Thursday, September 28, 2017

Day 28 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

I watercolored this card for day 28 of #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge.  I used the new WC Fall Set - 4963 from Art Impressions.  The bird is from the new WC Bird Bath Set - 4966 which truly is one of my most favorites from the new ones.  It's a must have in my opinion.  You get six birds, a bird bath and two really cute little birdhouses.  I used a pot from the WC Ornate Container Set - 4870.  The stand is from inking only the bottom part of the stamp from the WC Series 5 Set 2 - 4059.

I can't believe the coloring challenge is almost over.  It's been so much fun!  I haven't been able to color every day like I usually do but I'm happy with the amount of coloring I did get done.  I've really enjoyed being one of the goodwill ambassadors for the fabulous Kathy Racoosin who is the host of the coloring challenges.  I hope everyone found some time to color!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Day 25 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge is this birthday card for Kathy Racoosin

I watercolored this card for one of my most favorite coloring artists - Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker.  Today is her birthday and I wanted to wish her a very happy birthday.  Kathy is hosting the SEVENTH Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge!  She takes the time to encourage others and leaves comments on the Instagram posts with the hashtag #thedailymarker30day which is how I became a card maker on Instagram.  The Instagram craft community is full of talented, encouraging, wonderful people and I will be forever grateful to Kathy for introducing me to them.

I used Art Impressions stamps and supplies to make this card, listed below with links.

4870 - WC Ornate Container Set
4701 - Clay Pot
4867 - WC Foliage Set
4876 - Wooden Chair Mini Set
Strathmore Watercolor Paper

Marvy LePlume II Pens:
NO. 55 iris purple
NO. 29 Prussian blue
NO. 72 pine green
NO. 86 African violet
NO. 40 brownish grey
NO. 60 salvia blue
NO. 45 sepia


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Day 24 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge


I watercolored this card for day 24 of Kathy Racoosin's #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge using brand NEW stamps from Art Impressions.  I would love to own a cottage like this in Colorado where I could go fishing and smell the trees and fresh air.  Maybe some day...

Stamps used:
4958 - WC Cottage Set
4960 - WC Fir Trees Set

Marvy LePlume Pens used:
NO. 15 olive green
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 72 pine green
NO. 29 Prussian blue
NO. 75 sky blue

Strathmore watercolor paper


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Day 21 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge


Have you seen the new 4959 - WC Dogs set from Art Impressions?  I love them and can't wait to put them in my scenes.  Everybody loves dogs and these are the cutest!

Only a little over a week left in the fabulous Kathy Racoosin's #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge.  It's been so fun to see so many talented participants and make new friends who share in our love of coloring and card making.

Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn.  Happy Fall ya'll!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Watercolor Weekend September 16, 2017

Hello Watercolor Fans,

Who doesn't love Fall?  For me, it's definitely the most wonderful time of the year!  I have fond memories of Fall like the excitement of going back to school, which I always loved, to raking piles of leaves and jumping in them with my big brothers and my little sister.  Fall brings us Halloween, my birthday, Thanksgiving, pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee and best of all Fall colors!

I made this Fall birthday card for the bi-monthly Watercolor Weekend Roundup on the Art Impressions blog using watercolor stamps from these sets:  4964 - WC Branches, 4966 - WC Bird Bath, 4867 - WC Foliage Set 2, 3545 - WC Series 7 Set 2, 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1.  The Marvy LePlume II pens I used are listed below:

28 english red
45 sepia
17 steel blue
6 brown
43 brilliant yellow
88 terra cotta

4773 - Acrylic Blocks
4774 Stamp Positioner
#4 Paint Brush

I made this on Strathmore watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beauty is All Around You - Flowers and Foliage Challenge

Hello Watercolor Fans,

I'm quite sure you are going to fall in love with all of the new Art Impressions watercolor stamps just released today!  I used stamps from these new sets 4966 - WC Bird Bath Set,  4964 - WC Branches Set,  4967 - WC Fence Dies and 4963 - WC Fall Set.  Be sure to check out the Art Impressions blog for the "Flowers and Foliage" challenge and to see more examples made by the other designers with these new stamps.  You can win free stamp sets if you participate and they have a new challenge every other Thursday.

I used the leaves and grass stamps from 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1 on my card and I used white embossing powder to emboss the sentiment from the 4903 - WC Sentiments Set.  These are the colors of the Marvy LePlume II pens I used:

86 african violet
45 sepia
17 steel blue
72 pine green
55 iris purple

4773 - Acrylic Blocks
4774 - Stamp Positioner
#4 Paint Brush

Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper

I used glaze on the water in the bird bath.  I hope you will play along with the new Art Impressions "Flowers and Foliage" challenge.  Maybe you will win some stamps set off of your wish list like I did before I became a Watercolor Guest Designer!


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Day 9 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Day 9 of #thedailymarker30day

I hope you all are enjoying the coloring challenge?  I sure am.  There are so many inspirational, talented, supportive, friendly and encouraging artists out there participating on Instagram!  Taking the time to color, for even 5 minutes a day, can make you feel happy and relaxed.  It's good for the soul.  I love how it reminds me of how much I have enjoyed coloring and crafting all of my life.

I made this card with my favorite Art Impressions stamp set 4807 - Old Barn and my new set 4207 Feathers.  I just love putting animals in my scenes.  I can hardly wait to show you the new dogs set which won't be released until September 21, 2017.  Tune back then and you will fall in love.  I've been saying, "Please make dogs!" for quite a while and I'm certain putting it out there is partially responsible for making it happen.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Day 7 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Happy Fall

It's still hot here in Las Vegas, Nevada but I'm wishing for Fall and making some Fall cards.  I made this card for Day 7 of the fabulous and talented Kathy Racoosin's #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge.  If you need more information on the challenge, click here for details.

I made this card with my Art Impressions watercolor stamps from these sets: 4808 - Covered Bridge, 4875 - Garden Wagon, 4056 WC Series Set 1, and 4051 - the Foliage Set 1.  I am so excited to make Fall cards and then it will be time for holiday cards!  Isn't this the best time of year?


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Day 3 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Day 3 of #thedailymarker30day
I made this after watching Art Impressions owner/creator Bonnie Krebs Watercolor Wednesdays  tutorial on YouTube.  She used pink instead of yellow but the technique was the same so check it out if you want to learn how to watercolor!  These are so much fun and the stamps all work together so you can make your own scenes.

If you haven't heard of the fabulous and talented Kathy Racoosin's Coloring Challenges on Instagram and Facebook, you must check it out!  Click here for more information.  It's not too late to join in.  This is my coloring for Day 3.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Watercolor Weekend September 2, 2017

Hello Friends,

Welcome to another Watercolor Weekend Roundup on the Art Impressions blog.  I created this somewhat masculine scene with Art Impressions stamps from the set Southwest, the Rustic Container Set, the grass from the Foliage Set 1, and the Furries set.  It seems I'm constantly needing masculine cards, probably because I'm married with three sons and three grandsons.  I always make cards for my family and friends.  I truly love making cards.  If you have always wanted to try it, do it!  Your friends and family will love getting your homemade cards.  Mine sure do.

4763 - Southwest
4871 - WC Rustic Container Set
4051 - WC Foliage Set 1
4208 - Furries

Marvy LePlume II pens
NO. 6 brown
NO. 19 carmine
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 72 pine green
NO. 75 sky blue

4773 - Acrylic Blocks 
4774 - Stamp Positioner
#4 Paint Brush

Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper


Friday, September 1, 2017

Day 1 of #thedailymarker30day and #STAMPtember

Hello Friends,

This is going to be a fabulous month!  Today is day 1 of the The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Have you heard of the Coloring Challenges by the fabulous and super talented Kathy Racoosin?  Her coloring challenges are what got me started on Instagram.  She's so encouraging and so is the coloring community on Instagram.  I've made so many wonderful and inspirational friends and I will forever be grateful to Kathy Racoosin!   Be sure to check it out and if you want to join, just color something up and post it on Instagram with the hashtag like this: #thedailymarker30day There are even prizes!


Another fabulous thing about September is the annual Simon Says Stamp celebration "STAMPtember".  I helped spread the word about the #Simonsaysstamp annual #STAMPtember celebration and received this "You Got This" stamp set for free!  There are so many awesome and encouraging sentiments.  This stamp set and many more new stamps are available for purchase on the Simon Says Stamp website, my "go to" company for many of the supplies that I use in my card making and scrapbooking.

I love how using the distress mosaic glaze makes the water in the bucket look like real water.  I really love all of the animals and flowers stamps from Art Impressions.  They are so easy and fun to use on these watercolor cards.  Hope you like it.

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