Sunday, March 19, 2017

Copic Coloring and a SALE!

Hi guys!

I'm back today to share a fabulous sale and a few cards.

Right now, through March 30, 2017, Simon is offering Copic Markers, Refills and more for 25% off! Just click the photo above and it will take you directly to the sale pages. And make sure to use the code: MARKERSALE at checkout!

Anyone who knows me, knows I love coloring with Copics! They make blending so easy and they make me feel like a real artist! I've got four cards to show you today, All colored with Copics. I've linked the supplies at the end of the post.

First up is this bright, happy one.

This is a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp's recent, New Beginnings release and boy is it fun to color! It's called, Hope Blooms. The sentiment was also just released in a new set called, Handlettered Encouragement, which has some really wonderful sentiments. I went a little nutso with the white gel pen dots but they add so much!

Next up is a card using Altenew's gorgeous, Amazing You set. 

My third card uses a new set from Power Poppy called, Peony Muse.

By now, I'm sure you realize that I not only love coloring flowers but love using pink! It's still fairly cold here in Minnesota and I am eagerly awaiting warmer weather and my own pink peonies to bloom. So until then, I'm happy to be able to at least color them!

Last up is a Paintable Print from Simon Says Stamp and illustrated by Suzy Plantamura. With the New Beginnings release, Suzy illustrated 12 floral prints for us to color called, In Full Bloom.

These images are actually printed on Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock but I used Copics on this one. They blended well and I loved bringing these calla lilies to life! You'll get the whole pack of 12 floral prints with this set!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you all get a chance to do some coloring, creating, crafting, etc this week!

Hugs ♥


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winner - Altenew Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

We've got a winner to announce from the recent Altenew, March release blog hop! I used to choose my winner. There were 170 comments - thank you everyone - I loved    
reading each one!

The 55th comment was randomly chosen and left by Nora N!!!

 Nora N. said... 
I adore all of your cards but the last two are just FABULOUS!! Spraying the stencil? Now I am going to have to give that a try!! Marvelous design!! 

Congrats, Nora! So happy for you! I've given your name to Altenew but . . .

***Please make sure you contact Altenew by emailing them at with the subject line, "Altenew March Release Blog Hop Winner From Barb's Blog."***

Thanks again everyone! ♥♥♥


Friday, March 10, 2017

Simon Says Stamp March Release Blog Hop!

If you're looking for the Altenew blog hop, click here or scroll down. 

Hi there!  

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp, March release blog hop! It's a fabulous release, filled with beautiful springtime products and it's appropriately called, New Beginnings. You can check out the full release here.

If you're following along the hop, you should've arrived from Kathy Racoosin's blog, The Daily Marker. Isn't she amazing? So crazy talented! If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog here, to see the full list of designers.

Simon is giving away a $25 gift certificate at EACH STOP on the blog hop! They'll randomly select the winners from our comment sections over the weekend and will announce them on their blog, Tuesday, March 14th. So be sure to leave a comment below for a chance! 

I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of the new stamp and die sets to play with and I'm excited to share my cards with you today! The products I used are all listed at the bottom of the post.

First up is a set of four cards created using the adorable, Spring Seeds stamp and die set.

These sweet little images are so fun to color! I cut them all out using the matching die set and popped them up onto dry embossed panels from We R Memory Keepers, before adhering to the card bases. Images were colored with Copic Markers

For my next card, I used the fun, Artsy Flower Parts stamp and die set. There are so many possibilities with this one!

I used lots of yummy, Simon Says Stamp inks. I stamped my images, die-cut them with the matching dies and arranged them onto a Fog cardstock panel with foam adhesive. I also stamped some of the images onto the white card base, using Fog Ink. The sentiment is from Simon's, Choose Happy stamp set. I think the colored sequins add to the whimsical look of the card, don't you?

I love this release and ordered lots more products as soon as it went live! Couldn't help myself - spring is my favorite time of the year! (for weather AND stamping!)

Your next stop on the hop is my sweet friend, Shari Carroll! She is an amazing artist with such an eye for color and card design - I just know she'll wow you!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're enjoying the hop! ♥