Joyful Life – Join this Piggy for Coffee?

Time to create for the two Weekend challenges. The WEEKEND COLOR CHALLENGE and the SS010 SUNDAY SKETCH.  Running out of time, I chose to combine the two challenges.

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Here is the result:


Colors are chosen from any given image.  This week the inspiring photograph included lovely colored flowers and a great open-shuttered window.  However, the colors are the focus and the photo can guide your creativity.  Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers but what could I do differently?

When I laid out the colors on my desk, they shared space with the Joyful Life stamp set that had yet to be put back on the shelf.  Looking at that very cute little Pig, I thought I could color him with Blushing Bride and Polished Pink.  Balmy Blue would work for his Spectacles and Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler could be used on his Scarf.  That only left Crumb Cake and that was a perfect color for the Coffee Cup.

And there started the process…


  • Our Wintery Pig, from the Joyful Life stamp set was stamped with Smoky Slate ink and then water-colored. I used the Direct to Ink Pad Lid Method (squeezing the Ink Pad thereby transferring color to the lid and using the lid as a palette) and the Fine-Tipped Water Painter.  I used the Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker to emphasize a few of the details that got lost while water-coloring.
  • I stamped the sentiment, Coffee & friends…, from the retired Perfect Blend stamp set with Crumb Cake ink in the upper right corner.  I chose this sentiment because it was ideal and fit nicely inside a square.  The completed image was then die-cut with the (2⅝”) square retired Stitched Shape Die.  I really like the finishing touch of the stitches.
  • Completing the sketch, I opted to use a piece of retired Dotted Sahara Sand Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) (2⅛” x 4¾”) that I had on hand.  The color difference between the stamped Crumb Cake sentiment and the DSP was so slight that they looked fine together.
  • Whenever I use ribbon, I prefer to hide the ends behind a panel.  I chose Garden Green to match the Scarf and dry-embossed the background panel (4⅛” x 5⅜”) with the Timber 3D Embossing Folder for interest and texture.  Then I wrapped a piece of retired Cherry Cobbler Silky Taffeta Ribbon (⅜” x 5”), to also match the Scarf, around the bottom of the panel securing it with scotch tape.
  • Our friend, the Pig was popped up with Dimensionals.
  • I chose a Garden Green card base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) to match the background panel.

I truly feel that having a coffee with my friends is a happy event for me!  You?

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.   Cheers,  Jolanda!

Since I chose to do a little water-coloring, I will add this card to the Happy Little Stampers August Watercolor Challenge.

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

One thought on “Joyful Life – Join this Piggy for Coffee?

  1. Its a really cute Piggy, and I would totally love to join him (and friends??) for coffee!! I love how you’ve paired him with some darker colors as well, giving it a bit of an unexpected formal, but still fun look. Thank you so much for joining us at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge!


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