Monday, October 15, 2018

Handmade Christmas Series 2018: Day 1 Watercolors and EH Mondo Holly 2 ways

Here's an exciting sale for everyone! is having a 20% off sale on all dies with the code above.  I've made a list of some "must have" dies when it comes to card making and these are basic shapes that don't necessarily coordinate with stamps.  These are ones I use nearly every time I craft.
Lawn Fawn Heart Stackables dies

Ellens sale happens to coincide with my latest project which uses EH products, the Mondo Holly stamp and dies.  I love their Mondo line; it has gorgeous floral images are they're perfect for watercolors.  With this project, I used Arteza watercolors, as I was invited by the company to play with and review.  If you'd like to see that video, click here.  This project was already complete when EH invited me to share their upcoming sale with my viewers, I thought the project and sale made the perfect couple to combine into one post.  Through Nov 10, 2018, I have a 10% off coupon code for Arteza as well, which is  JasmineBurgess1.  Lets see what I used in the card and here is the video.

Ellen Huston Mondo Holly stamps
Ellen Hutson Mondo Holly dies
Arteza Watercolors  
Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper
Ink on 3 Blackout
Kuretake gold watercolor
Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder
Brutus Monroe Gilded EP
Be Creative Tape
Gold Foil Embossed paper
Charcoal/ Dark Gray cardstock
Neenah Classic Cream cardstock

I've shown 2 different versions of the same card using different, yet simple watercolor techniques.  The reasoning was two-fold.  The first is that I was testing these to see how they performed in comparison to other brands of similar quality.  The other was to show the viewer simple and easy, yet lovely results they can employ in their own cardmaking.  I also like to add versatility to a stamp set if I can.  I think I was successful with each of my objectives and I love how each card turn out.  

Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas,

Glow in the Dark Halloween Shakers with MFT and Arteza Watercolors with a sale at Ellen Hutson!

Happy Halloween!  Todays project is a frightfully fun set of shaker cards that glow in the dark!  Given the fact that *most* cameras need light, I was not able to capture the glowing effect satisfactorily on either of my cameras.  My cell phone camera got an ok picture and you can see that at the end of the video on my YouTube channel.  However, they do glow quite brightly and look really cool in real life.  My nieces and nephews are going to love them.  Lets get started!  Added bonus- you can save 20% on the die set used in this project until 10/17/18!

MFT Frightfully Sweet Stamps
MFT Frightfully Sweet dies
Distress Ink Originals

Strathmore 140 lb WC paper
Ranger Matte Medium
Nuvo Green Glow in the Dark drops
Hero Arts Star Stencil
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Arteza Watercolors
Ink on 3 Blackout
Hot Off the Press Heat Resistant Acetate
Circle dies
Be Creative Tape
3M Foam tape
Ranger Black Sparkle EP
EK Success Powder Tool
Staz-on Black ink
28 Lilac Lane Bold and Bright sequins
Little Things Clear Irridescent Stars and Star Shine
Patterned Paper from stash

I your Halloween is full of fun and excitement!  Valid through 11/10/18 is a coupon code, JasmineBurgess1, for 10% off the Arteza watercolors I used to paint the critters.  If you're interested in my review video of Arteza watercolors, click here for that video.  As always if you have any questions, let me know.  Happy to help!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Puppy Birthday Shaker with Custom Patterned Paper and Copics

Todays project is this adorable shaker.  I had a lot of fun designing and creating this one.  I love animals.  In another life I may have become a Zoologist, just so I could hang out and play with the animals at the Zoo all day.  My husband always laughs because every time I see someone with their dog in their car, I always say "Puppy!", no matter how old the dog may be.  My brother has a black lab and I bring her pig ears every time we visit and she knows I'm hers.  My cat, Onyx, is my fur baby, and the first animal my husband and I have had together, as well as the first cat Howard has had experience with.  Onyx knows we are his.  The shaker card is a technique I love, as use often, which you know if you hang out here with any regularity.  They are easy and so versatile.  For this one, I used the main image stamps on the background to create custom patterned paper and tie the background in with the focal panel on the front.  To add interest to the kraft frame, I skewed the smaller interior die so that it was crooked; this creates something unexpected.  If you struggle with placing embellishments on the front of your card use odd numbers.  Your brain wants to match even numbers, making even numbers of elements unpleasant to look at (you wont necessarily notice this), but when looking at odd numbers it doesn't need to match anything; it just is, making odd numbers more pleasing.  If you look at the picture, I have 3 woofs and 4 bones.  Because they are die cut from the same paper, it's an odd number and your brain isn't playing matchy-matchy (yes, that's a highly technical term). 
Here is the video on my YouTube channel and my supplies are listed below.

Sunny Studio Party Pups stamp set
Sunny Studio Rainbow Dots and Stripes paper
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Neenah Classic Cream cardstock
Ink on 3 Blackout 
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches dies
Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock
Brutus Monroe Icicle EP
Hero Arts Acetate panel
3M Foam tape
Catherine Pooler Inks
-Coral Cabana
Copic Markers:
Gray dog: C0, 2, 4, 8; R20 RV14
Brown dog: E37, 49; R20 RV14
Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper
Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen
Rounded Square die, 2.5"

Thanks for stopping by and I'll catch you next time!

Much love,

Handmade Christmas Series 2018: Day 1 Watercolors and EH Mondo Holly 2 ways

Here's an exciting sale for everyone! is having a 20% off sale on all dies with the code above.  I&...