Blue Mermaid

Blue Mermaid

Hi there!! I managed to take an extended long weekend off work, so I had time to play :)  Another rare card that isn’t an order or a DT make.  I got this beautiful image as a freebie from Amanda at Faery Ink on the new Facebook group Markers! Papers! Digis!  It’s a fun group where we share our coloring, and the sponsors are fabulous, with freebies popping up, and contests and games :)  You should check it out :)  I colored this little beauty up with my SN markers, adding touches at the end with white gel pen and glitter glue.  I played around with my paper choices until I found the pretty damask print that I used, which coordinated with the colors in the image beautifully.  I cut some wavy pieces of paper freehand, highlighting them with glitter glue, then dug around for some more “ocean-y” embellishments.  Loving how it all turned out in the end…..and I have 1 more day of me mini vacation…..what to do?? *grin*

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

Tuesday Throwdown – Fairies and Fantasy (300th post!! woohoo)

Sketch Saturday – week 419


Birthday sparkle

Hello :)  I hope everyone is able to be enjoying summer weather, and able to relax and take some time to do what you love to do.  It’s time for a brand new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. this week, and this time, our challenge theme is Add Ribbon and Sparkle.  Our generous sponsors this time are Lacy Sunshine, and Crafty Ribbons.


We will also be choosing our Star of the Month for June in the near future, and they will win a prize from the fabulous Nikki Burnette!

I was given the gorgeous Adeline by Nikki Burnette to work with for my card. I had some serious issues with my mojo while making this card :( I colored the gorgeous image up with my SN markers (3 times, to be exact!).  Instead of coloring the wavy strip behind her, I glittered it up, for my first bit of “sparkle”.  Like I said, I did this repeatedly, and the coloring worked, and the glitter worked, but when I started assembling things, yuck!!! I am not one to throw anything out, because I know I may be able to re-purpose it at a future date, when my brain is in a different place.  Well, this time, I tossed my messes in the trash!! Yes, they were THAT bad!!!  After getting a good nights sleep, and some encouragement, I tackled it again.  Color, check.  Glitter, check.  <—-but that wasn’t the problem!! I went through tons of paper before finding this piece of black and white DP.  I started positioning things, with a yellow shimmer paper as matting….and it worked!!! I used both black and white ribbon for the bow, and added a sparkly butterfly in the center.  More sparkle was added with gemstones on the background paper, using the pattern as a guide for placement.  I found some alpha stickers for the sentiment, and I thought I was done…..I thought it needed a bit more…..something……  So I printed off another image, colored the butterflies adding a bit of Wink of Stella, and popped them on for some extra dimension!!! Wish I would have put the image at a bit more of an angle….but whatever!! At least it’s not totally trashworthy, lol :)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Robyn’s Fetish – Butterflies

Craft Your Passion – ATG #319

If You Give A Crafter a Cookie – Cookie Challenge #47 ATG

Thank You

Pierced Thank You

Hi there!!! It’s (past) time for another challenge at Come and Get It. I say “past” because I got so confused the last week, and got challenge dates so mixed up – so this is a late post.  I think my brain is getting old before I’m ready!!!  Anyway, our challenge this time is Paper Piercing (not piecing).  As always, we have some wonderful sponsors, and this time around, it’s

offering 3 images, and

Original sentimentalsusan

also offering 3 images!

My teammates have been busy making fabulous inspiration cards for you, so be sure to check their projects out, and prepare to be amazed :)

I was given Butterflies from Sentimental Susan to use on my card.  I colored them up with my SN markers in rainbow hues, and fussy cut them out.  I found a template for paper piercing on Pinterest, and used it on a piece of vellum (love the look of piercing on vellum!!)  I cut around it and mounted it on some olive green cardstock.  Of course, the glue showed on the corners, even though I used special vellum adhesive, so I found some gold ribbon and covered it up :)  I punched about a million little blossoms, layered them and centered them with gold pearls.  The sentiment was stamped, embossed and cut out and placed in the center of the pierced piece.  Positioning the butterflies was the last step I did on this card :)

I hope you like it, and we would love to see your creations at our challenge :)

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Robyn’s Fetish – Butterflies

Craft Your Passion – ATG #318

Crafting From the Heart – ATG #118

No Fishing

Gone Fishing

Time for another “just for fun” card :)  I saw this image at QKR Stampede, and immediately thought “paper piecing”!!!  It’s sort of like playing with paper dolls all over again :) I used up a bunch of scraps to paper piece his clothes, then colored the rest, and did some shading with my SN markers on the pieced parts.  I used more scraps of some of the same paper in the layout.  I fired up my Cricut and cut the tag, the fishing rod and the fish, then strung them all together with some black floss.  I’m really loving how this turned out :) :)

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

QKR Stampede – Paper Piecing

Pixies Crafty Workshop – Snippets – Week 235

Crafting With Friends - ATG #23

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Punches or Die Cuts for Kids (hope an electronic cutter counts)

Addicted to Stamps – Anything Summer

Glitter N’ Sparkle – Tag It

Winter Friends

Winter Friends

Good morning!! I couldn’t think of a more appropriate card to made on the first week of summer than a Christmas card!! LOL :)  We have a brand new challenge starting up at Creative Fingers today, and, as always, the theme is ATG.  We have the amazing Bugaboo stamps offering 7 of their images as the prize!!  There is such and amazing selection in their store, that the winner is really spoiled for choice.  My teammates and I were supplied with images to create projects to inspire you with, so please be sure to check out the amazing creations everyone has come up with :)

The image on my card is one of the “Scene It” – called Winter Friends, found here.  After coloring these darlings up with my SN markers, I added glitter to the snow, as well as dabbed some around to make snowflakes.  For a bit more shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella to the snowmen.  A pale blue ribbon strip down the one side provided the base for the JOY, done with stickers and a metal snowflake embellishment.  I matted the image with some glitter card stock and then added some clear gems for a bit more sparkle.  I got the inspiration for the layout of this card from Tuesday Morning Sketches….and interpreted the sketch pretty much straight up :)

Beary Birthday

Birthday Bears

Hello there! Hope things are going well for everyone out in blogland :)  It’s Thursday already, and that means it’s time for a brand new challenge at C.R.A.F.T.

Click here to go to challenge blog

We have a fun, and popular, theme this week: Animals  :)  Our fabulous sponsors this time around are Digital Papercraft and Sassy Studio Design.  Some fabulous choices in both of these shops!!

I was given Fairy Holding Bear, from Digital Papercrafts, for my project :)   I colored this little sweetie with my SN markers, and (of course) glittered the wings up with some pink and purple glitter.  I’ve had the background paper for ages….it’s actually adhesive backed, and I love all the bright teddy bears.  I made a pink frame for the image, as well as a backing for the “look who’s 2″ strip, that I printed on my computer.  After cutting these pink pieces with some wavy border scissors, I added little pearls to the bumps.  I rolled some roses with the same pink.  I cut a “2″ on my Cricut, and glittered it up with the same glitter as on the wings.

I hope you can dive into your stash of animal themed supplies and join us this week :)  Be sure to check out my talented teammates projects when you stop by the blog!!  Have a fantastic week, everyone :)

Dragonfly Thanks

Dragonfly Thank you

I recently filled an order for a whole bunch of thank you cards, I thought my stash of them was bigger than it was, so it was a bit touch and go to get the order done on time.  That gave me a push to make a few to have on hand :)

This coincided with this weeks challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!  Our theme is

 this time around, and we have the wonderful

as a sponsor, offering 3 digital images to the lucky winner!

I used “It’s a Dragonfly Day” by our sponsor, and figured it would made a nice cheery Thank You card :)  As some of you know, I tend to struggle with CAS cards, and this time was no different!!  I finally just colored it with my SN markers, masked it off and made a sponged background in just a strip…..added some blingies and a sentiment.  And. Walked. Away.  Happy to start my thank you card stash again :)

I hope you can stop by and enter your CAS creations (and help to inspire people like me!) at Addicted to Stamps and More this week.  Speaking of inspiration, my teammates are amazing with their creations, they just keep making more and more beautiful projects!! Stop by and give them some well deserved love :)

Swinging Into Summer

Summer SwingThis is the first card I’ve made in too long that’s been just for fun – not a design team make, or an order (although I have fun doing those, too!) I’ve had this sweet image from The Paper Shelter for some time, and colored her up with my SN markers, with a soft background done with chalks.  I liked the idea of a cloud background, then found a few scraps of dotted and striped paper, for other elements of the layout. I fired up my Cricut, and cut the fence, then slightly inked it with the same DI as I used to ink the edges of the other pieces. A MS pansy punch was used for a border. I made the flowers up, using some punched, micro beads, pearl stamens, floss and tiny pearls. I arranged these on top of some greenery cut with a Tim Holz die. A big pink bow, with a butterfly button center, some dragonfly buttons, and a sentiment finish off this sweet girly card :)

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

The Paper Shelter: Ribbons and Buttons

Southern Girls – The Kids are Alright

Fussy and Fancy – Say It With Flowers

Allsorts Challenge – How Does Your Garden Grow?

Christmas at the Bird House

Christmas Birdhouse

Hello everyone :)  Time is just flying by, and it’s Thursday again!! That means there’s a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T.!  We are once again doing the challenge theme of “Christmas” – because we know how easy it is to leave these cards to the last minute, then panic.  So we are doing a service to everyone by encouraging you to start early, and save the headache!!! (Yes, I’m speaking from personal experience…’s no fun making 60 some cards in a month, while working full time and trying to have a life!)  We have 2 fabulous sponsors for this challenge: Pickled Potpourri

and Nikki Burnette

These are 2 more wonderful reasons to make up a Christmas project and join in on the fun!!!  My teammates have some wonderful festive projects to inspire you, as well, so be sure to check them out and leave them some love :)

I used the winter birdhouse from Pickled Potpourri’s “Seasonal Birdhouses“, and merged it with one of the sentiments from the “Ready, Set, Snow” set.  I tried something new when coloring the image…..I used oil pastels, but I painted with them after soaking my brush with mineral spirits.  I like the rustic effect that it gave.  I added a teeny bit of Wink of Stella to the snowflake and the snowman to give some snowy sparkle to them.  I did a lot of messing around with the layout, until I found the current sketch at Sketch Saturday

This helped me out, and I grabbed some woodgrain, and burlap printed papers, some red ribbon and a few rhinestones, and tada!!!

First Birthday

First Birthday

Hi there!!! It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for a brand new challenge at Come and Get It!!!  We have a super fun theme this week:  Wierd/Whimsical; and a super fun sponsor:

who are offering 3 images to the winner!!  So think of something wierd, or whimsical, make a project, and get it entered to win this fab prize :)  Also, don’t forget to stop and leave some love for my amazing teammates and their inspiration projects :)

I am using Pigasus from Ppinky Dolls.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then shaded a rainbow into the background with colored pencils.  For some reason, the stripes on her stockngs and sleeves really jumped out at me, so I decided to go with a black and white background with just a few colorful touches.  I added a ribbon rose to her hair (where the flower is, in the image).  It’s not a typical first birthday card, but I think it works wonderfully :)

I got the inspiration for the layout of this card from this sketch:

at Tuesday Morning Sketches