Christmas Mermaid

Hey there 🙂 I have my last inspiration card for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme this month is “New”. I chose to go with new stash (dies) and New Year Resolution (start my Christmas cards early!!!). The DT was also challenged to use a mythical creature this week – so I chose Christmas Snow, and colored her up with my Copics, going with a non-traditional color scheme.

I cut her out and found some fuzzy red trim to edge the image with. While i was digging around in my trims, I also found some tiny white pom pom trim that I used when I was layering things up for this card. A couple snowflake border dies, and some white card candy dots also found a place on my card 🙂 I’m happy to say that I’m getting a good start on cards for this year….hopefully I can stick to my resolution throughout the year!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Moments Challenge – #183 ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #1 January ATG

The Fairy and Unicorn Challenge – January ATG as long as it’s fantasy 🙂

As You Like It Challenge – ATG!!!!

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #474 Anything Christmas with Optional No Sentiment

Special Day

Hello there 🙂 Today I have an inspiration project for the new ATG challenge over at Creative Fingers Challenge 🙂 We are being sponsored by Angelique, who is offering a die set to the lucky winner. I chose to use an image by one of our regular sponsors, Morgan’s ArtWorld. I have a close friend who loves daisies, so this is for her 🙂 I colored the image with my Copics, then stamped a sentiment. I inked the edges and sprinkled some embossing powder around the image to give it a bit of texture and definition.

I die cut a pretty mat for the image, then layered it with a brown piece of CS that I’d used a scalloped punch on, and a bright striped piece to add some OOMPH to the bottom. A piece of white ribbon and some pearls were the only embellishment this lovely image needed 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Incy Wincy Designs – Jan20 – Feb1 ATG

Morgan’s ArtWorld Open Challenge = #1 ATG

Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – #463 ATG

Aud Sentiments Challenge – #243 ATG + a sentiment

Crafty Catz – #490 ATG with optional twist Flower Power

All of Us

Hello 🙂 Yes, this is a Christmas card that you’re seeing!! I’m trying to get off to an early start, so I can relax a bit when the holidays roll around (ha! Like that will happen!) This month’s ATG challenge at the Sheepski Designs Facebook group has the optional theme of “I Love…” I’m in serious anti Valentine mood this year, so no mushy stuff from me!! I love this image, Garden Party, the color red, plaid, Christmas, and the black, white and red color combo 🙂 I colored it up with my Copics, adding some white Posca “sparkles” to a few of the hats, and a shiny gold tooth to one of the guys.

I fussy cut the top portion, and placed it on some plaid print CS. I cut the sentiment (which, btw, matches the colors of the image way better in real life) twice, once in red, once in black, then layered it for a shadow effect. I matted the card with the same colors to give it even more of a pop!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Winter Wonderland – Little Friends

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #473 ATG as long as it’s Christmas – optional theme: use a sentiment

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

Classic Design Challenge – #1 January ATG

Christmas Crafts All Year Round – January Anything Christmas or Holiday related

A New Chapter

Hey there 🙂 Well, January is half done, and *hopefully* winter will soon be over. Last week we had an unbelievable cold snap, with temperatures falling to -38 C!!! Good thing we’re tough, and all that means is an extra layer when we go outside, lol. I have an inspiration card for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group that doesn’t reflect those temperatures at all 🙂 Our theme this month is “New”….that can be a new baby, new job, new crafty stuff….anything that fits into the “New” category 🙂 The DT was given an extra challenge when making their projects, and that was to use our LEAST favorite color…..well…that was an easy one for me….I absolutely loathe the color peach!!! Not only crafting wise, either, in clothes, decor, etc…..anything!!! I used the lovely Silently Sparkling image and colored it with my Copics.

I was hoping that using such a gorgeous image would make working with this color a bit easier….it helped, a bit. I found some papers that were peach/peach print and set to layering things up. As is often the case when one is working with something they dislike, things didn’t go too easily. After walking away from this a number of times, I got the idea of implementing a book page…..that, and some stencilling in black, made this project come together. A fitting sentiment, some twine, and some black ball embellishments finished the card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Craft Cottage – #125 ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #1 January ATG

Allsorts Challenge – Week 555 More than a single word sentiment

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #111 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #123 5th Anniversary ATG Celebration

Mermaid Wishes

Well, I think this will be my last post for the weekend….I better get some housework done!!! I’ve been itching to make a card with this Polkadoodles image since I first saw it!!! I finally got my time organized…ish, and was able to color up Winnie Mermazing Anchors Away!

After coloring her with my Copics and adding some touches with my white Posca, I dug into some of my new stash 🙂 I had new paper and sea themed dies that were just the things to use on this card. Because there were a few things that I wanted to add, I decided to go for an easel card, as they give a bit more surface room to work with. After I arranged various die cuts on the perfect watery background, I attached Winnie, and a computer generated sentiment that acts as a stopper for the easel. The cool thing about this card, is, even though there is quite a bit going on, it folds flat for mailing!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Friends Challenge – #126 Something New

Digi Doodle Studio Challenge – #23 Something New

CCC Digi Creations – #110 Shaped and/or Easel Project

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – #369 ATG with snippets – die cutting is a great way to use up snippets!!!

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 2 ATG

New Beginnings

Good morning! I have my very first inspiration project for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook Challenge 🙂 Our theme is “New” – it can be a new baby, home, crafty item….etc. Or, in my case, for a New Beginning. I used Night Shadow for this. It’s a beautiful gray scale image that can be used for so many occasions. I colored it with my Copics, and matted it in black.

When using such a dramatic image, I like to keep the design of my card quite CAS. I used a dark green background CS, and made up the sentiment on my computer. A few black embellishments balanced things out and added just the right finishing touch 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Paper Shelter – #409 New Beginnings

Digi Choosday Craft Challenge – Week 1 ATG

The Paper Girls Challenge – New

Dream Valley Challenge – #216 Something New

Dragonfly Dreams – ATG

Just Fly

Hello 🙂 2020 is settling in, I’m not even making any mistakes when I write the date down anymore! The first challenge of the year is on at the Aurora Wings Facebook group. The challenges are ATG, and you can enter just a coloring, or a full project; you can also enter works that you have done in the past….we love to see it all!!! I used the image Reverie for my card, you can find it HERE in the digi shop, and HERE on Etsy. Be sure to check if there are any discount codes that Mitzi has posted in the group, so you can get a great deal on any of her gorgeous images!! I colored this with my Copics, and added a few touches with gold and white pens when I was done. After die cutting it out with a pretty oval die, I sprinkled some embossing powders around the image to give some sparkle and texture.

For the card base, I die cut the center of the front flap with the same die that I used for the image, to make 2 pieces. After edging the scallops with my white Posca, I attached the image, backing it with another cut to sandwich the card base pieces. I wanted to bring in the gorgeous from the image with my embellishments. A combination of flowers, die cut greenery, some delicate beaded thread, some stamens, and some touches of clear sparkle pen, I achieved the look I was going for. I searched for the sentiment for quite awhile….I knew in a way what I was looking for, and when I found this one, I created a style of my own on my computer. I think we all have wings that we forget about sometimes, and this card is a great reminder for someone that needs a bit of encouragement!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Color Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 1 ATG

Crafty Creations Challenge – #405 January ATG

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Fun With Florals

A Gem of a Craft Challenge – Week 1 ATG

Allsorts Challenge – Week 554 Say It With Flowers

Ally’s Angels – #30 ATG

Creative Craft Cottage – #125 ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #1 January ATG

Dotty Hello

Hi there 🙂 This is my first inspiration card of the year for the Creative Fingers Challenge! All of our challenges are ATG, and we absolutely adore seeing all the amazing creations entered! This time, we are sponsored by the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps 🙂 I used the adorable Window Girl for my card. After coloring the image with my Copics, I cut it out and attached it to the bottom part of a dotted pattern piece of paper. I thought the dot print was great, as it mirrored the dots of the ladybug etc. in the image. I die cut the word “hello” twice, and layered the red over the black to give it a shadowed effect. I double matted the card with the same red and black colors, then added a sprinkling of sequins for a finishing touch.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

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

Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge – #462 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG challenge for the week of Jan. 7

Incy Wincy Designs – Jan 6 – 18th ATG

Cute Card Thursday – #616 Embellish! – sometimes you need very few embellishments, but they complete the project perfectly!

Gingerbread Delight

Hi there 🙂 Some festive fun, featuring images from 2 Power Poppy digital sets. I used the image and one of the sentiments from the Gingerbread Cottage set, as well as the fronts of both the gingerbread boy and girl from the Gingerbread Family set. I colored all the images with my Copics, and added some touches of “shine” with a white Posca pen.

After cutting them out with a die, I set them aside to try and figure out what kind of card to make….it was for my bestie, so it had to be special 🙂 Well, after settling on a side step type of card, I proceeded to cut, fold, and wreck 4 pieces of paper, before getting the base for this one!!! It’s as if I had never made a side step card….man, was I brain dead!!! I had purchased a pad of gorgeous Christmas plaid papers, and this particular print seemed perfect with these adorable images. I die cut some trees to tuck behind the “kids”, added some square gems and then finished off with some green bows. Loving how this turned out….even with the grief and confusion I had while assembling it 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge – Mad About Plaid 🙂

Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog – #233 Holidays or I spy with my little eye something that starts with C – it’s an obvious Holiday card, but also has Cottage and Cookies 🙂

Creative Knockouts – #331 ATG

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

Classic Design Challenge – #1 January ATG

Asian Birthday

Hi there 🙂 This card is to commemorate a very special day…..Ching-Chou Kuik’s birthday!!! We are having a special extra challenge with Birthdays as the theme over at our Facebook group in honor of this occasion. Hopefully you can join us for an extra chance to win some of Ching-Chou’s gorgeous images 🙂 I used Lantern Night for my card. I colored her up with my Copics and added a few small accents with both white and gold pens.

I had some special papers that I received about 15 years ago in a swap with a partner from China that I was saving for just the right project….I decided that this was it!! Thankfully, I thought of this paper before I started coloring, so I was able to match and coordinate the color scheme of the image!!! I also had some brand new Asian inspired dies that just HAD to be used on this….I cut them from a muted gold paper, then again from a dark blue CS, so I could inlay some of the pieces. I stamped and embossed the sentiment with gold, matted it with the dark blue and this card was done 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Inspirations – January – Something New or Something Old (I used both)

Tuesday Throwdown – #447 ATG

Jan’s Digi Stamp Challenge – #4 ATG

Dragonfly Dreams – ATG

Gem of a Challenge – Wk 1 ATG