Sunday, March 19, 2017

Panda Girl

I discovered Tiddly Ink Stamps through Instagram. I thought "Hm, anything good?" Oh yes! Much goodness there! When I saw this little panda girl, all I could think of was my daughter, Brianne. She LOVES pandas. So... here it is. I'll actually be mailing this to her this week for encouragement. She's a full time college student studying Mechanical Engineering.
The stripes are from Concord and 9th and the sentiment is by Technique Tuesday.

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers then decided it needed a background and colored the whole background with my BT2 marker. (It's one of my three favorite colors!)  To make the little piece the sentiment is on, I punched the circle then cut up two paper flowers and glued the pieces to the back. Finally, I colored the petals with BT3 to get the color closer to the background color of the main image.

Posting this to the Reverse Confetti Sketch Challenge.

Now I'm off to finish work for the day. Trying to decide if I'm going to see Beauty and the Beast tonight or if I'm going to go to the Sunday evening service at City Hope. (I've watched it twice online because I work during morning services.)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cuppa of Gold Friend

Decided to make another card using Verve Stamps freebie digital images for the month. I'm totally digging the digital images. I know I LOVE ink and paper, but there is just something about the ease of digital since I'm sitting in front of my laptop anyway.

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers. The little honeycomb stamp on the background is from Unity  Stamps.

What's even more amazing is that it's 16 days into the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge and I'm still coloring. The image below is an old wood mounted stamp that I purchased way back in 1997 when I first started rubber stamping. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils. I think I need to be stamping on better cardstock. The cheap stuff just didn't get the job done with this one.

Time to finish up making chili for my small group and get off line. (Yeah, like that's going to happen! LOL)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Still coloring...

Some have been total fails, like these mugs that I colored and wanted to apply gold foil to. I didn't even think about the fact I had printed the images with  my laser printer before I ran it through my laminator to make the foil adhere to the ink. Oops. I may try to salvage them later.

I decided to try the travel coffee cup and make it into a cup of tea. I even used the string from my teabag to attach to the tag on the cup. The "sleeve" on the cup is a small piece of sleeve from a latte I had months ago. I  never throw those out. I'm just positive I'll have some great use for them one day! LOL The images I've used both above and here are from Verve Stamps and were freebies. Verve has some wonderful stamps! The cup was colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge has really encouraged me to color each day. I'm enjoying applying ink to paper again. I posted to Facebook yesterday that I realized I'm really getting back into stamping when I started to recognize what companies produced what stamps. I've not done that in years and years. :)

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge

I tried The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge the last time around and I think I made it THREE whole days. Now that's sad for someone who enjoys coloring. So, I decided to try again. I've made it through SIX days so far.

This adorable frog is from Tiddly Ink Stamps and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers. The sentiments on both are by Verve Stamps. I finished them off with several sequins and a rhinestone.

I went looking for an Easter image to color and found these sweet ducklings at A Day for Daisies. I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and added a wee bit of Spectrum Sparkle to give it a little shine.
I absolutely LOVE this little bunny and how the image turned out. It's another A Day for Daisies image and was printed on cheap cardstock. I colored it using Tim Holtz Distressed Inks and an aqua brush. I laid down water then color, then dabbed it off with a napkin and applied more color until I was happy. Happy? It would be closer to thrilled beyond belief at the color! Yah!

I mailed the flamingo congrats card to my cousin. She FINALLY received it today. So much for two day priority mail. She loves it. I'm so glad.

Guess I should head back to bed as I need to be up and working in about 6 hours.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We Flamin-go Together

Several weeks past Valentine's Day, and this card was floating around in my head. I wanted to use these great palm frond stamps that I won from The Ink Road for coming up with a name for the stamp set - Frond of You. Lara sent me a set of the stamps with a small ink pad from Hampton Arts and some peach colored sequins. Every girl needs some sequins! I also used Lawn Fawn's Flamingo Together stamp set and dies to create this to sweet card.

Believe it or not, this is the first watercolor background I've ever done. I used Tim Holtz Distressed inks in Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, and Salty Ocean on a piece of watercolor paper that I put water on before adding the  inks. Although I've seen this done many times, it took watching a Sandy Allnock video on Youtube for the lightbulb to finally go off! Go me! And thanks Sandy!

The palm fronds were done by inking the stamps up with Zig Clean Color Watercolor markers then stamping onto regular cardstock. Three of the images were stamped directly onto the background while it was still damp. I cut them all out by hand then added Olive Jade and Crystal Clear Spectrum Sparkle to them to get that little bit of shine.

Flamingos were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

I layered everything together and used glue and pop dots to get the height in the images. I didn't stamp my sentiment until I had the card completely assembled. I used my Misti to be sure that the sentiment was stamped clearly.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


I have the best job ever (at least for me). I'm a dispatcher for a delivery company. I handle five stations and around 15 drivers per day - routing, keeping up with deliveries, and answering the phone. AND I get to work from home most days. What more could a girl want? Oh yeah, time to craft.  LOL

This morning, I was staring at my laptop waiting for a driver to call in when I realized I had a small bag from Tuesday Morning in the back of my car. I ran out real quick to get it and by the time I opened it, I was itching to make something using the items - a roll of Artistic Wire's black mesh wire and a roll of Little B's black corrugated "tape."

I decided to use the cat from the Purr-fect Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things and went from there. After coloring the cat with my Spectrum Noir markers, I knew I wanted to use both the wire and the corrugated tape, but I wanted to add a feather into the mix somewhere. It took over two hours of looking at the pieces before I finally had an "ah-ha" moment and it came together. Added a sentiment from the Kindhearted Stamp set from Concord & 9th and I was finished.

Back to work now. My mind has slowed slightly. :)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

You Are the Best

Pulled out a couple sets of my new rubber stamps today and tested them between phone calls for work.

I love the cat in the "Purr-fect Friends" by My Favorite Things. She's adorable. I intended to make her coloring (the non-floral part) look like my Pongo kitty but sadly, that didn't quite go the way I wanted, but I still think she turned out cute. The sentiment stamp is from the "You" set by Simon Says Stamp.

I have several more images stamped out that I plan on coloring tomorrow. Maybe I'll use my Prismacolors instead of my Spectrum Noir markers.