Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Power Poppy Christmas Remix Hop

Hello, friends!  Just sharing a heads up -- starting Wednesday, Nov. 20th :

This is going to be fun!  We have classic clear and digital stamps, plus all new digital stamps from Power Poppy.  I've been coloring furiously on the new digital stamps and will pop in Thursday with the first of them.  In the meantime, be sure to check the Power Poppy Blog every day of the hop to see what Marcella and the rest of the team are sharing.  Psssst... there are prizes involved.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Rubbernecker Again

Ready for another week?  I've been coloring when I can and still living the rest of my life, as well.  Sometimes I wonder how I fit it in, but we all need to find time for the things we most enjoy, right?

Today I'm back with another Rubbernecker stamp.  This one is Stacked Tea Cups and I love it to pieces.  I think it might be an older stamp, as they have a lot of old stamps mixed in with brand new stamps.  Truth is, the site can be puzzling to navigate.  Just saying', but it's worth it.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker, too -- Day in Paradise.

Little critter details revealed themselves to me as I went along with the coloring.  Some are more apparent than others:  4 butterflies, 1 beetle, 2 snails, 3 bees, 2 caterpillars.  My favorite critter is at the very top.  Adorable.  What a fun stamp!

Kept the design simple, but with a few things going on:  Scored across the top and tied with baker's twine, punched the sentiment in a circle, popped up the image panel.  Just taking a little break from the seasonal cards.  There will be plenty of that coming up the rest of the year.  Odd to think 2019 is almost over, isn't it?

Okay, I'm off to see what kind of trouble I can get into the rest of this day.  I hope your day is a good one!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Strange and Wonderful

Hey there!  Something fun today... I suddenly went shopping at Rubbernecker because I just couldn't resist certain stamps any longer.  I was really holding myself back by picking out only three image stamps, one with a matching die.  Then, because they do have some great sentiments, I picked out a couple of those that I felt went well with the images I'd chosen.  So you see how it goes... and why I have so many not-yet-used stamps waiting to be colored.  However, I am working on it and not complaining one bit!

Do you think this is the cat talking, or the bird?  I think it's the cat, because the bird is pretty strange looking, but also wonderful.  I love him!  I did quick and simple Copic coloring and left a lot of white space on the image panel.  It has sort of a retro look, I think.  Image stamp is called Bird and Cat.  I could not find it on the site to link to it.  What... did I buy the last one?  Sentiment is called Strange and Wonderful.

I covered the card base with a rather strange and wonderful background panel I pulled from my stash.  I have a few different backgrounds I made with regular Stampin' Up! reinkers and 90% alcohol.  This one is on photo paper.   I don't know why the ink did that funny granular-looking thing.  Strange... and wonderful!

Once again... The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I'm all behind on my blog, but keeping up on Instagram.

Thank you so much for coming to visit.  I wish you a happy day, and if it's a little strange and wonderful, that's good, too!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Let Your Heart be Light

Hello again!  I'm excited to be sharing another Christmas card today... not only because it means I'm another card further along, but also because I love how this one turned out.  I've used a Power Poppy clear stamp set -- Let Your Heart Be Light -- and made an outdoor scene.  You can imagine this as a fence or a weathered wood wall... however you want to see it.

This is definitely a favorite set from Marcella's 2018 holiday release.  It's gorgeous, lots of sentiments, and many different card designs are possible.   I made my card long and low -- 3 3/4" x 9" -- and happily have some pretty blue envelopes to match.

It's colored with Copics.  The wall (or fence) is white cardstock scored every 1/4" and swiped with gray ink.  I used an old Spellbinders die set for the sentiment, attached with brads.  The snow splatters are lightly diluted white acrylic paint.

Inside is this skinny sentiment with one little holly sprig and a whole lot of white space.

Total Christmas cards:  31

I'm still keeping up with The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge, doing a little something every day.  It's been fun!  I've even done some non-Christmas cards.  Back soon!  Have a happy day!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Christmas Bouquet and Wreath Joy

Well, here we are again, friends... a new week, and today I have two cards to share.  These were part of my coloring for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I forget which days they represent.  This challenge has made it apparent to me that I really don't color every day and it has been somewhat of a push to make it happen.  I generally go to my stamp room with my morning coffee first thing, but not always to color.  I might die cut, stamp a bunch of images, prepare card layouts, finish the insides of cards from the day before, maybe just tidy up or organize.  Does that sound familiar to you?

So now I color... and, happily, it's helping me get my Christmas cards done.  The two cards today were both made with digital stamps by AlexSyberiaDesign.  Images are hand drawn and, I kid you not, she has some gorgeous stuff over there.

First card is Christmas Bouquet.  5" square, watercolored with Spectrum Noir sparkle pens.  Much prettier in real life.  Glossy accents on the sentiment panel.  It was not quite dry when I photographed it, so it's actually more clear now that it's dry.

The next card is a very simple Wreath Joy.  I die cut a curve and added a patterned paper border, but honestly, I think the wreath is prettiest when left very simple on an all white card.  I could make a bunch of these very quickly in all different colors.  I do not feel a need to be concerned about color authenticity.  Just have fun with it.

Total Christmas cards:  30

I'll be back here again as soon as possible.  In the meantime, I'll pop around to visit my bloggie friends and see what you're up to.  I've been falling behind, sigh.  Never enough hours in the day for all the things I love to do.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #22: Holiday Greenery

Welcome to another Twofer Card Challenge!  Our prompt this month is "Holiday Greenery" -- BUT -- there's a twist this time!

First, to clarify the prompt:

Holiday is any holiday.
Greenery is defined as: foliage, growing plants, vegetation.  It does not have to be green.

A greenery element is required, and it must be the same greenery element on each of your two different designs.

Now, for the twist:

For this month only, the "two different occasions" rule is optional!  You can make two different designs using the same greenery element for two different occasions; OR you can make two different designs using the same greenery element for the same occasion.  It's up to you!

All other rules of the challenge apply. If you have any questions about specifics of the challenge, please take a few minutes to review the updated Definitions/Examples tab on the Twofer Blog, so you'll be eligible to win. We appreciate your enthusiasm and support and want to see you stretch your stamps, stencils, dies, and design skills!

Also, a reminder that there will be no Twofer Card Challenge in December.

Ultimately I went with two different occasions, using the same evergreen branch in two different designs.

I made my greenery white for the Christmas card.  The kraft with black pattern is some cool DCWV paper called Foiled Elegance.  I added a black oval and red die cut sentiment.

The dies for this card are as follows:  Tutti Designs Arched Fir Branch, Memory Box Warm Christmas Wishes, Memory Box Oval Master Frame (used just the inner oval)

For the birthday card I cut that same Arched Fir Branch in green, but then snipped off the snowflakes and added the bird and birthday sentiment.   All is arranged on a wood grain card base.  Additional dies:  Poppystamps Happy Birthday Melody, Memory Box Finnegan Fronds

So..... just remember... your two cards need to use the same greenery element on each, and they need to be two distinctly different designs, BUT this month only they can be the same occasion.  Consider it a little gift from Darnell.

Christmas card total:  28

For fun and inspiration, check out the samples on the Twofer Blog.  We have an awesome guest designer this month, so hop over to meet and greet!  Enjoy!

Friday, November 8, 2019

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Hi there!  I hope it was a beautiful day in your neighborhood.  We've been enjoying a rather nice fall here and not believing it's November already.  I suppose the rain will start soon enough, but for the time being, it's looking a lot like the blue sky and green grass pictured below.

I wasn't sure I'd have time to use my Art Impressions Feast Mode set again this season so I colored all the rest of the critters into one scene.

It took a village of Gansai Tambi paints and Tombow markers to get it all watercolored, then I just stitched it up and put it on a grocer's kraft card base. 

This represents Days 4 and 5 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I've been keeping up with the coloring, but it sometimes takes a while to get them posted.   Some days I can do a whole card, some days I can get only part of an image colored.  On Thursday I had a routine medical procedure and felt awful the whole rest of the day, so no coloring was done at all.  Today I'm feeling good and back to my usual morning coloring before the rest of the day takes hold.

I'll be back with the Twofer Challenge on Sunday, the 10th.  I hope you're having a good day!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Hanging Basket

Hello there!  More coloring today and I thought perhaps it might be nice to take a break from Christmas and fall cards.  Therefore, I've got a pretty basket of flowers which I recently found at All Dressed Up.  It's a digi stamp called Hanging Basket.  They have some very cute stuff over there!  I still have a few from All Dressed up that I haven't colored yet and, again, I'm hoping the 30 Day Coloring Challenge will encourage me to get more of them done.

This card represents the coloring I did on Days 2 and 3.

I colored this one with Prismacolor pencils on X-Press It Blending Card.  It's not the best for pencils, but the original plan was to do a Copic and pencil combo.  However, some of the detail in the image was so fine it was ultimately best to stick with the pencils.  I did not use Gamsol for blending.  It's just pencils.

A retired sentiment from my stash, retired splatter stamp, a Doodlebug Matte Sprinkle to hold up the basket...  A simple design and colorful.  I like this one!

By the way, I'm not going to complain about the discomfort of my "golfer's elbow", but it's interesting that my hand started going numb while I was coloring this.  I always seem to tense up and grip too hard when I use pencils.  Still trying to manage and not overdo it.

Thanks for coming to see me today!

Stamps:  All Dressed Up 'Hanging Basket' digi, retired JustRite 'A Warm Hello set', retired SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds (splatters)  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, green, blue  Ink:  Printer, Memento Tuxedo Black, Creamy Caramel for splatters  Coloring:  Prismacolor pencils  Dies:  Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Spellbinders Standard Circles Large

Monday, November 4, 2019

Amaryllis Christmas

Hello there!  All done with Halloween for another year.  Glad I got to use all those stamps, but also glad to be moving along to some different cards now.  We have Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, so I guess you know what I'll be working on.

This year I'm going to try to make it all the way through Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  It started November 1.  The idea is to color every day, even if only for 10 minutes.    Everything eventually gets made into a card.  If you're a coloring fanatic like me, it's a fun challenge.  On the first day I actually made a whole card.  It's not my favorite card ever, but it does kick off my Coloring Challenge efforts, so here it is -- Power Poppy's Amaryllis Bliss, watercolored, with a stenciled background.

The Amaryllis blooms lack the detail I would prefer, and the background is too busy.  The gold edging on the blooms is too yellow.  I was trying out an idea and I'm not crazy about it.  That's okay.  Live and learn.  Poor Amaryllis... I've used this stamp twice and not yet made a card I was truly happy with.  I'll really have to try again, sigh.

Christmas card total:  27

I'm looking forward to this challenge in hopes it will make me get some of these not-yet-used stamps and digis colored.  I was on a roll with the Halloween cards... let's see where it goes from here.  Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Spooktacular Halloween

Happy Halloween!  This is the last of the Halloween cards.  I wasn't sure I was going to get these made... always with the high hopes and plans, and then other things get in the way.  We suddenly up and bought a new range and refrigerator and they're being delivered this morning.  That means I did a lot of cleaning yesterday -- you know how you always clean before the maid comes.  Hahahaha!  How many of you have a maid?

Today I've used another Art Impressions set.  This one is called Spooktacular and I have no idea when it was released, but it's new to me.  For several days now I've had the "Monster Mash" song stuck in my head. 

All coloring is with Copics.  This one is simple in design.  I drew the border and punched the corners.  The splatters are a favorite old SU! stamp which I'll never part with -- Itty Bitty Backgrounds.

Next card... I cut a Marianne Designs Anja's Oval die from CTMH  Majestic Mountain cardstock, sanded and glued onto a same color card base.  The sanding roughed up the die a bit much and tore some of the lattice, but I thought it went with the whole Halloween-spooky-old-house-with-a-mummy-creeping-around theme.

I really must run off now as I have a whole lot of other things to do.  Leaving you with the "Monster Mash" song so you can get it stuck in your head, too.

Wishing you a frightfully delightful day!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Fright Night Flight

Another card, another day closer to Halloween.  I returned to my Art Impressions Fright Night set for this one -- the same set I used for the two ghost cards on Monday.  Now I'll have to put it away for another whole year, but I'm happy to say I used every stamp in the set, considering the inside sentiments.

I made one of the funny/weird backgrounds I've been playing with off and on recently.

  • After I stamped the images and sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black I traced a circle in light pencil around it.
  • Colored the background outside the circle rather loosely with Copics BV01, BV02, BV04; the darker color toward the bottom.
  • The next step was to use a skinny eyedropper to randomly drop Colorless Blender fluid onto the background, making some effort to avoid letting the colors run into the circle.
  • Edged inside the traced circle with the BV Copics -- BV01, BV000, BV0000

The moon looks a little bit like a big bubble, but I like it.

I colored the image, added the Memory Box Estate Fence and finished up the card with the same Doodlebug Halloween papers I've been using for years.

The cards I make are the only Halloween happenings at our house.  We may get a couple of trick-or-treaters (friends), but most kids don't come down our street.  The whole length of it runs along the edge of the dark and scary woods and there are a couple of empty houses, one of which is essentially abandoned.  I know, it's lovely.  No street lights on our block, either.  I had no idea kids were still trick-or-treating in the general area, but last year when we went for after dinner sniffy walk with Wally and LuLu we were surprised to see all kinds of Halloween activity around the corner.  All these years... sheesh!

I'll be back tomorrow with the last of the Halloween cards.  Have a good day!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Candy Witch

It's Day Two of Halloween Week and so far, so good.  I have an adorable House Mouse today.  This is Mudpie and he's our Candy Witch who appears to be stealing candy.  Is he wicked?  I think not.  He probably trick-or-treated all that candy corn.

This House Mouse is the stamp I won on Sue's blog in a House Mouse and Friends challenge.  Totally unexpected because I simply left a comment and the next thing you know she contacted me.  It was my lucky day!

The sentiment is from the Stampendous Faboolous sentiment set which was the catalyst to all the new Halloween stamps I ended up with this year.  All I wanted was a sentiment set, sigh... but, I've sure been having fun!

I added Wink of Stella to Mudpie's purple witch gown, which actually looks more like a wizard costume to me.  The retired Memory Box Swirly Tree was glued black over white, but I left the swirly ends of the branches free because they're too difficult to glue together and it turns out I like them like this.

Doodlebug paper on a sanded CTMH Autumn Terracotta card base.  Do they still make CTMH cardstock like this?  I love that it's lightweight and can be sanded to show the white core, but it's been ages since I bought CTMH.  Oh, I almost forgot... the plaid frame is Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Frames.

That's all for today.  I hope to be back tomorrow and Thursday.  Have a happy day!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Ghostly Greetings

Hello and welcome to Halloween week!  I have new-to-me Halloween stamps this year and I aim to use them.  The thing is, I went looking for a Halloween sentiment set -- no plans to buy anything else -- and I ended up with the sentiment set, plus 3 more sets with images, plus a single wood block stamp.  I know!  Then I won a cute little House Mouse stamp, and so here I am -- Halloween Week.

My arm is still hurting when I overuse it, but I'm managing.  Oddly, it's the smaller movements such as mousing and coloring that hurt it the most, so everything is being accomplished in shorter intervals.  These cards are easy coloring and quick designs, finished one day at a time.  The stamp set is new this year from Art Impressions, called Fright Night.  I adore these fun-loving, friendly ghosts!

Party in the woods!  These guys are three sheets to the wind, as the sentiment says.  Hilarious!  I brushed the background with Distress Oxide inks, then framed with Memory Box Grand Forest Archway.  Do you see the spider webs in the tree branches?

This next one says "spooky", but it's really not.  That face!  Ghosts just wanna have fun.  Okay, maybe the spiders and webs are a little creepy.

I think you can see where Wink of Stella was added -- spiders, banner, "spooky".  I also added Stickles Stardust to all the purple dots... just to make it even friendlier.  Spiders are Poppystamps Spider Banner, paper is something older by Doodlebug.  I cut the image panel with Lil' Inker Silly Stitched Die Set.

You know I had fun with these, don't you?  There's more coming tomorrow.  I'm hoping for something every day through Halloween, but we'll see how my arm and time hold up.  Thanks for stopping by and checking up on me!  I hope we'll all have fun this week.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Eat. Sleep. Read.

Hello there and happy Monday!  Don't be shocked... today's post has nothing to do with Halloween or Thanksgiving or Christmas.  It's just a card with a matching bookmark, and it's good for any day in any season because anytime is a good time to pick up a book and read.

I combined two digital sets from Graciellie Design -- Book Lovers and Nourish & Flourish.  It was really the Book Lovers set that drew me in because, in addition to the stack of books and the tea cup, it has 7 great sentiments for a book lover.  The vase of flowers is part of the Nourish & Flourish set.

I colored with Copics and die cut with an old Spellbinders set.  Designer papers are Mintay's Dear Diary collection.

My friend and I spent Friday at the book store --  hours of talking and laughing and browsing books over lunch with dessert and coffee, and we each went home with a tote bag full of stories.  I slipped between the pages of a book that evening and didn't come out till bedtime.  It is a lovely place to be!

Have a beautiful day!

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