Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Kiddy Mini-Coloring Book - MFP Tutorial Challenge

Hi, Friends.....

I am still catching up from Easter and then traveling to the Portland, Oregon area to see my Dad.  He's nearly 93 years old and his memory has failed him ["Your name is Janis?" he asked...."I have a daughter named Janis!" :) ] but he figured out who I was after a few minutes and we had a great visit.  :)

This dear man of God is frail, and he gets confused easily, but he has NOT forgotten how to pray!  As we were leaving, my hubby asked Dad if he would like to pray for us.  He stood to his feet and said "Yes!"...amazingly transformed.  In the strongest and most confident voice we'd heard at any time during our visit, he thanked our Heavenly Father for the solid rock of our faith, Jesus Christ, and prayed for protection and a safe journey for us.  I was so touched and blessed.  <3 <3 <3

Today, I am sharing a sweet little coloring book I made for the Mark's Finest Papers Wild Animal Hop/Tutorial Challenge.  They included a wonderful little tutorial on making this with a clever spiral binding, but I didn't have the tiny hole punch they suggested so I made a 3-ring binding with chenille stems.  I didn't have many wild animal images, either, so I made it a more general nature theme.  :)

I used a variety of Mark's Finest Papers stamp sets. Here on the front cover, you see stamps from these sets: Mark's Finest Papers - Nature's Brushstrokes and Mark's Finest Papers - Silly Shells. I used Tsukineko Versafine Ink in Onyx Black for all my stamping.

I started out with seashell images from: Mark's Finest Papers - Sand Dollar Mini and Mark's Finest Papers - Silly Shells stamp sets.

I did this two-page spread with florals from these sets: Mark's Finest Papers - Works of Art and Mark's Finest Papers - Lily of the Valley.

The last section, including the back cover, is the land animal section using stamps from these sets: Mark's Finest Papers - Hoppy Easter, Mark's Finest Papers - Above the Rest, Mark's Finest Papers - Year of the Horse.

I will give this to my little 5 yr old granddaughter.  I think she will enjoy it!!  Thank you to Mark's Finest Papers for this fun tutorial challenge!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this little coloring book in the following challenges:
1.  Mark's Finest Papers Wild Animal Hop/Tutorial Challenge - mini coloring book
2.  Word Art Wednesday Weeks 224-225 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
3.  One Crazy Stamper April Challenge - Anything Goes
4.  Craftin Desert Divas April Linky Party - Black & White w/ a Splash of Color
5.  DL.Art April Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
6.  Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Saturday Linky Party
7.  Crop Stop Linky Party #14 - Anything Goes using product sold by CS (I used Tsukineko ink) 


Chi Cr said...

Your coloring book is so cute! I bet she will love it! So wonderful that you got to have a great visit with your dad! :)

ike said...

That is really cute - what a great idea :-) xxxxxx

Janine said...

Sweet colouring books - they would be grest for the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. Sorry to hear about your Dad's memory but lovely to hear how he prayed for you.

Janis said...

Putting these in the OCC shoe boxes is a terrific idea!! Thanks for mentioning that!


Barb said...

What a lovely project Janis.

What a lovely photo of you with your Dad. I'm so glad that you had a happy visit. My dear Dad also got very confused and often didn't know who I was. Barbxx

Michele Henderson said...

That's wonderful that you had a great visit with your dad! I love your little coloring book idea too! Adorable! WHERE did you find those colorful little kitties in the photo? Are they erasers? I have GOT to get some!
Take Care!

Janis said...

Thank you, Michele! The photo is just from Google Images. They are kitty crayons. :)


Vickie Y said...

What a super cute coloring book! Thank you for sharing with us at MFP Blog Hop Challenge.

SHartl said...

My mom told me to take a look at how you used pipe cleaners for the binding and I have to say it's much easier than the wire that was used in the tutorial. These would be fun to make for party favors for my girls' parties, especially if I don't have to mess around with wire! I enjoyed hearing about your visit with your dad and am glad you were able to visit with him. I lost my grandma 3 years ago and still miss her everyday.

Karen Day said...

Janis - your idea to make a colouring book is wonderful! What a sweet gift for your grandaughter. Thanks for joining our April challenge at One Crazy Stamper!

Janis said...

Ha! My grandie went right to work after discovering the little book. She already has it finished!! :) Thank you for your sweet comment.


Janis said...

The pipe cleaners are a very easy binding. I use them quite often for things I make for my grandie.

I know what you mean abt your Grandma, Shannon. Even though I lost my Grandma a long time ago...when I was in college...I still miss her, too! I hope I can be that kind of Grandma to my Little Peach!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!


Karenladd said...

Oh, I love everything about this post! The story about your dad, the photo of the two of you, and that fun little coloring book with the personalized back page. What a great idea to label some of the images...and a wonderful use of your MFP nature stamps. I guess I'd better stamp the back of mine as not to be outdone! Love the chenille stem bindings, it's colorful and fuzzy.....everything a kid would like!

Janis said...

Thanks, Karen! I look a little bit rumpled in that photo....but I posted it, anyway! Ha. The day was so much warmer than what we'd been used to in Idaho where we had snow everyday for quite some time. Then to compound things, there was a wreck on the freeway that held us up for an hour. Hubby and I were both thinking "Get me back to rural Idaho faaaaaaaaast!!!" lol...


Gail said...

Hi Janis - Very lovely coloring book-- well done! - Thanks for linking up at MFPSS Blog Hop Challenge I wish you the best on winning - Gail S Sr DT

Sue D said...

I am sure your granddaughter will enjoy this coloring book and thanks for sharing about your dad.

Kim Heggins said...

Sweet photo of you and your dad! And what a wonderful grandmother you are, just love your coloring book!

Cheri Burry said...

Super cute colouring book! Your Grand Daughter will love it for sure! Thanks for playing along with us over at One Crazy Stamper!