Monday, September 14, 2020

Feliz Navidad + Video

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I decided to continue my unconventional Christmas mini series today with a really fun mixed media card. This STUNNING new dragonfruit stamp is an absolute DREAM to color and I made a video to show you how very quickly you can create this card. 

I started with an old Gel Press print that had reds and teals in it that gave me a Christmasy vibe. I wanted the more magenta color of the dragon fruit to stand out more than the red in the background. Then I used some Daffodil paper glaze and this super duper fun new slimline stencil - this stencil will be amazing for my art journal pages. Then I used Quinacridone Pink, Serpentine and Quinacridone Deep Gold to quickly paint the fruit - with simple wet on wet watercolor doing all the work for me. You'll see the video below!


I had an absolute nightmare leading up to this post - two full days with no internet after a giant fiber cut took out Google Fiber to the whole city. You would not BELIEVE how hard some tasks are when you only have a phone - like uploading videos, pictures, etc. I ended up having to tether my laptop to my cell phone, which I discovered has HORRIBLE signal quality at my house and painfully move around large files and try to just do my normal job. And the rate at which email piles up when you aren't on top of it is a fright. I hate reading and typing things on my phone on a normal day - but having to do everything on there is for the birds. The bright side was that my annual social media blackout day - 9/11 - was the day it started, so that was easy.

But as a person whose entire job is digital, I got a few gray hairs for sure. So this stamp speaks to me - LOL.

I did a random color blocking technique with this adorable new background stamp and  my fabby alcohol fineliners (I have a coupon code in the footer) because they are the only way to color in the tiny spaces between the cords. Such a fun stamp - it's a 4x4 background, but it repeats on all four sides, so I stamped it twice to fill up my card front before coloring. The sentiment is from this set and I used the Frozen Nutcracker sequins because that mix has these little holographic sequins that look like DVDs! So cute with this image.


Next I took the new Slimline leaf stencil and the newest Paper Glaze color and did a simple mixed media card with no sentiment. The base is just a piece of paper I cleaned my brayer on while I was gel printing - when they are pretty I always save them.


Want to see the video? Check it out below, or if you don't see a video, click here to watch on YouTube.

Then come back for a cookie recipe!



Picket Fence Studios Dragon Fruit
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Paper Glaze - Daffodil Yellow –...
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Graphit — Marker Universe
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Daniel Smith Watercolor
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Stencils – Picket Fence Studios
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Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
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Fun, right? Well guess what? There is a giveaway too! Two $50 gift cards to Picket Fence - just comment for your chance to win! Winners will be announced next week on the PFS blog. See the links below for more inspiration!


Ready for a cookie?

I updated the classic peanut butter cornflake cookie to eliminate corn syrup and some of the sugar and oh my word is it good! Here's the recipe.

1 C Sugar
1 C Lyle's Golden Syrup
1 C Santa Ana Organic Peanut Butter (the secret weapon)
6 C. Cornflakes
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Okay - so I have had these cookies many times and they were way too sweet because people used sweetened peanut butter. The simple change to no sugar added PB is amazing!

In a large saucepan or frying pan, combine the peanut butter, sugar and syrup. Stir over medium heat constantly until it bubbles. Remove from heat and quickly stir in vanilla and cornflakes - this is a workout. Drop the mixture by tablespoons onto waxed paper and let cool for 20 minutes. 

So yummy.. 

Loveyameanitbye.

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31 comments:

  1. Oh those backgrounds are fantastic! Once again, you enabled me to buy!

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  2. Love your cards and I will try that cookie recipe.

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  3. Fantastic work! I'd love to win this!!

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  4. Yum, can't wait to try the cookie! Your cards are fabulous. Unplugged really caught my attention with the color blocking, such a cool idea! Your brayer cleaning sheets are always amazing and adding the leaf to this is so eye-catching. I keep scrolling back up to look at the first one. So striking!

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  5. Beautiful work despite all the distractions going on around you! I'm starting to really enjoy the dragonfruit stamp set, at first I wasn't drawn to it but now, it may be joining my collection. Thanks for the recipe!! I am a peanut butter lover!! Take care.

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  6. Love them all, but that leaf stencil on your leftover background is stunning! Wow! That stencil is going on my buy list!

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  7. How Twilight Zone-ish that All Wired was released at the same time as your internet outage!! I love these cards! Looking forward to seeing some gel press videos with that Leaf stencil!!

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  8. As always, you are amazing! I love your creativity!

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  9. Lydia your cards are always so awesome and awakening.. showing new ways to use old things. For new things, those new stencils are great. I thought I loved the paper glazes but now I am definitely in love with them. Gail.

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  10. How fun! It's too bad you had to use your phone for everything, but from this end it looks like you fared quite well 😉 I LOVE the background on that first card (my favorite) and the glaze was perfect with it. Thank you for the demo! Stay safe...

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  11. The wires speak to me!!! BUT that leaf card is drop dead stunning!!!!

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  12. Love the leaf and the unplug card seems so appropriate

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  13. Love these cards! And it's good to know what a dragonfruit actually looks like!

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  14. Wow! I call that Dragon Fruit card COLORFUL!!! I like that leaf stencil and the other items for slimline cards that are now available, too. Keep COLORing!

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  15. Wonderful card inspiration using this fun release!

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  16. Thanks for sharing your cards! I love the third one you made! Beautiful colors!

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  17. Wonderful cards showcasing these lovely products!

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  18. Graet cards! I am loving that beautiful slimline leaf stencil design!

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  19. I could stare at that leaf for HOURS!

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  20. Gorgeous cards Lydia, I love the glazed leaf, so pretty. I'm slightly scared of mixed media but you make me want to do more of it!

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  21. Wow love your work, lots of exciting new products.

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  22. That background on the first card is so cool

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  23. I love this new release from Picket Fence! And your cards are fantastic as usual:). Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe!!

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  24. The colourful cable card is cool and I love the dragon fruit card and stamp. Hugz

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  25. Great backgrounds and nice look at the glazes.

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  26. Very creative cards!
    Love the leaf stencil.
    Thanks for the inspiration and the cookie recipe!

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  27. Having read every word in almost every one of your posts, I really see your frustration in this offering today. It is only fitting that this beautiful struggle ends with cookies. Here here!! I dont have ant Picket Fence Stuio products...fingers crossed.

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  28. Wow all tgese cards are so cool and artsy. Love the unplug one.

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  29. Thanks for the video. Great release.

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  30. Love all of your cards Lydia! I think the color blocking technique has sold me on the all wired stamp!! Thanks for the cookie recipe too. Looks yummy!

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  31. Wonderful multicolored stencil backgrounds! I just got my first gel press and can't wait to re-watch your gel press video and get practicing! Love how you use the stencils in all of the cards.

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