2016-11-02

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.

157 comments:

  1. Love , love, LOVE this! it's gorgeous!!

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  2. This is a terrific card. I am enjoying this challenge so much. Thank you!

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  3. A-DORABLE!! Love this!

    Thank you for the chance to win!!

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  4. Awesome Christmas card! Loved it!

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  5. I love all the elements your used in this cards, they fit so well together!

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  6. ahhh omg this Yeti stamp set is so adorable. Your card is so cute. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. So creative! Love the little Yeti scene :) Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love it very much, beautiful coloring!

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  9. Very cute card. Love the ornament concept. This may be one I try!

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  10. Love the way you combined the two sets, and such sweet colouring!

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  11. Such a unique card! Great inspiration!

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  12. Cute card. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. This is so cute!Love love love it

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  14. Ahhhh now I get to see him in his full glory, what a super sweet card Sandy, I love how you combined both sets, and it's just the most perfect little winter scene! It's been fun hopping along with you :)

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  15. Wow! Awesome and clever combination of stamps, love it!

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  16. Great card. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. This is great! A gnome and a Yeti...what a fun card!

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  18. WOW very cute, love the image and your fabulous colouring.

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  19. Love this Stamp set from MFT and love how your card turned out..

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  20. Love the Christmas ornament and that Yeti is adorable. Great card.

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  21. Love how you combined two stamp sets and made it seem like they are meant for Christmas! They are adorable looking friends!

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  22. this is awesome!!! So cute!!!

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  23. Your ornament made me happy, I love that the yeti has a friend! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. Love how you combined these stamp sets, so cute!

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  25. Very cute, like the shape of the card you chose.

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  26. So cute! Love how you combined the elements from different sets!

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  27. What a super sweet design, love the yeti!

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  28. Such a cute snowy monster it is! I loved the total execution of the images

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  29. Super cute image and great coloring, ty!

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  30. This card is so adorable...I love the Yeti with his own gnome....I'm not very good with copic coloring so I'm able to enjoy your talent!

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  31. This is fabulous! Love the combination of the stamp sets, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Oh what a great snow monster and so beautifully colored.

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  33. Love that you combined that cutie Yeti stamp with Kathy's hero stamp set!!

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  34. Totally love your cute Yeti card!

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  35. This is a really fun card and colored so beautifully.

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  36. Hahaha! It's fantastic that you used Kathy's gnome set with the Yeti! I had NO idea Yeti were this big! Oh my! He's not as adorable as I thought he was originally! Yikes! Look out little gnome! What a fantastic card. I think I can hear Kathy laughing from here! =D

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  37. Oh wow! Beautiful image and colouring.

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  38. Just adorable. I love how you used that Yeti image. Very creative. Thank you for sharing!

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  39. Great job coloring! Just love that everything is inside the ornament!

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  40. Super cute!! It's so hard to color snow, but yours is perfect!

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  41. Fab fun card, love how you added colour to your snow, I'm going to give this a go :)

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  42. This is GENIUS!! I LOVE that you used the two stamps together like that. That ornament is just too cute!!

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  43. what an adorable card!! Love how you mixed the stamp sets!

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  44. Sandy, you are fabulous and I'm such a huge fan!! Love how you've mixed and matched sets and made it look like one!!

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  45. this is fantastic! I love this! The crafty gnome strikes!

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  46. Such a cute whimsical card - I love it.

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  47. Your card looks so amazing and the little yeti is really wonderful.♥
    Many hugs
    Angela

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  48. Super cute! I want to win so I can get this set.

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  49. Super card and adorable Yeti!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  50. Very nice. Your coloring is amazing.

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  51. Wow..this is super cute & I love how you combined different sets to create it. Great example of stretching your supplies!!

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  52. Denise Candelaria2 November 2016 at 18:15

    Like the bauble with the snow monster in it great idea. That is to cute.

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  53. That yeti in the ornament is just too cute ! I love it !!

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  54. Awesomeness! Fantastic coloring and card! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ~God bless~

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  55. Lovely colouring. Love what you made . Thanks for sharing

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  56. Adorable design, love the images on the ornament!

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  57. Really beautiful card and coloring 💜

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  58. That has to be the cutest Snow Monster ever!

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  59. They look like best of friends on your adorable card!

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  60. Fantastic card and your colouring is beautiful, I love that you gave the gnome a friend!

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  61. Hey Boone cousin! Cute card! I did a watercolor from some Martha Stewart markers I found at the thrift store, but think I'm going back to my cheap watercolors cause the colors were sort of muddy looking. What brand of watercolors do you like? I've been think of getting some of the tube kind and making my own selection in a paint palette because I want some pastels.

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  62. What a darling scene and great image. I love the ornament look.

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  63. Great card, but I had a really good laugh at losing your multi-matt medium on the walk from the craft room!! You're right, it happens!

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  64. What a super cute card and I love your coloring.

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  65. I love your card design and this turned out so cute! Sad that this is the first time I've ever seen your work. I'm your newest fan :)

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  66. Love this card and the way you have mixed such different card sets. Beautiful colouring

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  67. So delightfully gorgeous - love it:)

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  68. Such a sweet card! Outstanding coloring!

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  69. Such a sweet card! Outstanding coloring!

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  70. This is gorgeous and very inspiring!
    xoxo Olga

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  71. i love these stamps and you made such a nice combination of them with perfect coloring.

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  72. How PERFECT that you used Kathy's stamp set for your project! It is LOVELY!!

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  73. Darling card! I learned something new today, I didn't know that Kathy has designed a stamp set! How awesome, sorry I missed that one! Thanks for sharing this great card!

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  74. So much fun. Love the silver. It's the perfect touch. Thank you.

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  75. Such a sweet card, I love the idea with the christmas ornament

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  76. Awesome card! fantatic coloring! thanks

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  77. So clever! Your coloring looks wonderful.

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  78. Such a clever and interesting card ! Love it!

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  79. Awww Sandy, this is so stinkin' CUTE! Good for you you scored before the "crash"!

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  80. Your card is too cute! <3 And how you chose that sweet yeti to help the little gnome? Just fabulous <3

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  81. I love your Christmas card, so sweeet

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  82. Sandy, your colouring is always so amazing!! Love this (please send it to me, I'll send chocolate in return)

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  83. I love this yeti stamp and have yet to play with mine! I love your card setup and coloring! This is so cute!

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  84. What a cute little scene! Oh now I think I need that Yeti stamp set! oh no! So over my budget right now.... LOL

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  85. very cute card; love the ornament idea.

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  86. Love that darling Yeti! The sky is gorgeous:)

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  87. Oh I love this idea! What a creat use for this image!

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  88. Hope the lid for the matte medium was on tight! LOL

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  89. Very cute! I like the little scene you made inside the ornament!

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  90. Love the card. Thanks for sharing.

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  91. Cute as can be! Love your adorable ornament and gorgeous coloring!

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  92. So cute! Love the snow shadows
    Thanks for sharing.

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  93. Awesome idea! Beautifully coloured :o)

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  94. Super cute! The yeti is one of my favorite stamps this holiday season!

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  95. I love the stamp set you used.... the card is amazing :)

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  96. So sweet. Ive been in love with these little guys from first sight. Great coloring

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  97. Such a clever + creative combo of stamps...LOVE this.

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  98. I need the yeti stamp set!! Your card is amazing!

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  99. I like your stamp, totes cute!I like your faux stitching around the die cut opening.

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  100. Adorable little scene. Great coloring and I love the gnomes.

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  101. I love silver embossing powder and I think that's one color that I don't have. I used to have a link to a place on my old computer that sold lots of embossing powder. I don't think they sold just that but I know there is a place that sells just glitter so maybe they just sold embossing powder. This is one color I would like to have. This is such a cute card and it shows that sometimes a set isn't just for Christmas. I have to learn to use my other sets in cards that also can be for Christmas even if the set isn't Christmas per say. Did you get all that, because I'm not sure I did! LOL Adorable card. Someone's mailbox and the recipient are going to be smiling when they get this one. I wish it could be me!

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  102. What a fun idea to pair the yeti with the ornament! Love the scene you created there!

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  103. Your card is super adorable! Thanks for sharing :)

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  104. I like the scene you created with your stamps. Don't know that I'd have a use for a Yeti stamp, but you've certainly done him justice.

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  105. Fabulous card! So creative and fun Sandy and beautifully colored!

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  106. How adorable. I like your coloring and the silver embossing.

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  107. What a fun design with the Yeti scene inside an ornament. This is simply adorable!

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  108. I especially like how you did the snowy night sky!

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  109. Such a cute and beautiful card! Love your coloring and the ornament opening :)

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  110. Adorable, I love the design of this card!!

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  111. Creative, fun and cute. Well done.

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  112. Your card design would make anyone smile with delight! love that Yeti

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  113. What a adorable scene you created!
    Love your design!!!

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  114. So beautifully colored and great design. Thanks for sharing./Jan

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  115. Wow this card is so awesome and original!!! Love it!

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  116. BEAUTIFUL card!!!
    LOVE your colours and colouring, LOVE the ELEGANT silver embossing & design too!!!

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  117. Great card.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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