Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas Card Day


Hello!

I'm still making my Christmas cards.  I think this is my 3rd year of not buying any Christmas cards and hand making them all.  This one I created with a Simon Says Stamp set called "Christmas Squad".  The set even has a gingerbread man, a cat and a dog with Santa hats on them.  Super cute!  I stamped the couple (in my mind, me and my husband) and then covered them with masking paper and then I stamped the tree.  After watercoloring everything, I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops to the ornaments and while they were still wet, dropped glitter on top.  I'm entering it in the SSS Christmas Card Day challenge.  Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Watercolor Weekend December 15, 2018




Hello Watercolor Friends,

My card for the Watercolor Weekend Round-up is one of those classic scenes of dragging the Christmas tree home. Hope you recreate it and tag me on Instagram. I will be attempting to explain, step by step, how I make my Art Impressions watercolored cards so your feedback is welcome. I'm certain it took longer to create this post than it did to make my card (haha).  My memory is not so good so I will take pictures along the way.

The first thing I did was create the tree sideways using the 4960 - WC Fir Trees set.  I stamped the trunk in sepia and then stamped all of the branches in pine green. I used water on my brush to dab at the colors just like Bonnie Krebs, owner/creator of Art Impressions does on her YouTube videos.


I had watched Sandy Allnock's video on YouTube where she converted the little kids to be dressed in winter clothes so using the stamp positioner, I inked up the little boy stamp from the 5054 - WC Little Boys Set in sepia but I didn't ink the right side of his shirt so he could be dragging the tree.  I drew in the hand and arm using the sepia fine tip.  Next I used my palette to color the little boy's boots in black, his jacket in sepia and painted his hands in the Prussian blue to make them look like he was wearing mittens.   I didn't ink the brim of his hat either, so I could make it a snow hat instead. I used the olive brown from the palette to paint in a scarf.


I colored the hat in with the olive brown from my palette and used the Prussian blue to color in a hat band and ball of fur on top of it. I colored the boys hair with brown from the palette.  I do believe it's my new favorite color for hair since my red-headed grandson Caide was born.  I used a dab of rosewood on the palette to paint in his face and ear.  I used the fine tip of the Prussian blue pen to add the fringe to the scarf and the outline the mittens, hat band and ball of fur.  I took my olive brown fine tip and drew in the lines on the hat and scarf.



I stamped the house from the 4962 - WC Rustic Cabins Set in Sepia then pulled the color out of the lines.  I used lt. teal on the palette to color in the windows, sepia for the chimney and olive brown for the door, roof and around the windows. I drew in the wreath using the fine tip of the pine green pen and the bow in persimmon. I used the little foliage from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set to create the little bushes. I softened the green foliage with a wet brush then added the little berries with the fine tip of the persimmon pen. I used a lot of water and small amount of African violet on the palette to create the snow, the smoke from the chimney, and a small amount of sky.  I added Wink of Stella glitter to the snow.  I stamped the sentiment, then I used the Rectangle Double Stitched dies to cut it out and then the largest sized die to cut out the background piece of paper which I adhered to the back of my scene, then I adhered that to the card base.  Lastly, I signed my name and date to the bottom right corner using my favorite pen - a Copic multi liner 0.03 pigment ink.



See the total list of supplies I used below:

4960 - WC Fir Trees Set
5054 - WC Little Boys Set
4962 - WC Rustic Cabins Set
5009 - WC Mini Flower Set

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 30 rosewood
NO. 45 sepia

#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Copic multi liner 0.03 pigment ink

I made this on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Watercolor Weekend December 1, 2018




Hello Watercolor Friends,

I have been busy making Christmas cards since I usually mail out 30-40 handmade cards. I imagined this farmer went out and cut his own tree and dragged it back with his tractor for this country Christmas card made for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend.  I used the tractor from the 5059 - WC Harvest Set and the barn and fence from the 5011 - WC Truck Mini Set.  The tree is from the 4960 - WC Fir Trees Set.  I added some sparkle to the snow with a Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I drew the little wreath on the barn using the fine tips of the Marvy pens.  I used a white Uni-ball Signo pigment pen to make the snow.

See the total list of supplies I used below:
5059 - WC Harvest Set
5011 - WC Truck Mini Set
4960 - WC Fir Trees Se

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia

#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Uni-ball Signo pigment pen

I made this on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Watercolor Weekend November 17, 2018




Hello Watercolor Friends,

I made another Thanksgiving card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend using the church and tree stamps from the 5058 - WC Church Set. The leaves on the trees is a stamp from the 4604 - Chest of Flowers Set and the grass is from the 4051 - Foliage Set 1.  I got the idea to do the stained glass windows from Jann Gray who does bible journaling videos on YouTube for Art Impressions. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

See the total list of supplies I used below:
5058 - WC Church Set
4604 - Chest of Flowers
4051 - Foliage Set 1

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 60 salvia blue

#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
I made this on Canson Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Watercolor Weekend November 3, 2018



Hello Watercolor Friends,

I love November!  I'm a Thanksgiving baby so it's always been a fun month for me. Thanksgiving is my husband Tad's favorite holiday, and we always enjoy cooking together for our family. I made this Thanksgiving card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend  using the chair from the 4876 - Wooden Chair Mini Set, the pumpkin and the grass from the 5059 - WC Harvest Set, the bird from the 4966 - WC Bird Bath Set and a pot from the 4869 - WC Small Container Set.  The flowers are from the 4963 - WC Fall Set. Let someone know you are thankful for them and wish them a happy Thanksgiving!

See the total list of supplies I used below:
4876 - Wooden Chair Mini Set
5059 - WC Harvest Set
4869 - WC Small Container Set
4963 - WC Fall Set

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia

#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
I made this on Canson Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Watercolor Weekend October 20, 2018




Hello Watercolor Friends,

Who doesn't love a tree house? My son Scott has been promising to build my granddaughters a tree house and I know they would love it! I created this card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend  using the tree from the brand new 5056 - WC Fairy Doors Set and a cabin from the 4963 - WC Rustic Cabins Set. The pine trees in the background are from the 5010 - WC Tree Set 1. The flowers are from the 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set. I drew the ladder in using the sepia marker.

See the total list of supplies I used below:
5056 - WC Fairy Doors Set
4963 - WC Rustic Cabins Set
5010 - WC Tree Set 1
5009 - WC Mini Flower Set

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia

#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
I made this on Canson Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Watercolor Weekend October 6, 2018



Hello Watercolor Friends,

I was blessed with three sons and three grandsons.  So the inspiration for my card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend is a Fall fishing scene with my three grandsons - Conor, Caide and Charlie, using the brand new 5054 - WC Little Boys Set.  Both the little boys and little girls are must have sets!  I used the bucket and log from the brand new 5055 - WC Sitting Places Set for two of the boys to sit on.  The trees are from the 5010 - WC Tree Set 1 and the 4960 - WC Fir Tree Set.  I used the grass and tree foliage from the 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1. I made the fishing poles from the 4964 - WC Branches Set.

See the total list of supplies I used below:
5054 - WC Little Boys Set
5055 - WC Sitting Places Set
5010 - WC Tree Set 1
4960 - WC Fir Tree Set
4051 - WC Foliage Set 1
4964 - WC Branches Set

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia

#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
I made this on Ranger Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Watercolor Weekend September 15, 2018



Hello Watercolor Friends,

I used two of the little girls from Art Impression's brand new 5053 - WC Little Girls Set to make my card for the bi-monthly Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend Roundup. This scene is reminiscent
of my own granddaughters in their yard. I put one of the girls inside the 4703 - Flower Cart. She would be pink loving Brinley, the youngest, and the older one in the hat, would be Aubrey, my awesome softball player. Their blue house on the hill is from the 4961 - WC Mini Cottages Set. The flowers in the cart are from the 5008 - WC Flower Set 3 and the "lavender" on the ground is from the 4875 - Garden Wagon Mini Set.  The grass is from the 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1.  Ai has just come out with the greatest steel dies in all the usual shapes and sizes perfect for card making!  I used the 5062 - Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies to make my card.

See the total list of supplies I used below:
5053 - WC Little Girls Set
4961 - WC Mini Cottages Set
4703 - Flower Cart
5008 - WC Flower Set 3
4875 - Garden Wagon Mini Set
4051 - WC Foliage Set 1
5062 - Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 15 olive green
NO. 86 African violet
NO. 94 scarlet
NO. 75 sky blue
NO. 40 brownish grey
NO. 105 lt. teal
NO. 72 pine green
NO. 1 black
NO. 101 tropical
NO. 30 rosewood
Signo White Pigment Ink Gel Pen

4773 - Acrylic Blocks
4774 - Stamp Positioner 
#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
I made this on Ranger Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bible Journaling Stamps September 6, 2018


Hello Watercolor Friends,

You still have time to enter the Art Impressions Bookmarks & Tags challenge on the Ai blog.   You could win a stamp set of your choice!

I used the new Bible Journaling Stamps to make this bookmark. I'm going to journal in the bible my Dad gave me but I don't have the watercolor ground yet (it's on the way).  Art Impressions now has all the supplies you need to start journaling in your bible.  I used the 5067 - Gates of Righteousness Set which even has four different sentiments included.  I just love this set!  The leaves and grass are from the 5073 - Bible Foliage Set.  The flowers are from the 5074 - Bible Flower Set.

See the total list of supplies I used below:
5067 - Gates of Righteousness Set
5073 - Bible Foliage Set
5074 - Bible Flower Set

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 15 olive green
NO. 29 Prussian blue
NO. 8 violet
NO. 93 aubergine

4773 - Acrylic Blocks
#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette

I made this bookmark on Ranger Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.



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Friday, August 31, 2018

Watercolor Weekend September 1, 2018



Hello Watercolor Friends,

I am in love with Art Impression's brand new 5053 - WC Little Girls Set and there's also a brand new 5054 - WC Little Boys Set. Both are must haves.  Think of the possibilities!  All of our favorite Ai scenes can now have kids in them. I created this card for the bi-monthly Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend Roundup using the rock from the brand new 5055 - WC Sitting Places set, and the little sailboat from the new set 5057 - WC Boat Set.  The grass is from 5007 - WC Foliage Set 3.

See the total list of supplies I used below:
5053 - WC Little Girls Set
5055 - WC Sitting Places Set
5057 - WC Boat Set
5007 - WC Foliage Set 3

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 15 olive green
NO. 86 African violet
NO. 50 ultramarine
NO. 55 iris purple
NO. 101 tropical
NO. 30 rosewood

4773 - Acrylic Blocks
#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
I made this on Ranger Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Bookmarks & Tags August 30, 2018



Hello Watercolor Friends,

Be sure and join in on the new Art Impressions Bookmarks & Tags challenge on the Ai blog. You could win a stamp set of your choice and there are a lot of wonderful new stamps now available!

My tag for this launch was made using the tractor from the brand new 5059 - WC Harvest Set. My oldest son who lives on five acres in Colorado, actually has chickens and an old blue tractor. This would be the perfect tag to put on a present for him. I used the chicken from the 4207 - Feathers TF stamp set. The flowers are from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2.

The bookmark was created with my best friend in mind. Her name is Jamie and she goes by J. She loves to read and her daughter has blonde hair. I'm sure she will love it!  I used the brand new 5053 - WC Little Girls Set.  It's probably my favorite stamp set from this new release!  The stool she is sitting on is from another one of the new sets 5055 - WC Sitting Places.  The letter J is from another must have 5071 - WC Serif Letters Set. The flowers are from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set.

See the total list of supplies I used below:
5059 - WC Harvest Set
4207 - Feathers TF
5053 - WC Little Girls Set
5055 - WC Sitting Places Set
5009 - WC Mini Flower Set
4868 - WC Flower Set 2
5071 - WC Serif Letters Set

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 15 olive green
NO. 72 pine green
NO. 86 African violet
NO. 17 steel blue
NO. 89 persimmon
NO. 43 brilliant yellow
NO. 8   violet
NO. 75 sky blue
NO. 30 rosewood

4774 - Stamp positioner
4773 - Acrylic Blocks
#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette

I made these items on Ranger Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.


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Friday, August 17, 2018

Watercolor Weekend August 18, 2018





Hello Watercolor Friends,

I made this card for the bi-monthly Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend Roundup using the truck from the 5011 - WC Truck Set and I used the quail family from 4207 - Feathers TF.  As you can see from the pictures, I have quail that travel through my back yard, every spring. Do you see the little baby chick on the log?  They make the cutest sounds and I just love how protective the parents are of their sweet little chicks.  The flower stamps I used are from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2 and the grass is from 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1.  The sentiment is from the set 4903 - WC Sentiments.

See the total list of supplies I used below:
5011 - WC Truck Set
4207 - Feathers TF
4868 - WC Flower Set 2
4051 - WC Foliage Set 1
4903 - WC Sentiments

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 15 olive green
NO. 86 African violet
NO. 101 tropical
NO. 1 black
NO. 55 iris purple
NO. 17 steel blue
NO. 18 dark brown
NO. 72 pine green

4773 - Acrylic Blocks
#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
I made this on Ranger Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Watercolor Weekend August 4, 2018


Hello Watercolor Friends,

I am still dreaming of being on the ocean so I created this card using the cottage from 4606 - Cottage by the Beach for the bi-monthly Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend Roundup. I added little flower boxes under the windows and made the tiny flowers by using the fine tips of the Marvy LePlume II pens. I used the small grass stamp from the 4051 - WC Foliage Set and the tiny dot flowers from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set for the flowers in front.  I spread some liquid glue and then added real sand to make the beach.

See the total list of supplies I used below:
4606 - Cottage by the Beach
5009 - WC Mini Flower Set
4051 - WC Foliage Set 1

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 15 olive green
NO. 86 African violet
NO. 101 tropical
NO. 30 rosewood
NO. 89 persimmon
4773 - Acrylic Blocks
#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
I made this on Ranger Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Watercolor Weekend July 21, 2018





Hello Watercolor Friends,

Did you know, the Art Impressions blog features the Watercolor Weekend Roundup every first and third Saturday of each month?  Be sure to sign up and you will get the notice in your inbox.

I always dream of being near a sandy beach and the ocean during the summer time.  I wonder if others feel that way, too? So I made a scene by an ocean using a cabin from the 4962 - WC Rustic Cabins Set. I just sort of penciled in the rocky wall, trail and shore line, then watercolored them using my palette. I used the Molotow 2.0mm masking liquid to leave some white space where my flowers would be.  After it dried, I used the foliage from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set to add the leaves, wiped off the masking liquid, then painted in the little flowers.  I used part of the fence from the 5011 - WC Truck Mini Set. I used the kite from the 4606 - Cottage by the Beach Set to add that whimsical touch it needed.

See the total list of supplies I used below:

4962 - WC Rustic Cabins Set
4606 - Cottage by the Beach
5009 - WC Mini Flower Set
5011 - WC Truck Mini Set

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 15 olive green
NO. 86 African violet
NO. 101 tropical
NO. 17 steel blue
NO. 44 lt. brown
NO. 30 rosewood
NO. 46 crimson lake
NO. 43 brilliant yellow

Molotow 2.0mm masking liquid
4774 - Stamp positioner
4773 - Acrylic Blocks
#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette

I made this on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Watercolor Fun, July 18, 2018




Hello Watercolor Friends,

I hope you like my card.  I just  adore the dogs and I need to use them more.  I didn't realize I used retired stamps until I went to add the links.  If you don't have the stone arch set, you could easily use the stone wall from 5019 - WC Wall Texture Set to make an arch over the bench.

See the total list of supplies I used below:

4965 - WC Bench Set - the bench
4959 - WC Dogs Set - the dog
4875 - Garden Wagon Mini Set - the grasses
4867 - WC Foliage Set 2 - the ivy
4051 - WC Foliage Set 1 - the mini grass
(Retired) WC Series 9 Set 2 - 4275 - grapes (as flowers)
(Retired) EZ Project: C - the Stone arch - Q2444

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:

NO. 45 sepia
NO. 15 olive green
NO. 72 pine green
NO. 32 laurel green
NO. 1 black
NO. 86 African violet
NO. 8 violet

4774 - Stamp positioner
4773 - Acrylic Blocks
#4 Paint Brush

I made this on Canson watercolor paper.


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Watercolor Weekend July 7, 2018



Hello Watercolor Friends,

I had so much fun making this whimsical card for the Watercolor Weekend roundup.  I used the stump and the stamp positioner to widen the stamp and make it taller.  I used one of the hobbit doors along with that cute little mailbox to make it look like my chipmunks have a home.  It's a play off of Watercolor Wednesday (my favorite day of the week!) Art Impression's Owner/Creator Bonnie Krebs tutorial on YouTube, see it here.  Create one of these cards yourself using any of the animals and any of the flowers and grasses.  I love how they all work together to create whatever scene you can imagine.

See the total list of supplies I used below:

5015 - WC Hobbit Door Set
4871 - WC Rustic Container Set
4208 - Furries TF
4964 - WC Branches Set
4868 - WC Flower Set 2
5009 - WC Mini Flower Set
5008 - WC Flower Set 3
5007 - WC Foliage Set 3
4051 - WC Foliage Set 1


Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 15 olive green
NO. 72 pine green
NO. 105 lt.teal
NO. 6 brown
NO. 1 black
NO. 29 Prussian blue
NO. 89 persimmon

4774 - Stamp positioner
4773 - Acrylic Blocks
#4 Paint Brush

I made this on Canson watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.


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Ai Watercolor Weekend Sep 17, 2022

 Hello, I'm so in love with the brand new Art Impression's 5567 Victorian House and Barn Set. I've always loved barns and have r...