Saturday, January 22, 2022

H2H Challenge; Watercoloring

I had a lot of fun coloring this image and creating this cute card. I created it because of the Heart 2 Heart CTMH challenge blog. One of their two challenges this month is watercoloring. All the watercolor pencils are from Close To My Heart as well as the stamps!

Check out the process YouTube video:

Be sure to check out Heart 2 Heart for their challenges.

Products Used:
Watercolor pencils: Autumn Terracotta, Dutch Blue, Star Spangled Blue, Crystal Blue, Brown Bag, Chocolate, Bubble Gum and Black
Stamp Sets: In a Book and Smile Big
Patterned Paper: Pink Paisley, Pop Fashion
Liquid Adhesive: Nuvo

Friday, January 21, 2022

TGIF; Thankful Friday #206

Happy Friday and happy another week to be thankful! This week I’m thankful for the time I’ve been able to spend with my hubby and granddaughters. I go back to work next week after being home on disability for 12 weeks!

It’s gonna be hard to get up and ready for work!

I took these pix while we were blowing bubbles! She found these crowns so we all wore them all day.

Let me know what you’re thankful for this week by leaving a comment below.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #210

Time for another sketch at the Sketch N Scrap challenge blog. I love using sketches as a jump off point when making cards or layouts. SNS has two layout and two card sketches each month. Be sure to check out the blog for inspiration.
Here's the sketch for the card:

And the completed card:

I used some leftovers from a 6x6 pad, cut and punched a bunch of circles in different sizes. I used a stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey for the sentiment & watermelon slice.

I found those little yellow flowers on my desk and added black centers with some Nuvo drops.

Your turn...create a card inspired by the sketch and link it to the SNS blog before the end of January.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

WOYWW #659

Happy WOYWW! I’m showing off my work area today as part of the weekly linkage on Stamping Ground. This is a photo of my desk as I’m taking photos of some cards for both a challenge and my Monthly Card Kit.

I bought that paper roll at a teacher supply store. It’s for bulletin boards and it’s perfect for photo backgrounds. I also have one that is white wood grain.

Be sure to click over to Stamping Ground to peek in other craft rooms.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

2020 Layout Share

I posted a layout share video on YouTube and since then, I completed one of the incomplete layouts so I thought I'd share it.

You can view the YouTube video here:

This two page layout only had the photos, one embellishment and some very simple journaling:

I attached the photos during a crop and didn't have watermelon/swimming products packed. I couldn't find anything to complete it. After doing the Layout Share, I went back and I’m so glad I waited!

I opened up Cricut Design Space and started searching for swimming, birthday and even watermelon.

I found this simple bubble-like word, "pool" and knew I needed to use it. It is a one layer title/word, but I did a thing...
I duplicated and sliced it so there was only a thin line. I duplicated and sliced it again, and kept only the top portion. With the full original word, I changed the color to green; the thin line changed it to white; and the top portion changed it to red. I grouped them together and then added an off-set to it. I changed the off-set to dk. green. Once all the layers were cut, I used a black marker to add the seeds. SO CUTE!

I also cut a Happy Birthday title and this cute girl in an innertube. I changed the colors of the image to reflect the colors I needed for my layout. I used a marker to add seeds to the red portions of the innertube too. I also used an alcohol marker to add some shading to the skin and hair.
I also removed the previous journaling strips and replaced it with a journaling block and added so much more detail to the day. Some tiny puffy stickers, enamel dots and splatter finish it off!

Here's the finished two page spread. So much better...right?!?

The sparkly watermelon slice on the bottom left side was given to me from a fellow cropper at the crop. Isn't that one of the best things about attending a crop - croppers sure to like to share!


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Sketch n Scrap Layout #241

Time for another great sketch from Sketch n Scrap. When I saw this sketch I knew exactly which photos I was going to use with it. Don’t you love when that happens?! 

Here’s the sketch:

And here’s the layout:

Check out the YouTube process video:

Be sure to click over to the Sketch n Scrap challenge blog to participate in this month’s challenges.

Friday, January 14, 2022

TGIF; Thankful Friday #205

TGIF and Happy Thankful Friday! I've been home for almost three months and every day seems like every day...what I mean is, I used to feel happy when Friday rolled around, but now every day is a Friday. Is this what it's like to be retired?

Anyhow, what am I thankful for this week? I'm thankful that my hand is slowly getting stronger, the swelling isn't so bad and I am able to do a little more each day.

How about you? What are you thankful for this week? Leave a comment below...I'd love to read about it!

In the meantime, have a great week!