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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