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The Rule of Thirds – with Purple Onion new release

The Rule of Thirds – with Purple Onion new release

Purple Onion carries a number of background scene stamps – if you’re one who loves my made-up scenes, these might be a good way to create scenes without having to draw them on your own! I made a bunch of cards with them to illustrate the rule (ok guideline) of thirds….feel free to pin cards below if you’d like. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This first card is perfectly fine, though the Street stamp is fairly well centered….

Dropping the center of gravity lower on the card, plus anchoring it with a darker road, lightens up the atmosphere so the sentiment takes the stage. Both the horizontal and vertical versions do the same.

These beautiful and simple Mountains work alone on a card – in the bottom third, leaving a big empty sky for the sentiment…

They can also be combined with Cruiser (Hedgehog on Vespa!) dragging along a Camper! I don’t know if a vespa is strong enough to drag weight, but….it’s sure adorable.

The SS Minnow, when stamped in the center, leaves little room for anything else.

But move the boat to the left a little, and there’s not only space for a sentiment, but I added the Wagon with Shelly the Bathing Mouse as a passenger! I also changed up the horizon line from the previous card, which added a lot of atmosphere.

The dunes, water (Tide), and lighthhouse go well together, especially when managing the thirds rule.

Change up the location of the dunes, water, and add Shelly, along with Sandy (yes Sandy!) the bathing bear…..draw in your own fence, grasses, wave crests, and fancy clouds….and yeah, you have a Sandy card. lol.

And just for the sake of crazy….I used the dunes along with the beach chair, grasses, and palm tree …and did some way fancy coloring.

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.

SALE: You can purchase both complete new collections for a limited time at a discounted price of over 30% off! 

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DIY Epoxy Puppy Stickers

 DIY Epoxy Puppy Stickers

While this idea to create your own stickers might seem like a “why would you bother?” kind of idea – watch the video to see why at least coloring the dogs separately helps in creating a scene like this dog park! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Another use for making stickers? For your grandkids! You know how much they love stickers – make some for them!

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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Thinking through a scene: teacher thank you card

A note before we get started: I’ve been trying to fix some things on my new classes website…if you’ve been trying to make purchases and getting frustrated, I hear ya! It appears it mostly works again, though still multiple purchases don’t seem possible in one transaction, but I’m working at it. Hang tight, thanks!

 

Teacher Thank You Card

Lots of folks ask how I come up with a scene – so in today’s video, while you watch the coloring, I just chat about it a bit. What I’m thinking, why some things end up here or there. It feels a little random – and I apologize for the weird color that the video descends into by the end, oy! Anyway – hope it helps! 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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Copic Color a Movie Theater

Copic Color a Movie Theater

Sometimes putting all the coloring on the inside is just…well, just better, right? Especially when a 2 part pun is the reason why! Check out the crazy little scene in my video today – complete with tips I learned along the way. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This is actually the outside of the card….so it’s the lead-in to the pun!

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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Copic Color a Fishing Lake – Reel Great Guys (with actual content!)

Ha. Sorry to those who received the empty post earlier today….this is a sign it’s gonna be a great day around here, right? Well let’s move on to the real (reel!) post…!

Reel great guys

Masculine cards are made easier with Art Impressions stamps! Got to love their guy cards, especially with a fishing theme! See how this card is colored with Copics – including cool water and scenery. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Hope that video was worth the crazy mispost. Thanks for being forgiving!

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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UNITED WE CONQUER! Ellen Hutson BCRF Fundraiser

UNITED WE CONQUER! Ellen Hutson BCRF Fundraiser

In honor of their three amazing mothers, Chaitali, Julie and Ellen teamed up to find a way that they could make a difference and honor these very special women in their lives and actively contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer. Together they have created the Courage Stamp & Die Set. It’s soooo beautiful:

Many of you are affected by this disease or other forms of cancer and we are turning to you for help. After much research our team made the decision to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the nation. To learn more about BCRF please visit their website.

Through this fundraiser, it is our goal to educate and raise money for research and support services for patients and survivors battling breast cancer.  And I’m honored to join in this bloghop to celebrate and encourage these efforts!

Won’t you join us? Donate, stamp, share, create—there are many ways you can contribute!  Visit the Ellen Hutson BCRF fundraiser page to find out how and to follow our progress.

Together we can!

And now, on to MY project! I saw all the flowers – meant for layering – and knew others could do amazing cards with stamping and layering inks. But what could I do that would make this set “sing” in my own way? And as I pondered….I started seeing each one of the layer-able stamps as separate flowers…what would happen if I added to each one with a little bit of color to make them all totally different flowers? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

COURAGE fundraiser set

 

A little something really special…

I hope this has given you another view of what you can do with this stamp set – so perhaps you’ll have more encouragement to buy it and help the cause. There are no giveaways for this hop, and I do know it likely means folks won’t be motivated to comment or share….so here’s what I’m going to do to encourage that:

For every comment on this post by Friday, AND for every pin of my card on Pinterest: I will donate $1.00 to BCRF. Get busy! Let’s raise some money!

 Hop Roster

Supplies

Today, I’m only linking to the stamp and die set used on this card – and it’s not an affiliate link. All of the proceeds will go to the cause, not to anyone on this hop! So please do join in and pick up a set…then go share the card you have created using #BCRF #BCRFfundraiser #cancerresearch #BeTheEnd #essentialsbyellenbcrf

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Copic color a mirror – Make it Beautiful

Copic color a mirror – Make it Beautiful

I colored something similar to today’s card when I was goofing around a while back, and shared it on Instagram – and got so many requests to share how I did it that I tried to replicate it. Hope it helps! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

We all have girlfriends who could use some encouragement – the Make it Beautiful set has lots of great sentiments to make cards that will lift up a weary heart!

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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Scenic Storytelling – Top Flight Stamps and Katzelkraft Chiens et Chats

It’s my birthday (Monday) – and while I’m gone all day taking day two of a watercolor workshop (hope nothing goes awry here on the blog in the meantime!), there’s a fabby hop to keep you busy! Let’s GO!

Topflight Stamps, LLC Grand Opening!!!

I’m excited to be part of a Grand Opening Bloghop with a new stamp retailer – Top Flight Stamps – and they’re bringing us some global FUN! For many of the online shops we buy from, it’s really hard to bring in stamps from all over the globe – that’s why you often don’t see them around. But when Top Flight Stamps reached out and asked if I’d spread the word … well, I know you guys love seeing “new things!” And even though today’s stamps aren’t “new” by any stretch of the imagination (years old), they’re new to ME and that’s what counts, right?

They also have an amazing Grand Opening Special Discount – 20% off ALL orders til March 31 – use code TFS-GO20 And, they offer FREE shipping for US addresses for orders over $50!!

NOTE: The stamps I used are out of stock – and won’t be back til April. We’ll all have to be patient for restocking on international stamps, this is why most US-based retailers don’t tend to carry them. BUT – Donna from TopFlight says you can email during this sale and tell her you want them, and she’ll honor the 20% off once the stamps come in.

Read on below for the bloghop and prize info – but I’m so excited, I wanna show you my project first! 🙂

Scenic Storytelling

In conjunction with sharing these new stamps, I’ll show you quickly how to mount unmounted red rubber on Ezmount – lots of international stamps are done this way to save on shipping. So they’re a little time consuming, to make up for trying to keep prices reasonable. But worth it! I’ll do some speed coloring – but then, the scenic storytelling begins. Lots of you want to do backgrounds, so I’ll chat a bit about how I get these things together, and maybe YOU will be inspired to do this with your stamps, too! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The stamp across the top is, I assume, a train station gate – so these three pups are dressed for travel! On the panel behind them I drew two pillars, and a bit of a train – although you can’t see much so I kinda wasted a bit of time there. Grey blobs might be more effective!

The grumpy cat….looks like me on some days. LOL. We’ve had so much rain lately, yeesh!

Mischievous kitties are ready to steal an ice cream sundae….I used to have a cat who LIVED for Double Chocolate Brownie by Dreyers. And that brand and flavor ONLY. He’d shove his whiskers right in my bowl – or turn his nose up if I didn’t have the right kind! For the scene I drew a table and chair, and the background picture could also be a window?

This hot dog is riding his razor scooter backwards AND in sunglasses. He’s truly too cool for school on his boardwalk ride! I used really light colors for the sand, water, and sky so they’d recede into the background.

And last but not least – a party! They’re all riding the little doggie – who looks just a bit puzzled! Often we’d let a stack of animals just sit on a plain background – but I added a simple rug, striped wallpaper, and pink trim to give them a “room” for their party. Baclgrounds don’t have to be hard!

Sleepy kitty looks a bit like me when the alarm goes off – AGH! Stop that noise! Especially today – it’s my birthday….and I’ll be at a watercolor class all day. Which is a good reason for an early alarm, but still….I’m with kitty, let’s sleep in tomorrow! 🙂

Hope you take some time to poke around on the Top Flight Stamps website – be sure to tell Donna I said hello! Don’t forget the 20% off sale good til the 31st – and FREE shipping once you hit $50!

Bloghop

Hop along and visit all the crafters on the hop – be sure to comment on ALL the blogs on the hop to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE a $50 store credit!!!  PLUS – each of the designers in this blog hop are giving away a $10 gift certificate to one of the commenters on their post. I will announce my winner here on Monday, April 3. The $50 Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Topflight Stamps Blog on the same day. Good luck!!

Next stop on the hop: Rachel Kleinman!

Here’s the full list – go see what they all have to share!

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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Pretty Pink Posh bloghop: Friends Forever

Welcome to my stop on the bloghop- you should have come from Shannon McComb’s blog! I’m the very very last….maybe the very very nearly best? I can say that since I’m typing this before my post goes live….I’m betting by knowing the names ahead of me, there’s tons of talent in this hop!

Pretty Pink Posh bloghop: Friends Forever

The Human Rainbow is my little initiative here on the interwebs to get a little diversity out there into crafty land. Today’s card celebrates the variety of kiddos – in a school! I’m using Friends Forever….love these cute little peeps!Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

It doesn’t have to be hard to set a “scene” – a simple brown frame filled with green makes an easy chalkboard!

Bloghop

  • PRIZES! There are 4 $25 gift certificates up for grabs (two winners each day, yesterday + today). Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 3/17/2017. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

These are the amazing talents in the hop….be sure to go visit each one! 

Coming this weekend

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a visit….it’s Watercolor Weekend, and I’ve got some treats for you! Including a LIVE broadcast on YouTube on Sunday at 1pm. Well, if I can figure out how. LOL. Coz, technology is a thing. Bring your watercolor questions!

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.