Be a Mermaid

Well, I’ve been a crafting/blogging maniac this weekend!!! Keeps my mind off the uncertainty in the world. It’s been ages since I’ve done a project with a Julia Spiri image….so I closed my eyes and picked!! I was delighted that his beautiful Mermaid with Lotus was the one that my cursor landed on 🙂 It’s such a peaceful and relaxing image. I colored her with Copics, adding some white Posca accents and a sponged sky background.

I picked out the dotty base paper, but when I lay everything out, I decided that I needed to whiten up some of the dots with my Posca pen. I die cut the cattails, and layered the image with some cheesecloth and the cut. The sentiment was one I printed up on the computer. I was a bit stumped on how to add a bit more color, and then came up with the idea of folding the pink daisy flowers, so they looked like lotus 🙂 I cut a few leaves to place them on, glued them down and everything balanced out perfectly. I really wish I could follow the advice of the sentiment….both to keep calm, and to be a mermaid!!! LOL

I’d like to enter this in the following:

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

Crafty Gals Corner – #205 Use Flowers

The Fairy and the Unicorn – March Any Fantasy Creation

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #03 March/April ATG

Creative Craft Cottage – #127 For the Girls

Lily Splendor

Hi there 🙂 I hope everyone is staying safe <3 I’m here to share my last DT inspiration of March for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme this month is Easter/Florals. There’s a lot of images in the Etsy store that fall into this category, and we’d love to see your make!! This week, the DT were given an extra challenge, and that was to use lots of layers. I chose Lily’s Lullaby II for my card, and colored her with my Copics.

My mind has been all over the place lately, and as I went through my stash, choosing what to use on my card, I kept thinking of other ideas, and when I sat down I wondered where to start! LOL I managed to get the layers of lace, patterned paper twine figured out, but it needed a backdrop and embellishments…..gah!!! I liked the look of the kraft base, but it was bland, and had me thinking for a day or 2!! I finally ended up die cutting it, layering it on white, and adding some pearls. None of the embellishments that I was trying were really working for the side, so I sat down and made me some darn lilies!!!!! I’m not a big flower maker, so I am absolutely thrilled to bits with how they turned out, and how well they finish the card!!! A few more pearls, and some die cut greenery, and….Woohoo!! Done 🙂

I would like to enter the following challenges with this:

Creative Craft Cottage – #127 For the Girls

Crafty Gals Corner – #205 Use Flowers

Digi Choosday Craft Challenge – Week 11 ATG

Coloring in Scrapland – March Challenge – Spring

Dragonfly Dreams – Make it Feminine

Candy Christmas

Hi there 🙂 I’m getting a nice little jump on my crafting and blogging this weekend!!! Trying to put a positive spin on all this :/ It was time to add another card to my Christmas collection, so I printed up this cutie from Faery Ink. It was a freebie a long time ago, and I’m not seeing it in the store now, but there are so many other droolworthy images, I might be in trouble!! I don’t know if it is supposed to be an actual Christmas image, but by using traditional red, green and gold colors, and some festive papers, it sure fits the bill!!

After coloring it with my Copics, and choosing my papers from the bits and pieces folder, I was having some trouble deciding on a layout. This sketch at Tuesday Throwdown came to the rescue!!! 🙂

A stamped sentiment and some doodles to border the image, and I had a cute Christmas card done and ready to add to the (still small) pile 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – #374 ATG with Snippets

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

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #482 ATG Christmas, with optional inspired by a Christmas song – Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton

ABC Christmas Challenge – E,F,G I used the F for Freebie…the image, and the sentiment stamp was also a freebie in a magazine 🙂

Tuesday Throwdown – #453 Sketch, shown above

Old Crow

Hi there 🙂 This fun card is my DT inspiration for the new challenge at the Sheepski Designs Facebook group. All of our challenges are ATG, but each month there’s an optional theme, if you need a bit of a nudge 🙂 This time, the optional theme is Fur, Feathers, Wings. I used Mel’s Crow for my card, coloring it up with my Copics and fussy cutting it out.

I printed off a funny sentiment, perfect for a friend with a sense of humour. I die cut some clouds and layered it on the blue base, then matted it with black. After popping the image in the clouds, I layered up the inside of the card with the conclusion to the sentiment 🙂

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

The Crafter’s Cafe – #238 Animals

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #115 ATG

Allsorts Challenge – Week 564 Anything in the Animal Kingdom

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #36 ATG with a Critter

Floral Sympathy

Hi there 🙂 I hope everyone is doing well <3 I’m sharing my DT project for the Creative Fingers current challenge. We are being sponsored by our wonderful leader, Angelique, who is offering this stamp and die set to the lucky winner!

I used a lovely pear blossom digi from Graciellie Designs, it is found in this set. After coloring it with my Copics, I fussy cut it out.

I die cut the beautiful lattice frame (I can’t remember whose die this is….as I threw out the packaging!) out of plain white CS, and layered it on a kraft base, then popped the image on with foam dots. The sentiment was printed on my computer, then cut out with a stitched fishtail banner die. A few pale pink pearls finish this off.

I love how all the elements came together to make a subtle statement for a sympathy card <3

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

Classic Design Challenge – #3 March ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #128 ATG

Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge – #162 ATG + add flowers

Ally’s Angels – #32 ATG

The Corrosive Challenge Blog – #3 ATG

Thinking….

Hello there 🙂 I hope that this post finds everyone safe and healthy <3 This is my inspiration card for the challenge on the Aurora Wings Facebook group. Our challenges are ATG, either a finished project, or just a coloring. We also love to see your past projects, too!! I used one of Mitzi’s less common images for my card. You can find Forgotten Summer exclusively at aurorawings.com I colored the image with my Copics, printing and coloring some of the leaves multiple times, so I could pop them up to add dimension.

I added a bit of clear shimmer to the wings, and some gold Liquid Pearls, before cutting it out and layering it on an embossed background paper. I stamped and embossed the sentiment before cutting it out. The final touch was a white mat, that I added a gold embossed edge to. I love the peacefulness of this card….something so needed in these uncertain times. Take care!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

CCC Digi Creations – #112 Embossing (of any kind)

Morgan’s Artworld Open Challenge – #3 ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #3 ATG

DL Art – March ATG Linky Challenge

Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge – #10 ATG

Pammy’s Inky Pinkies – #2011 ATG

The Sketchy Challenges – #161 ATG

The Fairy and the Unicorn – March ATG as long as it’s a Fantasy Creation

Spotlight Thanks

Hey there 🙂 I hope everyone is staying healthy….and sane….in the craziness that has overtook the world <3 I’m here to share my inspiration for the current challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group. This month, our theme is Easter/Florals, but the DT were also challenged to implement the spotlight technique in their project this week. I managed to fit both themes in, but instead of a spot of light, I went with a ray of light, and used my Copics to color a strip in the center of the Sweet Bunny image.

To keep the focus on the “light”, I elected to keep everything on the card but the “ray” black and white. I found some blue CS to carry the ray through, and layered everything on a black and white floral background. The black matting, pearls and sentiment add some contrast and enhance the colored strip.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of Mar. 10

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #466 ATG

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog – #246 Feminine + a Sentiment

DL Art – March ATG Linky Challenge

Tweet Wishes

Hi there 🙂 With everyone making beautiful spring cards, I figured I’d post something on the other end of the spectrum 🙂 I made this Christmas card using a sweet image from Polkadoodles, called Cute Robins with Stockings, from the Winnie White Christmas collection. I colored them with my Copics, adding a few touches of white Posca.

I framed them by layering them on a shimmery die cut. I used the same shimmer paper to cut the sentiment, and to mat the background, which I embossed with a feather embossing folder. Some simple square gems finish this card off 🙂 HoHoHo, lol.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Friends – #130 Animals/Birds

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 10 ATG

Digi Choosday Craft Challenge – Week 9 ATG

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #480 ATG as long as it’s Christmas (didn’t take the Santa Claus option)

Allsorts Challenge – Week 562 Anything With Wings

Easter Mermaid

Hi there 🙂 I’m here with my first inspiration post for the challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group. Our theme this month is Easter &/or Florals. There is a ton of images that fit this theme over at the CCK Etsy store, so be sure to check them out….we’d love to see your creation!! I’ve used Fantasy Easter Ocean, from THIS set, for my card. I colored it with my Copics, and added some accents with white Posca and a bit of glitter.

I dug around in my papers, and found the floral print that’s used for the background, and an egg print that I used for an additional layer. I matted the layers with Easter colored CS, and added a fishtail banner die cut when I layered everything up. The sentiment is stamped with a freebie stamp that I got from a magazine a few eons ago. I die cut some small pink blossoms to mirror the flowers in the image, and arranged them on the die cut strip and around some bunnies punched with a MS punch.

I wish that it looked as spring-y outside as this card looks, but I’m afraid we have a little while to go for that!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Fairy and the Unicorn – ATG as long as it’s a Fantasy Creation

Creative Inspirations – March; Pretty Pastels

Color Crazy Challenge – Week 9 ATG

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

Let’s Craft and Create – #157 AG with option Easter

10th Birthday

Hi there 🙂 I hope that everyone is doing well. I’m sharing my DT inspiration for Creative Fingers Challenge today. All of our challenges are ATG……we love to see whatever you create!!! This time we have one of our amazing regular sponsors, Bugaboo Stamps. Jodie has images for every occasion in her store, so be sure to check it out!!! I used the fun Frame It Birthday for my card. I colored it up with my Copics, and added some accents with a white Posca. I cut a black and a red square out of card stock, and layered everything, tucking in some yellow streamers and green confetti. I die cut the number 10 twice, once in blue and once in black to give a shadow effect. I finished off by adding some dots and squiggles with my Posca and a black fineliner.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

DL Art – March ATG Linky Challenge

Cute Card Thursday – #624 ATG

Scrapping 4 Fun – #161 ATG

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Cards 4 Boys or ATG 4 Kids

Catch the Bug Challenge – March ATG