Gansai Tambi Watercolor Background

April Card Kit

Hi All!

I used the Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit to create three different cards. It’s kind of nice to have a finite set of products to use on a set of cards. Sometimes I can get overwhelmed with all the choices in my craft room!

I used Gansai Tambi Watercolors to create the card above. I LOVE these paints! Scroll down for more detail and the video below. But before that, I wanted to share a couple of things with you and also show you the other cards I created with the kit.

Now for the other cards I created from the kit…

This striped one was super-easy to make. I was almost uncomfortable with how easy it was, lol!

April Card Kit

I stamped the sentiment and the candles from the Big Birthday Wishes set with Versafine Black Onyx ink, stamped the flames with Delicata Gold ink (the coverage with this ink is incredible!), and just popped it onto the Bazzill Kraft Foil Gold paper that comes with the kit. Voila!

The next card I made was also pretty simple to create:

April Card Kit

I stamped the balloons in the background with SSS Mint, SSS Doll Pink, and Delicata Gold inks (again from the Big Birthday Wishes set that comes with the kit). I embossed the sentiment on vellum and adhered it over the balloon strings, which I drew with a marker. Finally, I added the Pinkfresh Studio Washi tape from the kit at the top and bottom.

Here is a close-up of the card I created with the Gansai Tambai watercolors:

April Card Kit

And finally… the video! Supply list is located below. Enjoy!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

SSS April Card Kit
SSS April Card Kit
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
EH|SSS
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
EH|SSS
Gold Ink
Gold Ink
EH|SSS
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SSS
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
EH|SSS
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
EH|SSS
Wink of Stella, Clear
Wink of Stella, Clear
EH|SSS
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS

St. Patty’s Sale!

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Hi All,

Just wanted to pop in and let you know that Ellen Hutson is having 17% off all in-stock merchandise TODAY ONLY! She has excellent prices on Copic markers. Use code luckyday2015 at checkout.

If you noticed I haven’t been posting as much lately, it’s because I’ve moved to LiveLoveCards. Please join me!

And finally, don’t forget about Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration. Only two weeks left! If you order from my sister’s store, 20% of your order will go to foster children.

Darlene

MISTI Product Review

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Hi All!

The MISTI is all the rage right now. If you haven’t heard yet, it’s a new stamp alignment tool. It was created by Iliana over at My Sweet Petunia. I seriously was skeptical about this tool. I mean, I have a stamp-a-ma-jig. How could anything be better than that?

I denied myself this tool for awhile, but then I just caved into the peer pressure. It’s kind of difficult to get because of the demand, but I guess I just happened to get it at the right time. I created a video to let you know what I think of the MISTI and how I plan to use it.

In the end, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really, really like this tool. You all know that I am a tiny bit detail-oriented. Well, this tool will make things perfect. It’s kind of dreamy just thinking about it, haha!

For those of you who have not yet joined me over at LiveLoveCards, where I post two videos per week, I hope you will consider! Some recent additions to the site:

  • I launched a polling page, where I post questions and you get to vote! It’s fun to see what everyone thinks.
  • Last week I launched the first monthly challenge. The prize is a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp! We will continue to have challenges and prizes monthly.
  • A review on Black Inks, including a chart on which ink is best for what application.
  • Pocket Scrapbooking 101: How to Get Started. The perfect scrapping solution for card-makers.
  • And, of course, I added many, many more videos. The most recent videos use Gansai Tambi watercolors, Peerless watercolors, Distress Markers, stencils, Copic markers, colored pencils, Distress paint, new dies, and lots more! Just last week I showed three different ways to create a background using the Bokeh technique.

A few sneak peeks:

Solid Shaker Dang! Bokeh Cat and Fish Stamp-on-Stamp
Pocket Scrapbooking Painted Petals Ink Blending Black Ink Review March Challenge

CLICK HERE for more information on joining. Okay, onto the MISTI product review video. Enjoy!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

MISTI
MISTI
MSP|SSS
Mama Elephant Basic Borders
Basic Borders
EH|SSS
SSS Sketchy Banners
SSS Sketchy Banners
Impression Obsession Stripes
Impression Obsession Stripes
EH|SSS
Drawn Hearts Background
Drawn Hearts Background
You're a Hoot
You’re a Hoot
You're a Hoot Die
You’re a Hoot Die
Altenew Vintage Roses
Altenew Vintage Roses
EH|SSS
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
EH|SSS
Wisteria Wonder
Wisteria Wonder Ink
Elegant Eggplant
Elegant Eggplant Ink

Best Mom Friends

Mom BFF's

Hi All,

Isn’t this sentiment so hilarious? I found it at Simon Says Stamp, along with several others I purchased for later. It reminds me of those funny ecards people post on Pinterest and Facebook. I combined it with the Coffee BFF’s stamp by Art Impressions. I stamped the inside with “You’re a special friend” using Penny Black’s Words Express Set.

Since you guys have seen me color so many times with Copics, I sped up the coloring parts of the video. If you need beginner help with Copics, you can check out my Copics 101 post. I also posted a list of some of my favorite color combinations HERE.

Last week I posted a Pocket Scrapbooking 101 video on my new site, LiveLoveCards. If you’re struggling with keeping up with your photos, you may find it to be the perfect scrapbooking solution for cardmakers. You have to join the community to see the video, but it’s worth the $2.50. :)

Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used…

  • Left Mom: Hair (E25, E39, E29, E55), Pants (B21, B24, B26), Sweatshirt (R81, R83, R85)
  • Right Mom: Hair (E97, E99, E39), Pants (E40, E43, E44), Sweatshirt (BV01, BV02, BV04)
  • Both Moms: Skin (E00, E31, E02), Camisole (W1, 0), Shoes (C1, C4), Stools (E25, E27, 0), Shadows (C1, C4), Lips (R22), Cups (C1, C4)
Coffee BFF's
Coffee BFF’s
Riley & Co Funny Bones
Riley & Co Funny Bones
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
EH|DB
Mama Elephant Border Dies
Mama Elephant Border Dies
EH|SSS
Penny Black Words Express
Penny Black Words Express
Stamp-a-ma-jig
Stamp-a-ma-jig
SSS|SU
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
EH|SSS
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
EH|SSS
Uniball Gold Gel Pen
Uniball Gold Gel Pen
EH|SSS
Fog Cardstock
Fog Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
EH|SSS
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals

Fun Cards, Tutorials, and Product Reviews this month!

Hi All!

There is so much going on at LiveLoveCards! Here are highlights of the posts I made just since January 5th. If you haven’t signed up to receive all these new card videos and tutorials, I hope you will consider! Click here for more information.

LiveLoveCards A “stamp-off” of 8 different dye ink brands.
LiveLoveCards How to create a glaze reflection on a yummy donut with Copic markers.
LiveLoveCards On a budget? Two techniques for getting a perfect blend with just two Copic markers.
LiveLoveCards Step-by-step distress marker watercoloring with this funny herd.
LiveLoveCards Using heat embossing across multiple card elements.
Two Layer Flower A clean-and-simple flower in two layers with Inktense Pencils and water.
LiveLoveCards A clean-and-simple sympathy card with embossing paste and glitter powder.
LiveLoveCards Can you unscramble this interactive card?
LiveLoveCards Easy and bright distress ink blending on this card.

Hope to see you at LiveLoveCards!

Darlene