Rose Beauty

Hi there 🙂 Here is an inspiration project for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme is Halloween/Pumpkins/Halloween Colors this month….plus…it’s a very special month….Ching-Chou is celebrating her 5th year Anniversary. To commemorate this occasion, every one that enters either our Facebook or our Blog challenge will receive this gorgeous image, free, at the end of the challenge!!!

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I wasn’t feeling too Halloween-y when I made my card, so opted for the Halloween color option….black, orange, purple, green…. I used the image called Black Rose, and colored it with my Copics before fussy cutting it out.

I die cut a gorgeous frame from black CS, then layered it over white. I colored the dot cut outs with orange and added some Glossy accents to add some extra “framing” for the beautiful image. I then die cut some purple roses and some leaves, to co-ordinate with the main picture. I layered everything on some more black and white mats, then added a few orange gems as a finishing touch 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Let’s Craft and Create – #152 AG + Option Colors of Fall

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #10 ATG October

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 41 ATG

Dragonfly Dreams – Use Black (A Lot or a Little)

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – #363 ATG using Snippets

Birthday Panda

Hello!! I’m here to share my inspiration project for the current ATG challenge at Creative Fingers. Our generous sponsor, Some Odd Girl, provided the DT with some fun images to work with, and I chose Panda Nerd for my project. I have a special someone who LOVES pandas, so it was perfect for her birthday! I colored him with my Copics, and added Glossy Accents to his glasses before fussy cutting the image. I had a piece of DP with birthday text on it, which was ideal for this card. I layered a piece of embossed and inked paper over this, then added die cut balloons. This festive little guy was then ready to pop in the mail 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #31 ATG with a Critter

DL Art – October ATG Linky Challenge

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Oct. ATG with patterned paper

Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge – #451 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #115 ATG

Heart and Soul

Hi there 🙂 Today, I have an inspiration project for Aurora Wings Facebook challenge. Our monthly challenges are ATG with and Aurora Wings image….and it can be a project or coloring…old or new!! We love to see them all <3 I chose Elven Queen for my project. She can be found exclusively HERE in the Digi Store. I learned a few things while making this project…..first thing…alcohol markers don’t do too well on vellum…..it made a smeary mess…the garbage got some vellum lunch! Second thing I learned was that (and I KNEW this!!!!!) you have to be very very careful when applying a water based clear coat on top of digis printed on an ink jet…..a whole different kind of smeary mess…..lol….garbage got a dinner out of the deal too!!! Well, as is often the case with me, the third time was the charm 🙂 I colored this with my Copics….sticking to red tones for a monochromatic look. When I was done, I fussy cut her out, and added chunky silver and red glitter and some tiny gemstones to her jewellery.

I then took a storage jar, that instant coffee came in years ago, and painted the inside of it with silver paint. When the paint was dry, I set to work decorating it. I glued the image down, then used some sparkly, fuzzy yarn to make an otherworldy cloud for the Elven Queen to rise from.

I decorated the yarn with gemstones and the same glitter mix that I used on her jewellery. To finish off, I added a big red heart gem, a small + sign and the word SOUL in rhinestone letters.

This Heart and Soul jar was done 🙂 ……and I have no idea what I’m putting in it!!! LOL

I’d like to enter the following with this:

Classic DT Open Challenge – #9 ATG September

Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge – #149 ATG

Brown Sugar Challenge – #293 Sept. ATG

Craft Alnica – #244 Recycling

Crafty Creations – #398 ATG

Dare 2B Artsy – September, Your Favorite Color – Red & Silver!!

Addicted to Stamps Challenge – #177 For a Lady/Girl

Ally’s Angel’s– #26 ATG

Dreaming of Scrap – #71 September ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #67 ATG

Snow Wonderful

Well, last post for the weekend….and back to work tomorrow. This card is a bit of inspiration for the Sheepski Designs Facebook group challenge. Our optional theme this month is Fur, Feather or Wings. As you can see, I stepped a bit out of the box, and chose “wings”. This happy little snowman is making his own wings, making a snow angel 🙂 Snow Happy is available at the Sheepski Etsy store, and is just the cutest image for a fun Christmas card!! I colored him up with my Copics, then added some snowy sparkle to make him shine 🙂

I inked the edge of the image, then layered it on some sparkly DP, with some snowflake diecuts tucked between the layers. The greeting was stamped, then cut out with a tag die. A few sparkly gems balanced the card off and added just a “bit” more sparkle!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #456 AT Christmas Goes

2 Sisters on the Blog – #31 Something with an S (snowman, sparkle, snowflakes, sentiment)

Crafty Calendar – September – Add Lots of Layers

Let’s Craft and Create – #151 AG + Put Some Extra Layers On

ABC Christmas Challenge – S and T are for Sparkle and Texture

Pink Autumn

Hi there 🙂 Another Sunday has rolled around, so that means it’s time for me to share some inspiration from Ching-Chou Kuik 🙂 Our monthly Facebook challenge, with the theme Fall/Fall colors, has a week left to go, so you still have time to get an entry in! This week, the DT was thrown an extra challenge, and it was Think Pink….as a nod to breast cancer awareness. When the DT has an extra challenge, I always like to incorporate the monthly challenge theme, as well. Well, this week, it was a bit of a mission!!! I never think of pink as an autumn color, but I guess that’s what a challenge is all about!! I used the beautiful Autumn Fantasy, found in the Etsy Store. After coloring her up with my Copics….using mostly pinks, with the exception of the fall leaves, I started to develop an idea 🙂

I die cut some maple leaves, then used the same markers that I colored the leaves in the image, to color them. I die cut a pretty pink frame, glued it on a light pink base, and arranged the leaves around the image. Because I’d added some gold gel pen accents to the image, I stamped and embossed the Thank You sentiment in gold, and added some gold touches with Liquid Pearls. Before matting on a bright pink CS, I lightly edged the back with some gold ink.

Looking at the finished product, I was actually surprised at how good the pink looked with the fall leaves!! Probably not a “go to” color combo, but certainly one that I won’t discount any longer!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG Challenge for the Week of Sept. 17

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog – #236 ATG with a Sentiment

The Paper Shelter – #398 Digital Image

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – #09 Sept. 15 ATG

Creations in Pink – #14 ATG in Mainly Pink

Vampire Christmas

Hello! Time is really buzzing by, and it’s really feeling and looking like fall here in Saskatchewan, Canada. It’s also time for a new ATG challenge at Creative Fingers!! We would love to see whatever you create!! My creation took a few twists and turns along the way….lol. I used Halloween Vampire Rose Lady from Morgan’s Artworld, and was originally going to make a Halloween card. That is, until a friend said, after it was colored, that it could be used for Christmas, too. I’m more of a traditional type for Christmas, so didn’t think much more of that idea, until I mentioned it to another friend, and she told me it would be perfect for her sister!

So….I went with the idea! I decided to stretch things even further, and do a black on black design. I die cut a “frame” for the image from a leather look black paper, thinking that different textures will define the different elements. I embossed the background with a Spellbinders folder, then went over it with a clear glitter pen from Spectrum Noir. I die cut some holly sprigs with a Tim Holtz die, then arranged everything over the background which I’d wrapped with some sheer black ribbon. To finish off, I added a pretty bow (that tied up right the FIRST time I tried!!!!!), and some black gemstones to edge the ribbon, add holly “berries” and to dress up the centre of the bow.

Bow closeup that you can see a bit of the clear glitter on the background 🙂

I’m so happy with how this unusual Christmas card turned out….and maybe I’ll try some of the same techniques on a Halloween card!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #456 AT Christmas Goes

The Corrosive Challenge Blog – #9 ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – September ATG

Craft-Dee BowZ – #77 September ATG with a Hand Tied Bow

Morgan’s ArtWorld Open Challenge – #9 ATG

Dragonfly Easel

Hey there 🙂 I’ve got a quick inspiration post for our current challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group. Our theme this month is Fall/Fall Colors, and this week, the DT was also challenged to include a bug or insect in the project. Of course, Ching-Chou has a fabulous selection to fit either of these themes at her Etsy shop!!! I used Purple Dragonfly for my card, and colored it up in fall colors with my Copic markers.

I cut the image out with a die that frames it nicely, then set to assembling this easel card, using the current sketch at Cheerful Sketches as an inspiration.

The background paper I’ve had for years, but was perfect for this project, and was complimented so nicely with some warm brown matting. I die cut the dragonfly embellishment out of gold mirror card, then added some gold peel off dragonflies and a strip of gold leaves, also peel off sticker. I carried on the design for the base of the easel. I like how some laugh at the size of my stash…..pointing out that I haven’t used something for ages….like peel off stickers….but I know that they will come in handy at some point….as they have here!!!!

*I didn’t mention that I used gold shimmer pen on the image’s dragonfly wings, because no matter what, you can’t see it in the photo….but you gotta believe me when I say I did!! LOL

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Dragonfly Dreams – Happy Birthday!

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Sept. ATG with Patterned Paper

DL Art – September ATG Linky Challenge

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #114 ATG

Cheerful Sketches – Sketch, shown above

Butterflies in the Breeze

Hi there 🙂 Time for my Sunday inspiration for Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. This month, our theme is Fall/Fall Colors. This is such a beautiful time of year, and we are looking forward to seeing all your autumnal makes 🙂 I used the image Blowing In the Wind, on of the many gorgeous images that can be found at the Etsy Shop. I colored her with my Copics, then fussy cut her out.

I die cut an olive green back drop for her, as well as a bare tree to tuck behind her. I glued everything to a piece of warm brown background paper, and added a bunch of punched butterflies (instead of leaves) and was not happy with it at all!!! After sleeping on it for a night, I decided to cut the top and bottom edges of the background in a curve, then ink them with distress ink. I placed it on a piece of shimmery gold paper, but it was still missing something! I got out my embossing folders, and decided on a swirly pattern that reminded me of wind blowing.

I added a sticker sentiment, and some orange twine (it was orange and white, but I colored it to match the rest of the colors) that I tied a butterfly charm to (also colored to match!) Some glittery “trails” for the butterflies, and a green mat to match the image backdrop finished the card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #9 September ATG

Crafty Gals Corner – #198 Emboss It!

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Week 536 Autumn

Crafty Calendar Challenge – September – Add Lots of Layers

Creative With Stamps – #42 Autumn

Floral Sympathy

Hi there 🙂 I’m here with my inspiration piece for Creative Fingers Challenge Blog. All of our challenges are ATG, and we love to see your creations!! This time, we are sponsored by the one and only Bugaboo Stamps!! Jodie has an image for every occasion in her store, so it’s more than worthwhile to check the selection out!! I used Floral Butterfly Corner for my card. I had a big order for sympathy cards, and this image just spoke to me. I added the sentiment before printing it out on my computer. I colored it with my Copics, trying a different technique. I colored the entire image with the warm gray range of markers, then, using the lightest shades in the color families, I colorized it. Very subtle, but I love the effect, especially for this kind of card. I triple matted it with black and white CS, and this card was done 🙂 Here’s a closeup that shows the colors a bit better…

I’d like to enter this in the following:

DL Art – September ATG Linky Challenge

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of Sept. 3

Get Creative Challenge – #84 AG/No Twist

Dreaming of Scrap – #71 Anything Goes

Your Scrapbook Place – September ATG

Sunflower Squirrel

Hi, I’m back again with my Sunday inspiration for Ching-Chou Kuik’s Facebook challenge. This month, our theme is “Four-legged Friends”. There are lots of images in the Etsy store that feature our animal friends, so you have a great choice! I used Fall Squirrel for my project, and colored it with Copics.

I matted the image with the same CS that I used as a mat when arranging the subtle patterned papers into layers. I die cut a leaf border, some berries and a cheerful sunflower to edge the image. To finish, I added a peel off sentiment and butterfly, and some gold adhesive balls.

I’d like to enter this into the following:

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #08 15th August ATG

The Paper Shelter – #394 Face It (Any face will do)

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #100 ATG

Dream Valley Challenges – #207 Hand Colored Image

Pixie’s Crafty Snippets – #359 ATG using Snippets