Welcome Baby

Hello 🙂 I was asked to make a special card for my friend’s first granddaughter, Josie. I knew right away which image I wanted to use for this, Fairy Sleepy, from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I colored this little sweetie up with my Copics, then added some clear shimmer to the wings, and inked the background. Some white dots on the background with a Posca pen gave the impression of sparkle.

I dug around in my alarmingly big stash of papers to find just the right prints to go with the image. I chose some from a collection that I got as a freebie in a magazine…..probably about 10 years ago!! Lol. I added some stitching with a fine point pen on the dotted print, to mirror the stitching in the stripes. After matting and layering the pieces up, I carefully edged the striped piece with some pretty trim. I popped the image up with some foam dots. I found some flowers in my stash that coordinated with the color scheme so well you’d think I had planned it (I didn’t!). I die cut some leaves for this arrangement and tucked them in after lightly inking their edges. I personalized the welcome by printing it on my computer, then die cut and inked it before popping it on some foam dots as well 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Mo’s Digital Pencil Challenge – #287 Something NEW (baby) with a Mo image

Allsorts Challenge – Week 553, Soft Pastels

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Something New

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #12 ATG Dec/Jan

Cute Card Thursday – #615 ATG

Panda Greetings

Happy New Year!!! Just in case you haven’t had enough of Christmas yet, I’ll share this little cutie with you. I’m off on the right foot for 2020!! This sweet panda bear is from THIS set at the AMB Illustrations Etsy store. A fabulous place to find some absolutely adorable images, and unbelievably good prices!!! I colored him up with my Copics, then went through my scraps to see what I had that I could layer this little guy up with. I had quite a bit of green pieces as well, so I used that to mat each layer. I added a piece of ribbon, and fastened some strips and a die cut sentiment with a bright green brad.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Pixie’s Crafty Snippets Challenge – #368…ATG with Snippets 🙂

Christmas With the Cuties – #34 Christmas Cuties

Christmas Crafts All Year Round – January Anything Christmas or Holiday Related

Winter Wonderland – Little Friends

ABC Christmas Challenge – A is for ATG, B is for BINGO!

Christmas Friends

Wow!! Where has this year gone??? Its hard to believe that this is my last inspiration post for Ching-Chou Kuik’s Facebook group this year!!!! Our theme this month is Happy Christmas/Happy Birthday, and I used the sweet Winter Fellows image for my card. I colored it up with my Copics and matted it with a shimmery gold card stock. A simple green and gold print paper was the perfect background. Since the image is quite detailed, I didn’t want to detract from it with a lot of embellishments, so I just added a gold die cut sentiment and some gold balls in the corners. Bonus is, is that it’s fairly flat for mailing 🙂 I hope you have a happy and healthy Christmas, and all the very best in the New Year!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Winter Wonderland – Anything Christmas Goes

Allsorts Challenge – Week 551/2 ATG

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #469 Anything Christmas with optional “use the word Christmas”

Christmas with the Cuties – #34 Christmas Cuties

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – December ATG with Patterned paper

Thanks Gift Card Holder

Hi there 🙂 Over at Creative Fingers, we have had numerous fabulous and generous sponsors throughout the year, and we have a special post, with blog candy, as a Thank You to these sponsors.

Morgan’s Artworld has been a repeat sponsor, and I’ve used one of her images, Old Roses, for my thank you 🙂 I colored it up with my Copics, then fussy cut it out. I sprinkled some Gold embossing powder in the center part of the image to give some texture and shine. I made up a gift card holder, that has a tag that you can slip the card into, which fits inside the main pocket.

I attached the image to the front, after stamping a sentiment and scattering some gold embossing powder on the back. A gold die cut ‘thanks’, attached at an angle, gives the sentiment a pop, without detracting from the lovely image. The gold is carried through with the ribbon on the tag insert. I hope you can visit us, and leave your info, for a chance to win the blog candy!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Morgan’s Artworld Open Challenge – #12 ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – December ATG

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #460 ATG

DL Art – December ATG Linky Challenge

Crafts Galore Encore – #70 ATG

Peaceful Poinsettias

Wow, second last Sunday before Christmas already!! And I was stupid enough to finish up my shopping yesterday!!! Today, it’s time for some inspiration for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme this month is Happy Christmas/Happy Birthday with a CCK image. I used one of Ching-Chou’s newer images…Poinsettia in December, for my card. I colored her with my Copics, then fussy cut her out.

I placed her on some die cuts that I layered up, then onto the background paper. It isn’t Christmas paper, but the print reminded me of snow! I made the poinsettia embellishments by layering die cuts and adding silver micro beads for the centers. These were arranged with foliage, cut from white and silver shimmer papers. The sentiment was stamped and embossed on a fishtail banner. Since I mail quite a few cards, I like to keep them as flat as possible, and this one fits the bill!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Dream Valley Challenges – #215 Christmas

The Sketchy Challenges– #159 Christmas ty

Crafty Catz – #487 ATG with optional Blue Christmas

Crafting By Designs – December ATG

A Gem of a Craft Challenge – Week 24 ATG

Little Spy

Hi there! Today, I have an inspiration card that features the adorable image that is being offered as a freebie by Sheepski Designs in the Kit and Clowder Advent event on Facebook. There are tons of freebies and discounts being offered this month, so be sure to check it out!! I printed the Christmas sentiment at the same time as the image, then colored it all up with my Copics.

I fussy cut the bottom part of the image, and then arranged it above a cluster of die cut pine branches. I also tucked a few branches around the image, to make it look as if this cute group was peeking out from the trees. I added snow to the branches for a festive, wintery feel. All that was needed to finish this rather CAS card was a mat in the same green as the foliage.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Knockouts – #328 Winter Wonderland

Crafting With an Attitude – #58 ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 50 ATG

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – December ATG with a Critter

Dream Valley Challenge – #215 Christmas

Pink Christmas

Hi there:) I have an inspiration card for the current Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. This month, our theme is Happy Christmas/Happy Birthday. I’m using the beautiful Snowflake Imprint image on this. I have a friend whose sister loves pink, and I was asked to make her a card. I colored the image with my Copics and added a bit of sparkle to the snowflakes. Then I cut it into a circle that I’d edged in pink.

For the base of the background, I used mirror card printed with snowflakes….I love mirror card, but it is a devil to photograph!!!

I die cut the snowflake corner twice from pink shimmer paper, and twice from white card stock, so that I could do some inlaying. By using white inlays, it gave a bit more definition against the background. I cut a sentiment from the same pink shimmer paper. Some pink pearls provided a pretty finishing touch.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Sketchy Challenge – #159 Christmas

Creations in Pink – #16 ATG in mainly Pink

Crafting by Designs – December ATG

Lemon Shortbread – #108 ATG

Incy Wincy Designs – December 2 – 14 Christmas without Red or Green

Oooooo Santa!!

I was honored, and thrilled to be asked to GDT at Scrapping 4Fun Challenges. This time, the theme is Christmas 🙂

We’d love to see some of your fabulous festive makes! I used a KennyK image from my stash…..love these images, and it makes me sad that the store is closed….but at least I stocked up before hand! 🙂 I colored Stud Santa up with my Copics, then fussy cut him out. I haven’t made a bendy card for quite a while, so decided that this would be a great image to use on one. I found numerous templates and directions for bendy cards on Pinterest, you just have to do a quick search 🙂 I used some wood grain DP, and some buffalo plaid DP for the background. I’d decided which friend this was for and the buffalo plaid was an absolute MUST for her!!! I die cut some Christmas lights, and added both glitter and Glossy Accents to the bulbs to give them a bit of “extra”. I arranged them around the image, and the die cut sentiment. For a quick finishing touch, I doodled around the edges with a white Posca pen 🙂 I’d like to thank the team at Scrapping 4Fun for having me as a guest at their fabulous challenge 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #119 ATG

Dream Valley – #215 Christmas

Tuesday Throwdown – #446 ATG

Creative Inspirations – December Festive Fun

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Dec. ATG with Patterned Paper

Holly Fairy

Hi there 🙂 Here is my last inspiration of November for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group challenge. Our theme is Remembrance/Thanksgiving/Thinking of You….and this week the DT had an extra challenge of “Christmas”. I like to combine the main theme with the DT themes, to avoid confusion of prospective entrants, and I think I managed to do that here 🙂 I used the lovely Holly Fairy image, from THIS set, found at the Etsy store. I colored her up with my Copics, then set to figuring out what to do with the rest of the card!!

My scrap bin is getting a bit out of hand, so I felt as if I should really start using more of those scraps (any piece less than 4 x 6″ ends up in this bin). I dug around until I found some pieced that coordinated with each other and the image, and played around until I came up with the final layout.

I feel the stitching adds a bit of definition between the main background piece and the card blank….the zig zag borders reflected this stitching. On the striped piece, I added some doodled stitches to coordinate with the die cut frame. The holly die cuts are from Tim Holtz and are finished with sequin “berries”. The sentiment is one I made on the computer 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Southern Girls Challenge – ATG with Team Lou

ABC Christmas Challenge – W for Wreath & X for fauX (faux stitching)

Pammy’s Inky Pinkies -ATG #1946

Get Creative Challenge – #86 AG/Opt Twist of Holidays

Pixie’s Snippets Challenge – #366 ATG with Snippets

Christmas Bells

Hi all 🙂 I’m here with my inspiration project for Sheepski Designs Facebook group challenge. All of our challenges are ATG with a Sheepski image, but there’s always an optional theme, if you need help deciding. This month, it’s Sparkle and Shine. When Andrea posted the theme for the DT, I read Shimmer and Shine, for some reason, and went with that, lol. I used one of the newer images in the Etsy store, Christmas Bells, and colored it up with my Copics, adding some highlights with a white Posca pen.

I’ve had this bell printed paper for a long time, and this was the perfect image to use it with!!! It’s double sided, so I also used the red dotted side, and added some shimmery gold strips as well. I wrapped some shimmery (I went with my mistaken theme!!!! LOL) gold ribbon around a piece of green and tied a pretty bow. For the shine, I added some gold ball embellishments, and die cut a sentiment from gold mirror card 🙂

Another card in my Christmas stack, which was getting pretty big….until I had to relinquish 90% of it for the order I got!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #465 ATG with option of something that starts with “R” (red, ribbon)

The Paper Shelter – #407 A Christmas Card

Color Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 46 ATG

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #107 ATG

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Nov. ATG with Patterned Paper