Category Archives: C.R.A.F.T.

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.

Sneaky Birthday

Sneaky Wishes

Hello there :)  I seriously don’t know where the time is going, it’s looking like spring outside, and March is almost gone!! We also have a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. for you this week, and the theme is Add a Charm.  I find that I often forget about my stash of charms, so this is a great time to dig some up :)  We have the wonderful Sami Stamps

sponsoring us for the last time.  We wish you all the best, as you devote your time to family and your personal life :)

Sneaky Birthday

I used the adorable image Sneaky Whiskers, from our sponsor.  This stamp is so versatile, that I was hard pressed to decide on which idea to use for my project!!  I colored the kitties up and then fussy cut them out to use  later.  I cut the sentiment with my Cricut, using my oldest cartridge, Don Juan.  I found some funky coordinating papers in stripes and dots, and arranged them, using some plain card stock in colors from the print.  I then carefully positioned the cats so they were peeking out from some letters, and taking center stage at the bottom of the sentiment.  I found a mouse charm, which was perfect to hang from one of the impish kitties mouths. It needed a bit “more”, so I added some stitching around the block letters and some silver studs.

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

Cards and More – #180 Kids/Children

A Gem of a Challenge – #190 Boy’s Birthday

Send a Smile For Kids – Animal Cards for Kids

Die Cut Divas – For the Love of Animals/Pets

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie – #65 inspiration picture (I took the bright colors, pets and whimsical feel as inspiration)

Cut It Up – #118, You’ve Got Me In Stitches

Retirement Tulips

Spring Retirement

Hello!! It’s hard to believe that it’s March already!! It came in like a lamb here in Saskatchewan, so I hope this month doesn’t like up to the whole “in like a lion, out like a lamb” and vice versa thing!  We have a new challenge over at the C.R.A.F.T. challenge blog today, and this time it’s a sketch challenge, using a sketch by our fabulous DT member Sheryl :)

It’s a very versatile sketch that can be interpreted quite a few ways, as you can see, if you check out the amazing creations that the DT has made this week!!  We have 2 sponsors for our challenge:

    and   

And, seeing as how we are at the beginning of the month, it’s that time that we will be announcing our “Star of the Month”, which is sponsored by

Retirement TulipsI used a beautiful spring image from Sweet n’ Sassy for my card.  Nothing says spring quite like tulips do!!  I colored the image up with my SN markers.  The diagonal strip is a die cut, cut with a Memory Box die.  I added a little bee and some enamel dots, then stamped and embossed the sentiment.  Done!!  I hope you can stop by and have some fun with us, and try this sketch out!

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

Polkadoodles - Week 8/9 ATG

Double D Challenge – Think Spring!

Crafty Sentiments – ATG

Artistic Inspirations – #173 ATG

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenge – #1709 ATG

 

Ruffle Your Feathers

Don’t Get Your Feathers Ruffled

Good morning!! It’s time for another challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.  Where does the time go?? It’s hard to believe that we’re already into February of this year!!  We will be choosing the “Star of the Month” over at C.R.A.F.T., and we have the fabulous Rick St. Dennis sponsoring us for the star.

 Our challenge will be sponsored by the wonderful Crafty Ribbons

The team have used images by RSD, so be sure to check them out and leave some love :)

Our challenge this week is this inspiration picture:

so, whatever inspires you from this picture to get creative, use it!!! If it itsn’t really obvious where your inspiration comes from, make sure to let us know in your blog post :)

Ruffle Your FeathersI used the image Bird of Paradise, as I was obviously inspired by the bird :)  I was going to stick with the color scheme, but then all the pretty colored pencils started to call to me!! One word of advice, with detailed images such as the ones like this, don’t print them so small!!! I almost went blind coloring this lovely lady in!  After coloring her with my Prismacolors, and smuging some chalk in the background to ground her a bit, I moved on to the rest of the card.  I used a feather embossing folder on the bright green background, then wrapped some  sheer black ribbon around the card.  I tied a fluffy bow, and it needed “something” …… and I’m not one to put flowers on everything, so I muddled over it, and rummaged around until I found the bag of feathers that I got the beauties I used from.  A few black enamel dots (eep, almost out!!), and a stamped sentiment finish this card off :)

 

Over the Moon

Over The Moon

Hey there!! It’s time for a new challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.   Our theme is Love/Valentines/Anniversary this time around, and we have

All Dressed Up stamps sponsoring us.  Try to make some time to check out the LOVEly makes of my fellow DT members :)

Over the MoonI used the sweet Over the Moon image from the sponsor. I colored it with my Prismacolors, with touches of Wink of Stella on her dress and veil, then decided to use the background technique from the latest monthly pencil class over at Kit and Clowder. The colors are way different than what’s used in the class, but that’s the nice thing, the techniques can be applied to any project in any color.  The papers are some that I just purchased a while ago, when some of my friends and I went on a road trip to the only scrapbooking store in the area.  I took the metallic bits from the paper pattern, and used some gold mirror cardstock to mat everything and to cut the Mr. and Mrs. with my Cricut.  Some gold ribbon and a rose finish this card off…..the layout was inspired by this sketch:

over at Tuesday Morning Sketches :)

I would also like to enter this card into these challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Week 400 -Let’s Celebrate!

Tuesday Throwdown – ATG #327

Hula Girl

Hula

Hello, and Happy New Year!!! My blog has been down and out for over a month, but hopefully all the issues are resolved now!!! Just in time for a brand new challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.!!  We’re starting the New Year with a fun recipe challenge :)

 Our wonderful sponsor this week is

who have tons of adorable images to choose from!!

Hula GirlI’m using Hula Halina for my card.  I colored her up with my SN markers, adding some definition to the hair with an ultra fine point pen.  I found the bright summery hibiscus printed paper in my stash, and then matched it up with some bright stripes, from a completely different collection.  The three flowers were cut with my Cricut, and I added some sparkle to them before popping them up on some foam dots.  I hope you can join us, and make sure you check out the fabulous creations of the DT here.

 

Frosty Wishes

Frosty Wishes

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post of any kind, as life has been throwing me a number of curve balls lately, and it’s been all I can do to keep my head above water!!  With that being said, I better get back into the groove of things, and start swimming again!!

Frosty Wishes

This card is for the latest challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.  with the theme being Wintertime.

 Our sponsors are

 Star Stampz and Sweet N’ Sassy .

 I used the adorable Light Up My Life image from Sweet N’ Sassy for my project.  I had the light bulb print paper left over from a Christmas stack, and took the color scheme from that, as I colored the image in with my SN markers.  I did a bit of inking around the edges, and added some sparkle for snow.  I used coordinating scraps from the same stack for the layout, added some die cut snowflakes, a bit more sparkle, and a sentiment that I cut with my Cricut.  I hope you can stop by the C.R.A.F.T. blog and check out the amazing projects my fellow DT members have created, and enter your own Winter project :)

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

Pixies Snippets – week 254

ABC Christmas Challenge – W for Wishes

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Anything for Christmas Goes

Fall Cupcake Box Top

Fall Cupcake Box

IMG_20161006_072259517Good morning!! Wow!! Have we had a pile of snow, here in Saskatchewan, Canada, the last few days!!!  I think we all thought the weather man was joking when a storm was forecast!! NOT!!! Oh well, that’s what we get, living where we do :/ It’s time for another challenge over at C.R.A.F.T. today.  We have a gorgeous inspiration picture for you this week.

There’s so much that can be taken from this rather simple picture, as you can see if you pop by the blog and see the DTs projects!!  We have two wonderful sponsors this week:

 

Fall Cupcake BoxFall Cupcake Box TopI was given the image Too Good to Eat Cakes, by All Dressed Up, to work with on my project. I was inspired by the colors, and the fall “feel” of the picture. It was quite the process with this, as my brain was all over the place, and I wasn’t satisfied with anything….  I colored the image with my SN markers, and wasn’t happy with the way they looked, so I went in with colored pencils to give some more depth….much better.  Then I messed around with the background, settling on a confetti background, which I worked on for way too long…..it looked pretty good, until I cut it out into a circle, and managed to make it look all wonky.  I tried about 52 card layouts, paper choices, embellie combos….nothing looked right….  I got the idea for a box and quickly printed up the template on kraft card…..I stamped some birthday words and a pattern on the lid and found a nice fall colored ribbon piece to accent it.  I had to fussy cut the cupcakes out of the background that took too long to do (lol)  before affixing it to the lid.  I’m so happy with how this FINALLY turned out, and plan to make some more little gift boxes to have on hand :)

Grateful

Grateful

Well, I guess it’s officially fall now!! The calendar does not lie :)  It’s also time for another challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  This time our theme is Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving.  That pretty much allows for anyone’s taste in cards :)  Of course, we have some super sponsors, and this time, they are:

  and    

GratefulI was given the Long Tall Cattails image by DRS Designs.  I bounced around a few ideas in my head, but things really started coming together for my plans for this card when I saw this color combination over at

Cupcake Inspirations.

My orange color in my card looks way redder, thanks to the joys of photography :P  I printed the cattails up, and colored them black, to give them the silhouette effect.  I fussy cut them out, and covered them with Glossy Accents to give them some dimension and shine.  For the background, I played with one of my favorite background techniques, that I discovered a few years ago.  For this, you use some fusible webbing (from your sewing stash), I just used pieces of fusible hem tape.  I heated the paper enough for the web to adhere, then sprinkled embossing powder on it.  I did this multiple times, alternating dark purple, orange sparkle and forest green (actually called “Pond Scum”) embossing powders.  When the web and embossing powders are heated together, the web separates and makes some beautiful effects :)  I cut a window in this, matted it in a dark purple card stock, and layered it on a piece of black, which I had stamped and embossed the sentiment on in the orange embossing powder.  After adhering the cattails, I added a few black baubles for balance.

MrAndMrsSnowCU

Mr. and Mrs. Snow

Hi there!! Where on Earth did August go? The leaves are already starting to turn! Although I love fall, I really dont like the cold that comes with THAT season that follows…  You’d never guess, with my card for this weeks challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  Our theme this week is a technique – embossing, and we have Crafty Sentiments

as our generous sponsor!   Stop by and see the beautiful embossed goodies that the design team has made to inspire you this time around :)

MrAndMrsSnowI was given this adorable image from our sponsor.  Mr. and Mrs. Snow was colored with my SN markers, and added some clear Wink of Stella to the snow people. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to selectively emboss around the image, then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on another panel. I matted everything with coordinating card stock, added a few silver dots in the corners, and called this card done!

I’d like to enter the following challenges with this card:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Use a Sentiment

Hiding In My Craft Room – Any Holiday

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Snow People

Craft Your Passion – ATG #327

Crafting From the Heart – ATG #125