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Otterlicious Backgrounds: Alcohol Ink v Copic Reinker

 

Otterlicious Backgrounds: Alcohol Ink v Copic Reinker

A swimming otter is the perfect excuse to create some watery looking backgrounds! I noticed Some of the pads of Yupo are on sale in Ellen’s shop so it’d be a good time to remind you it’s out there if you’ve always wanted to try it out.

In this video I show three types of paper and compare Alcohol Inks vs Copic Reinkers. With my favorite discovery in the 3rd example, the card on the front of this pile!  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

On Yupo Paper:

On Specialty Stamping Paper:

Extra practice on Yupo:

Supplies

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Color a Spinning Windmill – Avery Elle

Color a Spinning Windmill – Avery Elle

Sometimes making a booboo is the start of a great idea, and this is one of them! I saw the thumbnail image of this cute windmill, and wanted to color it, right? I thought the blades were part of the building (user error, I shopped quick and didn’t really look!). I was considering going to order the dies so I could cut out the blades and make it an interactive card when the idea came to me to COLOR it like it’s interactive instead. Right!? We’re artists, we can do this! lol. Anyhow…watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The panel at the bottom is popped up on dimensional adhesive, giving the card a little more interest – and I think it worked out pretty well! This whole card makes me ache for spring….come on tulip season!

Supplies

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R2C Day7: Color an icy skating pond

R2C Day7: Color an icy skating pond

Another popular request due to all the skating stamps out nowadays….an icy pond! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Aren’t they little cutie patooties??

Today’s Charity

In honor of our little skating mice skating on frozen water….I’ve made a nice little donation to Charity Water – I am very conscious of the fact that we in America take our clean water for granted. It always comes out of the tap, and we can find fountains in the mall to get a quick drink, and have bottled water to keep us hydrated when we’re out. But in so many places around the world, that’s not so. Women, especially, have it hard – they often walk for miles with gas cans on their heads to transport water that has been shared with cows! So if you had a big drink of cool clean water today….consider buying a cup for someone else too!

Guest video at MFT!

And now…head over to MFT for this month’s Copic coloring video – HERE!

Supplies

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R2C Day5: Otterly Cozy Winter Card

 

Otterly Cozy Winter Card

This card is one that got so many requests on Instagram that I relented…lol! I’ve done water a lot, but not with an icy landscape above, so here we go with that – also, I made it a little differently than the original card, with different colors and with more of a Valentines theme. Love stamp sets that can do multiple seasons! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And out of curiosity, I wondered what a group of otters is called – and unironically…it’s called a “raft”!!! I bet if they were all floating on the surface together that’s what they’d look like, eh?

Here’s the original card from Instagram….with floating candy canes!

Today’s charities

I like to support charities that make a difference in areas I’m interested in. One, of course, is the Otter Project! I absolutely loved my trip to the Monterey area last year and seeing the otters – and this org protects them and educates us about how we can help. Donate here.

The other that I donated to today is Wikimedia Foundation –  the nonprofit behind Wikipedia! I used them to find out about the otter raft….and that’s when I was reminded that at this time of year I give them some money because I look things up on their site all. year. long! They also publish a yearly If you can remember the last couple things you found on Wiki, go give them at least a couple bucks!

Supplies

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24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Happy Pawlidays

Let the tradition unfold: my tags series every year is always fun, and gives me a chance to feature some favorite Christmas stamps and some coloring techniques – some are FAST ones to create this year, since my Christmas season promises to be jam-packed. But of course not today’s, because….puppies!

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Happy Pawlidays

The pups in the Happy Pawlidays set look just like my babies, don’t they!? The chubby bubba is my little Giallo, and the skinny minnie is lady Vienna…both colored in Copics today. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Giveaway!

As is tradition, I’ll be choosing winners for each of the 24 tags made in these 6 videos – leave comments on the blog as well as on YouTube for more chances to WIN!

Christmas Bible Crafts all week too!

In addition to the tags for these 6 days, I have some other crafts on my Bible Journaling channel. Today: a gift page! Give a journaling Bible and create a page for the recipient inside.  View the video below or click HERE to see it on YT.

Supplies

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Christmas Door Cards (Lawn Fawn Shut the Front Door)

 

Before we start….hold onto your hats.

I’m giving you fair warning: there’s a delicious onslaught of creativity ahead! Starting Sunday I have what feels like a gajillion videos queued up!! Next week is my traditional 24 tags of Christmas series. AND I have six crafty Bible themed crafts on my Bible journaling channel all week, too….I’ve got them teased up in the videos so you can click to go see both. THEN we’ll have a few semi-normal weeks; there are a few extra hops tossed in but it’s mostly 3 videos a week for a bit.

THEN….for the first 12 days of December, I’ll have daily coloring videos, because I was a goof and bought too many stamps that I can’t wait to show you! I know it’ll be getting way close to Christmas to order those and wait for shipping and still get anything created. So I’m gonna put together a newsletter full of sneak peeks for those projects and links so you can order them up – perhaps on Black Friday or Cyber Monday to nab them on sale – in case you want to have them ready to stamp along with me in December. I know, I know, this is nuts, but I’m gonna call it my “Race2Christmas” series. And will hope not to repeat that series again! (my wallet hopes that, at least!) You can sign up for the newsletter in my sidebar, or at the bottom of my blog. I think. Lol. I’m writing this note late at night, forgive me!

So stay tuned, don’t unsubscribe….once we hit mid-December, everything will ease up again. But in the meantime, hold onto your hat – we’re going into a whirlwind of creating! Let’s get on to today’s cards:

Christmas Door Cards (Lawn Fawn Shut the Front Door)

I’ve colored so many stamps and scenes with wood that as soon as I saw this door die from Lawn Fawn, I had to add it to my queue of video projects to share! (I’ll likely do some more on Instagram too, so keep eyes peeled through the season!) Most of what I’ve seen done with this have outer doors looking into a scene inside a house. But I did an inside door looking outside! There’s so much room to customize the door’s surroundings. Make it look like your house!  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the house colored in the video – with those little white Sharpie pen lines to make the wallpaper.

The scene is so cute out the door, it doesn’t even need any crazy shading at all.

And this one which was a bit of a mess when I got it colored turned into a card I liked once I added the Distress Spray snow…

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Flora & Fauna La La Llama: Two very different ways!

Flora & Fauna La La Llama: Two Ways

An extra treat in today’s video….one stamp set, two ways! One is a Christian card with a simple scene…the other is a silly llama card. Got to love a stamp set that swings both ways, right? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The simple scene uses the tree as branches as well….

…and the snow is mostly Glossy Accents, since white pens don’t show up on light colors…

….and the bead of Glossy Accents on the bottom edge of the popped panel feels really elegant!

The llama can be wearing a sweater, or a full-on little jumpsuit! You can also stack up gift boxes or other Christmassy images too….llovely llama would be happy to cart around your Christmas gifts!

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Coloring Christmas Buttons

Coloring Christmas Buttons

The little circle that popped out when I did a quick cut of the die in this video was what got me started thinking about making little buttons – the coloring of the image itself can be really basic, no need to stress over blending or anything. The magic is in the shadows that make it dimensional! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I’m gonna be making a lot of buttons now…. LOL.

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Warm Christmas Coloring: Lawn Fawn Christmas Dreams

Warm Christmas Coloring: Lawn Fawn Christmas Dreams

In today’s video I pulled out my new Christmas Dreams set – with a sleeping kitty and puppy, did you ever think I’d skip buying this set? Heck no! I used a lot of the images in the set (but not all) and in the video I show you some tips for figuring out where a fireplace casts light. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

A sweet card…and perfectly flat!

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New favorite pen for snow! ft Darcies

New favorite pen for snow!

Sometimes it’s an image that inspires a card – other times it’s a sentiment! And the “piled high” was what got me here…to make a stack of penguins! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

That Sharpie pen sure makes quick work of snow – it may not be as white or sharp as my Uniball, but it doesn’t take any work to get it moving!

You can stack up other things too – and you can also use the City Sidewalks backgrounds!

Supplies

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