Tuesday, February 02, 2016

30 Day Coloring Challenge Hop!

Welcome to "The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge" Blog Hop. If you're coming from the Simon Says Stamp blog then you're in the right place!!! 

I've created a card using my favorite coloring medium which are colored pencils. I like how sharp I can get the points for detail and shading when coloring. 

I've kept things fairly simple, coloring my flowers in three different tones.  This stamp is from the Roses for You stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp. 

My goal was to follow the spiral of each flower, to create a bit of dimension and to fade to white in the centers. For blending, I've used two to three pencils in different values of each color. I also use a white pencil to smooth out my coloring. 

One of my favorite things about coloring and shading with pencils is the ability to lighten and highlight using a white eraser. 

I have created a video of the process. You can view it below or on my YouTube channel

Your next stop on the hop is to my funny friend...

Additional information about the challenge: 
Kathy from The Daily Marker is hosting her fourth coloring challenge called, “The Daily Marker 30 Day” it’s a super fun challenge and a great way to get full use of your supplies. 

THE GOAL IS: To color something daily even if it's a few minutes but, certainly not required. 


WHAT'S NEW THIS TIME? Kathy will have a weekly feature that she will be sharing on her blog that showcases some of your work every Sunday. Read more on Kathy’s blog.  When sharing your work on social media, use #TheDailyMarker30Day  

At the end of the hop you will find an awesome GIVEAWAY AND A COUPON CODE FOR Online Card Classes.

Disclosure: I am an affiliate with Simon Says Stamp at no extra cost to you.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Art to share...and some ramblings

Hello??? Is this thing on??? Are you there?? lol

I have the WORST blogging skills EVER!! . Seems I just get caught up in work and home stuff. I am good at throwing quick pictures up on Instagram though if you want to catch up on my day to day stuff. 

So... Let me take you back to November... Heidi and I went on an creative adventure to the studio of Tim Holtz! It was absolutely amazing!! A once in a lifetime opportunity!!! While we were there, Mario cooked us the most delicious meals, seriously!! Tim surprised us with the idea of creating a mini canvas using pretty much the same supplies. We used a basic layout inspiration and then jumped into creating!
And here are the results. 

Left to right: Heidi, Shari, Tim

I love this picture of the 4 of us, especially Mario peeking in over Heidi... too cute!

 Super fun times!

So back to reality and life...

Christmas was super fun with Melody, she's almost at the age of understanding the magic, next year will be a BLAST for sure!!! 
I jumped back into creating stamp designs and doing graphics for Simon Says Stamp. Hopefully you saw our DieCember and You Have My Heart releases. They are fantastic! We have another release coming in mid February which is great as well. I'm in the midst of designing our Early Summer release stamps right now.

I'll bring you to up to date to January... CHA

I was part of the Ranger Designer Challenge for the Ranger booth. I was privileged to participate in this challenge using the new Distress Crayons. I was given the brights set to work with but was able to get my favorite muted tones by adding a little Walnut Stain ink to them.

The canvas size is 9x12". I used Tim Holtz's Tattered florals and Tattered Poinsettias for my blooms.

I think it turned out pretty!

So my troubles of getting it to the booth at CHA... OI. 

On my way into the show (wearing my cutest Dansko shoes for comfort)... I walked over some uneven brick and caught an edge of my shoe. Down I went...harder than ever. Ripped a hole in my jeans and skinned my knee on the right leg and really twisted my left ankle. A lady helped me up and to a bench. I had my "Chucks" in my backpack which I immediately put on... something I could tie tightly for support. I gimped my way in to the hall and put my canvas on the display, said a quick hello to Mario and gimped back outside. By that time, my possie was gathering and I went to the first aid station. I got wrapped, bandaged and iced, the girls brought me a scooter to ride around in.

Have you ever hurt yourself and the immediate pain subsides shortly after? This didn't happen, after a few hours I decided I needed a doctor to look at it. I grabbed a cab and off I went to the hospital. I came back with a half cast and crutches. I had a real live sprain, nothing broken, but a sausage for a foot and ankle.

When I got home I saw an orthopedic doctor who told me after more X-rays and exam that I had torn ligaments..., not just stretched... sooooo I got a boot. I'm not one to be kept down... so having a way to walk was really a relief for me.

Two weeks later... I'm still having pain and swelling in certain areas, sleeping is a challenge, but I'm dealing with it. I guess me and my boot will be friends for awhile longer.... at least it matches my wardrobe!

Onward and upward! Enjoy your day!

Here are some supplies from my Designers challenge canvas. 

Disclosure: I am part of the affiliate program with Simon Says Stamp at no extra cost to you.

Monday, January 04, 2016

January Card Kit Cards and Craftsy class winning Announcement!

The colors of this kit are so inspiring, great combinations to think about all year round!

I have 3 cards that I put together using this kit.  The first one being bright with a panel of Audrey Blue card stock and pattern papers as a base, then a happy little snowman as the focal point.

This next one uses a sheet of the pattern paper as the base, with highlights of other papers and a another snowman sticker to take center stage.

Finally, a sweet snowbank card using a soft panel of blue and happy winter animals within the slopes of snow.

Hope you enjoyed my little display of winter happiness!!

Next I have the winners of my Craftsy class giveaway! I have contacted the winners by email. 

Stacy said...
What a great release. I love these stamps and these cards. Thanks for the chance to win a class, too! #class

jennifer delauter said...
Those cute stackable animals are adorable!! It looks like there are so many fun combinations that can be made!! My favorite card is the roses that you watercolored with distress inks. Perfect for Valentine's Day!! Very beautiful! I would love the opportunity to win a spot in your #class!!

Christy Q said...
Your cards are wonderful, Shari! I love the soft color combination on your second card and the stacking animals are just way too cute for words! Thank you also for the chance to enter your Craftsy class giveaway #class

I have a $15 off discount code for those of you who are interested in taking my class.
Just follow this LINK.

Thanks for your comments and creative support!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

You Have My Heart Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the YOU HAVE MY HEART blog hop for Simon Says Stamp!
You can find the entire collection HERE!

I'm highlighting a couple of stamp sets that I designed, the first being the Stacking Animals! These are made to stack in different hilariously wrong configurations!

I used the new Intense Black ink from Simon Says Stamp. This new ink is developed for using with Alcohol and Solvent based markers! Coloring my critters was easy, just used my Copics!

I stamped the background of a 4 bar card with the Stepping Stones cling stamp and Fog ink, then die cut a Stitched Dress Up Tag in white and a bit of pattern paper. I added my animals to the tag with some foam squares along with my message.  

Next up is a stamp set called Roses For You that can be used all year round for expressing your love. The heart of rose image below was stamped and white embossed on Fog card stock. I watercolored the rose with Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint Distress inks allowing the colors to fade in areas for more dimension.

I use the Heart Breeze die on the 4 bar card, then backed it with Fog card stock. From there I stacked my stamped and die cut pieces onto the card with foam squares.

Thanks for coming by, I hope you've enjoyed my samples! 

Your next stop on the hop is to the amazingly talented

If you encounter any broken links on the hop, you can visit the Simon Says Stamp blog for a full list of participants.

Remember, Simon Says Stamp will be drawing a winner on each stop of the hop for a prize package valued at approximately $50, so be sure to leave a comment on each of the posts you visit!

Before the years end I wanted to thank my readers (thats you!) by offering a few free class spots for my Lovely Layered Cards class on Craftsy!!!
Comment on this post by Sunday evening, January 3 by 11:59pm CST with #class
if you're interested. I'll also need your email so I can get ahold of you.
I'll announce 3 lucky winners on Monday, January 4th, 2016!

The comments have been disabled for this giveaway. Thank you!!!

Happy New Year!!

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