Posted on

Unboxing: The Greatest Gift

Unboxing: The Greatest Gift

I received an email last month asking me if I’d be interested in this Greatest Gift project – and I did a little poking around. They have an Indiegogo fundraiser going on right now to finance production on these kits – and I immediately thought of YOU, my cardmaking friends. We send cards because we want people to feel special – and THIS little gift is one we can give them to really amp that up! I shot an unboxing video because I could tell it would take me some time to get busy creating my first journal, and I wanted you to be in on the Indiegogo to be among the first to get these. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on  YouTube.

I’m pretty excited about getting more of these after I finish this one….it’s a matter of figuring out who to do first. Eeep! The first ones will go out to backers in February 2018 (estimated) – go get on the list by signing up at the Greatest Gift!

Greatest Gift

And just for fun….I’m curious if a non-cardmaking project like this is interesting to you guys. I often turn down special projects, because I know my audience wants to learn to color….but do you like this kind of thing? Would you get one? Who would you send it to? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on

R2C Day 12: Watercoloring snow spray – Ski-sons Greetings

Thanks everyone for joining me for the “Rush to Christmas” for these 12 days! I still have a few videos in the coming weeks (things I committed to like hops) but will be lightening up significantly for a few weeks, and gearing up for the new year. In the meantime I’m working on TWO new classes, hoping to get them launched for pre-registration this weekend at a discount, so be sure you’re subscribed over on that site so you get the email when it’s all ready to roll!

Watercoloring snow spray – Ski-sons Greetings

Today – another video by request! With all the skiing imagery in stamping nowadays, how do we make them look like that snow is spraying and shushing and whooshing? It’s not so hard at all in watercolor! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I tried one in Copic as well – same idea but with a different medium!

 

Today’s Charity

With the disappearance of liveable habitat for polar bears, I’m giving to Greenpeace. I saw this heartwrenching video from National Geographic of a polar bear who starved to death just after this filming – because there’s just no food for him. People, we need to do something. Give what you can. Carpool. Recycle, and better yet – don’t buy what you don’t need.

 

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.

Posted on

R2C Day11: Magical Monday – Freezing My Jingle Bells Off!

Magical Monday – Freezing My Jingle Bells Off!

It’s been a while since I shared a Magical Monday video….since we’re getting close to Christmas I thought it might be fun to just have something cheerful to watch and sing along with! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Today’s charity

….is a lot of LOCAL charities. Since the video today is all about being brrrrrrrr cold, I’m giving to help women and their kids stay warm and dry! I donated to a homeless shelter here in my town called Fusion – a friend of mine’s Mom started it, after she’d had an experience of domestic abuse – talk about finding a way to give back! I suggest you look for a small local shelter or service group near you. If you don’t have money to give, go donate some time making food, cleaning, whatever they need! And please don’t let this be just at Christmastime….they need help year round!

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.

Posted on

R2C Day10: Peekaboo Shaker Cards (with puppies)

Peekaboo Shaker Cards (with puppies)

Peekaboo windows. Shaker cards. And puppies. All in one! Okay technically all in four cards. These are lots of fun to make, and keep the coloring limited – some easy diecutting and fashioning of a shaker….badaboom badabing! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s peeks at each one of the cards…..so darned cute!

Today’s charity

I’m sending some money to the Humane Society today. Why? Because the data on animal welfare was removed from the USDA website in February 2017 – which has bothered me since I read that. The Humane Society has been watchdogs and need information to monitor what’s going on out there….which uses the federal records, as well as state inspection reports, to publish its annual “Horrible Hundred” dog breeding operations that have been cited for welfare violations. They have had a Stop Puppy Mills campaign going on since September.

We can’t go restore all that data that was lost, but at least we can give, and promote adoption of pets! There are a ton of charities that help pets….go give a little to your local shelter or a national charity!

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.

Posted on

R2C Day9: Making Thank You Cards

Making Thank You Cards

I decided to toss in thank you cards – because, well….don’t forget! Mama taught good manners – say thank you! Having some thank you cards done *before* Christmas would make it a lot easier to get around to writing those notes after Christmas day! You could also use these sweet little penguins for your Christmas cards, just nab a sentiment from a different set. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The “trim” I added to the bottom is simple – a strip of a scrap of red paper, alongside two debossed lines made with my scoring tool!

The ribbon embellishment is threaded through two little holes – ant it only needed to be a knot, rather than a thick bow.

Today’s charity: one little boy

The family of Ryland Ward, 5, still in the hospital, is requesting YOUR Christmas card with $1 in it so they can fill his room with joy & buy him a Go-Kart. 🎅 Vroom!!! Send it NOW please!

Ryland Ward
P.O. Box 174
Sutherland Springs, Texas, 78161

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.

Posted on

R2C Day8: Paint a colorful night sky (Penny Black Sending Wishes)

Paint a colorful night sky

The sky is the feature in today’s watercolor project – and really, if you paint an incredible sky, nobody will be looking at anything else! It’s fun to watch the colors mix and blend – and to try to train them to start and stop when YOU want them to. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Today’s charity

The sky in the card makes me think (in a funny way) of global warming…caused by a girl and her pup? lol. So the charity I’ve donated to is the Union of Concerned Scientists. I’ve long admired their work in a science-based, fact-based approach, which is the only way we’ll get to solving the problems ahead of the earth. When you give you become a “member” – does that make me a scientist? I feel smarter already! Join me if you’d like to feel smarter too.

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.

Posted on

R2C Day7: Color an icy skating pond

R2C Day7: Color an icy skating pond

Another popular request due to all the skating stamps out nowadays….an icy pond! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Aren’t they little cutie patooties??

Today’s Charity

In honor of our little skating mice skating on frozen water….I’ve made a nice little donation to Charity Water – I am very conscious of the fact that we in America take our clean water for granted. It always comes out of the tap, and we can find fountains in the mall to get a quick drink, and have bottled water to keep us hydrated when we’re out. But in so many places around the world, that’s not so. Women, especially, have it hard – they often walk for miles with gas cans on their heads to transport water that has been shared with cows! So if you had a big drink of cool clean water today….consider buying a cup for someone else too!

Guest video at MFT!

And now…head over to MFT for this month’s Copic coloring video – HERE!

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.

Posted on

R2C Day6: Sweet Llama Christmas Card – Colored Pencil

Sweet Llama Christmas Card – Colored Pencil

Today I’ve got some coloring tips for you with colored pencils – and a darling simple llama card! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Today’s charity

When I think of llamas, one thing that comes to mind is a scarf I was given made from llama wool many years ago – so I think of the woman in South America who made it! Today I want to bring up an organization called Ten Thousand Villages – I’ve shopped in person at one of their retail locations before, and spent a bit of moolah over at their web store for this season. I’m certain you’ll find something there for that hard-to-shop-for person…something with a story behind it!

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.

Posted on

R2C Day5: Otterly Cozy Winter Card

 

Otterly Cozy Winter Card

This card is one that got so many requests on Instagram that I relented…lol! I’ve done water a lot, but not with an icy landscape above, so here we go with that – also, I made it a little differently than the original card, with different colors and with more of a Valentines theme. Love stamp sets that can do multiple seasons! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And out of curiosity, I wondered what a group of otters is called – and unironically…it’s called a “raft”!!! I bet if they were all floating on the surface together that’s what they’d look like, eh?

Here’s the original card from Instagram….with floating candy canes!

Today’s charities

I like to support charities that make a difference in areas I’m interested in. One, of course, is the Otter Project! I absolutely loved my trip to the Monterey area last year and seeing the otters – and this org protects them and educates us about how we can help. Donate here.

The other that I donated to today is Wikimedia Foundation –  the nonprofit behind Wikipedia! I used them to find out about the otter raft….and that’s when I was reminded that at this time of year I give them some money because I look things up on their site all. year. long! They also publish a yearly If you can remember the last couple things you found on Wiki, go give them at least a couple bucks!

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.

Posted on

R2C Day4: 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist – AI Watercolor

R2C Day4: 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist – AI Watercolor

Every year, Ellen Hutson gathers together some crafters to create tags – with a feminine twist! It’s my turn today, along with the talented Laurel Beard…go see her tag over on the Ellen Hutson blog, because she’s got some Art Impressions going, too! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The vellum tag can be torn from this tag so the watercolored tag can be saved and used for an ornament – or regifted on another package by writing on the back!

Today’s charity

The coziness of the cottage on this tag has me thinking about how *not* cozy our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are this Christmas. They still have sporadic power and potable water. So many homes are still a shell with a tarp tied on top. They’d love to be at a cottage like this one….and though I can’t build them a house, I can do my part and donate.

One of my wonderful readers named María is from Puerto Rico – she is currently in Florida – gave me an update on my previous fundraiser. She let me know that some of the charities have been more effective than others, and she has family on the ground giving her the true scoop. Probably kinda like the government agencies that have been on the sporadic side too. But I was gratified when she told me that The Hispanic Federation/Unidos is doing excellent work, because I’ve been making monthly donations there, at the recommendation of Lin Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame) whose recommendation I trusted. It was great to hear the same from a reader who agreed! So….go give. Be generous. Let’s help Puerto Rico have a little bit merrier of a Christmas.

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.