Birthday Roses

Hi there, and Happy New Year!!! I haven’t been close to my computer, with the exception of checking Facebook once in a while, for weeks!! Time to get back at it!!! This card is one that I made for Ching-Chou Kuik’s birthday.  We have a special birthday event going on at the Facebook group, with a chance to win some of this very special lady’s gorgeous images.  This card features the image Simply Roses.

  I colored it with my Copics, then cut it out and glued it to a teal piece of card stock that I’d die cut with the sentiment.  I placed everything on a pretty rose print DP, and added some white gel pen accents, and inlaid the bottom part of the sentiment with white die cuts.  Since I wanted this card flat for mailing, the only embellishment that I used were some coordinating sequins.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Cute Card Thursday – #563 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #279 Celebrations

Creatalicious – #154 ATG with optional Something New (the die)

CCC Digi Creations – #99 Happy Birthday

Color Crazy Challenge – Week 51 ATG

 

Toadstool Christmas

Hi there!!! Christmas is almost upon us, and the celebrations have been in full swing, for some people, for some time now!  Me?? I’m still trying to catch up!!! It doesn’t help that the original card I’d made for this post, I sold, believing that I had taken photos…..NOT!!!  Oh well, just a good excuse to play with the lovely Ching-Chou Kuik images 🙂  This is my last inspiration post for our December Facebook challenge….with the theme being Celebration. I used the adorable Toadstool Head image.  I colored her up with my Copics, adding some gel pen accents on the toadstool spots.

  I fussy cut her out, then popped her on to a stitched die cut shape.  I cut some holly leaves with a Sizzix die, and after scattering them around the image, added some gem stone “berries”.  The red velvet ribbon makes a nice contrast to the black and white Christmas word background paper, and ties in to the red card base.  I’m hoping that this is the last Christmas card I have to pop out…..but with my memory, I wouldn’t count on it….I’ll probably be coloring, cutting and gluing while preparing the turkey on the 25th!!!  But just in case…..I’d like to take this opportunity to wish anybody reading this a very Merry Christmas, full of love and laughter!!!

The Gift

EEEK!!! I’m running so far behind here, that I almost missed my inspiration post for the current Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge, with the theme Celebrations.  I was needing a break from the Christmas theme, so made this card, featuring the gorgeous image Gift, which is part of the Flora and Fauna set, found at the CCK Etsy store.  I colored her up with my Copics, then framed her with a lovely die cut in grey.  I lucked out and found the bird and flora print paper for the background, that was even in the right colors!!! I never pick my paper before coloring, so am often frustrated when I find the right print in the wrong colors….but do I learn?? LOL   I also found a bird chipboard embellishment to used, which I colored to match the dark grey die cut sentiment and matting.  I finished off with some daisies and some glitter berries, which also tied in with the image.

  Although this was a refreshing change from Christmas, I really need to get more holiday stuff done…..I sold most of my cards (NOT complaining!!), and the day is drawing closer!!!

Falalalala-lala-lala!

Hi there 🙂  With all the bustle of Christmas, I somehow got my dates messed up, and I thought this was the first Sunday in December, but nope!!  Good thing I have a bunch of amazingly talented team mates to inspire you for this month’s challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group!!  Our theme this month is “Celebration”, which really gives you a lot of choices, but I opted to stick with the season (because I need more Christmas cards!) and make this one, featuring Aurora Woods, from the Ching-Chou Kuik Etsy store. I colored her up with my Copics, adding some Northern Lights in the background, before die cutting the image out.

I layered her on a printed background paper, with white, die cut trees, and a piece of burlap.  I then cut out the sentiment and positioned it slightly overlapping the image.  I took a white gel pen and added a bit of snow to the background as a finishing touch 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

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

Morgan’s Artworld Open Challenge – #12 ATG

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #11 ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 49 ATG

A Gem of a Challenge – #233 ATG

 

Christmas Cutie

Hi there! A new ATG challenge has started on Creative Fingers Challenge Blog.  This time, we’re being sponsored by LeAnns World 101.

I used the image “Chelsea” for the card I made.  I colored her with Copics, then fussy cut her out.  I embossed 2 pieces of white paper with 2 different polka dot embossing folders, then separated them with a stamped and die cut panel.  A few Christmassy gems, and multiple mats finish this card off.  I hope to see you over at Creative Fingers, as we love to see all the lovely creations that are entered!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Brown Sugar Challenge -#285 December Theme…scene,event or something about your favorite December holiday

Colour Crazy Challenge – Week 49 ATG

Winter Wonderland – End of Year ATG

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes, optional, Use Gems or Pearls

A Gem of a Challenge – #233 ATG

Trim the Tree

Hello 🙂  We’re already into December, and the holidays are quickly approaching.  The Aurora Wings Challenge Blog is keeping with the season with the current challenge theme

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It’s the Aurora Team’s turn to inspire you today 🙂

I made a couple of tree decorations, using the adorable Kitty In Stocking, available exclusively HERE at AuroraWings.com, and the equally cute Yorkie in Stocking, available HERE in the Etsy store, and HERE at AuroraWings.com. I printed both images out twice, in mirror image, and colored them with my Copics.  After fussy cutting them out, I glued them back to back, with a thread running from between the two, so the image could spin within the wooden frames.  I painted the frames with Christmas colored acrylic paint, then mixed some chunky silver glitter with the gloss top coat to finish them.  After hanging the cute little critters, I added a small white bow to each side of the two ornaments 🙂

I hope you can join us with some of your holiday themed creations. Check out both of the Aurora Wings stores – HERE and HERE (Etsy) – for some great deals on amazing images to give your creativity a boost!!

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

Christmas With the Cuties – #22 Anything But a Card

The Crafter’s Cafe – #209 Use Lace and/or Christmas

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #21 ATG with a Critter

Christmas Crafts All Year Round – December ATG

The Sketchy Challenges – #148 Theme Christmas

Merry Poinsettia

Hello 🙂  I hope that those of you that celebrated Thanksgiving a few days ago had a fabulous day, and if you were looking to find deals on Black Friday, that came to fruition as well 🙂  I guess there’s no avoiding the fact that Christmas is coming, now that we have all the other holidays out of the way!!!  I made this card, featuring one of the gorgeous digital images from Power Poppy.  I printed Poinsettia and Pomegranates up with light lines, and colored it with my Copics.

  I hummed and hawed a bit over the layout and design, but with such a stunning image, wanted to keep things rather simple and elegant.  I stamped and embossed a gold sentiment, then scattered some more gold powder around the image and embossed.  I die cut a bottom border in both the image and the underlying green print paper, before adhering it to a white card blank.  The bonus with this card is that it’s flat, great for mailing (if our postal strike ever ends).

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Paper Shelter – #363 A Christmas Card

As You Like It Challenge – Do You Prefer Rubber or Digi?  DIGI, because you can resize them, flip them etc. and they are way easier to store!!!  Although I do like rubber for sentiments, as I like to emboss my sentiments a lot of the time!

Cute Card Thursday – #557 Festive Colors

DL Art – November Linky Challenge ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 47 ATG

Best Place to Be

Good morning 🙂  Time for another challenge at the Sheepski Designs Facebook Group!!  Every month, our challenge is ATG with an optional theme.  This month, the theme is Baby It’s Cold Outside!  I was contemplating a few different things for my project, with none of them really getting me too excited.  Then, during a bit of a cold snap here, and on a day off, I was snuggled up in my onesie, reading a book, with my pup, Java, cuddled up against me, and I thought, “this is the perfect way to spend a cold day!”  The rest is history 🙂

I used the adorable image “Lucky” (which, coincidentally, is the name of 2 of my childhood doggos), that can be found here in the Sheepski Etsy store.  I printed him off with the sentiment, then colored him with my Copics.  I added a few white gel pen snowflakes around the sentiment before cutting the bookmark out with a stitched fishtail die.  I used some of my hoard of embroidery floss to make the tassel and the tail.  I wish I didn’t have to work today, as it’s cold and guess where I’d rather be??? 🙂

I’d like to enter the following with this:

Get Creative Challenge – #75 Anything But a Cart

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #20 Anything With a Critter

Scrapping 4 Fun – #128 Winter

Simon Monday Challenge – Let It Snow

Double D Challenges – Snuggle Up Buttercup!

Snowflake Angel

Hi there 🙂  It’s already Sunday, and time for my third inspiration piece for the current challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group.  This month, our theme is Christmas…..as it’s getting very close, and hopefully your stacks of Christmas cards are getting bigger 🙂  I used the gorgeous image Northern Blessings, found in the Etsy store. After coloring her up in some non-traditional colors, I added white gel pen, and sparkle accents to her jewelry, wings and the snowflake.

  I fussycut/die cut her out, and set it aside while I distressed the edges of the PERFECT print paper, and some Coredination paper.  I layered everything up, tucking some die cut snowflakes, that I enhanced with glitter, to peek out from under the printed layer.  I die cut the sentiment from gold glitter paper, then added a sparkly bow to balance the card out.

I would love to enter the following with this card:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #412 Anything Christmas Goes

Craft Dee BowZ – November, ATG with a Handmade Bow

Aud Sentiments – #216 Ribbons & Bows and a Sentiment

Simon Wednesday – All That Glitters is Gold

The Crafty Addicts – #54 ATG/Make it Girly

 

Christmas Mermaid

Hi there!!! Wow, it’s been a crazy week. Even the crazy weeks have their high points, and one of mine was this image!!! I had made a suggestion to Mitzi a while back for a Christmas Mermaid. This stunner was the result!!!!! Wow!!!   She is a gift with purchase for this weekend, when you spend a minimum of $7 at either the Aurora Wings store, or the Aurora Wings Etsy store.

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I colored her a few days ago, but it wasn’t until today that I had the opportunity to make her into a card (refer back to crazy week).  I colored her with my Copics, adding some accents with white gel pen and a clear sparkle gel pen.

A close up of some of the sparkle.

I kept the design simple, sticking with papers in traditional Christmas colors, and adding a stamped sentiment, some touches with die cut foil paper, and some green gems. This is a short and sweet post today…..be sure to grab this sweetie as a gift while you can!!!!

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

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #11 ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #57 ATG

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

Dreaming of Scrap – #61 Special Moments

Creative Craft Cottage – #113 Christmas is Coming

Creatalicious – #151 ATG with optional Layer It Up

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #94 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of Nov. 13

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #412 Anything Christmas Goes