Saturday, September 8, 2018

Altenew~Leaf Canopy

Hey everyone!  I'm so ready for fall, which inspired me to make this card with the gorgeous set from Altenew.  This was such a quick and easy card to make.  I stamped and heated embossed the images three times in gold.  Then I used my Sennelier watercolors to paint the leaves.  I added some gold and black flecks to the card base.  Then I die cut the images and popped them up with foam tape.  I added a bit of gold string and stamped the sentiment on black cardstock to complete my card.

Sennelier watercolors don't get much love in the crafty world.  They are gorgeous honey based watercolors, which are perfect for beginners because you can layer them with out making it look overworked.  I have them linked below to Amazon, but I get them at Jackson's Art Supply (as well as most of my other watercolor's except Daniel Smith).  You may have to wait a bit longer for shipping, but all art supplies are MUCH more affordable at Jackson's.  The prices you see are another 18% off, once you select a shipping address in the USA or Canada, because they remove the VAT.  So, for all of you drooling over my watercolor collection~that is my secret!  I love my Daniel Smith watercolors as well, but they are much pricier than what I can find in the UK.




*Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp set: http://shrsl.com/15k6r *Altenew Leaf Canopy dies set: http://shrsl.com/15k6t *Sennelier l'Aquarelle Watercolor Tubes 10ml - Rose Dore Madder Lake 10ml Tube: https://amzn.to/2wX2VQL *Sennelier l'Aquarelle Watercolor Tubes 10ml - Helios Purple 10ml Tube: https://amzn.to/2oLHFJZ *Sennelier l'Aquarelle Watercolour 10ml Tube S4 - Turquoise Green (843): https://amzn.to/2wPcEsS *Daniel Smith 284610142 Extra Fine Watercolors Tube, 5ml, Cascade Green: https://amzn.to/2wQg7HI



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Otter Love Fest~Lawn Fawn & Hello Bluebird

Hey everyone! Today I'm popping in to share some recent cards I've made!  We have relocated to North Carolina, and though I'm missing California for sure...things are almost back to normal since school started.  I couldn't help thinking of those cute little otters we visited so many time along the coast of Cali and at Monterey Bay Aquarium.  That was the inspiration for all three of my cards, and I read that river otters can be found in North Carolina.  ;)

For my first card, I used masking paper to create a one layer card.  I used two different stamp sets from Lawn Fawn.  Toadally Awesome and Christmas Like No Otter (a Simon Says Stamp exclusive)  You could create it with a bit of masking using Winter Otter.  After stamping all the images, I used my White Nights Watercolors to watercolor all of the images.  I find watercoloring so relaxing and enjoy it so much.  I find it so easy to get rich vibrant colors, and Turquoise green is just the most beautiful color ever!  Plus, it's much easier to take a small watercolor palette to my dining room table than all of my Copic markers.  ;)






For my next two cards I used the same two stamp sets from Hello Bluebird, Otter Friends and Fishin' Hole.  I used Copics to color all of the otters, lily pads, lilies and cattails etc.  For the first card I made a easy shaker card, I explained how at the end of my last YouTube videos.  I used watercolors for a quick and easy background.  For the second card, I played with alcohol inks for the first time.  I wanted to create a pond where the sun catches the water and looks like gold flecks.  I grouped the three otters together, as a happy little family!  This was my favorite card of all, or maybe I just feel like my crafty mojo is fully back now...





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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gina K Designs~Tropical Blooms

Hey everyone!  Today I'm trying to play catch up and share some recent cards I've made.  We are still in the middle of our big move across the country...I'm currently at my Mom's in Missouri waiting to close on our new home in North Carolina.  I brought plenty of crafty supplies with me, but am feeling a bit back in the dark ages without WiFi.  Lol!  The first card I wanted to share I used the beautiful stamp and die set from Gina K Designs Tropical Blooms.  To make my card I stamped the floral images with VersaMark ink, masking each image and stamping again.  Then I used gold embossing powder and heat set all of the images.  I was stamping on Arches watercolor paper, and using the Embossing Buddy...but still found one area that didn't stamp perfect.  I found the rough paper a bit harder to get a perfect image every time.  So, next time I will make sure to double stamp my images.  After heat setting, I watercolored the flowers with St. Petersburg White Night 36 pan watercolor set.  I'm having so much fun with these watercolors!  I think they are a wonderful artist grade set for beginners that doesn't break the bank, very worth the wait ordering from the UK.  Especially if you aren't quite ready to buy ALL the watercolors, as I have.  ;)  I added a few extra colors to the original 36 color palette, so I'm sharing my personal palette colors below.   These are my favorite colors, for now anyway.  I find watercoloring so quick, easy and so relaxing.  Which is totally what I need right now with all of our moving adventures going on!







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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Concord & 9th Wonderful Florals with Arteza Brush Pens


Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card a recently made, yes...you read that right!  I finally had time during our move to get crafty!   We said goodbye to California and Nevada...and are currently staying with my mom in Missouri, while we wait to close on our new home in North Carolina.  My mom doesn't have Wifi, so I'm doing my best to get videos and blog posts uploaded when I can!  Thank God for crafty therapy!!!  Lol

Arteza was kind enough to send me their 24 Real Brush Pens for review!  I thought they would look amazing coloring the gorgeous Wonderful Florals stamp set from Concord & 9th.  To make this card I stamped out the image with VersaMark ink onto Bristol Smooth Card stock.  I then heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder.  I began playing with the new brush pens.  They have some nice colors, but I mixed the phthalo green shade with a medium blue shade to make an aqua color.  I colored in all of the floral images and blended them with an aqua pen.  This was quick and easy, perfect to get my mind off all of our moving chaos!

After coloring I used the coordinating dies to cut out the sentiment.  Then I embossed the sentiment again in black card stock to put underneath, using some craft foam to pop it up.  I attached the floral image to some craft card stock to contrast from my card base.  This was a fun and easy card to make, and just what I needed to get my crafty mojo back!  I have a card tutorial with a full review of the Arteza Real Brush Pens on my YouTube channel!













----------Supplies------------


----*Concord & 9th Wonderful Florals stamp & die bundle:  http://shrsl.com/w3am 

----*Concord & 9th Wonderful Florals stamp & die bundle:  https://goo.gl/u4dbao

----*Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper:  https://amzn.to/2JN2SMQ

----*VersaMark ink pad:  https://amzn.to/2ELMgBm

----*Ranger Gold Embossing Powder:  https://amzn.to/2GXp9K9

----*Arteza 24 Real Brush Pens:  https://amzn.to/2HBqdAy  (Amazon)

----*Arteza 24 Real Brush Pens: ( Use Coupon Code NEWARTEZA25 to save 25% today only)
  https://arteza.com/collections/markers/products/arteza-real-brush-pens-24-colors?a_aid=stephanie_davis&a_bid=f1838b01


----*Neenah Black 100lb Cardstock: https://goo.gl/xVqch2

----*Neenah Desert Storm 80 lb Cardstock:   https://goo.gl/KMky1o

----*Gemini Jr by Crafter's Companion Gemini Jr Machine:  https://amzn.to/2qybpdQ


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Neat & Tangled~You Made the Nice List

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card I made combining a few stamps sets from Neat & Tangled.  I love foxes, and couldn't wait to play with the fox from Schoolhouse.  I also used images from Holiday Baking and Elf's and their Shelf.  I masked many of the images of with masking paper, and then colored them all with Copic Markers.  Then I used Nuvo embellishment mousse along with the Tim Holtz Bricked stencil to create my background.  I'm playing along with the Little Tangles Gift Giving Challenge, this would be a great card to pop a gift card into.  I hope you join along!  I also hope you all make the nice list this year! 




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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My First Watercolored Piece~Fox

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing something different, my first two sketches and my first watercolor piece.  I've been loving playing with watercolors with my cardmaking, and now I decided to try them on their own.  I don't know if it is really art, I still have no idea what I'm doing...or if I did anything right.  I'm having so much fun, I really don't care.  Lol  I've become sightly obsessed with watercolors since this summer, and selling many items in my craft room to allow me to buy all the watercolors.  Here is the fox painting I shared in my recent art haul video.  I haven't sketched since I was in high school, but I pulled up a few pics off Google to sketch the mountain lion and the fox.  Then I used my new BrightPad (that I love!) to watercolor the fox, with no worry of pencil lines.  Here is what I've been playing with in my studio:















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Friday, November 24, 2017

My Favorite Things Happy Pawlidays

Hey everyone!  I'm still on my marathon card share catch up, lol!  Today I'm sharing a card I made awhile back using the super cute My Favorite Things Happy Pawlidays stamp set.  I used a lot of masking to make this one layer card, and colored all of the images with Copic markers.  This made it more time consuming...but I love the look of it!  I used Handwritten Holidays for the sentiment, and used some distress inks to blend out the background as well as add the floor.  I slathered on some wink of stella everywhere, and added some Nuvo Crystal drops to make the lights look realistic.  I thought it turned out super cute!  I did make a card tutorial, for my YouTube channel if you would like to check it out!

YouTube Card Tutorial:






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Altenew Christmas Floral Card

Hey everyone!  Today I'm trying to play catch up with lots of cards and videos from the last few months.  I'm sharing a card a made over a month ago, so hopefully I can remember what products I used, lol!  I loved the Peace on Earth stamp set, and thought it would be beautiful combined with the Beautiful day stamp set.  I also had to try out my new Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus watercolors.  I used a waterbrush and quickly colored the flower.  Then I stamped the pine branches with different colors of green ink to get the shade I wanted.  Then I embossed each branch, so it would blend better with the other images I had embossed with gold embossing powder.  I did film a process video for this card, so I should be uploading it to my YouTube channel soon.





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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Watercolors~Best Supplies for Beginners

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing some answers to questions about what supplies you need to begin watercoloring.  It is so easy to become obsessed with getting all the colors and all the brands, as I have...but you really don't need to!  I'm not going to lie, it is a lot of fun to try all the colors...but I actually think I may have learned more if I started small.  So, if you have more self control than I did, here are the items I wish I would have started with!  I made a YouTube video if are are interested in checking it out.





Here is my List of items I think is best for beginners!

-----*Daniel Smith Extra Fine Primary Watercolor Set 3 Tubes 15ml:  http://amzn.to/2hYXUn6  

-----*Daniel Smith Extra Fine Essentials Introductory Watercolor 6 Tubes 5ml: http://amzn.to/2A1sYJo

Primary colors from Sennelier or Schmincke brands might be more affordable outside of the USA.

Palette shown:  Yes, I'm always thinking outside the box!  ;)

-----*Dowan 12.6-inch Porcelain Deviled Egg Dish/Egg Platter with 25-Compartment:  http://amzn.to/2zjs9bR


-----*Martin Mijello Airtight Watercolor 18-Well Blue Palette:  http://amzn.to/2iM3uX3

-----*Color Wheel 9-1/4": http://amzn.to/2A4qmdZ


-----*Epicurean Handy Series Cutting Board with Handle 9"x7" Natural:  http://amzn.to/2zh00Cb

-----*Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 10"X14":  http://amzn.to/2hMnrfz

-----*Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad, 11"X15" Fold Over Bound:  http://amzn.to/2iMPwnO


-----*Silver Brush Black Velvet Short Handle Blend Squirrel Brush Round Size 8:   http://amzn.to/2A1BFE2

-----*da Vinci Watercolor Series 5580 CosmoTop Spin Brush Round Synthetic Size 10:  http://amzn.to/2iN4ASH


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lawn Fawn Upon a Star of Bethlehem~Northern Night Sky

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card I made back in October, and finally getting around to editing it for you guys, lol.  I had to start making Christmas cards, and the Upon a Star stamp set from Lawn Fawn had the perfect fox stamps for me.  I wanted the foxes to be looking at the star of Bethlehem at a beautiful sky.  I had to try making my first Northern Night Sky background using Daniel Smith watercolors.  I find them so easy to blend and control, to make a beautiful scene.  I used a picture from google as a bit of a reference, and I think it turned out pretty cool!  I used several stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn, I will have them all linked below. 





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*Epicurean Handy Series Cutting Board with Handle 9x7":  http://amzn.to/2B253Yx


*Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad 11x15":  http://amzn.to/2B2KgE3


*Daniel Smith Alvaro Castegnet's Master Artist watercolor set 10 tubes with 238 color dot chart:  http://amzn.to/2hM71rj
(Daniel Smith watercolors used listed at bottom)

*da Vinci Watercolor CosmoTop Spin Paint Brush Size 10:  http://amzn.to/2yZHnmb


*Silver Brush Black Velvet Brush Size 8:  http://amzn.to/2iviPew


*VersaFine Pigment Ink, Onyx Black:  http://amzn.to/2iwxEO3


*Lawn Fawn Upon a Star stamp set:  http://amzn.to/2zSh2d9

*Lawn Fawn Upon a Star dies:  http://amzn.to/2zQIJ66

*Lawn Fawn Winter Big Scripty Words stamp set:  https://goo.gl/XDxT7F

*Lawn Fawn Winter Big Scripty Words stamp set:  http://amzn.to/2zVmXvW

*Lawn Fawn Winter Big Scripty Word dies:  https://goo.gl/psPD1h

*Lawn Fawn Stitched Ornament dies:  https://goo.gl/NZDkwg

*Lawn Fawn Stitched Ornament dies:  http://amzn.to/2zT1Z2U

*Lawn Fawn Forest Border die:  https://goo.gl/oWv3Mg

*Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies:  https://goo.gl/AQKBsr

*Neenah Black heavy duty cardstock:  https://goo.gl/xVqch2

*Bazzill 40lb vellum: http://amzn.to/2j8YUBQ

Daniel Smith watercolors used:
Phthalo Yellow Green
Hansa Yellow Light
Phthalo Green BS
Phthalo Blue GS
French Ultramarine
Permanent Violet
Rose of Ultramarine
Neutral Tint
Quinacridone Deep Gold
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Burnt Sienna Light
Raw Umber

Gansai Tambi Silver

*Affiliates used when available, at no additional cost to you.  All products were purchased by me, and opinions are 100% my own.  Items with ** were kindly sent to me, but I receive no further compensation.  Thank you so much for your support!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lawn Fawn Sneaky Raccoon~How you Bean? Candy Corn Card

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing the card I made last month...that I'm just now getting around to sharing!  Lol  I've been having a few technical difficulties with my phone and laptop, storage issues etc.  But, I think I've got it all figured out now.  Fingers crossed!  For my card I stamped the candy corn images multiple times onto masking paper, and cut all of the masks out with my ScanNcut.  I then stamped a mound of candy corn on the card base with Versafine pigment ink, and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I repeated this several times until I had a mound of candy corn big enough for the Lawn Fawn Lift the Flap die, and die cut the flap.  I then stamped one mound of candy corn on a second panel, to fit underneath the card base.  I stamped out the raccoon from Forest Feast and one candy corn, and embossed it with clear embossing powder as well.  Embossing the images makes it so much easier to color with the Ziggies.  I colored all of the images with my Ziggies and added some wink of stella.  I used some foam tape to pop the second panel, so it looks like the raccon is hidden in the middle of the mound of candy corn.  I have a card tutorial on my YouTube channel, if you would like to check it out.






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---------Supplies-------

-----Lawn Fawn How you Bean?  Candy Corn Add on stamp set: https://goo.gl/aqgkUx

-----Inkadinkado Stamping Masking paper:  https://goo.gl/tcT1g3

-----Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies:  https://goo.gl/AQKBsr

-----Mini MISTI tool:  https://goo.gl/knH31F

-----Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock:  https://goo.gl/W1V4h6

-----VersaFine Pigment Ink pad:  https://goo.gl/FHWqEj

-----Lawn Fawn Lift the Flap die:  https://goo.gl/Ypwaup

-----Lawn Fawn Forest Feast stamp set: https://goo.gl/rxKTcs

-----Ranger Clear Embossing Powder:  https://goo.gl/b5gXap

-----Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Brush Pens (Set Of 48):  http://amzn.to/2A2MC5h


Colors used:
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028
026


I'm also sharing my recent hauls on my YouTube channel, if you would like to check that out.  ;)








Friday, October 20, 2017

Workin’ Hard or Hardly Workin’ Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  This month the Blog Hop with Hearts are sharing projects with a Workin' Hard or Hardly Workin' theme!  If you came from Kelly's fabulous blog, you are in the right place.  For some my card may seem to fall in the Workin' Hard catagory.  For me, watercoloring is so relaxing...it almost feels like therapy.  So, I don't consider it work at all!

To make my card first I stamped out Altenew Modern Deer with Memento Desert Sand ink.  Then I watercolored the deer using the No-Line coloring technique with my Daniel Smith watercolors to paint my card.  Then I stamped the Altenew Pine Tree the same way, just to give me a suggestion of where to watercolor.    My trick to getting perfect splatters is to use scrap pieces of acetate to cover up where ever I don't want splatters, then I can see right where my splatters go.  I used my all time favorite Finetec Pearlcolors Gold to add the splatters.  Then, I stamped out the sentiment from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set with Versafine Pigment ink.  Lastly, I added a suggestion of a hillside and some fall leaves just by loosely adding bits of fall colors.





Now hop on over to see the beautiful creation Becca has for you!  Thanks so much for joining me!







Friday, September 22, 2017

Boo To You Blog Hop~Treat Boxes

Hey everyone!  This month the Blog Hops with Heart are sharing some Halloween inspiration projects!  If you came from Jayma's awesome blog, you are in the right place.  I'm really not a fan of anything creepy or scary...Haha, I'm a mean mom who doesn't allow my kids to watch horror movies until they move out.  But, I'm all in for letting my kids dress up and enjoy the fun side of Halloween...and that's how I approach Halloween in my craft room.  It's all about letting the kids have fun.  So with that in mind I made a fun party favor treat box.

I used several stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn, as well as some paper from CTMH to create my gift box.  I punched out the eyes and added glow in the dark tape behind them, so when you take it in a dark place...the eyes glow!  I put some candy corn and glow sticks inside the box, so it also glows through the spider webs.  This is a super fun box that I hope all the kiddos I give it to love it!






Thanks so much for joining me!  Next up on the hop is the fabulous Wendy, so be sure and check out the awesome project she made!