La Catrina

Hello 🙂 It’s time for another ATG challenge at Creative Fingers. We are on our summer schedule, so this challenge will last for the whole month, and there are two prizes, courtesy of Angelique, up for grabs. Check out the blog to see them!! I used this absolutely fabulous image, Dalia line art, from Myka Jelina Fairy Art. I colored her with my Copics, including a rich blue background.

Because of the intricacy of the image, I wanted to keep the rest of the card fairly simple. I chose a subtle print for a background paper, and added a die cut lace border, that I topped with some cool black trim. A cluster of flowers, tied with a black bow, and black matting throughout, leave the focus on the image.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2031 ATG

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

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #125 ATG

Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – #477 ATG

Dragonfly Dreams – ATG

Snow Fairy

Hi there 🙂 What better day to post a frosty cool card than the hottest day that we’ve had yet this summer?!?!? I absolutely adore this image, Winter Fairy Talva, from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I colored her up with my Copics, and added some chunky glitter to the snow on her wings, the snowball and the ground.

I picked some cool, snowy printed background paper, and some glitter card stock to make the layers. After die cutting some snowflakes, I centered them with some iridescent gems. I was lucky to find some sparkly ribbon in my stash that was perfect for the bow, which I added some of the same gems to the centre. I added a sentiment with stickers, and a few more gems scattered on the background, before adhering everything to a base that I’d die cut a snowflake border on the top.

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

Mo’s Digital Pencil Challenge – #294 Anything “Mo” Goes

Craft-Dee BowZ – August Anything with a Hand Tied Bow Goes

Classic Design Challenge – #8 August ATG

Cute Card Thursday – #646 ATG

Let’s Craft and Create – #162 AG + Lots of Layers

Ginger Christmas

Hi there!! A few more days to celebrate Christmas in July, so I thought I’d finally have a play with this adorable image from Digi Doodle Studios. When I saw Jack’s Ginger and Ginger Spice’s Christmas Day, I had to have it!! What absolutely perfect little ginger people!! I colored them up with my Copics, then stamped a Christmas sentiment.

I had the perfect papers to pair with these cuties, and layered a number of different patterns up. A few die cut banner shapes peeking out from behind the image gave the perfect finishing touch to this card, while still keeping it flat for easy mailing.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Digi Doodle Studios Challenge Blog – #29 Christmas in July

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2030 ATG

The Paper Girls Challenge – #204 Christmas in July

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

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Christmas in July 4 Kids

Floating Pearls

Hi there! It’s Sunday again…and the last day of my staycation week 🙁 Back to work tomorrow! But first, I’m here to share my last inspiration card for this month’s challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group. Our theme for July is to Use Die Cuts or Punches or Both! The DT also had an extra challenge this week, and that’s to use Pearls, gems or sequins on their project. I chose the beautiful image, Floating Pearls, and colored her up with my Copics, then added Liquid Pearls.

I took inspiration from the image name for the design of my card. I layered up some subtle green print and some turquoise papers with “bubble” die cuts, and a wave border on the bottom. Then, I tucked in some pearl sprays to “float” around the image, and amongst the die cut seaweed. I used both Liquid Pearls and adhesive pearls as embellishments, and finished off with a cheerful die cut sentiment.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

A Gem of a Challenge – Week 15 ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #7 July ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #7 July ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of July 21

Digi Choosday Challenge – Week 29 ATG

Nature’s Comfort

Hi there! I got an order for some sympathy cards, and of course, didn’t have any on hand! (I really have a hard time making them.) I like sympathy cards to be simple, and convey a sense of peace and calm. I used this lovely border and dragonfly stamp set from Indigo Blue (freebie from a magazine), as well as a Recollections sentiment, to stamp and emboss a silhouette onto a pale blue background paper. A simple black mat framed it up nicely and finished it off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

DL Art – July ATG Linky Challenge

Creative Knockouts – #360 Flora and Fauna

Creative Moments – #195 ATG

Arty Divas – #26 ATG

Stamping Sensations – July – All Creatures Great and Small

Under the Stars

Hi there 🙂 I have another card featuring a sweet Lee Holland image. This adorable penguin and polar bear stamp can be found here. I colored them with my Copics, then fussy cut them out.

I knew exactly which paper I wanted to use when I started this…..a card size scrap of a starry, wintery night 🙂 I die cut part of the sentiment directly into the background paper, so a piece of contrasting paper showed through. I then stamped and embossed a die cut vellum banner to finish of the greeting. A few sequins were the only embellishments needed, and kept the card flat for mailing.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 29 ATG

Christmas Kickstart Challenge – #34 Starry Starry Night

Your Scrapbook Place – July ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #77 ATG

Christmas Crafts All Year ‘Round – July Challenge Cool It!

A Beary Pink Christmas

Hello there 🙂 The card I’m sharing today is a non traditional Christmas card, featuring an adorable image from Lee Holland. The color is what breaks it away from traditional, but what else could I use for someone who loves pink…and teddy bears?!? I colored the image, Teddy Christmas, with my Copics, then fussy cut it out.

I die cut multiple layers with oval, wave border and rectangle dies, and added some sparkly Stickle dots and edging before layering them over a snowflake embossed and sanded background piece. I added a couple die cut trees to the one side. This created a sweet winter scene for the bear. I finished off with a coordinating die cut sentiment.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

DL Art – July ATG Linky Challenge

Dragonfly Dreams – No Patterned Paper

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #499 Anything Christmas with optional use a die cut or punch

Creative Knockouts – #359 Furry Friends

Creations in Pink – #24 ATG with more Pink than other colors

Rustic Wedding

Hi there 🙂 I was recently asked to make a wedding card for a friend’s son’s wedding. The bride and groom are both outdoorsy, so I wanted the card to be pretty, with a bit of a rustic feel to it. This one is quite different for me, as it has no image! I started off by choosing a wood pattern background paper. I love the look of wood and lace together, so cut 2 lacy doilies with a die from Scrapman. I overlapped the two a bit, trimmed the edges, and wrapped a piece of twine around it. I arranged a bouquet of flowers in the centre, and tucked in a twine bow. A die cut sentiment finishes off this card for the special couple.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

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

Creative Moments Challenge – #194 ATG

The Sketchy Challenges – #165 ATG

Allsorts Challenge – Weeks 581 and 582 Flowers All Over

Unstampables Challenge – #102 Celebrating Relationships with option of working in pairs

Vintage Hugs

Hi there!! As Sunday rolls around again, I’m looking forward to a peaceful holiday from work, a staycation, and I hope to have a lot of crafty time! It’s time for me to share my second inspiration for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook Challenge. Our theme this month is Use Die Cuts and/or Punches. This week, the DT was given an extra challenge, and that’s to implement the Shabby Chic, Vintage or Dostressed style in our creations. I picked Spring Wanderer for my card, as I thought she had a dreamy, old fashioned look to her. I colored her with my Copics, partially fussy cut her, then inked the edges of the image with Distress Inks. I placed this on a lacy die cut, that I’d also inked the edges of.

I’d picked the background papers before coloring the image, so I could match up shades. I distressed the background with a distress tool, and matted it with a plain piece of cardstock that I’d also distressed. Before layering them, I added a bit of inking to their edges. I die cut a border, inking the edges again, and wove some crinkle ribbon from DL Art through it and placed it over a piece of lace. I layered all of this, then added a bow that I tied with the same crinkle ribbon and a bouquet of flowers from my stash, accented with some die cut leaves. I finished of with some pearls and a die cut sentiment.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Classic Design Challenge – #7 July ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of July 14

Crafty Calendar Challenge – July, Add a Ribbon

DL Art – July ATG Linky Challenge

Craft-Dee Bowz – July ATG with a hand tied bow

Christmas Elf

Hello there 🙂 I have another Christmas card to share today. I used a cute elf from Make It Crafty, which has sadly closed up shop. Thank God I managed to get quite a few images while I still could, now I just have to use them! Lol. I colored this little guy with my Copics, adding accents and dots with a gel pen, then fussy cut him out. I kept the design of the card fairly simple, only using a die cut sentiment for the elf to perch himself on and tied a piece of twine with a jingle bell on it. Then placed everything on a sweet dotted background paper.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge– #499 Anything Christmas with optional use a die cut or punch

Winter Wonderland – Hip to Be Square

Crimbo Crackers – #211 ATG

ABC Christmas Challenge – N and O for No Fuss or Over the Top

Christmas Kickstart Challenge – #33 Hatty Christmas