Hello everyone! The Visible Image Christmas 2020 Release is now ready to ship! Have you checked it out? Today I am sharing some projects made with the new stamps and stencils. First up is the fabulous INKED HOLLY, one of the new mini stamp sets. I made ...
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"Joy in a JAR" - 5 new articles

  1. Visible Image Christmas Release
  2. Festive Friday #FF0068
  3. Freshly Made Sketches #453
  4. Picket Fence Studios' September Release is Here!
  5. The End of Summer is Near
  6. More Recent Articles

Visible Image Christmas Release

Hello everyone!

The Visible Image Christmas 2020 Release is now ready to ship! Have you checked it out? Today I am sharing some projects made with the new stamps and stencils.

First up is the fabulous INKED HOLLY, one of the new mini stamp sets.


I made a watercolor background using Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive DOX inks, and loosely colored my holly with Karin markers. Some extra holly berries (glitter enamel dots) and gold metallic thread are my embellishments. I spattered black ink to finish off the look.

 
Next up is the beautiful SCRIBBLED STAR. I absolutely love this one. Not only can you use it for Christmas, but it makes a great celebratory card, say for a birthday, too!

I made a shaker card, stamping the image in Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and then outlined some of the letters and star with a yellow Posca paint pen.


I added my shaker mix of stars and beads. For the frame, I used the stars from the new ICONIC CHRISTMAS stencil, with Simon Hurley's Sike! ink.

My third card today uses the beautiful SIMPLY SNOWFLAKES and a sentiment from the previously released SENTIMENTAL CHRISTMAS.


I used the emboss resist technique on this one, to give the impression of swirling snowflakes. I stamped my snowflakes with Versamark ink, and then embossed with White Detail Embossing Powder. I then painted a background using Tumbled Glass DOX ink.

A trio of sequins adds dimension and sparkle to finish the main card panel. I backed it with some shimmer cardstock in a complementary blue shade, and used white as the card base.

The links to supplies for these cards are below. They are affiliate links, at no extra cost to you.



    

Festive Friday #FF0068

Happy Friday!

Last night my husband and I watched a documentary on the NASA Challenger and Discovery shuttles. It was so interesting to remember when all the world was excited about space travel. There are still those excited about space, because October 4-10 is World Space Week! And we are celebrating with a fabulous Inspo List for you.

At Festive Friday, you do not need to actually celebrate the occasion.  Your goal is to simply use three or more items from the inspiration list on your project. For my card today, I chose navy, stencil, robot/gears, and glitter.
 
To begin, I chose two DOX colors for my gears stencil (Paper Rose): Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky. I used my Life Changing Blender Brushes (Picket Fence Studios) to blend the inks. If you don't have the Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART STAY-tion for your stenciling, you REALLY need one. I used to use tape (all kinds, but mostly Purple Tape) to hold my stencils, and the STAY-tion is ten times faster, and more ecomnical! See the link below.

I then stamped my sentiment (Visible Image) in VersaFine Clair Nocturne, and heat embossed with Clear EP (WOW). On Hammermill #110 cardstock, I stamped my robot (Visible Image) with Nocturne ink, and then colored with alcohol markers, using shades of blues. I fussy cut him out and adhered him to my background. I added some metallic sparkle to some of his suit with a Nuvo Glimmer Pen.
The card base is Night of Navy (SU!) cardstock, with a layer of sliver glitter cardstock (The Paper Studio) inbetween, and offset from the main panel.

 
I hope you will join us for this challenge! Remember, you can choose any three from the list, for any occasion or theme! The challenge is open until September 28th!
 


    

Freshly Made Sketches #453

Hello everyone! It's Wednesday, when I get to share the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! It is my pleasure to be hosting this week, and I hope that you will join us and play along!

Today I am using products from three different companies on my card. I had intended to use my new Detailed Dove dies from Stampin' Up, and make an all white card, but the beautiful Fancy Kaleidoscope  stencil from Picket Fence Studios was on my desk from a previous project, and I thought it would be perfect for the large circle background in the sketch.

Using my Life Changing Blender Brushes, I blended Tumbled Glass DOX over the stencil, with a circle stencil as a mask to keep the shape of the sketch. I then cut my dove from Hammermill 110# cardstock and popped it up with dimensionals. I added the little circle of hope from Tim Holtz's Christmas Circle Words dies in the corner, and three sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for sparkle. A "quick for me" card, and I love how it turned out!

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! You have until Monday, September 21, at 3 PM Eastern time to join us!
 
Be sure to stop at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and click on the names of my teammates to see what beauty they have created this week!
 





    

Picket Fence Studios' September Release is Here!

It's always an exciting day for Picket Fence Studios when it's Release Day! New Paper Glaze colors, 6x6 stencils, Slim Line stencils, stamps, and more - including a sequin storage case, and an AMAZING Slim Line Die Cutting System that you are going to want to check out and buy PRONTO!! It makes up to 256 different combinations of card fronts. Yes, you read that right! All the links are below!

Today we are celebrating not only new products, but new team members! Welcome Larisa and Lisa! You can check out their creations for today in the hop list below. That's right, we are having a September Release Hop. And what's a hop without PRIZES? Two lucky winners will each get a $50 shopping spree! Isn't that cool??? Be sure to stop at each hop along the way to be entered. Winners will be announced on the Picket Fence Studios blog next week.

I am excited to show one of the brand new SLIM LINE stencils: Leaf. I love the shape and skeleton design - perfect for fall - and spring leaves!

My white cardstock (I use Hammermill 100#) is 3.5 x 8.5, and I cut my olive card base just a little larger. The new Slim Line Die Cutting System will do all of that for you! I used my Blender Brushes and my MAKE ART STAY-tion (Wendy Vecchi) to blend my colors through the stencil, which I angled off the cardstock. I chose three colors of Distress Oxides for my background: Crushed Olive, Twisted Citron, and Spiced Marmalade.  

I chose a sentiment from the previously released Neighborhood stamp set, and embossed it with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. I added some of the yummy Spiked Cider Sequin Mix for sparkle and bling.

To finish today's post for me, I leave you with this sweet and adorable little 4.5" square card using the new Dragon Fruit stamp set, and the Slim Line Broken Fence Stencil. I only used about half of the stencil - ha! There is also a 6x6 version that would work on this little card as well.

I stenciled first, using Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Inks. I stamped the images with Hybrid Black ink, and then colored in with Copic markers. I had so much fun coloring this! Have you ever had dragon fruit? It's a tropical fruit native to Mexico and Central America. Its taste is like a combination of a kiwi and a pear. Yum!

Live on the sweet side of life!

Next up is the amazingly talented Becky Roberts!


There is so MUCH MORE to check out! Shop {HERE} or click one of the links to all the new release products below!  I hope you will stop back tomorrow, as I have a giveaway of my own, and more of the new PFS September Release to show you!
 

    

The End of Summer is Near

We had a (very) cold front move in yesterday. One day it was 96, and two days later, rain and a high of 45. That tells me that the end of summer is near. And while this coming week will be sunny and warm, I know fall is on the way. But before it officially gets here, I wanted to share a beachy summer card with you! I am using products from Picket Fence Studios.


The NAUTILUS SHELL SCENE is one of my favorite summer images. It has the perfect combination of shell and beachy foliage. In today's card, I used a smooshed watercolor background, and stamped my image with Black Hybrid Ink. I used my Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils to shade and add a bit of color.

To make the sentiment (I MISS YOU WORD DIE) stand out, I cut it from black fun foam. You could get the same effect from cutting several from black cardstock and gluing and stacking them together.

 

For the background, I used the CURRENT OF FISH stencil, and embossed it as an "embossing folder" through my die cutting machine, then inked the fish with a light neutral color. And, finally, I added some gold metallic thread and a few sequins for a little ocean sparkle.

A wonderful reminder of trips to the beach, and searching for shells. I live in the middle of the country (Nebraska), so am really looking forward to a beach trip again someday! That's always an adventure for me!

Thanks for stopping by! You can find links to the products I used below. Happy rest of your summer, and bring on the fall!

Challenges:

#170 - Adventurous



    

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