Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Let Them Color Cake!

Hello all of you Happy Stampers! How is your week so far? I hope it is grand with the sun shining ever so brightly -- if not in the sky -- in your hearts! We have a colorific Tuesday for you with amazingly fun pops of color to throw at you! So, let's get right to it, shall we? Check out these hues with a purely electric vibe! 

I have to laugh at this photo because this is 100% Marcy -- hamming it up for the camera in front of all things -- trolls. Yep. Trolls. Marce was chilling with a friend who works at Target headquarters and this was just one of the treasures inside -- motion detecting, rotating trolls complete with that wacky hair. Actually, now that I think about it, I am not sure if I would laugh or be freaked out. Marce just takes it all in stride and sees it as an opportunity to snap a pic and laugh. Like I said, this is our peep-in-chief in the truest sense!

Okay folks, now that you've seen the color cues, time now to see who is helping host this week! Say hello to......

Donna Cervantez, a.k.a. "Nana Donna" agreed to not only share her talents, but a little bit about herself as well! So, let's give her the floor, shall we? 

"Hello everyone! My name is Donna and I have always done some sort of crafting. In 1996, a friend at work talked me into going to a Stampin' Up party. I tried to resist because I know how I am, I just jump in with 2 feet, heck I jump in with all I got.

I bought my first stamp from Michael's and still have it. I now have a vast collection of stamps from various companies. Then, they came out with digital stamps and of course, now I have a nice collection of those too. I love Marcella's stamps/digis because there is so much detail and the shading she adds guides you on where to shade the image. I color using Copics, watercolor, pencils and Zig Clean Color brush markers.

About me, I was forced to stop working in 2007 due to a medical issue. I had a tumor in my spinal cord. So after surgery, I have some walking issues and need to use a walker. I always look at the bright side of things and when this happened, it meant I can stay home all day and craft, and that is pretty much what I do.

I am married to the greatest guy ever. He does most the housework and takes care of me and is always there if I need him. The poor guy has had to re-do my craft room numerous times to make it easier for me to function in. Shhh! Don't tell him I am thinking about doing yet another re-arrangement. We have a bunch of grandkids and great-grandkids that we love to spend time with and one great-granddaughter loves to craft with me. I also love to cook and spend time with friends and family.

When I got the email from Julie asking if I would be interested in designing for a Hues to Use challenge, I was thrilled. I had played along with the Hues to Use challenge before, so I was familiar with it. I love having a color scheme to follow and mostly create my cards following a sketch.

So here is my card using the Layer Cake digital stamp. It just so happens that Amy Shulke at Vanilla Arts was going to be doing a livestream class coloring the Layer Cake image.

I colored the image using Copic markers on Cyrogen paper, the background was made using Distress Inks. I struggled with exactly how to make the card -- then I got the idea to frame it, using a die cut.

I also used the sentiment words from the Layer Cake set and had them printed and cut out, added a few sequins for some bling and that was it.

Here's a closeup for you... 

Amazing work Donna! And, what a treat to see the results from one of Amy's livestream classes! For those of you who aren't familiar, Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts has used Power Poppy digital stamps for a few of her online classes. You can check them out HERE!

Well, that was a super treat, don't you think? I look at the depth Donna created with this layer cake and it makes me want to grab my markers and see what I can do -- how about you? If you'd like to see more of Donna's creations, all you need to do is hop on over to her blog HERE and see what she's got cookin'! Just in case you wondered, THIS is one of my favorite Donna cards! ;-)

Thanks again Donna for being our host this week! Remember, if YOU would like to host one of our upcoming Hues to Use posts, all you need to do is play along! Once you link up your creation below, we'll all see that spark of creativity and before you know it, you'll be here showing off your mad skills! 

So, get those fingers inky and play along! And like I said, don't forget to link up your creation!

Until next week!


aussie aNNie said...

Stunning card...xx

Berina RGA said...

This is stunning! I love that cake. Congrats Donna! Beautiful color combo for this week.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Gorgeous card! Love it!

Camille Short said...

Great card, Donna!

Essie said...

perfect card! And I love the colors!

CherylQuilts said...

Congratulations, Donna, for being our Featured Stamper today and making a gorgeous card using this week's Hues to Use! And how wonderful to read your bio and how you go "hooked" into stamping. Your work is beautiful, and thanks for sharing your work and yourself with us!! Hugs!

Lisa said...

Wonderful card, Donna!