Friday, April 20, 2018

Sweet Stamp Mermaid Cutie

I'm a huge fan of cute so when I saw The Sweet Stamp Shop stickers that you can color, I had to get some. This Mermaid Set is adorable.



If you don't like stickers, you can buy stamps with the same mermaid in the Mermaid Shelfie set.

Here is the card I used with my stickers. I colored the whole sheet with Prismacolor pencils while watching tv, one of my favorite things to do. The background was made with Hero Arts watercolor ink bottles. I dripped the blue and yellow inks onto a sheet of Bristol paper and then after it dried, I stamped and heat embossed the Hero Arts Starry Night Brushstroke background stamp. I think it looks a little like waves. 


In this close-up, you can see the bubbles I made with the Nuvo clear drops. I love those things! The clear ones are cool, the colored ones are pretty, the glittery ones are fab and the glow-in-the-dark are super fun.


Happy Friday!
Chark




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cupcake Girl

This could actually be my nickname...I'm a huge fan of cupcakes and yes, the local bakery knows my name and my favorite cupcake flavor. And they sent me a cake when I had eye surgery because they totally rock! If you're ever near Wright State University, Wright Patt Air Force Base or anywhere near Dayton airport, I highly recommend Cake, Hope and Love for deliciousness :) 

But instead of my nickname, it's what I call this digi stamp from Vera Lane Stamps. It's actually called Caroline's Cupcakes if you want one for yourself. I used Prismacolor pencils first and then added some Tombow markers to brighten things up a bit.



I gave her eyelids just to see what she'd look like. I put her on a card for my sister, whose birthday is in a couple of weeks. April is such a huge birthday month for us. On my side of the family, there are 6 of us having birthdays and on my husband's side there are 3 more and then we have two friends with April birthdays. So...there you go! Big ol' birthday month.


And guess what? I've got a graduation party for my son coming up in May and I'll be making some cupcakes for that party...maybe some like these! Just call me the Cupcake Girl!



Happy Wednesday!
Chark


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Digi Duel at a2z Scrapbooking

Hi, friends, I have a card up today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog as part of our monthly Digi Duel, where two team members use the same digital of the month to create two different projects. I'm dueling with Arlene this month. You can click here to see both projects and our supplies.

Here's a peek at my card.


Hope you'll join in the Flower Power Challenge at a2z for a chance to win this digital stamp set and more!


Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Favorite Hero Arts Layered Stamp

I'm joining in on A Blog Named Hero's challenge this month to create a project with your favorite Hero Arts product. I already entered with this dragonfly card here, because I am IN LOVE with this dragonfly die, but I thought I'd use my favorite layered stamp for another entry.


I am not the best layered stamper...it's best to be pretty precise with layered stamps to get the look right, but this Layered Peacock stamp looks good even if you're close enough, like I tend to be.


First I stamped the peacock in layers with the ink cubes that came with the set and then fussy cut the bird since I didn't have the matching dies. Then I mounted it on an oval from old book paper that I stenciled (Hero Arts Diamond Stencil) with blue, pink and gold ink. The So Pretty die cut is from an Echo Park I'd Rather Be Crafting prize I won. 


The striped card behind it is leftover from a card kit from Stampin' Up. I think it looks classy with the florals.

If you want to join in the challenge at A Blog Named Hero, you still have some time.

Happy Saturday!
Chark

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Birthday Cake Fairy

Quick share of some coloring with a free digi from Yampuff. I love their fun style and how many free stamps they have. And if you don't do digi, they have coloring books to purchase. I had to make this cake rainbow because I'll never make a rainbow many-layered cake like this one in real life!


I used Prismacolor pencils and a black marker and white uniball for accents. I tried to do a little sketchy look with the black markers just for some shadows. Then I used the white penfor dots all over the image. And now I want some cake...I need to color some vegetable digis!

Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Monday, April 2, 2018

Post Vacation Laziness

For the first time in a few years, my kids (a senior in high school and a new elementary teacher) had the same Spring Break...so we packed up the car and road tripped to Florida from Ohio and spent some of it at Universal Studios. Both kids are Harry Potter fans and the last time we were there was when my daughter graduated high school 6 years ago...and in those 6 years, they have added a ton of HP stuff, including a Gringott's ride and a dragon outside that shoots fire periodically...it's pretty warm, even down there on the ground! You can visit Diagon Alley in the new section and wander down Knockturn Alley or visit the Weasley's shop.


Here's a pic from the line inside the new-to-me Gringott's ride.



They used to have just one HP area in the Islands of Adventure, along with a Hogwarts Express engine for pictures that didn't move. Now, there's a train that moves from park to park (you need a park to park pass for the same day to ride it) and my big kids were thrilled with the experience. It just adds a little touch of authenticity to the world they've recreated. 


What I love about the new HP area is that it's not marked clearly, you have to really look for it just like in Muggle London...there are tons of shops and a great London facade...it's just well done. The more HP the better!

We did other stuff too, of course, including hanging out in the Mardi Gras area, which for some reason, extends the Mardi Gras season until the week after Easter. Here's a pic of me and the kids with gigantic float heads. There were food stalls along there, but no beignets for us, as we apparently never were there at the right time.


And 2/4 of us rode the Spiderman ride and deemed it awesome.


There were two log rides that 3/4 of us rode...one of us, okay, me...knew it would be a wet afternoon and chose not to get completely soaked. But they had fun even if it took forever to "mostly" dry.

I highly recommend Universal if you like Marvel, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter or Dr. Seuss...or just theme parks in general. They have a few roller coasters, lots of 3-D and 4-D rides (including the King Kong Skull Island ride that I did ride and got a tiny 4-D splash here and there, Shrek, Minions and Simpsons) and great shops and areas for younger kids too. 

We never made it to the Volcano Bay waterpark, but it never really got hot enough anyway. Luckily, the weather was gorgeous and sunny and breezy and it cooled off in the mornings and evenings really quickly--which is why we chose Spring Break over Summer Break to visit Florida. 

It was fab and a wonderful way to spend time together as a family! I'll be back with more craft stuff on Wednesday.

Happy Monday!
Chark