Friday, June 23, 2017

My love of coloring


Coloring has to be my favorite medium for card making, and I have a respectable collection of copics. I thought I would share some of my copic tidbits.

I used to have them in the half wide deep art bin with the marker inserts but I out grew that and having a second bin made no sense to me.  I kept the bin, and took out the inserts. I put the original dividers back in so there are 4 sections. I bought cheap tulle bags (about a dime each) and put each color family in a bag.  I fold the edges down when they are in the bin, and I can pull the edges up and tie them closed if I just want to take a particular group or collection with me to a crafty meet.

This holds a lot of markers, I have about 175 or so, and I still have room to add.

Now my collection of refills is much smaller, I am buying them as I figure out my go to color combinations. For now they reside in a Container Store lidded storage bin.

To figure out my favorite color combinations, I made up a sheet of ovals and rectangles to show the colors I use for each coloring I complete.  My list is growing.  The ones I go back to over and over will give me the list of refills I'll need to buy.

I store them in the 2x2 inch coin protectors ala Jennifer McGuire's various swatches. I like that I have each of the colors individually and a sample of the blend.  I made these sheets up in word and then printed these with my HP Inkjet printer on spectrum noir paper. I let them "cure" overnight; and no smearing of the printer ink.

Thanks so much for sticking through this long post.  I decided to take a few of the colors out for a run on some note cards.

Thanks much for stopping by~!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Another shot at fabric

Another flower card with fabric, this time I added some envelope liner in LF Doe ink to the card base to give it some texture.

I cut several of each of the flowers so I could layer them up.  I am quite pleased with the result.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

FMS 292

Hi There~  It has been another short night and some more coloring.  I loved the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and I have had the idea in my head since I saw the sketch...finding the right image slowed me down.
As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew I wanted to do an inlay but with multi layers, showing the middle circle as flat and with darker hues of color than the two outer rings which would be raised from the card surface.

Stamps used are Teeny Tiny Wishes and Best Thoughts both by Stampin Up.  I used some favorite copic colors and just added one darker marked for the flat layer of the bloom.  The sentiment was added using a layer of pink vellum.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

     To both the fathers; I am one of the lucky gals who has stellar men in her life. 

Both my Dad and Father-in-law dabble in golf.  I thought this lil pop up box card would be fun for them.
The Lawn Fawn die makes creating the box structure easy.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Flower Challenge

Hi All

I am playing along with the ninth Flower Challenge which has a theme of  anything goes.

I was hanging out with the crafty gals and playing with copic markers.  For the heck of it I combined blue greens and blue violet colors.  It was just a testing panel, but one of the gals was really taken with the colors. So I made the panel into a card.  I had to cut it out as the panel also had my color scribbles on it.

I think it turned out nicely, and I am sending it off to her in the mail as a thank you for her encouragement.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Scramble 154

As I was trolling through blogland this morning I found out there was a scramble over at the Hero Arts group page on Flickr.  So I hopped over and found the scramble was for 24 hours, and participants could pick any 90 minute period to make their cards. 

Karen's theme was: Make it Masculine, Decorate the Envelope, and Any size other than A2.  Of course Hero Arts Products should be the focus of the card as well.

Masculine cards, can be quick or horrifyingly difficult.  I went with quick after all it was a scramble. So in 64 minutes this is what I came up with.

I went for a square card, so I inked up the Hero Arts Hexagon background with HA Navy ink and laid paper to stamp, I covered it with copy paper and rubbed it all about to get good ink transfer.  My card panel was A2 sized but I cut it down to 4x5 inches.  Next I took a 5.5 by 8.5 inch card base and trimmed it to be 5 x 8.5 with a score line at 3.5 inches from an end to make a top folding card base.  I overlapped my stamped piece on to the 3.5 inch side so that it overlapped quite a bit and left a 1 inch border at the top of the card that was white.  Next I inked up some paper, white heat embossed the birthday greeting and cut it to look like a tab and added it to the card front.  No embellishments...its a guy card...but I do have some navy sequins  which might be added later...still thinking about it.

Now for the envelope....I made my own and stamped the hexagons on it to cover the back flap and about an inch or so down the envelope front.  The edge ended abruptly on the stamp, so I added a 1/4 inch line with a B99 copic marker.  I am happy with the set and it's great to have a guy card in the stash.  I make make a few more of these in A2 size in green and gray.

Hero Arts scrambles can be found in the Hero Arts Discussion Group on flickr.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Color Throwdown 446

Hi there !

I found some time to get in a bit of copic coloring this week.

I am entering this to Color Throwdown 446, colors to use are yellow, coral, and green.  I did sneak a bit of lavender in too I think that third bird got in my head as I was I am taking some artistic license and calling it a neutral.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Hi There... we are having a few cool days here in Maryland before the heat smacks us again over the weekend.

I spent some more time with the AI Watercolor Stamps,  this one borrowed from Peggy.  I thought it made a fabulous masculine card.

I am entering the card to both SOS - Dude and SSS Wednesday Challenge - Make it Masculine.


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Friday, June 2, 2017


Hello- June can you believe it is June already?  Yikes where had the year gone?

 For the May Card Chain Challenge, my card is going to Canada. I chose to work with the colors of pink, gray and blue.  It's a simple card but with lots of texture.  One paper is tone on tone polka dots, one paper is glittered, my card base is dry embossed, and the sentiment is heat embossed.  I am really pleased with this card.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A bold Hello how can it be that June is tomorrow?  Where have the last 5 months gone?   I woke up early this morning and did some coloring.  I chose some bold color combinations for this version of the stamp. I colored it earlier with pastel shades, that card you can find here.

This WPlus9 stamp fits so many directions on a card.  Landscape, portrait and you can have a lot of fun with it.  The biggest plus...I have a hard time arranging flowers on cards...this beauty takes all that stress out of the equation.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jugs 395

Hi there!  Hubs and I are celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary.  I married an amazing man whom I love more today than the day we wed.  He is handsome, smart, kind, witty, generous and he is my best friend.

Our anniversary is the only time I can get away with a frilly card for  him and I thought the Just us Girls Photo Challenge was a perfect inspiration for his anniversary card.

Our wedding colors were red, white and black. So I used a lot of white with touches of black and red.

The scroll work on the upper most cookie was the inspiration for my card.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Addicted to CAS 112

Hi there, we are back from our trip to Ohio to see our nephew's graduation.  I had several pre-posted cards for the week we were gone, and here is my first card now that we are back.  It's another graduation card for the son of a friend of ours.

The code word at Addicted to Cas is Graduation.

I am hoping my subtle dry background embossing of mortar boards doesn't violate the CAS rule.

The sentiment comes from Stampin Up - Teeny Tiny wishes. The sentiment strip was cut with an MFT die, and the embossing folder is from Darice.

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Hello ~

Between May and June I had 20+ birthday cards to make as well as Graduation, Mother's Day and Father's Day cards.  Here is one style I made. I did make similar cards in differing colors for this design...I really liked it...I first used this design on this card

The flower is from  Concord and 9th, the color blush was done with an Ink duster brush and the sentiment is from CTMH.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Band Birthdays


Our nephew's have birthdays just a few days apart.  They are both active in their high school's music programs.  The instruments aren't quite right, but I think they will do.

The stamp set is MFT's Strike up the band.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A I Watercolor Stamps

I am still obsessing over these Water Color stamps by Art Impressions.  My friend and crafting pal Peggy is similarly obsessed.  Our last few crafty sessions were just playing with these stamps.  I love the rocking chair below, it's part of Peggy's stash.  The arbor is mine, and the palm trees were a mistake so I framed out just a part of the whole 4x5 panel I had colored to the bit I liked.

I've been using mostly Tombow markers and a few Marvy ones - the sepia which is used for almost all the outlines.  Both work well, but if I am going to stamp some of Peggy's stuff to take home and work on later, those panels must be stamped with the Marvy markers.  Color can be pulled from them even two weeks later...the Tombow's did not perform well after a day for pulling color from the stamped lines.  It might be the paper I used - Canson XL.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017


The second of our three nephews is graduating from High School this spring.  I have one graduation cap stamp in my collection, which I got out of the Michael's $1 bin several years ago.  This is the 5th graduation card made with the stamp. I'd say I've gotten my money's worth.

I followed the school colors, and colored the caps with copic markers.  I deliberately left three un-colored to keep the design from being too colorful.  I really like the mix of colored and plain mortarboards.  The edges of my white card base were also colored with the matching copic shade as was the banner.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

An afternoon of Watercolors


If you have seen a few of my previous posts, you know that I am a bit obsessed with the Art Impressions watercolor stamps.  I will admit there was a learning curve for me, but once passed that it is so relaxing to stamp, dab with a damp brush and create something lovely.

Here is the collection from my crafty day with Peggy.

 And the individual shots:

The two with the 3 cats will be going to my Dad, he really liked the last one I set of the barn.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017


I couldn't sleep. Arrghhhh.  So I colored.

Now...maybe a lil nap.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Seize the Birthday and Fusion

Hi there!

This card is for one of my BIL's.  He was best man at our wedding 9 years ago.   The card was inspired by the blue striped rug in the graphic at  Fusion.   I am also entering it to Seize the Birthday - no toppings this time for me.

I am a big fan of the monochromatic card for masculine projects.  The card set comes from CTMH. The patterned paper is a left over from an old SSS card kit. The twine is from Hemptique.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Hello and Happy Mother's day to all of you who have children, fur babies or others you care for.  Mothers have the toughest job and in my experience are the most selfless people around.  My Mother was my best friend and not a day goes by that I don't think of her and miss her.

This card is for my Fabulous MIL. She is one of the best people ever.  I am so blessed to call her my friend as well as well as Mother-in-law. She loves pink and bit of sparkle.  Several of the blooms have been brushed with wink of stella, though it doesn't come through in the photo.

I used the Lawn Fawn box card die, and Penelope's Blossoms for the card along with the grass die from LF.  I had to use markers on the stamps rather than ink pads, and there was a LOT of die-cutting going on. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

FMS287 and CAS Watercolor Flowers

Hi there, its been a bit rainy and drippy here the last few days and I am absolutely loving it. The end of the week has promises of a heat wave - ugh!  So, I'll just have to enjoy this while it lasts.

I have a card for two challenges today.  The sketch from Jen at Freshly Made Sketches is fabulous, and the theme of flowers at CAS Watercolor Card Challenge is a no brainer for me. I love flowers.

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Going Dotty Wednesday at Simon and CTS 221

I am back again with another card today.   This one is for Simon's Wednesday Challenge which is all about the Dots and I used Donna's  sketch from Case this Sketch.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

JUGS Mother and C9 Florals

A quick post for two challenges, Just us Girls - Mother and Where Creativity Meets C9.

I am trying to use up the ink in my set of Memento Markers which are going on being 7 years old. Some are beginning to dry out and the brush tips are getting mushy.  So I am using them to get the ink out before they all dry  out.  They are great for stamp inking, and can be used to water color as well.

I colored the stamp with a lighter red and green, then after stamping the sentiment, I colored in the flower with the original red so that the color was even, then tried to get some depth with a darker marker.  It's not well blended, but I kinda like that look for this flower. I made these cards for some girlfriends who are fabulous Mom's, and they are smaller cards 2.75 by 4.25 inches. Stamp set used is from Concord and 9th -called Happy Words a great sentiment set with this bonus bloom.


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Friday, May 5, 2017

Muse 214

Hi there.

I am often drawn to the cards Anita creates for Muse, this week I am playing again and Anita is the Muse. Her card is below.  I have no mandela or medallion type stamps at the moment so I went in another direction though still inspired by her round stamping, blue and purple coloring and black touches.

I don't often make a card without stamping and only diecuts, but today I have. The dies are double pierced squares from Avery Elle, Hello and Confetti Circle from Simon Says Stamp. The color is provided with some ink blending of Broken China and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks.

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Casology 247 with Color Throwdown 441

Hi and Happy Friday!

One card for two challenges.  The word flow for Casology 247 reminded me of Simon's Stitched Flourish ribbon which I have not used nearly enough; and the colors of pink, blue, and lavender from Color Throwdown reminded me I hadn't yet played with my Distress Oxide inks.

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