Fab Friday – Thank Yooou!

The team over at Fab Friday have posted a clean and simple sketch for their challenge this time. It was just what I needed for this special thank you card for my aunt who has, once again, shown what a generous “I’ll do anything for those I love” person she is.

She also has a great sense of humor…

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Cow from “Over the Moon” and letters for sentiment “Labeler Alphabet” by Stampin’ Up!

Dreaming of Spring

This morning, as I looked over the weather for the day I once again thanked God for allowing me to live in a warm climate. Yes, I really did. To be honest, He is used to hearing that sentiment from me. 😎 While some relish snowy days and cold temperatures, I am happiest with warm, tank-top, shorts and sandal-wearing weather. Any kind of cold makes me want to stay inside and sleep! A lot like this little bunny who is making himself comfy in the daffodils…

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Image by Art Impressions, “Sweet Easter”

Colored with Copic markers:

Y11, Y15, Y19, Y38 (flowers)

E29, E18, E15 (flower pot)

G21, G94, G99 (leaves)

W1, W3, R20 (rabbit)

This rabbit makes me think of an article I read this morning by Jeff Masters… after sharing information regarding the weather, he shows one of his weather “predictors” – his rabbit! Check it out here 🙂

2019 the year of color

The last few days of staycation between Christmas and New Year’s have been very low-key around my house. We anticipate that 2019 will be a busy one, so I think we were just enjoying the chill time while we have it. While my guys were enjoying games and movies, I escaped to my craft room to play around with color.

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One of my creative challenges (to myself) this year is to learn more about color. Along with taking an online coloring class, I decided to play along with the MFT color challenge this week. Color combos don’t come naturally to me (one of the reasons I wear blue jeans so much) so challenges are a great help and coach!

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The challenge helped me with my patterned paper choices and even with what images to use. For some reason the gray made me think of my Cuban coffee maker (not espresso… no, no – this one is reserved for Cuban coffee. Bring on the sugar.) I was able to tie in the remaining colors on the cups.

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Copics used today:

Grays and white: W1, W3, W5

Teal: B45, BG15, BG32

Navy: B99, B39, B37

images are from Altenew “Coffee Love”

 

 

 

pinnable graphic:

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Isabella – Freshly Made Sketch(es)

There’s a lot of inspiration out there on the web. Doncha love it?! Finished cards, color combos, techniques plus my all-time favorite – sketches! Today, I’m excited to share a card based on Freshly Made Sketches challenge to use this layout:

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This open sketch really leaves a lot of room for interpretation. I went with a stencil and embossing paste to which I added some red ink. It came out a little more pink than I wanted, so I laid the stencil back over and dabbed on more red ink. I used the finished color as a starting point for coloring in this beautiful image by Picket Fence.

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If you also love sketches, you may be excited to hear that FMS is holding a call for Design Team members. You can click the link above to access their site for the details. Tell ya what… I’ll root for you if you root for me! 🙂

Supplies: Image – “Isabella” (Picket Fence); Stencil, embossing paste and ink – Stampin’ Up!; Cardstock – Neenah Solar White; coloring medium – Copics.

Mid-week help… in the form of a pun!

Wednesday, hump day, mid-week… whatever you call it, sometimes we need something to help us smile and keep plugging away at the week. Or maybe it’s just an excuse to indulge in some silliness? You decide 🙂

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I Chews You stamp set (Simon Says Stamp)

 

For those of you who may be interested in the Copic markers used to color the image, I chose the following colors based on the little stickers shown above:

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Other supplies used:

Memento Tuxedo Black, 1″ circle punch, Apple Green Nuvo Crystal Drops

Timeless Tidings Christmas cards

With Thanksgiving looming, my internal card-making clock tells me its time to make sure I’ve created enough Christmas cards to mail in early December. Ok, so maybe it’s not an internal clock… more like a slight panic attack!

I lose creative mojo (aka enthusiasm) making the same card in multiples, so my go-to time saver is making similar cards using the same supplies. For the cards below, I started with white and black cardstock and repeat-stamped images to color in. I also added little dots between the images to fill in some of the white space without making it too busy.

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In case you are interested, here is a handy-dandy pinnable image detailing the Copic markers used to color in these images 🙂

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A few of the supplies used:

Cardstock (Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black by Stampin’ Up!), Spectrum Noir white card stock

Leaf/floral images: Timeless Tidings (Stampin’ Up!) <-click to see the whole set

Sentiment “season’s greetings”: Find Beauty (Technique Tuesday)

Die-cut sentiment “From our home to yours”: Creative Expressions (can you believe it’s only $3.49?!)

Copic Markers: Dick Blick

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

2018 Holiday Cheer (+ brown Copic combo to try!)

“Holiday Cheer for you, my deer!”

Yes, it’s November already. Can you believe it? I’m mystified by the quick passage of time but dealing with it by looking forward to all the next few months will have to offer. My husband and I will be traveling to London later this month for a few days; a little escape for us while we attend the vow renewal of a colleague. One of the many things I’m looking forward to is seeing the Christmas decorations that have begun bedecking the city. We really enjoyed them last year and I’m hoping they will inspire me to continue working on my Christmas projects at home.

Speaking of those projects, here’s a card made using an adorable image of a very festive little deer – she’s looks ready to celebrate, too!

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Peekin’ Polar Pals (Darcie’s heart & home)

When I set out to color this image I realized it would be good practice for working on brown color combinations. Although I’m getting braver about trying my own, I do like to have a starting point sometimes and will research what others have tried. Pinterest is a good resource for this and I always enjoy when a crafter has shared an image along with the colors they used to complete it. I thought you may like having this information, too, so below is a graphic showing the Copic marker combinations I tried on the above image. I hope you find it helpful!

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Other products used today include cardstock, white enamel dots and twine by Stampin’ Up! Stitched dies by My Favorite Things.