Birthday Bike

Hi there 🙂  This card was sort of bittersweet to make.  Sweet, because I used a KennyK stamp (and I’ve neglected my KennyK collection for far too long!), and bitter, because the store is closed, and the stamps are no longer available 🙁   I colored up Bike Kid with my Copic and SN markers, then die cut the image out, leaving the front of the bike wheel overhanging, to imply movement.  I used this fabulous sketch from Feeling Sketchy as inspiration for the layout

The background paper that I used is so old…..years and years ago, I used to do A LOT of online swapping, in a swap community that I belonged to.  This paper was a piece that I received back then….so it’s at least 12 – 15 years old!!! I cut the Happy Birthday sentiment with a Poppy Stamps die, and wrapped twine around the top, middle and bottom of the base.  I cut some banner shapes with a die from an Elizabeth Craft set, and attached them to the back of the image.  I then popped up the entire middle part with some foam dots, and glued everything to a blue background.  It was great fun making this card, and so nice to have another masculine card handy 🙂

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I’d like to enter this in the following:

Feeling Sketchy – #194, Shown above

Papercraft Business – #7 June – ATG with option of using oldest DP….I think this is definitely some of the oldest I have!!

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #26 ATG

Stamping Sensations – June – ATG

Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge – #116 AG with Dots and Stripes


Sunshine and Laughter

Good morning 🙂  This card reminds me of yesterday….rain AND sun.  We need both, so it was quite nice 🙂  I used one of Whimsy Stamps adorable digital stamps as the focal point of this project.  I colored Penguin’s Rainy Day up with my Copic and SN markers, then fussy cut them out.  I knew that I wanted to use the splash die, from Memory Box, as soon as I saw the image.  I cut it out twice, then inlaid the darker blue parts.  I used a set of MFT stitched cloud dies to cut the clouds from 2 different gray pieces, then tucked a sun die cut peeking from between them.  I stamped the sentiment on a Lawn Fawn banner cut and I was done 🙂  This was a nice quick card to give as a pick me up to someone that isn’t feeling 100% – and I have just the person in mind!! 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Through the Craft Room Door – Week of June 5

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – ATG #1822

Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog – #106 ATG

CCC Digi Creations – #93 Eileen’s Challenge ATG

Dies R Us Challenge – #98 Sunshine or Clouds

Motorcycle Dad

Hi there 🙂  I recently had an order for a Father’s Day card featuring a motorcycle.  I’ve done a few in the past for the same person, and wanted to avoid using the same thing over and over.  My friend had this die of a motorcycle, and when I saw the sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday2

I got an idea, and called my friend up to borrow said die 🙂  I turned the sketch, and changed up the image shape – I had no dies that came anywhere near that shape, lol, and the oval, from a Nellie Snellen nesting set, seemed to “fit” the motorcycle quite nicely.  I used some alpha dies to spell out “DAD”, mounted the letters on circles that were also cut with Nellie Snellen dies, and matted everything up.  I love how sharp and crisp this card turned out!  This is a fabulously versatile sketch, and I found, great for using up scraps that you may have!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 – Sketch 137, shown above

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – June ATG with Patterned Paper

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Cut It Up Challenges – #149 Any Sketch 🙂

Retro Pink

Good morning 🙂  Another pink card from me today….don’t know what’s getting into me lately with the pink!!!  I have an excuse for this one, as it’s for an order for a lady that loves the color 🙂  I looked all over for the right image to use, to fit the recipients tastes….and found this lovely at The Paper Shelter.  I cropped Barbershop, before printing and coloring her with Copics.  I saw this sketch, at Cheerful Sketches Challenge, and decided to use it for my layout.

I turned to a pad of DCWV papers for my choices of prints, and went with the bold pinks and blacks that coordinate with the image.  After cutting all the pieces for the sketch out, I embellished the card with a pink rose and some die cut blossoms over a few ribbon pieces, and went to town with the bling! 🙂  I’m sure the birthday girl will love this blingy pink retro lady 🙂

I’d like to enter the following with this:

Cheerful Sketches – May Sketch, shown above

The Paper Shelter Challenge – #340 Digital Image

Through the Craft Room Door – Week of May 22

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #05 ATG

Double D Challenge – Bling it Up

Rawr-ing Great Day

Hello 🙂  I’m almost caught up with blogging the cards that I’ve done….Yay!!  I actually get guilty when I have cards finished and not blogged, or, for that matter, images colored, but not on cards…..  It was high time that I made a masculine card…..I’m sure that I’m not the only one that shies away from male cards!!  I used this super cool image from Polkadoodles for this make.  This is Dinosaur 6 in the Sticks & Bones collection.  Before printing the image, I merged the sentiment on.  Anybody that works at the store that I worked at for years will recognize the sentiment…..every night at close, we did an announcement that ended with wishing the customers a “roaring great day/evening”  – so I made it fit with a dinosaur RAWR  🙂  After coloring the image with my Copics, and a few touches of white gel pen, I cut it out with a wonky stitch die…fussy cutting the tail to overlap.  I layered this on a piece of CS that I embossed with birthday words, some black scraps, a Frantic Stamper die cut, which goes so perfectly with the print on the base paper.  I brought it all together with some bakers twine that I wrapped around and tied.  I had a Rawr-ing great time making this card….hope you like it 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Let’s Craft and Create – #137 ATG + option Lace, Ribbon, Twine

The Sketchy Challenges – #142 Ribbon, Lace or Twine

Artistic Inspirations – #200 ATG

Polkadoodle Crafting Challenge – Week 20 ATG

Brown Sugar Challenge – #278 Masculine or Father’s Day

Birthday Tunes

Good morning 🙂  After suffering yesterday with allergies, we got a nice rain last night, so I’m hoping that it will keep the pollen down, and I don’t spend a lot more time sniffling and sneezing!!  I made this sweet birthday card with a sweet image from LeAnn’s World 101. Ariel also happens to be the image for this month’s progressive challenge at the LeAnn’s World Facebook group 🙂  I colored her up with my Copic Markers, then fussy cut her out 🙂  I haven’t done a black/white/red color scheme card for a long time, and since it’s my favorite scheme, I figured it was time!! I bought this HUGE pack of black and white papers a few years ago, and it’s perfect to find coordinating papers.  I went with some plaid prints, leaving the dark red as accents and for matting.  I used this wonderful sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches as my guideline for layout:

After getting everything laid out, I added some musical die cuts in the red to make everything pop, and a stamped sentiment that I cut with a stacking fishtail banner die 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Tuesday Morning Sketches – Sketch #454, shown above

Allsorts Challenge – #468 Happy 9th Birthday Allsorts

Creative Craft Cottage – #107 Dies and/or Punches

The Corrosive Challenge – #5 May ATG

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #68 ATG

A Party Without Cake

Hi there 🙂  As soon as I saw this adorable image from Sasayaki Glitter – I knew which stamp that I would use as the sentiment 🙂  I colored “Mia Wants to Say Happy Birthday” with my Copics, then cut the image out with a wonky stitched die.  I stamped the sentiment, from a set by Hampton Art, with some Distress Oxide ink.  After cutting some candles and a few buntings with Little B dies, I started layering everything on the card blank.  The Happy Birthday print paper had just enough glitter in it that some glitter touches, made with Nuvo drops, on the candles, buntings, and the stars in the image, accented everything perfectly.  Some hot pink dots with Nuvo finished the card off 🙂

I’d like to enter the following with this:

Crafting With An Attitude – #39 ATG

DL Art Thankful Thursday – #228 Birthday

Crafting With Friends – #67 ATG

Allsorts Challenge Blog – #468 Happy 9th Birthday Allsorts

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #82 ATG

The Flute Player

Hi there 🙂  Sometimes I have to go back through my files in order to remember some of the digi stamps that I’ve aquired through the years.  The last time I did that, I found folder containing the beautiful stamps by Art by MiRan.  When I originally got this image, Serenade, it was with the intention of making a card for a good friend who plays flute.  Then I forgot….until now 🙂  My friend is a ginger, so I took that into consideration when coloring this with my Copics and SN markers.  I found a cool 2 sided DP, and used both sides for the assembly of this card.  I also used scraps of silver mirror card for the music note die cuts, and some green scraps for the hanging vine cuts.  I’m really hoping that, with my “wonderful” memory, I remember that I have this card on hand when my friend’s birthday rolls around in December!! 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – #468 9th Birthday at Allsorts!

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – May ATG with Patterned Paper

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of May 22

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – #326 ATG with Snippets

Crafty Gals Corner – #166 ATG

Mermaid Mom and Baby

Time is just flying….at least for me….seriously, where did May go???  Not that I mind seeing the end of May coming, as it is the hardest month of the year for me, with my Mom passing on Mother’s Day some years ago 🙁  And, as a friend of mine said (lovingly), “It’s hard being a momma suck without a momma” – yep.

Anyhow….enough of me moping about, let’s get on with the good news….it’s time for a brand new challenge at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog!!!  This time, our theme is

Joyous Occasions

This can include any joyous occasion….birthday, Christmas, graduation, baby, new job, wedding, anniversary……you get the hint 🙂  Time to spread the joy!!

I made a New Baby Congratulations card for my inspiration piece.  The image that I used is from a coloring book Fishtank Fantasies that features some of Mitzi Sato-Wiuff’s work.  It is published by Ellen Million Graphics, and can be found here.  I was honored to receive this book…and others….when they were available in PDF format, as an anonymous gift from a special Secret Santa, thank you thank you thank you!!!  This image can also be found, without the background, as a set, HERE at the Aurora Wings Etsy store, and HERE at the Aurora store.

As some of you know, I tend to print my images on the small side, but I’m too cheap to waste good paper and throw it out!!! Well, I really outdid myself when I printed this beauty out!!  I took a picture with a Copic Sketch marker as a reference:

When I realized her head was smaller than the end of a Copic marker, I almost reprinted the image….but I gave it my best shot and was thrilled with the amount of detail that I managed in the image 🙂  I added some highlights and accents with white gel pen, and some MS glitter pens.  I sponged on some Distress Oxide Ink between the swirly waves in the background.

  I used some golden yellow CS to cut out some “bubbles”, and a die…. from …. I think it’s a Spellbinders set ….. to cut a pretty white rectangle to use as a layer.  I added some white Liquid Pearl accents, and a sentiment cut with a Tattered Lace die.  So happy with how this finally turned out 🙂

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

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #25 ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #05 ATG

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge – May ATG

Dreaming of Scrap – #55 Anything Sweetness (how much sweeter is a baby?)

Papercraft Business – #6 ATG with optional Mother’s Day (this is the closest I get to a Mother’s Day card now)


Beautiful Blue

Hi there 🙂  I had this image almost all colored up last month, then life hit… know how it goes… Well, I got it all colored and on a card now 🙂  The beautiful rose is from Make It Crafty, and is part of one of Zoe’s Floral Elements sets (#7).  I added the dew drops (for last month’s challenge….oops), while I was coloring the image with my Copics.

Afterwards, I fussy cut the rose out.  The background is embossed with a We R Memory Keepers folder, with an inlaid wreath die cut.  I used the same shimmery green paper to cut the wreath as I used to mat the background.  I added 2 little blue sparkle balls as an embellishment.  I tried a number of different methods to add a sentiment to the front of the card, but they all detracted from the design, so the birthday sentiment is on the inside 🙂  Love the simplicity of this, and how it makes the rose POP 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Make It Crafty Coloring Challenge – May: Flora

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of  May 15

Stamping Sensations – Close to Nature

Morgan’s Artworld – ATG for May

CCC Digi Creations – #92 Flower Power