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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---------Products Shown in Haul------------

~~~~Daniel Smith watercolors purchased from~~~~
Purchased from The Merri Artist:  http://www.merriartist.com/Daniel_Smith_Watercolor_s/904.htm

Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Burnt UmberDaniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Burnt Sienna
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Manganese Blue Hue
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Phthalo Green (BS)
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Quinacridone Coral
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Quinacridone Deep Gold
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Quinacricone Gold (PO49)
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Rose of Ultramarine
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Sap Green
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor~Sepia

~~~~Amazon Haul~~~~~

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


*Grafix 4-1/2-Ounce Incredible White Mask Liquid Frisket:  http://amzn.to/2hUCILn


*Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count:  


Palette shown~

*DOWAN 12.6-inch Porcelain Deviled Egg Dish/Egg Platter with 25-Compartment:  http://amzn.to/2zt4pSL


*DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Primary Watercolor Set, 3 Tubes, 15ml:  http://amzn.to/2zt4fe7


*Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 10x14:  http://amzn.to/2AaNYNZ


~~~~~Jackson's Art Supply Haul~~~~~

Schmincke : Horadam Watercolour : 12 Colour Dot Card : 1 Per Customer:  https://www.jacksonsart.com/schmincke-horadam-watercolour-12-colour-dot-card




Schmincke : Horadam Watercolour Paint : Half Pan : Sap Green:  https://www.jacksonsart.com/schmincke-horadam-watercolour-half-pan-sap-green





Sennelier : Watercolour Paint : Full Pan : Opera Rose:


Sennelier : Watercolour Paint : 10ml :Indian Yellow:



Sennelier : Watercolour Paint : Classic Metal Tin Set Of 12 x 10ml Tubes:











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 MFT 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!








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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.  Affiliate links listed below, thanks for your support!  I also posted a process video on my YouTube channel, if you would like to check it out!






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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!