Thursday, August 8, 2019

Waffle Flower Wild Roses

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing a Design Team project for the Not 2 Shabby Shop!  I used the no-line coloring technique to watercolor the florals from the gorgeous Wild Roses stamp set.  I used Daniel Smith watercolors to watercolor the floral images, after stamping with Ink on 3 Fadeout Ink.  I die cut the images with the coordinating dies, then splattered all of the images with white, gold, and black gouache.  I added a bit more shading and detail using some watercolor pencils.  I used Bouquet Builder 2 stamp set for the sentiment, and some berries from Honey Bee Stamps Spring Peony.  I have a video on my YouTube channel, if you would like to check it out!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Christmas in July- Lawn Fawn

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing a Christmas in July project for the Not 2 Shabby Shop!  I combined many stamp sets, and made a scene card to make a card I've had in my mind since the Butterfly Kisses stamp set came out.   I'm also playing along with the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 57-Little Things.  I will have a full list of products listed below, and I have a video on my YouTube channel as well.

To make this card, I cut a window out of the front panel and used distress oxide inks to make a brick background.  Then stamped my sentiment for the front card panel.  I then cut a window out of the card base, and out of patterned paper that will go inside the card.  I added acetate and two layers of foam tape and made the window into a shaker card.  Then I colored all of my images from multiple stamp sets.  I attached all of the images, popping some up with foam squares to build my family of foxes at Christmas scene.  I love foxes, and Butterfly Kisses is one of my favorite stamp sets ever...and I love using it all year long!

My YouTube video:

Cardstock - Nennah Solar White 80lb
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses
Lawn Fawn Christmas Dreams
Lawn Fawn Cheery Christmas  
Lawn Fawn Coaster Critters  
Lawn Fawn Holiday Helpers
Lawn Fawn Winter Skies
Lawn Fawn Baaah Humbug
Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink-Jet Black
Waffle Flower Crafts Water Media Mat
Layering Stencil Bricked
Lawn Fawn Dies Shadow Box Add On Die-Theater   
Lawn Fawn Petite Paper Pack-Knit Picky 
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Lawn Fawn Peacock Spinner Card

Hello everyone!  I joined my very first Design Team, so I'm excited to share my first project for the Not 2 Shabby Shop today!  As soon as I saw the cute peacock stamp, I knew I wanted to make the peacock shake his tail feathers!  So, I decided to make a spinner card.  When I saw the new Lawn Fawnatics challenge for spectacular skies...that inspired me to create a sunset background.  To create my card, I used alcohol inks to create a background to look like a beautiful sunset.  Then I colored all of the images with copic markers.  I masked the head and wings of a second peacock to create the peacocks backside.  And, yes...I had to google what the backside of a peacock looked like.  Lol  I added some palm trees which I die cut out of colored cardstock, then added shading with copic markers.  I added some gorgeous gold ink for details and assembled the spinner card.  This card was so fun to make, I can't wait to share the tutorial on my YouTube soon as I get some peace and quiet for my voice over.    I'm entering this card in the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 53, I hope you played along too!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer Card

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card and tutorial on my YouTube channel.  I am using this to enter Lawn Fawnatic challenge 52-Pet Love.  The challenge is for pets, which in my dream world...I would walk out to Manatee's, sea turtles, dolphins and orcas in a giant aquatic santuary.  They would still be wild and free, I would just be able to see them up close like they are my pets!   I've thought about getting a salt water aquarium, for sea horses and starfish.  But, I can't do that in good conscience keep those creatures that have to be happier in the wild.  Of course, I will rescue a baby fox if I ever get the chance!  Until then we will give Bella, our yellow lab all of our love!

To make this card I used several stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.  I used Copic Markers to color all of the images and combined them with the Magic Picture Changer dies.  This card was so fun to make, and the Magic Picture Changer die is super fun and easy to use!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Galentine's Day Blog Hop

Hello everyone!!  Welcome to the Galentine’s Day Blog Hop!  You may have came from Jayma's blog, but this blog hop is a circle so hop on through. Today we are sharing Galentine's Day projects.  Do you celebrate Galentine's Day?!?  Me neither...Lol!  But, I do love the show Park's and Recreation, and I love the idea of celebrating a day with my girlfriends...if only they didn't all live so far away!  In my real world, we are already so busy with celebrations.  Today is my birthday!  Also, my anniversary was January 17th, so between my birthday and Valentine's Day...My kids have coined it ValenBirthdayVersary and we will be celebrating this weekend!  And WHEW, I am going to need lots of wine!  ;)  

I would love to start celebrating Galentine's Day, as a way to celebrate with my crafty friends!  Most of which I have met online and never get to see, but they still mean so much to me.  Since I hurt my arm awhile back, I was out of commission for awhile...and then, winter...even though it has not been very cold here in North Carolina.  I'm just a big baby with all the gray days.  I have a few crafty friends that have sent me cards and gifts, and I am really behind and returning the love.  This will be the perfect way to send cards and gifts back!  

If I have any chance of doing this, it has to be a quick and easy card.  I always have the best of intentions, but no joke, I have palettes of watercolors somewhere lost in my craft room...that had been drying and waiting to send with the *perfect* card, etc.  With this quick card, I can easily make multiples, and quit waiting to find said palette.

 If you saw my recent YouTube Video for Rainbow Valentine Card, you now know what the otter was for!  ;)  I thought I could easily turn that card into a Galentine's Day card as well.   To make the Galentine's Day card, first I stamped out the MFT Valentine Wishes.  I simply masked off the V in Valentine with scotch tape.  Then inked it up with Versafine ink, and used my MISTI to stamp it onto several cards.  Then lined up the G from MFT Handwritten Holiday where the V was, while masking everything but the G off.  Then stamped it with Versafine ink as well.  I heat embossed it all the stamping with gold embossing powder.  Then I stamped the otter from Otterly Love You with Gina K Amalgam black ink and colored with Copic markers.  I added the otter to the inside of the card.  I will add bunnies or coffee stamped images, to personalize the inside of each card according to the taste of the recipient.

Next on the hop is the super talented Amie Kiger!  So hop on over to her blog for more fun ideas on celebrating your best girlfriends, crafty or otherwise!

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My Favorite Things Rainbow Valentine Card

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing a cute Valentine's Day card with rainbow colors!  
To make this card, first I stamped using the MFT Valentine Wishes with VersaFine ink unto Gina K cardstock.  I then used small da Vinci Watercolor brush to paint with Finetec watercolors right over where I stamped.  I absolutely love these sparkly spring colors!  This gave a faux hand lettered look to the card.  I painted each word in a different rainbow color, and then painted the hearts.  After it was completely dry, I die cut the panel using MFT Blueprints 27.  Then I stamped out the bunny from Bubble over with Joy colored it with copic markers and die cut it.  I added foam square adhesive to the bunny to pop her up a bit, and positioned her like she is blowing kisses.  I hope this rainbow valentine card makes my daughter smile!

I did make a YouTube Video if you would like to see my process!

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Hello Bluebird Bee Happy

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card I created using the super cute Bee Happy stamp and die set from Hello Bluebird.

I stamped the images onto vellum paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Then I colored the images with Arteza brush pens and used the coordinating dies.  I mounted them on white cardstock, to make to coloring show up brighter.  I cut off one of the set of wings so they would show off the cute little wings better, and added some dots for detail.  I placed one of the bees in the flowers, so it would appear to is having the flowers tickle him!  Such an adorable stamp set!.  I added a gold glitter frame to finish off my card and added the sentiment on black cardstock.

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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: *Altenew Leaf Canopy dies set: *Sennelier l'Aquarelle Watercolor Tubes 10ml - Rose Dore Madder Lake 10ml Tube: *Sennelier l'Aquarelle Watercolor Tubes 10ml - Helios Purple 10ml Tube: *Sennelier l'Aquarelle Watercolour 10ml Tube S4 - Turquoise Green (843): *Daniel Smith 284610142 Extra Fine Watercolors Tube, 5ml, Cascade Green:

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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, 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!


----*Concord & 9th Wonderful Florals stamp & die bundle: 

----*Concord & 9th Wonderful Florals stamp & die bundle:

----*Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper:

----*VersaMark ink pad:

----*Ranger Gold Embossing Powder:

----*Arteza 24 Real Brush Pens:  (Amazon)

----*Arteza 24 Real Brush Pens: ( Use Coupon Code NEWARTEZA25 to save 25% today only)

----*Neenah Black 100lb Cardstock:

----*Neenah Desert Storm 80 lb Cardstock:

----*Gemini Jr by Crafter's Companion Gemini Jr Machine:

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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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