Monday, June 10, 2024

Gardening and Beachy Days


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My core temperature is HIGH as I write this. I spent the morning repotting some of my outdoor plants - using up three bags of potting soil in the process so I am whooped. I only got hit in the face by one cicada, and I didn't realize how very rootbound my garlic chives were. I moved them to a container that isn't deeper, but much wider so hopefully they will spread out. My creeping thyme was also very root bound so I moved that to one of my Earth Box containers too. 

It was HOT out though - so you can't stay out for too long. 

So today I'm all about the cool, beachy vibes and one gardening vibe, which I'll start with. This is a really fun combo - a die and a 3D embossing folderreally fun combo - a die and a 3D embossing folder that you run through together to get these beautiful shaped, embossed panels/tags. I used distress inks and oxides to blend and splatter it, highlighted some with my finger and white paint, and added gold leaf around the edges. I filled in the mushroom spots with white gel pen. It's so pretty! I just love it and it speaks to my inner gardener.


The beachy vibes are starting with this little watermelon and his watermelon popsicle! Try not to think too hard about why he's a cannibal, okay? He's just enjoying his summer, and it's none of our business. The background is just ink blending on this embossing folder. The sentiment is from this set. The watermelons legs are the little swinging element - I'll put a video in my IG story!


The next one is designed by my friend Dawn! The CUTEST little seagull die! I used the layering scene stencil, but used the back side for a different orientation - I wanted him facing the sentiment - so that's a fun trick you can do with any layering stencil.



Speaking of stencils - how cute is this beachball stencil? So classic - but I've never seen a stencil like this. I added this condo key and this sentiment.



Last but not least, there'sthe cutest hippo with two different floaties - a turtle and a duck. I left off his legs, but they swing too! The background is a stunning 3D embossing folder



I hope it's cool where you are - there's no chance of that here for a while!

I'll be back tomorrow with a new video on how to make the aged map I showed the other day!

Loveyameanitbye.


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Friday, June 7, 2024

Faux Vintage Map Technique - Video Sneak Peek


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Hi friends! I have SUCH a fun video coming on today's card on Tuesday and I can't wait for you to see it. It's a throwback to some techniques that were very popular when I started stamping. So stay tuned for that. 

But I'll show it to you tonight! It's part of this amazing release which has some amazing Americana, travel themes and of course birds and flowers - so check that out here

I used this modern map stencil and turned it vintage! The ticket - which reminds me of the stories that gave me the name of this blog - more on that in a second - you cut into two pieces with the dies - the frame and the ticket and it has two different matching stamps

The little airplane is this detailed vintage airplane/helicopter set that is so classic - and I LOVE that they're cling rubber. I just will never stop loving rubber stamps. I colored it and added white gel pen highlights. These are the matching dies

The sentiment is from this set with dies.




My next video of course will be on my fave little critter from this release! SO cute. 

Stay tuned for the video! Loveyameanitbye!

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Monday, June 3, 2024

The Day of SQUIRRELS Part 2


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MORE SQUIRRELS PLEASE! You can never have too many and I have a cutie for you today.

This is all part of the new Studio Kit and I think you're going to love the changes, especially if today is any indication!

Now this is not a squirrel themed kit, but it contains a squirrel, so I must squirrel! I started with this gorgeous layering houses stencil. This is a four part stencil, so I used the following colors: Lemon Yellow, Ultra Pink and Azalea.

The power line is in two parts - the pole and the line, which I stamped twice, and then carefully placed my little squirrel. He looks like he might be in Europe. They do get around!


Here's what's in the Kit - it's a DOOZY! Look at that paper! And the rub-ons! 😲


Now the upgraded kit is now called "The Whole Studio". The house stencil is in that one. 


I decided to make several cards with the other layering stencil that's in the extras this month. It's a fun, Moroccan style layering stencil and you can rotate it to get different looks - just use two, three or four rotations as you wish.  I used pink and blue and yellow in various combos.



This last one has the pigeon stamps & dies from the Whole Studio Kit.


Here are this month's extras! Look at that wires stamp!

Some things don't change - and that would be the giveaway! So leave comments for me and others to be entered! 

Hero Arts Creative Team:
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Squirrel Day Part 1: Tailette gets her own stamps!


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The first two babies of Clarence that I named were Tail and Tailette - both of whom Clarence taught to trust me, and who come see me daily to this day. 

I'm SO excited that Tailette now has her own stamp sets! And they're SO cute!! She's having some outdoor adventures in this series, as is her nature. 

However, like me, she's a bit high maintenance in the camping department, so she has her own Airstream pull behind with fairy lights, obvs. I colored them and put them this paper. Tailette is from this set and the sentiment is here



In this set - she's brave enough to sleep in a tent - which I would never do - but it beats being in a tree in the storms we've had recently! Luckily all my squirrels have survived them! I used the same paper and the squirrel from this Tailette set. The sentiment is from this set.



There are a few misconceptions about squirrels - firstly that they can be rabid. They really can't - and neither can rabbits. Strange rodent quirk of science. The second misconception is that they are out chewing on things at night - they are not. Squirrels head for the nest at sundown like we do. If something is chewing on your lights or gardens at nice - it's mice or rats. So this little version of Tailette is a complete lie, because it's way past her bedtime, but I could not resist a card with with this adorable van out in the desert southwest. The Tailette image and sentiment are from the same set, and both papers are here.



I hope you had a great weekend! I'll be back with even more squirrels in a few hours!! 

There's a hop today with a giveaway too! Blogger is being stupid with links today, so please head here for the list.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

VIDEO: Easy Mixed Media With Newspaper


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I have several journals from this incredible artist and one of my original Twitter friends from 2009 - Renate. You'll see one of them in today's video. They are all hand painted and the paper is hand torn - they are beautiful.

Each one comes very carefully packaged and she wraps them in this newspaper that is much higher quality than American newspaper - the ink doesn't smear, the paper is thicker and has a rosy tone. 

I absolutely cannot throw it away, so today I'm making it into cards. 

My inspiration for the sentiment design is these stunning 3D butterfly stickers. I used mostly the black and white, but also the pink, and there are gorgeous purple and blue sets. To mirror these, I used holographic cardstock with this triple layered die. This die has sentiments that you cut out all at once and the die is super sturdy, with thick metal so it doesn't warp going through the machine. 

For the newsprint background, I first used a glue stick to adhere the paper to cardstock. Most glue sticks are absolutely terrible. If you watched my pandemic lives you know that I tested every glue stick available in the US in 2021, and there's only one that actually works. I'm stunned that people continue to use and promote some of the more common office supply store brands.

Then I put a thin layer of chalky gesso on it so you could still see the print - but I wanted to tone down the rosy color a bit to match my butterfly. I added splatters and marks with a thick black acrylic marker.


Since I had more newspaper and more butterflies - I made more cards!
I even have one piece leftover that will be a tag.


Without further ado - here's the video in which you will also see the journal!



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Monday, May 6, 2024

Happy Birthday To Us! + Giveaway


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It's here!!! Hero kit day and I could not be more excited about it! I love a good birthday theme / all year kit and this one is so cute. 

I had a TON of fun with the add-ons too - especially this bubble background stamp which you'll see in a video soon - but look closely at the little builder greetings in this set - I have some fun ideas for that. 



Check out the kit though... That balloon stamp is so fun to color!! 




Now you can see where I got the shaker mix & cake for this card:



The addons are beautiful:


Here's the bubble stamp! I'll be using the dies above with this - FUN combo.


Want to see more inspiration & be entered to win the giveaway? Head over HERE for a list of everyone in the hop!



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Complementary Colors - A Different Way


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I have talked about complementary colors a lot over the years - mostly because I think it's the one thing you can use to really make your coloring in any medium really pop. 

But you don't have to do direct complementaries - you can sort of come at them from an angle and it's still very effective. I made a card today to show you want I mean and how it works. 

I'm using a little mermaid image for this with two distinct parts - the mermaid and the shell. To keep it simple, I used four colors (except for the skin tones). The four colors are Cerise, Prawn, Nile Blue and Veronese Green. You can see that the green is used to shade the blue. So instead of choosing orange as a complementary to the blue, I chose a warm red. So the complementary relationship isn't a direct complementary - it's more subtle. The green that I used for shading is also almost a direct complementary to this same red though, so using it to shade the non-direct complementary increases the contrast overall. Same with the hot pink - that is nearly a direct complementary to the green as well - but when you look at this image overall, the overwhelming feeling you get is that it's a blue image, right? That's because the shading color is adjacent to blue on the color wheel.

So all that to say you don't have to always go straight across the color wheel to get a pop of contrast - you can wiggle around a bit! I used the matching dies to cut her out and put her on my fave 300 gsm kraft cardstock



I'm part of a blog hop today with this sweet little mermaid. To see more inspiration - check out the list below!

I'll be back today at noon - don't forget! Loveyameanitbye.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Strawberry Cake Nostalgia - Hero Arts Sneak Kit Peek!


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There was a HUGE debate a few months ago online about yellow cake vs. other cakes, and I was surprised at how strong people's feelings were about this topic! It got quite heated. 

I'm not generally a cake person - pumpkin pie is my jam - but the whole debate jolted loose a memory for me of a cake my childhood friend's mom made once - it was Duncan Hines I think - some mix - but it was literally the first pink cake I ever saw in my life and I was enchanted. It was strawberry, I think. 

She made it with chocolate frosting, because no matter the cake, he loved chocolate frosting. The cake was a delight and my inspiration today with the new Hero Arts kit - a birthday theme

I decided to go a little vintage with the main image and do no-line watercolor over a shaker - the sequins are included in the kit. HINT - the liquid watercolor I used is a little Easter egg for what's in the kit, but of course I'm sworn to secrecy. So come back on Monday.


Head over to the Hero Blog today for more peeks and enjoy your weekend - even if you like yellow cake! 


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Friday, May 3, 2024

Tropical Vibes From Our Rainy Season...


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It will NOT stop raining!! I just want to weed my flowerbeds and it's too nasty out. This morning I got up and my poor little wet squirrels were all waiting for me like in a cafeteria line poor critters. One of them is Monkey's baby - she is Clarence's tiniest baby - and he is even tinier so he's just learning to forage and it's hard with all these storms. He's figured out pretty quickly that I mean food though so he'll be okay until the sun comes up. 

So I thought I'd just roll with it and do a tropical theme today. 

I did my Blackout Embossing technique with a dark grey ink pad over these embossed leaves - it looks very dark and jungly, so I made my little birds brighter with OLO markers. I felt like if I didn't leave the branch white it would get lost on that darker background and I like the way that turned out! The sentiment is from this set.


I used the same set from the sentiment to make a brighter, cleaner bird card with this embossing folder that I know is impossible to really see and I'm sorry! 😂



For the last card, I decided to make it in a Peter Max style - I used to have these awesome Peter Max coloring books as a kid I've referenced a few times, and that is what the style of this image reminded me of and the stencil just brought it home. The stencil is a layering one - so on the second one I just made the same ink darker.

A little white gel pen did the trick!

After I die cut it, I colored the white edges black for a little extra pop.



What are your weekend plans? I have to do indoorsy stuff I guess! There's always a closet to purge, right?

I've said this on Facebook, but not here - you HAVE to watch Will Trent. 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

VIDEO: Extra Long Wildflower Season (Watercolor)


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You'll never catch me complaining about a long spring, and this year, we've had a long spring! Cool weather, lots of rain - decidedly un-Texasy weather, which has resulted in an absolutely spectacular wildflower year. A welcome change for sure. 

One little known fact about bluebonnets is that not only are they perennial, but they are also bi-annual bloomers - we often see them back at Thanksgiving, which is a real treat. 

Anyway they are a rarity in the stamp world, so I was super excited to see this stamp, which I used to create our most ubiquitous wildflowers - bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes.

The background paper is white brick, and the sentiment is from this set.


Here's the sped up video.


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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

VIDEO: Collage Style Backgrounds over Masking


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Did you survive tax day? As usual I'm just madder than a wet hen, so I thought I'd bring you a fun chicken video today.

This technique is all about making your foreground really pop by neutralizing the background. The focal image here is this hilarious boa wearing chicken. I masked it, and then got to work on the background with ink, stamps, rub-ons and ephemera - it tones down the white card panel and makes the foreground colors more vibrant in contrast. The sentiment is from this label set.


Here's the video! The order that everything is done in will make sense when you watch. 



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Friday, April 12, 2024

Mixed Media in COLOR


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Ready for a BIG pop of color for very little work? I've got you covered today with a simple DIY trick - it's super easy and fun. 

Card 1 brings all the drama on black cardstock. This was an experiment, because I really wasn't sure the technique would keep the color vibrant on black. I sure am glad I tried!


Same stencil, same colors, same stamp set but on white - wowza. It's so bright and happy!


I have the step by step all laid out for you here, so head over and check it out. 

Here are my supplies: 

Colorizing Hero Paste
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Hero Paste
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Pink Ink
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Yellow Ink
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Blue ink
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palette knife
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Stencil
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Folk Animals
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