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Christmas In July

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You want to know something about blogging? You can write up a post and then, if you don’t set the time to go live, it can sit in the holding pattern for days. Yeah. Ask me how I know. So, while this was supposed to go live yesterday, just write it off to summer crazies.

I’m continuing my sharing of the Picket Fence Studios July Release today with a fun Christmas card. As soon as I saw this pretty Fern Picture Frame image, all I could think of was Christmas options. So I created this bright happy and almost summery version of a Christmas card.

I used the Colorbox Dyestress Inks from Clearsnap and blended together two colors (Citronella and Inchworm) for a quick and easy background to the wreath. I over stamped the image on the blended section and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give it a little more texture. I found this sentiment in the String of Lights set and simply masked off part of it. I found a coordinating green card stock (SU) and some sequins to give a little more shine.

I love all the possibilities with this set and I’m sure you can see them too! Make sure you hop over and look at the whole release. So much to love!

Thanks for stopping in today. I appreciate you spending a few minutes with me and look forward to seeing you again tomorrow for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.

Picket Fence Studios July Release

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Happy weekend to you all! Sorry for the quiet around here. I don’t know about you but I find that summer is actually a bit busier for me on many things that keep me from stamping. Work, of course, but also having the boys around all the time. Which is awesome. And loud! But when it comes to a release, like this new one from Picket Fence Studios, everyone in the house knows to give mom some creative time!

My first card today shares the new Woodsy Forest Die. I love the pretty framing effect this gives and also the detail in the die itself. I used a woodgrain paper from my stash and cut out the trees. It was pretty in itself but then I added a bit of distress ink with my Life Changing Blender Brushes to help highlight the details. To create a background (like peering through the trees), I started with the Layers of Grass Stencil on Bristol Paper with the brushes again. The best part of this stencil is that is has both the positive and the negative. You can create the grass and then add the sky without messing it up. Such a nice touch for a stencil! I kept this pretty simple with just a couple of wooden flowers (again from my stash) that were colored with the inks and then decided that a word die was the way to go. This Lovely Word Die from last month’s release called out. I used the Tattered Rose (like on the sky) again and simply cut out the word. I like the softness of vellum in the background since it keeps to the same feeling of the sky.

Next up, I went all in on coloring this gorgeous new stencil called Heart of Flowers. It is SOOOO pretty! I found that the little round Blender Brush was perfect (actually I used two of them) to get into the nooks of the stencil. Also super helpful was a product called Pixie Spray. This is a much needed thing if you love stencils as much as I do. What is it? A spray that adds a bit of tack to the stencil so that it stays in place while you color. It made this detail work a breeze with no slipping while I colored. On this one, I used Catherine Pooler inks and the colors blended on so easily. I added a sentiment from the Small Ways to Say Thanks set.

Ok, that is it for today! I’ll have another card to share tomorrow with another set from the release. You are sure to love all the products so hop over to the site to see them all by clicking here: Picket Fence Studios

Thanks so much for stopping in today. Hope you have a great day and I’ll see you again soon.

It’s In The Bag for Picket Fence Studios

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It is my turn to be up on the Picket Fence Studios blog today and I want to share my card here too. I have to confess that I am more and more in love with many of these PFS “Girls”. I have never been much for coloring people but these images really do make me want to learn more about skin color, hair color and honing my coloring skills. They are perfect for trying new things too.

This gal is BFF Kate and she is particularly stylish, don’t you think?! I gave her a wardrobe of neutrals but decided she needed a statement bag. What better than orange for that? Once she was colored, I wanted to add some splatters but did not want them on the image. So I cut out some scrap paper with the coordinating die and laid it over the colored image. Then I could splatter away without putting it where I didn’t want paint.

I was searching for sentiments that seemed right and stumbled across this one in the You’ve Got This set. I love it for Kate! Hope you have some time to do some coloring and that you have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #395

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Happy middle of the week! I hope yours is going well. So I have a confession. Last week my family and I were on vacation. I generally don’t mention it too much until we get back for safety and security but it was really fun. And then reality came back with a work trip that went a day over and dealt with lots of unique issues (Newark shutting down a runway, lots of weather, timing out). In any case, all of this has cut WAY into my crafting time. I find that is generally true during the summer. For some people, it is the time to relax. For my job, it is the busy season. So with all that, I am still trying to find time to craft. I need to do it!

So yesterday I forced the issue and stamped one of my favorite images. The Mondo Hydrangea from Ellen Hutson is just so pretty. I also pulled out my Zig Clean Color Markers which had been sadly neglected. I used a light blue and a light purple to shade this flower.

I also would be negligent not to share that Ellen Hutson is having a sale! If you want this set, now is the time!!

Just click the graphic to see more. This takes you to my affiliate link and there is no extra cost to you.

After some false starts, I finally decided to just add a pale watercolor wash to keep with the fun sketch by Jen Mitchell for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches. It looks really light here but is a little more noticeable in person. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and works perfectly here.

And here is my color inspiration for the flowers. You see, before I got to color yesterday, I had been out weeding around these beauties. My white hydrangeas are anything but dull and always have such pretty and interesting shades.

I hope you enjoy this bit of watercoloring and that you will join us with Jen’s sketch. So many great ways to use it! For those in the US, I wish you a safe and happy Independence Day! Thanks 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!

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!

Freshly Made Sketches #392

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Another week is flying by (or maybe I’m doing too much flying). In any case, we are back to Wednesday and the best day of the stamping week! Freshly Made Sketches day! Today the lovely Jacquie Southas is our sketch designer and I love this fun and innovative challenge.

I opted to play with some watercoloring and I chose this new to me Folk Hummingbird Stamp Set from Pinkfresh Studio. I was in a bit of a hurry and use my Daniel Smith dot card instead of my full paints. But I love how easy it is to find colors that coordinate from those cards. A little bit of loose and fast coloring since I was out the door for a trip. I colored an extra panel using the same colors and stamped the sentiments on them. The Cut Align allowed me to trim them down perfectly and even separate the “Many thanks”. I used a base of Bubblegum Pink by Gina K (such a pretty color!) to highlight some of the pinks.

I hope you will stop over to see all the inspiration from the team and take some time to join in. Lots of options on this one (I may need to re-visit it to try some more myself). Thanks for stopping in today. Back on Friday with the latest release from Picket Fence Studios. Until then, have a great week!

Freshly Made Sketches #391

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I’m super happy to share this week’s new Freshly Made Sketches sketch with you today! This classically styled design by the wonderful Amy O’Neill is sure to be popular this week!

FMS391 by Jen Timko | Weekend Doodles Stamp Set and Dies by Altenew, Copic Coloring, Wreath, Hero Hues Reactive Ink, Life Changing Blender Brushes

I decided that I would turn to this gorgeous stamp called Weekend Doodles again. I love the variety of designs and this wreath really called to be colored. I went with a favorite color combination in greens and purples. I love how these Copic colors work together! To coordinate with the yellow greens and add a bit more color, I used the new Hero Hues Reactive Ink in Key Lime Fizz with my Life Changing Blender Brushes for the panel behind the wreath. The sentiment on the panel comes from the same stamp set as the wreath.

The little background panel is purple to help highlight that color a bit and I used a base of Desert Storm. I thought the little green sequins were a fun touch to finish.

I hope you enjoy this card and that you’ll join in this week at the challenge. Hope you have a wonderful day! See you soon.

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!).


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