Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip and Azaleas Forever!

Hello, Friends! Summer is in full swing in my neck of the woods and things are getting hot, hot, hot! We are expecting temps to be 113-114 degrees this weekend! Maaan! That's hot! Not as hot as we can get though, so I won't complain too much.

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge is behind us and while it was super fun, it was also super tiring! Oh my goodness! Did you have fun?! It's always a bittersweet time when the challenges are over. I'm sad that I won't be interacting with so many people on a daily basis but I'm also glad that I can re-direct my focus and get back to doing other things! LoL! I don't know about you but, when the challenges are in session I honestly don't get anything done. No laundry, no housework, no grocery shopping, nothing. I'm either coloring, looking at coloring, commenting on coloring, watching coloring tutorials or organizing what I'm going to color next! I'm blessed to have help that allows me to "slack off" for a few weeks.

One of the highlights of this coloring challenge was that I went to visit with Kathy Racoosin again because I went to the Coloring Challenge Road Trip stop at Hero Arts last weekend. We had a great time! I got to meet a few Instagram and blog friends and I made some new ones, too. Kathy is a gem and if she's ever in your area, I highly recommend that you go visit with her. This was my second time and she taught us all new things at this one. I told her that whenever she comes to California, I will be there!

Click the pic to enlarge it. I'm the one holding the GinaK head. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and coloring with GinaK at the last Road Trip I attended. She is such a kind and gentle spirit. LOVED her! Hey Gina!

And lastly, I wanted to share a card I made with one of the new Power Poppy digi's called, Azaleas Forever. It took me a few days to color this one but I'm super pleased with the results. The sentiment is from the clear stamp set, called Azalea. My dad grew the most beautiful azaleas when I was a girl. They were such a deep shade of magenta and had the sweetest little fuzzy leaves. My dad loved to work in his yard. Every weekend he'd piddle about and our yard and gardens looked fantastic. Hmm...memories.'s the card I created for day 27 of the challenge.

It's printed onto Bristol Smooth card stock. I used the 'no line' version and I colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils. I did a bit of pointillism with Copic markers for the background. And added a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off.

So that's it for me today. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend. Stay cool!


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Day 19 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello, Friends! Welcome to day 19 of The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge! Are you coloring along with us? Are you sharing your artwork on social media using #thedailymarker30day? Have you seen all of the fresh, re-mixed digi sets that were recently released for the DIGITAL BLITZ at Power Poppy?!

Well, today, I am sharing a clean and simple card featuring another one of the sets from the Blitz. This one is called, Perfect Poppies.

I printed this image onto smooth white card stock and colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils AND I used gamsol to blend it out. (gasp!) I know! I know! I don't usually use solvents. I decided to try something different. I liked it! Will I use it again? I dunno. Maybe. I gave the poppy a bit of sparkle with my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by! Have a terrific Tuesday!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Day 18 ~ The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge and a DIGITAL BLITZ from Power Poppy!

Hello, Friends! Happy Monday!

Today is Day 18 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge AND Power Poppy is having a DIGITAL BLITZ! Marcella is releasing 10 or is it 11 re-mixed digital stamp sets. What's a re-mixed digital stamp set, you ask?  It's when Marcella takes a set that was previously available exclusively as a clear stamp set and she re-works it so that it's a bit different, then she makes it into a digital download. Each image will be in black, no-line, and include one sentiment.

Today, I worked with Farmer's Market Veggies. I didn't have time to make a card but, I colored up the image.

I printed the image onto Cryogen Metallics paper and colored it with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils.This was a super fun image to color! I'm partial to coloring pumpkins. I think they are so cute! Anywho, I will get this onto a card soon, using that sweet gingham paper in the picture, there.

SO. As I stated there are many, many more digi sets available for the BLITZ. Please visit the Power Poppy blog to see what the other talented ladies have created to share with you.

And don't forget about the 25% off SALE! The new digi sets are part of that, too! 


That's it for me today. Thank you for stopping by! 


Friday, June 15, 2018

Day 15 ~ The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello, Friends! Today was a coloring book kind of day. And I debated on whether or not to share this, as I don't usually post my coloring book pages. When I color in my books, I don't worry so much about shading and light source. I just color. So, nothing fancy here...

This is a page from Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford. I adore this book and I love working in it. I skip all around. For example, if I use a particular green combination that I really like, I will flip through the book and use it on random pages. There may be only a leaf or two colored on that page. It's going to take me forever to finish this book! LoL! But, it's for pleasure and relaxation so it's all good. You may notice a bit of sparkle. I like my coloring books to sparkle and shine, too! Later, after the coloring is all finished, I will add Crystal Effects to all of the glass elements and clear Wink of Stella on various objects. I'm going to attempt to finish this page and if I do, I'll post it. I love all of the details that Ms. Basford included in this illustration. So many nooks and crannies and so much to see.

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by!


Power Poppy Is Having A SALE!

Hello, Friends! Get your wish lists out and get over to Power Poppy because just about EVERYTHING is on sale! It's summer time and the livin' is easy! Treat yourself to a stack of new stamps and a few new digis and have yourself a coloring good time!

Just announced! 
Shop your favorite in-stock Power Poppy stamp sets and take 25% OFF the regular price. 

[Please note: Our new Creative + Curious Collection stamps are excluded from this promotion]
Promotion ends June 30, 2018

And Friends, in addition to this there's something MORE!

Be sure to visit the blog again on Monday because Marcy is going to share TEN images that have been previously available exclusively in clear stamps .... but will now be digital downloads!! There are some VERY POPULAR illustrations in this mix, and some true favorites to color. AND they’ll all be 25% off with discount code COLORINGCHALLENGE

This is truly an awesome sale! Don't miss out. The coupon code can be used as many times as you want until June 30, 2018.

Happy Summer! Happy Coloring! Have fun!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Day 13 ~ The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello, Friends! I know I'm missing a few days. I posted on Instagram and just wasn't up to writing a blog post, too. But, I'm back for day 13! Are you having fun?

So, for today, I colored up this sweet little branch of rose buds. I'm going to create a card for a friend who is battling cancer.

I've had this stamp for a while. It's from Memory Box and it's called Hope Collage. I love it. Very sweet and easy to use. I stamped the image in gray onto patterned paper. Then I colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I added a bit of sparkle to the rose buds but, it doesn't show up very well.

That's it for me! Thanks for poppin in!


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Day 10 ~ The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello, Friends! Happy Sunday to ya! It's been a long busy day for me and I'm super-dee-duper tired. We went into the City today to spend time with family and friends. We even managed to stop by my favorite art supply store and of course, I picked up a few things. :)

Then after a long, lazy lunch we ended up at my mother-in-laws house and while The Hubs and our daughters picked oranges, I sat on a lounge chair and started coloring this cutie.

This is {Planner Gal} Loving Life from Unity Stamp Co. I saw her on a card on Instagram and knew immediately that I needed to add her to my collection. The Luminance pencils I purchased today were all for skin tones. I really like how her skin turned out. Believe it or not, I used five different colors; those pictured plus a lavender. I don't usually color people because I'm intimidated by skin but, I really wanted to push past that because I have some gorgeous people stamps I'd like to color.

Anywho...that's it for me. It's bed time!

Thanks for buzzing by! Until next time...