Saturday, March 28, 2015

Day 25 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hi there! I am back with post #2 for the day...playing catch up! I've had a very busy Saturday, but I relaxed with a little bit of coloring time.

Here is my cast of characters. Copic markers and a sweet digi image...

I am in need of a new baby card, so I decided to use my beloved MelJen's Designs Little Pull Duck digi stamp. I printed this little guy onto Cryogen Iridescent White card stock and colored it with Copic markers. Then, I die cut it with a circle Nestie and brushed on some Antique Linen Distress Ink while it was still in the die. That is how I achieve the white border around the image.

Quick and easy coloring is what I needed this evening. I'll put a card together in the next day or so...maybe. :)

And that is it from me today. If you missed my post for Day 24,  you can click HERE to see it. Thank you for visiting! I appreciate it.

And don't forget that MelJen's Designs will be closing up Shop in April. Get your digis while you can and they are 50% off right now!


digital image: Little Pull Duck(MelJen's Designs)
card stock: Cryogen Iridescent White(Impression Emporium)
ink: Antique Linen Distress(Ranger)
dies: Classic Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
coloring medium: Copic markers

Day 24 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday to ya! I'm a day behind in my posts. Friday was a bear and I just could not get to the computer. So, here I am today and if all goes according to plan you just might get a 2fer!  Let  me show you what I worked on for Day 24.

Here is my cast of characters.

I wanted to do a little watercoloring with my Kuretake Ganasai Tambi set. LOVE these paints! They are so creamy and dreamy to work with. And I wanted to use the Flutter By stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I stamped the images with Versamark ink and sprinkled on  Hero Arts White embossing powder and heat set it. I let it cool while I selected the paint pans I wanted to use. That's another great thing about this paint set; the pans are removable from the giant box.

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I stamped out the leaves, the lotus blossom and the butterflies. I had no intention of making a card when I did this. I was just planning to watercolor and call it a day. But, I colored one of the lotus blossoms and the colors reminded me of a patterned paper pad that I have in my stash and then I thought, what the heck! So I made a card.

After the images had dried, I fussy cut them out. This stamp set has coordinating dies, but I don't own them. The images were really easy to hand cut, so I was fine without them. I embossed a piece of white card stock with a Stampin' Up! Square Lattice embossing folder to add interest and texture. Then, I die cut that with a Circle Nestie and adhered it onto my card base. I used dimensional adhesive to adhere the blossom and leaves onto the circle. I embossed the greeting with Metallic Gold Rich Regular embossing powder by WOW and die cut it with a Stampin' Up! Bitty Banners Framelit. I adhered that to the focal with dimensional adhesive, gave the blossom the once over with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and my card was finished!

I didn't even go back and finish the rest of the images. Mmmm...maybe I will later. But, that's it for now. Thank you for visiting me today. I hope you're enjoying your Saturday afternoon.


stamps: Flutter By(Lawn Fawn)   Teeny Tiny Wishes(Stampin' Up!)
card stock: Neenah Solar White 80# and 100#
patterned paper: The Sweetest Thing~Tangerine(My Mind's Eye)
specialty paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock(Ranger)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
coloring medium: Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolors(Kuretake)
dies: Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)  Bitty Banners Framelits(Stampin' Up!)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
other: white embossing powder(Hero Arts)  Metallic Gold Rich Regular(WOW)  Square Lattice embossing folder(Stampin Up!)  Linen Thread(Stampin' Up!)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Day 23 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Friends! I am back today with part two of my watercolored carousel horse. Please see my previous post for part one.

So, after I finished watercoloring my little guy, I added a light blue wash around him. Then I die cut him with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square die and adhered him to my card base with dimensional adhesive. I thought about adding a sentiment to the front of the card and frankly, the sentiments included with this stamp didn't quite fit the mood I was going for, so I opted to leave it off for now. I added pearls and gold stars to finish off the card.
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I kept things clean and simple to let the carousel horse be the star of the show. It's a very shiny card, so I didn't feel like I need to add any glitter or sparkle. My photographs were taken at night, under artificial light, so they may seem a bit harsh. But, in real life, the colors are quite soft and delicate. In this photograph, you can see the detail of the WOW embossing powder. Amazing detail! Because the powder is so fine and it melts like a dream.

I had tons of fun watercoloring this image. Coloring directing onto the image and adding water, is definitely a technique I plan to try again.

I am also playing along with the NBUS Challenge for the first time! To find out more about this fun challenge, click HERE. NBUS is an acronym for Never-Before-Use-Schtuff. Isn't that cute? Darnell, our host for the challenge, is a real sweetheart and she is soooo funny! Make sure you pay her visit.
My never before used items are: 
the stamp set, patterned paper and stitched square die

And that is it from me today. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the visit!

Oh! And for those of you who have inquired about my mom...she is home from the hospital and doing dandy! And thank you for your concern!


card size is 4.5 x 4.5

stamp: Enjoy the Ride(Flourishes)
card stock: Ivory(Simon Says Stamp)
patterned paper: Hello Friend from the Botanical Tea Collection(Graphic 45)
specialty paper: 140lb cold press water color(Strathmore)
ink: Vesarmark(Tsukineko)
coloring media: Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage Distress Markers(Ranger)
bling: gold stars(Pretty Pink Posh)  pearls(Stampin' Up!)
other: Metallic Gold Rich Regular(WOW)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Day 22 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Friends! I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday. I had a busy, but productive day and for that I am truly thankful. Let's jump right into the color share, cuz this gal wants to go night night!

Here is my cast of characters. I've had this carousel horse stamp for some time and I've been wanting to watercolor it with Distress markers. So that is what I did today.

Since I had created the Distress Marker watercolor sampler yesterday, I knew exactly which technique I wanted to use for this image. Using Versamark ink, I stamped the horse onto the textured side of a piece of water color paper. Then, I sprinkled on gold embossing powder and heat set it. I decided to add a little color directly onto the image and then wet it with my paint brush. I love the soft look I achieve when using that technique.

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I was not able to complete the coloring this evening. I'll finish it up tomorrow. That's the beauty of the challenge, no stress, just good clean coloring fun! Good night!

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate the visit.


stamp: Enjoy the Ride(Flourishes)
specialty paper: 140lb cold press water color(Strathmore)
ink: Vesarmark(Tsukineko)
coloring media: Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage Distress Markers(Ranger)
other: Metallic Gold Rich Regular(WOW)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Day 21 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Friends! One of my goals with this challenge, was to use each one of the coloring media in this picture that I posted at the beginning of the challenge. Today, I am one product away from that goal!

Here is my cast of characters. I pulled out my Distress Markers today. And it's the first time I used two of the new Distress Marker colors, Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral. If you've not heard, Tim Holtz and Ranger are releasing a new Distress color every month this year! New colors are revealed the first Friday of the month and the colors will be available in all of the various Distress formats. The color for March is Mermaid and I can't wait to get my hands on it. I just love the color names Tim and Ranger have chosen. They are always very appropriate. Onto the coloring...

I decided to water with my Distress Markers today.  I had no card idea in mind. I just wanted to play with the markers to see what different effects I could create. I stamped  the Periwinkle Butterfly from Memory Box onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock using Versamark ink. Then, I sprinkled on gold embossing powder and heat set it. As the card stock cooled, I taped it onto my board with painter's tape. The tape helps prevent warping of the card stock as water is added.

I selected my first color duo and began watercoloring. I apologize for the glare and poor photos, but it is nighttime and I had to use artificial light. In this photo it shows that there are three rows of three. That is because I wanted to try three different color combinations and three different coloring techniques. You can also see how I created a 'palette' for my ink. I used an acrylic block and just scribbled on some color. I placed a piece of white paper under the block, makes it easier to see the ink.

Here is my finished sampler. Below, I have cropped out each row and included a brief description of the technique I used and my opinion of the results.

For the top row, I dipped my paint brush into the water, removed a bit on a paper towel, picked up the color from the block and painted the image...just colored it in. I like concentration of color this technique provides. The colors are vivid and the image is completely filled in.

Top Row

For the middle row, I dipped my paint brush into the water, removed a bit, then put clear water onto the image. I dipped my brush again, removed a little of the water, picked up the color and dabbed it onto the wet area of the image. The water began to take the color and move it around. I added both colors to the image without letting one dry first, because I wanted to them to blend. This technique created the best "watercolor" look. The colors are feathered and blended. And yet, there are spots with no or very little color...the watercolor effect.

Middle Row

For the last row, I colored directly onto the image with the markers. I worked one portion of the wing at a time and I put my marker down where I wanted the color to be the darkest. I just added a tiny bit of the marker and then using a wet paint brush and starting in the white area of the image, I worked toward the colored area and picked up color to fill in the image. This technique produced a very soft effect and I think it's my favorite!

Last Row
Each of the techniques has something unique to offer. All are pretty, all are useful. Choosing which to use just depends on the desired results. I let all of the images air dry, no help from the heat tool. The images are so small, they only took a short time to dry. This was fun, quick and easy. Now that I know how each of the techniques turns out, I can plan which one to use on my projects. Sometimes we just have to sit down and play with our supplies. So, how about you? What have you been wanting to try? Grab your supplies and have at it!

And that is it from me today. Thank you so much for visiting. And thank you, thank you, thank you for your sweet comments and questions. I really appreciate them!


stamp: Periwinkle Butterfly(Memory Box)
card stock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor(Ranger)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
coloring medium: Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac Distress Markers(Ranger)
other: Metallic Gold Rich Regular embossing powder(WOW)  #4 Round water color brush(Claudine Helmuth Studio)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Days 19 and 20 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Friends! Today's color share is a 2fer. Haha! I started the coloring on Day 19 and finished it up on Day 20. Let's get right to it.

Here is my cast of characters for these two days.

I seem to be stuck on my Copic markers for now. I wanted to use them to color the cute little eggs in this Spring Baskets stamp set from Waltzingmouse. I haven't pulled this one out in a long time! I just love the baskets and all the fillers. Don't be surprised if I use this set again for Day 21!

Day 19 - I stamped my images onto smooth white card stock with Memento Espresso Truffle ink. Because I was planning to use lighter shades for my coloring, I went with a dark brown ink, rather than black. And then I colored up these little eggs! I only used two shades of each marker family to create the shading.

I colored one egg with a gold Wink of Stella glitter brush. I had something special planned for the inside of the card. But, it would have to wait because it was time to go to bed!

Day 20 - After I finished coloring the basket, I added a strip of patterned paper, that I die cut with the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die. I colored a few extra eggs, so I adhered them onto the panel, as well. Then I stamped the greeting, which is also from the Spring Baskets stamp set. And finally, using dimensional adhesive, I mounted the focal panel onto my card base. This is a 4 bar card. :)

I really like the stitching detail of the Stitched Dies from Simon Says Stamp. It finishes off the card nicely without a lot of fuss. Then it was on to the inside of the card...

I used the Stitched Rectangle die to die cut a panel for the inside, too. The sentiment on the inside is the reason I colored one egg gold! I'm sending this card to an eggstra special friend. Just a note here: All of the pink patterned paper is from the Let's Polka 6 x 6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn and they do match beautifully. One picture was taken in natural light and the other with my daylight lamp.

And that is it for Days 19 and 20. Thank you so much for visiting me today! I hope you had a wonderful Monday.

See you tomorrow for Day 21!


stamp set: Spring Baskets(Waltzingmouse Stamps)
card stock: Neenah Solar White 80# and 100#(Simon Says Stamp)
patterned paper: Into the Woods, Let's Polka 6 x 6 paper pad(Lawn Fawn)
ink: Memento Espresso Truffle(Tsukineko)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)  Grassy Border(Lawn Fawn)
coloring medium: Copic markers
bling: Gold Wink of Stella glitter brush

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Day 18 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Friends! I am a day behind on my posts, but I'm determined to stick with this challenge. I actually did my coloring yesterday, on Day 18, I just didn't have time to post it. Life goes on. I'm trying not to be so hard on myself, but I'm a little OCD. *sigh* Short post today, okay? I've got a 2 hour drive ahead of me and I haven't packed yet.

Here is my cast of characters. My brother requested a few Easter cards, so I thought I would pull out my Easter Lily set. It's from Flourishes, which sadly is no longer in business. BUT...Marcella Hawley is still sharing her gorgeous illustrations in her online shop Power Poppy. Refer to my previous post  to see one of her lovely digital stamps.

I stamped my image onto smooth white card stock using My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid ink. I Googled Easter Lily to get a fresh perspective on the flower and I discovered that there is a bit of green in the throat of the bloom. So, that is how I chose to color mine.

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So, it was 10:30 pm when I began coloring this beauty. And it took me about 15 minutes to color it. That is the beauty of the challenge; just try and carve out a tiny bit of time each day to color. I hope I can keep up this practice even after the challenge is over. I am enjoying coloring and sharing what I've colored with all of you, even though it's not in the form of a finished card. Because honestly, sometimes, I'm not in the mood to make a card, but I want to color something.

Simple coloring on this of course, however, if you click the photo, you will see that I used a light gray marker on each of the lily petals. I spent a little time with the leaves, because I wanted them to have a reflective quality and not just appear one shade of green. And for my dear sweet friend, Patti, here are the shades of green I used on this image: G21, G24 and G28. I start with my darkest color and then feather in the other shades. I like coloring this way, as I get a better blend and I use less ink. I know there are other Copic coloring methods, but this is what works for me. After I finished all of my coloring, I outlined the image with a pale blue marker.

And that was that! Thank you so much for visiting. Have a wonderful Sunday.


stamps: Easter Lily(Flourishes)  "Easter Blessings" greeting-Abundant Hope(Stampin' Up!)
card stock: Copic X-PressIt Blending Card(Ellen Hutson)
ink: Black Licorice Hybrid(My Favorite Things)
coloring medium: Copic markers