Amazing Sunshine.

Hi Dolls.

I am excited about today's blog for a few reasons.  The first being that Tiddly Inks is having an open DT call.  Their images are always so adorable and look great on any handmade project.

Today I'll be sharing 2 card styles; the first being a shabby chic elaborate card.



I'm also excited because I get to share a few copic color combos that I have gotten very comfortable using.

I really enjoy coloring scenes, and today I have created a beach scene for "Wryn The Mermaid", (link below).

Here is what I used:
E30, 31 & 33 for the sand.
C0, C1, BG000, BG0000 and B0000 for the sky.
B00, B000 and B02 for the ocean.



For her hair I used RV00, RV23, RV25, RV29, R39 & C9.
For the starfish I used Y21, YR04 & YR27.



Along with the colored background, I wanted the card itself to give a soft white beach feel... as if you were in Mexico on vacation... so I added texture paste to resemble sand, netting, flowers, pearl sprays, pearls and some wood flourishes that I painted ivory.

A complete list of all the supplies I used is below.


  



Here is another scene I created in a card a couple of posts ago...




For the second card I used "Wryn - Whatcha Doin'?" (link below), for a CAS feel.
Not always do I have time to make a card so "dramatic" and extra detailed as the one above, but something like the one below also works very well with these adorable Tiddly Inks images.




Again, the list of supplies for this CAS card can be found below, and I hope you take out the time to join in the DT call and share your project.

Also, there is a weekly freebie, as well as a $1 image every Tuesday on the Tiddly Inks shop.
Don't forget to check it out and get yours too!
You can also see more project inspiration and updates on their Facebook Page.

I hope you have a blessed rest of the week.


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CARD #1 SUPPLIES
* X-Press It cardstock
* Copic markers
* Tiddlyinks "Wryn The Mermaid" digital stamp
* Melissa Frances "Attic Treasures" 6x6 paper pad
* Kaisercraft wood flourishes
* Prima flowers
* Recollections flowers
* Freckled Fawn wood veneer words
* Stampendous frantage embossing powder
* MFT Stamps felt
* Spellbinders Splendid Circles die
* Spellbinders Circles Die
* Tim Holtz "Tea Dye" distress ink
* Wild Orchid Crafts ivory rose buds
* Martha Stewart texture paste
* TCW 6x6 Chicken Wire template
* Craftsmart ivory acrylic paint
* Hobby store pearl sprays
* JoAnn mesh tulle
* Target burlap trim
* Tombow mono multi glue
* Hot glue
* Heat tool


CARD #2 SUPPLIES
* X-Press It cardstock
* Copic markers
* Tiddly Inks "Wryn - Whatcha Doin'?" digital stamp
* Pink Paislee 6x6 "Hello Sunshine" paper pad
* Pink Paislee "Hello Sunshine" chipboard stickers
* Tombow mono multi glue
* Stampin' Up dimentionals
* Copic .03 black pen



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Hello Memories.

When I think about "Everyday Life", I think about the boring and mundane things we are involved in.  Because let's face it, unless you are Justin Timberlake or Jennifer Lopez, not many exciting things happen daily; and even for them there are days where they're just vegging out watching Netflix.

So what's so exciting that you'd want to document the "Everyday Life"?  The ritual things we do?  The bland and unimportant tasks we are associated with?  The exciting part is having those typical days captured forever.  Collectively.  In one album.  So 8 years from now, when you sit back to relax on one of your slow days, and pick up an 8 year old album, you can laugh at how ridiculously hideous your haircut was.  Or be grossed out at how much eggs you consumed in one week.

The exciting part doesn't really happen until later on.  When you're (for some of us) faced with old age, and you've lived your daily grind and now have the extra time to spare to look back at how life was 10 years ago.  I so look forward to digging out these books and reading through them.  Cringing at my awful handwriting and crying when I see a photo of my 4 year old son trying to figure out a game of Checkers in front of Cracker Barrel, or drooling as he stares intensely at a piece of Strawberry Shortcake, or seeing my sweet husband drive a long ways to take us on a mini road trip away from our "Everyday Life", because he wants to be spontaneous and because he wants to take his craft-addicted wife to Hobby Lobby to check out what's new.

THAT's the exciting part...
The memories.


Check out the Come On Get Craft Blog & Facebook for inspiration and visit the shop for the latest in memory keeping goodies.  You won't regret it!

Be blessed.

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The Big Wheel.

Today the Come On Get Crafty creative team is on the blog sharing a layout sketch challenge.  If you enter your sketch this month, you are entered to win a gift card to the COGC online shop.

I love the sketch that Danielle created.  I wanted to keep everything exact, with the exception of mirroring it.  Mainly because the Ferris Wheel is cut off on the left side, and I wanted to have the pattern paper take over, where the wheel ended.  Putting it on the other side would've looked weird and off.  Also to show you how you can flip a layout and it'll work just as well in any direction.




These "Aurora" diecut alphas were the perfect font/design for a whimsical/fun layout.
The fact that they are outlined in white help them blend into the background
and allow the quirky design to stand out.



Maggie Holmes has slowly become one of my newest favs.  
Here I used some sticker phrases and cut them into different funky "banners" 
to create a cluster of fun at the top corner of the page.  




And as always, there's a list of supplies I used at the end of this post.

I hope you have a great weekend and remember to bring your nice camera when you go out.  Even if it's to the grocery store.  You'll never know what great photo is waiting to be taken, that you'll want to capture and document.

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SUPPLIES
* Pink Fresh Studios "Up In The Clouds" puffies
* Basic Grey "Aurora" alpha diecuts
* Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes) stickers
* MME enamel dots
* Elle's Studio "Cienna" diecuts
* Elle's Studio "Salt Water" paper
* October Afternoon "Report Card" labels
* Sassafras Lass "Stitched" stamp set
* Staz-On black ink
* Sharpie black pen

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Valentine Wonder.

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a great week so far.

As for me, I am still working on getting settled in to living in a new place.  I have a "perfectionist" attitude about organizing and if something just doesn't "feel" right or isn't functional I get frustrated and think about it until I find a solution.
I do the same with my crafting.  
For this pocket page layout, I knew I wanted to use all these photos, but they didn't match up with each other as well as I had liked, so I decided to bring in several colors and different pieces from companies like Elle's Studio, Project Life, American Crafts and Freckled Fawn, to make my "idea" come to life.  I figured this was the perfect layout to use my very hoarded Amy Tangerine thicker words (scripted by Kal Barteski), because not only does it tie in all the black in the photos, but one of the photos shows another one of those scripted word thickers.  
It's time to take out your hoarded goodies and use them in your projects...
Before you stop loving them as much, and consider them old news.
And don't forget to visit the COGC Facebook Fan page for more inspiration and coupon codes (as they come out).  You can also shop at the Come On Get Crafty shop for the latest in scrapbooking goodies, here.
Be blessed,

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Pocket Letter Craze.

If you've been active on Instagram, Facebook groups or Youtube within the past month you would've heard the term "Pocket Letter" or "Pocket Letter Pals".  This new fun way to pen-pal is taking the craft community by storm.  I was very reluctant to join in the fun, because I didn't want to add another "to-do" to my list, but I couldn't resist those cute pockets being filled with goodies.


The concept was created by this super AWESOME lady here, and there's tons of videos and hashtags you can search to find inspiration.  It's a fun way to use your scraps or to use your new stuff to make something unique and pretty.
I decided to pull out the new yummy goodies that is currently being sold in the Come On Get Crafty shop to create a fun pocket letter; mostly product by Elle's Studio, Dear Lizzy, October Afternoon & Maggie Holmes.  I filled the pockets with gum, washi tape, enamel dots, stickers, prima flowers, a letter to my pen-pal, top 10 things about me, and some other goodies.  You can add anything you like, anything that you think your pen-pal will enjoy.
These are very addicting and really fun to play around with.
There are no rules, except to add a letter to your pen-pal.

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Easter Goodies.

Have you ever purchased something and thought how cute the packaging was and couldn't bring yourself to toss it out, but didn't exactly know what to do with it just yet?

I've been hoarding a couple of those wood veneer wood trays by Prima & Recollections that came our a year or two ago and thought I could create mini printer trays with them, but they are super tiny.


It wasn't until this week that I realized how great they would be to create a holding spot for Easter eggs, which then turned into creating an Easter basket.



I gathered some popsicle sticks from my stash and got the hot glue out.

This was tricky, trying to create a "fence" (as Giovanni put it), around the tray, but it worked out well.

I was able to create a cute basket, fill it with raffia, hot glue some trim and us an MFT Dienamics Bow die to complete the front decor.


I did not spend a dime.  Everything in this basket I already had on hand.

I created this lil gift for Giovanni's Godmother, who not only gives really great advice, but she is a true woman of God who loves God and people.  Her gentleness and humility are so inspiring and she is always getting us little gifts for any occasion she can think of.  It's not a basket of spa day coupons, but I know she will absolutely love the effort it took to create it and all the goodies inside.



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This week's kid project involved creating some festive & fun
Easter decor.  I used Stampin Up & Fiskars punches for the egg banner,
I used washi tape to create the mosaic decorated eggs,
and used acrylic and watercolors on the actual egg.
I used free hand cutting to create the bunny face prop,
and taped it to the glass door so when he stands out there
he's instantly transformed into a cute bunny!
It was super easy to do and so fun to get Gio involved in crafting.




I also made a little time to cut these 
pink bunny lollipop covers.
Silhouette Cameo machine, twine, alpha roller stamp and black ink.
Simple.
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This morning for breakfast I attempted to make some Easter inspired pancakes.
I used Aunt Jemima complete mix and added neon food coloring.
They browned because of the butter in the pan, but they tasted yummy
and were so fun to look at... Gio loved them!



I also took my first stab at deviled eggs.
I used Hellman's mayo, cranberry/horseradish mustard
(from Target on clearance)
relish and paprika.
They came out so yummy both my husband and son ate most of them.
And let me just add my husband does NOT really LOVE eggs.
But he loved these.



Happy Easter!

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Make A Wish.

One of my favorite stamp companies out there for coloring with copic markers is The Greeting Farm.  Their images are not only super cute, but they really are easy to color.  I like to challenge myself and take it a step further with their stamps, which is why creating shapes in their hair and clothes is fun for me.  I started doing this to them 2 years ago and have enjoyed it since.  The image comes to life for me and I always get a kick out of giving them names and personalizing them for someone special.

"Birthday Anya 3" can be purchased at the Quick Creations Shop, and if you use code "DAMARIS10" at check out, you will save 10% on your total purchase.

Please also visit the Quick Creations Blog and Facebook Group for more inspiration and shop specials.

A list of supplies is below.



Have a Happy and Blessed Easter.

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SUPPLIES
* The Greeting Farm "Birthday Anya 3"
* Copic Markers
* Uni-ball Signo white gel pen
* X-Press It cardstock
* Heidi Swapp "Dreamy" 6x6 paper pad
* Lawn Fawn "Chit Chat" stamps set
* Recollections doily, flower and bling
* The Twinery twine

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Your Kindness Blows Me Away.

Today concludes Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge over at The Daily Marker.  I had a little bit of anxiety in the last leg of this challenge due to very bad toothaches, allergy & asthma trouble, insomnia and countless day to day responsibilities (including church), so it was difficult to keep up, but I am happy and proud to say that I have completed 30 days of coloring.

Some days I gave myself a break from copic coloring and used watercolors.  I feel it's faster for me to paint with water than it is with markers.  My style of copic coloring has intensified during the last year and if I didn't have at least 30 minutes to dedicate to coloring, I was not going to leave something half way.  Because I'll never finish it.

I decided, for the last day of this challenge, to conquer a fear and take a stab at this gorgeous Stamping Bella stamp called "Bentley", which I purchased online at http://quick-creations.myshopify.com/, and FYI, you can save 10% right now if you use coupon code "DAMARIS10" at check out.



 The reason I feared "Bentley", is because I struggle heavily with clothes and pleats.  Let me explain.  When I begin to color an image, I can immediately see (in my mind) the skin color.  Where the shadows are.  Where the elbow bends.  Where the calf muscle and ankles are.  I can see the streaks in the hair.  The sunlight hitting a particular portion of hair.  I can see splitting on the hair at the root.  I can easily visualize this.  It's almost second nature for me.  I can even see a background... with clouds and grass and ponds and leaves; which I think is harder than clothing...  But my constant and true struggle is with clothing.  I can't see the pleats.  I don't know where the sunlight hits.  I cannot create mountains and valleys with my markers on dresses or shirts, like I can with hair.  It's super difficult.  I get comments (especially on Instagram) about my pleats, but to be COMPLETELY honest with you, I get lucky a lot of times... lol.  Honestly!  Which is why I have decided that as much as I will try, I will never really "understand" it until I take a class.  Hopefully by the end of this year I would have taken a class to help me in this area.  Until then, I will continue to color and make my cards and enter challenges and grow as an artist.


Til then, I leave you with this card.  I love the design and simplicity of it.  The idea of the faux stitched clouds came after the card was completed.  I searched the Stamping Bella website and found a new challenge that I wanted to enter, so I immediately added the stitched lines using a Copic gray multiliner.  I like the look and I think I will do it again sometime...


(the original [non-stitched] design is below) 



...But as you can see I struggled badly with the pleats.  Normally I would not share such a catastrophe, but how can I call myself an artist and an inspiration, if I don't share those not-so-perfect moments of my creative process?  It's not for anyone to laugh at or stare strangely at.  It's to be comfortable with your imperfections, learn to love where you are now, and have the motivation and desire to improve.

I want to thank Kathy personally for her challenge.  I had a conversation with my husband about this and I'd like to share it with you all.  I didn't enter this 30 day challenge with any expectation of winning any prizes that Kathy has offered.  What I wanted out of this was growth.  I wanted to push deeper into my love of coloring.  I wanted to learn a new technique (watercoloring), and I wanted to complete 30 days of being crafty.

I believe I have reached that goal, and I appreciate EVERY SINGLE PERSON who has been supportive via facebook, my blog and especially instagram.  You all have made me feel so enthused about creating and inspiring you more.  Thank you for the encouraging words and love.

"Your Kindness Always Blows Me Away".


Be blessed and have a Happy Easter!

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CHALLENGES
* Stamping Bella - Stitch It Up
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SUPPLIES
* Stamping Bella "Bentley"
* Copic Markers
* X-Press It Cardstock
* Copic .03 Gray multiliner
* Stickles
* Clear sequins
* Memento Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black ink
* Recollections Kraft card base