Thursday, August 22, 2019

Boo to You! + Giveaway

Finally got to go for a hike this week. For a variety of reasons, I haven't been able to go hiking in more than a year so it was fun to get out and sweat and listen to the cicadas.

We went to McKinney Falls State Park, which has some really cool trails and rock formations. The giant bald cyprus trees come up out of the two creeks that join up to form the falls inside the park, which flow over hulking ledges of limestone. I'm happiest when I'm out on a path somewhere, and this was no exception, despite the 102 degree temperature.

Didn't see too many critters - just lots of grasshoppers and some coyote poop. Coyotes LOVE to poop smack in the middle of trails. Seriously - it's a thing. Maybe I'll get the Nobel Prize for figuring out why.

Anyway, we are in the second longest heat streak in Austin history, with the coolest day in the streak at 102. This is my absolute favorite weather. Hot as hell and not a cloud in the sky. My fave summer ever was 2011, when we had the longest streak like this on record - 27 days! They think the one we're in will break after 23 days.

To me when the August streaks end, it means the lead-up to Halloween. It's when I can get out my spooky stamps and door decorations and indulge myself with my favorite holiday's images.

I was listening to a podcast the other day (the Scary Stories podcast) and the woman was talking about how we are programmed to actually enjoy being scared. It's all about the chemistry, of course, but it's why we love rollercoasters, and haunted houses and, scary stories.

We used to sing these spooky songs in elementary school in the lead up to Halloween, and I loved them - I still sing them in my head in the fall, and get that same creepy feeling. This one was my favorite - and we all used to jump at the BOO.

In Texas, 99% of the time, you're sweating like a pregnant mouse in a wool sock in your Halloween costume, but once a decade or so, we actually will get a cooler snap, and those Halloweens were the best. It's no fun bringing home a pumpkin full of melted chocolate.

I'm hoping the kids in my neighborhood are bringing their A game to trick or treating this year, because it's pretty much my favorite.

So today is all about Halloween! The new Hero Arts Oh What Fun catalog is out, and all the cards you'll see from me are in the catalog (pages 46-47) as well as some Christmas cards I'll blog later.  You can flip through the online version or buy a copy here.

I fell in love with the Halloween backgrounds this time, so that's what I focused on - especially this awesome collage of all things spooky.

I stamped the image once in Unicorn ink on black cardstock, and then stamped it again in Intense Black on white cardstock. Then I cut out select images, and colored the white edges black and glued them in place on top of image. I love the little ghost dog on the grave. And the hand. Then I took my Circle Infinity dies and cut out the sentiment. I used these black enamel dots to break up that white space. They have a whole new line of these that match their ink and cardstock! It just makes me happy :) Plus the way the white ink looks on the black cardstock adds to the ghostly feel. I had so much fun doing this one.
This spiderweb background die is my JAM though!! EEP! It makes for a quick CAS card. All I did was stamp the spider from this set, and color her hourglass red, just like the real thing, and then I used the Cut-Align and my multiliner to draw a line from top to bottom. The sentiment is from this set as well, and I cut it and the black glitter paper circle with circle infinity dies.
I've told y'all my plan right? To move to New Mexico and get myself a pet crow? I'm so doing that. I'm going to be the crazy crow lady.

Do you see what this is on the next card???

"While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping" 

IT'S A WHOLE NEVERMORE BACKGROUND! I nearly peed my pants when I saw that. No one is a bigger Poe fan that I. I even went and saw his dorm room one summer.

Unfortunately, the bird that I used is retired, but if you look in the catalog, you'll see the beautiful substitution they made on my card with the Halloween Mirror set. I'm such a dingbat. Anyway, I used the paint splatter stamp from this set for the bloody background. MUAHAHAHAHAH!
 I couldn't stop making cards with it, so I sent in an extra with the circle I cut out of the one above.

I took a Gel Press background and added a thin strip of this green glitter paper across the bottom and added the sentiment from this set below it. I positioned the circle in the middle and then stamped the kitty and the cauldron from this same set on top. For the bubbles coming out of the cauldron, I added glue to them and added the glitter from this set. So fun.

I hope you've enjoyed these. See below for details on the giveaway today!













PS219 Winter Catalog - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Halloween Scene Background Cling
[ HA ]
Spider Web Texture Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Halloween Mirror
[ HA ]
Nevermore Bold Prints
[ HA ]
Luna the Halloween Cat Stamp Set
[ HA ]
Handmade Happiness
[ HA ]
Circle Infinity Dies (H)
[ HA ]
Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack - Concord...
[ C&9 ]
Summer Glitter Pack - Concord & 9th
[ C&9 ]
Martha Stewart FINE GLITTER 30069416...
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Pigment Ink Pad UNICORN...
[ SSS ]
AF345 Intense Black - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Hero Hues Enamel Dots - Neutrals
[ HA ]
Copic Multiliner SP 0.03 BLACK Ink...
[ SSS ]
Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05...
[ SSS ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
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 ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
All - Hero Arts
[ HA ]

There's a blog hop to kick off this awesome catalog today AND a $50 gift card to give away. So just leave me a comment telling me your favorite Halloween or Autumn tradition from elementary school and you will be entered to win! Be sure and see the inspiration from the incredible team below. They amaze me month after month. Good people attract good people, and Hero is a good magnet for a reason! 


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Crafty Friends

Back in the olden days, we used to have JFF challenges - "just for fun." We'd pick some random theme and a group of people would blog their project on the same day. No rules or restrictions other than the theme.

That is being resurrected with a small group of friends of mine, and it's giving me happy memories of those old JFFs.

We decided we'd pick a day each month to all post using one company's products - just someone we love and want to support. It's not about the latest, greatest new stuff. It's a dive into our stash of brands we adore.

I picked a stamp set that had a characteristic that I love - it has images that can be switched out for each of the four seasons. I just think that makes a stamp one that doesn't get filed away after the first time you use it.

This gorgeous bird set is a builder set, where you can change the way you color the bird for a season, and you can add seasonal items onto the branch - leaves for summer, spring and fall, berries, evergreen sprigs, berries and pine cones for winter, flowers for spring and summer. It has a total of 21 builder images in the set, which makes it a steal for the price. The main image is big enough so that it can dominate and A2 card, so it also makes for quick cards, unless you're someone like me who likes to take a whole day to paint something.

I sat down this weekend and watercolored it. I stamped it first in Fadeout Ink on cold press watercolor paper, and then stamped the extra leaves on the branch. I watercolored it with Daniel Smith watercolor, painting the leaves like I remember them from Rochester, and Ultramarine for the bird, like the buntings I used to see there on my walks through Mt. Hope cemetery. This bird could also be painted like a cardinal - they've kept the bird form one that could represent lots of breeds. You could even paint a little crest onto his head!

I found while I was painting these that I liked the color I had added to the leaves, but I didn't love it. So I decided to glaze all three with Indian Yellow when I was done, and that made them really POP, and be the fiery leaves I remembered. (All the colors I used today are from the "Lydia" split in my watercolor split group.)

The sentiments in the set are also builders and really flexible for many types of cards.

I can't tell you how satisfying it is to go back and take a deep dive into a set I loved so much when it was new. It's the little things that make us bloggers happy! :) Stay tuned below the card for how to get this set at an exclusive discount!

To get those blended leaves, wet the whole leaf first with just clean water. then drop yellows and oranges and a few spots of brown and green in and let them do as they wish. When dry, add the finer details in brown with a detail brush. Easy, I promise! And, on the way to the final details, you WILL think it's ugly and you ruined it. KEEP GOING.


So since we decided to use Concord & 9th for our inaugural month, those sweet people were nice enough to give our readers an exclusive discount! Click the banner or here and use the code to get 20% off! YAY!























Songbird
[ C&9 ]
Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Zots™ Singles • Medium | Therm O Web...
[ THR ]
The Ultimate Mixing Palette: a World...
[ BLR ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | MFT ]
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 ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]



Want more inspiration? First - head to this blog post for a completely different way to paint this bird! On this one, I used markers. Then, check out what my friends have done! There are no giveaways, you don't have to comment - this is purely for fun, and for sharing our favorite companies and some discounts with each of you! We will do this each month on the 20th. 




Jenny Hall
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Jen Timko
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