Made You A Present

Hi there,

I haven't made a lot of Christmas cards this year but I made a few to send to the Grandkids. This one is from Whimsy Stamps called Grumpy Holidays .  Have you tried these stamps yet?  They are so fun to color!  I thought this one with the dog on it would be good for a boy.

Other products used:
Photoplay Mad 4Plaid 6x6 paper
Hero Arts Red Royal Mid-tone Shadow Ink
Merry Christmas!
Happy stamping and coloring!

Snowman and Friends Snow Globe

Hi there,

It's been a while since my last post so I got inspired yesterday to color up this adorable stamp from Purple Onion Designs called Snow globe. I just adore Stacey Yacula and her designs. You can check her work out on Etsy.  The inspiration for the colors comes from a new coloring class from Passionate Paper Creations Rhea is the instructor.  Even if you've been coloring for a while you will learn something new.  It's always good to go back and review too! On this image I used the color combo she used as well as coloring sky, snow, flicking and texture on the animals. I love how it turned out.  Its not the image she used but it worked for mine.

other supplies used:
DP is Fresh Pink Studio Christmas Wishes
Hero Arts Red Royal ink
Nuevo Drops Honey Gold
Happy stamping and coloring!

Autumn Winds

Hi there,

I have another fall card to share.  This time its a stamp from Stampendous House Mouse Designs called Autumn Winds.  I just love these House Mouse Designs.  Don't you?  This one was so fun to color too!  I airbrushed the sky with Copics as well. The Sentiment is from Powerpoppy Feeling Fall Set. I stamped it with Hero Arts ink then used Ranger super fine detail powder in clear. Die cuts are from Spellbinders Lg. Deckled Rectangles and and sentiment is a die cut from Lawn Fawn Stitched Labels. DP is from BoBunny Dreams of Autumn Collection.

Happy Fall and Happy Coloring!

Oak Leaves & Gourds

Hi there,

I'm back with my first fall card of the season. I'm afraid I'm not getting very far as my craft room is a disaster right now. Having some work started shortly on the back patio and have some of the furniture stuffed in my room right now. I can't seem to get any crafting done when its a mess.

I chose to use two stamps sets from Powerpoppy.  Have you tried these stamps? They are always so much fun to color. the first one is Olive & Oak Expanded and Feeling Fall. She also carries digitals.  DP is from BoBunny and I just added some Nuvo drops and stickles for sparkle.

Happy Fall and Happy Coloring!

Poppy Girl Birthday

Hi there,

Well I'm back after a few months!  We got moved and that was a lot of crafts stuff to move! Yikes.
I finally made a card and did some stamping and coloring because I needed a birthday card for a granddaughter.  I decided to use this Unity stamp called Poppy Girl found Here.  The sentiment is from Penny Black called Sprinkles and Smiles found Here. I just kept it simple this is a large stamp, colored with Copics and added sentient.

 Die cut: Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Rectangles
Nuevo Drops: Red Berry, Sherbert Shimmer, Bottle Green

Happy stamping and coloring!

Daffodil Jar/First Day Of Summer

Hi there,

Well summer has arrived! It's a bit toasty here hope you are keeping cool wherever you live.  I am sharing my last project for the Graciellie Creative Design Team.  I decided to color up this daffodil jar from the Simple Wisdom digital stamp set for June.  I really wanted to color this jar because I attended a Copic Advanced boot camp in May and we colored something similar focusing on the jar, water, transparency, added water drops and of course flowers. I feel I achieved what I set out to do here.

I want to say thank you to Gracie of Graciellie Design. I have enjoyed my time with her team. Everyone was a joy to work with. So many talented team members and Gracie always blows me away with her talent!   I will be taking some time off for the summer.

If you'd like to purchase this set or others please use this discount code: BARBARA10 for 10% off your purchase and you can share the code with your crafty friends. Hope you have a great summer!

If you are interested in Jennifer Dove's Copic Boot Camps you can find the info HERE.  They are so much fun and you will learn a lot!

Added water drops to jar, background is done with 91% alcohol
added to a water brush and copic color scrubbed on a piece of plastic
and picked up with brush then used texture cloth.

Close up of water drops on daffodils and leaf. Also grounding and reflection for jar.
Added Nuvo Drops to background.

Happy coloring!

Pear Blossom Wreath

Hi there,

It's time for the Graciellie Design June Inspiration blog hop featuring all new Digital stamp sets for June.  Today I'm featuring Sending Kindness and decided to create a summer wreath!  I just printed out 4 of the pear blossoms and a couple sets of pears, colored with Copics and fussy cut them  then added them to the twig wreath die cut then sentiment.  So go check out all the beautiful creations the team has created! If you'd like to purchase this digital set or any other you can use this 10% discount code BARBARA10 for your purchase, share it with your crafty friends and check out the SHOP.

Graciellie Design Creative Team

Added a few Nuvo drops

Happy Coloring!

Graciellie Design June release/blog hop/giveaway

Hi there,

It's time for our June digital stamp release, blog hop/giveaway for Graciellie Design.  Today we will be sharing 4 new digital stamp sets and I have chosen to use Sending Kindness.  The flower is a pear blossom! It looks like a hydrangea so you could use it that way as well. It also comes with the pears, 5 sentiments and a little bee. Graciellie Design is giving away a $10 gift card to the SHOP so you need to comment on all the blogs for a chance to win the $10 gift card. International followers are welcome to participate too!  If you'd like to purchase this new digital stamp set or others you can use this 10% discount code: BARBARA10 and visit the SHOP. We also have 2 new guest designers for the month of June so get hopping!

Graciellie Design Creative Team

I started out printing out 2 pear blossoms, sentiment and bee then 
die cut the flag and colored with Copics.  The background behind flower is done 
with 91% alcohol in a water pen then added texture with burlap cloth.

Then cut 2 more tags, punched a hole to add twine, added green strip,
added some black Nuvo drops, sequins and doodling.

I love the bold black and white stripe against the delicate flower.

Happy coloring!

Hummingbird flight

Hi there,

It's time for our mid-month inspiration blog hop featuring new digital stamps for May with Graciellie Design.  I'm still featuring Count On Me but this time I used this sweet little hummingbird one of the new May releases. You can check out all the new May release digital stamps in the shop HERE. You can use the discount code BARBARA10 for 10% off in the SHOP so go check them out and go shopping! We also have a guest designer for May Maria Luisa.

The Winner from May 1st is announced over on the Graciellie Design blog and a redraw for the Westcott Scissors is announced as well.  We're celebrating all month for Gracie's birthday so come hop along!

Blog Hop
Barbara Thompson (you are here)

I printed out the hummingbird going a little lighter on the ink and colored with Copics, then 
airbrushed the background.

I die cut the border the added some branches for a secondary border,
punched some tiny flowers and leaves.
Then cut the sentiment into pieces to fit.

Happy coloring!

Butterfly Postcard

Hi there,

I'm sharing my extra project for May for Graciellie Design. I really love this set called Just Because and it's a fabulous one to color!  I didn't add a sentiment but the set comes with 4 sentiments as well.  You can use the discount code BARBARA10 to get 10% off if you'd like to purchase this Digital set or others and share it with your crafty friends!

 I started by printing the main image and then die cut it, then colored it with
Copics and added the pointillism background.

Added some Twine and attached to my card base using
Crate Paper Bloom DP.  Then I added Some yellow Stickles to
centers of flowers and Dazzling blue Nuvo drops to background.

Happy Coloring!

Graciellie Design May release/blog hop/Giveway

Hi there,

It's time for our May release/blog hop and Giveaway for Graciellie Design .  May is Gracie's birthday month so we're celebrating! Happy birthday Gracie! Graciellie Design is giving away a $10 gift certificate AND her new Pre-lease Pray to one lucky winner!  All you have to do is hop along and comment on ALL design team members and Graciellie Design blog for a chance to win.  International followers may participate. Winner to be announced May 15 on the Graciellie Design Blog.

But first I'm show casing one of the new digital stamp sets for May called Count On Me.  Peonies are all the rage these days so I chose to use it!  It also comes with a sweet hummingbird and  4 sentiments.  You can also see Gracie's May birthday month special release set called Pray with hand lettered sentiments below! So come hop along and if you'd like to purchase the new May digital stamps you can use this code: BARBARA10 for 10% off your purchases! You can check them out in the SHOP. So get hopping!

Barbara (You Are Here)

I started by printing 3 peonies in different sizes on Strathmore smooth surface 100lb
It can go through my printer and when it came out I sprinkled with
gold embossing powder and melted with my heat gun. I learned this technique from one of my 
teammates Ginny Maxam. I never knew you could emboss with digis! Did you?

Then I watercolored peonies with Zig Clean Color 
Real Brush markers.

 I decided to cut the peonies in half to arrange on my card base 
of wood grained white card stock and added a strip of clear acetate with gold stripes.
Then added sentiment with a few punched leaves and Gold Nuvo drops.

Happy coloring!

Graciellie Design Pre-Release sneak peek Pray

Hi there,

All this week the Graciellie Design Creative Team is giving a sneak peek of a brand new digital stamp set our first hand lettered digital stamp set  called Pray.  This sweet little bonnet girl image is a favorite of Gracie (owner of Graciellie Design digital shop) and is part of her birthday celebration blog hop and complete NEW release coming May 2nd.  Isn't this an adorable set? This little girl comes in two images, one the apron is filled in so you could use your toner printer and add foil like Gracie did or outlined so you can color it! Brilliant!

I decided to make a little scene with this sweet little girl so I just printed her out on Copic paper  and die cut with the stitched rounded corner die, then colored her, added grass the masked her off and added  yellow air-brushing for the sun and the blue sky. I die cut the sentiment to look like the sun and added the clouds.

If you'd like to purchase this brand new set its available now in the SHOP . Please use the code: BARBARA10 to get 10% off your purchase! Please come back May 2nd we will have all new images and birthday celebration for Gracie!

First hand lettered set

Other products used:
DP American Crafts Happy Place
Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle Stax
Sun- Die-namics Wonky Stitched Circle Stax
clouds- Wplus9 sunshine Layers
Poppy stamps Bubble Daisy Border

Happy coloring!

Graciellie Design blog Hop/Westcott Giveaway

Hi there,

It's time for our mid-month inspiration blog hop with Graciellie Design and Westcottbrand Giveaway!  I'm featuring Sprinkled With Love  one of 5 new sets for April so I decided to make a watercolor card using a clear acetate card base.
We are featuring Westcottbrand all month.  Have you tried their precision scissors?? Westcottbrand is giving away 2 pairs of precision scissors to one lucky winner.  Please comment on all team blogs plus  Graciellie Design blog for a chance to win the scissors!

If you'd like to purchase this digi or others please use BARBARA10 to get 10% off in the SHOP. Digital stamps are easy to use and very cost effective! Try them out!

Winner from May 1st is announced over on the Graciellie Design blog so please see list below and get hopping! See my pics below and lets get started!

For watercoloring this Bristol Smooth surface paper works great!
Just don't oversaturate with water and it won't warp. I
cut it to fit printer and printed out image.

I trimmed watercolor paper so I could watercolor my image.
I used the Westcottbrand 9inch paper trimmer to trim bristol smooth paper.

Choose watercolor medium. I used Kuretake.

 Grab the rest of your supplies, mat, watercolor brushes:
Silver Black Velvet sizes 1,2 and 4. I don't use a water brush on this
paper as I want to control water flow. Paper towel and image.

Here are the colors I used. I splatted some bluish gold
and let dry completely before putting card together.

I used a pre-made clear acetate card base. I changed the color
to go inside to a darker pink with a faint stripe on it.

Here's my finished card. I added a piece of gold heart vellum,
die cut balloons, tiny hearts and bow. I cut the vellum with 9 in paper trimmer

Happy coloring and cutting!