Felt Swatches

Hi everyone, and welcome back to my little corner. I have another swatching project to share with you today, this one is wool felt. Happily, this project didn’t take as long as others, since I don’t have a lot of felt. Here’s a couple of photos of the completed swatches, links to the products will be below:

These I was able to fit onto a 2″ binder ring
Definitely the most fun swatches to touch!

Just for fun, here’s a couple of pics showing the stack of die cut felt squares, and the resulting colorful pile of scraps:

This was quite a satisfying project, and I’m happy that I now have my felt colors arranged in a way that may inspire me to use them more often.

Thank you for sharing your time with me, and I hope to see you again soon.

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Swatching The Card Stock

Hi everyone! I hope this post finds you well, and doing what you love best!

I’m continuing with my Organization theme, and I have finally finished swatching all my card stock. Settle in, this one is long, although most of it is pics that are self-explanatory.

First, I needed to organize my card stock. I’ve always had them in rainbow order, but I’ve kept each company separated. I decided this was the time to combine everything. After getting over that bit of panic about putting DIFFERENT COMPANIES ALL TOGETHER (don’t ask me, quirks are often irrational), it does make for a prettier rainbow.

Room to grow- my favorite phrase!

Here are the completed swatches, and then I’ll share a few pics showing how I got there

Group shot- those are 3 inch binder rings, people!
Neutrals- yes, in my world metallic glitter is a neutral- : )
“Warm” Colors
“Cool” colors

Construction was obviously simple, but pretty darn time consuming. It’s so worth it, though. Just try not to drool on your pretty swatches after you worked so hard.

Using the two dies- even though I’m not swatching any combos yet, my pieces are ready as color combo ideas pop into my head
I use these simple CD sleeves to store my pieces in my card stock pouch. They keep my die cut pieces safe without any additional bulk.
A tag and a swatch for EVERY.SINGLE.COLOR.
Stamping with the numbered list stamp. This stamp actually has an outline square included. I didn’t want that part for this, and I certainly wasn’t going to mask off that stamp for every tag, so I just cut them apart. No harm done, and we can move on more quickly.
Testing pens- I went with the 5th sample, which is a Staedtler triplus fineliner. It wasn’t too thick, or too thin, and it was a very smooth application on the slightly textured card stock.
A completed (for now) swatch. I’ll fill in the middle segment with color combinations as I think of them.
This tag die comes with three options for hole reinforcements. To save a little bit of time, and since I was placing the swatches on 3 separate rings, I cut all three hole reinforcement dies at once, using a different shape for each of the three swatch rings.
Rest in peace, sweet glue pen. This little trooper did all the Copic swatches, and all the card stock swatches.

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Well, if you made it this far, I think you should probably go have a glass of wine or some hot cocoa or something. I think you’ve earned it.

Thank you for sharing your time with me, and I hope to see you again soon.

Hoppiest Birthday Ever

Hello, and welcome! Today, I’m sharing a simple little card I made for the sweetest little man you ever saw. I’m playing along with this week’s My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge, which I thought would be great for a masculine card. So, here it is:

Highlighting one of the 6’s, for a bit of personalization

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Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you again soon!

Hey Girl

Happy February 1, everyone!

Today’s card was inspired by a You Tube video from Betsy Veldman (she rocks EVERYTHING card making!) I have to say, if you haven’t tried the Art Philosophy Metallic Accents watercolors, or the Legion Stonehenge black watercolor paper, (clickable links below) I ENTHUSIASTICALLY encourage you to do so. That black watercolor paper feels like soft, smooth velvet. The metallic watercolors have amazing shimmer, especially for this price point. Check it out:

Look at all that shimmer, even as you thin the wash, it’s still sparkly!

It’s so easy to get caught up in all that gorgeous, sparkly shimmer, so don’t go overboard like I did on my first attempt:

Yikes! TOO much of a good thing!

So, here is the completed card. Honestly, I’m still second guessing the color I chose for the card base. I think maybe it’s too dark. My card is by no means perfect, but this was SO much fun, and that’s supposed to be what this hobby/calling/obsession is all about, right?

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Thank you for sharing your time with me today, and I hope to see you again soon. Have a great weekend!!

Copic Swatch Tags

I have finally finished swatching my Copics. Who thought it was a good idea to cut 358 swatch pieces? Oh yeah, that was me.

It was a labor of love for sure, so feast your color loving eyes on the result.

I could stare at these all day!
The little white dot means I also have the refill. Handy!
I’m so happy I decided to label the color numbers in white, as it doesn’t interfere with those beautiful colors!
This was my prototype. It made me realize I couldn’t line up the swatches properly using Scor-tape as an adhesive, so I switched to a glue pen. A white gel pen just did not work AT ALL, so I used a white Posca paint pen. You can also see the difference between using black or white for labeling.

I also use the Hex Chart from Sandy Allnock, but I enjoy seeing the colors in their numerical order as well, and my previous swatch chart hadn’t been re-worked in over a decade.

So, have you started swatching yet? Let me know, I’d love to see the beautiful rainbows!

Have a great afternoon, and I hope to see you again soon.

You're A Treasure

Hi, and welcome back!

Today, I’m sharing my card for this week’s My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge. I used this sketch to create a non-traditional Valentine’s Day card for a super sweet, precious young man.

Below are the Copic marker colors I used for this cute little pirate.

Another project for 2020 is to create something a little more “polished” for my color lists. (Just as soon as I figure out something- Ha!)

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Thanks for sharing your time with me, and I hope you’ll visit again soon!

So It Begins

My theme for 2020 is Organization. I have already started my first project- to swatch.everything.I.own. That is quite likely to take all year at my pace. Today, I started my second project- corralling all of my ink refills. Some were semi-organized already, but I was getting seriously annoyed with the way they would skitter around in the drawers. Many of them weren’t organized at all, and for some reason, I had bottles in three or four different locations.

Here’s how we’re going to remedy that situation. Hello Ranger Alcohol Ink storage tins!

Aren’t they just lovely? {happy sigh}

This was bad. My MFT ink refills were just in a drawer, loose. No rhyme or reason, no labeling. Ugh.

This is SO much better! I have a couple of empties for future purchases, and I even remembered to leave open spaces in the product lines where I may be missing some colors! I can now also add color guides to the insides of the lids for even faster identification.

Thanks for hanging out with me, and I hope you’ll visit again.

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