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Watercolor a Hillside Scene – Guest post at MFT

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Okay, I’m a bit of a doofus. But since I am – I’ll give you a little inside scoop as my apology. LOL.

When I write my blog posts for MFT, I write them here, then send them the HTML code (hint, if you do guest posts anywhere, that’s a great way to do it. Saves everyone a lot of effort! Send along the picture files.) I also send them the YT video to upload onto THEIR channel. They get it all put together, and I am *supposed* to come back here and edit this to be a teaser post and link over to the post on their blog.

Yeah, that didn’t happen here today. You noticed that. Whoops!

The blog post with the video in it is over HERE.

 

And what, pray tell, has me discombobulated, you might wonder? If you’re watching my Instagram or Facebook, you may know I’ve been buried in tech stuff for the new website. I’m nearing the finish line – but the task at hand has been data entry. Creating accounts for each and every student who purchased classes from this blog, and granting access one by one on the new site. It was more time intensive than I expected – 5 days worth! My eyes are a wreck, and I’m hoping to sneak in some art time today to help them focus on something other than a laptop screen with excel spreadsheets.

If you’d like a chance at a free class, go leave comments on Facebook or Instagram.

Supplies from today’s card

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Hanging With You – Sloths in Aquablend Pencils

Hanging With You – Sloths!

Since I was trying out the regular Spectrum Noir pencils (non watercolor) the other day, I picked up a set of the Aquablend pencils, too, just to try them out. Pretty impressive! I got the 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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8 Tryfold Cards – and Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils

 

This is a bit of an epic post….go make a cup of tea and have a sit down, and we’ll get started!

8 Tryfold Cards – and Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils

Paws to Love is, out of the new TryFold stamp sets from AI, my favorite, of course! But you’ll see a whole bunch of them in this video and post. Along with some initial playing around and testing of Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils – comparing them with Prismacolor, and Gamsol vs Baby Oil! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The second of the three Paws to Love panels is the doghouse, peeking inside to the kitty and puppy….

And inside – the critters!

These are the supplies used for these cards….I found in this first bit of testing that, aside from wishing I had more colors (LOL), these Colourblend pencils compare favorably to Prismacolor pencils (my lifelong favorite). Gamsol vs Baby Oil: blending results seemed about the same, Baby oil seeps into the paper and leaves a little bit more of a grease spot, but the Gamsol does the same. Gamsol has a light odor, too. I think either works! But I’m totally smitten with the stump sharpener.

Sweet Wishes has a Valentine sentiment in it – but also has some other lovelies for year round. I love the extra-opening of the mailbox!

Pamper Yourshelf is so cute especially for a bookworm…

Everything wonderful – wishes for a happy birthday for kitty lovers!

And for the chefs and bakers out there…Homemade Happiness

Eastertime is almost here – so Celebrate Spring!

Seas the Day will be a stamp set for all summer – or whenever you need a vacation. Stamped on Desert Storm.

Welcome Little One…a special die creates the bars on the crib.

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 Copic Blending Groups + new Flora and Fauna Stamps

My friend Cindi and her daughter Lara are embarking on a new adventure – and they sent me this stamp set to see if I’d help them get the word out! You might know them as the creatives behind Savvy Stamps….looks like their clear stamps will have the same great illustration style! Be sure to visit them at Flora and Fauna – and wish them well, as well as qualify to win this stamp set on their blog and Instagram!

Supplies I’ve used for this project:

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Vignette Copic Coloring

Before I get started, a note: The stamps I used on Monday are out of stock – and won’t be back til April. We’ll all have to be patient for restocking on international stamps, this is why most US-based retailers don’t tend to carry them. BUT – Donna from TopFlight says you can email during this sale and tell her you want them, and she’ll honor the 20% off once the stamps come in.

 

Hey if you’re a Paper Smooches fan – all the PS stamps are on sale this week. Here. #yourewelcome !

Vignette Copic Coloring

Sometimes a full background is too much. You need just a little something something….so add just a little wash of color to draw attention to your focal point – either the stamps or the sentiment! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Gosh I love Paper Smooches stamps.…the images have good heavy lines (easy for new Copic colorists) and simple shapes.

The bear looks pretty dark in photos – but in reality it’s much better. If yours gets too dark, add a little glossy accents to his eyes and nose and they pop right out!

Watch my instagram this week – since the stamps are on sale I’ll color up some to help give you ideas how to use yours!

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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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!!

NOTE: The stamps I used are out of stock – and won’t be back til April. We’ll all have to be patient for restocking on international stamps, this is why most US-based retailers don’t tend to carry them. BUT – Donna from TopFlight says you can email during this sale and tell her you want them, and she’ll honor the 20% off once the stamps come in.

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.