3M - Hot Java Mamas!

Happy Friday!

This year, I set out craft 3 goals that I wanted to try :)
I try to find small ways to challenge myself to step outside my box,
reach beyond my comfort zone and have fun in the process!

The 1st crafty goal I set for myself was to try my hand at water coloring,
I had so much fun, and have made several more cards since then,
soon to be blogged.

My 2nd crafty goal was to learn to use my prismacolor markers
in order to color people of color ♥
Truthfully, I'm a novice and blending any color turns out just awful,
so it's easier for me to just grab shades of peach
 or my ONE COPIC marker, lol, in E00. 
But I wasn't happy with that, and wanted to showcase that
all of God's children are beautiful,
no matter what spectrum of the rainbow shade of skin


My 3M card today is inspired by just that ~
a group of friends, meeting for coffee, chatting, laughing!
It's no secret that I'm a huge Starbuck-er 
and when my busy schedule lets up, 
I meet my friends there for java and catching up,
just like these 4 lovely gals!
(though in my case the only thing HOT is my coffee!) :P

Jeanette and Barb are two of those very special friends,
though we haven't met for coffee in real life (YET!)
I was up for hostessing and thought this
 Girlfriends Blend image would be a fun one to create with. 
My card channels the vivid colors and tropical feel of Miami with the SU! dsp,
and lots of layers, enamel dots and the fun matching AI sentiment. 
This java mamas image is from the fresh and fun Art Impression stamps
which, if you haven't seen them around in the stamp world, 
are an absolute RIOT!!
My local Hobby Lobby just got in the new AI people 
and I was thrilled to scoop up 2 new stamp sets ... *yay!*

I still have my 3rd crafty goal to try - stay tuned!
It's only June, I've got some time still :)

Thanks for stopping by today!
May your weekend be filled with friendship and smiles!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter this into the Art Impressions challenge blog: layer it up!


  1. What a riot Kelly! This bunch of hot Mamas is sure to please! Your coloring turned out great. I too struggle with skin tones, and I think you have excelled here. Love the bright dps as the background too. You really nailed this one!

  2. LOL!! This image is just too cute Kelly!! You've done an excellent job with the watercolor too!! I really like your shading which is something I need to work on! The papers pair very nicely with this as well!! Enjoy your weekend! HUGS

  3. Hi Kelly I do admire you setting goals and keeping to them, you are such an inspiration, this is one fabulous, fun and colourful creation the image is fantastic coloured beautifully I love it
    lorraine x

  4. This is a great card Kelly with your awesome coloring and the patterned papers you used. Just makes me smile. I love AI. Thank you for commenting on my SPD blog post. Hugs.

  5. This is absolutely fabulous, Kelly!! You did a perfect job coloring!! I wish I could color this well!! Love this my friend!! Congrats on hitting two of your goals!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. What a fabulous card Kelly - love those AI stamps :-). Your colouring is wonderful, and I love your cheerful background. One day i will be in that group - I hope.

  7. Kelly, your card is amazing... you layer gorgeous papers better than anyone I know! And your reaching your goals, too! Impressive!!!

    I'm so glad we're friends... now we need to figure out a way for the 3M's to get together for coffee!

  8. You absolutely nailed different skin coloring, terrific job and terrific shading! Love you ard!

  9. You just can't go wrong with the Girlfriend stamps. I love them all and especially love what you've done with your card!

  10. I love the Girlfriends and your card is great. Love the different layers and the colors.

    Imke ~ My Crafty Place

  11. Awesome card and image Kelly. I have a few of the AI images and totally love them. Love your coloring. You really nailed the person of color image.

  12. Awesome Card Kelly. I love the skin tones of all of the ladies and your goal is going great! I too hope we get to meet up someday to have that coffee--over multiple days!

  13. Fabulous fun card, just loving this design...xx{aNNie}

  14. Sensational work with these delightful AI Girlfriends! I am keeping my fingers crossed that "one day" you and Barb and Jeanette will get to meet face to face! Crafty friends are the best!! Who else understands?

  15. Oh, such a fabulous card! So happy and fun, it's just a delight! I feel like I can hear the voices and the laughters of these girlfriends!! :D Stunning sensation! :D You have colored the image so well and the papers are just perfect to match it! Fabulous!

  16. Amazing card!! Great colouring and great goals, I olso want to try with watter coloures but I do not have anny faith that I will do anny good :D
    For my wooden pencils and kid markers LOL
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

  17. Fabulous and fun card!! You did a really awesome job coloring them with your watercolors! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us at Art Impressions!!