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Altenew Crafty Friends Bloghop: Charmed CAS cards

 

Welcome to my stop on the Crafty Friends hop! The first one was at the Altenew Scrapbook Blog – and you’re here at stop #2….so you should be on the right track! Supplies and giveaways are toward the end of the post, so keep on a-scrolling, but for now let’s get to some pretty cards, okay?

Charmed CAS (Clean and Simple) cards

I decided on some CAS cards that combine the new Crafty Friends set with Charmed – because who doesn’t love flowers, right? The sentiments go with *anything* as you’ll see in the video – you can use cute stamps, elegant stamps, funny stamps – or just make a background and let the stamp be the hero! And if you want to hear the story of how I got started crafting, you’ll have to watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I made a set of these with slightly different layouts, just turning the flower stamp different directions and stamping the sentiments in different places.

For some, the secondary sentiment is stamped directly at the bottom…

…other times just one sentiment will do…

…and of course dimensional adhesive for a secondary sentiment adds a little something special to the card!

Altenew Crafty Friends Bloghop Giveaways

I’m part of a hop, so of course you can start one-stop-back at the beginning – at the Altenew Scrapbook Blog.

Prizes

Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. And they’re giving away an additional $20 gift certificate to their shop here on my blog!! There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 20 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017.

Next stop on the hop

…is Therese Calvird!  Hurry, hurry, 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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Rainbow Christmas Pencil Penguins..and a huge BLOOP! (+winners)

 Rainbow Christmas Pencil Penguins..and a huge BLOOP!

Sometimes a video doesn’t want to get made….but then we crafters wrestle it to the ground! And turn it into a CAS card to boot. Like craftymagic, right!?!? Watch the video below or click HEREto see it in HD on YouTube.

Pencil colors: 995, 132, 992, 1027, 916, 921, 913, 109, 926, 937, 1079, 1102.

How’s about that Stitched Hillside Border die bailing me out!?!? Thank you Lawn Fawn for always having something to help!

That colored pencil tip – just to reiterate – I did this one over and over so many times. Not for bloops, but the footage just kept doing weird stuff. I nearly quit and moved on, figuring these penguins didn’t want to be on YouTube! But – I kept the pencils in order like this, so I could real quickly grab everything in rotation to do both layers of pencil quickly. If you have a lot to color, it’s a good idea to do the coloring with some kind of ordering so you can jam through the work quickly!

And those adhesives – the wider 3M one is under the full panel, and the thinner Xtreme tabs are under the snow. Which helps add dimension without adding so much it costs extra postage! Note that the 3M tape now comes in a 3/4″ roll – wider than previous, which is no longer available. It’s a little pricier, but the GOOD NEWS: theres 2 extra feet of tape, and it’s wide enough to cut it down the middle to get double the use out of 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.

Winners of the WCMD card giveaway

Congrats, and thanks to EVERYONE who played along! Winners below should send an email (using the contact form) to let me know your address….be sure to mention your user name so I can match ’em up. Thanks!

  1. mirjamsartstudio
  2. cardsbysharna
  3. bharati_nayudu
  4. the_paper_butterfly
  5. sheriwitthoft
  6. tashavovchuk
  7. redhousefun
  8. jktaylor911
  9. scrapsecrets1120
  10. mommyeyedr
  11. slwoods
  12. loriuren
  13. tobin0971
  14. sheila5958
  15. lynnalawitzke
  16. josiejag28
  17. moonball_
  18. ekgormandesigns
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Review: Prismacolor Accessories

 

I don’t usually do reviews, as you might know, but….this had me intrigued. And when I saw how useful these things are I had to share. So let’s do this!

Review: Prismacolor Accessories

I’m reviewing primarily the set (listed in the supplies) but also a few other sharpeners, and the case I’m taking with me to Juneau today. Yay for a weekend away, eh! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the case I’m using for travel. Pencils all sharpened up and ready to roll!
This is another handheld sharpener that’s awesome – if you don’t have something to collect your shavings into.

And of course….the big mama sharpener.

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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Santa Paws Christmas Choir (pencil, meet airbrush)

Santa Paws Christmas Choir (pencil, meet airbrush)

Does it count as a mixed media card if I use both colored pencil and Copic airbrush? *grin* Whether or not it does, it was a blast to make this one! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The initial card may have been a bit time consuming but – I can see that this could be made in multiples – stamp a bunch, coloring on the sofa, then reuse that mask to do lots of skies. If you’re great with Distress Inks, you can likely figure out how to do that sky with inking!

Also – I realized afterward that I never went back to put in the pencil numbers. SO sorry. It’s time consuming and I don’t often just totally forget that step! In order though, my little list says: 941 948 1033 1034 1082 935 947 041 047 1094 947 926 and 937. That should be the order anytime a pencil color is swapped. Maybe.

I also made this one with the same stamp set, but with a Copic background (not airbrush) adapted from the Mini Course at Art-Classes….so much fun!

 

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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Drawing Faboolous Halloween Scenes

Drawing Faboolous Halloween Scenes

You might know from my Instagram feed that I’m a little obsessed with fall scenes right now – partly inspired by the Autumn Scenes class. I wasn’t planning on doing any more classes til Christmas cards start in September (tomorrow!), but my patrons encouraged me to help with a fall cards class – and now I can’t stop! Today’s video shows all halloween-scenes in Colored Pencil with Gamsol….and at the end, see this same design but with scenes from the class in Copic marker! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Mini Copic Class: Autumn Scenes

For those taking the Autumn Scenes class – try something fun like this with the lesson techniques! They’re tinier so you need to adjust the size of strokes etc, but….give it a try!

Belated Happy Frankenstein Day!

I didn’t find out til the afternoon, or I’d have swapped around a few posts – but it was Mary Shelly’s birthday. So I did a drawing of Frankenstein’s monster! (I am reminded that he is the monster – the DOCTOR is Frankenstein!)

Stay tuned tomorrow for a back to school sale on Copic classes!

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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Storybook Coloring: Woodland Critters in colored pencil

 

Storybook Coloring: Woodland Critters in colored pencil

Some call this “no line” coloring – basically it’s a way to lessen the effect of stamped lines so it looks more like an illustration than a colored stamped image….and I find it forgiving. Repairing stamping that didn’t go so well is easier with this technique than straight-up stamping – which I’ve said a lot that I am not very good at. See how the no-line technique helped fix booboos in the video! Watch it 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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Magical Monday: Golf Cart Card

Male and female golfers will love this stamp set – Par-Tee Golfers….I decided to color the dude in the cart, and show you how I get a nice soft blend. But due to laryngitis at the time – you get Magical Monday, with a text explanation of tips below!

Magical Monday: Golf Cart Card

This card reminds me of my Dad. He passed years ago, but oh man, was he a golfer. And a punster! I cut apart the sentiment stamp (gasp, I know, I know!) so I could put the second half of the sentiment on the inside of the card. Also – I shortened the flag pole by stamping the bottom and masking the top part, then moving it and lining up the pole, masking off the bottom. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Colored pencil tips:

  • To create the soft blends into white, use a kneaded eraser to soften it – works like a charm!
  • Keep your pencils really sharp – love my Quietsharp electric sharpener.
  • Use light pressure so you can keep adding layers without a waxy buildup.

Inside of the card I used the second half of the sentiment, along with the teed-up golf ball stamp in the set.

A silly dad story

A while after my dad moved out on his own – to Myrtle Beach so he could golf all the time! – he called me and was hemming and hawing a bit. It took a while to get to the point….which was to ask me if it’s okay for a man to wear pink. I told him I thought it’d be ok, did he buy a shirt that someone teased him about? Not exactly. He washed some red socks along with his white shirts…….I suggested he take those to Goodwill and treat himself to some new shirts – but keep the pink undies. LOL! Miss him….

Supplies

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Llovely Day in Machu Picchu

 

Llovely Day in Machu Picchu

I recently had a studio challenge…things have gotten so out of control (ie messy) that I couldn’t find my 2nd case of colored pencils – all the browns and greys. Instead, I decided to try my Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, which were NOT hiding from me. And guess what? They work fabulously even without water! Watch the video below or click Check out more on Machu Picchu to see it in HD on YouTube.

Check out more on Machu Picchu. It’s one place I’d like to visit someday!

Supplies

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Rainbow Flight: Plane and Simple

 

Rainbow Flight: Plane and Simple

Lots of stamps are ones that move (in real life)….and creating a movement of color along a repeated-image wave can create that movement visually in a really colorful way! I used prismacolor pencils here but you can use a lot of mediums to try something like this. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on  YouTube.

For the little banner, I stamped it on another piece of paper and hand-cut it out; I added a power tab (aka Extreme Tab) under the left side (under the T) and regular tape runner under the right side, so it looks like it’s lifting “up” off the page.

 

This card was the inspiration for the planes, using DuhNuh. So much fun, these sharks don’t look one BIT dangerous, do they?

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.