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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Shaker

So I had a Stampin' Up party back in Jan. and luckily, it also happened to be the first month of Sale-a-bration so I was able to get a promotion, a discount on 3 months of a Paper Pumpkin subscription, 1/2 off.  Bonus!  I'd tried Paper Pumpkin early on and was supremely disappointed.  However, I'd seen a few more recent kits and thought I'd give it another go.  I can't say I've been wild about them but they're definitely better and I was able to order one of the kits I REALLY liked from a few months ago.  I also have liked a lot of the "hacked" versions of the kits I've been finding on line and I thought I'd do a mash up up two kits to enter over at My Pumpkin Challenge's April Sew Pretty, Sew Simple Challenge.



Remainder of 30 Day Color Challenge

So you may all be thinking to yourselves, oh look, she did it again.  Started something. Vanished.  Didn't finish.  Well, sometimes, many times, you'd be right.  I definitely have a pile of unfinished projects.  My 7yr old gets his "quickly bored, time-to-move-to-the-next-thing" personality from someone and it isn't the hubby.  HOWEVER!  In this case you'd be wrong I'm pleased to say.  I found out that Kathy preferred having our pieces posted on Instagram so while I did get them posted there, I never checked back in here- I was just happy to get a piece a day done.  While I haven't gotten them mounted onto cards yet, I have trimmed the ones that needed to be and here's the full compilation of what I did in 30 days.

I enjoyed it so much I actually went out and picked up a few new Copic markers and I'm looking forward to Kathy's next run of this in June.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Coloring Challenge- Day 7 Mason Jar

This is an SU stamp I've had hanging around uninked for quite a while.  I have a lot of those.  Last year's uncrafty slump definitely set me back a bit.  I would have liked to have spent more time making the jar photo real but I just didn't go there.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Coloring Challenge- Day 6 Shitake



Hubby's having/going to have one of those weeks at work and I've been wanting to break out my Unity pun stamps so there you have it.  Today's coloring project.  Quick and easy but with an end goal in mind this time.  It's colored with Copics and a white gel pen and mounted on a mini Stampin' Up card.




Sunday, March 8, 2015

Coloring Challenge- Day 5 Angel Gal #3



I was planning to do something else today but as I said, all of these SCACD images were already stamped and oh so convenient.  :)  I did this with watercolor pencils but I'm not sure if I'll go back and blend or not.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Coloring Challenge- Day 4 Angel Gal #2



Ok.  Got her done.  I really need to take that hair and skin class.  :)  Obviously I was having serious inking problems on these images so this is another one I'll trim out entirely.  It even smudged a bit on her cheek when I was working on it today.  Grrr.  This was colored with Crayola colored pencils.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Coloring Challenge- Day 3 Angel Gal #2



Well, I didn't get far on this one but it's a start.  It's another SCACD (Susana's Custom Art & Card Design) image. Did I mention there were 8 stamps in the prize kit?



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Coloring Challenge- Day 2 Angel Gal


So I've had a set of SCACD stamps for more than a while now.  I actually won them over at Craft Test Dummies but I've never used them.  I think I just didn't have anyone of an appropriate age to send the images to.  However, now that I know lots of girls approaching tween years quickly, I figured it would be better to break them out than get rid of them.  This is my favorite one.  I definitely got her skin a bit too pink (I knew I should have stopped twiddling with it!) and I really need to take a skin and hair class over at Kit and Clowder but for not usually doing people, I'm rather pleased with her.  When I go to use her, I'll trim her out entirely- for whatever reason, when I stamped her and a bunch of other images I want to color, the ink went on blotchy or the stamp slipped and I got double images. Blarf.


I mostly tried to use my distress markers to color this just to get them out and use them.  However, when it came to skin, I switched over to colored pencils.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Coloring Challenge- Day 1 dinos


So Kathy Racoosin over at The Daily Marker is one of my coloring (and design) heroes.  I love her abilities and style.  I want to be Kathy when I grow up.  LOL!  She's holding a challenge for the next month to simply color every day.  It doesn't have to be fancy, complete, mounted, anything.  Just color.  I can do that.  Or at least I want to do that.  


Day 1.  I've culled my stamp stash again but there were a few sets that I didn't want to completely part with but I knew that I really wouldn't use them enough to make it worth keeping them.  Those I stamped up a few pages of blanks for future use.  Dino-mite was one of those.


While I spent quite a bit of time on it, it still doesn't have the shading/depth on it that I'd like.  I tend to get my Copics on heavier than I'd like in shaded areas and then blend over them so much that they fade out.  Oh well.  There it is for today.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Release blog hop over at Paper Smooches

I just wanted to share simply because Kim has some fun, cute stuff.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Let's Party Cards- Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

I picked up this great die from Papertrey Ink. I thought it might be a bit of a pain to piece but it really wasn't a big deal.  I ran a tape runner over a piece of plain paper a bit smaller than the die and used it as a backer to hold the whole thing together.  Yeah, a Xyron treatment would have been easier but I'd have to have one big enough and running the snail over a piece of paper smaller than 3x4 wasn't an issue. The nice thing is that one run of the die cuts pieces for 3 versions- the balloons, the background, and the edges.



These last two are simply the completed die cut pieces that I haven't mounted onto cards.  I'm going to chew a bit on what to do with them before doing it.  :)


The inspiration for these was this lovely challenge piece at Papertrey.  I tried to stick to the colors and even a bit the general area the colors were on the piece.