Watercolor a dog park

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

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8 Tryfold Cards – and Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils

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

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Scenic Storytelling – Top Flight Stamps and Katzelkraft Chiens et Chats

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.

Doggie kisses — and sentimental signage!

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

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Layered Watercolor Pencil Dreamers

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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