Rosé All Day by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Rose All Day by Power PoppyMarcella has big plans for the Power Poppy Instant Garden and the news is exciting! Each month’s digital download will have a theme – a color story – featuring images that include groupings of plants, insects, birds, and various little “props” for a scene to challenge the colorist.

The theme for January is “Rosé All Day” — a new digital image featuring flowers that are naturally reds, pinks, and whites such as Roses, Redbud branches, and Cyclamen hederifolium. Marcella has added in a few paint brushes and a colored pencil, along with a ladybug and bumblebees.  Think of it as a way to expand your skills and push your coloring boundaries.

Here, I’m pushing my own coloring boundaries by trying some no line coloring. Still a work in progress and not quite ready for prime time, but who knows? With a little more practice ….

In the meantime, stop on over at the Power Poppy blog and take a look at what the other Instant Gardeners have in store for you. We’re celebrating the release of this image with Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker to help kick off the 30 Day Coloring Challenge!

This Age Looks Good on You!

Last week, we celebrated my father’s 90th birthday. He doesn’t get around as well as he used to – I bought him one of those four-wheel walkers a few months ago – but he’s doing the best he can to remain independent for as long as possible.

Dad always loved fishing – surf fishing to be exact – and I have fond childhood memories of all the weird looking creatures that he’d reel into shore. So when I saw the Under the Sea stamp set by Dylusions, I knew that I’d found the sort of quirky sea life images that he’d appreciate. I wasn’t really sure what direction my coloring would go so I just started pulling out markers, primarily among the YGs, and kept adding colors and texture until I got something I liked. I paired it with a sentiment from Paper Smooches. Quick, simple and got me out the door in time to deliver his birthday cake!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Aqua Wave by American Crafts
Stamps: Under the Sea by Dylusions; Happy Birthday by Paper Smooches (front sentiment); Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches (inside sentiment)
Dies: Stitched Squares by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: Y02, Y15, Y19, BV20, BV23, B000, YG03, YG07, YG09, YG17, YG67

More Holiday Cards featuring Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps

Here’s a few more cards from the holiday, all featuring the Jingle All the Way stamp set by My Favorite Things. I prepared these cards for a Copic class at Photo Scraps and card kits are still available – call the store at 410-549-5187 to get yours!

Already have the stamp set but stuck on what to do with it? Here’s some inspiration to get you started!

Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Tree Festival from the Milk & Cookies Collection by Doodlebug
Stamps: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things; Hand-Lettered Christmas by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09 G9 (gifts & tree)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas One by Authentique
Stamps: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things; Hand-Lettered Christmas by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas Two by Authentique
Stamp: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09, G9 (gifts)
Rowhouse Greetings | Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps) Papers: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Jolly Christmas One by Authentique
Stamp: Jingle All the Way (plus coordinating dies) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento by Tsukeniko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukeniko in Onyx Black
Copics: E000, E00, E97 (skin); C0, C1 (beard & fur trim); R22, R24, R29 (suit); C2, C4, C6 (belt, gloves & boots); R22, R24, R29, Y15, Y19, YG06, YG09, G9 (gifts)

New Class! Beary Special Birthday

Tired of holiday cards? Need a new stash of birthday cards for the coming year?

Join me at Photo Scraps on Saturday, January 13th or Thursday, January 18th for a new Copic coloring class. In this workshop, we’ll make three cards featuring the Birdie Brown Beary Special Birthday stamp set from My Favorite Things.  The images are colored using a very limited set of Copic markers and all techniques are taught in class. Details are below. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE $26

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

COPIC MARKERS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification.

PLEASE NOTE: Markers will NOT be supplied either by me or Photo Scraps. You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact Photo Scraps in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • Y32 – Cashmere
  • Y35 – Maize
  • Y38 – Honey
  • RV10 – Pale Pink
  • RV13 – Tender Pink
  • E40 – Brick White
  • E41 – Pearl White
  • E42 – Sand White
  • E43 – Dull Ivory
  • E44 – Clay
  • BG11 – Moon White
  • BG13 – Mint Green
  • BG15 – Aqua
  • Any dark gray for the nose (N9 used for models)
  • 0 – Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape and scissors.

Rowhouse Greetings | Beary Special Birthday by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps)

Rowhouse Greetings | Beary Special Birthday by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps)

Rowhouse Greetings | Beary Special Birthday by My Favorite Things Stamps (MFT Stamps)

Artic Antics by Penny Black

Saturday was our first snowfall of the season. Not really much accumulation, but enough to remind me that winter is here. Despite a major kitchen renovation a couple of years ago, we still have issues with freezing pipes. So dipping temperatures means pulling out the space heater and letting the kitchen faucet drip to prevent any catastrophes. Although the snow is lovely, we’re also on high alert to make sure that our pipes stay intact.

We’ve started decorating the house for the holidays- lights in the flower box, candles in the windows, and a big, beautiful wreath on the door – but unlike many of our neighbors, we have yet to put up the tree. Our living room is small, but somehow we’ll fit a fully decorated tree and fourteen people in here for Christmas Eve dinner. However, some decluttering needs to happen before the tree comes up from the basement and I have to finish up coloring projects for that to happen.

In the meantime, I’ve been coloring snow and polar bears for holiday cards – part of getting into the Christmas spirit. You may have noticed that I’m teaching a class next week that features the Polar Bear Pals stamp set by My Favorite Things. Polar bears are quick and easy to color and can be done with a limited number of markers. Obviously, there’s no white Copic marker, so you “color” white by coloring the shadows, emphasizing contours and depth. I start with the lightest warm gray to map out the shadows and then add layers of the darker grays to create the contours. I completed the shadows with a light wash of E30 to make the grays even warmer. Throw in some miscellaneous colors for the packages and you have another holiday card ready to cheer someone’s day.

What’s on your craft table today?

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Holiday 6×6 paper pad by American Crafts; Scarlett Red Dot by Authentique (I used scraps of the solid red side of the paper).
Stamps: Artic Antics (*) by Penny Black; Boxed Greetings (*) by Paper Smooches; Believe by Penny Black (inside sentiment, not shown)
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: W0, W1, W3, E30, 0 (bear); C0, C1, C3, R35, R46, R56, R59 (scarf); YG03, YG05, YG09, Y02, Y15, Y19, B24, B28, R35, R46, R56 (gifts); BV000, BG0000, BG10, B000 (snow/shadow)

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