I don’t remember coloring as a kid but now, when I have my Copic markers or colored pencils in hand, I am my happiest. I am nowhere close to being good but I practice and take classes to learn new techniques. Last year, My Favorite Things store in Eustis hosted a great teacher, Jane Allen who lives in England and is on their design team. We colored this adorable witch. I love Jane’s technique of adding eyes. This image had dots for eyes originally.
This year, Jane’s class was techniques for coloring animals. Our animals were adorable. We learned how to add fine details with colored pencils—the bunny hair was done with colored pencils.
Practice pays off eventually. I wish I could color all day but work gets in the way. I will take what I can. Set aside time every day for yourself and be creative. It allows you to clear your head and reduces stress. Nothing is more satisfying than creating with color.
A big thank you to Michelle, owner of Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Palm Beach for hosting Julie Nutting. I am a big fan of hers and participate is a JN card swap every month. It was a thrill to meet her and enjoyed her creations with a new series of mermaids and sea stamps. This new line is so colorful…I just love it. We also used her new water colors. I got to see my dear friend Kristy too!
Here are some of my JN cards.
I hope you have made time to craft! Happiness is craftiness!
Boy life is a whirlwind lately! It is all I can do to keep up with the necessities. I am sure you all feel this way at some point but you need to remember to slow down, prioritize (fun things and necessities), and balance your life to avoid burnout. It is easier said than done. For example, I have a hard time leaving work. As a college professor, there is always something to do…I keep thinking if I stay one more hour, I can get it done. Nope! And guess what, it is still there tomorrow. Students, however, expect immediate feedback. In the old days, we got papers back when we met again, sometimes up to a week.
I am going on another scrapbook cruise with my favorite guy Frank Garcia. We are going to Alaska! Oh boy! We are going to have a swap so am working on my items. I will share pictures soon. Alaska is a bucket list item so I am super excited. The days at sea, we will be creating. From the sneak peaks, we won’t be disappointed!
I am hopeful to stay above water for a while and share my crafts in the meantime, happiness is craftiness!
I sure hope the super flu has avoided you! I few of my friends have been hospitalized with pneumonia and it is a scary thing! Even if you have been vaccinated with the flu shot, you are not immune! Take it easy…but please be considerate! I had to go to a clinic last weekend for a non-flu related issue. The waiting room was full of people coughing and no masks! I asked for one and was told they were out! I waited my turn outside.
Today’s card is for a dear friend who has been sick. I have needed to step up my game and decided to do a upright diamond fold card, which I found on Splitcoaststampers. If you don’t know about Splitcoast…check it out. I have found some great tutorials on it. I made a belly band and secured it with magnets so it could be removed easily. Tilda is from the 2017 Get Well Collection and comes with two nursing hat dies. Shawn carries it in his store, Magnolia-licious. I used Bo Bunny Butterfly Kisses paper and Stampin Up cardstock for the card base. I used a bling clip to attach a plain sheet on the back page to write a sentiment. She is colored with pencils.
Happy February. So much is going on for it being right after Christmas! I am enjoying my crafting but have not had a lot of time to devote to it! I hope all of you have found extra time for yourself and avoided getting sick!!!
Come on over to Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog and submit your creations for our February challenge!!! We love to see all you are doing. Here is my challenge card. This is Tilda with Spring Heart from the 2013 collection Lost and Found. The clouds, tree, and grass are dies from Lawn Fawn. Colored with colored pencils.
This sweet Tilda is my inspirational card for this month. I am partial to some of the older Tilda stamps and Shawn has some of these in stock! I love the 2010 Easter Collection and the 2011 Winner Takes All. I promise you will fund bunches of stamps and they are on sale!
Finally, I had to wait a little while to share a card from January. I made it for someone special who follows my blog! I wanted it to be a little bitty surprise. This is one of my new favorites. It is Birthday Tilda from the 2011 You are Special collection. She is colored with Prismacolor pencils. There are glitter highlights that are hard to see on the background cake, and candles. Paper and ephemera are from the It’s a Celebration paper pack by Carta Bella. Happy birthday again Jodie!
Wishing all of you a wonderful day and a LOVEly month. I am going to celebrate love all month! Take some time for yourself…it is important!
Part of my Design Team duties is to create a few cards a month as “inspiration” for all of you. I have to say that I am completely stressed over this requirement, but so far, the team leader indicates I am on track.
With that said, here is my first inspirational card for 2018! It is so nice NOT to be making Christmas cards! I sent out over 100 hand-made cards this year–and then had to buy some to mail at the last minute. This adorable image is Gelato Tilda, which can be found in the Magnolia-licious store (and on sale!). She is from the summer 2017 collection. The base paper of the card is from My Favorite Things called Ripe Raspberry Prestige…it is gorgeous! Their paper is thick and durable and ideal for cards. And the colors…they are to die for! Check out their web site and what they have to offer–I am slowly trying to collect the paper.
The layered patterned paper is from a water color background pad from Hobby Lobby (I used the same pad for the card on the “Splish Splash” post); the embellishments are from my stash (yeah, finally using them!); and she is colored with Copic markers. There are times that I look at an image and I know immediately what I am going to make. Then there are times that I fret over the colors and paper (this happens more often). When I saw this adorable Tilda, I knew she had to be pink and coordinating the paper was pretty easy.
I have been leaving my cards “blank” regarding the event. This way, I can add a “happy birthday” tag to this card, stamp a birthday saying inside, and voile, I have a birthday card. This is the easiest solution for me because you never know what you are going to need a card for.
As we get settled in to a new year, I hope you are motivated and enjoying your craft. Do not get discouraged. I have the best support system from a group of ladies who crop together in town every month. Find a group, either in person or online, who shares your interests. They will be your strongest supporters.
As you know, I am a Design Team member for Magnolia-licious and I have been crafting like crazy over the holiday break. Our first challenge of the new year starts today! Come on over and submit your masterpiece for a chance to win a great prize!
My Challenge card for this month is a New Year’s card with 2018 calendar. This image is “Happy 2017 Tilda” from the Aspen Collection. You can order this image right now–and it is on sale–at Magnolia-licious! I made an easel card with black card stock and used My Mind’s Eye, Lost and Found Two, Sunshine Two of Us glitter paper. Each of the calendars are perforated so they can be ripped off each month. Tilda is colored with colored pencils and the flowers are from Wild Orchid. The lucky recipient can set this card on their desk all year long.
Don’t forget to stop by and submit your art work. You need to use either a Magnolia stamp image or die cut.