Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hi, there - Drawing 101!

Hi old friends! Where've I been, right? Well, I've missed YOU. And I didn't have the mental energy to blog hop or visit blogs or comment much anywhere. The stress from Bruce's illness was extremely hard for me to get back up from. But he's even back to work now, 2nd week!

I won't go into all the details but will just say my husband is better and so I am - Bruce with his heart and tummy, and me with my back surgery (hey, I can stand up straight and walk upright again - slowly and not far, but a little less pain now)!

Being stuck in bed recovering I searched around online and signed up for some of Sandy Allnock's classes. So I haven't been just laying around watching soap operas (are there any left?) and eating chocolate. In fact, I've lost almost 30 lbs since going on a more careful menu (not diet) since August 4. I have not increased activity because of my back. I have to take it reaaaalllly easy for 6 months (still have 4 more months). My goal is to walk to the mailbox but I can't do it every day because of spasms in the back and (shall I say it? Buttocks).

And I've been sharpening pencils and using a lot of the squishy eraser lol! I hope you will consider taking her course. You will get waaaay more than you thought. It didn't feel like a 101 course!

Here is a link: Sandy Allnock's Online Art Courses!

We simply used pencils (mostly a regular #2 and for me a 5B, 6B and Prismacolor White. The first part of class we used a white paper sketchbook and for second part, I used a tan color paper sketchbook. (We could use gray or tan paper.)

After a few lessons (ok a lot of lessons) about simple shapes and shadows, combining shapes and lighting, and 2 point perspective and vanishing points, we got into some challenging photos to draw. After the first few, I quit using a ruler because I just wanted to wing this and see what happens.

Remember, This is 101 for me. I felt like I was kicked out of the nest too early, but I flapped those wings 'til I only had a feather in each hand but I flew!

You can see the 2 pt perspective in a simple picnic table. (All drawings are based on photos at "Paint My Photo" where we have the drawing group discussion.) These images are not in the order we drew them, but sort of.

1. Picnic Table

2. An old building, "Dorothy Church" in Alberta, Canada. (I could not really locate the right side of the 2 pt perspective, so will need to study up more.)

3. Stack of cups

4. Hellbrunn Castle Grounds

5. Chichester Cathedral Steeple (this is about where I gave up with a ruler).

6. Still Life (um, the crumbled up paper in the foreground is supposed to be some calla lilies lol). This is where we began using a color paper and added white pencil.

7. In the Cottage

8. Locked

9. Garlic Bulb

10. Wormsloe State Historic Site (tunnel of trees sans the moss because there wasn't any moss in the original photo) I added green Prismacolor pencils.

11. Oil Lamp or Lantern

Ok dear ones - hug your loved ones!
Much love to each of you and
thank you for visiting ♥

Friday, November 10, 2017

Penguins and Roasted Marshmallows

Aloha! I love penguins! They usually mate for life and have the fluffiest little cute babies ever! And they waddle. What's not to love?

When I have insomnia, I love to watch coloring videos on YouTube. They are soothing and I learn lots of "stuff." One of my favorites is Sandy Allnock! Be sure you watch some of her skills with coloring tools like Copics, watercolors and color pencils. Here is a link to her spectacular BLOG. I hope you'll check out her amazing talents!

I've been striking out on my own, figuring out how to create scenes with little images I have. It is SCARY. The process puts fear into me. But when done, (keep going because there's usually a period of a hot mess to work through) sometimes I end up with a scene that makes me smile, inside and out. It's a challenge though. I hope you give this a try! I just grab a light marker and start sketching. I masked the fire and hats, then created the bowl of marshmallows because one on a stick just isn't plausible, right? Then I dragged some markers around to create the northern (I guess southern if it's penguins) lights, covered it with Wink of Stella, Crystal Lacquer and created a starry sky. Penguin love ♥

Stamp Set: Reverse Confetti "S'more Love"
Copic Markers
GKD Cardstock
Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen
Sharpie White marker (stars)
3D Crystal Lacquer

Mahalo for stopping by!
Wishing you the very best for the weekend and weeks ahead ♥

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Miss You Baaaaah-dly!


Here is a little fun - mountain goat way up on top of a mountain. I wanted to use a sentiment "High" for high up on the mountains, but you never know how someone might interpret that, so I stuck with "Hi." It was fun drawing the triangle mountains and making this a twilight time of a card. I will enter this into the Paper Smooches September Animals Challenge.

I would like to enter it into the September 2017 30 Day Coloring at The Daily Marker. Whenever Kathy Racoosin holds these 30-day Coloring Challenges, I try really hard to play, even if just for a few days of the month ☺

Stamp Set: Paper Smooches "Green Acres"
Cardstock: GKD White, Bazzill Black
Inks: Copic Markers for coloring; Memento for stamping and drawing; Versafine for sentiment
Stickles Diamond Glitter; Studio B Glitter in Yellow
Glossy Accents
Corner Rounder

Thank you for stopping by!
Wishing you and yours a blessed day, night and week ♥

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Watercolor Floral Etched Background

Aloha ♥

This will be an entry for the MFT Coloring Virtuoso Challenge that closes in 11 minutes lol. So here goes! Rather than make a card, this is a 10-1/2 inch x 11-inch matted wall hanging. I used Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle all over the watercoloring. Just imagine how sparkly it is IRL ♥

Stamp: MFT Etched Flower Background
Inks: VersaMark
Embossing Powder: White Fine Detail by SSS
Paint: Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (Pink with tad of Carmine Red for flowers; Cobalt Blue and bit of Pink for the background)
Cardstock: Canson Watercolor; SU white; GKD Passionate Pink and Blue Raspberry
Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle (over the entire painting)
Lots and lots of 1/4 inch Scor Tape

Thank you for stopping by! ♥

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pastel Lotus


What a few weeks of natural disasters we have been having recently. My heart is just shattered for all those affected by flooding, hurricanes, loss of homes, lost lives, earthquakes, fires out west. I feel overwhelmed but strangely, I felt compelled to color something soft. I'm not a pastel person, but it's what my heart moved me to do.

Using Copic markers I colored an MFT lotus flower. I didn't care for the water I colored around it, so fussy cut it out and laid it up on foam. The Challenge is to make a CAS card. This takes much discipline for me not to keep on adding and adding elements - it's hard. This is going to a friend in the stamping community who is going through her own serious struggles with health and now the loss of a loved one.

Here is a link to the MFT Clean And Simple Genius Challenge. You still have time to get your entries in, but hurry!

Stamp Sets: MFT "IB Flowers 3" and "About Sympathy"
Cardstock: GKD 120# White
Inks: Image stamped in Memento Angel Pink, colored with Copic Markers, and the sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Smoke Gray (a little softer than black)
Sequins Pretty Pink Posh
Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen (over the flower and leaf)
Corner Round Punch and Foam Sheet; Stays Put liquid glue

Mahalo for stopping by. 
I'll be continuing to pray for all those affected by natural disasters ♥

Monday, September 18, 2017

Seascapes, One in Browns and Another in Blues


I made a couple more cards using the same stamp set as in the last post for a friend who wanted to give them to her uncles visiting from Tahiti this week! She asked me to add an outrigger canoe for 3 on each card, and to keep them similar in design but one in brown and the other in blues. Simple pencil sketches gave me an idea of how to add the canoes and the Memento Black Tuxedo marker created the silhouettes. I will enter this in The 30 Day Coloring Challenge by Kathy Racoosin.

Stamp Set: Framescape Tropical Skies by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs
Inks: The black is by GKD Black Onyx; and I also used Distress Inks in several browns, yellow and the blues; VersaFine Smoke Gray on the envelopes and inside the cards
Cardstock by GKD 80# Ivory
Viva Decor Gold and Perfect Pearls White Opal for the splatters

Before splatters:

After metallic splatters:


Mahalo for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Seascape in Neutrals

Aloha, dear friends,

We needed a masculine card to say thank you to a local, young man here. First thing I thought of was to tie the card theme with the ocean.

Stamp Set: Framescape Tropical Skies by Gina K. Designs, designed by Theresa Momber

Inks: Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo (use both fine spray and large water drops then allow to dry before moving on to gold paint. I used Gina K. Designs Black Ink to stamp the tropical scene as well as the decorations on the envelope. I doodled some ocean swirls and horizon, and coconuts in the tree by using a Memento Black marker.

Cardstock: Pure Ivory by GKD 80#, Black layering, Neenah 80# for the scene.

Gold paint splatter: Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Gold (mix with water on an acrylic block, use a wet paint brush and flick the thick, gold paint away off the edge of the block and towards the scene).

The ship's wheel is an embellishment I made a few years ago by die-cutting the wheel out, coloring it with some gold paint, pressing onto a VersaMark pad, then used Ultra Thick Embossing Powder in clear to create a solid, clear-domed cover for the wheel. There is a small champagne color gem in the center and a gold brad at the top holding it to the card.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts! With aloha ♥

Monday, August 7, 2017

Thank Your Mail Carrier

Aloha, everyone!

I've been wanting to make a card for our mail lady for-EVER. I don't know why it took me so long. But this will be entered into the MFT Color Challenge 74.

I kept it simple (well, for me anyway) using Copic markers to color in, create a little lawn for her to stand in, and added a bird with musical notes for that little somethin' somethin' extra :) Glossy Accents creates a shiny bubble finish over the envelope, her shoes, the hat trim and her buttons, and a touch over her eyes. The image layer is popped up on a piece of foam.

Stamp Set: My Favorite Things "Pure Innocence" Line -- You/ve Got Mail!
Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Cardstock: GKD Black and Neenah Solar White 80#
Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle Die
Stampin' Up Gold Mirror Chevron washi tape
Glossy Accents

Mahalo for stopping by!!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Throwing Hearts and Kisses

Aloha, everybody!

This is a card to thank one of my nurse friends.

Just like the other nurse cards, it's colored with Copic markers and decorated a bit with sequins and ribbon.  Had to add some little pink flowers to her dress and freckles to her face.

Stamp: My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence "Sending Big Hugs"
Cardstock GKD 120# White, mirrored hearts and swirls from stash, Neenah Solar White (for image)
Colored with Copic Markers and edged with Memento Lady Bug Red
Glossy Accents (on all the hearts and her shoes)
Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh
(Adhesive Foam, SMS liquid glue, ribbon from stash)

Thank you for stopping by!
Wishing you all the very best ♥

Trio of Nurse Cards

Aloha, everyone!

I hope your week has started off well ♥ Here is a trio of Mahalo cards I made for nurses who took such tender loving care of me. I still have a few more to make, so be "patient" with me LOL.

I kept these simple by coloring with Copic Markers. Then I used a variety of dies, sequins, ribbons, punches, Nuvo drops and cut/embossed papers to layer and place them on to the cards.

Stamp: My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence "Best Medicine"
Cardstock: GKD 120# White, Anna Griffin (pink shimmer), Mirror Heart swirls (found in stash) and Neenah Solar White (images)
Dies: Gina Marie Stitched Rectangles, Wonky Rectangles, SB stitched Ovals, SU Pennants
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (stamping) and Copic Markers (edges sponged with Memento Inks)
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Peacock Feathers
Sequins "Pretty Pink Posh"
Fiskars Flower Punches; Corner Rounder Punch
Ribbons (stash)
Tonic Nuvo Transparent Drops
(SMS liquid glue, Adhesive Foam, Scor Tape, Multi Matte Medium)

Do you have a favorite color combination that you use often?



Purple & Yellow:

I have more Thank You cards for more caregivers-
Take good care and MAHALO for stopping by ♥

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Little Hula


Where have I been? Well, here - there, and coloring when possible ♥

I made a couple of little hula girl cards and here is one of them. It's a thank you for one of the nurses who has taken good care of me.

Using Copic markers, I colored the images and then fussy cut them out. The palm tree is a die though. See her little top? I fussy cut it lol! This gave me the thought to draw the flower shapes onto the other card, so that's what I did.

I cut a piece of paper into a hill and sponged the sandy beach and sky using the negative and positive pieces. You'll see Stickles and Glossy Accents on the ocean, hula skirt and bird beak, oh, and eyes. Finally, I used an Action Wobbler mini for the back of the hula girl and you got it, she SHAKES!! And the tree has heart coconuts!

Now my brain does not lean well towards sketch challenges. In fact, they tend to make me freeze up and itch all over! But I keep trying...

To be entered into MFT Sketch 343.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Hula Girl; Birds of Paradise; Palm Tree Die
Spellbinder Oval and Scallop Oval Dies
GKD 120# White card stock; Neenah 80# Solar White card stock; AC lime cardstock; GKD 
   pattern paper for her top
Copic Markers
Memento Inks (sponging)
Mini Action Wobbler from MFT
Heart Punch Fiskars
Glossy Accents (eyes, beak, hearts, ocean); Diamond Stickles (ocean, sand, skirt)
Adhesive Foam Squares

Mahalo for stopping by! Muaaah!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Coffee Time


I hope your week is going well, full of creativity.

Here is the 4th and final card to be entered into the Coffee Loving Papercrafter's 2017 Summer Blog Hop. It is a little thrilling to be able to play along with everyone!

I stamped the images onto watercolor paper and used watercolors to paint them. Then they were fussy cut and adhered, some on adhesive foam for a real 3D type of look.

The background was made using a cursive background stamp and silver ink. The bottom is a pearl vellum with a hand punch along the bottom to create a tablecloth. I wish I could remember the name of the branch die cut behind the sentiment (I think it is Memory Box?) but I can't get up right now, sorry. It's sparkly from the glitter on the coffee steam and the pearlized vellum, drops of glossy accents and enamel accents.

Stamp Sets: Both are by Jane's Doodles, "Mom" (the flowers) and "Coffee Time" (the coffee images); MFT Cursive Background
Cardstock: MFT Cement Grey for the background, GKD 120# white for the base, and Grafix 24# Iridescent Pearl Vellum for the tablecloth, strip of Bazzill Black for sentiment
Dies/Punch: Gina Marie "Wonky Rectangles" grey layer; Martha Stewart Eyelet Punch on vellum; and I believe that stem on the top is from Memory Box (could be wrong) and teeny butterfly that I forget from which die (sigh)
Watercolor Paint "Gansai Tambi" (blues, grays, yellows, reds, greens, black) #1 Paint Brush
Watercolor Paper "Strathmore" 140# coldpress
Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder; VersaMark Ink (sentiment)
Touches of liquid glue, then Prismatic Glitter (on the steam from the coffee cups)
Small drops of Glossy Accents (clear) and Enamel Accents (black) here and there
Inks (a bit of Aegean Blue by Memento on the die cut leaf branch and the shadows of images on the vellum tablecloth); StazOn Black for the images

Mahalo for stopping by!!!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Extended Weekend


Do you love Riley? The Funny Bones sentiments just tickle me!!!! This card is going to be entered into the Coffee Loving Papercrafters 2017 Summer Blog Hop

Colored with Copic Markers, and then used Nuvo Black drops for the decorations on the chair and Riley's eyes. I used the Nuvo Clear drops on the coffee cup and cupcake. The wall and floor are scored to resemble wood planks, then inked directly from some ink pads.

The sentiment must have been one of the hardest ones I've ever tried to stamp. It took about a dozen tries, maybe more, then I gave up. This will have to do lol. It either was way too light or way too dark or smudgy. I tried cleaning the stamp several times, using 3 different inks, and cleaned in between attempts. Oh, well.

Stamp Sets: Riley & Funny Bones
Cardstock: GKD 120# & 80# white, Bazzill Black layering, GKD pattern paper
Inks: Copic Markers (image) and Memento Inks Toffee Crunch, Jumbo Java, Aspen Blue for the (background)
Black faceted gems Want-2-Scrap
Nuvo drops in Ebony black and Morning Dew (clear)

Mahalo for stopping by ♥

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Spring To Go

Aloha, friends,

Here is a card that is very simple and will be entered into the UNITY Be Inspired - Hearts and Polka Dots Challenge in the Facebook group page. It will also be entered into the Coffee Loving Papercrafter's Summer 2017 Blog Hop.

This is a Unity image "Spring to Go" coffee cup. I love how they added the floral spray to the center. Using blues & aquas on the cup is a step out of the usual neutrals but it was fun to try. I only used a strip of polka dot paper as trim and punched a small heart out of white paper, sponged with red and covered with Glossy Accents. There are touches of Prismatic Glitter around the flowers as well as Glossy Accents for sparkle and shine.

Stamp: UNITY "Coffee To Go"
Cardstock: GKD 120# white, black, turquoise sea
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, edging the cardstock with Espresso. Heart Lady Bug ink.
Dies: Scrapbooking Made Simple "Simply Refined," "Must Have Ovals" set
Embossing Folder: Darice "Floral Design"
Pattern Paper: "Echo Park"
Twine: Stampin' Up; Glossy Accents; Prismatic Glitter GKD; Adhesive Foam Squares

Mahalo for coming by!!
Wish you and yours the best for the upcoming week ♥

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Float with Iced Latte


This is a card for the Coffee Lovering Papercrafters SUMMER Blog Hop 2017. It will also be entered into the House Mouse #243 Interactive Card Challenge.

For the Coffee Loving Papercrafter's hop I made the drink an iced latte. For the Stampendous Challenge it is supposed to be interactive - all I could think of right now is shaker card. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it all with Prismacolor Pencils. Then I used a bit of Gamsol to smooth out any lines. The bunny is so adorable to me, floating during the summertime heat, cooling off with an iced latte that a bumble bee is sipping from, too :)

A touch of Memento Summer Sky and Angel Pink are sponged around for the sky, and Diamond Stickles are covering the latte glass, the water, and the fish decorating the inner tube. Don't you love the little ducky tied to the tube?

I used one of Gina Krupsky's videos at StampTV to make this "pinch and cinch" bow. You just tie some ribbon with twine, thread the twine into a button and tie it off. Cut the ends off. I've misplaced the roll of adhesive foam (YES, I did) so I just adhered two layers of fun foam cut 1/4" wide to make the shaker frame.

Stamp: Happy Hopper Inner Tube Nap by Stampendous
Cardstock: Gina K. Designs 120# White and Wild Dandelion
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Angel Pink, Summer Sky
Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol
Dies for the Frame: Scrapbooking Made Simple "Must Have A4 Rectangles"
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh
"Grafix" Clear Craft Plastic (for window)
Double Side Adhesive 1/4" and 1/8"; Liquid Glue by Scrapbooking Made Simple
Stickles Diamonds
Stash - ribbon, twine, button
Bumble Bee: Jolee's Boutique

Summer Float with Iced Latte

Mahalo for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!