Sunday, March 26, 2017

Happy Purr-thday

I almost didn't colour today for The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge! I spent a little time turning things I'd already coloured into cards (they'll show up here eventually) and almost ran out of time before dinner prep needed to start. Oops. For a little inspiration, I turned to the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches

Butterflies changed to cats and, and strangely for me, the sketch became a little bit less CAS...

Since my Distress Markers were already out on the table, I used them to colour my two cats. I was going to sponge a background but it was a disaster used an oval of patterned paper as a background instead. The long sentiment strip grounds the kitties yet leaves the sentiment where it belongs in the sketch. 

Supplies: white cardstock, Canson watercolor paper, Simple Stories Vintage Bliss patterned paper, My Favorite Things Cat-itude stamps & dies, MFT black licorice ink, distress markers, MFT Blueprints 24 & Spellbinders oval dies, pop-dot tape 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Tulips

It wasn't quite like spring here today, so I thought I'd put a little spring on a card. 

This card went together remarkably quickly. I stamped the tulips and watercoloured them with distress markers — with less than a week to go in The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, I had yet to use them, so decided this was a good opportunity. This sentiment keeps the use of the card flexible... it could be get well, sympathy, even a birthday card with the right inside sentiment. 

Supplies: Canson watercolour paper, Craft Smith red card base, Unity Tulips and Daisies stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, distress markers, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

When in Doubt... Go Crazy?

A self-imposed need to keep up my daily colouring streak for The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge did not go well at first today. I began by *attempting* to watercolour a bunch of images from a My Favorite Things stamp set called "Our Story". All but a teeny cat and a tiny pile of books are now in recycling. But instead of giving up, I moved on to a Crazy Bird! For me, they more or less colour themselves, which seemed wise today. 

I watercoloured the bird and his lovely bouquet of wildflowers, then was trying to decide on a background when I came across this piece of patterned paper on the table that went perfectly! I die cut it and gave it some woodgrain texture for a little added fun. A sentiment strip to perch on and everything was done. Now I just hope tomorrow won't begin quite as frustratingly as today did. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Authentique Be(you)tiful patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Birds & Crazy Things stamps & dies, Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous Hashtags stamp, MFT black licorice ink, Zig clean colour real brush markers, MFT wonky stitched rectangle dies, Papertrey Ink woodgrain impression plate, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Waving Hello

*waves hello* ๐Ÿ˜Š
I managed a little colouring and card-making time again today: 

I adapted the current sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches for this clean and simple design. My sailboat is also pretty clean and simple, coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. The waves have been in my basket of dies so long, I have no idea of their origin, but along with the partial circle, this also qualifies for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge for March. And I'm extending my streak for The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge! 

Supplies: white & blue cardstock, My Minds Eye Go Fly a Kite patterned paper, Neat & Tangled Sailmates & Paper Smooches Wicked Nauticool stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memories black inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, ? and Spellbinders circle dies, Spectrum Noir markers

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It's Not Easy Being Queen

Saturday greetings! It's time for the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge — Q IS FOR QUEEN! Edna is obviously a direct descendent of Victoria, and was certainly cheated out of her rightful crown somewhere along the line. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Where will this week's challenge theme take you? Here's where it took me: 

For the many times I've used this Unity image, I am pretty sure this is the first time I've used the sentiment. It was an obvious choice for this challenge! I inked the classy dame, then masked her so I could play with my new distress oxide ink using a sunburst stamp. A little misting with water allowed the ink to spread and oxidize a bit. Luckily, this crown paper matched perfectly. 
There are lots of ways to interpret this challenge... for proof, just check out the projects made by my snarky sisters, along with this week's Queen of Snark and guest designer, Paula! Please come and join us! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Authentique Be-you-tiful patterned paper, Unity Queen of the Universe & Neat & Tangled Sunburst stamps, MFT black licorice & fossilized amber distress oxide inks

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