Sunday, May 15, 2022

Schmincke Horadam Cesc Farré | Swatches + Painting

Hello, everyone! Today I'm sharing the Schmincke Horadam Cesc Farré swatches and a painting on my YouTube channel. I thought it might be helpful to have the photos here, as well.

It's a gorgeous watercolor set!  I was so happy to find it at Jackson's Art Supplies.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Paul Rubens Emerald & Gucai Watercolor Sets

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all doing well!  

It's been quite awhile since I posted on my blog.  I have some artwork to share today!  Paul Rubens kindly sent me a some new products and I've used them to paint a humpback Whale.  I have a video on my YouTube channel if you would like to see my painting in process, as well swatching from the new watercolor set.

I used a Mop brush and the Paul Rubens Emerald Watercolor set to paint a Humpback Whale on the 100% Cotton Watercolor Block.  After painting the whale I added splatters with Magenta, Indigo and gold from the  Paul Rubens GUCAI watercolor set .  It was so much fun, and yes...I love the new pretty palette!  I'm always a bit of a sucker for pretty packaging.  I really did enjoy all of the products!  Thank you to Paul Rubens for sending them to me!  ;D

Take care!


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.  

Thanks for joining me!


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:

Thanks for joining me!

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!!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Newton's Nook Autumn Mice

Hello everyone!  I'm so happy to be back guesting again with Newton's Nook!!  Today I'm sharing a fall card inspired by the adorable Autumn Mice stamp set.  My favorite way to make cards is to combine old and new stamp sets, it's so fun and I often can't help myself!  When I began creating this card, I found so many sets that went perfectly to build a wreath of fall mice.  First, I cut out my card panel out of  using the Frames Squared Die.  Then I stamped multiple images from Autumn MiceGarden MicePumpkin Latte, and Harvest Tails onto masking paper and cut them out.   Then began building my wreath and attached all of the masks with washi tape to a circle stencil.  This made it simple to place each stamp before stamping with my MISTI.  I stamped each image with a no line coloring ink pad.  Then colored all of the images with Copic Markers, using the no line coloring technique.  I after coloring with Copic markers, I love to add even more shadows and detail with colored pencils.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Fall Fringe with black ink in the center of the wreath.  Lastly, I blended some Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany using the Falling Leaves Stencil.  I thought the blended leaves looked so beautiful peeking behind the card panel.  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, it truly was a labor of love!  I have a tutorial of this card on my YouTube channel, if you would like to see my process.    

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I hope you have an amazing week!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Newton's Nook Fall Fringe Shaker Card

Hello crafty friends!   I'm sooo excited to be guest designer for Newton's Nook this month!  Today I'm sharing a shaker card I made using the beautiful Fall Fringe stamp set.  To make this card I stamped the images onto watercolor paper and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  Then I watercolored the images with Daniel Smith and Sennelier watercolors.  Then I die cut the frame and card panel using the Frames Squared Die Set.  This die set made turning this card into a shaker card so easy!  I heat embossed the sentiment onto Heat Resistant Acetate, and assembled my shaker card.

Thanks for joining me!  Head to the Newton's Nook Blog for more inspiration!!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Lawn Fawn Mice on Ice Spinner Card

Hello crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a third card I created with the new adorable Mice on Ice stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  I created a spinner card to play along with the Lawn Fawnatics Something See Through Challenge.  I have been so loving the new Lawn Fawn release!!!  To create this card I stamped and die cut the mouse, and stamped again using the mirror image technique.  Then I die cut them with the coordinating dies and colored them with Copic markers.  Then I assembled my spinner card with a few Lawn Fawn dies.  I love how easy this came together, it was so fun to make!!

Thanks for joining me!

Lawn Fawn Mice on Ice Slider Cards

Hello crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing my project for the Not2Shabby Design Team.  I've created two slider shaker cards using the Mice on Ice stamp set from the new Lawn Fawn release.  I saw the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge-Something See Through and I knew I wanted to make a shaker card with these adorable mice skating on an icy pond.  I stamped and die cut all of my images and colored them with Copic markers.  Then I assembled my first shaker card, using patterned paper for an easy background.  I assembled my shaker card, then I realized I forgot to cut a slider slit in the acetate.  I had wanted to make the mice holding hands while skating, and I thought I would try to make a slider card using clear thread instead...and it worked!  I used foam squares to attach the rest of the trees to complete my card.  I created the next slider card almost the same way.  I used distress oxide inks to create the night sky and moon, then assembled my shaker card.  Then a went to Hobby Lobby to find flat beads instead...and my next slider card worked much better and is now the easiest way I have ever made a slider card!!  I have a YouTube video, if you would like to see how I made it.

Thanks for joining me!!