30 Days of Coloring


Happy to say I managed to complete the 30 Day Coloring Challenge from Kathy Racoosin.

My background is a mono print made with three shades of Distress Inks.  The image was then heat embossed in Liquid Platinum and watercolored using the matching Distress Inks and Distress Markers.  Next I added a layer of Prismacolor pencil and a bit of white gel pen.

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Paper:  Simon Says Stamp black and Canson Bristol

Ink:  VersaMark and Distress Inks

Stamps:  Studio Katia Blooming Bunch and Lovely Blooms (sentiment)

Misc:  Studio Katia Bubbles Creative Stencil, heat tool, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, embossing buddy, Distress Markers, paintbrush, Prismacolor pencils, white gel pen, Studio Katia sequins and adhesives

Harlequin Floral

62E62CE1-82F7-422B-BA60-578EDB5F03C5Happy to have yet another card for my stash thanks to the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Another Stencil Monoprint background. If you’ve never tried this technique, I did a tutorial for Splitcoaststampers

Then I heat embossed this gorgeous floral image in white. Using the same three colours of Distress Inks I watercoloured the image. This time I added some shading with a Zig Clean Color marker.

A sentiment and some little gems complete the card.

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Paper: Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  VersaMark and Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon

Stamps:  Studio Katia and Clearly Besotted (sentiment)

Misc:  heat tool, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, embossing buddy, TCW Harlequin stencil, distress sprayer, paintbrush, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, Studio Katia Spring Gems and adhesives.

Behavioural Problems

93D89ACE-96DF-4C25-8468-6AC44FD7C7DC.jpegEver have one of those cards that behaves like a wicked child?  This one gave me lots of grief from the get go…but here it is.

I heat embossed the floral image from Studio Katia in white onto vellum. Then I coloured the back with some PITT big brushes.

Next I coloured some cardstock with the same turquoise colour and heat embossed the sentiment.

I’ve had excellent luck with the vellum adhesive I’ve been using…till today. Some weird stuff happened at the top when attaching the vellum. So I coloured another strip of cardstock and covered up the mess…sigh.

A smattering of sequins…oh those little beggars didn’t want to stick today,  but I persevered.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and vellum!!!

Ink:  Versamark

Stamps:  Studio Katia Blooming Bunch and Lovely Blooms

Misc: heat tool, embossing buddy, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, Faber-Castell PITT artist pen big brushes, Studio Katia sequins and adhesives!!!


1D7F160F-DF43-40C5-8ECC-A35E411CF730As I’m working my way through the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I’m trying new things. Stretching my creativity. Today was all about enjoying imperfection.

I think we all work so hard to colour inside the lines, to come up with the perfect design or the perfect card that we forget just to enjoy the process. So today I didn’t worry about things and just dabbed on colours a bit haphazardly and just had fun. There are white spaces without colour, and there is colour outside the lines…and that’s perfectly ok. Life isn’t perfect. Mother Nature isn’t perfect.

Today I played with the Nuvo Shimmer  Powders again. This time I just mixed them with water to use like a paint. Wish I could get a picture of the shimmer…but not today…

To add a bit of interest to the white space I used some thinned out Shimmer Powder on a just damp brush. That way it didn’t run under the stencil.  The final touch was a smattering of gems.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versafine Clair Morning Mist and Nocturne

Stamps:  Studio Katia Lovely Blooms and Blooming Bunch

Misc: Nuvo Glimmer Powders, paintbrush, Studio Katia Brush Stroke Waves stencil, Studio Katia Spring Gems and adhesives

Distress Ink Watercolour

DEF77EE8-D7D6-4AD0-AD60-08B4312036BEHello again!  I’m back with a card for Day 4 of The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

This card starts out with a stencil monoprint background using three shades of Distress Inks and a Studio Katia Stencil. There’s a link in my post from yesterday on instructions for this technique.

Then I used an embossing buddy generously over the entire piece before heat embossing in white. Next I watercoloured the floral image with the same three colours of Distress Inks, adding a bit of shading here and there.

After adding the sentiment in gray, I added my usual smattering of bling…this time gems, not sequins. Finally it was mounted on some dark gray cardstock.

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Paper:  Canson Bristol and Simon Says Stamp Slate cardstock

Stamps: Studio Katia Lovely Blooms and Blooming Bunch (sentiment)

Ink:  Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass and Seedless Preserves; VersaFine Clair and Versamark

Misc:  embossing buddy, heat tool, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, Studio Katia Bubbles Creative Stencil, paint brush, adhesives and Studio Katia Spring Gems

Water Coloured Shaker

82D3F67B-1BCB-4776-BBC0-87C748D2CE0AIt’s Day 3 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Colouring Challenge. I’ve has this card in my head for a while and decided that today was the day.

The background is stencil mono print made with Distress Oxides. I have a  tutorial  on Splitcoaststampers if you’d like to try this. It’s quick and easy.

Then I watercoloured the floral image along with some extra leaves from the same Studio Katia Set. Next they were fussy cut.


I used a Dual Stitched Rectangle Die to make my shaker card, along with some beautiful sequins.

The sentiment was added to the front of the acetate window with Stazon Ink.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Stamps:  Studio Katia Together We Bloom and Essentials by Ellen Hutson (Julie Ebersole designer) Totally Random Sayings

Inks:  Distress Oxides and Stazon

Misc: Stencil Girl Succulents stencil, water mister, adhesives, paint brush, Shimmering Ice Fusion sequins from Studio Katia, Dual Stitched Rectangle Die from Lil’ Inker Designs, acetate, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, heat tool

At Last….


It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

After what I like to call the Great Craft Room Purge of 2018, I’m actually able to find my desk and work with the things I truly love.  After 20 plus years of stamping and never really doing a true purge it was more than due.  My stamps and stencils are reorganized and I realize just how few things you really need.  I’ve literally gotten rid of tons of stamps, stencils, dies and coloring mediums etc. that weren’t being used.  It was very freeing to say the least.  I’m not sure that I’m totally done either, I’ll do a second round in a while.  But for right now it’s time to play again.

So of course, since it’s been months since I tried to create anything, it appeared that my mojo was also purged.  A few days of playing I’m comfortable sharing something with you again.

The floral image from Studio Katia was heat embossed in white.  Next I sprinkled on some Brushos in three colors.  Impatience took over so the Brushos were quickly dried with my heat gun.  Next I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils and added some color and detail here and there.  Splatters of thinned white acrylic paint were added next.  The sentiment, from the same stamp set was heat embossed on vellum.  And for the final touch, some confetti, again from Studio Katia.

I’m reasonably happy with the result, especially after such a long absence at my craft table.

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Paper:  Nina Solar White, Canson Bristol and vellum
Ink:  Versamark and MFT Hybrid Black
Stamps:  Studio Katia Blooming Bunch
Other:  heat tool, white embossing powder, clear embossing powder, Brushos in violet, leaf green and purple; Prismacolor pencils, Studio Katia Satin Rainbow confetti mix, white acrylic paint, splatter brush