Speed Paint + news + winners

Speed Paint + news + winners

Warning: LONG post with lots of bits!

Winter Farm

I’ve been on a YT sabbatical, believe it or not – LOL! I know, I know. A sabbatical means no one hears from you. But for me it just means you hear from me less. And with things that I feel like doing rather than things I feel like teaching. Today…I just felt like some loose painting. Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used my Daniel Smith Watercolors and size 8 and 12 round
Silver Brushes on a block of Saunders Waterford cold press. Photo is based on a photo by Shirleygen at PMP-art.com ; if you’re looking for photos to inspire you that are legal to use, sign up for a free membership there!

Now at Society6

I’ve added some watercolors….soon you should see everything under the “new” section. For some reason they take a little while to populate so hopefully by morning they’ll be at the top, along with some other new things! But here’s a preview:

Winter Farm, watercolor
By request: Get the cardinal now as greeting cards HERE
Misty Ocean, watercolor
Transparent Sun, watercolor

Guest video

Today is my guest post over at MFT – using purples for shadows on yellow flowers! My Copic Jumpstart students have seen this, but watching the impact on a flower, well –  I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Facebook Live Christmas Parties

I’m going to do a few parties….

New classes coming

And….kind of excited to announce some new classes coming!

  • Mini Drawing Class for kids: Dogs and Cats! On hopefully Monday, if I get everything done, it will post – it’s going to be just $5….they’ll learn how to draw/color in a variety of Crayola mediums. Yes, I said Crayola! 
  • On Christmas Eve, a new Mini Mixed Class: Red Roses! It’ll have the same rose in pencil, colored pencil, Copic, and Watercolor. I think. I’ll be shooting it next week. As a mini it’ll be $15.99, and will be on sale right at the launch – so if Santa asks what you want, you can ask for a gift certificate!

Giveaway winners

Last week for the Pretty Things hop…..here are the winners:

  • A set of three packs of distress crayons: Dana Driscoll
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils: Linda Thurston
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils: Mary Werner
  • A pack of Faber Castell Art Grip watercolor pencils: Catherine Garcia
Clean and simple cards (and new video lights!)

Clean and simple cards (and new video lights!)

Clean and simple cards (and new video lights!)

Gameboard card

Tic Tac Toe die and Confetti Kisses make a fun gameboard to send an interactive card…think about other dies that could be used for game pieces too! The envelope die isn’t new but was perfect to hold the game pieces.

High Five

Sentiment lover? High Five is a fun one! It has a couple different sentiment themes and I chose blowing kisses and the cute thought balloon. (Check out Ardyth’s birdies with it, OMG!) I embossed the white sentiment and then added clear embossing to the hearts. Bonus tip – I recently got some Catherine Pooler nks (Rockin Red and Midnight– and it made stamping the thought bubble a once-and-done effort! I wondered why folks were so excited about them. 🙂 I usually don’t worry much about inks since I’m mostly about coloring, but these are great especially for solid stamps!

Hands and Hang On

Hang On is another sentiment set – and I had to use love you this much. I made my own “sleeves” and cut the cardstock width down so the card would fit inside an envelope.

Letterboard

I have a real-life letterboard, and was tickled to see I could make cards with one now! There’s a set of letters that comes with the board, then also 3 other die sets – larger alphas, and 2 script words sets. The light bulb is from the recent anniversary giveaway set – just tossed on a little watercolor. For anything like these tiny letters, be sure to put Stick It Adhesive  on the back before diecutting, that way your letters come out as stickers!

Lights

And last but not least the new lights! Mine had stood me in good stead for over a decade and finally sputtered to a halt – so I ordered these from B&H. I got two of the Dracast lights along with two of these stands and two pins (these go inside the Dracast to receive the screw from the stand.)

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.Uni-ball Impact Gel

Pretty Things Bloghop: Winter Cardinal – with a story

Pretty Things Bloghop: Winter Cardinal – with a story

WARNING: This video is a bit different than my usual. It includes a story in the voiceover that might not be good for your little ones; if it makes you uncomfortable, just turn off the sound and watch with Christmas music for a more cheerful version.

Winter Cardinal

The word “cardinal” is from the Latin cardo, meaning hinge. Something that has cardinal qualities is so important that it functions as a keystone or axle; other things hinge around it. Our difficult life experiences, as well as the positive ones, can be the anchors around which God develops our character. They don’t define us, but can instill deep compassion in us for the hardships of others.

An experience from decades ago contributed to shape who I am; it’s not one I’ve shared with anyone until very recently. In today’s video, I share that story as a way to encourage others who have been through traumatic experiences, that you might know you are not alone.

Watch it below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”-2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Help for survivors

If you need assistance coping, please reach out to someone. Especially during the holidays – these can be a rough few weeks ahead. There are many who care…..I’ve listed just a few hotlines:

The bloghop and prizes

There are 18 lovelies participating in the hop, and some prizes along the way too! I have some packages of lightly-used art supplies to give away to help 4 randomly drawn commenters make something pretty too::

  • A set of three packs of distress crayons
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir watercolor pencils
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils
  • A pack of Faber Castell Art Grip watercolor pencils

Now hop along and go see what everyone else is making today:

  1. Sandy Allnock (you’re here)
  2. Josefine Fouarge
  3. Rubeena Ianigro
  4. Leigh Houston
  5. Mamie Carson Wadsworth
  6. Tania Ahmed
  7. Ana Reese
  8. Tracy Freeman
  9. Amy Tsuruta
  10. Tracie Pond
  11. Sharna Waksmulski
  12. Alix Davis
  13. Janette Kausen
  14. Mayra Duran-Hernandez
  15. Kimberly Wiener
  16. Seeka
  17. Joanne Maree Soukup
  18. Crissy Salima Smith

My painting is now at Society 6, and any proceeds are being donated to RAINN. I’m hoping to add some more of my recent work to the site over the weekend- let me know if there’s something in particular you’ve wanted prints of and if I still have it here I’ll photograph and add it. Because Christmas is coming! The original is framed and will be hanging at my church in the next few weeks.

Christmas Tag (with a feminine twist!): Sweet Little Penguin Tag

Christmas Tag (with a feminine twist!): Sweet Little Penguin Tag

 

Sweet Little Penguin Tag

Ellen Hutson always creates a beautiful series of Christmas Tags with a feminine twist! This year I’m paired up with the amazing Carissa Wiley and I’m going to guess I’ll be outglittered by her sparkly self…she is SO talented! (Go see her tag here!)

Our inspiration picture is this one: gotta LOVE all the black and white with a pop of green, all with kraft underlying it. And detailed ribbons and stitching!

I made a quick lil video for my tag – and giftwrap! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Aren’t these the sweetest lil penguins ever!?!? Watch my Instagram for more of them in coming weeks – I won’t be making lots of videos or doing blog posts through December, but I’ll be sharing the rest of my Christmas cards with crazy backgrounds on IG and Fb!

The giftwrap is so super easy….just watercolor on kraft!

And for those who are in the Clearly Copic Glass class.…this is a crazy version of the candy jar lesson!

Bible Journaling this week

All through Advent I’ll be sharing techniques for backgrounds – this time I actually used acrylic paint!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Easy Stamped Gift Bags + MFT guest post!

Easy Stamped Gift Bags + MFT guest post!

 

Easy Christmas Stamped Bags

It’s getting late to show any more Christmas cards (scroll back through my blog if you still need ideas, I’ve shared a gajillion!) – so how about some simple stamped kraft bags? I picked these up at my dollar store – and can easily make the 20 needed! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And I’m also guesting on the MFT blog today using the same stamp set and my Albrecht Durer pencils….go see!

 

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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