Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Day + ZIGs

Hello, MarkerPOP friends! Less than one year ago, I was scared of watercolors! I was scared of them! I threw away many projects, just because I was not happy with my watercolor skills. In fact, one of my goals last year was to work on my watercolor techniques! But when I got my hands on Zig Clean Color Markers, I fell in love!

Today, I paired up my Zig markers with the super cute Waffle Flower's Happy Day stamp set:

I struggle when it comes to shadows. The Zig markers help out so much with that! I grabbed three shades of brown to color in the bear image.

Start with the lightest shade of brown and color the outline of the image. Using water and a paintbrush, spread the color from the outside towards the inside of the image.

Do the same with the middle shade of brown.

Now add the darkest shade of brown around the outer edges and spread the color towards the inside.

Now it is time to color in the rest of the image. Please stop by the MarkerPOP blog to see the list of markers used for today's card. To finish of this card, the sentiment is stamped and embossed in white onto a black strip of cardstock.

Don't forget to enter your chance to win some watercolor supplies! Stop by HERE to find out the details!

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Joy Clair's Mother's Day Hop

Today, the Joy Clair design team is highlighting the super adorable Mother's Day stamp set! It is full of super cute puns and funny images. A perfect stamp set to make the perfect card for the mother with a great sense of humor! So glad that my mother is one of them!

Here is a closer look of the Mother's Day stamp set:

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One today's card, I wanted to make a "split personality" card. Serious on the front, party on the inside!

From the Mother's Day stamp set, I used the SH!# image stamp for the inside sentiment of the card. The image is colored in with a brown pen. A white gel pen is used to make the teeth and eyes REALLY pop!

I used the new Spring Time Flowers stamp set to create the front of the card. The floral image is stamped and embossed in white. I used a blending tool to add the ombre look with a pretty pink distress ink. The sentiment, from the Hello Sentiments stamp set, is stamped in gray ink.

Be sure to stop by the Joy Clair blog to find more of the design team's projects they created using the Mother's Day stamp set!

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Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Partying with MarkerPOP

Hello, MarkerPOP friends! Are you enjoying all the watercolor tips and techniques the design team has been sharing? I am not all that comfortable with watercolors, but lately I have been stepping out of my comfort zone and using them more!

Have you ever tried to do paint splatters? I have to admit, it took me several attempts before I was happy with my splatters!

Today, I am working with Lawn Fawn's Year Seven stamp set and Prima Confections - Tropical watercolors.

I stamped the piñata image onto watercolor cardstock with Memento Black ink. Once the ink was completely dried, I painted the image using Prima Confections watercolor. The image is then cut out and set aside.

Time to work on the background of the card. I randomly stamped the candies and confetti stamps over the panel. Now it is time to do the paint splatters! First, I choose a magenta color paint and watered the color down. Using a paint brush, I soaked up the watered down paint. Over the cardstock panel, I lightly tapped the end of the paint brush, tilting the brush in the direction I wanted the splatters to go. I repeated this process with each color of paint.

Once the paint dried, it is time to piece the card together. A piece of white twine is attached to the piñata image. A foam dot is attached to the back of the piñata and attached to the background panel. The twine is wrapped around the top, to make the piñata look like it is hanging for the top. The sentiment is stamped and embossed onto black cardstock. The sentiment is then cut into strips and attached to the card!

Stop by the MarkerPOP blog to see the list of supplies used on today's card!

Thank you for stopping by today! Don't forget to stop by throughout the month for more watercolor tips!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Joy Clair's Flawless Bible Journaling

Hello, Joy Clair friends! I am super excited to be working with the new Joy Clair release! There are a total of 8 stamps being released. Four sets for the Color by Faith line and four everyday stamp sets. For the next few months, the design team will be presenting a variety of projects with the hopes of filling you with inspiration! During the month of April, the team will be using the masking technique on our projects.

Today, I am showcasing the super adorable, Color by Faith's Flawless stamp set. 

To start this project, I stamped the images I needed onto stamping mask paper. These images will cover the stamped images to make the scene look like there is some depth.

Now it is time to start the stamping. You start with the stamped image that will be at the front of the and place the image onto the Bible page. Then you cover the image before you stamp the next one. You continue to cover the images in the places you do not the stamped image to show. When you finish the stamping, remove the masking paper.

I wanted the scene to appear like it was on a tabletop. I used an oval die to trace the inside and outside of the oval to form a mirror. Lines were drawn with a pen to create the table top.

Here is the complete scene before I started to paint it. I did forget to take a picture, but I used the Wood Background stamp and stamped it on the tabletop. I used a mixture of regular watercolors as well as metallic watercolors.

When the scene was completed, I stamped the sentiment/phrases in black ink. I also highlighted the Bible verse with the same watercolor shade I used on the lipstick image next to it.

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Thank you for stopping by today!

Joy Clair - Flawless and Wood Backgroud
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black Ink
Stamping Masking Paper

Friday, April 7, 2017

Watercoloring Your Diecuts

Hello, MarkerPOP friends! This month the design team is going to be sharing a few of our favorite watercoloring supplies. I recently received my first Prima Confections Watercolor set. I fell in love with them! The watercolor is probably the thickest I have ever worked with!

Today, I am pairing up the watercolors with My Favorite Things dies. I love using watercolors to color paper when I cannot find the right shades of cardstock to work with!

 To start this card, I painted a variety of swatches using the different colors in the Tropical Confections set. I spaced the swatches out to allow room to fit the various dies.

Once the individual dies are cut, it is time to piece the card together! The Birdhouses die set includes the house, roof and the pole to assemble the house. There is also a couple little bird dies to add a little cute touch to your project.

The background panel is also covered with watercolor as well. I included a layer of grass diecut to add a little dimension to the card,

I wasn't sure what I what kind of sentiment I wanted to use on this card. So I decided to leave it blank. I will be able to stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card that will fit whatever the occasion might be.

Thank you for stopping by today! Stop by the MarkerPOP blog for the list of supplies used on this card!

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MISTI + Joy Clair Stamps Promotion

Hello, friends! Today is an exciting day on my blog! The design team from Joy Clair Stamps has teamed up with the design team from My Sweet Petunia! We are doing a cross promotion to show how awesome the MISTI tool is with Joy Clair clear stamps! If you are hopping along, you should be arriving from the amazing, Giovana's blog! If you just happened upon my blog and would like to start from the beginning, you can find the list of blog stops at the bottom of my post.

Today, I am working with one of Joy Clair's newest stamp sets, ____________ and the Mini MISTI!

One thing I like about the MISTI tool, is that it makes it easy to work on the layout of the card. You can visualize how the stamps will look and make any changes that are needed to be made. Below, you can see that I worked with the placement of the stamps.

Now it is time to stamp the images from the Doodle Flowers stamp set.  I am planning on using different colors, so I stamp one image at a time. For now, I am only stamping the images, I plan to come back later and color in the images with the same inks.

If you have been stopping by the Joy Clair blog this month, you see that the design team is working with the 'Masking' technique. I decided to include it on this card as well. I wanted the jar to look like it is sitting on a tabletop. To achieve this, I stamped the jar image onto an extra piece of cardstock and cut the image out. The cutout is placed onto the stamped image and washi tape is place across the card. The Wood Background stamp is inked with brown ink and pressed on the card. Once you remove the tape, you can see that the wood grain image is not stamped on top of the jar.

Another thing I like about the MISTI, is that when an image does not stamp completely, you can re-ink the stamp and stamp in the exact same place, for a solid image. Below, you can see that the images from the Hello Sentiment set did not stamp correctly, so I repeated the stamping process.

To finish the card, I placed the card panel on top of a fun print and placed it onto a A2 card base.

Let's talk about prizes!!! My Sweet Petunia is giving away one MISTI and Joy Clair is giving away $25 Joy Clair gift card to two (2) lucky winners! All you have to do to increase your chances to win, is to leave a comment on each participating blog! All comments must be completed by April 9th at Midnight. The Joy Clair winners will be announce on the Joy Clair blog, Wednesday April 12.

Thank you for stopping by today! To continue along with the MISTI & Joy Clair hop, your next stop will be to the talented Stephanie's blog.

Here is the complete list of hop stops:

Supplies used on today's project:
My Sweet Petunia - Mini MISTI
Joy Clair Stamps - Doodle Flowers, Hello Sentiments and Wood Background stamp sets
My Favorite Things Inks - Cotton Candy, Poppy, Ripe Raspberry and Sour Apple
Ranger Distressed Ink - Tumbled Glass and Brushed Corduroy
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Echo Park - Let's Be Mermaids 6x6 paper pad

Monday, April 3, 2017

Joy Clair's SpringTime Flowers - Masking

Hello, Joy Clair friends! I don't know about you, but I love flowers. So much so, that every year I test my green thumb. And let me tell you, my thumb is more of a rotten green than a beautiful bright green! My flowers look good for a month or so and the heat of summer fries them up. I am excited about my garden this year, I am giving bulbs a try. And so far, some of them are popping up!

Today, I am showcasing the new Spring Time Flowers stamp set. I have decided to pair up the flowers with the masking technique the design team is using this month.

To start this card, I cut out an oval from masking paper using an oval die. The paper is sticky on the back, so I stuck it in the center of the card panel. I stamped the first flower on the cardstock and one onto masking paper. The masking paper flower is cut out and placed over the stamped cardstock. I stamped another flower and then removed the paper. I repeated this process until the flowers covered the entire card.

It is time to color in the flowers, I used a variety of oranges to color in the centers of the flowers. The petals are colored in with a variety of yellows. This was a simple card to create. The only real time consuming part is coloring in the flowers. You can create this card using large flower images or even small flower images.

Are you interested in learning the latest news going on with Joy Clair? Join us on your favorite Social media sites to see our newest products and samples from the design team members.

So before you go, let me ask a question. What is your favorite flower? Mine is the hibiscus...all different shades of them. In fact, I just planted a couple of shrubs that are suppose have blue flowers on it when it blooms.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Masking Paper
Memento Tuxedo Black
Chameleon Markers

Friday, March 31, 2017

Hoppy Easter

Happy Friday, MarkerPOP friends! Can you believe that today is the last day of March? Bring on April! So when someone mentions the month of April, I usually think of flowers and bunnies. So let's get to work with some bunnies.

Today, I am working with the Lawn Fawn's Hoppy Easter stamp set and Chameleon markers:

To create the background for the card, I used a few different prints from the Doodlebug's Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pad. The hill is formed using a stitched wave die. The two printed are attached to the cardbase.

The bunnies are stamped onto white cardstock, along with the carrot, egg and basket. All images are colored in with a variety of Chameleon markers. The images are then cut out with their coordinating dies. The bunnies are attached on the hill. The egg, carrot, and basket are attached to the bunnies as if they are holding the items. A simple sentiment is stamped onto a orange printed paper and attached to the top of the card.

Please hop on other to the MarkerPOP blog for the list of supplies used on today's card.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop - Joy Clair Stamps

Welcome, friends! I hope you are enjoying the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop! There are so many talented artists joining in the fun! I am sure you are getting super inspired to go and create after this hop! If you are stopping by and interested in starting at the beginning, hop on over to the official Coffee Lovers Blog to start.

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Today, I am joining some of my fellow Joy Clair design team members to showcase how with use the Joy Clair stamps for our coffee projects. You can see the team's creations on the Joy Clair blog.

For today's project, I am using the Coffee Lovers stamp set to complete a Bible Page:

 Clear Stamps - Coffee Lovers Clear Stamps - Joy Clair

To start the page, I stamped the coffee cup onto the page and also on a spare sheet of cardstock. I cut the spare cup out and placed it on top of the cup on the Bible page. This provides a mask over the cup. I stamped a few circles from the April Showers stamp set around the cup and around the page. The circles are stamped with distress inks, which react with water. So I used a wet paintbrush around the circles. The sentiment stamps are added to the Bible page. To fill in some of the empty space, I added a few of the steam stamps. To finish the page, I added watered down paint splatters around the page. Time to remove the mask on the cup! I added a few names from the Letter to God stamp set onto the coffee cup.

Let's talk about the prize! Who wants a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Joy Clair store? All you have to do is comment on this blog and all the Joy Clair design team members' blog. The winner will be announced on the Joy Clair blog at the end of the month!

Thank you for stopping by!


Joy Clair Stamps used on today's project:

Chunky Thank You with Prima

Hello, MarkerPOP friends! I hope your week has been a great one. It has been a busy one here, trying to get back to the normal routine after Spring Break. I had some neighbors helping me out, so I needed to come up with a fun thank you card to show my appreciation.

Today, I am working with Stampendous Chunky Thank You Cling Stamp and Prima Confections watercolors to create this card:

A stamped the image with black ink onto some watercolor cardstock. The image is colored in with Prima Confections watercolor paints.

***This is the first time I used Prima Confections paints. I am so pleased with how creamy and thick these paints are. I am not use to that thickness, so I will need to practice more with learning how to get light to dark shades of one color.***

To add some detail to the card, I added some sparkle to the butterflies by added a layer from the Wink of Stella pen. (It is hard to capture the sparkle in a photo.

To finish the card, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut out the panel with the image. The image is then attached to a black cardbase. I felt the card needed a little more detail, so I added a few drops of NUVO black Crystal Drops.

Thank you for stopping by today! Don't forget, there are a few days left of the Copics Birthday sure to join in for your chance to win!

Have a great day!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Joy Clair- Hedge of Protection Bible Page

Hello, Joy Clair friends! I am happen you stopped by today. For the month of March, the Joy Clair design team is pulling out some of the order stamp sets and making some new projects with them.

One of the stamp sets that I choose to work with is the super adorable Hedge Hogtastic stamp set.

Hedge Hogtastic Clear Stamps - Joy Clair - 1

This stamp set is part of the Everday stamp collections available at Joy Clair, but today, I decided to use the stamp set on a Bible Journaling page.  This year, I have been completing a new Bible Study. One day, while reading Job...Chapter 1 Verse10, and the word 'hedge' was mentioned. The moment I read that word, I knew that I wanted to include a hedgehog while journaling this page.
So below is the final project:

So while I was creating this page, I was so focused, that I forgot to take step by step pictures. I am going to explain the steps below. If you have any questions or need more clarity, please let me know.

Step-by-step tutorial:
  1. Prepare the Bible page with a layer of clear gesso.
  2. Stamp hedgehog images along the side of the page with back ink.
  3. Color in the hedgehogs with a variety of ZIG Clean Color markers and water.
  4. Stamp the word 'HEDGE' using the Soft Letters Alpha stamp set and color in with a green ZIG markers and water.
  5. Color in the background with blue ZIG Clean Color markers and water.
  6. Create the rest of the title for the page using word and alpha stickers.
  7. To fill in some of the empty space, I added a few cloud diecuts.
  8. Stamp the date onto the bottom of the page.
Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you have a 'hogtastic' day!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Reach for the Sky

Hello, MarkerPOP friends! I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready for the weekend!  It is Spring Break here and we are currently experiencing some beautiful weather. (Not trying to rub into those who are currently dealing with a big snow storm.)

Today I am working with Hampton Art Reach for the Sky stamps and ZIG Clean Color Markers:

I stamped the image onto some watercolor cardstock. Once the ink dried, I used a variety of ZIGs to color in the scene. Recently, I have been seeing a trend were the artist does not fully color in the image. There is white space that is left in a tiny part of the image. I decided to give this technique a try with this card. I have fallen in love with and look forward to using it on future projects. The sentiment is stamped in the bottom corner.

The following ZIG Clean Color Markers were used on this project: 021, 036, 064, 065, and 081

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you have a great day!