Thursday, October 10, 2019

Simple Watercoloring with Stamped Images {Picket Fence Studios}


Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a card I created using Picket Fence Studios stamps and some of my favorite handmade watercolors. I really like the look of this type of line art image and couldn't wait to create a painterly look using my watercolors for a clean and simple card. 


I love the soft look these watercolors created - this is one of my favorite techniques to use when watercoloring stamps and watercoloring in general. It's quick, simple and super effective (to quote on of my favorite YouTubers!)


I hope you will enjoy the watercolor process video to create this card below or on my YouTube channel. SPOILER ALERT: I had a super cute buddy "helping" me or rather keeping my company for this one. If you aren't already a subscriber, I would appreciate your support and as always truly appreciate each and every one of you!


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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Picket Fence Studios + Watercolor for World Cardmaking Day 2019!


Hi everyone! Happy World Cardmaking Day 2019!! A couple weeks ago (or maybe just a week ago?!) I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Denver and fell in love with a new to me company - Picket Fence Studios. I had a blast with friends and got some new goodies of course like this cute mermaid stamp.


Along with her, I picked up some new Prima Marketing, Inc watercolor palettes and couldn't wait to pair them together. 


I hope you'll check out the coloring video on my youtube channel or below! Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and hope you have a great day celebrating World Cardmaking Day! 


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Monday, September 30, 2019

#ShowUsYourMEdia Gratitude Challenge #1


Hi everyone! Happy mixed media Monday - after a long summer focused on our house and getting it ready to list, it has been so nice to get back to doing some art in my free time again. I have packed up a lot of my supplies and I am actually really enjoying the simplicity of not having ALLTHETHINGS because I have realized that clutter actually stifles my creativity...so hopefully I can keep this up!


I am working in the Dina Wakley Media 6x6 journal for the #ShowUsYourMEdia A Year of Gratitude challenge that started up again this month. For more details, be sure to check out the Ranger Ink blog. Dina Wakley's blog is a great place to see just how gratitude can improve your quality of life and why she chose to focus on it for the next 12 months. 


The first challenge prompted us to think about Simple Pleasures in our lives. Once you start thinking about it, the list becomes endless but the first thought that ran in my head was simply: Music. I Love music...LOVE LOVE LOVE.  I can listen to it all day long. In fact, one of the reasons I do voice overs is because when I'm creating art, I listen to music. LOUDly. 


I hope you will enjoy the process video below as well. I go more into the reason behind this page, what I plan to accomplish with this challenge over the next 12 months and a bit of my process.



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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Simple Watercolor painting using Shawn Petite Stencils


Today, I'm sharing my first project as part of the Shawn Petite Creative TeamToday I kept it pretty simple because all I've wanted to do was watercolor this deer and paint some flowers. I really love how this piece turned out - so much so, that I actually framed it and it's now sitting on my mantle! I know it probably isn't what you are used to seeing done with Shawn Petite's amazing stencils but I hope you get some inspiration from it.

Head over to my YouTube Channel or Shawn Petite's Blog to see the video.


I have started including affiliate links for all the supplies used in my videos here. Using the links when you see something you like helps me with a teeny tiny kickback without changing the price for you at all. It's an easy way for you to support my art and my channel so I can continue to create good content for you. Thank you so much!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Unboxing The Greeting Farm's NEW Mystery Stamp Box!


Hi Friends! I am super excited about this video. I LOVE surprises so when I heard The Greeting Farm was doing a Mystery Box filled with their stamps, I couldn't wait to get mine! It has arrived and I go over all the details in the video but here are a few things I want to point out:

1. **SPOILER ALERT** All Mystery boxes contain the same items SO if you did get one and haven't received it yet; don't watch this video if you don't want to ruin the surprise! LOL It is an unboxing and I'm revealing what is inside!

2. It is NOT a subscription box. It was a one time preorder item in May and they are now shipping in June. All the stamps inside are exclusive, brand new and not available anywhere else at this time.

3. You are not able to purchase this particular mystery box any longer. If you LOVE what you see (and I'm pretty sure you will!) be sure to head over to The Greeting Farm and scroll to the bottom to sign up for their newsletter. This is the BEST way to get notified when the next mystery box is up for preorder to be able to get it. You can also follow The Greeting Farm on Instagram and Facebook but some people did not see those posts this time and missed out. Newsletter is best!

So if you are ready to see what's inside - just watch below or head over to my YouTube Channel



Thanks so much for watching - I hope you enjoyed the video. I know it's not normal for me to do unboxing but they are fun every once in awhile and I'm a total goof ball in this one because of  my uninhibited  and true response to what is inside! I think this box is amazing - it has a variety of stamps from critters to the classic Anya, some great sentiments and even a brand new stamp from a line we haven't seen in a while! Let me know in the comments below if you would like me to color with Copics or Watercolors for my next card making video featuring one of the stamps from this box!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Easy Alcohol Ink Floral Technique + Save The Crafty YouTuber Video Hop!


Hi friends! I am so excited to be part of this awesome Save The Crafty YouTuber Video Hop this year! Justine does an amazing job putting this together. Be sure to head over to her Blog to find out more information about the entire hop, participants, our sponsors and the prizes!!

Because this is a video hop, please head over to my Youtube channel to get started with my video. Then just follow the links in the description of each video. Easy Peasy. I am giving away a box of goodies to one lucky comment (ONLY YOUTUBE comments) so be sure to head over there. Plus, I think the alcohol ink technique is pretty dang cool that I used and I hope to inspire you to give them a shot.

I have started including affiliate links for all the supplies used in my videos here. Using the links when you see something you like helps me with a teeny tiny kickback without changing the price for you at all. It's an easy way for you to support my art and my channel so I can continue to create good content for you. Thank you so much!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Ranger Ink Guest Artist: Be Brave Art Journal Page

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Hi friends! I'm so excited to be back with another Ranger Ink Guest Artist post! I played with white space in the new Dina Wakley small journal that I am loving right now.

To see the full project including the step by step tutorial,  please visit the Ranger Ink Project Page! I also have a full process tutorial available on my Youtube channel or you can watch below!



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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Totally-Tiffany Stash and Store Storage System Review


Hi everyone! I recently joined the Totally-Tiffany Blogging Troop and I finally have my first review ready after weeks of stalling. Organizing is NOT my strong suit which is why I am super excited to be part of this team. My craft room is a hodge podge of different things I currently use for storage and it took me quite awhile to figure out what exactly would work for the things I didn't have the best system for. I finally narrowed it down to the Stash & Store Craft Supply Organizers. I picked 2 of the 7 Drawer Craft Supply Organizers and 1 of the 5 Drawer Craft Supply Organizer. I absolutely LOVE the 7 Drawer for storing all my alcohol inks, smaller watercolor inks as well as sprays and Copic Reinkers. The 5 Drawer system didn't work for me but my daughter took it for her fairy doll supplies and it works beautifully for her! These fit perfectly in many of the cube style shelving units. 

I didn't mention it in the video but these boxes come pre assembled which is awesome. I thought I was going to have to do some assembly but nope! They also have cardboard dividers which you see in the video separating different products and keeping them in place while in store. You can find the direct dimensions using the links I provided above. They are made from a very heavy, sturdy cardboard (for lack of a better description...), it isn't made from plastic or wood making them very lightweight but sturdy.

To see more how I use them in my craft room, check out the video!


Do you currently use Totally-Tiffany for any of your storage needs? 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mixed Media Monday: Watercoloring in the Dina Wakley Media Small Journal


Hi everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend spending time with your kiddos or mothers or just feeling loved. My weekend was made up of all the things I love: art, reading, playing Cranium with the kids, laughing and just relaxing. I got a special foot massage from my oldest I didn't even have to cook once yesterday! Creating this page was one of the things I was able to do. If you head over to my Instagram page, you'll even get to see what my oldest created for me! 


My page was inspired by April's Our Mixed Media Moods Challenge. Every month, DeeDee Catron and Jen Engle release a new photo mood board inspiration. I was definitely drawn to the picture in the lower left and it gave me the perfect excuse to try my favorite watercolors in the new Dina Wakley Media small journal. The pages in there are 100% cotton watercolor - crazy thick and textured - and I love the way it looked and reacted with them.


I also wanted to include more of the tile print texture from the bottom right as well as that gorgeous coral color from the upper right. The quote I found in the DWM collage quotes is also inspired by that photo. I love the way the collage paper blends into the background with the gel medium.


I started this entire page with the watercolor florals. In the video below you can see me paint in real time one complete rose. Loose, undefined watercolor is my favorite. I will try other styles but nothing makes me happier than this. I hope you enjoy this week's mixed media video! Until next time!


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Monday, May 6, 2019

Mixed Media Monday: Distress Oxide Sprays + A Video Voice Over Take Over with my Daughter!


Hi Everyone! I recently picked up 3 colors of Distress Oxide sprays and finally used them to create this tag in my art journal. I was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Tag It challenge from last week (so obviously, didn't get this entered) but love the page and how it turned out. I used the new Large white tags from Dina Wakley Media Incredibly, all of the colors created on this tag were made by using only 3 Distress Oxide inks (Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber) When I was thinking about trying this new medium (even though I wanted ALL the colors) I decided to pick 3 primary-ish colors knowing they would mix and  blend to give beautiful multiple color blends. Choosing these colors or 2-3 of your favorite colors is a great way to try new things to decide if you're going to use them or not.


I'm obsessed with this purple the Mermaid Lagoon and Picked Raspberry created! I also did some tone on tone stamping with the same colors of Distress Oxide Inks to create a little texture in the background. 


To create the wings I stamped a dragonfly stamp from Red Lead Paperworks on some old book paper and cut them out. Then I collaged them on my tag and in the end added purple shimmery stickles to them - which I LOVE. I also cut out some random words to place over the lips of my DWM collage girl. This pretty much sums up my current mood lately as I've been feeling super down and out with my artistic abilities and whatnot as I feel forgotten or cast off; unkown even! Which is silly but sometimes it feels as though I'm being passed on by but I'm also reminded that I do art for me and sharing it is something I love whether I inspired 1 single person or 100!


So, to counter the feeling of oblivion, I loved this sentiment that comes in the dragonfly stamp set. While I may have this feeling, I am going to continue to open my wings to the world....with my art, with myself, with trying new things and even living an entirely new lifestyle as we gear up to sell our little fixer upper this summer! 

That said, one thing I'm doing to start this opening of my wings is finally hit the trigger on my Patreon Page! I'm calling this little announcement my soft launch. Yes, if you enjoy my art, my YouTube Videos and would love to support me in this way so I can continue to provide free content while also providing more real time tutorials and possibly workshops with kits, I would love to have your support! I'm still adjusting the tiers a bit but nothing will be taken away from what is offered currently. Just rethinking (over thinker here) what to best rewards your patronage with! 




Also, here is the process video I made for this page. My daughter took over my voice over for this one and it's pretty cute to hear her describe what I do! LOL I hope you'll enjoy it as well!

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Mixed Media Monday: Let's explore alcohol inks!


Hi everyone! I'm back with a Mixed Media Monday video today on my YouTube channel! I did a little organization and cleaning this weekend and came across a bunch of old alcohol inks I had in my stash. I also added a couple more from Brea Reese and couldn't stop thinking about creating with this medium so I finally made some time to do just that. Here are the results of this experimentation!


I absolutely love the vibrancy of alcohol inks first of all and the texture that it creates using my paintbrush was beautifully unexpected. While I love the stunning abstract paintings using alcohol inks, I really want to experiment further into more floral paintings eventually. For now, I was just introducing myself to this medium and getting familiar. I worked on different surfaces like a bathroom tile I picked up (years ago) at Goodwill plus some Yupo paper which takes alcohol inks beautifully and is considered the "good stuff" when it comes to paper for alcohol ink paintings. 



The best place I've found to start playing and getting to know this medium without fear of messing up or expectations is to use a white (bathroom or kitchen) tile like this one. Alcohol inks work best doing their thing on non porous surfaces. These are great because if you mess up, grab some Isopropyl Alcohol and it will just wipe right off giving you a new clean slate to start practicing again. I couldn't  bring myself to do that though because I fell in love with the way it turned out even though it was nothing like I had set out to do! Happy accidents always!
 

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Copic Coloring: Stamping Bella Curvy Girl with a Newborn


Hi everyone! I'm back today with a sweet tag featuring Stamping Bella Curvy Girl with a Newborn stamp. I used my Copic markers to color her and stamped her on my tried and true Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover 100lbs paper. This is the paper I started coloring on 10 years ago but then fell in love with Copic Xpress It Color Cardstock but when my new ream of that paper started gumming up and leaving a residue I have been testing out different papers to color on. What I love about the Hammermill paper is that it is glossy which is what I loved about the Xpress It cardstock and it doesn't feather or bleed when I lay down ink. It's probably what I will end up using from now on but I may still test other papers people have suggested and/or sent to me.

Copic Markers:
Skin - YR000, YR000, E00, E21, BV23, R20 (Baby - YR0000, YR000, YR01, BV31)
Hair - E42, E44, #47, E49
Dress/Shoes - R00, R02, R21, R22
Baby Clothes - BG11, BG34, BG13
Flower - BG34, Y17, Y38, BV23
Shadows - BG70, B91, B60, W0, W2, W4

I have a video for you as well showing how I colored her. I just love these new Curvy Girl stamps by Stamping Bella. They are so fun to color. I created a simple tag since I was placing this on in a gift bag rather than put it on a full card. This stamp is perfect for any new mama's in your life. You can color the baby clothes to match the gender of the baby and I love the sentiments in this set!


I have started including affiliate links for all the supplies used on my projects. Using the links when you see something you like helps me with a teeny tiny kickback without changing the price for you at all. It's an easy way for you to support my art and my channel. Thank you so much!
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Watercolor Wednesday: Floral Bouquet


Hi everyone! I'm bringing back my Watercolor Wednesday videos. I've been watercoloring since I got my first set of watercolor markers in 2014 about 6 months after my 4th child was born. I feel like I should be better with this medium I love so much by now so it's time to practice more. I will be sharing this practice with you each wednesday with short, simple videos on my YouTube Channel with little or no voice over. I don't feel like I can properly explain my process when I'm still very much learning it myself! I hope you will still enjoy these videos though and like, share and subscribe when you do!



Close Ups: 





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Monday, April 8, 2019

April Plan with Me using The Greeting Farm *NEW* Planner Stickers!

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to share with you an easy Plan with Me video using new planner stickers by The Greeting Farm! You know TGF is near and dear to my heart - I have loved them from the very beginning of my crafty start. When I was asked if I would do some planning videos for them, I said absolutely! You can check out both videos on The Greeting Farm's YouTube Channel or scroll to the bottom of this post to see the video for today.


I really love these new planner stickers. You can find them exclusively on Etsy right now. Run and grab them because they are so stinking adorable! They honestly make planning my month out super fast and my page looks adorable when I'm done. 


I wish I looked so cute and happy doing my chores. haha


Prismacolor Pencils:
Skin- Eggshell, Light Peach, Peach Burnt Ochre, Blush Pink
Hair- Deco Yellow, Canary Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Goldenrod, Burnt Ochre
Dress- Deco Pink, Blush Pink, Pink
For highlights and blending, I use a Luminance White Pencil

In this month's spread, I couldn't resist adding the Aries girl from the latest Red Rubber kit Hairoscope. All 12 zodiac symbols done up in TGF style. YES! I linked below where you can find them - don't wait though if you love this stamp, these red rubber kits are always limited edition and so popular. I think we ALL love a throwback to the good old days of red rubber stamps! They go on preorder and then there are only a small amount left over. The Greeting Farm is currently sold out but may have some more in the shop the week this blog is published. Otherwise, you can find them at the shops linked below. 



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