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Thursday, January 16, 2020

More Coloring Challenge on the road with Kathy R

 Okay, let's start with this one friends...this was stamped with a very light ink so it could be a no line coloring.  My first blooper was coloring before my eyes were dry (not MY eyes, the eyes on the bear! *wink)  You see, I could barely see them, so I used my copic multiliner 03 and colored them in...but then when I actually started adding my colors to the bear, the black smeared giving him more of a "panda" look with a black eye!  I tried to cover it up, but you know this is my practice one right?
I used E50 and E35, then a little bit of W4 for some shading.  I tried to add a bit of color with colored pencils, and I did go around the bear and made little stick out lines...kind of looks like his hair is standing on end, I wonder if I scared him! LOL
then I tried again, this time with the bear stamped in black ink:
Oh, one thing Kathy did on her critter was add a bit of colorless blender onto a small square of a washcloth, something that has the fibers sticking up.  And what you do is hold it down for 3 second and lift straight up, it does help give it a more mottled and blended look.  My problem was maybe I had too much blender because it really made it bleed outside the lines,  you can see a bit still, but really I had to go all around that bear and try to draw ink back in.  
So, I thought I better have his hair stand on end too and maybe that would help with all that bleeding..
Not sure it really helps, and maybe my lines are a tad too long, so back to the drawing board and practice practice practice!
I did enjoy the coloring and the process though! 
I don't think I will make a card with these bears, they are a tad too messy!
I am getting my coloring in every day though...probably more than 10 minutes, just cause I am slow!

Heart Hugs, friends!

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip Day 3

Enjoy the Process and KNOW when to walk away!
Words of Wisdom from Kathy R on this online road trip!
First up I wanted to show you my leaves just colored in with copics...nothing added to them, I did use two colors that were not in the same family. YG 13 and BG75.
then I stamped it again and drew some lines and even some white dots.  Tell me what you think...
I was just enjoying the process friends!
Now I just have to remember to add those little details because they really do make the image come more alive and adds a lot of interest!
Heart Hugs, friends!


Welcome to our Seize the Birthday Card Challenge hosted by Nancy featuring "stencils" !
 I don't know about you, but I do like stencils, and I buy them, then I put them away and forget about them, but they really do add a lot of dimension to a card or a lovely background which is how I used mine today!
I used an MFT small brick wall stencil with pumice stone DOX ink for the background.
The flower pot is Penny Black Golden Dance that I stamped, colored with copics and fussy cut!!
I hope you will go see the rest of the inspiration from the design team and check out the card made by our Surprise Party Guest:  Joyce from Cards by the Sea.

Heart Hugs, friends!

Day 3...The Coloring Challenge Road Trip

Lines, Dots, and Go Slow & Let it Flow

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip

Kathy has us adding dots and lines to our images.

 So here I blended my copics using non-family colors

  Here I added some white dots and dashes, it does add a little more interest!

I might try it again using lines on each leaf with a black pen...What do you think?

Heart Hugs, friends!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

CAS Christmas Card Challenge reminder!

Hi friends, are you used to writing 2020 yet?  It does seem unreal, doesn't it?
Well our "tag"  challenge for CAS Christmas in January is still going on and we have more cards for your inspiration.  This is a wonderful way to get ahead of the game and save a lot of stress come next December, so I hope you will join us!
First I used a snowflake cuttlebug folder for my background, then I used a PTI Berry Wreath Tag die and made my scene using 2 PTI Tinsel and Tag dies.  I colored them with copics, used DOX for the background sky.  This was a fun and easy tag to make and adhere to the card.
Heart Hugs, friends!

the Coloring Challenge Road Trip ~ Day 1

Color plucking friends is what it is about on Day 1 of the Road Trip Coloring Challenge by Kathy R
She asked that we picked random colors of copics or other alcohol medium and try to blend, not to stay in a color family!  That is kind of scary...
Kathy always travels with a couple of E50's and her reinker, that is her go to color for having that white space...
So I picked a deep purple V09 for the center of the flower, then thought I would try blending RV55, I had to work it friends. I then blended that with RV00.
I must say I had the most fun with the leaves and was pleasantly surprised by the colors and looks of them.  I started with E50 at the tips, then I used G29 (pine tree green, pretty dark!) for the base of the leaves, (then to change it up for me) I went with a BG72...a nice medium blue green, kind of teal color and ended with G00 that I blended into the E50.
I had this small brick stencil sitting on my desk, so decided to incorporate that in my background.
This card is going to my dentist!
Back in December I saw him and asked if I could purchase 150 small toothpastes and brushes (you know the kind they give away at the dentist office when you get your teeth cleaned).  He said, "NO, I will give them to you!"  I wanted to purchase them for a Homeless Shelter we have called Father's Heart Street Ministry.  They serve a hot meal 5 days a week for 150 people and give them a sack lunch to take home for later.  On nights that get into the 30's the shelter opens its doors for about 40 to sleep in cots. What a gift to have a dentist willing to donate these items for homeless. 
As Matthew says in 25:40 "What you do for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do for me"!
Heart Hugs, friends!