Headless Horseman

Coloring skin and hair is not my forte and frankly I clench every time I have to color an image of a person because I know that it’s going to take several tries before I get results that are at best passable. But the only way to learn how to do it is simply to do it! Rhea Weigand – our fearless leader over at Passionate Paper Creations & Friends – challenged me to color one of the Make it Crafty Halloween witches – specifically Alwina The Good Witch. So I thought – why not? I can color some great folds in that dress when I’m not agonizing over skin and hair.

But then I came across this Halloween image by Make it Crafty and decided that it was the perfect cheeky response to Rhea’s challenge. And as for Alwina, she’ll have to wait her turn and make an appearance in a future post.

Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Mini Headless Horseman by Make it Crafty Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out the selection of finished cards (including this one!) at Rowhouse Greetings on Etsy.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Core’dinations card stock in Midnight; Bazzil cardstock in Quicksand; Mysterious Two by Authentique
Stamp: Mini Headless Horseman by Make it Crafty
Dies: Basic Stitched Flags by Creative Basics; Tricky Trios by Papertrey Ink
Embossing Folder: Picnic Quilt Embossing Folders by Creative Basics
Copics: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y38, R02, R05, C1, C3, C5 (pumpkin); B91, B93, B95, B97, B99 (cape); YR23, YR24, YR27 (jacket); YR20, YR21 (shirt); N1, N3, N5, N7 (pants); E42, E44 (boots)

Let’s Chill

It’s never too early to get started on cards for the winter holidays and this snowman is one of my favorite images. It’s from the Let’s Chill digital stamp set by Power Poppy and it’s so quick and easy to color that you can put a card together in no time.

Today I’m over at the Passionate Paper Creations blog with a short tutorial how to make this card so stop by and take a look. This is also a Power Poppy weekend at the Passionate Paper Creations & Friends Facebook Group and be sure to come by and join in on the fun!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Push + Pull from the Better Together Collection by American Crafts; Holly Jolly 12×12 paper pad by American Crafts
Stamps: Let’s Chill by Power Poppy
Dies: Fancy Rectangles & Layers Die Set by Creative Basics
Embellishments: Copic Multiliner SP (0.3)
Copics: B0000, B000, B00, BG10, BV00 (snow); Y32, Y38, R05 (carrot); E43, E44 (branch); R27 (berries); C1, C4 (buttons) R05, R27, R46 (scarf & bird)

Black Eyed Susan

It’s the fifteenth of the month, then it must be time for another digital stamp release by Power Poppy. Marcella is on a roll with prairie flowers, but these Black Eyed Susans are a particular favorite since it’s the official flower here in Rowhouse Greetings’ home state.

And if that isn’t enough, Power Poppy has a FABULOUS weekend deal for you — a selection of Marcella’s favorite digital designs are available a special price! These late summer flowers and fruits are in full bloom — ready for you to download, print, and color to your heart’s content! Power Poppy’s brand new Black-Eyed Susans, plus Pure Prairie Bouquet, Sunshine of My Life, Cuppa Buttercups, and Apples in Season are just $4 each (save $2 per set) OR, get all five digital stamp sets in a bundle for $15 (a total of $14 savings). What’s even better? Play along in Power Poppy’s weekend Coloring Contest over at Passionate Paper Creations and Friends using one of these five stamp sets and you could win a $20 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Contest and sale closes Monday, September 19th at midnight. A winner will be announced sometime on Wednesday, September 21th  on the PPCF Facebook page.

Now it’s time to stop by and visit the Instant Gardener team and the Power Poppy blog for a little inspiration!

Jennifer Dove
Broni Holcombe
Cheryl Scrivens
Debbie Olson
Barb Walker
Nancy Sheads
Jessie Banks
Power Poppy Blog

Don’t have time to make one? Stop by my Etsy shop and pick this one up!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110 lb.; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Black-Eyed Susans by Power Poppy
Dies: Fancy Rectangles and Layers by Creative Basics
Copics: Y11, Y15, Y38, R05 (flowers); C3, C5, Y15 (centers); YG03, YG17 (stems); B0000, B000, B00, BG10, V00, BV20, RV10 (background)

Feeling Fall

PhebeAs a member of the Instant Gardener team for Power Poppy, I get to color all the new digital stamps that are released each month. But when I saw the new Feeling Fall clear stamp set, I knew that I had to have it. After all, why should the Bloom Brigade get all the fun!

To be honest, I loved it for the spooky black cat (here colored as a slightly menacing tudexo cat) because she reminded me of the grumpy face (shown here) of our own cat Phebe. While Phebe is normally a pretty sweet cat, she does have a way of communicating her displeasure when we run out of her favorite treats.

The background paper is from the Vintage Halloween 12×12 paper pad by Love Nicole that I found at A.C. Moore. I don’t usually add a lot of embellishments to my cards (although I recently admitted my addiction to enamel dots), but loved this spooky spider die from Memory Box and thought that it was the perfect enhancement to the paper. I cut him from Bazzill cardstock in black and added a little Glossy Accents to make his body shine.

Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Feeling Fall by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Feeling Fall by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts
Rowhouse Greetings | Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts

That’s all for now — thanks for stopping by!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Black and Yam; Vintage Halloween 12×12 pad by Love Nicole
Stamps: Feeling Fall by Power Poppy; Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!; Big and Small Spider Dies by Memory Box
Copics: W1, W3, W5, RV10 (cat); Y32, Y35, Y38, R05, C01, C03, C05 (pumpkins); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, W7 (ribbon); BG70, BG72, 0 (background)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Believe in the Magic of the Season

It’s September already and I’m way behind in getting Christmas cards ready for the coming season. I swore that I’d create a new Christmas card each week so that by the time the holidays arrived, I’ve have a sizable inventory already in hand. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

So it’s time to get moving and I started by looking through my current inventory of holiday images and sentiments and supplemented it with a few that I’ve been wanting to color such as Boughs for the Wreath by Mo’s Digital Pencil. Although I used a lot of Copic markers, this image was fairly simple to color. I wanted to keep the style fairly relaxed so I didn’t do much shading with the folds of the clothing. Instead, I relied on the cool grays to add some shadowing to give the fabric some life.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Boughs for the Wreath by Mo's Digital Pencil
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Boughs for the Wreath by Mo’s Digital Pencil

The insides of my cards tend to be pretty simple, especially since I use 110# card stock for the base — multiple layers can make the card too bulky. But I decided to go ahead and repeat my design paper on the inside and eliminated the red border to reduce the bulk. I love this particular sentiment by Power Poppy from the Cozy Cupfuls stamp set.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Cozy Cupfuls by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Cozy Cupfuls by Power Poppy

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to get started on those holiday cards!

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Bazzill Basics in Devil Red; Mistletoe & Holly 12×112 paper pad by Love Nicole; X-Press Blending Card by Copic
Stamps
: Boughs for the Wreath by Mo’s Digital Pencil; Believe by Penny Black; Cozy Cupfuls by Power Poppy (inside sentiment)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: E000, E00, E11 (skin); E42, E43, E44, C1, C3, C5 (pants); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, C1. C3, C5 (adult’s jacket); B91, B93, B95, B97, C1, C3, C5 (child’s jacket); C3, C5, C7 (boots); R17, F27, F46, R59, C1, C3, C5 (scarves) YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (boughs)