Monday, March 12, 2018

Clarity Stencil Brushes

Hello friends! I have a little project for you today with a short and sweet video. I have these Clarity Stencil Brushes that I just love. I love to pet them and say sweet things to them, then carefully put them back in their homes. No more!

Aren't they pretty!? I wanted to see how they would work with Distress Oxide inks over a stencil with glossy paper. Here's a short video.

I used the background I made as sky for my unicorn. Don't tell him he's not a Pegasus. No one needs to be crushed! 

You can find him with his friends and a die set. Matching (FUN) paper is also available. Check it out - isn't that AWESOME? Each paper has a glossed and glittered component. Everything you need for an awesome birthday!

Magical Day Bundle

Myths and Magic Designer Paper Pack
You may have noticed this set is in the latest Occasions catalog. Which means you get to pick a free item (or two!) from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. BUT HURRY it expires March 31. Just click the image below.

Everyone needs free stuff!
And it is a great time to join my team!! You never have to leave the comfort of your home - just enjoy the 20% discount on all your favorite supplies for $99! Retail value is $125 and you customize your kit. Just click the photo!

Let me spoil you!
I hope that gave you some inspiration to get out your stencils and play! I'll be back soon with another video. But first - is there anything your dying to see? Leave me a comment!

Ta for now,

Gloss brochure paper
Distress Oxides
Magical Day Bundle
Brights Stampin' Write Markers
Basic Black Archival Ink
Basic Black Cardstock
Whisper White Thick Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock
Tombow Liquid Adhesive
Mini Foam Dimensionals
Stencil - Stampin' Up! Retired
Judikins MicroGlaze
Mini Foam Blending Tool

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Fiscal Responsibility

Here in the US we're approaching tax day. I need 2 things - supplies for creativity and enough funds to fuel that creativity. Who wants to spend a bundle and then feel like hoarders? Who?? I found a product that I'm delighted to share with you so you can get out of the hoards!

I love Ranger Ink. I do. I have full-set-itis. I caught it from some "good" friends. You know who you are. Right? I see you.

I love Ranger. I don't always love their prices. When I buy a pack of 10-sheets of paper, I really can't use it. It has to sit there and be pretty while I while I fondle it. And hoard.

That's $9 for 10 sheets plus shipping or gas to the store. And tax! It's a $1 a sheet! And if you mess up? Yeah...sad bunneh. I just couldn't do it. But there's a new technique I'm dying to try and it *requires* glossy paper.

IMPORTANT NOTE - glossy photo paper will not work. That paper is only good for making photos! Now...where was I...

I didn't get to go to Creativation. Like so many of you, I had to be satisfied with watching demo videos and photos. Of course, I hung on every word that came out of Tim Holtz' mouth. I always do. He's amazing and has changed our crafting forever!

We were both a lot younger back then. I got to take a class with him, too. Precious memories! This is the current video that got me all twitterpated.

I had a brain storm...ok, more like a brain humidity. I have Office Depot print everything for my color printing needs. I don't have the patience or funds to keep a color printer happy. After years of heartache, I just had to set them in a reed basket on the Nile. OD is my go-to sekrit-weapon for all things color printed.

Yes, I set my printer free.
Working on our BSF class register - I came across a different print option that was singing to me when I picked them up. It was a shiny finish that made the photos really pop. Wheels turning (sorry for the rusty screech), I popped in to see if I could get some of that paper. No, the print shop doesn't use the brand they sell. Odd. But they have it delivered in bulk and different regular sizes, so I understood. But wait! She said. She'd ask her manager if they sell something comparable, or if she could sell me some of her stock.

It took a few minutes, but the manager pointed me to a product called glossy brochure paper. Well, here - just watch the video.

So how is this fiscal responsibility? It comes in 100 sheets. For $25 US (or less on sale). That's about 4 cents per sheet. No fear of messing up.

Tim noted in another video that alcohol inks don't like to play well with any other medium. I found I could use my alcohol inks over the Distress Oxides after I applied the micro-glaze. I may never move away from the unique blend of these products and paper.

I hope you have some fun with it too!

Office Depot Brochure Paper from Office Depot (Watch for sales.)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I'm Not Lion

I'm not! It's very true that I'm in love with this particular lion line art. I've searched high and low but I cannot find anyone to credit with this beautiful lion artwork. It's been on several tattoo websites and elsewhere, but no names given.

HCSB Journaling Bible. Supplies at the bottom of this post.
Label stickers are retired Creative Memories highlighted with white gel pen.

This video shows you a technique called watercolor lifting where you lift off some of the water based ink. I hope it will inspire you!

I've used this piece to help tell the story of 2 Samuel 23:20-21 when Benaiah killed a lion. In a pit. On a snowy day. Wow. I wouldn't go into a snowy, dank pit with a mad llama! I'm not lion! (Really bad, sorry folks!) Here's some random thoughts on long-necked no-hump camels.

We are one day away from a mega-storm here in East Texas. I'm prepared. I have enough toilet paper and animal food to make it through. My needs are secondary to the real owners of this house. I'm glad they let me live here.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I received a delivery today that will keep me busy and distracted from the storm. Except when the natives demand attention and treats. It's an Arkon video stand and I'm seriously in love.

If you'd like to save 20% on the price, use code UNDERSTANDBLUE at checkout.

That's all I have today, kids. I hope it brought you joy and inspiration. Stay safe!



Thursday, February 15, 2018

Olympic Mania

It's an Olympic year! I love the Olympics! Each one is fraught with its own drama, sometimes it's the athletes, sometimes it's the venue construction, often it's the coming together with most of the politics and nationality issues set aside for 2 weeks. I love to see those athletes who look out for one another. Those that cheer and even cry for people competing against them.

There's a lot of swirling and twirling in the Olympics. Lots of people flinging themselves and each other around a frozen sheet of ice with razors for feet. People are insanely flinging themselves down windy, frozen slopes with thin boards on their feet. Insane because they have to scoot out in a wind that would do its own dance with their light, lithe bodies just to voluntarily throw themselves down.

Somewhere a volcano is crying over no bodies being sacrificed to quench their hunger.

In anticipation of these swirling, crazy, death defying events, I put together a little tutorial to help you let out some pent-up need to spin. It's daring. It's potentially life-changing (especially if you have light colored carpet).

See? The wind just blows her little skirt around. She could be wearing skates - we just don't know. But she has an umbrella so maybe she's performing a skit on ice? You can write her story.

You can bet she has a great mani-pedi. I mean, with a designer dress like that... 
The Beautiful You stamp set is packed with great images and sentiments.
Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you're enjoying the Olympics. Tell me what your favorite sport is, what best moment you've seen so far, who you're pulling hard for. I'd love to know!

Ta for now,

Beautiful You stamp set
Whisper white cardstock
Random nail polish
Disposable water tray
Coffee stir stick
Paper towels
Gloves (optional)

Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!