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No-Line Watercolor Mothers Day Flowers

No-Line Watercolor Mothers day Flowers

Mother’s Day is around the corner – but this stamp could be used for the holiday, or combined with any stamp set to create a card for any time! I used Avery Elle pigment inks to stamp with; if your stamp only has red flowers, you can use red to stamp with – mine had flowers and leaves, so a yellow (mimosa) made the most sense for mine. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I nearly discarded the outside frame – then realized I had actually centered it well (which is rare!) so I tossed some loose watercolor on it and adhered both down to the card. So simple and pretty – and no waste!

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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UNITED WE CONQUER! Ellen Hutson BCRF Fundraiser

UNITED WE CONQUER! Ellen Hutson BCRF Fundraiser

In honor of their three amazing mothers, Chaitali, Julie and Ellen teamed up to find a way that they could make a difference and honor these very special women in their lives and actively contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer. Together they have created the Courage Stamp & Die Set. It’s soooo beautiful:

Many of you are affected by this disease or other forms of cancer and we are turning to you for help. After much research our team made the decision to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the nation. To learn more about BCRF please visit their website.

Through this fundraiser, it is our goal to educate and raise money for research and support services for patients and survivors battling breast cancer.  And I’m honored to join in this bloghop to celebrate and encourage these efforts!

Won’t you join us? Donate, stamp, share, create—there are many ways you can contribute!  Visit the Ellen Hutson BCRF fundraiser page to find out how and to follow our progress.

Together we can!

And now, on to MY project! I saw all the flowers – meant for layering – and knew others could do amazing cards with stamping and layering inks. But what could I do that would make this set “sing” in my own way? And as I pondered….I started seeing each one of the layer-able stamps as separate flowers…what would happen if I added to each one with a little bit of color to make them all totally different flowers? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

COURAGE fundraiser set

 

A little something really special…

I hope this has given you another view of what you can do with this stamp set – so perhaps you’ll have more encouragement to buy it and help the cause. There are no giveaways for this hop, and I do know it likely means folks won’t be motivated to comment or share….so here’s what I’m going to do to encourage that:

For every comment on this post by Friday, AND for every pin of my card on Pinterest: I will donate $1.00 to BCRF. Get busy! Let’s raise some money!

 Hop Roster

Supplies

Today, I’m only linking to the stamp and die set used on this card – and it’s not an affiliate link. All of the proceeds will go to the cause, not to anyone on this hop! So please do join in and pick up a set…then go share the card you have created using #BCRF #BCRFfundraiser #cancerresearch #BeTheEnd #essentialsbyellenbcrf

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Copic Color a Black-Eyed Susan Garden – Honey Bee Bloghop

Hello crafty friends! Welcome to the 2nd Birthday Bash & SURPRISE Blog Hop! Melissa doesn’t know we’ve planned this…so hopefully it’s a good surprise!

(And before I forget to add this – there’s a Design Team call HERE for Honey Bee!) 

Copic Color a Black-Eyed Susan Garden

I’m a Maryland girl from my youth, despite living out west – so today, since a yellow-and-black card was on deck with the sweet Busy Bees set, I’m creating a garden with my home state flower – the Black Eyed Susan! I’m adapting the stamp lines a little to create the centers, and in the video you’ll see how I created this whole card without masking at all. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The tiny bees I used, I was told, are little freebies – so be sure to read up on the main Honey Bee Stamps bloghop page about the details to get that little set!

And it wouldn’t be a party without favors, right?

Next stop on the hop is Taniesa – go go go!

  1. Honey Bee Stamps
  2. Jennifer McGuire
  3. Stephanie Klauck
  4. Amy Rysavy
  5. Lisa Cisneros
  6. Sandy Allnock  <—you are here
  7. Taniesa Vlasak
  8. Yana Smakula

In case you missed it…I just launched a new website for my coloring classes:

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 a dog park

 

My life is one trip to the dog park after another. Can anyone relate? Having two energy-filled puppies means playing hard is required every day, so we alternate between an hour of hard running at the park or an hour and a half walk around our neighborhood. So today’s card is inspired by those daily adventures!

Watercolor a dog park

For today’s video I combined two MFT stamp sets to create a little scene; the little girl in the stamp set had a glass of lemonade in her hand, but I masked her hand out behind one of the pups so she could just be standing with all the doggies. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card is finished off with a dotted die from Avery Elle and mounted on brown cardstock, with a little twine just for fun. 

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 color a mirror – Make it Beautiful

Copic color a mirror – Make it Beautiful

I colored something similar to today’s card when I was goofing around a while back, and shared it on Instagram – and got so many requests to share how I did it that I tried to replicate it. Hope it helps! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

We all have girlfriends who could use some encouragement – the Make it Beautiful set has lots of great sentiments to make cards that will lift up a weary heart!

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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Art Impressions Watercolor in the MISTI

Note: All Art Impressions stamps are 15% off this week – #justsayin!

Several folks asked what I would do with this little girl stamp….well let’s see, shall we?

Art Impressions Watercolor in the MISTI

For a lot of AI watercolor, a MISTI is overkill – when you’re just adding lots of little flowers, you want to move the stamps around. But with a large image, like in the “sets” you can get, sometimes using the MISTI makes it all a bit easier. At the end of the watercoloring process, stamping a few select outlines again really helps sharpen everything up! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t she sweet? I used her for a couple Easter cards this year, too – just painted eggs in her basket and hid some under the bushes!

YT Live Sunday 2pm Pacific

I tried broadcating YT Live last week, and that didn’t go so well….my phone and YT weren’t on speaking terms. I’m going to try it again this weekend, so if you have questions about the new site or anything, that’ll be a perfect time to ask. Just go to my YouTube page and refresh a time or three. (Or four. It took ten minutes worth of tries before I gave up last week!) If it doesn’t work on YouTube, open another tab and hop over to Facebook, and I’ll chat on the artclassesdotcom page.

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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Couple quick announcements

 

Free Impress Copic Demo tomorrow!

First – tomorrow morning – Thursday at 8am (aaaaack!) – I’ll be at Impress, my LSS, to do a Copic demo for an hour. Hope you can come out! It’s a big store sale April 20 – 23 (Online sale April 23 – 28, use code SALE, shop HERE.)

 

Altenew Card Drive and Sale

To celebrate their Celebrating Parents Card Drive and Celebrating Parents Blog Hop (4/19), they are running a special promotion from April 19th through April 22nd at 11:59 pm EDT. No coupon code needed. (Plus $7 OFF on all orders over $100 with code SHIP7OFF)

Website update

Big thanks to everyone who’s been kicking the tires on the new website! There’ve been a few log in hiccups – but yay for lots of folks getting in and enjoying classes. Let’s go make art! A few things we’re working on fixing:

  • Right now, the site’s not allowing multiple purchases…so you would need to purchase separately.
  • Avatars apparently can’t be uploaded from all smart devices. So hop over to a computer to do that and qualify to win a prize.
  • If you haven’t purchased a class before, just create a new account. (And if it says you already have one, just click ‘forgot password’ to start that process. I imported *some* user names and yours may have come along with that.)
  • Social media drawings for free classes end tonight – blog giveaway ends 4/25, winners announced 5/1.  See blog post for deets!
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My GRAND OPENING at Art-Classes.com

 

I. Am. So. Excited.

This is a long labor of love….and I hope my new education site will make life easier for you in taking classes!

  1. No more dealing with class emails getting lost in spam.
  2. No more struggling with separate passwords for each class.
  3. No more losing emails about how to get to your class!

My new site (a companion to this blog) will be the place for classes now  – and you’ll have ONE account, ONE password that you can change whenever you want, and your classes are available to you without having to wait for emails!

If you’ve purchased one of my classes, or signed up for the monthly newsletter list at the new site, please know you’ll get another email or two from me today. Not trying to spam you, just trying to get the word out to everyone!

What will I do without all your crafting videos on this blog?

Nothing will change here, as far as I know! I plan to continue with my Monday/Wednesday/Friday videos, and once things settle down will get back to vlogs too.

What about classes I already bought?

You’ll have access to those classes on the new site.

  1. Just log in using the same email as you used here, click “forgot password” so you can add a PW.
  2. Then once you’re logged in, go to the BLACK BAR at the top of the page and click on “Your Classes” – and your purchases should be there and immediately available.
  3. If your email doesn’t work, please try any alternate emails you may have used at the time of purchase. I used what I had as the most recent information for you.
  4. If you CHOOSE to, you can still use the email with link and password that you got for the class you bought. But – I recommend hopping over to the new site, it’s much easier to view there!

Any new classes I should check out?

The Copic Hex Art class is finally available! Last year I travelled and taught this one and it was SO popular – 42 techniques to make a beautiful hex art piece to frame in your studio. (If you were a student last year and signed up on the list, you should have an account with the new class available to you free, as we discussed in classes.) Watch the video preview below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

What should I do first when I get to the new site?

I’d recommend logging in – see instructions above (or create a new account if you’re not yet a student). Update your profile by clicking on the “your classes” link in the black bar at the top of the page….add an avatar (you may have to do so via a computer, not a smart device). Check that your expected classes are listed and that they work correctly. Email from the website if not.

Then poke around!

Giveaways

Visit the blog at the new site and see all the info about the grand opening – including giveaways and how to qualify to win a free class or a pack of stamping goodies!

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6 interactive Pop Cards

Before I get rolling – some special sales at Ellen Hutson – AI stamps are all on sale this week! No coupon needed 🙂 More AI is coming later this week…

6 interactive Pop Cards

There’s just something really fun about any card with interactivity, right? I saw these darling “pop cards” at CHA at the Art Impressions booth and thought – I gotta make some! Fortunately they gave me the set so I could try them all out, and give you some tips. These aren’t for the faint of heart – but are SO worth it. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Pop Card Tips

  • Read the directions. Yeah, honestly. Most of my challenges were from assuming I knew what it said, then I went back and read it again when it didn’t work. Ahem.
  • Each stamp and die set ALSO NEEDS THE POP CARD TEMPLATE DIE. Don’t miss out on that step. It’s sold separately.
  • Stamp the pieces and die cut them, THEN fussy cut if you want to lose the white outlines. Don’t fussy cut first – you need all the diecut slits to assemble everything.
  • Use good heavy cardstock, especially for the pop card template. Choose a color that will look ok when visible – ie for a green gator, don’t use pink, because you’ll see it a little bit.
  • Practice once – cut two of the pop card templates, and attach everything to the first one – usually the first one I did wrecked the fibers of the pop card template cardstock, and it was challenging to keep it from crumbling; but once I did the first one, the second one slid into the slots a lot easier.
  • When getting to the third piece with the little arrows, secure them with a power tab to both hold them in place as well as whatever the top piece is going to be.
  • Below are pictures of the pieces, all cut out and colored – that took me a bit to work out for each one, so I save you the thinking at least a little.

Panda —- Definitely the easiest of them all, I think. The shapes are really easy to trim. Yu could put all kinds of things in his paws, just cut out the little hands from the cupcake to add them to whatever you want him to hold.

Horse —-  Got to love a horse on a card, right!? Use dark colors for the mane and you don’t have to fussy cut all that hair.

Gator —- probably my favorite, since his little arms are up in the air! He’s so happy.

Elephant —- If you leave off the skirt and flower, this one is super easy to fussy cut! And a tip on the ears – since there’s no stamp for it, I ran my dark marker around the edge to create an outline so it would match the rest of the elephant.

Bee —-  Definitely the toughest to work out the details on – til you read the instructions. LOL. Cut lots of legs and wings (no stamps for them), and I think the piece I used for the stinger is the stinger – there wasn’t any instruction on that piece! I’d also stamp the mouth on him instead of gluing it on, though I think the same shape could be used as a tail according to the picture on the package.

Oldie —-  This one has a cupcake for her to hold – or a wine bottle! You might also have other things you can put in her hand in other stamp sets. I used the dark pink card base for the pop card template, and I think next time I’ll look for something more flesh-toned so it won’t stick out so much. But those slippers. Cuteness!

Do you love Interactive Cards?

Check out this page for more on this 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.