Poinsettia Sweetie

Hi there! I realized a while ago that I havent used a Conie Fong image for ages! So….I used the incredibly sweet Holly Poinsettia for this card 🙂 I colored her up with my Copics, matching the colors of my chosen papers as best I could.

I used the current sketch from the Sketchy Challenges for my layout.

After laying all the pieces out, and gluing them in place, I die cut and assembled the poinsettias, and arranged them around the image. I also cut some leaves and branches to tuck in. Some gold micro beads were used for the centers of the flowers. A stamped and embossed sentiment finished the card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Sketchy Challenges – #166, sketch shown above

A Gem of a Challenge – Week 20 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of September 22

Ally’s Angels – #38 ATG

12 Months of Christmas Link Up – #69 ATG with optional Say It With a Sentiment

Little Bookworm

Hi there!! It’s hard to believe that September is almost finished, even though the leaves are changing, and fall is definitely in the air! I have my last inspiration for the month for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook Challenge. Our theme this month is Think Pink for Breast Cancer, but the DT was also Challenged to use something that starts with B this week. I used Bookworm Dollie, from this set, on my card. I colored her up with my Copics, sticking with the pink theme….and actually managing to pull off the pastels!

I went with a fairly simple layout, using 2 subtly printed papers, and white matting and die cut bows as contrast. The sentiment is stamped. I finished off by placing some gems in the corners, bow centers, and on the fairy wings. My B things are bows, bling, book, and beverage.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Cutie Pie Challenge – #151 Birthday Party

Creations in Pink – #26 ATG in Mainly Pink

CCC Digi Creations – #118 Monochrome

Worldwide Open DT Challenge – #9 ATG September/October

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 39 ATG

Winter Friends

Hi there 🙂 Time for another Christmas creation…gotta keep myself on track here! I absolutely love Mo Manning‘s images, and this sweet one, Sharing a Song, is no exception! I chose my background paper before coloring, so I could match up the colors with my Copics. I added a snowy effect in the background with a white Posca, and my blender pen, then matted it in red.

I’ve had the pine bough and pinecone die for ages, sitting around in my stash, and I cant thing of a better card to use it on! I layered it over the contrasting triangular corner pieces, then added a pretty bow. I stamped the sentiment, then matted it with the same red paper that I used throughout, and added a few red gems to finish this sweet card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Mo’s Digital Pencil Challenge – #295 Anything Mo Goes

Pixie’s Snippets Challenge – #387 ATG with Snippets

The Corrosive Challenge Blog – #9 ATG

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #508 ATG As Long As It’s Christmas with optional For Someone Special

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #129 ATG

Welcome, Autumn!

Hi there! I’m here to share my DT inspiration for this month’s ATG (old or new, and just colorings, too!) Challenge at the Stamps by Aurora Wings Facebook group. This was a project that I almost gave up on a few times! I used the amazing full version of Harvest Elf, from the Gardens and Goddesses 3 PDF coloring book. A simpler version of this beauty can also be found at the AW store. I printed the image waaay to small (3 1/5 x 5″), because apparently, I don’t value the remaining scraps of sanity that I’ve managed to hang on to. I colored it up with my Copics, trying to concentrate on individual elements as I went (this is the first time that I felt like giving up on this!)

When I FINALLY had her colored, I had no idea what to do with her! A friend suggested just framing her, but I had no frame the right size…..however….I was in need of an autumn themed decoration for my door! I scrounged around in my stash of stuff, and couldn’t find anything that would work (give up thoughts #2). I was just turning away from my closet of goodies, when these ugly crates caught my eye. I snapped them up years ago, when I worked at a department/grocery store. We had received cobs of corn in them, and they are made of cheap wood slats that are sloppily wired together. Definitely not something that is made to last! I’m sure that I got a few looks when I squirreled them into my car! I removed a few of the slats, and being cheapo wood, they splintered and broke….(thought 3)….but I worked with the mess I made and broke them more, and made a rustic base for my project. I painted it, then applied some crackle glaze on for a bit more texture.

While I was scrounging around for base material, I noticed a cut that I made eons ago on my Cricut. It was from a heavier weight plastic cardboard type of material, that pretty much screwed up my first machine! Good thing I saved it for all these years! I painted it, and adhered it to the wood base. I glued the image to a chipboard mat, then to some 1/4″ foam to lift it a bit, and placed it over a piece of burlap. Then I tucked 2 different kinds of moss and some twigs around it. I felt a bit of color was needed, so added a few sunflowers and some unknown nature thingies that I’ll call leaves. A chipboard butterfly, painted to match the ones in the image, was added as the finishing touch 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Week 591 Autumn Colors

Crafty Friends Challenge – #145 Autumn Colors

Crafty Creations – #413 ATG

Crafty Gals Corner – #211 Fall Colors

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2038 ATG

Coloring in Scrapland – September ATG/Home Decor

The Crafter’s Cafe – #215 Season

A Perfect Time to Craft – #9 September ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #9 September ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #79 ATG

Golf Guy

Hi there! A quick post to share a card that I made one of the guys from work. Guess what his favorite summer sport is? Lol. I thought that Hole In One Hal, from Doctor Digi, would be a perfect image to use! I colored him up with my Copics, then fussy cut him out.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I went through my enormous paper stash, and couldn’t find an appropriate golf type print! So….I grabbed a golf ball image from a free site, and made my own background paper! I die cut a frame, and placed Hal on the edge, then cut a fun sentiment to finish this simple card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Catz – #519 ATG with optional Make It Sporty

Incy Wincy Designs – Funny and/or Let’s Celebrate

Creative Aunts – #45 For Men

Your Scrapbook Place – September ATG

A Gem of a Challenge – Week 19 ATG

Paint Your Day

Hi there 🙂 I felt like doing a fun card, and decided to use DIY Pup from Di’s Digi Stamps. I colored him up with my Copics, trying to give his fur the same curly texture as my pup, Java.

When I colored the paint, I had the colors in this background paper in mind. I found some solid cardstock in coordinating colors and layered these pieces with the image. The ink, or paint, splotches on the paper made me remember this Tim Holtz die I have, so I die cut a number of pieces to tuck around the edges. I printed of the sentiment on my labeler, added a few melted pony bead embellishments, and the card was done, ready to be given to a Crafty friend on their birthday!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2038 ATG

Creative Inspirations – Sept. Spots and Dots or Inky Splats!

Di’ Digi Challenge – Winged and/or Tailed Things

Creative Craft Cottage – #133 Include An Animal

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – ATG With Patterned Paper

Pink Garden Fairy

Hi there! It’s Sunday again, and time for me to share my second inspiration project for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook Challenge. Our theme for September is “Think Pink for Breast Cancer “, but the DT had an additional challenge this week, and it’s to use decorative borders 🙂 I used the pretty image, Carnation Fairy, as the focal point of my card, and colored her up with my Copics, trying to match the colors in the papers I’d chosen before starting.

I knew which borders I wanted to use right from the beginning, so cut 3 of the flower butterfly borders from a Couture Collection die to form the base, and make it look as if she is taking a stroll through a garden. I also cut the curved trellis border at the top of the print paper, matching the shape at the top of the image, as well as on the card base. I assembled the bottom layers with a bit of a curve, using some foam strips to support the extended middle parts. The die has butterflies fluttering around it, so I used some of these around the image and the stamped sentiment.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creations in Pink – #26 ATG in Mainly Pink

Ally’s Angels – #38 ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #9 September ATG

Aud Sentiments – #260 ATG with a Sentiment

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #128 ATG

Christmas Skates

Hello 🙂 It’s time to share my DT inspiration for the current ATG Challenge at Creative Fingers. We are being sponsored by the fabulous Jan’s Digi Stamps, who gave the DT members some images to play with. I chose the gorgeous Christmas Skates, part of this set. I colored the image with my Copics, then matted it with some silver mirror card stock.

I thought a pretty white and silver color palette would really show off this beautiful image nicely. To add a bit of texture, I ran a piece of paper through a dotted embossing folder then matted and layered it, adding a die cut sentiment from the silver paper. After adding a pretty red bow, the front panel was ready to adhere to the card base. I die cut the edge of the base into a lacy scallop, then popped on a silver border. I added the finished panel, and another Christmas card went into the pile for this year 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge – September ATG

Creative Knockouts – #368 ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft – #9 September ATG

Christmas Crafts All Year Round – September…Include at Least 2 Things That Start With S (skates and silver)

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #480 ATG

Roses for Breast Cancer

Hi there 🙂 I’m here to share my inspiration project for this month’s challenge on the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group. Our theme this month is Think Pink for Breast Cancer. I wanted to implement the pink ribbon symbol somehow on my project, and amazingly, forgetful me, remembered the rose ribbon that I received as a freebie from Sarah Renae Clark a few years ago. I looked through the CCK Etsy Store, and although there were numerous images that had roses in them, I liked this one, from this set, because it would be easy to erase the background and merge it onto the ribbon. I colored everything with my Copics, adding some accents to the image frame and vines, with gold gel pen, then fussy cut it out.

I had a few ideas kicking around in my head as to what to make with this, but I kept going back to something that would make a nice way to present a gift to someone going through the cancer fight. I had this alterable container in my stash that reminded me of a gift bag, so went with that. Bonus with this piece is how the hole in the ribbon lines up with the handle so nicely!! I painted the bare wood green, then sponged gold over that. I attached a pale pink piece of ribbon around the centre, then glued on the image. For the back, I printed out an encouraging sentiment, die cut it and matted it before adhering it.

The only sad thing about this project is that someone will be fighting this dreadful disease when they get it as a “pick me up”.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafts Galore Encore – #79 ATG

All Fun Challenges – #15 ATG

Colouring in Scrapland – September Home Decor or ATG

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog – #259 ATG + a Sentiment

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 37 ATG

Seasonal Scottie

Hey there 🙂 Another Christmas card to share….this time, using this adorable Scottie dog, from Whimsy Stamps. I always try to incorporate a Scottie on cards for my sister, as she has loved them for forever! I colored up this pup, from the Scottish Terrier set, with my Copics, then cut it out with a pretty shaped die.

I matted the image with gold mirror card stock, cut with a stitched edge die from the same set. This coordinates well with the flashes of gold in the plaid (what other pattern could I use?) background paper. I cut some trees out, that I “decorated with gold stickles, then placed them around the image. I die cut a number of stitched fishtail banners out, and layered them up, adding a die cut sentiment. A few gold baubles finish this special card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2036 ATG

Christmas Kickstart Challenge – #37 Festive Furbabies

Christmas Crafts All Year Round – September Challenge, Use At Least 2 Things That Starts With S….Scottie, sentiment, stitching

A Perfect Time to Craft – #9 September ATG

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #42 September ATG with a Critter