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Unboxing: The Greatest Gift

Unboxing: The Greatest Gift

I received an email last month asking me if I’d be interested in this Greatest Gift project – and I did a little poking around. They have an Indiegogo fundraiser going on right now to finance production on these kits – and I immediately thought of YOU, my cardmaking friends. We send cards because we want people to feel special – and THIS little gift is one we can give them to really amp that up! I shot an unboxing video because I could tell it would take me some time to get busy creating my first journal, and I wanted you to be in on the Indiegogo to be among the first to get these. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on  YouTube.

I’m pretty excited about getting more of these after I finish this one….it’s a matter of figuring out who to do first. Eeep! The first ones will go out to backers in February 2018 (estimated) – go get on the list by signing up at the Greatest Gift!

Greatest Gift

And just for fun….I’m curious if a non-cardmaking project like this is interesting to you guys. I often turn down special projects, because I know my audience wants to learn to color….but do you like this kind of thing? Would you get one? Who would you send it to? Let me know in the comments!

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Guest post – making multiples of Christmas cards!!

Because….

  1. The closer we get to Christmas, the more I know some folks are panicking.
  2. I can only make multiples if they’re all at least a little different. And….
  3. Ellen asked me to write a post about the “Sandy Allnock Bundle” that she sells in her shop – it was assembled for one of my watercolor classes (and heavily discounted – $64 SAVINGS!!!!)…and the price is still discounted!! 

…so on Ellen Hutson’s blog and YT today, I’m sharing a fun way to both learn more about watercolor AND make luscious card backgrounds all at once! It’s way easy and fun – and includes a little surprise video inside the cardmaking tutorial video while we wait for paint to dry….a pup painting!

Hurry up pup and go watch the video!

 

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Colored pencil Christmas card: Yeti or not!

 

Colored pencil Christmas card: Yeti or not!

Who doesn’t love a Yeti?!? I live in the Pacific NW, home of Sasquatch, so we know there are crazy wild beasts wandering in the great outdoors…..especially with dogs and penguins for buddies! I colored up this little card with Prismacolors – hope you enjoy! 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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Scene Tip: Creating a frame of trees

A FEW REALLY IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. YouTube subscribers got an early look at this video when it posted early – whoops!
  2. I still have a bunch of winners who never claimed prizes….the list has been updated HERE.
  3. Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday….please give a little something to a charity you care about! I’ll be giving to some causes that need some help right now: Puerto Rico relief, Saving Elephants, and since the CHIP program still hasn’t been renewed for kids – I’m going to give a chunk to St Judes. That’s just the start of my favorite season of giving…..on my posts for the first 12 days of December, I’ll highlight a charity and give to them that day. Feel free to pitch me your favorite in the comments on this post!

Scene Tip: Creating a frame of trees

One tip for a really easy scene: create a frame of trees around the focal image. Trees don’t have to be hard – scribbles can appear to be trees even if they’re not really perfectly done! Color a night sky with dark trees and you’ll convince the viewer; they’re looking at your image, not the background. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The same idea can be done in a blue color scheme too….

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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24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Simply Folksy Bears

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Simply Folksy Bears

Today’s tags are SUPER simple – remember I promised easy? These have the tiniest bit of white coloring with a white pen – the rest is quick diecutting! 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!

Bible Craft today: Scripture Boxes!

All week I’m offering up tutorials on my other channel – these are also pretty boxes for all kinds of treasures, but especially encouraging Scripture verses. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it 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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Guest post over at MFT: Friends in the Forest

It’s the first Thursday, which means I’m back again at MFT with another coloring video…and below I’ve put some info about my palette, since questions come up about that pretty often.

My palette

A while back, Daniel Smith asked if I had 18 favorite colors – they like to put together dot cards for artists they work with. I was so honored! So here’s a little video created for how I set up my palette. Download the template HERE….my dot card can be purchased HERE if you’d like to sample my colors before making a big purchase. Full list of colors is below, as well as palette info.

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Reindeer Under a Pine Tree – Gerda Steiner Designs

 

Reindeer Under a Pine Tree

Lots of you have expressed an interest in creating scenes….but wanting something quicker and easier to do when making multiple cards for Christmas. Well, I have a tree idea for ya! This cute little reindeer sits happily under his tree, and could be colored with any medium – but I’m using watercolors today. Enjoy! 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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Photo Lady in her Photo Studio – Watercolor Card

 

Photo Lady in her Photo Studio – Watercolor Card

I’m especially excited about Photo Lady because a good friend of mine is REALLY into photography. Not only is she gonna borrow the heck out of this stamp set (til I get her to go buy one, LOL) – but she’ll get lots of cards made with it! I watercolored her as if she’s in a studio like mine, even though mine’s for art, not photography….but I hope you enjoy the video! 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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Color an active volcano – Heffy Doodle

IMPORTANT: A sick little boy wants to celebrate his last Christmas early…send him a card right away!
Jacob Thompson C/O Maine Medical Center 22 Bramhall St Portland, ME 04102
Read more about Jacob HERE

Today I’m part of a bloghop with Heffy Doodle – if you came here via Lesley Oman, you’re on the right track! I’m the last stop…so if you haven’t started yet, go back to the top and hop along!

Color an active volcano – Heffy Doodle

Living under a volcano – Mount Rainier – made me want to color this Geology Rocks stamp set right away. Volcanos are my favorite of all the natural disasters (ok maybe not favorite?) because they give you enough advance warning, you can run! ha! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s a better look at the Glossy Accents – it’s scribbled on as loosely as the coloring was done!

Bloghop with prizes

A random winner will be selected for a $25 gift certificate + free shipping to the Heffy Doodle store. Eligibility: Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 11/7/2017. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle Blog!

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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Merry Kisses

 

Merry Kisses

This little scene is way easier than you think – I dare you to try it! These foxes are perfect for it but think about other stamps you have that could create this scene. Be sure to tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see what you create! 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.