Friday, September 4, 2015

The Outlawz Friday Coloring 'Books/Reading' Challenge and Connie's Birthday Card

Happy Friday to you! We are ready for a new challenge today; it is to honor National Read a Book Day on Sunday. Read a book. Music to my ears. I read much. I read often. Too often for my own good, probably. Mostly fiction, but I have read many good non-fiction books, too. And that brings me to a tribute to one of my favorite non-fiction authors--Wayne Dyer. He passed away last Saturday night on Maui. RIP, Dr. Dyer.

I am so lucky to have a lovely book collection. But I find myself reading ebooks more often than physical books. It is just so much easier, I think. However, I was having trouble with charging up the battery on my tablet, which I used for reading my ebooks. So I bought a Kindle for reading and am tickled that I did. The screen is non-glare, so I can read easily outside. And it is so light-weight that I can hold it in one hand. I love it. You will find me carting my Kindle along with me everywhere I go now. Never know when you can steal time to read a paragraph or two...

Boy, have we ever had the weather around the Valley. Our area was hit hard a couple of weeks ago. This week it was my sister's neck of the woods. They lost power for 24 hours, and in this heat, that is no small thing. Plus there were trees down all over her neighborhood. She lives not far from the Phoenix Zoo, which actually had to close down to clean up all the fallen trees. Fortunately, none of the zoo animals were harmed in the storm. But what crazy weather...

OK, on to our challenge info. We are sponsored this month by Norma J. Burnell of Fairy Tangles Art. Norma draws intricate, beautiful images, which I am sure our winner will love. The prize is the winner's choice of three digi images. (I will be using one of her images later this month.)

This week, however, I am using Sweet Pea Stamps Lucy Loo Bookaholic by The East Wind. I love this image--so quirky. I wanted to make a birthday card for our friend, Connie, who is celebrating later this month. She does not have long hair; she does not have black hair; she does not have a cat; and I don't know how much reading she is doing these days. So why did I pick this image for her? Your guess is as good as mine. And I don't have one. So there.

I printed the image on X-Press It BC and colored it with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E01, E11
Hair: W6, W8, W10
Nest/Cat: E21, E25, E27, E29
Feathers/Book: G21, G24, G28
Heart/Bird: Y32, Y23, Y26

I added some die-cut feathers using Spellbinders Feathers on the Wind dies, a die-cut corner using a Whimsy corner die, some lace, Distress ink, and Frantage. My DP is from the Bo Bunny Weekend Market collection and was paired with Stampin' Up CS. Presto! Fini!

Please check out the fab inspiration by my talented teammates: Carla, Kathi, Vannessa, and Karen. Then hand-color your book-inspired image with your choice of medium for your project. And play along with us! 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Go Sun Devils! (wink!)


  1. Amazing colouring Penny, love that black hair!! It's so hard to colour black hair but you have done it so well! Fabulous image and lovely design too, that background book paper, feathers and frantage are gorgeous.

    I'm a huge fan of reading too, have a kindle but prefer a 'real' book...must be the librarian in me!
    Have a good weekend and happy reading day!

  2. You do such a great job coloring hair and this image has plenty of it!!! Love the die cuts and lace. Have a great weekend!

  3. Especially love the feathers you added Penny
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  4. Love this image Penny and your fabulous coloring.

  5. This is gorgeous. Love that hair, especially with the cat on top. LOL!

  6. oh Penny, every time I stop by your blog, I end up smiling so big! your posts are always full of life and laughter! don't ever stop being the wonderful, amazing person you are!!!! :D

    this card is just wonderful! I bet she is going to love it. :)

    I was so hesitant to join the e-reader bandwagon, but I adore my Kindle Paperwhite. I can't have the regular version because of my seizures, but this one suits me to a T. I read on it all the time. in fact I filled it completely up in less than 6 months! now I am trying to read everything I have on it so I can get more books! grins! what I really like is that I can read in the middle of the night and not wake hubby. he likes that, too! ;)

    just starting to catch up on my blogging again after being away for several months.
    have a great weekend!

  7. amazing coloring as usual
    fab card

  8. Penny, Gorgeous!!! Stunning job on her hair. That was a challenge in itself but you did it. I was wondering how you where doing with the weather down by you. They showed the storm on TV and I was watching it go over Phoenix area, I do not miss those storms at all but glad you are doing fine. Have a great week end.
    Hugs, Pat♥

  9. Oh Penny, wow, this is fantastic! I love the colours and the lovely details on it!
    I`m really glad that we don`t have such storms like you - It`s scary..

  10. All I can say is WOWZER! That hair is amazing! You are one fabulous colorer. (if there is such a word......LOL!


  11. Your awesome general knowledge is testament to your love of reading. So pleased you are enjoying your kindle and it saves a few forests at the same time. Just adore your awesome colouring on your card, as always.
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  12. Hello, my friend! I've missed you! :o)
    Your card is fantastic, and your colouring is incredible! The book paper is fabulous, and I absolutely LOVE the green! :o)

  13. Fabulous , marvellous, stunning!!!! Relly beautiful coloring again Penny!!
    I'm seriously cinsidering buying an e-reader, looks very nice to me!

  14. That is one amazing image! And, as always your coloring is amazing! Beautiful card. I do not have a reader, should maybe consider getting daughter has one that she reads mail on, gets emails, the whole 10 yards.....

  15. Hello my dear! I love, love, love my Kindle!! So easy to cart around and read in bed. Plus you can have so many books in your lap at once! I even have the bible on mine for reference etc. I get lots of free or low cost books on Book Bub. This card is just great, love her hair and the book paper.


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Hugs, Penny