Friday, February 12, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge ~ Day 12

Hello Friends, happy Friday! Who is ready for a long weekend?! I sure am! I've got another quick post for you to today. I colored this little cutie that I have had in my image box for several years. I don't know what the name of this image is, because I received it in an image swap. But...I do know that she's a Magnolia stamp and I colored her with Copic markers. Click image to enlarge it.

I like how she's just sitting there. I have to find something to put her on...a bench, a rock, a fence. I'll find something!

That's it for me today! Hey! Is anyone out there taking part in the coloring challenge? Leave a message in the comments section, because I would love to see what you're working on.

Thanks for dropping in!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge - Days 10 and 11

Hello Friends! I'm doubling up on my days for this post, since I didn't get a chance to post my Day 10. And, once again, I will be super brief!

For Day 10, I did a little coloring in My Secret Garden coloring book. I had been wanting to color these pebbles for the longest time, so that is what I concentrated on. I used my Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils.

For Day 11, I used a cute little heggie stamp and tried out a few things with watercoloring. I like to play around with my stamps and coloring media before committing to a card.

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens for the image on the left and Distress Markers for the image on the right. The image is stamped onto Smooth Bristol with My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid ink.

That's all I have to share for now! Thanks for stopping in.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge - Day Nine

Hello Friends! I've got another quick post for you today. I received a request for an easy to mail masculine birthday card. Soooo....I reached for an old favorite, Lovely as a Tree, from Stampin' Up!  and I did a little watercoloring.

Please click on the image to enlarge it. I used the faux watercoloring technique here. I just inked up the image using a bit of masking and then with a damp brush, I softened the edges. It's a very quick and easy technique and the results are always nice. I added a bit of blue ink for sky and that really made the tree pop. I wanted the perfect birthday greeting and I was so pleased when I came across this one from Papertrey Ink. It fit underneath the image exactly as I had envisioned.

I thank you so much for dropping in today!


** I always include a listing of the supplies I use on my cards. But, I can't today. So, if you have any questions about a specific product or item, please email me, using info in the CONTACT tab at the top of my blog. Thank you.**

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge - Day Eight

Hello Friends! I'm just buzzing in really quickly to share my coloring for the day. I used a Power Poppy digital image, called Flowering Branches. It's one of my favorites.

I printed the image onto a die cut piece of smooth white card stock and colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils. I used a Copic marker to create the halo effect.

That is all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by!


digital stamp: Flowering Branches(Power Poppy)
card stock: 80# Neenah Solar White
die: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
coloring media: Prismacolor Colored pencils  Copic marker

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge - Day Seven

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday! Today's coloring share doesn't actually have coloring. But, it does have color and that's good enough for me! Haha! Today was a very full day and honestly, I was just too pooped to party and I did not want to color. So, I'm sharing the cards that I am working on for a customer. I am making 15 of these and I really need to get them completed, so that's what I did today.

They are really simple Thank You cards and that is what she wanted. Lots of stamping, a little embossing on vellum, a smattering of sequins, a stitched rectangle and a few rounded corners are what make up this trio of cards.

That is all I have for you today. Thanks for visiting!


** I always include a listing of the supplies I use on my cards. But, I can't today. So, if you have any questions about a specific product or item, please email me, using info in the CONTACT tab at the top of my blog. Thank you.**

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge - Say Six

Hello Friends! I hope you've had a nice Saturday. I spent the earlier part of the day visiting my Farmer's Market. I love going each week for fresh fruit and veggies. Right now the beets are wonderful! I really like the beet greens better than the beets! I also buy handmade soaps. LOVE those! This week I purchased a bar called Hugs and Kisses and I tell you what...I wish you could smell it. I feel like this was made especially for me. It has shea butter, rose oil, rose water, and a touch of citrus and vanilla. In fact, when I walked up to the booth, the soapmaker picked it up and handed it to me. He said, "This one's for you. We've been working on this for 6 weeks and we finally perfected it." And perfect it, they did! It is lovely! My new favorite!

And then I did a little coloring in my Secret Garden coloring book. I am still a bit intimidated about coloring in my books. I don't want to make a mistake in them! But, I decided to just jump in and if I mess up a page, I mess up a page. The world won't end! LoL!

So, here's the page I worked on...

I have always liked topiaries and I think this page is really fun! I used my Faber-Castell Polychromos for coloring. Please click the picture to enlarge it. I like the two page spreads, too. And here, Ms. Basford suggests that we draw our own topiary in the pots that she's left empty. I won't be doing that. I'm no artist. I will simply color the pots and be done with it! Look at how cute this page is illustrated, though! So many cute shapes! My favorite, of course, is the heart. And next in line would be the flamingo. But, the rabbit is also cute and his pot has a trim of carrots on it! So clever!

Oh! Here's a bit of news, maybe you know about it already but, Johanna Basford, the illustrator of this very popular coloring book series, will be releasing TWO new coloring books this year. The first one will be released in August and it's called Magical Jungle; think elephants, iguanas, tigers, tropical hummingbirds, toucans and tree frogs. I've seen Ms. Basford's sketches from this book and it's going to be another winner. The next one will be released in October and it's called Johanna's Christmas. I cannot wait to see this one! I've seen a glimpse of a sketch from this book and I saw ornaments, nutcrackers, snowglobes, presents and stockings. Sounds like another one to add to my collection. Remember, there are three so far: Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and Lost Ocean. I have them all and have not finished one page in any of them! Hahaha! But, no matter. I like collecting the books and leafing through them. The illustrations are incredible. This is a peek at another two page spread from The Secret Garden.

Well, I think that's it for me today. But, before I sign off, I wanted to share something with you...My blog and my art are my Happy Place. When I am creating and sharing with all of you, it's a moment in time where I can forget the challenges and struggles, hurts and heart breaks that life brings. I do have cloudy days, some really cloudy days and for those of you who know me behind the scenes, you know of what I speak. But, I choose JOY daily and I like to uplift, encourage and inspire and that is what is reflected in my art and on my blog. Please know that I appreciate each of you who chooses to visit The Buzz. And even though many of you never say a word, I know you're there and that means a lot to me.

Have a wonderful Saturday. Thanks for stopping by!


coloring book: Secret Garden(Johanna Basford)
coloring medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils

Friday, February 5, 2016

Magnolia Sunshine

Hello Friends, Happy Friday! It's the fifth of the month and that means I have a Power Poppy treat to share with you today. Marcella releases a new digi on the 'fives', meaning the 5th, 15th, and 25th. The 5th and 15th are remixes of previous stamp sets that she released in the past. And on the 15th she gives us a brand new, never before seen digi set. Sooo, mark your calendars if you want to add to your Instant Garden.  This set is called Magnolia Sunshine. It's loaded with Springtime blooms; saucer magnolias, trumpet daffodils and snowdrops. These are among Marcella's mother's favorite flowers and she grows many varieties of these in her garden.

Isn't this just glorious?? I love it! And the sentiments are perfect for an encouragement card. The bottom one is from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, one of my favorite books. Today is also Day Five of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, and I chose to color this gorgeous image with Copic markers. It's been a while since I used my Copics, I was little rusty. So, let's take a look at what I did with this beauty.

I printed the image onto my favorite card stock for Copic coloring, Cryogen Iridescent White. I like this card stock, because it has sparkles in the paper and it doesn't flake or rub off. My entire focal panel has a subtle shimmer and I think that's marvelous! Anyway, I dusted on Antique Linen Distress ink while the image was still in the die. - click on the image to see detail. I also added Crystal Effects to the little berries. And although I love the sentiments included with the set, I needed a birthday card, so I used the "Happy Birthday" from the Go Wild stamp set, also from Power Poppy. I stamped the greeting in chocolate ink and then used a few punches on it.

This card is larger than the normal size I make. It's 5 x 7, because I received a request for a larger card. I don't know about you but, I like the A2 sized cards. I just think they're cute. Heck! I was thinking about going smaller, because I really like the look of the 4 bar sized cards. Those are adorable! But, back to this card for now...I created my card base and added a slice of patterned paper then, tied on a bow made with eggshell seam binding. All that was left to do was assemble the card. I matted the focal with a Lacy Circle and adhered it with dimensional adhesive and did the same thing with the greeting. To finish it off, I added a few pearls.

And that is it for me today. Do me a favor and take a moment to buzz by the Power Poppy blog to see what awesomeness my Teammies have to share with you. This is a beautiful set and I know they have done wonderful things with it.

Thanks for visiting me today. I hope you have a fantastic Friday!


digital stamp set: Magnolia Sunshine(Power Poppy)
stamp set: "Happy Birthday" from Go Wild(Power Poppy)
card stock: Cryogen Iridescent White(PaperTemptress)  Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: Pre-Scored 5x7 card base(The Paper Studio)
patterned paper: Curio Collection(BasicGrey)
ink: Antique Linen Distress(Ranger)  Memento Rich Cocoa(Tsukineko)
dies: Classic Circle, Lacy Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
punches: Oval, Scallop Oval(Stampin' Up!)
bling: pearls(Stampin' Up!)  blush pearls(KaiserCraft)
coloring medium: Copic markers
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)   Fabric texture plate(Fiskars)  Eggshell seam binding(Snug Hug)