Coloring Book Review

Hi,
If you’ve been following my blog you know I had a great opportunity in January to meet some great representatives from some of my favorite crafting companies and got a chance to enter into a contest for crafting (I still owe you a full blog post!)

So I had the opportunity recently to try out Leisure Arts newest coloring book, Art of Coloring Kaleidoscopes.  I was lucky enough to get the book for free in exchange for a review – but my opinions are my own.

Here are a few great things about the book:
1) It’s sturdy enough that I was able to put it in a backpack and it didn’t get wrinkled, and it’s 8 1/2* 11 so it’s not too big (and it’s not too heavy)
2) Pages are only printed on one side.  I hate coloring books that are printed on both sides because then my ink always seems to bleed through!  And also I can’t decide which picture I like/want to color.
3) Pages are perforated so you can easily remove them!
4) The paper was really high quality and the pencils worked great on it.
5) Each picture only took up one page – so there was no trying to color in the binding of the book.

I recently went on short trip and had stashed the coloring book and some Crayola coloring pencils that I had gotten as a gift in my bag.  I was able to pull them out and color as we traveled.  It definitely made the time go by much quicker!  Others commented on how pretty my coloring was and that they enjoyed coloring too!  My only comment for taking a coloring book with you – make sure you take pens/pencils that won’t roll away because it’s difficult to get them when you’re in a confined space!

So this took me about 1- 11/2 hours:

And a close up:

I really liked this book – and I have probably 10 coloring books 🙂

Leisure Arts is kindly giving you 15% off your entire order for reading my review!!!

Save 15% off entire order at LeisureArts.com. Use promo code ART15.

And once you’re done with your picture, you can pull it out of the book and use it for something else!
I recently did a craft project where I took a coloring page and put it on a candle holder.  You could also frame your coloring!  If you’d like to see my project, you can find it here

Disclosure:  I received this coloring book free from Leisure Arts in exchange for writing a review on the blog.  All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.  By clicking on them and  purchasing products through my links, I receive a small commission.

Thanks for visiting!


A Time In Venice

Hi all,

Well I am here today to sharing one of my past scrapbook pages from my travels to Venice, Italy. As Jennifer had set the challenge for the design team to post something from our past posts or to post something that had to with vacations. So I figured I’d do both. 😀
My husband was in the military and we were stationed in Italy for about 3 1/2 years. I totally love Italy and I so wish we could live there.
So here I am back in 1987, lol, with my hubby in Venice. They were getting ready for the Gondola Event. I love Venice, it’s so beautiful and loved seeing all the architecture. Boy, I sure do miss it.

***This picture shows the Gondola’s in the Venice Canal. 


***This is one of the boats getting decorated for the event.

***Picture of Cathedral in San Marcos Square.

Supplies:
Paper: Graphic 45 – Come Away With Me
Flowers: Prima flowers
Die  Cuts: Spellbinders – A2 Matting Basics A Dies
So here I am back in 1987, lol, with my hubby in Venice. They were getting ready for the Gondola Event. I love Venice, it’s so beautiful and loved seeing all the architecture. Boy, I sure do miss it. 
Well I hope you enjoyed my scrapbook page of Venice Italy. It brings back such wonderful memories, I love looking at these old photos.
Please leave me a comment I like reading the comments below and let me know where you’ve traveled. Have a wonderful day and stay crafty!
Deborah xxx

Happy mothers day!

I saw a variation of this card in the close to my heart catalog and had to buy the set. So am sharing the card work you!  Happy mothers day to all the moms oIt there!  I’m very lucky to have an awesome mom!  And I got very lucky and have a great mother in law too!


Roses & A Cup of Tea

Good Morning ya’all,

Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Today I am sharing an ATC that is a shabby chic look. Hope you all like it as our them this Month is “Flowers”, which is perfectly fitting with spring in the air, right?

ATC’s are Artist Trading Cards which measure 2 1/2 by 3 1/2. I making these little cards as they do not take a lot of time and there is not a lot of room. So they are something quick and easy to create when you want to craft but don’t have a lot of time.

Here is what I did to accomplish this ATC –

I used Blue Fern paper collection – Blush cut my base down to 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, fussy cut the teacup, bird & flower and heart with the little message inside the teacup. I added glossy accents to the heart and teacup. Crystal stickles to the fussy cut rose. Liquid pearls white to to the metal key and Say it with Pearls by Want 2 Scrap – white pearls in the corner and left side. I adhered lace in the middle of the card and placed the Prima Rose along with the gold heart button and fussy cut heart, teachp and other items ontop of the Lace from Reneabouquets, and the glitter glass is adhered on the background and placed my Reneabouquet butterfly to finish it off. I did distress the edges of the paper and used TH distress inks broken china & spun sugar around the card.

 Here you can see the Glitter Glass in the background 
You can notice the white liquid pearls I placed 
in the center of the Key and the little lace heart
peeking through
Supplies:
Paper – Blue Fern – Blush
Inks – TH distress inks – broken china & spun sugar
Accessories- Want 2 Scrap – say it with pearls; Buttons Galore – gold heart button; Glossy Accents; Stickles – crystals; Liquid Pearls – white; Renea Bouquets – lace, metal key, butterfly, glitter glass; Prima Marketing – pink rose
Thank you all for stopping by and hope you were inspired by my project today. Please leave some love here and visit some of my teamies posts and leave some love for them too. They are all so talented. 
Wishing you a fantastic week and
Stay Crafty! 
Deborah xxx

Getting Crazy with the Flowers

Hi everyone,

I’m Christina, from the Crafty Card Gallery Design Team. Today I’m going to share a card I created for this months challenge. The theme is – Flowers –

My inspiration came from one of my talented crafty friends, Emma Williams.
Here is my adorable card….

Supplies used: Tim Holtz watercolour card stock/distress inks – gathered twigs/tumbled glass/pumice stone/water brush/Stampers Anonymous – Crazy Birds/Flower Garden/black archival ink/heat tool/neo colors 2 – turquoise blue/light blue/vermillion/distress crayons – walnut stain/spiced marmalade/picked raspberry/twisted citron/scissors/cheese cloth/3 in 1 glue/

Getting CraZy with the Flowers
Notice how colourful the flowers are – I used Tim Holtz distress crayons. They blend and react well with water. It’s a beautiful thing.
Any questions or comments, just ask.
Thanks for stopping by,
Christina


You Make Everything Bloom

 Hi everyone its me Tonya and I am back to share a card I created for this month’s challenge which is flowers. For more photos and info on how to create this card you can find my post HERE.

Thanks for stopping by hope your Saturday is awesome and enjoy creating!