Monday, February 20, 2017

Lots of Altenew Flowers!

Hey guys!

I've got some more floral cards for you today - just can't seem to stop coloring them! With warmer temperatures lately, here in Minnesota, I'm really aching for spring! I can't believe we will be in the upper 50's to low 60's for the next few days - that's crazy for February, here in the upper midwest! I'll be going for some long walks for sure! Although, I know it's just a tease for springtime because by Friday, we're suppose to get some snow again - boo!

Okay, let's get to the cards! For each one I used stamp sets from Altenew. I really love their floral stamps! This first one is from the set called, Adore You.

So Fun coloring these flowers with Copics! And the, I Adore You sentiment is from the same set.

For the next card I used Altenew's, Spring Daisy set.

Also colored with Copics but this time I wanted a softer look. I added a bit of sparkle with Spectrum Noir's sparkle pen. It's my new favorite and I'm liking even better than Wink of Stella. And that gorgeous sentiment is from Wplus9's Handlettered Thanks set.

Next up is Altenew's, Beautiful Day set.

More Copic coloring and I had to add my "Kathy Rac white dots!" It's not easy to stop adding them, believe me! 

My last card uses a newer set from Altenew called, Amazing You and it is a beauty! So many different floral and leaf images to play with!

Sometimes clean and simple is the best. Copics again on this one. And I love designs where the image is cut along the edge of the card! Makes a CAS card more interesting and fun!

Thanks for stopping by! Here's to an early spring with lots of flowers!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Winter Flowers and a Great Sale!

Hi guys!

Okay, so being the warm weather, summer-loving person that I am, I continue to find myself coloring more flowers. Can't help it - I need them in my life, especially when the winter months drag on. Don't get me wrong though - I'm very happy January is gone and February is a shorter month! I know I shouldn't wish time would go faster but it's so hard not to want warmer, sunnier weather! (and flowers) *sigh*

So for today's card, I used the appropriately named stamp set, Winter Flowers, from Simon Says Stamp. I love this set and decided to use my Zig Markers for a bit of water coloring. I also used Simon's, Floral Shapes stamp set and did some masking. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday's, Greenhouse Crocus stamp set.

Before I go, have you heard Simon Says Stamp is celebrating their 14th Anniversary?! 

They have a special code that will take 14% off all of Simon's exclusive brand of products! Use code, "FOURTEENYEARS." Valid now until Feb. 12, 11:59 pm EST. Congrats to Simon on an amazing 14 years!

That's it - just a quick post today. Hope you all have a great weekend and find some time to get crafty. 

Thanks for the visit! ♥


Thursday, January 12, 2017

My Least Favorite Month and Lots of Coloring on Dies.

Hi guys!

If you know me at all, you know I hate winter and the month of January is my least favorite! The cold temps, (I should say, below zero temps) the snow that needs to be shoveled, (daily it seems) the cloudy, gray days and lots less daylight, all come together in this one, icky month. Lol! I'm trying hard to get through it and I'm normally a very upbeat, positive person but I always find myself wishing January would go faster. ***SIGH***

Anyway, enough of my complaining! Every year, as soon as Christmas is over, I break out the floral stamps and dies and use as many springy/summery colors as I can, to bring warmth and sunshine into my life. (note the new blog header too) Today I've got a few cards to share which do just that!

This first card doesn't have any flowers but I adore that blue color! I just used a couple of Copic markers to add some depth to this gorgeous, Circle Leaves die from Simon Says Stamp.


An older stamp set that I love is this, Handwritten Floral Greetings set from Simon! Love coloring this flower with Copics! The, Believe die set is awesome! There is also a stamp set that coordinates with it beautifully!

Another die set colored but this time I used Zig Markers for a watercolor look. The die is from Simon and it's called, Elegant Roses. I used the inlaid diecutting technique.

More coloring on dies. It's really fun to do! Don't ya just love those blues and yellows together? I do! Again, I colored the die-cut pieces with Copic markers and used inlaid diecutting. That gorgeous, Heart of Flowers die is fabulous! And the die-cut sentiment? So perfect for lots of people in my life!

So, for those of you in colder climates, how are you getting through the cold, dreary months of winter? I would love to hear. And for those of you who happen to live where it's warm now, send me a bit of that warmth and include some sunshine too please! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by! Here's to a fast-paced January!

Barb ♥

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Checking In With a Few Cards

Hey there!

It's been quite awhile since my last blog post so I thought I should pop in and share a few recent cards I've created.

This first one took me all day long but I think the end results were worth it. I used Hero Arts' gorgeous Antique Poinsettia stamp. Love coloring it with Copic markers! I added a bunch of white dots with a gel pen for a snowy effect. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

Have you seen the newest, DieCember release from Simon Says Stamp? It's filled with fabulous products to celebrate our love of die-cutting! This next card uses the new, Curly Streamers die set. I cut out the two different streamers which come in the set, a few times each, with some glitter paper and added a sentiment. The silver gel pen dots add a bit more fun! This set could be used for many different occasions - birthdays, New Year's, retirement, or any kind of celebration.

And here is another new product from Simon's DieCember release. It's called Corbel Border and there are so many possibilities with this die! I cut it four times acros a panel, then added that cut-panel to a card base, which was ink-blended with some rainbow colors. So fun!
 On both of these last two cards, I used a wonderful stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp called, You Matter.

That's it from me today. I hope you're all getting finished making your holiday cards! Mine are all done, stamped, addressed and mailed out! Feels so good to be ahead of the game this year! (Another reason to be grateful for retirement.)

Hugs and happy stamping!
Barb ♥


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Kathy's 30-Day Coloring Challenge Blog Hop!

Hi there!

Welcome to my stop on the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge blog hop!

Today I'm part of a THREE DAY blog hop to jump-start your creativity. Bloggers are up today, with Instagramers hopping tomorrow and Friday. If you're new to the coloring challenge, or have any questions, you can refer to this post. There you'll see more details by watching Kathy's, "Getting Started" video. 

If you are coming from the talented, Dana Kersey Joy's blog, you are in the right place. To start at the beginning of the hop, go to The Daily Marker blog here.  

GIVEAWAY : 12 GOODIE BAGS ! That’s TWELVE CHANCES TO WIN during the three day hop. The more you comment on each hopper's blog or instagram, the more chances you have of winning. Winners will be chosen randomly FROM THE BLOGS and INSTAGRAM hop comments. The full list of winners will be announced on Wed. Nov 14th 9 am. EST at (contest closes on Nov. 13 at 11pm. EST)

So let's get started! I first want to share one of the ways I like to color. Since my craft area is not very close to where my hubby likes to watch sports, I needed to find a way to color comfortably, in a recliner chair that I sit in, when watching with him. (I love sports too!)

I found this lap easel on Amazon that works perfectly!

In the photo above, it's sitting on my desk but I really only use it when I'm sitting in the recliner. It's a large chair, so I can bring over my Copics or watercolor markers and they fit easily, right next to me. The easel has saved my neck and back from getting stiff and achy, which is such a relief!

Sometimes I don't have enough time to create an entire card but that's okay! Kathy always says that even just 10 minutes of coloring is good for you. And that is so true! I always feel better if I've colored, even if it's only for a few minutes each day. For the hop today though, I had the time to not only color but create a card too - yay!

I love this pretty set from Simon Says Stamp! It's called, Poinsettias and it's really fun to color! I white embossed the images on a piece watercolor cardstock then used Zig makers for the water coloring.

I hope you'll all find some time to color each day this month, even if it's only for 5 or 10 minutes. It relieves stress, it's so relaxing and it's fun too! 

Don't forget, if you're sharing your coloring on Facebook or Instagram, make sure you use the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. Click here to check out their Facebook group, in case you'd like to join.

The next stop on the hop is the amazing, Sonja Kerkhoffs!

Thank you for the visit and happy coloring! ♥