Monday, June 12, 2017

Fun with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

I've been challenging myself to colour with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and having a blast.  Here are some of the pieces I've been working on.

And yes, you do spy some Bloobel goodness there :-)

I will come back and highlight one of the colourings and the markers I used.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Push and Pull

These digital images just appeared magically in my Inbox today.  I signed up for the Bloobel "Troo Bloo" monthly subscription back in February and I haven't been disappointed yet.  $5 a month and an exclusive image (sometimes a bonus too - like today) shows up in my inbox twice a month.

So today was exciting.  A code for TWO images appeared!  Push and Pull.  Funny little ol' men that would be perfect for so many projects/events.  I chose to flip them and put them on a Z-fold card.  Push is on the front trying to block the "big day" coming and Pull is reeling in that special day.  If I knew someone with a milestone birthday, I'd add some big die cut numbers on the brickwork on the front of the card.  For now, I'll leave it as is.

Quick and dirty colouring with Copics -
Skin: E50-51-271; E93; R20; E04
Hair: C1-2-W3
Eyes: BG000-B93-C4; BG000-C2
Pants: C4-6-8
Boots/Belt: W5-7-9
Shirt: BG000-C2-"0" (colourless blender)
Rope: Y21-E35
Ground: E43-44

Cardstock and Happy Birthday die from Stampin' Up; Brick Wall EF is Tim Holtz; Nuvo Glitter Gloss for Happy Birthday diecut

It's a simple Z-fold card and I put an extra mat on the backside to write a message.

Thanks for looking!  Oh, and if Push and Pull are calling you, you can still get them if you sign up for the Troo Bloo subscription this month (June).  Two images minimum per month and TWO codes for discounted images... what are you waiting for?!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Celebrate the Music

Angels Hearts n' Memories has done it again... some timeless beauties of memorable musical decades past.

I have chosen Poodle Skirt Cristena and created a quick and simple fun fold, Concertina Card.  I made a few adjustments to the size, but you can find the original tutorial here --> Beccy's Place.  In hindsight, I should've coloured in "bobby socks" instead of leggings but I think she's cute either way ;-)

Coloured with Copics:
E50-51-21-11-BV20; E93

Gold Liquid Pearls
Spellbinders dies
Stampin' Up cardstock and decorative paper 

Be sure to check out the Angels Hearts n' Memories Shop for the other beauties from the May release (Rock Star Molly; Flapper Helen; and Flower Child Dawn).

Thanks for popping by! 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It's all about the strong girls :-)

Yes, I know it's May and this was the April release at Angels Hearts and Memories but as I've just finished colouring 'em all up AND they are so adorable and perfect for so many projects... here they are :-)

Dragon Slayer - E50-51-21-11-BV20 (skin); E34-57-59 (hair); Y21-E23-27 (eyes); E84-87-89 (armor); T1-3-E07 (emblem); E43-44 (ground); white gel pen

Graduating MacKenzie - E50-51-21-11-BV20 (skin); W3-4-6-8 (outfit); B93-97 and C0-2 (pants and shoes); Y21-E35-39 (hair); W2-4 (ground)

Kentucky Derby Debra - E50-51-21-11-BV20 (skin); Y21-E23-27 (eyes); BV01-Y23-15-17-19 (yellow); Y23-R01-02-05 (coral); G20-21-24 (green); E23-25-27 (hair); white gel pen and spica pens (yellow, gold, red, clear)

Housewife Sandra - E50-51-21-11-BV20 (skin); E31-33 (hair); BG000-93 (eyes); V15-17-BV08-V09 (purple); V15-17 (shoes, belt, collar); E43-44 (ground)

Thanks for looking!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Pretty in Pinks

This is Stampin' Up's Birthday Blooms stamp coloured up with Spectrum Noir markers and the Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen (love it).

PV3-2-4 + Blender; CG3-4; GB4-OR1

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens - clear (on the butterfly and roses)

Diesire Edge'ables - Butterfly Dreams (cut out one of the end butterflies)

The card mechanism was inspired and created from a video tutorial by Brenda Quintana of QbeesQuest

The card design using the Birthday Blooms stamp set was inspired by a card created by another Stampin' Up Demo (A Stampers Diary)

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

No colouring!

What?!  You don't say lol.  Occasionally I surprise myself.  I often create cards for my Stampin' Up classes without colouring but there is always lots of stamping and techniques.  More and more colouring/painting is taking over.  This last couple of weeks have been busy and I just haven't been able to find the time or drive to lose myself in colouring but... I needed to be creative.  So I made a bunch of much-needed quick and clean thank you cards.


Supplies: Stampin' Up Butterfly and Dragonfly dies, Hexagon and Butterfly Embossing Folders and cardstock; Creative Basics dies; Crafters Companion, Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy Orchids; decorative paper from my stash.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017


This is one of the stamps from the Little Bit Sketchy Orchid (Sheena Douglass collection) at Crafters Companion.  I've coloured it up with the Aquablend pencils (Primary Set) on watercolour paper.

I stamped with an Archival Black and used a waterbrush with the Aquablend pencils.  It was quick and easy.  I also tried the Aquablend pencils on two other surfaces, the Bristol Smooth and Recycled Bristol.  Both with equally good results; however, my fave is with the watercolour paper followed next by the Recycled Bristol (using the "tooth side" of the paper).

The decorative paper is from my stash as are the dewdrops.  The sentiment stamp and cardstock are Stampin' Up and the gorgeous dies I used are Creative Basics dies - the Basic Cutting Edge Borders and Basic Stitched Flags

Thanks for looking and check us out on Passionate Paper Creations & Friends Facebook Group for more inspiration and fun.


Monday, April 3, 2017


Can never have too many butterflies!

This is a butterfly from the stamp set Flights of Fancy by Crafters Companion.  I've coloured it up with the Aquablend pencils (Primary Set) and then done a quick overlay with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers (Clear Overlay and Perfect Pastels).

It's been stamped with an archival black ink onto Bristol Smooth cardstock and then coloured with the Aquablend pencils and a waterbrush.  For the sparkle markers, you must move quickly and brush it over your piece without "working it", otherwise, the marker will reactivate the pencil and move the colour.

It's hard to see the sparkle in the photo, so I'm attaching a pic taken before I made it into a card.  It's really yummy in person and the light pastels really make the pencil more vibrant if you match the tones (Cosmos used on the pink; Moonstone on the blue/green; clear on the Butterfly body).

The cardstock, sentiment, circle die and embossing folder are from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for looking.


Spring Cuties

Angels Hearts and Memories is out with their newest release of Spring Cuties.  Mine have not yet made it to cards but thought I'd post them with colour details if anyone is interested.  Copic Markers have been used.

Amy & Furbaby
E50-51-21-11-BV20; E93 (skin)
E21-23-27; R20-E04; C5-7 (dog) 
B60-C5-7 (hair)
BG11-23 (blue)
BV20-23-25 (purple)
Y21-E35-39 (eyes)
E43-44 (ground)

Pickles & Ice Cream
E50-51-21-11-BV20; E93 (skin)
V01-12-BV02 (purple)
E35-57-79-Y21 (hair)
Y21-E35-39 (eyes)
E31-35 (cone); W00-1 (ice cream); YG13-17 (pickle)
Y04-08 plus touch of E35 center (flower)
E43-44 (ground)

Prom Queen
E50-51-21-11-BV20; E93 (skin)
B000-93-97; C1 (eyes)
B60-63-66-69 (dress)
RV55-17-69; E35-37 (chair)
B000-C1 + fine tip glue pen (earrings and necklace)
Crafter's Companion Sparkle Pen in Cosmos for hair jewel
Spring Pin Up
E50-51-21-11-BV20; E93 (skin)
Y21-E23-25 (hair)
B000-93-97 (eye)
E04-RV00-02 (lips)
B60-C2-4-"0" colourless blender (white)
RV00-02 (pink)
YG13-17 (ground)

Join us online in the Angels Hearts and Memories Papercrafting Facebook Group.  More fun and inspiration!


Monday, March 27, 2017

Disco Fever


So, if you're reading my blog, you know I did a pictorial colour-along with the recent TrooBloo Subscription image from Bloobel Stamps.  This is Disco Fever and she should be available for another couple of days.  And... more importantly, she's made it to a card!

I've made a large center-step card and used some beautiful Creative Basics dies for some extra pop.

The "Bling" crystals are from a dollar store find.  The papers are from my never-ending stash.

Copic Colours Used can be found in an album for the Disco Fever girl on the Bloobel Stamps Facebook Group page.

Also, don't forget to join us on the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Group for more fun and inspiration 24/7.  Check for the "pinned post" to sign up for the newsletter - it promises to be exciting and full of surprises.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Another Colouring Pictorial

This time I'm using Disco Fever which is the March image from the TrooBloo Subscription package. She will be available 'til the end of March. You can see the last image and post that I did here.

I will just be doing "basic colouring", nothing fancy... but that curly hair lol.  So many ways to do curly hair but I will show you how I do it on this image.

I'm hoping to even make time to get her on a card.  Don't hold your breath or run any bets tho' [big wink].

So won't you grab this image/subscription in the Bloobel Store and come join us in the Bloobel Stamps Facebook Group?


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Copic Earthtones

Well, the best laid plans... often go awry lol.  I didn't have a plan for colours when I set out, but I had decided to stick with just the Earthtones.  If I do them again, I will soften the shirt colours.  I did "cheat" tho' (okay, read: wasn't thinking lol) and added my standard BV20 to my skintones and R20 to the lips.  If I was re-doing, I'd stick with the E93 or 95 on her lips with the E04 and I'd change up the BV20 for E71.

Juggler - part of the TrooBloo Subscription package (this was February)

Steampunk Time  
Copics Used:
Skin - E50-51-21-11-BV20 (could use E71 if sticking to just the Copic E's); E93-95 cheeks; R20-E04 lips
Eyes - E71-81-0; E51-23-27
Hair - E51-55-57
Hats - E71-74-77-79
Vests and pants (and hat bands) - E81-84-87-89
Blouse/dress - E93-95-97-0
Leggings - E08-93; E93-0
Wheel for Juggler - E33-35-37; E44-47-49; E81 (pedal shaft)
Juggling Balls - E97-08-09
Cogs - E50-81-84;E50-42-43-84; E50-84-95

Oh... and here's another teaser for the TrooBloo Subscription and she's available for this month - 

Coffee Bath from TrooBloo Subscription - March

Come join us in the Bloobel Stamps Facebook Group for more inspiration!


Monday, March 6, 2017

Easter Parade of Hats

It's the beginning of a new month with another Progressive Challenge at Bloobel Stamps Facebook Group.

This month we have a whole Easter Parade going.  Lisa couldn't just stop at one image, she gave us 6 to choose from!  I chose Easter Parade Judy and then got her a little sidekick called Easter Parade Marty (the cat).  The twist this month is to dress up/add to those hats.  So, I added a little duckling peeking over the top of Judy's bonnet and maybe hoping that sly cat doesn't see him.

If you didn't play in the previous month's Progressive Challenge, you can still 'buy your way in', by purchasing one of the specific images (the Easter Parade crew) and colouring it up and entering in the Facebook Group.  You can see all the images in the Bloobel shop here.

Copics Used:
Judy -
E50-51-21-11-BV20; E93-RV11; R20-E04
G20-43-C3; C00-1-3
YR02-07; Y11-08-17-26
Marty - 
N1-C7-W4-T10-E35; E93-W4
E93-E04 (nose)
Ground and Background -
E42-43-44; Y00-02-"0"

That's it from me for now.  Hope to see you join us in the Bloobel Stamps Facebook Group and also the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Group.  Always lots of fun and inspiration happening in these groups.


Angels Hearts and Memories February release

I've already shown you Cleaning Claire.  But let me show you the rest of the oh-so-cute images at Angels Hearts n' Memories.

Enchanting Echo

Confident Cassie

Lucky Linaya

Cleaning Claire


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cleaning Claire

Let me introduce you to Cleaning Claire.  She is one of the Angels Hearts n' Memories exclusive new releases.  Angela actually inked up these cuties herself from just sketches!  I don't wanna know the process... I just know it's not as easy as "etch-a-sketch" lol.

So I've created a fun fold card with some heavy decorative paper from my stash.

The cardstock and stamp are from Stampin' Up; the small sentiment inside is computer generated by me and punched out with a retired Stampin' Up punch
Die cut Flowers - Heartfelt Creations

Coloured with Copics:
E50-51-21-11-BV20; E93-RV11
E41-42-43; E34-37


Monday, February 27, 2017

Sponsor of the Week - LDRS Creative

It's Sponsor Week with LDRS Creative at Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Group!  Now would be a good time to be a member if you're not already because... LDRS Creative has a special 25% off code this week and it's just for members.  WooHoo!

So I wanted to create something for Sponsor Week but... I don't have any stamps from LDRS (how did that happen?!) but... I have some truly awesome dies that were calling me.  And I needed to show you I'm not just about the colouring lol.

Creative Basics Dies were used along with some retired paper I had at hand.  A little bit of Stampin' Up cardstock and some light sponging and I had a quick and relatively simple, and dare I say "elegant"?, card. 

Dies Used:

  That's it from me for now.  Hope to see you over at Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Group.

I follow the Mojo Monday challenge blog and thought I'd play along with one of their sketches, just for fun.  Even when their challenges are closed, those sketches are pretty great starts to a card or layout.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Colouring Pictorial

Edited to show the final coloured image at the bottom of this post.  I won't show my steps.  You'll have to join the Bloobel Group if you want/need to see 'em ;-)

Well, it's no secret that I'm slightly fond (okay... addicted) to Lisa and her Bloobel Stamps so this week on the Bloobel Stamps Facebook Group, I'm going to be posting a colouring pictorial of Big Girl Bloomers.

Why?  Well, 'cause I want to share my love of "art" and the joy of colouring/painting (I really think the Copic/alcohol markers are and can be more than just "marker colouring"... you're blending and experimenting with colour so you're creating an artwork be it on a canvas or paper).  I've learned (and am still learning and experimenting) a LOT from the sharing of other artists (there are many great video tutorials and teachers online and I follow many of 'em and soak up and really analyze their completed art) and one of 'em, Rhea, challenged one of our groups (pretty sure it was Passionate Paper Creations and Friends - a group I have belonged to and learned from for a long time) to colour along with her and I jumped at the chance and had a great time (I'd only been playing with my copics about a year and hadn't done any serious colouring).  Even using another artists' colours and following along with the pictures (use your eyes to see where they've placed those colours/strokes where the original artist/line drawing did not), you learn a lot and become... dare I say, braver?

Bottom line... there are NO WRONGS.  A mistake/boo-boo is just an opportunity to embellish (a physical embellishment or with your colouring medium).  I always tell anyone I'm teaching that if someone/a teacher tells you theirs is the only way/the right way to do something... run.  That being said, if you're lucky enough to take from a good instructor/teacher/artist, do as they do even if it is "different" to what you would normally - you never know how you will incorporate these new twists and techniques into your own art.  You may embrace it, or you may say, it's not for me.  But you have expanded your education and skill set.

Sometimes I go light to dark with my markers/colours, sometimes I build up dark to light and sometimes, I start in the middle.  Even if you use the same colours, yours may turn out differently as each artist blends differently and lays down colour differently and laying down colours in different orders can really change up the value.  I have my go-to skin colours "today" but next week I may have new ones or a new order (and often my "new" colours come from another artist/blog who has willingly shared their "ingredients"; and sometimes I just experiment, or grab what's "close" lol or... make a happy accident).  This is what I'm liking now.  Experiment.  If you don't like a colour, try going over it with another Copic marker colour... they're translucent so pretty forgiving this way and it's often really fun (the very dark colours don't play nice this way lol) - I've been known to start some brown hair, hate where I'm going, and throw a yellow wash overtop; a green outfit might get a wash of blue.  There are NO WRONGS.

And what did I do with Rhea?  A piece called Goblin Market in February 2015 (two years ago... I'd only had my markers [and a small set at that] since late spring 2014).  A very overwheming "beginner" piece lol.  I very nearly quit several times but pushed on and was really pleased with it when I called it done.  Rhea kept posting to do small areas at a time.  Yup.  Break your pieces down into manageable areas, it'll all come together in the end.  It's something I knew from my Decorative Painting days... it's gonna go thru the uglies before you start being happy with it... keep going.

So, won't you join us over at the Bloobel Stamps Facebook Group?  Pick up the Big Girl Bloomers and colour along?  It doesn't have to be in "real time" as the steps will be posted in an album but if you have questions, I will try, or someone will try to answer 'em for you.  Lisa is even offering a gift certificate for her store for a random participant.  And I will offer my completed coloured image to someone who participates - if they want it (I will also use a random generator... or pull a name from a hat lol).

Completed Image: