D2BA September Challenge!

September 4, 2017 |  by  |  Cards, Challenges, Copics  |  No Comments

Ship Shape is the name of game this month at D2BA. So I am off to create a “shaped” card. I was a little at a los here as I do not have many die cuts and in fact only have 5 or so total. None of them are base shapes so I was really unsure where to go with this challenge. I happened to be playing fo
r the weekend with crafty friends and Amanda encouraged me to look through her wonderful stash. As I was looking through though I just was not seeing something that I wanted. I figured I could start with a shaped die cut and then add my flowers or stamped image hanging off the edges, and when I described this to the amazing Amanda she said why not just make the shape of the stamp the card?

Hmm…now why didn’t I think of that. I am a fussy cutter extraordinaire!  So I started with one of my larger stamps from Dare 2B Artzy out of the Big Bloom set and used my stamp platform to get it onto my paper.

Next I did A LOT of masking and stamping:

I did about 4 rounds of stamping total with masking in between to coverup the edges of the already stamped areas. I used post-its to do my masking. Then I added a sentiment and since this is black just added this layer right on top!

On to coloring, yay! Here come the Copics!

All the doodled images at D2BA work great for Copic and very little shading goes along way. Next I fussy cut my image and adhered it to a yardstick base and fussy cut again!

I cut one more layer using this last step as a guide. I cut out a piece of patterned paper from the Fields of Joy set since I used those colors for my inspiration. I trimmed this piece down further so it will be able to sit inside the card. Don’t adhere it yet though!

I folded a piece of white cardstock and placed the fold just below the top edge of the flowers then traced and trimmed my card base.


Next trimmed down the patterned paper and added it to the inside.


Woosh! all done! Lots of trimming, masking and coloring but boy do I love how it turned out! Thank you D2BA and Amanda for the inspiration!!

Thanks for checking out the whole process, and make sure to head over to D2BA for all the details of this mount’s challenge!

Have a Happy Colorful Week!





30 Day Color Challenge!

March 1, 2017 |  by  |  Challenges, Copics  |  No Comments

Come join the fun and Color 30 days in a row starting today!

Thank you Kathy at the The Daily Marker!


What is a 30 Day color challenge you ask? Well you COLOR for 30 DAYS in a row ­čÖé yeah it is really that simple! You can share or not share, on blogs, Instagram, Facebook etc…You can use any medium, do small pieces of a larger project or smaller projects each day. no matter what it is Fun Fun Fun! I will be coloring as I can but March is a CRAZY month for the Houghton Household so we will see how many days get done. The lucky part is there is NO pressure, no now is keeping score YEAH!

Some come play! I will be posting on Instagram and Facebook when I get things done. So you can see what I am up to if you want ­čśë

Have a Happy Colorful 30 DAYS!

30 Days of Coloring ramping up!

September 29, 2015 |  by  |  Announcements, Challenges, Copics, Doodling  |  No Comments

It is here again 30 days of coloring, brought to you by Kathy at The Daily Marker!


I am trying desperately to clear some time to play along!  I want to color, color, color too!

Happy Colorful Month Ahead!

Classes Opening in Edmonton and Columbus

March 13, 2015 |  by  |  Challenges, Copics  |  3 Comments

As Friday sneaks up on us new Copic classes are opening in both Edmonton and Columbus.  Check out all the details HERE!

Calvinball is in full swing at Get It Scrapped and I am pleased that I have actually gotten some scrapping done!  8 pages and lots of coloring as part of the 30 day color challenge has me up to a total of 40 points!  This is a pittance in comparison to the leaders, but I am having fun and it has kept me motivated to use those spare minutes!  The pages are simple quick ones here are a couple to see;

Hall of Fame


red and blue bullet

I am busy coloring in St. Louis today!  Hope you all are having a colorful/scrappy weekend!

MFT Sketch Challenge 212 – Closing in on Seattle Copic Workshops

January 27, 2015 |  by  |  Cards, Challenges, Copics  |  1 Comment

Well I figured I would keep coloring while I was n a roll so here is another card I completed for the on-going challenges over at My Favorite Things. ┬áThis is my interpretation of this week’s sketch challenge:

Sketch 212 MFT


I kept it pretty simple today, to me the fun part was using the acorns to form my scallop at the bottom edge. ­čÖé Supplies: ┬ácardstock; Bazzill Basics and American Crafts, ink; Memento (Rich Cocoa) ┬áand Copic (YG61, YG63, E50, E53, E55, E57, E59), burlap banner; Little Yellow Bicycle.

We are coming down to wire for my Copic Workshops in Seattle.  If you or anyone you know live in the area and would like to join me for a half day, full day or even two full days of coloring fun make sure to get signed up NOW before it is too late.

Happy Coloring!