.  I stamped the single flower and then colored using Copic Markers to give a pop of red.  I did keep some light space to help show off the pretty details of the image itself.  Once it was colored, I cut it out using the coordinating die for the focal point of the sketch.

FMS388 by Jen Timko | Poppy Blossoms Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringI chose one of the smaller flowers as the side “circles”.  I masked off the stem a bit with a sticky not and then stamped it twice on Neenah Desert Storm paper.  The sentiment comes from an older set called Unicorn Friends.  Pretty font, isn’t it?  I kept the card really neutral to show off that bold flower and simply added a few sequins.Just a reminder if you did not see it yesterday….  There is a celebration sale going on at Picket Fence Studios.  All you have to do is click here:  Picket Fence Studios Sale and enter the code PFS20 and you will get 20% off your order.  Additionally, I have a $100 Gift Certificate to give away.  It is an instagram giveaway so go over there to my page (jentimko) to see the details.  I hope you enjoy this and have a moment to join in our challenge this week.  Thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!


 

Picket Fence Studios May Release plus a SALE and GIVEAWAY

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Welcome to release day with Picket Fence Studios!!  I’m excited to share for a couple of reasons.  First, this release is really outstanding (again).  But second, and most importantly, this is a big month for Picket Fence Studios.  It is their 1-year anniversary!!  And the whole team gets to celebrate by sharing a gift certificate with lucky winners.  That’s right!  Each and every design team member gets to give away a $100 Shopping Spree and a COUPON CODE.  Details are at the bottom of my post.

In My Prayers by Jen Timko | Peach and Piper Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Layers of Grass Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Life Changing Blender Brushes, Copic ColoringSo first up on the release is a set called Peach and Piper (with coordinating dies).  I’m going to be REALLY honest with you.  If you want this set, you need to go to my link below and buy it now.  Like right now.  Because it is going to fly off the shelves.  It is so incredibly cute with fantastic sentiments.  I am pretty sure the whole team is making stuff with it because we simply cannot stop ourselves.  I stamped the little hugging bunnies with Momento Tuxedo Black and colored using Copic Markers.  Then I created a little bit of texture inside of the scalloped frame with the new Layers of Grass Stencil.  I love how it has the positive and the negative to easily ink both the grass and the background or sky.  I inked the little frame using Peachy Keen (Lawn Fawn) to coordinate with the paper but also to keep with the stenciled ink look (all the inking is super fast with the Life Changing Blender Brushes!).  I chose a sentiment from Peach and Piper and then added a little bird from Chirp Chirp.
Inlaid Flower Die by Jen Timko | Flower Negative Die by Picket Fence Studios, A Bright Night Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Alcohol Ink TechniquesFor my second card, I thought it would be fun to try and inlaid die technique.  I first colored a piece of Yupo using Wild Plum and Silver Alcohol Inks and then cut it out using the new Flower Negative Die.  It was easier to show you than tell you so I created a short video on the how to.

The direct link is here: Inlaid Die Technique

Now on to the details of the sale and giveaway. First of all, a sale. Yes, a SALE!!! To celebrate the one year anniversary, there is a 20% off sale.  How do you get it?? Click this link:  PICKET FENCE STUDIOS and use code PFS20.

For this giveaway, I’ll be running it on Instagram.  Later today, look for the post in my feed with all the details (I will be posting after I fly this morning).  I am there as jentimko or you can click my link in the sidebar on the right for IG.

Happy sale shopping and I hope to see you over at IG for the giveaways.  Thanks so much for stopping in. I’ll be back tomorrow with another card from this release and the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  See you then!


Freshly Made Sketches #387

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Have you noticed a distinct theme to all the cards around on social media this week?  Yes, indeed, it is Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop time!  You have to go check out all the amazing coffee themed cards.  It is seriously awesome!  I could not bear to miss out so I thought I’d use this week’s new Freshly Made Sketches challenge to create a card for the hop.  The oh-so-talented Cécile is our sketch designer this week and her sketch is unique and fabulous (just like her).

FMS387 by Jen Timko | Coffee Understands Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Down to the Last Drop Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Cup of Thanks Stamp Set and Dies by Studio Katia, Copic Coloring, Coffee Lover's Blog HopBecause you are supposed to stick to a spring/summer theme, I opted to use bright happy colors for my clean cards.  I used the cup from Coffee Understands (Picket Fence Studios) and stamped it three times.  I colored each cup using Copic color families (they are listed below) and then cut them out by hand.  After some debate on what to put behind them, I had an a-ha moment when looking through my stencils.  I pulled out the Down to the Last Drop Stencil (Picket Fence Studios) and used it as an embossing folder.  Now this was a test of sorts.  You see, I just got a brand new Crafter’s Companion Gemini Jr. and I wanted to see how it would emboss.  It came with the embossing mat and it worked perfectly with my stencil.  To finish with the sketch, I thought a coffee sentiment would be good.  I chose Cup of Thanks (Studio Katia) with the coordinating die and sentiment.

I’m off to get this entered over with the Coffee Lovers!  Make sure you join in and you’ll get an opportunity to win prizes from their sponsors (so many awesome sponsors!!).  Hope to see you in the Freshly Made Sketches gallery too!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #382

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You want to know a something funny?  Even after all these years of being with Freshly Made Sketches, it makes me a little nervous to be the sketch designer.  The team has a running joke about struggling to work with one’s own sketch.  Crazy, right?  You see we create our sketches on paper or digitally and in all degrees of “doneness” so it can come as a surprise when you get to your own and you don’t really have a plan.  Well, this week, I actually had a bit of a plan!  YAY!!

FMS382 by Jen Timko | Let's Shake Our Tail Feathers Stamp by Picket Fence StudiosAs you may have gathered, I’m the designer for this week’s challenge and I went with a pretty classic vibe and an off center sentiment panel.  I made the focal panel a bit smaller so that the back panel can be the star, or a part of the design, or a simple base.  For me, I chose to use is as part of the design with a spotlight effect.  Using my trusty MISTI, I stamped on the base of my card using the Let’s Shake Our Tail Feathers stamp from Picket Fence Studios.  Then I flipped the base around 180 degrees and stamped again.  I did the same on a single panel that was the same size as the base to start.  Then I colored the panel using Copic Markers in purples and blues.  I probably colored a little more than I needed because I wasn’t sure how much I was going to cut down.  Once I was done coloring, I trimmed off equal amounts from each side until the balance looked right.  I love that pop of color with the detailing of the image!  I added a sentiment from the Forgot to Say Thank You set by stamping in Versamark and embossing in white.

I hope that you will enjoy using the sketch and I know you will love seeing what the design team has created with it.  Thanks so much for stopping in today and I will 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!


Sunflower

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I am sharing a card today that was almost a month in the making.  If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my progress on coloring Taylored Expressions’ gorgeous Big Bloom – Sunflower image over the course of the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge in February.  I did a little at a time and tried to just enjoy the coloring process where it fit in.  You see, a year ago I had just attended the amazing Stamping Away retreat and the lovely Jen Shults had stamped a few extra images for me from her incredible Taylored Expressions stash.  Yes, it took me a year to finally decide to tackle this flower (and yes, there is actually another one for another time).  I am so grateful still for that retreat time and for all the inspiration I received.

Sunflower by Jen Timko | Big Blooms - Sunflower Stamp Set by Taylored Expressions, His Love Stamp Set by Right At Home, Copic ColoringAfter all the coloring, I finally had time to finish the fussy cutting and figured out what I was going to do with the image.  I thought that a basic kraft card stock was perfect under the earthy tones of the sunflower and I chose a simple sentiment by Right At Home from the His Love set.  It was really nice to make a card just because.  No deadline, no particular purpose (although I think I have a place for this to go now), just for me to have fun coloring.  I am committing to do that a little more where it fits in because it makes me happy!

Sunflower by Jen Timko | Big Blooms - Sunflower Stamp Set by Taylored Expressions, His Love Stamp Set by Right At Home, Copic ColoringNow there are a ton of Copic Markers that were used to create this.  I have linked a few below in my Link Deli but I will also just simply list them for you for simplicity.  I don’t think I have ever used this many markers on anything but it was worth the complexity, I think.

I’m out on a trip and more flying next week but in between, I will be getting some projects done for Picket Fence Studios and the March release.  I hope you have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you soon!  Thanks for stopping in today.

Flower:  Y11, Y35, Y38, YR24, E37, Y06, Y17   Center:  Y11, Y35, G20, G24, G99, YG97, YR24, YG67, E59, E57, E37, E35, E33   Leaves:  YG00, G20, G21, G24, G28, YG67


Picket Fence Studios February Release Day!

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Hi everyone!  It is one of my favorite days…release day!  Every single month Picket Fence Studios gives us so much to use for creating and this month is no exception.  Another amazing release!!  So I’m going to get right to my cards.

I Love Your Face Light Up by Jen Timko | I Love Your Face Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Chibitronics Chibi Lights, Light Up CardFirst up, I used this super cute selfie cat to create an interactive card.   The name of the stamp is I Love Your Face and it is such fun.  I colored the kitty to look a bit like my little Meg.  We decided that Kate is far too dignified for selfies but Meg, well, she would totally be taking them!  But then I wanted to take it a step further.

I Love Your Face Light Up by Jen Timko | I Love Your Face Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Chibitronics Chibi Lights, Light Up CardSo I created an interactive light up card using Chibitronics Chibi lights.  So when you push the cat’s paw, the camera “flashes”.  I used my bone folder here to keep my hand out of the way.  I dimmed the lights a bit too so you can see the light better.  I’ll post a quick video over on my FB and IG pages later today.  The foundation of this card is pretty simple.  I used stitched dies to cut out the square of patterned paper.  Then I used the actual die and traced inside it to make sure I knew where my boundaries are.  I built the simple circuit and then poked a small hole in the paper under the cat’s paw so the light could shine through well.  I think this is fun for anyone, don’t you?

Own Kind of Beauty by Jen Timko | Shop Hard Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Let's Shake Our Tail Feathers Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringNext up, I chose a set from the “Girls” series and this one is called Shop Hard.  Now, I chose this image because it reminds me of one of my neighbor girls.  So much so that I showed her mom (and mom agreed).  This girl is like family to us and she is such a beauty.  How could I not color her??  So out came the Copics and I chose some colors I thought would be right.  While I love the sentiments in the set, they were not quite right for this girl (she is a super athlete and doesn’t have much time for shopping).  Instead, I chose one from the new set called Let’s Shake Our Tail Feathers.  I think it is perfect for a teenage girl!

The whole team will be sharing today and I hope you enjoy my cards.  Make sure you go check out the whole release over at the Picket Fence Studios site!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #375

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Glad you are here to visit today as I share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  The always brilliant Cécile has created a unique and wonderful sketch for us this week.  Such fun when you get to stretch your brain with something truly new.

FMS375 by Jen Timko | Hay There Stamp Set and Dies by Lawn Fawn, Land Borders Dies by Newton's Nook DesignsI will admit that those triangles had me a bit confounded at first so I reverted to another shape.  Circles!  You’d think I’d have had my fill of those last week but nope.  So I pondered what stamp set to use and how to make this work.  And I came across this Hey There set by Lawn Fawn that had gone uninked….how is that even a thing?!  Every image in this set is totally adorable.  I stamped the barn, the cow and the fence (in my brain this would be the leaf element) and of course the speech bubble.  Because why shouldn’t a cow send Valentine’s sentiments?  I colored them with my Copics and started playing with the layout.  Originally I started with no background shapes at all but quickly found that not to work.  So I cut a landscape border for “grass” and then cut it out with a circle die (and cut whole circles from blue card stock while I was at it).  That worked much better!  It seemed for me that a square card worked better so I cut a square from some Lawn Fawn plaid and then layered my elements.  I kind of love this quirky cow card and DH will surely chuckle.  He thinks cows are hilarious so I think he will like it.   I’m back in FL this week to work on my mom’s house….so off I go back to organizing.  I hope your day is wonderful!  See you tomorrow with the latest release info from Picket Fence Studios!


 

Picket Fence Studios January Release – Aeonium African Succulent

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As promised I’m back today with more details on my card using the new Aeonium African Succulent set from Picket Fence Studios.  So the second I saw this, I knew the color palette that I wanted to use.  Why you ask?  Because I have a little set of plants on my kitchen table that were chosen by my 12 yo son.  He is a total character and he has a tendency to name things.  There is no rhyme or reason to the names but they are always funny.  So introducing Timmy, Jimmy and Timmy Jr.

SucculentsWhile I was coloring the image, he would come down as ask me how Timmy was doing.  Or I’d say I was going to hang out with Timmy.  To be fair, the coloring of this happened over about 4 days.  No, it wasn’t a whole 4 days….I just did it in bits and pieces because it does take a bit of time and blending. But oh is it worth it!!

Beautiful by Jen Timko | Aeonium African Succulent Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringI stamped the image using Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used my Misti (of course) to get perfect coverage for such a big image.  I shaded first with the lighter colors and then came in with darker ones to add depth.  It took a bit of going back and forth for the the transitions to blend out but just be patient.  Here are the colors I used:

Copic ColorsAfter I was done with the coloring, I cut the image out. I debated cutting the size down but just couldn’t bear to lose any of the image.  So instead, I chose to make a 5″ x 5″ card.  So what about an envelope for that?  No problem.  I made one!  I used an Envelope Punch Board and some pretty purple card stock (Gorgeous Grape by Stampin’ Up) to create one that is perfect for the card.  Behind the image I used Fog Gray card stock to give a little richness and depth without taking away from the image.  I splattered it with ink before adding the image.  The sentiment comes from the Rose Bouquet set (should look familiar, I used it on Friday) and I simply put it on black card stock with Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I added a few sequins, of course, to complement the splatters.

I hope this card inspires you to get out your Copics and mix colors.  It is easier than you think!  Even with green and purple (see Lydia’s discussion on breaking the “rules”).  I’ll be back tomorrow with another of the cards from the release.  See you then!


Picket Fence Studios January Release

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FINALLY!  I can share some of the new sets for the Picket Fence Studios January release!  This release is timed to coordinate with the reveal of the same products at Creativation and I’m so excited to show you some of the products.  In order to keep this post in check, today I’m mostly just going to show you three projects.  Then I’ll come back over the next few days to give you more of the details on each.  Let me know what you think of that method or if you’d rather just see one long post.  I’m curious what works better for you.  With that, let’s get to the cards!

Faith Before Worry by Jen Timko | Wild Heart, Gypsy Soul Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Exhale Worry Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Daniel Smith WatercolorsThe first of the day used a new set called Wild Heart, Gypsy Soul.  It has a boho style that is unique and really beautiful.  I chose watercolor as my medium and went with a loose style of coloring.  The sentiment is from another new set called Exhale Worry.  It needs to be on your must-have list!

Miss You by Jen Timko | Today Is All About You Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringNext up is a card using Today Is All About You.  It is so cute and the little selfie (or in my case, it seems like FaceTime) llama is hilarious.  I colored her using Copic Markers and used the coordinating die to cut her out.

Beautiful by Jen Timko | Aeonium African Succulent Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic ColoringFinally is a seriously spectacular image.  It is called Aeonium African Succulent.  It is a large image and it is unbelievable!!  I have a funny story about my color choices that I’ll share tomorrow so make sure you come back for more info.  I colored this using Copic Markers and then cut it out by hand.  It is on a base of Fog Gray card stock.

Now make sure you hop around and see what the team has created.  Between us all, we are showing the whole release.  And I hope you’ll come back for all the details on this cards starting tomorrow.  Until then, have a great weekend!


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