Monday, January 27, 2020


Hi Blog Friends!

I have a card for you made with 
Amazing Paper Grace
 October 2019 Die of the Month- One Kind Word Alphabet Collage Die. 

Take a look:
As I was looking for designer paper among my card stock for my last card done with this die,
 I found this  beautiful sheet & saw how nice it would look with this die!
I HAD TO use it!

I die cut out the bees with a SB- Classic Circles Dies.
mounting the frame portion on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape, & in-laying the pieces. 
I mounted the circular bee pieces on Scotch Perm. Mounting tape also along with the banner.

I LOVE the vintage look of this & added some Vintage Ephemera-
by Tim Holtz- Botanical Ephemera, mounting those up too.
I also added some Linen Thread under the little bird in a bow, & Glossy Accents to the bees.

So, you may have wondered, "everyday moments" & "Birthday," do they go together?
Because you want the person to feel special.
So, how does this go together? LOL
There are birthdays every day in our world, BUUUT

"You are Inscribed on the palm of His hand...." Isaiah 49:16.
So, it REALLY ISN'T an "every day occurrence," but a divine appointment, one's birthday!
There is a purpose for each & every life!
 Lastly, I added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins- Denim Blues-LL306 & Safari Sunrise- LL502. 

And now, the two cards I've done with this die:
Same die, but they look so different!


LOVE the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club!
Be sure to check it out!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Teflon Bone Folder
*Original Misti
*Stampabilities- Isaiah 49:16- 231514-DR
*Stampington- Petite Greetings
*Scotch ATG
*Golden Matte Med.
*Crystal Katana
*Bead Smith Magical Tray
*SB- Tool-n-One
*Recollections- Everyday Moments Stack

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Last Day for The Coloring Challenge Road Trip On-Line Class!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for
Don't forget!
You can STILL sign up for The Coloring Challenge Road Trip On-Line Class!
Found here:

Kathy is a GREAT TEACHER & I think you would SO ENJOY this class! 
Not to mention, she is just a VERY NICE PERSON! ;)
You will learn all of her tips & tricks for success & improve your coloring skills! 
There are MANY OTHER techniques that were shown that I wasn't able to try,
 so remember, there is always something more to be learned!!! ;)

Since today is the last day that we can enter our work in the Coloring Challenge Road Trip Gallery, 
I thought I try my hand at another technique.
But, first I wanted to show you the finished pieces from yesterday.

Yesterday, Enhancing Solid Stamped Images with Coloring:
I LOVE the way these came out!
How about you?

Today, I did No-Line Water Coloring:
Remember when water coloring, to water color in areas away from where you just worked, 
so it doesn't all bleed together. 
I added color to the base of the petals & brought water down to it to let it flow.
I stamped my image- Waffle Flower- Peony Notes, in Ink On 3-Fade Out Ink, 
on Strathmore 90 lb. (Student Grade) Water Color Paper in my Original Misti.

I taped it down to my Epicurean Board with Blue Painters Tape.
I also used Mission Gold WC's & later, a touch of Daniel Smith- Iridescent Gold.
Using BOA- Travel Brushes- #1 & #5.

As I painted I dropped in some purple for depth.

I got a bit carried away & forgot to take pictures! LOL

But, I ended up adding some Red Brown for even deeper tones. 
I just touched the tip of my brush into the paint & then dabbed it lightly where I wanted it, 
in some of those nooks & crannies!
(Not necessarily in all, for a more "painterly look," as Dawn suggested. Dawn from WPlus9 was one of our special guests in the class)
For the leaves I added Cerulean Blue & only a touch of the Red Brown, along with lines of Gold.

Lastly, I added Winsor & Newton- Payne's Gray around the images.

(Well worth the $$$!)

Supplies not mentioned above:
*BOA Travel Brushes- #1 & #5
*Faber Castell- Click-n-Go Pot
*Paint Puck

Monday, January 20, 2020

Still Playing with Techniques Learned!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today to show you some more techniques shown on:
Remember, this class can STILL BE TAKEN!!!
As with all of the On-Line Card Classes.
You can find this class here:
So, I took a little break from all the coloring & gave someone some attention this weekend, 
since they were complaining about all my coloring! LOL
Sometimes, you have to do that! ;)
He got a hair cut he had been telling me he wanted too!
 Today, I sat down to try my hand at another technique:
Coloring Solid Stamped Images.
(I like to call it, "Enhancing Solid Stamped Images!)
I've done this before, but I wanted to do it again. 
Take a look:
 These are the solid stamped images I did using SU Inks as shown in the photo.
I used:
The Greetery- Simple Things (Eucalyptus), doing only one layer of stamping, 
& Fleur Impressions- for the flowers I decided to "Color Pluck!"
I also did all the layers of stamping on this one.
Here I've only colored 3 flowers & 3 leaves from the Fleur Impressions set, 
using Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils.
I found to make them POP, you need to do the nooks & crannies as Kathy teaches,
or they're bland looking compared to what they could be if you don't color those nooks & crannies! 
I still have more to color.....

Here is the Simple Things Set, only one image colored to the left.
But, I found it wasn't popping after adding a darker green.
***Sometimes, photos show us where things are lacking. LOL

So, I went back & finished it off with adding blue colored pencils.
You get a much richer image with depth!

DON'T FORGET, to check out Kathy's Class!
You can ALWAYS LEARN something to improve your coloring skills!!! 
NEVER STOP LEARNING about what you love! 

Off to try another technique!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Paper Studio Card Stock
*Original Misti
*Faber Castell- Pencil Sharpener
*Clip Board
*Da Vinci 2485 Drafting Brush

Friday, January 17, 2020

Having TOO MUCH FUN with The Coloring Challenge Road Trip Lessons!

Hi Blog Friends!

I've worked out the issues I had with my messy alcohol ink! LOL
I went to work today to see if what I thought I did wrong was the problem & sure enough!!!
I'm telling you, this is a GREAT CLASS & if you want to learn more about coloring,
 &/or  making your images POP & look FABULOUS, go for this class with Kathy!!! 

So, like I said, I figured out the problem after Kathy came over & commented on my work.
I wasn't letting my card stock dry out before doing the nappy rag technique! 
  I pulled the Neenah Card Stock out to try again today!
I got this paper just for this class & found it on Amazon, as recommended by Jennifer McGuire, 
& it was listed on the supplies recommended for this class also.

***Stay tuned as I have a little hint about preparing for these classes,
 or The 30 Day Coloring Challenge, which I hear is coming up soon! 

So, here is what I did today:
These are the little Gnomes I did for today. I did the nappy rag technique on their beards! SO CUTE! 
I added lines & dots & just had a blast playing with these images! 
Spectrum Noir Markers & Prisma Colored Pencils, along with a White Gel Pen!

Here's the other piece I did:
(This one is my FAVORITE!)
***** This piece was chosen "Favorites of the Week ending Jan.18th, 2020" on SCS!"*****

I used the same supplies on this one as above.
I did the nappy rag technique on the top of the mushroom. 
(If you click on the pictures, you can get a close up of all the details!)
I also did dots & lines!
I used lines to create a halo around this little scene, doing hatching & cross-hatching.

Hope you like!!! 
***---------------------------------------------------------------------- ***
for classes like this & for The 30 Day Coloring Challenge coming up:
This is what I did for this class, even though it was only 3 days. 
I used a 3 in 1- Mini Crock Pot!
I like to get a kitchen tool I'd like to have for Christmas & this was it this year, 
although I wanted it for the Christmas meal.
Sadly, I had to send the first one back, a different brand, as it didn't work.

But, you can cook a main dish, a side & even a dessert in this thing! 
For one night of this class, I had meat loaf, green beans & herbed roasted potatoes for dinner.
And there were left overs for the next night!
Each little crock holds 2-4 servings.

Tonight I made U.S. Senate Bean Soup---The recipe is from the U.S. Senate restaurant since the beginning of the 20th Century. It is so good & SO SIMPLE! 

The other crock is holding Corn Bread, using a Jiffy Corn Bread Mix.
I am NOT a bean soup person or a corn bread person, but my husband likes them & so, I made them for him, but I LOVED THEM! This is actually the second time I've made these.

Here is where I got the recipes:
I found this recipe book on Amazon.
I've tried several recipes from it & EVERY recipe is SO FULL OF FLAVOR!
The calories aren't listed for each recipe, but the recipes are healthy, & even diabetics can use them.
One of the authors is diabetic himself.

So, are you ready now for 
The 30 Day Coloring Challenge coming up???
Kathy will be announcing it soon!

Sweet Dreams in Color!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Neenah 100lb White,
*Memento Ink
*Original Misti
*TH Alcohol Blending Solution
*Nappy Rag
*Arteza Inkonic 0.4 A104
*FC- Pencil Sharpener
*Signo White Gel Pen 
*Spectrum Noir Markers
*Da Vinci 2485 Drafting Brush
*Stampingbella- Gnome Home eb663 & Gmones Have Feelings Too eb656
*Wagner Heat Tool

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip On-Line- Just PURE FUN TODAY!

Hi Blog Friends!

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip On-Line Classes finished up yesterday, 
BUT we can still do work & add it to the gallery & talk to Kathy about our work, till next week.

So, today I just PLAYED!
There were some other techniques I wanted to try.
One she did on critters.....
I don't have many "critter" stamps.
BUT, I LOVED the way it made her critters come to life!
So of course, I HAD TO TRY!

I remembered, I had a stamp that I got when I first started stamping & seriously, just didn't know WHAT to do with it! It has sat in my stamp bin all this time without love! LOL
NOW I KNOW how to make this stamp POP! 
I'm talking about my teddy bear below- Custer's Last Stamp, Inc.- Sitting Teddy Bear- CR 376-0.
I threw in another image I had, the giraffe- I.O.-Baby Giraffe- WP771, to see how it came out too.
Take a look:
I colored my images where I wanted to use an alcohol technique Kathy showed us to give texture.
I "color mashed" & added dots to blend, trying to leave highlights ("Sweet Spots") as I went.
The highlights ("Sweet Spots") are more obvious on the teddy bear, where the giraffe's highlights will come later in lighter tones.

I did the alcohol technique I did  the other day. I used plain old alcohol the other day,  & found it messy & the color transferred which I didn't like. You could definitely see the texture though.
Kathy said to be "fearless," so I tried some Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution for Alcohol Inks, thinking it might work. The effects aren't as obvious, but the texture IS there.

You can also see the beginning of the highlights ("Sweet Spots") on the giraffe below.

See the texture in the brown spots?
That is what I was after! ;)

You can see those little spots on the bear here too.
Some of those dots I made while blending, helped to give him texture too! ;)

I had a little bleeding around my critters which I wasn't happy about.
I was showing my hubby, when a bell went off....
I remembered what Kathy said to enhance those little dots! 
AND other things came to me too that she told us,  to fix the bleeding!  
Yes, just pause sometimes, & you'll remember what needs to be done on your work! LOL

So, here's what my critters look like NOW!
I made a shadow around my critters, which cleaned up or maybe I should say, 
covered up the bleeding! LOL

AND I enhanced those little dots with colored pencil & gave my critters some shading.
Here's a closer look:
*****My Giraffe was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Jan. 18th, 2020" on SCS!***** 
What do you think now?
 SO TICKLED with how they came out!
These will go into my notebook for the class for future reference! ;)

SO HAPPY I took this class!!! 

Supplies not mentioned above:
Teddy Bear
*Original Misti
*Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100 lb
*Spectrum Noir Markers---
TN1- (Light)  to give the "Warm Glow"
TN4- (Med.) Actually didn't like this, but kept going
TN8- (Drk.)
Blender Pen
IG1 (Light)
IG2 (Med.)
IG3 (Drk.)
*Nappy Rag
*Arteza- Inkonic 0.4 A104
*Uniball Signo White Pen- Eye
*Prisma Colored Pencils-
Drk. Brown & Black
*Da Vinci 2485-Drafting Brush
*Clip Board
*Memento Ink-Black
(Same as above- Only differences from the Teddy Bear will be listed)
*Spectrum Noir Markers---
EB3 (Light)
EB5 (Med.)
EB7 (Drk.)
EB1 (Light)
GB1 (Med.)
GB3 (Drk.)
BGR1 (Light)
BGR2 (Med.)
BGR3 (Drk.)
*Prisma Colored Pencil-
(No White Gel Pen used)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip On-Line- Day 3!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today is day three of
I'm SURE if you wanted to join in, you still could!
I've been following Kathy's blog for sometime & learned a lot from her tips & tricks, 
but that doesn't mean I can't learn more.
I have been enjoying the process & learning still!
It's nice to focus on what you love sometimes!
So, for today the objectives were:
*Enjoy the process-YES!
*Know when to walk away
*Go Slow & Let it Flow
*Lines & Dots
Some of these things you may already be familiar with if you follow Kathy....
Kathy even has a clip board you can buy with her Top 10 Tips & Tricks on it for you!

How cool is that???

Here is what I did today with what we were taught:
I decided to do some water coloring.  
My all time favorite medium!
So believe me, I ENJOYED the process!
I stamped my image in my Original Misti, on Strathmore 90 lb. Student Grade Water Color Paper.
(I got this WC Paper for Christmas, wanting to stock up & so glad I did! It's perfect for playing! ;)
As with any water color paper, don't over saturate.)

I won't go on & on about supplies, but you can see I used my Water Media Mat,
& an Epicurean Board, &  Arteza Water Color Brushes.
***Sometimes I took the Water Color Brush Pens right to the paper,
 & other times I took the pigment from the Water Media Mat.

In this photo, the left side of the butterfly (TH), is done in light, & medium colors- 
& on the right, the darkest color has been added.
Arteza Water Color Brushes:
* Bumble Bee Yellow- A128 (Light Color)
* Red- A101 (Med. Color)
* Wine Red- A182 (Darkest Color)
 I knew when to walk away.
Another goal met!
Go Slow & Let it Flow.
I used a White Uniball Signo Pen for a few dots & just to whiten up a few of the dots that weren't showing up so much. Yep, I started the pen on my thumb....
I still have that little "freckle" on my thumb as I type! LOL
 Here is a photo a bit closer for you & you can enlarge the photo by clicking on it for an even closer look!
Lines & Dots are up next!
Kathy is known for her little "eye lash" lines on her images. Those little lines create such interest! 
So, I added them to my butterfly.
I also added "Hatching & Cross Hatching" to the butterfly itself, along with little dots.
They helped to bring dimension to my image.
Some hatching lines were done in white as well.

I chose to do a butterfly image, because you can use those little dots, 
which are called "stippling," to create motion & that is what I did with the butterfly trail!
I started by creating a trail with an Arteza WC Brush Pen- *Smoke Gray- A115,
 & washing it out some with my WC Brush & water.
Using a darker marker (Spectrum Noir) for off in the distance, moving to a medium marker,
 & then a lighter marker for up close.
Spectrum Noir Markers used:
*GG1- Lightest Color
*GG2- Med. Color
*GG3- Darkest Color


Off to write my notes for the day, & file my PDF that is provided!
(I also keep my work with that printed off PDF file in a note book for future use!)
A couple of nice guest designers today too:
THANKS TO Lydia Fiedler & Shari Carol for contributing too!
What a GREAT DAY of learning!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Blue Painters Tape
*FC-Click-n-Go Pot
*Paint Puck
*Fuumuui- #4 & #12
*BOA Brush of Art #301- #1
*SSS-Premium Blk. Dye Ink
*Arteza Inkonic 0.4 A104 Pen- for he fine lines & dots

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip On-Line- Day 2!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for

Well, I have to tell you, this is SUCH a GREAT CLASS!
It is PACKED with Coloring Goodness that just makes your heart sing!
And, this is only day 2! LOL

Today, I thought I'd focus on a technique that Kathy does with her alcohol markers & doing a face.

Here is what I did:
I thought this image would be the best to try with the background technique & in doing the face too!

I stamped my image- Prima Princess- Stella,  on Ninah 110 lb white card stock- 5 1/2" x 7 1/2";

I used Memento Ink- Rich Cocoa to stamp my image.
I don't have a brown fine marker & wonder if I should have used black, or go over the piece in black. 
(If I do, I'll re-post so you can see the difference!)

For the background, I thought the two colors might add some more interest, maybe it was too much?
I also used alcohol, rather than Copic Blender, as I don't have Copic Blender Fluid. 
I did find that the ink bled out all over the edges & was easily picked up with my rag & transferred with the alcohol, not good! LOL
But, I cleaned it up as best I could with my blender pen.
(Idea: Might have to just trim this up or go over the edges with black....)
 Coloring the image, I sought out the same color as Kathy's E50 Copic Marker. 
I thought Spectrum Noirs color- FS2 looked close enough.
For the checks & lips, I used PP2 & tried some "color meshing!"

I tried to keep my white areas, or "sweet spots," but also used some of Nina's suggestions for this too.
(You'll have to take the class for this tip! LOL) 

I also added lines with Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils & some deeper colors for depth on the flowers & hair, & of course on her skin.

I do LOVE that texture in the background & even the different colors together, 
but maybe it was too much with this image. 
What do you think?

Lastly, I wonder if I shouldn't have gone over the image with a black fine point pen,
 even though I stamped her in brown, to make her pop?

I may be popping back in tomorrow or later, if necessary to "fix" this! LOL

*****This piece was chosen "Favorites of the Week ending Jan. 18th, 2020" on SCS!*****

Enjoying the process!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Pilot Mechanical Pencil G-2
*Original Misti
*Old Raggy Wash Cloth with nappy texture
*Arteza Inkonic 0.4 A104 Marker- used to extend the image.
 (This marker is safe for water color & alcohol inks.)
*Spectrum Noir Markers

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip- On-Line!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today for 
The Coloring Challenge Road Trip- On-Line Class!
How fun is this?

If you haven't signed up, I'm sure Kathy would welcome you!
Please see my post here for the link:
(Just scroll to the bottom.)

So, I chose to do some "Color Plucking" today,
 along with some of the other techniques Kathy shared with us, 
but I chose to focus on the "Color Plucking" mainly.
I think this is the area I need to work on.
I feel like I want to say, "Einy-Meany-Miny-Moo" when I color pluck! LOL 

I tried  different colors one wouldn't necessarily use together.
You can see the colors I chose to use on the side: Spectrum Noir Markers.
As you can see, I used an Orange, a Pink & a Dark Red. 
Kathy says to use a light, medium & dark color, so that's what I did. 
 For the leaves I chose to use a yellow, light blue, & dark green.
And Kathy even suggested picking a color you wouldn't normally choose as an extra.
I chose a hot pink & I used it too! LOL

For the shadow around my image I used grays- light, medium & dark. 
I actually didn't "color pluck" here. 
My brain was hurting at this point!
I'm more of a person who sticks with the rules! LOL 
See what I mean???
This is an area I could work on! ;)
I topped off my image with just a touch of Prisma Colored Pencils- Brown & Black, 
for those Nooks & Crannies.....! 

I hope you found something to interest you in enrolling in Kathy's Class!
It will be a busy month keeping up with Kathy & her guest designers!

Thank Goodness I made
Ooops! JUST DISCOVERED, I forgot to plug in the crock pot for dinner tonight! LOL
Dinner will be a bit late!
I'll be SO THANKFUL for the left-overs tomorrow night!
Happily coloring here & enjoying a late night dinner!

P.S. Kathy commented on my comment in the class,
 & said she couldn't wait to see what I had "cooking!" LOL If she ONLY KNEW!!! ;)
Supplies not mentioned above:
*I.O.- Serendipity- Rose- SS-281-L 
*Nina 110 lb White Card Stock
*Spectrum Noir Markers (Color Plucked)
*Memento Ink
*FC- Pencil Sharpener
*Sharpie Fine Point
*Nuvo Sweep Brush
*Prisma Colored Pencils
*Original Misti