To fussy cut or not? That is the question

Welcome back friends!
Last week I shared little boy images that I found by googling coloring images.  This week, I am sharing little girl images that I have found.  Again, these are coloring pages and I can not give credit to the original artist.  If you are the artist, please drop me a line so I may give proper credit.
Who remembers the days of home land line phones?  I even remember my grandfather had in his basement, several old types of phones similar to the one the little girl is holding.  I would play operator for hours.  

I adore this image.  I love the doe eyes....and the fish...ohh heck...I just love the image.  She is one of my new favorite.  

This little girl is so sweet..and I plan to use her for an inspiration card....  You know the ones...when your friends are having rainy days...  this hopefully will boost their mood.

I recently found this image.  She is cute!!!!!!  Have you noticed the last few times, I have been fussy cutting out the image?  I am learning to like fussy cutting.  It gives the image a totally different feel.

 For all of these images, I used plain white cardstock with an inkjet printer.

That is it for today.  Do you fussy cut?  Why or why not?

#Distressmarkers, #watercolor, #coloring

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Google images and water coloring

Hi Friends....
Welcome back!  I am overjoyed that so many have stopped by in the past few weeks.  I think I even have a new follower or two...  I would love to have you like my facebook page as well.
 I think I may need to have a little give away once I reach 100 followers... Yes...that is what I will do...I will have a give away for when I reach 100 followers...  YEAH!!!  Who doesn't like to win something?  Be sure to tell you crafty friends so they will stop also....

Today I am sharing many of the images that I colored over the past few weeks.  I finally had a few minutes to put them on a card. 
All of these cards highlight a little boy...a sweet angelic boy...  I unfortunately can not give credit for the images as I googled boy color pages and they just popped up without reference to origination.  I apologize to the creator of the image...if it is yours...Please drop me a note and I will be happy to provide the proper link.

This image is one of the first ones that I ever colored using the distress markers.  I colored it on regular white cardstock.  I love that the colors blended so beautifully.  I still need to work on the hair...but, it is what it is...practice does make perfect

This little newspaper guy...yeah...he is adorable.  That little button nose...so sweet...  Again, I used the distress markers on plain white cardstock.  The colors muted together and gave a very soft appearance. 
Some of you may know that my hubby is a firefighter.  Therefore, all things related to firefighters, firetrucks and dalmation dogs eventually become part of our collection.  This is another image I found by googling coloring image of firefighter.  I love this little boy.  It is going to make a perfect card for my grandson.  I even fussy cut him out and adhered to the black diamond.  Love it so much.

Where do you get your images?  Do you buy them?  Do you google them?  What google words do you use to search for your coloring images?  

That is it for today.  Please come back and as promised, I will work on an awesome prize pack for when I reach 100 followers.

#distressmarkers, #coloringimages

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Ballerinas and teddy bears

Hi friends!!!
You made it back!  That is so awesome!
Today, I am sharing more cards that I made using the Unity Stamp Company "Before I met you" ballerina girl with a teddy bear.
I used watercolor paper and distress inks to color.  I still love this stamp.  I can not get enough of her.  She just offers so much hope.
With October being breast cancer awareness month, This pink Hope card just seemed to come together by itself.  

I had an order for a purple ballerina girl with dark hair.  I think both of these fit the bill.  I will let my customer decide which she likes better....  

The same customer wanted a ballerina girl in pink, too.  Can I just say, I think each one gets better and better.  I failed to put the little gemstones on this one beefore I took the picture, but that has since been rectified.

Do you have a stamp that you use over and over and over?  One that you never seem to tire of using?  Which one?  Show me...  tell me about it....Inquiring minds need to know!

Thanks for stopping by.  Please come back soon.

#dancergirl, #ballerinaandteddybear, #unitystampcompany, #distressmarkers

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Gorjuss Girls

Hi Friends!!!
Welcome back.  I am so happy to see you.

Today, I want to share with you my creations using a Santori Gorjuss Girl.  Did I mention that I won her over at Scrapbooking made simple?  Ohhh ...I love that store...I love Stacy!  She has an infectious laugh...and a wonderful attitude that just makes you feel good.  Anyway, her shop is amazing.  They have so much awesome scrapbook and card making goodies.  So many things that I had never seen before.
Here are the cards that I made:

Ohhh my gosh!  I love love love ....did I say, Love? her so much.  She was so much fun to color.  Can you guess what I used to color her?  Really?  I will give you 3 guesses....(just scroll down and see what I have used in the past)... YES!!!!  That is right...I used Tim Holtz distress markers on water color paper.   I hope to get some more of these stamps as I think they are adorable..and so fun to color...

It seems like I am getting a bit better with my coloring.  I doubt I will ever be as good as some of the ladies over at Kit and Clowder.  Those ladies have serious talent!  Someday, I hope to take the distress ink class.  I don't have the copic markers and only a few of the Spectum Noir alcohol markers, so those other classes will be "future" dreams.

That is all I have for today...Please come back again...I've been busy making more cards...

#gorjussgirl @scrapmadesimple, @kitandclowder, #distressmarker

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PLUS Corporation of America

Hey Friends!!
Welcome back!  Today I am so excited to share a few projects that I created using PLUS corporation of America supplies.  Not only am I showing you some projects, but voting opens today for the best project.  Winner will get $100.00  Please vote for one of mine....
The thought bubbles are an awesome decoration stamp roller that I combined with different patterned papers and the banner stamp from another manufacturer.  I love that I could write my own message in the bubbles.

The Plus product in this card is the Dot decoration stamp roller.   This one required a bit of a steady hand...but I still like how it came out.  I used up some of my scrap papers and a stamp from another manufacturer.  

Halloween really is right around the corner and I have 10 cards to make.  Those adorable owls...yeah....they are a decoration stamp roller, too.

You can see all of the variety by clicking HERE.

Want my opinion on these rollers?  I love them....they are pre-inked so there is no mess.  You can carry these in your purse and stamp them while you wait at the doctor's office, on lunch break, while having coffee...or any number of places that you have a bit of time to burn.  
I love that the empty applicator can be easily filled with the pattern of your choice.  The ones I have rolled very smoothly.  There was a bit of a learning curve, but not much.  The ink went on even without any clumping.
I love that you can just click the top button of the applicator for easy, no mess storage.  
My only dislike is the ink took some time to dry, at least a couple of minutes.  

That is my share for the day!  Be sure to vote for me....  and like Plus Corporation on facebook

#pluscorporation, #decorativerollerstamp

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Water based texturing

Welcome back friends!

Today, I want to give a review of a book that Schiffer Publishing, Ltd was kind enough to provide.

Water-Based Texturing: Techniques & Inspirations for Artists, Teachers, and Craftsmen By Tucker Stouch

I have never taken a single art class.  Looking back, I am saddened that I didn't.  I absolutely love art...getting dirty, playing with all the different mediums.  My problem....I don't know how to use many of the mediums that are available.  That is where this awesome book comes into play....
The examples provided are beautiful.  Images in the book are clear and crisp and show detail.   I like that it gives specific names of products and tools used to create different looks.  There are step by step instructions with visual images of each step.
 What are the disadvantages of this book?  It is definitely for someone with a bit of knowledge in the different mediums, but not for someone with extensive knowledge.   Most of the techniques discussed and exhibited are common in the art world.  

Why is it not for the beginner?
  • a beginner does not have enough baseline information to pick up this book and reproduce the techniques.
  • There isn't enough information in some of the directions.  Beginners typically do not step out of the box often to experiment.  They look for simple techniques that produce instant results
Why is this book not for the advanced artisan?

  • Advanced are just that. EXPERTS!  This book is geared for those with some baseline skills and underlying understanding of acrylic paints, but not proficiency.
In review:

  • great detailed images, clean, clear and crisp
  • good project examples
  • provides names of products used to create the project
  • provides names of tools and some images of the tool
  • gives some step by step instructions

  • It is the type of book that you read once and never pick up again if you have a basic understanding of artistic mediums.
All in all, I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Below is the publishing company release:

Explore the use of acrylic textural finishes for home decor projects and wall art. Versatile acrylics can be applied as washes, glazes, pastes, or putties to a variety of grounds, including wood, paper, cloth, canvas, and polystyrene. Their unique qualities allow them to be used to create forms that reflect the textures of the natural world. The text introduces the creative process, explores the tools used, and then takes readers through each texturing method. The techniques, demonstrated in over 290 color photos, include crackle, polystyrene relief, thick impasto, scratching, combing, mixes, embedded elements, sponging, tissue and paper textures, metallic paints, sprays, splashes, drizzles, smearing, stamping, impressions, and stenciling. The tools involved are readily available and include sticks, fingers, sponges, brushes, pallet knives, jar lids, erasers, stamps, a hot wire tool for working with polystyrene, and more. This book is for anyone who wishes to create textural art.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 295 color photos | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345340 | Binding: soft cover

Visit www.schifferbooks.com to explore our backlist of 5,000+ titles and learn about Schiffer's exciting new releases. Whatever your passions are, Schiffer Publishing welcomes you to find your niche and scratch it with books from our catalog of specialized titles.

The content in this review is strictly my own opinion.  I have not been provided monetary value for it.  Schiffer publishing did provide the book for my review.

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