Bunny Basket

It’s been awhile since I colored a House Mouse image, but Spring is near and maybe it’s time for a cute bunny. I kept the coloring of the bunny fairly simple. I added a little depth to the basket by shading with BV00 – simple and quick!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Sugar Doodles from the Cream & Sugar Collection by Doodlebug
Stamp: Bunny Basket by House Mouse Designs
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops in English Mustard
Copics: W1, W3, E000 , E93 (bunny); E30, E31, E33, E35, BV00 (basket); Y02, Y15, Y19, RV52, RV63, RV66, YG03, YG06, YG09 (eggs)

Tori the Dragon Birthday Girl

I’m over on the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends blog today with this adorable image from Conie Fong Art called Tori the Dragon Birthday Girl. When I first attempted to color this image, I did a basic blend of blues and blue greens, but the result was so blended that it was too smooth (duh!). So I started again, this time employing some pointillism enhanced by a white Sukura Gelly Roll pen to get both shading and texture.

Rowhouse Greetings | Tori the Dragon Birthday Girl by Conie Font

My style tends to be clean and simple, but I wanted the layout of the card to reflect the quirkiness of both the image and the sentiment stamps. So I skewed the layers a little bit and tucked a stitched flag die cut in the bottom corner. For the inside, I repeated the off-kilter layout and added a couple more stitched flags.

And here is the inside of finished card!

Rowhouse Greetings | Tori the Dragon Birthday Girl by Conie Font

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Kraft in Color – Kraft 6×6 inch paper pad by Doodlebug; Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in Island Blue
Stamps: Tori the Dragon Birthday Girl by Conie Fong Art; Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches (front sentiment); Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches (inside sentiment)
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Basic Stitched Flags (*) by Creative Basics
Copics: B0000, B00, B01, B02, B04, B05, B06, BG10, Y02, Y15, Y19, V04, V06, V09, Sukura Gelly Roll Pen in white (dragon); BV00, BV01, BV04, RV10, RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, Y02, Y15, Y19, YR09 (cupcake, heart, and flowers)

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

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Vintage Easter Egg

Vintage Easter Egg by Power PoppyJust a quick and simple card featuring the latest digital stamp set from Power Poppy called Vintage Easter Egg. Drawn from the inspiration of countless charming vintage Easter postcards, tags, and bits of ephemera collected over the years, Marcella’s little Easter egg is all wrapped up in picotee ribbon and a special tag, ready for your personalization! Or, use the egg with a handwritten Happy Easter message already inside. A special handlettered note (featured here) is also included for the inside of your springy Easter cards. This stamp set features three high resolution images, including a vintage Easter egg, a blank tag version, and a handwritten styled sentiment.

Stop by and see what the Instant Gardeners have in store for you. For added inspiration, visit the Power Poppy blog.

Jessie
Debbie
Nancy (me!)
Barb Walker

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Sugar Doodles from the Cream & Sugar Collection by Doodlebug; Bazzill Cardstock in Watermelon Sensation
Stamp: Vintage Easter Egg(*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Stitched Scalloped Basic Edge by My Favorite Things
Copics: Y02, Y15, Y19, B000, YG01, YG07, G09

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

Ruffled Wild Orchids

Power Poppy Ruffled Wild OrchidsIt’s the 25th of the month so that means another digital release from Power Poppy! Here’s my interpretation of the new Ruffled Wild Orchids digital stamp. Known as the Queen of Orchids, Cattleyas put on quite a display with their showy ruffles and gorgeous rainbow hues. With an almost unlimited array of color combinations at your fingertips, you will have a great time being your own Orchid hybridizer, mixing and matching to your heart’s content!

I tested a LOT of color combinations until I finally hit upon one that I was satisfied with. I colored this image several times over the past few days, but I’ve had a migraine off and on since Saturday. All of my attempts looked like angry orchids out of Little Shop of Horrors and I finally realized I was coloring my migraine. A visit to the doctor, a dose of new meds, and a nap later, I colored it again and it doesn’t look like my migraine any more! Here’s my post-migraine color map to help guide your coloring.

Rowhouse Greetings | Color Map | Ruffled Wild Orchids by Power Poppy

Take a look at the inside – this is the sentiment included with the stamp set.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Ruffled Wild Orchids by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Ruffled Wild Orchids by Power Poppy

Check out what the Instant Gardener team has been up to. For some additional inspiration, be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog.

Jesse Banks
Broni Holcombe
Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan
Nancy Sheads (that’s me!)
Barb Walker
Rhea Weigand

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Craft in Color – Kraft 6 x 6 paper pad by Doodlebug
Stamps: Ruffled Wild Orchids by Power Poppy (*)
Dies: Floral Ovals by Spellbinders
Copics: Y0000, Y000, Y02, YR00, YR01, YR02, BV000 (flowers); G20, G21, G24, G28, BV00 (leaves); B0000, B000, B00, BG10, BV00 (background)

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

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I Love You Just the Way You Are

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, mainly because I’ve been trying to get organized. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by crafting supplies — paper, stamps, inks, markers. It all adds up quickly! So I’ve taken a step back just get things in order.

The nice thing about getting organized is that it forced me to look through all of the paper, stamps, and dies that I purchased over the past year (and haven’t used). That alone should stop me from buying anything new for while, but that’s a resolution that I’m not even going to pretend to make! But over the next few days, I’m going to post a few cards that I made from my stash so that some of these supplies will finally see the light of day.

Today’s is the first of two cards that feature stamps and die cuts – no Copics! I love to color, but sometimes I just want an easy card that goes together quickly, especially if I want to make multiple copies. Since I don’t really like to color the same image multiple times, using die cuts was my ready solution. For the sake of my sanity, I backed the red foil paper with iCraft adhesive sheets before running it through the die cutter. Then all of my embellishments were just peel and stick. Can’t get much easier than that!

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Valentine's Day | Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Valentine’s Day | Uplifters by Paper Smooches

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Midnight Blue Dots from the Micro Basics Collection by Authentique; Ladybug Swiss Dot from the Petite Prints Collection by Doodlebug; Bazzill Red Foil Card stock(*)
Stamps: I Love You More by My Favorite Things; Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp; Linked Hearts by Paper Smooches; Classic Hearts by Spellbinders

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

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