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Copic Coloring: Mani Thanks card

Copic Coloring: Mani Thanks card

The cards I make with shiny glass get lots of attention – and I do so wish I had some way to provide a scientific approach to making glass look glassy. “A stroke of this here, that there….and done!” But glass—and anything shiny—-take on the light and reflections around them, so they’re always different! If you want something specific, my recommendation is Googling a similar image, and doing that a lot til you get the “hang” of making it up yourself the way I do. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The embossing is on top of the Copic coloring – to try to color over embossing can ruin nibs.

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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Spring Bouquet Card (Studio Katia)

Spring Bouquet Card (Studio Katia)

These pretty little flowers were perfect for a technique using distress inks – and the MISTI. I created it on watercolor paper, and between the ink being open to movement with water, and adding watercolor….it came out so very pretty! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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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Enabler alert!!! 30 videos (and a screaming sale!)

 

Hi folks! I was scrolling through Ellen Hutson’s “oops” Category at that’s all on sale – and aside from all the goodies landing in MY cart, I thought I’d collect the items I have videos for. And guess what? Everything in that”oops” Category  is an ADDITIONAL 30% off with coupon code YAY- and there are lots of things that are already heavily discounted. That’s crazy on the discounts!!! But first….World Watercolor Month is in July!! I’ll be putting watercolor classes on sale, and doing some other fun things, so in case you need some supplies…here you go (and check OUT the prices on some of these, holy guacamole!)

 

Setting up a watercolor palette shows how to set up a palette if you haven’t as yet….  (Blog Post)

 

29 more videos

I’ve put the sale items above each video as links; if you need the full list of products, there’s blog post links to get you the rest of that information.

Holiday Words Dies,, Leaping Deer Die (Blog Post)

Essentials by Ellen, Tree Farm (Blog Post)

Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps, Thistle (Blog Post)

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set 1, Set 2, Set 3 (Blog Post)

 

 

Lawn Cuts Dies Shut The Front Door (Blog Post)

Avery Elle Dies, Petal Plate (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Four-Legged Friends (Blog Post)

Crazy Cats (Blog Post)

Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Wild For You (Blog Post)

Lawn Fawn Stamps, Costume Party (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Window Dies (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Nuts About You (Blog Post)

Avery Elle Clear Stamps, Brring On The Joy (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Ninja Warrior stamps (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Sweet Sloths (Blog Post)

Hero Arts Angel Stamp set (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things stamps: Mermazing, Ocean Pals (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps: Polar Pals, Dashing Deer (Blog Post)

Paper Smooches, Courteous Cuties (Blog Post)

Penny Black, Red Blush Stamp (Blog Post)

Concord & 9th Stamps, Stuck On You (Blog Post)

Flora and Fauna, Adventure (Blog Post)

Flora and Fauna Life is Lovely (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti Clear Stamps, Berry Sweet (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti Clear Stamps, No Tomorrow (Blog Post)

Impression Obsession Clear Stamps, Beary Sweet (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti, Puppy Love (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Sheep Flutter (Blog Post)

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Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class – ready for you!

 

Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class

It’s time! If you’ve missed the early registration, no worries – class was open for those who wanted to get a jump on ordering supplies and coloring their hex charts. Watch the trailer below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. Then read on for more class details!

Notes

  1. About supplies:
    1. To get started: If you have some colored pencils and some paper, any brand, you have enough to get started. I use a couple different kinds of pencils and paper throughout class just to prove you don’t have to have the fancy paper that I love – but you can see what results I get on different papers and decide what you’d like.
    2. Stamps: I asked Purple Onion to partner with me in having stamps for you in class; I think we scared her with wiping out stock so fast! So please be patient. Michele ordered more and they’ll go out in the mail as soon as possible. She’s created bundles of the Recommended and the Recommended + Optional – at a discount. If you only need a couple stamps though, she can’t accomodate handling discounts by the onesies. If you buy the whole group of stamps to get the discount you might be able to trade a friend, or save them for secret santa gifts this Christmas!
    3. Using other stamps: You can totally use other stamps you have. No need to use exactly what I’ve got! And you can also draw your own pictures, especially if you’ve been in my drawing classes. Wink wink!
    4. Digital downloads: Throughout class, especially the first 5 lessons, there are a bunch of downloads for practicing. So if your stamp order will be a while, there’s plenty for you to start with in the meantime!
  2. About signups:
    1. You can sign up ANY time. There’s no live content that requires you be there on a day or time to get content. It’s all accessible as soon as you purchase.
    2. There’s a funky Paypal-returning-to-Art-Classes thing in which it shows you a spinning yellow square. While it can be mesmerizing, just click out of it and go to your account. The payment should have gone through and class will be in your account.
    3. Some of you have bought enough classes that you have a “page 2” in your classes list. You can also just navigate to the class once you’re logged in, as if you’re going to go buy that class, and access the Curriculum from there; you don’t HAVE to go through your account page.

That’s about it from me….go get out your pencils and let’s have some fun in Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class!!

Sandy

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Yappy Happy Trifold Card – Heffy Doodle Hop

 

I want to wish a Yappy Happy 1st Birthday to everyone at Heffy Doodle! Can you believe it’s been a year!? I’m always proud of companies celebrating the milestones – it’s really hard to stay in business nowadays, and if they can withstand the pressures, they deserve the kudos! Be sure to scroll down to read how to join in the hop and qualify for awesome prizes!!

Yappy Happy Trifold Card

When asked if I’d participate, I saw this cute puppy stamp set – oh my! Dogs AND mail? Yeah bring it on! The dog in the middle panel “needed” to leap in the air, and I decided my card would be going “From” a US postal mailbox all the way across the pond – so it’ll be my sister’s birthday card when it comes round! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The trifold card format was fun for something with a little change. I love the little pup trying to open the box at the end – lol. That’s my G – our box from Chewy just arrived and he probably would have opened it himself if I’d let him. LOL!

To make the card base, I used two strips of 4-1/4″ cardstock – each had two square panels, and they overlap in that middle panel. If you have 12×12 cardstock you could do this more easily, just make the panels 4″ instead, but since I can’t remember the last time I had any 12×12, I made do with what I have on my cardstock shelf.

Hex Charts!

In case you’ve missed it….there are now four hex charts available! Copic has been around a while but now there are 3 brands of colored pencil. (Note that there won’t be watercolor or watercolor pencil charts – we can’t run watercolor paper through our home printers or use waterproof ink.) All charts are HERE.

And on Friday, the Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class content will be available! You can sign up for class now or then and I’ll remind you here on the blog on Friday to pop over this weekend to start learning. (You can join in class ANYtime, there’s nothing live that you need to be there for.) Note that I’ve added some things to the PreClass (click on Curriculum) – like the discount for stamps, and info on hex charts. 🙂

 

And now…the Bloghop!!

Two lucky winners will receive a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store. Leave a comment on each stop to qualify. Comment eligibility will close on 6/23/2018 at 12pm PDT; winners will be announced on June 24th on the Heffy Doodle Blog.

You can receive 20% off your order with my code : HeffyBirthday2uCoupon is only available on from June 13th -June 17th!

 

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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Beach Buds – Guest Video at MFT!

 

Hey everyone – it’s MFT day in my world! I made this darling little card using my Polychromos pencils…check it out on their blog HERE!

(Polychromos Hex Chart is HERE – as well as Prismacolor HERE and Luminance HERE) – and if you want to check out the new Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class it’s HERE!

Here’s the song I sang in the video…total flashback to the 80s!

 

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City Lady with Flower Shop Background (Copic)

How’s about a Sunday post instead of Monday? It’s new release day – and I have part two of last week’s video at Ellen Hutson’s!

Quick note! There are no bundles of the three ladies. Long story of my misunderstanding, but wanted you to know ahead, so…rock on!

Vacation Ladies: City, Woodsy, and Beach!

On Thursday I showed a peek at the new Ellen Hutson release with a Distress Oxide video, and today I’ve got a Copic video showing how to make the cool City Lady background! It’s pretty easy as backgrounds go – just layer up some colors for the soft flowers, and make some shapes for the shop! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Beach Lady also needed a background….and she’s on the Ellen Hutson channel – video is below, or click HERE to watch it.

There’s no video for Woodsy Lady…this one took quite a while to get it working right! Eeep! 

 

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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Colored Pencil Hex Charts + Jumpstart Class Prep

I’m so excited to share today’s post with all my colored pencil followers! You all have been so patient with me; I was waiting til I had all 3 main sets of pencils to do any of the hex charts, because I knew how much email would be generated asking for the other brands (LOL!)….so today I have all three for you. Plus – a class! First, lets’s do the get-ready-for-class video…

Pencil Supply Tags

I now have so many pencil sets and cases, I thought maybe tags will help me grab the right pencils for the right project. (A girl can hope, right?) Since it’s also new-release day at Purple Onion, I used the new Stacey Yacula stamps to make the tags. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I made cards with some of the new release stamps too, so you can see them a tidge better. Little sleeping mouse under the stars has a pillow I drew so he’d be comfy while napping under the stars.

Second, the bunny is saving a hug for you inside his little wreath…

And of course – a puppy had to look like my dogs, right? I decided the floppy ears suited Vienna best; she’s been voluntarily sitting “up” with her paw reaching out on her own lately – even without a cookie dangled to entice her!

At long last…the colored pencil hex charts! And Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class is open for pre-registration – preclass videos are there, supply lists are there…and I’m madly working on shooting and editing all the videos for class. It’ll all be done and ready soon, but I figured you guys could get busy prepping for class, getting charts colored, etc. Enjoy! And be sure to share with your friends – I know a lot of pencil folks haven’t been following me, since they figured I’d never get into pencil at this level. LOL.

 

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO WATERCOLOR OR WATERCOLOR PENCIL CHARTS.

(Sorry for the all-caps but this post has generated repeat questions in both comments here as well as all over social media.) Watercolor and watercolor pencils need WATER. Printers usually can’t deal with watercolor paper – ink flakes off. And it’s not waterproof. Please understand that if I find a way around it I will. But for now – no.

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.

  • Purple Onion/Stacey Yacula new release stamps used (full release HERE)
  • Colored Pencils: Choose one brand, or try the class with another you own. RYB are listed in case you wish to try out a brand.
      • Full set  DB | AMZ
      • Singles  DB
      • If buying just a couple colors to try, get a Red Yellow Blue White
    • Polychromos   (buy a HEX CHART if desired -this is on a separate site)
      • Full set  DB | AMZ
      • Singles  DB
      • If buying just a couple colors to try, get a Red Yellow Blue White
  • Papers: 
    • Neenah or any cardstock that runs through your printer
      • Classic Crest Solar White EH
    • Stonehenge DB | AMZ HIGHLY recommend trying this paper.
    • Bristol (choose 1, or get the Stonehenge above)
  • Pencil Storage
    • 150 pencil case AMZ
    • pencil cases (canvas) DB
    • pencil cases (faux leather) DB
    • PDF download for tags 
    • Pencil Sharpener – recommend both:
      • Electric QuietSharp  DB | AMZ
      • Handheld  EH | DB | AMZ  many other brands work fine
    • Gamsol EH | DB | AMZ  or  other Odorless Mineral Spirits, or Baby Oil  AMZ
    • Solvent jars AMZ
    • Blending Stumps EH | DB | AMZ
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Sneak Peek at June Ellen Hutson Release! (Plus ONE of TWO new classes!)

 

Hello friends! I’m over at the Ellen Hutson channel today with a sneak peek at Sunday’s release – with some Distress Oxide inking tips! And peeks at what’s coming up on my channel and hers on Sunday!

New Drawing Class!

I’ve made the Drawing MiniCourse live – so enjoy getting started if you’ve taken Drawing 101! It’s a fundraiser class, and each quarter I’ll be making a donation of 25% of proceeds to charities preserving these animals and their habitats! See the trailer video below, and the class over HERE at Art-Classes!

NOTE: Tomorrow is the opening day for Colored Pencil Jumpstart, the preclassroom will hopefully (gasp!) be ready by tomorrow morning. You’ll be able to sign up and start shopping for supplies and getting hex charts colored in for a while til I get all the lesson videos finished up! Hex Charts for Primacolor, Luminance, and Polychromos will be here on this blog as soon as I can get them set up – sometime during the day today!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s Copic project. Compensated affiliate links are 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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Simple watercolor leaves for your ladybug

 

Watercolor leaves for your ladybug

Did you ever catch bugs as a child, and keep them in little jars? I remember doing that – fireflies, ladybugs….we’d poke holes in the lids, tuck leaves in and add a few drops of water in hopes of keeping the little creatures alive. Alas, I eventually learned that these critters were never meant to live in jars! But – with stamps, I can return to the joy of watching a ladybug crawl along a leaf – but by painting it! Watch the video to see some simple tips to create graphic leaves to feed your Honey Bee Little Ladies! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

You could make endless cards with these little buggies….so many diffferent leaves and angles. Add a light blue wash for a sky background before painting the leaves and change it up even more!

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.