Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! - Unity Blog Hop


Happy New Year !
 and welcome to the first Unity Blog Hop of 2015 !

Today, I will be revisiting some of my Unity work from 2014!

 Click on the blue links to know more about the stamps used!

Fairy
Video



Beauty of season
Video


Harmony girl
video



Reason to smile


Whitney girl
video


Camera ready
video

 Depth of life


Enjoy the little things
video


She dreams



Quotes


We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway.  Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Monday night on the Unity blog.






Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fun filled year ahead!



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Birthday Wishes - Blog Hop


 Dear Kendra..
 "Happy birthday to you..happy birthday to you..happy birthday dear Kendra ...happy birthday to you!"
...clap clap clap!

Today, my friend Kendra from Crafter's Companion celebrates her birthday and a few of us from the design team decided to come together with a blog hop to wish her on this lovely day! I am so happy to have made this post today..I could not have thought of a better way to close this year than to wish a dear friend the very best in life!



Stamped the sentiments and sketched the floral background with Winsor and Newton watercolors.


The sentiments are by Crafter's Companion and from different sets. I mixed them to make one large sentiment of my own!

Stamps-Vinatge floral collection-sentimentals, vintage floral collection-greetings


No blog hop is complete without a giveaway, so don't forget to leave a comment below to win some lovely stamps....comments are open until Jan 5th!


Here is the complete blog hop list...

Crafter's Companion USA

Lori Barnett

Taylor Usry

Tenia Nelson

Giovana Smith

Melissa Cash

Chrissie Tobas

Wendy Price

Trena Brannon

Swarup Murthy

Jenn Cochran

Roxanne O'Brien

Christiana Reuling
 


Thanks for stopping by and wish you a...
....................................... Happy New Year!





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Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Year In Review - 2014

Stamps-Crafter's Cmpanion-A little bit sketchy-milestones and moments. 
 Watercolors- Sakura koi 



   "Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments"
    ...so true..isn't it?

In the process of getting through major milestones in life, often we miss all the important moments that were worth capturing and storing in our memory.

This morning, as I sat compiling  my 'year in review' post, I was lost in the very same thought. I was going through my blog trying to pick my top 10 favorites and was finding it so hard to pick and choose. Each one was special in it's own way and had some memory associated with it that made it different and unique. I had spent hours creating them, each one painted with love..how could I possibly choose between them?

Creatively, 2014, has been a year of milestones for me, but the moments leading to those milestones mean more than the milestone in itself!

For me, doing videos was the single most  major milestone this year and I don't think I can ever forget the moment when I hit 'Publish'  for the very first time on YouTube...what a feeling it was...I was opening myself to a hitherto unknown audience, the fact that these videos could be seen by anyone was definitely an overwhelming thought. I was and still am extremely critical of myself, I used to wonder if my voice would sound ok...if my art was worth watching...what if my accent was not understood, were my camera angles ok....there are already so many art videos out there, would people want one more?......many many thoughts and fears..enough to stop me from  hitting the publish button..but.. I took comfort in the knowledge that videos could be deleted ......yayyyy. ...for that delete button!
... and finally listened to an inner voice which kept telling me to just 'do it' and....... I am so glad I did!
.......because..to my pleasant surprise, my audience was far more encouraging than I could have ever imagined. Whether it was kindness or interest in watercolors..they loved it and wanted more!

 I felt blessed !

I am grateful for all those who supported and encouraged me and thought my YT channel was worth subscribing! I truly appreciate those who take the time to leave me a comment because I feel comments do take time and if someone leaves me one, I truly acknowledge their effort. Thank You!

And I must mention here, that before my first video went public on my YouTube channel, I did do a video for Online card class- watercolor for cardmakers and that technically was my very first one and going by the response it received over there, I was encouraged to do more...so a huge  THANKS to Jennifer McGuire who invited me to take a class and thus gave me the push I so desperately needed to start doing videos!

So, this year, instead of doing a top 10 favorite cards, which would usually mean my favorites, I have decided to share your favorites - my most popular videos!

Botanicals - my very first one on my YT channel!



 Floral- the most popular ever !

Watercolor stamping

 Poinsettia


 Negative painting


 I guess I should stop at five, otherwise I might end up with all 35 here!

 So that kind of summarizes 2014 for me..it was all about sharing whatever little I knew and I hope to continue doing the same in the coming year.

 Join me...let's travel together on this watercolor journey!







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Friday, December 26, 2014

Guest Designer - Penny Black -Day 4+ 5



As this wonderful week draws a close, so do my projects for Penny Black!
...here are day 4 and day 5 .....



Do stop by their blog for more details on the stamps used !






A closer look.....



Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope I had enough inspiration for you this week...
......thanks Penny Black!

Have a fun weekend !






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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas !


 Merry Christmas !
 .... hope you are enjoying the day with family and friends. ...


...... just stopping by to wish you all with a card made just for you...my readers and friends!


 I have used a stamp by Penny Black and watercolors to color it. I have used salt for the textured background .


Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday!




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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Guest designer - Penny Black -video




It's day 3 over at the  Penny Black blog  and here is my project for today! I love this stamp set..check out their blog for more details!



I do have a video for this one which I am sharing here...


Click here to watch on YouTube



Sharing with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge-anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Christmas eve!




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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Guest Designer - Penny Black - video








Here is another Penny Black project for you...stop by their blog for all the details about the stamps used and to watch the video!







Thanks for stopping by today and see you tomorrow with another PB project!




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Monday, December 22, 2014

Guest designer - Penny Black - video





I am so excited!
.... this week  I will be guest designing for Penny black!


There is a guest designer extravaganza going on over at the Penny Black blog and it's my turn this week! I will be there with five projects and here is my first one for the week, it does have a companion video, so stop by Penny Black for more information about the stamp sets used and to watch the video!


That's it for now, but don't forget to come back tomorrow for more videos and more Penny Black inspiration!

Have a wonderful week ahead!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Published!


 Excited to see my watercolors featured in Stamper's Sampler! It's the Jan 2015 issue and will hit the newsstands on Jan 1st.


And here is the two page spread..




When I posted this on Facebook, I had some of you email me asking if you could get a closer look  of the cards and more details. So to answer that...
.....these have already been blogged and three of them do have video companions..here are the links to those blog posts and videos..

 Video-










Thanks everyone for sharing my excitement ..will see you tomorrow with a video!

Happy Sunday!




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