Saturday, January 30, 2021

Easy Watercolored Florals

 Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card I've watercolored with a dot chart from Van Gogh watercolors.  Van Gogh is the student grade line of watercolors that I enjoy.  They are from Royal Talens, the same company as Rembrandt watercolors, Rembrandt being the artist grade watercolors.  I did some loose floral watercoloring and since I've had so many requests to film my watercoloring...I'm finally trying to share some real time videos.  :)  This is the card I've made, and you can see the process if you would like to on my YouTube channel.  I used the stamp set from Not 2 Shabby, Bouquet of Happiness.

Thanks for joining me!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Not 2 Shabby Valentine's Day Release Hop & Giveaway!

 Hello, crafty friends!  I'm joining in the Not 2 Shabby video hop for the new Valentine's Day release.  I'm sharing several cards on my YouTube Channel, and Jamie is also doing a giveaway for a $25 gift card to her shop!  We would love you to like and comment on our videos, and I have the Raffle Copter link to enter for the giveaway in the description box of my video.  ;)  Here's a peek at the cards I'm sharing:

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

New haul video and card share!

Hello everyone!  I'm so sorry if you have received old blog posts.  Blogger has changed, and I am not up to speed on it.  I am much more active on Instagram and YouTube, than my I get much more comments on those platforms!  I do have a new haul video, and many cards to case you would like to check it out!  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!  xoxo

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Fall card Share!

 Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing three cards, as I'm still trying to play catch up from moving and enjoy some fall crafty goodness...  I've shared all the product info in my YouTube video, if you would like to check that out.

The good news is we have four of five beds put together, LOL!  My daughter still wants to wait to put her bed together, as the previous owner had a train room...she wants to remove the mountain border and all of the shelves and paint first before she puts her bed together.  So, she has opted for sleeping with her box springs and mattress on the floor for now.  Hopefully, I will have time to do all of that sometime before Christmas?!?  Any tips on removing wallpaper borders will be most appreciated!  ;)  Anyhoo....Back to the card share!  I'm still yet to have my craft/art studio just right, but I can find most of my favorite must haves anyway.

I made three fun cards, the first was a plain and simple card from MFT using the Autumn blessings stamp set.  I love this set so much, and can see it being a fall favorite for years to come!  Next a made my Design Team project for the Not2Shabby Shop, using Magical Winter stamp set for the adorable fox.  Next I was dying to play with the super cute Den Sweet Den stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  When I saw the release, I couldn't wait to make the mama bear hold her babies!  The die set is a MUST have, it allows you to cut out the outline of the bears arms, and slip something to hold inside!!  Books, coffee, babies, whatever you choose!  Yet another stamp set from the Lawn Fawn Release that will be hard to not use over and over again.  I'm playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 85 – AWESOME AUTUMN...yes two in one month.  Usually I can't get time to post one before the month has passed me by, lol.  

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Awesome Autumn Lawn Fawnatics Challenge

 Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card I've created, I finally had a chance to join the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge once again!  As many of you know, we have just relocated to Florida.  I love that I have a craft room again, after many years without one!!  So, this is my first card I've made in my new craft room...I had so much fun making it!  I used several stamps set as I always love to do. I've share all the details of how I made this cards in my latest YouTube video:

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Friday, March 6, 2020

New Spring/Summer Release Not 2 Shabby

Hello crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing two cards from the new Not 2 Shabby release! For the first card I used the N2S Tea Time Buddies. I stamped with Ink on 3 Fadeout Ink, and used Arteza Watercolor Pencils to color the images. I loved how easy it made the no-line coloring technique. Then I used a waterbrush pen to blend out the watercolor pencil pigment. I added splatters to my background, and framed the card panel. I have a tutorial of my easy watercolored card using watercolor pencils... Feel free to visit my YouTube Channel and Not 2 Shabby Video Hop for the Spring/Summer 2020 Release!

For the second card, I used the N2S Spring is in the Air stamp set. I stamped the images and colored with Copic markers. Then used the Falling from the Clouds Frame Die-namics and beaded a hundred beads, lol. I mounted the frame onto patterned paper to keep it simple, and added the sentiment from MFT.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Lawn Fawn Dream Craft Room Card & Not 2 Shabby DT Project

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season!  Today I'm sharing two cards.  The first card is my Design Team project for the Not 2 Shabby Shop.  You can use coupon code STEPH10 to save 10% off your purchases, excluding the new release products from Lawn Fawn.  I combined You're Just my Type from the new release with Mice on Ice and Love Letters.  The next card was such a fun card to create!  I created my dream craft room by combining several Lawn Fawn stamp sets, including sets from the new release.  Can you guess all of the stamp sets I used???  I share all the products in my latest YouTube video.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Not 2 Shabby Happy Halloween Card

Hello crafty friends!  Today I have a fun shaker card to share featuring the Not 2 Shabby Happy Halloween stamp set.  I used distress oxides to blend the background and added splatters with gouache.  Then I used the Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Card Mountain Add-On to cut out the moon and trees. I assembled the shaker card and colored the cute little witch up with Copic markers.  I used You're so Tweet for part of the sentiment.  

I shared this card, as well as many others in my recent haul video.  Click the photo below, if you would like to check it out.

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Rembrandt 48 Half Pan Watercolor set

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing new watercolors from Jackson's Art Supplies.  The Rembrandt 48 Half Pan Watercolor set!  I also have some pics of the Rembrandt color chart, that show the pigment info for each color.  I have indicated which colors came in my 48 pan set.  If you have tried these watercolors, I'd love to hear what you think of them.  I can't wait to swatch them all out, and play with them to see how transparent they are...and how well they mix.  I've read that the Viridian is hard to re-wet because it is the real deal, real Viridian.  Apparently most manufacturers boost their Viridian with PG7, and true Viridian has much better lightfastness.

I purchased this set after trying the much more affordable Van Gogh watercolor set, that is Royal Talens student grade line.  I was impressed with how pigmented they were, for student grade paints.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Lawn Fawn Mice in a Spooky Forest

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing my DT project for the Not 2 Shabby Shop!  This card was inspired my the Lawn Fawnactics Challenge, Awesome Autumn.  I made this card when the challenge first started, but I couldn't get a chance to edit my video until now.  So, I am barely squeaking in to enter it before the challenge closes.  Lol  Whew...this has been a super busy month with all kinds of ups and downs.  I knew before the challenge I wanted to cut the ice skates off the mice in the Mice on Ice stamp set, and use them all year long.  But, when I began creating this card I thought it would be fun to make the mice holding hands in the forest...and then discover they are in a spooky forest once night time comes!  It was a ton of fun to make this card.  I have a video on my YouTube channel, if you would like to check it out.

Lawn Fawn Mice on Ice Clear Stamp set

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing my last guest design project with Newton's Nook.  I've had so much fun, thank you so much for having me!!  To create my card, first I cut out a the card panel frame using the Frames & Flags Die Set.  Next I cut some Bristol Smooth Cardstock to fit inside the frame.  I blended a sunset background and splattered it with black and gold gouache.  Next I die cut some grass and layered it on the card panel.  I stamped images from Autumn Mice, and Garden Mice using Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I used hot pressed watercolor paper.  I wanted a soft look so I chose to color the images using the no line coloring technique.  I colored them with Caran D'ache Supracolor Watercolor Pencils.  I fussy cut the images out and began building my scene.  I wanted two of the mice to appear to be kissing each other in the sunset.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Fall Fringe with black ink.  I adhered the card panel to the card base using foam squares to complete the card.  I had so much fun coloring all of these adorable images! 

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Happy crafting!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Newton's Nook Pumpkin Latte

Hello everyone!  I'm excited to be back to share another fall card with you!  I just adore the
Pumpkin Latte Stamp set, and couldn't wait to make a card with it.  To create my card, I first splattered black and gold gouache onto the card base.  Then I die cut a frame out of patterned paper using the Frames & Flags Die set.  I popped the frame up using foam tape to adhere it to the card base.  Then I stamped the Pumpkin Latte Stamp set and embossed the images with gold embossing powder.  I used some Sennelier watercolors to paint the images, and added a bit of detail with watercolor pencils.  Then I dug through my scrap box to find a few alcohol backgrounds that I hadn't used in over a year.  I die cut leaves from the backgrounds using the Autumn Leaves Die set and adhered them to the frame.  I think my favorite may be the acorn, so cute!  Did you know you can mix your alcohol inks to create the perfect brown?!?  That way you don't have to buy ALL of the colors, especially colors you won't use often.  I had mixed black and orange to make the brown alcohol background.  I also added some gold, because everything is better with a bit of gold to me!  I used foam squares to adhere the images on top of the leaves, and popped up the acorn as well.  Then I added the sentiment from the Christmas Haul Stamp set, embossed in gold to complete my card.

Thanks so much for joining me!  Have a great week!!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Whimsy Candy Corn Dress Up Hidden Shaker Card

Hello everyone!  I'm thrilled to be a guest designer this month for Whimsy Stamps!  Today I'm sharing a hidden shaker card.  Candy Corn Dress Up Stamp set is so adorable, I had to play with it again!

 You can't see it's a shaker card, until you shake it.

 To create this card, first I blended Distress Oxides to create my background.  I love the bright green Twisted Citron, I think it looks so pretty in the background!  Then I stamped and embossed the background with the Spiderweb Frame Stamp set.   I splattered the background with Gouache.  I set the background aside to dry, and cut out my card panel out of purple cardstock.  Next I blended Distress Oxide ink around the edges to make it look like a night sky and splattered with Gouache.  Then I colored the images from Candy Corn Dress Up stamp set with Copic markers.  I popped the mummy candy corn image on a foam square.  I positioned him to have this foot in the air, so the sentiment would fit.  I adhered the other two images to the front of the card.  Then I stamped the sentiment using Candy Corn Dress Up Stamp set and You're My Boo Stamp set to complete the card. 

Thanks so much for joining me!  Have a great week!!