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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tis the Season for Colouring!


Day 19 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, and I'm sneaking in another Christmas card for the stash with today's colouring. Angela sent us three different choices of Honey Bee's pickup truck to use, but I knew I wanted to use the Christmas one. It took me a while to decide how to work around the black Christmas tree in the back, though. Then it came to me: stickles! 



I coloured the truck with Copic markers, adding a little silver glitter pen to the running board and wheel rims. I kept the green glitter just thick enough to turn the black evergreen green without adding too much dimension. The sentiment is heat-embossed in white, and I think by keeping my strip of glitter cardstock a darker silver, this qualifies as a great Christmas card for a guy. With the glitter times two, I'm linking this to the current Simon Says Monday challenge, Shimmer and Shine


Supplies: Craft Smith red cardbase, Canson watercolour paper, American Crafts charcoal glitter paper, Lawn Fawn patterned paper, Honey Bee Stamps Happy Little Pickup & Papertrey Ink Think Big Sentiments #5 stamps, Versamark & Hero Arts black dye inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Copics, Spica silver glitter pen, Recollections green glitter glue, pop dot tape, fun foam

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Small Bird Colouring


Another day, another card made after some colouring for Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge! Today is one of my stamp picks, and I chose these two small birds: 


I tried to keep my watercolouring fairly loose, to go with the sketched look of the birds. It took a while to decide what else I wanted to do with the card, but eventually decided on this background stamp with lots of tiny hearts. After embossing it with sparkly embossing powder, I used some blue watercolour powder with a generous amount of water for the emboss resist. A sweet little sentiment finished the card. 
With the watercolour wash along with heat embossing and watercolouring, I am adding this to the current CAS Mix Up challenge.




Supplies: navy & Papertrey Ink soft stone cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, STAMPlorations Smallbirds, Holiday Artsy & Unity Layers of Love stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black, broken china, spun sugar & chipped sapphire distress inks, Ranger clear & Hero Arts sparkle embossing powders, Magenta Nuance cerulean blue watercolour powder

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Colouring Challenge Day 17


Happy Sunday! For Day 17 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, Emily, Angela and I are playing with a cute Lawn Fawn set called Jump for Joy. I used Zig markers to colour the hedgehog, owl and rake, but then decided to use sponge daubers and distress inks to give less definition to the leaf colours. 


Lawn Fawn stamps always seem to want to be made into a cute little scene, so that's what I did: 


I didn't have any of the sentiments that go along with the images in this set, so I went digging deep into my Unity stamps for one of the few fall-related sentiments I have. While I was at it, I found that cute little tree for the background. I sponged an autumn sky but decided the grass could still be nice and green. 

Supplies: white & Bazzill green textured cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy & Unity (?) stamps, Versafine onyx black, Hero Arts black dye & fossilized amber, carved pumpkin & gathered twigs distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, MFT blueprints 24 & Paper Smooches stitched dies, MFT cloud stencil, Zig markers, pop dot tape

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Santa!

My second post today! The new 
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers
challenge card is here


It's Day 16 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge and time to break out some funky Santas. :D 


Isn't he fun? I kept my design clean and simple to let Fabulous Santa steal the show. And once I made one, I had to make another! 


In both cases I coloured Santa's outfit in Copics, then used Zigs to add a few details. 

Supplies: (nice, naughty, fabulous) white cardstock, Craft Smith green card base, Stampin' Up Visions of Santa & Simon Says Stamp/Kelly Purkey Oh, Deer stamps, Versafine onyx black & Stampin' Up garden green inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copics, Zig markers, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker, green gel pen; (ho ho ho) white, black & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Stampin' Up Visions of Santa, Lil' Inkers Jolly and Joyful Sentiments & Unity Ho Ho Ho stamps, Versafine onyx black & Simon Says Stamp garden green inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copics, Zig markers, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker

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Lost and Found


Welcome to a brand new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge... LOST AND FOUND. Is there a technique you used to use all the time that has fallen by the wayside? A formerly favourite stamp that now is covered with cobwebs? It's time to bust out the forgotten and resurrect it! 
I decided to revisit a technique that I once used frequently before I discovered the joy of watercolouring... paper-piecing:


I decided I should at least use an image that I'd never paper-pieced before, and decided that the cozy sweater of this polar bear would be perfect. Of course, when paper-piecing, there are always details you don't really think about before you start; in this case, the tiny amount of paw sticking out from each long sleeve. Yikes. 
The Sisters have revived lots of different techniques and images, so be sure to check out all the inspiration! If you decide to join us, and I hope you do, please be sure to indicate your own lost and found item. 

Supplies: white cardstock, American Crafts silver glitter paper, Echo Park Winter Wishes patterned paper, MFT Cool Day & Viva Las VegaStamps Naughty or Nice stamps, MFT black licorice ink, Zig marker, frosted lace Stickles, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker, fun foam

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Drink Coffee and Colour!



It's double the fun this afternoon, with Day 15 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge also being the start of the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop! Somehow, Emily, Angela and I were able to end up with coffee-themed stamps for today. ;) I coloured my first two images red before thinking... oh right, FALL theme. So I coloured a few more...


Everything is coloured with my Zig markers, as usual, it seems. Then, trying to keep with autumn colours, I put together a card: 


I think I may have used this same sentiment last time I hopped along with the other coffee lovers, but it really is too much fun to not use. 
Happy Friday, and happy coffee-drinking! 

Supplies: gold, Stampin' Up naturals white & Bazzill kraft & brown textured cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Altenew Coffee Love stamps & dies, Viva Las VegaStamps Drink Coffee stamp, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe espresso truffle inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle & Paper Smooches bam bubble dies, Zig watercolour markers, pop dot tape

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A Nice Hello


It is the middle of September! That's crazy! I'd try to ignore it, but there's the September Naughty or Nice challenge reminder to keep me updated. We're looking for FRAMES this month, and I went totally nice this time: 


We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps this month, and I am using Floral Trio Frame 1. As usual, I coloured without thinking about what I was going to use with it... and then found this perfect patterned paper match! Phew. I used a simple sentiment that seemed to suit the delicate flowers. 
You still have ten days to put a frame on your work and join us! 

Supplies: Bienfang bristol, American Crafts blue glitter paper, Authentique Be(you)tiful patterned paper, Bugaboo Stamps Floral Trio Frame 1 image, Mama Elephant Party Kit stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Prismacolor pencils, fun foam  

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Books!


Books. Reading. Two of my favourite things. Angela obviously knew what she was doing when she sent me a Tim Holtz blueprints books image for Day 14 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge. (I have a Kobo, but still tend to go for the paper version unless I'm travelling... then I love the ability to take one device holding many many reads rather than half a suitcase holding a few. πŸ˜‰ ) 


When I have a card-sized image such as this, I tend to leave it alone. I know there are many inventive things that could be done, but who am I to take the spotlight away from the books? I did however distress the edges of the panel with some antique linen ink — and I rarely distress! — so there's that at least. I really wanted to use the card catalogue patterned paper in this somehow, so there it is, just peeking from behind. Saves me from being asked, what IS that, so I won't feel quite so ancient. πŸ˜‰ 

Supplies: Neenah desert storm cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, October Afternoons Public Library patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Schoolhouse Blueprints stamp, Hero Arts black & antique linen distress inks, Zig watercolour markers, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Merry and Bright


Today for The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, (Day 13) Angela sent Emily and me a couple of put-together images from the Concord & 9th Christmas set Shine Brighter. Even though I knew which one I wanted to use first, I coloured them both: 


Aren't they fun? Certainly different from anything I have. I cut out the merry and bright lightbulb so I could get another Christmas card tucked away. 


It took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it, but settled on a glittery gold wash behind it. (At first I tried using it with a Christmas stencil. The paint was way too thin and ran under the stencil immediately. #epicfail, but good to know for the future.) All the shimmer is hard to capture in a photo, of course:


The shimmer on the bulb itself is from a layer of Twinkling H2Os, while the Christmas decorations are Liquid Pearls for the ornaments and gold smooch for the top. If you look closely at the tree, you can tell my pearls decided to burp on the very last ornament. Sigh. I scraped off as much as I could and added a darker green to the tree. It's really only in extreme closeup that you can see the oops. ;) Besides, shimmer is so distracting! 
My gold wash qualifies this for the current CAS Mix Up challenge since I have lots going on (die cutting, fussy cutting, liquid pearls, smooch, glitter paint, and stamping of course) in this still clean and simple card. Which means I can also add this to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday clean and simple challenge. 

Supplies: Stampin' Up garden green cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Concord & 9th Shine Brighter stamps,  Hero Arts black dye ink, Zig markers, Twinkling H2Os, ruby red Liquid Pearls, gold Smooch, Tattered Angels golden goddess Glimmer Glam Glitter paint, Winnie & Walter Katharine die, pop dot tape

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Colouring Challenge Day 12


Day 12! 40% of the way through September, and The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge. I'm not sure why being that far through September already is disturbing, while being that far along in the challenge is a good feeling. Anyway... today Emily, Angela and I are playing with some grouchy grumplings. 


I can relate, how about you? I started by watercolouring the grump with Zigs. After masking him with a post-it and the ground with some painter tape, I sponged a few rays of early morning sunshine behind him. A couple of mats, a few enamel dots, and Day 12 is done. 

Supplies: black, yellow & Bazzill marshmallow cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Taylored Expressions Grouchy Grumplings stamps, Versafine onyx black & squeezed lemonade distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, Winnie & Walter Katharine & Sunny Studio Fishtail Banner dies, diy enamel dots (thank you Jessi!) 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Chill Wishes


Mondays are better when there's colouring to be done, right? Emily, Angela and I are playing with some penguin dudes today! The Copics and Spectrum Noirs came out to play again today, too. 


Oh, and a Sharpie, too, for the skis, making do with a colourless blender to lift a little of the colour to make it look like I know what I'm doing in the shading department. Usually I'd leave any Stickles to the end of the process, but right at the end of colouring the Santa hat, I had one of those hand twitches that only happens when you're near a line, right? So Tombow eraser, white gel pen and Stickles to the rescue. His goggles and the snow on the trees have a coat of iridescent medium. 


I chose to make a tag today instead of a card. I die cut a couple of hills and spritzed them with some sparkle. I found a scrap of patterned paper for sky, and picked a couple of coordinating ribbons to finish it off. 

Supplies: white cardstock, manila tag, Echo Park patterned paper, MFT Chill Wishes stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic, Spectrum Noir & Sharpie markers, MFT scenic Safari dies, frosted lace Stickles, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, Tsukineko sparkle sheer shimmer mist, May Arts ribbons, hole punch, pop dot tape

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Pawsome Day


Day 10 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge — seems like a good day for a cat card! 


Must be a weekend thing... again no photo of just the coloured elements. But they are very easy to see on the finished card, too. Today I really mixed things up and used my Copic and Spectrum Noir markers instead of watercolouring. And despite not looking first, I found this square with a matching teal paw on it! I cut it down a bit with a square stitched die to go with the circle and rectangle ones. 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up smoky slate cardstock, Simple Stories Sn@p Cat Insta Square, Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin' stamps & dies, MFT black licorice & Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, MFT blueprints 24 & stitched square dies, pop dot tape

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hugs


It's Day 9 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, and while I'm not yet (too) tired of colouring every day, I do seem to be running out of card design mojo, and kept my card clean and simple today. (Besides, CAS is my default style, after all.) This is also the first day I forgot to take a photo of what I'd coloured before making it into a card. I don't often bother doing in-process photos — there's rarely little of interest or information to show — so it's not surprising I forgot. 😜 Here, however, is the finished card: 


My cactus guy is watercoloured with distress inks, the pot needing a combination of aged mahogany and walnut stain to get the terra cotta colour I wanted. 
This is also another card to throw into the challenge at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Stamptember — Stamp It challenge. 

Supplies: white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, American Crafts Amy Tangerine Sketchbook patterned paper, Paper Smooches Comforting Hugs stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black & aged mahogany, walnut stain & peeled paint distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, MFT diagonal stitched rectangle dies, dimensionals

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Crazy Bird Colouring


Happy Friday! It's Day 8 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge. Time for a crazy bird! 


While I'm happy with how my card turned out, it took a while to get there. Since I always watercolour these guys, I thought maybe I'd challenge myself to try colouring one with Copics. There's a reason I always watercolour them, I discovered. Even after switching back, I didn't like the first bird I watercoloured... I overworked it, although he is growing on me and I haven't recycled him yet. Here are my two birds and a couple of balloons I also coloured. 


The balloons also have a coat of iridescent medium for some fun shimmer. While I was originally going to use the blue balloon, I decided that the partially deflated one worked so much better with the sentiment. 
This colouring every day is hard work! πŸ˜‚

Supplies: white, black & Hero Arts layering cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps & dies, MFT black licorice ink, Zig clean colour real brush markers, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Colouring Challenge Day 7


It's Day 7 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, and Angela picked an amazing stamp to close out the first week! 


I am unsupervised today (apart from the cat, of course), so was able to get some morning colouring done. Good thing, too, for this full card image! As usual this week, the Zigs came out. I wanted the centre bloom to be the focus, and used a wet-on-wet watercolour technique to allow the colour to flow and do a lot of the work for me. I also like that this image, the way Angela embossed it, has the worry-free gold splatter built right in. I wanted minimal detraction from the image, so embossed a sentiment on vellum and mounted everything on coordinating cardstock. 


I'm so happy with this, I may just have to go do some more colouring! 😁

Supplies: Hero Arts layering cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, vellum, Concord & 9th Hello Lovely & Neat & Tangled Swirly Twirly Tags stamps, Versafine, gold embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, Spellbinders oval die

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Colouring Challenge Day 6


For Day 6 of Kathy Racoosin's Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, Emily, Angela and I are all working with Emily's Hello Stampurr stamp set. I chose several of the images to watercolour so I could put them together to create a little scene. 


Cats, books, tea... its like this set was made for me! (Sure it could be coffee, but it looks like a tea mug to me.) I put them all together in a living room, with a little artwork/sentiment on the wall:


For the carpet, I masked the card base with some painter's tape and used a sponge and two colours of distress ink to get a mottled broadloom look. At first I had fancier artwork with a gold frame on the wall, but decided a homey sampler look was more appropriate. 
Lots of stamping going on, so I'm going to add this to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Stamptember Stamp It challenge. 


Supplies: white and natural cardstock, Fabriano watercolour paper, My Mind's Eye patterned paper, Waffle Flower Hello Stampurr stamps and dies, Waltzingmouse Cottage Home stamp, Versafine onyx black, Memento rich cocoa & stormy sky & faded jeans distress ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, Nellie's square dies, Glossy Accents, pop dot tape

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The Grumplings Have a Birthday!

Taylored Expressions is celebrating its NINTH birthday! And they are celebrating with a sketch challenge with lots of prizes, including a chance to be a guest designer... 


Who was I to pass up such a chance? ;) I grabbed Party Grumplings and got to work.  (I have an extra soft spot for the Grumplings, since they are designed by my talented Naughty or Nice teammate Danielle Lounds!) 


I simplified the sketch a bit for a more clean and simple style, but the main elements are there. The grumpy squirrel is watercoloured, and I added some Wink of Stella around his sparkler. I matted my guy in the same blue tone as the sequin stars, which have some silver Stickles in them, just for fun. 
I'll be back later with today's effort for The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge. Yes, I coloured my squirrel, but Emily, Ang and I didn't have a Grumpling scheduled... not for today, at least... 

Supplies: navy, Bazzill marshmallow & Papertrey Ink soft stone cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine patterned paper, Taylored Expressions Party Grumplings stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, Spellbinders circle dies, clear glitter Wink of Stella marker, Studio Calico navy star sequins, silver Stickles, pop dot tape

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