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Mole Family Portraits Card

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Mole Family Portraits Card

I waited a long while for this stamp set- I had the idea for picture frames some time ago but needed a stamp set with just the right faces for the picture frames. Then had to work out where the pics would be displayed —- in a mole tunnel! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Lots of other ideas could work here too – bird family photos in a tree, people family photos in a scrapbook, you name it! Be sure to let me know if you use this idea, I think it has legs!

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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Layered Distress Watercolor: United We Flourish Bloghop, Ellen Hutson + Concord & 9th

 

Layered Distress Watercolor

The United We Flourish stamp-and-die series has been so much fun this year – and this time the Ellen Hutson combo with Concord & 9th is sure to be a hit! I always struggle with how to make solid stamps a “coloring” thing since that’s my schtick – but I think I got it this time! Distress inks and the miniMISTI made me pretty happy with my CAS cards.  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Bloghop + Giveaway

To celebrate, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop and two commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Concord & 9th shop. To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog and the Concord blog by 12pm PST on December 26th!

Bloghop starts in The CLASSroom

The stop before me was Kymona Tracey

The stop after me is Emily Midgett!

 

Want another idea for this set?

Check out this copic post on Ellen’s 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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R2C Day 12: Watercoloring snow spray – Ski-sons Greetings

Thanks everyone for joining me for the “Rush to Christmas” for these 12 days! I still have a few videos in the coming weeks (things I committed to like hops) but will be lightening up significantly for a few weeks, and gearing up for the new year. In the meantime I’m working on TWO new classes, hoping to get them launched for pre-registration this weekend at a discount, so be sure you’re subscribed over on that site so you get the email when it’s all ready to roll!

Watercoloring snow spray – Ski-sons Greetings

Today – another video by request! With all the skiing imagery in stamping nowadays, how do we make them look like that snow is spraying and shushing and whooshing? It’s not so hard at all in watercolor! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I tried one in Copic as well – same idea but with a different medium!

 

Today’s Charity

With the disappearance of liveable habitat for polar bears, I’m giving to Greenpeace. I saw this heartwrenching video from National Geographic of a polar bear who starved to death just after this filming – because there’s just no food for him. People, we need to do something. Give what you can. Carpool. Recycle, and better yet – don’t buy what you don’t need.

 

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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R2C Day8: Paint a colorful night sky (Penny Black Sending Wishes)

Paint a colorful night sky

The sky is the feature in today’s watercolor project – and really, if you paint an incredible sky, nobody will be looking at anything else! It’s fun to watch the colors mix and blend – and to try to train them to start and stop when YOU want them to. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Today’s charity

The sky in the card makes me think (in a funny way) of global warming…caused by a girl and her pup? lol. So the charity I’ve donated to is the Union of Concerned Scientists. I’ve long admired their work in a science-based, fact-based approach, which is the only way we’ll get to solving the problems ahead of the earth. When you give you become a “member” – does that make me a scientist? I feel smarter already! Join me if you’d like to feel smarter 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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R2C Day4: 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist – AI Watercolor

R2C Day4: 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist – AI Watercolor

Every year, Ellen Hutson gathers together some crafters to create tags – with a feminine twist! It’s my turn today, along with the talented Laurel Beard…go see her tag over on the Ellen Hutson blog, because she’s got some Art Impressions going, too! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The vellum tag can be torn from this tag so the watercolored tag can be saved and used for an ornament – or regifted on another package by writing on the back!

Today’s charity

The coziness of the cottage on this tag has me thinking about how *not* cozy our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are this Christmas. They still have sporadic power and potable water. So many homes are still a shell with a tarp tied on top. They’d love to be at a cottage like this one….and though I can’t build them a house, I can do my part and donate.

One of my wonderful readers named María is from Puerto Rico – she is currently in Florida – gave me an update on my previous fundraiser. She let me know that some of the charities have been more effective than others, and she has family on the ground giving her the true scoop. Probably kinda like the government agencies that have been on the sporadic side too. But I was gratified when she told me that The Hispanic Federation/Unidos is doing excellent work, because I’ve been making monthly donations there, at the recommendation of Lin Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame) whose recommendation I trusted. It was great to hear the same from a reader who agreed! So….go give. Be generous. Let’s help Puerto Rico have a little bit merrier of a Christmas.

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 – 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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Distress Oxide Christmas Thistle Wreath (Happy 11th Bday Ellen Hutson!)

It’s Ellen Hutson’s 11th anniversary in business….and a few of us are sharing our favorite EH products….I have a new favorite and some that I can’t live without!

Distress Oxide Christmas Thistle Wreath

I wanted to finally get out the Thistle stamp set – because it’s been in my “USE ME!” box for weeks, just staring at me! I had an idea to turn it into a Christmas set by making a wreath, and marrying the stamp set to the Distress Oxide inks – well WOW was that one happy match made in heaven! These are so easy, and I think you might become as addicted as I am. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

These are just so pretty, and easy for making multiples! This uses a large leaf…

And this is one with the little thistle heads….LOVE!

Bloghop!

Go visit some ladies who are sharing THEIR favorite Ellen Hutson products….in case you need to add something to your Santa list!

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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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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Honeybee coffee break

Acetate Coffee Card – Honeybee Stamps

Stamps with big heavy outlines are easy to color – and sometimes they’re the most fun! Simplify shapes and shadows to make them graphic  – and let the sharp contrast shine! This sweet set from HoneyBee is going to be fun for coloring this winter….because anything with a donut it it gets my vote. LOL! 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.