Puppy Love

Well, I’m wearing a different hat today at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog,  I get to step in as a Guest Designer with the Stella Team 🙂  I was asked to be a GDT before I joined the Aurora Team, so I am fulfilling “obligations”(the best kind of obligation!), while getting to play extra with Mitzi’s fabulous images 🙂  Our theme this time is

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Let me tell you, the little voices were singing up a storm in my head, and I must have changed my mind a hundred times!!! However, I settled on “Puppy Love”, composed and originally performed by Paul Anka, but I remember drooling over Donny Osmond singing it 😉

I chose the adorable Puppy Sprite, available exclusively at the AuroraWings.com shop.  The Sprite, I colored like my pup, Java

and the rest of the little guys are colored to resemble the markings of my dogs from the past <3  I fussy cut the image out, then started building a house.  I used a number of different templates that I found online and adjusted them to make it my own.  I found the log house pattened paper, which I thought was perfect to do the main “construction” with.  I die cut a bunch of “shingles”, then edged them in Distress Ink.  The trim boards are pieces of a dark brown wood grain paper that I found.  I die cut a little fence and some flowers to give the house some “curb appeal”.  The house number is temporary, as I will personalize it with the actual house number of the eventual recipient, hopefully using some plastic numbers from the same set as the ones shown.  Once the outside was done, it was time to do some interior decorating…..I wallpapered with a subtle check print, laid some hardwood floors, and used the same trimboard from the outside for baseboards.  I then carefully placed the Sprite so he looked out the door.  I added the sentiment, partly stamped, and finished with a sticker “HOME”  I die cut this with a banner die.  A few sticker hearts finish this off, because a home is about love……Puppy Love, in this case!!!


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

Pixie’s Crafty Snippets – #335 ATG with Snippets

Cute Card Thursday – #547 Dies and Punches

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Week 485 – Create a Scene with Stamps and/or Dies

Morgan’s Artworld Open Challenge – #09 ATG

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #18 ATG  with a Critter

Mermaid Princess

Hi there 🙂  I’m so excited to actually be caught up….sorta…..on my DT projects and get to have some fun with other artists’ work 🙂  This lovely image is from an artist that I recently discovered (through my Creative Fingers DT), named Christine Karron.  Her gorgeous mermaids and fairies really captivated me.  This mermaid is available in both grayscale and lineart versions, as well as in packs.  I opted for the lineart (as usual), found HERE.  I colored her with my Copics…..using almost every color I had, LOL.

I decided to keep the color scheme of the card simple, because of the colorfulness(?) of the image, and went with black and gold.  After making an easel card base up, and matting the image, and stamped/embossed sentiment, I die cut some fish net and a sea shell border to dress the card up.  For some final touches, I also added some tiny fish die cuts and a scattering of iridescent sequins 🙂  I can hardly wait until I free up some more time to play with images from this fabulous artist!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Colouring In Scrapland – September ATG or Easel

Let’s Craft and Create – ATG + option Best Friends

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #9 ATG

Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge – #124 Under the Sea/At the Beach

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 37 ATG

Autumn Bliss

Hi there 🙂  I’m here today with my last inspiration piece for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge….with the theme of Autumn. With the leaves turning, and the temperatures dropping, it certainly feels like Autumn, even though the calendar says we still have a week of summer left!  I used Sunflower, from the Flora and Fauna set, that can be found in Ching-Chou’s Etsy store.  I colored this lovely image with my Copic markers, then cut it out with a wonky stitch rectangle die from MFT, that I inked with Distress Inks before cutting, to give the stitching some definition.

  I went through my paper stash, frantically looking for ideas as to what to do, lol.  I finally settled on a weird green …. a color I never would have chosen with this image had I not held the image up to it and saw the WOW!!  I used this green to cut out a number of leaves with some Little B dies, which I inked with some fall colored Distress inks.  I glued the leaves onto the backing paper, loving the subtle effect the ink on the same paper gave them.  I needed a bit more to define the image, so I cut another rectangle from brown CS, and set it at an angle underneath.  Loving the colors of autumn that are showcased on this card 🙂

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

Crafty Creations Challenge – #374 ATG

A Gem of a Challenge – #227 One for the Girls/Ladies

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie – #102 4th Anniversary Celebration ATG

The Cutie Pie Challenge – #127 Shades of Autumn

Dragonfly Dreams – ATG

Autumn’s Whisper

Hi there!! It’s my turn again to share some inspiration for the current Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group challenge 🙂  The theme for September is Autumn.  There are so many beautiful autumn images in the CCK Etsy store, that a person really is spoiled for choice.  For this particular card, I chose Autumn Whisper, and colored it with my Copics before die cutting the image out.

  4 or 5 years ago, I was in a store, and found packages of “lace” paper.  I had to buy one of each pack, and have used one or 2 sheets!!!  I loved the colors on this particular sheet, as they are reminiscent of autumn, and perfect for the card.  The only thing is, these lace sheets are intended for a 12 x 12″ scrap booking spread, and not for cards!!  I cut the sheet down as best as I could in order to use it.  I found this cool green ribbon piece in my stash, and used it to tie a lush bow and border the card with.  I added some punched butterflies, die cut leaves and a beautiful Petal Lu flower to finish this autumn card off 🙂  I hope you can join us in the challenge, while the weather lasts!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Craft-Dee BowZ – September ATG with a handmade bow

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge– Week 36 ATG

Crafty Catz – #428 ATG with optional Add a Butterfly

The Corrosive Challenge – #9 September ATG

Crafting With an Attitude – #43  ATG

Forget Me Not

Good morning 🙂  We have a new ATG challenge for you over at Creative Fingers, with a brand new sponsor!!!  We are so THRILLED to say that Christine Karron is our sponsor for this month!!!!! 🙂

We have two packs that the DT has worked with, and that are up for prizes of the challenge, one grayscale, one lineart. Check them out on the blog, I promise, you will not be sorry!!!  I chose the Forget Me Not Fairy from the line art pack, also available individually here.  After printing her off (about 3 x 4″), I colored her up with my Copics.

  I was so taken with the image, and so thrilled with the coloring job I did, that I wanted to keep the design relatively simple.  I die cut a gold branch wreath, and some little blue flowers and placed them behind the image on some distressed and inked paper.  All of this was adhered to some burgundy CS that I’d stamped and embossed the “Believe” and sprinkled some gold UTEE onto.

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

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #08 ATG

Stamping Sensations – I Spy With My Little Eye, Something Beginning with “B” —>  Branch, Blossom, Blue, Believe

DL Art – September Linky Challenge

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG Week of September 4

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie – #102 4th Anniversary ATG



Good morning!!! A bit of a rushed one here, but that’s another whole story that I won’t bore you with, lol.  The exciting thing is, is that today is the reminder post day for the new challenge at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog.  The 2 design teams have switched, so the Aurora team is doing the reminder post, and the Stella team introduces the challenges for the rest of the year.

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  The current challenge is a Sketch, on of my favorite types of challenge.  And this sketch is a doozy…one that I have saved for future use!!! And heeeeere it is…………….

I used Orchids In the Rain (available HERE at aurorawings.com and HERE at the AW Etsy Store) and Orchid Corner (HERE at aurorawings.com and HERE at Etsy).  I colored both images up with my Copics, adding some clear Nuvo drops to it to look like rain drops…   It’s been a long time since I did a water shaker/gel shaker….so I set to work doing that for this project.  I added the last bit of hair gel and some glitter to a bag, and had everything laid out, trying to figure the best way to assemble.  I went to work and stopped for groceries on the way home.  When I got home, I tossed my grocery bags on the counter, where my dog couldn’t get in them….well….they slipped, and I dove for them, caught them, and tossed the bag up….onto my project – more specifically, onto the darn bag of gel.  It burst!!! Gel plus ink jet ink makes a big mess, and smears, and way more work for Susan!!! You’d think that that would teach me to do my crafting in the craft room, not the kitchen, right?? WRONG!! I did the second one in the kitchen as well, and will probably continue to do so, lol.  Anyway, I digress. After I had the images colored again, and the card layers prepared with windows cut, I was ready to prepare the bag of gel (see, I was smart this time, I left the gel to the very end, so it couldn’t wreck everything!).  Look back to where I wrote…LAST BIT of hair gel….in the first bag….oy!! I was not in the mood to run to the store to get more hair gel by that time!!!   I had hand sanitizer gel, though, lol, so I used that 🙂  After putting things all together again, I added some silver dots and a silver sentiment, die cut from mirror CS.   I so hope you can join in the fun at the AWCB with this great sketch, the possibilities are endless!!!

Here’s a few more shots of my project, to show some detail, and maybe the gel bag a bit better…






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

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #09 ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #55 ATG

Morgan’s Artworld Open Challenge – #09 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #89 ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 35 ATG

Autumn Sunflower

Good morning 🙂  I just got in from taking my dog for a walk, and noticed that the leaves are starting to get a yellow autumnal tint to them.  The temperatures certainly feel like fall, and the pumpkin spice craze is gearing up…..so I guess it’s that time of year 🙂  Which brings me to the theme of the brand new monthly challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook groupAutumn.  I used one of the new images available at Ching-Chou’s Etsy store, called Towards the Sunshine.  I colored the image with my Copics, then fussy cut her out before placing her on a pretty oval shape that was die cut from brown CS.

I decided on a Double Dutch fold card, and, after making the card base, I added some autumn print DP to the panels.  Because I wanted the sentiment on the inside (nope, didn’t get a picture, because my brain hasn’t been attached lately, lol), I was a bit stumped on what to embellish the panels with, without going overboard.  I found a small wooden acorn embelly that went with the acorn on the DP, and added some color to it with Copics.  I then addes some red adhesive dots before calling this card done!!

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

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 35 ATG

Crafty Calendar Challenge – September: Unusual Folds

Mod Squad Challenge – ATG

DL Art – September Linky Challenge

Di’s Digi Designs Challenge – Fancy Folds

Daisy Birthday Wishes

Hi there 🙂  I have a friend who loves daisies, and it was a special birthday for her (60!).  I’ve been eyeing up this sweet image from Di’s Digi Stamps for a while, but one thing or another kept coming up.  Well, I made it a priority to do it this time, so printed this adorable image, called Hedgehog Popsy Daisy, and colored it with my Prismacolor pencils.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a fancy fold card, and I wanted to implement a pocket for a gift card in this, so I went to work, wrecking more sheets of paper than I’d care to say……This project was a bit more “math-y” than I’m comfortable with lol.  When I finally got the folds and windows right, I started dressing things up a bit.


I’ve had the pretty pink daisy paper for quite some time, and this was the perfect card to use it on!!  I cut the lacy corners with a Cheery Lynn corner die, the sentiment was cut with a die that I threw the packaging out before recording the brand….my bad!!  The little white daisies were cut with my Cricut and Nuvo drops made the centres.  I used a MS punch for a bit of greenery.  I printed the sentiment on the computer and used the same shape die to cut it out as I used for the window.  The gift card pocket is cut with the same die again, which I cut in half.

I’m super thrilled with the finished product, and my friend was too 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Di’s Digi Challenge – Fancy Folds

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 34 ATG

Aud Sentiments Challenge – #210 ATG + a Sentiment

Cute Card Thursday – #54 Just for Girls

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #8 ATG

Dragonfly Gift Bag

Well, we’re in our final week of August, so this is my last inspiration piece for the Recycle challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group.  After using my Copics to color the dragonfly image from THIS set, available at Ching-Chou’s Etsy store, I added some silver dots around the edges with a gel pen.  After all my talk this month about how you can recycle almost ANYTHING, I was at a total loss as to what to do!!  That all changed one day at work, when my friend that owns the business next door came in to show me something, and before she left, left me a bag to throw out.  Well, you guessed right, that bag was way too nice to toss, and was a perfect starting point for a recycling project!!!  When I got home, I dug around, and came up with all kinds of things to decorate it with…ALL recycled!! The lace strip, I salvaged off of an old slip….who wears those anymore anyway??  The bow is something I dragged home years ago from a former job (they used to laugh at me for taking “garbage” home all the time)….it came off of a tag that we had to remove from some undergarments that we received….so I have about a bazillion little white bows.  As I never buy buttons anymore, any loose button is, of course, recycled from something!!!  When I was putting all of this together, I noticed that the dragonfly image was printed on the back of an “oops” printing….so I guess the paper is recycled as well!!!   Even the tissue that I used for the photo is recycled from another gift!  After being stumped, I’m quite thrilled with my completely recycled project!!!

I’d love to enter the following with this project:

PaperBabe Stamps Challenge – #80 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #88 ATG

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #74 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of August 21st

Tuesday Throwdown – #406 Up In the Air

Christmas Robin

Hi there 🙂  There’s a new challenge going at the Sheepski Designs Facebook Group!!  As always, it’s ATG with a Sheepski image (found at the Etsy store), but if you’re stumped as to where to start, we have an optional theme….this month, it’s “winged things”.  Andrea has a ton of images with wings…..from cars to butterflies to pigs……but I chose this sweet Winter Robin for my card.  I’ve been making Christmas cards since January, so I don’t get caught in a panic when the season hits, and since it was +40C outside, I figured it was just the time to make another one, lol.  I colored the image with my Copics, then cut it out with a Xyron stacking die.

  My mojo was going strong up until this point…..then poof!!! Gone!! I had no clue what to do next!  I muddled around with papers and dies until I came up with this.  I used a curvy edge die on the warm red print piece, then a Tim Holtz holly die to decorate the blue.  I took my white gel pen and made the snowflake pattern behind the holly to match with the red paper, then cut a silver Merry Christmas sentiment to coordinate with the silver ball accents.  I was pretty happy with the end result, considering Mr. Mojo took off on vacation at the most inopportune time!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #400 Christmas ATG

12 Months of Christmas Link Up – #44 Add Some Greenery

Christmas Cards All Year Round – Use Warm/Hot Colors on Your Project

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

ABC Christmas Challenge – P, Q, R  are for Plain, Quotes, Rabbits and ROBINS!