Thursday, August 16, 2012

4000 FB Fan Winner! Men's Layout, Watercolor Tips, Samples and Nebraska & BC Sale Links!

Hi Everyone,  

Wow - we have over 4000 Facebook Fans and our 4000th Fan was Joanna Munster from Queensland Australia who has won a $40.00 Crafty Secrets Gift Certificate!

Look at this cool layout that DT Leader Vicki Chrisman created with our new Mustache Men Stamp Set.  If you go to Vicki's Blog you can see close up details, plus all her mustache men and info about her big Flea Market Fall Festival she and her Art Group have planned Oct 5 & 6 if you are in Nebraska.  If you live close to me in Surrey BC - see my link for our big Garage Sale this Sat, Aug 18 at end of this post.

I'm in love with this purple and orange inking and the way DT Member Pam Hooten used both our new Halloween Stamp Sets Halloween Labels and Jolly Halloween on this cute Halloween tag. Also check out the spooky ATC card Pam made!

 See how easy it is to make a quick card and how you don't always need to color your images.  DT Member Marilyn McIldoon simply stamped the elephant from our Animal Party Stamps on some polka-dot paper and inked it up a bit. The matching border colors pull it all together and make it more festive.

 I think what I love most about using watercolor pens and pencils is the dreamy soft effect you can create like the background that Sophie La Fontaine did on this sweet card below using our Fairy Wishes Clear Art Stamp Set   using Tim Holtz Watercolor Makers.

Sophie says she likes using a clear plastic sheet to scribble the marker colors on and a water or a paint brush to paint with.  She prefers using watercolor paper and says it works better to lighten and blend colors. Later she goes in with the tip of her watercolor marker to add detail and extra shading and can soften and blend the colors again using her brush. Here are Sophie's Tips from last year simply using paints & a brush.
Then today Sophie posted this adorable smartie cat card in her gallery over at Splitcoast and I had to show you it as well. She used our Cutie Cat stamps with an image from our Childhood Booklet

Then I saw Marie-alice's card and realized she and Sophie probably made cards togther again and look at her cute back to school card with her 'Yale wanna be smartie cat'!

 I've been busy helping my mom get ready for a BIG GARAGE SALE we are having this Saturday, Aug 18th at a friends house.  Our driveway is too sloped and our friend has a massive paved area out front.  I posted the ad on Craigslist today and I know hardly any of you live close to Surrey, BC Canada - too bad  but if you do, come by and say hi!!    I called it the:  MULTI FAMILY ESTATE, COLLECTIBLE GARAGE SALE of the CENTURY! and posted photos.  

I have a fun kit special to show you next week!

 Wishing you joy & creativity!  
Sandy Redburn  
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Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

the new mustache stamps are so darn cute! Wish I could transport myself to your sounds wonderful!

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