Candy Wobblers for Valentine Treat Favors

Candy Wobblers for Valentine Treat Favors

My little project today is so cute I decided to post it today….partly so I had an excuse to write a blog post and pass on a little heads up too! (See that after the video and pics!) These were treats I gave out at a Christmas luncheon but made them so they’d also work for a Valentine’s project, since I’m pretty sure you’re done with holiday projects by now. And iif not…well, you’re done. Let’s just say that. Heehee! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

Whatever little critters you decide to put on the wobblers, they can be stamps or diecuts, or just pretty hearts. Whatever you want on yours! But these birds are just CUTE!

Colors used on my little birdies….
Best little bird army ever!

For my bonus card – I’ve turned the birds into chickadees and put them all among the snowy branches, singing their little hearts out!

Heads up!

In case you don’t remember – tomorrow starts a 2 day sale on classes! That way if you’re giving (or receiving) a gift card for a present, the money goes a little further! Buy a gift card now.

Poinsettia Speed Sketches

Poinsettia Speed Sketches

Before we get to the sketches: I’ll be on TV in a few hours! WBPI is airing a Skype taping of an interview with me today, Dec 20th, at 10:00AM EST. I know, not much warning! It’s super short, and I don’t know where in the hour it will broadcast; I’m hoping to get a recording of it to post on my Bible Journaling channel soon. If you’re free this morning you may watch via: Facebook Live – WBPI TV49 | Internet: wbpi.org, click on “watch live” | Antenna: 49.1 | | Comcast:  12 | WOW: 168 & 122 | ATT Uverse: 1049

Speed Sketching in Watercolor

I was playing around with a photo that I thought was challenging but beautifully seasonal…I’m not positive what I think of either of these but thought you might like to see them. I tried this painting several times, and this is closer than the first – but I may still need to paint it a few more times. Can’t let a flower kick my behind, know what I mean?

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Some of the paint got well away from me but….yeah. lol.

Speed Sketching in Copic Marker

Just because the watercolor fought me, I also sketched the flowers in Copics– I’m far more comfortable with the medium, though it’s not challenging to me so I love the watercolor process much more.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

That white poinsettia was harder than I thought!

I’m still goofing around with the new lights – but I seriously need to get back to work today or I won’t have anything ready to post in January, eeep!! Note to self: Next year take the *second* half of December for sleeping in, not the first half!

Don’t clean your palette yet! (plus new classes!!)

Don’t clean your palette yet! (plus new classes!!)

I’ve got a few things to let you know about….and aren’t you the lucky one, subscribed to my blog, so you get to hear about them when others have to wait? First a watercolor tip, then a little info on new classes!

Don’t clean your palette yet!

The post on Ellen’s blog went awol so I’ve copied portions of it if you’re interested in the cards. Hopefully the blog post will fix itself! 

See captions below each for a little about the making of the cards:

The first of the cards uses the new Hands die – all those great ethnically-painted hands are celebrating someone doing a GREAT JOB! I diecut the Block Words out of white cardstock, then cut the same out of black and inserted them so it’s nice and flat, and popped up all the hands. The confetti? Nuvo drops!
Next up are the clean and simple Fortune Cookie cards – all I needed was some dimensional adhesive, and the stamp set that has so many fabulous sentiments for the insert and the card.
My favorite of these cards pleases my sweet tooth! I used the cookies from Ginger HouseBaker Lady elements to create a background with Twilight ink  the Letterboard dies to make the tray, and a sentiment also from Baker Lady. The cookies can be decorated as I did with Nuvo drops – or think about all the gems, glossy accents, and other products that can be used! There are stamps that you can use with them but just cutting out the dies lets you have freedom to decorate your own way! 
If you’re a Bible Journaler – you might want to know about the books! I wrote one book with tutorials/instructions, and a workbook that I showed in the video – that is printed on Bible paper. It’s awesome for trying out techniques and practicing things before going to your Bible. I painted on a page that has rocks to color in – and by mixing browns and greys together, it created some beautiful rocks!  

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for the above projects. 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.

Kids Drawing Class (available now)

This weekend I launched the new KIDS drawing class! It’s only $5, and would be a great Christmas gift along with some new crayons and markers for the littles in your life. There’s a little promo video on the class page you can watch to see if it suits your little’s abiilities. Note that some of them watch my crazy YouTube videos and do a bang-up job, so even if this looks past what they can do, you might be surprised!


Intermediate class: One Rose Four Ways (launches 12/24)

I’m testing an idea for those who love ALL the mediums like I do…I know there are a number of folks who have taken all the Jumpstart classes, so I’m trying a mini class with FOUR mediums! If you need Santa to either 1) send you a gift card or 2) get you art supplies for classes, they are below – links in the captions. Class will be $15.99 like the other Mini courses.

It’s an intermediate class – that means I recommend the Jumpstart classes before this. But you can judge yourself if you’re ready. If you’ve taken them then you likely have the supplies needed (listed in captions). 

In class, I’ll be supplying a digi image of the rose, and a photo from PMP (so get a free account there) – you can transfer the image to your paper by printing (for copic or pencil), using graphite or other transfer paper, using a lightbox, or by putting the paper and print up to a window to trace it. 

Conte Sketching pencils in black (2B), a White Pitt pencil – soft, blending stumps, toned sketchbook. (I’m using grey but there’s also a tan.)
Stonehenge paper – a regular pad, or I’m using this spiral sketchbook. Polychromos (Blick, Amazon) colors are shown here – you can substitute with whatever brand you want to use.
Copic Sketch Markers R05, Salmon Red —-  Y17, Golden Yellow —-  R89, Dark Red —-  R59, Cardinal —- R37, Carmine —- YR04, Chrome Orange —- YG23, New Leaf —- YG99, Marine Green —- YG95, Pale Olive 
Daniel Smith Watercolors: Anthraquinoid Scarlet —-  Aussie Red Gold —- Sap Green —- Silver Brush Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8 –—  Short Round 12 —- and Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9×12 

Thanks for scrolling down through the post! I know it was a long one 🙂

Speed Paint + news + winners

Speed Paint + news + winners

Warning: LONG post with lots of bits!

Winter Farm

I’ve been on a YT sabbatical, believe it or not – LOL! I know, I know. A sabbatical means no one hears from you. But for me it just means you hear from me less. And with things that I feel like doing rather than things I feel like teaching. Today…I just felt like some loose painting. Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used my Daniel Smith Watercolors and size 8 and 12 round
Silver Brushes on a block of Saunders Waterford cold press. Photo is based on a photo by Shirleygen at PMP-art.com ; if you’re looking for photos to inspire you that are legal to use, sign up for a free membership there!

Now at Society6

I’ve added some watercolors….soon you should see everything under the “new” section. For some reason they take a little while to populate so hopefully by morning they’ll be at the top, along with some other new things! But here’s a preview:

Winter Farm, watercolor
By request: Get the cardinal now as greeting cards HERE
Misty Ocean, watercolor
Transparent Sun, watercolor

Guest video

Today is my guest post over at MFT – using purples for shadows on yellow flowers! My Copic Jumpstart students have seen this, but watching the impact on a flower, well –  I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Facebook Live Christmas Parties

I’m going to do a few parties….

New classes coming

And….kind of excited to announce some new classes coming!

  • Mini Drawing Class for kids: Dogs and Cats! On hopefully Monday, if I get everything done, it will post – it’s going to be just $5….they’ll learn how to draw/color in a variety of Crayola mediums. Yes, I said Crayola! 
  • On Christmas Eve, a new Mini Mixed Class: Red Roses! It’ll have the same rose in pencil, colored pencil, Copic, and Watercolor. I think. I’ll be shooting it next week. As a mini it’ll be $15.99, and will be on sale right at the launch – so if Santa asks what you want, you can ask for a gift certificate!

Giveaway winners

Last week for the Pretty Things hop…..here are the winners:

  • A set of three packs of distress crayons: Dana Driscoll
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils: Linda Thurston
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils: Mary Werner
  • A pack of Faber Castell Art Grip watercolor pencils: Catherine Garcia
Clean and simple cards (and new video lights!)

Clean and simple cards (and new video lights!)

Clean and simple cards (and new video lights!)

Gameboard card

Tic Tac Toe die and Confetti Kisses make a fun gameboard to send an interactive card…think about other dies that could be used for game pieces too! The envelope die isn’t new but was perfect to hold the game pieces.

High Five

Sentiment lover? High Five is a fun one! It has a couple different sentiment themes and I chose blowing kisses and the cute thought balloon. (Check out Ardyth’s birdies with it, OMG!) I embossed the white sentiment and then added clear embossing to the hearts. Bonus tip – I recently got some Catherine Pooler nks (Rockin Red and Midnight– and it made stamping the thought bubble a once-and-done effort! I wondered why folks were so excited about them. 🙂 I usually don’t worry much about inks since I’m mostly about coloring, but these are great especially for solid stamps!

Hands and Hang On

Hang On is another sentiment set – and I had to use love you this much. I made my own “sleeves” and cut the cardstock width down so the card would fit inside an envelope.

Letterboard

I have a real-life letterboard, and was tickled to see I could make cards with one now! There’s a set of letters that comes with the board, then also 3 other die sets – larger alphas, and 2 script words sets. The light bulb is from the recent anniversary giveaway set – just tossed on a little watercolor. For anything like these tiny letters, be sure to put Stick It Adhesive  on the back before diecutting, that way your letters come out as stickers!

Lights

And last but not least the new lights! Mine had stood me in good stead for over a decade and finally sputtered to a halt – so I ordered these from B&H. I got two of the Dracast lights along with two of these stands and two pins (these go inside the Dracast to receive the screw from the stand.)

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.Uni-ball Impact Gel

Pretty Things Bloghop: Winter Cardinal – with a story

Pretty Things Bloghop: Winter Cardinal – with a story

WARNING: This video is a bit different than my usual. It includes a story in the voiceover that might not be good for your little ones; if it makes you uncomfortable, just turn off the sound and watch with Christmas music for a more cheerful version.

Winter Cardinal

The word “cardinal” is from the Latin cardo, meaning hinge. Something that has cardinal qualities is so important that it functions as a keystone or axle; other things hinge around it. Our difficult life experiences, as well as the positive ones, can be the anchors around which God develops our character. They don’t define us, but can instill deep compassion in us for the hardships of others.

An experience from decades ago contributed to shape who I am; it’s not one I’ve shared with anyone until very recently. In today’s video, I share that story as a way to encourage others who have been through traumatic experiences, that you might know you are not alone.

Watch it below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”-2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Help for survivors

If you need assistance coping, please reach out to someone. Especially during the holidays – these can be a rough few weeks ahead. There are many who care…..I’ve listed just a few hotlines:

The bloghop and prizes

There are 18 lovelies participating in the hop, and some prizes along the way too! I have some packages of lightly-used art supplies to give away to help 4 randomly drawn commenters make something pretty too::

  • A set of three packs of distress crayons
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir watercolor pencils
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils
  • A pack of Faber Castell Art Grip watercolor pencils

Now hop along and go see what everyone else is making today:

  1. Sandy Allnock (you’re here)
  2. Josefine Fouarge
  3. Rubeena Ianigro
  4. Leigh Houston
  5. Mamie Carson Wadsworth
  6. Tania Ahmed
  7. Ana Reese
  8. Tracy Freeman
  9. Amy Tsuruta
  10. Tracie Pond
  11. Sharna Waksmulski
  12. Alix Davis
  13. Janette Kausen
  14. Mayra Duran-Hernandez
  15. Kimberly Wiener
  16. Seeka
  17. Joanne Maree Soukup
  18. Crissy Salima Smith

My painting is now at Society 6, and any proceeds are being donated to RAINN. I’m hoping to add some more of my recent work to the site over the weekend- let me know if there’s something in particular you’ve wanted prints of and if I still have it here I’ll photograph and add it. Because Christmas is coming! The original is framed and will be hanging at my church in the next few weeks.

Christmas Tag (with a feminine twist!): Sweet Little Penguin Tag

Christmas Tag (with a feminine twist!): Sweet Little Penguin Tag

 

Sweet Little Penguin Tag

Ellen Hutson always creates a beautiful series of Christmas Tags with a feminine twist! This year I’m paired up with the amazing Carissa Wiley and I’m going to guess I’ll be outglittered by her sparkly self…she is SO talented! (Go see her tag here!)

Our inspiration picture is this one: gotta LOVE all the black and white with a pop of green, all with kraft underlying it. And detailed ribbons and stitching!

I made a quick lil video for my tag – and giftwrap! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Aren’t these the sweetest lil penguins ever!?!? Watch my Instagram for more of them in coming weeks – I won’t be making lots of videos or doing blog posts through December, but I’ll be sharing the rest of my Christmas cards with crazy backgrounds on IG and Fb!

The giftwrap is so super easy….just watercolor on kraft!

And for those who are in the Clearly Copic Glass class.…this is a crazy version of the candy jar lesson!

Bible Journaling this week

All through Advent I’ll be sharing techniques for backgrounds – this time I actually used acrylic paint!

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.

Easy Stamped Gift Bags + MFT guest post!

Easy Stamped Gift Bags + MFT guest post!

 

Easy Christmas Stamped Bags

It’s getting late to show any more Christmas cards (scroll back through my blog if you still need ideas, I’ve shared a gajillion!) – so how about some simple stamped kraft bags? I picked these up at my dollar store – and can easily make the 20 needed! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And I’m also guesting on the MFT blog today using the same stamp set and my Albrecht Durer pencils….go see!

 

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.

Turn a solid stamp into a painting

Turn a solid stamp into a painting

 

Happy #GivingTuesday! In my mind it’s the BEST holiday of the year. I’m ecstatic that in 2018, we as a community of folks here on this blog and at my teaching site, we’ve donated over $12,000.000 to charitable causes! There have been charity auctions and fund drives, we raised a TON for Puerto Rico, for hurricane relief, and the Safari Animals class is an ongoing fundraiser: a portion of proceeds goes to wildlife charities.

A little charity news in my world: In January I’ll be going back to Puerto Rico, and attending a fundraiser performance of Hamilton – starring Lin Manuel Miranda! Proceeds will benefit Flamboyan Arts Fund. PLUS I’ll be meeting the cast afterward, as well as Chef Jose Andres and others – I am so excited I could SQUEAL! To shake the hand of such a humanitarian will be an honor. While on the trip, I’ll hopefully be able to meet with the charities we supported and bring back a report; it’s a quick trip and I’ll see what I can do to see the solar panels and roofs.

What charity is close to YOUR heart? Have you asked your family for donations in your name?

Turn a solid stamp into a painting

I’ve been thinking about solid stamps for a while now – and finally found one to try my idea. It might just change the way you look at silhouette stamps! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t it pretty in it’s design simplicity? Just a little layered cardstock sets it off perfectly.

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.

Loosely Painted Holly + winners

Loosely Painted Holly + winners

Loosely Painted Holly

Happy Anniversary to Ellen Hutson and her crew! One more post this week to celebrate the achievement…it’s not easy to keep a business open in the marketplace today, and to do it with honor and integrity! I’m so proud to be associated with them – and I know many of you have become faithful customers too….yay for great customer service, eh? Anyway – I’m trying a technique I’ve used a few times before – on buttercups and poppies – and now on holly! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I think I’ll be painting lots of flowers this way….so loose and fun!

In case you missed it yesterday – there’s a Black Friday sale going on over at Art-Classes that lasts all weekend into cyber Monday! The winners of yesterday’s giveaway are on the blog there.

24 Tags of Christmas WINNERS!

I’ll be emailing for mailing addresses…congrats!!! (Black Friday winners from Art-Classes are listed HERE. The sale continues on classes through Monday!)

  1. Terri Scott
  2. Heather Spaw
  3. Marie Duncan
  4. Sally Puckett
  5. Diana Mills
  6. Robin Ridpath
  7. Olga Dendrinou
  8. Allison Waibel
  9. Brienne Coombs
  10. Kerry Fitzpatrick
  11. Aisha Roberts
  12. Margot Ferrera
  13. Susan King
  14. Joyce Stewart
  15. Melissa Friedrich
  16. Stacey White
  17. Marie Abernathy
  18. Teresa Dawson
  19. Theresa Petermann
  20. Robin Gasser
  21. Jo Colchado
  22. Lilibeth Mendoza
  23. Susan Eliot
  24. Frances Sheegog

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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