Friday, September 23, 2022

VIDEO: Part 2 - Hybrid Coloring with the Complex Masking Scene

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I'm back today with the second video in my mini series. In the first video, I showed you complex masking of this scene, and today, I'm using OLO Markers and colored pencils to finish this sweetness right up! Before you get nervous about coloring, let me just tell you THIS COULD NOT BE SIMPLER. You will see in the video. It requires no skill other than patience. 💙

Here's the finished card. If you missed it - the stamp set is here


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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Correction! More Die Cut Only Holiday Cards + Bulgogi Meatball Recipe

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I'm back with MORE die cut only holiday cards today. I guess I'm in a phase, officially! OR maybe there are just some really pretty holiday dies that I'm drawn to right now. Or maybe both. 

I spent the weekend paper piecing the cards I showed you earlier this week and also these. SO much relaxing. I started listening to the American Scandal Podcast - the episodes on Dow Chemical - WHOA. Highly recommend. I get so absorbed in those stories while I'm crafting and then it's suddenly 6 PM!

I also Marie Kondo'd the very last closet in our house. JUST prior to March of 2020 I was on a Kondo TEAR through the house, and I did all the closets except one - the closet in my former guest room, which is now my craft annex. I didn't really bother with that because I didn't need the space, but now I really do, so I went to town this weekend. 

My entire porch was filled with fun stuff for members of my Buy Nothing group all weekend. Lots of Halloween costumes, some cardstock, a shoe rack, some shoes, some old card kits from my retreats - NEVER toss those - moms of crafty kids and teachers LOVE them. I also found two Z Becky Brown purses with my own artwork in them and people loved those. You can see the two I gave away here and here. It was so fun to see people super excited over something instead of just driving to Goodwill. If you aren't a member of your local Buy Nothing Group, I'm begging you again!

We caught a GIANT buck on one of our security cameras last week. I'm obsessed with the way their antlers grow. He was a big boy - and we've seen him before when he just had velvet on them when he was much younger.

I have a fondness for deer images, since they are everywhere here and so beautiful and gentle. They are perfect Christmas imagery. 

But because I own glitter paper, I have to make my deer FABULOUS, so that's what I did today. First things first - I used the middle die of this layering stitched background set on the black panel and put that on a white card base. Then I used this pink, green and silver glitter paper with this gorgeous, Nordic style deer die. When I piece small items like the details on these dies, I like this pickup tool and liquid glue. 

The sentiment is from this die set. I love negative space dies.


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This is a better photo of how sparkly it is. You can see the debossed stitching guides for the background die I used better in this photo.


includes the greeting for this card.

I used the flourish die for this card with Poppy cardstock, but I kept the negative and positive, but pieced them back together, because I like that outline it fits back into. 

Then I used this adorable folk art bird die set for a focal point. 



Have you started holiday cardmaking? I usually start after Thanksgiving, but I'm on a roll this month, so I might just keep going. 

I'm trying a new recipe tonight - so I'll let you know how it goes because it looks amazing! Hint - it's another Korean recipe.

Update - my blog freaked out and posted this early, so if you're receiving it again - I apologize - to reward you - I tried the recipe and it's AMAZING. However, it does need notes. You can see my notes here
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Friday, September 9, 2022

All Die Cut Holiday Card Ideas

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I saw a post in a Facebook group yesterday where a girl was using those plastic trays from frozen mini quiches, which are essentially muffin tins, to organize die cut pieces to mass produce die cut cards.

I thought it was brilliant. I'm not nearly that organized when die cutting, but I do love die cut only cards, and lately it seems to me that the die cutting game in general has been kicked up a notch. I see such beautiful things in Instagram and Facebook.

My fave trend is oversized word dies with inlays. Put that together with cute folk art and I'm very vulnerable to shopping! This giant, stitched and folk art themed layering Noel Die is all that and a bag of chips!!! I love it so much. The background die is new - snow and snowflakes. 



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You know how I am about using the negative space from die cuts, right? No way was this one going in the recycle bin when I could pop this cute die cut nutcracker on it! I used cardstock and glitter paper to put him together - they have different hats and looks you can make with him - it's completely adorable.

This is the one I instantly thought of when I saw the quiche trays - it would be SO fun to die cut a bunch for tags and card and mix and match colors etc. Look how I gave him little blushing cheeks with my tiniest brush!


If you're not singing the song from Christmas vacation while you look at this, I don't even know who you are!

I HAD to make the wood paneled wagon like the one we had when I was little - I used this paper for the bottom. Then I took the gorgeous new script stamp and used Post it Tape to mask the top and the tire tracks before stamping and ink blending over it. The little falala die is new! This is a super quick card and you could use the masks over and over to make a bunch. 

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

VIDEO: Easy Cut Glass Effect With Spooky Potion Bottles

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I've always wondered why we have to pick our own poison. What is that about? Don't people want to be surprised? But pick it we must! 

I have a cute little collection of bottles, some with tiny ghosts inside them that I got on Etsy, that are part of my small Halloween decor. And I have this tiny little sign that says pick your poison. 

For every little girl that dreamed of making magic potions deep in the woods with her talking crow - today's video is for you! I'm going to show you how to decorate your potion bottles, along with some fun masking tips for when you're working with die cut images.

I used this beautiful bottle set - I love that they are big enough to color, and they have a ton of fun labels in this set that you can use with them. I did use the matching dies on the labels, and I used my favorite masking paper and these colored pencils. The bottles were colored with OLO Markers and the ink glow around the bottles are neon inks.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

VIDEO: Curtain Spotlighting Technique + Giveaway

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How was your long weekend? Mine was uneventful other than the phenomenal wing recipe and a rare sighting of my giant stripey guard lizard (technically a Texas Spiny Lizard) in the backyard. He usually hangs out out front by my car, but he was just chilling on the back porch the other day - he's HUGE this year - but not as big as he can get - they can get up to a foot long. Tip if you want to help out your own guard lizard - take your veggie scraps and toss them near where he hangs out - which for me is a big oak tree. That will attract the bugs he likes. He's currently enjoying some celery bait I tossed out the other day. (Why don't they sell just one stalk of celery?)

Today is Hero Arts Kit Day! It's a beautiful, fall-themed kit with one of my favorite things in it - rub-ons! And the die in the kit matches those as well, which is super cool. 

I felt like coloring though, so I decided to do a spotlighting technique with a few twists - I'm calling it curtain spotlighting. I used the cling that comes in the kit and I did distressed inking on it with Granite. I used matte Duralar for the curtains, and OLO and Graphit Markers for the coloring (coupons for both below). After I put it all together with my favorite vellum adhesive, I added a few Hero Pearls dots. It just looks so elegant.


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Look at this stunning kit - those colored images are the rub-ons. So beautiful. I hope rub-ons make a roaring comeback.


This was my sneak peek card from Sunday - you can see how I made that one step-by-step in my last post. So dramatic and vibrant. I love the little fruit images in the kit.



One of the add-ons is a beautiful little single stamp. I added paint to my 3x5 gel press and then used the stamp to repetitively lift paint from the image. I let that dry and then pulled it with a layer of white paint. I added a little shading with a grey colored pencil and added Hero Pearls where the dots were on the image. I used the Noel die and black glitter paper to finish. It's my humble opinion that black isn't used enough on holiday cards - so elegant!


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Here are all the add-ons this month - I LOVE that artichoke one


So here is my video for the curtain technique - come back for the giveaway info!




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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Gilded Still Life

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Howdy frandzzzz. I hope your long weekend is going well if you are in the US. I am super excited that a little break in the rain so that we could make Korean BBQ wings with - wait for it - kimchi "ranch". The ranch is so super delicious it's crazy. I'll post the recipes below - it's from a BBQ channel that we really like.

I love on holiday weekends walking out into my yard and smelling everyone's smoker going :).

So it's appropriate that today I have a food themed sneak peek for you of the new My Monthly Hero Kit!

First, let me tell you that my prior next door neighbor planted a community fig tree in his yard, and told all of us we could have figs whenever we wanted them. So when my current neighbor moved in and he told her the story she kept it that way. I love figs. 

You know who else loves figs? CATS. Cats will sit under a fig tree and eat them. And keep in mind they are obligate carnivores, if that tells you how good figs are!

They're also really beautiful, so I love seeing them as stamp images. Same with pears. So in this peek of the lovely fall themed set, that's what I chose to work with. Here's what I did.

  • I used my smallest acrylic block and put Hero Pearls all over it. 
  • Starting with the center of the card, I smooshed the block onto the Pitch Black cardstock. Lifting it gives you the dendritic effect you see in my photo
  • I stamped and die cut the fruit from the kit, and colored them with OLO Markers before gluing them down.
  • I popped that panel on a white card base.
  • I embossed the sentiment from the kit in gold. 
  • I added a few dots of pearls on the card.


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OH BUT JUST WAIT until you see the rest! We are in my favorite stamping season  - fall and Halloween, and this will not disappoint you.

MY GOODNESS PLEASE MAKE THESE WINGS. Please note my spice level notes though - I like really hot food, and these are very spicy with the modifications I made, so if you like them milder use a milder gochujang and a milder buffalo sauce. It's absolutely magical. Holy cow.

Because of Labor Day, my next post with the kit will be Tuesday not Monday. Enjoy your time off.

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Friday, September 2, 2022

I'm Here for it - Spooky Season!

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September 1st is actually like a MONTH into when I think we should start celebrating Halloween, honestly. WE ARE LATE! I'd also like Halloween to extend all the way up to December 23rd - I said what I said! It's too short!

Tonight I'm doing all the Halloween things. I've tried for three years to befriend a crow and I'm clearly doing something wrong. So instead, I'm making a crow card!! I used the new detailed Halloween dies (sadly the detail on the moon doesn't show in my photo, but it has embossed details like the crow), and on the crow, I lightly rubbed it with white paint after die cutting to get a moon glow. The cute as heck sentiment and die are from the spiderweb set - I love how BIG they are. The background is a brayer cleaning sheet from a Gel Press session.


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I used a similar process on the amazing layering detailed dies - I die cut them from black cardstock and rubbed white paint on them. The skull is popped up with foam so it's dimensional. This has such an Edgar Allen Poe feel. The background uses the cover die that's part of this release and I brayered my fave neon green paint over it, and lightly rubbed on white paint here and there for a distressed look. Does this not look like a creepy parlor??


Alright - FINE - I made ONE non-Halloween card with the new fall goodness. These are also detailed botanical dies with embossed detail. I watercolored them and then splattered them with gloss sprays and added Hero Pearls in gold. The background is the new sort of Moroccan style cover plate die, cut with this fabby pink glitter paper (this glitter paper is EXACTLY the color of my fave Dior lipgloss) over a panel cut with the Waves cover plate.

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BOO.

I hope you have an awesome holiday weekend - be safe!

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Peeking Smiley Twofer Card

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Remember that piece I die cut from this card? It's baaaacccckkkkkkk! SO cute just the little smiley peek, right? No way was that adorable peek not going onto a card. 


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I have an EXCLUSIVE Stamptember deal for you if you are shopping today! This adorable little set is free with purchase! AND I'll be back with the the latest collaboration exclusive this evening so don't miss that - this exclusive is good through the 4th so you'll be able to get it with your collab set. :)

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

It's 1976 All Over Again



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It's really truly the 70s in my brain today! We were watching one of our fave cooking shows and talking about what we brought for lunch in elementary school.

My husband is the oldest child, and I'm the youngest so it was very different. He had the cool Scooby Doo lunchbox, and I had a used lunchbox or two - rusty, but would probably fetch a pretty penny on Ebay today!

Snacking was a super foreign concept for both of us. My mom made us breakfast before school, we brought our lunch and then we ate dinner. There was truly nothing in between. I'm not sure when the whole snack thing started, but it was not in my childhood.

Anyway, what WAS ubiquitous in my childhood was the SMILEY. It was everywhere. And it was also something common for us to just draw and color in yellow. We had smiley buttons, smiley stickers, smiley patches for our denim workshirts and jeans. 


I masked it and stamped it repeatedly and then shaded with OLO markers to make it look dimensional. I cut a part out of it, which you will see the result of on Friday.

So fun. 



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I'm not sure why I'm in a masking mood lately - I just am :)

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Kid Art and some SOLID Computer advice

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I started my day by pouring several ounces of nitro cold brew and almond milk all over my wireless mouse. 

I quickly rinsed it off, but soon discovered that today was going to be hard. Really hard. It was like the right click was permanently depressed, so all sort of crazy thing were happening when I was trying to use my computer. I could have SWORN I had a backup mouse, but I did not. So Amazon same day it is! I ordered TWO sets of keyboard / mouse combos. I like this one because there's a keyboard skin that fits it - maybe someone should come up with a mouse skin for people like me - just sayin'. I will not repeat this day (said in my best Scarlett O'Hara voice) - so my advice to you today is to immediately order yourself a backup.

Mark my words - if you do not, you will find your coffee spilling into your mouse VERY soon. It's just how it works - I don't make the rules.

Then, I had to run some super boring errands - shipping things, getting gas, stopping by my mechanic to get the form to get my inspection done this week, and man I saw people doing some crazy things in that short half hour or so. A woman near an apartment complex acting really weird in some shrubbery and then a lady coming out of a greenbelt also acting really oddly. Is it a full moon? 

I'm glad to be back home with a working computer - sheesh. 

I have the CUTEST thing to show you today!!! A new stamp set that is designed by the son of my friend Heather. I'm DYING over how cute this is. After I got it, I immediately texted her and demanded that he make a Christmas set because I would LOVE this style of stamp for my holiday cards! THE SENTIMENTS, Y'ALL. SERIOUSLY. I kept it pretty simple and paired it with this oh-so-perfect-for-art-journaling background stamp and I colored the images with my brightest OLO markers. I cannot get over how cute these are. 



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If you say you've seen anything cuter than this child's artwork today, I'm going to have to question your reliability! 

I hope you enjoy this little bit of bright, happy innocence in your day. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Craft Roulette #127: Pretend Strips of Wintery Patterns!

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I had a little Friday Night FUNN with Mary at Craft Roulette last week! That show is a blast. Challenges are my favorite way to create, which is why I love the daily Splitcoast challenges so much. There's no such thing as a creative rut if you have a challenge available.

So my parameters this time were super interesting:
  • Pretend
  • Paper Strips
  • Colors of Winter
  • Patterned Paper
I decided on books for the pretend element - because there's no escape like an escape into a book. I'm also pretending cats can read. Who am I to say they can't??

For the Paper Strips & Patterned Paper, I chose book pages. I cut them in strips and ink blended them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before gluing them on my card base. On top of that I put this book die cut, cut from watercolor paper that I painted with Daniel Smith. The Colors of Winter were the blue watercolor, but also the Vintage Photo, because as I told Mary, Texas winter is BROWN. The little kitty is from this bundle, and I colored it with OLO Markers, brushing a bit of the Vintage Photo onto the book to make it match the background. The sentiment is actually a pre-printed die cut. I'm digging those!


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Here are all the supplies I used:
Book Cover Die – WaffleFlower.com
[ WFF ]
A Little Help Combo – WaffleFlower.com
[ WFF ]
Essential Christmas Diecut - Black –...
[ WFF ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor -...
[ BLIC ]
Ranger Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo
[ BLIC ]
Fabriano Artistico Enhanced...
[ BLIC ]
Floral Glass Craft Mat — Glassboard...
[ GLS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | ELH ]
Scor-Buddy Mini Scoring Board 9x7.5 -...
[ ELH ]
MIS-T Rulers
[ MSP ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Understand Blue Bundles Specials for...
[ CTC ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH ]
Storage Envelopes, Medium 25pk,...
[ ELH ]
CheckOutStore Stamp & Die Clear...
[ CHC ]
Extra Large -50 pk, Avery Elle Stamp...
[ ELH ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]



Want to see the amazing gallery of how people interpreted this challenge? You can see that HERE.

If you joined us - thank you! 

I hope your week is awesome. Loveyameanitbye.

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