Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Happily we play along....

with the next crazy in paper crafting!  

Hello friends, hope your having a great day.  Today I decided to work on my first Pocket Letter Pal swap.  I have the page itself complete, but need to finish up the letter for in it.  So I decided to make my own stationary for the letter.  Which just so happened to fit perfectly into the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, for the love of plants. I think I might just have a stamp or 1000 that will work for this challenge! 

I started with a piece of vellum.  Then stamped it with Memento Black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Next I broke out the copics for my 10 minutes of color for the #thedailymarker30day2 challenge.  Yup, day 9 and still going strong!  I colored the flowers and leaves.  Then turned it over and.....surprise, a gorgeous stationary waiting to be written on.  Well not exactly......

 next you want to add your score lines.  First I added columns so my stationary would fold perfectly to fit in my envelope with my pocket letter, then I added half inch score lines within the columns because my writing is just neater if I have lines.  

And there you  have it.  Beautiful handmade stationary to send and actually write a letter to mail.  
Imagine that!  

Have a great day and see you soon!  

Enablers List

Stamps: Heartfelt Creations
Paper: The Paper Company
Paper Size: 8.5x11
Ink: Momento

other: copic markers, zig embossing powder clear, Scor-pal


Sunday, June 7, 2015

What a great day!

I hope your having a great day today.  I have to tell you how good my house smells.  I am making strawberry spread while I'm blogging and the house smells amazing!  I am also so happy to have been able to do some type of coloring and or crafting for the past 7 days.  I'm playing along with the #thedailymarker30day 2 challenge to color something every day, for at least 10 minutes.  I'm so happy that I have completed a full week.  

For today's coloring I finished this card for the Split Coast Stampers CAS challenge.  This week Paula challenged us to use sunshine as our inspiration.  

I am also playing along with the TCP Tuesday challenge, anything goes.  

Isn't this little bear so sweet, and I just love the sentiment.  I kept it super clean and simple and I love how it turned out.  

I hope you take some time to color, craft or just be happy today:)  

Have a great week! 

Enablers List

Stamps: TCP
Paper: SU, PTI
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Momento

other: copic markers, spectrum noir markers


Friday, June 5, 2015

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Good morning.  Summer is my favorite food season. I not only love to grow my own fruits and veggies but I love to eat them as well.  Really I love playing in the dirt, but actually reaping what you sow is pretty awesome!  Do you garden?  

Today I am getting strawberries from one of my neighbors. Mine aren't quite ripe yet and I surely won't have the quantity they have.  Now to decide how to eat them.  I think I'll cook some down to make a fresh fruit spread for breakfast bagels.  Then eat some on on my salad greens, and of course dessert is a must.  What is your favorite strawberry recipe?  

And let us not forget to just have some strawberries with our coffee or afternoon tea :)  

Today I am hopping along with the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  This is my second year participating.  So fun! I hope you get a chance to create something for the hop or just hop along for loads of inspiration.  

I used these cute little to go coffee cups to send a note to a girl friend.
I love when I make a card and have a reason to drop it in the mail.  

And I thought I would offer up a little prize for a random comment either here or on Instagram.  Just answer one of the summer questions above in the comments.  
Be sure to leave a way to contact you if you win.  

My first prize is this stamp set from The Cat's Pajama's.  

And for additional 25 comments I'll add another prize!  

Enablers List

Cardstock- PTI
Stamp and Die- PTI
Patterned Paper- Stampin Up
Ink- Momento, Stampin Up and PTI 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

Hello, Hope your having an awesome Friday.  Any plans for the weekend? 
I have none.  Other then coloring every day!
OK, and maybe groceries and such.  But that doesn't really count. 

Today I am continuing my coloring for the #thedailymarker30day2 coloring challenge as well as joining Pretty Pink Posh in a water coloring blog hop.

I started my project yesterday while traveling and finished it up today to share with you. 

I started by coloring a flat image with a watercolor palette and an aqua brush.  But when I looked at it today I thought it needed a little more demension so I colored another image then fussy cut it and used pop dots to align it over the original image. 

Here you can see just a little more detail of the image and how soft the water colors look. 
I finished the card by adhering a piece of patterened paper to a kraft card base, then the finshed image along with a few matching jems. 

I piced up some little flags fromt he target dollar bin that happened to match perfectly so I added one to the inside of the card.  You can see it peeking out here.  I love the pop of color it adds to the inside of the card. 

And there you have it.  My color and my finished card for today.  I hope you get a chance to create and hop along.  Be sure to stop by Pretty Pink Posh and check out all the sponsors as well.  And thank you awesome sponsors! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and see you soon!


Monday, June 1, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 1

Hello everyone, Today marks the start of the 30 day coloring challenge being hosted by Kathy at TheDailyMarker.com.  This is the second year of the challenge and the second year I am participating.  I love challenges that are motivational and this challenge is perfect. Just 10 minutes a day or more doing some sort of coloring.  And who doesn't like to color???

To get started I am packing up for a trip to Massachusetts.  First off I watched the video at TheDailyMarker.com on how she prepares her coloring tools so everything is ready to go.  Even if you want to color on the go.  Then I packed up my bag.  I'll be showing more details of what and how I packed on my instagram if you want to follow me, my very creative name is joycecasaldi.

I started by picking a few coloring medium must haves.  Although I love all my ink and this is just some of my stash, I am only taking Momento Tuxedo Black and PTI palette white along with me.  Along with my copic markers, a water color palette and a few select pens, my hello kitty pen that I love to write with and has both a broad tip as well as a fine tip, Signo white, black sharpie, wink of stella clear, Tombo Blender pen and a water color brush.  

And this is my bag all packed up and ready to go for our trip.  
I'll revisit after to let you know what worked and what didn't work so well.  And if I for got anything I truly missed.  The bag is one of my scrapbooking purchases from way back when. It was only 20$ and filled with scrapbooking stuff at Sam's Club.  I wish they still carried crafty stuff. 

And now my first coloring project. I made this card from the Heartfelt Creations Cascading Fuschia Kit.

I colored the image with copic markers and used the white pen to add details.  
And it's already in the mailbox :)  

And for my next card I used a card kit from a kit swap on Split Coast Stampers. Thank you Terry for the awesome kit!  I love the colors! 
This card is for this weeks CAS Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  This week we are honoring Angie for her inspiration over the past year on the CAS team.  I asked Angie to join me a year ago to be part of my team for the DT search.  Since then Angie has been inspiring us with her gorgeous cards as well as being such a positive asset to the team.  We will certainly miss her.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  
See you soon!  

Enablers List

Card 1
Heartfelt Creations Cascasding Fuschia kit.

Card 2
Stamps: Stampin Up!ove is kindnessPaper: Sunny Garden, SU cardstockPaper Size: A2Ink: Stampin Up!Accessories: stampin up hardware, AC ribbon, gems the paper studio