Archives for June 1, 2015

30-Day Coloring Challenge Part 2: Day 1

challenge_graphic-June-650Do you remember the coloring challenge I participated in back in March?  Well if you do, it’s back!! Kathy at The Daily Marker is at it again. She hosted the challenge in March and now she’s at it again for June.  As you all know, my life is very crazy right now so I am trying to dial it back so I can get back to what I enjoy doing – my crafts.

The Challenge begins today and ends on June 30th.  All I have to do is spend a minimum of 5 minutes and color each day then share what I am creating. They don’t have to be finished cards or projects, just coloring. I like this because for me it takes the pressure off and let’s me play. So on some days I might have something complete and on others you will just see what I’m playing with. I will mostly be using my Copics, but I will also use my watercolor paint, watercolor pencils and distress markers from time to time. I hope by blogging and putting my stuff on Instagram, I will stay honest to the task.

To find out more if you would like to participate you should click here.

Having said all that, the last challenge I went strong for 11 days straight then things got wonky and then I picked up day 16-22 and then I fell off. So I aim to do better and that might not be all the way to 30 days or it might be. Let’s just see what happens. I have jury duty this month, I wonder if I could bring my markers on that day? hee hee.

So today I managed to squeeze a little time in to color up an image for a magnetic bookmark I wanted to make.

day1aI used an image from an old Flourishes stamp I have. I really miss that company. They had amazing stamps. They are so pretty you don’t even have to color them. I saw instructions for using dies to make a magnetic bookmark and took out some of my dies to find the right size.

day1bThis is the second time I am using my new Hex Chart from Sandy Allnock. It really is a great way to find the colors for my projects. It shows you how different colors relate very different from the Copic color chart. I like having both but am definitely seeing the benefit of having this one. I will write more about it as I use it for more projects. I can also easily see what I really need and what can wait when I look at the chart. Since we all know, Copics are an investment (nice way of saying expensive!!).

day1cI followed the instructions and adhered the magnets before attaching the patterned paper. I love Zinnias so this stamp makes me happy. Now I can see it every time I open my book.

day1dI think I will use a stronger magnet next time. This one isn’t as strong as I would like.

Well day one is complete. I won’t always be able to complete a project but I will try to stick to coloring a minimum of 10 minutes and try to keep up with posting it this time around. I post on Instagram too so I need to figure out an efficient process so not as to make this work instead of play.

I hope you find 10 minutes today to color. It’s not just for kids!!

Have a blessed night and I will be back tomorrow with day 2.


Project Life Week 14 – A Week of Family Happenings


I’m back!! I have been swallowed up by life and many projects got put on the back burner, project life being one of them. So I’m climbing my way back out of the whole and I am now able to bring you week 14 of my Project Life which was a busy but fun week.  week14aI of course ended up cutting a page protector to make an insert to accommodate my problem of wanting to include way too many photos.

I included my current book club read at the time which was The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. That was the first book by that author that I read but I thoroughly enjoyed it and even recommended to a friend who also read and enjoyed it. You can read my review here.

I took a few candid photos of Apollo and I included my March design for my ATC swap.

week14fI love the photo I included of Apollo waiting at the window for Leao to return via taxi from a business trip. It is one of those moments that made my heart so happy. I think I realize how much they love their dad because I witness these type of moments. I actually sent the photo to Leao while he was riding home in the taxi to show him how much he was missed.  Just precious.


For the insert I cut a 12 x 12 page protector down to include more photos. I do this because I want my inserts to be smaller than the regular 12 x 12 page protector.

It included a candid of Apollo in Barnes and Noble. They still love this place and so we go quite regularly. I also included and journaled about Apollo and how much joy he has for being a part of my monthly ATC swap. I took a picture of him sorting the cards in preparation for mailings. I also included bookmarks I made for Nicholas’ class since they read, “Wonder”, I made custom “Wonder” bookmarks.


This is the back side of the insert. I included the photo of the day I received my jury duty notice. I mean come on, why me? I have been called to jury duty since I was in college (which is a while back now) and I still meet people that have never been called. What? Not fair!! I also included Apollo on Easter morning getting his basket and a picture of the yummy spread my mother-in-law made for Easter Dinner.

week14eI just included photos on the second page from Easter with family. I didn’t put any embellishments on this page because my goal was to get it documented and complete.

So I hope to keep climbing out of this whole so that I can return next week with week 15.

Happy memory keeping my friends!



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