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Colored Pencils

Colored Pencils
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October 18, 2016

Big Book of Backgrounds.....Halloween Style

There are two colors I feel are essential for all of my projects.  White and black...well, mostly black.  I LOVE the impact I get from using black.  Just a little bit goes a long way.

This week our challenge was to use black.  Seems like a perfect time for Halloween projects.

I pulled out my Big Book of Backgrounds and got messy.  Read on to learn my favorites way to use black.

October 14, 2016

12 Tags of 2106: October

I love Halloween so I was super excited to see this month's tag by Tim Holtz.

I drooled over the techniques and products he used. (Not really, cuz I did not want to short circuit my computer.  But everyone says they drool over things and I wanted to fit in.)  So I hopped online to find all of the products he used and waited impatiently for them to arrive.  Oh the joy of waiting for new crafty supplies to arrive.  I think it could even complete with the joy of chocolate.  (Yeah right, who am I kidding.....new crafty supplies are way better.)

Ok, back to my fantasy of new crafty supplies arriving at my door.  Wait, what?  This is all a fantasy? ****Sigh*****

So if by 'hopping online to purchase the products he used' you mean 'walked into my studio to find what I wanted to use', then yeah you totally nailed it.  It is a well know fact that I get a huge thrill from using my older supplies.  (Not even sure I had ever used the pumpkin die before.  And it is a Sizzix original.  I probably have had that die for 15 years. OMG....I can't believe I just said/typed that out loud!)

Read on to see my take on the October Tim Holtz tag.

October 11, 2016

Challenge: Background Stamps....7 Ways to Use Background Stamps

This week our challenge is background stamps.  I am busy in the studio working on my latest workshop, but I wanted to share some inspiration with you.

October 05, 2016

NEW! Color Inspiration: Colored Pencils.....Enroll Today and Save

Color Inspiration: Colored Pencils

The next stop on our Color Inspiration journey is colored pencils. Chances are you have them in your stash.....maybe for a very long time. Colored pencils are far from a new hot item, they have been around for decades.

As new mediums (a.k.a. fun) become available, old ones get pushed to the back, left to gather dust. Time to pull them out and see just how versatile they are.

Read on to learn more.

October 04, 2016

Pencil Comparison: What pencil does what?

Pencils coming all types, styles and colors.  All that variety can easily lead to confusion.

In my workshops students often ask if they can substitute one product or another.  Sometimes, but each color medium preforms differently, so the outcome may not be the same.

I thought it might be time to review some of the pencil options on the market and what they can do.  And just for go measure I added in watercolor crayons and water-soluble, oil pastels.

Plus I have a brand new challenge for you.  Read on to learn more.

September 30, 2016

Card Inspiration for World Card Making Day 2016

Tomorrow is World Card Making Day.  I thought it would be a great time to share a little card making inspiration.

Through the years I have created 100s of cards.  Some simple, some lumpy, some artist, some bright and some vintage.


September 27, 2016

Challenge #27: Favorite Images

I am one who believes challenges are a good thing.  They push you outside your comfort zone and that is where we learn who we really are and see the heights of what we can become.

I love a good challenge.  BUT, I also enjoy the warmth and love of what is comfortable.  An old shirt, or worn blanket, my favorite Sunday meal or funny movie.

This week our challenge is to work with our favorite images.  Read on to learn more about my project.

September 26, 2016

New Big Book of Backgrounds-Fun with Splatters

You know why I love making mixed media backgrounds?  Cuz I get to pull out stamps, ink and other fun tools/products and I get to play.....just play.  It makes my heart happy.

Read on to find out about the latest addition to the Big Book of Backgrounds.

September 20, 2016

Challenge #26.....Favorite Colors

For much of my crafty/artsy life I have been in love with the grungy, vintage look.  I have tons of paper, stamps and ink that fit the grungy style.  But lately it has felt like a worn out coat.

You know, the one at the back of your closet.  It kinda fits and the style is ok, but it is just not working for you.  (Admit it, we all have clothes like that in our closet.)

Time for a wardrobe change.  Time to brighten things up a bit.  My NEW love/obsession is bright, bold colors.

Your challenge this week is to use colors your LOVE!  Read on to learn how I created this bright and fun ATC.

September 16, 2016

12 Tags of 2016-September

Whoop Whoop!  I am now caught up with my 12 Tags of 2016.  And once again I did not have most of the products Tim Holtz used.

I almost caved and purchased some Yupo paper.  I still might, but I really wanted to make all the tags with the products I have on hand.

Instead, I focused on the overall design and techniques he used.

Read on to learn more about my September tag.