Hello and Happy June!!


I am kicking off my Craft From My Stash Summer 2015 with my first entry into #thedailymarker30day2 coloring challenge (linking up on Instagram) and I used the new sketch at The Challenge. (sketch near the end of the post – I should note that I turned the sketch to accommodate my image!) I am also entering this card into the “In the Kitchen” challenge at House Mouse & Friends, dug out this oldie but goodie from one of my wood mount stamp bins.


I used my new Zig Clean Color real brush pens for the first time to color my image. I am in.love.with.them! They are fabulous. It is really easy to control how much or how little color you use depending on how you use them. I will explain a bit under the picture.


2015 Card 38 - HM Poppin Good Birthday


Some parts of the image were colored with the pens and then I blended it using a waterbrush. To get the different color between the popcorn and the candles, I colored the candles full strength and added Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle. For the popcorn, the kernels were colored full strength and then I went over it with the waterbrush. Then I colored the yellow on a scrap piece of cardstock and lifted the color with the waterbrush to color in the pieces of popcorn. ย I think the beauty of these pens is the ability to color without having the full selection. ย I am really happy I took the plunge on this new trend. I have several other coloring options in my room that were “must haves” that either were used and not liked or have not bothered to use them yet. ย This was one of the good purchases ๐Ÿ™‚


Colors used:

Cake: #222 Pink Flamingo

Candles: #036 Light Blue

Ground/Mouse ears: #028 Pale Pink

Popcorn/Flames: #050 Yellow

Cake plate/Spoon: #091 Light Gray

Mouse on the left: 071 – Flesh Color & #064 Oatmeal

Mouse on the right: 071 – Flesh Color, #064 Oatmeal and #065 Mid Brown


Sketch from The Challenge~

Challenge #37-Sketch



Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Stampabilities House Mouse Poppin Good Birthday

Ink: Ranger Jet Black archival

CS: Tim Holtz distress cardstock, SU Soft Sky & Melon Mambo

PP: Echo Park Birthday Wishes (girl)

Other: Zig Clean Color real brushes (listed above), SU Brights & Subtles candy dots, SU Banner Triple punch, Wink of Stella, MFT Stitched Oval dies