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Perk up! Coloring Coffee Cups (Inktense Pencil Tips)

Perk up! Coloring Coffee Cups (Inktense Pencil Tips)

I haven’t gotten out my Inktense pencils in a long while – so it was about time! And with coffee cups I thought they’d be fun to use to create highlights – this set from Technique Tuesday has a lot of different sizes, so there are lots of options. One required a pen fix – uniball to the rescue (LOL!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And if you need more sentiments, Technique Tuesday has another set with fun coffee sentiments – cute huh!

Supplies

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Layered Coffee Cups – Avery Elle, Cool Beans

Thus begins a trio of coffee-related videos by a non-coffee drinker. Just to prove we can love things without drinking them, eh?

Layered Coffee Cups – Avery Elle, Cool Beans

This card will share some tips for newbies to coloring – especially that the Desert Storm cardstock is really forgiving for blending! And if you fussy cut out the images, you remove the need to worry about staying in the lines. It’ll help get you going on blending while taking out some of the worries! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

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Otterlicious Backgrounds: Alcohol Ink v Copic Reinker

 

Otterlicious Backgrounds: Alcohol Ink v Copic Reinker

A swimming otter is the perfect excuse to create some watery looking backgrounds! I noticed Some of the pads of Yupo are on sale in Ellen’s shop so it’d be a good time to remind you it’s out there if you’ve always wanted to try it out.

In this video I show three types of paper and compare Alcohol Inks vs Copic Reinkers. With my favorite discovery in the 3rd example, the card on the front of this pile!  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

On Yupo Paper:

On Specialty Stamping Paper:

Extra practice on Yupo:

Supplies

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Hummingbird – Set of Thank You Cards, Pretty Pink Posh Birthday Hop

Hummingbird – Set of Thank You Cards

I’d like to start by wishing Paulina a happy FOURTH birthday! Yes, it’s her 4th year as Pretty Pink Posh, and I’m very happy for her – it’s not easy to keep a business afloat! #girlpower!

She sent me some of the new release, and I chose these really pretty little hummingbirds; they’re perfect for CAS cards with tiny little watercolored birds. I used Tombow markers, but you can try whatever water-based markers you have at home. (Don’t do this with alcohol markers, you’ll mess up your stamps!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Pretty Pink Posh Birthday Hop

Here’s the list for today’s bloghop….enjoy!

Supplies

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Mole Family Portraits Card

Mole Family Portraits Card

I waited a long while for this stamp set- I had the idea for picture frames some time ago but needed a stamp set with just the right faces for the picture frames. Then had to work out where the pics would be displayed —- in a mole tunnel! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Lots of other ideas could work here too – bird family photos in a tree, people family photos in a scrapbook, you name it! Be sure to let me know if you use this idea, I think it has legs!

And some other colorations of this stamp set….

 

Supplies

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Wintry, Watery Critters – TWO videos, new Ellen Hutson Essentials

 

Hello there! I have a double treat for you today…not one but TWO videos! These are the new release sets from Ellen Hutson…and if you color, you may want to give them a look/ One technique here is advanced, the other is a beginner background that anyone with a couple blue markers can do – hope you find something here to inspire you!

Wintry Critters: A Frozen Copic Blizzard – Arctic Pals

A while back on Instagram, I colored some bears in a blizzard….and the outcry for a video was huge! I kept an eye out for more winter critters, and wouldn’t you know it – Ellen Hutson just released these! The penguins are my favorite – which is yours? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The three colors used for the snow are B41, B60, and B000.

Watery Critters: Underwater Copic Sea – S’Whale

Coloring whales can be done simply – or you can get fancy and add water reflections. The backgrounds on these are SUPER easy, so beginners – don’t get intimidated! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Colors used for the water: B99, B97, B95, B93, B91; for the whales: C5, C3, C1, 0

And if two videos weren’t enough….my Bible Journaling followers may want to check out this week’s video – where I turned my nativity set into a page! Note that I don’t blog my Bible Journaling channel right now – so if you want weekly notifications, go to YouTube and click the little bell beside the Subscribe button so you’ll get the Sunday morning notifications in your email!

Supplies

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Color a Spinning Windmill – Avery Elle

Color a Spinning Windmill – Avery Elle

Sometimes making a booboo is the start of a great idea, and this is one of them! I saw the thumbnail image of this cute windmill, and wanted to color it, right? I thought the blades were part of the building (user error, I shopped quick and didn’t really look!). I was considering going to order the dies so I could cut out the blades and make it an interactive card when the idea came to me to COLOR it like it’s interactive instead. Right!? We’re artists, we can do this! lol. Anyhow…watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The panel at the bottom is popped up on dimensional adhesive, giving the card a little more interest – and I think it worked out pretty well! This whole card makes me ache for spring….come on tulip season!

Supplies

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New Best Friend: Pet Shelter Cards

New Best Friend: Pet Shelter Cards

Lots of folks ask me where to donate cards – and many of you tell me you make them for your local pet shelter. I’m going to be looking into doing the same for some of the animal shelters in my area, since I seem to have a growing collection of dog and cat stamps…but check out THIS set from MFT – it’s purrrrfect for shelters! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the version with kitties….

Supplies

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New Years Vlog: How to stay inspired in 2018

Happy New Year!

A little advice for your creative new year – and a tidbit of news! Scroll down past the video to see some other changes coming for 2018. Watch the vlog below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

For Bible Journalers

In the video I mentioned the Bible Journaling channel – scattered throughout this year, I’ll be doing some videos based on sketches from my #nwc40days sketches.- and the notion also has me thinking of an idea for an upcoming class on how to develop visual ideas for Scriptures, so stay tuned for that if I figure out how to teach it. I might try it as a workshop at my church first to test out some ideas.

For supporters of my work

Many of you may already know about Patreon – it’s a small community of followers who have become my dear friends and advisers! They kick in a few bucks, and I give them a few rewards, but – it really means the world to me to have people who I know are supportive that I can get good feedback from. I ask them questions about business things (like the Design Team announcement in today’s video). I get their opinions and feedback on changes to make, and what I can do to do my job better. Since I work alone, and the dogs aren’t so good at performance evaluations (“Not enough TREATS”), I need humans around who follow enough of my work to give me solid input!

Recently we had a chat about why they actually support me at the levels they do. I had given them bonus videos, but that wasn’t what they chose to get involved for. (Coz yeah, I put out a lot of video already!) So rather than offering extra video at a particular level, I’m changing things up a little bit. One plan I have (ha, God laughs when I tell Him I have a plan!) is to focus this year on what my watercolor style is. My Copic style is recognizable – you scroll through Instagram or Facebook, and often you know it’s my work before even looking at the name. But so far, my watercolor style is alllll over the place. One day I’m loose and washy, other days really tight and painting every feather on a bird. To develop this will take a lot of ongoing trial and error….which I haven’t put in yet. But will be doing so. That also means I’ll have a ton of extra paintings and watercolor sketches adding to my already-abundant stash! eeep. So instead of giving extra videos, it’ll be sharing some of those paintings.

Here’s how it’ll go based on monthly contributions; note that if a credit card payment fails, rewards do cease til that’s restored.

$1+ Reward
  • Access to my patron only stream. 
  • I’ll follow you on Twitter and Instagram.
  • A chance at getting a card in the mail once a year. (Random draw of names).
$5+ Reward
  • Access to my patron only stream. 
  • I’ll follow you on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Quarterly coupon code for my site
  • One card from me in the mail per year.
$10+ Reward
  • Everything from the lower levels!
  • Two cards in the mail per year.
  • Additional stream of more of my watercolor paintings, so you’ll see some of the rejects too.
$20+ Reward
  • Everything from the lower levels!
  • A chance at a 5×7 watercolor painting…will draw random names to receive one. No frame or mat, and might be a practice piece!
$35+ Reward
  • Everything from the lower levels!
  • An 11×15 watercolor painting – no frame or mat, and might be a practice piece!
$50+ Reward
  • Everything from the lower levels!
  • An 11×15 watercolor painting – matted. Not a practice piece!

So for those who’ve been trying to buy my practice paintings – this is a way you might get one. I don’t feel like they’re worth selling at this point, so pricing them is pretty impossible for me. Giving them away to these supporters feels more appropriate. And maybe this will also cut down on the avalanche of watercolor paintings that are overwhelming my studio!

Happy New Year, everyone!