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Scenic Storytelling – Top Flight Stamps and Katzelkraft Chiens et Chats

It’s my birthday (Monday) – and while I’m gone all day taking day two of a watercolor workshop (hope nothing goes awry here on the blog in the meantime!), there’s a fabby hop to keep you busy! Let’s GO!

Topflight Stamps, LLC Grand Opening!!!

I’m excited to be part of a Grand Opening Bloghop with a new stamp retailer – Top Flight Stamps – and they’re bringing us some global FUN! For many of the online shops we buy from, it’s really hard to bring in stamps from all over the globe – that’s why you often don’t see them around. But when Top Flight Stamps reached out and asked if I’d spread the word … well, I know you guys love seeing “new things!” And even though today’s stamps aren’t “new” by any stretch of the imagination (years old), they’re new to ME and that’s what counts, right?

They also have an amazing Grand Opening Special Discount – 20% off ALL orders til March 31 – use code TFS-GO20 And, they offer FREE shipping for US addresses for orders over $50!!

Read on below for the bloghop and prize info – but I’m so excited, I wanna show you my project first! 🙂

Scenic Storytelling

In conjunction with sharing these new stamps, I’ll show you quickly how to mount unmounted red rubber on Ezmount – lots of international stamps are done this way to save on shipping. So they’re a little time consuming, to make up for trying to keep prices reasonable. But worth it! I’ll do some speed coloring – but then, the scenic storytelling begins. Lots of you want to do backgrounds, so I’ll chat a bit about how I get these things together, and maybe YOU will be inspired to do this with your stamps, too! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The stamp across the top is, I assume, a train station gate – so these three pups are dressed for travel! On the panel behind them I drew two pillars, and a bit of a train – although you can’t see much so I kinda wasted a bit of time there. Grey blobs might be more effective!

The grumpy cat….looks like me on some days. LOL. We’ve had so much rain lately, yeesh!

Mischievous kitties are ready to steal an ice cream sundae….I used to have a cat who LIVED for Double Chocolate Brownie by Dreyers. And that brand and flavor ONLY. He’d shove his whiskers right in my bowl – or turn his nose up if I didn’t have the right kind! For the scene I drew a table and chair, and the background picture could also be a window?

This hot dog is riding his razor scooter backwards AND in sunglasses. He’s truly too cool for school on his boardwalk ride! I used really light colors for the sand, water, and sky so they’d recede into the background.

And last but not least – a party! They’re all riding the little doggie – who looks just a bit puzzled! Often we’d let a stack of animals just sit on a plain background – but I added a simple rug, striped wallpaper, and pink trim to give them a “room” for their party. Baclgrounds don’t have to be hard!

Sleepy kitty looks a bit like me when the alarm goes off – AGH! Stop that noise! Especially today – it’s my birthday….and I’ll be at a watercolor class all day. Which is a good reason for an early alarm, but still….I’m with kitty, let’s sleep in tomorrow! 🙂

Hope you take some time to poke around on the Top Flight Stamps website – be sure to tell Donna I said hello! Don’t forget the 20% off sale good til the 31st – and FREE shipping once you hit $50!

Bloghop

Hop along and visit all the crafters on the hop – be sure to comment on ALL the blogs on the hop to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE a $50 store credit!!!  PLUS – each of the designers in this blog hop are giving away a $10 gift certificate to one of the commenters on their post. I will announce my winner here on Monday, April 3. The $50 Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Topflight Stamps Blog on the same day. Good luck!!

Next stop on the hop: Rachel Kleinman!

Here’s the full list – go see what they all have to share!

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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DIY Layering Stamps: ABNH Bloghop

 

I’m excited to be invited to join in on the ABNH (A Blog Named Hero) 5 year anniversary hop today! You should have come here via the Hero Arts blog….if not, head back to the start of the hop at ABNH!

DIY Layering Stamps

I’m continuing with my marker week (sale ends today at Ellen Hutson – additional 10% off all markers), so I’ll use the Art & Graphic Twin markers from Zig Kuretake again today! I’ve been goofing around with stamps to see which kind work best with these pens – I was pretty sure some interesting effects could be had, and I was right! I had these birthday animals from Hero that I thought could work well. In the video you’ll see how I created the giraffe – and below, photos of some other animals I used the same technique for. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I noticed the bear and kangaroo were facing each other…so why not make them a couple? (Though I’d love to see what they’d act like in each other’s presence. Ha!)

The elephant proved to me the wide variety of greys available – this used a bunch but could probably have been done with a bit less fanfare. LOL. #overachiever

And how about a darling octopus? I used a variety of the blues (great selection in these markers) and white gel pen to add suction cup details.

Bloghop!

A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for their wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $400!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today’s prizes include the following: 

Good luck and happy hopping!!**

Keep hopping!

Your next stop is Coralynn Murray!

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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Yupo + Art & Graphic Twin + Waffle Flower

 Yupo + Art & Graphic Twin + Waffle Flower

I’m one of those people who tries to find the “sweet spot” for different mediums – so I’ve begun some exploration of these new markers that have a couple interesting properties. 1) Colors like Zig Clean Color (nearly the same list, a few different; but with 2) a rubber brush nib and a bullet nib. I wanted to see how they’d work directly coloring onto the stamps, and it worked relatively well once the stamp was “primed” – and works pretty decently on Yupo paper…be sure to come back tomorrow, I’ll show you how this works on Neenah! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

If you’ve tried Yupo, you might be one of those folks who’ve emailed me asking if it ever dries or becomes non-sticky….that could mean you’ve got tons of pigment on there. This is a synthetic paper – which means it won’t dry like regular paper. So if that’s an issue for you, just build your card like a shaker – this would be a great solution for other mediums you want to “protect” from damage, too!

PS I said in the video I’d share some coloring in other mediums – that didn’t happen yet. Eeek! It’s been quite the week, though I can’t tell ya why. But watch Instagram, I’m hoping to get a coloring break today and play with the Copics I busily re-inked yesterday! Don’t forget the sale on markers that’s still on this week – Copics are normally 25% off, and they’re an extra 10% off right now.

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.
The Enveloper series of stamps is so cute – check them out!

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Charity Bloghop wrapup

 

I feel like *I* am the winner here – from all of my amazing friends who participated in the bloghop, to all the folks joining in and leaving everyone so much LOVE! When the idea began I wasn’t sure anyone would jump in…but you all proved that all is not lost! We are a community filled with love and generosity!

The grand total – so far – is $3,765.00!!!! Holy guacamole the generosity is such a beautiful testament to your giving hearts. THANK YOU on behalf of all who will receive the help from your giving! If you missed out and want to register YOUR gift, fill out the little form on THIS post. We’ll do more fundraisers later in the year and see if we can beat last year’s giving total!

Okay okay enough of all that…you came here to see who “really” won, right? Well drumroll please…..randomly selected by random.org are the following:

  • Kirsty Vittetoe – $30 Altenew Gift Certificate
  • Ericka Strange – $50 Lawn Fawn Gift Certificate
  • brookrhinehart – $25 Ellen Hutson Gift Certificate
  • Meghan Peterson – $30 MFT Gift Certificate

I’ve got your email addies – I’ll send you a note to hook you up with your prize! 🙂

PS – I was inspired by the hop over the weekend to create a page in my Bible – to remind myself that when we all are generous, lives can be changed.

 

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Lettering and Stamping – Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

Lettering and Stamped Florals Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

First – before you watch this video, remember I’m no pro letter-er! (Letterist? Calligrapher?) But I’m a type nerd, with a background in graphic design, so I did study a lot about typography, so I do love to play with text. Today’s verse (hopefully if I’ve scheduled this right!) for the 30 Day Bible Lettering Challenge is from Revelations, and decided to turn on the camera in case this worked out. And it did! I even watercolored the stamped flowers with the Sparkle Pens. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Capturing the sparkle from these pens in a photo is a challenge…my phone did a fair job even if it blew out the color a bit. In the end of the video I did film a little of the twinkliness.

These pens come in sets of three – I don’t own them all so can’t swatch em out for you, but maybe someday I’ll go FSS for ya. 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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Doggie kisses — and sentimental signage!

 

Hey guess what? This week Ellen Hutson is hosting Marker Week! Be sure to follow along each day to see all the different kinds of markers there are, and what makes each one different – and markers are all 10% off, too!

Doggie kisses — and sentimental signage!

Today I’m using Copic Markers – and I’m coloring puppies since it’s *also* little Giallo’s 8-month birthday today! Part of the coloring is on Patreon for supporters over there for patrons at a certain level – but the primary focus in this YouTube video is how to add interesting “signage” on cards for your sentiments. Everything from a simple square or rectangle, to wood signs and pillows! Lots of fun ways to jazz up a card and make the sentiment feel like it’s part of the scene itself. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

A simple square or rectangle sign can hang simply from the top of a card – it makes it feel like an interesting element, even though it’s super simple to draw with just a pen!

Wooden signs are especially helpful to be able to add to images with animals, or anything outside. Wood is very forgiving – lines can be a little wiggly, and if it’s crooked – that’s ok, because a wooden sign can just be a bit broken down and tippy!

Here’s a bit of a complex idea – pillows! I created a whole scene for this little puppy to nest in…a fluffy bed laden with quilted blanket and pillows! Pro tip: draw with a light marker first and add your pen lines later, it’s easier to change them up a little if you need to.

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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My marker storage

A little birdie told me there’s a 10% off sale at Ellen Hutson this week on all markers! Yes all markers! So to get you revved up, I figured I’d answer some questions I get asked a lot – and give you a heads up on a new class that’s around the corner.

PS an earlier version of this post listed the sale at 15%…I was wrong, sorry!!

How to store markers – vertically or horizontally?

The question never really came up until we were all told to store Distress Markers horizontally…then it got everyone panicking.

The rule of thumb: Look at the manufacturer website. Do they offer any storage options? Show any? They’ll show you the preference. But in general – the only markers that must be stored horizontally, as far as I know. are Distress markers. Everything else can go either way.

How do YOU store your markers?

I don’t have a “pretty’ system – no organized cabinets around this wacky studio. It’s cobbled together, but at least I’ve gathered all my markers in one area, right? Ha. The brown shelf pictured above is left over from a desk I once had. And the rest of the containers are pictured below – links in the supplies list at the end of the post.

What did you just say? New class?

Shhh! It’s a secret, just between you and me. It’s a Hex Art class I taught in my travels last year (peek at it in the photo at the top of this post), soon to be an online class – on the (shhhhhhhh) top secret new website. I don’t have a launch date yet, we’re tackling stuff behind the scenes. But it’s coming. Soon. (Please, God, soon. I’m losing sleep!)

If you’re looking for markers for the new class – it’s about the same list as for Copic Jumpstart.. If there were colors you didn’t get during that class that you wanted, this is a great time to stock up. (And if you haven’t taken Jumpstart yet – it’s the prerequisite for the new class, so….it’s a great time to nab a seat in class right now!)

And if you want ideas for colors for Jumpstart? Try this page – these will definitely get you through!

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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Goats! Charity Bloghop

Welcome to the Charity Bloghop!

I’m so excited for today….as you’ll hear the story in my video, a stamp set inspired me to get some friends together to share the idea of giving to charity in the name of a loved one….it’s not “my” idea, lots of organizations do this, but not everyone has heard about it. You can give a llama, a school scholarship for a girlgifts to save animals from abusegifts for new momsadopt a wild animal, help entrepreneurs, – there’s even a sewing machine or bolts of fabric for the perfect gift for a crafter.

Today…you get to hear from a whole bloghop full of crafters who are excited by this idea too!

The hop list is later on in this post – and I encourage you to visit ALL the blogs and leave comments so you can qualify to win PRIZES! (more info on that later too!) But for now…let’s get to them goats!

Goats: the stamp set that started this idea

The stamp set that inspired this bloghop is from Art Impressions – not only is it a hilarious goat stamp set, but fun to color too. You know me, I love coloring! I colored up the goats while telling about the idea for the hop and how gifts like this work. And my love of goats. Watch the video or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Aren’t these the cutest goats!? So fun fun fun! I googled goat photos to find different interesting fur markings for my goats. 

The inside of the card – it came out so cute! I added a doodled plate, crumbs, and leftover confetti!

Start the giving!!

If you’re inspired by this bloghop to give to a charity (I suggest going through the hop and seeing all the ideas first!), then do me a solid and let me know approx how much you are donating to charity. Last year, in a variety of fundraisers, my readers gave over $6,000 to charities – and I’d love to see if we can top that together this year!


Please indicate the amount you're inspired to give:
$10 - $24$25-$49$50 - $74$75 - $99$100 - $149$150 - $200$300+


Bloghop and Prizes

Awesome companies are helping inspire you to hop along and leave comments on all the blogs – Altenew ($30), Lawn Fawn ($50), My Favorite Things ($25), and Ellen Hutson ($25)! Be sure to go say thanks to them on their social media for helping get the word out about giving…and leave comments by Wednesday March 22. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday March 23, along with a total amount we’ve raised together!

Without further ado….hop on!

  1. Sandy Allnock – you’re here!
  2. Lisa Stein 
  3. Caryn Davies
  4. Carly Tee Minner
  5. May Sukyong Park 
  6. Lisa Spangler 
  7. Aimes Gray 
  8. Jessica Frost-Ballas 
  9. Ellen Hutson
  10. Julia Stainton 
  11. Emily Midgett 
  12. Taheerah Atchia 
  13. Joanne Soukup 
  14. Melissa Miller 
  15. Libby Hickson 
  16. May Flaum 
  17. Cindy Lawrence

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 Watercolor Pencil Dreamers

 

Have you seen the new stamps from Elizabeth Crafts Designs? I am so excited – they’re adorrrrrable! (check them all out HERE.) (after you watch the video.) (LOL)

Layered Watercolor Pencil Dreamers

Lots of crafters like *strong* color. Bold, bright, intense. That sometimes hampers us – we sacrifice some features of mediums that don’t provide that instant “pow.” Well if you’ve bought watercolor pencils (not Inktense ones) that you think are “weak” and haven’t used them – don’t fear! You can use layering to intensify color and increase contrast to do some fun shading. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And of course….a fox. *big puffy heart love*

And the puppy…reminds me of another little baby….

heehee. I love Giallo’s baby pictures!

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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My favorite thing (today): watercolor

 

This stamp set is called “My Favorite Thing” – so why not use my favorite medium? Well my favorite for today. Because ask me tomorrow and it might be different. I love to color with #allthethings! 🙂

My favorite thing (today): watercolor

After showing you how to put together a palette in my recent video – today you can watch how I use the palette…I’m trying something new to figure out how to show you what I’m doing to mix colors, and it took twice the amount of editing time, but I hope this helps. (I may not be able to do this often but might try on occasion!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The footage was zoomed in for the little boy stamp, so don’t think the palette shown was tiny! 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.