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Tip to tip Coloring: Dragons

Tip to tip Coloring: Dragons

I thought it might be time to remind everyone of an oft-forgotten technique to create a color “in between” two markers to create blending. Watch as I make a YG22 out of a YG21 and YG23! 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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Stamping for Families Bloghop – and a wee dog vlog!

 

Hi all! Today’s something a little different over here on the ol’ blog. There’s a video – just not a crafty one. Read on!

First- a little bloghop with some friends.

Some friends were talking on Facebook about how depressing things are at the moment…I can’t stop thinking about the thousands of kiddos separated from their moms and dads, and I’m praying that the huge-a-mongous fundraiser that went viral will help to reunite them all. You know what I love best about that fundraiser? People from all perspectives have joined in to do one thing. Together. Just to support families. We need more things that bring us together!

Anyhow…our little bunch of friends just wanted to make something…because art can heal, us, right? So if you’re feeling blue, then:

  1. hug your loved ones….
  2. and share a little of that love by making a card to send to someone you love…
  3. reach out and call your US Senators at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to support SB3036. It’s not comprehensive immigration reform that we need, but we know  it’ll take them forever to pass something big. The “Keep Families Together Act” would only deal with stopping family separation, and maybe they could all get on board with one thing at a time?
  4. then pay your love forward and donate to one of the groups helping reunite the families!

So below is what I made (sorry, no video!)…I hugged my pups since my family is far away….and I’ve made a $500 donation to RAICES, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. (They’re the beneficiary of the Facebook fundraiser, but I don’t trust Facebook to handle my content much less my donations (ha) so I went directly to RAICES to do mine.) I hope you’ll consider giving, too. Together, we can make a difference for families!

I used Upon a Star from Lawn fawn, and used Copic airbrush for the background. The card is made of two panels glued together to make a card that opens this way (see video on Instagram today to watch it “open”…. (see it HERE)

The left panel (4-1/4 x 11, scored in half) has the little fox on it. To get the mama fox in the right spot, I held the second panel up to the light, aligning the crease, and sketched where the baby was – then stamped mama in place. I trimmed the front panel by hand so mama would have a partial panel looking out at the stars, sitting behind her pup.

The inside of the card needed a little TLC…I airbrushed just the corner and embossed the heart constellation on it. This is the inside of the panel with baby fox on it; the other half of the mama panel is glued to the back of this, so the card back has 2 layers.

If you’re interested in more airbrush info, stay tuned, I have a couple videos coming up next month with some. 🙂

Supplies:

Bloghop Links + prize

I’m going to pre-apologize because I think Inlinkz won’t show up here since I no longer subscribe, but I’m hoping that you can still click on the link. And that you’ll join in, too! I believe the link-up will be open for a week, so you can make your own family-themed card to add to the collection!

For a prize, I’m offering up two classes: one to a lucky commenter,  and one to a participant in the hop. Fresh mojo only, no linking up old cards please! Winner will be announced on July 1.


And secondly – a dog vlog

I shot a superfast little vlog the other day just chatting about some July stuff coming up, and dog footage! We’ve had some major summer weather already – unheard of here to have a week of hot weather this early! The studio gets up to the 80s by midafternoon, so we’ve been getting up early to get to work, then chilling in front of a fan. But if this weather continues all summer, we’ll be heading for this waterpark more days than not!

World Watercolor Month is in July….I’m getting together a list of prompts for anyone who’d like to join me! You’ll be able to use the prompts to stamp an image and watercolor it, create cards or Bible journaling pages, tags or bookmarks…..anything to just get a little bit of watercoloring in each day. I’m going to try to create a daily 30 second video for Instagram, so be sure to follow along – and turn on notifications so you don’t miss any!

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Color a Horse in a Barn – Polychromos Pencils

 

 Color a Horse in a Barn – Polychromos Pencils

Hello friends! This is a special little post for my horse fans out there….a few asked if I’d color this stamp, so I bought it to do so! I tried out the Ink on 3 No Line ink as well….pleased with my first stamping of it but will hold off on a final verdict til I play with it more – you guys know me, I want to see if things work with lots of mediums! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card turned into an easel card; I had done just the diecutting with the MFT stitched dies, and it just screamed out to be a special presentation after spending so long coloring it! The scores on the base are at 5.5″ and 2.75″ – and I cut the base so it was narrower than the front panel.

And yes…the colors!

Here’s the top view of the inside of the card….

I had first colored this scene in Copics while at my stamping group….

 

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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Copic Coloring: Mani Thanks card

 

Copic Coloring: Mani Thanks card

The cards I make with shiny glass get lots of attention – and I do so wish I had some way to provide a scientific approach to making glass look glassy. “A stroke of this here, that there….and done!” But glass—and anything shiny—-take on the light and reflections around them, so they’re always different! If you want something specific, my recommendation is Googling a similar image, and doing that a lot til you get the “hang” of making it up yourself the way I do. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The embossing is on top of the Copic coloring – to try to color over embossing can ruin nibs.

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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Spring Bouquet Card (Studio Katia)

 

Spring Bouquet Card (Studio Katia)

These pretty little flowers were perfect for a technique using distress inks – and the MISTI. I created it on watercolor paper, and between the ink being open to movement with water, and adding watercolor….it came out so very pretty! 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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Enabler alert!!! 30 videos (and a screaming sale!)

 

Hi folks! I was scrolling through Ellen Hutson’s “oops” Category at that’s all on sale – and aside from all the goodies landing in MY cart, I thought I’d collect the items I have videos for. And guess what? Everything in that”oops” Category  is an ADDITIONAL 30% off with coupon code YAY- and there are lots of things that are already heavily discounted. That’s crazy on the discounts!!! But first….World Watercolor Month is in July!! I’ll be putting watercolor classes on sale, and doing some other fun things, so in case you need some supplies…here you go (and check OUT the prices on some of these, holy guacamole!)

 

Setting up a watercolor palette shows how to set up a palette if you haven’t as yet….  (Blog Post)

 

29 more videos

I’ve put the sale items above each video as links; if you need the full list of products, there’s blog post links to get you the rest of that information.

Holiday Words Dies,, Leaping Deer Die (Blog Post)

Essentials by Ellen, Tree Farm (Blog Post)

Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps, Thistle (Blog Post)

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set 1, Set 2, Set 3 (Blog Post)

 

 

Lawn Cuts Dies Shut The Front Door (Blog Post)

Avery Elle Dies, Petal Plate (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Four-Legged Friends (Blog Post)

Crazy Cats (Blog Post)

Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Wild For You (Blog Post)

Lawn Fawn Stamps, Costume Party (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Window Dies (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Nuts About You (Blog Post)

Avery Elle Clear Stamps, Brring On The Joy (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Ninja Warrior stamps (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Sweet Sloths (Blog Post)

Hero Arts Angel Stamp set (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things stamps: Mermazing, Ocean Pals (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps: Polar Pals, Dashing Deer (Blog Post)

Paper Smooches, Courteous Cuties (Blog Post)

Penny Black, Red Blush Stamp (Blog Post)

Concord & 9th Stamps, Stuck On You (Blog Post)

Flora and Fauna, Adventure (Blog Post)

Flora and Fauna Life is Lovely (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti Clear Stamps, Berry Sweet (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti Clear Stamps, No Tomorrow (Blog Post)

Impression Obsession Clear Stamps, Beary Sweet (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti, Puppy Love (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Sheep Flutter (Blog Post)

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Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class – ready for you!

 

Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class

It’s time! If you’ve missed the early registration, no worries – class was open for those who wanted to get a jump on ordering supplies and coloring their hex charts. Watch the trailer below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. Then read on for more class details!

Notes

  1. About supplies:
    1. To get started: If you have some colored pencils and some paper, any brand, you have enough to get started. I use a couple different kinds of pencils and paper throughout class just to prove you don’t have to have the fancy paper that I love – but you can see what results I get on different papers and decide what you’d like.
    2. Stamps: I asked Purple Onion to partner with me in having stamps for you in class; I think we scared her with wiping out stock so fast! So please be patient. Michele ordered more and they’ll go out in the mail as soon as possible. She’s created bundles of the Recommended and the Recommended + Optional – at a discount. If you only need a couple stamps though, she can’t accomodate handling discounts by the onesies. If you buy the whole group of stamps to get the discount you might be able to trade a friend, or save them for secret santa gifts this Christmas!
    3. Using other stamps: You can totally use other stamps you have. No need to use exactly what I’ve got! And you can also draw your own pictures, especially if you’ve been in my drawing classes. Wink wink!
    4. Digital downloads: Throughout class, especially the first 5 lessons, there are a bunch of downloads for practicing. So if your stamp order will be a while, there’s plenty for you to start with in the meantime!
  2. About signups:
    1. You can sign up ANY time. There’s no live content that requires you be there on a day or time to get content. It’s all accessible as soon as you purchase.
    2. There’s a funky Paypal-returning-to-Art-Classes thing in which it shows you a spinning yellow square. While it can be mesmerizing, just click out of it and go to your account. The payment should have gone through and class will be in your account.
    3. Some of you have bought enough classes that you have a “page 2” in your classes list. You can also just navigate to the class once you’re logged in, as if you’re going to go buy that class, and access the Curriculum from there; you don’t HAVE to go through your account page.

That’s about it from me….go get out your pencils and let’s have some fun in Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class!!

Sandy

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Yappy Happy Trifold Card – Heffy Doodle Hop

 

I want to wish a Yappy Happy 1st Birthday to everyone at Heffy Doodle! Can you believe it’s been a year!? I’m always proud of companies celebrating the milestones – it’s really hard to stay in business nowadays, and if they can withstand the pressures, they deserve the kudos! Be sure to scroll down to read how to join in the hop and qualify for awesome prizes!!

Yappy Happy Trifold Card

When asked if I’d participate, I saw this cute puppy stamp set – oh my! Dogs AND mail? Yeah bring it on! The dog in the middle panel “needed” to leap in the air, and I decided my card would be going “From” a US postal mailbox all the way across the pond – so it’ll be my sister’s birthday card when it comes round! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The trifold card format was fun for something with a little change. I love the little pup trying to open the box at the end – lol. That’s my G – our box from Chewy just arrived and he probably would have opened it himself if I’d let him. LOL!

To make the card base, I used two strips of 4-1/4″ cardstock – each had two square panels, and they overlap in that middle panel. If you have 12×12 cardstock you could do this more easily, just make the panels 4″ instead, but since I can’t remember the last time I had any 12×12, I made do with what I have on my cardstock shelf.

Hex Charts!

In case you’ve missed it….there are now four hex charts available! Copic has been around a while but now there are 3 brands of colored pencil. (Note that there won’t be watercolor or watercolor pencil charts – we can’t run watercolor paper through our home printers or use waterproof ink.) All charts are HERE.

And on Friday, the Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class content will be available! You can sign up for class now or then and I’ll remind you here on the blog on Friday to pop over this weekend to start learning. (You can join in class ANYtime, there’s nothing live that you need to be there for.) Note that I’ve added some things to the PreClass (click on Curriculum) – like the discount for stamps, and info on hex charts. 🙂

 

And now…the Bloghop!!

Two lucky winners will receive a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store. Leave a comment on each stop to qualify. Comment eligibility will close on 6/23/2018 at 12pm PDT; winners will be announced on June 24th on the Heffy Doodle Blog.

You can receive 20% off your order with my code : HeffyBirthday2uCoupon is only available on from June 13th -June 17th!

 

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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Beach Buds – Guest Video at MFT!

 

Hey everyone – it’s MFT day in my world! I made this darling little card using my Polychromos pencils…check it out on their blog HERE!

(Polychromos Hex Chart is HERE – as well as Prismacolor HERE and Luminance HERE) – and if you want to check out the new Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class it’s HERE!

Here’s the song I sang in the video…total flashback to the 80s!

 

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City Lady with Flower Shop Background (Copic)

How’s about a Sunday post instead of Monday? It’s new release day – and I have part two of last week’s video at Ellen Hutson’s!

Quick note! There are no bundles of the three ladies. Long story of my misunderstanding, but wanted you to know ahead, so…rock on!

Vacation Ladies: City, Woodsy, and Beach!

On Thursday I showed a peek at the new Ellen Hutson release with a Distress Oxide video, and today I’ve got a Copic video showing how to make the cool City Lady background! It’s pretty easy as backgrounds go – just layer up some colors for the soft flowers, and make some shapes for the shop! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Beach Lady also needed a background….and she’s on the Ellen Hutson channel – video is below, or click HERE to watch it.

There’s no video for Woodsy Lady…this one took quite a while to get it working right! Eeep! 

 

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.