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)
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
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.
I must confess, time got away on me, and this was a late make!!
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
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 time for our first challenge of 2017 over at Come and Get It Challenges Appropriately enough, the theme is “Anything New”. This gives you a chance to show off some new crafty stash, a new technique…..well…anything new!!! Annnnd, it gives you the chance to win a $15 voucher from the ever popular Bugaboo Stamps!
I was given the adorable Scene It Birthday Bears to use on my card. Other than the new digi (colored with my SN markers), I also used a new stencil in the background….inked with distress inks; new ribbon, and a new fold :) I perked the card up a bit with some blue glitter on the number 3, and some balloons, that I cut with my Cricut, then added Glossy Accents to. Hope you like it, and that you can join me and the fabulous design team in our Anything New challenge!!
I never thought it would be so difficult to find a digi with both a cat AND dog on it!! Maybe I’m picky, or looking in all the wrong places, but I finally found this one by Your Next Stamp. I colored them in with my Spectrum Noir markers, trying to stay relatively close to the colors of the recipients pets (ok, didn’t quite nail the matching of the colors!). Some Glossy Accents added to the decorations give a bit of oomph (thank you, Mom, for adding such colorful ‘words’ to my vocabulary ). I played around with the background papers – a LOT – before finding these two, that co-ordinate quite well. I am really trying to make an effort to do more bows, and ribbon ‘touches’ to my cards, as I have BINS of ribbon and trim!!! The chocolate brown satin and the sparkly irridescent ribbon and bow really seemed to fit perfectly on this card. I added a tag with a stamped sentiment and a heart shaped button tied with twine to finish this project off. I’m entering this in Artistic Inspirations “Warm and Cozy”; Crafty Ribbon “Animals at Christmas, with ribbon”; Fairy Tale Challenge “Christmas with Animals”; and Crafty Catz “Anything Goes” challenges.