Forest Friends Rosa

This is a blast from the past as my daughter and I color up Rosa the Rattlesnake from a retired set named Forest Friends Stuart & Rosa from Little Miss Muffet Stamps. We colored this one in Prismacolor Pencils and decided to color on dark blue paper to create a night sky scene. She also decided we should color a Scarlet Kingsnake instead of a rattler.

This was great time together and little did she know how much she was going to learn. We broke it up into three coloring sessions – the snake and snake texture, the ground and grass and finally the moon, stars and highlights.
This is Cassandra’s project – you can even see some scales texture added to the snake. I would show her the basic technique then she would color her own. She did a great job and I love how they both turned out!

Supplies Used:
Prismacolor Pencils

Little Miss Muffet Stamps:
Forest Friends Stuart & Rosa (retired)

Polka Dot Pals Atlas and Atlas Jar

Not every day can be sunshine and rainbows – but for those blue days, sometimes it helps to have a bottle of sunshine nearby. And Polka Dot Pals Atlas here has a large jar to share!

I’m excited to announce today is a new release at Whimsy Stamps and there are two new sets that I’m using today – Polka Dot Pals Atlas and the Atlas Jar. To create this scene, I used the sun and character from Polka Dot Pals Atlas set then the jar, tag and twine from the Atlas Jar set. This was a challenge for me to color sunshine in a jar but I think it worked out alright.

On the face, I took inspiration from Amy Young on her recent projects using Polka Dot Pals Raden and Polka Dot Pals Harley and the cute way she colored their faces. Thanks Amy! This shape also worked well with the light source coming from a lower source too.
When working out the planning for this project, I colored the sun first then mapped out the where the sunshine would shine on the rest of the image. This helps me to remember the light source and to also keep a bit of yellow on that area.

Supplies Used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Lawn Fawn Jellyfish Ink
Tsukineko Memento Ink London Fog
Pebbles 6×6 Garden Party Paper
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Sharpie White Marker

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Atlas
Atlas Jar

Copic Markers:
Y00, 11, 21, YR30, 31, 23, 24
W00, 1, 3, 5, 6
E23, 27, 25, 29, 21
W8, C1, 3, 5, BV23
E000, 00, 11, 21
BG10, 11, 23, 72
YG21, 23, 25, 17, 67
YG11, 21

Dudley with Toilet Paper

This is Toilet Paper Dudley by Dustin Pike which is a freebie at Whimsy Stamps and was one that I had to join in coloring him. I think the hardest part was to decide what color scheme. I’ve been inspired to use yellow so that seemed to be the natural choice.

I used an Action Wobble on the head to make this an action card. It’s fun to make his head wobble with the toilet paper on his head too. In addition to that, I used three images to make this a multi-dimensional image – all the toilet paper areas are popped up on foam dots as well as his head and feet. This turned out to be a really fun card.

These are supplies I used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Pebbles 6×6 Paper – Garden Party
Hampton Art Action Wobble
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen

Whimsy Stamps:
Dudley Freebie
Polka Dot Pals Kadija (sentiment)

Copic Markers used:
C1, 2, 6
YR30, 31, 21, 23, 24
BG11, 34, 49
G21, 43, 05
110 and BV23

Pipe Works Bookmark

Just playing around with some scraps and some how came up with this pipe works bookmark. Lydia started with a pipe spilling out a rainbow of colors which reminded me of the Water Works card game I used to play as a kid. That idea blossomed and I ended up with this sketch filled with leaky pipes and red valves. It’ll be a great bookmark to use.

Master Markers Duel-Tip Markers
Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 Black Marker
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen

Floral Truck

Here are a few projects that I’ve been working on with my daughters as we learn how to watercolor together. These are kits from Let’s Make Art and we selected the Floral Truck to start with and shared the ink between us. There was still plenty left if we wanted to do it again.

This one was by Amelia and her interpretation of the project.
Painted by Lydia – she went with a more conservative truck load of flowers and made her truck more colorful.
This was done by Cassandra who wanted a a non-sentimental tag number and one type of flower.
Lastly this one is mine. Light blue and aqua colored old pick-up trucks remind me of my grandfather so this was a must have project for me. I added lost of rust to match the one he had. His had so much rust that there were holes in the wheel wells. Oh I loved that ruck.

Mom + Me

I made some more matchboxes and was able to herd my other two daughters in the room to make them too. These are fun little projects and not as intimidating as a full size image for them to tackle. We used several Lawn Fawn sets including Upon A Star, Mom + Me, and Chameleon to make these.

The first session was in the trees – Lydia made the fox one and even put the background together using various sentiments and a brown pen to make it look like a wood wall. She did an awesome job! I colored the chameleon beside her and we created them together.
The next session was with Cassandra and we made the night sky together. We masked the stars and then colored the background blue. It was funny that we saturated the cardstock so much that the ink bled in through the back. So when we rubbed off the masking fluid we soon realized we would have to use the white pen anyway.

Here are the supplies that we used:

Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue – Frosted Lace

Lawn Fawn stamps:
Upon A Star
Mom + Me

Copic Markers:
BG32, 34, B45, 97, 39
G40, 82
E09, YR14, 18, 27
R81, C1, 3
Y00, 21, 35
E21, 23, 25
G40, 82, YG21, 61, R01
YG21, 17, 63, G82, BG11, 23, 07

Polka Dot Pals Fern

Sometimes a project hangs around the coloring desk only getting attention here and there and this was one of those. The background was a watercolor picture Cassandra did and I nabbed it before she tossed it into the rubbish bin out of frustration. She was convinced that nothing good would come from it. So that gave me a challenge to use it in one of my projects and this is what I came up with. I’ve combined it with Polka Dot Pals Fern and the No-See All Seasons Tree die set.

To help visually separate the elements, I used foam tape to pop up the tree, mushrooms and grass from the background. I also used foam tape to pop up the character and butterfly – but on those, for added separation, I kept a white trim around the image when I cut it.

When coloring Polka Dot Pals Fern, I first stamped in a no-lines ink color. This allowed me to change the pattern of her shirt and shoes.
I hope this work as it’s my first animated GIF of this type – I wanted to show the progression of how I colored the face and gave it a shape. I did not use an Add-On Face stamp but instead colored in my own. The Copic colored listed in the clipping are E21, 25, 23, 31 and 29. I was getting a few areas gummed up so I had to go into those areas with a colored pencil to smooth it out. My faces are always works in progress and I continually try to refine the process – this is just how I’m currently doing them.
Overall I liked how the project came together and she said it wasn’t so bad either. I think that’s a win-win scenario.

These are the supplies I used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Lawn Fawn Jellyfish Premium Ink
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Prismacolor Pencils

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Fern clear set
Polka Dot Pals Imogen clear set (butterfly)
No-See All Season Tree die set (mushrooms, grass, tree trunk)

Copic markers used:
YG93, 23, 67, 97
E42, 43, 44, 47, 49
E21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 04, R21
W5, 6, 7, 8
YR30, 31, 23, 24
R21, 22, 24
BG34, 45, 57, 95, 11
B91, 95
YG21, 23, 17
B11, 72, 75

Beam Me Up

I was watching mandala rock painting on YouTube and thought that would be a fun idea to incorporate into a card somehow. I didn’t have any acrylic paint handy (can you believe that?!) but I did have a stack of Lawn Fawn stamps on my desk. So I thought the smaller stamps in those sets would be perfect to make one and this is what I ended up with. Except for the planning phase, this was a fun no-brain card to work on.

I started by cutting a square white paper then marking the center and using a drawing compass to create a few guides for when I stamped. I used several different Lawn Fawn stamps but the focal one is Beam Me Up. The planet was stamped first in the center then I worked my way outward. I selected the smallest stamps for the inner circles then I was able to add the small (yet larger) alien characters. Confetti candy was used to fill out the corners.
I colored the images first and then filled in the background with a dark blue for the space sky. After that was finished, I added the stars with a white gel pen. Lastly, I added the rockets and space ships on top with foam tape in the corners.

These are the supplies I used:
drawing compass
Copic atyou Spica glitter pens
Sakura Gelly Roll white pen

Lawn Fawn stamps:
Beam Me Up
Monster Mash
Out of This World
Year Seven
Upon A Star

Copic Markers:
Y00, YR31, 23
BG11, 34, 72
B12, 16, B91, 95, 97
YR04, 07, 09, R08, 29
YG11, 13, 07
C0, 3, 5

H441-288 Felted Lamb

This felting kit is by Hamanaka and it found it’s way into my Amazon cart easily enough. I don’t know the name but I think it’s Good Friend Sheep H441-288. I really liked the texture and and though this lamb was cute for a weekend project.

I first started by felting the basic shape – making sure the snout, legs and tail were especially the way I wanted them since they were not going to be covered again. The body I made looking fat as I really wanted it to look like it had a full coat of fluffy wool when I was finished adding the texture.
The texture is created by some sort of Bouclé Yarn (see Wikipedia definition) but I don’t know what materials it’s made out of. The closest thing I found on Amazon was this Acrylic Nylon Blend Cream White Boucle and it’s at a reasonable price. However, here’s an Alpaca Off White if you’re trying to stay true to wool. In my opinion, I think the first one would work but the one I have seems to be in between these two products.

Supplies Used:
Hamanaka Good Friend Sheep Felting Kit
Felting Needles