1/19/2021

Big Hugs with Colored Pencils

Today is my second color challenge to host this month at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I picked Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Old Olive.  I bet most of the Design Team thought I was thinking flowers!  Well, I wasn't - I was thinking penguins!  In particular this cute little guy from Stamping Bella.

He is part of their set Penguins Bearing Gifts.  Although one penguin has a candy cane, the other two can be used for other than Christmas - one is holding a present and the other this fish.

I colored this with a combination of Stampin' Blends and Copic markers color matching to the challenge colors.  Then I went back over him with Prismacolor pencils.

I must say that using colored pencils is something I find incredibly relaxing.  They are a "what you see is what you get" medium, unlike the markers and inks.  You can look at the lead and know what color will be on your paper.  I have just recently started to note the colors I use and this is for you all, not me.  I constantly refer back to my records when using Copics, but with pencils I just look at what I'm coloring and think "that's about right" or "needs more of this."

Pencils provide exceptional detail and the control of being able to add just a very light touch is wonderful.  They are my first love in coloring going back 30+ years.  Prismacolors are my favorite pencils.  I do have a full set of Polychromos that I rarely use along with a few other brands.

Enough about pencils.  I hope you will join us for the challenge this week at CC&S!

Products used:

  • Stamps: Stamping Bella Penguins Bearing Gifts
  • Dies: My Favorite Things Big Hugs Circle Frame and Layering Circle
  • Markers: Stampin' Blends - Old Olive Light & Dark; Copic markers - YG21, RV10, RV17, R83, Y21, Y19, Y26, C00, N0, N1, N2, N4, N6
  • Prismacolors: Cool Grays 1059, 1063, 1065, 1067,  Melon Mambo 994, 993, 930, Crushed Curry 916, 1012, 942, Old Olive 1005, 1097, 989, 988, Warm Gray 1054

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1/18/2021

Hey Chick, Happy Birthday!

It's a new color challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Barbara gave us some fun colors to work with.  They reminded me of St.Patrick's Day and I was heading in that direction when a order from Stampin' Up! arrived.  In it was the soon-to-be-released Hey.Happy Birthday Chick stamp and die.

The chickens seemed like they would work well with the colors so I thought "what the heck - let's try it!"

I'm not sure I was correct with that thought.  While I like this card, I don't think it is all that great.  In retrospect I should have made the Chicken white with a Cajun Craze head and tail and the balloon in the Call Me Clover.

I often make very quick mock-ups of the images I'm coloring to make sure I like what color is going where.  I didn't do that for this card and I now see I should have.  If I had had the time I would have made another.  Oh well....another day.

For the confetti background I used the stamp in the set but also added some to fill in some blank areas. It was very easy to do with a Copic friendly maker.   

I hope you'll join us this week for the challenge!

Products used:

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Hey, Birthday Chick
  • Dies: Stampin' Up! Birthday Chick and Stitched with Whimsey
  • Markers: Stampin' Blends - Cajun Craze Light & Dark, Call Me Clover Light & Dark, Copic markers - E02, G00, C0, C1, C2, C3, R89 (for Merry Merlot)

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1/12/2021

Kangaroo Hugs

Hi everyone!  It's the second week of January and my second challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches. This week I have a sketch for you.

Here is my sketch:

I specified that any shape can be used s long as it's not geometric - no circles, squares, etc.

I chose this adorable new kangaroo from Stampin' Up!  I toyed with putting her on an action wobble (perfect for a kangaroo, right?), but since this is a clean and simple challenge I wasn't sure if that would have been too much.  So I stayed with just cutting her out and adhering her to the card with foam dots.

I used Real Red ink and a stencil which I masked off to get just a strip of hearts.  The sentiment is one from a Lawn Fawn stamp set.  When creating I often think I need to stick to just one manufacturer on the card to be consistent, but truth be told combining products leads to wonderful results!  This sentiment worked great for this card in both style and content.

I hope you will find time to join us this week!

Products used:

  • Stamp and Die Bundle: Stampin' Up! Kangaroo
  • Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Offset Sayings Birthday
  • Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles
  • Stencil: MFT Lots of Heart
  • Markers: Copics E51, E53, E55, E57, E59, R21; Stampin' Blends Poppy Parade Light, Real Red Dark

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1/05/2021

Friends in Every Season

It's a new year at CAS Colours & Sketches and I have the pleasure of being the first hostess this year.  We're starting off with a color challenge and I picked what I hope are fun colors to work with.  They are some of my favorites; I am very partial to aqua / turquoise tones.  Although as I have told my family MANY times - I do not have a favorite color.  It would be like picking your favorite child; you can't!  They are all wonderful in their own way.  So here is my card using Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Cherry Cobbler.


I haven't colored in a while and really wanted to.  I love the Bundle Girls from Stamping Bella.  For this image I masked off the holly on top of their hats as I thought that looked too Christmas-y.  I used mainly Stampin' Blends on these and I used Neenah Solar White card stock.

And an odd thing happened.  The Bermuda Bay really bled and did not blend all that well.  I've never had a problem with it before but I normally use Stampin' Up! Whisper White.  And I've never had a problem with the Solar White but I am usually using only Copics when using that paper.  I can only conclude that the Stampin' Blends don't work super well with the Neenah card stock.  I did use Copics as my very light tones and neutrals.

I didn't have the time to add pencil to the image and I'm sure this would have helped it a bit, but overall I liked the way the card turned out.

I'd love to have you join us this week in the challenge.  It's always fun to see what you all create!

Products used: 

  • Stamps: Stamping Bella Bundle Girl Winter Friends
  • Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White
  • Markers: Stampin' Blends - Pool Party Light & Dark, Bermuda Bay Light & Dark, Cherry Cobbler Light & Dark; Copic Markers - BG000, R81, R83, E50.E51, E11, N0, N2, N3
  • Ink: Memento Black

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1/04/2021

Laugh Lines are Better than Worry Warts

Happy New Year!!! I'm so ready for 2021 and hopeful it will be less stressful than last year. To start off the new year I have a card for the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Karen picked some beautiful colors - Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Gorgeous Grape.  I don't know whether it's because we have a LOT of frogs in our yard right now or what, but when I saw these colors I immediately thought of making a frog card.

When I started this card I was tearing my hair out thinking what Stampin' Up products could I use with this card.  I had decided on this frog from SU because he is so darn cute.  I'm a demo (though not terribly serious at it) and thinking of SU products first is what I'm encouraged to do.  But when I decided to just go with products from any manufacturer it was much easier and more fun! I have products from many vendors and I love them all! (Well mostly love. I have made a few mistakes - LOL!)

I can tell when I'm having a good time with a card.  I have a bunch of stuff on my desk and I'm using it ALL.  When I'm not using it that means I'm not having fun, I'm just desperate. This time I was using it.

I got my inspiration from a similar card on Pinterest.  I used the sentiment "Ribbit" because I couldn't decide between "Hoppy Birthday to You" and "Laugh Lines are Better Than Worry Warts".  I'll put the appropriate sentiment in the inside when I give the card.

Products used:

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Love You Lots, Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge, Technique Tuesday Felix the Frog (for sentiments not used)
  • Dies: Cottage Cutz Stitched Circles, Cottage Cutz Tropical Bouquet, MFT Stitched Rectangles, Technique Tuesday Felix the Frog (Ribbit)
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Mossy Meadow, vellum
  • Ink: Memento Black, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana
  • Markers: Stampin' Blends Granny Apple Green, YG21, N0
  • Accessories: Gorgeous Grape striped ribbon, pearls

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