Tuesday, February 6, 2018

STAMPlorations February Challenge - Paint it Red

Hello!! Due to a lovely addition to the owner's family at STAMPlorations..(a second daughter named Winter,) there is just ONE challenge for all STAMP fans for the month of February. 

'Rather than all of our normal monthly challenges, there will be just one challenge for you to join each month. You'll find it announced here on the 5th of the month. The challenge will have a theme and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome! Then, we’ll return to our regular programming in May ;)'

Paint it Red is the challenge!

In the spirit of the coloring challenge with Kathy at #thedailymarker30day I have been coloring a little each day to complete today's card.

I started out by stamping the LOVELY image from BLOSSOM SPRAYS #2 by DEEPTI, with water based ink on Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.
Decided to start coloring the background first using ZIGGYS: Red, Pale Dawn Gray and Blue Gray markers. 
Hoping to keep the blooms white, we'll see what happens 

Due to a red wash on a petal, going with white blooms just isn't going to happen as hoped for 😅😂😐
ZIGGYS: Tea Rose, Red, and Light Gray

Colored the other two blooms and moved on to the leaves ZIGGYs: Pale Dawn Gray, Green Gray and Blue Gray 

Remembering that walking away and letting the ink dry is a good thing! ZIGGYs: Orange, Yellow, Bright Yellow, and Yellow Green to finish the tiny flowers and brighten up the leaves.
Thinking I better stop before I ruin it!  

Those blossoms needed something to rest on, so I stamped MOM, from BEST MOM EVER, repeatedly under the colored image..after masking off the blooms....in a VERY light shade of gray ink. Then stamped I LOVE YOU in black ink.
Next, I added a bit of freehand drawn lattice... One set did not look quite right, so I added a second one to tie it all together.
Here is the finished card:
This one is for my mom, who is starting a new chemo/trail study this week at Barnes St. Louis,  for her Transformed non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Praying for continued strength and healing.

NOW it's YOUR turn to create something:))

Challenge rules:
*Create any type of project -- cards (any style), mixed media, tags, layout, etc -- as long as it follows our theme
*STAMPlorations product is not required though we’d love to see it
*Enter as many times as you want – as long as each project has its own blog post
*Display the challenge graphic + link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
*Comment on the entry before yours in the gallery – let's spread the love. (If you're the first player, just comment on the entry after yours.)
*For an extra chance, comment on the challenge post and the designers’ blog posts throughout the month

*TWO (2) winners of a $25 gift certificate - randomly drawn from all entries
*ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate - randomly drawn from all comments left on the designers' blogs throughout the month

Shery is offering a generous 10% off (no coupon code needed) all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store from Feb through April. Retiring products are excluded. We hope you'll find time to play with us and we look forward to seeing your project in the gallery.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. This card is gorgeous, Laura Jane. I love your coloring and the sweet "Mom" and "I love you" sentiment. So beautiful. Your mother will love it. I'm sending healing prayers and hugs to your mother and you. Good luck to her in the new trial chemo.

  2. This is absolutely stunning Lauren and, I am sure this will brighten your Moms day. Prayers are coming your way for you both. {{{HUGS}}}

  3. Lauren, your card is stunning and elegant!!!! Gorgeous coloring! Your mom will love this, I'm sure! Prayers for you and your mom!!! Hugs!

  4. Wow! Beautiful coloring! Simply gorgeous! Sending prayers your way. Hugs.

  5. Beautiful card for your mom. Your coloring is fantastic! Wishing you and your mom all the best.

  6. wow wow wow, Laura Jane, your card is beautiful.... love your colouring technique, an absolute must try.... just lovely, your mum will love it..best wishes for her

  7. so so beautiful - love your coloring

  8. Laura Jane, that is totally stunning, and so so gorgeous!

    I have recently bought that beautiful stamp, and now you have inspired me to use it!

  9. That is a great looking card! All the nice things you added make it such a nice card. Sorry to hear about your Mom and I hope things go well for her.


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