Friday, May 14, 2021

VIDEO: Butterfly Stencil Class + Paper Glaze Enhancer

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Happy Friday!

This was a weird week. For like three days I've felt like it's Friday. Friday is our co-op delivery day so every day I've been trying to put our containers on the porch and then had to remind myself it's not Friday. I'm not the only one in this time warp, which makes me think time warps are environmental!

Anyway, I have some fun stuff for you today and a video!

First up - my Butterfly Stencil Workshop! I made these six cards with one fun technique I'll teach you in this online class. After you register, you will receive a discount code to buy the stencils in a bundle if you want them! You can also do the class with any stencils you have. The class is open forever, starting 5/29 to allow for shipping of the stencils and for you to gather the minimal supplies needed! Click here to sign up or the image below. 



NOW - you know how I love granulating Daniel Smith watercolor.

Well the next best thing is Paper Glaze Enhancer. It turns your shiny, shimmery Paper Glaze into a velvety, textured medium that mimics stone, brick, rust, etc. and I am enamored.

So if you already own Paper Glaze, this is a super fun additive you can mix with all of them to completely change the surface finish - I have a video for you below showing the differences! Here I mixed Marigold Orange, Brown Dahlia and Enhancer for these wonderful bricks with the slimline stencil. Then I used the splashy hibiscus background with Graphit markers (coupon code below) and the fancy sentiments + matching dies. 


They also have a super whimsical and sweet cover die this month - super easy to use over a pretty background.



Book worshipers - avert your eyes. I have a giant book on the history of comics I use on cards all the time. I chose a page about my favorite comic artist - Bill Watterson - the genius behind Calvin and Hobbes for my comic inspired card. First I stamped this fun filmstrip/comic image and colored it with graphit markers. Then I added this comic screen for the dots on top. The book page layers on the card base and the sentiment is from the same set.



Here's the video on the first background!
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Here are all the supplies I used today!
Flutter Stencil
[ PFS ]
Soar Stencil
[ PFS ]
Wander Stencil
[ PFS ]
Dart Stencil
[ PFS ]
Zing Stencil
[ PFS ]
Dream With Me Cover Plate
[ PFS ]
Nice Seeing You
[ PFS ]
Graph'it Transfer -1 A5 rub on...
[ MRK ]
Slim Line English Brick Wall Stencil...
[ PFS ]
English Brick Wall 6x6 Stencil –...
[ PFS ]
Tropical Hibiscus Bouquet
[ PFS ]
Graphit — Marker Universe
[ MRK ]
More Fancy Sentiments Die Set –...
[ PFS ]
Sending Love Word Die
[ PFS ]
Sands of Time Gem Mix
[ PFS ]
Paper Glaze Enhancer – Picket Fence...
[ PFS ]
Paper Glaze - Marigold Orange –...
[ PFS ]
Paper Glaze - Brown Dahlia – Picket...
[ PFS ]
Mixed Media Spatulas – Picket Fence...
[ PFS ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #3...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #1...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #2...
[ CTC ]
My Sweet Petunia
[ MSP ]
Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
[ CTC ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Storage Envelopes, Medium 25pk,...
[ ELH ]
CheckOutStore Stamp & Die Clear...
[ CHC ]
Extra Large -50 pk, Avery Elle Stamp...
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]



Loveyameanitbye.


CURRENT COUPON CODES
15% off anything at Marker Universe or any of their other sites - Understandblue15.
10% off at Sweet Sentiment with code UNDERSTANDBLUE
10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
5% off at LBC here with code LYDIA5
Phone stand for filming link below in the banner - 20% off sitewide with code UNDERSTANDBLUE


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Just Chasing Off Owls Over Here

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I saw a little moth when I opened the door yesterday - for some reason moths love our door - and I swear when I opened the door, he zoomed over to the siding and was perfectly still - like "I was never here." It seemed like he was deliberately hiding and it was hilarious.

Despite the winter storm, bug life seems more than fine. I've already had chiggers on my ankles, the mosquitos are having a banner spring, and the fire ants, of course, act like nothing was ever wrong. The lizard population and birds are fine too. Out of the corner of my eye the other day while I was walking, I saw a HUGE lizard - like five times the size of our spiny type lizards like the one that guards my front sidewalk. 

Then, when I got home, I saw a post on our security network that a neighbor had found someone's bearded dragon! I'm pretty sure that's who I saw, little escape artist.

Then just now - like literally five minutes ago, an owl tried to eat Clarence right in front of me! Video is on Facebook.

I've been doing a little garden journaling and trying to keep my cards springy for as long as possible - and stay tuned for a fun butterfly themed online class - so today, it's all about the butterflies!

I cut this butterfly die from watercolor paper - it's sized and shaped to go with this beautiful word die. I cut the word die twice to create a drop shadow, and watercolored the butterflies before putting them on the background I stamped with the dots turnabout in wheat ink on wheat cardstock. The gems are Reflections


I noticed something cool on the packaging for the butterfly bundle. On the artwork on the back of the packaging, they offset the layering stamp just a bit, I believe to show that the stamps layer. But I loved the white detail in the artwork, and so I slightly offset my Electropop pink layer to get that same look! Thanks for the free idea! :)

For the white on white card base, I used the layering portion of the hello die to cut an opening in the top layer - so that layer is recessed. Then I put the top layer of the die cut into that opening. I love reversing layering dies. 



I used an alcohol ink from my UFO bin for the last two. It's HARD to die cut pretty backgrounds - it always makes me a little anxious, and I'm sure as HECK going to use both pieces when I get up the nerve to do it, so I created two cards with the same hello die, piecing the cut pieces of the print back into the left card. WHEW. I survived that. 

Bold Butterflies Bundle
[ C&9 ]
Sketched Dots Turnabout
[ C&9 ]
Butterfly Perfect Pairings Dies
[ C&9 ]
Everyday Sayings Dies
[ C&9 ]
Gem Mixes - Reflections – Picket...
[ PFS ]
Crystal Ninja CRYSTAL KATANA Black...
[ SSS ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors -...
[ BLIC ]
Fabriano Artistico Extra White...
[ BLIC ]
WHEAT - Concord & 9th
[ C&9 ]
Electro Pop Ink Pads- Set of 8 - Gina...
[ GNK ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #3...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #1...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #2...
[ CTC ]
My Sweet Petunia
[ MSP ]
Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
[ CTC ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Storage Envelopes, Medium 25pk,...
[ ELH ]
CheckOutStore Stamp & Die Clear...
[ CHC ]
Extra Large -50 pk, Avery Elle Stamp...
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]




Happy Mother's Day from me, Clarence and an owl that I have a beef with!

Loveyameanitbye.


CURRENT COUPON CODES
15% off anything at Marker Universe or any of their other sites - Understandblue15.
10% off at Sweet Sentiment with code UNDERSTANDBLUE
10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
5% off at LBC here with code LYDIA5
Phone stand for filming link below in the banner - 20% off sitewide with code UNDERSTANDBLUE
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