Friday, June 5, 2020

Seeds of Tommorrow

Greetings friends,

Today is the final day of the Krista Smith coloring challenge.  She asked us to pick our favorite image.  That is like trying to pick you favorite flower out of a garden.  That thought got me thinking and I landed on this image.  I love her cute little freckles and hair dancing in the wind.

I went a little nuts on nuvo drops.  If I color this again... I'd leave them off.  Oh well... you can't win them all?

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Shoes: B99, B97, B95,
Yellow: Y13, Y15, Y17
Pots: E99, E97, E95, E93, E13
Hair: E21, E23, E25, E27, E29, E49
Pink: RV00, RV02, RV04
Green: G21, G24, G28

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Mermaid to be Friends

Welcome fishy friends,

Krista Smith's challenge theme today is "Together".  I know cards are not magic.  HOwever, kindness does work magic.  I'm doing my best to spread a little extra kindness these days.  Hopefully it will bring us all together.

This image was my first choice.  When I sat down to color, I wanted to to do something different with colors.  I was drawing a blank.  As I was coming up with a plan a tricolor kayak passed by (I was having a crafting day at the lake).  I decided to use the colors for card.  There is a photo of the kayak at the end of this post.  Let me know how I did.   In the end, I really like it.  Next time, I think I will choose a lighter shade of blue for the water.  I think the final product came out a little dark.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Whale: C9, C7, C5, C3, C1
Aqua: G00, BG32, BG45, BG49
Pink: RV00, RV02, RV04
Purple: V09, V06, V05, V04, V01
Water: B18, B16, B14, B12
Bubble: B00, B01

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Shell Phone


Today is Day 3 of the coloring challenge.  The theme today is "Under the Sea".  My first thought was to grab a mermaid, but then stumbled upon this cutie.  She is perfect in every way. 

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Pink: RV06, RV04, RV02
Yellow: FY1, Y35
Orange: YR04, YR02
Blue: B000
Green: YG67, YG63, YG17, YG13
Water: BG09, BG07, BG05, BG02, BG01

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Best Chapter

Hello again,

I liked this theme so much I thought I would ink up a second "thinking of you" card.  Do you ever with you could crawl into an image and join in the fun?  Sitting in the hammock and reading a book sounds delightful. 

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Red: R39, R37, R35, R32
Green: G28, G24, G21
Blue: BG05, BG02, BG01
Pink: R81, R83, R85
Brown: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44

Thoughtful Fish

Hello there,

Today is day 2 of the coloring challenge.  The theme is "Thinking of You".  There was something about the look on this mermaids face that made me think she was thinking of someone special.

I pushed myself with the colors a bit.  I usually choose bright colors for mermaids.  This time I picked a more muted color scheme.  I thought the fish looked a little bit like koi.  This was my first time trying to make this marbled look.  I love how it turned out and I think I might try to do this to a mermaid tail soon.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Purple: RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99
Teal: BG70, BG72, BG75
Hair: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E27
Orange: YR04, YR02, YR00
Gray: C1, C0
Water: B66, BV04, B12, Blender pen

Monday, June 1, 2020

Mermaid Magic

Hello again,

Okay, Okay... I couldn't do it.  If you know me, you know I had to ink up a mermaid.  She is not only one you will see this week.  It is a weakness. 

 This image is special to me.  Krista Smith drew this based on an idea I sent her.  I caught myself wondering one day if a mermaid and a fairy had a conversation, what would they talk about?  I still don't know the answer... but I bet it happy things.  Now that I think about it... do you think mermaids and unicorns have zoom (internet) meetings? 

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Aqua: G00, BG32, BG45, BG49
Grey: C9, C7, C5, C3,
Blue: B63, B66, B69
Hair: RV69, RV66, RV63, RV52, RV10
Green: Y17, YG13, YG11
Sky: YR02 and R32-airbrushed

Beach Please


Krista Smith (Saturated Canary) is hosting a coloring challenge this week on her facebook page.  I thought it would be a perfect way to welcome in summer.  The first day is themed "Summer Vibes".  I'm looking forward to this week.  Five days of my favorites images.  Thanks Krista for hosting!

This images has been on my coloring to do list for a while now.  It felt so good to see the ink bring her to life.    I had such a hard time choosing, I may have a second card to share later today!

Copics used:

Orange: YR09, YR07, YR04, YR02
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, E13
Yellow: FY1, Y35
Purple: V12, V15, V17
Blue: B04, B02, B00, B000
Hair: E21, E23, E25, E27, E29

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Shape of a Rainbow


I'm still on my rainbow kick. I hope you are not sick of them yet.  I have a week of copic coloring post planned for next week.  I spent a little time sitting in the sun coloring up some of my favorite images.  Can you guess what they are? 

Rainbow Set: Rainbow Dies Copic Storage Box: I didn't use this for this video but it is awesome!

Video: If you'd like to see how I made this card you can see it by clicking here 


Okay... I added glitter to this one.  I'm weak people!

I used inks to sponge this, but chalks and copics would work as well.  
If I used copics here are the ones I'd use

Red: R29, R24, R14
Orange: YR09, YR07, YR04, YR02
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15
Green: YG11, YG13, YG17
Blue: B00, B02, B04
Indigo: B63, B66, B69
Violet: V12, V15, V17

Friday, May 29, 2020

Happier than a Unicorn with...

Hello friends,

It was a hot and humid day here in NY.  I'm a summer girl, it didn't bother me one bit!  I wanted to inject some of this summer into the cards I was making.  I made a card with this unicorn a little while ago.  He was holding coffee.  I went through my other stamps to see what other food items he could munch on.  Can you get more watermelon than summer?  I think I might make a Autumn version of this card.  I love the playfulness of this!


Lawn Fawn Watermelon Set: Watermelon Dies (I didn't use but they exist): Altenew Alphabet set: Unicorn: Copic Storage Box:
Copics- colors listed at bottom of the page
Rainbow inks- Any dye ink pads would work. I used colors from Stampin up, Hero Arts, and Taylored Expressions.

Here is the video I made showing how I created this card.  Check out how I modified the unicorn to hold the watermelon. If you are reading this in email.  The video will not play.  You need to click here.


Copic colors:
Grey: C1, C0
Red: R35, R32, R30
Orange: YR02
Yellow: Y15
Green: YG13
Blue: B01
Violet: V15, V12
Horn: Y02, Y35
Watermelon: YG67, YG17, YG13, R35, R32, R30

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

I Love You-Calyptus

Hey Mate!

I'm playing a little catch up today.  I made this card back in March, but it was lost in the shuffle. I just found it in my stamping box.  I made this at the peak of the wildfires in Australia.  It was just breaking our hearts to hear the stories of koalas burning in the wildfires.  I'm so glad the fires are under control.   This was my way of sending a big hug to all the koalas.

Koala Stamps are from MFT (retired)
the background die is from Memory Box

Copic used:

Gray: W7, W5, W3, W1
nose: W9, W7
Pink: R30, R00
Wood: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
Green: YG17, YG13, YG11
Blue was sponged on with Tumbled Glass

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Chasing Rainbows Tutorial

I may have gone a little nuts. I created 40 rainbow panels with the Rainbow Turnabout stamp. It was a fun challenge to figure it out. I love the results. I created two videos if you like to follow along. Grab a cup of coffee... and buckle up. This is a long post! Check out the two part videos:
Click here to see how I made the rainbow panels.
Click here to see how I turned them into cards. Materials: Rainbow Turnabout stamp Concord and 9th Jig Brighter Days Die: Avery Elle Rainbow Sentiment:
Smile die by Whimsy My Favorite things: Sunshine (retired) Altenew ink pads in various colors- I'll list on my blog

I used seven combos of ink. They are listed under the photos below.

This was my favorite design:

Coral Berry, Volcano Lake, Warm Sunshine and Lagoon

This is the variation on the above design.

 Smile Card Layout:

(left) Coral Berry, Lagoon, Dusk, Hydrangea and (right) Lagoon, Volcano Lake, Coral Berry, Hydrangea

(Left) Lagoon, Volcano Lake, Coral Berry, Hydrangea  and (right) Crimson, Sunkissed, Rouge, Warm Sunshine

Eclipse card: I'm not sure how I felt about this one.  What do you think?

You are my Sunshine:

Forest Glades, Warm Sunshine, Heartbeat and Ocean Waves

Coral Berry, Warm Sunshine, Forest Glades and Turquoise

Miss you layout:

Coral Berry, Caribbean Sky, Warm Sunshine, and Ocean Waves

No copics used today

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

You are Made to Soar

Hello friends,

Aren't these elephant adorable?  You can't see their mouths, but you can just tell they are smiling.  Hopefully they make you smile a little today. 

Hugs to you all,

Copics used:

Grey: C5, C3, C1, C0
Pink: R00
Purple: BV04, BV02, BV01, BV00
Pink: R30, R32, R35, R37
Blue: B02, B01, B00, B000
white gel pen

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day Card


Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.  I know this Mother's day is going to be a little more difficult for many.  I would normally spend the day with my Mom, but due to social distancing, we will be home.   I wanted to make an extra special card this year.   I hope when this is all over we can have a big party to celebrate all the holidays we've missed this year.

Measurements and copic colors can be found at the bottom of this post.  If you'd like to see how I made this card click here.  This video will not play in email.

Materials used:
Stampin Up Over the Moon (cows)
Tag punch by Stampin up
Sentiment: unknown
Copic Storage Box:

Copic Colors used:

Cow: W0, W1, W3, W5, W7, W9
Face: E000, E00, E11
Red: R32, R35, R37
Yellow: Y02, Y17, Y26
Green: G40, G43, G46
white gel pen
black glaze pen


(3) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4  colored mat
(1) 2 3/4 x 4  colored mat
(1) 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 mat for sentiment (optional)

(3)  2 1/2 x 2 1/2  white for stamping
(1) 2/12 x 3 3/4  white for stamping
(1) 1 1/4 x 2 1/4 white for sentiment (optional)

(1) 2 3/4 x 8 5/8  for pull tab   score at 1 3/4, 2 1/2,  3 1/4 and 4
(1) 1 x 4.25 colored cardstock
(1) 4 x 5.25 mat
(1) A2 card base