Sunday, March 26, 2017


Spring is easily my favorite time of year. Allergies aside, watching the flowers bloom, farmers work the fields and all the wildlife come out to play, its a wonderful thing. It's also the beginning of riding season so my Saturdays will soon be filled with motorcycles and friends, which of course means a little less time in the cove. But its a wonderful trade off.

Today its just me and the girls again so we are back in here creating our own little world. Today Easter is on my mind, trying to work out the details with Skull for the club Easter egg hunt and making sure I have everything I need ready for that. So its only fitting that todays craft follow suit.

Featuring Lawn Fawn: Hoppy Easter
Using design space and my Cricut to make the scene building pieces I whipped up a quick little card using Lawn Fawns Hoppy Easter stamps and dies. Colored of course with my Spectrum Noir markers.

I used the following colors on the images:

Carrots - GB5, OR 1 DG3, CG2
Bunny --- IG1, IG2, PP3
Basket -- GB8, GB10
Eggs --- CT3, PP3, PP5, PL4

Saturday, March 25, 2017

SSS Card Kit -- April 2017

Eek!!! So excited my first ever Simon Says Stamp Card kit came today. It feels like I've been waiting for it forever, since watching all the sneak peak videos on YouTube.
Box full of happiness right here.

Already stamped out the images and added them to my stamp inventory binder. Shocked? Me to. Then instantly on to stamping and coloring.

I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color the images, using only the colors I have on hand I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.
Elephant -- was a bear for me to color. I started with his ears in a light pink (PP3). Then moved on to my greys. I used the combo of IG1, IG2, and IG4, there was a lot of tip to tip method involved and some hmm, lets just go one solid grey, followed by some detailed shading. He's a little darker than I had hoped but I think he is just adorable.
Lion -- was tricky for me as well. I'm limited to my markers I have on hand and can usually come up with a combo that works for me. Well I have never colored a lion before. I ended up using my flesh tones and a yellow. I used FS3, TN2 and CT1 to get the fur color for my lion. His mane I went with GB8 and GB10.
Giraffe -- I am absolutely in love with him. He was the first image I tackled and I had the most fun picking out the colors I needed to try and shade him. I used the same combo with him as I did on the lion adding PP3 to his ears and cheeks, with IG 6, IG8, and IG10 for his hooves.
Penguin -- I used a simple go to combo of IG6, IG8, and IG10 for the darker areas. For his beak and little feet I used OR1 and GB5. For the white belly I used IG2 and my colorless blender to add some shading.  
First completed project: So simple and so true.
A Bookmark for my Love

Family Time

Last weekend was an unexpected treat for me. In addition to my Momma spending the weekend I had two of my monsters for the day Saturday. Of course one of my nieces favorite things to do is craft with me. Her brother is also no stranger to the craft-room. We spent most of the day in here paper crafting and creating memories.

Making memories

Over all it was a great day with lots of laughs. Now someone just needs to get in here and clean up the mess.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rearranging and More

It's been a busy week. I've kept up the best I could with the color challenge. Missed two days due to severe sinus/allergy headaches. Those images can be found on my Instagram page. (Link is on the right of the screen)

In addition to coloring I've done some rearranging in the cove. A new to me table, courtesy of my sister cleaning out her craft space and I have a ton of extra work space. Keep in mind this is still a work in progress. But so far I'm loving the extra table space.

Who knew I'd like my alcohol markers better in a basket than in the little white shelf? Certainly not me. 

Still working on cataloging my stamps and dies.

What are you all working on?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Happenings Around The Cove

Still organizing and doing some more purging. Progress is slow but it's coming together. 

I decided to do The Daily Marker 30 day challenge again. So far here are my efforts:

Day One:  This image was an absolute joy for me to color, as I'm sure you can imagine. If you look closely you notice that little seahorse is missing his stomach. Well when reaching for the last marker to finish the shading in that area I didn't pay attention to what I was doing I carefully when I was picking up the marker. Yep you guessed it grabbed the wrong one little guy stomach was bright red. So I grab my X-Acto knife and a little surgery. I decided to spend some time during this challenge practicing blending my pinks with markers I have on hand.

Paper Nest Dolls: Mermaid with Seahorse

Day Two:  I just love these stamps. I worked on blending my greens and doing highlights in black hair on this project.

Santoro's Gorjuss Urban Stamps
Day 3:  I took some images that I had previously colored and combined them with the challenge. On this card my coloring for the day was creating the hardwood floor at the bottom of the scene and doing some shading on the desk. 

Lawn Fawn Sewn with Love
Day 4:  This little stamp while adorable has pose a big challenge for me in the past. That little belt and all those ruffles have long been torture for me to try to color.  Overall I'm very pleased with how she turned out.

C.C. Designs Birthday Twila

What have you been working on?

Happy Crafting

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Project Organization: Stamps

    Time to get everything organized so its easy to come in get what I want out and craft. I've been in here for a little while now and I've learned some of the ways I had originally organized my room is just not working for me. So this weekend I started with my stamps. 
    Boy do I have a lot of them. I've started a stamp binder. I did it for two reasons. One, to be able to glance through and see the images I have when I want to sit down and create without having to drag out all my stamps and go through them. Two, so I can hopefully avoid buying duplicates.  My binder and stamps will all be organized by manufacturer. Right now its kind of time consuming to get it caught up. But it should be easy to maintain once I get through this part.

     My storage will be similar to that of Jennifer McGuire. I'll be using Avery Elle pockets or Simon Says Stamp pockets to store my stamps and matching dies. I'll be placing them by manufacturer in the baskets. I however, will not be sorting alphabetically or by theme at this time.
Below are some links to the items I'm using:

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Happy Planner

     It's happened ya'll, I finally switched over completely to the Happy Planner my sister gave me. I spent some time Saturday adding in all the events for the MC, switching over birthday information and what not.

     In addition to using it as my planner I've decided to use it as my weight loss journal as well. I used some pink card stock, some white card stock and some of the die cuts I had pre-colored to decorate the pages for that. Oh and stamps lets not forget them.

Journal Pages for Planner

     We spent sometime out and about Saturday morning, getting some fresh air therapy. Translation we walked around the local flea market. Grabbed a shelf for the cove, a little paint and it'll be making its way to my wall soon. We also took the kiddos out for a ride.

Annie Belle
     Today I've gotten all my Valentine's packaged and ready to be delivered. Yes, they will all be hand delivered this year. Tackled cleaning up the major mess we've made in the cove the last few weeks and managed to spend some quality time with my sweetie.

Its a beautiful day here in eastern NC today, off to spend sometime in the sun. Grabbing the camera and the babies and going to see what shots I can get today.

Happy Crafting