Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Life is No Sugarlicking

I stumbled across a hilarious stamp set in a very complicated way.

I'll spare you the details, but when I found out what the stamp set was about, I had to have it, and I had to buy one for my friend Kat, who is like my irreverent twin. It doesn't take much to make us laugh.

So you know what Spanglish is, right? Even if you're not from Tejas? It's basically a jumble of Spanish and English that we all speak - Spanish version and English versions are both Spanglish.

Well it turns out that there's a German/English equivalent, and it's called Denglisch.

So this awesome stamp company in northern Germany made a stamp set out of Denglisch, where it translated some common German sayings literally into English, and the result is hysterically funny.

I couldn't find anywhere in the US that carried their stamps, but I bought them direct from their website here.

It was so worth buying them from across the pond though.

Because it allows me to make a card with an absolute Denglisch truth bomb.

And that is...

life is no sugarlicking.
Isn't that hysterical? And I think everyone can agree that it's factual. Especially this adorable dog. I watercolored him with Ultramarine Turquoise and Aussie Red Gold. Then I used the 3" Rectangle Mask to mask out the dog, and I then laid this fun, well loved and paint covered stencil on top of it and brushed Sweet Mango and Wild Dandelion on top of all that. I secured both stencils with Pixie Spray. I love this stuff. We used it at my class this month and everyone loved it too.

It was hard to just make one card out of the set though, so I made one more. I put Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade Oxides on my craft mat, spritzed them and picked them up with the center panel. I cut little strips out of what was left after I cut that panel with this die set and put them behind the holes in the white panel, which was cut with the same dies. Then I stamped the owl in Nocturne. Then I added the Denglisch sentiment.
Hold your ears stiff, y'all - life is no sugarlicking! Loveyameanitbye.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

A Little Honey Bee Told Me...

I heard, from a very reliable source - a sweet little Honey Bee - that they are celebrating their birthday this week!

I'm bringing kittens and good luck to the party, because I absolutely adore Melissa, the owner, and her ride-or-die, Lisa Cisneros, my fellow Texan and someone I got to meet when Kathy brought her Daily Marker road trip here last year.

They are both stellar human beings - so sweet & kind, and Melissa's designs are always original and adorable.

They've both been really kind to me this year, and so I'm honored to be invited to their birthday party!

And guess what? I brought KITTENS!!

This card is a hybrid. I made the background with her incredibly delicate two piece mandala mask - I love this thing and can't wait to gel print with it! I used a Life Changing Blender Brush and Wild Dandelion Ink to give my kitties a little patterned glow. The sentiment is from this AWESOME kitty themed set, and I used these sequins. The kitties were stamped on watercolor paper in Morning Mist, painted with Daniel Smith, and cut with the matching dies. I also love the sentiment in the set that says "start each day with a little curiosity", and as perfectly as that matched this image, there was no way I could resist "Oh, my whiskers!" I did put little white dots in their eyes - on the stamp, they are solid.
You have to see the rest of these kitties though - so cute! 

And these are the sentiments - just awesome.

You know what's cool about that mandala mask? She also has a stamp set and a die that match. Check this out. Super cool.

And she has tons of new embellishments too - look at these - SQUEE!

Now this isn't part of their birthday release - it was a free with purchase set for St. Patrick's Day - but I was also thrilled to find some four leaf clovers that were big enough to watercolor. I stamped them in Fadeout Ink and colored them with Green Apatite, Serpentine, Undersea Green, Quinacridone Purple and Aussie Red Gold. We were JUST talking about greens this week in my Daniel Smith Split Group on Facebook. If you like watercolor and want to be able to afford Daniel Smith - join this group! We split tubes of watercolor to save money. There's a ton of inspiration in there too.

The sentiment in this set is awesome, and I stamped that in Nocturne on the watercolor paper - it's the only ink I like for cold press watercolor paper. The main panel is matted with this paper.
Now since it's a party, of course there are gifts! Leave me a comment, and Honey Bee will pick a winner and announce it on their blog. What do you win? Behold - the entire Rainbow Wishes suite!

You can see the rest of the birthday goodies right here. Loveyameanitbye.

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