Holly Angel

Hello 🙂  It’s already the second Sunday of November, where does that time go?? As it’s Sunday, it’s my turn for an inspiration post for the current Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge.  Our theme is Christmas, and there are some absolutely gorgeous Christmas images available in Ching-Chou’s Etsy store.  I used Holly Angel for today’s card.  I colored her up with my Copic markers…..then got totally lost as to what to do!!!

I kept coming back to this little miss for almost a week, and every time I went to create something, all my ideas took flight!!! It’s like I’ve never made a card before in my life!!! With time running out, I had to do something!! I die cut a frame for her to be leaning out of, and was lucky enough to have a piece of holly print paper, that was perfect for the background! After stamping a sentiment, the card still needed something.  I like to keep most of my Christmas cards flat, as a great majority of them are mailed.  The handy old white gel pen came to the rescue for finishing this card.  I drew in a border of stitching, doubling up in the one corner for balance.  This card is nice and flat for easy mailing with it’s CAS design 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

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

DL Art – ATG November Linky Challenge

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG Week of Nov. 6, 2018

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #411 ATG as Long as it’s Christmas

The Sketchy Challenges – #147 ATG


Hi there!! One last card for me today.  I got an order on the weekend for a baby card….for twins.  The expectant parents had opted NOT to find out the genders before the births, so it had to be a gender neutral card.  And – of course I had NOTHING in my collection that fit the bill for the quickie order.  My coloring mojo just wasn’t there, and since I didn’t have time to wait for it to reappear, I had to go scrounging through some of my other crafting supplies.  Nothing was really speaking to me until I came across a sheet of Winnie the Pooh print paper that I’ve been hoarding for at least 10 years.  No matter, because Winnie is timeless, and genderless, and epitomizes childhood 🙂  I cut out a piece of the sheet, which is printed with blocks of the Pooh character’s faces.  I matted it with white, then die cut the word TWINS, and some baby themed icons.  I arranged everything on a pretty yellow background that I’d edged with white dots made with a gel pen.  I finished the card with a piece of the same printed paper and a computer generated sentiment on the inside 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper Challenge – November ATG with Patterned Paper

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #93 ATG

Jo’s Scrap Shack Funday Friday Challenge – #258 ATG

If You Give A Crafter a Cookie – Cookie Challenge #106

Thanksgiving Dahlia

Hello 🙂  I don’t make a lot (ok, usually none) of Thanksgiving cards, but since I was invited over to my friends for Thanksgiving this year, I had to take a card. This Dahlia digital stamp from Power Poppy caught my eye from the first time I saw it!  I printed it off in the no-lines version and colored it in with my Copics.  I had the burlap “paper” for some time, and since I wanted this card to be fairly rustic and natural, I figured that this was the card to use it on.  I layered a die cut piece of kraft CS, with a stamped and embossed sentiment and matted with black over the burlap.  After fussy cutting the dahlia, I popped it off to the side of the card with some foam tape.  I added a sprinkling of coordianating sequins to finish this card off 🙂

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

Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge – Be Thankful!

Scrapping 4 Fun – #127 Thanksgiving/Thankful

Brown Sugar Challenge – #284 Gratitude/Thankful/Kindness

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Thanks/Thanksgiving

Crafty Gals Corner – #178 Thankful

Lovely Little Unicorn

Good morning!!! I’ve decided to take a few days off work….I had some vacation days owed to me, and it snowed here this week…..so I figured I’d avoid all the drivers that forget, every year, how to maneuver on the white stuff :/  I bought this adorable image from Lee Holland some time ago, and finally got around to coloring the little cutie up with my Copics.  The soft rainbow colors seemed to go so well with the sweet image.

  I framed the unicorn with a scalloped die cut, then set it aside, while I assembled the rest of the card, using some coordinating papers that I got as a free gift in a magazine.  I cut the top part with a curved and scalloped die, and layered it with some pink that was cut with the same die to mat the background.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed, then cut with a banner die.  I used a pink flower from my stash, then I actually put some of the flower building dies, that I’ve purchased recently, to work, and made the yellow blossoms.  Some die cut leaves, a pearl swirl and some adhesive pearls finish this card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – #492 Pretty Papers

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #20 ATG with a Critter 🙂

As You Like It – Favorite – Monochrome or Rainbow?  Rainbow!! Why? I love all colors, and have such a hard time choosing…..so it’s great to use them all 🙂

Crafty Friends – #96 Use 2 or More Patterned Papers

Fab N’ Funky – #415 Fantasy Figures

The Nutcracker

Hi there 🙂  I can’t believe that it’s November, and Christmas is very quickly approaching!! It’s also time for the mid-challenge reminder at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog.  We have a fun theme this time

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It really makes for endless possibilities, depending on your mood and preferences!  I was really leaning towards a Nightmare, but when Halloween passed, and me being Ms. Last Minute, I slipped into more of a dreamy mood for my project 🙂

I chose to go with a Christmas decor item, inspired by The Nutcracker, and featuring Mitzi’s lovely Clara, found here on aurorawings.com and here in the Etsy store, and The Nutcracker, found exclusively in the aurorawings.com store.  I colored 2 of each image, making the Clara colorings mirror image, then fussy cut them out.  This was fun, as I was back to my old trick of printing images soooo tiny, but I got it all done without cutting any extremities off 🙂  I glued the Claras back to back, sandwiching some string between the two pieces, so they could spin, then set this aside.

I die cut the “window” that Clara is suspended from, twice from a brushed silver paper, and once from cardboard, to give it stability.  I built the circular base from cardboard, then covered it with the same brushed silver paper.  The window was assembled, with Clara, then inserted into a notch that I’d cut in the base. I used some sparkly eyelash yarn in a pretty blue to glue around the edges of the base and window, then die cut some corner pieces from a blue CS.  I found some sparkly tulle, and gathered and glued it to the base, adding a white ribbon to finish it.  The sentiment, a quote from the Nutcracker, was computer generated, then die cut with a blue frame to match the top corner pieces.

  I added some rhinestones and a white bow, before affixing the Nutcrackers on either side of the window….as guards 🙂

  Here is another picture of my project, from a different angle. 🙂

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I’d like to enter this in the following:

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #10 ATG Oct/Nov

DL Art – November Linky Challenge

The Sketchy Challenges – #147 ATG

Stamping Sensations – November Get Ready For Christmas

Addicted To Stamps – #168 ATG with optional Use Ribbon

Get Creative Challenges – #75  Anything But A Card

Incy Wincy Challenge – Christmas

Classic DT Open Challenge – #11 ATG


Christmas Lilies

Hi there 🙂  It’s been quite a while since I posted a Christmas project, but since the new challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group has Christmas as a theme, I had to put my Scrooge-i-ness aside, lol.  Seeing as how it’s November, this is just the kick that I needed!  I used the beautiful Lily In Christmas, from the Etsy store, for my card.  I colored her up with Copics, then cut her out with a pretty oval die.

I had some very definite ideas for this card, that all flew out the window, once I began!! It all started to evolve when I embossed the background and inked the edges with some Distress Ink.  The logical next step was to ink the edges of the image cut out…..  I played around with some embellishments, before deciding to stick with the white/inked edge look. I die cut some holly with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, and used a banner die to cut the sentiment out.  I love the delicate look that the embossing/inking and die cuts give this card!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #410 ATG as long as it’s Christmas

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 44 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of October 30

Cute Card Thursday – #554 ATG

Water Lily

Hello!! I’m a bit late in posting this, it’s been one of “those” weeks!! A new challenge started at Creative Fingers yesterday….as always, it’s ATG.  Our lovely Angelique is sponsoring this time, with a lovely border die as a prize!

For my card, I used a beautiful image by Christine Karron.  The line art version of Water Lily Fairy can be found here, as well as part of a pack, here.  As with almost all of Christine’s art, this is also available in greyscale 🙂  I colored this lovely up with my Copics, adding some finishing details with my Prismacolor pencils and a gold gel pen.

I messed around looking for papers, trying to find some that complimented the image without overpowering it.  I found the yellow and dark green prints in my scraps, and matted them with a pink that matched up with the tips of the water lilies in the image.  For embellishments, I didn’t want anything too overpowering, but the card needed a little something.  Some gold outline vine stickers, a sprinkling of gold UTEE, and a gold sentiment sticker all fit the bill 🙂  Here’s another angle of the card

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #79 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of October 30

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

Cute Card Thursday – #554 ATG

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge – Happy Birthday

Fairy Friends

Hi!! I’m completely stepping back from Fall/Halloween/DT projects to share the card that I made for my bestie’s birthday 🙂  She likes dragons and fairies and purple, so this image, by Ronne Barton, colored with my Copics, was a great fit for her.

  I used various pieces of paper from a paper pad…..I was thrilled at how well the colors matched up, because I never think of planning that far ahead to match!! I layered everything up, matting with plain black CS.  I had received a box of beautiful Petal Lu flowers from the same bestie for my birthday, and used a few of these beauties as an embellishment, along with a pretty teal bow 🙂

The birthday was a success, and now it’s back to the regular cardmaking schedule for a bit 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

A Gem of a Challenge – #230 ATG

Pixies Snippets – #338 ATG with Snippets

Crafter’s Castle – #10 ATG (not using the option of winter/Christmas)

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #10 ATG

The Corrosive Challenge – #10 ATG

Graveyard Friends

Hi there 🙂  Another week has whizzed by and it’s Sunday again, which means it’s time for me to share an inspiration project for the current Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge.  This month, our theme is Halloween/Halloween Colors, and it happens to coincide with the theme on the blog, as well.  As October marks the 4th anniversary for both the Ching-Chou Kuik blog and Facebook group, there are extra prizes on offer for both challenges, as well as a gorgeous free image for everyone that enters either of the challenges 🙂  Back to my project now 🙂  I’ve used one of the images from this set, that can be found in the Ching-Chou Kuik Etsy Store.  I the image up with my Copics, adding a background with my Prismacolors.

  I found a piece of printed paper….I have no idea where I got it from, lol, but the colors were perfect.  I matted the image, a piece of orange CS, a strip of dusky mauve, and the background with black, and die cut a spiderweb, which I cut in half to make a border. I added some cool trim that coordinated well with the printed paper and some black Nuvo drops.  I believe this will be my last Halloween card for this year…..but who knows, I tend to surprise even myself!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – October ATG with Patterned Paper

Colouring In Scrapland – October 2018: Halloween

The Paper Shelter – #358 Digital Image

Creative Knockouts – #268 Halloween (Black, Purple, Orange and Green)

DL Art – October Linky Challenge

Birthday Bear

Good morning 🙂  Where is October going???  The 20th already! That means it’s the day that a brand new challenge starts at the Sheepski Designs Facebook Group.  All of our challenges are ATG with an image from Sheepski Designs, but there is also an optional twist to help direct you, if you need.  This month, it’s Fall Colors.  I’ve chosen Augie for my card.  I colored this sweet little teddy bear up with my Copics, then fussy cut him out, so I could make him “climb” over the sentiment.  I used a background paper in a plaid of warm autumnal colors, and die cut the “Happy” in the middle.  After inking all the edges with Distress Inks, I placed this on a light tan mat.  I die cut the “birthday” from some shimmery gold CS, glued it down, and added some shadowing with a fineliner, then covered the word with Glossy Accents to give it some dimension.  A smattering of gold embossing and some gold sequins finish the card off. 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Catz – #434 ATG with a twist: Make it Square

Addicted to Stamps – #167 Autumn Colors

Simon Wednesday – Animal Antics

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of October 16

Crafy Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – October ATG with Patterned Paper