Friday, February 10, 2017

Winter Flowers and a Great Sale!

Hi guys!

Okay, so being the warm weather, summer-loving person that I am, I continue to find myself coloring more flowers. Can't help it - I need them in my life, especially when the winter months drag on. Don't get me wrong though - I'm very happy January is gone and February is a shorter month! I know I shouldn't wish time would go faster but it's so hard not to want warmer, sunnier weather! (and flowers) *sigh*

So for today's card, I used the appropriately named stamp set, Winter Flowers, from Simon Says Stamp. I love this set and decided to use my Zig Markers for a bit of water coloring. I also used Simon's, Floral Shapes stamp set and did some masking. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday's, Greenhouse Crocus stamp set.

Before I go, have you heard Simon Says Stamp is celebrating their 14th Anniversary?! 

They have a special code that will take 14% off all of Simon's exclusive brand of products! Use code, "FOURTEENYEARS." Valid now until Feb. 12, 11:59 pm EST. Congrats to Simon on an amazing 14 years!

That's it - just a quick post today. Hope you all have a great weekend and find some time to get crafty. 

Thanks for the visit! ♥


Thursday, January 12, 2017

My Least Favorite Month and Lots of Coloring on Dies.

Hi guys!

If you know me at all, you know I hate winter and the month of January is my least favorite! The cold temps, (I should say, below zero temps) the snow that needs to be shoveled, (daily it seems) the cloudy, gray days and lots less daylight, all come together in this one, icky month. Lol! I'm trying hard to get through it and I'm normally a very upbeat, positive person but I always find myself wishing January would go faster. ***SIGH***

Anyway, enough of my complaining! Every year, as soon as Christmas is over, I break out the floral stamps and dies and use as many springy/summery colors as I can, to bring warmth and sunshine into my life. (note the new blog header too) Today I've got a few cards to share which do just that!

This first card doesn't have any flowers but I adore that blue color! I just used a couple of Copic markers to add some depth to this gorgeous, Circle Leaves die from Simon Says Stamp.


An older stamp set that I love is this, Handwritten Floral Greetings set from Simon! Love coloring this flower with Copics! The, Believe die set is awesome! There is also a stamp set that coordinates with it beautifully!

Another die set colored but this time I used Zig Markers for a watercolor look. The die is from Simon and it's called, Elegant Roses. I used the inlaid diecutting technique.

More coloring on dies. It's really fun to do! Don't ya just love those blues and yellows together? I do! Again, I colored the die-cut pieces with Copic markers and used inlaid diecutting. That gorgeous, Heart of Flowers die is fabulous! And the die-cut sentiment? So perfect for lots of people in my life!

So, for those of you in colder climates, how are you getting through the cold, dreary months of winter? I would love to hear. And for those of you who happen to live where it's warm now, send me a bit of that warmth and include some sunshine too please! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by! Here's to a fast-paced January!

Barb ♥

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Checking In With a Few Cards

Hey there!

It's been quite awhile since my last blog post so I thought I should pop in and share a few recent cards I've created.

This first one took me all day long but I think the end results were worth it. I used Hero Arts' gorgeous Antique Poinsettia stamp. Love coloring it with Copic markers! I added a bunch of white dots with a gel pen for a snowy effect. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

Have you seen the newest, DieCember release from Simon Says Stamp? It's filled with fabulous products to celebrate our love of die-cutting! This next card uses the new, Curly Streamers die set. I cut out the two different streamers which come in the set, a few times each, with some glitter paper and added a sentiment. The silver gel pen dots add a bit more fun! This set could be used for many different occasions - birthdays, New Year's, retirement, or any kind of celebration.

And here is another new product from Simon's DieCember release. It's called Corbel Border and there are so many possibilities with this die! I cut it four times acros a panel, then added that cut-panel to a card base, which was ink-blended with some rainbow colors. So fun!
 On both of these last two cards, I used a wonderful stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp called, You Matter.

That's it from me today. I hope you're all getting finished making your holiday cards! Mine are all done, stamped, addressed and mailed out! Feels so good to be ahead of the game this year! (Another reason to be grateful for retirement.)

Hugs and happy stamping!
Barb ♥


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Kathy's 30-Day Coloring Challenge Blog Hop!

Hi there!

Welcome to my stop on the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge blog hop!

Today I'm part of a THREE DAY blog hop to jump-start your creativity. Bloggers are up today, with Instagramers hopping tomorrow and Friday. If you're new to the coloring challenge, or have any questions, you can refer to this post. There you'll see more details by watching Kathy's, "Getting Started" video. 

If you are coming from the talented, Dana Kersey Joy's blog, you are in the right place. To start at the beginning of the hop, go to The Daily Marker blog here.  

GIVEAWAY : 12 GOODIE BAGS ! That’s TWELVE CHANCES TO WIN during the three day hop. The more you comment on each hopper's blog or instagram, the more chances you have of winning. Winners will be chosen randomly FROM THE BLOGS and INSTAGRAM hop comments. The full list of winners will be announced on Wed. Nov 14th 9 am. EST at (contest closes on Nov. 13 at 11pm. EST)

So let's get started! I first want to share one of the ways I like to color. Since my craft area is not very close to where my hubby likes to watch sports, I needed to find a way to color comfortably, in a recliner chair that I sit in, when watching with him. (I love sports too!)

I found this lap easel on Amazon that works perfectly!

In the photo above, it's sitting on my desk but I really only use it when I'm sitting in the recliner. It's a large chair, so I can bring over my Copics or watercolor markers and they fit easily, right next to me. The easel has saved my neck and back from getting stiff and achy, which is such a relief!

Sometimes I don't have enough time to create an entire card but that's okay! Kathy always says that even just 10 minutes of coloring is good for you. And that is so true! I always feel better if I've colored, even if it's only for a few minutes each day. For the hop today though, I had the time to not only color but create a card too - yay!

I love this pretty set from Simon Says Stamp! It's called, Poinsettias and it's really fun to color! I white embossed the images on a piece watercolor cardstock then used Zig makers for the water coloring.

I hope you'll all find some time to color each day this month, even if it's only for 5 or 10 minutes. It relieves stress, it's so relaxing and it's fun too! 

Don't forget, if you're sharing your coloring on Facebook or Instagram, make sure you use the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. Click here to check out their Facebook group, in case you'd like to join.

The next stop on the hop is the amazing, Sonja Kerkhoffs!

Thank you for the visit and happy coloring! ♥

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop Winner!

Hi everyone!

Just a short post today to announce the winner of the $25.00 gift card to Simon Says Stamp, from my stop on the Believe In The Season blog hop.

The winner is. . . .


Wowzer!! I don't even know what to say except that each of your cards are amazing!! I just kept scrolling down and LOVING each every one!! So many different styles and I love them all!! Thanks for the inspiration!! 

Congratulations Patty! I've emailed you so please check your inbox (or spam folder if need be.)

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a comment. I read every single one and love your feedback and kindness!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hero Arts Hostess Reunion Blog Hop!

Hey there everyone!

(If you're looking for my Simon Says Stamp, Believe In The Season blog hop post, click here.)

Welcome to my blog! I'm excited to be participating in the Hero Arts Hostess Reunion blog hop, celebrating products from their newest 2016 release and winter catalog!

I always enjoy getting back together with my hostess sisters! We share a love of Hero Arts and card making and we sure have had a blast preparing for this hop! I've got lots of wonderful, holiday inspiration for you.

If you're arriving here from the blog of the talented Anita, you're in the right place. If you need to start at the beginning of today's hop, which is day 2, click to be taken to Donna's blog here. If you missed day 1 of the hop, click to be taken to Virginia's blog here.

Hero Arts will be awarding 4 prizes!
---Today's hop:
1 winner will receive a $25 Hero Arts shopping spree, randomly chosen from comments on all stops along the hop 

1 bonus prize on the Hero Arts blog
---Yesterday's hop
1 winner will receive a $25 Hero Arts shopping spree, randomly chosen from comment on all stops along the hop 
1 bonus prize on the Hero Arts blog The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your chance of winner! One comment per person. Please comment by Sunday Oct 30 by 11:59pm PT for a chance to win.

Okay, now that all the details are out of the way, let's get started! I had so much fun playing with some of the wonderful, holiday stamps from Hero Arts' recent release! 

My first two cards showcase holly stamps from the clear set called, Happy Holly Days. On this first one, I used Copic Markers and added white dots with a gel pen and some sequins for a bit of sparkle. I do love coloring holly!

Here's my second holly card, using the same set but different stamp. Again, colored with Copics. I love that you can take the sentiments from this set and create lots of different ones!

Boy do I love these amazing ornaments from the, Ornaments Stamp and Cut set! I heat embossed them in white, cut them out and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I just had to add some sparkle with Wink of Stella because ornaments should definitely sparkle! :) The sweet sentiment comes with the set, along with a couple of others.

And last but not least, the Antique Poinsettia woodblock stamp. I ADORE it! Yes, I used my Copics again. I know, I know - but I can't help it - I love to color! This was the first time I've tried the hidden sentiment technique. I don't know why it took me so long. It's such fun and I love the results. The die cut sentiment is from an older Simon Says Stamp set that I thought went perfectly with this beautiful stamp!

That's it for me. I hope I've inspired you to get a head start making your Christmas cards, if you haven't already. Because the holidays can really sneak up on ya, can't they?

Okay, the next stop on the hop is my amazing, talented, sweet friend, Kathy Racoosin, at her blog, The Daily Marker. She is sure to WOW YOU!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Believe In The Season Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp, Believe In The Season blog hop! I'm excited to share my cards with you today!

If you've come from Anna-Karin's amazing blog, you're in the right place. The hop started here, at the SSS blog, so if you find a broken link, you can head back there for the full list of blogs participating.

Simon is letting each blog hop participant give away a $25 gift card to their online store! Woo, hoo! You just have to leave a comment below on this post, or on my Instagram post here by Wednesday, October 26, 11:59pm Eastern Time. I'll randomly select a winner from all those comments and announce it the next morning in a new blog post. Good luck!

This release is chock full of awesome holiday products! I've had such fun playing with some of them in the last couple of weeks, so let's get started.

For my first three cards, I used the adorable, Color Me Trees clear set.

So fun coloring these sweet trees with Copic markers and adding some white gel pen dots. I cut each piece individually (I didn't have the matching die but there is one!) and added foam adhesive for some dimension. Love how whimsical they look!

Is this tree fun, or what?! More, simple Copic coloring and a bit of shimmer added with Wink of Stella. I do like using non-traditional colors for Christmas.

For this one I used lots of water coloring. Distress Inks for the background and Zig markers on that fun, adorable tree.

I used the gorgeous, Nothern Lights Snowflakes die for this next card! What a beauty!
I die cut it out of watercolor cardstock and spritzed it with Peacock Feathers and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains. Then I just added some splatters, a few sequins and the silver embossed sentiment. Easy and quick!

Last but not least, is the pretty Poinsettia clear set.
Before retiring, I worked in a floral shop and always loved the gorgeous, blue, sparkly poinsettias that would come in during the holidays. That's where my inspiration came from for this card. I colored the flowers and leaves with Copics. I then added a little bit of Multi Matte Medium to the edges of each pedal and sprinkled that with Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter Distress Stickles. It gives such a pretty shimmer!

I hope I've inspired you and given you some ideas for using these fabulous products for your holiday cards! There are tons more goodies to be seen in this release! You can click here to head over to Simon Says Stamp to see the full release.

The next stop on the hop is my wonderful, talented friend, Shari Carroll!

Thanks so much for the visit! ♥