Inktober Day 1: Swift

Hi friends! Every year I am inspired by the artists posting for the Inktober challenge so this year I thought I would try myself! Basically you post an ink drawing ever day during the month. I think it is a great way to squeeze in some art practice ever day.

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The “ink” portion of this project took less than 5 minutes but I wanted color so I ended up adding some watercolors. Still the project was only about 10 minutes in real-time. I think we can all fit in a few minutes a day right? Today’s prompt was “swift” so I decided to paint a swift creature swiftly. ūüôā You don’t have to use prompts but they are there if you want them on the Inktober siteūüôā

Video!

Supplies:

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Here are the projects we will paint step by step in real-time:

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In this intermediate class you will learn techniques such as: Painting white objects, working from reference photos, capturing movement, creating various texture, fixing mistakes and so much more! Get 50% off my newest watercolor course by using coupon code FOWL50 or simply clicking this special discount link. Offer good through 10/1/17

I hope you have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Quick Watercolor: Let’s Paint a Flamingo!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun and fast water-color to paint!

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This is a great exercise when you don’t have a lot of time but you want to get your brush wet! Grab your supplies and follow along in real-time!

Supplies I used:

I hope you are having an amazing week and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make a Tulle Tu-Tu! {Video Tutorial!}

Happy Monday folks! I had a fun weekend, I went to a Halloween party Saturday night and I got to wear the Tulle Tu-Tu I made the other day:

I used Orange and Black Polka Dot Tulle from Paper Mart. This is an inexpensive project that only took minutes to make. I think if you made smaller tutus in pinks and purples they would be a great craft fair sellers as well. Watch the video to see how I did it:

The skirt was really fun to wear too because¬†it was so flouncey¬†and bouncy. I felt like a Halloween princess LOL! Every girl should have some tulle in her life ūüėÄ Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

5 Easy Christmas Card Ideas!

Have you sent your holiday cards out yet? Well, don’t worry! Crank up the Bing Crosby, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and make up a few batches of these cards this weekend. And they are easy enough for the kids (and hubby) to help with. Disclaimer: I do not think husbands are incapable of complicated cards, it’s just a joke folks.¬†

I simply cut panels and strips of pattern paper as well as a sentiment and adhered them to a card base. All supplies by Echo Park.

I made my card base from kraft cardstock and adhered a panel of PP (DCWV) then stamped on stitching. the red pael is Echo Park and the stamped sentiment (Studio G) was in the dollar bin at Joanns! I punched it with a square flourished punch and embellished the card with ribbon.

I stamped Christmas Trees (Fiskars) on a card base and used a dot marker to add the red balls then adhered the sentiment (Echo Park) to the bottom.

I used my "go-to" banner stamps from Pink Persimmon to make this cute and easy card!

All I did here was adhere a panel of blue argyle paper (DCWV) on a card base and stamp a sentiment (SU!) on the edge. The embossed snowflake is an Ellison embosslet and I embellished it with a rhinestone in the center.

Tip: Pre cut all card bases and layering pieces and have adhesive, stamps and ink pads out and ready. Set up all of the supplies on the kitchen table (or if you are like me on the coffee table and pop in a good holiday move when you work!) and put the cards together assembly line style! Here is a look at a work in process:

 

I sold quite a few of these easy cards in packs of 4-6 at my craft fair last weekend (go ahead and copy if you like, I won’t tell;) and at about 5 minutes a card they are quick enough to make for everyone on your mailing list! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Gratitude Card

Need a 10 minute thank you card? How about this?

I used a cute little house stamp set I got a few years ago as a Sale-a-bration freebie from Stampin Up! but never used it until I put all of my tiny stamps out in the open (yes I took those wood SU! stamps right out of their package!) and put them in printers trays. This card went together in minutes. I used some homemade seam binding, an embossing folder, die cut and a bit of cardstock, nothing fancy. Did you notice I actually used a stamp wheel? I love having all of my stamps out in the open now because I USE them, you can see my stamp storage re-do on this post.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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