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Freshly Made Sketches #397

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I’m so happy to share the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches today! It is really fun and you are sure going to love how many options you have when creating with it. The amazing Kim Singdahlsen is the sketch designer and she really outdid herself.

I did try, at first, to make this in the vertical. In fact I had all the elements colored and ready when I realized it was WAY better to go landscape. Now these little Happy Birds from WPlus9. What can I say?! I saw circles and I just knew these birds were perfect. I mean seriously, you just have to love them. I had not pulled out my Copics for a bit so out they came. I admit that I really needed some time just coloring and these were such fun. The little stitched lines were a great way to stick with the sketch and I added some leaves from the set as accents. The sentiment is great with these little guys and I hope this really will bring a smile.

I’m going to share a little bit of a secret with you. Actually kind of a sneak “peek”, if you will. You can see from the number above that we are closing in on a big number sketch at FMS. And we have some fun things planned. Can’t quite let you in on that yet but you need to be ready for some August fun! Keep your eyes out for more details in a few weeks. In the mean time, thanks so much for stopping in today. 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!

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!

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!).


Freshly Made Sketches #389

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Another amazing sketch today from Freshly Made Sketches!!  No surprise that there is a tendency towards florals this week with our lovely sketch designer Narelle in charge.  Let’s face it, she is the queen of a gorgeous floral card!  Who am I to buck the trend?!  So I chose a brand new set that I just got from Altenew called Weekend Doodles.  I love the whimsical style of the flowers and wreaths of the set.

FMS389 by Jen Timko | Weekend Doodles Stamp Set and Dies by Altenew, Copic Coloring I chose the smaller floral and did a bit of Copic coloring on the image using some purples and a pretty sage green.  To stay truer to the sketch, I used a stitched circle and put the flowers up on the circle.  Look at that, following the sketch….you knew it had to happen eventually!!

FMS389 by Jen Timko | Weekend Doodles Stamp Set and Dies by Altenew, Copic ColoringTo play off of the green of the leaves, I chose a pale green (from my SU stash) that coordinated beautifully.  For the sentiment, I stamped one from the same set but then used the Cut Align (My Sweet Petunia) to cut only the part I wanted for the sketch.  This is a new to me tool and I’m already addicted to it!  Finally, I added a few sequins to finish.

This week’s sketch is one that is easy to use and such fun too.  I hope to see you in the gallery!!  Thank you so much for stopping in today!  See you soon!


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!


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