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 🙂

i chews you simon says stamp
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

SSS Fresh Bunch – Thinking of You

Patterned paper is one of those papercraft items that tend to add up. Lately, I’ve been making an effort to use more of it on projects and find that I really like the added weight – both visual and body – it gives to cards. Here the pattern provided a cue for how to color part of an outline image by Simon Says Stamp.

Simon Says Stamp Fresh Bunch any occasion card
Spotlighting is a technique where just part of the image is colored in.

Stamp set: Fresh Bunch (Simon Says Stamp, 2018 Stamptember release)

Image colored in using a combination of Copic, Blendabilities and Spectrum Noir markers.

Mandy’s Flowers

Simon Says Stamp recently released a beautiful floral set with a variety of sentiments and images. I really like that the flowers are large enough to color easily, already provide some detail and are also already in containers. In case you are interested, the set was part of the 2018 August kit, which also included cardstock, embellishments and project ideas. (I am not an affiliate, just a fan!)

mandys flowers miss you
sentiment dies by LITTLE B

The background paper inspired my Copic color choices (above). I went with a red rose to help it pop off the background a bit. I enjoyed coloring it so much, I tried again with slightly different color choices:

mandys flower thanks
background stamp Modern Rose Blooms also by Simon Says Stamp

This second card is almost a direct copy of a card shared by Cindy Norberg on an idea sheet that came in the kit. I went with different colors and embellishments but kept the layout nearly the same. I’m looking forward to creating another with softer colors, perhaps to have a sympathy card on-hand.

Thanks for stopping by!

Notes: flower & vase images were fussy cut, pearls and enamel dots by Stampin’ Up!

What is artsy, anyway?

“I didn’t think you were artsy…?”

“Huh… aside from music, I didn’t think I was either.”

It’s still funny to remember the interesting look on my aunt’s face and how she kept glancing at me suspiciously. (If you are wondering, she liked the cards I had just given her.) Although I still have a hard time considering myself artsy, I truly enjoy the process of creating and love sharing the results with others. And here’s some truth: a layer of doubt fell off after visiting the Tate Modern in London this April. Walking around the museum and reading the placards made me consider that my concept of art was simply too narrowly defined.

One of the things I’m playing with these days is watercolor. I still can’t draw to save my life, so a technique worth learning is adding color to heat embossed images. The embossed lines help channel the color but continue to remain a part of the image, as well. You can find out more about the technique here.

SSSV flowers
Beautiful Flowers (Simon Says Stamp), Wonderfully Made (Verve)

I haven’t decided whether or not to make this into a card. Maybe I’ll just slip it in someone’s Bible to give them a reminder of the artwork they are.

SSSV flowers closeup

One final thought, also shared at the Tate:

“I thought art was a verb, not a noun.” Yoko Ono