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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wags N' Whiskers Challenge

Hello everyone

It's time for the Wags N' Whiskers Challenge
This weeks challenge is brought to us by Mariska
and she has chosen

"All White"

Your card must be white but you can
have color in the image!

I just love all white cards!!
The gorgeous image I have used is
"Say a Prayer"


I embossed the image with black and I painted her
dress with icicle H2o's and the rest is
painted with Tombows.
I used a CB folder for the embossing and a MS corner
and border punch for the squares.
I also added some large flat backed pearls.

Be sure to check out the Wags N' Whiskers Blog
as the Diva's have some gorgeous
creations to share with you.

Have a fabulous day
and
Thanks so much for stopping by.....

KAREN x

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

High Hopes Challenge #101

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE....

It's time for the High Hopes Challenge.

This weeks challenge is brought to us by
"ANDREA"
and she has chosen
"Glitter or Sparkle"

The adorable image I am using for my card is
"Leapin' Larry"
and
Leapin' Lilypads
sentiment


I embossed the image with black and painted it
with Tombows. I stamped, embossed painted and
cut out 4 extra flowers and leaves. The oval frames was
made with my nesties. I stamped and embossed the
sentiment onto acetate. The DP is from a
DCWV paper pack.
I coiled some fine wire and made a spring, hot gluing
it to the back of the frog....which makes him jiggle when
you hold the card. More like a dancing frog than a
leaping one, but fun none the less...lol!!

I made a quick video snippet of Larry Leapin' .....
thought you might get a chuckle out of it!!
And yes....I know, I have way too much time
on my hands....lol!!

video

Be sure to stop by the High Hopes Blog and
check out the fabulous glittery and sparkly
creations the Diva's have to share with you.

I hope you will have time to play along with us
and remember that the challenge will run for 2 weeks
and on the off week we will be sharing tutorials created by
the Diva's on all different types of techniques.
Our lovely Lacey has a card drive going on to for a very
special little boy who is recovering in hospital.
Please check out her post here....
PRAY FOR LUKE...Card Drive

Have a wonderful day
and Thanks so much for stopping by.....

KAREN x


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Watercoloring Tutorials

HELLO EVERYONE.....

I have created a couple of video tutorials to go along with my
"Watercoloring Techniques with Markers Guide"
I thought it would help those of you who already have
my watercoloring guide for you to actually see my techniques
in action and maybe inspire some of you to take the plunge
into watercoloring with Tombow markers.

Now these are my first talkies and I am just getting
used to how this technology works, so go
easy on me...eh...lol!!

The first tutorial is how to do the background.

video

I created a card using the moon in my tutorial.
I really love this paper, thought it would be great for
"outer space"but it was a challenge using it. I think it
is the wackiest card I have ever created........lol!!

The second tutorial I show you my techniques for coloring in the image.

video

I hope you enjoy my tutorials and if you have any questions
be sure to email me at... 1wackywoman@gmail.com
You can also see these videos on You Tube

My watercoloring guide and Tombow markers are available
at.... www.rubberroom.ca

Have a wonderful day
and
Thanks so much for stopping by...

KAREN x

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wags N' Whiskers Challenge

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE.....

It's time for the Wags N' Whiskers Challenge.
This weeks challenge is
"With Love"

The beautiful Pin Up I am using for my card is
"AUGUST"


I embossed the image with black and painted
it with Tombows. I used my scallop oval nesties for
the sentiment. I used an Ek Success for the card edges.
The DP is from Paper Adventurers.

Be sure to check out the Wags N' Whiskers Blog
to see the gorgeous creations the Diva's have
to share with you this week.

I hope you will have time to play along with us
this week and remember the Wags N Whiskers
challenges are now open and you may
use any image to join in.

Have a great day
and
Thanks for stopping by.......

KAREN x

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

High Hopes 100th Challenge Blog Hop

It's time for High Hopes' 100th Challenge!!

To celebrate, we are having a Blog Hop
complete with lots of prizes!

The challenge this week is "Anything Goes"

You should have arrived from Jeanne's Blog
If you haven't... you will want to start back at the
High Hopes Blog so you don't miss any stops along the way.

For my 100th Celebration Card I am using
"Miss Marissa"
She is an oldie but a goodie from the original
High Hopes catalogue by artist Tony De Marco

She fits perfectly on my side step card!!

I also am using
"Flop Eared Rabbit,
Cute Posey
and
"Somebunny Loves You"
sentiment


As you hop from stop to stop, make sure to leave
comments because there is candy along the way.

The 1st prize is $100 worth of High Hopes Stamps!!
The 2nd prize is $50 worth of High Hopes stamps!!
And the 3rd and 4th prizes will each receive
$25 worth of High Hopes stamps!!

The winners may choose unmounted stamps or
cling mounted stamps only.

In order to have a chance to win, you must leave a
comment on each blog along the hop!!

The hop will remain open 12:00pm (noon)
EST Monday, Jan 17th
And the winner will be announced next Tuesday.

You may also notice that we have a few special guests
joining us for this challenge!! A few of our Original Divas
have returned for this special event.
Be sure to give them a big "Hello"

From here you will hop to one
of our fabulous original Diva's
Katharina Frei

I hope you enjoy the hop....

KAREN x

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wags N' Whiskers Release and Blog Hop

Good morning everyone....

I'm glad you could join us for the Wags N' Whiskers
Release and Blog Hop!!!

If you have arrived here from Sharon's blog you
are going in the right direction. If not you can start
over at the Wags N' Whiskers Blog.

The gorgeous Pin Up I am using today is
"Magali"

I have created a desk calendar...



Now as you are hopping around be sure to comment
on all the Diva's blogs as there will be 3 prizes
of 2 stamps at random Diva's blogs.

Now your next stop is Nikki....

Have a great day
and
Thanks for stopping by....

KAREN x

Sunday, January 9, 2011

High Hopes 100th Challenge


We are so excited that our next challenge - coming up on Tuesday - is our
100th Challenge!!!

To celebrate, we are having a blog hop complete with
mega prizes
AND awesome Guest Divas.
For those of you who have been fans of High Hopes for a
long time, you will be thrilled to see who our Guests are!!

The blog hop will begin
early Tuesday starting at
12:01am EST/5:01am GMT.

There will be prizes for those who complete the blog hop and
participate with our challenge.

Feel free to grab the banner to post on your blog to help
spread the word.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Wags N' Whiskers Sneak Peek Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Wags N' Whiskers
Sneak Peeks.

I just love these new release images.....
just perfect for men's cards.

The beautiful image I am using
for my card today is
"Sophia"


I just couldn't resist using this paper
when I saw her spotty dress!!

I embossed the image with black and painted it
with Tombows. I used my scalloped nesties for the
frame. The border is done with my MS doily lace
punch. The DP is from Darcie's.

We will be having sneak peeks all weekend
with the BLOG HOP and RELEASE on Monday
January 10th.

Be sure to check out the Wags N' Whiskers Blog to see which
Diva's have sneak peeks to share with you today.

Have a great day
and
Thanks so much for stopping by....

KAREN X

Friday, January 7, 2011

Wags N' Whiskers Challenge and New Release Sneak Peek

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE

We had a wonderful Christmas break and are now back with
the first Wags N' Whiskers Challenge of 2011 and a sneak peek of
their new release.

I just love these new images....
"Pin Up's"


The challenge this week is
"Valentines"

The gorgeous pin up girl I am using on my card is
"MARILYN"


I embossed the image with black and painted it with Tombows.
I used my Tonic corner rounder for the corners.
The fabulous paper is from Graphic 45.

Be sure to stop by these Diva's blogs to see the
beautiful creations they have to share with you.

Angelique, Jeanette, Debbie, Mariska,
Carolina,
Sharon, Tracy, Chris
Vicky, Lacey, and Nikki

Pop by the Wags N' Whiskers Blog and
check out how you can win some of these gorgeous
new release stamps!!!

I hope you will come back tomorrow to see
more sneak peeks....

Have a great day
and
Thanks for stopping by....

KAREN x

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Watercolouring with Tombows Guide



HELLO EVERYONE...
As some of you know I have been teaching watercolor classes for
the last 5 years. Over these years I have had so many requests
to create a watercoloring guide and video tutorial from
people who want to learn my techniques and from my
students who want a guide to help them remember all the
tips and techniques that they learned in my classes.

I have been working on and perfecting just such a guide over
the last few months and am so excited to tell you....
it is finally complete!!

I have now published my very first watercoloring guide.....

I am so pleased with the finished product.

It is fully illustrated with colored images, techniques and
tips. It is super easy to read and understand
from start to finish.

I have always used Tombow markers to watercolor my images.

Tombow has 96 markers in the line but I have colored the
images in my guide using some of my favorites.
My favorite markers list consists of just 34 markers.
I have added all 96 markers to my collection so I could
experiment with other different color combos but always
seem to wind up using just my favorites.
Here is a sneak peek of whats inside......



I have also created my very first video snippet showing my technique.
I chose not to talk on this first one,
it was really strange listening to my own voice....lol!
It is also available on You Tube.


video

To order your copy of my "Watercoloring Guide"
You can purchase the Watercoloring Guide for $13.95

I hope you are as excited about my Watercoloring Guide as I am!!!
I will be sharing more videos in the next few weeks...
maybe even some talkies.....
so I hope you will stop by and check them out!!

Thanks so much for stopping by

Have a fabulous day....

KAREN x