Monday, April 3, 2017

Coloring Book Craze

It's been fun to watch the coloring book craze that has been going on for a while. It really is great therapy, bringing back the little kid in all of us! Some of these books can be fairly pricey so be on the lookout for them at half price book stores and your local thrift shops. I found these for a couple of bucks each. Not sure why the previous owners bailed on the coloring hobby but happy they donated to recycle and bring someone else joy!
For lots of coloring inspiration check out the Pinterest boards. There are so many amazing artists out there sharing their knowledge to inspire and make the world a more beautiful place. The Johanna Basford colored pages on some of these boards are works of art. (Book shown above with protective cover removed. It's a really nice quality journal style book). So pick one up and start practicing! Even if it is 15 minutes or a half an hour a day.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Koi Harmony

I used the shaving cream technique to create the water background on white card stock with Tim Holtz Stream and Moss inkers. The koi is a two step stamping set with coordinating dies that finished off the rest of the card. Stitched Frames rectangle die is by Lawn Fawn.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Bonjour Paris

This little cutie set is Bicycle Built For You by Lawn Fawn. It comes with coordinating dies that I don't have yet so I cut out all of the pieces by hand for this one. I used Memory Box cloud dies, Martha Stewart grass punch on designer paper for grassy hill, Lawn Fawn road die for path that I stamped with Itty Bitty Backgrounds by Stampin' Up! The Eiffel Tower is by Tim Holtz. I love combining various stamps and supplies on my cards to make them unique.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Colored Pencils review

I will be posting more reviews and projects on a more regular basis later on in April. Hope you will stop back and visit me often.

So many colored pencils out there, how to choose? Hopefully I can save you some time and crafting dollars by being the Guinea pig here. I tested the Prismacolors, Derwent Inktense, Lyra, and EK Success ones today. My favorites were the Prismacolors and Lyra, they went onto the paper so smoothly with a soft creamy feel that I loved. I used Whisper White thick card stock to try these out, I found this to be my favorite for alcohol markers and general coloring.

The Derwent were nice but not as creamy, they seem to be a bit more waxy and shiny for my personal taste. I'll most likely use these when I travel, if I lose them or leave them behind I won't be as sad. (Have to always have a portable craft, right?) 
The EK Success were really not great, you have to go over and over it to get decent color and they left shreds of pigment on the paper. They kind of put the suck in Success.

I would recommend just buying a couple of Prismacolor pencils to start. They sell them separately in most large craft stores. Maybe some greens to practice leaves with, you can always use these colors! I know it's tempting to buy whole sets of things as it is usually less expensive this way. Test first if you can, it's not a bargain if you're not going to use it or are always on the hunt for something that works a little better for you.
The Lyras are lovely too, I'll be on the lookout for some deals on them while I am in Germany.
Happy coloring, y'all!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Great Glasses, Batman!

There was an unusual challenge today over at Splitcoast to use glasses/sight images of any kind for your project and I had the perfect stamp for it! This large eyeglasses stamp is an older one by JudiKins that I have had for a long time and had never used yet. Didn't quite know what to do with it.
I used Stampin' Up!'s heavy Whisper White card stock which is great for extra stability and coloring with alcohol ink markers. I used a doodle flower stamp set from Sizzix (don't know the name of it but it came with a bunch of sentiments, some flowers and a set of frame dies). You could easily doodle your own flowers, these look pretty basic. I added some extra little circles with my Micron fine tip marker pen. The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread and is called Missing You, which is the sentiment I stamped on the inside of the card.  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Picket Fence and Flowers

I used the combination stamp set and coordinating dies from Sizzix (Stephanie Barnard line) in various Stampin' Up! card stock colors and Hero Arts ink spots. The Hero Arts inks seem to stamp better, more clear images than SU for me on the colored card stock.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Brushos Birthday

I can't recommend these Brushos color crystals enough, they are so much fun to work with! Simply spritz watercolor paper with water and gently sprinkle some Brushos on and let them spread out. I poked little tiny holes into the top of the cap so they don't come dumping out all at once. I got the set of 12 colors on Amazon, they also sell them on ebay if you prefer that venue.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Another using the adorable Lawn Fawn Sweet Smiles set colored in Copic markers with some miscellaneous designer papers that I chose to mimic the gumball shape. I am on a mission to start using my overwhelming collection of papers. It's SO hard not to keep buying more and more but I will try.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sweet Smile Gumballs

I simply could not resist this Sweet Smiles set from Lawn Fawn with all of those little faces in the set. They are pretty tiny stamps so you have to be pretty careful getting a hold of them and getting them back onto the window sheet without losing them. I think I will be putting smiles on everything for a while :) I added some glossy Crystal Effects to each of the gumballs for that realistic candy coating shine!
This is for this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge, the SCS color and teapot challenge challenges. Card stock, ribbon, and papers are all Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sand Dollar or Sea Biscuit

I'm not quite sure if this is considered a sand dollar or a sea biscuit. I'm from NJ and the sand dollars on the East Coast have holes on the edges and top. This one is from the Washington coast and I left it in it's natural state to make this ornament. The next one will be bleached and cleaned to see if I can make it a brighter white.
 I used the photopolymer stamp from Flourishes "Coastal Christmas" set and it was not too difficult to stamp it carefully onto the slightly rounded shell. Colored with Copic markers. You have to sort of dab the color on since the shell is rough and will tear up your nib if you try to color back and forth. I braided some bakery twine for the hanger. Can't wait to add this to my beach tree next season. I had the most difficult time finding beach/shell themed ornaments out here in the Pacific Northwest. They were a lot easier to come by at my previous home on the Jersey Shore :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Carte Postale Triptych

I used various Tim Holtz alcohol inks and Carte Postale stamp set for the background on glossy white card stock. Added some silver mixative and alcohol blending solution. Stamped more random images from the same set and embossed in gold. I salvaged the gold Eiffel Tower charm from my Lancome make-up bag and secured it with gold cording.

Step one for the above card was to stamp all over the glossy card stock (Tim Holtz acrylic stamps).

Added several differnt colors of alcohol inks. This is what it looked like before I began to dab it with the alcohol blender solution.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Antique sheet music

I let out a squeak of joy when I came across these antique sheet music books at the thrift store yesterday at 2 for .99 with an additional 30% off of that. At 100 years old they are in really decent condition and I'm almost sad to use them for paper crafting, but will anyway. I will surely post what I make with them!     

Thrift store finds

How could you not love Julia Child? Always fun and informative, you can't beat some of these classics. I have to laugh at the cover of this book, Julia with a mallet gleefully fixing to bash a chicken. What a unique, wonderful chef she was, and we have her to thank for pioneering food television and teaching home cooks how to up their game. Found this lovely treasure of a book from 1968 at a thrift shop for 50 cents :) Looking forward to trying some of these recipes this month.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Multiples Monday

Working with one stamp set I created four different cards. This cute background stamp is from Hero Arts and it is paired up with a coordinating embossing folder by Sizzix. A fun find at a bargain price from Tuesday Morning. I will be trying to feature this technique using various stamps and supplies each Monday, so stop by for more ideas and inspiration!