Kindness is the Way Coloring Class Cards

I’m excited to tell you about a wonderful coloring class and a gorgeous digital stamp set you can get for FREE! Yep, $0.00!! AND, if you’re reading this before August 16, 2018, you still have a few days to enter the coloring contest and win one of up to $200 in prizes! You can find the details on these two sites by the two ladies who are so generously sponsoring this little bit of KINDNESS:

I took the class and learned a lot. I tried coloring using two different sets of pencils…(and learned it’s a lot slower going than with markers, but maybe that’s because I’m more used to using markers. The first pencils I used: Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils (which I just colored, but was too chicken to use water to blend. maybe next time!):

See the fuchsia and pale yellow color combo? That was Inspired by Home  – the current Power Poppy Sparks Challenge… 

The color combo for those gerbera daisies inspired by one of my orchids that’s currently in bloom:

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I then had a go with a new set of Faber-Castell Polychromos that I received as a gift. Yes, you can see lines in the border shading… I was coloring on leather covered lap desk… come to find out that made the surface too soft and it was embossing, too! Oh well, it has a distressed, shabby-chic look!

And, since this week is the first Creative Confetti Challenge at  PowerPoppyYou’re a Gem! using birthstone colors, I did the background in light emerald and added this sentiment in emerald as the leaves go so well with the flowers:

Supplies:

  • Power Poppy Kindness is the Way digital stamp set (get yours HERE)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs A Way With Words: Thanks die by Quietfire Design
  • Spellbinders Blooming Garden Especially Made For You die by Marissa Job
  • Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils: Apricot, Azalea, Beeswax, Bison, Blue Marine Brunette, Carrot, Cherry, Claret, Cobalt Blue, Coral, Currant, Fossil Gray, Grapefruit, Mango, Oregano, Papaya, Persimmon, Petunia, Pineapple, Pink Tulip, Rose Sky Blue, Soft Red, Sorrel, Tobacco, Watermelon, Wheat
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils: Brown Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Cinnamon, Cobalt Blue, Crimson, Dark Naples Ochre, Fuchsia, Green Gold, Leaf Green, Light Cobalt Turquoise, Light Green Light Magenta, Light Ochre, Middle Cadmium Red, Middle Phthalo, Naples Ochre Orange Glaze, Permanent Green Olive, Pink Madder Lake, Red Voilet, Rose Carmine
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, orange, blue, black and green
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Feel free to leave a comment… I enjoy reading them!

~D.Ann

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Morel Mushrooms and Power Poppy Thanks So Mush Card

Hello and welcome back!

I have been anxious to share this fun card and story with you and am happy I finally have the chance. One evening near the end of April, while in Indiana, we left my cousin’s home after supper and suddenly mom hollered, “stop the car!” Her eagle eyes had spotted some morel mushrooms alongside the road. These delectable delicacies are a favorite of ours, but have a short season and usually require hours tromping through the woods to find, so we rarely get to enjoy them anymore. We counted about 16 right there near the road.

We called my cousin to let her know where they were so she could get them, as they were on her property. Fortunately, her husband (who, I hear, doesn’t particularly care for mushrooms) answered the phone and said, ‘you guys go ahead and take them!’ (Actually, my cousin is such a sweetheart, I know she’d’ve said the same thing.)

As we got out of the car and started hunting, we kept finding more and more and, in a span of just a few short minutes, ended up with a mess of about 46! Best mushrooming EVER!! Thanks, cuz!!

The largest was over 4″! They fried up nicely and were absolutely DELICIOUS!!

 

Oh, I’m also going to show you a picture of some wild violets up there… in a minute you’ll see why…

Now, how do you thank such a generous sacrifice? Well, Power Poppy has a fabulous morel mushroom stamp that was just perfect:

They look so REAL!! And Becca Feeken’s fabulous Annabelle’s Trousseau die makes a lovely open lacework base for it! I may have to make a whole set of these in the near future!!

Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Wild Mushrooms stamp set
  • Spellbinders Annabelle’s Trousseau die from the Chantilly Paper Lace collection
  • Spellbinders Fancy Tags 3 (with ends snipped off)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, purple, kraft
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Rich Cocoa
  • Copic Markers: B02; BV00, 02; C1; E31, 33, 51G02, 82; V17, 25; Y000, 02, 13; YG17
  • Foray Stylemark pen .5mm purple
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – jewel tones
  • Ranger Adirondack Dimensional Pearls: Eggplant
  • Misc. adhesives

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

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I’m glad you stopped by today! Thanks for leaving your encouraging comments!

-D.Ann

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Cup of Cheerful Columbine Card and Robin Eggs

Surprise! I’m back!! A lot has happened since my last post and part two will have to wait a bit longer. Meanwhile, it’s time for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop.

Although I haven’t had much time for crafting lately, I was excited to make up the new Power Poppy Cheerful Columbine stamp as it is a prefect reminder of a couple of the fun highlights of my recent trip to Indiana… My aunt’s columbine flower patch and getting a birds eye view of newborn baby robins!

This year the robins built their nest in my aunt’s garage window. They were very attentive to their family.

    

  

Here’s a video of the the first two newly hatched. They’re not the cutest, but still they’re amazing! (click in the middle of the pic to start the video):

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Columbines are one of my favorite flowers. Their little stamen bunches look like little balls of sunshine! Did you know the first official Colorado State Song was Where the Columbine Grow? For me, they grow in my aunt’s flower garden in Indiana!! I was happy that they had just started blooming when we were there. My aunt has several nifty varieties. Here are just a few:

  

 

   

That last one on the right is a Clementine Rose Columbine.

  

I chose these as a color guide for my card (they go the best with the MarkerPop challenge colors this month – see below):

What a sweet tea cup full of flowers! To give the flowers a sense of depth, I fussy cut them and a couple of extra plus the robin and an extra egg. I used flower shaping tools to shape them and foam dots to help hold their shape.

I added the little seeds stamp and filled them in with Liquid Pearls… there was even room to poke a seed in her beak. A little Wink of Stella gave some morning dew sparkle to the slower petals and cup.

Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Cheerful Columbine stamp and little seeds
  • Spellbinders Thoughtful Expressions Thinking of You die set
  • Recollections cardstock: white, brown and Blig Bloom (peach)
  • Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink
  • Copic Markers: B02, 05, 21; C5, FYG1; G05, 09, 24, 82; N4; R20, 22, 32; RV63; V12; W3, 5; Y000, 32; YG17
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls Coral & Dark Chocolate
  • Pebbles, Inc. Chalks
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Florentine Gold Microbeads
  • Misc foam dots and pvc glue

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one for more information on how you can join the fun:

  

Thank you for stopping by today and for sharing your encouraging comments – I always look forward to reading them!

-D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 3 – Acetate Techniques: Transforming Window

Well, I’m squeaking this in at the end of a long day, so I’ll try to be brief. I’m closing up my current projects from the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class with another of Day 3 Acetate Techniques… the transforming ‘magic’ window. I hope this video link works. If not, check it out on Instagram! I could play with this all day! : )

I wanted to use the Power Poppy Orchid stamp for this to make an impact. I quickly looked up the current challenge on her blog…

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It was to use only three markers to color an image. So I toodled off and colored my image with just three markers… THEN, as I’m posting this, I find out that the challenge ended Sunday. Brain fog moment! lol! It was still interesting to challenge myself. : )

Here’s the image before it was put together to make the special window:

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Fully open (showing the 3 markers used)

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Closed:

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Partially open:

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It wasn’t all that hard, so I see more of these fun cards in my future!

Materials used:

  • Power Poppy: Orchids Rock stamp set
  • Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics
  • American Crafts: The Color of Memories acetate
  • Worldwin Papers Translucent Vellum
  • Recollections white cardstock & shimmer cards
  • American Crafts glitter cardstock: carrot
  • Copic Markers: R24, Y17, and YG63
  • Staz-On solvent ink – Jet Black
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Ebony
  • EK Success corner rounder punch
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Butterfly punch
  • Sookwang Skor-tape 1/4″ adhesive
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray

I’m going to enter this card into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

It’s been a great week playing with these new techniques – what a terrific class! There are many more I want to try in the future, but that will have to wait. I’ll be away next week, but hope to be back again real soon. Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your kind comments!

-D.Ann

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Watercolor Orchid Card with Eggshell Mosaic Tiles

Hello again, sweet peeps! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I have a card that is one of my favorites to share with you today:

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I love orchids and this terrific stamp by Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy captures the Paphiopedilum orchid (also called the Lady’s Slipper orchid) quite well. I think I like them because they’re so different from the typical orchids you buy in the store. And those cute, dumpy, wide ‘chins’ they have (the lady’s slipper) – I often see the coolest faces in them!

Pareidolia  the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness.

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This Paphiopedilum orchid is in my Shutterfly photo album of flower pictures that I took last spring. I used it as a model for coloring my card. It was at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden near Charlotte, NC.  Someone asked if those are aphids on his side petals. Nope, they’re part of the petal!

This card was inspired by several challenges going on right now. I chose the green palette to go with Marker Pop’s Challenge #88: Greens. Power Poppy’s Power & Spark Challenge is Switch Up Your Shades, which asked us to use a coloring medium we don’t normally use, and Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge is to Shake It Up, so I decided to see if I could watercolor this using Glimmer Mists… shaking them up and spritzing some onto my craft mat and picking it up with a brush. (I heat embossed the image in clear, first.)

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Look at that incredible glimmery shimmer!

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After it was done, I felt it needed a little more color on some of the clear embossed areas, and some shading, so I added some Copic Markers.

Now for the most interesting part (to me anyway). When I’m perusing the craft blogs, I often bookmark cool projects that I see and want to try some day. This year I have a goal of actually TRYING some of these. So it was that I was browsing my Mixed Media folder of bookmarks and came across Gabrielle Pollacco’s blog post on how to make your own eggshell mosaic.You can find it HERE.) It’s a great way to up-cycle those eggshells after making an omelette and any cereal or cracker boxes, too.

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Gabrielle explains the process in much better detail, but here’s the short version: You can cut 1″ squares of the cereal box and prime them with gesso. Then, after removing the inner membrane, you can cover the squares with glue and press a piece of eggshell down on the square.

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Once dry, you can add color with alcohol inks and while they’re still damp, you can add some Perfect Pearls for shine. For my card, I then cut a square into four using Tim Holtz micro serrated shears by Tonic Studios. They cut just fine with hardly any chipping of the eggshells. I didn’t sand my edges, just trimmed off the extra eggshell with my Tim Holtz shears and then ran a copic marker over them to cover the white edges.

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Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Orchids Rock stamp set
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Crushed Shells, Fairway, Forest Green, Gold, and Mustard Seed
  • Copic Markers: YG61, 63 and 99
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent chalks
  • Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks: Lettuce & Stream
  • Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold
  • Perfect Medium
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Recollections Craft It gold card
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme permanentadhesive
  • Red Heart Stellar Super Bulky yarn – NOVA
  • Misc eggshells & cereal box

I’m playing along in the following challenges in case you’d like to join the fun:

I hope you enjoyed today’s project as much as I did! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

-D.Ann

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Pastel Flowers Speak

Welcome back! Today’s whim was to finish a card that will fit challenges on two blogs, Power Poppy and The Cat’s Pajamas.

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PowerPoppy’s Power & Spark Challenge is for a pop of pastel.

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I don’t have any Power Poppy stamps yet, but they’re not required for the challenges and I’m hoping to score some of Marcella’s gorgeous flower stamps, starting with Orchids Rock… check ’em out here! Aren’t they lovely?!

So I decided to use The Cat’s Pajamas’ fab Lacy Posies and Five Petal Posies dies to make some embossed pastel tissue paper flowers using TCPTUES288 Color Challenge colors:

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By embossing the tissue paper with the Lacy Posies die, the flowers have some lovely added dimension! If the other pictures I took turn out, when I get a chance, I’ll put together a step-by-step on how the flowers were done. (UPDATE: You can see the details here: https://dannscraftingwhims.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/pastel-flowers-speak-the-details/ )

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Supplies:

The Cat’s Pajamas  Lacy Posies and Five Petal Posies dies

The Cat’s Pajamas Patterned Petals stamp set

Versamark ink

Hampton Art light green embossing powder

Copic YR02 marker

Tombow Adhesive Dots (3/8 inch)

Tombow Mono Dots adhesive

Tombow Xtreme adhesive

Misc. cardstock and tissue paper

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If you want to join the fun on either of these challenges, here are the links:

Power Poppy: http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2015/04/its-pop-of-pastel-challenge.html

The Cat’s Pajamas: http://thecatspajamasrs.com/TCP/tcp-tuesday-tcptues288-color-challenge/

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Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a lovely week!

-D.Ann

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