Friday, January 10, 2014

The Outlawz Alcohol Markers Winter Wonderland Challenge

Yup, Friday again. One more time, at least. And it's time for another Alcohol Markers challenge at The Outlawz. This week we are looking for creations with a "Winter Wonderland" theme. We hope you play along, using any brand of alcohol markers. We love to see all skill levels join us, so please do!

We have a new sponsor this month: Mitzi Sato-Wiuff of AuroraWings. I love her images! And a randomly-selected participant will win a $10 gift card to her Etsy store.

I am in a bit of a snit. I wrote an entire blog piece and then, through every fault of my own, deleted it. So now I have to start over. Drat. 

My big, long story about making espresso with my new machine just became shortened considerably for you. Lucky peeps. Pfffffffffffffffft!

The nitty-gritty: equipment arrived on Friday at 7:30 p.m. We almost gave up on delivery, but it finally got here. Due to Gary's healing wrist, I had to help him lift the 72-pound monster onto our counter. Holy moly. Almost had a heart attack, I think. It was a wee bit too heavy for me. Like by about 60 pounds.

Got it plumbed on Monday morning. And then the fun started. Took me two days and a pound of coffee, but I finally figured out both the espresso machine and the grinder. And can now make a yummy cup of espresso, cappuccino, or latte. Cool beans, huh? And yesterday Gary learned how to use the machine. Of course, I cleaned up his mess. 

And don't let anyone tell you that there isn't a mess with espresso. They would be fibbing, for sure. But it is so worth the muss and fuss. Ergo: I am a very happy camper. 

On to my card. I chose Lacy Sunshine Eleanor & Pickles Snow Day Fun, which I colored with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E42, E43, E44, E49
Scarves/Trim/Earmuffs/Mittens/Snowman Hat: E42, E43, E44
Pickles/Coat/Eleanor Hat/Boots: G40, G82, G85
Boots/Snowman/Eyes/Scarves/Trim: B0000, B000, B00
Glasses/Skates: W0, W1, W2
Scarf: E42, E43, E44, G40, G82, G85

I added a bit of baker's twine to the pennant banner I made using Whimsy Holiday Pennants sentiments and the Whimsy Banner Pennant die. My Kraft CS is from Bazzill. And that's all for this card.

Be sure to pop over and see the fabulous creations by Carla, Dawn, and Linda. And please play along--the more the merrier!

I am entering this into a couple of challenges, as I haven't done much of that lately:

I'll be back in a bit with another post. Lucky you...


  1. Penny, your card is adorable! Love your coloring as usual. Cute banner and great color choice. Glad you are having fun with your new espresso machine - might mean you will be wired and staying up longer to color, hehe. Enjoy!

  2. Love you card, I love the irish feels to it.

    January sale santa brought me a new coffee machine too, yup, heavy as anything, surprisingly messy but oh my so sooooo worth it!! Lattes are more my thing, I've gone through more milk in a week than I usually do in a whole month! AWESOMENESS.

    Thank you so much for leaving a lovely comment on my blog

    Happy Friday!!


    Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

  3. This is gorgeous Penny, such a cute image and your colouring looks amazing.
    Hugs Sue xx

  4. Beautiful card, Penny! I love the pretty green! :o)

  5. Again, another awesome card. I love the coloring and your fab coloring. Great design and papers to. Glad you have your machine up and running. I do love your cards. Have a great weekend.

  6. Fabulous card, Penny! Love the CAS style and the fun images! Awesome coloring! Glad your expresso maker is now functional! Mine is so cumbersome, I rarely bother to get it out of the closet!

  7. What a cute and fun image, colored beautifully. Love the banner in the corner.

  8. Love the CAS design, and the colour palette. The adorable image is front and centre (yes, we spell that differently too) just like it should be. You've coloured it perfectly and I really love the texture you gave the snowman. Terrific and oh so funny card! Tootles :)S

  9. another fantastic card, love your fab coloring

  10. Great cute and funky card, and fab colouring! Thanks for joining in this week's Crafty Little Fairies Challenge.
    Pauline x

  11. Gorgeous card, and beautiful colouring. Thanks for sharing with us at Lacy Sunshine.
    Mandy x (LS DT)

  12. Great CAS card :) Love the earthy tones of fabulous colouring on the white background, looks so good! The little pennants are a lovely touch too.
    I'll have a latte with a side of warm sunshine please!!

  13. Another FAB. card Penny, I love this CAS, not used to see that much here, LOL

  14. I am picturing you lifting that huge machine! Does the expresso get you all wired up??? Oh- loving your card and the fun coloring- and the banner is a fab touch too!

  15. Gorgeouss :) thanks for joining us at Lacy Sunshine :)
    hugs Ria

  16. Holy crap - that sucker is heavy. I'd hate to have to move it to clean around it. Enjoy those lattes.
    I love this card, especially the glasses on the gal, she's a real cutie pie.


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