Unicorn Love

Hi there 🙂 It’s time for my Sunday inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge for this month! We have a fun theme this time around, Four Legged Friends <3 So many of us have friends with four legs, so love to receive a card that features one of these lovable critters. I’m pretty sure than nobody has a unicorn, though, which is what I’ve used on my card, with the image called Unicorn Love, from Ching-Chou’s Etsy store. I colored it with my Copics, adding a few white accents with my Posca. I stuck with pastel colors with both my coloring, and with my paper choices. I tucked in a die cut doily between the layers, and a small piece of paper lace on the bottom edge of one of the layers. I matched up some of the flowers from my stash and arranged them with a pearl spray, die cut leaves and some pieces of bright pink ribbon (to tie in with the pink flowers in the image). I finished everything off with a stamped birthday sentiment and some adhesive pearls.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – #07 ATG July/August 2019

Colorific Challenge Corner – ATG Challenge #2

DL Art – August ATG Linky Challenge

Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge – #442 ATG

Crafty Gals Corner – #197 – 3+ Layers

Crane Screen

Hi there!!! Today marks the start of a brand new ATG challenge at Creative Fingers Challenge Blog 🙂 This time, we are being sponsored by the fabulous Lemon Shortbread stamps <3 The DT was provided with some lovely images to work with, and I chose Chinese Japanese Cranes. I had ordered some Asian inspired dies quite a while ago, and was sure they should be here by the time my project was due, but Canada Post strikes again, and I’m still waiting for mail!! So, I had to come up with something else….last minute, as I was waiting…..lol. I thought of the screen idea, and started to map things out after I’d colored the image with my Copics. The first time I colored, I didn’t “math” right, and cut the panels the wrong size, so had to start all over…..I don’t math. I traced the screen template that I made up onto black CS, and carefully cut it out and scored it to make a three panel screen. I decorated it with an Asian stamp that I embossed in gold, and then finished decorating with a gold gel pen. I cut the panels from the image…..did it right the second time, lol. I had some black pinstriping tape on hand, so used this to section off each image. To hold the pinstriping in place and to finish the panel off nicely, I embossed the edges with gold. I stamped some bamboo, and embossed it in gold on the back of the two outside panels, but the pictures really were icky, so you have to believe me that it looks good, lol. The back of the middle panel is left blank for a sentiment or short note. I like that this can be used as a card, then as a small piece of decor, as well.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #29 ATG with a Critter

Stamping Sensations – August – Things With Wings

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Challenge #111 ATG

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #99 ATG

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #8 August ATG

You’re a Star

Hi there 🙂 It’s been sooooooo long since I did anything with a Faery Ink image, I figured it was high time to fix that! Sadly, this particular image is no longer in the shop, but Amanda has tons of other beautiful images to pick from 🙂 I colored this beauty up with my Copics, then added some glitter to the stars, and some Spectrum Noir gold sparkle pen to the unicorn horn.

I die cut the image, then inset it into the star frame that I cut from some shimmery gold CS. I did a third die cut from silver sparkle paper, and inset the stars into the gold cut. I glued this onto a pretty rainbow dot paper, that I matted with silver sparkle. A gold die cut sentiment, and some more stars sprinkled around it, finished this bright and fun card off.

I’d like to enter this into the following:

Incy Wincy Designs – Aug. 5 – 17th – Fantasy

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the Week of Aug. 6th

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Add a Die Cut

Crafting By Designs – August ATG

DL Art – August ATG Linky Challenge

Calla Lily

Good morning 🙂 My holidays are over half over, and I have no idea where time has gone!! At least I’m able to catch up on some things during my stay-cation 🙂 This card features an amazing lineart image from Christine Karron. I love her pretty fairies and mermaids, and Calla Lily Fairy is no exception!! After coloring the image with my Copics, I cut it out around the frame and set it aside.

For the background, I took a plain piece of dark blue CS, and used a calla lily rubber stamp that I’ve had for forever and a day, to stamp and emboss it …..also in a dark blue. I seriously think this is the first time I’ve used this stamp….and it’s probably been sitting in my stash for about 20 years, lol.

I wanted to keep the card design fairly simple, to let the image shine, so I just used some pale yellow sheer ribbon, and some yellow twine, to wrap the corners and tie a pretty bow. A few purple gem embellishments were the final addition.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #99 ATG

Papercraft Business Challenge – #21 August Challenge ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft – #8 August ATG

Let’s Craft and Create – #150 ATG + Option EnTWINEed

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #07 July 15/19

5th Birthday Fun

Hello 🙂 Recently, a special little girl turned 5, and I had to made a card just for her. She loves unicorns and sparkles, so this adorable image from Polkadoodles was the perfect choice for the card!! I merged it with a big number 5, then I colored up this image, from the Lil Miss Sugarpops collection, with my Copic markers. When I was done, I added some highlights with a white Posca pen, then used gold and clear Spectrum Noir pens to add a bunch of sparkle to this little sweetie. 🙂

I found some sparkle paper that went nicely with the colored image, and used it for a background. I printed the personalized sentiment on my computer, then cut it out with a fishtail banner die. Some pieces of gold ribbon, that were fishtail cut as well; and some purple gems finished this birthday card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 31 ATG

Cute Card Thursday – Challenge 593 ATG

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog – #232 For A Child + a sentiment

Get Creative Challenge – #83 ATG/No Twist

Crafty Calendar Challenge – August Challenge ATG

Daisy Panel

Hi there 🙂 Today I have some inspiration from Sheepski Designs 🙂 Our Facebook challenge is going on right now, and, as always, it’s ATG with an optional theme. This month, our optional theme is “Your Favorite Embellishment”. I had to think a bit about that, as my “favorite” changes all the time, depending on my mood and what the project I’m working on needs. I looked back at some of my projects and saw that I frequently use pearls and/or ribbons/bows, so I decided to go with those 2. I used the pretty Daisy Panel image for my card, and colored it with my Copics.

I put it on a fishtail banner die cut and wrapped a ribbon around the bottom, then added a bow. I couldn’t believe that I had a piece of blue paper that matched my colored background SO well…but when I put them together it was just a bit too much, so I dabbed the background of my daisies with a colorless blender pen to give it some contrast to the paper. I’ve had the daisy embossing folder for ages, and can’t remember ever using it – but an embossed panel for the bottom was perfect with this image. I colored in the centers for a bit of definition.

showing the detail of the embossing a bit more…

To finish, I adhered a few pearls to the top corners. I left this card without a sentiment for now, I can either add one when it has a recipient, or use it to write a quick note to someone “just because”.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Brown Sugar Challenges – #291 ATG

Stamping Sensations – July, The Earth Laughs In Flowers

Color Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 29 ATG

Cute Card Thursday – #592 No Patterned Papers

DL Art – July Linky Challenge

Dots N’ Brights

Hi there 🙂 I’m a bit late with this post because of some health issues I’ve been having, but better late than never, right? It’s my last inspiration for this month for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook Challenge. Our theme for the month is Make Your Own Background, and this week, the DT was also challenged to use dots and/or stripes. I managed to do both 🙂 I used one of the gorgeous images from THIS set, found at Ching-Chou’s Etsy store. I colored her up with my Copics, going with bold and bright colors against basic black.

For the card base, I went with a shaped, Twisted Easel fold. I inked up a polka dot embossing folder with black oxide ink, and embossed a piece of white paper with each side, before cutting the shapes out with a Sizzix die. With the “make your own background ” and dots parts done, all I needed was to implement stripes 🙂 I cut a couple pieces of striped ribbon and used them, along with a bow from the same ribbon, to begin embellishing my card. A number of die cut flowers and butterflies matched up with the image, and provided a bright pop of color to the background. The sentiment on the fishtail banner serves as a stopper for the easel 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #98 ATG

Digi Choosday Craft Challenge – ATG Week 30

The Paper Shelter Challenge – Summer Break Special Challenge ATG

Crafty Creations – #395 ATG

Cute Card Thursday – #592 No Patterned Papers

Altered Notebook

Hi there 🙂 It’s nearing the end of this month’s Aurora Wings ATG Facebook Challenge. We would love to see anything you’ve done with one of Mitzi’s images….old, new, complete project or even just a coloring 🙂 There’s something for everyone in either of her stores ( here and Etsy), plus she has a sale going on on some fabulous images 🙂 I chose to work with Winter Lullaby, found HERE in the digi store, and HERE on Etsy. I printed the image on kraft paper, and colored it with my Prismacolor pencils. After adding some accent touches with a white Posca pen and some sponged gold and silver ink, I set it aside to work on the rest of the project.

I have so many things on my “alterable” shelves, that I figured it was high time to do something with one of them. I chose a notebook that I picked up at the dollar store, it’s made well, but had an uuuuugggggllly cover!! First, I trimmed a piece of dark plum CS to fit the cover, inked the edges, and sprinkled some chunky silver embossing powder on it and heated it up. Then, I took another piece of kraft which I stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder before die cutting the corners with a Tim Holtz die. I finished this piece off by inking the edges with Distress ink. I cut 2 corner pieces with a die from Cheery Lynn. I then layered everything up, placing a distressed piece of the dark plum CS at an angle under the image. A few small silver blingies finished this project off.

I’d like to enter the following challenges with this:

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #7 July ATG

Scrap from Your Heart – Challenge 35 Anything Goes

Kreativ-Tanten Challenge – #31 Everything Goes

Ally’s Angels – Challenge #24 ATG

Simon Monday Challenge – Not a Card

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of July 23-29

As You Like It Challenge – Favorite Bird or Beast…..OWL!!! Why? Love their expressive faces and the differences between the types of owls 🙂

DL Art – July ATG Linky Challenge

With Love

Hi there 🙂 I’m here for my Sunday inspiration for the current challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group. This month, the challenge them is Make Your Own Background, however, the DT was challenged this week to make a Distressed/Shabby Chic card. After a bit of thinking, I managed to fit both themes on this card. I colored the beautiful Hold a Poppy image, from Ching-Chou’s Etsy store, with my Copics, then fussy cut it out while I went to work on the rest of the card. For the background, I shaved off some watercolor paint from a child’s paint palette, then spritzed it with water. When it was dry, I stamped around the edges with some old Stampin’ Up stamps that I found in my stash. Then I sprinked some gold embossing powder on the piece and heated it up. I tore one corner off, so the piece that I embossed and inked with a Tim Holtz embossing folder could peek out. Before layering the two pieces, I distressed the un-torn edges of the top piece, then inked all around it. I found a piece of ivory lace to run along the bottom, then arranged some flowers (I ran a Copic that I’d used in the image along the edges of the pink ones, to make a better match) and die cut greenery. I tucked a German foil bee in to the arrangements to add a bit more gold. The sentiment was stamped and die cut into a small tag shape, then attached to the card with a tiny clothespin that I painted gold.

I’m loving the femininity of this project, and it was such fun getting all inky 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Stamping Sensations – July – The Earth Laughs in Flowers

The Corrosive Challenge Blog – #7 July ATG

Morgan’s Artworld Open Challenge – #07 July ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – July ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #65 July ATG

Oak Tree Fairy

Hi there 🙂 Well, thanks to getting sick and being unable to stand being vertical for any amount of time, this post is a few days late 🙂 I’m feeling much better now, so I better get at it!!! This card is my my DT inspiration for the current ATG challenge at Creative Fingers Challenge Blog. We are so lucky to have the amazing Christine Karron as a sponsor this time around for a month long challenge. I used Oak Tree Fairy from this package, one of two packages that the luck winner will get to chose from, as well as the images that the DT worked with 🙂 This was a bit of a challenge for me, as I rarely color male faces, and it was a bit of a struggle not to make him to “femmy”.

After coloring him with my Copics, I cut out the image and set it aside to work on the layout of the rest of the card. I’ve had this acorn print paper for probably 10 years now, and this was just the image to use it on!! I also found some striped paper, from a magazine paper pack, that had just the right colors in it. I layered these two prints with some coordinating solid CS pieces, one of which I embossed with a folder that I inked up with Distress inks. I added a sentiment from the same magazine pack, and some white accents in the top corner. It still needed a bit of something, so I used my Posca pen to “stitch” around a few pieces.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Catz – #470 ATG

DL Art – July ATG Linky Challenge

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 28 ATG

Crafting From the Heart – Challenge 247 ATG

Creative Inspirations – July ATG