Tuesday, September 4, 2018

crazy for coloring!

yes, that's the name of the new challenge from shopping our stash, so break out your favorite coloring media --markers, pens, pencils, gelatos, or all of the above-- and get going! personally, i'm more often crazy *FROM* coloring, because realistic shading is one of my weakest attributes. so even a few small images (like those below) take me several hours to complete. i should probably practice more... ah well... i'm pretty happy with the results this time:

polynesian paradis stamp set: my favorite things; colored with tombow dualbrush pens and prismacolor pencils; sandcastle, seashell and flamingo brads: eyelet outlet; sentiment sticker: crate paper; patterned paper (mostly scraps): echo park, amy tangerine/american crafts, scenic route, basic grey; plain white cardstock: staples; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

my usual coloring method is to do a "base coat" with my tombows, then add shading, blending and highlights with prismacolor pencils. and that's what i've done here. i thought about painting a beach background again. as you know, i LOVE painting beach backgrounds. but having just done that last week, i thought i'd change it up and paper piece the background instead. which let me use up a bunch of seriously old paper scraps... very much in the SOS spirit there! i couldn't resist a few eyelet outlet brads in the foreground either. the beachy ones are some of my faves. 

i haven't linked up with retrorubber in a bit, and probably getting back into the habit would help me stamp and color more confidently, right? their current challenge is "anything goes" so i'm cool on that score. you also need to use stamps more than a year old, which is perfect, because i know that this adorable mft hula girl was a birthday present from stephanie last june.


as adorable as the girl is, my favorite stamp in this set is the chameleon. he could probably be my spirit animal, one of the few creatures on earth who loves COLOR as much as i do, lol! originally my plan was to place him on the lower righthand side, where the brads are. but somehow, as i was applying foam tape to the back of the heart, i managed to get a big black smudge up towards the top. so a hasty chameleon relocation operation took place at the last minute. (shhhhhhhh don't tell, k?!)

there's loads more inspiration awaiting you at SOS, where my design team darlings have gone all out. i know you don't want to miss it, so off you go! ♥


  1. Well, chameleons are all about camouflage, right? So I'm sure this little guy was happy to participate in the relocation operation. Fantastic card! I adore the beach scene and your colouring is lovely.

  2. Your coloring skillz are fabulous, whaddayatalkinbout? And another excellent beachy card too!

  3. Hi there, teammie: Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us over at RETRO RUBBER Lauren, as always your clever way to use textures and patterns shines on this card.
    I specially love the paper you chose for your "sand", I could not think about it, not in a million years.
    I hate getting a smudge on an almost finished cards and I always frantically look for a way to hide it and still use my panel.
    Your save was inspired, I liked the place where this Chameleon is even before you explain why he's there.
    And of course, I love your sweet and beautifully colored Hula Girl, perfectly adorable.
    Thanks again for sharing with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you come and play again next time.

  4. Your colouring is amazing!!
    Shading, layering...just awesome!!!
    I love the wee hula girl and her chameleon pal!

  5. Cute card, love the layout and your coloring is so nice. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber!

  6. Lauren - could not take my eyes off this card so finally came over to leave you a comment about how much I love it! I have enlarged this as far as I could trying my best to figure out how you did the heart... I am HUNGRY for more details on how you made this! Is this a die cut? Is it cut out of the front of this card base? Or is it a wooden or cardboard? I am going to have to go play with this concept of the paper piecing - what a great idea! And a really cool card!

  7. Absolutely wonderul card! No apologies on your pretty coloring, OK? Love it!! Your background is so creative as well. What a fun card! Thank you for playing with us at Retro Rubber and hope you can join us again soon.

  8. You did a fabulous job of shading, INHO! I also love the clever layered treatment of the heart and base. Great job!

  9. This is AMAZING! The coloring is fabulous, you have nothing to worry about....it's gorgeous! All the little details and embellishments make this a work of art for sure! The layering you did is very impressive! You should FRAME it! Thanks for playing with our Retro Rubber challenge this week!

  10. I was away last week and so I didn't see this in the Retro Rubber gallery, this is truly amazing, I love it so much. I pinned it, I am never CASEing it, I just want to go and swoon over it, every now and then (swoon). Claire x

  11. You are absolutely an ingenious card maker! Your eye for design always amazes me, as it did here. Love the way you did the background then popped up the heart-- super. Also, your coloring looks excellent-- great job on your shading!

    1. I just re-read my comment-- I need caffeine! 😫😃


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