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
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.
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
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)
Hello there!!! It’s just starting to look like spring here, so that must mean that it’s time to make a Christmas card!! This week at C.R.A.F.T., our theme is just that, Christmas! We have 2 amazing sponsors, Star Stampz and Digital Papercraft
I used Imagine Fairy Girl, from Digital Papercraft for my card. She’s not really a Christmas image, but I saw her reaching to put a star on the tree as soon as I came across the image I colored her with my SN markers, then glittered up her wings (of course….fairies need sparkle wings!) I fussy cut her out, then die cut 2 trees, which I cut up and layered, then decorated with glitter. I mounted them with foam pads on a die cut shape that I edged in doodles, and placed a glittery star in her hand. I put this on a DP background, then found some coordinating ribbon to accent the corners. A bow and a stamped sentiment finish this off
I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter Challenge – #285 Away With the Fairies
Winter Wonderland – For a Child
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – #325 ATG with the option (I didn’t use the option) of no pattern paper
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Extra Challenge – Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge – ATG
Hi there!! I figured it just wouldn’t be right for me to NOT enter a card into the Aurora Wings challenge. At. The. Last. Minute. It’s becoming some kind of a tradition for me or something, lol. For this card, I used the amazing Pansy Sprite, that Mitzi so generously gave as a freebie for the duration of the challenge. Pansies are my absolute all time favorite flower, hands down. To the extent that I have a pansy tatoo, and nicknamed my mother in law Pansy….. So I had to do something with this wonderful sprite!! I was thinking of doing her up in some really different pansy colors, and spent quite a bit of time looking through pictures of pansy patches that I’ve had, but, instead, went with a very traditional color scheme. The big challenge for me was to do this in pastel colors…..I don’t do pastels well….I find them hard to color, hard to wear, and always think that there should be a bit more “oomph” when I look at them. I think I pulled it off here, with my Prismacolor pencils….I colored her at work, and only took a select few pencils with me so I wouldn’t be tempted to amp things up a bit After cutting the image out with a die/fussy cutting, and matting it in a slightly deeper purple, I embossed a mint green piece of card stock (mint….me??). I took the pansy edge from a piece of card stock that I had laying around, so I could balance the card a bit by edging the image’s opposing corner. A piece of pale mauve polka dot paper is peeking out from below some pastel yellow lace. The butterflies are stickers, that I stuck to white paper, then fussy cut out. After attaching the bow, and the tag with the stamped sentiment, I felt that all the sparkle was out of balance some how (the butterflies are sparkly, but the pic doesn’t show that well). I had a dream about my great niece, who was insisting that I call her “Miss Sparkle Pants”…..so that inspired me to add a bit of sparkle to the sprite’s bloomers Hope you like my venture into the “light” side
Here are the challenges that I would like to enter my card in:
Aurora Wings Challenge – #45 Sprite Delight IV
Butterfly Challenge – #74 “M” is for Mint Green and “E” is for Edges
Creative Inspirations - #270 ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG for the week of March 14
Card Mania – #90 Pastel Colors
When I saw the color combo for the them at the Aurora Wings Challenge, I knew that I had to participate! I love the purple green and gold colors of Mardi Gras!! I was originally intending on doing one of the pansy images I have up into a card, but I went shopping and found this beauty, and had to have her!! Big Eyed Hydrangea Sprite can be found here or here. I love shopping at the new Aurora Wings store, it’s so easy to get around! I
I colored her up with my SN markers, and was so tickled with the finished result!! Let me tell you, I was holding my breath towards the end, hoping that I didn’t screw up!! I found some shimmery gold card stock for the back, layered the image with a green scrap and a doily; then cut some light purple flourishes out with a die. The bow and ribbon are actually 2 different ribbons, a sage green and a gold mesh. Then I punched and punched and punched little flowers, that I added gold glitter centers to, and arranged around the image with some punched leaves. A few gold dots and this card was finished!!
I’d like to enter the following challenges with this card:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – ATG
Cute Card Thursday – #466 Florals
Southern Girls – #154 Nature Inspired
Kitty B’s Aloha Friday – #89 Flowers
Jo’s Scrap Shack – #177 ATG
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
I 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
Hi there! It’s a beautiful fall day here. It’s amazing how fast summer passed us by That being said, I’m certain that before we know it, winter will be upon us, and with that, Christmas. So, it’s the perfect time to start on your Christmas cards, if you haven’t done so already! And…..that is exactly what our challenge theme is this week at C.R.A.F.T.! We have 2 fabulous sponsors this time around:
Stop by and get in the Christmas spirit with the wonderful DT cards!
I was given “Cup of Love” by Pickled Potpourri to work with. It’s not in their Christmas section, but it is such a versatile stamp!! Depending on your choice of color scheme, it can be used at any time of the year After merging the kitty into the cup, I colored it up with my SN markers. I added gold and some sparkly highlights on the mug pattern. I stamped a pretty sentiment in the corner of the image piece. All the paper I used was from my scrap folder…it’s time to be using some of that up I added a strip of a brown paper bag, and a bow at the bottom, and some little blingy things that I made from polymer clay around the image. A few more swipes with the glitter pen on the sentiment and the bow, and everything was coordinated quite nicely
Hi there!! It’s time again for another challenge over at C.R.A.F.T. We realize how easy it is to leave our Christmas cards until the last minute, then fly into a panic in December, so we’ve been giving you Christmas theme challenges throughout the year to help out a bit. And with THAT preamble, you have probably guessed that our theme this week is Christmas!! Lol For our sponsor, we have the fabulous Nikki Burnette
I was given the beautiful Sadie, to work with. I colored her up with my SN markers, then glittered her wings up (because I have a firm belief that fairy wings sparkle!!) For the cup and saucer, I dotted parts of each with a white gel pen, then colored them over again with colored pencils to get the polka dot effect without losing shading detail.
For the papers, I dove into my Christmas scrap folder and had some fun I tied the bow, then adhered some candy canes that I fussy cut from another paper scrap and topped with Glossy Accents. A computer printed sentiment and some silver glitter baubles finished this card off
I hope that you can stop by the C.R.A.F.T. challenge blog and enter a Christmas make, and while you are there, check out the beautiful inspirational projects that my amazing teammates have created
I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Robyn’s Fetish – Glitter and a Bow
Crafting When We Can – #125 Things With Wings
Good morning!!! Thursday has rolled around again, and with it comes a new challenge over at C.R.A.F.T. Challenges!!! This week, it’s everybody’s favorite theme….ATG! So, stop by and enter any of your projects created after today’s date, because the sky’s the limit….and…..of course we have some wonderful sponsors that are offering prizes that you can win
How great is that?? Do what you want, and 3 possible prizes Stop by the blog and check out the fabulous inspiration projects my teammates have created – they are the greatest group of ladies, and deserve some love for their amazing projects!!
I was given the image “Copacabana” by Rick St. Dennis. I love the ladies he has, they have such style and attitude!! When I made this card, I didn’t have any “vision” of what it would look like, not even the colors…..so I truly “winged” it from the start Sometimes those are the most fun projects to create!! I decided to go with a camel color suit with pinky gold accents (ok, the accents started really pink, but looked crappy with the camel, so they turned into pink gold). The fur and feathers on her outfit started off pale pink, then took on a more gray tint, then settled on a pinky taupe (told ya I winged it, lol) Love that about my SN markers, I can change my mind with them If I sound as if i was indecisive with my color choices – you should have seen me with the paper!!!! OMG, I amaze even myself sometimes!!! It was ALL over. Like most cardmakers, I have enough paper to last me about 12 lifetimes, and I swear, I looked at almost every piece and scrap of it!!! I like this one I picked….didn’t even realize I had it, haha. I will not get in to the process of picking embellishments….I will just say that if I didn’t keep it as simple as I did, I would be writing this post well into next year. The sequins and flowers are both about 20 years old, from some of my mom’s old craft supplies, and the bow I tied from some gorgeous ribbon I won in a recent challenge win – thank you, POPPET!!