Keep On Swimming

Good morning 🙂  Today marks my first day back at work after my little stay-cation.  It will be good to get back to the routine again, as I get a bit lost without it!!  It also marks the start of a brand new challenge at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog 🙂

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That’s right…’s ATG!!! Which means the sky is the limit for your creativity, and we would love, love, love to see what kind of amazing projects that you come up with!!!

I was having a bit of a time with the wide open theme, as my head goes in every which direction if given the opportunity (see above with my reference to routine, lol).  Well, Donna, the DT lead at Aurora Wings, gave me the idea of a clean and simple card….which I took a step further (of course) and decided on a one layer CAS card.  I’ve done CAS before, but never a one layer.  I decided on the Two Goldfish image (found exclusively at the store), that I added a sentiment to before printing it off on some pretty turquoise CS.  Because I was making a one layer card, I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils, to prevent any bleed-through.

On my FOURTH try, I stopped there…..clean and simple, nothing else needed…..Mitzi’s gorgeous artwork properly showcased…..enough.  But on my first THREE times, I did not stop, I kept trying to add something….texture with an embossing folder (oops….wrecked the colored image…in the bin), some stenciling (too fussy for the overall look… the bin), some stamping…..NO….just awful, and in the…bin.  Sigh.  After finally showing some restraint….really had no choice as I was running out of the right size of blue paper….I called it done.  I can honestly say that I have enormous respect and admiration for the cardmakers out there that make the beautiful one layer CAS cards….they are truly amazing!!! As for me, I’m afraid this is a one of…..I’m happy I did it, love the result, but will never put myself through this again!!!!

Steampunk Rose

Hi there!!! I totally missed the beginning of the new challenge at Creative Fingers!!! I had a reminder set, but it was for next week 🙁  I’m going to blame fat fingers for hitting the wrong day!!!!  Our fabulous sponsor is the one and only Rick St. Dennis 🙂

I was given Steampunk Rose Bug to work with on my project.  I colored it with my Copics and added some highlights with white gel pen, and some clear Nuvo Drops.

After die cutting the image out, I used distress inks in the background.  I had purchased the Steampunk Botanical paper pad at Michael’s some time ago, and knew that I had to use some of it with this image.  I used pieces from a few different sheets, then added a die cut gear border to compliment the paper patterns and the steampunk theme of the image.  Because some of the DP had a glitter on it, I also added some brown glitter to the die cut.  I added a few droplets and some glitter dots as the final touch. 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – #07 ATG

The Sketchy Challenges – #144 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #86 ATG

Crafting By Design – ATG

Angie’s Digital Stamps Challenge – #22 AG

Mermaid Sunset

Good morning 🙂  I’m here with another inspiration project for the current Ching-Chou Kuik  Facebook Group challenge 🙂  Our theme for the month of July is Summertime/Seaside.  There are tons of gorgeous mermaid and summery images in the Ching-Chou Kuik store to get you started, and we would LOVE to see your creations with these beautiful images!!!  I used the Sunset Jasmine image, from the Beautiful Tails mermaid set.  I colored her up with Copics, adding some highlights with a white gel pen.

I had seen the “impossible card” fold in a few places recently, and wanted to try it.  I’ve never been the greatest at following directions to a “T”, so I modified the measurements a bit and ended up with an image that didn’t want to stand up!!  I had to add a piece to the back to prop it up, but it doesn’t affect the design, or the ability to fold it up and fit it in a standard size envelope 🙂  I’ve had the burlap background die for some time, and never used it, but I immediately thought about it when making this card!!  I cut 2 and a bit out and used them as a backdrop for the punched flowers, leaf vines, and the scattering of silver seashells.  I also added a few pearl sprays to the top part, and a shimmery die cut sand dollar to the bottom piece.  I then printed out the sentiment on my computer and cut the banner shapes…..wiggling around with the dies a bit to make them smaller, and more fitting with the card 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Morgan’s ArtWorld Open Challenge – #07 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of July 10

Mod Squad Challenge – Birthday Florals

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 28 ATG

Southern Girls Challenge – Tic Tac Toe – I used the middle horizontal line; Die Cut, Stamp and Blue

Summer Garden

Wow, time flew today, as I was at a special 4 yr old’s birthday party 🙂  But I’m still in time to make my DT inspiration post for the current challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group. Our theme for the month of July is Summertime/Seaside, so for this card, I went with the summertime theme.  I used the image “Summer Garden“, available at the CCK Etsy shop.

I colored the gorgeous image with my copic and SN markers, then set it aside as I assembled the rest of the easel card.  I used a textured paper as a background, and formed die cut daisies to coordinate with the image.  A hot pink doily, a strip of lace and some narrow ribbon were the embellishments I used.  After stamping the sentiment, I cut it out with a banner die and popped it up on some foam.  After all the flowers were arranged around the image and sentiment, all that was needed to finish the card were a few hot pink Nuvo Drop accents 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Stamping Sensations – July: In My Garden

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #71 ATG

Morgan’s Artworld Open Challenge – June ATG

Color Crazy Challenge – Week 27 ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #07 ATG


A Cheerful Birdie :)

Hi there!!! I was honored to be asked to join the Cheerful Sketches team as a GDT this month 🙂  This challenge always has the most amazing sketches, and every month has a spectacular lineup of sponsors and prizes.  I get to work with a Bugaboo image for my GDT 🙂  Not only are the images from Bugaboo super cute and original, but Jodie, the artist, is a personal friend of mine 🙂  The sketch this month is one that I can see myself turning to over and over, as it’s so striking and fun!!

The image I was given is called Spring Bird….available at the store here, for only $1!!!  I colored the image up with my Copics, then cut it out with a Nellie Snellen nesting oval die.  I stuck with the primary colors, mostly red, white and blue; and basic patterns for this card, to give it a super cheerful vibe 🙂  After layering all the pieces, I added some melted pony beads (yes, this little trick actually worked for me!) as a final accent.  I’d like to thank the team at Cheerful Sketches for asking me to be their guest this month, and give everyone a personal challenge to see what they can come up with using this awesome sketch 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #16 ATG with a Critter

Crafts Galore Encore – July ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – July ATG

Dreaming of Scrap (Sognando Scrap) – #57 Air or Sea

Let’s Craft and Create – #138 ATG with option of Red, White and Blue


Vacation Time


Hi there!!! I’m thrilled to show this creation to you, as it’s for a guest design appearance that I was invited to at Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges!  The theme this time is Holiday, and here is the inspiration picture:

I just so happened to have the perfect image to work with, from the challenge sponsor, All Dressed Up 🙂

I colored up Sandy Beach with my Copic pens, then cut the image out with a stitched rectangle die from Gina K.  When I went digging through my paper stash, I couldn’t believe how perfectly the paper I chose to use coordinated with the image!!! One of those happy accidents…I’ll stick to that excuse, rather than admitting that I have more paper than the average scrapbook store, lol!  After layering everything up, I finished off with a stitched banner (My Favorite Things), a Recollections “fun” sentiment (that’s what holidays are all about), and some bird cuts from a Tattered Lace set.  I hope that you can stop over at Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges, and join in the Holiday Challenge there!!! It was great to be a GDT, and I want to thank the ladies for inviting me to be a part of their fun 🙂

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

All Dressed Up Challenge – #82 June ATG

Crafting With Friends – #71 ATG

Funday Friday at Jo’s Scrap Shack – #241 ATG

Crafting With An Attitude – #41 ATG

DL. Art – July 2018 Linky Challenge

Pansy Mermaid

Hi there!!! I’m so happy to be able to finally announce that I’ve been asked to join the Ching-Chou Kuik DT!! Of course I said yes….as I’ve loved her images for a long time, and it will be an honor to showcase them 🙂  This is my first DT make, for the Facebook Group Challenge – Summertime/Seaside.  I used Pansy Mermaid, found in the Ching-Chou Kuik store on Etsy, because I felt that she encompassed both of the themes….and my favorite flower is the pansy 🙂  I colored this beauty up with my Copics, then went on the hunt for papers and embellishments.

  I completely forgot that I had this pansy print paper, I purchased it years (8 or 9) ago, and proceeded to hoard!!  I used a subtle purple print from the same pad to mat everything and to punch out the pansy border on the mat of the image (using a MS pansy border punch). The ribbon was a scrap that I had in my scrap drawer, and was just long enough for what I needed 🙂  I die cut a little yellow doily with a My Favorite Things die, used a Sizzix die to cut out the banner that I stamped the sentiment on.  Years ago, when I belonged to an online swap community, my user name was PansySuz… often, I would get the most wonderful pansy themed crafty goodies from around the world!!!  The pansy that is in the centre of the bow is one such goodie….It’s a blank pansy, and I received a few of them from a swap friend in Brazil <3  I’ve hoarded them, but this card was the perfect place to use one, after coloring it with my Copics to match the flowers in the image!  I couldn’t believe that I didn’t have any yellow dots, drops or anything to use as an accent, so I quickly made some up with some Fimo 🙂  They provided the perfect finishing touch 🙂

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

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #06 June ATG

Card Mania – #106 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the Week of June 26

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – ATG Week 26


Turtle Tag Surprise

Hi there!!! Today I have a cute little project that features Sasayaki Glitter‘s adorable image Birthday Turtle.  I colored the image with my Copics and SNs, then cut it out with a stitched rectangle die from Gina K.  I hummmed and hawwwed about what to do with this cutie, when I came up with the idea of a gift card holder with a twist!

I assembled the envelope part, layering some pieces CS that I embossed with a Happy Birthday folder, then inked with Distress Inks.  After it was assembled, I attached the image.  I die cut a tag with a stitched die, from PoppyStamps, I think,  that was slightly larger than the image, and the perfect size to hold a gift card.  I added a pretty sheer ribbon to the tag, then tucked it in to the holder 🙂  I’m loving this, as it gives a bit of pizzazz to a plain old gift card (although, GCs are my favorite gift, lol).

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Catz – #423 ATG with the option of embossing; wet or dry

As You Like It – Favorite Type of Embossing?  Dry!!  Why? It’s so easy and effective, and I love the variety of embossing folders that are out there!!

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Digi Choosday – ATG Week 26

Die Cut Diva’s – Anything But a Card


All Star Tag

Good morning!!! It’s a good morning here….now that my internet is working properly!! It’s both amazing and scary how much we come to depend on it!  It’s also time for a brand new ATG challenge at the Creative Fingers Challenge Blog! We are sponsored by the amazing LeAnn’s World 101.

I’ve been incredibly swamped with projects lately, as I fell behind when my kid came to visit for a week…I’m so used to being on my own that I swear, my world fell off it’s axis!!!! LOL    Anyway, I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone with this challenge, and use the current image for LeAnn’s progressive challenge for my project 🙂  I colored up Raquet Randi with my Copics and then fussy cut her out.  I thought this was the perfect time to implement the red, white and blue color scheme.  I’m Canadian, so our colors are red and white only, so we’re often left in the dust with the wonderful 4th of July projects that our American friends create!!  I added a Tim Holtz die cut scribble, and some white off cut stars from a Frantic Stamper die to a stitched tag.  I found a few little stickers to finish it off, and added a pretty white ribbon for a tie 🙂

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

A Gem of a Challenge – #222 Red, White and Blue

Cut It Up – #151 Tag You’re It

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of June 26

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Creative Craft Cottage – #108 Eileen’s Challenge ATG

Look At You, Cockatoo!

Hello there 🙂  Ever have one of those days when you want to just scream??  My internet has been so sporadic yesterday and today that I could do just that!!!  Hopefully, it cooperates for long enough so I can get this post up!!!  I was inspired by the latest challenge at Make It Crafty when making this card, as well as a friends beloved pet bird, Caesar 🙂  I used the amazing Cockatoo digi stamp from Make It Crafty as the focal point of my project.  I was lucky that Caesar sat and posed for a picture, so I could study how his feathers fell, lol!  After coloring the image with my Copics, I fussy cut it out.  I was sure that I had a leaf background die, but my memory was playing tricks on me, so luckily, I had the leaf print DP, that worked almost as well for the tropical feel I was going for.  I dug around and finally came up with some odd blooms that I layered up to resemble hibiscus, for the bird to peeking out from.  I die cut a frame from foil CS (still so difficult to photograph this stuff, even when it’s such a small bit of the card!), some leaves, and a birthday sentiment…..for Caesar’s mom, of course!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Make It Crafty – Animals

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

CCC Digi Creations – #93 Eileen’s Challenge ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #84 ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 25 ATG