Friday, September 23, 2016

A Little Friday Power & Sparklette!

Hi there and a very Happy Friday to you!  This month over on the Power Poppy blog, Marcella has been throwing challenges around right and left to get our creative energy a'flowin'...instead of one big Power & Spark Challenge that little genius came up with a few mini "Sparklette" cute is that?!  I just love that girl!  :) I thought I would play along with this latest one..."Color Outside the Lines".  If you have not had a chance to check these out, you really should....good stuff for sure!

 Now, I have to warn you....this was a true challenge for me because I have really never been a color outside the lines kinda girl.  That beautiful free form sort of coloring style has always escaped me...hence my strained relationship with water colors.  I love the effect it gives but it has just not been a  technique that I have achieved.  Sooo, after I made a couple of attempts that ended up looking pretty much like a bad kindergarten project I decided to try a different view point....literally!  I took off my glasses which totally blurred the borders of the image and colored away.  A girl has gotta do what a girl's gotta do!  I was going for a loosely colored, almost watercolor effect, to my image....I don't think I quite got there but I did go back with a W1 Copic and added some outside the lines shading around my image.

To go along with my new found carefree coloring vibe, I did not keep up with the copic marker colors I used so I will not be able to note that below this post as I usually do...sorry about that! I was living in the moment....hee! I can share that the card is a simple image layer die cut with Spellbinders A2 Matting  Basics A set, a green background layer and my card base, which measures 3 1/2" x 4 5/8".  I stamped my image from the Olive and Oak Expanded stamp set with Memento's Rich Cocoa ink and the sentiment from this same set in Papertrey Ink's Cocoa Bean ink.  I used Ranger Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and Antique Linen to sponge some ink around my  image and then I used a Stampin' Up! spritzer tool and markers in Early Espresso and Old Olive to add some spatter marks.  To finish off the card, I added some shine with my clear Wink of Stella brush pen and then added some Ranger Glossy Accents to a few of the acorns and olives for some subtle dimension.

I think that sentiment is so adorable with the mixed fonts and Marcella's dreamy oak and olive image is just the thing to put you in a fall frame of being, don't you think?  :)

So that is all for my little card today, but I am sure that my Bloomie sisters have some incredibly beautiful cards to share with you today so go see....and leave them a little blog love while you are there!  And hey, why don't you give this great Power Poppy challenge, or any of the others this month, a try and play along with us?  There is going to be a prize awarded so what are you waiting for?  :)  Thank so much for stopping by today and I hope to see you again soon....until then, take care! 

Cindy Lawrence    
Julie Koerber  
Katie Sims <------You are here 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker



  1. Well, we all "gotta do what we gotta do, eh? Hehe! Katie, I LOVE it and think it's beautifully done and amazing since it was your first attempt - wow! It sure doesn't look like it, because you are a natural (you just have to take off your glasses - hehe!). What a gorgeous image to use this week, and I love the rich fall colors and your simple layout! Beautifully done, sweet friend! Yay! Now we need another one soon! Hugs! xoxo

  2. Turned out gorgeous... I might try taking my glasses off also if this will help. I am watercolor challenged myself. ha ha You did an amazing job Katie. This is a beautiful fall card. I like the splatters you added too. Gorgeous!

  3. Girl...glasses on, or can do anything!! This is gorgeous! LOVE how dimensional your acorns look. And the splatters are the perfect addition! Love how you staged the card too. The acorns are perfect!!

  4. Uh, WOW! I should color so good with my glasses ON! I want to do this challenge, but it will probably be over by the time I get to it. My stamp room has been uninhabitable for days. Such a gorgeous fall card with beautiful rich colors. Love your sponging and splatters. They add so much to the image.

  5. Thud!! My jaw dropped when I saw this gorgeous work of art and then dropped again when I saw you took off your glasses to do it!! So simply amazing!! Wow!!!

  6. Absolutely scrumptious Katie. I looooooooove the depth of the colors.

  7. Wow I thinks that's exactly what Marcy's looking for! Amazing Copic coloring that mimics water color here! It's a keeper!

  8. It's time for all those wonderful acorns to be crunching under our feet isn't it. LOL I think you did a lovely coloring job and I love the splatters. Happy fall Katie girl! Hugs!

  9. WOW is this beautiful! I love love the coloring inside and the outside is perfect with it :)

  10. First time visiting your blog & I HAD to comment because I also fear watercoloring. I am terrible at it, & I've even met the great Anna Wight IN PERSON .... & she tried to teach me .... IN PERSON ... & I still suck!! Your card & coloring is beautiful though, thanks for sharing!