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Pretty Peonies…

Peonies for mama

 

My mom’s birthday is coming up and since she loves flowers, I pulled out the Mondo Peony and Lovely to do some quick and loose watercolor. Finished it off with some black spatters and Rose Gold Sequins.

 

 

Peonies for mama web2

 

This was shot entirely on my iPhone 6+; I was testing out a recent purchase–the Arkon Desk/Table Stand for Kitchen/DIY/Crafting Periscopers (no affiliation; just bought one after hearing about it via Sandy Allnock).  I don’t actually Periscope myself (alas, I am incapable of creating and talking simultaneously. I also cannot cook and talk simultaneously.  However,  folding laundry and talking at the same time is entirely within my wheelhouse.  Go figure.),  but I absolutely adore Hyperlapsed crafty videos set to pretty or fun music…

Anyway, I really like the stand!  It’s well-built/sturdy, the vice type grips at the repositionable joints tighten nicely to hold any position I need to use my iPhone for video work, and it is much easier to set up and takes far less space than a standard tripod with a boom, etc.  The base is heavy so there’s no danger of it tipping, either.  I also like that the clamp that grips the phone has substantial rubber padding; no worries about scratching my phone.

 

 

Hope my mama enjoys this card as much as I did making it for her… :)

 

1Julie

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Pineapple Play on Words…

HA PINE DIE 2 web

 

Ohhhh, yes I did!  *fist pump*

Another pineapple card. Same awesome Hero Arts Paper Layering Pineapple die as used on this card.  And these cards.

 

HA PINE DIE 2a web

 

Because resistance is futile.  Gloriously sweet, prickly dimension and detail…

Used my Peerless watercolors this time around. And, I was glad to have the forethought of putting paper towel underneath my project as I watercolored because the paint did seep through the cut lines, naturally.  Avoided a hot mess. *more fist pumping*

I like using Distress Paint in Black Soot for spatter; its thicker consistency allows for the color to remain a deep rich black and doesn’t get watered down. It’s also permanent once it’s dry; if I wanted to watercolor over the top of it, the spatter would remain undisturbed. Muy awesome. :)

When I don’t have a stamp with precisely the phrase I need/want, I rely on my Dymo Label Maker

TO MAKE THIS CARD:

  1. Trim watercolor paper to 4 x 5.25″.
  2. Die cut pineapple into paper.
  3. Color as desired. (I watercolored)
  4. Dry/heat set with embossing gun.
  5. Spatter with black acrylic paint. Dry/heat set with embossing gun.
  6. Pop up details, mount to base card (Standard A-2, 4.25 x 5.5″)
  7. Generate custom greeting with label maker & affix to card  as shown.

 

And, Bob’s yer uncle. ;)

You can watch my creative process here, in a hyperlapsed video:

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Super Sweet Pineapple Card

HA PINE 1 web

Pineapples. Maybe it’s my Filipino background. Maybe it’s because it happens to be trending/has been trending for awhile.

And, maybe, just maybe I simply like pineapples and they make me smile.  The instant I laid eyes on this die, a bunch of ideas piled up in a jumbled mess inside my head.

So, this is one of four ideas I made recently.  I just played.  Non-stop. Because sometimes you just gotta ride that wave… Especially if you’re stuck creatively  with everything else.  And, I have been really, really stuck.  (oh, hey, was that a pun???!!! BAH HA HAAAAA!!!)

So, this was good, because #1. I had a blast.  #2. I ended up with 4 cards I love. #3. They are so purdy!

HA PINE DIE 1a web

To make this card:

  1. Die cut pineapple on a panel of watercolor paper (the die only cuts the details and does not cut the whole shape out).
  2. Color as desired–I watercolored.
  3. Allow to dry or speed dry with a heat tool.
  4. Spatter with black ink. Dry again.  Trim down 1/4″ all around.
  5. Pop details out.
  6. White emboss a greeting on scrap black card stock and staple to the panel.
  7. Mount to patterned paper; mount all to a base card (This one is a standard A-2, 4.25 x 5.5″)
  8. Embellish with glitter glue.

I love how the patterned paper peeks out from behind the die cut details… Such a fun, clever effect! :)

 

 

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