Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Play time

Hi All,

I am posting from California and anticipate being here several more weeks.  I found watercolor markers under the Artist's Loft brand (Michales) that are so overwhelmingly like Zig Clean Color markers down to the brush tip, clear lid, vibrant colors and made in Japan markings.  After playing with them I have to say I wouldn't be surprised to find they were the same just branded differently.

They come in a pack of 12 for about 45, close to the same price point of zigs...but you can use that weekly coupon and get them for 40-50% less.  At that price I had to try them out.

The flowers are all from Penny Black one single cling stamp - Full of Glee. The sentiments are from Simon Says - Autumn Greetings, and the other two are from AAW.  The first card shows the Penny Black Stamp as it is out of the bag, the others are all masked and multi-stamped portions of the image.

So much NBUS here, I have to enter in Darnell's NBUS challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. those watercolor brushes look like a fantastic find - and all your coloring is so pretty - especially love the last card in the fall colors and great design!

  2. Stunning cards Cat! Such pretty colours. Those markers look great but I think it's your colouring that's the star :) Cathy x

  3. Oh wow--what beautiful playing you did! I can't believe those markers are like Zigs--what a great discovery! Of course, at this point I need certain colors, but will still have to check them out. Beautiful floral stamp & I love all the looks you got. I really love the 4th one--so elegant! Sending hugs!

  4. Just stunning Cat! I'm glad you were able to craft while away! Where I was there were no craft supplies (well, they have just started to get some wool and knitting needles in, so I was able to knit!). Thank you so much for your visit to my blog whilst I was away, it is so lovely to come back and read everyone's sweet comments! Have a lovely day my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  5. WOWZA! Your cards are amazing pieces of art, Cat! LOVE the watercolor markers, thanks for enabling~~oops, I meant inspiring me :-D

  6. What a great find, Cat! I love how you colored all these pretty blooms and your sentiments are perfect! I think you're going to have a lot of fun with your new markers...way to go!

  7. Thank you for sharing the news about these knockoff markers, Cat! It was only a matter of time and I'm glad Mike was the one who carries them so we can use the coupon! ALL of your creations are brilliantly colored!! So much amazing inspiration in one post!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #12! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Lovely cards! I do so love flowers and your coloring is super! P.S. I envy you being in CA. I lived there many years and miss it.

  9. Hey you little Cali girl! LOve that you've found those markers, and are putting them to use Beautifully! xx

  10. What a great find, Cat ... those markers were such a bargain! Gorgeous set of cards, you worked your usual colouring magic on them, they're lovely! Hugs, Anita :)

  11. Wow! You certainly mastered those pens. Your coloring is gorgeous!! I still struggle with my zigs... I can't believe I didn't know the NBUS challenge was going on right now!! I'm so glad I stopped by. At least I got one entry in before it's over. All of your cards are lovely, Cat. Thanks for sharing them. :)


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