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Hi friends! Long time no see! Most of you guys are probably wondering why I was so quiet over the last 3 months…  Just to clarify, I am NOT pregnant haha!! The reason is I started working again. I now work at Nordstrom and my job keeps me busy! I like it a lot but it also means I only have free time on the weekend. In addition to crafting, I also need time to eat, meet friends, exercise and spend time with my family! I wonder how you all can do it all! Some said it is time management. Well… maybe I suck at it now, but I hope I will get better! Please leave me some advice if you have any!

For those of you who asked, thank you so much for worrying about me and missing my cards! I will find time to create soon! Xoxo crafty hugs! 🙂

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

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Merry Christmas crafty friends! I am so happy to celebrate Christmas this year with Taheerah’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

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Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!! Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

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Today is the glorious Christmas day, when Jesus was born and presents are opened. The happy spirit of the day inspired my card today. Here is what I come up with.

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First, I white heat embossed MFT Simply Snowflakes onto a panel of watercolor paper. I have used the MISTI Stamping Tool to get the exact placement that I wanted. Then, I watercolored the panel using my Schmincke Watercolor Palette. I have used Madder Red Dark, Translucent Orange, Translucent Yellow, May Green, Permanent Green Olive and Prussian Blue.

After that, I added in some shadows to make the snowflakes more dimensional. Of course I had to add splatters of colors and Perfect Pearl solution to add even more texture to the piece. I really LOVE water texture!!!

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When the panel was fully dried, I die cut it with SSS Stitched Rectangles Die and then mounted it with foam tape on a SSS Fog card base. The sentiment is from MFT Joyous Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set.

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To finish with a blast, I embellished my card with a lot of Pretty Pink Posh sequins – Holiday Shimmer Mix, Winter Sparkle MixSparkling Clear Mix, Metallic Rose Gold 6mmLavender Moon 4mm, Sunshine Glow 4mm, Strawberry Burst 4mm and Ballerina Pink 4mm. I went a little crazy on sequins but it’s Christmas!! It actually sparkles so much more in person!

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Giveaway:

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by My Sweet Petunia so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

That’s it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Enjoy your Christmas! I wish you and your family a warm and cozy holiday! BIG HUGS TO YOU!

Supplies:

  1. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  2. My Favorite Things Joyous Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  3. MISTI Stamping Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  5. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  7. Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set: Blick Art // Amazon
  8. Schmincke Horadam Madder Red Dark: Blick Art // Amazon
  9. Schmincke Horadam Translucent Orange: Blick Art // Amazon
  10. Schmincke Horadam Translucent Yellow: Blick Art // Amazon
  11. Schmincke Horadam May Green: Blick Art // Amazon
  12. Schmincke Horadam Permanent Green Olive: Blick Art // Amazon
  13. Schmincke Horadam Prussian Blue: Blick Art // Amazon
  14. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Pretty Pink Posh Winter Sparkle Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sparkling Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Rose Gold 6mm Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Pretty Pink Posh Lavender Moon 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  19. Pretty Pink Posh Sunshine Glow 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh Strawberry Burst 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  21. Pretty Pink Posh Ballerina Pink 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  22. Ranger Perfect Pearl Powder: Simon Says Stamp
  23. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  24. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  26. Ranger Clear Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  27. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  28. Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  29. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  30. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  31. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Hand Painted Ornaments Card

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Hi friends! Today I have a hand painted holiday card to share with you. I was itching to paint and I wanted to try something relatively easy. I was intimidated to try painting my own ornaments at home because they all have intricate patterns and swirls, maybe next time… LOL

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For my painting, I first used a circle die as a guide and drew in two circles on a piece of Arches Watercolor Paper. Then, I drew in the ornaments’ tops. For the painting part, I followed this and this video by Dawn from Wplus9. She is seriously amazing and I love the way she teaches! She makes it really easy to understand.

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I have used a recently acquired watercolor palette from Schmincke and I absolutely fell in love with it. The full name of the palette is Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set. This palette is the most expensive palette I’ve ever bought and my wallet bled when I took the plunge. However, I made a promise to myself that I will seriously work towards my art goal so that “justified” my purchase  🙂

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Back to my painting, I first used Sepia Brown for the shadows on the bulbs. Then, I painted in the stripes with a paint brush using Translucent Yellow and Madder Red Dark. I further deepened the shadows to create contrast by mixing these colors with browns and grays. For the background, I have used a wash of Phthalo Green. You can see in the photo that my palette is quite messy with dried paints everywhere, but I think it’s beautiful!!  🙂

For the strings, I first drew in a line with a white gel pen, then I drew in a thin line discontinuously using a Copic Multiliner in Sepia. The discontinued lines create the illusion that the strings are shiny. They also add to the delicacy of the painting.

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To give the same organic look on my sentiment die cut, I watercolored it with two separate washes of of Madder Red Dark. Finally, I die cut the whole panel with SSS Stitched Rectangles Die and mounted it on SSS Fog card base with foam tape to finish.

That’s it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy holidays!

Supplies:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle Dies: Simon Says Stamp
  2. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  3. Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  4. Arches Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Silver Black Velvet Round Brush Sz 8: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp // Amazon // Blick Art
  6. Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set: Amazon // Blick Art
  7. Schmincke Horadam Sepia Brown: Amazon
  8. Schmincke Horadam Translucent Yellow: Amazon // Blick Art
  9. Schmincke Horadam Madder Red Dark: Amazon // Blick Art
  10. Schmincke Horadam Phthalo Green: Amazon // Blick Art
  11. Copic Multiliner in Sepia: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp // Amazon
  12. Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  15. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

 

Pretty Pink Posh – Birdies in Stocking

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Hello friends! Today I am sharing my last card for Pretty Pink Posh this year. I am very into drawing lately so I figured why not combine drawing with stamping?! To start, I picked something relatively easy to draw i.e. Christmas stocking and I stuffed some birdies into it  🙂

Here is a close-up of my card. Please head over to the Pretty Pink Posh blog for more details!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Supplies:

  1. Pretty Pink Posh Birdie Friends Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Pretty Pink Posh Birdie Friends Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. My Favorite Things Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 Black Ink Marker: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Copic Multiliner SP 0.03 Black Ink Marker: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Scissors: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Antique Linen Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. Tea Dye Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Ranger Artist Paint Brush Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Gansai Tambi Watercolor 36 Color Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  19. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp – Sending Hugs

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Happy Friday!! Today I am popping in to share a “sending hugs” card using Simon Says Stamp supplies. I finally got to play with the beautiful Winter Flowers Stamp Set. This set was designed by Kristina Werner and it was meant for Christmas, but I used it in a more generic way today.

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I first white heat embossed the images from the Winter Flowers Stamp Set on a panel of Arches Watercolor Paper. I used this high quality paper today because I will be painting a lot of layers. This paper handles water much better than the Canson XL Watercolor Paper and the Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, which I use all the time for both ink blending and watercoloring.

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I slowly watercolored the flowers, berries and leaves and then followed by the beige/brown background. After the panel was dry, I added in some shadows using some dark browns and grays. Then, of course I had to add some splatters. I have used the same colors I used earlier – red, green and purple. Finally, I also added in more white dot-and-line details for highlights using some white gouache.

Here are some close-ups:

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To finish, I stamped the sentiment from the Big Scripty Greetings Stamp Set in black and clear heat embossed it. That’s it for today. Thank you for stopping by! Happy crafting  🙂

Supplies:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Winter Flowers Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp
  2. Big Scripty Greetings Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp
  3. Arches Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Ranger Clear Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp