Let’s Talk Schmincke Horadam Swatching and Review

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t been around I was crazy ill and am just no starting to feel normal again. On top of it all I dropped my mic that I use for voice overs and can not record any of those till I can pick up a new one.

What that means is I have finally filmed a swatching and light review of my 48 half pan set of Schmincke Watercolours. These are expensive paints they sell for $327 USD at Dick Blicks online store.

I researched and saved my pennies for almost two years in order to pick these up, stamps and things had to be purchased too so it took me a while, and when I had the money there were a few reasons why I picked these. Schmicke watercolours have been around since 1881 that is well over 100 years, and are still owned by the Schmicke and Horadam families. There are 110 colours in the professional series of paints, 69 of them are single pigment colours, they are all available as half pans, full pans, 5ml tubes, and 15ml tubes.

Schmincke is the only watercolour manufacturer that uses the same formula in their tubes and pans (most other companies extrude their paints for their pans), they pour their paint into the pan in small incraments, it takes 3-4 pours in order to fill the pan, allowing it to dry in between pours. This means it takes quite along time (3 to 5 months) in order to make a single pan of colour but the paint is consistent with the tubes all the time.

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I will have more light reviews coming up in the near future, I do have some Daniel Smith Colours and am slowly building that collection. For a person who is just doing cardmaking this is not a necessity to have by any means, but I do LOVE it and use it all the time.

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Witch Willa

Hey everyone, I am back again with a card for Quick Creations. I have coloured up Kraftin’ Kimmies, Witch Willa with my copic markers.

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When colouring this darling image up, I tried something a bit different for me, and used my W7, and W5 markers to add some really deep shadows to the image instead of going in after with my coloured pencils. I really enjoy the effect it gave adding those colours before going in with the colour I wanted that actually are to be.

I finished off card by placing it on a couple pieces of Echo Park – Magical Adventures – Dots and Stripes paper and calling it good. I haven’t been doing much in the way of simple cards lately and I love this one, especially since I made 10 of them for in with the treat bags for my sons class for Halloween.

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Haley the Hero

Hey everyone! Today I have a card for Quick Creations, featuring Stamping Bella – Tiny Townies – Haley the Hero and Echo Park’s Magical Adventures Dot’s and Stripes Paper.


I do have a video of colouring this one that will be up on My Youtube Channel shortly. I have been doing a lot of big over the top cards lately so I kept this one nice and simple, some super cute patterned paper and a ribbon and I called her done!

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Sally and Little Squirrel

Hey everyone, today I have a card featuring Connie Fong’s – Sally and Little Squirrel, and Creative Basics Dies.


I coloured my image up with my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.

Pencils Used:
Skin – Dark Sepia, Nougat, Bistre, Cinnamon, Light Flesh, Ivory
Cheeks – Medium Flesh
Hair – Dark Sepia, Bistre, Ivory
Green Tree – Black, Paynes Grey, Olive Green Yellowish, Olive Green, Earth Green Yellowish, May Green
Yellow- Black, Brown Ocher, Green Gold, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cream
Pink – Black, Burnt Carmine, Dark Flesh, Medium Flesh, Light Flesh, Ivory
Brown on Tree – Black, Dark Sepia, Walnut Brown, Bistre
Blue – Black, Indigo Blue, Prussian Blue, Blueish Turquoise, Pthalo Blue, Ivory
Squirrel – Black, Walnut Brown, Burnt Sienna, Bistre, Brown Ocher, Ivory
Walnut – Black. Raw Umber, Brown Ocher, Green Gold, Ivory
Ground – Black, Warm Grey IV, Gold, White

I used Blue Fern Studio papers, Creative Basics Fancy Rectangles & Layers Die Set, and Basic Stitched Flags. Some lace, Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers and some berries finish off the front of this shabby card.


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Cute Sakura Tilda

Hey everyone! Today I have a soft card featuring Magnolia’s Cute Sakura Tilda.


I coloured her up with my copic markers, using the no lines technique. Unfortunately I have already gotten rid of the book that had the colours used on this image (that was silly of me). so I do not have all the colours written out for you.

I have been on the use up my paper kit, but this is one of the few new pads I have picked up recently. This is the Maja Summer Time papers. A wood piece from Scrapeniec, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and a Spellbinders die cut with the leaves and the dandelion ish die cut at the top. A couple of doilies finished off this card!


This card will be available on my etsy site!

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C.C. Designs New Release Blog Hop

Today is RELEASE DAY for all of the new OCTOBER Products at C.C. Designs!! As you have seen from our Preview Days, this release revolves around Christmas (which is right around the corner folks)!! For the month of October, we have 15 new character stamps, 4 dies, a Holiday Background stamp set, and a new Sentiment set.
I have said it before, but Cinnamon is ever so sweet! I have coloured  up Elf Cinnamon with my copic markers, and fussy cut her out. I then cut a tag using the Layering Tag DiesLayering Tag Dies on white cardstock and ink blended it blue. I layered her on top and added some white drops of various sizes all over the tag.
Copics Used:
Skin – E13, E11, E21, E00, E000, R21, R20
Hair – E51, E53, E55, E57
Purple – V09, V17, V15, V12
Blue – B18, B05, B04, B02, B01
Grey – C0, C1 C3, C5
Red – R39, R37, R35, R32, R30
Green – YG97, YG95, Y11
Every release we will have a New Release Blog Hop to showcase our awesome Design Team. Check out their amazing creations!
And we can’t have a Blog Hop without a PRIZE!! Here’s how to enter:
Leave a comment on each DT Member’s Blog, and then head back to the C.C. Designs Blog
to let us know you completed the hop. There is a $25 CCD Store Gift
Certificate hidden on one of our Design Member’s Blog so you definitely
want to comment on each blog. 🙂
*This Blog Hop will end on Sunday, OCTOBER 9th at NOON, 12pm EST.
Winners will be announced the following week. Don’t forget to also
comment on each CCD PREVIEW DAY Post for a chance at winning a $15 CCD
Store Gift Certificate, and answer the Facebook question for a chance at
a free stamp.
Happy Hopping!!

Fall Haul

Hey everyone, today I have a new release digital stamp from Power Poppy – Fall Haul to share with you all.


I printed my image onto copic xpress-it blending card and coloured it with copic markers then enhanced everything with coloured pencils. I used the Creative Basics – Cutting Edge Borders 1 , and cut the top with the stitched curved die and let a bit of patterned paper peek out!


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Cinnamon with Reindeer

Hey everyone! Today I have a preview of C.C. Designs October new release! This is Cinnamon with Reindeer. I am absolutely in love with this new line at C.C. Designs.


I coloured this darling little image up with my copic markers.

Copics Used:
Skin – E13, E11, E21, E51, E50, R21, R20
Hair – E50, E51, E53, E55
Blue – B18, B05, B04, B02, B01
Pink – RV29, RV25, RV23, RV21
Grey – C0, C1, C3, C5
Brown – E49, E47, E44, E43, E42, E41

I then fussy cut it out, layered up some pretty winter papers and called it done!


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