Monday, July 28, 2014

Thinking Of You Watercolor Poppies

Happy Monday morning! I hope your week is off to a great start. I ended up having a fantastic weekend. I thought we were going to spend Friday night in our usual way -- grocery shopping (I know, we live a glamorous life) -- and Saturday just hanging around the house catching up on chores. Instead, we ended up playing miniature golf (I WON! Two holes in one! Yahoo!), going blueberry picking (14 one quart bags in the freezer and a great big bowl to eat fresh), and getting some great food in a neighboring city pizza joint that I love. Take a look at these beauties. I snapped a photo just before picking them.

Sunday morning I woke up early and while the house was quiet I decided to film the video that I know you guys have been waiting for. Watercoloring these beautiful Poppies from Sheena's Paint Fusion line by Crafter's Companion. I used my Distress Inks once again, in shades Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Olive Grove, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Faded Jeans, and Seedless Preserves. I took my sentiment from Stamp-It Australia Imagine "Dreamy Daisies."

The video ended up being an hour and twelve minutes long, but I was able to speed it up and edit it down to thirteen minutes and twenty seconds! It took hours of editing, but I was proud of myself. I hope you all enjoy. Please click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right if you'd like to watch the video in HD, and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe. Let me know how you liked it and if you'd be interested in similar videos in the future.

Have an awesome day!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bamboo For You

Good morning! How's the start of your weekend? Did you get any crafty time in last night? I did, and made this sweet little card for a friend using the Party Paws "Bamboo" stamp set by Crafter's Companion. I wanted to try something a little different with my sky, so I colored it yellow instead of blue, as if this little scene was captured at sunset. I thought it went well with my IndieGirl papers.

The Spectrum Noir shades I used on this one were GG1, GG3, GG5, PP2, PP6, PL3, EB7, EB8, DG2, DG3, LY2, and LY3. 

My cousin Ashley gave me that 6x6 paper pad. Isn't it pretty?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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!

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