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Loosely Painted Holly + winners

Loosely Painted Holly + winners

Loosely Painted Holly

Happy Anniversary to Ellen Hutson and her crew! One more post this week to celebrate the achievement…it’s not easy to keep a business open in the marketplace today, and to do it with honor and integrity! I’m so proud to be associated with them – and I know many of you have become faithful customers too….yay for great customer service, eh? Anyway – I’m trying a technique I’ve used a few times before – on buttercups and poppies – and now on holly! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I think I’ll be painting lots of flowers this way….so loose and fun!

In case you missed it yesterday – there’s a Black Friday sale going on over at Art-Classes that lasts all weekend into cyber Monday! The winners of yesterday’s giveaway are on the blog there.

24 Tags of Christmas WINNERS!

I’ll be emailing for mailing addresses…congrats!!! (Black Friday winners from Art-Classes are listed HERE. The sale continues on classes through Monday!)

  1. Terri Scott
  2. Heather Spaw
  3. Marie Duncan
  4. Sally Puckett
  5. Diana Mills
  6. Robin Ridpath
  7. Olga Dendrinou
  8. Allison Waibel
  9. Brienne Coombs
  10. Kerry Fitzpatrick
  11. Aisha Roberts
  12. Margot Ferrera
  13. Susan King
  14. Joyce Stewart
  15. Melissa Friedrich
  16. Stacey White
  17. Marie Abernathy
  18. Teresa Dawson
  19. Theresa Petermann
  20. Robin Gasser
  21. Jo Colchado
  22. Lilibeth Mendoza
  23. Susan Eliot
  24. Frances Sheegog

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.

Nativity Week #4: Critter Nativity

Nativity Week #4: Critter Nativity

And now for something yet a bit different – another nativity, but this time attended by critters only!

Nativity Week #4: Critter Nativity

I decided since I had some of the new Purple Onion stamps from their recent release that are facing into the card – drawing a little manger between them would be perfect! But the art supplies I grabbed along the way gave me a little surprise….but it kinda worked anyway. Enjoy the speed coloring – and my silly chatter! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

These are the colors used on this card, from the Caran d’Ache line of Museum Aquarelle watercolor pencils.

Purple Onion is having their yearly sale – so you just might want to check it out HERE!

Hop over for a sale on classes – no coupon necessary! Also, for anyone buying a class today – I have 12 flat rate envelopes filled with stamps and dies to send out to random students, so if you’ve been waiting to sign up for a class, today’s the best day!

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving day. I especially appreciate those who’ve stuck with me the last few weeks with the onslaught of holiday tutorials! It’s been fun, but I’m pooped! NOTE: the tag giveaway winners will be announced this Sunday – if you missed them be sure to go comment on them!

No big sales post this year

I was planning to post a giant “sales” post like usual today or tomorrow – but I’m just spent. It’s a time of year that those of us who do this for a living throw as many affiliate links at you as possible to beef up the income, but I’m going to just do a minipost. I encourage you to revisit the Gift Guide if you want a few shopping ideas.

Don’t forget!
Small Business Saturday – shop at your brick and mortar stores and restaurants
Charitable Tuesday – give give give!

For those who’ve emailed to ask how you can support me with your shopping—below are my affiliate shops and what little I know of their coming sales. If you find a sale and fill your cart, then click one of these to get back to their site, it usually gives credit to the final link clicked. But in all honesty – just shop and have a good time, and don’t worry ’bout me. I’m good! And hopefully I’ll be filling my tummy with Grandma Z’s stuffing…I’m making a BIG pan of it this year, and I don’t have to share it! heehee!

Awesome affiliate partners:

Special friends of mine….

  • Purple Onion — Friday 11/23 to Friday 12/7 get 25% off all stamps,
  • Flora & Fauna — Friday 11/23 to Monday 11/26 get 20% of everything

Special shoutout to shop and help charities too:

  • Avery Elle through Tuesday 11/27 get up to 70% off Avery Elle’s Last Chance Section. Orders of $40+ get two free rolls of twine. AND! ALL profits from 11/21/18 and 11/22/18 will be donated to various charities for the victims of the California wildfires and Hurricane Michael!
  • Sunny Studio — through 11/26 – All orders will receive a free word die. US orders over $25 get free shipping. 15% of all retail sales will be donated to Convoy of Hope!

 

Nativity Week #3: Copic Airbrush Christmas Cards

If you’ve been waiting for Nativity Week to get serious, this post is for you!

Nativity Christmas Cards (Copic airbrush)

While I created my beautiful backgrounds with a Copic airbrush, YOU can also do this with your own mediums! Try with distress inks…watercolor, powdered pencil – whatever you have that makes pretty backgrounds! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Penny Black has some really nice sentiment stamps – lots have a mix of Christian and secular sentiments. I’ll let you pick!

 

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.

Nativity Week #2: Three Gnome Kings

Nativity Week #2: Three Gnome Kings

 

Today it’s the magi’s turn to take the spotlight during nativity week – and they’re so stinking cute!

Nativity Week #2: Three Gnome Kings

The two gnomes in this Reverse Confetti stamp set got me thinking immediately of the three kings. And thus I went there! I altered the stamps to make one look like a third stamp since there were only two, and added the gifts for them to hold. And of course the desert scene was all me! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Copic marker colors…..

The trees in the background were so easy since they’re just a “hint” at a scene – you don’t even need to know how to draw to add some squiggles in the dark sky!

 

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.

Nativity Week #1: Penguin Shepherds

Nativity Week #1: Penguin Shepherds

 

Two special things are going on here today….one is an instagram hop (see below) – and the other: this is “nativity week”! I noticed I had 2 nativity type of scenes scheduled, and decided to add 2 more and fill up the week (except for Thanksgiving!) with more. So…..today the Shepherds watching their flocks by night are getting a little attention!

Nativity Week #1: Penguin Shepherds

This is the silliest of the series – penguins shepherding polar bears! A friend of mine was actually kinda scared for the penguins, since she saw the polar bears not as the “flock” but as menacing. Eeep! Well…..there ya go, right? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Aren’t they the cutest little shepherds ever!??!! I don’t think their flock is menacing at all! heehee!

Instagram Hop

It’s Ellen Hutson’s 12th anniversary in business – and a bunch of us are surprising her with an instagram hop! So be sure to look for this image to jump in and hop along,,,,my post is 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.

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