A Blog Hop, a Challenge, a Card, and a Giveaway!

Hello, friends, and welcome to Day 2 of "The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge"! Today is the FIRST day of a THREE DAY blog hop to jumpstart your creativity.

If you're new to the colouring challenge or have any questions about the colouring challenge, you can refer to this post at Kathy's blog.

If you are coming from Olga's blog, you are in the right place! To start at the beginning of the hop, go to The Daily Marker's blog here.

I have been participating in Kathy's colouring challenges since the very first one. It appealed to me because it was a no-stress challenge -- colour as little or as much as you have time for. Give yourself that permission to make doing something you enjoy doing a priority! And Kathy herself is so likeable, I just can't help doing anything she says is a good idea.

It was thanks to this challenge that I met so many remarkable, inspiring, and encouraging people on Instagram. I sure hope you will join us in the challenge, and be sure to reach out and show each other a bit of love and encouragement in the comments. You will be so glad you did!

Did you know that Kathy is also a stamp designer? Last year she designed a stamp set for Hero Arts for the My Monthly Hero kit. This was a limited edition kit, and I was lucky enough to snag one before the site temporarily crashed from all the people trying to purchase it!

I wanted to make a Christmas card (really, is there time to make anything else this time of year??), and I wanted to use Kathy's stamp set for this blog hop. This is a great set, with a gnome and a gnome house, and lots of plants for a garden -- clearly meant for a season other than winter. It also came with coordinating dies for many of the images, including the ornament stamps. So, I thought I'd use the gnome with his gnome home, but that I'd also give him a winter-loving friend. After all, a gnome on his own in the winter could use someone to do some of the heavy lifting!
I found his friend in my new My Favorite Things "Beast Friends" stamp set, using the Yeti with the string of Christmas lights, and the trees included in the set. I liked the idea of the two of them hanging out and getting ready to decorate a Christmas tree in the front garden. 
I used silver embossing powder for the outline of the ornament which was the background, and the coordinating die to create the opening in the card front, which I popped up on a regular piece of craft foam, adhering it with Glossy Accents because I lost my bottle of Ranger Multi Medium Matte somewhere on the walk between the craft room and the table I was working on. It happens. :) 

All the colouring was done using Copic markers, with clear Wink of Stella highlighting a few areas in the snow and the face of the Yeti (he's frosty), and Glossy Accents on the lights and the windows of the gnome home. I also used a white Gelly Roll pen to dot the scene with some snow, and a silver metallic Gelly Roll pen for the silver stitching on the outside of the die cut opening.

The card base is made from 120 lb Neenah white cardstock, the scene is stamped and coloured on 80 lb Neenah white cardstock (my favourite to use for Copics), and the front is made from 130 lb Neenah Classic Crest, which I received as happy mail from my friend, Meghan, who I met from one of the first colouring challenges! I've been hanging on to this precious cardstock, and this seemed like an appropriate time to bust it out. 
So that's my card!
GIVEAWAY TIME! 12 GOODIE BAGS! That's TWELVE CHANCES TO WIN during the three-day hop. the more you comment on beach hopper's blog or Instagram, the more chances you have of winning. Winners will be chosen randomly FROM THE BLOGS and INSTAGRAM hop comments. The full list of winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 16th at 9:00 am at www.thedailymarker.com (contest closes November 13th at 11:00 EST). 
Now it’s time to hop to my friend Sarah's blog!
Thank you so much for your visit today, and I can't wait to see your posts during the colouring challenge. Be sure to use the hashtag #thedailymarker30day so we can find your work, or you can join the Facebook group here.


An Update, New Stamps, and the Return of the Colouring Challenge!

Hello!  And welcome to what is becoming the quarterly blog update!  

I hope you are all well and enjoying the "fall" weather.  Here in Saskatchewan, we've already had a significant snowfall, and although it has melted now, it did stick around for a couple weeks.  We usually get at least one snowfall before Halloween, but this snow was starting to look like it wanted to stick around for the winter, and I was NOT ready for that!

Five days until Halloween, and most years I would be feverishly working away in the sewing room, stepping on pins and making Halloween costumes, but not this year.  I don't know if I've mentioned it here before, but I've been dealing with significant chronic back pain for a couple years now, and for about the past year I've not been able to sit at the sewing machine or craft table for very long at a time.  I still continue to work full time, and it's very difficult, and so there's not much of me left at the end of the day for my beloved crafty pursuits.  

HOWEVER, I am still able to dream and sketch and work on stamp designs, and the shop is slowly filling up!  I'm so blown away by all your kindness, support, and creativity, and I absolutely LOVE IT when someone tags me when they show off what they've done with a Three Room Studio stamp set.    

A *new* design will be available for purchase on Monday, October 31st.  (A hint: If you already own the "I Heart Books" stamp set, this one will coordinate well.)  

Some of the sentiments in this set are quite large, because in addition to cards, I designed this one to use for bookmarks, gift card holders, and to mark the inside of my books.  

In other news, it's nearly time again for The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge!  Are you ready?  November 1st is the kick-off, and rest assured once again Kathy will have lots of inspiration to share -- and prizes, too!  

That's all for tonight, folks.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Take care and speak to you soon!


New Stamps, Colouring Challenge, and a Giveaway!

Hello!  Whether you're a repeat visitor or arriving here from The Daily Marker for the giveaway, welcome to my little blog! 

I haven't given this site much love the past few months; I'm much more active on Instagram, so this is a bit like when you spontaneously invite friends over after a dinner out and you feel like you need to apologize for the state of the house.  There have already been quite a few visitors leaving comments, and just like the very closest of friends, no one has even mentioned the mess (like the fact that my last post was in February!). :)

Oh my goodness, I was so thrilled to wake up this morning and see Kathy Racoosin's video using my two stamp sets!  As usual, she completely blew my mind with what she did.  She used her coffee to watercolour paint?!  And the end result was so gorgeous, I can't stop looking at it!  And I also really want coffee!  :)

If you're looking for the stamp sets Kathy used, first of all, thank you so much!  I'm so happy people like them, and I have so many more designs to come.  I've been doing one set at a time so as not to bring financial ruin to the family, but I will certainly have more made if there is an interest.  ;)   

The "Moving Sentiments" set (which has the boxes, lamp, tape gun, etc.) is available now in my shop.  The "I Heart Books" set will be available there on August 3rd.

If you do follow me on Instagram, you may know that today is our 9th wedding anniversary, and I'm spending the day with my wonderful husband.  So, please consider this post a placeholder for a bit later.  I know you all understand. xo

Thank you so much for stopping by, and thank YOU, Kathy!  <3



Colouring Challenge and Unprecedented YouTube Traffic

Well, I should really just change the name of this blog to "Sorry...Life Happened".  I sort of  just zipped right past Christmas, which is the high season of cardmaking.  But, in all honesty, Christmas did just kind of zip past this year.  Given the way the year ended, none of us were feeling particularly celebratory, and I've been having some continuing health issues, and so we sort of gritted our teeth and got through it, and vowed to jump back in next year.

Again, quite a lot has happened since my last post.  One thing in particular is that Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30-Day Coloring Challenge is back on for the month of February!  This is the third time for this challenge, and I love it as much as I did the first time.  Kathy herself is so generous, and her enthusiasm is contagious.  I haven't been able to participate as much as I'd like, but one of the many wonderful things about this challenge is that it is meant to be entirely stress-free, as much or as little time as you have to spare.

In fact, one of my cards was featured on Scrapbook and Cards Today blog last Thursday on their feature about Kathy and the challenge.  That kind of made my day. 

Oh, and crazy things are happening on my YouTube channel!  I noticed when uploading my last video, that the video I had posted 5 months prior had been viewed over 700 times.  I got excited when there were 20 people...this is mind-boggling.  

Speaking of which, this is quite late since it was for Valentine's Day, but this last video was kind of special to me, since it's the first time I used one of my own stamps in a video. 

New digital stamps are filling the shop.  For the time being, they are strictly digital.  The CAD/USD exchange rate remains dismal, but I remain hopeful that things will improve soon, and I am preparing images for when the time comes.  But today I gave the shop a little attention and listed this stamp set, called "Wherever You Go", and also sharing the image I made for my husband, who has had to travel for work all of the past three weeks.  Travel has not been going smoothly for him, and while he didn't get an actual card, I did send him a photo of the card front, and he put it on his watch face, which I thought was pretty clever.  Modern handmade cards!

I'm going to stop here for now. I hope you're having a fantastic day, and maybe taking some time to participate in Kathy's challenge. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking in!  

-- Sandy