Jingle All The Way by My Favorite Things

HELLO FRIENDS! It’s a rainy Memorial Day weekend here so outside activities will be limited. I celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago and my parents and husband bought me a new bike as my gift. It’s a foldable bike so it’s perfect for my limited storage and fits easily in the back of my Mini Cooper. I’ve been riding around the neighborhood and thought that I’d get in some extra mileage this weekend, but the weather is putting a damper on those plans.

My studio is a cluttered mess so I need to spend some time this weekend organizing my space. I own at least two or three of everything so it’s time to go through my craft supplies and decide what stuff I’ll really use. I had embossing powders spanning the entire rainbow that I never use because I prefer pairing a pigment ink with clear embossing powder. I pared my stash down to the essentials – clear, white, and metallics. So giving up all of the colorful powders was an easy decision and they are now living happily with my friend Gretchen.

I’ve mentioned recently that I have three full sets of colored pencils – Prismacolor Premier, Faber-Castell Polychromos, and Caran d’Ache Luminance. I’ve been playing with the Prismacolors lately, but decided to pull out my Polychromos and give them a try. I’m still using Stonehenge Drawing Paper and I think that’s going to be my go-to paper for colored pencils.

I’ve been on a roll coloring images from My Favorite Things, so I pulled out my favorite Santa Claus image from the Jingle All the Way stamp set. This set is currently retired, but MFT regularly pulls sets back out of the vault so keep an eye out if you don’t already have this set.

Enough gabbing! Here’s today’s project!

Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I’ve noticed that I tend to simplify my card design when I use colored pencils. Just the image and a sentiment. Stonehenge Drawing Paper has a beautiful, subtle texture that enhances the image so my inclination is to let the paper, image, and pencilwork shine on its own.

That’s all for me today!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

Faber-Castell Polychromos

Reds: Orange Glaze #113, Dark Cadmium Orange #115, Scarlet Red #116, Deep Red #223, Dark Red #225, Permanent Green Olive #167
Greys: White #101, Warm Grey I #270, Warm Grey II #271, Warm Grey III #272, Warm Grey IV #273, Warm Grey VI #275
Skin: Beige red #132, Coral #131, Cinnamon #189


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Picture Perfect by My Favorite Things

MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back with another project featuring the Picture Perfect stamp set by My Favorite Things. I was laid low yesterday by a migraine so this post will be brief. Today I’m playing catch up to get things done around the house.

I’m still playing with my Prismacolor pencils, so today’s project is another colored pencil project. I’m hardly an expert at this, but I am enjoying playing around with color combinations and techniques.

Today’s project features:

  • Picture Perfect by My Favorite Things
  • Colored pencils featuring Prismacolor Premier (colors listed below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
  • Supplies linked with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
Rowhouse Greetings | Picture Perfect by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I’m still using Stonehenge Drawing Paper with my colored pencils, but I did learn the hard way (i.e., after messing up my first attempt at this image), that one side of the paper has more tooth than the other. The smoother side didn’t work for me. So now I know that I need to take a closer look at the paper before I stamp it to make sure that I’ll be coloring on the right side.

That’s all for me! I’m running off to get on with my day. See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

SUPPLIES for Picture Perfect

Prismacolor Pencils

Blues: Light Cerulean Blue (PC904), True Blue (PC903), Copenhagen Blue (PC906)
Greens: Chartreuse (PC989), Spring Green (PC913), Apple Green (PC 912), Olive Green (PC911), Tuscan Red (PC937)
Browns: Lemon Yellow (PC915), Canary Yellow (916), Spanish Orange (PC1003), Mineral Orange (PC1033), Light Umber (PC941), Black Grape (PC996)
Greys: Warm Grey (10%), Warm Grey (30%), Warm Grey (50%), Warm Grey (70%), Warm Grey (90%)


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Old Festive Friends by My Favorite Things

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with something really different for me. If you saw my recent post on the Power Poppy blog for Inspire Me Monday, you’ll know that I’ve been bore with Copic coloring lately and more than a little overwhelmed with all of the new card making products that come out every month. As a teacher, I have to keep up with new products and there are so many new releases every month that sometimes it feels like I’m accumulating more stuff than I’m actually using.

And having full set syndrome doesn’t help. In addition to having a full set of Copic markers, I also have three full sets of colored pencils – Prismacolor Premier, Farber Castel Polychromos, and Caran d’Ache Luminance.

So I’ve been experimenting with my Prismacolor pencils more lately. I recently purchased the Old Festive Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things, mainly because I wanted to make a card for my brother’s upcoming birthday. He’s seven years older than me so my birthday cards for him usually reflect one of three themes: how lucky he is to have me as his sister; the fact that he’s my OLDER brother; or just the fact that he’s old. Yeah – the latter may be a little harsh, but he’s come to expect it from me!

So today’s project features:

  • Old Festive Friends by My Favorite Things
  • Colored pencils featuring Prismacolor Premier (colors listed below)
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
  • Supplies linked with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

I kept the overall design simple so that I could just focus on the coloring. I’m relatively new to colored pencils so I’m still working out technique and color blends. It helps that I’m experienced with Copic markers though because I didn’t have to put as much thought into color selection or shading since I followed the same concepts as if I were using my markers.

Rowhouse Greetings | Old Festive Friends by My Favorite Things

I won’t say that it was quick to do because coloring with pencils takes longer than markers, but once I blocked out the shadows and the highlights, the rest fell into place.

That’s all for me today! Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you next time!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

SUPPLIES

PRISMACOLOR:
Skin: Cream (PC914), Light Peach (PC927), Beige (PC997), Lilac (PC956)
Blue: Powder Blue (PC1087), Non-Photo Blue (PC919), Electric Blue (PC1040), Indanthrone Blue (PC208)
Green: Deco Yellow (PC1011), Chartreuse (PC989); Spring Green (PC913), Apple Green (PC912), Olive Green (PC911), Crimson Lake (PC925)
Red: Permanent Red (PC122), Crimson Red (PC924)
Brown: Burnt Ochre (PC943), Chestnut (PC1081), Black Raspberry (PC1095)
Grey: 20% Warm Grey (PC1051), 50% Warm Grey (PC1054), 70% Warm Grey (PC1056)

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More Playing With Stencils

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another card that is the result of some late night experimentation. As you’ve probably noticed, I love incorporating stencils into my cards and I’ve amassed quite a collection. I’m always looking for new and different ways to use them. Like many crafters, I’ve also accumulated a variety of different mediums that I often play around with (also with varying results!).

When I decide to try expanding my coloring beyond Copics, I purchased a set of Prismacolor pencils, but found that I didn’t really enjoy using them. But recently I decided to give it one more try – not with Prismas – but with Farber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. Although I do suffer from full set syndrome, I did manage to control myself and purchased a set of 36 pencils, which I thought would have enough variety to in color to experiment.

I selected the Peacock Mandala stencil from Picket Fence Studios and taped it in place with iCraft Purple tape to a piece of Stonehenge White paper. I wanted the mandala to be bright and colorful, so I selected a several pencils in blues, greens and yellows. Then I just colored the open areas of the stencil. Polychromos pencils are oil based and seem to soak into the paper. I found them much easier to use than Prismas and did not need to use Gamasol to blend.

Rowhouse Greetings | Peacock Mandala Stencil by Picket Fence Studios

Once the coloring was complete, I removed the stencil and applied the dot pattern with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black. I really have to thank Wendy Vecchi for showing me in a recent class how to apply enamel drop products with a stylus for a quick, easy, and consistent application.

To finish, I added a die cut from Honey Bee Stamps that I popped up with foam squares. I really love how this card turned out and I’m sure I’ll keep this technique in mind when I’m using my stencils.

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Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# (card base); Stonehenge White by Legion (coloring layer)
Stencil: Peacock Mandala by Picket Fence Studios
Dies: Bloom by Honey Bee Stamps
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black by Tonic Studios
Polychromos: (order from center to edge) Hellioblue-Redish #151; Ultramarine #120; Light Ultramarine #120; Colbalt Turquoise #153; Colbalt Green #156; Emerald Green #163; Leaf Green #122, Light Green #171; Dark Naples Ochre #184; Cadmium Yellow #107; Cadmium Orange #111