Marie of the Dead

Hi there 🙂 I’m a little in shock that I made this card up and didn’t get it on here RIGHT AWAY!!! I’m so proud of it 🙂  Every year, I have a standing order for a Day of the Dead card for a friend’s sister.  I knew that this year’s card would feature Day of the Dead Marie, by Mitzi, at Aurora Wings.  This was a challenging image to color up, as it is so detailed.  I got my head into the “I can do this” state, and grabbed my SN and Copic markers and went to work….I seriously don’t think I took a breath for long periods of time!!  When I was done, I added some fine detail with a Pigma Micron pen, and inked the edges with Distress Ink.  With such an intricate image, I hate to start getting all fussy with embellishments and papers, so I opted for a very pale mauve CS, die cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die in opposite corners, then layered over a black CS.  Some black lace, a little strip of ribbon and tiny bow, and a few rhinestones for embellishments complimented the gorgeous image without overpowering it.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Your Scrapbook Place – ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #74 ATG

Crafting With An Attitude – #35 ATG

As You Like It Challenges – Favorite Die… this corner die!!  Why? It adds so much interest to the background of the card, and it’s lacy design is so pretty 🙂

The Storm

Good morning.  I’ve had some colored projects done, and waiting patiently to be put on cards, and this was one of them.  The image is Rose In Storm, by Ching-Chou Kuik.  I colored her up with my SN and Copic markers, adding some white gel pen in the lightning, and some Wink of Stella on her sheer wrap.  I layered her up on some pretty printed DP, from a pad that I got recently, and a piece of navy CS.  I fiddled around with embellishments,  and decided to use a few of the new roses I got, and some pieces of a brick wall die cut.  The sentiment, which is perfect for an encouragement card, was printed on my computer.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – New Beginnings (I used new paper, and new flowers)

The Corrosive Challenge – #1 January ATG

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – #1 ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – ATG

Digi Stamps 4 Joy Challenge – #144 ATG + optional Fave Color Combo

Butterflies Are Free

Hi there 🙂  Another Thursday has rolled around, and that means it’s time for a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  This week, our theme is “Distress Your Project/Vintage”.  And, as always, we have some generous sponsors with prizes for our lucky winners 🙂

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I had a ton of fun making my card, as it’s been a long time since I beat up a card to give it a distressed/vintage look 🙂  I used Butterflies are Free, from Pickled Potpourri.  I printed it on a parchment paper, then added some soft colors with watercolors.  I messed around with my papers, and finally decided to make my own background paper (this card was made before a friend challenged me to use DP on every project I make this year), by stamping some Kaisercraft butterflies on some CS.  The Cuttlebug script embossing folder worked well on this card, as there is a script in the background of the image.  After embossing some kraft CS, I tore and distressed the edges of all the papers, then inked them with Distress Inks.  I also inked a blue doily, which brought out the subtle blue in the image.  I’ve recently got some new dies, so had to play.  I cut a butterfly and a floral swag, which was placed under some strips of some ribbon and some new lace that I got.  I added pearls in the centres of the flowers, as well as in the corners….because in my mind, pearls = vintage, lol.  Hope you like this as much as I liked making it, and that you can have some fun with your own project!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – Week 451, Butterflies

Get Creative Challenges – #65 Use Pearls and Lace

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 4 ATG

Crafty Creations – #359 ATG

Frilly and Funkie Challenge – Inspiration Word for 2018; mine is FREE


Deck the Halls

Hi there 🙂  I colored this lovely image, part of the Merriest Berries digital stamp set, from Power Poppy, before Christmas.  Then, with a lot of stuff going on, and the early January aversion to anything Christmas, it made it’s way to the bottom of my project pile.  I guess I’m feeling the spirit again, because I just had to use it for the new challenge at the Power Poppy blog.  This month’s Power and Spark challenge is to grab a map (or sketch, as some call it), and create a project inspired by it.  Power Poppy is collaborating with Page Maps, and have a number of maps to choose from 🙂  I chose this one for my card:

The image was printed on grey Kraft paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils, then fussy cut out.  I found some rather muted DP and edged it lightly with some red ink, before adhering it to a grey card base.  I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix scribble die underneath the holly, to make the image pop a bit.  I used the same red paper, stamped with a greeting from a free magazine set, and cut a banner for the sentiment.  I stuck pretty close to the exact sketch for my card…..but have already got a few ideas how I can play with it (and the other ones).

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

Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge – January, Grab a Map

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #369  ATG Christmas with optional Add A Sentiment

Pixies Snippets Playground – Weeks 317 and 318 ATG with Snippets

A Snowflakes Promise – #47 ATG

Tuesday Throwdown – TT376 ATG

A Drink to Celebrate

I was going through my digi files, and found this one, from Whimsie Doodles, that had been neglected 🙁  Well, I had to fix that!!  I colored it with my SN and Copic markers, then fussy cut it out.  I covered the glass part of the image with some Glamor Glaze….a product that gives a nice, wet shine to things.  I used this sketch, from Tuesday Morning Sketches

as inspiration for the layout….I’m really loving this sketch, and I’m sure it will be one I use again and again 🙂  I used a piece of cheerful yellow DP for the background….making the stripes on each element go a different way for some interest.  I popped on the image with some foam dots to give some dimension.  A sentiment, cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, a sprinkling of sequins, and a strip of white rick rack finish this fresh and festive card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Tuesday Morning Sketches – #436, shown above

Di’s Digi Designs Challenge – Birthdays

Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog – #59 ATG

Create and Inspire – #70 ATG

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Add A Sentiment

Little Cowgirl

It’s been quite some time since I’ve made a stepper card, so I figured there was no time like the present 🙂  I’m really short of baby girl cards, and live in a community that there are many cow people (or wanna-be cow people!).  The Cowgirl Dollie image from Ching-Chou Kuik is a perfect choice for a cute, somewhat non traditional baby card.  I colored the little sweetie up with my SN and Copic markers, then cut the image out with a die, that I’d inked, so the frame and stitching were defined.

  I made up the stepper card base, then cut pieces of DP to go on each piece.  The square parts on the side step parts were also put through the sewing machine to give some stitch detail to frame the edges and complement the stitching from the die.  I got out some new western dies that I just got recently, and cut the hat, boots and horseshoes out of pink and kraft CS.  I inlaid the band on the hat and the boot designs with the opposite colors.  The sentiment is one I did on the computer, then added some color to part of it, and cut out with a smaller die.

  Seeing as how everyone around seems to be having girls, I’m sure this card will find it’s way to a new home soon 🙂

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

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog – New Beginnings

Creative Knockouts – #229 In Stitches

The Southern Girls Challenge – Stitch Me Up

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #01 ATG

{PIN}spirational Challenges – #207


Thank You Fairy

Hi there!! I’ve had a beautifully quiet weekend, which has allowed me time to do some crafting…in peace, lol.  I’ve had my eye on this little beauty, from Sweet Escape Digis, for quite some time.  I colored “Hada” up with my SN and Copic markers.  I wanted to use this frame die on the card, so I fussy cut her out and positioned her.  For the layout, I used this super sketch,

from Tuesday Morning Sketches, and flipped it …and replaced the focal shape with a rectangle.  I had some pretty patterned paper for the background (and I was challenged by a dear friend to use DP on every card I make this year!!!), and separated 2 pieces with a piece of green ribbon.  The border die went so well with the frame, I just had to use it!!!  A simple stamped “thank you” sentiment and some tiny pink pearls finish this card off 🙂  I’m loving how it turned out!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Tuesday Morning Sketches – Sketch #436, shown above

Crafty Calendar – Mythical Creatures

Hiding In My Craft Room – #336 Color It!

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 3 ATG

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie – #85 Thank You

Bob’s Valentine <3

Hi there 🙂  Can you believe that January is already 2/3 done?? Seems like yesterday that I was getting Christmas cards ready to mail out!!  With it being the 20th, that means its the start of a brand new challenge at the Sheepski Designs Facebook group!!  The challenges are always ATG, as long as you use an image from the Sheepski Designs shop, or one of the freebies found in the group.  There’s an optional theme every month, if you should need help deciding on an image…this month, it’s “One For the Girls”.  If you find an image that you’d like, here’s a code, to save you some money 🙂


I’ve used the charming Bob, for my card.  I colored him with Copic markers, then cut him out with a stitched rectangle die.  I recently NEEDED more paper (it was on sale = I need)  and had a bit of forethought, so got the cute heart DP used here.  I printed the sentiment on the computer, then cut it with a wavy stitched die to make a border.  Some puffy red heart stickers were the only embellishment needed for this cute and simple card 🙂

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

Let’s Craft and Create – #133 ATG with option of Love Is In the Air

The Corrosive Challenge Blog – #1 January ATG

DigiStamps 4 Joy Challenge – #144 ATG + Favorite Color (RED!)

Cute Card Thursday – #513 Something Fun 🙂

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Add A Sentiment

Anniversary Bears

Good morning!! I just realized that the angle I took this photo (to compensate for the glare of the mirror card) makes it look a bit wonky, lol.  Anyhow….I’m here to share my inspiration for the new challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.   We have the theme of Valentines/Love this time around, and what’s more loving than an anniversary?  Our sponsor this time is the generous Crafty Sentiments 🙂

Prize is 3 digital images

I used the adorable image, Couples, from our sponsor, for my card.  I printed it on kraft card stock, and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  After cutting it out with a circle die, I started layering it on various scraps of printed paper, which I had doctored up a bit 🙂  I used a heart background die to cut a sprinkling of hearts on one piece, and edged everything with some gold ink.  I scored the pretty black and gold lace at a dollar store recently, and this coordinated nicely with the sentiment, that was die cut twice….once from gold mirror card, and once from black card stock, to give it a shadow.  The corners needed a bit of something, so I die cut some hearts with the same background die, from the gold and black, and layered a few of the off cuts. I was happy with how it balanced things out 🙂  I hope you can join us this week with your LOVE-ly creations!!!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Digi Choosday – Week 3 ATG

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #59 ATG

Crafty Gals Corner – #157 ATG

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Add A Sentiment

A Year of Sprites

Weeeeee!!!  After 3 weeks of working on this, I’M DONE!!!! Ever since I was little, I grumbled about how July (my birthday month) always had ugly pictures in every calendar I looked at.  A few years ago, I decided to make my own calendars, doing up an image once a month….well, the farthest I ever made it was April, lol.  The challenge at Aurora Wings blog this time is Anything But A Card…and I came up with the brainwave to make a Sprite wall calendar 🙂  It was a lot of work, picking appropriate images for the months, coloring, cutting, figuring out layout, picking papers, more cutting, and finally dismantling an old notebook to retrieve the spiral, so I could hand bind it (NOT recommended!!).   I found this way different than making cards, as I had to make each page fairly light ie: no heavy embellishments, or the whole project would fall off the wall!!  There was a BIG oops along the way. One morning, while sitting at my table having coffee, with a bunch of colored Sprites in front of me, a sneeze came.  From nowhere. And I had my mouth full of coffee!!!! Coffee sprayed ALL OVER!!! I could have cried….but that evening I took a look, and saw that by fussy cutting the images out, I’d be able to salvage them!!  An extra, time consuming, step, but well worth the effort 🙂  So here goes my longest blog post (sorry) ever……

All the images were colored with SN and Copic markers, and all month names were cut on my Cricut.

January:  Hot Cocoa Sprite.  The cold weather calls for a hot drink, and this sweetie fit the bill.  I found the mugs with marshmallows as a freebie stamp, and colored the marshmallows in a bit.

February:  Rose Sprite.  Valentines day calls for roses…and chocolate (but that will be another year!)  The corner hearts were cut with my Cricut 🙂

March:  Leprechaun.  March is the month to go for the green, and this little guy has hit the jackpot!! I drew the shamrock corner decorations, and cut them out, and added a few starry punched shapes as well.

April:  Pussy Willow Sprite.  Here in Saskatchewan, Canada, pussy willows (finally) start to appear at this time.  The branch deco is cut with a Little B die, and the leaves are punched.

May: Spring Sprite without Bunny Ears.  By May, flowers are coming out, and everyone is beginning to feel a bit festive in the spring warmth 🙂  The butterfly decorations are inlaid die cuts made with Tattered Lace and another (??) die.

June:  Pansy Sprite.  June was my Mom’s birth month, and pansies were her favorite flower (mine, too); of course I had to use this Sprite for June!  I die cut the flourish corner with a Cheery Lynn die.

July:  Cupcake Sprite.  Finally July has an awesome picture 🙂  Since it’s my birthday month…of course I need cake!!  I punched the little cupcakes in the corner with a MS punch…and added some sprinkles to them 🙂

August:  Sunflower Sprite.  The end of summer is when the sunflowers seem to be the brightest and most cheerful, so I thought this Sprite was appropriate for the month.  I used my Cricut and a few dies to make the corner decoration.

September:  Autumn Sprite.  Fall is setting in, and the leaves are starting to turn.  This beautiful image reflects the gorgeous season.  I stamped and cut out some leaves from a set from Inkadinkadoo.

October:  Marigold Sprite.  There were a few choices for this month, but I had to go with this cutie…too pretty and cute to be scary!!  I die cut the spider web corner accent.

November: Poppy Sprite.  A perfect image for the month that Remembrance Day (here in Canada) falls in.  The banners in the corner were cut with 2 different dies, then cut to size.

December: Candy Cane Sprite.  What an adorable way to finish the year off with!! Such a festive little Sprite, all ready for Christmas.  The pine boughs were cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die.

All said and done, I would only describe this as a labour of love. Thanks for taking the time to look at this!

And now…off to enter the Aurora Wings challenge – Anything But a Card. 🙂

I would also like to enter these challenges:

Work It Wednesday – December Use Something New…I used new dies, new images, and new markers 🙂

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #21 January ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 2 ATG

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Use Patterned Paper