Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Meet Molly Fairy!

It's been a while since I've had time to sit down and color and I had almost forgotten how relaxing it really is. Work has been so busy lately but hopefully, things will slow down a bit so I can get some more time to play.

Today, I am featuring a cute little card for the design team that I made featuring Conie Fong's adorable little Molly Fairy.  One of the many things I love about Conie's images is that she gives you a few options when choosing a digital image. This adorable cutie is available with and without wings. I couldn't resist the wings...so I went with Molly Fairy. But if you didn't want her to have wings, you could buy the other version, Molly's Basket of Flowers.

Once again, I used my patterned paper (from the Recollection Petite Florals pad) to serve as my color inspiration. Copics used today were:

      Wings: G21, G20, G000, BV17, BV13
      Dress:  BV17, BV13, BV01, V17, V15, V02
      Basket:  E43, E42, E41

      Flowers: RV55, RV52, BV13
      Hair:  E43, Y23, E42, E41
      Face: E11, E21, E00, E000

That's all for now.

Monday, August 13, 2018

August Stick It Down Single Page Layout

Today over on the Stick It Down blog, we are featuring the single-page layout design team entries for this month's sketch. I loved working with this sketch by Lauren Mallarkey. She's left lots of white space to serve as a blank canvas for the photos.  I stuck pretty close to the sketch when pulling together my layout....so it came together very quickly. I love when that happens because sometimes I don't have a whole day to fuss over a layout.

I used some Color Cast acrylic accent pieces that fit the theme of the page. My eldest son seems to get hurt quite a bit, so I have more of these kind of layouts than I would like...but at least I can find new and innovative ways to tell those stories. And in keeping with the medical them, I created a journal text box in Microsoft word in the shape of a red cross.

So now that you've seen my layout, I hope you'll join us over at Stick it Down! Maybe your layout will be chosen as this month's winner and you can join us as a guest designer in the future. Wouldn't that be fun?


Friday, July 20, 2018

Party Time with Pepper!

Just sharing a quick card I pulled together for my DT post over at Conie Fong Art & Design. I am always in need of birthday cards, so whenever I get a chance to play in my craft room, I'm usually creating a birthday card. As soon as I saw this little cutie, Pepper with Flowers by Conie Fong, I knew he'd make an adorable one. (Actually, he's quite perfect for any occasion). 

I used the background paper as inspiration for my color scheme. I have no idea where that patterned paper came from, but it was so bright and cheery and made me smile. 

Here are the Copic markers that I used to color up Pepper:
      Body:  YG25, YG23, YG21

      Shell:   G99, G85, YG91, YG21

I stamped out one of the sentiments from a Hampton Arts layered floral set. And I finished off the card with some floral sequins, small brads, Nuvo drops and and some twists that I made out of wire. All stuff I've had in my stash for years. I am really trying to use up what I have so that I can make room for more new things (shhh...don't tell my husband that last part). 

Hope you get some time to play today. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Card fitting for the Summer Bride

Hello crafters, today I am sharing a card that would be perfect for any bride this summer (or maybe an anniversary card). The card isn't something I need right now...but I will put it aside and hope that the right occasion pops up soon.

The image is another one of Conie Fong's gorgeous girl creations, titled (of course) Summer Bride. Isn't she lovely? I just loved coloring her hair and loved creating her in soft colors reminiscent of a summer wedding. Actually, she required very little coloring other than her hair.  And I matched her to the paper from the DCWV Navy Florals pack I picked up recently at Joann Fabrics.

But here are the Copic colors I chose:

Hair: E35, Y28, YR31, Y21
Face: E11, E21, E00, E000
Dress: RV000, C00
Flowers: RV02, RV00, RV000, Yg17, Yg03

Sweet and simple. Just how I love my cards.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Christmas in July Thanks to Conie Fong and Kit & Clowder

Today today I am popping on to share a quick card that I colored up using this adorable new release from Conie Fong titled Ellie's Holiday Helper. Now I am not one of those super organized crafters who makes cards well in advance of a holiday...and Christmas in July has always seemed a bit too early for me, but when I saw this cutie, how could I not color her up right away?

Conie created this adorable image to help Kit & Clowder celebrate the huge milestone of 20,000 members. So if you are a member of the Kit and Clowder Facebook group (or join this month) you can get Ellie's Holiday Helper for free (for a couple more days.)

It was actually through taking coloring classes at Kit & Clowder that I was introduced to Conie's artwork in the first place and became a huge fan. And now I have the lovely privilege of being on her design team. 

Here are the Copic colors I used to color Ellie and her little helper up:
       Ellie: C5, C3, C1, C00, RV32, RV11
       Ellie's sweater: YG17, YG03, YG21, R29, R24, R05
       Mouse: E57, E35, E31, RV32, RV11
       Mouse's sweater: BG57, BG53, B00
       Tree: G29, YG67, YG17, YG03
       Star: Y19, Y15, Y13
       Snow: B91, B96, C00, colorless blender

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get the chance to grab this adorable cutie and color her up (even if you aren't ready to think about Christmas yet, lol).


Monday, July 9, 2018

Welcome to Stick It Down!

I am super excited to share my first layout as a DT member over at Stick It Down. I have been following the SID teams for more than a year and love their sketch challenges and inspiration posts so I was super excited for the opportunity to join the design team for the rest of the year.
July 2018 Single Page Sketch

Each month, SID posts three separate challenges....something for everyone. I will be on the single-page layout team, but there's also a double-page team and a card team...so you're sure to find inspiration for all your creative needs. I hope you'll hop on over and join in the challenge this month...and maybe you'll be selected to join us as a guest designer...wouldn't that be cool?

Here's the single-page sketch that was our inspiration this month. And we are fortunate to have a wonderful sponsor this month, White Rose Crafts  run by the fabulous Kay Barnes (who I "might" have shopped from in the past, but don't tell my husband.)  Kay is a long time paper-crafter who originally comes from Yorkshire, England. And her company, White Rose Crafts, takes it's name from the beloved symbol of Yorkshire, the White Rose. 

Look for Kay and White Rose Crafts store in a variety of spaces. Here are links to her BLOG, Facebook page, and Instagram.

As soon as I saw this months sketch, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out the date (in Plantin Schoolbook) and then printed out a variety of photos from the year to add in the negative space.

I love using black and silver, so I stamped out the stars from Winnie & Walter's Big Bang Confetti stamp set and embossed them with the Zing silver glitter finish embossing powder. The reflection from the stars was hard to capture with my camera...but trust me, they are very sparkly. Then I created some simple banners with some silver glitter paper to finish off my design. 

I can't wait to see what the other SID design members create this month and hope you'll join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 18, 2018

It's a Boy!

Do you ever get in a rut when you are creating? Well, I feel like I'm in a bit of a rut with my card making. I feel like all my cards look the same...same design, same colors, same, same, same.  So I decided to head over to Pinterest for some new (to me) card design inspiration.

I found this adorable Bridge Fold card tutorial by Sandi MacIver over on Splitcoast Stampers and thought this might be a fun tutorial to try out for my latest Guest Design Team post for Conie Fong Art & Design. I simplified the design and made it slightly larger to accommodate Conie's Mother and Baby Boy digital image that I colored up to coordinate with the Bundle of Joy Boy Collection Kit by Echo Park that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

I wasn't able to match the subtle colors of the paper collection, but I think the ones I chose coordinate well enough. These are the Copic markers I chose:

Hair: E79, E27, E25
Face: E21, E11, E00, E000
Dress:  BG34, BG23, BG11
Baby: BG78, BG75, BG72
Flowers: Y26, Y15, Y13

Overall, I am pretty happy with this card and can't wait to try out other fun folds to help jazz up my card making routine.

If you have a fun card tutorial you'd like to share, please leave me a comment. I am always looking for inspiration. 


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day from Rhea, Whimsy, and Me!

So yesterday I drove almost 3 hours round trip to go to The Inspiration Station scrapbook store in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. It is an adorable store right in the center of town and although the store alone was worth the drive...I really went to take a Copic coloring class with the fun and talented Rhea Weigand of Passionate Paper Creations. 

Rhea was teaching 3 different sessions (each featuring 3 card designs)...but because of the commute, I was only able to take the morning class titled "By the Sea" featuring beautiful ocean landscapes from the DoveArt line at Whimsy Stamps.  I had always been intimated by landscape images like these, but Rhea convinced me that they are actually somewhat easier to color than traditional line art stamps and the end results speak for themselves. Using the kit provided, I turned one of the coloring creations we worked on yesterday into a Father's Day card for my husband Michael. He was very impressed. 

I guess I'm gonna have to go buy a few more DoveArt stamps...I'm hooked. And it was so fun meeting someone I know from my online world, in person. If only I had remembered to take a picture. Maybe next time!

I hope the men in your life enjoy their Father's Day...I have to get out of the craft room and get ready for my Dad (and Mom) to come over and have a cookout.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Pretty as a Princess

 I can't believe it's June already! Seems like time is flying by. But another month means another round of adorable Conie Fong digital images.

Today, I am showcasing Conie's newest Princess Molly...I chose to work with the little Princess holding balloons...but she also comes in another version without the balloons. I always need birthday cards though, so the one I chose will get plenty of use.

Here are the colors I chose:

   Skin: E11, E21, E00, E000, R20
   Hair: E57, E55, E53, E50
   Crown: Y17, Y15, Y11, B26
   Dress: B26, B23, B21,
                Bg45, Bg02, B00

I used paper from Photoplay's Party Boy 6 x 6 pad and Ice Cream Parlor from the Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) and an old 3D balloon sticker that I found in my stash that matched perfectly. All that I needed to finish the card was some sequins from Unity Stamp and some Nuvo Midnight Blue Crystal Drops.

Another quick and easy birthday card ready to go to a lucky little princess! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Birthday Ella with Cupcake

My final GDT card entry this month over at the Conie Fong Art and Design Facebook page features Conie's newest beauty Ella with Cupcake.  These girls are so fun to color...look at those curls!

I kept the colors and design fairly simple since I was using a busy Recollections patterned paper that I had in my stash. I can never have enough birthday cards, so this card will have a new home very soon.

Here are the Copic colors I used to color Ella up:
        Hair:  E29, E25, E23, E21
        Skin: E11, E21, E00, E000
        Dress:  BG15, BG11, V28, V25, V22
        Cupcake: E25, R85, R83, R81, white gel pen

 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll join us next month for the monthly coloring and completed project challenges.  I'm going to be sticking around for a little while longer and I can't wait to see what new images Conie has in store for all of us.