A Bloomin’ Great Birthday!!

Good morning 🙂  It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a card with a quirky character from Bloobel, that I thought that I should get on it 🙂  I used Bekkah Bloom for this card.  I colored her up with my Copic and SN markers, then cut her out with a die that had a thin frame on it.  I just got some flower dies, so I used them to make the flowers for this card…pretty happy with them, but like anything, it needs a bit more practice 🙂  Another die was used for the greenery.  I messed around with papers and other touches for a long time, but finally settled on using some fiber “pineapple” paper (that’s the name, and it’s pretty cool stuff!) behind the image, and I layered numerous pieces of papers I received a few years back with a magazine.  I distressed these before adhereing them.  The card still needed something….and believe me, I looked through A LOT of embellishments, dies, etc. before settling on using the scribbles from a Tim Holtz Sizzix die set.  I cut the die cuts in half and tucked them around the edeges.  Some purple pearls were added at the very end.  I was bloomin’ happy with how it turned out!! (sorry, couldn’t resist). 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Layer It Up

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – January ATG with Patterned Paper

Papercraft Business – #2 ATG with optional: Something New (a bunch of dies!)

Crafty Creations – #359 ATG

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #364 ATG

Pink Chic

Hi there 🙂  I was in a CAS mood when I made this card, using Vintage Dog Walk, from A Day For Daisies. I colored this lady and her pooch with my Copics, then added a bit of sparkle to the dress with some glitter gel pen.  I saw this sketch over at Feeling Sketchy, and decided to flip it for the layout of this card.

I cut the sentiment with a die from , and managed to find some deep pink CS that matched the dress to perfection.  I played around with a few small embellishments, but decided to leave them off, as they took away from the over all look of the card, rather than enhancing it!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Feeling Sketchy – Sketch #185, shown above

Brown Sugar Challenges – #274 Birthday

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #74 ATG

The Crafty Addicts – #44 ATG with optional Winter Blues (obviously I didn’t take the option)

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie – #86 Birthday

Lilac Lilies

 

Hi there!!! At Creative Fingers, we are back for our first challenge of 2018!  Angelique has kindly donated this wonderful die as a prize:

I tried to convince her to let DT members enter, for the chance at winning this beauty, but no go, lol!! Our challenges are ATG, so we would love to see any of your creations!

I used an image that came with the Kit and Clowder Elements of Nature Class.  The instructions that Alyce gives in her classes are good for any medium, and any color combination – as I’ve shown with the purple Calla Lilies 🙂  I matted the image with the same dark purple CS that I cut the lattice pieces from, before adhering it to a mauve backgound.  Some pearls and gems add the perfect finishing touch to this elegant card.

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

Card Mania – #100 Monochromatic Card

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 4 ATG

Country View Challenges – January ATG

Crafter’s Castle – #1 ATG

Through The Craft Room Door – ATG Week of Jan. 23

Marie of the Dead

Hi there 🙂 I’m a little in shock that I made this card up and didn’t get it on here RIGHT AWAY!!! I’m so proud of it 🙂  Every year, I have a standing order for a Day of the Dead card for a friend’s sister.  I knew that this year’s card would feature Day of the Dead Marie, by Mitzi, at Aurora Wings.  This was a challenging image to color up, as it is so detailed.  I got my head into the “I can do this” state, and grabbed my SN and Copic markers and went to work….I seriously don’t think I took a breath for long periods of time!!  When I was done, I added some fine detail with a Pigma Micron pen, and inked the edges with Distress Ink.  With such an intricate image, I hate to start getting all fussy with embellishments and papers, so I opted for a very pale mauve CS, die cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die in opposite corners, then layered over a black CS.  Some black lace, a little strip of ribbon and tiny bow, and a few rhinestones for embellishments complimented the gorgeous image without overpowering it.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Your Scrapbook Place – ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #74 ATG

Crafting With An Attitude – #35 ATG

As You Like It Challenges – Favorite Die… this corner die!!  Why? It adds so much interest to the background of the card, and it’s lacy design is so pretty 🙂

The Storm

Good morning.  I’ve had some colored projects done, and waiting patiently to be put on cards, and this was one of them.  The image is Rose In Storm, by Ching-Chou Kuik.  I colored her up with my SN and Copic markers, adding some white gel pen in the lightning, and some Wink of Stella on her sheer wrap.  I layered her up on some pretty printed DP, from a pad that I got recently, and a piece of navy CS.  I fiddled around with embellishments,  and decided to use a few of the new roses I got, and some pieces of a brick wall die cut.  The sentiment, which is perfect for an encouragement card, was printed on my computer.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – New Beginnings (I used new paper, and new flowers)

The Corrosive Challenge – #1 January ATG

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – #1 ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – ATG

Digi Stamps 4 Joy Challenge – #144 ATG + optional Fave Color Combo

Butterflies Are Free

Hi there 🙂  Another Thursday has rolled around, and that means it’s time for a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  This week, our theme is “Distress Your Project/Vintage”.  And, as always, we have some generous sponsors with prizes for our lucky winners 🙂

$7 Voucher

and

Voucher for 15% your next purchase.

I had a ton of fun making my card, as it’s been a long time since I beat up a card to give it a distressed/vintage look 🙂  I used Butterflies are Free, from Pickled Potpourri.  I printed it on a parchment paper, then added some soft colors with watercolors.  I messed around with my papers, and finally decided to make my own background paper (this card was made before a friend challenged me to use DP on every project I make this year), by stamping some Kaisercraft butterflies on some CS.  The Cuttlebug script embossing folder worked well on this card, as there is a script in the background of the image.  After embossing some kraft CS, I tore and distressed the edges of all the papers, then inked them with Distress Inks.  I also inked a blue doily, which brought out the subtle blue in the image.  I’ve recently got some new dies, so had to play.  I cut a butterfly and a floral swag, which was placed under some strips of some ribbon and some new lace that I got.  I added pearls in the centres of the flowers, as well as in the corners….because in my mind, pearls = vintage, lol.  Hope you like this as much as I liked making it, and that you can have some fun with your own project!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – Week 451, Butterflies

Get Creative Challenges – #65 Use Pearls and Lace

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 4 ATG

Crafty Creations – #359 ATG

Frilly and Funkie Challenge – Inspiration Word for 2018; mine is FREE

 

Deck the Halls

Hi there 🙂  I colored this lovely image, part of the Merriest Berries digital stamp set, from Power Poppy, before Christmas.  Then, with a lot of stuff going on, and the early January aversion to anything Christmas, it made it’s way to the bottom of my project pile.  I guess I’m feeling the spirit again, because I just had to use it for the new challenge at the Power Poppy blog.  This month’s Power and Spark challenge is to grab a map (or sketch, as some call it), and create a project inspired by it.  Power Poppy is collaborating with Page Maps, and have a number of maps to choose from 🙂  I chose this one for my card:

The image was printed on grey Kraft paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils, then fussy cut out.  I found some rather muted DP and edged it lightly with some red ink, before adhering it to a grey card base.  I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix scribble die underneath the holly, to make the image pop a bit.  I used the same red paper, stamped with a greeting from a free magazine set, and cut a banner for the sentiment.  I stuck pretty close to the exact sketch for my card…..but have already got a few ideas how I can play with it (and the other ones).

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

Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge – January, Grab a Map

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #369  ATG Christmas with optional Add A Sentiment

Pixies Snippets Playground – Weeks 317 and 318 ATG with Snippets

A Snowflakes Promise – #47 ATG

Tuesday Throwdown – TT376 ATG

A Drink to Celebrate

I was going through my digi files, and found this one, from Whimsie Doodles, that had been neglected 🙁  Well, I had to fix that!!  I colored it with my SN and Copic markers, then fussy cut it out.  I covered the glass part of the image with some Glamor Glaze….a product that gives a nice, wet shine to things.  I used this sketch, from Tuesday Morning Sketches

as inspiration for the layout….I’m really loving this sketch, and I’m sure it will be one I use again and again 🙂  I used a piece of cheerful yellow DP for the background….making the stripes on each element go a different way for some interest.  I popped on the image with some foam dots to give some dimension.  A sentiment, cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, a sprinkling of sequins, and a strip of white rick rack finish this fresh and festive card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Tuesday Morning Sketches – #436, shown above

Di’s Digi Designs Challenge – Birthdays

Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog – #59 ATG

Create and Inspire – #70 ATG

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Add A Sentiment

Little Cowgirl

It’s been quite some time since I’ve made a stepper card, so I figured there was no time like the present 🙂  I’m really short of baby girl cards, and live in a community that there are many cow people (or wanna-be cow people!).  The Cowgirl Dollie image from Ching-Chou Kuik is a perfect choice for a cute, somewhat non traditional baby card.  I colored the little sweetie up with my SN and Copic markers, then cut the image out with a die, that I’d inked, so the frame and stitching were defined.

  I made up the stepper card base, then cut pieces of DP to go on each piece.  The square parts on the side step parts were also put through the sewing machine to give some stitch detail to frame the edges and complement the stitching from the die.  I got out some new western dies that I just got recently, and cut the hat, boots and horseshoes out of pink and kraft CS.  I inlaid the band on the hat and the boot designs with the opposite colors.  The sentiment is one I did on the computer, then added some color to part of it, and cut out with a smaller die.

  Seeing as how everyone around seems to be having girls, I’m sure this card will find it’s way to a new home soon 🙂

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

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – New Beginnings

Creative Knockouts – #229 In Stitches

The Southern Girls Challenge – Stitch Me Up

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #01 ATG

{PIN}spirational Challenges – #207

 

Thank You Fairy

Hi there!! I’ve had a beautifully quiet weekend, which has allowed me time to do some crafting…in peace, lol.  I’ve had my eye on this little beauty, from Sweet Escape Digis, for quite some time.  I colored “Hada” up with my SN and Copic markers.  I wanted to use this frame die on the card, so I fussy cut her out and positioned her.  For the layout, I used this super sketch,

from Tuesday Morning Sketches, and flipped it …and replaced the focal shape with a rectangle.  I had some pretty patterned paper for the background (and I was challenged by a dear friend to use DP on every card I make this year!!!), and separated 2 pieces with a piece of green ribbon.  The border die went so well with the frame, I just had to use it!!!  A simple stamped “thank you” sentiment and some tiny pink pearls finish this card off 🙂  I’m loving how it turned out!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Tuesday Morning Sketches – Sketch #436, shown above

Crafty Calendar – Mythical Creatures

Hiding In My Craft Room – #336 Color It!

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 3 ATG

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie – #85 Thank You