Friday, January 11, 2019

Love You Birthday Card

Today I'm sharing a card I made with a 12x12 coloring page from Adornit. I picked it up at Scrapbook.com, and it's meant for watercoloring. The paper is thick and textured and perfect to paint. I cut down the large image and made a birthday card with it.


Here it is, mid-painting. I used Tombow markers and one Real Waterbrush marker and did both coloring straight onto the page and also applying water to make it paint before putting it on the page.


Here's the final card, with a few Nuvo Silver drops for flower and berry centers and white gel pen and colored pencil additions to the painting.


I like how fast you can make a card with these panels already painted...so, buy some (they have tons of watercolor panels here) and do an afternoon of painting and then on another day, trim them into card-size panels and attach them to card bases.

Happy Friday!
Chark

Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy Trivia Day

Here's a piece of trivia for you—there's a Trivia Day and it's today! So celebrate with a little Trivial Pursuit, because that's why trivia games became popular. Here's the official story.

History of Trivia Day

The World famous trivia game, Trivial Pursuit, is thought to have sparked people’s fascination with trivia and competing to see who knows more odd facts about geography, history, art, science, sports and entertainment.

Trivial Pursuit was first created in in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1979 by two men named Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, who had become frustrated to find pieces of their Scrabble game had gone missing, thus inspiring them to create their own game. Trivial Pursuit became an almost instant hit and worldwide phenomenon, and the trivia craze began.
I've been a fan of Trivial Pursuit since it came out in the 80s, though I can count on one hand the number of times I've won since then. Dang Sports Category!

While thanking someone isn't trivial (I think you should thank people daily), I have a little thank you art today. I got this coloring card with my first-ever Honey Bee Stamps order. While I haven't inked my stamps yet, I did break out my new Polychromos pencils and colored this baby up.


While I haven't inked my stamps yet, I did break out my new Polychromos pencils and colored this baby up. That's all I've got for now. hope you have a fab Trivia Day! Here's a little personal trivia: my mom's 83rd birthday is tomorrow! Happy Birthday to the best woman I've ever known. This pic is from last month and she's still her cutie self.


Happy Friday!
Chark


Friday, December 28, 2018

Snow? What Snow?

Even though it's nearly January, today it's almost 60 degrees here in Ohio. That is some weird stuff...especially considering it snowed three days ago. It was the coat-and-melt kind of snow, but it did give us a white Christmas, which you can see out my window here. 



I just entered a contest on IG from Arteza that had the theme of snow. I watercolored with  my Real Brush Pens from them and created two pieces. First was this fun and doodled piece here.



Next, I a stamped and hand-lettered the piece here. I enjoy the pens for lettering because I can get the thick and thin lines easily. When I use Tombows for lettering, I have to go over the letters a couple of times to get the thicker lines.



I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of snow, because it makes traveling tricky, but it is winter, and I do live in Ohio, so it's definitely expected right about now. Since it's rain and wind today, I guess I'll just go do my errands instead of staying in and crafting :)

Happy Friday!
Chark



Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Christmas

Since Christmas is just a few days away (and tomorrow we're hosting a family Christmas at my house), thought I'd pop in to say Happy Holidays and show a few gift card holders I've made with the Technique Tuesday pull-tab die. I bought it and the little saying stamps that fit it when I won a gift card from them.



Here's a close-up of the pull tab on one of the cards. 


I picked up the pad of Christmas paper at Tuesday Morning, a great place to find craft supplies at a discount. You never know what they'll have, but that's part of the fun. And lastly, here's a little papier mache box I got at the craft store. I added Doodlebug Design paper to the lid and the My Favorite Stamps Santa here. I fussy cut him out after coloring with pencils and gel pen.


And with that, I'll sign off and say, "Merry Christmas!" Hope you get a lot of crafty stuff and time with family this season!

Happy Friday!
Chark

Friday, December 7, 2018

Giveaway Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered here on the blog and on Instagram for my four Freebie Friday prizes—I love hearing from people who create, it's a wonderful community! I'm a huge fan of entering contests, so it's always fun to give away stuff too and share the love!

Without further ado, CONGRATULATIONS to:

1. cyc.crafts (from IG) who won the rainbow foil and stencils

2. lunalayercakemall (from IG) who won the Pretty Little Studio and other Christmas goodies

3. d.ann.c (from IG) who won the $25 gift card to Butterfly Reflections

and 4. rightbrainart (from IG) who won the Unity stamps

I'm sensing a pattern here, so I may have to do a blog-only giveaway sometime.

And I wanted to get up one last post for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, which is always a good time—I'm amazed by how many different coffee/tea/cocoa projects there are each time! This one features paper and die cuts from Doodlebug Designs and my favorite drink, tea!






Thanks to Amy and the whole team at CLBH for another fun one!

Happy Friday!
Chark



Thursday, December 6, 2018

Coffee, Tea or Gingerbread

I'm a big fan of gingerbread, both the edible kind and the decorating kind, and I have a handful of cute gingerbread boys and girls as stamps and dies. This digi came from the Craftin Desert Divas shop, and I cut out a Doodlebug tea cup to give him. He's cute, amma right? 


He comes in color and line art. I printed him in color but my printer started to run out of a vital ink and he came up looking less than tasty. So I took my Prismacolor pencils and made him look more like gingerbread. The bg paper is Doodlebug, as is the sentiment strip. I'm entering him in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and you can join me until Friday evening to try to win one of the gazillion prizes!



Come back tomorrow to see who won my four Thanksgiving giveaways (you have until 11:59pm Eastern tonight to enter, just scroll down to the four posts)!

Happy Thursday! 
Chark