Joy to the World

Good morning 🙂  As we dig out from massive amounts of snow, I’ll share with you my inspiration card for the new challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.  Our theme is Christmas, and we have the wonderful Lacy Sunshine sponsoring us 🙂

Prize is 3 digital stamps from the Lacy Sunshine store.

I used Gertie Sweet Urchin for my card, and colored her up with Prismacolor pencils.  It’s been awhile since I did anything in a black and white monochrome, and I love how it gives this a more vintagey look than it already had!!

The background paper is from a pad that I got shortly after Christmas at Michael’s.  One of their Hot Buy pads, and it has quite a few really nice prints in it.  I also fussy cut the sentiment from another sheet from the same pad.  I cut the flowers, using a Cottage Cutz die, and after shaping and layering them, I added the centers with Liquid Pearls and some silver Stickles.  The silver gives just a touch of sparkle, a necessity on a Christmas card 🙂

It’s great to be done another Christmas card for the year, and this time, I know exactly who the recipient is!!

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

ABC Christmas Challenge – E,F,and G are for Embossing, Frill and Glitter – I did the glitter touches 🙂

The Corrosive Challenge – #3 March; ATG

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – March 2018 ATG with Patterned Paper

Die Cut Divas – Monochrome Project

Christmas Crafts All Year Round – March Challenge – Use Flowers

Thanks, Foxy :)

Hello 🙂  We just had a nasty blizzard, snowfall, freezing rain episode over the weekend here 🙁  Now that Mother Nature has that out of her system, it’s time for Spring!!  This delightful little fox image is from AMB Illustrations, and the set that it comes from can be found here.  I colored this cutie with my Prismacolor pencils, then hemmed and hawed over what to do with it.  After taking a look through my completed cards, I saw that I was a bit short of “thank you” cards, so at least that was a start!!  My big AHA! moment came when I saw this sketch, at Sketch Saturday:

I found the rust colored background paper….it has a verrrry subtle print to it, but is the perfect color….and added some black strips for the other sketch element.  I decided to pull out a “thanks” die, and turn this into an eclipse card, while still keeping with the sketch.  I am thrilled with the finished result!!!  I love how the eclipse method gets a message across, yet still allows the image to be the focal point!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Sketch Saturday – sketch #503, shown above

Cute Card Thursday – #519 ATG

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #12 ATG

Stamping Sensations – March – Forest Friends

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #77 ATG

Bunch of Bunnies

Hi there 🙂  I was thrilled to be asked as GDT at Delicious Doodles this month!!  I’ve loved Teri’s art for a long time, so it’s a real honor 🙂  Thank you Teri, and team for having me!!  The theme for March is March Hare/Rabbit, and I chose this cute image, Away With the Bunnies, to work with.  It can be found here at the Delicious Doodles Etsy shop.  I colored the image with my SN and Copic markers, adding a bit of Wink of Stella to the fairy wings to give them some sparkle.

I had some pink daisy flowers that went with the daisies in the image perfectly, so of course I had to use them as embellishment.  The background paper is a piece I had in my stash, and the bottom border of bunnies is punched with a MS punch that I forgot I had!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Cute Card Thursday = #519 ATG

Southern Girls Challenge – Nature

Crafty Creations – #361 ATG

Deep Ocean Challenge – #175 Cute and Cuddly

Mod Squad Challenge – Craft Along with the Bunny and Chickadees

 

Buzzing By

Hi there 🙂  I colored up this sweet image from Elisabeth Bell with my Copic markers to have a card on hand to just send to someone to say “hi”.  This little sweetie with her cute bee friend was a freebie a while ago, and I finally had a chance to play!!

I used the same Nellie Snellen oval die to cut the image and the window in the black CS out.  I used a Whimsy (I think) beehive die to place behind the window.  After cutting a curved edge on the black, I backed it with a cute bee print paper, then cut a stitched strip to separate the 2 pieces.  I printed the sentiment on the computer, then used a banner die to cut that out.  I added a few bee stickers that I had in my stash, and made some “flight paths” with some white gel pen to finish this card off 🙂

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

Allsorts Challenge – Week 456, I Spy Something Beginning With B (bee, black, beehive)

Crafty Gals Corner – #160 ATG

Deep Ocean Challenge – #175 Cute and Cuddly

Through the Craft Room Door – Week of February 27th

Dream Valley Challenge – #173 Things With Wings

Unique, not Perfect :)

Good morning 🙂  I have a CAS card here for you, featuring an image from Limited Runs Stamps.  Fluffball can be found here.  I printed a whole row of him, turning the “unique” one upside down 🙂  I also added a fitting sentiment to the line-up while printing.  I colored them up with my Prismacolor pencils, having a bit of fun with the “imperfect” one 🙂  I doodled a quick outline around them, then added a spattering of Nuvo drops to the card.   Love how quickly a CAS card goes together!!  Now, to decide which of my wonderfully, perfectly unique friends this is for <3

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Mod Squad Challenge – Animal Fun

SUYP Challenge – #27 Furrything Goes/Love

Addicted to CAS – #130 Cat

Celebrate In Style

Hello again 🙂  I’ve been busy coloring and making cards this last week, and now I’m blogging like mad :/  I finally got around to coloring one of the beauties from Make It Crafty, something that has been on my need to do list for way too long!!  This lovely lady is Matilda Celebrates.  I colored her with my Copic and SN markers, adding dots to her dress with the mid-tone color, and some beaded curtains in the background with a black fine liner.

When I set to making up the card, I wanted to keep the image in focus, and keep the whole look festive, yet elegant.  Good thing I have thousands of sheets of DP to choose from, lol!  I found the funky black and white circular patterned paper….the black parts are a fuzzy velvety texture.  I die cut the word “celebrate” out of a holographic piece of plastic with a die that I got quite some time ago, and have forgotten where from!!  The plastic was quite heavy and really put my poor Cuttlebug to work!!  After getting everything glued down, it still needed a “bit” more, so I added some iridescent and pink sequins for the final touch.

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

Make It Crafty Coloring Challenge – Add Extra Details

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 8 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of February 20th

Crafty Catz Challenge – #405 ATG with optional Birthday

Color Crazy Challenge – Week 8 ATG

Sparkle Bouquet

Hello 🙂  The card I have here is proof that sometimes I act on ideas before my brain kicks in.  I got this brilliant idea, when I saw that the current Power Poppy challenge was Love to Sparkle.  My idea was to print an image on glitter paper!!  I chose the lovely Asters Abuzz, from the Power Poppy digital section, and printed it on a heavy cream colored glitter stock.  It printed pretty good, once I cajoled my printer into taking the paper!!  The not so bright part came when I took out my (not cheap) Copics, and began to color!!! The first couple of strokes of the marker told me that I was in dangerous territory, where the health and welfare of my markers were concerned!!  But, being incredibly cheap, and not wanting to waste even the smallest scrap of paper, I just had to continue…..instead of strokes, I basically dotted the colors on, very very very carefully!!  When I was done with the markers, I added a few highlights with my white gel pen….using strokes, and promptly clogging my pen  🙁

I cut the image out with a die, then had to decide on a layout that didn’t completely overshadow this one and only project.  I played around with a number of colors and prints of papers, when I grabbed the black glitter….in the back of my mind, I was thinking “too much!!”  – but it wasn’t!! It looks really cool 🙂  I used a corner die so the green backing paper would show through, and added a few Nuvo drops to the corner to coordinate with the strip of white ribbon that I wrapped around the center.  This finished the card, leaving it uncluttered, and letting the image and the sparkle shine through.  I wish I could have got a better picture, but this was one of “those” cards that you take about a million pics, and none do justice to how it really looks!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge – February Love to Sparkle!

Crafty Catz Challenge – #405 ATG with optional Birthdays

Crafting With Friends – #61 ATG

Stamping Sensations – February Anything with Flowers

Dragonfly Dreams – Flowers

Fairy Wishes

Hi there!! Time to blog my week’s makes….a bit later than usual, but I’ve had such a lazy weekend…..it’s wonderful!!  This sweet card features an adorable image from Tiddly Inks, called Willow the Greeting Fairy.  The sentiment I’ve used, as well as a few others, come with her, as well!!  I decided to keep spreading the love with the sentiment, as Valentine’s Day isn’t THAT far past….and love and kisses and hugs are good anytime!!  I colored her up with my Copics and added some Wink of Stella to her wings to give them a bit of fairy sparkle 🙂

You can see the sparkle a bit better in the close up.  I cut the image and sentiment out with a die from one set, then used a similar, stitched die from another set to cut a piece to layer underneath her.  I just got the heart cluster die (after V day), and had to use it with her, so cut it out 3 times, twice from glitter stock and once from plain CS.  I used the pink sparkle outline, then inlaid it with the cuts from the other colors.  I also used some of the hearts for a corner accent.  A white ribbon around the middle of the striped background completed this card 🙂

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

Tiddly Inks Challenge – #210 Give Love

Let’s Craft and Create – #134 ATG/Option of Mom’s Day/Mother

Dream Valley Challenge – #173 Things With Wings

Crafty Gals Corner – #159 Add A Heart

Morgan’s Artworld – Feb/Mar ATG

Love to Fish

Good morning, the card I have today is my DT piece for the new challenge at the Creative Fingers blog, and features a Power Poppy image.  All of our challenges are ATG, so we’d love to see whatever your creativity has produced!! Angelique is sponsoring us again with a fabulous prize of a gorgeous stamp set 🙂 Stop by to check out the fab prize and all the amazing work done by my DT teamies 🙂

This card “kills 2 birds with one stone” as the saying goes, because it’s also for the current Power and Spark Challenge at Power Poppy.  I know that a lot of people thing “flowers” when Power Poppy is mentioned, and while Marcella’s flowers are absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, she’s a woman with many talents, as this image (and others in her shop), show.  This Leaping Trout set caught my eye, as there are so many fishing enthusiasts in my area (fanatics may be a better word, lol).  I wanted to go a bit out of the box for the challenge, which theme is “Love to Sparkle”, so out came the fish 🙂  I don’t generally thing of sparkly things when I make a masculine card.  After coloring the fish with my Copic and SN markers, I added a subtle chalk background, then got out the glitter for the water 🙂  I layered the image on 2 stiched rectangle cuts….one from a basket weave texture paper, and one from a glitter sheet that matched some of the water sparkle PERFECTLY!! A simple striped DP was a fitting background.  I recently got a fishing set of dies from Gina K, and cut the rod/reel out, then added a sparkly hook cut as well.  I deliberated what kind of sentiment to use, until one of my fishing friends posted a pic on Facebook of a fishing trip they took last year, with the caption “LOVE this!!!”  Done!!! And a perfect sentiment for the challenge theme too!!

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

Power Poppy, Power and Spark – February Love to Sparkle

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 8 ATG

DL Art Thankful Thursday – #223 ATG

Creatalicious Challenges – #133 ATG with optional twist: For a Boy/Man

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #11 ATG with a Critter

Floral Good-Bye

Hi there!! It’s hard to believe that it’s already the 20th of February already!! Time is going so fast….wish it would go faster and the weather would warm up, though!!  Today marks the start of a brand new ATG challenge at the Sheepski Designs Facebook Group.  Although we are ATG, there’s always an optional twist, to help get the old mojo flowing, and this month it’s “Celebration”.  Andrea has a ton of gorgeous images in her Etsy Shop, so you have lots to choose from!! I have this discount code to help you out with your shopping:

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For my inspiration card, I used a brand new image, available in the store now, Flower Bouquet 🙂

  I was up to my old tricks of printing it waaaay tiny….but I decided to give coloring it in a shot anyway, grabbed my Copics and am really happy with how it turned out 🙂  I found a pad of DP that had a number of chevron prints, so went with that.  I cut apertures in both the aqua and pink pieces, and layered it up, with the beautiful flowers peeking through.  I cut a few banners, one from the aqua, and one from a piece of white CS that I had embossed.  I’m loving the look of a sentiment is a bit mixed up….the “good” is die cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, and the “bye” is stickers….what a great way to use up some of those odd letters that seem to be left over on every sticker sheet!!  I added an adhesive triangle from Freckled Fawn and some Nuvo drops to the corner to finish this 🙂

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

The Sketchy Challenges – #136 ATG

A Gem of a Challenge – #213 Spring Flowers

Crafting With Friends – #61 ATG

As You Like It Challenge – Favorite Way to Add A Sentiment – mixing it up!  Why?  Love the look of the different fonts, and it’s a great way to use up some odds and ends in the craft stash!!

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 8 ATG