Lil’ Pink Witch

Hi there 🙂  I don’t typically make or give a whole lot of Halloween cards, but I do have a few people that I make a point of giving to.  One is a little girl, and this image, by Sasayaki Glitter for their Facebook group progressive challenge, was perfect for a card for her.  As soon as I saw this Cute Witch, I decided to color her up with my Copics in very non traditional colors for Halloween.

After I colored her, I really was stumped as to what to do…..funny how I didn’t have any pink Halloween DP!! Lol   I kept rummaging around in my stash, and found this star print….which, I must say is PERFECT!!! It was the back side of some baby print paper I have, so I almost missed it!  The purple matting, black spiderweb lace and sparkly bats balance everything out quite nicely.  I’ll leave the sentiment for the inside of the card 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Sasayaki Glitter Stamps by Naz Blog Challenge – October Halloween/Harvest theme

Creative Craft Cottage – #112 Pretty Pinks or Halloween (got both!)

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

Cute Card Thursday – #551 Halloween

A Gem of a Challenge – #228 ATG

WTG!

Hi there 🙂  I’m back again…..it’s been a wonderfully lazy day, and I’ve been able to get crafty stuff done and am actually getting things blogged as well!!!  WTG me!!! Lol.  This card was created with a few different sources of inspiration.  The first was the color palette at the Tiddly Inks Challenge, and the second was the sketch at The Sketchy Challenges.

       

I merged my own sentiment onto the adorable Wryn – Two Thumbs Up, from Tiddly Inks.  I colored the image up with my Copics, trying to stick as close as possible to the palette. After die cutting the image out,  I found some papers in my stash that fit with the palette, and distressed them and added some white gel pen doodle borders before layering everything up according to the sketch.  I added some lovely autumn colored flowers from Wild Orchid to the corner of the image.  I’m loving the encouraging thumbs up message that this little cutie is giving on this card 🙂

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

Tiddly Inks Challenge – #218 Color Palette Inspiration, shown above

The Sketchy Challenge – #146 Sketch, shown above

DL Art Thankful Thursday – #236 Fall Colors

Stamping Sensations – October – Shades of Autumn

Addicted to Stamps – #167 Autumn Colors

Cats N’ Bats

Hi there 🙂  It’s my Sunday to inspire, once again, at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook Group.  I’m sitting here wondering where the first half of October has disappeared????  It’s getting closer and closer to Halloween….which is our theme (along with Halloween colors) for our challenge this month.  The blog challenge theme is also Halloween, so you have a double chance with an entry in each.  It’s also the 4 anniversary of the blog and FB group, so, to celebrate, Ching-Chou is offering extra prizes at each, and a gorgeous free image will be sent at the end of the challenge to each entrant in either challenge!!! We would love to have you come celebrate with us!!!

I used the image Dark Moon, available at the Etsy store, for my card.  After coloring it with my Copics, I cut the image out, so it would fit in the die cut frame with the skirt flowing over the bottom.

I matted it with dark blue CS, so there was some definition between this layer and the ones below.  I actually embossed the torn black layer before giving it a spritz of silver Glimmer Mist….but the embossing got lost with the spray…..oh well 🙂  I added some cheesecloth between the layers and a few sparkly little adhesive bats to finish the card off.  Now….who to give it to???

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

Coloring In Scrapland – ATG with Optional Twist of Halloween

Papercraft Challenge – #22 Diecuts/Punches (the frame is die cut)

Crafty Creations Challenge – #376 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #267 Fall

Jo’s Scrap Shack Funday Friday Challenge – #255 ATG

Elegant Christmas Tags

Hi there 🙂  I have something very different from what I’ve been doing lately to share today.  First, it’s a set of tags….something I rarely make….and second….and this is the big difference….is that there are no stamped images on these.  I was inspired by the challenge at UnstampaBelles….no stamping…..wow, harder than I thought it would be!!!  I die cut 4 white tags, then embossed them with 4 different folders.  My poor old Cuttlebug then got a workout that it hasn’t got for a very long time….if ever.  I used Tim Holtz, Little B, and Cheery Lynn dies….just to name a few (I can’t remember the other ones’ makers), using gold glitter paper and gold foil paper.  I got them all done, using both the foil and glitter on each to give each some definition.  I finished these with some shimmery white ribbon and gold twine to tie 🙂

I’d like to enter these in the following:

UnstampaBelles Challenge – #84 Golden Glitter/Foil – use only white and gold

Allsorts Challenge – Week 488 Trees and/or Leaves

Creatalicious Challenges – #148 ATG with Optional use of Texture

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Let’s Get Ready for Christmas

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #406 Anything Christmas

Purple Poppies

Good morning 🙂  It’s a beautiful fall Sunday here, and Thanksgiving weekend in Canada as well.  After a few threats of snow, the weather has (typically) settled down for a bit, to let us enjoy the beauty of autumn.  With it being Sunday, it’s my turn to post some inspiration for the current challenge in the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group.  Our theme for the month of October is Halloween/Halloween colors….which coincides nicely with the blog challenge theme of Halloween.  October is a very special month for Ching-Chou, as it is her 4th anniversary for the blog, as well as the Facebook group.  As part of the celebration, she is offering extra prizes in both challenges, as well as a gorgeous free image to anyone that enters!!!

I’m still not feeling too Halloween-y, so I opted with the colors instead of the season.  I used one of the newer images available at the store, called Poppy In Blue.

  I colored this beauty with my Copics, then began layering it up with assorted papers in the Halloween color scheme.  The black background is embossed with an embossing folder from my stash.  I used some prints from a Halloween paper pad  to die cut some banners, and cut the other elements of the card.  Once I had everything glued down, I added some purple and an orange adhesive gem as embellishments.

I would like to enter the following challenges with this card:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #77 ATG

Jo’s Scrap Shack Funday Friday Challenge – #254 ATG

Hiding In My Craft Room – #373 Halloween Colors

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – October ATG with Pattern Paper

Crafts Galore Encore – #56 October ATG

It’s A Panda-corn :)

I saw this image, from The Paper Shelter, and just knew I had to have it….I even had JUST the person to make a card for with it!  I have an “adopted” daughter, who loves pandas.  We are also Momma Bear and Kiddo Bear to each other, so it’s a win win all the way around <3  The image is I Am A PandaCorn – Deal With It! and I colored it with my Copics.  Afterwards, I fussy cut him out.  The rainbow spotted paper I used as a background showed the little guy off to perfection, I thought.  Because some of the spots were gold foil, I decided to carry that through in the matting and the die cut sentiment.  I also used a coordinating green CS for an additional mat, and to inlay the lower part of the die cut.  When I was rummaging through my stuff to find a yellow centre for the flower, I came across the mushroom embellishment as well…..Perfect fit!!!

After finishing the card, I actually got it in the mail!!!! This is a big step for me, lol….  She may not get it in time…..but at least she will get it this year!! Next year, we’ll work on the timing 😉

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Paper Shelter – #356 Time to Celebrate

Cute Card Thursday – #550 ATG

Aud Sentiments Challenge – #213 Use a Two Word Sentiment

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the Week of October 2

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – ATG with Patterned Paper

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #19 ATG with a Critter

Celebrate!

Hi there!!! This month is very special, as it’s a celebration at both the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group, and at the Ching-Chou Kuik blog 🙂 We are celebrating 4 years!!!  As with most celebrations, there are some goodies involved 🙂  The prizes this month in the challenges are as follows:

FOUR Random winners on the Blog
The usual Artist Choice Award winner on the Blog
FOUR Random winners on the Facebook Group
The usual Artist Choice Award winner on the Facebook Group
The usual two Top 2 winners on the Facebook Group
AND…..there is a gorgeous FREE image for everyone that enters the Blog Challenge or the Facebook Challenge. Ching-Chou has created Fresh Blue, a stunning greyscale image for this celebration.
The DT members were given the opportunity to make a project with this gorgeous image as inspiration….and encouragement 😉  I was thrilled to do so!!!
I decided to go with a monochrome sepia look for her when I colored her up with my Copics.
Since the color scheme was quite limited, I used more embellishments than I may normally use.  I started with a background paper with a burlap print, and paired it with some tan and some dark brown papers.  I distressed the edges of the darker paper before assembling.  I layered a piece of lace on the cross piece and then added a torn die cut lacy part to peek out from behind the image.  Some pearl swirls balanced out the rest of the corners.  I die cut the sentiment multiple times to add some depth, then plunked a few pearls on the underlying die cut pieces.  I hope this inspires you to join in our challenge this month….both the Facebook and Blog’s themes are Halloween, so it’s very seasonal 🙂  Bonus is, you get a free image at the end, and great chances at prizes!!! Come help us celebrate 🙂
I’d like to enter this in the following:
Scrapping 4 Fun – #125 ATG
Hiding In My Craft Room – #372 Freestyle

H20

Hi there 🙂  I’m back with a mid-challenge inspiration project for the current Aurora Wings Challenge blog 🙂  Our theme this time is

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I figured I would take a different route with my project, and, instead of using a song, use an album as my inspiration.  Being an 80’s girl, I was a fan of Hall and Oates, and their H20 album was big when I was in high school.  Luckily, my vinyl collecting friend had a spare copy of this very album, which I actually used as the base for my project 🙂

H20 being water, what else would I use but one of Mitzi’s spectacular mermaid images?  This time, I chose La Mer, available exclusively at the Aurorawings.com shop.  After coloring this beauty up with my Copics, I fussy cut her out and set her aside while I prepared the album base.

I had a few albums to practice on, as it’s been years since I’ve heated records up to make bowls or other projects, and I didn’t want to wreck the actual H20 album.  Well….well, well, well…..I really don’t know why I keep having these near catastrophic “things” happening with my DT projects….but this one was a doozy.  I put the album into my heated oven, and emptied my dishwasher.  I smelled something funny, looked in the oven and:

OMG!!  Not good!! First, it stunk, bad BAD!!  Second, I live in a rented apartment….nuff said. Third, it was all over the burner and racks and everything!!  Fourth, even after the oven cooled, I can’t just snap the plastic off….vinyl apparently melts and cooks in a “special” way.  This will take some time to figure out…..hopefully I can figure something out, or this will officially be the most expensive DT project ever!!! …..  HOWEVER, being the optimist, and focusing on the positive, it WAS a practice album, and I knew what NOT to do.  I got out my heat gun, and TADA!!! Worked like a charm!!! (note:  I did not use a heat gun when making album bowls…so I don’t know what happened).  I heated and bent and rippled the album until I was happy with the random appearance that I came up with.  I positioned the mermaid image, which I popped up fairly high to allow for the decorations, so that the space between her tail and body showed the album title.  I then added Spanish Moss, an assortment of seashells and star fish, some pretty green dried things that I had in my stash, pearls, some greenery,  and liquid pearl accents.

  I am thrilled beyond belief with this…and will keep looking at it….because I like it, and to avoid that other “stuff” that has to be attended to….  I know I’ll laugh at what happened someday….but not today….or tomorrow….and bets are off for next week as well!!!

I’d love to enter the following with this:

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #10 October

Creative Moments – #153 ATG

Polkadoodles Challenge – ATG Week 39

DL Art – October Linky Challenge

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Dragonfly Dreams

Good morning 🙂  This card is my mid-challenge inspiration for the special month long challenge over at Creative Fingers Challenges.  We are being sponsored by the absolutely FABULOUS Christine Karron 🙂  She has given us 2 packs for the DTs to choose images from, and the lucky winner gets their choice of one of the packs (unless they use a Christine Karron image in their project….then they get BOTH).  Her images are incredibly stunning, and most are available in both greyscale and line art versions.  I’ve used the lineart of the Dragonfly Fairy, available both individually, and as part of a set. I colored her with Copics, trying to give her a glow……

With such a striking image, I wanted to keep it rather simple again….and went with plain black CS, that I stamped and heat embossed little dragonflies onto.  The inside of the card, that shows through, thanks to the design, has a strip of shimmery green CS, that I stamped and embossed the sentiment on.

I’m thrilled with the outcome, seeing as how I started with an image that was about 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, I think I still managed to keep it the focal point of the card 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #09 ATG

Dragonfly Dreams – ATG

Papercraft Business Challenge – #10 September ATG with optional Thank You

The Corrosive Challenge – #9 ATG September

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 38 ATG

Smile

Hi there!!! Another month has flown by, and it’s the start of another new challenge at the Sheepski Designs Facebook group.  All of our challenges are ATG, with an optional theme, if you need help deciding on which image from the Sheepski shop to use.  This month, our optional theme is “Frame It”.  I’ve used the beautiful Fuchsias. I colored it up with my Copics, with a very definite idea in mind.

However, it was verrrry early in the morning, and the coffee hadn’t kicked in yet, so my plans quickly went awry!!  My initial cut when trimming the image was way off, so I decided to crop it all the way around and frame it like that.  I die cut a pretty frame from some shimmery silver paper, and placed the image at an angle on some embossed (you have to look really hard to see the embossed stripes…..the joys of photography!!) background paper that was matte with the same silver as the frame.  I die cut numerous “smiles”, glued them all together for dimension, then colored it with one of the same Copic colors used on the image.  I added some sparkle to the word, before coating the whole thing with Glossy Accents.

  A few silver pearls balance everything out and finish the card off nicely 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Moments – #152 ATG option of tag/label (didn’t take the option this time)

The Paper Shelter – #354 Sentimental

Through the Craft Room Door – Week of 9-18-18 ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #55 ATG

Digi Choosday – ATG Week 38