Friday, December 14, 2018

Coloring Up an Adorable Conie Fong Christmas Image

I have been so busy with Christmas crafting and work that its been hard to find time to sit down and color.  Thankfully, I finished up my husband's staff gifts last night and had a chance to get back into my craft room for a little coloring time. I felt very rusty and realize that I need to get back to practicing more often. Sounds like the perfect New Year's Resolution, don't you think?

Today, I printed out this little Conie Fong cutie, named Sally and Little Squirrel. Isn't she adorable? This card came together so easily and is a perfect card to send to one of my crafty friends this season.

Here are the Copic colors I used:

  • Hat, dress, boot:  E55, E53, E50
  • Tree/leaves:  G28, YG45, G21
  • Reds:  R85, R83, R81
  • Face:  E02, E11, E00, E000
  • Hair/Browns:  E49, E47, E44
The sentiment is from Hero Arts, paper is from the Ornamental Christmas pad by Paper Studio, and the snowflakes are stamped and cut from a Hot off the Press set.

I love how she turned out. Hope you find some time to relax and craft just for fun!


Monday, December 10, 2018

Decking the Halls with a Stick it Down Sketch Challenge

We are in full Christmas mode here and I have had a million crafty projects going at once. So it was nice to take a few minutes to scrap some of last year's holiday photos for my DT layout for the Stick it Down sketch challenge.

I've been using my Cricut a lot lately and so I quickly cut out some ornaments, a bow, and the banner for the title from some of the images that I found on Design Space. Really couldn't have been easier. For the foliage, I used a couple of Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlits...both the Funky Festive set and the Holiday Greens, mini set, which was  gift from my Christmas Swap sister Regina. They were so much fun to play with and created the perfect wreath. I probably should have
cut some more fronds but I was getting tired of gluing them down, lol.

I hope you take a few minutes out of your crazy schedule to play along with our sketch challenge this month. We'd love to see what you create.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Juggling Holiday Projects...and Baubles

I have been in a really creative mode lately...and that's great. I'm certainly not complaining. But the downside of that creativity is that I have multiple projects all over my craft space.  Scrapbook layouts, cards, holiday projects, and even some home decor pieces that I am playing around with for the first time. 

So today's card seems very appropriate featuring Conie Fong's Snowman Juggling Baubles. He is doing a far better job...and seems much less stressed than I am at the moment, lol. I'm not in love with the blue shading around his's a little too stark of a contrast...but too late now. I have to move on to another project. Here are the colors I used:

Reds:  R29, R24, R05
Greens:  YG67, YG17, YG25
Blue:  BG45, BG15, BG01
Snowman:  B00, B000, C0, C1, 0
         YR68, YR15, YR12

I used up some scraps and stickers from my collection to complete this little scene. Even though it isn't some of my best coloring, I still think it came out pretty cute. And at this time of year...that is good enough for me.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Shining the Spotlight on another Stick It Down Sketch Challenge

Stopping by today to share my design team inspiration layout over at Stick it Down. My good friend, Melissa, created this fun sketch and I really tried to push myself to stretch with her sketch and create a fun layout. 

When I saw the rays at the bottom right of the page, I immediately thought of spotlights and so did a quick google search to find some theatre lights that I could use as the foundation of my layout. Using some scattered straw distress ink that closely matched the color of the light output, I stretched the spotlights to the top left corner of the page.

And who better to spotlight than our little Princess Buttercup! This is one of my favorite photos of her taken shortly after we rescued her. She is such a photographic puppy. 

With the layout planned and the photos selected, the rest of the page came together rather quickly. I used sticker strips and embellishments from the Magical Adventure paper collection from Echo Park. Even though it is a Disney-themed collection, the colors and film strip/photo icons worked well for my layout so I just went with it.

I hope you'll join us over at Stick it Down. Each month, new challenge winners are chosen, guest designers selected, and sometimes there are even prizes. This month, our sponsor is Make Paper Art, an Etsy store run by Amanda Kirby. Amanda has a wonderful selection of "one of a kind digital cut files for all of your craft needs."

You have until the end of November to pick one of our sketches (or all of them) and play along. Just link your project up on the sidebar on the Stick it Down blog for a chance to win. If you share on social media, make sure to tag #StickItDown. One winner will be selected from each sketch category and will be invited to join us as a guest designer in January.  And one lucky winner will randomly be selected to win free cut files from Make Paper Art! How cool is that?  So pop on over and get it on the fun! I can't wait to see what you create. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Coloring Christmas Joy

I am in full on Christmas crafting mode now...and the thought of snow doesn't scare me as much anymore. So today, I am sharing with you one of Conie Fong's newest releases, called Snowy the Penguin--Christmas Joy! I love Conie's little penguins and this image is terrific because you can get it with/or without a Christmas tree in the background. As you'll see, I chose the tree-less version. You could even use this version for a winter birthday card...but I stuck with a traditional interpretation.

I kept the coloring very simply and applied some of the penguin-coloring techniques that Alyce Keegan taught us in this month's coloring classes from Kit & Clowder. 

Here are the colors I used:

Penguins--W9  W7, W5, W3, W1, C1, C0, E15, YR18, YR15 , Y15

Reds: R29, R24, R05

Greens: YG17, Yg13 Yg11

Yellows: Y19, Y17, Y13

I stamped one of the sentiments from Off Beat Holiday Messages by Hero Arts and embossed it in white embossing powder on a scrap of red paper and the card was done!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Stick It Down is Playing along with White with 1

This month, the design team over at Stick It Down is playing along with our fellow bloggers over at White with not only do we have a sketch to play along with but we have some color inspiration. If you aren't familiar with the White with 1 blog, they select a color each month to be the focal color of your project. For October, the challenge color is GRAY. So the goal is to use white AND the specified challenge color.  As per the guidelines "your layout does need to be at least 70% white PLUS the specified challenge colour. You can use black (or navy/dark brown) as an accent colour on your layout but it must not be the dominant colour on your layout, unless it is the specified colour for that month."

I went with a pretty straightforward approach to the layout. I already had some photos that worked well in a grayscale scheme and so it came together really quickly. I tend to stick pretty closely to the sketch (especially when the fit my photos so well), so this was no exception.

I first sketched in a couple of lines to help guide my stamping of the little snowflake stamps on the crosshairs with a stamp from Hot of the Press in Memento London Fog ink. Next, I used my Tim Holtz distress brushes through a snowflake stencil from The Crafter's Workshop had in my stash for the background. And then it was just a matter of cropping my photos and adding them to the page. I finished it off with a few silver sequins and called it done. It really couldn't have been easier to pull together.

So if you are having trouble getting started with your scrapbooking, I hope you'll join us this month. Use the sketch, or use the color scheme, but just start putting things down on paper. You'll be amazed how quickly a page can come together and hopefully it will spur your creativity to keep going.

Hope to see your layouts on the blog soon!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Molly is Ready for Winter...but I'm not!

Despite the fact that it was 80 degrees last week, the days of summer are well behind us and I am definitely looking forward to the cooler weather and the holidays. I've already made a few winter cards, which will be nice to have on hand as the holidays approach.

Today, I am sharing with you Conie Fong's Molly's Winter Friends. Isn't she super adorable? I kept the color palette very simple, using the same combinations for all three of the friends matching the snowflake background papers that I found pieces of in my stash. 

Here are the colors I used:
   Face:  E21, E11, E00, E000
   Reds: R08, R05
   Blues: B16, B14, B12, B01
   Greens:  YG07, YG25, YG23
   Browns: E49, E47, E55

   Grays:  C5, C3, C1, C0

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hold on to whatever keeps you warm...

I think summer has had her last hurrah...the days are getting cooler and the leaves on the trees are starting to change. And that means more time in my craft room and starting to plan for the holidays.

Conie Fong is back from her summer holidays too, creating again, and I'm here to share with you her latest cutie, named Puppy Cuddles. I just love her little girls and this one holding her little puppy was the perfect image to pair with this sentiment from this past Unity Stamps Kit of the Month. What is better than puppy cuddles?

I colored her up using my Copics.

    Face: E11, E21, E00, E00
    Hair:  E55, E53, E51
    Outfit:  BG57, Bg32, Bg11, BG10
                   C3, C1, C0
    Puppy:  E47, E44, E43

I hope you find a little time to be crafty today too. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Something Wicked (Cute) this Way Comes...

Although I had a very good summer, I am not one of those people lamenting its end. I LOVE FALL! Everything about it...the cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves, and most importantly, the holidays! Halloween and Thanksgiving are my favorites...even more than Christmas (although that's a pretty cool one too).

So even though it's a bit early, today I am sharing with you a Halloween cutie that I colored up featuring Conie Fong's Wynona Witch.  Wynona comes in two versions...I am featuring the one with the pumpkin basket.

Here are the colors that I used...
     Face: E21, E11, E00, E000

     Hair: E35, Y28, YR31, Y21
     Hat/Cat: C7, C5, C3, C1
     Outfit: BV08, V17, V15
                   YG17, YG25 YG03
                   YR09, YR18, YR16, Y17

I also used up a lot of scraps of paper that I had in my collection, which makes me really happy. And I got to use my new Zutter Bow-it-All bow maker to add the finishing touch to my card. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Stick It Down September Single Page Layout featuring Speiglemom Sparkle

Over on the Stick It Down blog, we're playing along with a new round of sketches. And like past months, the layouts are out of this world. Here is the single page sketch for September. 

This month we are lucky to have a fabulous (new to me) sponsor ... SpiegleMom ScrapsHere's is a little bit about Jody and her company.

"SpiegelMom Scraps is a specialty sequin mix shop based in Racine, Wisconsin (US).   SMS's owner, Jody, began her love of crafting as a child with her Nana and making coasters with yarn and plastic canvas.  From then on she never looked back and has always been creative.  She's been scrapbooking nearly 20 years and has always loved to sprinkle pretty little details throughout her scrapbook pages.  Jody's love of creating, adding tiny details and sparkle led her to start her business in 2010.  Since then SpiegelMom Scraps has grown, along with Jody's busy family, to a one woman small business with a fabulous design team called the Sparklers.   Jody and the Sparklers enjoy teaming up with other small businesses to swap products to create with and hosting fun events on social media.  Jody would love you to join them on their creative journey by following SMS on social media.  There's LOTS of inspiration and a wonderful community in the 15 Minutes 2 Scraps Facebook group also. "

So of course, I had to go check out Jody's store and see what I could use for my layout. Initially, I was planning to scrap about the holidays...and so I chose some Shimmerz paint in Buddy's Favorite Color (which is a pretty, shimmery red) and one of her amazing sequin collections, called Hustle and Bustle. But the photos I had just weren't that impressive when they were cut down and the more I looked at the sketch, the more I realized I wanted to play off the flag motif that the sketch inspires. Fortunately, I was still able to use my red Shimmerz paint and I just selected some red and clear star sequins from the mix to use on my page. 

So here is my layout for the month. The Shimmerz paint gives the page just the right amount of shine and sparkle and really helps the photos pop. And the sequins were the perfect accents to accompany my die cut stars without distracting from the overall design.

So...hopefully you are inspired to play along with our sketch over at Stick it Down. And perhaps you'd like to buy yourself some goodies from out sponsor, SpiegleMom Scraps. And just for you, Jody is offering a discount this month.

Pick up the new September releases in the shop and check out the FREE cut files they offer!
SID fans can enjoy a 20% off shopping code, anytime, with code SIDSMS.