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 🙂

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

Dragonfly Smile

Hi there! Running a bit behind here, but it’s still Sunday, so I’m still “legal” with my inspiration post for the challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik’s Facebook group 🙂 This month, our theme is Make Your Own Background. There are so many cool techniques out there and this is a great time to try out a new one, or show us one of your old favorites 🙂 I saw this technique on a friend’s card, and thought I would try it….You ink up a piece of paper….I used 4 different blue Distress Inks for my card…..then die cut it…..and use the off cuts. Since I just looked at a picture, I did the “wing it” thing when trying to emulate it….I cut the background out twice, once with the inked paper, and once with a scrap piece. I used the actual die cut of the scrap piece, and attached it with some repositionable tape. Then I went to work filling in the spaces with the off cuts from the inked piece, using foam dots to pop them up and give them dimension.

This shows the dimension a bit better.

When I showed a picture to my friend and told her how I did it, she laughed….a lot. Apparently there’s a tutorial somewhere that is way easier than my fiddly method. I don’t have a link to it right now…..but will add it as soon as I find it 🙂 I colored up the beautiful Drifting Soul from Ching-Chou’s store with my Copics and then fussy cut it out.

I adhered it to the blank spot in the background, then added a small die cut “smile” sentiment. For a cute, balancing touch, I punched some tiny dragonflies, then added glitter to them, as well as the dragonfly in the image 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Kreativtanten Challenge Blog – #31 Everything Goes

Ally’s Angels – #23 Anything Goes

2 Sisters on the Blog – #29 Ladies Card (not girls or baby)

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG challenge for the week of July 2

DL Art – July ATG Linky Challenge

Batter Up!

Hi there 🙂 Today I’m sharing my DT inspiration project for the current challenge at Creative Fingers Challenge Blog. We are thrilled to have Lemon Shortbread as our sponsor this time around. I had a card to make for a friend’s granddaughter’s birthday, and the young lady is an avid softball player. Well as luck had it, Lemon Shortbread has the perfect image!!! This sporty little chick is from the Baseball Teamies, which also comes with a boy image. I colored her with my Copics, then fussy cut her out. I found a simple baseball clipart image, and printed it off to make a baseball shaped card. I added some color to the stitching, then die cut the sentiment and the stars. I popped the girl on the card with some foam, positioning her so she helps to keep the card upright for display purposes 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Cut It Up Challenge Blog – #177 Red White and Blue

The Corrosive Challenge Blog – #6 June ATG

Creative Craft Corner – #119 Eileen’s ATG Challenge

Creative Knockouts – #304 For the Girls

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog – #230 ATG with a Sentiment

Golden Coral

Oh my, I’m running so behind this week!!! You know how things can be going along just duckily, then life hits…..gah!! My Sunday inspiration for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge has turned into a Monday inspiration!! The Facebook AND Blog challenge themes this month are Under the Sea. Ching-Chou has soooo many gorgeous mermaid and sea themed images in her Etsy Store that you’ll really be spoiled for choice!! I used one of my favorite images, Coral Addiction, found in this set.

I stuck to a very limited color scheme when I colored this up with my Copics, then added some sparkly highlights with a Spectrum Noir Gel pen.

I saw a picture of this card fold somewhere a while ago, and doodled it down on my handy desk blotter….but didn’t record where I saw it, or what it was called!! It’s really cool, because it folds flat for mailing, and you can use up some of your paper scraps 🙂 I had a piece of gold foil sea print paper for the background, which led me to cut some of the coral in gold mirror card, and the rest of the coral in white card stock that I highlighted with the gold sparkle pen I used in the image. I stamped a quick sentiment on a fishtail banner die cut, and added some pearls that I’d colored to match the color scheme. I’m really loving this card, and will definitely be using this fold again 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Fairy and Unicorn – June ATG (not using optional theme)

A Gem of a Challenge – Week 12 ATG

The Corrosive Challenge Blog – #6 June ATG

The Creative Crafters – Challenge #17 ATG

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #06 June/July

Pixie’s Crafty Snippets – #355 ATG using Snippets

Magical

Hello 🙂 I’m here to share some inspiration for the current challenge in the Sheepski Designs Facebook group. Our theme is always ATG with a Sheepski image, but there’s also an optional theme to help you out, if you need. This month’s optional theme is Black and White and ONE other color and/or Add a Sentiment. You can see that I did both 🙂

The image that I used is Seraphina’s Heart, and the color combo is my favorite….red, white and black 🙂 I colored the image with my Copics, then layered it over a striped background that I’d die cut a heart design into. I printed the sentiment on my computer, then cut it out with a fishtail banner die. I cut a few more banners and cut them to different sizes, then added some black Nuvo drops to finish it off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #108 ATG

Get Creative Challenge – #81 AG with optional twist, Favorite Color Combo

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #1925 ATG

Jo’s Scrap Shack Funday Friday Challenge – #284 AAG

Hello Sprites :)

As my project says….Hello!!! I’ve sat on my hands as long as I possibly can before sharing my inspiration for the new Aurora Wings Facebook group challenge!!! Yes, it’s back, and we can hardly wait to see the beautiful creations you make with Aurora Wings images. The challenges will be ATG, with numerous chances to win some more of Mitzi’s images. Check out the guidelines in the challenge album 🙂 You can shop for the images at either the Digi Shop, or Mitzi’s Etsy Store; there may be a few “surprises” in the file section of the Facebook group, as well 😉

I needed a new door decoration for my apartment door…..I found the wooden letters at Michael’s….on sale, yet…..and decided to dress them up with Sprites frolicking through a garden 🙂 I used Morning Glory Sprite (Digi Shop exclusive ); Daffodil Sprite (Digi Shop exclusive ); Dahlia Sprite (Digi Shop exclusive ); Cosmos Sprite (Digi Shop exclusive ); and Butterfly Sprite with Fancy Wings (Digi Shop and Etsy), and colored them all up with Copics before fussy cutting each of them out.

I played around with the letter arrangement until I settled on the above……but then had to find a suitable “something” to mount them on. I went into the craft room pit and came up with a canvas that I hadn’t painted on yet, and cut it in half, and put it together end to end with glue and white duct tape. I glued the painted letters on, then arranged some forest moss and parts of a greenery swag (not on sale!) around them. I went with a natural burlap bow to top this piece off with. I liked the size and texture of it with the other elements. Finally, I attached all the Sprites into their private little garden. After taking numerous pictures…..it was a bit tough to get things right with something this size…..I hung it on my door… 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Craft-Dee BowZ – June ATG with a hand tied bow

Cutie Pie Challenge Blog – #136 Ribbons and Bows

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #6 June ATG

Dream Valley Challenge – #204 Summer Colors

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the Week of June 18

Papercraft Challenge – #39 No Cards

Crafter’s Castle – Challenge 18, June ATG with optional Mixed Media

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 24 ATG

Hello Sunset

Mid June already, Father’s Day, and time for my Sunday inspiration for the challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group 🙂 Our theme (and the blog’s) this month is Under the Sea. There are many beautiful mermaid and sea themed digis at Ching-Chou’s Etsy store. While the image I used, Spring Night, found in this set, doesn’t actually show the beautiful mermaid under the sea, we all know that she was in the depths of the sea before she took a break to admire the sunset. I colored her with Copics, and used a white Posca for some highlights on the water.

Then, my brain went totally blank!!! I tried numerous ways to implement the idea that I had at one point of the card creation….to no avail. I did manage to destroy a bunch of paper, though!!! After realizing that some things just were not going to work this time, I decided on a fairly simple design; framing the image with a pair of die cuts and adding a simple sentiment to the bottom. For a bit of extra “something”, I trimmed around the die cuts to give the card an interesting shape 🙂

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

Morgan’s ArtWorld Open Challenge – #06 ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 24 ATG

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog – #229 ATG with a Sentiment

Creative Moments – #170 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of June 11

Birdie Banner

Oops!! I had this post scheduled for July!!!

Hi there 🙂 It’s already time for another ATG at Creative Fingers Challenges!! We have the one and only Bugaboo Stamps as a sponsor for this fortnight…..and there’s always an image that’s perfect for any occasion in Jodie’s store. I used an image that I’ve had for awhile….and can’t believe I haven’t used before!!! I added a birthday sentiment into Sign It – Celebration before printing it off and coloring it with my Copics. I also printed the image on some bright print paper, so I could layer the colored piece on top, and have all the squiggles and swirls intact 🙂 After trimming the bottom part of the image, I layered everything up, adding a blue mat and some white paint spatters before attaching it to the card base. Love how cheerful this CAS card turned out 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Cute Card Thursday – #586 CAS

DL Art – June ATG Linky Challenge

Crafty Creations – #392 ATG

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 24 ATG

Dream Valley Challenge – #204 Summer Colors

Special Day

Hi there 🙂 Another Sunday has rolled around, and that means another inspiration project for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group challenge. The challenge theme for June is “Under the Sea”. There are so many beautiful mermaid and sea themed images at Ching-Chou’s Etsy store, that you will really be spoiled for choice!! I chose to use See the Rainbow for my card. I had a friend with a special birthday coming up, so decided to make this for her. 🙂 I colored the image with Copics, using colors that the birthday girl loves. I added some white accents with a Posca pen.

I had some fun with die cuts for the background, using various seaweed and coral cuts in my collection. Before gluing them down, I used the negative space of one as a stencil, and sponged some silver ink coral on the dark blue background. Another die came out for the wave border at the bottom of the card. I used a wavy sentiment stamp, in keeping with the ocean theme. After gluing everything in place, I added a pink die cut seahorse and a whole bunch of Liquid pearl dots 🙂

A pink mat balances everything off to finish the card 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of June 4

Crafty Creations Challenges – #391 ATG

Cute Card Thursday – #585 ATG

Crafty Catz – #465 ATG with optional twist of Birthday

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Week 523 Fantasy World