Friday, July 31, 2015

Friends With Flair

It has been so long since I was able to play along with Friends with Flair. I have been having fun with my stamps again. A little bit here and there, hopefully I will get more time for stamping soon! I made a really simple Thank You card with the Charming Cone Flowers Stamp and the Everything Wonderful sentiment set. 

I made a mask so that I could stamp the flowers multiple times and then I colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. The background was painted with blue watercolor paint. I added a ribbon from my stash, some Lindy's Stamp Gang Mist in Frozen Jack Frost and some Shimmer mist in Frost. 

It was a fun and simple card to make.

Spectrum Noir Markers used: OR1 DG3 CG4 PP5 PP4 CR2 

Another Birthday {Unity Challenge Entry #2}

Today I am sharing my 2nd entry in this months be{inspired} challenge at Unity Stamp Company. Again, I went with the color palette, minus the orange. I had the prange originally but I thought it looked a little funky so I colored over it with some red. 

I used the stamp set called Cari Girl on this card. It's one of my favorite stamp sets, so much fun to color. It's a huge stamp so I made this into a 5x7 card. She was colored with my Spectrum Noir markers, but I lost my color list. I know I used a lot of IGs and CRs though. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blend Of The Week #2 {Really Red}

Today I have the 2nd Blend of the Week to share with you.

I think red is one of those colors that a lot of people struggle with. I know I did. I avoided using red for a long time. Then I got a little braver with playing with blends and found some great combinations. 

The one I have today I call Really Red. It's a nice red blend, it doesn't have a dark shadow, but it's a good general red blend. You can always add a darker color to it if you are looking for a deep shadow area. I'll have a blend like that later on in the series. 

The blend is CR11 CR8 CR7, from darkest to lightest. 

You can see my full project using this blend here.  

I would love to see how you use this blend, feel free to link up your projects below. 

Have a color that your struggling with? Leave a comment with a color blend you would like to see and it might be my next Blend of the Week. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Somewhere Over The Rainbow With Lacy Sunshine

I am really excited about my entry in the Lacy Sunshine Somewhere Over the Rainbow challenge. It was a team project with my 3 year-old, Lily. She is really getting into watercolor painting. And I think she is really good at it. I love all of her little paintings. 

When I saw this one I knew it would work for this challenge. So I printed out the Rory- Time to Paint image and colored it with my Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils. I used some gloss gel to adhere Rory to the painting and then Lily helped me cut all the letters on the Silhouette. We cut them from adhesive vinyl. 

I will be hanging this in my craftroom by Lily's craft table. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturated Canary Grad Girl - Congrats Brianna!

This weekend I am taking Maddy and Lily on a little trip to go to my cousin Brianna's High School Graduation. Of course, I had to make her a really special card. I used the fun Grad Girl 2015 image from Saturated Canary

I colored Grad Girl with my Spectrum Noir markers (palette below). The banner was printed and cut out on the Silhouette, along with the 2015 embellishment and the star border. The pink background paper is from the Paper Temptress. I added the triangle pattern with a stencil and some gloss gel medium. The paper has bits of mica in it and through the gel medium it really shimmers. 

Here's a closer look at the Grad Girl image. And below is the pin-able color palette. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Fun with Kitty Bee Designs

Hey everyone, I have a little reminder that our Summer Fun challenge is still going on over at the Aloha Friday Challenge blog. You have one more week to enter for your chance to win. 

For my project I made some luggage tags for my suitcase. I thought these little cuties would make it easier to find my bags at the airport. 

I colored them and them laminated them an cut them out. I punched a hole for the string and used several strands of baker's twin to attach them to my bag. I knew there was a good cahnce they would get damaged or lost during traveling but I wasn't too worried about it. 

I did lose the turtle along the way, but the Narwhal and the Penguin made it home safely. And they did help me find my luggage a little easier too. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blend Of The Week #1 {Skin Tone 1}

Hey everyone, today I am starting a new series on the blog. Every Thursday I will feature a Spectrum Noir Marker Blend of the Week. I have found it difficult to find many good Spectrum Noir blends, so I have spent a lot of time playing with my marker and trying different blends and creating new colors with my markers. It's a lot of fun to play around with color. 

Anyway, I thought I would share these blends with you. Each Thursday I will feature a new color blend right here on my blog. You will be able to access all of these posts by clicking on the Color Blend Card at the right of this post. I hope too see you back each week! 

I also have a free printable of the color blend chart I use to keep all my favorite blends handy when I'm coloring. 

Alrighty, let's get started then. For our first color blend I have my go-to skin blend. I would say about 98% of the people images I color get this skin blend. 

The blend is TN2 FS9 FS4 and FS2. I color from darkest to lightest, using the TN2 in the darkest shadow areas.  You can see the full project using this image here

I would love to see your samples using this color blend so I've added a Linky below. I would love to see how your Favorite Blends charts are coming along too so feel free to link those up as well. 

Have a color filled day! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Letters For Landen Card Drive

Today I want to share with you a story about Landen. 

Landen is a very sweet little boy that was diagnosed with Leukemia earlier this year. He is 4 years-old and has 3 years of intense chemo treatments ahead of him. 

When he was asked what made him happy he had a very simple answer: Mail. And that's how Letters for Landen was born. In the beginning he got a lot of letters but they have really slowed down. So I am asking for your help. All you have to do is send a card or letter to Landen. I know he would love it. 

His mom, Lisa, was nice enough to share this picture of Landen with one of the cards I sent him. I mean, how cute is he!? And look at that smile. 

Letters for Landen
66 South Richview Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44509

Letters for Landen donations can be made here.

*Updated 4/8/2016

Unity {be}inspired Challenge

I finally had some time to play with my Unity Stamps again. All these DTs are keeping me super busy, along with my kids. My poor stamps were just sitting there all alone. I made the tough decision to step down from a few DTs to allow myself more time to make stuff just for fun, and to be less stressed about getting so many projects done.  So anyway...

I am entering the Unity {be}Inspired challenge this month. I chose to use the color pallete as my inspiration. I used only the top 3 colors on the palette, and yes my red is more red than the one on the picture but I tried. 

I used the Brooke Girl stamp and sentiment. I just love her, she was really fun to color. 

I colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers (pin-able palette below) and just used some papers and ribbon from my stash. I added a few rhinestones and the little heart pins to finish her off.  I will be sending to this to one of the awesome ladies I met at the Kit & Clowder Retreat last month. She was SO MUCH FUN! I still laugh whenever I think about the conversations we had. 

I would also like to enter this card in the following challenges: 

Crafty Gals Corner Use Dies Challenge

Today I'm just sharing my DT card for the new challenge at the Crafty Gals Corner Challenge Blog. The theme this is week is to use dies on your project. Easy enough, right? And we are being sponsored by the lovely All Dressed Up. These are some of the prettiest, most delicate looking images out there, I just love them. 

On my card I used the Mirror Mirror image. 

I colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers (colors below) and picked out a black and white patterned paper to pair with the bright pink. 

For the dies part of the challenge I cut the flourish and the heart tab on my Silhouette machine. 

I finished it off with a simple sentiment and a small flower. 


Head on to the Crafty Gals Corner Challenge Blog and enter for your chance to win! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Incy Wincy Designs - Things With Wings

The new challenge theme at Incy Wincy Designs this week is Things with Wings and we are being sponsored by Aurora Wings

I made a tag with the Candy Corn Fairy image.  I colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers (pin-able palette below) and added some wood veneers that I had sprayed with Lindy's Mists. 

I also added some flowers, twine and a doily from my stash. 

Stop by the Incy Wincy Designs challenge blog and enter for your chance to win a prize from our sponsor. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Scrapper's Delights - Christmas In July

Hello! I'm just here with a mid-month reminder about the July Scrappers' Delights Challenge. The challenge is anything goes with a Scrappers' Delights image. 

I decided to go for a Christmas in July project. It's never too early to start making those Christmas cards! 

I used the beautiful Victorian Digi 1. To me she just looked like she was holding her hand out to catch the first snowflakes of the winter so I drew in the snowy background.  I drew in the cobblestone walkway (tutorial on that coming soon) and colored the sky blue. I added in the snowlflakes with my white Molotow pen. 

The flowers and little bits are all from Live and Love Crafts. Those little sparkly bulbs were just screaming to go on this card! 

I colored the ribbon and the vellum behind the sentiment to match the colors I used on the image. I love that Spectrum Noir markers can be used in this way. I know I will always have the perfect embellishments for any project I create. 

Here is your pin-able color palette. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Christmas In July {Don't Get Your Tinsel In A Tangle}

A new challenge starts on the Crafty Gals Corner blog today and the theme is Christmas in July! I was excited about this one, I have been in the mood to make Christmas cards already this year. Usually I'm starting them a few days into December and never manage to get enough of them made. Maybe this year will be different. 

Our challenge this week is being sponsored by Kenny K

I used one of my favorite Kenny K. images on this, she's called Christmas shopping. She looks ready to go home and wrap some presents and drink some hot chocolate.  

I chose the sentiment because 1. I think it's funny. 2. I think I might send this to someone ahead of Christmas time, like a better get shopping Christmas is coming card.  

The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co. , it was part of one of the Itty Bitty sets. 

Here is a picture of the full card as well as my pin-able color palette. 

Skin: EB3 TN4 TN3
Hair: EB8 EB7 EB5

Stop by the Crafty Gals Corner and enter for your chance to win a prize from our sponsor. 

Madison's First Mixed Media Project

Today I am sharing a project made my Madison. Yes, I helped a little, but the design, colors, etc. were all her. I did as little as I could.

This week is her last Speech Therapy session. She has been working with Miss Kris for a year and a half now and she really likes her. Not one time did Madison complain about going to speech. Miss Kris was really great with her and made the whole thing a really good experience for Madison. And she made great progress with Madison's speech too.

We will really miss Miss Kris, so we wanted to make her a little "Thank You/ We'll Miss You" present.

We found this little chalkboard at Target in their new craft section (they have some really cool stuff now!). It was just plain white when we bought it. 

We painted it with Gesso and then we used some modeling paste and stencils to add the textures to it. We sprayed it with some Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays- she thought those were so cool! I colored the image from Saturated Canary. Miss Kris like cats and the color blue so that's how I chose the iamge. Madison glued all the little bits on where she wanted them and the last step was to paint on some metallic paint to make the little bits really stand out. 

I think Madison did a great job and I hope Miss Kris loves her gift! 

Here's a closer look at the image I colored. I used my Spectrum Noir markers on her and cut her out on the Silhouette. I cut a bunch of the outlines out and glued them together to make it thicker and sturdier. I then coated the entire thing with clear gloss gel. I made sure to really seal in the sides good so that the layers won't peel apart.