Monday, February 6, 2023

Something Fluttery This Way Comes + Subscriber exclusives!

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Every muscle in my body hurts today, and I'm three days short of sleep, so forgive any typos! Dragging fallen limbs around the yard is not for the faint of heart. If you don't know about our disastrous week - no power, horrific ice storm that destroyed the entire town's trees and more - check out my Facebook photos. We are a very tired city today! 

So I'm very glad I was already done having tons of fun with this month's Hero Arts kit and we have a SURPRISE for you this month - there is a premium kit option. So the regular kit will stay the same, and then if you choose the premium kit, you get extras. This month, you get these STUNNING butterfly rub-ons and matching dies that texture them as your premium kit option. You will see more from me with these very soon. 

My first card uses the premium kit beauties!! I created a mixed media card with the gorgeous new background stamps that I think will just be stored with my art journal - they are so perfect! Do you see the texture on that butterfly rub-on? The matching die does that as well as cutting out the shape! The rest is liquid watercolor, Hero paste, an older stencil and gold metallic ink. If you are a member on Patreon or YouTube, you get a free project sheet for this card this month with the photos of the step by step on top of your normal member benefits. This card could easily become a journal page. 


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Speaking of mixed media, what I love about this month, is this kit can go either way - sweet, clean, cute and colorful, or mixed media! So here's the regular kit's stencil and matching dies - LOOK AT THIS. I know that when I use these window dies, I tend to opt for black, but that's because it's so pretty! The little rainbow layered stencil and black is just heaven. And the add-on has sentiments for the dies, which I basically can't live without now. It just makes cards prettier.


So back to mixed media we go! I used both of the add-on background stamps together and embossed them first, before adding melted wax as a backdrop for my focal butterfly - I felt like that beautifully separated him from the background, which is busy-ish. I used Root Beer and Purple Galaxy Hero Hues for the background and splattered it with water. HOLD UP - he's not a butterfly - he's a moth!




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You can read all about how I did yesterday's sneak peek card here! I love this card - it has a dreamy, other-worldly feel.



You can get oodles more inspiration in today's blog hop, which starts HERE. As usual, leaving comments for me and others enters you into a drawing for a $50 gift card, which will be posted on February 12th here. 

Loveyameanitbye.


Saturday, February 4, 2023

Putting It In Reverse

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I have emerged from the disaster that is Austin, TX and now have power! It's the little things, right? It's too soon and I'm too tired to tell the tale here, so I'll just sneak peek you today to Monday's new kit! This month has an exciting upgrade too - a premium option with extra goodies, so read about all those details here, and then join me for a live with Aaron later this week for the inside scoop!

My friend Alison is the inspiration for today - she had posted a card with her zero drawing technique and then remembered that I had asked about it and linked me to her video on it - she's a peach! (PS I called it zero coloring in my demonstration of the technique here, so forgive me.)

It's pretty simple and really cool. I added a twist today with the gorgeous new butterfly themed kit - embossing! 

To do the base technique, I rubbed this graphite powder over an ink blended background to give that dark, smoky look. Then I used my electric eraser to remove the graphite through the layering stencil that comes with the new kit - I used the wing details layer. When that was done, I added embossing ink through the bold layer for the butterfly bodies on top of the erased layer and clear embossed it, so they are raised and shiny! I added some accents with Hero Pearls.


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And this is just the tip of the iceberg with this kit. Wait until you see the beautiful butterfly rub-ons that come with the new premium kit! My project today just uses the standard kit - but you'll see both in my post on Monday!

I'll be back Monday with my other kit cards - see you then! Hope the lights stay on!

Loveyameanitbye.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Yellow Greetings - Why Not? We've Survived the DARK MONTHS

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It's so grey and cold, y'all. And it has been for far too long. My friend Rebecca posted that we've officially made it through the darkest ten weeks though. So I guess there's that. It's a sheet of ice outside and I'm just trying to make it to Thursday when at least we can walk to the mailbox without getting a debilitating traumatic brain injury from falling on icy concrete!

Can you tell I'm not a winter person yet? Because I can make it clearer and more dramatic if I need to. 

So I've been drawn to bright happy colors to combat the grey, and I realized when I was making a card that I would normally put a black sentiment on that I've never done a cheery yellow sentiment! So for this card, I started with the floral oversized club embossing folder, and then I used the little club floral dies, colored with OLO markers for three focal points on the left. They make sort of geometric terrariums and are so clean and crisp! And as I was reaching for the black cardstock with this thanks die, I was stopped in my tracks by the yellow flower, so I just cut it out of white and colored it to match! Why don't I do this more often? An eternal mystery, for sure. 



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There's some GREAT inspiration with these dies on this page - be sure and look at the symmetrical ones that look like a kaleidoscope! Amazing. 

Hope it's warmer where you are. I'm ready for summer. Loveyameanitbye.


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10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
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