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Daylight comes to my stamp room!

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As with many things, this post has been overdue for a bit but I really wanted to make sure I had time for a real product review.  Because lighting is SOOOO critical to all we do as crafters, I feel like I have been in search of the right lights for a long time.  And then something crazy happened.  I won some!  Like a whole, insane group of some!  Sarah of Sariditty is a brilliant quilter.  BRILLIANT!  She is a designer and artist and creates beautiful things.  And she swears by the lights from the Daylight Company.  Enough that she joined with them as a promoter.  And then she had a contest and I won!!  All of this happened during the chaos of my life so only during the holidays did I get a chance to properly set some of the lights up in my craft room.  And I have only begun to really assess all that I got.  But I’m going to start today with two of the products.  The first is the Luminos and the second for today is the Smart Travel Lamp.

Daylight Company - LuminosIn my first photo I wanted to show you a bit of what my set up looks like from afar.  I have been using the Luminos as my lighting for my desk for about a month.  It is a difference maker!  It provides a natural lighting that is great for all my coloring.   Bright enough to reduce eye strain but my colors remain true.  You can see that it clamps to my desk on the far side which works well for me to maximize my table space (translated, I can make a bigger mess).  The Smart Travel Lamp is a supporting actor for this post though.  Because all of these pictures were taken at night.  Yes, AT NIGHT.  Daylight photography is the holy grail, as many of us know.  But how many times does that just not work out?!  So I brought over this little travel light on the side to help balance my shadows while I took photos of this card for my Picket Fence Studios post a couple of weeks ago.

Daylight Company - Luminos and Smart Travel LightThis give you an idea of exactly how good the lighting was for my pictures.  My photos were simply taken with my iPhone 8 Plus with no additional features.  This was an aha moment for me!!  Less stress, less time, night time work can actually still get done!

Daylight Company - Luminos and Smart Travel LampA little more close up you can see how good the lighting is on my work station too.  Again, this is really a big help since my crafting time is not always on a good schedule for the best lighting.   As a reminder, here is the photo that was the result of of this set-up.

Beautiful Inside and Out by Jen Timko | Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Zig Clean Color Markers, Watercolor, FlowersYou’d never know that it was not taken under optimal conditions or that it was 9p when taken.  Now while I have focused on how it works with photography, the real plus for me has simply been how much I feel a difference in my eyes while coloring.  I love to color!!  But my eyes do not.  And given that my eyes are one of the most important things in my flying, I will do what I need to protect them from strain.  Much of the time that has simply meant I cannot color as long as I’d like.  But the Luminos has changed that for me.  I don’t say that lightly.

So now the rest of the story.  Sarah is a Brand Ambassador with Daylight Company and as such she is able to offer us all a deal.  You get a 20% discount with this code:  SARIDITTY.  Just enter that at checkout and you get the savings.  Super easy, right??  That said, I do have some other products that I’m going to be testing soon.  These include the Slimline Light, the Halo Lamp and the Wafer Light Box.  If you have specific questions about any of these, let me know so I can address them for you.  I intended to do this all with just Instagram but found that it was so much easier to give specifics here.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you tomorrow for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.

Freshly Made Sketches #373

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Hello my friends.  I’m going to start off with a brief explanation.  I know that my posting right now seems to come inconsistently.  The truth is, I’m working very hard on balancing a lot of things.  The biggest of them has been my mom’s estate.  My mom lived in Orlando and I’m not there.  That makes things hard since there are many decisions to be made and many beloved treasures to be sorted.  So I’m going down there as much as I can to help handle that.  When added to my flying schedule, I admit that my blog is the thing that seems to get the short end of my attention.  I promised more details on my PFS January release and then promptly didn’t provide them all.  I’m so sorry.  Please forgive my distraction.  The last trip was highly emotional for me and I’m truthfully feeling a bit overwhelmed.  But stamping helps.  And my family is the best.  I’ll find my new normal soon but until the estate is handled, I think this is my normal.  Thank you for your patience and support.  It means the world.

And with that, I’m on to this week’s FMS card.  I love this sketch by the lovely Kim Singdahlsen.  It is fresh and clever!  And, as usual, I think I may have stretched it a little too far.  But whatever comes out of my head when I’m crafting is what I go with these days.

FMS373 by Jen Timko | Be A Unicorn of the Sea Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, Sunburst Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Watercolor, Life Changing Blender BrushesI love the Be a Unicorn of the Sea set by Picket Fence Studios and I thought it might be fun for the sketch.  But what about the diagonals?  Oh yeah….the new stencils!!  And an idea was born.  The Sunburst Stencil seemed perfect when I chose a few select “beams” and inked them with Distress Ink using the Life Changing Blender Brushes.  I chose one of the small brushes because it fits in the beams perfectly without me having to tape and cover the others.  Nice and simple!  I inked up another piece of Bristol and then cut it out with a stitched circle as a background for my narwhal.

I have to confess that I love narwhal images.  And this set is the BEST!  The sentiments are such fun and useful for so many occasions.  They are encouraging and kind!!  I colored the narwhal with my Zigs to coordinate and then chose some Audrey Blue (SSS) as a background to make the colors pop.  I love the Shark Bite Sequins too so of course I added a few.

Thank you so much for stopping in today.  I’m grateful you choose to spend a few moments of your day with me.  Make sure you hop over to see the inspiration from the whole team.  See you soon!


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!


Rose Bouquet

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Happy Friday!!  It is my week to share on the Picket Fence Studios blog and I’m so excited to share my card with you.  And then there is tomorrow….the start of Creativation (a huge industry event).  The January release has been timed to correspond with the start of all the fun there so make sure you come back tomorrow to see projects with the new products.

Beautiful Inside and Out by Jen Timko | Rose Bouquet Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Zig Clean Color Markers, Watercolor, FlowersSo for today, I used one of the first sets I got from Picket Fence called Rose Bouquet.  It is gorgeous!!  And it is meant for coloring of ALL kinds.  I chose Zig Clean Color Markers.  I love these pens for the precision tips and nice blending.  I find that they work best on a Bristol paper so that is what I stamped the image on using the Black Hybrid Ink which I love for watercoloring. It doesn’t budge!

I layered on pinks and reds for the roses and then moved to olive greens for the leaves.  To make the image pop more, I used a gray marker around the edges and blended it out.  Once I had most of the coloring done, I went back and added the deepest of each color to get more depth and shadowing.  While this takes a bit of time, I love coloring and I enjoy watching the project develop as I add shading.  Since I didn’t want to cover up any of the image, I chose vellum for my sentiment.  And you know what??  I found that I had this sentiment already stamped and heat embossed sitting right on my desk.  It was left over from a design where I changed my mind but it was PERFECT for this card.  So nice when that happens!  I finished the card with some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and found this pretty pink envelope from Simon Says Stamp to match.

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll see you again tomorrow!


 

Freshly Made Sketches #371

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Another week has flown by and it is time for the newest challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.  The amazing Jen Mitchell is our sketch designer this week and her sketch is fantastic.

FMS371 by Jen Timko | Little Lilies Stamp Set and Dies by Newton's Nook Designs, Beautiful Ride Stamp Set by Simon Says Stamp, WatercolorI thoughts I’d pull out my Daniel Smith watercolors for this one and create a bit of a wash for the rounded corner square.  But what image to use as a focal point?  After scanning through, I came upon the Little Lilies set from Newton’s Nook Designs and I thought it would be perfect for the job.  I painted it and cut it out using the coordinating dies and then decided it would be nice to add a wash of color to the crossing panel too.  So a little more painting (and waiting to dry).  Finally, I found this sweet sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Ride that seemed just right for the little flowers.  A quick little card for a sweet sketch!

Short and sweet today.  Out on a trip and then back to finish up some details for the big January/Creativation Release from Picket Fence Studios.  Hop over and check out all the great cards from the DT this week at FMS and I hope you’ll join us.  Have a great rest of your week and see you soon!


Freshly Made Sketches #370

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I am so happy to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches today!  I am the sketch hostess this week and I hope you will enjoy this one.  As I pondered what to do, I thought about a “one layer” look for the sketch.  This is what I came up with.  In fairness, my final card isn’t really one layer but I hope that means there are lots of ways to create with it.

FMS370 by Jen Timko | Posie Fill In Stamps and Dies by Concord and 9thI scoured around my stamps to figure out what I wanted for the groupings and came across this pretty Posie Fill In from Concord and 9th.  And then I realized that the coordinating dies were PERFECT for the sketch.  The big sentiment in the middle is from that!  So I stamped the flowers in shades of aqua (Mermaid and Peacock by Lawn Fawn) and then stamped the outlines in black.  The flowers are easily cut out with the coordinating dies.  I cut the sentiment from white card stock and then layered on the flowers alternating the heights with regular adhesive and foam tape.  Then using my paper cutter, I trimmed off the edges of the flowers to make them flush.  Using more foam tape, I popped the stamped image up on an aqua card base (Bermuda Bay by Stampin’ Up).  I added the letter “middles” from the R and the D on more foam tape and that was it.

Something about these colors really made me happy when I was creating it.  While I’m content with some winter weather that still may be due, the fresh spring look of this appealed to me.  I hope that you will have some time to play along this week.  The team has outdone themselves and I hope you enjoy their creations too.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I’ll be back to crafting tomorrow as the Picket Fence Studios team is preparing for the CHA (Creativation) release later this month.  You will be blown away!!  I’ll try to sneak in something just for fun to share sooner though.  Until then, have a great rest of your week.


Freshly Made Sketches #369

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Happy New Year to you all!!  I hope you have had a nice holiday season and are looking forward to what 2019 brings.  I’ll admit that I’m pretty good with seeing 2018 leave.  Not a great year for our family.  But onward we go!  I’m happy to share the first Freshly Made Sketches challenge of the year and we have some pretty exciting news too.  More on that in a bit.

FMS369 by Jen Timko | Cup of Thanks Stamp Set and Dies by Studio Katia, Zig Clean Color Real Brush MarkersLet’s start with our new sketch.  I fell in love with this classic look as soon as I saw it and thought it would be the perfect excuse to use the Cup of Thanks stamp that was sitting unused and calling to be colored.  And I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers too.  I haven’t used them in a while and I remember why I loved them from the first time I used them.  Such vibrant colors and so easy to blend.  I find that the blending is based on your paper and the Bristol paper really works wonderfully with them.  I chose some bright, happy colors and just spent a few minutes coloring all the pretty details.After I finished the coloring I looked to the details of the sketch and how to finish the card.  First, I found this lime green print in my stash of retired SU paper and cut it using the Double Stitched Rectangles Dies (Gina Marie Designs).  I added a strip of Doll Pink card stock that I thought was a nice match to the coloring.  Then I cut the sentiment from the coordinating Cup of Thanks Dies and cut out the colored image too.

Now for some exciting news!  Our DT Call over at Freshly Made Sketches was more successful than we could have imagined!!  So many talented designers entered and we had a really hard time narrowing down.  In fact, we chose three because we just could not narrow further!  So please hop over to the FMS challenge blog and give a warm welcome to Lee Ann Barrett, Judy Rozema and Jacquie Southas!  Well, I’m off to my check ride at United today.  We get these every 9 months and they are very important to maintaining safety and standardization.  I’ll be happy to get this under my belt (no matter how many I do, they always bring a bit of stress).  Back soon with more once I’m back from training.  See you then!!  Thanks for stopping by today.


Kiesha Rocks!

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Happy Friday everyone!  A quick post today to show you a card I’m sharing over at the Picket Fence Studios blog today!  I got a little bit of stamping time and I just HAD to color this gorgeous new girl named Kiesha!

Kiesha Rocks by Jen Timko| Keisha Stamp Set and Dies by Picket Fence Studios, #girlboss Louise Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Skin Tones, Copic ColoringI stamped Kiesha using the Picket Fence Hybrid Ink with my Misti.  Then I started playing with her shading.  I learned something from Lydia recently about adding a violet hue to ethnic skin colors for depth.  Wow, what a difference a little makes!

Keisha Rocks by Jen Timko | Kiesha Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, #girlboss Louise Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Skin Tones, Copic ColoringOnce I had her skin tones like I wanted, I delved into her hair.  Just look at the lovely art there!  All the details in the image are mesmerizing.  I played with grays and browns to create some highlights.  Still need to work on the shading for dark hair but I’m overall happy with my first attempt on this image.

I hope you like this one too and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.  Make sure you go check out the whole line of “Girl” stamps too.  They are all gorgeous!!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I hope you have a fabulous day!


 

Freshly Made Sketches #368

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So….how is your holiday prep going?!  I’m going to say that things at my house seem to be a little crazy.  Truthfully, it has been a bit difficult getting things moving for us with all the loss we have had over the last few months.  But I keep telling myself that we have to focus on the real meaning of Christmas.  We have so many blessings, the biggest of which is an amazing family.  How lucky I am!

Today I have the last Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the year.  The team always takes the holidays off but we leave our sketch open during the whole time so that people can play along.  Hopefully you will have some time to join us!  Our sketch is courtesy of the lovely Narelle Farrugia.  She is one of the newest Artisan Design Team members for Stampin’ Up and I’m so thrilled for her!  She has mad skills so it is no surprise that she gave us a great sketch with lovely layers!

FMS368 by Jen Timko | Be Merry Stamp Set and Dies by WPlus9, Copic Coloring, Festive Farmhouse DSP by Stampin' UpWith the layers on the sketch, I thought that this great patterned paper from Stampin’ Up would be perfect (Festive Farmhouse).  I just chose a plaid that I liked (there are a few) and then two prints that went with it.  Because the base of the plaid is vanilla and not white, I used some Thick Very Vanilla card stock (also SU) to stamp my sentiment and images.

I colored the little leaves and berries using Copic Markers to add a little bit of detail.  But let’s face it, the sentiment is the star of the show!  At first I had it without coloring but when I mocked up the card, it seemed a little too plain.  So I added additional coloring to the letters to help it pop.  And you know what else???  I think this is the last Christmas card of the year for me.  I’ll admit that I didn’t make nearly what I normally do and I didn’t send out handmade cards to my entire list.  But sometimes you just have to accept limitations and move along.

I hope to have some other cards to share with you over the upcoming weeks.  I’m still playing with the new release from Picket Fence Studios and I have some unused stamps that have been calling my name to be used.  Wishing for you that your last days before Christmas are merry and bright!  See you soon!


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