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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

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Cruisin’ — on the Ellen Hutson Bloghop!

Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today!  I also have my own special (and totally unrelated to the new release) kind of theme, based on the weather at my house – I would rather be CRUISING! #ineedavacation! If you’ve come from Lisa’s blog, awesome…if not, start out at the top of the hop HERE!

Before I get rolling – here’s the release list….

Cruise Ship View: Copic Scene

When I saw the “Spa Day” set – I just wanted to color an icy cold refreshing drink. Seriously. I was filming while my Seattle region was buried under snow (I know, I know, a few inches and we’re toast!). And the thought of looking out the porthole of a stateroom on a cruise ship? Oh man. Channel me some warm sunshine!! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Snorkeling View: Copic Scene

The second project I did is an underwater scene using Otterly Awesome stamps and Otter Ware – a coral reef filled with playful otters! I got out my watercolors for this, of course….Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Giveaway!

It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway on the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

NEXT STOP:

Go visit the lovely Laurel Beard !

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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Happy Together: Copic Watercolor Garden

Happy February, friends! I’m over at MFT with another bit of coloring, reposted here. I hope you’re enjoying the series as much as I am! This month I went back to my Copics…I’ve been wanting to make a floral garden, and this little Pure Innocence girl looked like the perfect stamp to try it out.

In the video I’ll show you some tips for “fixing” blotchy skin, too…Watch the video below or click HERE to watch on YT  to see how I made that pretty flower garden!

When I color people, I often add a few stray hairs here and there to add just a little character to them. When using a middle brown for this little girl, it almost looks like shadows on her face, right? Cool accident! 🙂

The background is just so fun and forgiving! It takes a while to add enough color to it – and be sure to use enough. If your colors are too light, the colorless blender won’t achieve very much.

All this was colored on Smooth White. The card base I used, by the way, is Pineapple Prestige, layer is Black Licorice – all the supplies are below!

Supplies

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Rainbow Rose in Copic Marker

 

Rainbow Rose

Who doesn’t love a beautiful rose? While I’m not sure how they make these – I have seen a bouquet of them in real life. AND lots on the internet (just Google it! Beautiful!) When we’re in control of the markers we choose to color with, well….we can make our roses look like anything we want, right? How about a rainbow! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Adding Xtreme Tabs to pop an extra layer added nice dimension to the card without being over the top.

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: Warm and Toasty Hello

 

Magical Monday: Warm and Toasty Hello

Everyone is crazy busy – so today, I wanted to send out just a happy QUICK hello so you can get back to your holiday festivities! It’s a stamp from Stamp Anniething – they sent me a few stamps earlier this year, and this little gal os so sweet and ready for Christmas, don’t you think? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Depending on colors used in the sky, you could make them really intense and a deep night sky – it’s a great technique for an aurora borealis! :0) Plus – I’m adding this one to #thehumanrainbow playlist with all the adaptations I did to her hair 🙂

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Supplies

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Color a Blizzard

Copic Color a Blizzard

I saw this stamp set in an LSS while I was traveling this summer – and immediately I wanted to take on the challenge of coloring a blizzard so it looked like it was blowing like mad outside. Thus, I bring you the results here today! Hope you enjoy this and the rest of the Holiday Backgrounds Series! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The snow is definitely a good bit of work – and requires having enough color underneath for it to show up – but it’s so worthwhile!

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Here are two alternate ideas for creating blizzards….first one using Hero Arts’ Jingle Bells.

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And another with Cool Day  by MFT. For this one instead of focusing on the white pen dots, I used pale colors and a colorless blender in the sky.storm2

Supplies

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Fairy Treat Box

THANK YOU to all of my wonderful readers who reached deep and made yesterday a real #givingtuesday! We met our goal on BOTH charities – IAVA and K.I.N.D. Fund! The matching gifts have been made….I feel all warm and fuzzy, I hope you do, too! HUGS!

 

I’ve held off on using this sweet little treat box die – because I wanted to make a scene on it. I kept trying to glue diecut images on it and it just didn’t have….well, it didn’t do it for me. But….

Fairy Treat Box

Then I realized I could take a template box apart. That opened up a world of fun! Check out the video showing how that worked – using the MISTI – to be able to make a scene across the box! Just be careful at the seams, since those are hard to match up 🙂 Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I used a whole bunch of stamp sets on this box – and there are so many more that would work. LOTS of springtime ideas come to mind too. Little princesses might love getting a gift wrapped in a box like this! Or hang it on a tree with a bow….so many uses!

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Supplies

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Color an Ice Fishing Pond – MFT Polar Bear Pals

 

Big thanks to MFT for providing this month’s release – I {bigpuffyheartlove} these polar bears!

Color an Ice Fishing Pond – MFT Polar Bear Pals

Birdie Brown is such a talented stamp designer – and she didn’t disappoint with these bears! I had wanted to make a video with her previous bears and didn’t get to…they had sold out too fast and I didn’t find them til spring! (I hope Polar Bear Pals are more available if you need ’em!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

How’s that for a fun holiday scene? Lots of critters could be sitting around an ice pond…penguins, walruses, or eskimossandy-allnock-ice-fishing-bears

I love using ALL the stamps when I color – so I used the skating bear on the inside…and as seen above, the little polar bear made his way onto the envelope!sandy-allnock-ice-fishing-pond-inside

Hope you enjoyed the video today! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you end up trying out one of my techniques, I’d love to see what you create!

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.