Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Calm Sea, A Skilled Sailor, a Cactus and a MISTI Giveaway

I did my Stampin' Up! pre-order last night. That meant I had to stay up reallllly late - it opened at 1 AM my time - so to try to stay awake, I decided to film a video. That's a nice quiet activity that doesn't bother anyone and it was actually really nice because I had no distractions - radio, etc.

I wanted to use the little boat from the Greetings From set - and make it look more realistic, and less graphic so I thought no-line watercolor would be fun with such a tiny image.

It was fun - took about half an hour start to finish - you can see the whole process in the video below.

I paired it with that awesome HUGE greeting from Adventure Awaits. I love this phrase - it's so true.

I read a great article the other day (which I've now lost) about the culture of perpetual offendedness we seem to be creating.

People want to start their day with outrage, for some reason.

I don't want to start my day with outrage. I want espresso, bacon and an art project.

There's also a great quote making the rounds on Facebook right now - "The world is full of cactus - but we  don't have to sit on it." ~Will Foley

So true. And every now and then if you run into a cactus, like I did last summer while geocaching, and you spend 15 minutes pulling 40 prickly pear thorns out from two inches into your thigh, you learn some VERY valuable things. Also, that reminds me - I probably need a tetanus shot.

See?

It's all about the lessons.

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Isn't that a fun combo? I was really pleased with it when I was done. Then I placed my order and was even MORE pleased. My catalogs are on the way, so hit me up if you need one. I'll show some peeks in the next few days.

Here's the supply list for the card:
So since you'll see in the video how this whole card might have gone into the trash without the MISTI, Iliana was kind enough to offer to give one of YOU darling people a MISTI package - a MISTI, a paper pad, the Novus cleaner and two magnets. I appreciate her kindness and generosity - I suspect she knows that you all are the nicest, smartest, best looking people on earth. 

Want to win? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

What is the one stamping technique 
or skill you'd most like to learn?


Leave your answer in a comment below before 11 PM on Monday, May 11th to be entered in a random drawing for the MISTI! And be sure and stop by the My Sweet Petunia Forum and say thank you for this generous gift for my readers!

Now - enjoy the video, which happens to feature Bruce Willis. Really. Watch! :)



Loveyameanitbye.

211 comments:

  1. I'd love to be able to watercolor like a pro. I don't spend enough time practicing my coloring or painting. NEED MORE PRACTICE!

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    1. The way I practice is to stamp the same image ten times and just sit down and experiment - it's a success if I get one I like but it definitely helps to do multiples.

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  2. I would actually love to learn the no lines watercoloring, and just more coloring tricks in general. I could spend all day long coloring! Beautiful card, thanks for a chance at a great prize, and I'll head over to My Sweet Petunia and say thanks there as well!

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  3. A misti you know I want one. I have been sitting here trying to figure out what technique I want to learn...I've tried so many and I'm not afraid to try new ones. I guess the one I want to try is the one I haven't heard of yet, but knowing you my crafty friend: You will find it and make me want to do it and go spend lots of $ I don't have and I will have to mcgyver a way to do it.

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  4. I would love to learn how to do brayering without leaving streaks. I have never mastered that technique (but I can sponge like a boss!). I have a Misti, but I would LOVE to win this for my mom, whose hands shake a little and cause her frustration, so she doesn't stamp anymore. :-(

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  5. I have tons of techniques to learn but after looking at your gorgeous card I would love to learn the no line watercolor technique! And thank you to Iliana for the chance to win a MISTI!!! Cool Beans!!

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  6. Love your video.
    Love the MISTI!
    Would love to see a watercolor with a watercolor wash background.

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  7. I would like to learn how to do the smooshed watercolor. I've watched videos but I always end up with either brown or one color. Maybe I am selecting the wrong colors to combine but I just canNOT do it properly. Grrrrrrr

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  8. Ohhhhhhh purty card! And I totally need a MISTI, you enabler, you! As for what tech I wanna learn? I don't think it's really a technique but I wanna learn to watercolor like Dina. It's that sort of abstract-y, not quite realistic, outside-the-lines, free form watercoloring that eludes me. My brain keeps telling me to stay inside the lines, make the image look like it does in real life, and I'm trying to break away from that.

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  9. Ok, so Bruce Willis' name does not constitute his presence. Just clarifying. I love your card! I, myself, am an ocean girl as opposed to a prairie girl. As a matter of fact, ask anyone who knows me what my favorite color is.....it's water! As for the technique (or skill) I want to learn, I'm pretty certain I'd like to learn how to use the Misti. I have hereto avoided all videos or blog posts related to them, but you, my dear, are so persistent in your joyfulness at having and using one, that I must now relent. Sigh. Thank you, dear Lydia.

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  10. I have a MISTI, so if I were to win I would give it to someone who wants one but cannot afford to have one. As for what technique I would like to learn, it would have be one I do not know, and because I do not know it, I also do not know it's name. I love your videos so whatever technique you come up with I'm in.I look forward to seeing what new stamps are coming out!!

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    1. I'm sure when Lydia finds out that new technique that we don't know the name of yet it is going to be fabulous!

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  11. The timing of your give away could not be more perfect - I've rebooted my blog and have been making cards for that and OWH and have had a lot of, weepy wasteful moments. The techniques I'd like to learn include Copic Airbrushing and different folds.

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  12. I have always wanted to learn how to watercolor also the new foils would love to play with that technique .

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  13. I have never been successful at multi-step stamping ... if I had the MISTI, I'm sure I could finally figure it out.l

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  14. Is stamping a target on my brother's tuchus suitable for satellite targeting would be sublime. I have a MISTI, so if you draw my name, just draw again.

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  15. I would love to win a MISTI. I have been on the fence about whether or not to buy it. Thanks to Iliana for the generous gift. The stamping techniques I would like to learn are coloring and shading with water colors and markers and the Bokeh rubber Stamping technique.

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  16. I really need to learn how to compose my cards for more impact

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  17. I would like to learn some techniques with embossing paste and combine that with some cool stamped backgrounds.. Thank you for the opportunity to win a MISTI.......

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  18. I would love to learn a watercolor technique and also more about Copic markers. These would be awesome to learn maybe even together! ;)
    Thanks for the awesome give away lliana and Understand Blue!!!!

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  19. As soon as I can afford them I want to learn to use Copics

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  20. I would like help with collage stamping. Love your videos.

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  21. I would love to learn brayering. No matter what I do, it turns out streaky (but I can singe like a boss!). I already have a Misti, but would love to win one for my mom. She doesn't stamp anymore because her hands are too shaky. :-(

    I don't see my first comment, so if it shows up, please don't think I'm trying to cheat with more than one entry.

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  22. I would like to learn how to use Chameleon alcohol markers

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  23. I would like to learn to mask better so that I can remove items I do not wish to show up when I stamp so that I can stretch my stamps and not continually be looking for the "perfect" stamp.

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  24. I need help mixing pieces from one stamp set with another stamp set, to make better use of all of my stamps! <3

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  25. Would love to try foiling. It looks easy but...........

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  26. Since Stampin Up discontinued the Blendabilities, but they are offering several great stamp sets that could be colored, I would like instructions on either water coloring and/or Copic markers. If Copic, what are the best markers for beginners in each of the color families.

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  27. I would like to learn how to create better backgrounds with distress inks.

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  28. I would like to learn how to create better backgrounds with distress inks.

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  29. I love some of the no line image coloring I am seeing using Magnolia and other children stamp images. They seem to float over the paper. Other than that I need to create an extra hour each day. Or grow more hands.πŸ˜ƒ

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  30. I would love to learn how to make beautiful backgrounds with Dylusions spray ink

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  31. I would love to learn more and get more experience with masking techniques

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  32. I would love to learn to watercolor....all of the watercolor techniques are beautiful. Thanks for the wonderful videos, Lydia. Thanks for the opportunity to win a MISTI.

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  33. Gorgeous card! I wish I had the time to really sit and learn/get comfortable with my Copics. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  34. Great card! Love how you created the background. Thanks for the ideas?

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  35. A fun card and all in less than 30 minutes. That is a skill I want! I spend too much time deciding, and yes. I have a Misti and I want another one, for travel. I need another please.

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  36. I'd like to learn how to make tiles. I've seen them on Pinterest and I've watched a couple of YT videos. But the videos didn't have the great outcome that I'd seen pinned which led me to believe there must be several different ways to achieve a tiled look. Some of them actually look like ceramic tiles. Very cool

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  37. No one wants to say unlady-like things so a MISTI is an awesome tool addition! Love your soft scene with so much depth for a one layer card!

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  38. What a generous giveaway, thanks for the chance. I loved your scenic ocean card. I would love to learn how to make more scenic card actually. I have a bunch of flowers stamp set and tried making a scene of garden flowers background but it always look messy or weird arrangement.

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  39. I also want to better my watercoloring skills but I would have to say that I sometimes look for new ideas or layouts for decorating the insides of my cards to match the fronts.

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  40. I would love to learn how to keep my desk tidy as I stamp. Is there a program? Is there a shot? Is there something I can smoke? Help. Thanks.

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  41. I would love to learn to color with Copic Markers.......

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  42. I would like to learn how to use my gelatos.
    Thanks for doing the MISTI giveaway. :)

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  43. I have a MISTI, so if I won I would let my customers use it when I do classes and if one of them really wanted one and could t afford it, it would probably go home with them.
    I would live how to no line color using copic markers, I have tried it but not really pleased with the results and would also love to learn how to use these art bars that someone (not naming names) enabled me with, and create beautiful backgrounds like she does :)

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  44. I would like to learn how to use my stamps with different embossing techniques. I would love the Misti, so please draw my name.

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  45. I would like to get better at watercoloring and heat embossing. Haven't quite figured them out yet. There aren't enough hours in the day!!

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  46. I would love to learn to heat emboss without burning the paper

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  47. stamping off- I can never seem to get that just right- MISTI might help!

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  48. I would love to learn how to blend ink.

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  49. Anything mixed media. I just ordered Inka Gold in four colors, Ranger's Texture Paste and Dina Wakely Media Gel Medium Matte Finish, all of which I've never used before!

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  50. I would most like to learn how to create a background on the Misti using a long thin stamp. Sometimes they are called background builders. How to measure and mark the paper to move the card up and down. Rather than moving the stamp up and down. Because those long stamps aren't always easy to get perfectly straight once let alone many times. Thank you.

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  51. I have never tried water coloring but have seen so many beautiful cards lately, this one included, that I am beginning to think a that I need to learn how. I also want to say how relieved I am that you didn't leave a crack in the universe but you did manage to crack me up!

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  52. Love to try anything new.

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  53. I would like to be able to add shading to my water colored images without it looking like a dark stripe on the edge. I keep hearing my mother's voice telling me "imagine the light, use a lighter touch, RELAX", but still, the stripe.....

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  54. I would like to be more tech-savvy. It took me 5 minutes to find where to put this comment on your blog. Tried to post it twice, and poof it's gone. Trying one last time. Gerry!,

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  55. I would like to be more tech-savvy. It took me 5 minutes to find where to put this comment on your blog. Tried to post it twice, and poof it's gone. Trying one last time. Gerry!,

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  56. Very cool! Love your videos! Thanks for the Misti tips!

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  57. I would like to learn to watercolor my stamped images.

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  58. I don't no I'm not that good at stamping. Thanks for a chance to win. cute card TFS

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  59. what a fantastic giveaway Lydia i probably dont qualify as i live in the UK but i would like to pop my 2 pennies in ;)

    i would like to learn how to do reflection technique i have been stamping over 20 years and yet i can never get that to go right!

    I am also learning as much as i can about copics, i have just got hooked and am building my collection slowly.

    Have a great day, i also dont understand why people get so offended all the time these days, im pretty sure we used to just say ''hmm thats a bit below the belt, i dont like that'' and then move on with our lives probably spending less time with or watching/listening the person that said/did it - it seems we have to make a song and dance about things now and a snarky fb status to see how many likes we get......i'm not entirely sure this is progress......

    any hoo have a great day Lydia i hope you get your bacon ;)

    Charlie {Cambridge, UK}

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  60. without the Misti it would have been ruined i´m sure...great tool, great card! i´d love to learn how to do mirror stamping, you know the reflections in a body of water reverse stamping? not sure what it's called...

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  61. I enjoyed watching your water coloring and would love to be able to do that as good as you do. I have tried it here and there but don't think mine ever turn out as good as what I see others done. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. This card is gorgeous. I am inspired!

    I would love to learn to color stamps in with markers. I think the real difficulty I have is with shading and picturing the light source and all that. :)

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  63. Thank you so much for a chance to win a MISTI ~ It's so generous of you! I would like to learn the water coloring technique that uses sprays and cling wrap. The results are amazing...check out this post by Loll:
    http://www.stampingwithloll.com/2015_04_01_archive.html
    Thanks very much for another great video! Your card is beautiful'!!!

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  64. I would love to learn better stamping composition on cards. And also techniques for using stamped images with gelatos.

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  65. Great video, I love the misti! Can you share with us how to feed children and clean whilst stamping please? ;-) Tia x seriously though, I can't Brayer for toffee so any tips on that would be great xxx

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  66. I would like to learn how to color with Copic marker. I can never get the shading right.

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  67. really fun card. Love the shading you did! I think it is just awesome that you are able to give away a Misti. I have wanted one for sooooo long. If I had to learn a new skill I think I would love to learn how to freestyle watercolour or colour more effectively with my Copics. I can't draw for love nor money so to be able to do that would be great.
    Thanks so very much for the chance to win.

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  68. Coloring images with markers without leaving streaks.

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  69. I'd like to learn some masking techniques using masking fluid, especially for lettering or intricate images. Besides that I love all techniques where watercolors are involved:)

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  70. I loved watching you do the "no-line" watercoloring with Smoky Slate! I always wondered how stampers did that! That would have been the technique I wanted to learn, along with perfecting the bokeh technique! Thanks for the chance to win the MISTI too!

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  71. I would love to learn watercoloring. I watch people doing it, hear them saying how easy it is, less is more and to be loose. "Loose"??? The only thing loose on me when I try this technique is my bra strap.

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  72. How to effectively and creatively use the Misti (if I had one :)

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  73. I can't say that a certain technique comes to mind, but I'd love to improve at card design. I can CASE with the best of them, but more often than not, independent design eludes me.

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  74. I' d like to learn more about "foiling". Love that gold look on cards. Thanks for the chance to win another MISTI. With 2 I wouldn't have to carry mine back and forth to my winter home in Florida! More room for stamps!

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  75. I would love to master the technique of time management and the technique of keeping a clean stamp room. Thanks you two for the giveaway.

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  76. I would love to learn how to watercolor. I would also like to learn how to create my own backgrounds. I just love to learn from others. Thank you for the offer.

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  77. Multi Color stamping would be my choice using the Misti, thanks for a chance of winning

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  78. Cute card! I'm sold on the MISTI.

    I'd love to learn more about COPIC markers. I've tried but I'm not very good with them.

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    1. I'm learning art journaling, I would like to learn more about watercolor as it looks like a medium I can carry with me along with a small journal and a stamp or two. Thank you for the lesson and opportunity to win a prize!

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  80. I would so love to win a misti. I still can't get enough of different water coloring techniques!

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  81. how to use sprays w/o globbing them up. LOL seriously though! and thanks to both of you for offering up a MISTI.....oh my, pick me, pick me...random drawing number thingee, pick me.

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  82. Hi. I would love to learn better watercolor blending techniques and learn how to use a Misti!
    Your posts always make me laugh. I love your sense of humor and philosophizing ! You are correct in saying people need to be less offended, lees outraged, and ultimately , less self- centered.

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  83. I can't seem to get a smooth color on cardstock when I use the Distress Inks and the blending tool. Tried both kinds and I still get obvious circles or rectangles. I pretend they are clouds..but would like help getting it right. Love your site. I think that the MISTI is a most amazing thing!

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  84. Did my comment publish?? It disappeared, but I don't see it.... See, I REALLY need to learn patience!

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  85. YOU my dear are amazing! You are talented and calm (except when driving;)
    What a beautiful card!!!! Thanks for the videos I am loving them. I want to learn everything from you! Including how to make videos.

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  86. I would really love to learn how to put together cardstock, DSP, inks, stamp sets and add ons like: buttons, ribbons, bakers twine, brads and various punch outs to make my version of a gorgeous card. I know, run on sentence! But I didn't know how else to put it down in words. I see other people designing their own masterpieces, but mine just kind of fall flat. It's a tall order, (I do realize this) but I remain hopeful!

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  87. I just discovered your blog when I was looking for examples of watercoloring... so that would be the technique I'd like to learn. I enjoyed your video and what a great salesperson you are for the Misti, having to reink the sentiment over and over again and have it turn out so crisp! I'm a believer and now I'm a follower of yours as well. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  88. Oooh, a MISTI would be a wonderful tool to have! Thanks to you and Iliana for the opportunity to win one. ... I am way past kindergarten, but I still need help with all kinds of coloring. Cards can quickly become too heavy for one postage stamp, so I'm always on the lookout for ways of adding texture and depth without adding weight.

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  89. I would like to learn how to water color...have been intimidated by a couple of things. 1. My grandfather was a watercolor painter; did mostly scenery. 2. The great water coloring on cards I see everywhere.I need a class, probably! Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

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  90. I want to improve my Copic colouring. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

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  91. I would love to learn how to use a brayer better. I loved the video and everything on your site, thank you for sharing.

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  92. I am a terrible stamper because I don't even know technique names to ask for a technique tutorial! LOL But I DO KNOW I NEED that MISTI! I'd love to be able to do more multiples of cards as I'm normally a one off card maker/stamper. I'd also love to learn how to stamp the 2-3 step type of flower stamps. I have a set that I've tried and just looks meh.

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  93. I would love to learn more about design elements.

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  94. I don't know about wanting to learn, but I need to learn masking.

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  95. I'd love to learn to make killer shaker cards. I'll admit - I'm a bit scared of them! I'd love to completely conquer watercoloring, and learn how to make a truly CAS card. I never seen to be able to figure out when to stop putting stuff on! Thanks for the chance to win a MISTI - I love reading your blog!

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  96. I would love to learn to watercolor like a pro! What watercolors do you recommend? Thanks for the chance to win a MISTI !!!

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  97. I would like to learn to color--with shading, better.

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  98. I need to learn the no line watercolor technique. I have seen so many beautiful examples. Thank you for all of the inspiration you share.

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  99. I would love to learn how to do proper shading techniques using copic markers. Every time I attempt copic coloring it looks like a hot mess! Thanks for the chance to win a much coveted Misti!

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  100. I love all the ''faux techniques''....faux leather, faux suede, faux rust, faux verdigris.... A series on all of these would be fun.

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  101. I've been wanting to experiment with watercoloring. I've done some in classes but wasn't very good.

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  102. Looks like a LOT of stampers want to win the MISTI -- I surely could have used one yesterday as I was making some graduation cards. It would be perfect when EVERYTHING else on the card is tip top and then you stamp the sentiment and part of it is just not as dark as the rest. Not horrible, but not perfect. Ahhh well. What I would like to learn (besides learning to say "no thank you, I don't really need more paper, pens, stamps, ....". You get the idea) is an easy way to make those cards that look uncolored at first and then magically the image is colored when you pull a string. They are so neat and I did one once with LOTS of help but the helper did most of it so I didn't learn anything. Anything except that I still don't know how to do it. I did learn that. LOL. Thanks for the opportunity to make a better mousetrap -- oh, I mean card.
    tonilea

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  103. First ihave to say how much I enjoy your blog. Brings a smile my way each and every time! Our son lives in Austin so whenever you mention a place or activity I have to ask him if he knows about it. I would like to learn more about coloring images.....shading,blending,where to highlight an image,etc. I enjoy coloring but certainly could use some more skill at it. Will continue to practice...practice!

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  104. I really want to try the watercolor "smooshing" technique. I just have to take the time to do it. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  105. I would love to learn water coloring and become more experienced in using COPICS. And I have yet to try this fabulous MISTI but it is on my "Gotta have because it will make my life so much easier"list

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  106. i'd like to learn how to pick up after each project, excavating is so hard

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  107. What a great giveaway! I would like to learn more about using supplies for different purposes! Thanks for asking!

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  108. My comment disappeared (PFFFT iPhone!!) I want to finally master that cutie patootie card thing you did with napkins and plastic wrap. I hoarded cute napkins for that... To no avail!

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  109. Thank you for the chance to win! I would like to improve my watercoloring technique. Your card is beautiful!

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  110. I would like to learn more about watercolor and Copic coloring. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  111. I would love to have more patience with water color. Let it dry some!!! Would love to win a MISTI!!

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  112. As a newly retired teacher, I'm just a beginner at stamping! I'm soaking up as much as I can from my favorite stampers' videos, as I slowly build my collection of stamps and techniques. I would love to learn more about where the shadows belong around an image and to ground an image so that it's not just 'floating' on my cards. I so appreciate your wonderful videos and your calming voice, Lydia! Heartfelt thanks for the chance to win a MISTI! ♡Dawn Y.

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  113. As a newly retired teacher, I'm just a beginner at stamping! I'm soaking up as much as I can from my favorite stampers' videos, as I slowly build my collection of stamps and techniques. I would love to learn more about where the shadows belong around an image and to ground an image so that it's not just 'floating' on my cards. I so appreciate your wonderful videos and your calming voice, Lydia! Heartfelt thanks for the chance to win a MISTI! ♡Dawn Y.



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  114. I'd love to be better at the 3 step or 4 step stamping. 😊 the flowers are so beautiful!

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  115. Thanks for the sneak peeks and the give-away. I'd like to learn more uses for large Pitt pens. Thank you!

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  116. Gorgeous card, Lydia!!! I'd love a Misti....just not in the budget right now. One day ;)

    Technique.....hmmmm.....how about colored pencils. I LOVE them, but they just don't wanna work right for me....LOL I can never get them to blend right and not streaky (regardless of pressure) and maybe it's the colors. I don't know, but they do NOT like me :-D

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  117. I would love to learn masking techniques to make some of those beautiful landscape scenes I've seen. You know, the ones with the rising moon over the mountains which tower over the little village nestled by the bay and so on and so forth. By the way, this was a great demonstration video! You totally sold me on the MISTI. I thought it was mostly a tool for people who like to create cards in numbers. Using it to re-stamp an image (especially a sentiment) gives it a whole new purpose. Can't tell you how many cards I've ruined with the last step - stamping the sentiment. Aaargh..

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  118. creating a realistic night sky. not something from halloween.

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  119. I'd like to learn to color letter!

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  120. I need to learn proper shading in my coloring of stamped outline images. I also need tips on paper piecing. And how to learn to watercolor. I'm an art n00b. :(

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  121. I have never been good at coloring so I buy a lot of solid stamps. That is why the MISTI would be so god for me because those solids can be difficult to get a nice image. So I guess the technique I need to learn is coloring, any kind. I was doing ok with the blendies but that is gone now. Water coloring with the aqua pen is beyond me. I try to use blender pens instead with colored pencils. Of course we no longer have SU pencils either. Thanks for a chance to win MISTI.

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  122. I'm a new card maker and just got my embossing powders last week, but am having trouble getting my ultra high clear powder to stick to my versafine ink...so at this point...THAT is what I want to learn! How to use the ultra high clear powder with versafine! If I get that figured out, I'm sure there will be something else...it's just irritating me right now that I can't get it to work. LOL

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  123. Lydia,
    Your card is stunning! Loved learning from your video and as always, love your writing! Still waiting for you to write a book. I would like to get better at water coloring because sadly with my tools and lack of expertise, I feel like a faux-watercolorist rather than a real one. And the MISTI, it looks like a dream so, please πŸ™‹ pick me!

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  124. Love your Bruce Willis feature-hahaha- after seeing this video- I want a Misti- no more hot messes with stamping sentiments or images- as for a skill I would like to learn- that would definitely be coloring- I have Copics, Blenabilites and Prismacolor pencils- just need some pointers on using them

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  125. I would LOVE to learn how to use Copics like a professional. (FIRST I need to GET them as I don't even OWN any but I want to soon!)
    Your card and video is GREAT!
    Thanks for the chance to wain a MISTI!

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  126. I want to learn how to watercolor! I've tried a couple times and, oh boy, do I need help!

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  127. I would like to learn the reflection technique, or whatever they call it when you stamp a tree and then it's reflection in the water. Every time I have tried it hasn't come out that well.

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  128. what an awesome give away! I would like to learn how to sponge properly! LOL! Lia

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  129. I'd love to work on the "mixed" part of mixed media -- I can hang with an individual medium, but all the fun layering and combining has eluded me thus far. PS: LOVE your card! The mix of scale makes me happy.

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  130. I'd like to learn how to do shading, probably as in watercoloring. Even if I think I "know"

    what to do, it doesn't come out how I would like it to. Love watching how you DO know what to

    do!

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  131. I would love to learn the kissing technique. I have never done this technique! Or how to color/blend with the blendabilities....I can color but it does not blend well. Thanks for the chance to win a MISTI!!!!

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  132. Your card is beautiful! I would love to improve my coloring!

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  133. What a great card!!! I would like to see making a background using different colors using your misti.

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  134. First you blog is funny, informative and always has beautiful artwork! Thanks for sharing with us who are just starting out. The technique that would be nice to see is how to use water color pencils and crayons. Got them then they were discontinued. Help! The MISTI would be awesome to win. My hands don't work as well as they used to do to a medical condition but I refuse to give up a craft I love.

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  135. COLORING: watercolor, copic, colored pencil...I need help (practice) with them all. :)

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  136. Currently I'm struggling with the Lotus Blossom 3-step-stamping .... most of the results are less than thrilling. LOL Thanks for the opportunity to win the MISTI and for sharing your great wit with all of your readers, Lydia!

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  137. I'd love to be able to learn how to create in a 'vintage' style. I love this style of cards when I see them but struggle with selecting and putting together all the different elements. Of course I'd love learning how to use a MISTI too!

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  138. I have a couple techniques I'd like to master.. My no.1 would be masking. I love the effects that it gives but dont feel like I know how to do it well enough to use it on my cards. I'd also like to hone my color skills for all of the multi level floral stamps that are coming out! Loving your blog. Thanks for sharing😊

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  139. I really would like to learn how you make your watercolor backgrounds. I am mystified.

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  140. I would really like to learn how you do those beautiful watercolor backgrounds.

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  141. I bought a set of the Kuretaki Gamsai Tambi watercolors, and have been experimenting with them, but I'm not getting the results I'd like to see. So my wish-list technique is to learn to watercolor--like that lovely little sailboat on your beautiful card!



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  142. so thankful that I found your blog. I love your videos. You are such an inspiration. thanks!

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  143. I'm not entering twice (really!), but I forgot to say how much I love your card and all your videos. Thanks, too, to Iliana for donating the prizes.

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  144. What a beautiful card and such a great sentiment! The technique I would like to learn most (and I'm working on it...really, I am) is coloring with alcohol markers. I am always in awe when I see beautifully colored images and projects and would love to learn how to shade and color . I also really need to start using my stencils more creatively and maybe leap into some mixed media.

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  145. I would like to learn collage stamping. I seem to be stuck as a CAS stamper.

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  146. I would like to learn how to utilize my DSP! I have piles of it but for some reason never incorporate it onto my cards?

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  147. I haven't tried bokeh yet! Can you believe it? I just haven't gotten there. And May is as busy as December, so it may be awhile before it happens. :-)

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  148. Hi. I love your blog. Thanks so much for sharing your art, life and humour. I would really like to know more about card layout. I tend to go for more CAS cards but often feel something is missing even when I follow card layout examples. I love making all the parts (backgrounds, embellishments, main images...) and I have a lot of them because I'm not sure how to tie them together into a card. Thanks again!

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  149. Wow, i am so impressed with the way you approached this beautiful card and I am in awe of how you used the MISTI to make that sentiment element really pop. I have had my issues with faint or partially stamped images that ruined a card but now there's no excuse. That is, if I win the MISTI, lol!
    I am a fairly new stamper so I pretty much want to learn how to do everything. I don't have a lot of time though...being the Mom of two young girls, so I think that watercoloring, or making CAS cards would be the most manageable for me. Thanks for your fun and helpful videos and your clever blog posts!

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  150. The technique I need work on is brayering. Arlene D

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  151. I would like to learn water color techniques. Thanks, Maureen S

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  152. I just found your blog today and it is wonderful. The techniques I'd like to learn more about are brayering and watercoloring. Your videos will help me a lot with watercoloring. Thank you.

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  153. Any coloring technique intrigues me. I think I'd like to become more proficient with colored pencils - Prismacolors
    Love your card!!

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  154. I want to learn the tips and tricks for using the Misti

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  155. Haha, I have to say that seeing you reference Bruce Willis meant that I absolutely had to watch the video..you are so sneaky!! Thank you for showing us how indispensable that MISTI really is when stamping on textured paper like this. The more I learn about the MISTI the more I realize that I really do need one of these. Your card is gorgeously colored and I love the way you masked the sail boat so that you were able to make it stand out against the sky and sea. I would love to learn how to work with water-colors in different ways, and also to try my hand at mixed media like embossing paste and stenciling.

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  156. I would like to learn to color better with dry colored pencils. I also am not great at stamping on glossy cardstock, and maybe that is where the MISTI would come in handy.

    I love that sentiment on the card. Really good one!

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  157. I would love to learn more about watercolor ing and blender pens. I'm just not very good at them. This card was lovely thank you..

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  158. I need to learn how to add shadows & highlights (especially the highlights). It's my birthday this week & a Misti would be an awesome birthday present - hint, hint!

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  159. I've finally decided to bite the bullet and start a Copic collection. So learning more about Copic techniques would be mine.

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  160. I would like to learn more about shading.

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  161. I would like to learn more about gelatos. I just bought a set and haven't used them yet!

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  162. I think I'd like to learn more about using and controlling(a bit) Mists of various types on my projects. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  163. I would like to learn how to watercolor! Thanks for the chance to win! Have a Blessed day!

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  164. I'd like to learn how to mix and match patterns. I still, after all of these years, struggle with that. I would love to put stripes and flowers and paisleys together (oh my!), but mine always look like Dr. Seuss threw up on a card. It may have something to do with my inability to look at my own work without picking it apart. For once, I do have something in common with many actors who cannot watch themselves in their own movies. Would love a MISTI to help me with that! Thanks! Deborah S.

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  165. I would like to learn masking, and no line water coloring techniques.

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  166. I want to learn more about masking techniques. I haven't had luck with masking at all.

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  167. Learning to watercolor is at the top of my techniques to learn list. Creating a scene is next which a Misti would help with. Thanks for the change to win one!

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  168. Learning to watercolor so it looks professional is my goal. I try, try, try but feel less than successful! And I want to be able to combine stamps to make backgrounds without them looking cheesy!

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  169. 2 step and 3 step stamping.

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  170. Love your post - how true that some people only see the negative. That's why I love the crafting community so much, the people are so supportive and giving. I would love to learn all types of masking and layer images on my cards. Thank you to both you and Iliana for the very generous giveaway!

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  171. hmmm... I don't know what happened to my last comment. It looks like it disappeared? I'd love to ramp up my card-making in so many ways - shading & coloring with markers & watercolor would be amazing start! Thanks for the giveaway - that is so very generous of you!!

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  172. Watercolor backgrounds look so amazing but I can' teem to make them happen. I'd love to learn Howard!

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  173. Love your post. I didn't get my order until later so I won't get mine until next week. Agh! I would love to learn about shading when you have an opportunity. Thanks

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  174. I will love to learn to use my stamps more...to create backgrounds .....a story, not just as a sentiment

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  175. I would love to learn more about coloring my stamped images. I keep seeing all these super cute cards with amazing coloring and I'm too scared to try.

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  176. I'd love to learn new techniques and get refreshers on on old ones.

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  177. What an AWESOME card! I am not a huge fan of nautical but this is GREAT! Love the colors.

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  178. Watercolouring is a technique I would like to spend more time with. Thank you for the giveaway, this is great!

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  179. Any watercoloring technique videos are appreciated. I ordered the Kuratake Gansai, and I am having a hard time blending them. Their colors are so vibrant, but they are very different than coloring with distress inks. I'm okay if I heart emboss a line art image and watercolor between the lines, but I have problems controlling the effect when I try the no line method. I learn so much from all of your videos, so thank you!

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  180. I would love to learn multiple color stamping. They look beautiful when pros do them. Practice practice practice.

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  181. I want to learn how to make popup cards with multiple popups.

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  182. I really want to improve watercoloring!!!!

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  183. I would love to improve my coloring skills (shading, etc)

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  184. Masking is the technique I'd like to learn. I've tried to do it -- and I've been stamping and scrapping since 1997, but I just don't get it! Which layer do you stamp first? How do you decide which one gets masked? What's the best way to cut / position a mask? I have heard that the MISTI is supposed to make masking easier, and I'd really like to give it a try!

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  185. Wow. What a beautiful card and wonderful post. I love that you want to start and end your day with a smile. No need to be courting negativity for a happy life it does not make. What an absolutely wonderful prize. The MISTI is definitely a game changer! I would love to learn how to do no-line watercoloring and copic marker blending. I am an absolute and utter failure at it but hope to practice practice practice!

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  186. I agree with some of the others - watercoloring! It's so hot right now and I'd like some hints - kinds of paper, brands of watercolors that don't cost me an arm - something reasonable and kinds of brushes I need as a beginner.

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  187. Recently bought a couple of multi step stamps and while I think I have a handle on lining them up I need help on choosing coordinating ink pad colors. Love your blog! And thanks to Iliana.

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