Blossoming Feline

I’ve been eyeing the new Laurel Bush stamps by Stampendous and I finally broke down today and bought some. The style and the colors are out of the norm for me, but that’s exactly why I wanted to color them. Although I have to admit that having a household of cats was certainly a determining influence as well!

Laurel Burch’s style is very distinctive as is her color palette. Stampendous has developed a Copic Marker Coloring Guide for this line of stamps which I used for guidance, but substituted when I needed an expanded selection to create some of the blending. Since it was my first, I followed an illustration of the original to practice her style, but it is truely an image where anything goes!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Bazzill Cardstock in Admiral; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Blossoming Feline by Stampendous; Floral Greetings by Stampendous
Inks: Tsukineko Memento in Tudexedo Black; Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: Dotted Dies by Avery Elle
Embellishments: Uniball Gel Pen in Impact Gold
Copics: B02, B04, B06, B26, V15 (cat’s body); B02, B04, B06, YG06, G09, V15 (cat’s face); Y15, YR04, YR09, V15, V28, BG01, YG06 (flowers); YG06, YG06 (leaves); V15, YR04, YR09, YG07 (butterfly); Y02, Y15, Y18, YR09, colorless blender (background)

Flowering Branches

The temperature has been swinging wildly this week. On Wednesday, it was nearly 70 degrees and I was able to sit outside without a jacket and eat my lunch on a park bench. By the time I got home from work, the temperature had dropped 20 degrees due to a cold front that blanketed the northeast with snow (but just rain for us, thank you very much!). Tomorrow the temperatures will be back in the 60s so clearly Mother Nature can’t decide which way she wants to go this winter.

But I know that I’m ready for spring flowers so I picked a variety of images from Power Poppy so that I could color Spring even if Mother Nature can’t make up her mind. This image is Flowering Branches, a veritable explosion of tree blossoms. Since I want to focus on the image and coloring, I decided to pare down to the absolute basics for these cards and stick with a single layer of card stock. Since I don’t want the Copic ink to bleed through to the inside of the card, I’m using a 120# white card stock available from Simon Says Stamp! for the card base.

Don’t have time to color? Stop by my Etsy shop and pick one up for yourself!

Supplies

Paper: Simon Says Stamp white card stock 120# base weight
Stamp: Flowering Branches by Power Poppy; Cuppa Buttercups (*) by Power Poppy
Copics: RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, RV69, YG01 (flowers); YG01, G20, G21, G24 (leaves) E31, E33, E37 (branches)

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

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Miss Kelly Von Sweets

I was over the Passionate Paper Creations blog earlier this week with this project featuring Miss Kelly Von Sweets from Polka Doodles. Just wanted to share it with you here in case you missed it!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Sweetie Six by Authentique; Bazzill Silver Foil; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Miss Kelly Von Sweets(*) by Polka Doodles
DiesFancy Rectangles and Layers Die Set (*) by Creative Basics; Love Word Die by Paper Smooches
Embossing FolderQuilted Dragonfly Embossing Folders(*) by Creative Basics
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E11, R20, R32, R30 (skin); E50, E51, E53, E55, E57 (hair); BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG02 (dress); RV10, RV11, RV11, RV14 (bow & shoes)

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

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Everything Stops For Walkies

Today I’m on the LDRS Creative Inspiration blog with a card using one of the new images recently released at CHA and available to you in the coming weeks. The image is Everything Stops for Walkies by All Dressed Up and colored with Copic markers. These images are sweet and fun to color. I finished off the card with dies and an embossing folder from Creative Basics.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Bazzill Basics in Red Devil; Black Pindot by American Crafts
Stamp: Everything Stops for Walkies (*) by LDRS All Dressed Up
Dies: Basic Stitched Flags, Basic Cutting Edge Borders I(*) by LDRS Creative Basics
Embossing Folder: Picnic Quilt Embossing Folders(*) by LDRS Creative Basics
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E93 (skin); E40, E42, E44, E46 (hair); B91, B93, B95, B97 (pants); C1, C3, C5, R29 (shirt); B91, B93, B95, B97 (hair ribbon); E30, E31, E35, E44 (purse); N1, N3, N5, R20, R21, Y00, BV000 (lamp); E40, E42, E43, E44, R17, R46 (dog)

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

Spring Meadow Bouquet

I’m over on the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends blog today with my latest card featuring the Spring Meadow Bouquet digital stamp set from Power Poppy and a variety of dies and embossing folders from Creative Basics and LDRS Creative.

I’m slowly getting around to color Power Poppy images that were released before I became an Instant Gardener. Although it’s still January (barely), I’m looking forward to spring when I can start planning out my flower boxes. Yes – I’m a container gardener. We have a long narrow courtyard out back that we recently landscaped into an outdoor living space that we decorate with large containers of bright, beautiful flowers.

I’ve eyed this beautiful bouquet from Power Poppy for a long time. I love the delicate flowers and of course the bee! I decided to highlight a portion of it for my card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Meadow Bouquet by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Meadow Bouquet by Power Poppy

This image is not as complicated as it looks – just do all of the same flower at the same time.

As always, ready made cards like this one are available in my Etsy shop. Stop by and take a look. You’ll make my husband happy – the shop helps to fund my craft habit!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Sweetie Six from the Sweeting Collection by Authentique
Stamps: Spring Meadow Bouquet by Power Poppy; Countryside Bouquet by Power Poppy (sentiment)
DiesDewdrop Circle Die(*) by LDRS Creative; Basic Stitched Flags(*) by Creative Basics
Copics: RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, RV69 (bleeding hearts); BV11, BV08, BV25 (lilacs); C1, C3, C5, B0000, YG21 (summer snowflakes); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67, E31, E35 (leaves and branches); YG21, B0000, B000 (bee)

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

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