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Good morning :)  I really, really challenged myself with this card.  There were a few challenges that I wanted to enter, and I’ve been so short of time, that I wanted to combine a few of them into one card….so I got my thinking cap on :)  I love the sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week, and really wanted to give it a go:

They also have a theme, this time, Use a Diecut.  Another challenge that intrigued me was The Butterfly Challenge, where the theme is V for the color Vermillion, and K for Key….with a butterfly, of course :)   These, along with the various Red, White and Blue challenges, certainly had me thinking!!  I found the little house image at a free clipart site, and printed it on blue card stock, then added some touches of red, white and clear sparkle with some gel pens…then fussy cut it out and placed it on white cardstock, matted in red.  I die cut the butterflies, with an unbranded die, and, after folding their wings up for a bit of dimension, placed them on a piece matted in blue.  I embossed the background with a Spellbinders folder, added a Tattered Lace diecut sentiment and then tied on a key charm to finish the card off :)

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

Let’s Craft and Create – #127 Just Beachy and/or Red, White and Blue

CutIt Up = #125 Patriotic/Red White and Blue (I’m Canadian, so went with the colors :) )

Glitter N’ Sparkle – #24 7 Red White and Blue

Ciao

Beautiful Lily

Hi there!! There’s a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. – and it’s one of my favorites: A Sketch Challenge :)

This sketch is created by our very own Aunty Sue, and it’s FABULOUS!!  Of course, we have a generous sponsor, and this time it’s

I hope you can join us for some sketchy fun this week!

Ciao

I was given the gorgeous Circle Lily to use for my project.  I colored it with my Prismacolor pencils to match one of the lilies that my neighbor has in her incredible lily patch…..I thought the colors were so unique, that I had to give it a shot.  I die/fussy cut the image out and then set to laying the rest of the card out.  I used a border embossing folder to create the vertical element, edging it with some ribbon that miraculously matched the lily!! A strip of lace and a LDRS stamped sentiment made up the other elements.  Since I edged the circle and the sentiment piece with some sparkly gel pen (which, of course doesn’t show in the pic), I added some sparkle balls to balance everything out :)

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

Dream Valley – #159 Bling, Lace and Ribbon

As You Like It - Favorite Way to Add Ribbon….strips to border other elements WHY?  It’s easy for a sucky bow tier such as myself :)

Crafty Catz – #378 ATG with a twist of add some lace

Crafty Gals Corner – #130 ATG

Crafty Creations – #345 ATG

Muddy Dad

#1 Dad

Muddy DadHi there!! Another week has flown by, and it’s time for another challenge at C.R.A.F.T.   This time, we’re having fun with 3D Decoupage.  Our fabulous sponsor is KennyK Stamps, so we got to rock it with these cool images.  I was given Cool Trucker to work with. After coloring (and coloring) with my SN markers, I fussy cut all the layers I needed. I positioned the image so it was driving out of a window cut into the background…embossed with a Spellbinders folder and inked with Distress Inks.  I cut the mud splat with a Tim Holtz die, added a few more random spots, then coated it with Glossy Accents. Dad and the road sign were cut with my Cricut.  Loving how this turned out….reminds me of quadding with the guys in my younger years :)

Pansy Dreamer

Pansy Fantasy

Pansy Dreamer

This image is the image that got me hooked on Aurora Wings images.  All of Mitzi’s images are fabulous, but this one just knocked me out, because it has the gorgeous pansies arranged around the beautiful woman.  Even given the fact that I loooove this image, I have owned it for quite some time now, and have been too scared to do anything with it, in case I “wrecked” it.  My brain didn’t take it a step further and get to the step of how I could print it again, and retry…..so there it sat!  Well, I finally got up the nerve, grabbed my Prismacolor pencils, and went to it.  I was seriously holding my breath for about  80% of the time that I was coloring!! I couldn’t decide on which pansy color combo to use, so I tried to do as many different ones as possible :)  I highlighted the bubbles and her eyes with some white gel pen.  After curling the corners a bit, I set to assembling the back drop of the card.  I embossed some Coordinations Kraft core paper with a Cuttlebug script embossing folder, and embossed a strip of vellum with a spellbinders folder.  I had a strip of the taupe lace, which I wove some gold cording through.  I used a Tonic Studio loopy fern leaf die, a Tattered Lace butterfly die, and some sprigs of blue flower things.  It needed a little something else, so I got out some frosted white adhesive gems, and colored them with my SN markers to look a bit more like the bubbles in the picture….then added a dot of white gel pen, because I’m just picky like that lol.  I’m thrilled with this card, and really think that I did this fabulous image justice. And I think it’s one that I’ll just keep!!

I’d like to enter these challenges with this:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #48 ATG

Pansy Sprite

Pansy Sprite

Pansy SpriteHi 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

Zebras

Zebras

ZebrasI had the idea for this card the other day, and was really excited to get to it, because it was back to some of my old rubber stamping techniques.  I used an old rubber-stamp of a zebra, I don’t know the brand name, but I got it at Michael’s as part of a set of animals.  I used masking to make a row of them to run across the strip of white card stock.  The sentiment stamp is also an oldie…..it’s by Stampology.  I used a Nellie Snellen circle die to cut it out and to mat it in the turquoise.  I’ve had the animal print Cuttlebug embossing folders for a long time, but haven’t used the zebra (or tiger???) one yet.  It was perfect to use with CoreD’inations Black Magic paper :)  After sanding the embossing to expose the white, I matted everything with turquoise and added a few small brads to the corner.  Loving the CAS design of this card :)

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

Cuttlebug Mania – It’s A Zoo Out There

The Crazy Challenge – #243 We Love Animals

Lemon Shortbread – #36 ATG

Jo’s Scrap Shack – #178 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 :)

 

Wolf Friend

Wolf Friends

EEEEP!!  I didn’t get this posted at anywhere close to the right time!! There still IS  a teeny bit of time left to enter our current challenge at Come and Get It, though. Our theme this time is “No Designer Paper”, and the sponsor is the wonderful Nikki Burnett.

                  Wolf Friend                                                                                   I used Fallon, supplied by the sponsor :)  I colored it with my Prismacolors, then fussy cut it to go over the embossed (and lightly inked) background. I die cut some birch trees to place over the embossing. I stamped a sentiment on another strip and this finished my project off :)

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:

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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