30 Day Coloring Challenge


I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted – sorry for that. Tax season was very busy this year and then I hosted a card party for friends to show them techniques, then I attended a 2 day crop at my local craft store (Scrapbook Island Creative Escape in Los Gatos, CA)… Although I’ve been making cards since, I haven’t had the energy to work on my blog. I need to do a better job and am hoping to post once a week from now on. We’ll see if that works out!

Today I wanted to share another coloring challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin (you can see details on her blog at thedailymarker.com). This is her 10th challenge and all it is meant to be is to challenge yourself to color 10 minutes a day for 30 days. This helps with coloring skills, relaxation, and creativity. When I did the last coloring challenge, I colored a lot and most of those images still sit waiting to be made into cards. So my challenge to myself this time around is to not only color, but complete cards with everything that I do color. (Side note – Kathy also does a coloring road trip and I am very excited to get the opportunity to meet her and some other wonderful crafters @ the Hero Arts facility later this month!!!)

For the first day, I finished a card that I started a while ago. I have fallen in love with cross stitching again (I remember doing it a lot as a child), and wanted to incorporate that into some of my cards. Here is my finished card:

I stamped Concord & 9th’s Wonderful Florals stamp onto thick watercolor paper with versafine ink using my tonic studios stamp platform. I had to stamp multiple times to get a crisp result. I then paper pierced the letters (made small holes in each letter so that I could cross stitch). I stitched the letters in reverse rainbow colors (it can be challenging to stitch shapes so I just stitched each one until I felt the white underneath was covered – which is why it is a good idea to use a very sturdy paper). I then watercolored the images and an outline using zig clean color real brush pens and a water pen. Finally, I covered the black areas with a clear zig wink of stella brush pen, which gave it a beautiful sparkle (that is tough to photograph). The panel was then adhered to a card base using foam tape.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back again soon!



Coloring on kraft card stock

Hi! Today I’d like to share two cards I made using images colored on kraft card stock. I first stamped kraft card stock with different stamps from the Summer Flowers stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, using kraft ink. I then colored those images with Prismacolor pencils. I love how pencils look on kraft! It’s quite a bit different than on white or black card stock. I also added a little sparkle using Kaisercraft glitter gel pens (I ❤️ them!). Here’s the finished result:

I decided to make two very different cards with these images after I die cut them with the corresponding dies. I entered both into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr and  Wednesday challenges.

In the first, I cut a panel of kraft card stock using the Simon Says Stamp wonky die. For a little bit of interest in the background, I colored through a small square stencil with diagonal lines using a white pencil. I also stamped a few hearts using white pigment ink. I chose the pink flower, some of the leaves and the bird of paradise head and stem/leaves. Using foam tape, I adhered the flowers to the card and then adhered the panel to a white card base. Here it is:

For my second card, I cut a black card stock panel with the wonky die. I stamped ‘thinking of you’ from Concord and 9th’s Lily stamp set in white pigment ink. The words were faint even after stamping multiple times with my Misti, so I used a white gel pen to go over the ‘you’ a few more times. I also stamped a few hearts using Tsukineko delicata pink shimmer pigment ink (this comes out very faint on black card stock, but I was happy with the results). I adhered the blue and purple flowers and some leaves with foam tape. I wanted to use a light blue card base, but didn’t have quite the right color on hand, so I found a piece of pattern paper that matched from a 6×6 Pebbles Jen Hatfield pattern paper pad.

That’s it for now. I’ll try to post more regularly, but tax season is starting up, so things may be a little sporadic for the next few months.

Thanks for visiting!




I haven’t posted in a while. I got really sick in the beginning of January and I’m just now feeling better. Thankfully my family didn’t get it! The one thing that did help me when I had almost no energy was Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge. It began January 15th. I encourage you to join – I am enjoying the challenge of coloring each day and I’d like to share a couple of the things I have colored.


I did some coloring with prismacolors and polychromos, but I will share those in a different post because I am planning on describing the differences between the two types of pencils.

This is the Let Us Rejoice stamp from Simon Says Stamp (I’ve posted a card using this stamp before because I love it and it is perfect for coloring) that I colored with watercolor pencils and a water brush pen, then added nuvo drops and some shimmer with a clear wink of Stella pen:


This is the finished card (sentiment is from the same stamp set – stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed on vellum):


For a different day of the challenge, I colored the Newton Loves Coffee stamps from Newton’s Nook with kaisercraft glitter gel pens and copic markers:


This is the card I made with one of those images (background is pattern paper from pebbles, heart is die cut from wood grain card stock, sentiment is from the same Newton’s Nook stamp set – stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed in silver):


Thanks to the fantastic Kathy Racoosin for hosting this challenge. I really enjoy seeing everyone’s projects on instagram.

That’s it for now! I’ll be back soon with more.

❤️, Angela

Xoxo card

Hi! Today I have another entry into the Simon says stamp flickr challenge:


I made this card using the SSS January 2018 card kit. ❤️ This kit with the glitter dust and cute heart stickers! The flickr challenge (#88) is watercolor, so I decided to use distress inks in worn lipstick, spun sugar, and picked raspberry.

But first, I used double-sided tape to mask off four diagonal stripes on the card. I then stamped the xoxo stamp from the kit using versamark ink and embossed it using SSS rose gold embossing powder. I used an acrylic block to smush the distress inks on, added a little water, and painted the panel using the three pinks.


I let the panel dry for a while because glitter plus wet ink doesn’t mix very well! The glitter dust in the kit is super fine and VERY messy! After I felt the panel was dry enough, I peeled the tape backing off and poured glitter all over it, myself, the floor, and everything else on my craft desk… ugh. I burnished the glitter into the tape with my fingers and then used a dry paint brush to clear as much of the wayward glitter off of the card as possible. I attempted to put the glitter back in the container but that didn’t go very well either. A tip I picked up from Jennifer McGuire is to use swiffer duster cloths to clean glitter and it does work really well.

After I cleaned the glitter, the panel looked like this:


I cut a panel from the doll pink card stock in the kit to be a little larger than the watercolored panel and used double-sided foam tap to adhere them together.  I glued the panels to a white top folding card base and added two of the super cute puffy heart stickers 😊. Here is another look at the card (standing up so lighting is a little different):


Thanks for joining me!

❤️, Angela

Happy new year card

Hi, all! Today I am sharing a shaker card using various products from Simon Says Stamp and a die cut from Hero Arts for both the SSS Wednesday challenge and the SSS Flickr challenge. The Wednesday challenge is ‘something new’ showcasing Hero Arts products and the Flickr challenge is ‘something new’ showcasing SSS products. For my new products, I used Daniel smith watercolors and the SSS retro deer die.

I started out by painting a watercolor panel with a few different Daniel smith watercolors to make it look like a cloudy sky. I then die cut SSS white glitter paper with the SSS oval bare tree collage die. I adhered acetate to the die cut panel and added two layers of double sided tape behind that. I filled the shaker with silver confetti and pressed the watercolor panel onto that. I then glued the shaker to a white card base.

I die cut the Hero Arts happy out of Neenah solar white card stock and embossed it multiple times with a red glitter embossing powder. I glued that to the top of the card. Then I die cut the SSS deer from silver glitter card stock and added a little drop of Nuvo crystal drops in autumn red to his nose (LOVE this deer!). I glued the deer onto the card using Ranger multi medium matte.

Finally, I embossed ‘new year’ in silver on SSS red card stock and die cut using a small banner die. I added the die cut to the lower part of the card using foam tape.

In the second photo, I shook the card so that the confetti was all over.

thanks so much for joining me 😊

❤️, Angela

Thank you for being so kind card

Happy new year!!!

I am so excited to be starting off the new year with a new blog! For my very first post, I am sharing a thank you card made with ‘Kind Flowers‘ stamps and the ‘kind’ die from Simon Says Stamp. The stamp set and die were included in the November 2017 card kit. I haven’t had a lot of time to play with the kit because I’ve been busy making Christmas cards. Now that the holidays are over, I can catch up with all of the supplies I haven’t used yet (YAY!). I love the large flower stamp from this set – and thought it would be perfect to color.  After stamping the flower with black memento ink on Neenah solar white card stock, I colored the images with Prismacolor premier colored pencils and used gamsol and blending stumps to blend the colors a little. I then stamped the word kind onto a beautiful blue Lawn Fawn card stock (it came from a rainbow pack) with versamark ink and embossed it with Ranger gold embossing powder. I ran the embossed word and die through my big shot to die cut. I used a wink of Stella clear brush pen liberally, to give the card lots of sparkle. I adhered the die cut ‘kind’  to the card using foam tape, stamped and embossed strips of vellum with the ‘thank you for being so kind’ stamp (masking the ‘kind’ so it wouldn’t stamp), adhered the finished cards onto panels of that same blue Lawn Fawn card stock with foam tape, then adhered those to card bases. I’m so happy with how they turned out! 😊

101B70EE-1FB0-4B9F-B37D-8EB6EF6DFECFThank you sooooo much for reading! I’ll be back soon with a comparison of colored pencils.

❤️, Angela