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!



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