Winter Friends

Good morning!  It’s time for another challenge over at C.R.A.F.T. , and this time our theme is “Winter”.  Very fitting with the weather that we’ve been having in Saskatchewan.  There are so many things that I like about winter….the slower pace, the beauty, the clothes….but then there’s the drivers in the snow, and that just pops my little “winter love” balloon!!  As always, we are sponsored by some wonderful sponsors, and this time, thanks goes to

Scrap N' Dipity
3 images of choice from Scrap N’ Dipity

and

3 images of choice from Lacy Sunshine

I used Rory and Her Snowman Friends, from Lacy Sunshine, for my card.  I colored the image with my SN and Copic markers, then added some sparklies to all the snow parts.  I took a walk on the pastel side of the color spectrum, and am quite happy with the result 🙂  I love the latest sketch, over at The Sketchy Challenges, so used it for inspiration for the layout of this card

This is a fabulous sketch to use up pieces of paper, which is precisely what I did!! I found some nice blue shimmer for the background, a few pieces of swirling snow patterned paper, and a piece of blue glitter CS that was just the right size 🙂  I matted everything up in white, and added an icicle diecut, using a Marianne die, for the middle band.  Of course more sparkle and bling was needed, so I glittered up the icicles, and added some pretty gemstones to finish the card 🙂

I would like to enter this in the following:

The Sketchy Challenges – Sketch #130

Morgan’s ArtWorld – #22 ATG

Crafty Friends – #70 Christmas

Angie’s Digital Stamps – #15 ATG with optional twist of Holidays

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of Nov. 7

Steampunk Christmas

I recently signed up for a Secret Santa swap in the Make It Crafty Facebook Group.  I got a bit of a chuckle when my partner’s name came up, and it was one of my besties from right here in Saskatoon!! Lol.  I knew that she likes Steampunk, so off I went shopping at the Make It Crafty store!  I found the Steampunk Santa House and then the gorgeous Elizabeth J, which I merged with the house.  I wanted the background to be a subtle, old look, with miss Elizabeth “popping” in the foreground.  I went to work with my SN and Copic markers, with all this detail, the reading glasses were put on a few times!!  After coloring, I did a chalk background with some shimmering Pebbles chalks (that I completely forgot I had!), and added some sparkle to the snow.  I had a really cool idea for a sweet fancy fold for this card, however, though the image was teeny when it came to coloring, it was too large for the fold I had in mind.  I decided on a simple easel card, matting the image in a browny-green CS and some patterned paper.  I set to die cutting snowflakes, using a few different sets of snowflake dies for variety.  After laying everything out, and adding a stamped and embossed sentiment, it still needed something …. so I printed, colored, and fussy cut the Steampunk Gift digi.  The house and the gift digis came in a set, with a few other images, that saved me money, and gave even more options for future makes.  It was great fun making this card…and delivering it over coffee, rather than posting it, lol.

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

Crafting by Designs – November ATG

Fab N’ Funky Challenges – #369 Fashion

Morgan’s Artworld – #22 ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenges – Week 44 ATG

Winter Wonderland – Fun Folds

Holly

Hello! It’s time for another ATG challenge over at Creative Fingers 🙂  This time, we have 2 fabulous sponsors,

and

I was given the gorgeous image Holly Christmas from Elvenstar Art to use on my project.  I first merged her into a holly frame clipart that I had in my files, then colored everything with my SN and Copic markers. I used this sketch:

from Tuesday Morning Sketches as my inspiration for the layout.  I kept it very simple color wise, using my favorite color combo 🙂  I added an embossed piece for the top element, using a wonderful magazine freebie that I got a few years ago.  I hope you can join us by sharing a project over at our challenge 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Tuesday Morning Sketches – Sketch #427

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 44

Crimbo Crackers – #144 Quick and Easy Christmas

Creative Knockouts – #218 Embossing Delights

As You Like It Challenge – Christmas or Non-Christmas….Christmas!! Why?  Love the colors and the festive feel of Christmas cards.  Also, these are the cards that I seem to give out most, so it’s fun to keep making them throughout the year :_

Soar Above

Hi there 🙂 Hope everything is well with you..I’ve been feeling ill, and have had no energy, so some of my posts are a bit behind 🙁  This card is for the new challenge at C.R.A.F.T.   We have a sketch challenge for you this time 🙂

Of course we have some wonderful sponsors, and this time around it’s

Sweet N’ Sassy $10 voucher

and

5 images of choice from QKR Stampede

I love this sketch, because you can use different elements for the shapes, as I have, with the image, so I used the plane and 2 clouds from the image Soar Above the Rest by Sweet N’ Sassy. I colored it in with my SN markers, then fussy cut the 3 shapes out.  I glued them onto a scrap of paper from a travel themed pad, and edged it with some stripes from the same pad.  The background (hard on the eyes!) is from the same pad as well.  I used one of the sentiments from the same set as the images are from, and the other sentiment (you soar above the rest)  is featured on the inside of the card.

I’d like to enter this into the following:

Crafting by Designs – November ATG

Deep Ocean Challenge – #167 Inspired by a Song/Movie (the movie Airplane…Shirley, I had to watch it again  LOL)

Inspiration Destination – #137 ATG

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – ATG with Patterned Paper

 

Autumn Hello

Good morning 🙂  Another Autumn card for you today.  I found this cute image from Ike’s Art, in my files.  It doesn’t seem to be available anymore (or I’m blind), but there are TONS of cute images in the store to choose from!!   I used this sketch, from The Sketchy Challenges, as my layout guideline:

After coloring this cute fall pooch with my Prismacolor pencils, I stamped 3 leaves with an Ink A Dink a Doo stamp, and colored and fussy cut them out.  I found the perfect papers in my stash, and lay everything out.  I added a sentiment, stamped on a fishtail banner die cut (cut with an unbranded die).  Snow is in the forecast today, so I’m thinking that these will be the only pretty leaves that I see for quite awhile 🙁

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

Ike’s World Challenges – #100 ATG with optional celebrations (congrats on the 100!!!)

The Sketchy Challenges – #129, with sketch, shown above

Crafty Friends Challenge – #69 – Cute

Addicted to Stamps – #156 Autumn

Simon Monday Challenge – All Creatures Great and Small

Brain Baby

Every time I look at this tag, I’m more convinced that I’m just not right in the head 😛  But ’tis the season to be creepy…so, here it is.  I used the (any other time of the year) adorable Acorn Baby Sprite image from Aurora Wings.  I wanted to creep up a Sprite, as that is a huge challenge with them being so flippin’ cute!! I thought BRAINS when I saw this guys head (like I said, I’m not quite “right”), so set to work making all the brain type of grooves, using some of the acorn pattern as a guideline.  Continued to color in the face in as gruesome a way as I could, while still maintaining the idea of cuteness.  After I colored him, I fussy cut him out, and then wondered what the heck I was going to do with the little creeper, lol.  I haven’t done a tag for a long time so cut one out from some Black Magic paper, and embossed it with a brick pattern, using a Tim Holtz folder.  I used a portion of a trellis (Sizzix) die cut, and was reduced to hand cutting the blood drop border, because I had no die or punch in that shape.  With the little guys brain puffing out, he reminded me of a science experiment gone wrong, so I printed the sentiment on the computer, distressed it a bit and added 2 silver rivets.  Some fuzzy fiber and yarn provided the tie for this tag.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #59 Darkness Falls

Create and Inspire -#67 ATG

 

Pug Present

If this isn’t just the cutest little guy, ever!!! I wouldn’t mind getting him from Santa 🙂  This card was made for a swap over at the Kit and Clowder Facebook group, and when I searched to find something about my partner, the one thing that stuck out was that she LOVES her little pug 🙂  So I took it from there, and was lucky enough to find this adorable little guy, from Just Inklined.  I colored him up with my SN and Copic markers, then carefully added a holly pattern, with a small stamp, to the gift box.  I layered everything up with white CS and mirror card (which was, as always, a joy to photograph), that I’d die cut a window into.  The holly was cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, and the sentiment was done with an unbranded die.  I added a red bow and some silver baubles to finish this card off.  I hope my swap partner likes it!!

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

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Week 439 Christmas Creatures

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #7 ATG with Critters

Incy Wincy Designs – Oct. 16 – Nov. 5; Dress Up (all dressed up like Santa!)

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #357 ATG with optional theme (I didn’t do the option) something with wings

Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas, October Edition

 

 

Fall Shaker

Hi there!! Even though there’s snow on the ground now, I have a few more autumn themed cards to share 🙂  This one features a beautiful Faery Ink image, called Aja Autumn Leaves Fae.  I colored this beauty up with my Prismacolor pencils, then fussy cut her out.  I haven’t made a shaker card for quite some time, and I had these leaf confetti sequins that worked perfectly here!!  I die cut a frame with 2 nesting dies by Sizzix Framelits  to go around the shaker part, then attached Aja on top.  It needed just a bit more, so I added a corner that had been cut with my Cricut.  There’s nothing like the warm, vibrant colors of autumn (except maybe the cool, frosty colors of winter…lol).

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

Double D Challenges – “Leave” it to me

Crafty Gals Corner – #146 ATG

CCC Digi Creations – #83 Fantasy

Dies R Us – #83 Leaves

Cut It Up – #133 Shaker Cards

 

Vintage Christmas

Good morning 🙂 Well, the snow finally came….but just a bit of it and it was mixed with rain, so it should be a really fun drive to work this morning!! I swear, everyone forgets how to drive when the first snow falls 🙁  Well, it’s starting to look a bit like Christmas, so this card, made for the new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. sort of fits the weather!! Our theme this time is “Add Ribbon and Distress Your Card”, with the fabulous and very generous Rick St. Dennis as sponsor 🙂

Rick St. Dennis

I was given Noelle Holiday Hat to use on my card.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then inked the background with Distress Inks.  I may have had a bit too much fun with the distressing part of this challenge, as all edges were torn, sanded….generally beat up, lol.  I layered up the card, following this sketch from The Sketchy Challenges:

using scraps of Christmas print paper, kraft card stock, and a piece of Kraft Core paper that I found in my stash.  For the ribbon, I cut 3 little banners from some gold ribbon that I found.  I stamped the sentiment twice, to give it a shadowed effect…. once with a dark green ink, and once in gold, which I heat embossed.

I’d like to enter this into the following:

The Sketchy Challenges – Sketch #129

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Weeks 303/304 ATG with Snippets

Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas, Oct. Edition

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #356 Christmas ATG/Traditional Christmas Colors

Creative Ladybird’s Creations – #30 ATG

 

Birthday Bow

Hi there!  What does a card maker do when an extra special person has a birthday?? Makes an extra special card, of course!! My good friend Nicola celebrated a big birthday yesterday, so I figured it was the best time to finally make a bow card, that we’ve both been admiring for some time now.  The number of pieces in the pattern was quite intimidating, but I dove in, and it wasn’t that bad, once you started putting things together.  Nic’s favorite color is purple, and she loves dragons, so I used a few coordinating patterns from a pad, and found this beautiful image, Amethyst Dragon by Molly Harrison.  It was a real challenge coloring the image with my Copic and SN markers, as it had to be printed SO tiny, to be incorporated with the card design…got ‘er done, with a lot of breath holding, and a few breaks due to shaky hands, lol.  I found one of the hardest things to do with this card was to embellish (rather, find the embellishments my mind thought up) it.  I used black feathers, my ONE black rose, and some little flowers that I colored to match the image.  I then added some beaded silver sprigs and some punched leaves.  I was really surprised at how well this card stood when finished.  Sandra, from Sandra’s Scrapshop (store closed temporarily), certainly designed it perfectly!!

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

Digi Choosday – Week 42 ATG

Lemon Shortbread – #52 ATG

Creative Moments – #129 ATG/Purple Paradise

Polkadoodles Challenge – Week 42 ATG

Glitter N’ Sparkle – #262 Color Challenge – Purple and Black

Crafter’s Cafe Challenge – #183 Shaped Card