Wednesday, October 28

Gift Bag Punch Board by Stampin’ Up! VIDEO

Gift Bag Topper VIDEO - Special Way to Use It


YCQIBBlogHop  A blog hop is going on and it is especially helpful for beginners of Quilting.  Even for those who have quilted before, it is always good to refresh basic skills.  Here is the list of blogs and days as well as wonderful projects and the book behind the hop,.

Oct. 9 – Ch. 1. Basics - Leila Gardunia
Oct. 12 – Ch. 2. HST - Tammy Silvers
Oct 14 – Ch 3. QST - Connie Kresin Campbell
Oct. 16 – Ch 4. Flying Geese - Maryellen McAuliffe http://
Oct 19 -- Ch. 5. Wonky - Christine McCrann Martinez http://
Oct. 21 – Ch. 6. Improvisation - Connie Kauffman http://
Oct. 23 -- Ch. 7. Foundation Paper Piecing - Joan Kawano http://
Oct. 26 – Ch. 8. Curves - Marlene Oddie
Oct. 28 -  Ch 9. One-Patch Blocks - Bea Lee
Oct. 30 – Ch. 10. Applique - Barbara Gaddy http://
Nov. 2 – Ch. 11. Inset Seams - Pamela Boatright
Nov. 4 – Ch. 12. Challenge Blocks - Linda Stewart Pearl http://
Nov. 6 – Ch. 13. finishing – Marlene

Go check it out and leave a comment on their rafflecopter for a chance to win the book and some yummy batik fabric to try a project of your own!!

Monday, October 26



I have been working on some Megan Suarez digi art for halloween.  I am making two coaster hangings for the wall.  I love LOVE LOVE Megan's artistic style and these cute little monsters are so stinkin' fun!!

I made these two art pieces to be hooked to hand side-by-side.  I am still in the process of finishing them, but I wanted you to see the coloring I have done so far with my alcohol markers.

 I started with my grey copics in four different shades.  These are made to be creepy and a little bit cute for HALLOWEEN.  I then colored his tshirt, his horns and around his eyes with three different greens.  The bat is only greys and white dots.  The bat, the skull, his horns and the one ugly eye of my little monster is 3D layering. Same below with Grandpa and little Granddaughter.

This is grandpa and the little granddaughter (in my mind).  I did the same steps with this coaster - first coloring/shading with my greys and then adding colors to the shirt,horns and eyes. Oh, also a white pen for the mouth and highlights on the shirts, skull, shoes, etc.

The spider web is a spider web doily that I have glued on and cut.  I am going to line them up better and then put a piece of card stock as a hinge on the back to keep them together.  There will be background coloring and lettering, as well as beads, sequins and I am not sure what else.

I had fun coloring them and am entering them into the 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE.

Stay tuned for when these are completed.

Tuesday, October 20



HAVE YOU HEARD?  All stamp sets at Stampin' Up! are 15% this week.  Combine that with our Clearance Rack items AND our weekly specials  and you have a TON OF SAVINGS to take advantage of.

That bow builder punch is a MUST for the upcoming holidays.  AND the Designer Vellum is PERFECT for your Christmas cards.

As always, if you have any questions, let me know.

Friday, October 16



Thanks to all who have been supportive and commented to me regarding this 30 Days of Coloring that I have been participating in.  You are very kind and make me want to keep trying to get better.

A few of you asked me to explain what makes no line coloring.  How do you stamp if there are no lines?  I am glad you asked that because at first I wondered about that myself.

There are several ways to stamp your image you are going to color.  The way I did it on this card below was I stamped with a very light color that was going to be in my color palette.

I have seen on the blog that some people use a light box and trace the image with a very very light pencil.

Others have used an pale ink that has been stamped once or twice off FIRST before then stamping it onto the water color paper.

I am sure there are other ways, I am sure and I would love to hear from you out there in bloggieland if you have used other methods for this no line technique.

On to my card:

 Here is my finished thank you card.  I  L.O.V.E. butterflies and have had butterfly gardens at my previous house just for the butterflies to be able to lay their eggs and the pupae to hatch. Just so you know WHY I am so happy with this card.

 Here is a close up of the largest butterfly.  The lines you see I added with a very very fine brush.  And the sparkle is none other than Wink of Stella clear.

I made the smaller butterfly to be darker around the edges and the shadows also darker.  The body is darker too.  You can see some very light extra small butterflies uncolored on the card as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  You still have time to participate in The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge.

Monday, October 12



This weekend we had the best fun -- a Witches Craft Party!!  We wore witches hats and clothing (if we had any) and made some fun POTIONS BOTTLES.

Here are some photos of some of the Potions we made:

 Aren't these fun??!!  We found our clear empty bottles in the dollar section at TARGET Store.

 The first thing we did was use a fine tipped hot glue gun and draw on the words/decorations we wanted on our bottles.

 Then we sprayed the bottles with blackboard chalk paint.

When dry, we applied different craft paints, glitter paints, glitter, etc.  Whatever we wanted to create our spooky potions bottles.

Then we added embellishments of moss on the cover, ribbons, sequins, etc.

Some of the bottles I have shown above said:

Bats Wings
Rotten Pumpkin Juice
Lizard Tails
Dead Man toes
Swamp Gas
Ogre Teeth
Dragon Dung

Thanks for stopping by to see our FUN and CREEPY Halloween crafts.  As always, if you have any questions, let me know.

Saturday, October 10



Today I have a card for you that I did watercoloring with distress inks for my background.  I also used white embossing powder for a resist with this coloring.  It was fun playing with the colors to come up with something I was happy with.

 I used two star stamp sets by Stampin' Up! - BE THE STAR and SIMPLY STARS.

Some of the distress inks I used include cracked pistacio, peacock feathers, salty ocean, pine boughs, mermaid lagoon plus some concord grape ink from SU.  There could have been some more, but these are the ones I remember these being used.

I added some sequins, a banner with the sentiment embossed with hero arts bright blue and a scallop square die from SSS.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I would love to hear your comments on my water coloring background and of my card design.

Join Kathy at THE DAILY MARKER for her 30 days of coloring challenge, there is still time for you to jump right in and practice with the rest of us!!

Monday, October 5



I finished the embellishments on my card!!  Yippee.  I have so many half finished cards that I was determined to finish this one.  And you know what??  I LOVE it!!

Well, what do you think?  I added some flatback round beads, some sequins and some bugle beads.  I decided that was all it needed.  Just enough to be pretty but not overdone.

 These pumpkins and crows are so cute.  And look at those miniature fall leaves!!  Love this stamp set from Lawn Fawn, HAPPY HARVEST.

I stamped with ultrafine black and then clear embossed so the lines would not bleed when I water colored them.  I love the light turquoise background I water colored around each image.

Thanks for stopping back today to see my card all completed and embellished.

Join Kathy at THE DAILY MARKER for her 30 days of coloring challenge.

Sunday, October 4



I had the best Saturday watching my church general conference on television and coloring my adorable fall card.

As I stated in yesterday's post, I am trying to keep up with Kathy's 30 DAYS OF COLORING.  I actually expected this card to take several days, but since I was in for a 2 hour block this this afternoon, I got a lot more of this card finished than I thought I would.  It is still not complete, but the coloring is.

This is a new set from LAWN FAWN  called Happy Harvest and it is absolutely adorable.  Plus the Story Book 1 dies from Pretty Pink Posh were used to create the fun card front with stitched windows. I used an aqua marker and inks for most of the card, but also used some alcohol markers for some parts.  I then fussy cut out Mr. Scarecrow and attached him with Stampin Dimensionals.

Here is it with all the coloring completed on each piece for the card, but still not finished:

Aren't these images so adorable in this set??  LOVE the corn stalks, the pumpkins and the adorable birds.  The sentiment is also awesome with the two different that!!

I am still working on the final embellishments and will post it tomorrow to show the final finished card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 3



Have you seen Kathy's 30 DAYS OF COLORING CHALLENGE? I only watched it last time she did this a few months ago. But this time I am DETERMINED to use these techniques she is teaching us and to color along with her.  See her blog HERE.

 I chose this single blossom stamp because it is a good one to practice coloring - nice and open with plenty of chances for shading, etc.  I wanted to do no line coloring so that is what I was focusing on the most.

Looking at it now, I see it is not blended as good as I wanted it to be.  I will try to do better tomorrow!!

Whether or not it is good or best or even finished, Kathy says "JUST COLOR" for practice, so here it is with all it's mistakes!!

Thanks Kathy for the challenge.  Here's to a better one tomorrow!!