Friday, December 8, 2017

Blending A Year Of Cheer Blog Hop

Welcome!! Our Inky Friends group has another fun blog hop to share and this time it all about the awesome Stampin' Blends alcohol markers!   And we have something very special this time... we have coordinated our blogs so that we have a perfect year of coloring inspiration!  There are 12 stops - one for each month- with seasonal themed projects.   You can start anywhere as we have permanently linked our blogs or you can click on the banner below to see the full year of blending cheer blog roll.

My projects are for December and I chose the lovely line art set Christmas in the Making.   I love all things retro so this set really jumped out at me.  I used my colored images for home decor items but these could just as easily be card fronts.

First is this adorable lady with a hostess apron.  It reminds me so much of my mom.  She was a beautiful seamstress and sewed so many things in this style.  I have a stack of her vintage patterns that are just darling.  Now my daughter and I are starting our own collection of apron patterns-- many of them are vintage reproductions.
Stampin' Blends coloring tip:  One technique I am finding I really like is to outline an image with a light colored marker.  Here I used the Light Crumb Cake marker.

This next image reminds me of clothing my mom sewed for me.  There was one pleated skirt pattern that she made for me several times.  I had a red one and a blue one.  And yes I even had little red boots!
The water shaker frame I used here is one that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I love the pile of glittery swirling snowflakes.

Stampin' Blends coloring tip: To make it look like falling snow I colored the sky with the Light Pool Party marker.  I layered it quite heavily and while it was still wet touched the tip of the Color Lifter marker down until the color started to push away.

This last image reminds me of my daughter especially because of her leggings and cute shoes. She loves kitties as much as I do and has a one-year old Bengal Cat who is always ready to get in on the action.
Stampin' Blends coloring tip: Start with the lightest shade first and then add darker touches in areas to create dimension.  Use the lines on the stamp as guides for areas to darken.  Also it is subtle but I outlined this image with Light Pink Pirouette.  To really see the detail of the coloring click on any of the photos to enlarge them. Light Gray and Light Pool Party also work nicely for outlining.

I am really a novice with alcohol markers and yet I find it so easy to get great results with Stampin' Blends!  I can't wait to try some of the ideas that the other Inky Friends have demonstrated!

So I am the last stop on this Blending a Year of Cheer hop... you can click on the next button to below to start the year again with Sarah's festive New Year projects or go the reverse direction to Cindy's cozy November projects.

To Sarah's blog

To Cindy's blog
Supplies used:
Stamps: Christmas in the Making
Paper:  Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Momento Black Ink, Stampin' Blends
Accessories: Stitched Felt Embellishments, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Black Rhinestone Jewels, Black Vintage Crochet Trim,  Pool Pary 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon, Foam Adhesive Strips, 
Big Shot:  Layering Ovals Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits


  1. Kitty, your coloring is absolutely GORGEOUS! Love the tip about creating a snow effect, too!

  2. Betty, wow. Wow, wow, wow! Your coloring is stunning!

  3. WOW Betty, your projects are amazing. Love all the tips. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Beautiful projects! The colors are so vibrant! I love the Crumb Cake outline on the first card. So pretty! What a nice tip! The little shaker frame idea is really cute too.

  5. Betty I absolutely LOVE these cards - wowzers your coloring is beautiful :-)

  6. Gorgeous is right! I love those vintage looks. My mom is also a seamstress, but my clothes were 80s and 90s wonders, not beautiful 1950s-1960s looks! Your coloring is not novice at all. I love the snow by using the color lifter!

  7. Gorgeous cards, Cindy! Your coloring is amazing!! I love the outlines, they add such a cool look!

  8. These are so great! I never thought of the outlining technique, but it really makes a difference!

  9. WOW! You did a marvelous job using the Blends and this set! Perfect!

  10. Wow, Betty! Such bright and beautiful coloring! Amazing snowflake technique too!!