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Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Ellen Hutson

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Welcome to the October hop with my Crafty Friends! I cannot even tell you how excited I am about this month’s featured company. I have been a long time fan of Ellen Hutson and what a thrill to have their team support our hop. For those of you new to this hop, we are a group of friends with a similar beginning in stamping who became friends. Each month on the 20th, we will share inspiration with a focus on one company.

As I mentioned earlier this week, my crafting time this month is pretty much gone due to training on a new plane. But before I left, I just had to pull out the amazing Mondo Holly set to use for this hop. I LOVE this big, gorgeous image! Ok, in truth, I love ALL of the Mondo images from Ellen Hutson. They are so fun to color and are perfect for practicing all kinds of coloring.

I used this coloring as a “brain break” while I was studying leading up to my training. I love just playing with shading! I first stamped the image in Momento Tuxedo Black onto Simon Says Stamp white card stock using my Misti. I always worry about embossing powder with my Copics so it was easy enough just to stamp with a known ink. I started with greens and kept adding richer colors until it had the depth I wanted. They I went to the reds and did the same. Finally a bit of brown for the stem. Then more magic. I went back to the Misti, used some anti-stick powder and over stamped the image with Versamark Ink. Then I heat embossed using Gold Rich Embossing Powder from WOW. Oooooh…..aaaaahh! Using the coordinating die, I cut out the image.

For the card base I stamped the sentiment from the same set in Versamark and heat embossed again but thought it needed a little something else. So I used a technique I learned from a dear friend, Lisa Curcio. As seems to happen in the world of stamping, we were apparently working on similar cards at the same time. She told me about her technique of using watered down liquid glue to create splatters for heat embossing. Well isn’t that smart?! I gave it a go and you can see the result. I used a small paint brush instead of a water pen (an old one used for messy techniques) and it worked perfectly. I did find that it took a little longer to get the powder to set versus using ink but otherwise quite easy.

As you have seen in previous months, we have a Crafty Friends discount code to share with you (what awesome generosity!). Click the button above and use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 for a 20% discount on the Ellen Hutson Essentials Line for two days, today and tomorrow (Oct 20-21). There are so many wonderful products in this Essentials Line so happy shopping!

Now on to the rest of the hop. I’m thrilled to send you to Amy Kolling, who is next in the rotation. And here is the list in case you get lost along the way.

I hope you love all the inspiration on the hop! Please let us know what you think and if you have any favorite companies you’d like to see featured!

Freshly Made Sketches #407

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Hi everyone! Sorry for the quiet on the blog lately. I’ll explain a bit more at the end of my post. But for today, I get to share with you the latest from Freshly Made Sketches! Our sketch designer is the talented Lee Ann Barrett and she has a winner of a sketch for us this week.

I’m all in on Christmas cards now and I thought it was perfect to pull out an old favorite for this sketch. The Be Merry stamps and dies from WPlus9 are always a winner in my book. I stamped the sentiment onto Ivory card stock and then cut it out with the dies. I stamped some of the accessory images too for layering. I thought the sentiment needed a bit more oomph so I added a bit of the olive ombré on the Merry. The flowers and leaves were quick Copic coloring but they really add so much.

I seem to be drawn to plaid this year and I found this old Stampin’ Up patterned paper in my stash. Perfect! I added a couple of little pearls for flower centers and popped up all the elements with foam squares.

Now for the rest of the story. I never really share too much about my “day job” here but in this case, I wanted to explain my sporadic posting. This picture is from the last day of flying on my beloved Airbus 319/320. I have been in the right seat of that fleet for a long time and I needed to make a change for scheduling. Last week I started training on the Boeing 757/767 fleet. There is a lot that goes into training. Studying, of course, but we also come to our training center in Denver for over a month. Needless to say, I had lots to do to make that happen at home. So I did get a few cards made ahead of time (not as many as I had hoped) and will be posting those over the next couple of weeks. And then you probably won’t hear too much from me until I can get back home and in the craft room. Once I’m back home, I should be able to settle back into the routine quickly and get back to creating.

So with that, back to the Freshly Made Sketches challenge! Make sure you hop over and check out all the inspiration from the team. Thanks so much for stopping in today!

Picket Fence Studios August Release

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Happy August release day from Picket Fence Studios! I’m so excited to share a couple of projects using two of the new sets. Also, this is my second post of the day. If you are looking for Week 2 of the Freshly Made Sketches #400 Celebration, just scroll down.

So in that “what did you do on your summer vacation” prompt for blogging, my family did a long weekend in New York City and I finally got to see Wicked. Yep, you can see where I’m going with this. Needless to say, the moment I saw the If You’ve Got It, Haunt It set, I knew I had to create Elphaba. Isn’t she glorious with her green complexion?!

I used my Zig Clean Color Markers to color her on Bristol Smooth Paper and then cut her out using circle die. I found this awesome ombré paper that matched perfectly too. Now this sentiment made me jump for joy! It comes from the Wicked Together stamp set and it was PERFECT! A few green sequins as a finishing touch.

Next up is another adorable Halloween set called Trick or Treaters. This little group of ghouls could not be even a little cuter! And the perfect size for quick coloring. I colored them up using Copic Markers and thought it would be fun to make a wobbler card. Yep, that little spider is on an Action Wobbler and it just makes me chuckle. I’ll have a short video over at Instagram if you care to see it in action. My background was created with Distress Ink in Wilted Violet and I used Tonic Glimmer Paste to add extra dimension with the Random Dots Stencil. The sentiment from the new Witch, Please cracked me up with the spider.

I hope you enjoy these cards and the whole release! Hop on over to Picket Fence Studios to see all the offerings! Thanks so much for stopping in today. And happy shopping…because you are going to want it all!

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!

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!).


Sandra Girl for Picket Fence Studios

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Today is my day over at the Picket Fence Studios blog!  I’m so happy I got a moment in my crazy week to color this gorgeous Sandra Girl image.  I have been in awe of her from the moment I saw her and now I have two of them.  Yep, two.  The original size (shown here) and Kiss Kiss Sandra Girl which has the image a little larger along with the sentiment I used today.  The original has a die coming out soon too!!

Beauty Lies Within by Jen Timko | Sandra Girl Stamp Set and Die by Picket Fence Studios, Kiss Kiss Sandra Girl Stamp by Picket Fence Studios, Random Dots Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Coloring, Distress Oxide Ink, Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence StudiosI colored her using Copic Markers (listed below in my Link Deli list) and just enjoyed working on her shading.  All of the girls really allow for practicing coloring skills and playing with skin and hair variations.  I thought pink would be a nice compliment to Sandra since she reminds me of a friend who happens to love pink.

Beauty Lies Within by Jen Timko | Sandra Girl Stamp Set and Die by Picket Fence Studios, Kiss Kiss Sandra Girl Stamp by Picket Fence Studios, Random Dots Stencil by Picket Fence Studios, Copic Coloring, Distress Oxide Ink, Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence StudiosAfter I was done coloring, I used Distress Oxide ink on watercolor paper with the Random Dots Stencil for a pretty background.  The butterfly is from the original Sandra too.

I hope you enjoy this card.  Hop over to the Picket Fence Studios blog for more and for lots of inspiration from the design team each week.  Until next time, wishing a safe Memorial Day weekend (if you celebrate) full of thanks and remembrance.


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!


 

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!


 

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