TIOT: Callas

hi all!

everyone gearing up for the weekend? i know i am! I am hoping to venture out to a quilt show not too far from here and check it out.  hopefully our weather will be a little milder too.  This will be short and sweet because i have possibly the worst headache EVER!


Colored Pencil Class 2 is up and students are getting started!  the card i am featuring today is from lessons in the class!

Through the Craft Room Door magazine – new challenge is up – paper piecing!  i will have mine posted here tomorrow.  we hope you will all join in – there is a gift certificate to crop stop up for grabs!


today’s card:
Did you know that Susana sells LOADS of stamps in addition to the exclusives from Elisabeth Bell, Carmin Medlin and Victoria Case? well she does and today’s card uses one of them. i started with some dee-lish paper from my Basic Grey Sweet Threads 6×6 paper pad. i covered a chipboard swirl with Viva Decor Modeling Cream using a sponge dabber and grouped it with some Petaloo flowers.

the image is from I Brake for Stamps and is called Calla Lilly Corner. the coloring is prisma pencils and this is part of my second online colored pencil class!

enjoy your day!

i love colored pencils!

greetings from computer hell!  i am VERY excited because my Colored Pencil 2 Class is launching.  HOWEVER, the process of loading up the videos is enough to make me toss this computer right out the window!  it clearly wasn’t made for what i would like for it to do.  the slowness is pure agony!  i could very well die of old age before it finishes one video!  there is a dell i would looooooooovvveee to possess.  unfortunately a new one is not likely so i will just have to try some patience – patience is not one of MY virtues :P

in the meantime i decided i should head over here and get a post up for today!


there are still items left in the store and it is ALL still 40% off!!!


i hope you all had a great 3 day weekend.  mine was spent working BUT hubby watched pezza for me and working WITHOUT a helper was bliss i tell ya!  love her to pieces but she is usually less than helpful when it comes to me getting work done.

the best part about the working – i love my work!!!  despite it being *WORK* which can be a little stress inducing no matter what you do because of the introduction of DEADLINES i do love it!  and this weekend it was all about colored pencils for the launch of my second pencil class on Color Me Creative – my buddy Suzanne’s online classroom site.  now everyone knows it is the BEST place to learn Copics but not everyone uses (or can even afford) copics.  so we thought colored pencil classes might be a good addition and the response so far to class 1 has been fantastic!  so what will class 2 have?

This class builds on what we learned in Class 1 covering additional, more advanced topics using Prisma Colored Pencils.  Topics include African American hair, white objects, metal, wood, grounding an object, using colored paper bases, using grays to accurately shade complicated patterned areas & more.  We will also go over other pencil brands and options.
 The following stamps will be used in the lessons:
  • Mo Manning – Baby Fairy Ayana, Bday Fairy Dee
  • Lala Land – Chef Marci, Dress Up Marci
  • SCACD  – IBFS Calla Lilly Corner
  • Whipper Snapper – Sophia
  • Pixie Dust Studios – Flower Cart, Making Lemonade
  • The Greeting Farm – Wild Sprout Ruby
  • Pixie Dust Studios – Making Lemonade, Flower Cart
  • Pink Cat Studio – Garden Plate 1, Tea & Coffee Plate
  • Free digis – Lilly & Cupcake
CLASS is video based with matching printable materials.  There will be homework/assignments (optional) and bi-monthly chats to discuss the class and techniques with Marti!

To sign up simply click here: Colored Pencil 2 Class.  as part of the class i will go over colored pencils OTHER than Prismas and I wanted to share a card today that uses Lyra Polycolor oil based pencils – these pencils are heavenly!  remember if you want to go shopping for some pencils (or anything else) head to dick blick via the link in the upper left hand corner – i will get credit for sending you over!

here are some charts to color in if anyone has been looking for some:


Derwent Coloursoft and Metallic


Prismacolor – i think i might re-do this one to look more like the others…

and here is my card:

I kept the card fairly simple – i think of this as being a CAS style card but according to folks on SCS it is not but – pretty simple none the less.  the lemonade paper is from K&Co i believe – love their pads!  Joanns had them all 40% awhile back so i got several!  the border punch is EK Success.

The image is from Pixie Dust Studios and it is a digi image printed on PTI stamper’s select paper.  I love this paper because i can use it for pencils OR copics.  The wooden stand is colored with Prismas and is one of the lessons in Class 2.  The rest is colored with the Polycolor pencils and oh how i love them!  being oil based instead of wax based means they are creamier and highly blendable.  i can’t wait to experiment more with them.  (Thanks susana for the wonderful birthday gift – a gift certificate to Dick Blick!)  i have NOT tried them with OMS yet so i can’t report on that!  stay tuned…

and of course what could be more perfect as an embellishment other than a lemon slice.  this i what i love about owning a cricut – custom embellies no matter WHAT my theme is!  this one is from the Preserves cartridge.  i inked all of the edges and then a couple are popped up with foam tape for dimension.  i finished by covering the little lemon segments with Scattered Straw distress stickles – regular stickles would have been a bit much in this particular case i think….

so what do you think???  aren’t pencils fabulous!!??!?!  and now off to check my video upload!  have a great monday!


*coloring* white

hi all!

i hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  i got to sign up for the fun things we will be doing on our cruise next month so i am very excited.  it looks like we are going to have alot of fun!  we are going on a short one – 5 days – and will stop in nassau, coco cay and key west.  trev is bringing his buddy with him so we probably won’t even see them.  pezza is going to play with dolphins with daddy and we are all going to get to hold starfish and such.  honestly i am thinking pez will have the most fun – they have an insane set up for the kids so as long as she can manage to keep her teeth to herself and not end up in the brigg……

i will be hosting a colored pencil class live chat tonight at 7pm eastern time – you don’t have to be in the class to join in!  we’d love to have you!  just go to the Color Me Creative site and scroll down until you see the chat box.

i have been working diligently on Colored Pencil Class 2 and here are the two images for the lesson on coloring white objects:

This stamp is from Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design

and this is Chef Marci from Lala Land Crafts – not all of her is blended  this demonstrates different types of blending methods that can be used.

hope to see some of you in the chat!  or even better in one of my classes!


SC333 and i’m an outlaw now!

thursday SHEESH!  the best part about it being thursday is that hubby is coming home!  i am drinking a cup of coffee and looking forward to my fave night of TV to try and stay up to see him BUT he probably won’t get home until like midnight and i am so NOT a midnight kinda girl!

the only phrase for pezza today is holy hell.  she is always a handful but some days WOW…it started with her announcing she was playing a game called flying baby with a parachute.  sounds like a bad idea to me…she comes in wearing a grocery bag like a backpack.  then i was on the phone with hubby and said i needed to go so we could bathe before heading to a friend’s house and i hear her from the foyer – i don’t need a bath i already got myself one… and i am thinking this is going to be good.  so i head to the foyer and i find her pretending she is a little bird named chirp and the pedestal sink in the bathroom off the foyer is her bird bath.  YES she was IN it, naked, and soaking wet from head to toe.  how she got her entire self wet in a pedestal sink i am not sure. and that is how the day went without letting up.  totally going to run away from home…


lots of things going on today!

FIRST i am an outlaw YAY!  Colleen of  The Outlawz challenge site asked me to join her Prisma & Other Mediums challenge group and y’all know how i have been loving my pencils these days! Today’s Challenge is embossing so that is what i did on my card as well as using the current SCS sketch.  Colleen has fantastic challenges posted every day of the week over there and often has some really good prizes too!

tomorrow is the SCACD new release blog hop.  members of the design team have been posting peeks all week AND you can win a full sheet of stamps PLUS my Prisma Colored Pencil class!  head to the store blog for details.

Have you stopped by the Through the Craft Room Door site?  Our current challenge is Any Winged Thing and the prize is a $15 gift certificate to Paper Makeup Stamps!  While you are there be sure to check the current calls for submissions too!

kitten pics and updates will be at the end for those keeping track!


now onto my card:

this adorable little flower is a digi from my friend Elizabeth at Soft Pencil.

I used colored pencils but i did it several weeks ago and now i am not sure which brand i used.  i love the bright colors on this one!  i embossed the squares using a provocraft folder and then dotted the centers with Lemon Magic Pearl Pen.  i accented with the larger style Pezabling acrylic squares.

and now on to adorable kitten cuteness!  kittens and momma Josie are doing well.  momma seems to finally be feeling better though i don’t think i will manage to get any weight on her while she is nursing those kittens.  she has been more playful lately too.  she will chase my hair if it dangles down while i am looking at the babies and yesterday i caught her chasing and attacking one of the babies’ tails!  The babies are starting to be able to see now and are paying attention to things around them.  they are also starting to fight and wrestle with each other which is hysterical!  here are some recent pics for you:

could you just DIE at the cuteness???????????????????

We have our first escapee!!! of COURSE it is Gingersnap. She is the runt, the only girl and oh so rotten!

This is Berlioze - the lazy one who's always sleeping. doesn't he look totally pissed to not be sleeping?!?!?

The profile is Oliver - how stinkin' CUTE is that mug?????????

i will venture to guess that by this time next week they will be taking over my craft room……..

time to get myself some dinner – pezza chose cereal so she was easy!  see you tomorrow for the hop!

just a little coloring…

hi all!

i don’t have a project for ya today but i did want to share some coloring i got done yesterday.  This gladiolus stamp will be available soon at SCACD!

these are colored with Polychromos colored pencils – really love this new set i got!  i hope you are all having a fabulous week.  i will be unavailable most of the rest of the week but will be back to work after Easter!



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