Wednesday, March 25, 2020

"She Decided" Art Journal Page {Shawn Petite Creative Team}


Hi friends! I have a new art journal page to share with you today. I created this as part of the Shawn Petite Creative Team and I am excited to share it with you. The quote I used while I created it weeks ago, seems to be incredibly fitting for the world we are currently living in. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and fear for as long as I can literally remember, I was just breaking free from that in the past year...while something like this would normally just put me back into old ways (and Believe me, there are times when I am struggling) I refuse to give in. It might be the rebel in me but when someone tells me how I'm supposed to react or feel...well, I just refuse.

I love this page more now than I did when I created it. The colors, the vibe, the texture, it all makes me so very happy. The words Strength, Courage and Peace or so incredibly powerful and I hope it gives you comfort and inspiration today as you watch this page come together.


Here are a few close ups. You can find more on the Shawn Petite Blog!




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Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Hedgehog Hollow Box - Create Pattern Paper with Stencils


Hello crafty friends! Do you ever find yourself falling into the comparison trap? You know the one, you look at your cards or coloring and then see a photo pop up on social and just start to compare yourself? I know, we’ve all done it. As creatives it’s hard not to sometimes and that’s why as soon as I saw this sentiment in The Hedgehog Hollow March box, I wanted to create an encouragement card. It’s the perfect pick me up for whatever the reason someone might need it. I loved the rulers both in the stamp and stencil in this kit so I wanted to create my own fun unique pattern paper using that.


See more photos on The Hedgehog Hollow Blog and watch the entire process of how I created this background using Ranger Ink Distress Oxides inks as well as a stencil to create this card below:



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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays as Watercolors


Hi Everyone! I am excited to share my first project as part of the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team for YouTube. If you follow me on social media, you've seen this announcement and I also shared the box of goodies I got in THIS video. When I looked at the Surface Sprays and it said you could watercolor with them, I thought that would be super fun for my first project. I also noticed it says it's permanent when dry so I will definitely be testing that in my art journals!


I started by stamping the butterfly on 140lb cold press watercolor paper. Then I used the nozzle of the spray to lay a bit of the pigment on my glass mat. I pulled out a small round 2 brush to do my watercoloring. I do love how I can layer these up to create shadows and they even mixed beautifully together to create a new shade. You don't see it much but I definitely will remember that for next time! I couldn't resist adding a bit of shimmer to the wings either as a final touch as well as some white details with a gel pen.


After I die cut the circle and stamped the sentiment, I placed the circle die back over the paper and used it as a guide for my faux stitching with a black fine liner. I love this little detail on my cards. I also distressed the edge of my pattern paper for a bit more texture. After adhering everything to my card base, I added some sequins for a final touch and that completes my card!

I also filmed the process...as part of the YouTube team, this is what I will do each week and I'm super excited for the weeks ahead...to hopefully bring you inspiration and something to watch and listen to OTHER than the news. Be sure to subscribe to the Brutus Monroe YouTube Channel HERE so you don't miss mine or the other amazing inspiration team member videos!

Much love to you all!


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Monday, March 16, 2020

The Hedgehog Hollow March Subscription Box Crafty Friends Card


Hi friends! I have a new card on The Hedgehog Hollow blog using the March Subscription box to create another fun crafty friends card. It was fun to pull out my Copic Markers to do a little coloring and masking to create this one layer card. 

I hope you will head over there to see more pictures and how to create this card!

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Birthday Card for My Son {Picket Fence Studios}


Hi friends! Do you ever see a stamp set and know exactly what you want to use it for? My son turned 10 years old this month and I picked up this stamp set from Picket Fence Studios specifically to create him a birthday card. I love cute stamps and a lot of times boy themed cute stamps just aren't easy to find. That's why THIS SET was perfect - I fell in love instantly with all those beautifully illustrated faces!


I started by stamping the head that I wanted to color like my son first, then masked him off. I started adding the other images and masking them until I was happy with the placement and fill of the background. This was pretty easy to do, it just takes a bit of time and sometimes I had to stamp multiple times to get a good impression around the masks. Thank goodness for Stamp Positioners like THIS ONE that I can't wait to get my hands on!


The idea for this card all came from this sentiment that says "I spy a birthday boy" - immediately I thought of coloring all the boys in a monochromatic black and white look except for the boy I wanted to stand out as my birthday boy! This was super easy to do with my copic markers. I just pulled out all my W markers and used the same color combos for 2-3 of the boys to create some variation. When coloring in a monochromatic style, it's important to make sure you still have some lights and darks so using a few colors really helps to create that depth. I then used my usual skin tone and favorite hair combo to color the boy I wanted to stand out and colored his shirt my son's favorite color. I searched for about 30 seconds for a blue card stock in my stash to mat my panel but quickly realized it would be much simpler to just use the medium Copic blue I used for the shirt on my card base for a perfect match.

Copic Colors:
W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W7, W8, W9
B24, B26, B28
E42, E44, E47, E49
E000, E00, E11, BV23, E93

I absolutely love how this card turned out and so does my son! He had a great birthday and I love giving my kids unique birthday cards like this one that really reflects who they are and what they currently love. In the past I've done super heroes, princesses and more. It's pretty special when you can create a card that reflects your loved one or friend. I think that's what I love about this craft the most. 

Do you like to color images based on who you are sending them to?

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Wow! Embossing + Waffle Flower Crafts Birthday Card!


Hi friends! I have a new post over on the Wow! Embossing blog and YouTube channel. I truly love how this card turned out and hope you will enjoy checking it out. I am sharing one of my favorite techniques where I emboss a stamped image and watercolor it. I know this isn't anything new but each time is a different outcome depending on the stamp, embossing powder color and watercolors used. 

See more the full post HERE.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Hedgehog Hollow Design Team Debut with a Fun Watercolor Card Background!!



There are some exciting things happening around the old inky fairy blog here and today I would like to share that I have joined The Hedgehog Hollow Design Team for their spring term! I have admired Alexandra for quite some time and have been super impressed with her subscription boxes. I was super excited when they invited me to join their spring term!


When I first saw the contents of the March Subscription box, I thought it was amazing with the crafty them. I was immediately drawn to the little paint tubes and thought it would be a fun card to have the all spilling out into a fun background of rainbow colors.


I started by stamping 5 of the paint tubes across the top of the watercolor paper trimmed down to 5.5" x 4.25" to fit a standard size A2 card base. I used my favorite watercolor ink by Inkon3 and stamped some off the page so it looked pretty random. After that, I started adding my paint in rainbow order using a small round 2 watercolor brush and slowly drawing the color down the page. I also splashed a bit of the color on the background for even more texture in the background. I added some shading with a neutral gray paint and shimmer with Inkon3 Liquid Pixie Dust mixed with some water on the tubes as well as splashing a little on the entire card.


Next, I used my stamp platform to stamp this beautiful hand lettered stamp inspire mixing the font with You and Me that is also in the sentiment stamp set. The sentiments are endless with this versatile set and I am excited to use it more throughout the month!


I filmed the entire process for you from start to finish along with some of my favorite techniques to watercolor stamps and backgrounds. I'm excited to bring you at least 2 video tutorials using each months stamp contents throughout my term and hope you will enjoy the first one here or watch director my YouTube channel! 

**My video is giving me grief when I try to export it but I'm continuing to troubleshoot it and hopefully will have it available soon!**

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Until next time, do something that makes you happy today!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Herself Again Art Journal Page {Shawn Petite Creative Team}



Creating faces can be quite intimidating but thankfully Shawn Petite has several faces stencils to give you the perfect guide. This page has been in the back of my mind for some time. There is something magical about a crown of florals that just pulls at me. Plus right now I am really enjoying creating faces in my art journals. I wanted to share how to do that in an easy way if you aren’t quite confident you’re your own drawings. That’s something that I love so much about using stencils in my artwork. You can create anything you desire. 

Please check out the blog post to see more photos as well as the process video below:



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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Wow! Embossing March Challenge: New To You!


I dreamt of this card while I was laying down with my 2 yr old during her nap. This month's Wow! Embossing Facebook challenge is all about using New To You supplies and I have been wanting to play with this new stamp from the Whit's Card Kit from Unity Stamp Co. I thought the mountains would look so beautiful with some heat embossing on the peaks and I was so right! I also have been listening to what people want to see on my YouTube channel with more watercolor cards so I decided to paint this entire card from start to finish for you.


I absolutely love the way this Bahama Embossing powder looks on my card. It is so easy to add specific areas of embossing on your stamps with the new Mixed Media Embossing Brush. I have been having a ton of fun playing with this new product on all sorts of mixed media projects and love that it is just as versatile for stamping and card making!

Here is a full process tutorial of this card on my YouTube channel. I'd love to hear what you think! I'm a little bit all over the place with the voice over but I think you get the idea.


Enjoy some close ups of the detail in this card:




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Friday, February 14, 2020

Wow! Embossing + Waffle Flower Stamps = Cute Valentines Day Card!


Hi friends! I'm excited to be sharing with you my second project and first VIDEO as part of the WOW! Creative Team! Today I created a really sweet Valentine's card for my hubby using a stencil to emboss the background as well as embossing my stamped images before watercoloring them.

Check out the full tutorial on the Wow! Blog as well as the video HERE or below:



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Thursday, February 13, 2020

**NEW** Dina Wakley Media Gloss Sprays By Ranger Ink


Hi everyone! I'm back with a fun art journal page. Ranger Ink contacted me and asked if I would like to receive some of the new product from Dina Wakley Media and I had no hesitation responding YES! Do you want to know exactly what I think about the new Gloss Sprays and Blue Journal? Then head over to my YouTube channel or check out the video below:


For a full list of supplies, please scroll below. The new products should be available by the end of February 2020!!! Many stores are offering pre orders now.




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Friday, February 7, 2020

February Plan With Me Clever Fox Planner + The Greeting Farm

 

Hi everyone! Do you like to plan? I didn't used to until I found this planner - now all the stamps and stickers I've collected are being put to good use!

Join me today for a little plan with me video showing how I use stamps to plan out my month in my Clever Fox Planner. A few months ago, they sent me their planner to review and I can 100% say this is by far the best planner I have ever used. I usually stick with a planner for a month or two max and then give up. This planner has everything I love about planning all-in-one - I highly recommend it! 


I just love these little planner stamps for all my social media planning. My coloring medium of choice when working in my planner is definitely colored pencils. I don't have to worry about any bleed through and I keep it super simple with a one color blend. I just like to add some color to my pages and I'm not trying to be super fancy.


I am so excited about the Unstoppable Retreat at the end of this month! It will be my first ever retreat and I get to teach. If you missed out on this month's retreat, please head over to the Unstoppable Retreat website to get information on their next retreat in August. I would love to see you all there!

To see the full Plan With Me video, watch below or head over to my YouTube channel!



I want you to know I am grateful for all of you and thank you so much for stopping by today! It feels good to be back with you creating and sharing. 

Until next time, do something that makes you happy!

I have started including affiliate links for all the supplies used. 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!

Friday, January 24, 2020

WOW! Embossing Powder Love You Card


Hi Friends! I am so excited to be sharing that I have joined the 2020 Creative Team with Wow! Embossing Powders! I'm kicking off the year of creativity with this lovely card. You can see full details over on the Wow! blog so be sure to head over there and get the full supply list as well as how to. 


 Of course, my future posts WILL include a full process video on the Wow! YouTube Channel so make sure you subscribe.  However, my computer died in December and the team at Wow! has been amazing, letting me kick things off with a blog post allowing me time to get a new computer which I can happily say I have! yay!!!

Until next time, Do something creative!

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