Thank you Local King Rubber Stamps!

Hello Friends! I received some goodies in the mail this week from Local King Rubber Stamps! I have been a customer of theirs for the last 3 years picking up a few sets at the Heirloom Stamp Show in W. Springfield each June. You have probably seen me use these stamps in tutorials. Well, the owner gave me a stack of rubber as a thank you for sending new customers her way!  How cool is that! Here is a card using one of the new sets Asian Invasion:

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Want to see what else I got? Have a look at this video, I’ll show you my new crafty loot as well as so you how to make today’s card:

I hope you try this stamping/painting hybrid technique. It is so effortless and looks fantastic! All you need are some watercolor paints (even the kids kind) a flat brush, stamps and paper. Give it a try! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Clouds in Watercolor!

Howdy friends! By request here is a watercolor cloud painting tutorial, I hope you like it!

This week is super busy for me. Please excuse me if I do not respond right away to emails and comments, I’ll be trying though:D Have a great day and as always happy crafting!

Fine Tip Glue Applicator Art Journal Page {Glue’s not just for stickin’ stuff anymore!}

Howdy friends! Did you ever find a technique that is so much fun that you have to try it several times? How about when you find a tool that seems too good to be true but actually works? I love stuff like that! I used such a tool and technique on this page:

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And this one:

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And this one too.

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Want to see how I did it? Watch the video:

I used mod-podge in the fine tip applicator bottles from TillysBridge, the owner Barb has been a longtime fan of my channel and she must have gotten sick of hearing me complain about glue pens clogging up or tired of watching me wield a glue gun or mod-podge on a stick whenever I adhered a die cut because she mailed me a few bottles to try. I did not have high hopes. I read the directions and a light bulb went on! Keep the bottles pretty full and store them upside down so no air can get into the nozzle and clog it! What a difference it made. Also the bottles come with rust proof pins to keep ion the nozzle and before I’d use any pin and it would rust and turn my glue a nasty brown, oh well it is under stuff and you can’t see it I’d say LOL! Well obviously the glue bottle is great for applying glue to lacy die cuts but c’mon, the mod-podge resist drawing is pretty freaking awesome I think! The only drawback is that you have to wait for it to dry…we can’t have everything after all. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thanks to Barb at Tilly’s Bridge for thinking of me and sending me some bottles (and extra pins because, well, she knows the kind of operation I run around here.) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Birch Tree Paintin’

Howdy friends! I just taught my first free drop in watercolor class at the library to a new group of students. It went great. I hope they come back to class next month as all of their paintings were beautiful…I wish I had a camera and took photos to share, but alas I was a scatterbrain today. I originally was going to paint a 9″x12″ painting of birch trees with them like this:

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But decided that a smaller greeting card size would be more appropriate for beginners and I am glad because the class ended up going 1/2 an hour over!  I wanted to make sure they finished a project and they were all beautiful! I actually taught them the masking tape technique I posted earlier (see the technique here) but tonight I want to share how I painted the birch trees from the beach with no masking. Have a look:

That’s it for me tonight, I spent the evening with friends and I am ready to drop. Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Beach Roses!

Tonight I have a quick tutorial for you on painting beach roses. I shared some that I painted at the beach in watercolor last week and I was requested by several for a tutorial so here it is, enjoy:)

Painting does not need to be difficult or complicated. Just play and have fun, it’s only a piece of paper after all. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Use watercolors instead of ink pads! It’s fun!

Hi friends! If you are a beginner stampers the expense of buying inkpads in all different colors can be quite intimidating and expensive! Well, today I am going to show you how to stamp with watercolor paint to make this card:

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I will also share frugal tips on making cards in batches like this:

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To make three cards you will need:

  • 3 sheets of 8.5″x11″ white cardstock
  • 1 sheet of 12″x12″ patterned scrapbook paper
  • 3 A2 envelopes
  • Stamps (this is the Chicks set from Local King Rubber Stamps)
  • Watercolor paints
  • An embossing folder and label die cut and machine or cutting tool of your choice.

Watch the video to see how it’s done:

I used my new KOI watercolors but you can use any brand, even your children’s! If the paint does not want to stick you can rub the stamps with an eraser or if you are using clear stamps a viewer told me that you can ink the stamp first in clear embossing ink and then the paint will stick. I have not tried it but it will probably work! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

YOU can paint these wildflowers! {yes, you!}

Hi Friends! Today is the first day of summer vacations for the kids. After we took the dog for a walk I decided to paint some of the wildflowers we saw. You can follow along with any watercolors (even the children’s water paints will work!) and watercolor paper:

I hope you enjoyed this simple watercolor painting tutorial of daisies, buttercups and clover. I think it is important to take a little time to create everyday. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Sweet Pea Painting! {watercolor}

Hello Friends! I’m still at the stamp show but thought I’d share a quick and easy tutorial that I filmed the other day:

I used 140# paper and a #10 round brush. I used transparent watercolors from Yarka in the colors: Lemon Yellow, Hookers green, red rose deep, violet and yellow  ocher. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and I will fill you in on all of the fun from the stamp show tomorrow…or Monday, depending on how tired I am when I return:) Happy crafting!

Quick Art Therapy & a Winner!

Hello friends! What a wild, busy week! I am always happy to have my kids home on school break but I must say by the end of the week I feel like I need a vacation! First off I want to announce the winner of the Art Neko Stamp Giveaway….kellyphillips62 Yay! You get the stamps I used on last Fridays post and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko (formally About Art Accents) check your email for contact details! We had 267 entries, wow, thanks for playing everyone! Tonight I have another fun card for you also using stamps from Art Neko:

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As I mentioned before, I love having my kids home but this week I felt more like a chauffeur than a mom, I’m glad they have activities they enjoy but I would have enjoyed just chillin’ at home with them a bit more. Oh well, we have an entire summer for that LOL! Anyway, as I mentioned I was exhausted tonight but I also had the itch to get inky in my studio. This card takes only a few minutes to make, it is wild and fun and you are only using a stamp, a sheet of plain white cardstock and watercolors (the kids watercolors are fine for this too!)

This is a great warm up exercise too, remember you are only using a sheet of cardstock so don’t worry about it, just paint! It’s fun, don’t over-think it! OK, now I am really tired. I hope you have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Robin in Watercolor!

Howdy friends! Sorry to disappoint anyone tuning in today for Ask a Crafter, I mentioned in last weeks video that I would take this week off for school vacation. The kids and I have been busy! Bowling, swimming, Easter! I could use a vacation LOL! Before we headed out to spend the day at the pool I took an artsy vacation for 20 minutes in my studio and painted a robin. It has been on the request list for a while but I thought I should wait til spring. It is an easy tutorial, I’ll even show you how to draw it:

The colors I used are: Ultramarine blue, sap green, alizarin crimson, light red (A brownish red, you can use burnt sienna with a touch of red) and yellow ocher. I used a 1″ wash and #6, #10 and #2 round but honestly you can do it all with a #6 round and a flat wash brush so don’t let a lack of supplies stop you. Even if your colors are not exactly the same as mine you will still have a lovely painting when you are done. I painted on a 140# Canson watercolor greeting card. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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