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Unboxing: Gemini Junior from Crafters Companion

 

Unboxing: Gemini Junior from Crafters Companion

I don’t typically do unboxing videos – but with a big item like this, and a fresh new box, I figured I’d give it a shot. Big ups to Crafters Companion for sharing this with me so I can share it with you! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card is pretty simple – a border on the front, nested red “love” sentiment, and a red panel inside. The backside of the sentiment portion is covered with white cardstock to keep it clean.

Specs

  • Dimensions: Height 5.4″, Width 10.6″, Depth 7.6″
  • Weight: 10.16 lbs
  • Pass through time: 10 seconds
  • 110V/120V power requirements

Overall thoughts

I’m impressed with the functionality – for those who want to do fancy digital things and projects connected to your computer, this is likely not something you need. But if you’re a basic person like me, and want something that 1) fits in your craft room (ha!) and 2) does really nice clean diecutting and embossing….I can definitely recommend the Gemini Junior.

My only negatives are rather silly things: it has no handle on top like other machines, so it’s a 2-handed carry job. (If you plan to haul it to a crop, you’ll need to make a separate trip. And it’s slightly heavy, so if you’re single and have trouble lifting 10lbs, you might want help getting it put in place. But the handles are VERY comfortable to carry it by. And I like the fact that it’s heavy so it’s not going to “walk” across the shelf it’s going to sit on, like my old machine (which has fallen off completely a few times!)

Thumbs up!

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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Bears in Vellum Envelopes (Art Impressions Valentine Bears)

Bears in Vellum Envelopes

Every Valentines season, AI comes out with some cute critter stamp set I have to get and stamp up – this year is no exception! It’s bears this time…and I also decided this time to get out a type of watercolor that I haven’t used in ages – Dr PhMartin’s Hydrus Watercolor! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Hydrus watercolors come in sets of 12 – Set 1, Set 2, and Set 3, each with a pretty good range of colors. There’s a chart of colors HERE.

 

I think this is my favorite lil bear in the set – he’s looking at his little string of hearts with such bewilderment! Stamping it in the lower left side of the card, it leaves the space open for addressing the envelope, putting a return address, and a stamp.

Same with the little teacup….lots of space so the writing on the envelope can be seen.

These lil bears – oh my. Teamwork, eh?

I used a piece of vellum to test my inks to see that the Lawn Fawn ink wouldn’t run. I didn’t run it through water, but the ink didn’t move while painting or smoodge with my finger. If you do find your ink moves, you might put a little scotch tape over 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.

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Watercolor a Fuzzy Koala

 

Watercolor a Fuzzy Koala

I had to pick up this lil koala when I saw him….sooooooo sweet! The banner can be swapped out for several sentiments – including valentines – and I chose a free hugs sentiment. Coz I want a hug from this lil guy! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sneak peeks!

Coming soon…   Penguins,     Heart You,   Crimson Blush, and Valentine Bears (so new they aren’t in stock yet, but will be shortly!)

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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Scene Card: Watercolor Viking

 

Scene Card: Watercolor Viking

I’ve enjoyed coloring vikings before…this guy? Oh yeah baby! He’s fun. Though I’m not certain of the setup of his outfit…anyone know if that’s a big cuff on his hand holding the ax? lol! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

For being a tough looking Viking dude – he’s awfully cute. And fun to color!

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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Birds on a Branch – Guest post

Hello friends! I’m here just to ping you about the bird card I warned you was coming….it’s this little colored pencil cutie. Hop over HERE to see the video!

 

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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Hamster with Mouthful of Pizza – Art Impressions

 

Hamster with Mouthful of Pizza – Art Impressions

Earlier this month I told you some stamps are in the “I JUST NEED TO COLOR THAT” category – this is one of them! (For hamster lovers, it might be a must-have.) And I stand by it – he’s cute as all heck! Especially with pizza….. 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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ICYMI

*ICYMI = In case you missed it (I did!)

Last night I was putting in an order for a few things I needed, and noticed the graphite paper on deep discount, and that led to staying up way too late last night shopping! I know Ellen’s sent out emails about clearance category stuff, but I don’t usually just ‘troll around’ to see if there’s stuff I “need” for fear of the condition of my wallet. But…..just for fun, I did last night. And I thought you might want a reminder to peek in there.

There are 30 pages worth, but the last 10 are already gone, which leaves “only” (ha) 20 pages worth of ridiculous-priced deals. I tossed together a couple quick suggestions below, but there’s tons in the Clearance tab. The SCREAMING deal on graphite papers, holy cow – a buck and change!?! (I am so stingy with mine, I keep it for a decade, but I’m picking up a few packs at this price!); Colourblend and Aquablend pencil sets (more than these two pictured); some pretty coloring books (all my fave Pepin are on sale, not just this one shown below, and lots of brands are on sale but not in Clearance, just look in Coloring Books); stamps for springtime seasons, I linked a couple here, and there are some other stamps too. And I’m really stressing over getting the MFT dinosaurs that I missed out on….I have soooo many dinos, do I need this one too? Gah.  And there are some lonely die sets without matching stamp sets – check and see if any sets you already own are in there, pick up the dies on the cheap! All sizes of the Cosmotop brushes are way seriously discounted too – I nabbed one of the Round 30s, coz I’ll never find one at that price. (I still love my Silvers, but I don’t have a 30 and wanna play with one – I have some huge watercolor panels that need a BIG brush!)

And I promise not to tell anyone you went shopping. You have my permission…we’re on a new budget year, right? Ha!

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Better Together Bloghop – Airbrushed Heart

Better Together Bloghop – Airbrushed Heart

A collaboration between Hero Arts and Ellen Hutson birthed these tweet little birdies (haha!) – and I had to airbrush them into a sweet little heart. See the rest of the cards on the hop using the list further down in this post – many cute cards to come, I’m betting! I’ll have another card later this week on Ellen’s blog so keep an eye out! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Lots of shapes can be airbrushed behind images – and if you don’t have an airbrush, just use some inks and a blending tool! 

Bloghop

To celebrate the release, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop! To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog by 11:59 PST on January 28th. 

Hop starts here:The CLASSroom

 

Bible journaling video today

For those who participate in Bible Art Journaling – today’s is watercoloring God-rays!

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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Art Classes Students + a YouTube Change + Copic challenge

Betty White’s birthday was this week….I couldn’t resist trying to paint her! I used the back of a reject painting, so don’t ever throw stuff away, you can always practice on the other side of watercolor paper!

Facebook Group

Lots of students have been sharing their homework in our Facebook group – it’s all classes mixed in together so you can see what other students are creating in other classes and decide if you think you want to try one.

I’m going to test out Facebook Live for Drawing 101 students Sunday 21st at 1pm Pacific time; we’ll be looking at how to use a grid to enlarge an image. In future live broadcasts I’ll do ones with tips for different classes on the website. While students not in class are welcome to watch, I won’t be answering questions that are already covered in class, just elaborating on a particular tip related to class.

And a note about the group: you guys know I overwhelm my plate with to-do’s on a regular basis. I’m checking in on the Facebook group each evening, so if I don’t answer there right away, know I’ll be swinging in later. I did ask Rosy this week to be a moderator, though, so she’s being super helpful and encouraging, and can help approve new members when I’m not around. (But she’s in Hawaii so you might still need to wait for time zones a little bit!)

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#CopicColors Challenge

Copic is doing something kinda fun this year – highlighting a trio of markers each month and inviting artists to participate. (Spoiler alert, I’ll get to be part of one soon!) You can see this month’s color selection HERE.

A YouTube change

YouTube announced changes to their program; to combat “spam” channels, they changed the threshold for being part of their partner program, and drastically increased both the subscriber count and watch time minimums. With only a month’s notice. My main channel is fine. But my Bible Journaling channel is new (started in September), so it hasn’t met the watch time count yet. Channels need to meet the numbers by February 20th. It’s not crucial to be part of the YT program, and channels can join later once their channel grows, but many in the YT community are frustrated by this, feeling icky about being kicked out of the program. But read on to find out how you can help. First – my own numbers:

  • Requirements — minimum 4,000 hours of watchtime in the past year + 1,000 subscribers
  • My main channel — has 200,000 hours in the past year and 78,500 subscribers
  • Bible journaling channel — has 2,400 hours since September 1 and 2355 subscribers

If you’re interested in Bible Journaling, I’d love if if you’d turn on a playlist and let some videos run (even silence them if you want, haha!). You can also SHARE the channel on your social media and see if you have friends who’d be interested in that kind of content. To find playlists, go to the channel and click on the “playlists” tab.

If you watch videos from other small-ish channels, do the same for them. Go turn on their playlists and let ’em run. Share them with others. Do a little every day for the creators you appreciate, and let’s see if we can combat the YouTube rules!

 

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Watercoloring Coffee Cups – Right at Home ‘Cup of Joy’

Watercoloring Coffee Cups – Right at Home ‘Cup of Joy’

The cute cups in this stamp set by Right at Home are large – easy for coloring – but have thin lines; that gave me the idea to use them for some no-line watercoloring. I used a distress oxide (an ink that dissolves a little with water) to stamp it. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The colors used for painting this picture: Quinacridone Gold, Quin Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, Permanent Yellow Deep, Sepia

And did you know what today is? Artist as Outlaw Day! How should we celebrate!??

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.