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Mermaid Fantasy

Mermaid Fantasy

Mermaid FantasyI simply love mermaids, and Ching Chou Kuiks are some of my all time favorites!! So, with the challenge theme over at the Ching Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog being Under the Sea, I just HAD to do another card up :)  For this card, I used Embrace the Ocean.  I was inspired by the cool tones of the color picture of this image in the store, so gave it a go to see what I could come up with.  I used my Prismacolor pencils for this, in tones of blue, purples and greys and enhanced the pearls with tiny bits of Stickles.  I’m not happy with how the colors show up on my picture, but it was taken in natural light, and I kept snapping away until my battery died :)  Anyways….I found a pretty DP for the background, and tore some fiber-y paper up to serve as a back drop for the image.  I cut the anchor and the waves with my Cricut, and topped the waves with Stickles as well.  I had the adhesive lace border kicking around in my stash for ages.  I tried a bunch of different colored ribbon, but figured that navy would be the best….and of course I didn’t have one speck of navy ribbon!!  I rummaged through my closet, and scored!! You know those ribbons on the inside of women’s tops??? Some very cool colors in there….and navy was the coolest color for today!!  Silver roses, some mauve and white flowers with blue pearl centres, glitzy mesh….stuff….from my flower arranging days (oh my, I have soooo much stuff that isn’t even related to cardmaking!!), and a silver seashell charm finished my card off just the way I wanted :)

I’m entering this into the following:

Ching Chou Kuiks Inspiration Challenge -April – Under the Sea

Easter Crocus

Happy Easter

Easter Crocus

Here is the one and only “real” Easter card that I made this year.  It was a DT make over at Come and Get It Challenges, but my blog was acting up, and not letting me on….and my brain was functioning about as well!!  For that challenge, we were kindly sponsored by Polkadoodles, which is where I got this adorable image from, Crocus, from the Darling Bud collection.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then added more shading and definition with my Prismacolor pencils.  I lightly stenciled a background in with Distress Inks.  I had a brain lapse with the edge….was thinking I could  just cut an edge border with the die I was using…nope, lol.  I pieced the edge in, and quite like the result of my boo boo!! Tied a big fluffy bow, and added the sentiment and a bunch of pearl accents to finish this card off.  Another pastel project…..what is coming over me??

I’d like to enter this in:

Deep Ocean Challenge - #152 Easter

Message In A Bottle

Message In A Bottle

Message In A BottleHi there, and Happy Easter!! This is another card that I colored up in my “funk”…. I used one of the fabulous images from one of my very favorite artists, Ching Chou Kuik.  I really wish there were more hours in a day to work with her images!!! This image is Far Away Messages, and I love the thoughtful look on the mermaid’s face.  I colored her up with my SN markers, opting for a blue skin tone, rather than the normal people colored skin :)  I did the sky with my Prismacolor pencils.  When I was digging around my craft room, preparing to organize and sell all my stuff (too much stuff, and I lazy), I found some of the Smooch Accent Inks that I’ve have for forever and forgot about.  I used the pearl one to accent the strings of pearls.  For the background, I used an old map from an old encyclopedia (which is another story in itself, how I so recklessly crafted away a $1800 set of antique encyclopedias!), and tore and inked the edges with Distress Inks.  I added a strip of cheesecloth, and some sand textured paper at the bottom, before adding the image.  I used a number of dies, from Tim Holtz, Marianne, and Spellbinders, for the seaweed, shells and seahorse.  I got the Smooch inks out to give the shells a nice shimmer.  I have a ton of pearl strings, and this seemed to be the perfect card to string them on :)  I was drawn to the bottle in the image, so dug up a tiny bottle, took some parchment paper and stamped a tiny sentiment “Wishing You Happiness”, and tied it to the card with some twine.  I’m sooooo happy with this card…..not to mention thrilled that I decided to continue on with this crafting journey and not throw in the towel :)

I’d love to enter this into:

Ching Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge – April – Under the Sea

Fab N’ Funky Challenge – #346 Fantasy

Spring's Here

Spring’s Here

 Hi there!  Spring is here, in Saskatchewan, Canada!! It’s Easter weekend, and I’m enjoying some peace and quiet….and getting my head back where it belongs after the mother of all funks in the last few weeks!! I was feeling so down, for no reason that I can come up with.  A stinkin’ attitude that even spread to my crafting!! I was prepared to sell all of my craft supplies and say Good-Bye to the whole shebang.  BUT….I walked into my craft room, looked around, and could not fathom where to begin photographing all that STUFF, never mind pricing, and delivering/mailing etc.  Laziness won out on that!! It didn’t cure the funk though, and where I’m usually quite active online with the cardmaking community, I slunk back into my little corner of misery.  I do not like feeling like this.  I’m old enough and smart enough to know the tools to get out of it….but it was quite a climb out of this hole!  I colored FOR MYSELF, and did a few cards up.  I knew I was out of the funk when I placed a few more online orders for craft supplies LOL.  Here is one of the cards I did.

Spring's Here

I used the fabulous Sakura Sprite by Aurora Wings.   The spring weather and the upcoming Easter holiday inspired me to use (the dreaded) soft pastel shades, as I colored her up with my SN markers.  After fussy cutting the image out, I layered the card up with a square die cut doily, some distressed DP and pink cardstock….all stitched up with my machine, and some ribbon. I embellished the card with die cut branches, a small tag for the sentiment, a fluffy bow, centered with a wooden flower, pearl sprays and some pearl embossing powder that I sprinkled on.  This card, (and a whole lot of Hot X Buns) have got me out of my funk and into the Easter spirit :)

I would like to enter this into:

Aurora Wings Challenge – #47 Easter Pastels

Color Your World

Color Your World

Color Your WorldHello!! This card was made for the new ATG challenge at Creative Fingers.  Our sponsor this time is

https://www.etsy.com/shop/oddballartco

Oddball Art, and the team has outdone themselves with their creations!!

I used image #126 for my card, and colored the sweetie with my SN markers.  I used some individual alphabet stamps for the sentiment, to give it more of a casual, playful feel.  The background is a piece of cute star paper that I had in my stash..I added a strip of blue, one of the tons of strips that I have from trimming 12 x 12″ paper down to make envelopes!  I used another strip of yellow, to die cut the stars with a Frantic Stamper border die. I snipped the border into a few pieces, to make it ‘work’.  I added a few baubles that I made from melting plastic pony beads, and this card was done :)

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

Pixies Snippets Playground - Weeks 273 and 274

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #54 ATG

Creative Inspirations – ATG #271

Imagination Is the Key

Mermaid Sunset

Imagination Is the KeyHey there! Today I have a card that I made for the new challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  Our theme this time is Create Your Own Embellishment, and we are sponsored by the ever popular, Nikki Burnett.

The team made some wonderful embellishments to go on their amazing creations, so be sure to check their blogs out for some inspiration :)

I was given the gorgeous image Giselle to work with. I colored her with my SN markers, adding some touches of sparkle gel pens, and Wink of Stella on her tail. I used Distress Inks to make the sunset background.  I was so busy inking and coloring, that I almost forgot our theme!! I got a bit ambitious, and hand made the net, tying ALL THOSE KNOTS!!!  I cut the shells, with a Marianne Creatives punch die, out of a scrap of shiny wrapping paper. The sentiment is from a LDRS sentiment stamp set.

Lovely Lilacs

Lovely Lilacs

Lovely LilacsGood morning :)  Here is a card I made with a beautiful lilac image from Aurora Wings.  Aurora Wings Challenge is currently having a sketch challenge, based on this sketch:

AW challenge 46 sketch

 I colored the image up with Prismacolors, then layered it up with a doily.  For the background, I stamped some script with white ink, and a swirly corner stamp was used with silver ink in the corner. Pieces of DP, matted with Silver mirror card were used for the other background elements.  I added ribbon, eyelet lace and some silver blings to finish the card according to the sketch guidelines.

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

Mod Squad Challenge Blog – Plant Kindness

Fab N’ Funky - #343 Flowers

Aurora Wings Challenge – #46 Sketch

Deep Ocean Challenge - #151 Flowers Everywhere

Daisy Chain Challenge – #6 Make It Feminine

Spring Orchids

Spring Orchids

Spring Orchids

I’m on a posting roll, lately! :)  This card was made with the gorgeous image, Orchid in Spring, by Ching Chou Kuik. I absolutely adore this (and all CCK’s) image! I colored her with my SN markers, then used this sketch

sketch maart

From Cheerful Sketches, as my layout guide.  I’m venturing into the dreaded world of pastel colors, again. I’m going to beat this “fear” of pale colors yet!! I used some papers from a DCWV stack, some for the background, and some for the die cut shape on the corner of the image; a doily, some die cut flourishes, and butterflies cut with my Cricut. I mounted the image on a tag shape, that I punched the edge and top with.  A simple sentiment was stamped along the top, then some strips of bling added. After assembling the card, but before adhering the butterflies, it became apparent that my love of glitter was taking over, so I added glitter all over the butterflies :) I love the effect!!

I’m entering this into the following challenges:

Ching Chou Kuik Challenge – Easter/Spring

Cheerful Sketches – Sketch shown in post

The Ribbon Girl – March Use Any Image

Digi Choosday – Week 12 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG, week of March 21

Butterfly Hugs

Butterfly Hugs

Butterfly HugsI was cleaning in my craft room the other day, and just realized the sheer magnitude of all the stuff that I – a. Never use   b. Forgot I had  c. Am saving for the right project

I’m going to attempt to use some of it…Bit by bit :) I’m not sure if I ever used these Kaiser Craft stamps before, but they are beautiful!! I stamped and embossed them, then cut them out with a Nelly Snellen circle die.  I got a HUGE pack of black and white paper a few years ago…Many coordinating prints that I’ve turned to once in a while, but not as often as the package size warrants!  I cut a few circles out of a few of the patterns, then stamped and embossed a small LDRS sentiment on another plain circle.  After gluing them down on the background paper, I saw that some definition was needed!  As it was too late to mat them, I used 2 different size dies to make frames for each circle :) This was all the card needed.  As CAS as I get!!

I’d like to enter these challenges with this card:

Pattie’s Creations – #132 Anything With Wings

Aud Sentiments – #176 Any Sentiment Other Than Birthday

Crafting When We Can –  #140 Add Circles

Double D Challenge – Things That Fly

Kitty B’s Aloha Friday Challenge – #91 Spring Cleaning (use something that you forgot you had, or haven’t used for a long time)

Spring Basket

Spring Basket

Spring Basket

I have another card today, this one using the absolutely adorable Annabelle by Conie Fong. With green being the “color” for March, I decided to do this card up in that color scheme as much as possible.  I colored the image with my SN markers, and distressed the edges, then got to work trying to find papers and embellishments.  The background paper is a big leaf print, which you can’t really see, but the color was what I was looking for.  I knew I had some basket weave texture paper, which I wanted to use, and, luckily found in my ever growing stash.  I wanted a lighter green piece, and found a piece of Whitewash Core-dination paper, but the whitewashed part was too light so flipped it over.  A doily and some lace finished off the foundation of the card.  I have a huge jar of diecut flowers that I can never seem to find a use for, so I shaped and layered them, to mirror the flowers in Annabelle’s basket.  A few punched leaves, pearls, pretty green ribbon and bow,  and a stamped sentiment finished this card off :)

Pink and Main – #19 Spring

Work It Wednesday – The Color Green

Scrapbook Place – Marching Into Spring

Delicious Doodles – Add Something Green

Inky Chicks – Flowers (stamped or as embellishments)