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A Partridge in a Pear Tree


Today’s card is another Christmas card for Operation Write Home.

I colored the image way back in November of last year.

TPC Color Connect Texture Deep Blue, TPC Metallic Cover Gun Metal, Xerox Flecs. Image is Stampin’ Up (see link above for color info), Sentiment is from Hero Arts CL359. Memento Tuxedo Black. Brads from Recollections. The Precious.


OWH Tutorial – Night Scenes Coloring


Operation Write Home has a new Sandy Allnock tutorial up right now – coloring night scenes.

Here’s my effort – it’s the image only – it will go on a card for next winter for OWH.

I used my Spectrum Noir markers and I have to add that this is the first time I used them for anything other than coloring in a solid color on a stamped image. My shading is off and the grey that I used on the brown of the trunk lightened the color instead of shading it. Still, not something that I’m ashamed of…

I stamped on a piece of Strathmore 140 pound watercolor paper and was pleased with the “non-bleediness” of the markers. Stamp is from a Stampin’Up set that I got at a thrift yesterday and includes four season themed stained glass images.

Spectrum Noir colors are pictured below –

(BTW, I store my Spectrum Noir like this.)

Creative Reuse of a CD Holder for Marker Storage


Since I’ve learned about Operation Write Home, I’ve also discovered the joy that are alcohol based markers. Copics are the big, well know ones. They’re also, imho, insanely overpriced for someone who is just using them for making a card or two.

Spectrum Noir are an affordable alternative. Most craft stores sell the twelve packs of six markers that make up the basic set for $12-$15 a pack. I’m a thrifty girl and never like paying retail. I’ve purchased eleven of these sets so far using coupons, paying about $8 per pack. I’d had them in a carousel holder but then learned that they should be stored horizontally. A display rack is made for them but, again, I’m not paying that much to hold some markers.

I’m a thrift shop afficianado so started looking around at one yesterday, trying to see what I could use instead. I had a VOILA moment. I found a sturdy CD holder and a pack of thin CD cases.

I can fit 7 markers per “shelf” and there are 18 shelves. That’s 126 markers in one holder and I can get a second to stack on top if need be. I spent about $4 for this set up. Quite pleased with it. 🙂