Mae Mouse

This little mousie is so cute – and the stamp set comes with lots she can hold, or you can play paper mousedolls like I did and dress her up!

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used my Earth+ palette – the 6 colors that came with it, plus some others I picked out to go with it!

The background – that was pure playtime! Give yourself a treat and just start playing around. Mix colors, drop one into another, and see what happens. After this was 90% dry I dropped in tiny drops of water to create these little bursts.

The panel has a nice white space to add the sentiment I need at some point…what occasion do you think would be good for this one?

Marker Set Comparison

Marker Set Comparison

The new release of Art Impressions stamps is a great opportunity to check out some marker sets and compare them for colors – so that’s what I’m up to today! There’s a little bit of technique in here, but lots is about whether you want bright colors or more vintage or natural colors in your art.

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

It’s always good to create a practice page – whatever AI watercolor stamps you get, stamp them a bunch and play around with what colors and arrangements of the flowers you like best, and how much water is appropriate for your style, marker brand, and paper.

These two sets of 10, by the way, aren’t Tombow’s picks – they’re by Bonnie Krebs, the owner/designer at Art Impressions!

In each of my finished cards I also created multicolor sentiments using a markers and the MISTI – note that these Tombow markers may discolor clear stamps a little, but they’re perfectly usable even with color.

For my storage, I use these plastic cases….I break up sets but keep like-minded images together….flowers by approximate size, containers, buildings, bridges, fences, etc. It helps to know which case to go to when I’m doing each portion of a card.

New Watercolor Class: One Fish, Two Fish… + a winner!

New Watercolor Class: One Fish, Two Fish… + a winner!

I’ve had many requests for more watercolor classes….so it’s time to launch One Fish, Two Fish! In this class, negative painting is the primary focus – learning how to paint the areas AROUND the subject rather than the subject itself.

In this class, negative painting is the primary focus – learning how to paint the areas AROUND the subject rather than the subject itself.

This course will also talk a lot about edges. And combining styles and teachings of multiple instructors I’ve had – a valuable thing to learn as you develop your own style!

The class contains two full paintings, and they’re in real-time: one fish….

…and two fish!

If you’re interested in the class, see more about it over HERE!

Winner of a gift certificate from the Top Flight Stamps hop: Mary McCaslin!

Contact me for prize info
Half-a-stamp Stamping

Half-a-stamp Stamping

Sometimes less is more….and sometimes half a stamp is all you need!

The cool part about stamping only part of an image – or only including half an object on a canvas, for that matter – is that it gets the viewer engaged. They imagine what else is there. They’re intrigued by just what is going on there. In each of the examples in this post, I went through my stamp collection to find sentiments that would start the idea of a story going – scroll down to see a little more on each one.

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Click the graphic to make it larger – but pin from this blog post rather than the attachment, so you can get back here to the images below.

At first I only had the Balloon Bear peeking in from the bottom, and as I looked for a sentiment to go with him, I saw “Let it go….” and immediately had to stamp one more balloon up in the air as if he’d let it go!

In this version of Balloon Bear, he’s just peeking in from outside with a balloon gift….it makes you wonder if he’s standing on something, is he peeking into a door or from behind a tree? Lots for the imagination to ponder…

Fancy Hat Bear, when peeking in from the side, is a little shy. So telling her to go be fabulous in a sentiment seemed good to encourage her to step out boldly!

In another version of Fancy Hat Bear, I wanted her to look like she was throwing a kiss, so when stamping her I wiped off the eyes – and added lines instead so she could look dreamy!

Can you think of stamp sets you’d use to try some half-lea

Painting water – Paper Smooches Bloghop #playjournal

Painting water – Paper Smooches Bloghop #playjournal

Welcome to my stop on the Paper Smooches bloghop! Did you know Kim’s back!?!? I’m squeeeeeeeeee-excited! It’s time to share a sampling of the NEW MARCH 2019 release with you – one stamp set and some dies!

I love Kim’s cute and simple stamps especially for newbies to learn coloring. Though….today’s aren’t exactly newbie projects. LOL!

Yes plural on the word “projects” – I not only wanted to paint that water on the orca card, but wanted to update a little info about the #playjournal challenge. Read on for more on both – and prizes at the end of this post!

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First – the video is below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t it fun to be able to play with paint and make a scene out of such cutiepie stamps!?

The new products at their online store and the rest of the supplies are in the list below. And for more on the #playjournal challenge and the prizes to come….see THIS page.

Bloghop and prizes

To add extra fun to our blog hop…Paper Smooches is offering a $30 gift card to their shop to FOUR lucky winners!! Comment by midnight Central time on March 8th and check the Paper Smooches blog on March 9th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners!

Four MORE chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop.  If you don’t already like the PS FB page, please do!
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  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month?  Keep an eye on the PS blog for details. 

Stamp with Watercolor on a card

Stamp with Watercolor on a card

I’ve shown a technique to my Bible journaling peeps – and finally remembered to come do it on my crafty YouTube as well! It’s stamping but not with ink or markers — stamping with watercolor!

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I kept the card design simple after all that…I added a “thanks” colored with a Copic in the same colors as the bands painted on that pot on the left. And used some paper layering – 2 stripes sticking out on the right, 1 on the left.

My Bible journaling version….the video is HERE.

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