Friday, February 12, 2016

I've Been Coloring!

 Hi There!

I hope this finds you doing well on this Friday before Valentine's Day. I've managed to sneak in some coloring time. Not only coloring, but I created two cards to boot! *Ü*
 I was inspired by cards I saw on the internet. And I tweaked the ideas to become more my own.
Here's the inspiration for this first card.
I pretty well followed the same idea. As you can see, the heart color changed and I chose to use hugs instead of love. I cut that hugs out of glittered fun foam. It's hard to see in the photo, but I ran my Wink of Stella pen around the outside edge of the heart because I felt it needed something. All the stamps are Lawn Fawn. The coral/pink cardstock pretty well matches the heart on the envelope. It's from DCWV. The images are colored with pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. The heart is inked with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I die cut a Spellbinders heart to use as a stencil. Gosh, I think those bunnies are so darn sweet!

Here's the inspiration for this second card. My card evolved into something quite different from the inspiration card. Mainly I really liked the colors this cardmaker used on the monsters. I tried to see how close I could get using my pencils. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. Then I started playing. Not too long ago I got these Stitched Border dies by My Favorite Things from my local scrapbook store. I hadn't used them yet and was itching to play around. I thought the angle of this one was interesting. I heat embossed the sentiment and the hearts onto the black background piece. I originally did the two surrounding the sentiment, but the other side looked too bare, so I added the three, but there was a smidge too much space open, so I added a bit bigger heart at the corner. I liked that look. I used a striped background stamp in yellow just to be very non traditional. I picked Close To My Heart ink colors that I felt looked pretty close to the colored images and random stamped the little hearts on the bottom piece. There are some white gel dots  and some Wink of Stella on them, too.  This card makes me smile like the first one. 

Thanks so very much for stopping by! 
I hope you have a great day and a happy weekend.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine Cards

Hi There!

Happy Day After the Super Bowl. I cannot lie, I'm pretty dang happy that the Broncos got the big win! It was pretty satisfying, actually. I watched the commercials, too, but wasn't as impressed with those. And the half time show? Not that anyone really cares, but I couldn't hear the lead singer from Coldplay sing. Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem. That was beautiful. All in all a great way to end the weekend. :) This was after Amy had a basketball doubleheader on Saturday and we all went to the Father/Daughter Dance for Girl Scouts on Saturday night. The girls and their dad danced the night away while Mom helped at the snack table. Um, I felt like I was working another shift. Ha, ha

I also managed to get two cards made! Go me! I got the image I colored in my last post put onto a card and I futzed around with a second one.
Does inking up a background count as coloring for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge? If so, I did in a little bit of coloring. I think that's stretching it a bit, though. I was trying to channel Kay Miller with the inking of that background. I might have to leave that to the professional that is Kay! I tried it with Picked Raspberries and Festive Berries Distress Inks. The heart shaped sequins I found at Michaels in the kids Valentine section. The other sequins are sparkling clear from Pretty Pink Posh. Sentiment is from Close To My Heart. That little girl is fussy cut. The background paper is Doodlebug Sweet Things.  

My original thought with the little girl was that I wanted to make a shaker card. Only, I couldn't get it to look right. I had die-cut that heart, but the size of the heart with the size of the girl image just didn't mesh well. So I gave up on that idea and opted to put it on its own card. I found a blue glitter paper in my DCWV glitter stack that looked a lot like the blue hearts in the paper. I know you can't tell the scallop heart is glittered, but it is. I pulled out a Memory Box Heart flower die and cut it with glittered white foam. I snipped it off a bit to get it to fit. The blue sequins are from Hobby Lobby and the little iridescent hearts are Martha Stewart. The inking on the background is Peacock Feathers distress ink. The background paper is also Doodlebug Sweet Things. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week. :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Coloring Challenge!

Hi There!

We got a snow day off from school today. Whoo hooo! We've done our shoveling for now. That meant I had some free time today to actually participate in The Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. This is the 4th challenge that Kathy has hosted. My friend, Barb, participates faithfully and I always look forward to her posts about what she is coloring. Makes me happy! I know there is no stress involved and if you can only color 5 minutes, that is good enough. But somehow I feel bad if I only do a couple of minutes. 

I don't have a card, but I just finished coloring a Whimsie Doodles image called Heart Strings. I took a quick picture for you. I added a bunch of Stickles so I can't do anything with this until it dries. I was inspired by this card here.

That's it from me for now. 
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a good day!