Pumpkin Patch

Hi there 🙂 October is coming to a close, and that means Halloween!!! Our 5th anniversary challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group is coming to an end, but I’m taking the time to squeak in one more inspiration piece. Our theme is Halloween/Halloween Colors/Pumpkins, and this card fits quite nicely into all of those options 🙂 I used Night at the Pumpkin Patch, and decided to color it up in monotone, except for the pumpkins, so I grabbed my Copics and got to work 🙂

When I was done, I fiddled around with a number of papers and layouts, and opted to keep it quite simple. I layered black and a black and orange print as a backdrop for the gorgeous image. A die cut sentiment and some black gems were all that the card needed, as the simplicity really let the image shine 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Dream Valley Challenges – #212 Add a Sentiment

Morgan’s Artworld Open Challenge – #10 ATG

Brown Sugar Challenges – #294 ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 43 ATG

Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges – #152 ATG

No Exit

Hello 🙂 With Halloween fast approaching, and with it the end of this month’s ATG (with an Aurora Wings image, of course), old or new, coloring or full project, challenge at the Aurora Wings Facebook group…I figured it was time to share my DT project! I used two of Mitzi’s images, Let Us In (available HERE on Etsy and HERE in the digi shop), and Zombie Puppy (available exclusively HERE in the digi shop). I had a bit of fun by replacing the little dolls head with the little boy’s sister’s head, making it into a voodoo doll ( wonder what she did to upset him so much??).

Sooooo tiny, it’s hard to get a good pic!

I colored them with my Copics, adding glossy accents to the blood, then fussy cut them out. After adding some pins to the doll, I set them aside, as I went to work on the background.

I sponged the sky with Distress Inks, and added a grassy ground with Copics. I die cut a horizon line, some trees, gravestones, and a sign that indicates that there is no exit from this graveyard, and made a scene for the kids. I then folded up a shadow frame, and placed the background inside. I popped the kids up with foam and added some moss to the ground before adding the puppy to the edge of the frame. The branch looked a bit bare, so I popped an owl button on it. Some rope was the perfect material to add as a hanger for this fun Halloween decor piece 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Classic DT Open Challenge – #10 ATG

Crafty Calendar Challenge – October – Autumn Colours/Halloween

A Gem of a Challenge – Week 21 ATG

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge – Use Black (A Lot or a Little)

Simon Monday Challenge – Spooky

The Paper Funday Challenge – #10 ATG with a twist – Halloween

Creative Moments – #179 ATG

Southern Girls Challenge – ATG with Team Lou

DL Art – October Linky Challenge

Thanksgiving Berries

Hi there 🙂 It’s hard to believe that another month has flown by and it’s time for another challenge at the Sheepski Designs Facebook group! All of our challenges are ATG, but we also have an optional twist, and this month, that twist is “Warm Colors”. When I was looking through the Sheepski Shop, these Berries caught my eye, and I decided to work with them. I was invited to a friend’s for (Canadian) Thanksgiving dinner, and figured that this would be a perfect card for the hostess 🙂 I colored the image with my Copics, and was seriously thrilled with how the berries turned out 🙂 I’m pretty sure it was my grumbling that did it – LOL.

I die cut a frame for the image, then dug through my paper stash until I found the double sided DP that I used. The little branches on the striped side reminded me of berries for some reason. A little bit of inking, and everything was ready to assemble. I added the Thanksgiving greeting, a sheer black ribbon and bow, and some black pearls to finish this card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Let’s Craft and Create – #152 AG with option of Colors of Fall

Your Scrapbook Place – October ATG

Craft Dee Bowz – #78 October ATG with a Hand Tied Bow

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – October ATG with Patterned Paper

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #10 October ATG


Hi there!! Another Sunday, which means that I have another inspiration post for the current Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme this month is very seasonal…..Halloween, Halloween Colors, or Pumpkins 🙂

Don’t forget that this month, Ching-Chou is celebrating her 5 year anniversary, and as a gift to everyone that enters her challenges this month, this adorable image will be sent out as a freebie at the end of the challenge!!

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I have used one of the newer images in Ching-Chou’s Etsy store, Little Magic, for my card. I colored her up with Copics, then die/fussy cut her out.

I die cut the orange background with some swirling stars, then added a piece of sheer, sparkly web patterned fabric to the bottom half. I separated the 2 halves with some black seam binding (out of black ribbon!!!! LOL), that I made a loopy type bow on either side of the image. I added a die cut corn patch to the bottom, then colored up a wooden Boo! sentiment to add to the top corner. I layered this piece over some gold glitter paper so that the star die cuts sparkled 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafters Cafe Challenge – 229 Use a Stencil AND/ OR Halloween or use Purple Orange and Black

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #452 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #320 Halloween

Color Crazy Craft Challenge – ATG Week 41

Allsorts Challenge – #542 Add Something Gold and/or Silver (the gold paper to make the stars sparkle)

Rose Beauty

Hi there 🙂 Here is an inspiration project for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme is Halloween/Pumpkins/Halloween Colors this month….plus…it’s a very special month….Ching-Chou is celebrating her 5th year Anniversary. To commemorate this occasion, every one that enters either our Facebook or our Blog challenge will receive this gorgeous image, free, at the end of the challenge!!!

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I wasn’t feeling too Halloween-y when I made my card, so opted for the Halloween color option….black, orange, purple, green…. I used the image called Black Rose, and colored it with my Copics before fussy cutting it out.

I die cut a gorgeous frame from black CS, then layered it over white. I colored the dot cut outs with orange and added some Glossy accents to add some extra “framing” for the beautiful image. I then die cut some purple roses and some leaves, to co-ordinate with the main picture. I layered everything on some more black and white mats, then added a few orange gems as a finishing touch 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Let’s Craft and Create – #152 AG + Option Colors of Fall

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #10 ATG October

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 41 ATG

Dragonfly Dreams – Use Black (A Lot or a Little)

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – #363 ATG using Snippets

Birthday Panda

Hello!! I’m here to share my inspiration project for the current ATG challenge at Creative Fingers. Our generous sponsor, Some Odd Girl, provided the DT with some fun images to work with, and I chose Panda Nerd for my project. I have a special someone who LOVES pandas, so it was perfect for her birthday! I colored him with my Copics, and added Glossy Accents to his glasses before fussy cutting the image. I had a piece of DP with birthday text on it, which was ideal for this card. I layered a piece of embossed and inked paper over this, then added die cut balloons. This festive little guy was then ready to pop in the mail 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #31 ATG with a Critter

DL Art – October ATG Linky Challenge

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Oct. ATG with patterned paper

Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge – #451 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #115 ATG

Heart and Soul

Hi there 🙂 Today, I have an inspiration project for Aurora Wings Facebook challenge. Our monthly challenges are ATG with and Aurora Wings image….and it can be a project or coloring…old or new!! We love to see them all <3 I chose Elven Queen for my project. She can be found exclusively HERE in the Digi Store. I learned a few things while making this project…..first thing…alcohol markers don’t do too well on vellum…..it made a smeary mess…the garbage got some vellum lunch! Second thing I learned was that (and I KNEW this!!!!!) you have to be very very careful when applying a water based clear coat on top of digis printed on an ink jet…..a whole different kind of smeary mess…..lol….garbage got a dinner out of the deal too!!! Well, as is often the case with me, the third time was the charm 🙂 I colored this with my Copics….sticking to red tones for a monochromatic look. When I was done, I fussy cut her out, and added chunky silver and red glitter and some tiny gemstones to her jewellery.

I then took a storage jar, that instant coffee came in years ago, and painted the inside of it with silver paint. When the paint was dry, I set to work decorating it. I glued the image down, then used some sparkly, fuzzy yarn to make an otherworldy cloud for the Elven Queen to rise from.

I decorated the yarn with gemstones and the same glitter mix that I used on her jewellery. To finish off, I added a big red heart gem, a small + sign and the word SOUL in rhinestone letters.

This Heart and Soul jar was done 🙂 ……and I have no idea what I’m putting in it!!! LOL

I’d like to enter the following with this:

Classic DT Open Challenge – #9 ATG September

Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge – #149 ATG

Brown Sugar Challenge – #293 Sept. ATG

Craft Alnica – #244 Recycling

Crafty Creations – #398 ATG

Dare 2B Artsy – September, Your Favorite Color – Red & Silver!!

Addicted to Stamps Challenge – #177 For a Lady/Girl

Ally’s Angel’s– #26 ATG

Dreaming of Scrap – #71 September ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #67 ATG

Snow Wonderful

Well, last post for the weekend….and back to work tomorrow. This card is a bit of inspiration for the Sheepski Designs Facebook group challenge. Our optional theme this month is Fur, Feather or Wings. As you can see, I stepped a bit out of the box, and chose “wings”. This happy little snowman is making his own wings, making a snow angel 🙂 Snow Happy is available at the Sheepski Etsy store, and is just the cutest image for a fun Christmas card!! I colored him up with my Copics, then added some snowy sparkle to make him shine 🙂

I inked the edge of the image, then layered it on some sparkly DP, with some snowflake diecuts tucked between the layers. The greeting was stamped, then cut out with a tag die. A few sparkly gems balanced the card off and added just a “bit” more sparkle!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #456 AT Christmas Goes

2 Sisters on the Blog – #31 Something with an S (snowman, sparkle, snowflakes, sentiment)

Crafty Calendar – September – Add Lots of Layers

Let’s Craft and Create – #151 AG + Put Some Extra Layers On

ABC Christmas Challenge – S and T are for Sparkle and Texture

Pink Autumn

Hi there 🙂 Another Sunday has rolled around, so that means it’s time for me to share some inspiration from Ching-Chou Kuik 🙂 Our monthly Facebook challenge, with the theme Fall/Fall colors, has a week left to go, so you still have time to get an entry in! This week, the DT was thrown an extra challenge, and it was Think Pink….as a nod to breast cancer awareness. When the DT has an extra challenge, I always like to incorporate the monthly challenge theme, as well. Well, this week, it was a bit of a mission!!! I never think of pink as an autumn color, but I guess that’s what a challenge is all about!! I used the beautiful Autumn Fantasy, found in the Etsy Store. After coloring her up with my Copics….using mostly pinks, with the exception of the fall leaves, I started to develop an idea 🙂

I die cut some maple leaves, then used the same markers that I colored the leaves in the image, to color them. I die cut a pretty pink frame, glued it on a light pink base, and arranged the leaves around the image. Because I’d added some gold gel pen accents to the image, I stamped and embossed the Thank You sentiment in gold, and added some gold touches with Liquid Pearls. Before matting on a bright pink CS, I lightly edged the back with some gold ink.

Looking at the finished product, I was actually surprised at how good the pink looked with the fall leaves!! Probably not a “go to” color combo, but certainly one that I won’t discount any longer!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG Challenge for the Week of Sept. 17

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog – #236 ATG with a Sentiment

The Paper Shelter – #398 Digital Image

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – #09 Sept. 15 ATG

Creations in Pink – #14 ATG in Mainly Pink

Vampire Christmas

Hello! Time is really buzzing by, and it’s really feeling and looking like fall here in Saskatchewan, Canada. It’s also time for a new ATG challenge at Creative Fingers!! We would love to see whatever you create!! My creation took a few twists and turns along the way….lol. I used Halloween Vampire Rose Lady from Morgan’s Artworld, and was originally going to make a Halloween card. That is, until a friend said, after it was colored, that it could be used for Christmas, too. I’m more of a traditional type for Christmas, so didn’t think much more of that idea, until I mentioned it to another friend, and she told me it would be perfect for her sister!

So….I went with the idea! I decided to stretch things even further, and do a black on black design. I die cut a “frame” for the image from a leather look black paper, thinking that different textures will define the different elements. I embossed the background with a Spellbinders folder, then went over it with a clear glitter pen from Spectrum Noir. I die cut some holly sprigs with a Tim Holtz die, then arranged everything over the background which I’d wrapped with some sheer black ribbon. To finish off, I added a pretty bow (that tied up right the FIRST time I tried!!!!!), and some black gemstones to edge the ribbon, add holly “berries” and to dress up the centre of the bow.

Bow closeup that you can see a bit of the clear glitter on the background 🙂

I’m so happy with how this unusual Christmas card turned out….and maybe I’ll try some of the same techniques on a Halloween card!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #456 AT Christmas Goes

The Corrosive Challenge Blog – #9 ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – September ATG

Craft-Dee BowZ – #77 September ATG with a Hand Tied Bow

Morgan’s ArtWorld Open Challenge – #9 ATG