Tuesday, April 24, 2018

White Pencil on Black

Morning blog friends. Stopping in for a quick post before heading to work. As I was going through utube videos the other day, trying to get caught up. One technique caught my eye. It was on Sandy Allnock's channel. Coloring with white pencil on black cardstock. Very stunning, and I just had to try it. I was very happy how it turned out.

Hope you give this a try, and go check out Sandy's blog.

happy crafting


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Welcome to your New Home

Hello everyone. I hope everyones week is going fine. After the weekend we had, I am enjoying the grey skies. The whole weekend was either freezing rain or snow. Not just one go round of each but multiple. I can not wait for winter to be over.

The other day I whipped up a 'new home' card before heading into work. A co-worker has just moved into a new apartment. I wanted her to know I was thinking of her on her big moving adventure.

I found the black letters in my stash, and adheared them to my card. The house was stamped right onto the card and colored with prisma color pencils. I used a white gel pen to add to the letters and house, and scattered a few sequins.

She was so touched by the card. Made me feel good to put a smile on her face. We  will have coffee next week, so I can see her new place.

happy crafting

dee ;o)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Two Years In the Making

Happy Easter to all my blog friends out there.  This is a great Easter weekend, although I have to work today. Thursday I drove to the city to pick up my daughter from college. So good to have her home. It has been a hard 7 months with her away at school for the first time. But she has done well and there is only one month to go and she will be back home for the summer.

Well my son is very happy as well. I have finally finished his Mindcraft blanket that I gave to him two Christmases ago in pieces. I told him it was a 'build a blanket' he had to put it together. That didn't go over so well. So after working on it every now and them I have finally completed it. He was so happy yesterday, he sat on the couch all morning watching TV snuggled under his blanky.

And the big reveal.

This is Steve. With over 300 squares it was quite the job. The pattern came from The Loopy Stitch.

It's off to work. Going to be a busy day with the store being closed yesterday and again tomorrow. We gather tomorrow with hubbies side of the family. We only seem to meet up once a year at Easter. Looking forward to it. But not looking forward to dropping Sam back off at school afterwards.

happy Easter to all

dee ;o)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hoping you Perk up Soon

Evening blogland.  I have managed to finish three cards. I've been playing with my new stamp from My Favorite Things. The Pure Innocence Steeped in Love stamp was so much fun to color. I used my prisma pencils and blended with gamsol.

Card #1

I matched her dress to the card base.  Blew the dust off a border punch, and used it on a piece of patterned paper.  Added a few sequins.

Card #2

This one I used the matching die to cut the image in the front of the card.  Placing the card in my Misti I placed the stamp into the cutout area and stamped with black ink, so that the image is stamped on the inside of the card.  The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card front.

 Card #3

The purple pattern paper was embossed with Spellbinders Die D-Lites Create a Flower (which you can't see in the picture).  I added sparkly ribbon that I found at the dollar store, and some dots of liquid pearls.  The card front was added to a white card base.

Next cards in progress are Easter.  Shopping at the Dollar Tree the other day I found some Easter stickers, glitter paper, and glitter ribbon.  These will be used to make cards for our family since I didn't send off the Christmas cards.  I still have the kids school pictures that have to be delivered before they are a year old.

happy crafting

dee ;o)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Waiting for Spring

Good evening blogland.  My coloring supplies are feeling a little neglected lately.  I feel like I'm expanding my collection but am afraid to use them.  I have a nice assortment of  colors in Tombow Markers, water color paints, and a beautiful set of Prisma color pens that I received for Christmas.  I sit and watch hours of videos of people coloring, wishing I could do that too. But afraid to jump in there.  So lately I've been trying different mediums. I'm getting the hang of blending pencil crayons. Water color was not bad. But the Tombow Markers I had the most fun with. Yesterday I colored a flower background. Now I'm not the quickest (it took me all day). But I really enjoyed it. I even managed to make it into a very simple card.

Ta da!

Nice bright colored flowers, makes me think of spring. Once again our weather has turned mild. Above 0 during the day. Rain is taking the snow away again. Which does not bother me.

Going through my emails tonight I noticed the new Simon Says Challenge is make a background. What luck.

until next time
happy coloring

dee ;o)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Feeling Crappy

Good day blogland. There have been quit a few illnesses going around this winter. I have managed to avoid them all, even though my son has brought many home. Until this week. Head cold. Bad timing. Good thing, I am past the contagious stage thankfullly. I am going to visit my daughter at college for an overnight. I know it has only been a month since she was home at Christmas, but that seems so long ago. Looking forward to mother daughter time.

My cousin has been sick too. He has had walking pneumonia. So I thought he would get a kick out of the 'Holy Crap' stamp set from Repeat Impressions.

I had fun with this one. Making the scene with die cuts, and coloring the outhouse with pencil crayons.

thanks for peeking in
happy crafting

dee ;o)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Peach Flowers

Morning blogland.  I finally assembled the card I had colored for "the 30 Day Color Challenge" over at The Daily Marker. Kathy was calling with Sharpie markers.  I thought to myself  'I must try this'. She makes it look so easy. I have tried alcohol markers again and again. But I never like the result. My markers dried up and I ended up throughing them out. But I do have a pile of Sharpies and Bic markers. So I pulled them out, blew the dust off, and wow I'm impressed. Not bad.

Very simple. I stamped my image on a card panel. Colored with Sharpie markers. I found a piece of pattern paper in my stash that matched the color of the flowers, and cut a rectangle out where my flower would be. With the  same die cut I made a frame out of white cardstock and inked the edge with vintage photo distress ink.  Placing the frame on foam dimentions. The thanks was cut three times and stacked ontop of one another to add more dimention. Just a little finishing touch I added lemon chiffon liquid pearls to the centre of the flowers.

It's a good day to craft. I don't go into work till later this afternoon. It's rainy outside. We've had a warm system for almost a week. Most of our snow has disappeared from the rain. We have had several days of freezing rain warnings which causes the school buses to be cancelled. My boy is having a five day weekend today. He thinks it's great but exams start in two days, so they are missing out on their exam review.

happy crafting ;o)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gotta Love the Courier Guy

Evening everyone. I have managed to spend more time crafting lately. A couple of hours in the evenings.  And it's always inspirational to get new supplies.

When I saw the Norce Man from My Favorite Things Stamps I knew I had to have him, and the matching die. And you just can't order one. You have to make the shipment worthwhile. Here is my little package that was delivered by courier today.

Maybe I will get a chance to color this big guy tomorrow.

happy crafting

dee ;o)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hello Gramma

Good morning. Well our deep freeze has finally ended. It us a lovely -5°C. Far cry from the -30 on Saturday. But once again like yesterday it is snowing. But to bring a little brightness in the dead of winter, my African Violet is blooming like crazy. It reminds me of my gramma that always had violets in her kitchen window. When she passed I was blessed with one her beauties. I managed to keep it healthy for many years, but like most of my house plants it too passed on. I was devastated.

Now many years later I am trying again. Every time I look at those beautiful flowers I can see my gramma.

Thanks for sharing a trip down memory lane with me.

dee ;o)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Need a Little Pick Up

Good afternoon. I know I'm late but Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The last couple weeks over Christmas have been really busy. We brought our daughter home from college on December 22nd. Because of the teacher strike in the fall they have to make up for four weeks of not being there.  So her vacation was shortened to one week.  We had alot to do in one week, and fit work in there too. Unfortunately I wasn't able to have vacation like the rest of the family. The downside to working in retail.

No baking was done this year because Sam likes to help with that. And the Christmas tree didn't go up till she got home. We put the final touches to it on Christmas Eve. You just make the best of what you have. We were all together and that's all that matters.

New Years was quiet. My daughter went out with friends. The boy stayed home and played on the computer, and I worked on a diamond dotz. Hubbie played on the computer with a buddy, stopping a 11:55 to roll in the new year, then back to his game.  I hit the bed because it was up early New Years Day to drive Sam back to school.

We are all settling back into day to life. Hubbie is back to work, as well as me, although hours are down so I have a little more time at home to play. The boy has this week off but back to school Monday. He has had a great holiday. They have not worked him much more than the hours he has during school. He's loving it.

Now down to business. Last night hubbie asked for a thinking of you card for a co-worker. He has been off work since before Christmas with a concusion that he got while working.  I always struggle with masculine cards. But this guy has a red pick up so I did a card with a red truck on it.

I used an embossing folder to give it that metal look.  And the image was colored with prisma pencil crayons (my treasured Christmas gift). Before putting it all together I used distress ink tea dye to go around the edges.

Hope everyone has a great New Year. Till next time.

happy crafting

dee ;o)