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...


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Day 9 ~ The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello, Friends! Welcome to day 9 of the coloring challenge. Are you having fun?! I tell ya, we are having a blast looking at all of the artwork you all are sharing. Soooo many talented colorists out there! Keep coloring and sharing! We love it!

I recently discovered that Sandy Allnock, super talented Copic colorist and creator of the hex chart for Copic markers, has created hex charts for...wait for it...COLORED PENCILS! What?! Yes! That fabulous little tool is now available for our colored pencil collections. There are three. One for Prismacolors, one for Polychromos and one for Caran D'Ache Luminance. I purchased all three and that's what I colored today.

I printed the charts onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock. You'll have to visit Sandy to see the full chart. I need to protect her copyright. can see my method here. I like to divide the section in half, using my T-ruler so the lines match up with the ones on the chart, (Yes. I know. I'm a bit anal retentive.)to show how the color looks with two layers on the left side and three to four layers on the right side. It takes a bit of time but it's well worth it. Because at a glance I can see what the final color will look like on my project.

If you're not familiar with how the hex chart works and why you need one, click HERE. I love my Copic chart and I don't color without it. It's going to be sooooo wonderful having a chart for each of my pencil collections.

So, that's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, June 8, 2018

Day 8 ~ The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge Blog Hop with Power Poppy

Hello, Friends! To celebrate Kathy's TENTH coloring challenge, I'm participating in The 30 Day Coloring Challenge blog hop featuring my favorite stamp company, Power Poppy! Yaaaay!

So. I am finally doing something that I have been wanting to do for a while now. And taking a cue from Kathy's post, HERE, I am creating a piece of art that will (hopefully) be frame worthy. It's no secret that I adore Marcella's illustrations and so I have been wanting to color up some of the digis, frame them and use them as wall art in The Hive.

I started by enlarging my digital stamp. Here I'm using Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher, one of my absolute favorites. That is one of the many things I love about digital stamps; they are so versatile! I can enlarge the image or shrink it down. LOVE that! I printed the image onto Canson XL watercolor paper. I used the rough side because I love the texture.

Then, I selected my color palette. That's the fun part! I went right to the Power Poppy file on my laptop and browsed through the Hues to Use folder, until I found the perfect palette for my project.  Here's a tip: Each time a new Hues to Use pops up on the Power Poppy blog, I save it in a folder on my computer. This way, I have them all organized in one place and I can access them without having to go online. Isn't this one gorgeous?!

Pre-designed color palettes are an excellent way to jump start creativity. It's one less thing to think about and one can get right into the fun of coloring. Power Poppy has quite a selection of palettes and they add to them often. I like that there are just three colors to work with. I use them as a springboard and then add in other colors as I need them.

Next, I went to my colored pencil stash and pulled the colors I wanted to use. I do this for a few reasons; I like to isolate the colors I want to use so I don't get distracted by all of the pretty colors in my collection. :) And, having just the colors I need, makes it easier to grab and go so I can take my project with me when I'm out and about or if I want to color in a room other than The Hive. For this project, I am using Prismacolor Colored Pencils.

I've assembled my cast of characters. And now, I'm ready to color!

I like to start with one element in the image. I choose to start with the leaves. I lay down light layers and just play with the colors until I achieve the look I desire. I LOVE that texture that shows through. It makes my heart happy. I'm also using my new desktop easel that my Mother gave me for my birthday. I love, love, LOVE it! Please click on the pictures to enlarge them.

 In this next photo, you can see how I've added more layers of color on some of the leaves and started to get into "the nooks and crannies".

This is a "take my time" piece. I plan to work on it a little bit at a time throughout the challenge. I can say now that I will be doing a few more of these enlarged digis for framing. I already have, Sunshine of My Life, Graceful Still Life, Chinese Lantern and Everything's Rosy printed and ready to roll! Not sure if I'll switch around or stick to one until it's completed. So what about you? What do you think about creating a piece of frame worthy art? Will you give it a try?

Oh! One more thing before you go:
Marcella is offering a special sale on Burst of Kindness Clear Stamp set and Spring Meadow digi stamp set. Buzz on over and have a look-see. Sale ends June 9th!

Here's the hop line up:
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Tosha Leyendekker
Barb Walker (you are here)
Nancy Sheads
Elizabeth Zaffarano
Marcella Hawley

If you get lost along the way, you can always go back to Power Poppy! Enjoy the hop. The ladies have a lot of beautiful creations to share with you!

That's it for me today. Thank you so very much for stopping by. I appreciate the visit. Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Day 7 ~ The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello, Friends! I received several graduation announcements recently so I thought I'd better start crankin' out a few cards. To get myself warmed up and in the mood, I used a new Lawn Fawn set, How You Been? Stars Add-On. This is such a cute set. This image actually is to be used inside of a Mason jar. I didn't do that, though. :)

Instead, I stamped the image onto a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock, using Versamark ink and sprinkled on some WOW Pearl embossing powder. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and did a little watercoloring. I haven't done that in a while. It was fun!

After everything was all dry, I gave it a good coating of sparkle with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. And that was that!

Thanks for stopping by!