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 www.thedailymarker.com (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! ♥

193 comments:

Mika said...

Love your pointsettas!

Marvelous Sky said...

So lovely!

Dot J Freel said...

I love the easel idea so you can sit in the recliner with hubby. I like to sit with mine too. Just adore the card you made!

Judy said...

Lovely card!

Lisa K Thomasson Jung said...

My favorite color of points tters - great card

cissi said...

So pretty, love the color you used. I am going to try that color when I get my set.

Charleen said...

What a beautiful card!!

Would you have a link for that easel? I like your setup but I could only find an open framed one. Thanks!!

Unknown said...

This is a terrific card. I am enjoying this challenge so much. Thank you!

Carol D said...

Your painted poinsettias are gorgeous!

CinnamonSally said...

WOW your card is so pretty Barb, just love the pink.

Unknown said...

Love the softness of your coloring Barb!!! ABSOLUTELY flawless

Whimsey said...

Oh Barb - this is soooo elegant and pretty; love the colors!

Thank you for the chance to win!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful I love it

FamilyDreamLab said...

Great card.

Unknown said...

The coloring on this card is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

Becky said...

What an amazing card. I love the watercolored poinsettias. Thanks for sharing.

Susie Sonnier said...

WOW! Your card is beautiful. Great job

Unknown said...

Wow, beautiful card Barb, thank you for sharing!

Lisa T said...

You know I want this set now!!! You always manage to do this to me, you are the reason I have a ton of floral stamps and no money in my bank account! I absolutely love this card, the design is spot on, and the colouring perfect. And I may have a look for an easel for colouring in front of the TV.... great idea, especially after I nearly broke my neck with all the colouring yesterday lol.

Sarah N said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the design and the colours you've used... gorgeous...

Sabrina said...

Gorgeous gorgeous card!!!!

Ilda Dias said...

Oh wow Barb, that is just gorgeous! Love the pale coloring so elegantly done <3

Beverly said...

That is a beautiful card. It is so soft looking.

Pocono Pam said...

I defintely need a lap easel! Your card is beautiful!!!

dgmlmax said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

New Creations said...

Love your Poinsettias, sooooo pretty!

Unknown said...

Wow!! Those Poinsettias are gorgeous!

Robin said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous!

Becky said...

Beautiful card! I love to use non traditional colors for Christmas, so love the soft colors of your card. Thanks for sharing it.

Tracy said...

Gorgeous card! I love your color choices

Jo Ann Danchik said...

I always look forward to seeing your work. You never disappoint! Your card is gorgeous!!!

Carolyn E said...

Beautiful!! Love the white embossed outline with the watercoloring!

Coko Panda said...

beautiful card

Neha Tulsyan said...

WOw.. Thats a pretty card.. Loved the pink color blending all over..

Norma said...

Love the pink on this lovely card.

Kim B. said...

Wow, your coloring looks amazing!!! So soft and pretty!!!

Sue McRae said...

Beautiful colouring Barb and I love the poinsettia done in pink!

Lanae said...

So pretty! The coloring is so smooth, love it!

Barb Schmidt said...

Beautiful card.

ldiggs said...

Barb, this is gorgeous! So soft and pretty!

Fikreta said...

its so pretty!

MajdaP said...

Gorgeous coloring! So soft and serene.

Cindi (aka iring) said...

Such a pretty card and nice soft coloring!

QuilterLaura said...

LOVE your card, the colors are amazing. It's good to remember we don't always have to use red and green for holiday cards!

Karen B. said...

Sigh. So soft and absolutely lovely.

Scrapthat said...

just STUNNING Barb! Breathtaking job!! TFS

SusanME said...

My jaw dropped when I scrolled down and saw your work! Just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

Unknown said...

such a breathtaking one! I loved the coloring of the florals, such a soft tone and yet so beautiful!

Mary said...

What a beautiful stamp and your colors are stunning. I love this card!

Dotty Jo said...

Your card is beautiful, Barb! Amazing colouring, Jo x

Unknown said...

That easel is so cool! I've been using a clipboard for when I'm sitting on the couch LOL. Love how delicate your poinsettias came out. Gorgeous!

Hetty said...

Such a beautiful soft colored card. loving it.

Monica =) said...

Your pink christmas flowers are so pretty!

windinstarsranch said...

Now THAT is realllllly pretty. I love the soft colors.

Purple Princess said...

Pretty colors!!

JD said...

Hi Barb, Beautiful Christmas card! Lovely watercoloring!

Becca Yahrling said...

Oh, I just love your pretty pink poinsettias. Reminds me of the real ones, which I try to buy every year.

Marcia said...

Gorgeous!! Love the poinsetta's and the entire card!!

Barb Ghig said...

GORGEOUS card, Barb! You did such a beautiful job coloring with your Zig markers, and I love that you embossed the Poinsettia's in white...so striking!
Thanks for the link for the lap easel...put it right on my wishlist :) Also, I wanted to tell you how much I love your autumn blog header ~ The fall colors are amazing!!!

Bunny Dobbie said...

Oh that easel looks like heaven! I'm always perched on the sofa with a hard book under my colouring on my bent up knees and my big bucket of Copics or pencil crayons next to me. Your poinsettia card is gorgeous!

Sandie said...

I love the different color choices you used for the poinsettias. Kudos to for being able to create in a recliner too!!

Lynn said...

I commented on instagram but this is worth commenting on again. this is so beautiful!

Cynthia Cole said...

Beautiful card and I'm loving that lap easel!

Kerstin said...

I'm totally in love with your card! The coloring, the images ... everything is gorgeous.
Greetings from germany,
Kerstin

Rachel Vass said...

Love that lap easel! What a great idea. And Wow - beautiful image and colouring.

Unknown said...

Soo pretty!

Janet said...

you do such an awesome job!!!

Unknown said...

WoW! Your card is stunning. I wish I had your talent. Your work is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

Deb Kane said...

Love the softness of the markers, so pretty!!

Cindy C. said...

Wow the soft pink poinsettias stole my heart!! Thanks for sharing Barb.

Lynne in NI said...

Oooh your poinsettias are gorgeous!

Valentina B said...

Oooh wow! Who said that poinsettias need to be red?
Love the pink that you choose. The card looks really soft and beautiful.
Wonderful job! And a such a good idea with the desk that saved your neck ;)
With love from Slovenia

Kathy Salido said...


Gorgeous!! love the soft colors of the flowers.

The Red Haired Lass said...

These flowers are so beautiful!!! You have a new fan! ☺

LaurieC said...

OH Barb!!! This is beyond beautiful!!! So soft and elegant. That set has been on my wish list but may end up in my cart!!! Thank you for the inspiration!

Momo said...

I need to try water coloring! Beautiful card : )

Angela said...

Oh wow this colouring is so gorgeous and the card looks so amazing.♥
Many hugs
Angela

Personable Mama said...

Oh! I really like the pale shadow around the poinsettias - they look as though they are floating. Beautiful!

Rosy Newlun said...

Good night, Barb, this is really magnificent watercoloring on embossed leaves! I just add too much color and this reminds me to leave a bunch more white space -- thank you!!!! ♥

Unknown said...

The soft coloring of your poinsettias brings calmness to my mind. They are so beautiful and delicato. Absolutely STUNNING! ❤️❤️❤️

Miriam Leech said...

I love that you made your poinsettias mostly pink!!! The card is gorgeous!!!!

Carol Austin said...

Wow. So beautiful. Your coloring is amazing.

Pennie said...

OMG! I love your cards. They are amazing.

vlrbreingan@yahoo.com said...

I've never seen this easel, its nice.Your coloring is spot on GORGEOUS.

Unknown said...

Love the colors, they are outside the box. The card is just wonderful the entire card just stands out and it grabs your eye wonderful job beautiful.

Patty said...

Very pretty stamp & you've colored it beautiful with those zig markers!!

samantha's cards said...

Stunning card, i love those poinsettas

https://nanceecrafttime.blog/ said...

What a pretty card! I love the colors! :)

Melody said...

Your card is beautiful! Love the easel idea, too!

DeNel said...

So beautiful! Coloring is gorgeous!!!🌺

Lindarub said...

Love how you colored the flowers for your background.

Amy Lim @ IG:a.lim.a.m said...

I love how you color the flowers ! They are so nicely blended.

Mom and wife. said...

Love your copic colouring . Looks amazing.

Janet said...

Awesomeness! Fantastic coloring and card! Thanks for the chance to win!
~God bless~

Barb said...

Love the card, Barb! Just beautiful!

Eileen said...

Absolutely beautiful! I especially like that you used non traditional shades of Christmas colors.

Lady Fair said...

Love the poinsettias, great job coloring!

Mayras Designs said...

This is so stunning and beautiful ! I adore the colors and design !
Hugs,
Mayra

NatQuebec said...

These poinsettias are fabulous !!

@JoyceCasaldi said...

Very pretty!

judy said...

Beautifully colored poinsettias!

Carol H. said...

Your poinsettias are colored beautifully! Love them in pink! That easel is a great idea!!

Lagene said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the poinsettias!

Jenniferk said...

Your card is so gorgeous, I love the way you coloured the poinsettia and the colours you used!

Joddo said...

I love your soft, pink flowers Barb. They're beautiful.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Gorgeous poinsettias, Barb!!

blawndee82 said...

This is a beautiful card.

Billie A said...

Your card is stunning. The color choices make it beautiful. Love this card.

Rufus said...

Lovely, lovely! Like the idea of your lap easel too. I may have to look into one of those.

Susie Moore said...

Wow! That white embossing powder is so perfect for this card. And your coloring is exquisite.

Anne Marie said...

This is such a pretty card and I love your coloring!

Unknown said...

Wonderful poinsettias! Gotta get this stamp! I never thought to use zig markers to color, I always used them for outlines and writing, so you've taught an old dog new tricks and I thank you!Appreciate your sharing your talent!

Oliev said...

Such a beautiful card, thanks for sharing!

Multiplicity Crafts said...

How relaxing to color with the easel! Beautiful card!!

Ali said...

Beautiful card! I love the soft look look of the watercolored images!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card!

bev p said...

Just lovely. So soft and beautiful. It's almost ethereal. Love the pop of black with the sentiment. Thank you for this beautiful example and for the encouragement to color every day.

Ruth said...

Your coloring is always exceptional and I'm always inspired by your creations.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Beautiful coloring and design - so feminine:)

Arianna Barbara said...

Oh wow!!! Absolutely amazing!!!

Stinne said...

So pretty in pink....

CindyRomanDaversa said...

Wow! That is one stunningly beautiful card!

Unknown said...

such an amazing watercoloring. love it.

Pink Room Therapy Designs said...

Love how soft the poinsettias are on your card! So pretty! {Love your easel as well!}

Olga Fink said...

Fantastic coloring! and so inspiring!
xoxo Olga

bev p said...

Just gorgeous! I love the card, but please don't tempt me by showing me another space to occupy with my craft stuff!!! I can't quite get the table cleared, so most of what I do is at my desk! Or the kitchen table if the grands are here!... Then it lands on the table. I have discovered that putting things away inevitably leads to another great idea which MUST be done! Thank you for sharing this!

LauraJane:) said...

Soft and LOVELY!! Thanks for the tip about the art easel.

Russell Productions said...

Very pretty coloring!

Gretchen Wilson said...

Absolutely stunning!

Elired said...

I love the soft colors. A beautiful card.

Marcie Lovett said...

Beautiful coloring, beautiful card!

Kathy Thisted said...

Gorgeous poinsetas! love the coloring!

Unknown said...

Your card is beautiful. Thanks for the tip about the easel.

Teresa Doyle said...

OH MY WORD, Barb, this is absolutely STUNNING! (That lap desk looks AWESOME! That's what I need! LOL)

Alexandra said...

Amazing card !

Unknown said...

Amazing card! I love that stamp set and hope to get it. Thank you for sharing!

Cheryl Wolf said...

Love love love your coloring~WOW

Andrea @TwiceTheFun said...

Your color choice is absolutely lovely! And great shading!!!

Erica A-B said...

Oh Barb, LOOOOOVE your poinsettias! Such a beautiful card!

Jeanne-Marie said...

I love your watercoloring of these poinsettias! Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your talent!

Moira said...

What a beautiful card and awesome shading :)

FeM said...

I like the soft colors of your pretty card.

Pink Bunkadoo said...

Such delicate coloring

CraftyPaws said...

WOWsers! The coloring on those poinsettias is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Sue Wareham said...

Beautiful coloring fantastic image

Judy M said...

beautiful card! Thanks for sharing.

Redland81 said...

What a beautiful card

Sheila H said...

Simply breathtaking!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Oh these are gorgeous!!! Love the shading on here!

Mary W said...

Just beautiful!

Unknown said...

so glad to find your website, Barb! And your poinsettas are beautiful! But I may have to invest in the lap easel--I too, keep looking for a way to color in the TV room with hubby!!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Such a pretty card! Your colouring is beautiful!

Unknown said...

Your poinsettias are so pretty.

Sandy Small said...

Nice card, I love the colors used!

Unknown said...

Love the pinks!

Denise Bryant said...

Absolutely gorgeous card!

Lisa said...

So pretty! I just love seeing your colouring it is so inspiring.
Thanks for sharing.

Meadow said...

So pretty! What a lovely card to receive.

Candy said...

Such a GORGEOUS Card!!

wilson.marie65 said...

Your card is very pretty!!!! love it!!!!

Debbie Rumpza said...

I love your pink Poinsettias! So beauitful!

Woendi Levitt said...

So pretty. Love that these are "pink" poinsettas.

~amy~ said...

Barb, your card is gorgeous...WOW.

patti said...

I love the softness of the colors.Very pretty card!!

tinyfeet said...

Drop-dead gorgeous card!

SonjaK said...

So, finally I find some time to comment on your wonderful card, Barb! I really love these untraditional colors on the poinsettias and the softness of your coloring. You did such a great job and I'm so happy to be in this hop with you.

Erika said...

What a beautiful card!

BMG said...

Ooh need that easel!I really like the technique you've chosen. I like to do this with my daughter for her fundraiser. Your card is beautiful!

Mary-Anne V said...

Really pretty. Thanks for sharing about the easel.

Unknown said...

WOW ! The coloring is sooooo beautiful ! And the colors you chose are so breath takig !

Ericka Strange said...

Beautiful job the poinsettias are gorgeous.

Unknown said...

I clicked on the link to the desk and I like it. How did you use it for paper though because on Amazon it looks like it can only be used with canvas because it's not flat and just one piece on the back of the desk, not paper. When I color and I am not using a coloring book, just some card stock for a card, I have a clip board that I use. I used to have a lap desk but I can't seem to locate it. It's around somewhere.
I love that stamp because Poinsettias are a plant that my mom used to get at Christmas time. When the holidays were over, the plant was saved and planted outside in the spring to bloom again. We don't have one anymore outside because some ninja squirrels ate it! I was so mad! I love the color you used on your card and though it's not typical of that plant because they are usually a cranberry red kind of color, there are some light colored plants out there. They aren't as light as yours though. I love how you white embossed the card and the shading you did on the plant and the leaves. Those sequins add just the right touch. Love it!

Busy Bee Vinyl Creations said...

This is absolutely the most beautiful Christmas card I have seen! I love the colors and the simplicity of it. It has so much beauty and really says Christmas. Anyone would be honored to receive this card!
Thank you for sharing.
Kathy U:)

P.S. I going right now and buying that stamp. Thank you again for sharing.

Beth said...

Beautiful card, Barb! Great coloring!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful softness in the coloring! Beautiful card!

Thordis said...

OMG! Your coloring is out of this world beautiful :)

bzyPTmom said...

Beautiful poinsettia coloring--love your easel!

Mitzi said...

Lovely card! I haven't used my Zigs to watercolor yet, but sure do like them for direct coloring. I would love to watercolor as you have. I'm also going to look for that lap desk as I have a neck injury and it really hurts when I look down for extended periods of time. Thanks for sharing.

Sue D said...

Beautiful coloring of these poinsettias.

SHartl said...

Wow!! Your coloring just knocks my socks off! Those poinsettias are so beautiful!

D.Ann C said...

Love the soft colors you used!! Thanks for the easel idea... I keep looking for something comfy - must try this!

Nancy Deffner said...

Very pretty!

ARTnas said...

Beautiful poinsettias! And great idea with the easel! I know the trouble with the neck/back after hours of coloring :D

Jean Bullock said...

Great stamping and I love the delicate coloring.

Unknown said...

The card is gorgeous, I love the soft colors!!!

Karenladd said...

The white embossing and water color is so beautiful!

Joyce Erb said...

Very pretty background and lovely stamps

Gloria said...

Wow! The poinsettias are so beautiful!
Coloring is amazing!
Love your design!!!

Greta said...

That stamp set is on my wishlist--love your card, Barb!

handcrafthobby said...

Sooooo beautiful poinsettia... your coloring is so sweet and soft look... Love it/Jan

Judie said...

Beautiful card! The colours and shading are amazing!

TracyM #6773 said...

GORGEOUS card!!!
LOVE your BEAUTIFUL poinsettias, ADORE your colouring, it's a DELIGHT to my eyes!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and easel ... I haven't done any colouring while sitting in my recliner, only fussy cutting, will definitely be checking it out so that I can colour in comfort :)

Jen Barnard said...

Lovely card.
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