Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Little Love Birds

Today, I was in the mood to play with a little something more whimsical, light, and I chose to practice painting birds again.  It would seem large birds are a bit easier, but the smaller I want them to be, there is an added layer of difficulty, so I really took my time on these cards today.  So fun!

These are my two love birds speaking their own language. The tiny sentiment is from an old Mama Elephant set:

These birds are chirping up a storm. The sentiment on this one is from SSS. :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hello Valentine!!

Oh my! Who's ready for Valentine's?? I love Valentine's.....actually it's a little BITTERSWEET for me this year!! I'll that the little man is getting older, I do less and less and less planning and preparing crafty things for school, such as little Valentine's cards, class parties, all the sweet little handmade treat bags, goodies, party favors...... I look back and really miss those things.  It was a lot of fun....but now he's older, and a lot of that has gone away.....which is ok in a sense....

....I'll always cherish those younger days....but now I get to concentrate and have a little more time for me and for 'bigger' people, like you and I.  I get to do a little more for people in my past as well as my present....I get to really look and realize those who mean the most to me.

So, simply saying 'I adore you' goes out to quite a lot of people, not just kids...but you know who you are! If I've ever sent you a card, or wrote something to you, or spoke with you, maybe I worked with you in the past, maybe I know you now, maybe I haven't met you but we have spoken on the phone, perhaps we've spoken through social media, perhaps we've had lunch together, perhaps I know you from far away - and perhaps I will never meet you, ever.....but still - you know....I adore you....

Maybe I will have more time to send out cards this year.... ;)) I sure hope so! xoxo

Monday, December 26, 2016

You know it's right about now.......

..............that Tif naturally starts dreaming about spring! Dreams of the most delicate colors ever.....

The holidays are amazing, but my body aches for I pulled out all of my pastels today and did some quick brushstrokes:

These are a tad unfinished.  I have yet to matte them onto a cardbase and I'm going to fine tune them a bit.  I normally wash out my ink trays before I formally take a photo of my cards, but the color palette on the tray, (the water mixed in with all the inks) - looked absolutely irresistible - so I thought I'd take a picture of it...I spend so much time fooling around with photos and angles and shots of all different types and looks, that I'm amazed I get anything productive done.  It's fun, though!! It's all in the name of fun! I love what it is that I do.....

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Single Flower

Short and sweet post. Dwindling down to my last few card designs for Christmas. Can you believe I went with traditional red?  Red being my least favorite color....but I think I liked how this one turned out.

I also made a whole bunch of wreaths in the traditional red and green colors but didn't have time to take a photo of those. Off to address the rest of my cards and get them sent out.

Have a great rest of your week! xoxo

Monday, December 19, 2016

Mass producing

Some late night painting going on right now to finish up my Christmas cards.  I'm mass producing a whole bunch of simple and small cards using some fine strokes.  None of these have a heavy look to them, using only 4 colors - brown, aqua blue, a touch of red for the bird, and a dot of black (literally) for the bird's eye.

I really wanted to give this a very icy cold and bare look.  All that is left is to add a few more stark branches to the trees, a sentiment, and some scattered glitter for the snow.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Living a life of Simplicity and my New Year's Resolutions

As I sit here late this evening and taking a little break from last minute, finishing touches......I thought I'd blog real quick about some of my goals and resolutions for 2017.

My top 20 for my 2017 bucket no particular order - some I currently do but want to continue....others, I really need to either start or improve.

1. Practice more calligraphy.
2. Learn to crochet.
3. Get back into mixed media.
4. More scrapbooking.
5. Patience.
6. Let go of what isn't useful to me anymore.
7. Be inspired by any successes.
8. Be humble and learn from failures.
9. Listen more.
10. Don't interrupt people when they are talking....oh, big weakness. Must really work on this one!
11. Always strive for simplicity.
12. Help others more.
13. Take a photo a day.
14. Journal each day.
15. Say 'hello' to strangers every day.
16. Keep up my exercise regimen.
17. Travel more.
18. Always keep an open mind.
19. Try something that scares me.
20. Sleep more.

Do you have resolutions? Do you write them down? I normally don't ever do resolutions and haven't done so in many will be fun to look back at this list and see how many I was able to try and accomplish.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas, everyone! Wishing you the best of the holidays!

I hope to continue to be a student, always learning new art mediums, and trying different things in the coming year! It's definitely been a fun 2016!

Here's to another amazing year of craftiness in 2017!


Friday, December 2, 2016


Hello December!!! Who else is going crazy this month? Raise your hand! Yea, I know. The rush of December, to get everything done. But it's oh, sooo fun, isn't it? I really do enjoy this time of the's all about giving, never about receiving..... or expecting anything in return.  Us crafters, we do this hobby because we love to - it makes us insanely happy to give someone that handmade card.

Today, I worked with all neutral cards and made several that were all in gold - browns - blacks - and tans. I only showed one here, basically two shades of black and brown. So simple and added some extra shading of ink around all the edges as well.

Keeping this post short and sweet! I'm most likely not going to be back to blogging for a while, so this may be the last post before the holidays. Cheers!! xoxo

Thursday, November 24, 2016 white space

I'm not usually up this late....but I was in need of some crafty time, so I started painting around 10 p.m., and well, it's now Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day! Oh my, I'm going to be so tired later today...anyhow....this was my freestyle bird painting perched upon a single branch with some scattered flowers, it was originally a much bigger painting but I wasn't happy with the end result so I chopped the bottom half and decided to just go with the top half.....

It's funny how we always work around what we don't like and do so much cropping, editing, 'hiding' our little mistakes and's all in good fun! Crafting is such an amazing heart and soul warmer. It truly is pure relaxation!

After matting my bird onto the white card stock, I used a simple 'thank you' sentiment from Hero Arts. Color Layering Happy Day Flowers - CL864.  Inked it in Versafine Black, and I'm done.  I always love, intentionally, leaving a lot of white space and adding just that dab of color.

Must get to sleep, goodnight! Or goodmorning! Hope you find an abundance of things to be thankful for on this day! xoxo

Friday, November 18, 2016 is cold outside.....

....or at least that's what I tried to convey on this card. Today I worked with some snow, a much more colder and icy, stark, winter time look.

It's so enormously out of my comfort zone of normally soft, light pastel colors....but I really enjoyed stepping out into that area that challenges me the most, and I'm forever grateful for trying watercoloring....for I never really would have a few years ago.

There's still so much more I want to learn about painting and I'm still fine tuning and tweaking things along the way.

I've been keeping these paintings on a relatively small canvas of only 6 x 4.  It's pretty time consuming.  I can not imagine going for an 8 x 10, although I'm sure I will venture into a bigger canvas at some point. I'll have to remember to set aside additional amounts of time for larger paintings.  But just having fun creating and enjoying, definitely the key!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Still chugging away on Christmas Cards

Had just a little bit of time to paint today, about a 1-hour window, so I quickly did this painting with a vision in mind of a never-ending river bed, a few trees/shrubs, and grass....grass is always a difficult concept.

I've been using a lot of blues and browns on my previous cards, so I decided to use periwinkle today, might be hard to tell, but most of the river is a more softer form of purple.  I mixed in some yellows into the purple and into the blue of the sky to give it a more soothing look.

That is it for today, if I'm not back blogging before the holiday, wanted to wish everyone who is celebrating this coming week, a very beautiful Thanksgiving holiday with your family!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Put on the Christmas Music....., not really....I usually can't do that until it gets really, really cold, and we still have some nice, warm weather now..... but - I have been cranking out some of my Christmas cards - and I decided it would be fun to paint most or all of them this year....I must be crazy, but seriously, I'm having too much fun, so we'll see. I've been playing around with different sceneries, some have rivers and lakes and mountains, some have trees and skies, and others have the full moon and snow, etc.  I'm just enjoying creating whatever comes to mind.

To make this card, the background was painted first with green and blue....lighter shades on the base. Add the darker shades on top and blend to mix in both lighter and darker colors.

Next up, for the trees, it's a lot of blotching and dotting of green and black ink together.  It is time consuming but the look comes out pretty cool, just have some patience with it. I started with the lightest shade of green first....then I layered it with a darker green.  You keep layering on the ink to give it that darker, thicker look with more depth. The last ink color is the black and that is the quickest form of dots on top of the green, As you jab on the black ink, shape the line to form the extension of the branches. Some of the branches I went out and up, and others, I went straight out and downwards. Really fun to experiment.

And lastly, as I played around, I've been finding a really quick way to 'bleed' a color to make it look like a natural reflection in a pond or lake.  So - if you look about 3/4 down the card, the area that is right underneath the tree - I took my brush and soiled it really wet with dark, dark green....I gently but quickly dab in a somewhat jagged line straight across underneath the tree, and I hold the card up instead of having it lay down on the table. The over soiled tip of the brush makes the ink bleed quickly downwards as you're holding the card up. Let it bleed to the desired length, and use your brush tip to smooth it out and fine tune it, adding darker or lighter shades here and there, smudge and draw horizontal lines, and then it starts to look like that reflection in the water.....I really play with it a lot until I get the desired look I want. Remember, this is watercoloring, there is no right or wrong.

Oh, and painting the birds, I'm not that good at birds, so I did my best here. I'll be practicing that a lot more. The finished product is usually pretty busy looking, so if you want to attach a sentiment on the front, find one that is really 'small'.  Or leave it blank, I'm kind of loving NOT having a sentiment on the front at all....write whatever thoughts you want to write on the inside. ;)

I also worked on my more traditional floral watercoloring today too, as I have a few cards I want to get out right now to some friends:

Can't wait to finish up all of my Christmas cards, I'm aiming to finish early this year in hopes of relaxing a bit in December. Hope you're all enjoying your holiday card making!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


I'm back to announce my blog prize winners from the Hero Hostess Blog Hop! I hope you all enjoyed each of the inspiration from my Hostess Sisters and were able to take some of that inspiration to use for your own holiday card making this season! Hero Arts will always be a most beloved company to us all.

Here are my 4 random winners. I have your packages ready to mail. I have contacted each of you for your mailing info.

Enjoy. xoxo
joy said...
Your cards are So beautiful, Tiffany! I love the trees. And, your watercoloring skills are topnotch!! My email is now ____.
Christy Q said...
Stunning cards!!! Your watercoloring and way of setting up the scene is just incredible! I'm a new follower of your blog now (one of the main reasons I love blog jobs since I find new bloggers to add to my Feedly). Thanks for the inspiration today! It is so sweet of you to offer a giveaway of your own - your cards look amazing. My email contact info is in my blogger profile.
Denise K said...
The blues in that watercolor card with the deer are just breathtaking. Love the combination, very unique and different.
Lisa's Creative Niche said...
I love your color choices on these, so unique and bold!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Poinsettias in Lavender and Pink

After the blog hop (BTW, you still have time to begin the hop by starting HERE), my fellow Hero Arts Hostess Sisters inspired me to play with the Hero Arts Antique Poinsettia stamp. I'm normally not a fan of poinsettias at all, but - after using this stamp, I think I'm in love and have changed my mind! Gasp! I'm seeing lots of ways to use this stamp now. But first, I couldn't resist embossing and watercoloring it in pink:

And the 2nd version, I just had to do in purple - my two favorite colors - pink and purple, I always swoon over these two colors, no matter what....

Everything on both cards utilizes Hero Arts. I'll list the supplies in a bit.

I was also able to play around again with painting a scenery and today I chose to work with trees and more water and practicing shadows and reflection....oh boy, this was hard stuff....took a total of 2 hours to complete...I'm hoping to get faster with time......I'm learning a lot of little tid bits on making trees look realistic and depth as much fun to experiment:

Hope you're all getting along beautifully with your holiday card making process!! Can't believe Christmas is almost here...crunch time!


Poinsettia stamp: Hero Arts - K6176 - Antique Poinsettia.
Dies: Hero Arts Frame cuts - DI303.
'tis the Season' Sentiment and Leaves: Color Layering Dimensional Bird - CL906.
'May the Beauty...' Sentiment: CL722.
Versafine Onyx Black.
Watercoloring inks.
Green Hills Ink: Field Notes - AF240.
Snow White embossing powder.
Heat gun.
Die Cutting Tool: CB.
Round corner punch.
Double sided adhesive tape.
Watercoloring paper: Tim Holtz.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Masculine Watercolor

If you are looking for the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop post, please go HERE.  Otherwise, today's post is a new one.

A while back, I had a gentleman ask me, "Tif, you paint a lot of flowers, is that all you paint?" - LOL - now that question wasn't meant to be rude or actuality, that was a very valid question. Yes, I like to paint a lot of florals...A LOT! Most of my designs are all about flowers.....I'm girly....and I like girly things.....but that question brings up a really good grow in any art form, or any type of discipline....we have to keep learning new skills, and we have to keep growing our minds.

Masculine designs have always been a hard concept for me....but I accepted his challenge....and decided to try my hand at some masculine watercoloring.  This was the first one I made - it's supposed to be a beach front, big rocks, the sky, and the glaze and reflection of the water. Oh, and some birds at the water line....super difficult to paint the birds....they probably look like some clutter.....definitely something I have to work on.....

I see tons of area and time for improvement.....I tried another one too. Here is the 2nd painting:

This one has a bit more color - I added green for the brush and mixed in some orange and browns for the sky. The tinge of brown in the middle is supposed to be the river catching the reflection from some of the rocks....reflection...still something I would like to practice.

All in all, definitely a lot of fun to paint these....will definitely be practicing some more scenic backgrounds.  Such fun! Hope you all have a fabulous week!