Fairy Wishes

Hi there!! Time to blog my week’s makes….a bit later than usual, but I’ve had such a lazy weekend…..it’s wonderful!!  This sweet card features an adorable image from Tiddly Inks, called Willow the Greeting Fairy.  The sentiment I’ve used, as well as a few others, come with her, as well!!  I decided to keep spreading the love with the sentiment, as Valentine’s Day isn’t THAT far past….and love and kisses and hugs are good anytime!!  I colored her up with my Copics and added some Wink of Stella to her wings to give them a bit of fairy sparkle 🙂

You can see the sparkle a bit better in the close up.  I cut the image and sentiment out with a die from one set, then used a similar, stitched die from another set to cut a piece to layer underneath her.  I just got the heart cluster die (after V day), and had to use it with her, so cut it out 3 times, twice from glitter stock and once from plain CS.  I used the pink sparkle outline, then inlaid it with the cuts from the other colors.  I also used some of the hearts for a corner accent.  A white ribbon around the middle of the striped background completed this card 🙂

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

Tiddly Inks Challenge – #210 Give Love

Let’s Craft and Create – #134 ATG/Option of Mom’s Day/Mother

Dream Valley Challenge – #173 Things With Wings

Crafty Gals Corner – #159 Add A Heart

Morgan’s Artworld – Feb/Mar ATG

Love to Fish

Good morning, the card I have today is my DT piece for the new challenge at the Creative Fingers blog, and features a Power Poppy image.  All of our challenges are ATG, so we’d love to see whatever your creativity has produced!! Angelique is sponsoring us again with a fabulous prize of a gorgeous stamp set 🙂 Stop by to check out the fab prize and all the amazing work done by my DT teamies 🙂

This card “kills 2 birds with one stone” as the saying goes, because it’s also for the current Power and Spark Challenge at Power Poppy.  I know that a lot of people thing “flowers” when Power Poppy is mentioned, and while Marcella’s flowers are absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, she’s a woman with many talents, as this image (and others in her shop), show.  This Leaping Trout set caught my eye, as there are so many fishing enthusiasts in my area (fanatics may be a better word, lol).  I wanted to go a bit out of the box for the challenge, which theme is “Love to Sparkle”, so out came the fish 🙂  I don’t generally thing of sparkly things when I make a masculine card.  After coloring the fish with my Copic and SN markers, I added a subtle chalk background, then got out the glitter for the water 🙂  I layered the image on 2 stiched rectangle cuts….one from a basket weave texture paper, and one from a glitter sheet that matched some of the water sparkle PERFECTLY!! A simple striped DP was a fitting background.  I recently got a fishing set of dies from Gina K, and cut the rod/reel out, then added a sparkly hook cut as well.  I deliberated what kind of sentiment to use, until one of my fishing friends posted a pic on Facebook of a fishing trip they took last year, with the caption “LOVE this!!!”  Done!!! And a perfect sentiment for the challenge theme too!!

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

Power Poppy, Power and Spark – February Love to Sparkle

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 8 ATG

DL Art Thankful Thursday – #223 ATG

Creatalicious Challenges – #133 ATG with optional twist: For a Boy/Man

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #11 ATG with a Critter

Floral Good-Bye

Hi there!! It’s hard to believe that it’s already the 20th of February already!! Time is going so fast….wish it would go faster and the weather would warm up, though!!  Today marks the start of a brand new ATG challenge at the Sheepski Designs Facebook Group.  Although we are ATG, there’s always an optional twist, to help get the old mojo flowing, and this month it’s “Celebration”.  Andrea has a ton of gorgeous images in her Etsy Shop, so you have lots to choose from!! I have this discount code to help you out with your shopping:


For my inspiration card, I used a brand new image, available in the store now, Flower Bouquet 🙂

  I was up to my old tricks of printing it waaaay tiny….but I decided to give coloring it in a shot anyway, grabbed my Copics and am really happy with how it turned out 🙂  I found a pad of DP that had a number of chevron prints, so went with that.  I cut apertures in both the aqua and pink pieces, and layered it up, with the beautiful flowers peeking through.  I cut a few banners, one from the aqua, and one from a piece of white CS that I had embossed.  I’m loving the look of a sentiment is a bit mixed up….the “good” is die cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, and the “bye” is stickers….what a great way to use up some of those odd letters that seem to be left over on every sticker sheet!!  I added an adhesive triangle from Freckled Fawn and some Nuvo drops to the corner to finish this 🙂

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

The Sketchy Challenges – #136 ATG

A Gem of a Challenge – #213 Spring Flowers

Crafting With Friends – #61 ATG

As You Like It Challenge – Favorite Way to Add A Sentiment – mixing it up!  Why?  Love the look of the different fonts, and it’s a great way to use up some odds and ends in the craft stash!!

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 8 ATG

Primrose, Bingo, and Exciting News :)

Good morning and happy Monday!! Today is an extremely exciting day for me, because I finally get to tell everyone that I’m now a very proud member of the Aurora Wings DT, and I get to show you my first project as part of the Aurora Team 🙂

This month, Mitzi came up with a super fun theme to play with, and it’s a Bingo Board!!

Click on the board to take you right to the challenge 🙂

You can use the colors, the elements, or a combination of them both, as long as you make a straight line horizontally, vertically or diagonally!!  With choices like that, it will be easy to create something for this month’s challenge 🙂  For my card, I used the adorable Primrose Elf, available exclusively at the aurorawings.com store.  You can find her in JPG here or PNG here.

So before you try to figure out what line I chose, I better tell you…I decided to go all out and do a double black out (also known as full house), and use all the colors and all the elements!  I’ll be honest and say, I was wondering about my sanity a few times during the making this project because of that decision!!!  I colored the image with my Copic and SN markers, managing to get at least a bit of each color in while doing so (there’s a tiny bit of green in her eyes and a few of the leaves…to save you some zooming, lol)

I mounted this little sweetie on a piece of black CS that I wrapped with a sheer white ribbon, then die cut a window to layer on top, for her to peek through in a piece of white CS.  I fired up the old sewing machine and stitched around the aperture and the outer edges of the white piece with some black thread, and popped it up on some foam dots over the black CS and image.  I also cut a teal/aqua doily so it fit around the bottom of the opening.  For the flowers, I die cut them, then colored  them red and pink to match the primroses in the image, adding glitter to all the centers.  I die cut a few different types of leaves from some assorted green scraps I had, and arranged these, along with the primroses and some small punched blue and purple blooms, around the image.  I tied a fluffy bow to balance the top part of the card out a bit, and added a few of the blossoms to it as well.  For the beads/button option,  I picked through my seed beads  to find yellow ones(which, for some reason, were all mixed up, not arranged by color!), and arranged them in sprays from the flower arrangement.  I finished the card off with a sentiment that I stamped with an old CTMH stamp.  When I looked at the finished project, I realized that I had managed to implement all the colors in the rest of the card as well!!! Woohoo!!

I do hope that you can join us at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to play Bingo with us!! Our challenges are a month long, and have fabulous prizes (Mitzi’s images!! What could be a better prize???).  While you’re there, check out the rest of the DT inspiration…..it is absolutely JAW-DROPPING GORGEOUS!!!

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

Allsorts Challenge – Week 455 Handmade Flowers

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #22 February ATG

A Gem of a Challenge – #213 Spring Flowers

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 7 ATG

A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge – February ATG

Cute Card Thursday – #517 One Word Sentiment


My last Valentine’s card for this year….good thing it was to be delivered after the 14th, too….or it wouldn’t have been done!!  I printed the image, Cute Heart Valentine’s,  from Star Stampz, very, very small (<2″), then, rather than wasting ALL THAT paper, I proceeded to color, with my breath held the whole time!!  It got particularly dicey when I had to abandon the brush tips of my Copics, and turn to my bullet nip SNs!!

  I messed around with the layout and the papers for what seemed like forever, until I settled on the heart print paper, that came as a freebie in a magazine years ago, and saw this sketch, at Sketch Saturday:

I used other elements from the same freebie paper pad to make up the other parts of the sketch.  I punched 2 hearts from a red print, and edged it with white stitching detail, and made a label “thingy” to back the letters.  I edged the label with the gel pen stitch detail, and attached it to the card with a couple silver brads.  I’m so happy with how this turned out, especially as I was in a bit of a panic less than 2 hours before I had to deliver the card!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Sketch Saturday – #501 Sketch shown above

Crafty Friends Challenge – #77 Love Is In the Air

Brown Sugar Challenge – #275 Valentine’s Day

Crafting With an Attitude – #36 ATG

Addicted to Stamps – #161 Have A Heart

Valentine Surprise

I’m blogging up a storm this morning…I think the coffee has cut in!!! Here’s another Valentine’s card, made with another image that got buried in my files, as I kept intending to use it.  I’ve had this sweet Valentine girl for ages and ages, and, while I know it’s a Whoopsi Daisy design, I can’t tell you anything more about it!! I colored this little one up with my SN and Copic markers, adding a few dots on the chocolate box (or card?) with white gel pen.  I found a scrap of the right pink to mat her with, and cut the edges with edging scissors (I’m digging deep in my supplies, LOL), then dotted the edges to coordinate with the image.  As I was rummaging through stuff, I also found the striped DP scrap that I used as a background.  The heart shaped doily and the chipboard hearts were also “I forgot I had this” items.  I doctored the chipboard hearts up, one by embossing with white and adding some pink dots to, and the other by coating in red glitter.  I arranged everything with a strip of sheer ribbon and a bow, and used a piece of red glitter paper for matting.  With all the forgotten supplies and the old fashioned image, this card is a blast from the past 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Crazy Challenge – #268 Girl Power

Addicted to Stamps – #161 Have a Heart

Pixie’s Crafty Snippets – Challenge #320 ATG with Snippets

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 7 ATG

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

Jar of Love

Hi there, another project from the last week here 🙂  I was going through my digi files, and once again stumbled across stuff that I forgot I had.  I find that digi’s are so easy to aquire, with their instan download, that I tend to splurge past the time I have available in a lifetime to use!!! This sweet jar of buttons is from Beyond the Fringe.  Not only does Carmen have some amazing freebies, she has great images in her Etsy Shop as well!  If you haven’t heard of these digi’s, check them out!  I colored this image with what seemed to be every red and pink SN and Copic that I own, then added some accents with white gel pen before fussy cutting it out.  The size that I printed it made it perfect for a gift card holder 🙂 Gift cards are good on any occasion, I think!

I cut the base from red CS, then added a polkadotted pocket that coordinates with the bow on the jar 🙂  A stamped sentiment and some stitching detail with my white gel pen finish this off.

I’d like to enter this into the following:

{PIN}spirational Challenge – #209

Di’s Digi Designs Challenge – Lots of Pink and/or Red

The Sketchy Challenges – #136 ATG

Angie’s Digital Stamps Challenge – #17 AG with optional twist Love

Creative Craft Cottage – #104 Love is All Around


Hi there 🙂  I got a few cards done during the week, so it’s time to start blogging them!!!  I used the beautiful “Love” image, from Ching-Chou Kuik for this card.

  I colored her with my Copic and SN markers, then partially fussy cut her out, so she flowed out of the heart frame that I cut on my Cricut.  To dress the frame up a bit, I scored it, then used Liquid Pearls at the intersecting points of the scores, and around the edges.  I found a piece of ribbon in the perfect green, to coordinate with both the image, and the background paper, which was a freebie in a magazine some years ago.  I also added a strip of lace before diving into my treasured flower supply.  I found some blooms that really complemented the whole card layout, and I actually USED them!!! I’ve been hoarding so many of my supplies, that it is definitely time to start using them every once in a while.  Even the freebie papers from the magazines (not to say anything about my other DP), have been sitting unused for eons.  I keep telling myself that it’s not like there isn’t enough paper in a pad or a sheet to make a card or two with, and still have some left over…..but I haven’t been listening to myself!!! After adding a few drops of Liquid Pearls in the corners, and matting everything with pink, before putting it on the card blank, I called this card done 🙂  I left it without a sentiment, so that way it can be used for any number of occasions 🙂

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

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – All You Need Is Love

Crafty Friends Challenge – #77 Love Is In the Air

Addicted to Stamps Challenge – #161 Have a Heart

Stamping Sensations – February, Anything With Flowers

Deep Ocean Challenge – #174 Love is all Around

Foxy Anniversary

Hello there 🙂  Ever have a card turn out completely differently than what you had originally planned?  I’m sure I’m not the only one!  This card is just such a project 🙂  These foxes are from Sami Stamps, but are, unfortunately, no longer available in her store (but there’s tons of other cute images to play with!)  I colored the image with my Copics, adding some clouds with a white pen.  I dug around in my scrap file to find some papers, and came up with a few pieces from different collections, but they coordinated well together 🙂  I matted everything with a dark brownish green, the same color I used to die cut the sentiment with.  I dug around in my precious flowers, and found the ones I used, adding some die cut and punched greenery to go with it.  I added some brown pearls in the corner to finish this all off 🙂

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

Pixie’s Crafty Snippets Challenge – #319 ATG with Snippets

Creatalicious Challenge – #132 ATG with optional Love/Anniversary/Thinking of You

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Classic DT Open Challenge – #22 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #231 Flower Power

Penguin Buddies

Hi there 🙂 With all the cold weather and snow that we’ve been getting, Christmas and winter cards are where my mojo is taking me lately.  I’ve had this image, Percy and Pete’s Find (the picture in the link is different, but the file name is the same), from Di’s Digi Stamps for a long time, and can’t believe I haven’t used it until now – it is just the sweetest!!!  I colored these sweeties up with my Prismacolor pencils, and added a background of trees (the guys had to pick their tree from somewhere, right?  lol).  I then added the snow by dotting on some white acrylic paint, as my gel pen died on me 🙁

I dug through my scrap bin and found a number of pieces that coordinated well with each other, and the image, and began distressing and laying them out.  I die cut some snow flakes to peek from around the image, and managed to partially cut one, to make the tag for the sentiment which was computer generated.  Lastly, and before gluing everything down, I tied some twine around the middle just to bring everything all together 🙂  I have a few penguin loving friends, who I’m sure would be thrilled to receive this cute card next Christmas!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Di’s Digi Challenge – Winter

Deep Ocean Challenge Blog – #173 Let It Snow

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #371 ATG (option of quick and easy, not taken)

Crimbo Crackers – #151 Anything Christmas

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – February ATG