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!

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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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Friday, January 27, 2023

VIDEO: One Embossing Folder, Five Ways!

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In this world where eggs are $9, I'm on a mission to stretch things! Especially complete luxuries like craft supplies. So I have some stretches for you today!

I feel like people think Valentines themed products can be limiting, but I disagree. The imagery of Valentine's day is all-year imagery - hearts and flowers. But this time of year, we see hearts and we think pink! So I'm taking a different approach to help you transition those fun Valentine purchases into more versatile cards.

The color theory in this first project is one you can apply to ANY layering stencil you have. I'm using this layering heart and flower stencil. All I did was choose two warms and two cools, as you'll see in the video. I also have a very fun and easy trick for lining up layering stencils. These stencils are clear, which I think is the easiest to use. 

I did all my stenciling on top of a card panel embossed with this 3D embossing folder - I think this would be great for St. Patrick's Day because it almost has a shamrock pattern. It's hard to see the pattern in this flat photo - but you'll see it better in the video. I used a sentiment set from this same release, and I separated that with ink blended circles I cut with infinity dies. I added these gems - matching the colors to where they are on the card.

I have to say - using 3D folders is dramatically easier with the universal platform/plates. I struggled SO hard with shims and all sorts of nonsense that came with my machine whenever I tried to use them. Every since Vic on Splitcoast suggested this and I bought it my life is infinitely easier!

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This next card actually is one of FOUR looks you can get with exactly the same process! It's so fun! I used this gold paint, my gel plate, and the same 3D embossing folder and sentiment. All I had to add was a little gold glitter paper to have a really elegant card (plus three more you'll see in the video!)

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Here's the video! Come back for CAKE!




So I made this INCREDIBLE coconut cake this week my friend Bev found on TikTok. As a matter of fact I had a piece with some Earl Greyer this cold morning and it was a DELIGHT. You need to read my notes though.

I realized with this and the tomato bisque recipe I posted yesterday that I've probably exceeded my recommended daily allowance of coconut this week. Sorry not sorry!

I hope you have a great weekend! Loveyameanitbye.





Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Walter Mitty Inspired - The Bunny Who Wasn't There

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I'm bringing you an absent bunny today, a la Walter Mitty and his secret life. It's the cutest absent bunny though, so I made a quick video (no voiceover) of how it came together. 

This little bunny, the stencil and two little shaker covers are part of the bite sized Sneak Peek option that I think is so cute! You get a snack version of each new release before everyone else. This is a new concept to me and I like it because it's perfect for creating without feeling overwhelmed by where to start with lots of things. 



I also like that there's a color inspiration photo - which I used basically as is to create my card. Sometimes I just want to follow instructions after coming up with my own ideas for videos and cards every week!

Anyway, I find this format charming, so I thought I'd share just some time taken for me to create via the short video below.

I did use a sentiment from an older bunny/Easter set to finish it because I've always loved that sentiment. I created the frame with a simple A2 layers die and popped up the frame with foam tape. 

I hope you enjoy it and have a great rest of your week! I made my favorite tomato bisque this week, and added some notes if you have a little bit of winter left and could use a yummy warm meal.

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Crafty Rewind: Spellbinders Clubs Inspiration Hop + Giveaway

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Is it just me, or is this a long week? I fought that a bit today by doing some meal prep that should last me through early next week + some freezer meals. That helps! A lot, actually. I made my favorite Cuban Picadillo - OMG it's so good, taco meat for easy meals, and roasted sweet potatoes and prepped veggies for salads. If you've never had roasted sweet potato in a salad you need to try it! I'll be using that copycat Chipotle vinaigrette I posted - it's so good I could drink it!

Today I'm rewinding to this months' Spellbinders stitching die club with an inspiration hop and giveaway. Lots of amazing people on this hop, so if you are a club member, prepare to be amazed! Some of this month's clubs are sold out - but you can subscribe any time for future clubs. They are always A+, in my opinion. 

I felt like the bold die for this month's stitching club was crying out for elegant red, white and gold. I used my mirror gold duct tape to cut the greeting - it's so much shinier than foil cardstock. I love these skinny dies and have practically worn them out. 




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Please note, the Large Die, Stitching Die, and 3D Embossing Folder of the Month Clubs are sold out. You will be able to join these Clubs next month, in February. Be sure to join, and don't miss out on our new designs.

  

Giveaway:
To celebrate this release, they are giving away a $25 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on my blog and blogs on the hop. Giveaway closes 
on Sunday, January 22nd, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced in this blog hop post the following Wednesday. The winner is responsible for shipping costs, duties, and taxes.

  

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.


Spellbinders Blog
Sandi MacIver
Bibi Cameron
Annie Williams
Lisa Mears
Jennifer Kotas
Jean Manis
Cindy-Lynn Taylor
Linh Van
Mindy Eggen
Michelle Woerner
Jill Hilliard
Lin Brandyberry
Lisa Tilson
Allison Frazier
Joy Wilson
Michelle Short
Hussena Calcuttawala
Jumi Baek
Bonnie Crane
Virginia Lu
Ilina Crouse
💙💙💙 Lydia Fiedler 💙💙💙
Deborah Jenkins
Alanna Moses
Inge Groot
Delois Mirisha Dean
Jess Gerstner
Larissa Heskett
Teri Duncan
Jeanne Jachna
Sara Lihz Staroska
Sheri Gilson
Nandita Garg

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Southwest Dreams + Two New Classes!

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Y'all KNOW I love the southwest, so I'm super excited about today's card, and I even created two new classes using these beautiful pottery dies

For this card, I used two of the terracotta pot dies. These are layering dies, so on the pot on the left, I just used the back layer, not the top layer! I zentangled it with some patterns out of a Navajo art book I have. 

The pot on the right - I used both layers - you can see the top layer has debossed detailing - how I achieved the look on that - well, you'll have to wait for Friday's video for that! (mean, I know).

The backdrop is a torn brayer cleaning sheet from gel printing, and this grey gingham paper

Southwestern themed art is pretty much my favorite, as that's mostly the art in my environment. I love the spare quality of it.


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Here's a little peek at the art you'll be creating in my new classes! I'm using my signature move - corners, and elevating them to a more arty look with simple tools and techniques. I hope you join me!


I'll be back Friday with a new video for these dies. 

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VIDEO: Colored Cardstock with Colored Pencils

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Happy Monday! I tried not one, not two but THREE new recipes this weekend! My friend Candy YEARS ago shared her recipe for sauerkraut balls with me and I just never got around to making them until this weekend.

I used vegan cream cheese in mine, and I maybe should have squeezed the sauerkraut or added more breadcrumbs because mine would not form balls, so I made little patties and holy HECK were they amazing! I ate three of them! I have three leftover, so breakfast it is!

I was super excited to use a new toy - an Italian made grease splatter guard - sauerkraut has a lot of water, so it will pop - be careful! I found this somewhat obscure site by searching for a few USA made utensils I needed. I'm really short only one kitchen tool - a ceramic vegetable peeler after finally finding an Italian made cookie scoop on Ebay. My kitchen is 100% free from anything made in China, which is harder than it sounds, but worth it. 

Next, I fell victim to a viral TikTok sensation, notably from a trusted foodie I follow - Soogia - revolving around something I've never tried at Chipotle - their steak quesadilla with a supposedly magical vinaigrette. Soogia finally had enough and tried it and raved about it, which was good enough for me - AND it's a pantry recipe, which I love in these expensive food times.

First, I marinated flank steak in a copycat recipe for Chipotle's steak they use in the quesadilla. Easy marinade, and again, stuff I already had. 

Then I made the vinaigrette - I like the combo of the marinade and vinaigrette because they both use something you NEVER need a whole can of - Chipotle in Adobo. I froze the unused portion. THE VINAIGRETTE IS TO DIE FOR. I can imagine many salads/veggies with this. YUM.

I can't have cheese, so I'll just be having fajita tacos with the vinaigrette and I cannot wait - still a few hours away as I write this, so I'm low and slow caramelizing onions. Honestly - even when I could eat cheese, I never liked it on fajitas. Really not on most meat aside from a cheeseburger. My fave quesadillas were plain or with veggies. I'll never understand people who eat cheese on chicken, for example. I know, I'm weird.

So enough about food - let's craft! Today I'm using these ADORABLE little gnomes - I used all of them in the set, this rainbow mini-slimline die and some gems for this scene - with a little time saving tip you'll see in the video for colored pencil coloring! I used these ultra blendy pencils - and you'll see how fast it was to color! I put a little gem on each hat. 



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Gnomeo & Juliet
[ CRF ]
Holbein Artists' Colored Pencils -...
[ BLIC ]
Over the Rainbow
[ CRF ]
Cupid's Heart
[ CRF ]
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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

VIDEO: Sculptural Florals + Coloring Hacks

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It's SPECTACULAR weather here right now. Clear, sunny, DRY and cool. My favorite. What people who don't live in Central Texas don't understand is that there are only like four days per year where you can open your windows and let fresh air run through the house. The rest of the year is off limits. 

So I took full advantage of that this weekend - I loved hearing the birds singing all throughout the house during the day - it's normally completely silent, as we have to seal our houses against the hot air. 

Since we had a polar vortex that killed all our plants (I think we are entering an ice age), I'm extra excited to have gotten to make botanicals that make my eyes happy, so that's what I'm bringing you today. 

First up - a stunning, sculptural Bird of Paradise die. This is one of my favorite flowers in the world, and whenever I find art pieces with one, I get it. 

If you took my Decobrush class, you'll recognize how I painted these using the Decobrush markers - they are so bright and vibrant, and the opacity makes them very much like acrylic or oil paints in the finished projects. I love the way these look. They remain so saturated and bright - just makes my eyes happy!

You can see all my classes here - I have two new ones coming later in the month on creating fine art style backgrounds for dies, so stay tuned for that. 

I used these dies to create a black frame the flowers could pop in and out of, and this thanks die. Tip on the frames die - I leave them attached to the packaging and run them through my machine with black and white cardstock a few times before ever using the dies individually. They are perfectly aligned at the factory, so you can get perfect frames without taping! Then I just pop them in my die pocket for later. To make this card I just grabbed one of the black ones!



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This next card is kind of a good news, bad news situation. The good news is, this stunning die is what I'm using to show you an amazing coloring hack with OLO markers. The bad news is - the beautiful botanical 3D embossing folder I used is sold out. However, you can subscribe to get one each month - it's one of my fave subscriptions. There's a non 3D subscription as well. That's what I used to make these handmade quick journals in this post/video.

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Despite how dramatic these are, they are VERY easy to create! Just wait until you see this hack, which I learned from the die designer herself! Genius. Here's the video.


How's your garden? I'm being visited by lots of tiny birds right now. They are perching in my frozen plants and torturing Splotchy. Maddie doesn't really care - she's not much of a hunter. She just sleeps on her heating pad and waits for me to bring her food like a queen.

Speaking of queen - check out the new podcast about Elizabeth Taylor - it's called Elizabeth the First - I really enjoyed the first episode.

In shows, I'm loving Wednesday, Death in the Dorms, and McDonald & Dodds. 

Hope you have a great week! Loveyameanitbye!





Monday, January 9, 2023

VIDEO: 3D Illusions + Giveaway

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I have an unhealthy obsession with matchboxes as craft supplies. Just search matchbox on my blog sidebar and you will see. 

So the theme of this month's Hero Arts kit is right up my alley. It's a valentine themed kit, but it has both a 2D matchbox that looks 3D in the kit AND a 3D matchbox die in the kit!

The dies are phenomenal - my fave is this little match - arsonists - look away! It's SO cute! I colored it with OLO Markers and combined it with the matchbox die and the stripey stencil for this adorable little gift box. THINK of all the things you can do with a match die. I of course have some very twisted ideas I'll do later, but today I behaved and made Valentines!


Also in the kit is the following - SO cute - especially the happy mail and gummy bear! LOVE the little postage die too - you will be seeing that  in my future.

Among the add-ons is a sweet varied heart background. I wanted to see if I could turn the solid hearts into outlines with a dendritic effect like I get on a gel plate. So I started with a brayer cleaning sheet, since it was coated with non-porous acrylic paint, which really helps with the dendritic effect. 

White pigment ink behaves like paint, so I heavily inked up the stamp in Unicorn ink and stamped it several times on the background. Because the paint is non-porous, when the inked stamp is lifted, it leaves little voids in the center of the solid hearts, creating little outlines!



Here's yesterday's sneak peek from yesterday with this pink glitter paper. Look how real it looks!


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Now do you want to see something fun to do with matchboxes? Check out this tutorial I did ELEVEN YEARS AGO OMG. I am old. Pardon the strange video size - this was prior to HD and it's formatted for television for when I had a TV show on a local channel :)



Here are all the add-ons this month, including the 3D matchbox.


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A Summer in Maine (The Coldest Birthday)

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I spent the coldest birthday ever in Friendship, Maine. I lived there the summer after college, and worked at a little store in Camden on the water. Camden was a TINY town, but it was a foodie town, sporting the best bakery I've ever encountered, a phenomenal lobster roll shack I ate lunch at daily, and a little stand that sold HOT chocolate chip cookies and coffee right across the dock from where I worked. It was idyllic, truly.

But it was COLD. Not a fun cold either. A wet cold. Yes, it's true, some places don't have what we think of as summer. Maine is one of those places. 

The wildlife, as usual, was my focus when I was there - seeking out all the critters - the little crabs in the water, clams on the beaches (I use that word loosely - it was cold, wet rocks), and the spectacular birds. So many neat birds I had never seen before. My favorite, however, were the colorful, and LOUD puffins and loons. They were both sort of nonchalant birds, that didn't spook easily, and hung out on the rocks, undisturbed by me and my daily walk before work where I looked for rocks and shells.

Speaking of rocks - the rocky beaches meant mucho beautiful rocks. There was an artist there that I would LOVE to find again - he did these incredibly realistic, photographic looking watercolor and ink paintings of beach rocks. I thought I had bought one, but in many moves, it is lost now and even though I've searched for his name, he was popular before the internet, and so I haven't had any luck. Any of you Mainers out there who know what I'm talking about, please let me know his name! I'd love to buy a print. 

Anyway, today, I'm tickled to find a puffin stamp! These are birds that are so cute they almost don't look real - even in real life!

This little guy is sized just right to color - I colored him with OLO markers and added a strip of a cool turquoise gel print behind him to make the red pop. I cut him out with the matching dies, and the embellishments are these. I love them so much! They were a gift from my friend MaryAnn.



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Crazy that we are almost halfway through January, right? Are you doing any New Year's habits? I don't really do resolutions, but I am trying to just do a little very minimal daily journaling. Just the weather, tracking my water intake, meals, anything noteworthy - jotting it down.

This is what I use my planner for - not planning, more like a diary. I spoke about how I organize my work tasks in this post - this works so much better for me.

FYI - I've closed my PO Box, so please delete that address if you have it saved. 

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