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

Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge – Grab a Map!

I don’t know about you, but I can color images without batting an eye, but designing card layouts is my downfall. I stare blankly at the image and shuffle through cardstock hoping that I’ll be struck by inspiration. When I get really desperate, I scroll through Pinterest, but usually I just end up overwhelmed and find that after hours of browsing (and pinning crockpot recipes), I still don’t have a solution to my design dilemma.

So imagine my glee when I found out the Card Maps at Pagemaps.com! And for this month’s Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy, we’re asking you to “Grab A Map,” and get in on the fun! Power Poppy has teamed up with Pagemaps.com‘s CardMaps to showcase ten new sketches featuring some of Power Poppy’s fabulous stamp sets. You can find all ten sketches along with design team samples HERE! So grab a map, use it to spark a little card making creativity, and link your creation up HERE at the Power Poppy blog. If you play along, you’ll be in the running to win a $50 Shopping Spree to the Power Poppy Shop!

What to see MY card? Well, here it is: card map and finished card featuring the Power Poppy Folk Heart clear stamp set!

PageMaps.com Card Maps - Power Poppy Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart Stamp Set by Power Poppy

But wait, there’s more! Becky Fleck, the fabulous Pagemaps guru, is also offering a $25 Power Poppy gift card and all you need to do is leave a comment on THIS post!

The Pagemaps contest closes January 22nd, so hop on over soon! We can’t wait to see what you create.

Last Chance! Elf Grumplings Holiday Gift Tags – December 13th, 2017 at the Queen’s Ink

This is your last chance to get in on the fun making holiday gift tags featuring stamps and sentiments from Taylored Expressions. These are easy, no-stress images to color using a very limited selection of Copic markers. We’ll make six gift tags and two gift card holders featuring the Elf Grumplings. Details are below. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE $25

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449.

BRING TO CLASS: 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. You will need two blendable green markers, two blendable red markers as well as a skin tone and a blush tone (optional). Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

  • E00 – Skin White (can substitute E50 or E51)
  • YG06 – Yellowish Green
  • YG09 – Lettuce Green
  • R20 – Blush (can substitute RV10 or E93)
  • R24 – Prawn
  • R46 – Strong Red
  • 0 – Colorless Blender
OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring scissors, foam adhesive squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Thin Foam Squares), and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions

New Class! Holiday Gift Tags – December 5th, 2017 at the Queen’s Ink

I’m returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, December 5th to teach a holiday gift tag class featuring stamps and sentiments from Taylored Expressions. In this workshop, we’ll make six gift tags and two gift card holders featuring the Elf Grumplings. The images are colored using a very limited set of Copic markers. Details are below. Seats are limited, so sign up today!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, 10:30AM – 1:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

BRING TO CLASS: 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. You will need two blendable green markers, two blendable red markers as well as a skin tone and a blush tone (optional). Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

  • E00 – Skin White (can substitute E50 or E51)
  • YG06 – Yellowish Green
  • YG09 – Lettuce Green
  • R20 – Blush (can substitute RV10 or E93)
  • R24 – Prawn
  • R46 – Strong Red
  • 0 – Colorless Blender
OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring scissors, foam adhesive squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Thin Foam Squares), and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Elf Grumplings by Taylored Expressions

Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to get serious about making holiday cards. Last year, my husband went out and bought cards because I didn’t get enough ready in time for him to send out. This year, I am determined to have some ready for him to send out.

So I’ve got a production line going – so far ten cards (five variations on a design) are stamped, colored, glued, and ready to go. This is the first of the designs featuring the Jingle All the Way stamp set (with coordinating dies) from My Favorite Things. I love the whimsy of this stamp set and paired it with an equally whimsical paper by Doodlebug.

I may show the other variations in later posts. Or not! Got to have a few surprises to put in the mail.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #80; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; ‘Tis the Season from the Here Comes Santa Claus Collection by Doodlebug;
Stamps: Jingle All the Way by My Favorite Things; Hand-Lettered Christmas by My Favorite Things
Inks: Versafine in Onyz Black and Memento in Tuxedo Black, both by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp; Jingle All the Way Coordinating Die Set by My Favorite Things
Copics: R22, R35, R46, R56, R59, YG06, YG09, G09, Y02, Y15, Y19

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.