30-Day Coloring Challenge – Day 1

Hello Everyone! I don’t know what I am thinking because June is a busy month but I am always up for a challenge. From June 1 – 30th is the 30-day coloring challenge created and hosted by none other than Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker. What I decided to do this time around is write a post three days in so that I have time to color, photograph and write a post before pushing it live. I also think I will limit this challenge only to colored pencils since I have some really amazing new coloring books that I absolutely have to color.  This is from Day 1 which was on Saturday. I convinced my youngest, to help me kick off the challenge by coloring with me.  He is coloring in one of my old coloring books that contain a bunch of mandalas. I helped him select a color scheme and he dove in. I think I will try to get him to color with me on another day too because although he didn’t want to admit it, he was having fun coloring and chatting with me. I chose the “In My Garden” coloring book. I am always discovering more about myself each time I sit to create. What I noticed was I gravitated to this smaller book to kick off the challenge. There is something comforting about a smaller canvas. It’s not too small it’s more of mid-range size about 8×8. So it’s fun to hold and easy to turn while coloring. I used one of my pre-made color swatches that I created a few weeks back to help me with my color selection. I find them so handy and when I use them the pages always look more cohesive.

I will be back tomorrow with day two.

Happy coloring!

Belinda

30 Day Coloring Challenge #4: Day 12: Forever my Valentine Card

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Hello my craft-lovin’ friends! It’s day 12 of the color challenge and I am still at it. Yesterday was a long day and so I was unable to complete my card. So this morning I was on a mission to finish coloring my image and pull together a Valentine’s day card.

One of the fun things about this craft is that from time to time, you get faced with a mistake that you must find a creative workaround to make them work. Sometimes, It might be my color combinations don’t work as planned, sometimes, it’s a stamping error, etc. Well I printed up multliple digi images on Copic paper to color for various projects. Sometimes I print them up with space for me to incorporate a drawn background and other times, I lay them out so that I can maximize the amount I can fit on a sheet with the intention of fussy cutting them out after I color them. Well in haste, I forgot to print a test view to see if everything fit on the page. So the balloon on this image was clipped.  I don’t like to waste paper and products so as a rule I find a way to make it work for the project or use on another to avoid wasting anything.

day12aSo I pushed the imaged flush right and cut off a little more of the balloon to line up with the right edge of the card.  Problem solved!! I also designed two sentiment designs (love, forever) on my Silhouette and played around to ensure the digi when cut out, would fit nicely with the word. I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette (yes I use a Cricut cutting mat – don’t judge) to cut out the cards and then placed the image on each to see which sentiment I would use for this card.

day12bI ended up using the ‘Forever’ sentiment and matted it on American Crafts ‘Everyday’ patterned paper.

I think I might just use this card for my husband. That way I can still see her cute face around the house!

It’s really cold here (18 degrees) and I am thinking of stopping work early, making tea and grabbing my book and heading to my reading nook for a little comfort.

I will be back tomorrow for day 13!

Have a lovely weekend!

Belinda

30-Day Coloring Challenge Part 2: Day 6 & 7

challenge_graphic-June-650Hello Everyone! So here I am on day 8 while others are doing day 10. I decided on Friday that I would change the rules a bit to accomodate my crazy June schedule. I will not be posting my coloring challenge posts on the weekends. I will only do it on the week days. Since weekends are for my family, this will work out better. I refuse to feel bad for changing the rules a bit. So my end date will be beyond June 30th.

I did color Monday but it was for my ATC swap and I can’t reveal all here so you will have to trust me.

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Yesterday I did color up these cute elephants. I plan to use them on a magnetic bookmarkers.  I used my Copics to color them.  It’s good practice for me working with grays to create shading.

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I will be back later with something I color today and that will be day 8.

Happy coloring!

Belinda

30-Day Coloring Challenge Part 2: Day 5

challenge_graphic-June-650Hello Everyone! Day 5 here and I am going strong.  This is no easy thing this time of year but I am giving it my all.  Today, I was once again inspired by Kathy and pulled out my newest coloring book I had bought a few weeks back from Barnes and Noble on the bargain table.  It has all sorts of Mandalas to color and I have been fascinated with them for years and thought I would give it a go. The paper quality isn’t the best for my copics so I used my Ranger distress and StampinUp markers.

day5aThey do seem a bit daunting at first but once you start coloring it’s not so bad. It’s just picking the initial colors that took a few minutes. Of course it helped that I have a limited number of distress and stampinUp markers. Nothing like my Copic collection that I love so much.

day5bI chose this one to color first because it had butterflies in it.

day5cI don’t think you have to finish these in one sitting and although I would like to, I have other work and I had to post this so I stopped here. I will be sure to share the final piece.

Happy coloring and have a blessed weekend!!

Belinda

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