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Color an Elephant Swing on colored cardstock

Color an Elephant Swing on colored cardstock

It’s been a long time since I’ve colored on Desert Storm….is it just me, or when we “remember” a technique, it feels all shiny and new again?

PS Is anyone SQUEEEEEEE-level excited about the release of Dumbo this month?

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Very limited color palette on this one…..

Adding a little dimension and diecut border is more than enough for a clean and simple little card like this one.

Ice Cream Invitation Card

Ice Cream Invitation Card

All my friends will be fighting over this card. LOL!

When I saw Ellen’s new stamp set by Julie, I immediately thought of seeing the top of an ice cream cone rather than a cup of coffee or tea. All the sneak peeks I’ve seen this week have been beverages – but man, I’m goin’ for ice cream – I don’t drink coffee so that’s never my first idea! Ha!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

By itself, the “overhead” pic may not look much like an ice cream cone, but man, when you put it with sentiments and a side view – I think it works, don’t you?

Now to figure out which friend gets this card!

Another card…this one was testing out the stripes stamp set. And ice cream dies…

Are you thinking I am obsessed with ice cream by now? This is with the doodles set…..

Inspired Coloring w/PlayJournal flipthrough

Inspired Coloring w/PlayJournal flipthrough

WHEW! We made it! Those joining in with the #playjournal challenge – I’m so proud of you for stepping out! Winners of the 12 prize boxes are listed later in this post.

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I discovered during my play time last month that sometimes…just relaxing and not thinking about anything is the most relaxing way to color….so I did. Inhale confidence…exhale worry!

If you’d like to see stills of the whole playjournal, click HERE – lots of links to the stamps and mediums used, and a little description of what was done on each panel if you need ideas to try!

Winners, winners, chicken dinners

Congrats to all these awesome peeps….click through to see all the fun things they made all month! Winners: email me using my contact form and send your address! Wheeeee!

  1. Kristin L
  2. Lorena Goodrich
  3. Sarah Phelps
  4. Sonya Badgley
  5. Shari Czerwinski
  6. Jess Pebble
  7. Brandy Moore
  8. Ruth Meder
  9. Glorie Alvarez
  10. Teri Wilson
  11. Carri Tobler
  12. Rita Spruce

An Exercise in Shading

An Exercise in Shading

I never thought shoes would be a ton of fun to color…until I saw these. Then I thought they would be fun – and would be a great way to practice my pencil work and shading all at once!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Prismacolors used….and the jars I keep my little cotton balls in are on Amazon…

I spent enough effort on the coloring that it seemed unnecessary to do more with the card design than add a diecut sentiment.

More info on the Casting Shadows class is HERE

it’s mah birthday!

it’s mah birthday!

I’m heading out for the day – off to find wonderful things to paint, have lunch with a dear friend, then maybe take myself to a movie, too – so if you’re in need of anything, I’m treating myself to a day without email. I’ll get back to ya!

Get to know me a little bit over HERE!

And enter to win my card HERE!

My birthday wishlist:

  • Nice high bids on the auction cards for Nebraska – please share that page with your friends and family to invite them to join in!
  • Donations to charities – my own favorite causes are critter-related (domestic or wild), environment, human rights, journalism, children
  • Student homework uploaded to our facebook group – I love giving out prize classes (50% off a beginner or intermediate class) and the more uploads, the more prizes that month!
  • Sharing any of my sites or social media with your artistic friends. Especially YT, I’m creeping toward 100k and kinda freaking out about that!
  • Cards for the pups because they feel left out when it’s all about mama! Giallo and Vienna can be reached at: PO Box 23395, Federal Way WA 98093
Storytelling cards

Storytelling cards

Welcome to my stop on the Topflight Stamps hop! They’re a company that shares some of the stamps made all over the world with people like me here in the US…brands we don’t normally see! They’re celebrating their birthday, and sent me a couple stamp sets I wanna show you – Meerkats andFarm animals by Katzelkraft!

For my cards I’ve got some uber-silly fun with Katzelkraft stamps, all of which I’m auctioning off for charity! If you always wanted one of my crazy cards, stay tuned here on the blog for more auctions all year!

But first – a vlog with pups doing silly things. Be sure to scroll to the end to hop to the next stop so you can qualify for PRIZES!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Each card below has a funny little backstory…PLUS links to the auction page for each card! 100% of proceeds will be donated to help flood victims in Nebraska and surrounding areas.

But we can help. Bid high!

BIDDING IS OPEN THROUGH MARCH 31 at midnight pacific time.

Meerkats love to go on holiday to Hobbiton in Matamata NZ, because the LOTR is super popular in meerkat mobs. Yes, they’re called mobs. BID HERE.

Robot Dog, called “Tinker” by his friends, seeks a few replacement parts in the local hardware store under flickering flourescent light. BID HERE.

You thought your cat trashed the toilet paper roll – but this time, the cat’s innocent….don’t get mad. He’s cuddly. BID HERE.

Doug “Hoofin’ It” Blackstone finally made it out of his hotel room to the concert venue. No one was sure if he’d ever come out – he doesn’t have cable at home, and he got hooked on HeeHaw reruns. BID HERE.

Captain Nemo had his cat along when he went 20,000 leagues under the sea. He was a pretty useless feline, just watching the fish out the submarine’s window day after day. BID HERE.

On Old MacDonald’s Farm, the animals spend the late evening entertaining each other with cowmediums – they stay up even if it’s pasture bed time! BID HERE.

Tony is a collector of old jazz albums, and hangs out in local record shops sampling the kool kats – like Benny Goodkat, Jellyroll Meerkat, and the Glenn Meer Orkatstra. BID HERE.

Never hire a chicken foor an office job. They may be able to cross the road to get to the building, but they just can’t stop texting once they arrive. BID HERE.

Animals are just like us. They love a good sale on sweet pastries, too! He’s going to need a few dozen to take back to the rest of the mob, though. BID HERE.

Captain Link Hogthrob is reprogramming the computer panel on the porkdeck. (What? You don’t remember Pigs in Space??) BID HERE.

Harold read about the A-hop-alypse Coaster at the new Bunny Bay Amusement Park – and just had to buy a ticket! BID HERE.

Olivia went wild on the dance floor when Deejay Meerkat’s played her fave song: “You Should Be Diggin’, Yeah!” BID HERE.

Missed my Wednesday posts?

Instead of videos on Wednesdays, I’ve posted some tips here on the blog each midweek – catch up on what you’ve missed HERE.

Bloghop info

It is Topflight Stamps 2nd birthday!  To celebrate, they’ve teamed up with some amazing crafters – please hop along with us all and show all of the crafters some love!

Prizes: Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate, and each stop on the hop has an additional $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs.  To be in with a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 8th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 9th.  Good Luck!

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