Monday, June 3, 2019

Back To Stamping In A Crazy Month

I have had the craziest travel schedule. I feel like I should have signed up to work for Southwest, because I think I've spent more time on their planes lately than any of their employees have. Thankfully, that will end for a few months after Junkie Fest - I am ready to be home and back in a routine.

This weekend I did have a break, and I actually got to stamp! So I went completely insane on the new Hero Arts Kit, which is jungle-themed and so fun. I got to watercolor a bit when I was in California, but not after that, so I got to play a bit with my beloved Daniel Smith quinacridones on this first card - I used Quinacridone Coral and Quinacridone Sienna on this gorgeous Leaves & Vines background die cut with Fabriano cold press paper. I just sprayed it with water and then dropped color in with a #6 brush. Since the shapes are pretty large, it was easy to use these adhesive transfer sheets to cover the back of it and stick it down with no mess.

Because I was using a black background to show off the die cut, I didn't want my heffalump from the main kit to be all grey, so I left her white, and just added shadows with C3. I colored her little elephant hat and cut her out with the matching dies. The sentiment is from the main kit. This was a very easy and quick card. This month's kit comes with a Daniel Smith Dot card in jungly colors!
The animals this month from the add-ons are so cute! My favorite is the little chameleon stamp & cut. I stamped him on watercolor paper, and watercolored him like some images I googled. There are a bunch of really cool, colorful chameleons in the world! This little guy is painted very realistically - I would love to see one in real life. I watercolored his little stick, too and then cut them both with the dies from the bundle. Then I cut the jungle frame with this die (also an add-on) for a dramatic backdrop and added the sentiment. Look at his little smile :).
There are a few nice big cats in the kit and the add-ons this month - this Tiger Wisdom set was fun to no-line watercolor. I stamped him in Fadeout Ink on cold press paper, and then used a Micron pen to fill in his eyes and stripes - that made it much easier to paint the image without losing the details. I stamped the water ripple in Fadeout Ink too, and then painted the water and the grass around him with Daniel Smith watercolor as well. The sentiment cracks me up and is from the same set. This set does come with matching dies.
In the main kit, there's a beautiful cheetah. I colored her and the branch with Copics, and then die cut them to build my scene. The kit comes with a super fun 6x6 stencil, which I stuck to my card base with Pixie Spray and then very lightly brushed Soft Granite ink on with a Life Changing Blender brush, fading out to nothing at the edges.
Now y'all know me, so you know that a stamp has to be a pretty darn cute monkey for me to stamp a monkey! The little silhouette monkeys in the new color layering palm tree set are adorable! I stamped the tree in black, and then used the new white Staz-On pigment ink to stamp the detail on the leaves. I cut the jungle frame out of watercolor paper and painted it to add on top of the card base with the images on it.
Now I could have just colored these little adorable toucans like I should have, but they are so bold, and open, that I couldn't resist a little zentangle. I used a Micron pen to add some patterns to the birds, and then cut them with the matching dies and stood them on little Oval Infinity die cuts. I stamped the leafy background stamp in green on green cardstock, and then arranged my birds on top. I love how they look chatty. The sentiment is from the same set.
I don't know how they keep coming up with such fun themes, but they do! I didn't intend to make six cards, but it was nice just to be able to keep creating. My laundry isn't done, but I have six cards!

Here's what the kit includes this month, and all the add-ons are available in a discounted bundle, if you need retail therapy!


As usual, they are giving away a kit, so be sure and leave me a comment to be entered to win! I think this kit will sell out fairly quickly, with what I know about my crafty animal loving friends.

All the supplies I used are below. I hope you had a crafty weekend too! Now it's back to work. 

Loveyameanitbye.

MMH June 2019 Kit
[ HA ]
Get Them All - June Add-ons
[ HA ]
Thanks a Bunch Monkeys
[ HA ]
Thanks a Bunch Monkeys Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
Tiger Wisdom
[ HA ]
Tiger Wisdom Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
Hello Toucan
[ HA ]
Hello Toucan Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
Color Layering Palm Tree
[ HA ]
Color Layering Palm Tree Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
Tropical Flowers
[ HA ]
Tropical Flowers Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
Chameleon Stamp & Cut
[ HA ]
Jungle Bold Prints
[ HA ]
Leafy Bold Prints
[ HA ]
Leaves & Vines Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Jungle Frame Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Lotus Lady
[ HA ]
Lotus Lady Frame Cut
[ HA ]
Lotus Lady Cling
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Oval Infinity Dies
[ HA ]
Jungle Mist Liquid Watercolor
[ HA ]
20702-2020 - Sakura Pigma Micron Pen...
[ BLIC ]
Soft Granite Shadow Ink - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tsukineko Stazon SNOWFLAKE Pigment...
[ SSS ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Grafix Artist-tac - BLICK art materials
[ BLIC ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
Therm O Web PIXIE SPRAY iCraft...
[ SSS ]
Life Changing Blender Brush 2-Pack -...
[ PFS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Cut Align
[ MSP ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]

33 comments:

  1. I just learned something new about you - I didn't know you weren't a fan of monkeys! Beautiful cards - who needs clean clothes?!

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  2. I especially love the Chameleon.....so cool...love how you colored him.. I've always wanted a real one....great job.

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  3. Fantastic cards, loving each one of these! So creative and great choice of colors!

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  4. Oh wow! So many awesome creations with super cool backgrounds in each! Love them all :)

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  5. I love the bright colours! Six fabulous cards beats a load of laundry, any day! :)

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  6. You are so many kinds of incredible. Blown away, as always.

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  7. wow, I agree, fantastic cards....wonderfully done mf.
    x Karen

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  8. I am so glad you finally jad crafty time. Another great kit...I am not sure which card I like best, but the chameleon is leading!!! Crafty hugs to you!💜🌵

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  9. Wow it's a jungle in here! Beautiful scenes on beautiful cards....and not a tsetse fly in sight!

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  10. Fantastic cards! Your chameleon is beautiful. I always enjoy seeing your coloring. I love the zen tangled toucans.

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  11. You did a great job creating art with this kit! Love them.

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  12. As busy as you are and STILL knocking out beautiful cards!!!!! And not just ONE..... #bowing

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  13. Lovely cards! Can't wait to try these new stamps and dies!

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  14. As always, your cards are simply amazing, my dear! Swoon!

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  15. Oh wow, such an amazing array of cards. Happy to see you found a little time to play!

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  16. Great cards! Hard to choose a fave, but for me, it's the chameleon! Thanks for sharing, and glad you're home safe. My 2018 Southwest summary said that I traveled 19 times! So far, 2019 only has 6... hoping for a better year!

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  17. Fantastic cards made from a fantastic kit.
    Love the jungle theme. Was lucky enough
    to go on safari in 2012 so I'm always on
    the look-out for stamps with those animals.
    thanks for sharing. Enjoy your at-home
    time when you get it.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Love your cards, especially how you colored the chameleon. The backgrounds you used really made each animal pop.

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  19. I love these beautiful, colorful, fun cards. This wonderful kit offers so many possibilities.

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  20. Fantastic cards! Love the pink leaves on the first one. :)

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  21. Your first 2 cards won my heart! Striking contrasts with color! Love it!

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  22. Such fantastic cards! Love the colors.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  23. Wonderful ideas. A great job putting everything together.

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  24. Awesome cards, Lydia! So glad to hear you've just been busy traveling. I noticed you've been MIA on FB & YouTube, and was hoping everything was OK. I especially love the colors on the chameleon, and the cheetah is so wonderful the way you colored her! Heck, I love all the cards--even the one with the monkey. LOL Thanks for sharing these, and have a wonderful day! :) ~ Andrea

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  25. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

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  26. These are so EXTRA! Love them all!

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  27. Wonderful cards Lydia! This kit looks like so much fun. Don't worry, laundry can wait.

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  28. Wow! Awesome cards and colouring!!!

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  29. So many beautiful cards. I love the white elephant but I think the drinking tiger is my favorite. Gorgeous!

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  30. Such pretty cards you created! Love this kit!

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  31. Fun and creative variety of cards from this kit.

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  32. Wow! Always looking forward seeing your take on the HA kits! Amaazing creations, love the zentangled birds and the supercute chameleon! The tip of using Micron pen to fill in eyes and details to not losing the details when no-line coloring, SO valuable to me ♥ thank you, I'd given up on that technique. Always added details AFTER painting, and getting the wrong details blurry lines - now add those details in BEFORE painting... ofcourse! makes perfect sense :)

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  33. Such nice cards and creative as usual! That cheetah card is really nice and I like the mostly black and white with the chameleon.

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