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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Thinking slow on a Sunday

You know, I would love to be able to WOW you with verbal wit or a thought-provoking post. But this is one of those days where the vibe seems to be one of relaxing, doing a few quiet chores and sharing a couple of card-making things with you.

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An important share is a reminder that FMS is looking for new designers, in case you’re interested. I’m a fan of the site and appreciate the sketches and inspiration shared there. Be sure to check them out and scroll down below the sketch to view the entries for even more inspiration! This layout on the left is the current FMS challenge; it’s nice and open, leaving lots of room for interpretation.

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This card along with a few others were created for Bring Smiles to Seniors. This group of volunteers sends donated cards to residents of nursing homes, assisted & independent living communities, home-bound seniors, and seniors participating in elderly nutrition program. Isn’t that lovely? If you would like to be involved in donating cards to worthy causes, I invite you to visit their page or check out the Cards for a Cause forum on Splitcoast Stampers. It’s a great way to share your handmade creations.💞

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.

Isabella FMS DT entry

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

Stamp Review Crew – First Frost stamp set

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Today the Stamp Review Crew is ready to inspire you with projects created using Stampin’ Up!’s First Frost. This 9-piece stamp set contains 6 floral images and three sentiments, two of which can be used year-round!  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to go through the hop and be inspired by the many ideas shared!

For my first card, I used the “frost” part of the name as inspiration for my colors and technique. Repeated stamping paired with white heat embossing helped create the background. Combining silver thread, rhinestones and Tranquil Tide Velvet ribbon as embellishments helped keep it cool but dress it up!

Stampin' Up! First Frost stamp set

For my next card, I decided to warm things up. I stamped the two flower images in 4 warm colors then added splatter (an image from the Touches of Texture stamp set) in Soft Suede. I chose to use this sentiment from our featured set hoping it will bring a smile to someone’s face in the next month or two. (And hopeful you will like it, too!)

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Well, thanks so much for checking out my post today. I hope you are inspired by something you saw and ready to do some stamping soon. For more ideas, I invite you to now visit Stesha! She always has beautifully detailed projects; I know you are going to love them!

If you are already hopping and are going the other way,  Cindy at Hearts Delight Cards is your next stop! Lets see what she has been up to in the beautiful Tennessee hills!

Enjoy blog hops? Check out our previous Buffalo Check inspired hop or click the Blog Hop tag in the sidebar!

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.