Holiday Hoots

Good morning 🙂  This post is bittersweet.  Sweet, because I was asked to come back as GDT on the Come and Get It Challenge for the month of December for their huge Christmas challenge.  Bitter, because, at the end of the month, the challenge will be closing down 🙁  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Cindy, Julie, and all the other ladies for asking me back,  for the great time I had as DT, and for the years of a wonderful challenge <3

This Christmas challenge has a ton of sponsors, which means, a ton of prizes to be won.  Be sure to check out the blog for all the details!  I used  Christmas Gift, from the  Twiggy and Toots collection at  Polkadoodles for my card.

Polkadoodles Ltd

I colored this sweet image up with my SN and Copic markers, then stamped a sentiment, before distressing, inking, and stitching around the edges.  I did the same with a piece of green plaid DP, then lay everything out, adding sparkly fishtail banners with red gems.  I do hope that you can join us this month, to make it a farewell that we will all cherish!!

Snowflake Sprite Door Deco

Hi there 🙂  Well, this project took so many twists and turns, I’m positively dizzy.  The only things that are the same as when I originally thought of it is the fact that I used aluminum window screen, it’s a door deco, and I used one of the adorable Sprites from Aurora Wings.  The original plan was a bow, but then I decided to cut strips from the screen, because I really thought it would be a good idea to scratch and cut my hands from here to kingdom come!! I fishtailed the edges, then bent and gathered them around a metal ring.  I added some glitter glue….smeared around on the edges…to seal the screen, add some sparkle, and further damage my hands!!  I was going to use a different Sprite, and, in fact, had it all colored up, when I was gifted 5 sprites from an amazingly generous anonymous lady (anyone that knows me, knows that I’ve lost sleep trying to figure out the anonymous part, lol.  But I’ve put the burning curiosity aside, and am just so very grateful to this person and their big heart <3 ).  I used the Snowflake Sprite,  coloring it up in very pale shades of pink and silver, with my Copic and SN markers.  I added glitter and pearly dots before fussy cutting it out.  I die cut 2 shapes, with some Michael’s nesting dies, from pink and silver metallic card stock.  I twisted the dies, and adhered the Sprite to them.  I then set to work cutting snowflakes, using Echo Park dies, from the same metallic card stock, as well as some iridescent glitter CS.  I attached some of these snowflakes to a thin silver wire (one thing that I did NOT have in my stash, so had to run out and purchase…..no silver wire at Michael’s, or the first 3 dollar stores that I visited!!!)  The wire allow the snowflakes to flutter around the Sprite.  I glued a few more snowflakes directly to the screen, and added a scattering of silver and iridescent sequins…..because you can’t have too much sparkle at Christmas!! This was extremely difficult to photograph, as the lighting sucked at the time, the pale colors of the Sprite aren’t captured, and the mirror metallic CS makes everything complicated!! However, I did manage to get a few close ups to give an idea of the project.  By the way….this one won’t be a gift, either….I like it too much, and it has found its home on MY door 🙂

 

I’d like to enter this into the following:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #61 Metallics

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #28 Nov. 2017

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Creative Knockouts – #222 Snow Much Fun

Cut It Up – #136 Christmas Song (Let It Snow by Dean Martin)

The Wonder

Hi there!! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted (well, a while for me, anyway, lol) – but I took a few days off work to recharge and have fun, so I can craft and blog to my heart’s content 🙂  I made this CAS Christmas card using an adorable image from Imagine That Digis.  This sweetie is part of a set called Angel Bear With Star, and it comes with both a Christmas and an everyday version of the bear 🙂  I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils, then stamped and embossed the sentiment….from a Penny Black set…..in gold.  I matted the strip with gold shimmer paper, and added a die cut cloud for the bear to sit on.  I added some Wink of Stella to the star (which, of course, you can’t see in the pic), so it shimmers like the matting paper.  A few gold stars….from a tube that I found in my stash, with a price of 29 cents on it!!  Love the look of this, and a bonus is that it’s easy to mail, as it’s totally flat 🙂

I’d like to enter this into the following:

ITD’s Creative Playground – November Link Up Challenge

AAA Cards – Game #104 CAS Christmas

Mermaid’s “Hello”

Hello!! Here is my latest DT inspiration for the Sheepski Designs Facebook challenge.  The challenges are always anything goes, but we’ve now started to add optional themes to help get your creative juices flowing.  This month, it’s Sparkle and Shine.  I used the beautiful Hello image, by Andrea at Sheepski Designs.  For a discount on this, or any other image you may want to purchase, I have a discount code for you to use:

SKISUSAN10

After coloring the image with my Prismacolor pencils, I found some glitter paper, and some design paper with a subtle print and began laying out the card according to the current sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.

I die cut the circles to show the glitter CS underneath, edged them in silver glitter glue, and put some clear acetate over the openings.  Then I raised the top layer with some foam dots, and attached the little fish behind the windows with thread, so they “swim” when you move the card.  Some cheesecloth and die cut shells, and a glittery sentiment on a white banner, finish this card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 – Sketch #125, shown above

Digi Choosday Craft Challenge – Week 47 ATG

Colour Crazy Challenge – Week 46 ATG

Allsorts Challenge – Week 442 – Glitter

Morgan’s Artworld – #23 ATG

Rack Recycle!

Phew!!! I got this finished just in time (well, a couple hours left lol), even though the light is terrible and this is the best pics I can get.  Aurora Wings Challenge Blog‘s challenge this time is Recycle!  I mulled over a few things that I could recycle, and then….omg, I came across this ugly thing!!

Worlds ugliest wine rack, that I’ve been intending on upcyling for some time….  Mitzi’s Wine Sprite image really got my brain going (or so I thought).  I colored the sprite, and 2 bunches of grapes that I cropped from her and enlarged, with my SN and Copic markers, then fussy cut them out.  My original idea was quite different than how this project turned out, but the more I dug around in my craft room, the more stuff I found that I could use….and recycle!!  I covered the “lovely” holder pieces of the rack with some corrugated cardboard that I retrieved from some poster packaging at a former job of mine (we will NOT get into the amount of “garbage” I took home to make something pretty with!!).  I inked the cardboard a bit with some Distress Ink to give the texture a little more definition.  I stencilled the lettering, using some MS stencils that were the LAST stencils in this city!!!  I had some corks that I had been saving….so… perfect place to use them.  I cut them in half and in slices….hard to cut when one is too lazy to walk to the other room for her Dremel tool, and uses a kitchen knife instead 😛   I arranged them over some purple bubble die cuts and some wine labels….a few recycled, and a few printed, because the rest tore 🙁  A strip of ribbon that was snitched from a destroyed wreath, and some adhesive gem bubbles filled some of the gaps. I added the Sprite and the grape bunches, then edged each piece with twine….that I rescued from the same job as mentioned before….there was a shipment of jeans that came in, rolled up and tied with twine….MY twine, tee hee.  I had to use empty bottles for photo purposes, as I didn’t have the right hooks to hang the rack securely on my wall with…..didn’t need to waste wine!!

Here are a few close ups of different parts of the rack

   

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Aurora Wings Blog Challenge – #60 Recycle!

CCC Digi Creations – #85 ATG

Creatalicious Challenges – #127 ATG with optional thanks

Not Just Cards – ATG

Crafty Catz Challenge – #393 ATG

Decaf??

Good morning all 🙂  We are already past the half way point of November…and into another brand new ATG challenge at Creative Fingers!  Our sponsor this time is one of my favorites for adorable animal images….Wink Wink Ink

I was given the image Night Owl, to use on my project.  An owl and coffee…..how much more ME can you get 😉  I colored him up with my Prismacolor pencils, then fussy cut him out.  I had purchased coffee DP paper on a recent girls weekend I had with a friend, and this card was perfect to use it on 🙂  The coffee cup background, the flower background that I die cut with a stitched die, and the sparkly border piece were all from different sheets of the same set 🙂  I used this sketch, from Feeling Sketchy as inspiration for the layout.

Sketch #181

The sentiment was stamped with a LDRS stamp, then die cut out.  I die cut a flourish, to mimic a bit more steam, and the card was done 🙂  I hope that you can join us with any of your creations at the challenge, we’d love to see your work!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Feeling Sketchy – Sketch #181, shown above

Deep Ocean Challenge – #168 Things With Wings

Creative Moments – #131 ATG/optional Thanksgiving

Digi Choosday – Week 46 ATG

Artistic Inspirations – #190 ATG

Bird’s Best Buddy

Good morning!! Another week has rolled by, and it’s time for another challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  It’s once again time for our monthly theme of Christmas, and our generous sponsor is Pink Gem Designs.

2 “SINGLE” digi images OR 2 “Card Topper Kits of the winners choice.

It’s so hard to choose from the sweet images in this shop, but I chose Chilly With Birdhouse for my card.  I colored him up with my Prismacolor pencils, then set to arranging the card, following this sketch at The Sketchy Challenges as inspiration

I dove into my Christmas papers, to use up some scraps that I’ve accumulated.  I loved the look of the traditional Christmas colors with this guy, and, in real life, the green in the paper is almost identical to the green of his jacket….the tricks of photography, sigh.  I had a piece of wide red ribbon, which I added a snowflake button to, to finish the card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Sketchy Challenges – #130 Pictured above

Card Mania – #98 ATG

Delicious Doodles Challenge – Christmas – Traditional (colours or image)

Pixies Snippets Playground – Weeks 307 and 308

A Gem of A Challenge – #207 Buttons and/or Ribbon

Hello Fall

Good morning!! Back to work today after the long weekend….but it was a great break, visiting with friends, baking, and lots of time to craft!  I was browsing through my digi files….I may have a bit of an addiction….and found this image by Holly Durr (in the file titled “Holly Durr”  – go figure).  Sadly, Holly has closed her digi shop down, so she can concentrate on other areas of her art….I’m so thankful that I found her before it closed, and was able to scoop up a few of her images!!! I think I may have mentioned on a previous post that I was done with fall/autumn cards….well, here’s one more….I could’t resist printing this beauty on Kraft and coloring her up with my Prismacolor pencils 🙂  I cut the image out with a Nellie Snellen nesting die, then inked the edges with Distress Ink.  I found this fab sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and decided to use it for the layout 🙂

I embossed a piece of brown CS for the background, then started messing about, trying to figure out the other elements.  The scribbly circles are cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, and the “hello” was cut twice, to make a shadow,  I also heat embossed the top “hello” with gold.  I played around with so many embellies and die cuts, but couldn’t find anything else that looked right….Off to the dark corners of the craft room, to find something that I forgot I had….and it worked!!! I found a package of these vellum fall leaves….fit the bill perfectly 🙂  This is seriously my last fall card for the year….maybe 😀

I’d like to enter this into the following:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 – Sketch 125 pictured above

Mod Squad Challenge – It’s All In the Color!! (no white or ivory on front of card)

Let’s Craft and Create – #131 ATG/option of Fall

Allsorts Challenge – Week 441 Colors of Autumn

Crafty Calendar Challenge – November Challenge – Autumn Colors

 

Merry Friends

Hi there 🙂  With the snow outside, it feels “natural” to make Christmas cards!!  It’s creeping up, as well, so time to stock up!  For this one, I used a sweet image from Mo’s Digital Pencil.  These sweet girls, Irma and Vieno,  are bundled up, ready for whatever weather blows in 🙂  I got this fabulous paper in a recent swap, so wanted to use it as well….and….hold on to your hats….I actually matched the coloring to the paper!!! Doing it this way works SO much better than winging it and hoping things match up! LOL  Yeah, yeah, what a concept, huh?  Anyway, after I colored the girls with my Prismacolor pencils, I die cut them out with a Nellie Snellen nesting die.  I wanted to use as much of these coordinating papers as I could, so I turned to the current sketch at The Sketchy Challenges for inspiration (did I ever mention that I loooove the sketches from them??? check them out!)

For the middle band, I used a piece of ribbon and some green twine.  I die cut the stamped and embossed sentiment out with another Nellie die, then cut a few snowflakes with some snowflake dies that, like a dummy, I didn’t record the manufacturer, and with soooo many snowflake dies out there, I can’t give credit where it’s due 🙁  I’m so happy with how this card turned out 😀

I’d like to enter it into the following challenges:

The Sketchy Challenges – #130, shown above

Dream Valley Challenge – #167 Add a Sentiment

Digi Choosday – Week 45 ATG

Deep Ocean Challenge – #167 Inspired by a Song/Movie (song You’ve Got a Friend in Me)

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #11 ATG

Autumn Smile

Good morning all 🙂  I think that this card will be one of the last fall-ish ones that I make for awhile, as we have piles of snow here, and the temperatures are quite chill- and I seem to match my cardmaking with the seasons, for the most part….

This image is from a relatively new shop – Silly Shells, and wow! does she have some fabulous images!!  I colored up Bounty Full of Flowers with my SN colors….I stuck with fall colors, since they are fall blooms. lol.  I tried a number of things with arrangements and papers…but everything just seemed to detract from the gorgeous image.  CAS it is 🙂  I die cut “smile” from the main piece, then cut it 3 more times from some scrap, and stacked it to give it some dimension.  Love this die, but I cannot for the life of me remember where I got it from 🙁  A friend of mine and I recently went on a girls spa weekend, and both of us being crafty, naturally found every craft store in the city 🙂  I got a *few* packs of sequins in some fabulous colors…a whole 3 of which I’ve used here to finish the card off!

I’d like to enter this into the following:

Allsorts Challenge – #441 Colors of Autumn

Crafty Calendar Challenge – November Challenge; Colors of Autumn

Let’s Craft and Create Challenge – #131 ATG/option of Fall Colors/Thankful

Dies R Us – #84 Anything Fall

 Aud Sentiments Challenge – #192 Bingo plus a Sentiment,  I used the left vertical line….Flowers, Yellow, Die Cuts