Friday, February 24, 2017

Smile More Yellow Altenew Class Card

6:47 PM

 I'm taking the new Altenew class, In The Mood For Color.  The teacher is Stephanie Klauck.  Each day she goes over a new color and the mood it creates.  It's been really fun because it's not always something I think about.  For some reason I thought this class started tomorrow, so I'm running a bit behind.  Today's color is yellow & we are focusing on making cards with energy, optimism & cheer. I wanted to make a fast, fun card using one of my new stamp sets so I ended up using my Smile More stamp set.  It has some uplifting sayings that were perfect for today's class homework.  The flowers in the set are cone flowers so they also fit into the homework because I could make them yellow.  Altenew has a whole bunch of different classes available at .

I used my Zig Clean Color Real brush markers to color my images.  I only used four colors to do the entire card.  Everything was stamped onto Strathmore Bristol paper.  It's the best paper for using these markers.  I can't remember where I first saw this tip, but it's a great one.  I have a video of the coloring process below.  As always, the supplies are listed below.  Just click on the links if you'd like to know where I purchased them.  Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hummingbird Card using Peerless Watercolors

11:33 PM

I think we can all agree that I love watercolors.  I just love the way they flow and move in an unexpected way.  I've been using some of my different types of watercolors & I used my Peerless watercolors for this video.  These are some of the most unusual because they are in a paper form. They special leaflets are a concentrated transparent watercolors and I just cut them to the size I need & add them to my hand made book.  My book is just some sheets of heavy watercolor paper with sheets of transparency in between the pages. 

This is a view of the book open.

I have the name in sharpie below each color as well as a sample of the color from dark to light.  To use each color, I just use the tip of my brush along the corner to pick up a little color.  There is no need to pick up color from the center, it just dilutes the color on the leaflet.  If you're careful with them, they last a really long time.

I embossed my images onto Canson XL embossing powder.  It makes it really easy to have specific areas to work inside of with the watercolor.  I work both wet on dry & wet on wet with my paints.  Both techniques work great here.  I'm just careful not to uses too much water with this paper.  These paints are very translucent & layer beautifully!
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I filmed the entire process.  Here's the video.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Winter card featuring the Frosty Fairy Friends stamp set from Lawn Fawn

I made a winter card featuring the Lawn Fawn stamp set Frosty Fairy Friends.  I colored it with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.  They're so easy to color with because the colors just flow together.  The images were stamped with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink Onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.  The background is colored using my Stormy Sky & Cracked pistachio Distress inks.  I added in some stars with a Gelly roll pen.  All of the layers as well as the images were cut out using my Brother Scan N' Cut Machine.  The only layer that wan't cut on the machine is the card base.  It's a nesting die cut called Doily Circles from We R Memory keepers.
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Of course I've filmed the entire process.  Here is my you tube video:

Thank you for spending some time with me.  If you have any questions please let me know.  Jil



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beautiful Day Altenew July Inspiration Challenge Card

11:58 PM

The Altenew Inspiration Challenge for July is weddings & the colors are shown below.  Right away I reached for my Beautiful day stamp set.  I am pretty sure it is my favorite stamp set right now.  I love the sayings as well as the images.  I decided to keep this card very simple with just one focal flower in the bottom corner. I thought this would be a great time to use my new Prima Confections watercolors for something other than to make a color chart.   I watered them down quite a bit, but I really enjoyed working with them.  Please scroll down to watch my video.  If you need any of the supplies I used I have links for them below.  Thanks for stopping by!  Jil


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Art Impressions Windows to the World with Distress Markers

My dads birthday was last week & this was his birthday card.  I did the video of his card before I gave it to him, but it took me a few days to edit it & post it.  It was a very easy card to make & took me just over an hour to make.  I used my Tim Holtz Distress markers to color the image & it took about 15 minutes to color.  I always enjoy making interactive cards.  Thanks for stopping by!  Jil



Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Stampfest 2016 Haul

9:58 PM
Summer Stampfest was in Lakeland this year & we decided to go.  We spent quite a few hours wandering around taking in what we could.  I just got around to posting this video showing you some of the highlights of the show.  I'll have some pictures below.  Joey & I had a great time.  I didn't buy too much, it was more about the people we spent time with.  The stamping & scrap booking community is so genuine.  Check out the links at the end.  You can find everything but the Me & Carrie Lou Stamps.  Thank you for stopping by! Jil

                                           Here I am with Ted from Stampers Anonymous.

                                             This is Emma Lou from Heartfelt Creations.

                                             Dyan Reaveley was tons of fun to be around.

                      This is the tag that Ted made for me.  The texture is out of this world.

                 I made this flower with the stamp I bought from Heartfelt Creations.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Altenew Congratulations Card With Watercolored Background

3:57 AM

It's no secret that I love water coloring.  I've been plying round with my Gansai Tambai watercolors that I got some time ago. I didn't love them at first, but they are growing on me.  I really like some of the pre-mixed colors in the set.  I made several cards for many different people using the same flower & background & I changed out the greeting.  I waited to post this video until after I sent out the final cards.  I like that it can be used for so many different occasions. The card I made in the video is a graduation card, but I also made a Thank You, Get Well, Thinking of You & an Anniversary card.  I can think of a few other cards this would also work for.  It is really easy to make.  I chose to fussy cut everything, but you could make the whole process even easier with the die cuts.