A Christmas Card and a Coloring Page

When it come to re-working a drawing, I do it the old-fashioned way: ZIG pens, tracing paper, and a fair amount of White-Out.

Then I make masks to layer over the drawing.  This allows me stamp and ink the background later on.

I took a snowflake stamp (Stampin’ Up!)  and stamped over the masks in several places so it would look like snowflakes are falling in the background.

I’ve been stamping for years but I still think masking is the coolest thing.

With the masks still on, I sponged ‘tumbled glass’ Distress Ink around the page.

Finished coloring with Copics.  Love these markers!



I should’ve had these made a month ago for my Etsy shop for Cockayne Syndrome, but I didn’t get started early enough. (sigh) I’ll have to start super early next year on Christmas cards!

Here is my card to you. It’s very different from last year’s card, but last year’s card makes me cry.  Knox was still a newborn and we still thought everything was going to be alright.

This year I needed to stay light-hearted and fun.  Something with a butterfly in it, too.

Isn’t the week before Christmas the best?!

We’re taking off from our school schedule this week to enjoy the few days left…baking sugar cookies, wrapping gifts, watching Christmas movies, and doing fun crafts (I’m still making hot-air balloon ornaments!).

One of my favorite movies to watch around this time is “The Bells of St. Mary’s” with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. It’s an oldie but so so good.

I made a coloring page from this drawing for my daughter. If you have little ones who like to color, feel free to print out this coloring page.  Christmas is almost here!


Candy Corn Queen 2011

She started out as a sketch on tracing paper, just like last year. I decided on an Elizabethan style queen and  initially sketched out a castle along with her….but I changed my mind on the castle later on.

After the basic sketch was done, I made a copy of it, and began drawing in all of the details of her costume, adding candy corn wherever I could.

Instead of a crown, I drew a rose that matched the rose pattern on her under-dress, and put it in her hair

I cut her out, made some more copies, and started playing around with some different color combinations.  It’s amazing how many different ways you can color something with just black, yellow, and orange.

A more serene background, with a large moon and birds flying in the distance, allows the queen to become the central focus of the picture.

I think I might need some better glasses! Good grief, I was going cross-eyed coloring these tiny candy corn!

At this point I thought she needed something else to make her costume fancier.

Then I remembered “Hello Doily!” I ordered this stamp from Stampin’ Up a few weeks back and hadn’t used it yet.

Is this a gorgeous stamp or what?

It was the perfect size for a layer of lace behind her collar, and a single section of the doily became a small lacey fan.  It’s so cool when stuff works out like this!

Used my extra small x-acto knife to cut out her finger just enough to ‘hold’ the fan handle.

Used some ‘Black Soot’ Distressing Ink to color the background. These inks have become one of my all time favorite products ever, I use them constantly.

Now she seemed complete in all of her candied splendor…..she just needed a little SPARKLE.


She’s finished! And I hope you have some fresh candy corn to enjoy this weekend!

You know I do.  :)