MFT Sketch Challenge #252

MFTWSC252-kerin-sylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 Guess what?! The Patriots are on Thursday night football…awwww too bad I’ll have to stamp all night while Jeff watches the game 😉 I’m going to try and squeeze in as much coloring as possible before Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge ends! I will be sad to see it end. Kathy is a huge source of inspiration to so many stampers.

Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge on the MFT Stamps blog:252

I love, love, love this stamp set from MFT Stamps called Knead You. OMG how sweet is this little kitty?! My niece is a huge fan of cats so I think this one will be heading her way. And bonus, it has a matching die-namics set so no fussy cutting!

I colored this little cutie in with Copics:

Kitty: N1, N2, N3, N4, N5, N6 Nose/Bow: RV21, RV23

Box: E30, E33, E35, E35, E37, E47

Fish: N1, BG02, BG10

Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

 

Flourishes Zinnias

flourishes-zinnias-kerin-syHi stamping friends 🙂 Today I’m sharing a card I made with the Flourishes set Zinnias. I heard some VERY exciting news this past weekend that Flourishes will be re-opening! Woohooo! I have long loved their stamps and was super sad when they closed, so to hear that they will be back is a dream come true! Their sets are perfect for coloring 😉 Speaking of coloring, Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge is almost over! She has been so inspirational this month with her fabulous projects. I will definitely continue to color more once the challenge is over. It truly is very relaxing after a long day at work.

I was playing with distress inks again on this one. I’m getting more comfortable with distress inks, although I still go through a LOT of watercolor paper trying to get the look I want. Sometimes I’m not happy with the finished look until it’s completely dry…which is what happened on this one. I almost threw this background away! I used Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Mustard Seed, and I colored the zinnias in Copics to match. I added a few sequins to add a little sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you find some time to get inky 🙂

Sweet Sunday Sketch 291 – A Halloween Hello

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Hey stamping friends 🙂 I’m back with another card for this week’s challenge at the Sweet Sunday Sketch blog because I loved the sketch that much! Here it is:

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For this card I used the Witch Way is the Candy set from MFT Stamps, on a background created with distress inks in Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade. Ooh, and another chance to color for Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge! The pumpkins were colored with the following Copics: Y15, YR15, YR16, YR18, with YG63 and YG67 for the stems.

I’m participating in a fall themed blog hop this Saturday, I hope you’ll stop by! I’m sure the rest of the ladies will have some fabulous creations! Thanks so much for popping in, see you soon!

Sweet Sunday Sketch #291

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Hey stamping friends 🙂 How are you? I hope the beginning of the work week wasn’t too rough for you. Guess what’s a great antidote to the work week blues…coloring! Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge has got me coloring again and it’s so relaxing. This time I’m inspired by the sketch over at the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge:

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The set I used is from Clearly Besotted Stamps and is called Elegant Butterflies. Actually the purchase of this set is Kathy’s fault too (lol!), I saw this card and knew I had to have this set! I only used 3 Copic markers for this one, Y15, YR16, R27. Wow, that might be a record for me folks!

Hmmm, what to color next? I think I’m going to give my distress inks another whirl…see you next time!

Freshly Made Sketches #208

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Hey stamping friends 🙂 How has your weekend been? Mine has been jam packed but with lots of fun things! It started Friday when I got some very exciting stamping news I hope to get to share with you soon!

Then yesterday I got to take pictures of my sister’s kids. She’s opting out of school pictures this year so we had a photo session of our own yesterday. I don’t know what school pictures cost where you live, but it was going to cost her about $60 per child and she has 3 children! Even better, with the foliage right now we got some pretty fabulous backgrounds (much better than the standard gray of school photos). I was thrilled that she was happy with them.

Today I hung out in my stamp room most of the day…mostly because it is freeeeezing outside (high of 45 degrees today)! I’ve made several cards already (mostly for upcoming design team/blog hop commitments), and I get to do lots more stamping tonight because the Patriots game starts at 8:30. Blech. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the Patriots…if they’re in the Super Bowl, and winning (lol),  but a regular season game is not my idea of great Sunday night tv 😉 Instead I will keep my country music on and color the night away 🙂

For this card I’m playing along with this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches:

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I used this oldie but goody set from Flourishes called Garden Picks. I’ll say it again, I’m so sad they went out of business and I’m still holding out hope they’ll be back one day.  And of course I’m doing more coloring for Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge!

I colored it with the following Copics:

Jar: BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG10

Yellow Flower: Y11, Y15, Y23

Orange Flower: YR21, YR38, YR18

Red Flower: R30, R32, R37, R89

Leaves: YG61, YG52, YG67

The DSP is Hello Chevron from Carta Bella, and I used MFT Stamps Stitched Circle Stax Die-namics and Jumbo Fishtail Stax Die-namics.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you find time to get inky soon 🙂

The Rainbow Will Come

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Hey stamping friends 🙂 How are you? I’m loving Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge! Although I haven’t been able to play along and color every day, I am definitely getting more coloring in than usual. I don’t know about you, but the more coloring I do the more I want to color…we won’t tell anyone at work that I’m thinking of what I’ll color next while I’m there, right?! Lol.

I knew I definitely had to use something else from the fabulous new water droplets stamp set I got recently! Today I paired it with the MFT Stamps set called The Rainbow will Come. I thought it would be fun to have the girl in almost all grey, with rainbow water droplets. What do you think?

I colored the girl and umbrella in Copics: N0-N6. Her skin is colored with E000, E00, E11, and her hair is E33, E34, E35. The water droplets were colored in V12, V17, B21, B24, YG11, YG17, Y00, Y06, YR01, YR04, R20, R24, RV10, RV17.

Thanks so much for stopping by today:) I hope you get a chance to get inky soon!

Birthday Fishes – 30 Day Coloring Challenge

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Hey stamping friends 🙂 Oh how I needed a little stamping therapy tonight! I read an article online recently that coloring is right up there with yoga where relaxation is concerned. Yup, that’s about right for me!

I’ve been trying to join in on Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge as much as I can. We went away camping this past weekend and had a blast, but let me tell you, there were times when I wished I had packed a few Copics!

I got THE coolest stamps the other day from Designs by Ryn…how about the water droplets on this card? Okay, do you mind if I add water droplets to everything from now on?!? I also checked out her tutorial on YouTube for making them more realistic looking. Simple and effective!

I used THIS sweet set from Simon Says Stamp for the fish and sentiment. The background distress ink colors are Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean, and I stamped my water droplets in My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink Pad.

Thanks so much for stopping by:) I hope you get a chance to get inky soon!

 

Sweet Sunday Sketch 289 & 30 Day Coloring Challenge

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Hey stamping friends 🙂 Wow this weekend has zipped by. I’ve been a busy beaver getting my new site up & running.  I’ve had some scares along the way…imagine fiddling around with things you don’t know how to operate and having all 8 years of blog post photos disappear…yup, that happened. But that was last night’s crisis lol. Today I got to stamp…and color, right after I re-directed all 260 of my pins on Pinterest to my new links…hey it only took about 4 hours!!

Anyway, to the fun part having a blog, getting to share a card I made! I am joining in on Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge again today. I colored some yesterday too, but that was for a design team commitment so I can’t share just yet 🙂 I am also playing along with this week’s Sweet Sunday Sketch ChallengeSSSC289:For my card I used the Blended Bloom stamp from Stampin’ Up!, along with some random DSP I found in my stash. Note to self, pick out DSP first, then color to match! Coloring first then finding DSP to match is NOT that easy! I colored my flower in Copics: RV000, RV14, RV81, RV83, RV85. The sentiment is from another Stampin’ Up! set called Curly Cute.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you get a chance to get inky soon!

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge & Curtain Call Challenge

100115Hey stamping friends 🙂 Oh my it’s the first of October already! Where has the time gone?! One good thing about October is it’s the beginning of Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I’ve had my eye on Kathy’s blog The Daily Marker for some time now, but have never joined in on her previous coloring challenges. Why?? Am I a little intimated by the talent and creativity that oozes out of every project she creates? Maybe…Seriously folks, today she turned a Starbucks coffee cup into the most adorable card, seriously.

But hey, you don’t get better if you don’t practice right? With Kathy’s latest coloring challenge I am looking at getting inky a LOT.

I also checked out the latest challenge at the Curtain Call: Going Batty.

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Oh yeah, I’ve got the perfect set for that! I pulled out the stinkin’ cute set from MFT Stamps called Witch Way is the Candy.

I created a background using distress inks in Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire. I colored my image with the following Copics:

Cat: N5, 58, N10 – Eyes: FRV1, RV09

Bats: N1, N3, N5, N7 – Eyes: YG01, YG06

Moon: Y06, Y13, Y8

I added a little BG000 and BG01 behind the cat, and added some black dots with my black Copic multiliner.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you get a chance to get inky soon!