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Jan 30, 2016

Let's Color Linky Party 3

Good Morning and Happy Weekend!
Already time for another Let's Color Linky Party! A big thank you to all of you that linked up in the last two weeks, be sure to scroll down to the end of this post, to see if you were one of the top picks. 

Let's Color Linky Party 3
Anything goes with something colored
optional theme (in case you can't decide what to color):

And this is what I made for today, using a cute Mimi stamp.
Stamped onto xpress it blending card and then colored with copic markers and faber castell polychromos pencils. A pretty simple card, I embellished with some twine and glitter and used my Janome sewing machine around the edges.
The sketch was inspired by this cute card designed by Jill Foster.

This card is available for sale in my etsy shop if you are interested.


Now onto my top choices, it's never easy to choose but I did manage. So here are my top choices in no particular order.




Here is the top pick badge for your sidebar!

Now it's your turn to get coloring!

A few things to remember:
Must include something colored
Blog post must include link back here
Unlimited entries and feel free to combine with other challenges
Anything colored goes - theme is always optional 

Linky Party open until February 12th 10AM (EST)
Can't wait to see what you colored!

ETA 5/20/18:
To protect the privacy of those who entered this challenge, the linky tool has now been removed.

Jan 25, 2016

Little Valentine Gift Bag

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing good and are staying warm. 
Today  I am sharing a cute little gift bag that'll be perfect for a little Valentine gift. And I already have a very special recipient in mind for this :-)

The gift bag was really easy to make, following a tutorial I found on Splitcoast Stampers. 

I started out with a sheet of pink card stock, not sure why it looks like kraft card stock in the photo. 
You can find all the measurements in this tutorial

Before adding the pretty image, I embellished the bag with sparkly designer paper, added a die cut border to the flap and tied the sheer pink ribbon. The cute Kitty Ballerina from Whimsy Stamps has been colored with copic markers. To finish it off I added some tiny flowers and pearls. The "scripted love"die cut was done with a new die from Whimsy Stamps, it fit perfectly onto the top part of the flap.

A couple more photos..
Hope you liked my little gift bag today. I definitely had fun making it, and will be making a boy version of this very soon!

Thanks for visiting!!

Jan 20, 2016

With Love - for Whimsy Stamps January Challenge

Today the new challenge is going live at whimsy inspires challenges, and the theme this month is
 "With Love".

 I used one of the new stamps from the Elisabeth Bell collection to make my card. 

She's been stamped with Memento ink and colored with copics and Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. Then fussy cut. Grass was done with an old punch. I added some postage sentiments to the card along with some twine. A little bit of glitter to the ruffles on the dress and the flowers to finish it off.

There is a Whimsy gift certificate to win over at the Whimsy challenge blog, come play along, you can use any stamp manufacturer. 

You can find the Whimsy products here:

I would also like to play along here: 
Deep Ocean Challenge - Something New (new stamp) 
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a twist: Make It Girly 
Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge- Something New, Something Old (new stamp old patterned paper)
 Sweet Stamps - January -  Anything Goes 
 Craft Your Passion -  Always Anything Goes

Have a great day everyone,
stay warm!

Jan 18, 2016

Poppies for Penny Black and More - Midmonth Creation

Already the 18th of the month, that means it's time for some Penny Black and More inspiration for our January challenge. This month it's all about girly creations. Come join us for a chance at one of the fun prizes. Any brand of stamps is welcome, but it has to be an actual rubber or clear stamp, not digital. You are also allowed to use a Penny Black stickeroo.

For today's mid-month post I used the poppy stamp from the set Blooming Garden. Stamped with memento ink and colored with copic markers.
Then I stamped the poppies again on post-it notes, cut out and used as mask so I could add ink to the background. The music sheet stamp is by Hero Arts. To finish it off I added gold glitter to the blooms and some washi tape with white card stock and a brad as an accent in the corner....kind of wish I left the glitter off...
I am also playing along here:
Crafty Friends Challenge - anything goes 
Penny Black Saturday Challenge  Jan - anything goes
Crafting-With-Friends -  Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party -  Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - F,   Seeing Red
DoubleClick Skittles -  Use A Flower
Inspiration Destination  F- Always Anything Goes
Thanks for visiting! If you'd like to join us at Penny Black and more simply click here. 

Jan 16, 2016

Let's Color Linky Party #2

Good Morning and Welcome to Let's Color Linky Party #2!

It was great seeing so many of you linking up, be sure to scroll down to see if you are one of the top picks!

Time already for a new linky party.

Anything goes with something colored
optional theme: the color pink

 Here is my share for today using a cute stamp from an older Penny Black clear stamp set.
Stamped using versafine onyx ink and colored using Faber castell Polychromos pencils. A little bit of  blending was done with a prismacolor colorless blender. The sentiment is from this set by Whimsy Stamps, and the snowflakes are from this Penny Black sentiment set.

And here are are the top picks of last linky party in no particular order.

Cicci Vid Pennan


Well done ladies, here is your badge for your sidebar.  


Now it's your turn to share something new you  have colored! 

A few things to remember:
Anything goes with something colored.
(any finished papercraft, coloring page, home decor etc.)
It must be something new.
Entry must include link back here.
Feel free to combine with other challenges.
Enter as many times as you like.

This is not required, but to make this even more fun, why not select an entry ahead of yours to comment on? A great way to discover a new favorite blog or make a new blogging friend.

ETA 5/20/18:
To protect the privacy of those who entered this challenge, the linky tool has now been removed.

Jan 15, 2016

Whimsy Stamps - January Release and Showcase - Day 3

Happy Friday :-) 
It's day 3 of this month's Whimsy Stamps rubber and clear stamp release and showcase. Be sure to visit the Whimsy blog (if you haven't already) to find out how you can enter into one of the 3 prize draws for a chance to win a Whimsy gift certificate.
Today I am sharing a card using the super cute "Woodland Owl" illustrated by Lee Holland, Whimsy's newest illustrator.

Stamped onto express it blending card and colored using copic markers.
I used the following colors for the owl
face and belly: E40, E41, E43
feathers and head: E41, E43, W5 and a little bit of W6
beak: W5 and W9
branch: E41, E43, YG91 and YG93.

I used a simple sketch, image has been fussy cut to add over the circle. I embellished with some twine and glitter in the flower centers. I thought this image would be perfect for a "get well" type card, and since I never have any of those on hand (although I have about a gazillion other cards in my collection) I decided to make this one get well themed. The sentiment is from an older set - Everyday Moments.

I am entering my card here:
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Always Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed Designs -  Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters  - Something Old, Something New (I used old papers and new image stamp)
And that is all for today. Thank you so much for visiting! Good luck with the prize draws to those of you who are entering. 

Jan 13, 2016

Whimsy Stamps - January Release and Showcase Day 1

Good morning!
Today is the start of Whimsy Stamps January Rubber and Clear stamp Release and Showcase, and I have a cute card to share with you, using one of the cuties from this release. Be sure to visit the Whimsy Inspirations blog to take a peek at all the goodies releasing today, I think you'll love them :-) We are no longer holding blog hops, but of course there are still chances to win some Whimsy $$ and you can read all about how to enter the prize drawings on the Whimsy blog.

For my card today I used one of Crissy Armstrong's new stamps "Doggie Skywriter".
Isn't it adorable!! I made a "non-traditional colors" Valentine's card with it, perfect for a guy!
Image has been stamped onto copic blending card using memento ink, then colored with copic markers and fussy cut. Papers are from my never ending stash, probably DCWV and some old SU. I love digging through my paper scraps because there is usually something I find to match my image, that I colored. I added a punched border and some twine, then finished off with some paper piercing.

Above is a close up. Isn't this image adorable!!!

I am entering my card here:
Great Impressions - January  Lovey Dovey (Valentine or Bird)
Robyn`s Fetish - Square Cards
Crafty Calendar  - something new
Crafty Friends Challenge  - use something new
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles -  Anything Goes

Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Hearts
Crafting from the Heart -  Always Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting today. Hope you liked my creation. 
PS: I would love for you to come check out my new "Let's Color Linky Party". Anyone is welcome to play along as long as what you sharing includes something hand colored. 

Jan 9, 2016

Let's Color - Linky Party 1 :-)

Edited January 8th
This post was moved to the top for the second week of Let's Color Linky Party 1.
Thank you to those of you that have already played along! Don't forget you can enter as many times as you like. If you're new to let's color linky party, all you have to do is click on the blue frog (inlinkz) below, to add your colored creation (papercraft, home decor, coloring page, mixed media, etc.)  Can't wait to see what you colored!  

Anything goes - optional theme: Celebration
Top choices will be announced next Saturday :-)

The holidays are over, and I have decided to finally give the "Let's Color" linky party another chance :-)
 I know there are lots of you that enjoy coloring and everyone is welcome to join, coloring newbies as well as advanced colorists. Any coloring medium is welcome (pencils, markers, inks, inkpads, chalk, pastels, watercolors, practically anything that gives your project color). You may share anything you colored, although if you are sharing a colored image only, please ensure that it is watermarked. (This is to protect you and the image artist.)

Rules and Guidelines
  • Your project must include hand coloring.
  • You must include a link back here to this blog.
  • You may enter a *new* completed project (card, completed colored image, completed colored page, or any craft project)
  •  Featured  projects will be showcased here on my blog with the next linky party.
  • You may use any company and any coloring medium.
  •  Combine with any other challenges and linky parties.
  • Please consider watermarking your projects.  
  • New linky will be posted weekly bi-weekly

To make this even more fun,  I encourage you to pick one or two random entries to visit and comment on. This is not a requirement, but a fun way to find a new favorite blog and blogging friend. 

Occasionally I might mention a theme, but themes will always be optional and mentioned for your inspiration only (in case you can't decide what to color.)
 Some Saturdays I will share something I have colored, and some Saturdays I won't. This is depending on how busy my week has been.

Let's Color Linky Party 1
anything goes with something colored
optional: celebration

Today's inspiration image is something I colored for an upcoming card.
I used copic markers and also a dark brown colored pencil to add shadows to her hair.
Skin: E000, E00, E21, R20
Hair: E50, E31, dark brown polychromo pencil
Dress: R02, R05, C0, C2, C5
Puppy: E31, E33, E35

I will have the completed project using this image posted here tomorrow, Sunday 1/3.


Now it's your turn to share something you have colored.

I will pick 2-3 of  my personal favorite entries to showcase here next Saturday in two weeks ( I decided to run each linky party for two weeks) and those entries will receive this badge for their side bars.

Simply leave a link to your blog post (not just your blog), online gallery, facebook, or wherever you shared your colored image. If you are interested in starting a blog, I suggest blogger.  It's so much fun and also easy to use. And you can always email me with questions.

Can't wait to see what you decided to color!!
Happy coloring!!

PS: Please note, I do not have a google plus account, and therefore I am unable to leave a comment on entries requiring google plus accounts to comment. Please know that I do very much appreciate all entries and apologize that I cannot comment on some entries.

ETA 5/20/18:

To protect the privacy of those who entered this challenge, the linky tool has now been removed.

Jan 6, 2016

Wee Freddie

Good morning!
Time for a little Whimsy inspiration here on my blog, and I decided to color up the cute stamp  "Freddie" from the November release. Such a cutie and I had so much fun coloring him!

After coloring with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, I fussy cut the image. I left out some of the thin lines when fussy cutting, that's why the little heart is attached right at the end of the tail and not at the end of the thin line as seen on the actual image. 
The sentiment is from a Wee set also available at Whimsy Stamps (Flower Fairies). I thought it was perfect to use with Freddie too. It wasn't originally planned to fussy cut the image, but after choosing this pretty paper, that matched my coloring perfectly, I didn't want to cover it up, that's why I decided to cut it out. Unfortunately this paper is  no longer available, it was also from Whimsy. I finished off by adding some extra flowers to the top (which I cut out from this designer paper) and I added some hemp twine. The sentiment has been popped up with dimensionals. 

Playing along here:

Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew- Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge- Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes 
ABC Challenge - Y is for Your Choice 
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Craft-Dee BowZ - (January) Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Crafting from the Heart -  Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes

One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!!

Jan 3, 2016

Penny Black and More - January Challenge

Good Morning and Happy Sunday!
Hope your year is off to a great start. We're having a fun new challenge for you at Penny Black and More, this month we'd like to see "something for the girls". I hope you'll come play along with us, we have some fun prizes to give away as usual.

I knew right away that this was the stamp I was going to use. These Penny Black "fashion girls" are my favorite girly stamps, sadly I only have two of these type of stamps.

The image has been colored using copic markers. I had another card in my mind, and started fussy cutting this image. Can you see all the details...needless to say, when I was almost done, I gave up and instead decided it was going to be quicker to just re-color the image in place of finishing the fussy cutting. You can see my first coloring here, this is also where I listed the markers I used. It's pretty much identical to this one. 
I decided on this simple sketch. The sentiment is part of the same stamp set. Designer paper is from Prima Marketing. I finished off the card by adding some sequins, twine and did some paper piercing along the side. 

I am entering my card here:
Artbymiran Challenge  Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge - Anything Goes 
Crafty Girls Creations - Always Anything Goes
Seize The Birthday - Birthday + Topping: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes  
Inspiration Destination - Always Anything Goes 

Catch The Bug- anything goes 
Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog -Happy Birthday - see below

PS: My new Let's Color Linky Party just started yesterday. Would love for you to come check it out. Link anything you have colored :-)

Thanks so much for visiting!!