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Upcoming Milestone Celebration (and a bonus Copic tutorial)

I have had a dream video I’ve wanted to make for a while…and hopefully I can pull it off for my 100k celebration on YouTube:

I want to create something across the community to encourage EVERYONE to celebrate their own achievements as artists, and to take their next step!


To do that I need YOUR help! I need you to 1) write your artistic milestone on a couple pieces of cardstock, and 2) hold them up in a video clip or a couple stills, then 3) send them to me! Watch the video below or click HERE for a bit more info.

What kind of milestone am I talking about? It can be small or large. It might really just mean something to you – an “Aha!” moment that opened up your thinking as a creative person. Any medium. Any point in the creative process. You don’t have to show the creation, but you can if you wish! And your milestonoe needn’t be something you learned from me…I just want to celebrate your growth!

Here are a few ideas:

  • can color a turtle so it looks like it’s round!
  • finished watercolor class and framed one of my paintings!
  • can now tell the difference between warm and cool colors!
  • can paint clouds!
  • joined a design team!
  • wrote a guest blog for a company!
  • sold enough cards to pay for my daughter’s ballet lessons!

What is YOUR milestone? Are you willing to share it so others can celebrate with you – and be encouraged by you?

If so, fill out the form at the end of this post so your submission ends up in the right part of my inbox, and upload your video file or up to three still pics. Be sure to wait for it to upload (you’ll see a confirmation message.) If your file is too big, you’ll get a message about that. And if you can’t get it to work, then just send the form with a message to that effect and we’ll deal with it by email. If your file came through fine, you won’t hear back – but if something goofed up, I’ll email you.

What’s in it for you?

In the final video, I’ll link to the site-of-choice for each artist (it can sort of be a hop!) —your blog, Instagram, etsy, YouTube, or whatever site your art is on. (I reserve the right to not link to non-family-friendly sites.) You don’t have to be linked if you don’t wish.

You’ll also be entered into a drawing for stamps, dies, and art supplies! I have a growing prize box that I’ll divvy into flat rate envelopes and announce winners in the big video. Good luck!

Bonus video this week

If it takes a minute to upload your files, click HERE to be entertained while it does – and go see my Snowman card over on Ellen Hutson’s site. (It’ll open up a new window for you, so come back here to be sure your submission went in!

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Color a GIANT Cupcake to make 2 cards

Color a GIANT Cupcake to make 2 cards

I bought this sweet Cupcake stamp set without looking closely to see just how big it is. But that was a DELIGHTFUL surprise. If a small cupcake is great, a GIANT one is greater! Ha! This one is so big I split it in two to make two cards – PLUS I’ll have an IGTV video for you too!

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.

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

The colors used….

Cupcake…prior to its surgeries (fussy cutting and cutting in half!)

Sweetest blessing…

Sweet friendship refreshes the soul!

The Connect glue and Quickstick made the addition of the embellishments much easier.

Today I also have an IGTV with an alternate coloring – though still following the chocolate RULE! heehee! See it HERE.

Birthday Bash – with LaLaLand

Birthday Bash – with LaLaLand

Happy 5th birthday to Club LaLaLand! They’ve been making kits for a long time and when I heard there was a party, I had to join in!

There’s no video today – instead, several cards. And a party over in their facebook group. And a few designers are each offering $25 prizes in addition to me, but there’s no hop – I think the way to find each one will be on Instagram using #clublllcturns5 – check in on those posts to see their instructions for the giveaway.

My giveaway is on this blog post – since I can hopefully track you down via email if you win! Prize requirements:

To enter my $25 giveaway, followers will get one entry for each – so leave a comment on each place so they know you followed/joined:
1. comment on THIS blog post
2. follow La-La Land Crafts on instagram
3. join Club La-La Land Crafts facebook group
4. tag a friend on LaLa’s Instagram giveaway post
Winner will need to create an account on their site to have the $25 credit applied. Winner will be notified via email.

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.

This is the kit as it arrived in my mailbox….shiny gold made me feel awfully special! Value of contents is $71.99.

FYI: deadline for new subscribers to start with this August Kit is August 29th.

Stamps are already mounted and just needed some trimming apart – I used these scissors to do that. The dies also needed to be snipped apart.

If you’re wondering about the sentiments….

My cards! First a CAS birthday card – using the “happy” that’s already in a gift box, and “birthday,” all one word. I popped the black panel on dimensional adhesive as well as the balloon. I attached the little bow with this glue pen. Details were added with my favorite white pen – and I cut out a highlight to glue onto the balloon. Color on the panel underneath is applied with Copic Airbrush (see the buyers guide, recently updated, HERE.)

Next up – cute little girl with a gift box! I added lots of white pen detail to her dress and gift box, then drew my own scene around her. Coz that’s kind of how I roll. LOL.

Last but not least the group of critters! They’re all one stamp, no masking needed (YAY!)

Drawing Magical Castles

Once again a stamp set inspired a fine art piece! I’ve been wanting to get out the watercolor pencils for a while now, and it was time – and after I sat and looked at Heffy Doodle’s Happily Ever Crafter (GREAT name!), I kinda had to make my own castle art! (See the rest of this post – there’s a card video too!)

I also wanted to make a castle this week because it’s the last day of VBS – and the kids are all being crowned today! Yep, really nice looking crowns, and it’s prince and princess dressup day. If I figure out how to look like a princess, then watch my instagram feed to see if I look royal at all. LOL!

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.

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

It was so much fun to just make up the castle shapes and relax with my watercolor pencils…I’ve been doing a lot of working from photos and plein air lately, so something this whimsical was a great change of pace! Drawing students, try this out – it’s a great exercise!

I stamped a scene with the Heffy Doodle set….and decided to stamp one on Neenah for Copic marker coloring, and one on watercolor paper. The Copic version: an ART CASTLE!! Yep. Had to go there. “ART” flags on top of the castle, and magical art supplies in the princess’ hand!! Heehee!!

I added a little tiny apron too, so she doesn’t get her princess gown covered in paint!

The watercolor pencil version is in the Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils too. And I’m trying something I told you about here recently: I’m learning how to do IGTV! If you want to watch this one being colored, hop over to my Instagram.

More inspiration….

Reason #2 for this drawing was mentioned – it’s VBS week! And our theme is all about castles, princesses and princes: Heirs of the King! On Sunday I posted a video HERE with another project inspired by VBS in my Bible.

Supplies for Bible journaling project:

3 Clean and Simple Porthole Cards

In last month’s Ellen Hutson release, one of the cards that got the most comments (I was surprised!) was my porthole card with the octopi (see it later in this post) – so I decided to show you how to make one like it, along with a couple other designs too. Three cards in one video!

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.

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

First – the older cards. Sometimes I forget that I post a lot more on social media and those cards don’t make it to my blog or YouTube so here are two! The card on the left is the inspiration for today’s post. The one on the right with the flying sub – too many people were shocked I hadn’t made a yellow submarine in THIS card, so…..well I had to do one! ha! Gotta love the sentiment from the Pure magic set too 🙂

In this first card in the video, I used a Gerda Steiner stamp set (yes it has SHARKS! I told you I have a thing for sharks!) since I had already made the one with the octopi from the Subbing In stamp set;

Secondly, the porthole set has little dies in it for starfish, corals, bubbles, etc, so I nested them together. A bit of a pain to reassemble when nesting them after intertwining, but the nice flat effect on the card is sure nice! Sentiment is from Subbing In .

Last but not least, the Subbing In octopus decided to peek his little head above water – because he NEEDED to stand out! ha! (Another from Pure Magic!)

FYI the lid is showing this well-loved inpad’s age. LOL. How long til the printing rubs off? Anyone have one in worse shape? Post yours on social media, I’d love to see if anyone loves on their ink pads more!

PS that bloghop…

Go see the bloghop HERE from last month, there are a few porthole cards in that too!

New class, Mom’s project, and other updates

New class, Mom’s project, and other updates

It’s been what feels like a really awful week…just one week ago was one mass shooting in El Paso, followed by another in Dayton. Heartbreaking.

The rest of my week has been crazy-busy getting ready for VBS, and working on a project for my Mom, and yeesh. All that in the midst of a heat wave that had the studio cookin’ – and not with just creativity! lol.

However – I decided to jump in and finish up a new class I’ve been working on for a few weeks, and maybe that’ll give us all something creative and meditative to work on in hard times – a way to zone out, pray, and create, all at once!

Whimsical Patterns Class

I’ve been asked to do more classes for the Whimsical Sketchers – and I thought doing patterns on black would be tremendous fun! I picked up a pad of Fabriano Black Black that totally inspired me. 🙂 It’s a class perfectly appropriate for beginners – and if you have black cardstock and a white pen you like, you have all you need to get started. PLUS – it’s on sale for a week! Here’s a quick video preview (watch on YT here.)

Mom’s Project!

My Mom asked me recently for some help – she ended up teaching cards to a few ladies in her art group where she lives. The facility loved them so much they asked if the group would make a bunch of Christmas cards for a fundraiser! Since Mom got rid of most of her stamping stuff when moving over the last few years, she asked for a little help – a “few images” that she could use with the ladies to create some cards.

And uh….yeah. This happened. Hahahaha! (Yes, click. Go see my craziness.)

IGTV vs YT plans

The linked video above is “IGTV” – instagram’s effort at fighting off YouTube, I think? It’s been available for a while, but I heard from Aaron over at Arkon that IG is promoting video more than stills, and IGTV even more than video posted on a profile. I wasn’t sure of that until I posted two IGTV videos in the last week and watched views blow up. Frankly, more people are watching those than my YT videos! Egads. (I don’t know, does that mean people want more short speed videos instead of full tutorials, LOL)

That does NOT mean I’m going to abandon YT for IGTV. Yes, IGTV can be 10 minutes so I guess I could fit a regular tutorial there – but honestly I don’t like the vertical format for anything other than a quickie. To make art I like having the full screen to make things nice and big.

However, since IGTV has more people actually watching what I create, I’ll be doing some experiments with it. I hope that on days when I create a fine art video inspired by a stamp set, that I can try to do a speed video with the stamp set on IGTV – I don’t plan to do voiceovers for those, but at least show more coloring over there.

It’ll take a little while to implement all this, as I still have things in the queue that weren’t shot to accomodate a vertical format. (I have to do special things to make that work.) But you’ll start to see it more.

Not on Instagram?

I’m not trying to get folks to go sign up for IG. I totall get not wanting to have yet another social media to keep up with! But the thing I like is that I can post my IGTV videos there and non-instagrammers can still view them. I can’t embed them here, but will link to them when I have one. You can always go to the IGTV channel tab on my profile anytime to watch them – without being logged in you can’t comment, but you can still see!

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