Saturday, March 28, 2015


I did my FIRST EVER 5k run today.  
This is a big accomplishment for me.

Wow, it was a chilly 29 degrees. The cold air just hurt my lungs... I never ran a 5k, nor did I train for one, so I was just winging it today. My hands and feet were cold, but I pushed through. I didn't know how to pace myself, so I watched a lady in front of me. I kept her in sight for the first 2 miles. Once we got into a few turns and onto a different street, I lost sight. But, I couldn't or wouldn't let myself slip to a slower pace.  I averaged 11 1/2 min miles. The total mileage, because they had us do a final lap around the track, was 3.31 miles. I did it in 38.12 mins. I finished 1st in the women50 and up group. I feel awesome about something I thought I couldn't do. This was on my wish list back when I was 50. Now I want to train to lower my time and run with my son, Tim.

Day 25 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Well, here it is day 25 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge with Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker.
I have been busy coloring, but not posting. So, I have a few projects to share that I have colored.
These two are from a Stampin Up set, Faith in Nature.

Next, I did some Easter images that I pulled from a box ready to color. I finally got a Wink of Stella clear pen.  What a great touch to add to add that special bling...I know you can't see it on my images, but I put it on the Easter eggs and ribbon... Things always look better in person than on the blog posts.

Well, that is all for today.... Thanks for stopping by....


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Day 15 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Hello. Today is day 15 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker blog site.

I have had ZERO energy and no desire to color for the past few days. Down with a horrible sore throat and now laryngitis. I haven't even been to exercise since Saturday.

But, today, I did sit on the sofa a color a few spring things. This is from a Penny Black spring set.
I stamped these on watercolor paper and used my watercolor pencils. I am going to cut out all the umbrellas and choose one for my card. 

Short post today.  See you tomorrow. 


Friday, March 13, 2015

Day 10 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Whoa, day 10 has arrived on the 30 Day Coloring Challenge from Kathy, The Daily Marker.  Look at this lovely card Kathy colored.
I just did a little coloring for todays post. I embossed on Kraft with white embossing powder. These scrolls are from Autumn Leaves company. I used my watercolor pencils and did a brown on the scrolls.

I then stamped some flowers and embossed them, also. I watercolored them as well, then cut them out and popped them up with pop dots.
I also did some in blue.

 This is a fun technique and makes for a very interesting card. This is the inside of the blue card.

 Thanks for stopping by... until tomorrow, happy coloring...


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Day 9 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Day 9....of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge by Kathy at The Daily Marker. and I am still coloring......  I find that I am doing just 1 card, were I usually do 6-8. I guess I will use these as my "I want to do more of these" cards. Kathy is working on some lovely flowers.

                                    I got this fun card done. I used a Stampingbella image.
This was pretty quick to color and assemble. An embossed background, some washi tape, a little more stamping, die cut my image, a little inking around the edges and glitter on her shoes. This is definitely one to make for my friends birthdays. 

See you tomorrow......until then, happy coloring. 


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Day 8 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Well, one week down, and three more to finish up Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Kathy posted the cutest bunnies on the My Favorite Thing blog, today. I did notice the white accents and white stitching Kathy added to her art work. I love that little detail and hope to start learning where to add the white accents.

So, here is what I colored for today's project. This is from Crafter's Companion, Mulberry Wood, called Gone Fishing. I used my Copic markers on this project. I didn't add any sentiment yet, but I will slide this in my completed card box and add a sentiment when I need a card. I think I will go back and determine where to add a few of the white highlight marks. This is something new for me, so I am taking my time with these white accents. Thanks for stopping by.
Until tomorrow, happy coloring.....


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Day 7 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Today is day 7 of the 30 Day  Coloring Challenge with Kathy, The Daily Marker.  Kathy posted a card in honor of Lawn Fawn's 5th Birthday. Isn't is just darling and so creative.

So, in honor of Lawn Fawn's birthday, I pulled out my very first Lawn Fawn set called Blissful Botanicals. I made this quick little card (actually I made 6 of these) and added a sentiment from TPC Studio.
Thanks for stopping. Until tomorrow......


Monday, March 9, 2015

Day 6 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Good afternoon..... wow, I can't believe I got my day 6 coloring posted on day 6. Yeah for me. Here is what Kathy at The Daily Marker posted today. It's this card just awesome.
Well, I don't have any letter dies, so I had to fussy cut my PI girl from My Favorite Things out. I used many different stamp companies for my card today. The border is from Gina K, the sentiment is from A Muse and my girl is from MFT. I used my water coloring skills again today for my sky and grass and my Copics for my girls skin,shoes and the little birdie. I did a little paper piecing with her dress.
Wow, this 30 coloring challenge is really helping me get a nice stack full of card fronts and cards done. Hope you all are having as much fun... Until tomorrow, happy coloring.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Day 5 of the 30 Day Color Challenge

Wow, I think I am finally all caught up with posting, with this being my Day 5 on Day 5. Whew.  I am trying to take lead from what Kathy at The Daily Marker has done for the day. This forces me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things, provided I have the similar kind of tools and images. So, today, Kathy did the most darling image.
I don't have anything that cute, so I went all out with my Art Impressions stamps today. Oh wow, I just realized how smooth water coloring is on watercolor paper. DUH.....

I used a combination of Faber Castell aquapencils and EF Mongol watercolor pencils. I also used a waterbrush. So, here are my fun projects for today...
Can't wait to put these on a card....

Thanks for stopping by...


Day 4 of the 30 Day Color Challenge

I'm back with another post, trying to catch up. I'm getting things colored, but I am slow to post. So, this is Day 4. I didn't get anything done for Day 3. Kathy, at The Daily Marker, did a darling floral image,
so, I decided to do florals, too..  Here is what I colored for Day 4...
I used an old CTMH set called Butterfly and Friends, some watercolor paper and my watercolor pencils. I really enjoyed doing these and now I will have two card fronts ready to finish.

Thanks for stopping by.....

Day 2 of the 30 Day Color Challenge

This is my day 2 of my 30 day color challenge. You can find all the details here at The Daily Marker by Kathy. Kathy did a cool geometric card, so I decided to follow suit and try something new. Here is what Kathy made with markers and a roll of painters tape.
 So, I gave it a shot to see what I could create with a roll of tape, too. Here is what I did......
Kathy made it look so easy..   I went a little crooked. But, once I get a sentiment on there, and a few other embellishments, it should be a work of art. LOL...

I also did more..... using the roll of tape...
Using a few of my dies ....... a diamond, a spellbinder label die and a scalloped die.
Then I used a set of squares and rectangles from My Favorite Things.......

So, it was fun to learn something new... I guess if I am traveling or visiting someone and I don't have all my supplies, at least I can do a little geometric backgrounds for some fast cards.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you all can join in or at least stop in to Kathy's blog.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blog name change

I've had to change my blog name from At Home with Joan , because someone else in now using that blog name. Grrrr...... Well, so now I will be Oh what fun..... this and that.
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Day 1 of the 30 Day Color Challenge

Well, today is Day 1 of the 30 Day coloring challenge. After watching Kathy's video, I was pumped to get out my markers and color. I already had a few images stamped, so all I needed was to choose a few marker colors.
 I am working with this little set from Darcies and Chit Chat from Lawn Fawn. I used Spectrum Noir markers. I also tried the dabbing of the Various Copic Blender fluid on my dog. I used a piece of felt to get the texture on my dog.

I know it was a coloring day, but I  just couldn't wait to put this card together. Simple yet cute.  I also have some dogs that I started to color and will finish today, since I have all my markers laid out. I usually can't just make one card, it is usually 4-6 cards.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you all join in on Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.