Saturday, September 7, 2019

Chloe Perfume Watercolor Print and Home Decor

Just packing up some orders on a Saturday afternoon.  Here is my Chloe Perfume Print taken from my original watercolor.  It's heading off to a happy home.  I've got my assembly line going.  A brand new cutting board, new cute heart washi tape, and a new batch of Moo business cards to help the pack up day go smoothly.  Stationery items make me so happy!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Stylish Party Planning, Birthday Cards, Bridal Showers And Just Because Greetings With Paperless Post

Full disclosure, I was approached to try out Paperless Post, an online greeting and custom stationery company.  I hadn't heard of them before, but when I did a little cursory research, I ended up spending more time than I intended perusing some really cute and stylish choices in greeting cards, invitations and stationery.

I am an artist, so I do hand make a lot of my own cards and invitations to send out, but sometimes there is not enough time in the day to do that.  With my Vida Loca, there are times when sending out these e-cards or especially a big batch of e- invitations would save me.  And with designer cards by Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, Rifle Paper Co. among many others, I won't be skimping on style!  Hey, I have a reputation to live up to where stationery is concerned. 

In addition to stylish cards or invitations, you can customize your backdrop, envelope, envelope liner and even choose from the cutest stamps.

Here's a little sneak peek at some cute Paperless Post choices:

I have to admit, this describes me to a t.  I want to throw a party just so I can send out these invitations and have "Good Looking Crab Cakes"!

I love this fashionable birthday card.  The message and bright yellow background are so cheery.

There is a whole Wedding and Bridal section to explore.  This square card is lovely with it's teal background and bright hot pink blooms.

There are even cards you can get for free.  This retro card was in the "Just Because" free section.

You can purchase coins on the Paperless Post site in packages of :
25 coins for $10
100 coins for $20
200 coins for $30
400 coins for $50
1000 coins for $100

In the first card I depicted here (The Kate Spade Invitation), you can see that the card starts at 2 coins.  When you start to customize, each item after that will cost another coin.  You have choices of picking designs in backdrops, envelopes, envelope liners and stamps for an additional coin each.

I chose all customizable options on one card I sent out, and it ended up costing 6 coins.  I feel like I am playing with monopoly money.  I had fun trying out Paperless Post and will definitely be sending more greetings and invitations through them in the future.

Ciao Bellas!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Year's Eve Cocktail Dress And A Watercolor Test Sketch

The upcoming new year has me in organizing mode.  Out with the old and in with the new.  I've been going through my art supplies and discovered some tubes of paint that are in bad shape.  Lids have cracked, tubes have split open, and paint has dried up.  Hmmm.... , I think it is time for an art supply shopping trip!! I'm in the mood to try something new.  Back in October I visited Art Supply Warehouse for one of their great tote bag full of freebies sales and this little Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Dot Try It Card was included.  If you want to try one, you can order it from their website for $5.99.  I finally got around to trying mine out today while I have a little piece and quiet on a Sunday.  Although I couldn't achieve a really deep color wash with these little dots, they did give me some idea of the colors and how they will lay down on the paper.  I really like the jadeite and amethyst colors.  I also had fun with the red fuchsite ad sugilite beacuse they've got some sparkle to them.  I always love a little sparkle! ✨

So here's my little watercolor test sheet and sketch of the perfect little cocktail dress for the New Year's Eve party you might be invited to.  The Maggy London Illusion Yoke Crepe Sheath is available at Nordstrom. 

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Have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Painting Tutorial For A DIY Christmas Holly Card

The holidays are the time for doing some fun crafts and handmade gifts.  This year I got the crazy notion to hand make my Christmas cards.  I must admit that I narrowed my list of recipients as I am short on time. If you don't have the time, you can just make these cards for a few special people.  That said, I did keep in mind that I would be making several of these so I kept it simple.

The first step is to clear a space and gather your supplies.  I already had a pack of blank cards and envelopes from Michael's Craft Store .  I'm not sure how long I've had my set, as I always try to keep some blank cards and envelopes and tags on hand for emergency gift giving!  I used an off-white set that has some speckles in the fiber of the paper, but you can use any kind you wish.

List of supplies I used:

• set of blank cards and envelopes
• pencil
• paint brushes size 5 and 0 ( I used Simply Simmons round brushes)
• acrylic paint: Apple Barrel White and Honeysuckle Pink
                        Delta Light Foliage Green
                        Craft Smart Holiday Red and Sea Mist Pearl
                        Folk Art Inca Gold
                        Martha Stewart Glitter Craft Paint in Cotton Candy
Tombow Dual Brush Pens in #249, #242, #757

These are just the supplies I had on hand. You can use the colors you have.

I used my pencil to draw a simple holly shape on the front of my card.

I used my holiday red and light foliage green acrylic paint, leaving some of the paper untouched as the highlights.

I used a little of the Honeysuckle Pink on the bottom left side of the berries.  This is an optional step. It adds a little depth but won't make or break your painting if you leave it out.  Then I went in with a second coat of the green for the leaves. 

It's hard to see here but I added some strokes of the Sea Mist Pearl following the directions veins of a leaf would take on the holly leaves.  In person it adds a pretty and subtle shimmer.

I then added a little Cotton Candy Glitter right over the Honeysuckle Pink on the berries, below and to the left of the white highlight on the berries. This will add some sparkle for the holidays.

Now add a bit of white to the highlights on the berries and a few strokes on the leaves.  A little white goes a long way.

After all the paint is completely dry, I outlined my leaves with the Tombow dual brush pen in #249 using the larger brush side.  Keep the strokes light and playful.

I used the Tombow pen in #757 (a wine color) to outline the berries.

Using my smaller brush I painted some Inca Gold acrylic dots and stars scattered around the holly.

I then used the Tombow pen #242 to write my message on the inside of my card and followed up with some more gold dots and stars.

I hope this was helpful.

Happy Holly Days!✨

Monday, December 3, 2018

Wrapping Up Christmas Gift of A Coach Poppy Perfume Watercolor Print

I can't believe it is already December, but when the Christmas orders start rolling in, I guess I have to believe.  Then of course I felt compelled to take down the Thanksgiving decorations and put up our Christmas decorations and lights.  I always have a Christmas movie playing while we decorate.  And I try to bake something too, so the house will really smell like the holidays.  It was Chocolate chip cookies this time!  Yum!  Now here I am packing up a Christmas order for a costumer.  This is a print from my original watercolor painting of a Coach Poppy Perfume Bottle.  If you've got a fashionista on your shopping list there's lots to find in my Etsy Shop.  Happy Shopping everyone, I hope you have a stress free holiday.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mini Easter Basket or Party Favor Craft

Hello Everyone!  I've posted this DIY craft before on my blog, but I thought it was a great time to repost since today is the First Day of Spring.  What a great time to think about making something cute for Easter.

So here is how to make a Mini Easter Basket:

I was going through my old magazines (I'm sort of a hoarder when it comes to magazines) and found instructions on how to make this adorable Paper Easter Basket in a Martha Stewart Living issue.  You can fill it with jelly beans and chocolate bunnies and station one at each place-setting on your Easter table. 

These remind me of the candy basket party favors I would get when I went to birthday parties as a little girl.  So I think they can be filled with little trinkets and candies and be used as cute party favors for any occasion.

What you'll need:
White Wilton Nut & Party Cups (2 inch diameter)
White crepe paper
Green crepe paper
floral wire
floral tape
felt or paper craft flower
white glue (Elmer's glue)
craft paint brush

I used a white Wilton Nut & Party Cup (sold in packs of 24 at a 2-inch diameter), but any white paper cup can be used if you cut it down to about 1 5/8 inch.

I wrapped the cup in white crepe paper, brushing the outside of the cup with glue.  I used an old craft paint brush.  I made sure the piece I used was 1 inch higher than the cup so I could tuck it inside.  Punch two small holes in the side of the cup directly across from each other.  Cut a piece of 20-gauge floral wire to desired length for the handle.  Fold back ends of wire, and loop through holes from the inside out.  Wrap the wire in floral tape.  (I've made these little baskets a couple of times since I took this photo, and I used green pipe cleaners instead of wrapping a florist wire for the handle.  It was easier and you can use a variety of colors.)

I then cut green crepe paper the same length as the white crepe paper and 1 inch taller than the cup.  Accordion-fold the green paper and using scissors, cut top of the paper to create "grass".  Unfold and wrap around cup, glueing it on.  The "grass" had a tendency to fold inward once I had wrapped it around the cup, but I just pulled it outward softly and it behaved itself after that.

There were instructions on how to make a crepe paper flower for the handle, but it just wasn't working for me.  I was running out of time so I just used a little felt flower from the pack of craft felt flowers that I found in the dollar bin at Target.  Good thing I bought those. You never know when you are going to need a felt flower!  And I am all about taking shortcuts.

Now you are ready to fill your little basket with goodies!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Queen Victoria Watercolor Sketch

I was so excited to watch the second season debut of the Masterpiece series Victoria on PBS this past Sunday.  It really brings history to life!  I'm intrigued by historical shows and books.  I always wonder how people conducted their daily lives in the past.  Of course one of my favorite things to see is the fashion from this Victorian era.  What a lot of research the costume designer, Rosalind Ebbut, must have done to come up with such exquisite designs.  

And to think that a monarch who reigned over an empire was so tiny. It is said Queen Victoria was only four feet eleven.  In this production of Victoria, the queen is portrayed beautifully by the petite Jenna Coleman, who I loved from the Doctor Who series.

Here is a watercolor sketch I did of Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria.  I added a little acrylic paint on top of the watercolor for some details.  Do you like my really expensive blue paper plate palette that I used for the acrylic paint?  I must admit that trying to clean up dried up acrylic paint off a palette drives me a little bonkers, so to avoid that frustration I just use something disposable.  

I am so looking forward to Sunday for the second episode in this lavish series!  I hear that some of Yorkshire's most famous stately homes such as Castle Howard and Bramham Park stand in for the royal residences of Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle.  I'll have to pay special attention to that next time.