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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!


 

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 #386 plus a Bonus Card

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Hi all!  I get to have a double play today!  First of all, it is Freshly Made Sketches day.  We have a new, awesome sketch by Jennifer Brum and it is super fun!  Second, I’m over on the Picket Fence Studios blog AND up with a Product Focus Review for Splitcoaststampers.  YAY!!!

FMS386 by Jen Timko | Chirp Chirp Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Creative Cards by Clearsnap, Dyestress Ink by ClearsnapSo first up, my card for FMS.  I love this fun sketch and the angle makes it a real standout.  I started off with a base from Clearsnap called Creative Cards.  These are super fun (and available on Amazon).  I topped it off with an old retired paper for contrast.  The little birds are from a Picket Fence Studios stamp set called Chirp Chirp which is super cute.  I cut the birds out with the coordinating dies (what a life saver for small images!).  The birds were colored with new colors of Dyestress Inks by Clearsnap.  And that brings me to my Product Focus Review.  I have reviewed the Dyestress Inks before but I now have the newest color release and it is wonderful!  I’m sure you have noticed a couple of other cards using them (last week’s FMS card was one).  This was all part of my analysis.  You can read all about it here:  Splitcoaststampers Product Focus

Sunny Peacock by Jen Timko | Peacock Tail Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Spotlight on You Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Colorbox Dyestress Ink by Clearsnap, Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence Studios, Summer Glitter Paper by Concord and 9th My “bonus” card today is also for that review and I posted it over at the Picket Fence Studios blog today with the details.  I just wanted to share it so you could see it here too.  Head over to the blog to read all about it!

Whew…lots to typing and busy, busy.  I hope you enjoy both of these cards.  Remember to go see the ink review at Splitcoaststampers and the peacock card at Picket Fence Studios.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you again soon!  (FYI, I separated the links into the two cards to make it simpler for you)



Freshly Made Sketches #385

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You know that feeling when you need lots of days off to make up for your vacation?  Yeah.  I need that.  But sadly, no.  So I have a card but I’m going to be really fast on my post.  The amazing Kim has a great sketch for us and I immediately thought of this dandelion set by Picket Fence Studios.  I’m also still playing with some new ink colors from Clearsnap.  FUN!!

FMS385 by Jen Timko | Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Dyestress Ink by Clearsnap, Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence StudiosSo I took watercolor paper and applied the ink in Bumblebee and Inchworm using a Life Changing Blender Brush.  So fast and easy!  Then I stamped the dandelion from Dandelion Wishes (Picket Fence Studios) with black ink.    I splattered the distress ink with some water to add those watermarks (love the texture from that). And then I added a sentiment from the set to part of a panel that I had trimmed off and added a black base.

See, told you it was fast!  I’m back to work tomorrow.  We went on an adventure to Utah last week (Park City area) and had quite a nice trip.  The boys had never seen mountains like those so it was fun for them to experience.  Make sure you drop over to the FMS site for all the team inspiration.  Until next time, have a great day!


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!


 

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!


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 #376

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So you may have noticed (especially if you follow me in Instagram) that I have been trying hard to participate in the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge as much as possible this month.  I really am trying to eek out more coloring, even if only for a few minutes.  So this card is a reflection of that as I found the perfect way to use the sketch by Karren Johnson for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Karren is an amazing Copic colorist and this sketch lends itself to colored images, bold panels and word dies, among other things.

FMS376 by Jen Timko | Mondo Gerbera Daisy Stamp Set by Ellen Hutson, Zig Clean Color Real Brush MarkersI chose to use this new Mondo Gerbera Daisy by Ellen Hutson as my focal image.  I stamped in black ink and then colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I chose a number of corals/reds/pinks to play with the shading on the flower.  It didn’t take long and I love it.  The flower reminds me of the Gerbera Daisies my dad would grow when I was little.  There is something velvety and special about these flowers and I was thrilled that Ellen came out with this one.

A super quick post today.  I’m back at work this week and it seems harder that usual after spending time at my mom’s last week.  Off to bed to be ready for winter weather fun tomorrow!  I hope you have a great day and will play along this week.  See you soon.


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