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.

New Class! Hearts and Flowers – January 30, 2018 at the Queen’s Ink

I’m returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, January 30th to teach a Copic marker class featuring stamps and sentiments from Power Poppy. In this workshop, we’ll make three cards featuring the beautiful images and sentiments in the Folk Heart stamp set. The images are colored using a very limited set of Copic markers. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today!

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 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. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • YG06 – Yellowish Green
  • YG09 – Lettuce Green
  • Y02 – Canary Yellow
  • E35 –  Chamois (you can substitute any medium brown)
  • RV52 – Cotton Candy
  • RV63 – Begonia
  • RV66 – Raspberry
  • BG10 – Cool Shadow
  • BG11 – Moon White
  • BG13 – Mint Green
  • BG15 – Aqua
  • 0 – Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring scissors (we’ll be fussy cutting one image), foam adhesive squares (I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Thin Foam Squares), and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape. Nuvo Crystal Drops in English Mustard will be used for embellishment.

Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power PoppyRowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power Poppy

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.