Monday, November 30, 2020



I picked up this stack of reindeer a last Christmas.  They look like they are having a blast.   These guys were a little bit of a challenge to color.  Originally, I wanted each deer to stand out.  I debated using different sets of browns to color each.  However,  I started with the E30 series and kept working with it.  I liked where this was going, so I kept with the series.  I made some a little lighter than others.  I feel like doing it this way made them feel more like a cohesive unit.   Did I make the right choice?  

The sentiment is from Crackerbox stamps.  I thought was another perfect Christmas covid stamp.  We all might need a little help to get through this holiday.  😁😀

Deer stamp set

Copics used:
Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39
Belly: E50
Red: R29
Green: G46

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Are you going Nutcrackers?


This card is perfect for a quarantined Christmas.  We just recently decided that we will not be traveling to see family for Christmas.  It was a hard reality to accept.  Oh well... it will make next year that much better.  Since most of us have been locked up since March it is easy to understand that we are going a little Nutcrackers.   

Copics used:

Black: N9, N7, N5, N3

White: C3, C1, C0

Skin: E00, E000, E11

Yellow: Y17, Y15, Y13-- accented with gold gel pen in small details of coat

Blue: B37, B34, B32

Hair: C5, C3, C1, C0

Ground: W3, W1, W0

Monday, November 23, 2020

Good at Being Naughty

 Hello friends, 

For about three years now, I've been wanting to make some silly Christmas cards.  It is hard because I know that not everyone enjoys that style of card.  I thought that with everyone being stuck in quarantine that this year might a good year to bring a little extra laughter into the mix.    My next few posts are going to be featuring some silly stamps.  I hope you get a chuckle out of them. 

This frog made me smile the instant I saw him.  The expression on his face is just perfect.  I used a reverse masking and a stencil to create the cloudy background.  

Copics used:

Green: YG67, YG17, YG13, YG11
Grey: C7, C5, C3, C1
Red: R29, R24, R14
Light: YR12, Y15, Y13, Y11, Y00
I added glitter to the snow

Monday, November 16, 2020

Christmas Carolers


Art Impressions always makes fun stamps.  Check out these friends spreading some Christmas merriment.  I think the one in the tree costume in my favorite.  I wonder where I could get one?  

I hope you have a great day!

Copics used:

Red: R39, R29, R24, R14
White: E40, E41, E43, 
Green: G28, G24, G21
Tree: G46, G43, G40
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
book and Hair: E40, E41, E43, E44
Hair: W9, W7 W5
Blue: B01, B00
I used glitter pens to add some sparkle to the star and ornaments. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Penguin Tree


I have another new stamp to share.  This is Mama Elephant's Penguin Tree.  It was release a little while ago.  It was an instant hit and sold out everywhere.  I was lucky enough to snag one and couldn't wait to ink it up.   This pile of penguins is adorable! 

Copics used:

Black: N10, N8, N6
Bellies: W1, 0
Brown: E40, E41, E43, E44, E47
Snow: B000, 
Green: G46, G43, G40
Yellow: Y17
Orange: YR12
Purple: V12, V15, V17
Red: R37, R35, R32
White: E50
Blue: B00, B01, B02
I added glitter using sparkle glitter pens to lots of the tiny items the penguins are playing with.  This is optional.  My one regret is that it made the sand in the fishbowl dark brown.  I liked it better in a lighter brown.  Oh well... lesson learned.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Sending Love this Christmas

 Hello friends, 

I picked up this new stamp by Stamping Bella.  I thought it was perfect for this a 2020 Christmas.  My family has been discussing how to do "Zoom" style Christmas.  It is sad that I won't be able to see my family for the holiday, but understandable.   I thought this girl looked like she was blowing kisses.  I thought that was a nice sentiment for a socially distanced Christmas. What do you think? 

Skin: E00, E000, E11, E20
Red: R59, R39, R29, R24, R14
Black: W9, W7
Hair: E21, E23, E25
Green: G28, G24, G21
White: C1, C2, C3
Glitter on the white part of dress and hearts

Friday, November 6, 2020

No One Elf Like You

 Greetings,  (Ryan Halloween picture at bottom)

I'm trying to switch from Fall cards to Christmas cards.  It is always a tough transition for me.  I'm pushing through it.  I pulled out some of my favorite stamps to help ease in.  These elves look like they are finding some play time in Santa's workshop.  

Materials used:

Christmas Elfies

Copics used: 

Skin: E00, E000, E11, R20

Green: YG67, YG63, YG61

Red: R39, R29, R24, R14

Gold: Y11, Y15, Y17

White: E40, E41, E42, E43

Hair: E21, E23, E35

As promised here is a photo of a Terrifying Ghost.  This is the first costume that he has picked all by himself.  He was having a blast sneaking up on family members and scaring them.  He just thought that was hilarious.   It was a quiet Halloween, but we made the best of it.   

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Relax a Little


Yesterday was the presidential election.  I'm a night owl, but I was up late even for me hoping for a result.  As you know... they are still counting ballots.  I just pray they find a peaceful outcome.  Anyway, I thought we could use a little reminder during these stressful times to RELAX.   

This mouse has nailed it.  I didn't put words on my card.  I thought it could be used for retirement, thinking of you or encouragement.  I can add those when I'm ready to send it.   

The theme at House Mouse challenge blog this week is favorite color.  I love green and purple.  I couldn't choose between the two so I used them both.   I hope you will stop by and check all the wonderful house mouse cards posted this month.  

Copics used:

Mouse: E30, E31, E33, E00, E000, E93

Grapes: BV08, BV04, BV02, BV01

Green: YG67, YG63, YG61, G85

Stem: E77, E74, E71

Ground: W3, W1, W0

Monday, November 2, 2020

Merry Chick-mas

 Greetings friends, 

It seems no matter how hard I try to pretend that winter is not coming, the air keeps getting colder.  I think I saw a few flakes floating around the other day.  I was hoping they would cancel winter.  They have cancelled everything else in 2020.  Oh well, I guess if it is going to happen I'm going to make it make some awesome Christmas cards.  

This card has been on my list since last Christmas.  A small company called Purple Onion stamps released a bunch of farm animal christmas stamps.  I don't live on a farm (not even close), but these guys are really cute.    I used kraft card stock because color pencils seem to glow.  I used gamsol to blend the colors a bit. 

I wish I had a stamp that said... Merry Chick-Mas!  Oh well.. I'll keep my eyes out for one.  I hope you enjoy this card.  

No copics today.  I used prismacolor pencils and gamsol to color