Whatever Wednesday–Face Freeze

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

No matter how fast your internet connection is, you probably have experienced some pauses when watching youtube videos. Almost without fail, I seem to get these kind of face freezes….


I’m thinking of using the bottom right one for my official headshot. At least my hair looks nice.

Shameless Self Promotion

Monday, April 25, 2011

The contest time is almost over, and I’d love to see my video count pass 3,000 views. Won’t you help me out by watching my entry in the Close to My Heart Studio J video contest? Even if you’ve watched it before, I hope you’ll enjoy it one more time.

I’ve been a bit lax about blog posting, so I hope to get some more artwork and videos posted very soon. Stay tuned!

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

face palm

Epic Facepalm compilation here.

Watercolor Stamping

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

watercolor bird CU

This technique creates the appearance of a watercolor painted image with pen and ink accenting. It’s easier than you think!

I’m working on a video that will show this technique more in depth. Until that’s released, here’s a quick course on watercolor stamping…

watercolor bird

You will need a two-part stamp, with an outline and solid. I’m using Close to My Heart’s April Stamp of the Month. You only have a few more days to get this lovely set before it’s gone, and you can get it at a discount or even free with minimum qualifying purchase.

You’ll also need one or more dye inkpads (the card above uses Sunset and Juniper)  and a fine mist spray bottle filled with water.

There are two different ways that I like to use for the watercolor effect. It depends on how much water you use, and where you apply the water.

First, the direct-to-paper method. Ink up your stamp and set it aside. Spritz the cardstock with water, then stamp. This creates a very free-flowing watercolor with a lot of bleeding. More water on your cardstock equals more ink spread.


Don’t be afraid of how much the image runs, the final step makes the finished piece look very artistic. After your image dries thoroughly, stamp the outline stamp over the image, using a dark ink. This gives the effect of a pen-and-ink watercolor drawing.

The second method is more subtle. In this version, you spray the water onto your inked stamp, then stamp on dry paper.


As you can see, this image is much more contained, the water color effect happens  on the stamped image but only bleeds a small amount outside the edges, if at all.

To complete this image, stamp the outline after the base has thoroughly dried. With minimal bleeding, you may choose to skip the outline stamp, for a softer look without the pen-and-ink sketch appearance.

I do not have the final images in still pictures for the sample above, sorry. The video will have them… coming soon!

Lovin’ Lindy’s Linky Party

Friday, April 15, 2011

little lindys

Do you love Lindy’s Stamp Gang products? Join the party!
Enter your artwork using any LSG products in the Lovin’ Lindy’s Linky Party and you may win a Little Lindy’s Try-Me Kit! There’s a giveaway a day, drawn randomly, for seven days! Just follow these simple rules:

1. Projects must contain at least one Lindy’s Stamp Gang product.

2. Your email is required to qualify for prizes. (Don’t worry, it’s safe, LSG will never sell or give away your information).

3. Your entry photo must be posted somewhere public, like a blog or online photo album (picasa, google, photobucket). Please link to your blog post, not just your blog address.

4.  Enter as many times as you would like.

5. Giveaways will be drawn randomly every day from all entries posted. Winners will be posted on the Lindy’s Stamp Gang blog and will be contacted by email. Prize winners have 7 days to claim their prize.

Are you ready? Just select the grey “Click Here to Enter” button below the thumbnails and follow the steps to join the party!

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The way I see it…

Thursday, April 14, 2011

silver bike

The reason I love stamps: you can dramatically change the way you see an image by changing the color and patterns. Take this bicycle stamp. Love the grungy vintage-style, paired with the Lucky Paper pack in Close to My Heart’s spring/summer catalog.

silver bike-1

For my first card with this set, I followed the typical color scheme, and it was pretty darned cool (if I do say so myself). But I wanted a lighter, brighter approach for a feminine birthday card. Sophia paper pack provides the pink and greens, and I added a neutral of Gray Wool.

silver bike-2

Fun & Fresh!

Watch the ustream video class to create this card.


HEY! Lindy’s Stamp Gang Fans!…..

Don’t forget to show off your creations using LSG products in the Lovin’ Lindy’s Linky Party beginning tomorrow through April 21. Enter as many projects as you like, prizes drawn daily from all of the entries! You can enter right here on my blog, beginning April 15th.

Whatever Wednesday: Embrace Life

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

For something as simple as a PSA to wear your seatbelt, this short video will captivate you. Beautifully filmed and with so many emotions, there are no words that can describe it.

Lindys’ Stamp Gang Bunny Hop

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Design Team members for Lindys’ Stamp Gang are having a Bunny Hop! You’ll find lots of inspiration and plenty of how-to’s, all using Lindys’ Stamp Gang products. You can hop from blog to blog using the thumbnails at the bottom of this post.

verdigris card

This card was the result of a happy accident… I mean discovery. I wanted to match my Close to My Heart color palette with my LSG products. Thank goodness for the charts here and here.

verdigris card-1

I happen to have the Sea Mint Green Starburst Spray, and it’s a great match to the Olive Cardstock from Close to My Heart. Here’s where I had the accident (I mean discovery): I sprayed the Sea Mint Green Starburst Spray onto Cocoa Cardstock and it looked so much like aged copper that I decided to design a whole card around it.

I used the Cleopatra Copper 2-toned embossing powder to stamp the bicycle from “Enjoy Life” stamp set and added shiny copper brads to repeat the copper theme. The papers and matching accents from the Lucky collection look great with this technique, don’t you think?

I got so excited, that I forgot I was supposed to design a spring-time theme card for the bunny hop. Oops.

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Are you Lovin’ Lindys’ too? Don’t miss the Lindys’ Linky party on April 15-21. Enter your creation using Lindys’ Stamp Gang products for your chance to win a little Lindy’s giveaway. A winner is chosen every day of the party, so join early for your best chance! Check back here on my blog this week for more details and rules.

Are you ready to make like a bunny and hop? Just click on the photos below to visit the other LSG design team blogs and tell ‘em Tresa sent you!

Sneak Peek… Bunny Hop!

Friday, April 8, 2011


Coming Monday, Lindys’ Stamp Gang design team is having a Bunny Hop!

verdigris card-1

I’ll be sharing a new video, how to create a verdigris patina with Lindys’ Stamp Gang products and Close to My Heart papers and stamps.

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The way Friday should have been done.

If you haven’t heard of the world’s most annoying song…you can see it here. I can’t make it through the entire thing, honestly. Until I watched Steven Colbert on Jimmy Fallon. Makes me wanna party.

Why are the words backwards? The video is flipped to avoid copyright issues and allow you to watch it without commercials.

Bling Ring

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Just a little something I whipped up to wear in a video.

bling ring

I don’t know about you, but I’m  not particularly fond of having my hands seen in HD and ultra close-up. But it’s part of the job when you’re making videos. Unless I hire a hand model who will work for stamps.

See, I’m not exactly a spring chicken (although I have been known to have a very juvenile sense of humor), and my nails are tools, not jewels. So I figure I can at least try to dress up the scene a little with some sparkle and glamour.

I’m thinking that the ring is a little lop-sided, but I don’t think I can cram any more beads into this baby, so I’m calling it done. Amazing what you can do with an inexpensive bag-o-beads, an adjustable ring and a whole lotta jump rings.

bling ring hand

April Fools Video

Back by popular demand, my April Fool’s video.

A word of warning: this is not a real tutorial. This is just a joke. If you are highly sensitive, please do not view. The video was very well received on youtube on April 1 but I removed it from my regular channel because a few people were very offended and perhaps did not realize it was an April Fools video.

So don’t say I didn’t want you!