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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

You Blow Me Away

Happy Sunday morning to all,

I hope your weekend is going along well. As the weather forecasters predicted, we did have rain overnight and things are pretty soggy this morning. Looks like the storm has moved on as its mostly blue skies with just a few clouds out over the ocean. A very pretty day shaping up.

Today kicks off the 2019 Paper Players Challenges with a theme challenge brought to us by Anne. She wants critters on our projects. I'm definitely not lacking for animal stamps! While looking through my stamps, I decided on this cute little dragon from Sugar Pea Designs.

I love this set because it's a good one to color and I was in the mood to pull out my Copics. The color theme is inspired by the current Color Throwdown Challenge, where the colors this week are yellow, green and black. The layout comes from Amy's Freshly Made Sketch.

I started my card by making the background. Using ink blenders, I sponged three colors of Distress Oxide inks onto a panel of X-Press It Blending card stock, then embossed it using the Need & Tangled Scales Cover Plate. I trimmed this to fit a black card base. The dragon is stamped using Memento tuxedo black and colored with green and yellow Copics. After cutting it out with a Die-namics Stitched circle die, I drew in a path of pebbles and then added some black solid rhinestones into the pebbles for a little added embellishment. The two banner elements under the circle are cut with Lawn Fawn large and medium size banner dies.

Here's the inside of the card. The kite and greeting are from the same Sugar Pea stamp set and the clouds are from the Ellen Hutson Unicorn 'N Rainbows set. These images are all colored with Copics too.

My plans for the rest of the day are to figure out a project for next Saturday's Craft Day with my little craft group. They asked for Valentine's Day/Spring themes. Could be a good excuse to order more goodies from the new SU Occasions catty, LOL. There are few stamp sets and DSPs that I didn't order with my Demo pre-order that I have my eyes on. I also have to pack for my work trip this coming week. I'll be in the Central Coast wine region, so really not a hardship for me.

I hope your week is a good one.
Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Blow Me Away set by Sugar Pea Designs and Unicorns 'N Rainbows set by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson
Paper: SU Basic Black and X-Press It Blending card stocks
Ink: Distress Oxide inks, Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: Neet & Tangled Scales Cover Plate, Die-namics Stitched Circle die, Lawn Fawn Banner dies, ink blending tool and sponges, Misti, Gemini Jr, foam tape, black solid rhinestones


  1. Your critter creation is fabulous! Great coloring and love the textured background! Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Players!

  2. I love the scale embossed background with that sweet dragon! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  3. Colleen, this is just adorable! That scales background is perfect for this precious little dragon! Your coloring is fabulous, too! Hope you have fun at the in the wine region! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

  4. This card is just too cute! Love that embossed background and that dragon is coloured beautifully! So fun! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


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