Coloring: I am still playing with my pencils and this is my latest offering. I have all of my digital images divided by folders in my computer. When I got ready to sit down seriously and color, I opened my Mo Manning folder and printed several images in Word. Since I scanned this image, I added Glossy Accents to the pot which shined it up nicely. I really love doing the hair on these images, you don't have to blend. You just find three colors that go together well and stroke them in. I have another little girl on the drawing board, hopefully I can share tomorrow.
Hinting: I often see examples of really fine cardmaking that I want to save for future inspiration. Keeping track of those pictures I copy (I don't use Pinterest) is often a problem. I've recently solved it. When I do a 'save as' on a picture of a card that has an element I really like, I name it with that element. Such as: I found a picture of a card that had a terrific layout on it. So I named it 'Layout 1', I assumed I would find more pictures of layouts that I like. I would never be so crass as to copy exactly another person's art, but I do get ideas from looking. Later, when I look through my saved pictures, I can tell from the name what it was that caught my attention. I've also created a little database in Access that keeps track of URLs that I find informative. There are only three fields: name, URL and comment. I might find a wonderful tutorial on making a word book so I would add 'Word Book' into the name field, the URL of the tutorial in the URL field and a comment such as 'would be a great book to send to Lowell and Marcia for Christmas'. When I am at a loss for ideas for Lowell and Marcia, I will search the comment section for their names. I can also search the name for 'word book'. We all know that inspiration can elude us sometimes, these two ideas often jumpstart my creativity.