Friday, July 25, 2014

Close In My Heart

Happy Friday, everyone! It's the weekend, yay! Do you have any special plans? Our plans pretty much just consist of hanging out around the house this weekend, which means hopefully I will manage to get some crafty time in.

The other morning, while the kids were watching tv, I managed to sneak upstairs and get a card made and a video filmed and this little cutie from Mama Elephant's "In My Heart" was calling to me. I colored her in with my Spectrum Noir markers and added a little lemon Lawn Trimmings from Lawn Fawn to finish up the card. Once again, I pulled my color palette from the current Mama Elephant Photo Inspiration Challenge, just in a more muted hue of those shades. 

There's still a few days left to play along if you haven't already! This is my fourth entry, but hey, what can I say? I love Mama Elephant like crazy much and they don't have a limit listed in their rules, so why not? ;)

Check out the video below with some real-time coloring. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch in HD. And always remember to like, comment, and subscribe! That lets YouTube know that you think I'm doing a good job and it means so much to me. Have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hello Little Prince

Happy Hump Day! Or should I say "Hop Day" in this case? ;) On Monday I showed you my watercolor card for the latest Lawnscaping Challenge, and today I wanted to share with you the boy version of that card. I worked on both of them together, since each one needed several times to dry between the layers. I would set one aside and work on the other.

For this one I used the same Lawn Fawn "Hello Baby" stamp set, but inked up the frog, cattails and lily pads instead, watercoloring it with Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Olive Grove, Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, and Broken China. I used the small heart in that set to create my fly wings, and then just drew a little circular head on those suckers. ;) I also added a dab of enamel accents in black to my froggy's eye and as a three-dot detail below the focal panel.

I hope you like it! Have an awesome day!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello Sweet Girl - Lawnscaping Challenge #86

Happy Monday! Welcome to Lawnscaping Challenge #86! This round we are all about watercoloring. Use your Distress Inks as I did here, or any other watercoloring medium you please. 

From pencils to paints and everything in between, the options are endless! And I must say, I cannot wait to see all the projects you girls link up, because I know they are going to be amazing! Whether you're showing off your mad skills or taking the plunge and giving watercolors a try, I just know you're all going to do fabulous! And the prize is a FREE stamp set, generously sponsored by our dear friends at Lawn Fawn. What could be better than that?

For my card, I inked up the sweet Hello Baby stamp set and watercolored with my Distress Inks by pressing them onto an acrylic block and using that as my palette. I used Frayed Burlap, Tattered Rose, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Seedless Preserves, and Tumbled Glass. I accented that with patterned papers from my much loved and much hoarded original 6x6 pad by Lawn Fawn and added a little May Arts swiss dot ribbon.

Please head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog and check out the other amazing design team samples and link up your beautiful watercolored cards and projects to play along. See you there!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

To Our Treasured Friends

Hiya! Thanks for stopping by today! I've got another Christmas in July card to share, this time using the brand new Vintage Christmas Sentimentals from Crafter's Companion. These sentiments are seriously awesome. The only difficulty I had creating for this release was deciding which sentiments to use, because there are just so many great ones. Ultimately, I decided to showcase the Friends & Family set, which went perfectly with this adorable raccoon image (my favorite Crafter's Companion stamp EVER and the one that helped me discover them, and them me) Mulberry Wood "Christmas Wishes."

I colored this in with my Spectrum Noir markers, in shades EB6, EB7, BG1, BG4, BG6, BG7, PP1, DR3, DR6, GT2, GT3, BT1, BT2, and BT3 on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock. I hope you like it!

I'm also linking this up to the Festive Friday Challenge. I used the birch tree paper and woodland critters to tie in with their theme in the inspiration photo, and also pulled my whites, grays, and browns from there as well. Check them out if you haven't already.

Have a great day!

Friday, July 18, 2014

You Are My Hero

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you're having a good one. I'm getting this post up late today because we spent the day with friends at our local amusement park. Beautiful day for it too! And call me crazy, but I invited the boys to spend the night with ours tonight, so we're having a big sleepover. But these are great friends of ours and my boys actually seem to behave BETTER when there's more of them. Am I the only one who notices this? Somehow the dynamic shifts and they're playing nice and sharing and taking turns when the five of them are together, in a way they never do when it's just my three. I guess that's boys for ya! Ha!

But speaking of boys, yesterday I filmed my second installment of using these sweet little kiddos from the Mama Elephant "In My Heart" stamp set. This time I had to use the little boy and give him reddish-blond hair and freckles. In fact, he almost looks a bit like my nephew! I used the current Mama Elephant & Me Photo Challenge as inspiration when choosing my Spectrum Noir colors.

One subscriber said he looks like Dennis the Menace! Ha! What do you think? The video showcases real-time coloring for those of you who are into that. Click the YouTube icon on the bottom right to watch in HD, and don't forget to like, leave me a comment, and subscribe if you don't already! I sure do appreciate all your support. Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More Than Just A Little

Hey everyone! How was your Monday? Are you glad it's past? I always feel a little better about Tuesday. Like, okay, we made it through the start of the week and are already one day closer to the weekend again! Haha! Does anyone else feel the same?

So today, I'm finally getting a chance to blog this sweet little card I made a couple of days ago. I actually released the video on my YouTube channel as soon as it was uploaded, but due to scheduling conflicts, I just wasn't able to get this post up until now.

It's another card I made for Operation Write Home, inspired by the current Mama Elephant & Me Challenge. I used the banner paper to tie in the celebration theme, and pulled the colors with my Spectrum Noir markers and patterned paper. Why, even her outstretched arms and pigtails seemed to mimic the favor tops to me. Once again, I used the In My Heart stamp set (obsessed!) and as you'll see in the video, I also stamped out two extra little scenes with this set that I will feature in upcoming videos.

I really hope you enjoy it! As always, you can watch in HD by clicking the YouTube icon in the bottom right corner, and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! Every single one helps me out and I appreciate it more thank you know. I'm steadily getting closer to my next big milestone giveaway when I reach 5,000 subscribers! If you're not already one, I hope you'll consider helping me reach that number. So excited!

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Miles Apart, But Close In My Heart

Happy Sunday evening, everyone! I hope your week is off to a good start. My family and I are in great spirits because our team won the 2014 Fifa World Cup today. Yay, Germany!

Being that my husband is German and our three boys were born in Germany and are half-German (we were also married there and lived there for five years) there was, as you might expect, quite a bit of hooting and hollering going on in our house this afternoon.

So since I was in a celebratory mood, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to play along with the new Mama Elephant & Me Challenge.

This month's inspiration photo is all about celebrations, so I used everyone's favorite party favor -- balloons! I used one of my favorite go-to stamp sets, Up & Away and colored it in with Spectrum Noirs, pulling my colors from the inspiration photo as well, though I did swap red for the hot pink, to keep it gender-neutral. I paired it with a sentiment from my other favorite new set, In My Heart.

This will be another card going in my box for Operation Write Home.

I hope you like it!

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