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March 29, 2014

Wooden You Know It--A Colouring Challenge

G'day, crafty peeps.

As many ouf you know, my bestee (Joudi A.) has been here visiting with me all week. Sadly, this mourning she returned houme tou Coloradou.

Doun't get me started our I'll start blubbering.


I will poust moure about our escapades oun anouther post. For nouw, I'm pousting a challenge I just entered ouver at Make It Crafty's colouring challenge. (NO, I haven't gone all oddly British on you. I know it's spelled "COLORING" in the U.S., but this challenge is based out of Australia, so I thought I'd get in the proverbial spirit and start adding "U"s everywhere...and I got carried away. But adding a U after the O makes things look...classier somehow.
Jodi and I stayed up ALL NIGHT (as her plane left at the unholy hour of 6 a.m. this morning). We were on the road to the airport at 4 a.m. MANY thanks to my DH for driving. MANY.

I digress. Where was I?

Oh yes, Australia.

SOooooooo, at Make It Crafty, they're hosting a coloring challenge. The official name of this challenge is:

Make it Colourful - Challenge #7 - Spring is in the air

They have 2 competitions: an easy one (Spring is in the air) and a hard one (wood). Of course I bit off more than I can chew and picked the hard one. In fact, I picked the wonderfully-detailed "Big Steampunk Treehouse"  digi stamp.


In preparation for this challenge I spent all day looking at tree trunks.


Jodi, my mom, my DH, and I spent a whole day at the lovely Dallas Arboretum last week (pics to follow in another post). Does Torrey look at the multitudes of GORGEOUS tulips, daffodils, pansies, hyacinths, etc. flowers? NO. She looks at the gnarled bark of still-dormant trees. Ok, so I did take a "few" pictures (178) of the flowers...but I STUDIED the tree trunks.

Go figure. 

Guess what? I learned that tree trunks aren't brown. They're more a soft, warm grey with about a thousand other colors splashed around. For this challenge, I chose a wonderfully-detailed image of a steampunk treehouse sitting atop a marvelously gnarled old tree...which I decided needed to look like it was covered in moss. Because it's old. And gnarly.

 I kid you not...there are 23 colors in this tree trunk. 

23...and that's just in the tree trunk.

 Ready for the list?
  1. 10% French Grey (PC1068)
  2. 50% French Grey (PC1072)
  3. 70% French Grey (PC1074)
  4. Dark Umber (PC947)
  5. Dark Brown (PC946)
  6. Dark Purple (PC931)
  7. Sepia (PC948)
  8. Burnt Ochre (PC943)
  9. Sienna Brown (PC945)
  10. Chestnut (PC1081)
  11. Henna (PC1031)
  12. Beige Sienna (PC1080)
  13. Goldenrod (PC1034)
  14. Cream (PC914)
  15. Bronze (PC1028)
  16. Green Ochre (PC1091)
  17. Celadon Green (PC1020)
  18. Jade Green (PC1021)
  19. Limepeel (PC1005)
  20. Olive Green (PC911)
  21. Dark Green (PC908)
  22. Kelp Green (PC1090)
  23. Black (PC935)
I do believe this picture wins my own personal "there-is-no-such-thing-as-plain-brown" award.

It was fun...but don't EVEN get me started on how many colors I used for the "copper" treehouse.



  1. The photo doesn't do it justice but I gotta say the depth you created in the entire image is truly amazing! Can't wait to see what you do with the image, but I have a feeling it will be a piece of art hanging someplace wonderful next time I visit!

  2. Wow, what an amazing piece of art! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Make it Crafty :)

  3. This is absolutely amazing. I keep coming back to it again and again. Thanks for playing along at Make it Colourful.
    ~ DT Amy

  4. This is a laid back, beautiful card. Pleasing to the eyes, it gives this calm feeling I can't seem to put into words. Beautifully coloured, indeed!


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