Thursday, October 8, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day Eight

Hello Friends! And Happy Thursday to you! I had a really busy day, that didn't leave a lot of time for coloring, BUT, I did manage to sneak in a few precious moments to do a little watercoloring. I still had that sweet pumpkin from yesterday's post on my desk, so I thought why not color it again, but in a different way. So that's exactly what I did.

I used the faux hand painting technique on it! And I have to say, that I really like how it's shaping up.

I started by stamping the pumpkin with Antique Linen Distress ink. Then, I scribbled a few Distress Markers onto an acrylic block and watercolored the image. I used a green Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen for the green. And, I used a damp brush to have better control of where the color went. It's helpful to have the image stamped in a dark ink or use the packaging for reference. Those light lines sometimes play tricks with my eyes!

I still have a bit more to do before I can call it finished and put it on a card. Hopefully tomorrow my day will work out a bit differently.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!


stamp set: Harvest of Wishes(GinaK Designs)
specialty paper: Canson XL 140# cold press watercolor paper
ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink(Ranger)
coloring media: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen: #046 Mid Green   Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon Distress Markers(Ranger)
other: #0 paint brush(Grumbacher)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day Seven

Hello Friends! We are midway thru the week already! Does it seem like time is flying by in nano seconds these days? Sheesh! It's October already. OCTOBER! Only two more months left in this year and yet, it seems like it only began.

I decided to go clean and simple with my card today. No layers, not a lot of hoopla. I just sat down in my studio, turned on some music and enjoyed my time watercoloring. I used the sweet pumpkin from the Harvest of Wishes mini stamp set from GinaK. Designs. The greeting is from one of the stamp sets that I received from Jennifer McGuire. Read about that HERE.

I love this pumpkin. It's sketchy and plump and so fun to color. I used a combination of Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and Distress Markers. I am so pleased with the way those two mediums play together!

I stamped and heat embossed the image. Then watercolored it. After it was dry, I went over it with a  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. I stamped the greeting and mounted the panel onto the card base with foam tape. And that's all there was to it!

Thanks for dropping in today. I appreciate the visit.


stamp sets: Harvest of Wishes(GinaK Designs)  "blessings" is from Falling Into Autumn(Newton's Nook)
card stock: Pumpkin Spice(GinaK Designs)
specialty paper: Canson XL 140# cold press watercolor paper(blue pad)
ink: Versamark, Memento Rich Cocoa(Tsukineko)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring medium: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens: #046 Mid Green, #050 Yellow   Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon, Gathered Twigs Distress Markers(Ranger)
other: Super Fine Detail White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)  

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day Six

Hello Friends! And Happy Tuesday to you! In my house we have Taco Tuesday. Do any of you do that, as well? Back in the olden days-LoL! my husband was the chief Taco Maker, but he's passed the taco making duties on to our eldest daughter and she does such a wonderful job with them. Our youngest daughter does the slicing and dicing of all the veggies, etc. And all I have to do is show up and eat them! I'm getting hungry just thinking about them.

I received a request for a sunflower birthday card. And without hesitation, I reached for the Sunshine and Smiles stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I love the sunflower in this set and I love watercoloring it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.

That is exactly what I did for this card. After the image was dry, I added Clear Wink of Stella to each petal.  To finish the card, I added a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins to highlight the greeting.

Here is a look at the inside of the card.

I used a light ink to stamp the sunflower on the inside, too. It adds interest, but a message can still be written over it. The sentiment is from the Birthday Basics set from Papertrey Ink. I like this set not only for all of the messages it contains, but also because there are 'fill in' words, like the laughter and love that are separate stamps, so they can be stamped in different colors. It's just another way to add interest to the card.

And that is it for today. Thank you for stopping by.


stamp set: Sunshine and Smiles(Clearly Besotted)  Birthday Basics(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: 80#, 10# Solar White(Neenah)  Tim Holtz Watercolor Distress Card stock(Ranger)
patterned paper: Sun)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)  Early Espresso, Island Indigo(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
punches: Small Oval(Stampin' Up!)
bling: 4mm Mossy Green, Marigold, Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring medium: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens: #041 Green, #050 Yellow, #070 Orange, #060 Brown
other: Super Fine Detail White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)

Monday, October 5, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day Five

Hello Friends! Did everyone have a nice relaxing weekend? Or were you crazy busy? Did you get any crafty time in during World Card Making Day? I spent a great deal of my day watching Periscopes and card making videos. It may not have been as productive as I would have liked, but I had fun doing it.

And even though World Card Making Day is behind us, there is still a WCMD challenge going on over at the Power Poppy blog. You can read all about that HERE. The challenge has three components that must be included on the card.

1) Use the sketch provided.
2) Use non-traditional colors on a holiday card.
3) The card must include a little sparkle or bling.

Right up my alley! Let's do this! Here is the sketch.

For my card, I decided to feature the Power Poppy Glittering Glass Santa digi. AND, I flipped the sketch onto its side :)  It's cloudy and rainy here today, so my photos are a bit dreary. I tried to catch the light as best I could. Click on the images to enlarge them.

I printed my image onto smooth white card stock and die cut it with a stitched rectangle die. Then I colored it with Copic markers. I decided to use various shades of pink as my non-traditional colors. I sponged on two different colors of pink ink around the edges and then matted the focal with dark pink card stock. I added a piece of ScoreTape onto the card stock and sprinkled on some Glitter Ritz Micro Fine Glitter. I burnished that with my finger and that way the glitter doesn't move or come off. It's smooth like velvet. Really amazing stuff and perfect for those who like the sparkle of glitter, but not the mess.

I did a little gold embossing for the greeting. I added Clear Wink of Stella onto Santa's suit and Dark Pink Wink of Stella on the berries and I coated them with Crystal Effects. I also used my Clear Stardust glitter pen on the sprig of tree. I sponged pink ink onto the doily and adhered everything down onto my card base. I slipped the banners underneath my focal and adhered the "Be Merry and Bright" greeting with dimensional adhesive. A few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins and a little Crystal Effects on the pink Christmas tree, tied everything together and my card was finished.

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a magnificent Monday!


digital stamp: Glittering Glass Santa(Power Poppy)
stamps: Sparkle and Cheer(Taylored Expressions)
card stock: 80#, 110# Solar White(Neenah)  Autumn Rose(Papertrey Ink)  Cherub Pink(Close to My Heart)
patterned paper: a scrap from my stash(Daisy Bucket)
ink: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)  Stitched Journaling Tag die set(Lawn Fawn)  Bitty Banners Framelits(Stampin' Up!)
punches: 1 inch circle(EK Success)
coloring medium: Copic markers
bling: Warm Highlight Micro Fine Glitter(Glitter Ritz)  Clear Wink of Stella, Dark Pink Wink of Stella(Zig)  Clear Stardust glitter pen(Sakura)
other: Metallic Gold Rich Regular embossing powder(WOW)  4in doily(Wilton)  Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day Four

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday! I hope you all had an opportunity to get crafty yesterday for World Card Making Day. Well, it's Day 4 of the Coloring Challenge and I have a watercolored birthday card to share. I used the Flutterby stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I tired something different for my picture this time. This one is taken in my bedroom, on the fireplace mantle. I noticed that I get really good natural light in there and I decided to give it a go. What do you think? (Click on the images to enlarge them.)

I started off with a die cut panel of watercolor card stock. I smooshed two different colors of Distress Ink onto my craft mat and spritzed them really good with clear water. Then I laid the card stock on top of the inky blot, let it sit for a bit, then lifted it off. That created the background for my card. While I let that dry, I stamped the blooms and leaves onto watercolor paper with Versamark ink and sprinkled on white embossing powder and heat set that. Then, I watercolored them with Distress Markers. I get the best results with my Distress Markers when I scribble some of the color onto a slick surface; acrylic block, non stick craft sheet, etc. and pick it up with a damp paint brush. And that is the technique I used here. After they were dry, I fussy cut them out.

After my main panel was completely dry, I gold embossed the greeting, adhered all the flower bits and then mounted the panel onto my card base with dimensional adhesive. I went over the blooms with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush then added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off.

Here's a look at what I did on the inside of the card.

Pretty self-explanatory, I think. The sentiments are from the Birthday Basics stamp set from Papertrey Ink.

And that is it for my card share today. Thank you for the visit. I appreciate it! 


stamps: Flutterby(Lawn Fawn)  "Happy Birthday to You" from Cake & Candles(Avery Elle)  Birthday Basics(Papetrey Ink)
card stock: 80#, 110# Solar White(Neenah)   Pretty In Pink(Stampin' Up!)  Tim Holtz Watercolor Distress Card Stock(Ranger)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)  Picked Raspberry, Soft Spun Sugar Distress Ink(Ranger)  Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Pink Peonies, Sparkling Clear sequins, 6mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  6mm Vanilla sequins(Ellen Hutson)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
other: Metallic Gold Rich Regular embossing powder(WOW)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day Three and It's World Card Making Day!

Hello Friends! Welcome! Today is a big day in the card making industry. It's World Card Making Day! Not only are card makers all over the world, making cards but, there are also LOTS of sales going on, so make sure you stop by your favorite retailers and support them for this event. It's also day three in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge hosted by the fabulous, Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker blog. You simply MUST visit Kathy's blog to see the adorable cards she's created using a recycled Starbucks cup. They are sooo darling!

Okay...onto my card. Since it's World Card Making Day, I wanted to create something special and meaningful. Recently, I placed an order with Power Poppy stamps and I was gifted a stamp set. I was so pleased and thankful to receive it. It was one that I've had on my wish list for sometime now and when I saw it in the package, with a sweet little hand-written note, my heart was full. So. I decided to use that beautiful stamp set for my card today. Take a look at Sunny Harvest...

I love every single little detail about this set. Sunflowers are among my favorite flowers and this set has plenty of them. The Chinese Lanterns intertwined with the bittersweet is just lovely! I like that the names of these two plants are included in the greetings and the fonts are adorable! The quote from Thomas Jefferson is a beautiful one that reflects my feelings with each card I create and send.

I started off with a die cut panel of water color paper. I inked up my stamp with Versamark and then inked it up with brown ink. I sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat set it. Then, using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, I watercolored the image. After it was dry,  I used my MISTI tool to stamp on all of the words. Then, I sponged a little Antique Linen Distress ink around the edges. Next, I used my MISTI tool to stamp on all of the words. I added Clear Wink of Stella to the bittersweet berries and then coated them with Crystal Effects. I mounted the focal panel with foam tape and added a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off.

Here is a close-up for you. Look at the shine on those berries! And you can see a hint of sparkle on the Chinese lanterns, too.  Such a gorgeous illustration. I just love it!

**Note for Christi: You asked if the Crystal Effects causes the reds to run. I have not had that happen with the Crystal Effects. In addition, it doesn't tint and change the color underneath, either.**

I decorated the inside of the card, as well.

I stamped the image with a second generation stamping of Crumb Cake ink. It adds a little something, but anything written over it can still be read. Then I added a strip of patterned paper and tied on a bit of linen thread.

**I am entering this card into the Blitsy World Card Making Day Challenge #2-Watercolor.**

That's it and that's all! Thank you so much for visiting with me today. I look forward to sharing with you again tomorrow. Have a super Saturday! And make a card or two!


stamp set: Sunny Harvest(Power Poppy)
card stock: Neenah Desert Storm  Early Espresso(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: 140# Canson XL cold press watercolor paper
patterned paper:Harvest Lane(Simple Stories)  Into the Woods(Lawn Fawn)
ink: Versamark, Memento Rich Cocoa(Tsukineko)  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake(Stampin' Up!)  Antique Linen Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Espresso, Marigold, Pumpkin, Mossy Green sequins(Pretty Pink Posh) Clear Wink of Stella Glitter brush(Zig)
coloring medium: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens: #050 Yellow, #070 Orange, #046 Mid-Green, #022 Carmine Red 
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Lilacs for Jeanne

 *This is my second post for the day. Scroll down for my 30 Day Coloring Challenge post.*

Hello Friends! Today, I have a post honoring one of my blog readers, Jeanne of Creative Bliss blog. I have never met Jeanne face to face, but we've been friends for many years. I looked back in my blog archives and discovered that Jeanne and I have been supporting each other's artistic efforts since 2008. We started chatting through email, when Jeanne mentioned that she was looking for a patterned paper pad from BasicGrey. She couldn't find it in her area. I went out and found it at a local store near me and I contacted her to let her know I would send it to her. And from that point on, we were friends. We send each other cards for birthdays and various holidays. We email each other regularly and we are still supporting each other's artistic efforts. Jeanne has commented on 99.9% of my blog posts! True story. Many of my posts have only one comment...and that's from Jeanne.

I encourage you to visit Jeanne's blog. She's an awesome crafter. She makes super cute cards, she knits and crochets and she shares the most beautiful projects. She scrapbooks and she also makes some jaw dropping decorative items for her home. Go see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

During one of our 'conversations', Jeanne mentioned that her mother loved lilacs. I told her that I did, too. And when I saw this Power Poppy French Lilac digital image, I knew I had to use it to make a  birthday card for Jeanne. The funny thing is, is that my birthday is in May and Jeanne made a beautiful card for me using this same image! I had to chuckle when I saw it, because I knew what I had planned and I went full steam ahead with my plan.

And here is my card....Lilacs for my sweet friend, Jeanne. (click on any image to enlarge it)

I wanted to send along something that was lilac scented and I found this adorable little candle at Bath and Body Works. Jeanne doesn't burn candles, but this one smells lovely without being lit. A candle warmer would work nicely for this, too.

I printed the image and greeting onto the smooth side of a die cut piece of Tim Holtz watercolor card stock. Then I watercolored it using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. After it was completely dry, I added Crystal Effects to the little lady bug and lots of clear Wink of Stella to the blooms. Next, I added a touch of white gel pen to the center of each bloom to brighten them up a bit. A few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins finished the card off.

Here's a little close-up for you. I know I say it a lot, but it bears repeating, I just love Power Poppy images! Marcella Hawley, Power Poppy illustrator, has such attention to detail. She placed a lady bug on the leaf. A lady bug! Isn't that so sweet? I also like the open airy feel of the lilac.

I took this photo in dim lighting, to show the brilliant sparkle that I get from my Wink of Stella brush. I really do love that thing!

And that is it for this card share. Don't forget to go visit my friend, Jeanne. And if you do, tell her I sent you. Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate the visit.


digital stamp: French Lilac, greeting from Easy Breezy Coneflower(Power Poppy)
card stock: 120# Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock(Ranger)
patterned paper: Brenda Walton's Juliana 6x6 paper pad(K&Company)
dies: Postage Stamp Edge(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella(Zig)  4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
coloring medium: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens: #803 English Lavender, #080 Violet, #046 Mid Green
other: White Gelly Roll pen(Sakura)  Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)