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!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hero Hostess Alumni Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Hop, featuring fabulous stamps from the new 2016 release and winter catalogue!

If you've been following along, you've just arrived from Nancy's Blog! Hero Arts will be awarding 4 prizes ($25 shopping spree to Hero Arts online shop) from randomly drawn comments.  For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on October 24th and 25th, including each day's ending post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning! If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Blog.

I will have my own little give-a-way, too! If you don't have a blog, please be sure to leave a valid email address in the comments so that I may contact the winners.

Let's get to my cards, for my first one....I used stamps from this beautiful vintage set called Vintage Wishes - Stamp and Die Combo - SB124. I did a combination of embossing, watercoloring, and stamping with the background stamp, the trees, and the deer.

I took the 'snowy' edged frame and cut it in half in order to make my snowy border a bit larger, I lined up the two halves - stamped and embossed on all 4 corners of the matted sheet. I, then, took three shades of blue and yellow watercolor ink and brushed on top of the embossed area. The trees were stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The deer and sentiment were stamped with Versafine Black Ink.

For my 2nd card, I combined a bit of watercoloring with traditional stamping, fussy cutting, and coloring with copic markers:

The two stamp sets that I used for the above card are Color Layering Dimensional Bird - CL906 and the sentiment is from this set called Peace & Joy - CL880.

Now for my little give-a-way - I will pick FOUR winners to each receive (3) of my watercolor cards that I've been making for some time now. Time to part with these, they were all made with a lot of love!! And I might throw in a few other goodies as well!

Your next stop on the hop is Arlene!

Supplies used:
Card 1:
Stamp set: Vintage Wishes - Stamp and Die Combo - SB124.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black. Tim Holtz - Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed.
Heat Gun.
Snow Embossing Powder.
Versamark Ink.
Watercolor paper - Strathmore.
Medium and Fine tip brush.
Watercolor inks.
Die Cutting Tools - Provo Craft/CB.

Card 2:
Watercolor paper and inks.
Large tip paintbrush.
Stamps and Sentiment: Hero Arts (see above links).
Memento Inks: Rhubarb Stalk, Potter's Clay, and Rich Cocoa.
Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Black.
Copic Markers.
Round Circle Die.
Round corner punch.

Monday, October 17, 2016

A bouquet for you...

It's going to be another lovely week here in So. Cal.  - we are hitting the upper 90's again and I'm loving it....all around me, everyone is making Halloween cards, Christmas cards....and I'm still desperately hanging on to my beloved summer. I'm stubborn that way....I can't even imagine the holidays that are upon us already....amazingly fast this year has gone by..... but today, I sat down and kept swirling my paintbrush.  I just wanted to use every color in this floral design.

I took a bit more time on this one and the one standing was the more detailed - the one laying flat was a simpler version, but I love how they both turned out.  I really tried to make them as colorful and happy as possible.

The sentiment is from a really old Hero Arts set called Hello Sunshine Daisies - CL776. Oh, how I adore my Hero Arts....I still love using my old stamps, all the stamps I've ever collected over the's a treat to look back at all the goodies you've accumulated. And they are still great to use, time and time again!

Have a great rest of your week!! xoxo

Sunday, October 9, 2016

What's currently on my desk...

Hello!!! It's another new week and I've been wanting to get back into taking lots of photos again.....went on a complete tangent with my crafting fun and really concentrated on watercoloring for a while now.......but I miss taking photos, scrapping, and documenting.  It's truly such a joy to make and create our own photos and memories:

My 7th grader.....some brand new photos of him by, ofcourse, the pool....water was the theme, and what better way to document and remember this entire summer than to capture all of his moments in the sun, at the beach, and in his best element....swimming.

I finally had the time to frame and put up his new photo in the living room was way overdue. On to some more photography a bit later this month and diving back into Project Life! YAY!!