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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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.

Inspired by watermelon

Do you own a raincoat? Is it a nice sensible color or something fun? I don’t actually own a raincoat. Living in Florida, you can usually wait a few minutes and the rain will pass. But if I did, it might be fun to have something fun with matching boots to splash through puddles! My father taught me how to land your foot in just the *right* way to splash the person next to you instead of yourself. Sadly, I haven’t been able to pass that skill on to my boys here in the sunshine state.

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She looks like she knows what she is doing. Haha! In case you are wondering about the image, the coat in the stamped image is actually open as if one color. I used a Copic Multiliner pen to add a line at her cuff, details on the pockets and a line to mark where the bottom trim would be. Once the green and pink were in place, I added additional details using a white Gelly Roll pen and that same multiliner (for the “seeds”).

Images from Rain or Shine (My Favorite Things)