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United We Flourish Bloghop: Watercoloring “Shadow” Flowers

Quick note: Puerto Rico needs your help! Please give to Americares, one of the charities helping there. I’ll have more info later this week on a few others I’m looking into.

I’m hoping you’ve been snagging some of the United We Flourish stamp sets – these are partnership stamp sets that Ellen Hutson arranges with some of our favorite companies – and focuses on an uplifting set! Our world REALLY needs encouragement nowadays, and we need to recognize that only together will we take strides forward – #unitedweflourish! These sets are perfect for that, and this month’s Altenew set is no different! Read on to find out my plan for these 2 cards.

And by the way – I went up to Ellen’s warehouse to help out on Friday; I’ve been asking if I could come volunteer for a day, and since they had the big project of packing up the sets, (ie no training needed!) they invited me to come help! I colored up a few Copic versions of this card front…and tucked them into 3 stamp sets. Let me know if you get one! And if you find your insert is upside down or backwards….well, then you’ll know I packed them. LOL! See the quick video HERE.

United We Flourish Bloghop: Watercoloring “Shadow” Flowers

On Instagram, I had colored some “shadow” flowers in the background of some Irises – and decided today I’d attempt that in watercolor with the new Poppy Fields set! It’s way easy to do, and will help your watercolored stamps look like they’re part of a soft, fresh flower garden! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Who I send cards to

Lots of folks ask me what I do with all the cards I make…..

  • I send lots to patrons (they get 1-2 cards per year), and that’s a way for those who want some happy mail to get on the list.
  • I send lots to random students. I have addresses in the database from the purchases, and that’s a great way that I like to spread some sunshine around the globe! Because yes, sometimes my randomizer selects people with faraway addresses, yep yep!
  • I send lots to first responders. I did this recently in a public way, encouraging everyone to send cards to Houston folks HERE – but remember, you can do that ANY time. For instance, if you hear about a police or fire event in a particular town, go to Google and look up that town’s police department. You can send any department a card anytime. FYI just because we don’t say so publicly on Facebook, we can do so individually and quietly…..being good to other humans needs no #hashtag.

In the video I mentioned sending cards to “famous people I admire.” And I thought maybe I’d try that with some folks making good news who I admire. There are some prominent folks setting the pace for donating and assisting in Houston, like Harry Connick Jr – though I think I’d make him a more masculine card, eh?

Other folks are standing up for causes, beliefs, or missions I approve of. I recognize them when reading the paper or watching the tv and being inspired by the way they speak out, or the action they took! Folks like this give me courage to stand up for what I believe in too, and I want to start reaching out to send THEM some sunshine too – to encourage them to KEEP doing the right thing.

Googling for home addresses of famous people often doesn’t work; but…

  • You may need to do some real research and it may take time. Be patient.
  • Find out, if you can, what group or company they’re associated with or work for…..a tv network or show, a university, a charity, a book publisher, a movie studio, etc, and send it to that organization.
  • Email the org to ask if that’s a good place to send a card to the person; FYI keep your email SHORT so it gets read and not filed!
  • Some may have talent reps – and you could send something to their agency that would get to them.
  • Don’t be weird and insist on a direct address; be willing to just hope that it gets forwarded to the person….but do be creative in thinking about how you can find out where to mail something.

Oh and be sure to include your return address on the envelope. With the weird world out there, you don’t want your note to get tossed in the trash for looking spammy.

Bloghop!

If you came here from Lisa Adametz – you’re on the right track! If not, the hop starts at Altenew.
Next stop on the hop is the PHENOMENAL Sharon Harnist!

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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Light Source Focal Points in Scenes – Sunny Studios Bloghop

 

Happy Birthday to Sunny Studio Stamps! Their official holiday release date is next week, on September 29th, but in honor of their birthday, the new products are available as a Pre-order the morning of the hop.  All the products are in their store HERE or individually at the links at the end of this post. 

PSA: Don’t forget to go to my new Bible Journaling channel
on Sunday mornings…no blog posts, so sign up for notifications from YT!

Light Source Focal Points in Scenes – Sunny Studios Bloghop

I’ve done a few of these design-related videos from time to time and you guys seem to like them….so today I’ll talk a little about focal points – but this time with *light*….yes your lighting can direct the eye to where you want it to! Light can make your scene more interesting, and doesn’t always require that the rest of the image be shaded “properly” – it can be just the way you set up the background. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Hope that was helpful – and especially my students in the Autumn Scenes, City Sidewalks, and Winter Wonderland classes will recognize some of the scenes and be able to use these ideas to expand on their own scenes on cards!

Retailers:

For 15% off on all retail orders use code “CELEBRATE” through October 1st.

Bloghop and giveaway

As always, there’s lots of fun to be had on bloghops – prizes and inspiration galore! I’m giving away $25 gift certificate to Sunny Studios (total of $300 in prizes throughout the hop!). The contest runs through Monday 11:59 pm PDT so get busy commenting! Winners will be announced on the Sunny Studio blog on Friday, the 29th.  

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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Watercolor Flowers Series #22: Sketchy Flowers, Zig Twin Tip Markers

 

Watercolor Flowers Series #22: Sketchy Flowers Twin Tip Markers

This beautiful Sketchy Florals stamp set from Altenew is a lot of stamps in one set- lots of florals! You can turn it any number of ways to use a few flowers or a lot of flowers….and I used a lot! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

A Copic version, trying to create a similar stone-looking background in reds…

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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Backlighting: Halloween Costume Party

Backlighting: Halloween Costume Party

When I saw the Costume Party stamp set – I knew exactly what I was going to do. And it was that sentiment sign! ha. I know, I know, I’m weird! But in today’s video you get a lot more – mostly about coloring a backlit image. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Even if you just colored all the flat-color, single layer parts, including the sky – this would be amazing.  Hope you try it out!

This card, as many, brings me to constantly ask myself, HOW MANY MARKERS do I use on one piece!? Lol!

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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Quick Giraffe Card *And yes, they wear scarves.

Quick Giraffe Card *And yes, they wear scarves.

Sometimes a stamp set gives me the giggles. And makes me want to color it over and over! This little giraffe wants to be colored with all kinds of scarves and bow ties and ribbons – so you’re gonna wanna peek at my Instagram on occasion to see them. Ok well for the coming week at least. (LOL) For now – watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t this the cutest lil giraffe!?!? Don’t leave me hanging out here alone…

 

Below are peeks at upcoming videos….and a few of them (2, 3, 4, 5, 8) will ALL post on one day: World Cardmaking Day on October 7th!! I’ll be choosing people to send halloween cards to on that weekend – I’ll choose from everyone who posts a card inspired in some way by the video techniques, so you’ll have to tune in and watch. They’ll go live every few hours…so it’ll be a little like crafting together all day, right!?!? Links to the sets are below if you want to use the set I did – or you can use other sets that you have that work for the technique.

The stamps for these cards are listed below, compensated affiliate links used.

  1. Altenew, Sketchy Floral
  2. Art Impressions, Holiday Mansion and its Accessory Set
  3. Art Impressions, Spooktacular
  4. Art Impressions, Crafty Girls
  5. Art Impressions, Happy Haunting
  6. Lawn Fawn, Costume Party
  7. Lawn Fawn, Here We Go A-Waddling
  8. Art Impressions, Watercolor Rustic Cabins with Watercolor Fir Trees
  9. Essentials by Ellen, Bear Ware 2 that goes with All Inside

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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Essentials by Ellen: Interactive Magical Baker Card

Essentials by Ellen: Interactive Magical Baker Card

I have a real sweet tooth. Some might call it a dangerous sweet tooth! The Baker Lady stamp totally tickled my fancy – and I decided to make her a magical baker lady – with a magical bowl from which she can conjure cakes and pies! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This is a very flat card – the adhesive (Be Creative Tape) is around the outside edges, and the tab is trimmed so it doesn’t get caught in that adhesive.

You could add twine or a brad on the tab – but it is currently a card that pretty much feels like a one-layer card- sorta. With the one layer glued to the other, but without dimension. 

And PS – I have another video with the new release coming up – so if you need to pick up Bear Ware 2 (or the bear!), you can add it on your order today and save some shipping. #alwaysthinking

Bloghop!

Today is the 2nd day of a 3 day hop – be sure to go visit the others after you place your order for Baker Lady! (lol!)

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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New for Bible Journalists (and a Houston pet report!)

Brand new channel!

Last week, I launched a new channel. Some of you found it…my patrons got first peeks! And now the rest of my Bible Journaling friends can go check it out.

The new channel is HERE.

A few things about it…..

  • I won’t be blogging the posts – maybe once in a while just so folks don’t miss it all, but it’ll be You-Tube-only content for now til I figure out what I’ll be doing with it all.
  • That means subscribing and having the videos emailed to you will be the way to get notified, or else check your YT subscriptions on Sunday mornings. Click the little button right next to the “Subscribe” button to have them emailed to ya.
  • I’ll be posting stills on Instagram and Facebook on Sundays with a link, so that’ll be one other way remember to go look, but you know how unreliable those social platforms are at showing you what you actually care about, eh?

The video that went live yesterday is a special one for 9/11…hope you enjoy.

And that pet report!

I told you guys I helped send a team to help rescue pets in Houston – they put together a FABULOUS report full of great pics HERE! I would give without getting pics back – but this was a bonus to see them in action with lots of furry friends!

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Art to heal: natural disasters

 

Today is the National Day of Encouragement. I don’t know about you….but I’m feeling awfully unencouraged and helpless lately.

There’s so much awfulness out in the world right now…The skies in Washington, Oregon, and California are thick with smoke and ash from fires. Texas and Louisiana are starting to dig out from Harvey, and Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia are suffering with the monstrous rage of Irma. Mexico was just hit with a huuuuuge earthquake, just as they were preparing for the onslaught of the other Atlantic hurricanes that have been chasing Irma’s coattails all last week. It’s as if Mother Nature heard doubts about climate change and replied with a big old “Hold my beer.”

And while we’ve only been paying attention to tragedies close to home, South Asia flooding has displaced 40 million people in just a few weeks. Yes, 40 MILLION. In Bangladesh it’s been 8 million – 3 million are kids. In Nepal, 1.7 million people are affected, and at least 1.5 million homes were destroyed along with thousands of schools, hospitals, roads and bridges.  1,300 were killed, and close to 40% were kids. They can’t bury all these people til the land dries out, either….can you imagine?

I am donating a lot more to charities these past few weeks – but it feels like a tiny drop in a giant bucket of need.

Blue footed booby was a reminder to Floridians to go take cover.

I need to displace compassion fatigue. How? With art.

For me, creating is my way to cope. It may not do any good for the victims to post something on instagram, but it keeps me from getting too lost in my feelings of impotence in the face of so much disaster. That just makes me sit helplessly on the sofa and stare at the wall. So I create something inspired by the tragedy, or to draw attention to it. Something to provide a commentary of some kind, to help keep it in the forefront of people’s minds. I invite you to do the same. I try to do it in respectful ways, sometimes humorous when appropriate. But most importantly:

With each piece…I’m going to make a donation.

When you see one of my pieces on Instagram, I challenge you to also go donate. It can be just a few bucks – but it’s our reminder to keep those who need our help in our thoughts and prayers – and actions.

Just last night I made a significant gift to the fund created by all our living former presidents: the One America Appeal – what a beautiful joint effort from these men.

So that’s where my head is at on this day when so many people are under Irma’s thumb and reeling in her wake. Using my art for good, and following it up with doing more than sending warm thoughts. Hope you’ll join me.

 

PS A public service announcement: Copic class sale at art-classes ends at midnight tonight. That feels pretty yucky for a post like this, but maybe you can take the savings from class and donate it?

 

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Coloring Realistic Strawberries – Zig Twin Tip Markers

Coloring Realistic Strawberries – Zig Twin Tip Markers

After watercoloring a strawberry in my sketchbook, I added strawberries to my YouTube to-do list after lots of requests….once I saw a stamp set that I could buy and use…here you go! ❤️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.