Thursday, January 19, 2017

Watercolor Pencil Wash

Watercolor washes are very trendy right now, I'm here to break the news to you that you don't need a bunch of paints or paint brushes to get a watercolor wash look.  I did this really pretty Melon Mambo background with nothing but a piece of watercolor cardstock, a Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencil and an aqua painter.  That's it, 3 tools.  I started on the bottom of my cardstock and colored a really heavy layer of the pencil. Then I took a really wet aqua painter, and started where it was darkest and brushed back and forth. Pulling color down the whole sheet of cardstock as I went.  Where you've colored will be darker, the more water you add and the more you pull it down the lighter it will get. 
I let it dry completely then came back in with the pencil again and colored in a few spots that I wanted more color.  And I blended it all in with the aqua painter.  Getting the right amount of pencil to water might take a little practice but this is so much fun and I love the finished result! 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

You're Hot

I had a meeting with my downline and fellow demonstrators last night.  Prior to the meeting I asked what they would like to know more about.  They all wanted to see samples with the new Watercolor Pencils.  Well I'm a big fan of them so of course I brought those to make some cards.  I have 3 cards to share with the watercolor pencils, I'll share them the rest of the week so keep checking back.  Today I have this super cute card!!  I was completely inspired by Mindy's card here.  She's super talented and this card was too cute not to create myself!!!!
The watercolor pencils are so fun and they blend so easily!  To color the mitt I used a pencil and added color to the bottom and a little on the sides.  I used an aqua painter to pull and blend the color.  It really is just that simple!  I love to use our Shimmery White paper to watercolor on, our Watercolor paper is also a good choice.  I love the results.  But you can do so much more than just color an image with them....check back tomorrow! 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sale-a-Bration Stamp Camp #2

Yesterday I shared the first 3 cards from the Sale-a-Bration stamp camp.  Today I share the last 3.  I cannot stop embossing this Thank You.  I just love it and love it even more embossed!!
This chicken is so cute!!  and think outside the box when it comes to adding color to your chickens.  Instead of coloring we stamped the chicken on some DSP and cut it out.  It's a fun and simple way to add color! 
Finally, I love this hot air balloon card!  So pretty but easy to mass produce a bunch if needed! 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Sale-a-Bration Stamp Camp #1

I had my Sale-a-Bration Stamp Camp over the weekend and I had a great time.  My guests this month got to make 6 cards using all new Sale-a-Bration and Occasions Catalog items, here's the first three cards that they got to make.  This little truck is just the cutest!!!!!  I love it colored in softer colors like this one! 
This little monster sure is cute!  This is the cutest card to give to just about anyone!  Not only does it use the new Just Keep Swimming stamp set but the DSP and Ribbon are free choices during Sale-a-Bration!
This is the sweetest ice cream card!!!!  I love how fun and yummy this cone is!!!  I'll share the other 3 cards tomorrow, check back!!!!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Cereal-sly Delighted

Tomorrow is my Sale-a-Bration stamp camp!  I'm super excited!  It's one of my favorite events of the year!  You guys know that I love to make little treats for my guests at my classes, here's the super cute gift they'll get tomorrow.  I got a bunch of those little cereal boxes and wrapped them in our new Carried Away DSP.   
I added a cute wooden spoon just to make it completely adorable.  I also printed out a bunch of tags that read "I'm cereal-sly delighted that you you're here!" So cute!!!  These would make adorable class Valentine's or even just have a few on hand to give out to friends or co-workers!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wobbly Balloon

This card was so much fun to make, plus it's a movement card and I think you guys know how much I enjoy cards that move, plus it's a rainbow, PLUS it's full of glitter, I had to!  I squeeled with delight when I made this card!  I love it soooo much!!!!  The balloon was a little more time consuming than I thought it would be but that was my own fault I kept adding to it so it made the drying time multiply.  The balloon was originally white with the rainbow colors.  The white didn't look right so I cut another one out of black, but I'm getting ahead of myself......after I adhered all the colors to the back of my white balloon I thought it needed something extra so I covered every open spot (not the white cardstock, just where the color was showing through) with some of our Fine Tip Glue, this makes it shiny, then I sprinkled just a few pinches of Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the wet glue, this makes it shiny AND sparkly!  Obviously this all had to dry, I ended up leaving it overnight, it didn't take that long but you know I have tiny humans that live in my house and they demand attention too ;)  When I came back to it the next day I really hated the white, I wasn't going to start over because I loved everything else.  I cut another balloon from black cardstock and that looked better....all but the basket.  So I cut ANOTHER balloon from Crumb Cake for the basket.  After everything was attached together with more of our Fine Tip Glue Pen I was super happy with my balloon!!!!
With the addition of the black it almost looks like stained glass which is pretty darn cool!!!!  After 27 hours (not really) of work into the balloon I couldn't just stick it on a card.  I remember that I had some wobbly springs that I got from a big box craft store a long time ago.  I dug them out and added to the card on a spring.  The spring makes the balloon wiggle around.  SO. FLIPPIN'. CUTE.  With the wobbly balloon I didn't think I needed to do much else with the card so I stamped a greeting and added some sequins (obviously it's now impossible for me to make a card without sequins, I'm kind of addicted!).  This is such a fun card!  I just love it!!!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Panara Bread Class

Today is my Panara Bread class.  I really love these classes.  I love meeting new potential stampers, seeing friends that stop by to chat and stamp plus it gets me out of the house.  If you stop by Panara today these are the two cards you'll be making. 
They're pretty simple, but really cute for a beginner and perfect to sick in the mail for a friend.  So how do you make them.  Well here's the details on my Panara Class.  It's Today! Wednesday January 11, 2017 9am-10:30am at Panara Bread in Albuquerque, NM at I25 and Jefferson.  You can make two simple cards for only $5.  If you miss this month, don't worry I do it every month.  Plan to stop by next month!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Let Love

This card was an evolution.  It has so many elements to it that I wasn't sure about and all together took me about 4 days to make.  I love the final card but it's not at all how I envisioned it to be.  Let's start with the heart border on the right.  By the way, for this card I used framelits from the Love Notes framelits.  I didn't get the coordinating stamp set with it because I don't do a lot of Valentines stamping so I didn't think I'd use the stamp set, I'm kinda regretting that now.  Mostly because if I had bundled it I could have saved, now I'll have to get the stamp set separately.  Lesson learned, when there's a bundle, just get it! Back to the heart border.  This was one of the framelits that sold me.  I just love that perfect row of hearts.  I actually cut it twice.  Once on the card base and once in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  I used an xacto knife to cut the center of the glimmer hearts so that the Blushing bride ones show through.  The framelit cuts most of the heart I really just had to do the points on the top and bottom.  That part of the card was complete and I was happy with it.  At this point I had also cut a tiny envelope from the framelits along with a couple of hearts.  It wasn't working as I envisioned so I set the card base aside and decided I would come back to it.      
A couple days went by and nothing was really speaking to me about the cardbase but I decided to give it another try anyway.  I decided to start over and forget about the other pieces that I had cut and cut another heart.  This one is really cool and graphic looking.  I knew I would use a sponge dauber to add a little color to it and I was afraid it would be too delicate on it's own so I cut 4 of them and adhered them all together.  Once it was all dry I used a sponge dauber and some Blushing Bride ink to give it a subtle ombre look.  Things were starting to come together I was really happy with it.  Then I put the heart on the white cardstock.  It just looked too plain. I added some color with a sponge dauber, but that was too much.  To tone it down a little I used a piece of vellum and that provided the right translucent-ness to still let the heart pop but not look so bold.  I added some pops of black with the sequins, paper and thread and I was finally happy with the result of the card.  This card was a huge process, and I know I say it all the time but when things aren't going as planned, let it sit and come back to it.  You never know what might spur creativity! 

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Watercolored Pencil Background

I've had a hard time putting down my watercolor pencils. You guys they're pretty amazing!  Even if you don't think you're a watercolorer I promise these pencils will change your mind.  I pulled out some watercolor paper for this technique because I knew I'd be using lots of water. I started with a pencil and a ruler. I blocked off 1 inch sections horizontally and then I marked 1 inch sections vertically.  Then I created triangles in those blocks.  I erased the lines I wouldn't need an left the triangles.  Then I picked what colors I wanted in what order, counted the triangles and divided the colors evenly among the triangles.  Now I did this, because well, that's how I do it.  You could skip this 40 minutes of your life and just watercolor. 
Once I knew what colors were going where, I took my pencils and colored the longer horizontal part of the triangle (for some that was the bottom for some that was the top).  I knew I wanted that part to be the darkest on each triangle so that's where I colored.  I used an aqua painter and working with one triangle at a time.  I pulled the color from the bottom up to the point of each triangle.  Now initially I wasn't happy with it, especially since at this point I had invested a good hour+ into this card, so I decided to press on.  I'm glad I did!  The final look is really starting to grow on me, I love it more and more every time I look at it.  Especially with watercoloring, press on with your project.  Watercoloring especially tends to look not so great when wet.  If you're not liking the look, let it dry and come back to it.  You could end up pleasantly surprised!

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Friday, January 6, 2017

World Of Thanks Stamp Set Of The Month

Our background stamps are so versatile that I wanted to feature on in my stamp set of the month.  This month when you purchase the World Of Thanks set you'll get a kit to make these 3 cards free!!! 
This is a fun set because you can use it as a fun background....
...or just color pieces of it to create the card you want.

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