Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Tulips

It wasn't quite like spring here today, so I thought I'd put a little spring on a card. 

This card went together remarkably quickly. I stamped the tulips and watercoloured them with distress markers — with less than a week to go in The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, I had yet to use them, so decided this was a good opportunity. This sentiment keeps the use of the card flexible... it could be get well, sympathy, even a birthday card with the right inside sentiment. 

Supplies: Canson watercolour paper, Craft Smith red card base, Unity Tulips and Daisies stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, distress markers, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

When in Doubt... Go Crazy?

A self-imposed need to keep up my daily colouring streak for The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge did not go well at first today. I began by *attempting* to watercolour a bunch of images from a My Favorite Things stamp set called "Our Story". All but a teeny cat and a tiny pile of books are now in recycling. But instead of giving up, I moved on to a Crazy Bird! For me, they more or less colour themselves, which seemed wise today. 

I watercoloured the bird and his lovely bouquet of wildflowers, then was trying to decide on a background when I came across this piece of patterned paper on the table that went perfectly! I die cut it and gave it some woodgrain texture for a little added fun. A sentiment strip to perch on and everything was done. Now I just hope tomorrow won't begin quite as frustratingly as today did. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Authentique Be(you)tiful patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Birds & Crazy Things stamps & dies, Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous Hashtags stamp, MFT black licorice ink, Zig clean colour real brush markers, MFT wonky stitched rectangle dies, Papertrey Ink woodgrain impression plate, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Waving Hello

*waves hello* ๐Ÿ˜Š
I managed a little colouring and card-making time again today: 

I adapted the current sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches for this clean and simple design. My sailboat is also pretty clean and simple, coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. The waves have been in my basket of dies so long, I have no idea of their origin, but along with the partial circle, this also qualifies for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge for March. And I'm extending my streak for The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge! 

Supplies: white & blue cardstock, My Minds Eye Go Fly a Kite patterned paper, Neat & Tangled Sailmates & Paper Smooches Wicked Nauticool stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memories black inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, ? and Spellbinders circle dies, Spectrum Noir markers

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It's Not Easy Being Queen

Saturday greetings! It's time for the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge — Q IS FOR QUEEN! Edna is obviously a direct descendent of Victoria, and was certainly cheated out of her rightful crown somewhere along the line. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Where will this week's challenge theme take you? Here's where it took me: 

For the many times I've used this Unity image, I am pretty sure this is the first time I've used the sentiment. It was an obvious choice for this challenge! I inked the classy dame, then masked her so I could play with my new distress oxide ink using a sunburst stamp. A little misting with water allowed the ink to spread and oxidize a bit. Luckily, this crown paper matched perfectly. 
There are lots of ways to interpret this challenge... for proof, just check out the projects made by my snarky sisters, along with this week's Queen of Snark and guest designer, Paula! Please come and join us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Authentique Be-you-tiful patterned paper, Unity Queen of the Universe & Neat & Tangled Sunburst stamps, MFT black licorice & fossilized amber distress oxide inks

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Thursday, March 16, 2017


For today's edition of "how many day's in a row can I actually have time to colour something" (five!!!), I thought it would be fun to go through my box of UFOs (unfinished objects) and see if something caught my fancy. It didn't take long to decide on a stack of books. 

My friend Ang sent a few me a few stamped panels of these ages ago, and till today, I'd only coloured one. I started out with trying to watercolour them, but decided the bristol they were stamped on didn't really like the amount of water I tried to use. So I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils. I'm never sure I really like Prismacolors; I usually have better colouring luck with watercolours, and I'm not overly fond of the somewhat shiny finish from the wax in them. But I'm sort of liking the end result here. Sponging around the edges of the panel and the (what ARE those things???) library due date slips give the card a vintage look. 
Another day successfully completed in The Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge! 

Supplies: white cardstock, bristol, October Afternoons patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Book Sketch stamp, Memories black & antique linen distress inks, Prismacolor pencils

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