30 November 2019

Holiday Spirits

Day 30

Wow! How time flies! It is the last day of the 14th Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin. And once again, it has been a great time. I enjoyed watching videos and looking at social media posts. I picked up a lot of tips and tricks from other color enthusiasts like myself. Coloring makes me happy.

For today's post, I created a bridge card using the Holiday Spirits Stamp Set by Avery Elle! I enjoy making these cards now as they lay flat and can go through the mail. On this card however, I used foam pop dots, which make it difficult for mailing. Therefore, I will need to place this in a bubble envelope and pay the additional postage. I do not not mind- this is going to a great friend! 

This stamp set appeals to me as I love when my husband and friends make Egg Nog and Coquito for the holidays.  Coquito is a traditional Christmas drink which originated in Puerto Rico and means "Little Coconut" in Spanish. It is a coconut-based alcoholic beverage similar to eggnog. 

I am soooooo looking forward to Coquito this Christmas! Not sure what he does, but my husband has added his on twist to his recipe and I now feel his version of Coquito is the best! 

I purposely double stamped the sentiment Holiday Spirits a little bit off -as too much of my hubby's egg nog or Coquito can have that effect on you!  

I just color plucked a few Copic Markers out of my case without any thought. The only thing I did know prior to coloring was that I wanted one bottle to remain clear.

For the YouTube Vid Tutorial on how to make the card- CLICK HERE

Thanks sooo much for taking a peek! 

25 November 2019

Bows and an Afro! Got Joy Creations Holiday Series 2019 Card + Giveaway

Hola everyone! I am over at Dana Joy’s blog and Youtube channel today for the Got Joy Creations Holiday Series 2019. The series is full of holiday inspiration!  And what is an AWESOME series without AWESOME GIVEAWAYS and DISCOUNT CODES?!?!?!? 

Make sure you are following the series so you do not miss anything!!! Don’t forget to leave a comment on Dana’s blog to qualify for all the great giveaway goodies! If you check DAY ONE of the series, all of the GIVEAWAYS are listed. 

You definitely want to take a peek daily as throughout the series Dana will be sharing tutorials, cards and a few surprises that you will NOT want to miss!
I am giving away a $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate! So leaving comments here, and on my YouTube channel as well, will give you extra entries. The winners will be drawn on December 16, 2019. 

The Got Joy Holiday Series is a true reflection of Dana's love of creating cards to share with family and friends! I am soooo very excited and honored to be part of this series. 

I met Dana a few years ago and we quickly realized that outside of paper crafting we shared the same passion for our families, laughter, Bruno Mars, kindness, coffee, squirrels and spreading joy! 

Today’s holiday card is inspired by Dana! We initially met on Periscope when she was giggling and sharing the release of The Ton’s Holiday Bows Stamps set. I fell in love with the set and eventually gained a friend! Therefore, I wanted to use the stamp set that launched our friendship to create my card! 

I have a video on how I created the card. I also explain in full the story behind why the bows mean so much to me!

I was thinking of a glittery, glamorous holiday party when I created my card. I knew that along with Holidays Bows, the Wedding Haute Dress, also by The Ton, would make a stunning card. As you can see, my Holiday Bow set is well loved! 

I stamped several bows in 3 sizes onto Neenah Solar White 80lb paper using my MISTI. I used Ranger Archival Ink: Aqua as the base layer and Brutus Monroe Gradient Chalk Ink: Sea Glass for the top layer.

I added highlights and shadows to each bow with the following Copic Markers: BG10, BG32, BG13, BG15, N2 and C2. I was going to apply clear Wink of Stella to the bows but changed my mind. I used my Cricut Cuttlebug to cut out the bows. 

Next, I stamped out the image of the woman on Neenah Solar White 80lb paper using both Ink on 3 Fade Out No Line Coloring Detail Ink and Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink. I wanted to use my creative license and add an Afro to the image but needed to see how it would look with each ink medium. I decided to go with a combo of Fade Out ink on the top part of image and the Raven ink on the bottom. This way, I can add an Afro without a visible dark line underneath. 

I love the Ink On 3 Fade Out Ink as it takes on the color of the medium you are using. I added the Afro and colored the image using the following Copic Markers:
Afro: C0 C01 C03 C04 CO6
Skin: E000 E00 E01 
Dress: R24 R27 R29
The afro is consists of dots and small squiggly lines.

I fussy cut the image with my Tim Holtz Non Stick Serrated Snip Scissors. Placing her on top on one of the stamped images I did not use, I traced around the Afro. I then cut out the entire image with about a 1/8" border. This will be used as a background piece. I applied a generous amount of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter to the dress and Black Wink of Stella to the Afro and let it dry for a few minutes. I popped my Tonic Studios Script Merry Christmas die in my Cuttlebug with a scrap of shimmery paper and Bazzill Wax Lips paper- love that name for the color red- and cut out my sentiment. I added Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter and adhered it to the shadow. 

 Now dry, I used my Tonic Studios Crafty Tacky Glue to adhere the image to the background piece I traced earlier and set aside. 

I knew I wanted the bows to surround the image.  It took me about five minutes to decide on the arrangement I wanted. Once I did.....I took a few pics to recall bow placement and glued everything down to a Bazzill Wax Lips Red A7 (5X7) card base.  

I enjoyed creating this glamorous Dana card! I hope you will be inspired to use your markers, stamps and creative license to make a holiday card! 

Please note: The GJC Holiday Card Series runs from November 17 to December 14. Each day Dana will have a Guest Designer right here on the blog sharing their holiday card ideas just like I did here today. Hopefully you will find something to inspire you to create holiday cards for your family and friends this year. Follow along on her YouTube Channel and make sure you leave comments on each designer’s posts or videos for chances to win.

From my crafty space to yours.... I wish you and your loved ones a safe and crafty holiday season! 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

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23 November 2019

22 November 2019


day 22

Finished up Valentina from yesterday's post. I paper pierced her dress and added dimension with buy copic markers! Thanks for taking peek! 

21 November 2019

Work in Progress: Valentina

Day 21: 

Quick coloring of Valentina by Julie Nutting. 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

20 November 2019

Another Digital Image

Day 20: 

Quick start to another digital image: Kaida drawn by fellow crafty colorist Hellen (@lilgmat) and can be purchased in her etsy shop: HellensArtShop. Take a peek at Day 13 of this challenge to see how I colored her cute ballerina!

Thanks for taking a peek! 

18 November 2019

Kiss Me!

Day 18

I am a big Jade Dragonne fan! Her drawings are available at deviantart.com! I have many of her images on hand to practice hair and shading! 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

17 November 2019

Mr. Snivels

Day 17

I colored another digital stamp by Elisabeth J bell: Mr Snivels. If you follow me, you know that I like to add creative license to images. Usually, with an afro or animal print when I can. 

If you subscribe to Elisabeth's blog: CLICK HERE she kindly shares a free image

Thanks for taking a peek! 

16 November 2019

You Are Here...

Day 16

Made a quick notecard using images from two stamps sets. The umbrella is from a Washington State stamp set my crafty friend @sduffster (Shaila)sent me and the little girl is from Mama Elephant's In My Heart Set. I got the idea from Amber-lyriclover810 on YouTube. Amber has great ideas on how to use your paper stash! 🗺

Thanks for taking a peek! 

15 November 2019

My First Tunnel Card!

Day 15

I created my very first inside tunnel card! I watched Jennifer McQuires's YouTube video over and over and over and finally decided to go for it. As I mentioned in previous posts, during this challenge, I challenged myself to create more cards! I grabbed the Diamond Press Tropical Stamps and Dies Set I purchased and hoarded from HSN a few years ago and went to work! 

I used Ink on 3 FadeOut Ink to stamp the palm trees as I did not want dark lines. I then used my copic markers to color them in. The sentiment is from *Pink and Main's Hello Die Set. Oval: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval Dies. 

Click >>Here<<< for Jennifer's tutorial. Give it a try. If you post your card anywhere, please tag me as I would love to see your work!

Thanks for taking a peek!!!

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14 November 2019

I Love Digital Images!

Day 14

Here is another adorable digital image created by the sweet and talented Elisabeth J Bell. This cutie can be found in her Little Alpabettes eBook. Elisabeth graciously shares a free image weekly. Join her newsletter so you can get all of the details. Hope you are having a warm day wherever you are! 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

Holiday Card Series 2019

I am excited to announce that I will be one of 20 guest designers for the Got Joy Creations Holiday Card Series hosted by the talented Dana Joy of GotJoyCreations.com. The series will be full of card inspiration and tutorials. I will keep you posted on all of the details!

13 November 2019


Day 13

I enjoy coloring digital stamps. Once downloaded, I can print the image out in any size I desire. This adorable ballerina was drawn by Hellen Thorsen -lilgmat on Instagram. Hellen has this and other digistamps in her etsy shop: HellensArtShop.  

Sentiment: Timeless Icon Sentiment Set by The Ton Stamps

Thanks for taking a peek! 

12 November 2019

Gorjuss Girl Bridge Card

Day 12

Created a bridge card with Gorjuss Girl-The Collector by @santorolondon. Followed Dawn's Stamping Thoughts Youtube tutorial and created my 1st one! It came together quickly once I got started. I love how it lays flat so it can be placed in an envelope. ✉️ Patterned Paper: Memorandum by @pinkpaislee Banner: Banner Day Die by @mftstamps Sentiment: Crafty Stamp Set by @pinkandmain.

Thanks for taking a peek! 

11 November 2019

Thinking of You

Day 11

Today we honor all of our veterans! Thank you for your dedicated service and sacrifice!

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Thinking of You.

I created a shaker card....something I rarely do. I am pushing myself to make cards and try new techniques that I usually shy away from. 

Image: The Greeting Farm Stamps Cheeky Mate
Sentiment: Neat and Tangled

Thanks for taking a peek! 

10 November 2019

Finding Inspiration

Day 10

I am challenging myself to create more cards during this challenge. Card designs have always been a struggle for me even with the use of card sketches. Often I look for inspiration in magazines and online. Early this morning I came across some Any Warhol pop art and immediately though of a card to create! I grabbed my Mama Elephant Little Girl Agenda Stamp and coordinating die set, turned on some music and started creating. I love how the card turned out! 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

09 November 2019


Day 9


Quick Saturday morning card! Blended a few Ranger Ink Distress Oxide Inks on a Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous Layering Stencil, added Pink and Main Hello die (cut out a few times and stacked) a few sequins and done!

Thanks for taking a peek!

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08 November 2019

Wish You Were Here...

Day 8

This challenge is about opening yourself up to try new techniques! Today, I attempted to color a light shooing down on a subject. As I said...attempted. I can see the various mistakes I made; the blending of the night sky, the light under the bench and the direction of the light ( the lam post is behind the image) However, practice makes perfect and I will take a try at this again at a later date. Though I was not totally happy with the turnout, I still created a card...something else I would do this challenge...create as many cards as possible. 

You may recognize the sentiment from yesterday's post as My Favorite Things* Pure Innocence Wish You Were Here Clear Stamps Set. The image is from the same set. MFT Stamps does have a lamp post die...however I felt it felt it was too small for the image. I went to Cricut* Design Space and cut one out from the Heritage Cartridge. 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

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07 November 2019

Heart Tree

Day 5

Kathy of The Daily Marker suggests that we set aside 10-15 minutes day to color during the 30 Day Coloring Challenge that she hosts. Today, I colored for about 1 minute and took another 5 to create a quick card. It was all a happy accident. I did not set my plates up correctly in my Cricut* Cuttlebug for my initial pass of the My Favorite Things* Heart Tree die. Therefore all of the pieces did not cut out. At first, I was a bit frustrated . Then, not wanting to waste paper, I thought I could turn my mistake into a card. Ususally, when I set out to make a clean and simple card, my end result is messy and complicated! I love how this card turned out! 

Copic Marker: BG13, ClearWink of Stella
Sentiment: My Favorite Things* Pure Innocence I Wish You Were Here

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06 November 2019

Celebrate Creative License


I enjoy taking creative license when coloring. I will often add an Afro to an image that has been designed with another hairstyle. Today, I did just that with Toby by Julie Nutting and created a card! The ballons and sentiments are from *Pink and Main’s Box Card Dies Set🎈Do you like to take creative license with your coloring by changing a hairstyle or adding features that are not part of the original image? ! 🎨

Inks: Distress Oxides by *Ranger Inks
Stencil: Studio Calico-Huey's Mask -Hexagon

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05 November 2019

You're PAW-FECT!!!

Day 5

I received this sweet image at the Copic Boot Camp a few years ago. I am still working on coloring fur and know I need a lot more practice. But, that is what the challenge is all about. Taking time out of your day to color. Have you colored today???? Thanks for taking a peek! 

Stamp Set: You're Paw-fect by Heartfelt Creations

04 November 2019

Magical Unicorns & Gift Bags

 Day 4

I had soooooo much fun coloring this cute little Magical Unicorn by Pink and Main* for Day 4 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, hosted by Kathy of The Daily Marker. I stamped out the image using my MISTI  Stamping Tool by My Sweet Petunia* and Raven Detail Ink by Brutus Monroe. The set also comes with coordinating dies.  I used the Gift Bag Die Set...also by Pink and Main to create a gift bag. One gift bag turn into a few as I caught up on programs in my DVR. The bags are easy to create. Just double sided tape and a little folding!  I used pink cardstock and created a background using Ranger* Distress Oxide Ink and the Navigational Star 6X6 Stencil by Carta Bella. Take a peek at the other bags I created.......

On this bag I used pink cardstock, scrap paper and ribbon from my stash.
Flowers: Recollections Fabric Flowers.
Bling: Mon Ami Gabby 

This bag was created with purple cardstock and yep...scrap paper and ribbon. The image and sentiment were freebies from Pink and Main* that I had in my stash. The sprinkles are Nuvo Crystal Glitter Drops*: Golden Sunset by Tonic Studios.  

This bag is from the Tiffany's & Co. catalogue envelope. 

This bag was also created with scrap paper. I used a Saucy 3x4 Journaling Card by Authentique and some sequins to adorn the front. I did have to cut off very little from the journaling card on all 4 sides 
to get the fit I wanted. 

This set is fun and the Gift Bag is simple to assemble. They are great as gift card or treat holders. Fill them with treats to hand out next Halloween. Use as party favors, teachers gifts, etc. If you use this set or Gift Bag Die...let me know I would love to see what you come up with. 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

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