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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

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)

Trimming the Tree

Trim the Tree

Trimming the TreeHello 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

Lily Sprite

Prairie Lily Sprite

Lily SpriteHello :)  I made this card using the adorable Tiger Lily Sprite from the one and only Aurora Wings.  As I live on the Canadian prairies, I grew up seeing wild prairie lilies in the ditches every summer, and quickly grew to love their bright, cheery pops of color in the long grass.  Prairie lilies are also the provincial flower of Saskatchewan.  This is why I just HAD to color this sweetie up in the colors of the wild lily :)  After coloring the image with my SN markers, I fussy cut it out.  I used a scrap of paper for the background, then layered up some green fiber paper, some glassine paper, a strip of burlap and some die cut circles.  I did the circles with 2 nesting dies each….I am frantically trying to build my stash of dies, but my budget does not keep up with my dreams, so I try to make do and improvise wherever possible!! I cut some banner shapes with the same colors as the circles and attached them to the corners.  After layering everything up, I tied some gold cording with a green heart charm along 2 edges, and sprinkled on some Frantage mica flakes.  If anybody could tell me the secret of how to randomly glue these flakes down, I would be forever grateful!! I dab glue here and there, but it always seems to not look as “random” as I would like…..  I hope you like this little prairie sprite :)

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

Aurora Wings Challenge – Sprite Delite IV

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - ATG #53

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Weeks 271/272

Dream Valley Challenge - #151 Lots of Layers

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #319 ATG

 

Just.A.Note

Coloring!

Just.A.Note
Hi there!!  My card today has been travelling the world for a while, en route to Australia.  I made this for Alyce at Kit and Clowder, as a thank you for all the support and encouragement that she gives to us Clowdies!!! The image is from KennyK Stamps, and can be found HERE.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then matted the image on some paper that matched her jacket.  I die cut some teal flourishes with a Couture Creations die, and added some flowers to coordinate with the rest of the card.  Everything was put on an backing paper that we embossed with a Darice embossing folder.  A bit of sparkly ribbon, some blingy centres for the flowers, white gel pen accents, and a stamped sentiment finish this card off :)

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

The Ribbon Girl – March ATG Challenge

Simon Wednesday Challenge – For a Special Lady/Girl  (Alyce)

Morgan’s Artworld – #5 Include a Sentiment

Crafty Sentiments Challenge – ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of March 7-13

You're 4

You’re 4

Hello!! It’s hard to believe that it’s the for another challenge over at Come and Get It!! Our theme this time is Cards For Kids, and we are sponsored by the generous PaperNest Dolls.

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 I must confess, time got away on me, and this was a late make!!

You're 4

I used Ballerina Emma, and colored her up with my SN markers. Yesterday it was feeling very spring like here (today, not so much, with about 6″ of snow overnight), so I used soft pastel colors. I used scraps from 2 different paper collections, and cut the number 4 out with my Cricut. I used a die from Elizabeth Craft  for the bunting. Pink ribbon bows, some yellow flowers, a Brad and glitter glue pulled everything together, ready for the fussy cut image to dance onto the card :)

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

Digi Choosday – Week 9 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #183 Die/Punch Frenzy

Cute Card Thursday - #467 ATG

Gem of a Challenge – #189 Use 3 ‘B’s’ (ballerina, bows, bunting, blooms)

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Spring Colors 4 Kids