30-Day Coloring Challenge: Day 5 – Gift boxes

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Oh today was a bit trickier. I am still visiting with family today. But I ran into the dining room with my Copics and got to coloring. I colored up another image from the PowerPoppy set.  This image is so cute and I definitely want to use it on come birthday cards. I like coloring presents. I used some go to color combos. I didn’t finish the image because we need to go soon. I am trying to decide if I want to make the flowers a yellow shade or violet. Suggestions welcome.

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I also printed up the color chart for the Copics. I haven’t done this in a long time and have new colors that aren’t on the old chart.

day4bIt looks like I have less markers now. Guess I need to go marker shopping!!

Well I am so pleased that I made it to day 5 of this challenge. I always start strong and then drop off but I am determined to keep on. Thanks for taking the ride with me.

Belinda

30-Day Coloring Challenge: Day 3 – What’s Up?

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Today, I am feeling a little yucky but I did push myself to fit some coloring in. This is where this challenge works wonders. Because I normally would have said, skip it, I’ll do it tomorrow.

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I have some new stamps from PowerPoppy that I have been anxious to color. They are small so I thought today would be the perfect day for them. I love teacups, tea and all the fun rituals around tea so if I see something related in a stamp, I pretty much have to have it.

day3bThe first thing I did was look for color inspiration. I think this is one of the areas I struggle with when I work with my Copics. I don’t look at an image and instantly know what color combos I will use. So often I will leave it to the professionals and look at paper packs or magazines. Since I have a zillion paper packs I usually grab them.Today I grabbed, American Crafts ‘Everyday’ paper pack. I bought this a long time ago at Target. I just fell in love with the vibrant colors.

day3cThe next thing I did was look at a combo sheet I have to see if any of them were close to the colors I liked in the paper pack. Then I test them on scratch paper. I have scratch paper around when I color. One sheet to test color blends and the other goes under the image I am coloring to absorb the color as it bleeds.

I hope you all are enjoying your coloring. I am going to go have lunch and see if that makes me feel better. (Food often improves my mood!)

Have a blessed weekend!

Belinda

My Latest Stamp Haul!!

Hello Everyone!

While at the weekly crop at my LSS, where I met up with my crafty girlfriends, I scored on some new stamps. I am a sucker for pretty stamps. I definitely have enough, but really what is enough anyway?

New Nothwoods' stamps.

New Northwood’s stamps.

I love clear stamps for all the obvious reasons but rubber wooden stamps still are top of the line when it comes to quality impressions. Especially when you are using a very detailed stamp. I bought my first Northwood stamp last fall and loved how it looked even when I didn’t color it up. So when I saw these four stamps that are normally between $10 – $13 for $2 and $3, I knew they had to come home with me. I look forward to coloring them up with my Copics.

Some MFT and Penny Black stamps

Some MFT and Penny Black stamps

My second batch of stamps have two My Favorite Things stamps that I have had my eyes on for some time now but let me tell you when I saw they were $2 each I did a little happy dance.  I like the sheep and look forward to practicing some Copic techniques with it. The other one is screaming paper piercing all the way!

The only full price item I purchased was this mermaid set by Mo Manning for Penny Black.  I never colored up a mermaid and I have been seeing so many pretty ones floating around the internet that I am eager to give it a try.

I will be sure to share some of the projects I make.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #173

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Hello Everyone!I thought I would start with another picture of me since I know you all like to see what’s behind the curtain!! The quality suffers when you reverse the camera on the iphone. Yeah, that’s why I don’t look drop dead gorgeous!! ha ha.  My sweet husband has already gone to work so it’s me, my arm and one messy desk.

Yup, it’s messy desk day. No surface can be found equals I have been a very busy girl!

 

Messy, messy desk

Let’s start at the left side of my desk.  I just bought some Martha Stewart cotton hemp yarn in the sales bin (score).  Up in the corner you can see my storage I made for my Spellbinders a while back. I love it on my desk in my little Nantucket basket. It think I actually use them more.  Some new stamps I found at Michaels. A Halloween card I made is tucked under the stamps.  I just got my first Anya stamps. They are so stinkin’ cute I smile every time I see them. I didn’t realize you have to cut them yourself. So I brought out my Tim Holtz scissors. But I am thinking I might invest in some rubber stamp scissors since I know will be buying more Greeting Farm stamps.

One of my smash albums is out.  I use this one to store card ideas, sketches and instructions for making some interactive cards.  I  pulled out some of my very old, Marvy LePlume markers to create a fun to do list for myself.  Yup, and I never put them away. In the back you can see some of my washi tape hanging on the wall. They are another source of happiness in my room. I love seeing them. If only I would use them more! Below all the stamps and stuff you can see a sheet of new business cards. Yes, I decided not to add the expense of paying someone to design and print my business cards. I designed them myself and I print them as needed on my printer at home.  Works for now.

Why all the mess you ask? I have been feverishly trying to crank out some autumnal and Halloween cards for Belinda’s Crafts, my etsy store.  Many things seem to slow me down – procrastination while I eat some cookies, checking my fingernails for breaks, watching a little TV, surfing the web, oh and an actual real excuse was I was having difficulty getting  the photos processed correctly for  Etsy’s requirements.  But I am happy to say that I have put them up on the store and would love you all to take a peek. Maybe, dare I say, consider purchasing?  Oh I know, no plugs so at least take a look at them.

Well I could blab all day long but that wouldn’t be fun for anyone so I will kindly exit now and go snooping.  If you haven’t learned about this amazing creative journey you can take every Wednesday, then head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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