Video: Peerless Watercolor + Storage + Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop + Giveaway

I am back with another watercolor video. This time I used Peerless watercolors… along with iron-off embossing and pearlized water. I also share another option for storage of the Peerless watercolors. This is also part of a fun blog hop with a giveaway… more on that below.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I am still loving my Peerless watercolors. They are so easy to work with and intense in color. I adore the dark outline it leaves along the edges… making shading so easy to achieve. (I do also like the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor – these are my two favorites.) For this card, I combined Peerless watercolor (but you could use any) with “pearlized water” that I made my mixing Perfect Pearls and water in a mist bottle. (To see how to create this mix, check out this video HERE.) The results? Fun color with a pearly shine. And this owl image from the Jane’s Doodles Wise Owl stamp set is just so much fun to color! (It is out of stock right now, but they expect more in soon. SSS will also be getting it soon.)

PEERLESS WATERCOLOR STORAGE

In THIS older video, I gave a close look at the Peerless watercolor and how I first stored them in coin pocket pages. Although I sometimes still use this system, I have since created another storage system and I love it. This idea came from a friend – Jo Ann Danchik – and she said I could pass it on to all of you.

This Peerless Watercolor storage – which uses an inexpensive 4×6 photo album – has a few advantages. First, if you get the bonus set (which I love), you don’t have to cut up your watercolor pieces. Second, it is nice and compact and has plastic to keep everything tidy and protected. I like both systems, but reach for this one more often. I found THIS photo album that worked great for me. Maybe this system would work for you!

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

Here are some other helpful watercolor links:

BLOG HOP

This post is also part of the Jane’s Doodles SPOTLIGHT blog hop. I have always liked Jane’s fun stamp designs, so I was very happy to play along.

The next stop on the hop is one of my favorite blogs – the blog of Marion Vagg.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner from the hop will get THREE Jane’s Doodles stamp sets. Just leave a comment here by 9/1/14 for your chance. For more information, head to the Jane’s Doodles blog.

SUPPLIES

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Just Sharing

Hello!

Just popping in to share a few fun things.

CARD LINKS

Here are some cards worth checking out:

NEW WEBSITE

My friend Ali Edwards just launched her new website. It is incredible! I know Ali from long ago when I worked in the scrapbook industry and admire her in many ways. (I shared the story of how I first met her over on Facebook.) I am most excited for her monthly, limited edition stamps! Yes… stamps. Woot! I am so there.

SHARING A FAVORITE

You know that I like to share things that I love here on my blog. Most of the time these are crafty things. But today I wanted to share something I found helpful to me… that may be helpful to some of you.

I often have allergy problems and headaches. Whenever I mentioned this on Instagram, people would suggest trying oils. I had my doubts big time, but decided to try them out. And am thankful I did. My allergies are so much better (and they were HORRIBLE and I didn’t want to take medicine) and my sinus headaches are much less. Colin also uses them when he gets headaches and finds relief. I also like using oils with my diffuser for anti-stress, energy, etc. (I don’t take the oils like vitamins… I use a diffuser mostly, and a roll-on.)

Anyway, if you have struggles with allergies or sinus headaches, you may want to give oils a shot. I get them from my friend Kristina who is helpful, a fellow momma and not at all pushy. She can help you figure out what is best for you, etc. Just head to her blog HERE and click “contact” up at the top right. (By the way, I do not get anything for linking to her… nor did she ask/pay me to post this. Just hoping to help out someone else who may be suffering.)

Oh – and I love the all natural bug spray! Bugs love me, so this is helpful.

(Also, I have since found out that my really bad non-allergy headaches are being caused by something wrong with my neck and I just started physical therapy. However, the oils offered much relief from allergy headaches.)

NEED A LAUGH?

I am bummed the kids are heading back to school tomorrow. If you are like me and in need of a good laugh, check out THIS video. So cute.

That’s it! See you soon with a video. Take care.

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Video: Faux Colored Glitter Die Cuts

Hi there! A couple days ago I shared a video on creating no-mess glitter die cuts. I am back with another video with the same topic… but I also show how to get the look of colored glitter from clear.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]


I will admit it – this isn’t my favorite card. And it doesn’t help that I couldn’t get it to photograph well. LOL – how is that for honest?! ;) But I love the technique and I hope Colin’s new teacher enjoys the card.

In my last video, I showed how to create colorful glitter die cuts. However, I know many of us don’t have a ton of different colors of glitter. This video shows how to totally fake it by using colored cardstock behind clear, sparkly glitter.

This technique is very simple. After covering colored cardstock with double-sided adhesive, I ran it through my die cut machine with the fun My Favorite Things Red Delicious apple die. I then removed the rest of the release paper, added the clear and sparkly Elizabeth Craft Designs Cool Diamond glitter and rubbed it in like crazy. The glitter really stays put, but just to be safe, I added a clear embossing powder coating over it. Works perfectly! I created the banner from a My Favorite Things Vertical Strips die cut and stamped the greeting from the My Favorite Things Office Space stamp set.

I again heat embossed the My Favorite Things Diagonal background stamp with WOW Silver Pearl embossing powder on a grey cardstock notecard.

OK… I will take a break from glitter now. I don’t want to chase all you non-glitter people away. ;)

Before I leave, I have a few giveaway winners: Michele Ferguson (Mini Distress Inks) and Lisa/ThePurplePlace (Altenew & Color Cast Designs).

See you soon!

SUPPLIES

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Video: No-Mess Glitter Die Cuts

Hello! Today’s video shows how to create glitter die cuts… without the mess during and after.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I know many of you avoid glitter because it is a mess to work with… or it rubs off easily from the final card. Well today’s video shows many ways to tackle the mess. I really think it is worth it to take these extra steps when using glitter… the final results are so fun.

One important tip is to use high quality, super fine glitter. I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Superfine Glitter in this video. This stuff is amazing! Once you press it on to double-sided tape, it becomes velvety smooth and stays put. (I also like Glitter Ritz and Ranger fine glitters. However, I really like that Elizabeth Craft Designs has developed a TON of incredible products and techniques using their glitters. I highly recommend checking them out HERE… including their videos. And, no, they didn’t ask me to post this. I was just impressed.)

To create these adorable glasses, I use the new My Favorite Things glasses dies to cut cardstock covered with double-sided tape. I then removed the release paper and added the Elizabeth Crafts teal and blue glitter… rubbing it with a bone folder to press the glitter in place. This results in a die cut covered in glitter that doesn’t rub off. But to REALLY be sure it stayed, I covered it with a thick layer of Glossy Accents. The results? SO COOL…

For this next card, I covered the glitter glasses with a layer of clear embossing powder instead of the Glossy Accents. This creates less dimension, but still holds the glitter in place 100%. There is no way it will come off! Woot.

For both cards, I heat embossed the My Favorite Things Diagonal background stamp with another new favorite embossing powder – the WOW Silver Pearl. I really like how this powder pretty much takes the color of paper behind it and adds a pearl-y/metallic-y shine. Good stuff. The sentiment? That is from the My Favorite Things Geek Is Chic stamp set. Perfect for those glasses! I did my stamping on pieces cut with the versatile My Favorite Things Vertical Strip die set. (In the video I show this vertical set together with the horizontal set.)

Here are a few more glitter tips and links for you:

  • I find three things very help when working with glitter: Coffee filters, mini spoons (you can also get from a local ice cream shop), and Swiffer cloths.
  • Still not convinced that glitter can be not-so-messy? Try glitter paper.
  • Check out THIS video for another example I did of glitter die cuts… but before I realized the tips I shared here. :)
  • I will be back soon with another video showing how to get similiar results without needing several colors of glitter. Stay tuned.

SUPPLIES

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Ice Bucket Challenge

As I am sure you know, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been making its rounds on the internet. I know some people don’t enjoy it or “get it” but the fact is that MILLIONS of dollars have been raised for ALS research. Awareness has been made to the awful ALS disease. And people who have loved ones fighting this disease or have lost loved ones to ALS are feeling support. That is worth it.

When my friend Angela from Mama Elephant nominated me, I was giddy. I loved the thought of this challenge entering this hobby/industry. Paper crafting has some amazing people… and now we can take full advantage of that to raise money and awareness for a good cause. And maybe have a few smiles along the way.

So I got my bucket of ice water, created my video and made my donation…

I have challenged three people to also do the Ice Bucket Challenge AND to donate money to ALS research:

Stay tuned because I will bet money they will all play along.

My kids were also challenged. Audrey hopes to post hers later today, but here is Colin’s….

Colin nominated the awesome Jax (son of Heidi of Simon Says Stamp), the super talented and loving Kathy Racoosin and his dad. :)

And one last thing. Many of you may know that I recently have fallen head-over-heels and madly in love with the sport of baseball. My son is gifted in the sport and got me watching. I *never* thought I would like it. But when I watched closely, I learned that baseball is a sport of heart. Of smarts. Of encouragement. Of family. In the first week of my love affair with the game, I found this video. It is what pushed my heart over the edge.

Lou Gehrig was one of the most loved baseball players of all time. And he died because of ALS. Heartbreaking.

I hope you don’t mind that I shared this here. But I hope even more than you will consider donating to the ALS Association. Let’s do this!

xo

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VIDEO: Inked Night Sky + WPlus9 Product Release Close-Up

Hello! Today’s video shares a fun way to create an inked night sky… along with a Product Release Close-Up featuring the newest WPlus9 products.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I love a fun, inky background. In this video, I use a combination of products to create a night sky scene. I started by creating Embossing Paste stars on white cardstock using the Hero Arts Stars stencil After adding lots of Distress Ink on top of the entire piece once it was dry, I applied drips of various mixes of water, Perfect Pearls and Hero Arts Unicorn Mist. All together, the layers and colors give a fun look of dimension…

The fabulous WPlus9 Lucky Stars sentiment is perfect for this card, so I white heat embossed it on vellum along with die cut glitter paper stars.

Check out how the Embossing Paste stars don’t ink as much (with the Distress Inks) as the background… allowing them to stand out. Love this. So very, very cool.

Interested in other videos that relate to this?

WPLUS9 PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP

At the end of my video, I shared a close look at the newest release from WPlus9, along with some ideas for using them. Such great new products. I hope to use many of them here soon. All of these products are listed in the thumbnails below.

SUPPLIES

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