Friday, January 19, 2018

Simply Colored Notecards

I'm back with another bunch of stamps I bought in September and never had time to play with! I shopped a LOT that month so I have a backlog of things to get creative with, and these have been in the top spot since then.

I wanted to do a little set of notecards with them - as I've told you, I'm using the Whisper White notecards and envelopes a ton lately - I like the smaller size. I thought that these images were sized perfectly for those cards, and I thought I'd make a little set with the four sets that I bought.

Once I saw the main set, I then had to have the other three because they are just so danged cute! The sentiments work across all the images too, which is nice.

Since the designs are so detailed, I wanted to keep the coloring simple, so I really just colored the design elements, and VERY simply - no shading, just single colors for each element. Then I shaded the cats themselves with grey. So easy - no coloring skill required, and it lets the images have the spotlight, as they should. Because look at them!
Flora Cat Notecards by Understand Blue
Waffle Flower FLORA CAT MEOW Clear...
[ SSS | ELH ]
Waffle Flower FLORA CAT DREAM Clear...
[ SSS | ELH ]
Waffle Flower FLORA CAT PLAY Clear...
[ SSS | ELH ]
Waffle Flower FLORA CAT Clear Stamp...
[ SSS | ELH ]
Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes...
[ SUP ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | ELH | SSS ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Bone Folder by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Y06 - Yellow Sketch Marker (4682)
[ MFT | ELH | SSS ]
BG07 - Petroleum Blue Sketch Marker...
[ MFT | ELH | SSS ]
RV02 - Sugared Almond Pink Sketch...
[ MFT | ELH | SSS ]
FYG2 - Fluorescent Dull Yellow Green...
[ MFT | ELH | SSS ]
BG01 - Aqua Blue Sketch Marker (4427)
[ MFT | ELH | SSS ]
RV29 - Crimson Sketch Marker (4623)
[ MFT | ELH | SSS ]
C3 - Cool Gray Sketch Marker (4472)
[ MFT ]

Aren't they adorable? This would make such a fun gift to give to a non-cardmaking friend. Everyone needs cards and everyone loves cute cats :).

They're the right size to put two sets in your MISTI and be able to stamp two cards at once, so you could make a lot really quickly. 

FYI - the price of a stamp is about to go up - so if you want to save some money - stock up before January 21st! I buy them online from the USPS, and they have a beautiful Love stamp that you can preorder now. It doesn't sound like much, but if you send a lot of cards, a difference of 20 cents a book will add up quickly.

Don't forget to check out my favorites lists if you didn't have time over the new year. I add to them whenever I find something new I love. 

Loveyameanitbye.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Transmogrified Roses

Every Sunday, I do a Facebook live session with my team. I usually make the cards from my classes that week for them, or go over a new product or technique. It's a fun, relaxing hour where all of us who are spread out across the country can hang out and chat. They're a nice group of people - they take turns typing what I'm saying for my hearing impaired team members (sometimes with editorial  comments that are hilarious).

So one Sunday - I wanted to do some no-line watercolor with the new Petal Palette stamp set. The lines on these images are very bold and heavy, and I wanted to soften them with watercolor, so I thought I'd do that for Show Me Sunday for my team. However, I'm a VERY slow painter, and so this was an extra long SMS. They were very patient with me.  Here's how the card turned out. The sentiment is from Gina K - Grand Greetings.

No line watercolor roses by understand blue
Petal Palette Clear-Mount Bundle...
[ SUP ]
Grand Greetings- Clear
[ GNK ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad...
[ SUP ]
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Ink...
[ SUP ]
Silver Brush - Black Velvet, Round #2
[ BLIC | AMZUS ]
Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Cold Press...
[ AMZUS ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SBC | SSS ]
Stewart Superior India Ink Pad / Reinker
[ ART ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
The Ultimate Mixing Palette: a World...
[ BLR ]

You can see how different it is from the stamp image here.


I love changing the feel of a stamp image - it's pretty much my favorite.

I posted just the work in progress in a demonstrator Facebook group and people were dying to see a video, so I attempted the download, which Facebook doesn't really make all that easy, but I finally got it. Please note it is NOT my normal HD format - downloading it from Facebook turns everything into terrible quality - but so many people asked to see how I painted this after I posted a photo of it, I figured the bad quality was better than nothing!



Loveyameanitbye.

Monday, January 15, 2018

All the Feels for Greg & Angie

I'm feeling fortunate to be able to head to our industry trade show this week - Creativation - formerly CHA. Seeing the upcoming product releases is just an incidental bonus on top of seeing the wonderful people that I work with in the crafting industry. It's like a giant retreat with all of your friends, except you're working your butt off and walking 36 billion miles a day inside the convention center. I love it, and I'm looking forward to it.

Two of the people I'm really looking forward to are my beloved Greg & Angie from Concord & 9th. These are two really kind, sweet friends that I wouldn't trade for all the art supplies on earth. I adore them. They give me all the feels.

This month they came out with an AMAZING release, including the world's most incredible alphabet set. I can't wait to get home from the show and crank out more cards with this ingenious collection. It's subdivided into special, focused bundles, or you can buy the whole collection for a discount.

I took the heart from the Monogram Hello Lovely bundle, and did a few little tricks. I stamped the solid image multiple times in the MISTI in Smoky Slate to get a slightly darker grey. I stamped the bottom two flowers four or five times in Tempting Turquoise to get a darker blue, and then stamped the top flower just twice to get a lighter blue. They've invented sooooo many things - the Turnabout stamps, matching paper and stencils - on and on, but one of my favorite things they do that's super unique is these solid stamps with matching images that fit into them, so that you have beautiful color opportunities. That's why I was filled with squee when I saw this bundle. It speaks to my CAS, color-loving heart. I added some sparkly enamel dots, and gold glitter flakes too, and then stamped the sentiment in black.
All the Feels by Understand Blue
Monogram HELLO LOVELY BUNDLE -...
[ C&9 ]
Monogram Collection BUNDLE - Concord...
[ C&9 ]
January 2018 Release BUNDLE - Concord...
[ C&9 ]
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad...
[ SUP ]
Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin'...
[ SUP ]
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad...
[ SUP ]
Stewart Superior India Ink Pad / Reinker
[ ART | AMZUS ]
Gold Glitter Flakes by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Glitter Enamel Dots by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE...
[ SSS | ELH | MFT ]
Marvy Uchida JEWEL PICKER Tool 91GRC
[ SSS | ELH | ART ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | ELH | SSS | SBC ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | AMZUS | ART ]
Bone Folder by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]

You can see the rest of the January release here. It's amazing, as are they.

Here's a tip on the glitter flakes - which are amazing little hexagonal foil pieces that add so much sparkle! The way I adhere them is to put little dots of multi-medium matte all over my card. Then I use my Jewel Picker to pick up the flakes and put them down onto the adhesive.

Easy and sparkly!

Hope you have a great week! Check out my Facebook and Instagram feeds for peeks from the show! If you're going, I'd love to see you there.

Loveyameanitbye.
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