A Cheerful Birdie :)

Hi there!!! I was honored to be asked to join the Cheerful Sketches team as a GDT this month 🙂  This challenge always has the most amazing sketches, and every month has a spectacular lineup of sponsors and prizes.  I get to work with a Bugaboo image for my GDT 🙂  Not only are the images from Bugaboo super cute and original, but Jodie, the artist, is a personal friend of mine 🙂  The sketch this month is one that I can see myself turning to over and over, as it’s so striking and fun!!

The image I was given is called Spring Bird….available at the store here, for only $1!!!  I colored the image up with my Copics, then cut it out with a Nellie Snellen nesting oval die.  I stuck with the primary colors, mostly red, white and blue; and basic patterns for this card, to give it a super cheerful vibe 🙂  After layering all the pieces, I added some melted pony beads (yes, this little trick actually worked for me!) as a final accent.  I’d like to thank the team at Cheerful Sketches for asking me to be their guest this month, and give everyone a personal challenge to see what they can come up with using this awesome sketch 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #16 ATG with a Critter

Crafts Galore Encore – July ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – July ATG

Dreaming of Scrap (Sognando Scrap) – #57 Air or Sea

Let’s Craft and Create – #138 ATG with option of Red, White and Blue


Vacation Time


Hi there!!! I’m thrilled to show this creation to you, as it’s for a guest design appearance that I was invited to at Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges!  The theme this time is Holiday, and here is the inspiration picture:

I just so happened to have the perfect image to work with, from the challenge sponsor, All Dressed Up 🙂

I colored up Sandy Beach with my Copic pens, then cut the image out with a stitched rectangle die from Gina K.  When I went digging through my paper stash, I couldn’t believe how perfectly the paper I chose to use coordinated with the image!!! One of those happy accidents…I’ll stick to that excuse, rather than admitting that I have more paper than the average scrapbook store, lol!  After layering everything up, I finished off with a stitched banner (My Favorite Things), a Recollections “fun” sentiment (that’s what holidays are all about), and some bird cuts from a Tattered Lace set.  I hope that you can stop over at Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges, and join in the Holiday Challenge there!!! It was great to be a GDT, and I want to thank the ladies for inviting me to be a part of their fun 🙂

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

All Dressed Up Challenge – #82 June ATG

Crafting With Friends – #71 ATG

Funday Friday at Jo’s Scrap Shack – #241 ATG

Crafting With An Attitude – #41 ATG

DL. Art – July 2018 Linky Challenge

Pansy Mermaid

Hi there!!! I’m so happy to be able to finally announce that I’ve been asked to join the Ching-Chou Kuik DT!! Of course I said yes….as I’ve loved her images for a long time, and it will be an honor to showcase them 🙂  This is my first DT make, for the Facebook Group Challenge – Summertime/Seaside.  I used Pansy Mermaid, found in the Ching-Chou Kuik store on Etsy, because I felt that she encompassed both of the themes….and my favorite flower is the pansy 🙂  I colored this beauty up with my Copics, then went on the hunt for papers and embellishments.

  I completely forgot that I had this pansy print paper, I purchased it years (8 or 9) ago, and proceeded to hoard!!  I used a subtle purple print from the same pad to mat everything and to punch out the pansy border on the mat of the image (using a MS pansy border punch). The ribbon was a scrap that I had in my scrap drawer, and was just long enough for what I needed 🙂  I die cut a little yellow doily with a My Favorite Things die, used a Sizzix die to cut out the banner that I stamped the sentiment on.  Years ago, when I belonged to an online swap community, my user name was PansySuz…..so often, I would get the most wonderful pansy themed crafty goodies from around the world!!!  The pansy that is in the centre of the bow is one such goodie….It’s a blank pansy, and I received a few of them from a swap friend in Brazil <3  I’ve hoarded them, but this card was the perfect place to use one, after coloring it with my Copics to match the flowers in the image!  I couldn’t believe that I didn’t have any yellow dots, drops or anything to use as an accent, so I quickly made some up with some Fimo 🙂  They provided the perfect finishing touch 🙂

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

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #06 June ATG

Card Mania – #106 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the Week of June 26

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – ATG Week 26


Turtle Tag Surprise

Hi there!!! Today I have a cute little project that features Sasayaki Glitter‘s adorable image Birthday Turtle.  I colored the image with my Copics and SNs, then cut it out with a stitched rectangle die from Gina K.  I hummmed and hawwwed about what to do with this cutie, when I came up with the idea of a gift card holder with a twist!

I assembled the envelope part, layering some pieces CS that I embossed with a Happy Birthday folder, then inked with Distress Inks.  After it was assembled, I attached the image.  I die cut a tag with a stitched die, from PoppyStamps, I think,  that was slightly larger than the image, and the perfect size to hold a gift card.  I added a pretty sheer ribbon to the tag, then tucked it in to the holder 🙂  I’m loving this, as it gives a bit of pizzazz to a plain old gift card (although, GCs are my favorite gift, lol).

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Catz – #423 ATG with the option of embossing; wet or dry

As You Like It – Favorite Type of Embossing?  Dry!!  Why? It’s so easy and effective, and I love the variety of embossing folders that are out there!!

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Digi Choosday – ATG Week 26

Die Cut Diva’s – Anything But a Card


All Star Tag

Good morning!!! It’s a good morning here….now that my internet is working properly!! It’s both amazing and scary how much we come to depend on it!  It’s also time for a brand new ATG challenge at the Creative Fingers Challenge Blog! We are sponsored by the amazing LeAnn’s World 101.

I’ve been incredibly swamped with projects lately, as I fell behind when my kid came to visit for a week…I’m so used to being on my own that I swear, my world fell off it’s axis!!!! LOL    Anyway, I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone with this challenge, and use the current image for LeAnn’s progressive challenge for my project 🙂  I colored up Raquet Randi with my Copics and then fussy cut her out.  I thought this was the perfect time to implement the red, white and blue color scheme.  I’m Canadian, so our colors are red and white only, so we’re often left in the dust with the wonderful 4th of July projects that our American friends create!!  I added a Tim Holtz die cut scribble, and some white off cut stars from a Frantic Stamper die to a stitched tag.  I found a few little stickers to finish it off, and added a pretty white ribbon for a tie 🙂

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

A Gem of a Challenge – #222 Red, White and Blue

Cut It Up – #151 Tag You’re It

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of June 26

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Creative Craft Cottage – #108 Eileen’s Challenge ATG

Look At You, Cockatoo!

Hello there 🙂  Ever have one of those days when you want to just scream??  My internet has been so sporadic yesterday and today that I could do just that!!!  Hopefully, it cooperates for long enough so I can get this post up!!!  I was inspired by the latest challenge at Make It Crafty when making this card, as well as a friends beloved pet bird, Caesar 🙂  I used the amazing Cockatoo digi stamp from Make It Crafty as the focal point of my project.  I was lucky that Caesar sat and posed for a picture, so I could study how his feathers fell, lol!  After coloring the image with my Copics, I fussy cut it out.  I was sure that I had a leaf background die, but my memory was playing tricks on me, so luckily, I had the leaf print DP, that worked almost as well for the tropical feel I was going for.  I dug around and finally came up with some odd blooms that I layered up to resemble hibiscus, for the bird to peeking out from.  I die cut a frame from foil CS (still so difficult to photograph this stuff, even when it’s such a small bit of the card!), some leaves, and a birthday sentiment…..for Caesar’s mom, of course!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Make It Crafty – Animals

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

CCC Digi Creations – #93 Eileen’s Challenge ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #84 ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 25 ATG

Summer Days

Hello 🙂  It’s really feeling like summer here in central Canada now, unfortunately, work gets in the way of beach days!!! The image that I used for this card is from LeAnn’s World 101, and is called Kate at the Beach (lucky Kate!!!)  I colored her up with my Copic markers, then rounded 2 of the corners with a corner rounding punch.  I found this piece of bright, wavy printed paper in my stash, and it must be a minimum of 10-12 years old!!! I die cut some rounded banners and some palm trees, then layered up the image with them, using a scrap of yellow for matting.  For a finishing touch, I used some of the melted pony beads that I made. A quick and easy summer card, perfect for wishing a student or teacher a fantastic break from classes!!

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

Creative Sketchy Girls – #25 Theme: Summer Card

CCC Digi Creations – #93 Eileen’s Challenge ATG

Digi Choosday – Week 26 ATG

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Bright and Cheerful

Crafty Gals Corner – #168 ATG

The Brides

Wow, if anyone can tell me where the days are going this year, I’d really appreciate it!!! It’s already the third Monday in June, which means it’s the start of a new challenge at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog!  We have a fun theme this time

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 – be inspired by a fairy tale.  As usual, there are prizes to be won for Artist’s Choice, Random and Top 3!!  I must admit that I wasted more than a little bit of time during slow times at work…reading fairy tales online!! I’ve always been drawn to the little known tales that the team at Disney has overlooked 🙂  I found The White Bride and the Black One (tale 135) by The Brothers Grimm (click link for synopsis), and immediately knew which images I could use!!  I used Bridal Veil, which can be found HERE on Etsy, and HERE on Aurorawings.com; and Ghost Bride, which can be found exclusively HERE on Aurorawings.com.

So now, on to my project 🙂  As is so often the case, I started with an idea, then changed my mind when that didn’t work, came up with another idea….wrecked COUNTLESS pieces of card stock before abandoning that one as well…panicked for a day or two, then finally settled on something as far from the first two ideas as possible, LOL.  I don’t know if it’s an art journal (never understood the concept) or just a mixed media piece…..but I had a BLAST doing this!!! I used soooooo many supplies that I forgot I had, and got so messy, it was great!  After coloring both images with my Copics, I added some liquid pearl and stickle accents to the white bride, and some Nuvo drop and stickle accents to the dark one.








I happen to have a full set of antique Book of Knowledge books…..I grabbed them for my crafts when my mom passed away, and had cut and torn into a number of them before being informed by an antique dealer friend that they were very rare, and worth thousands……big oops!!!  I must admit, they come in very handy, and I would have spent the money by now anyway 🙂  I’m not sure the order in which I used most of the stuff that I used on the pages, but I know that there was paint, stencils, Distress Inks, Glimmer Mist sprays, Mica Flakes, some gold and silver UTEE embossing powders, texture paste…..hmmmm…..along with washi tape and lace…..and stickles and liquid pearls….all used on the page backgrounds…..I printed the two sayings out on my computer and affixed them to the appropriate sides after inking the edges.



I  must say, I had more fun with this project than I’ve had with anything I’ve done for quite a while.  From reading all those stories, to getting all messy, this was a true joy to do!!! I hope that I’ve inspired you in some way, and that you can find some time to join us with your interpretation of Once Upon A Time – Inspired by FairyTales….. at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog 🙂

I would like to enter the following challenges with this project:

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #26 ATG

Stamping Sensations – June ATG

Creative Craft Cottage – #108 Eileen’s Challenge ATG

Morgan’s Artworld – June ATG

Crafter’s Castle – #6 ATG


Birthday Bike

Hi there 🙂  This card was sort of bittersweet to make.  Sweet, because I used a KennyK stamp (and I’ve neglected my KennyK collection for far too long!), and bitter, because the store is closed, and the stamps are no longer available 🙁   I colored up Bike Kid with my Copic and SN markers, then die cut the image out, leaving the front of the bike wheel overhanging, to imply movement.  I used this fabulous sketch from Feeling Sketchy as inspiration for the layout

The background paper that I used is so old…..years and years ago, I used to do A LOT of online swapping, in a swap community that I belonged to.  This paper was a piece that I received back then….so it’s at least 12 – 15 years old!!! I cut the Happy Birthday sentiment with a Poppy Stamps die, and wrapped twine around the top, middle and bottom of the base.  I cut some banner shapes with a die from an Elizabeth Craft set, and attached them to the back of the image.  I then popped up the entire middle part with some foam dots, and glued everything to a blue background.  It was great fun making this card, and so nice to have another masculine card handy 🙂

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I’d like to enter this in the following:

Feeling Sketchy – #194, Shown above

Papercraft Business – #7 June – ATG with option of using oldest DP….I think this is definitely some of the oldest I have!!

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #26 ATG

Stamping Sensations – June – ATG

Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge – #116 AG with Dots and Stripes


Sunshine and Laughter

Good morning 🙂  This card reminds me of yesterday….rain AND sun.  We need both, so it was quite nice 🙂  I used one of Whimsy Stamps adorable digital stamps as the focal point of this project.  I colored Penguin’s Rainy Day up with my Copic and SN markers, then fussy cut them out.  I knew that I wanted to use the splash die, from Memory Box, as soon as I saw the image.  I cut it out twice, then inlaid the darker blue parts.  I used a set of MFT stitched cloud dies to cut the clouds from 2 different gray pieces, then tucked a sun die cut peeking from between them.  I stamped the sentiment on a Lawn Fawn banner cut and I was done 🙂  This was a nice quick card to give as a pick me up to someone that isn’t feeling 100% – and I have just the person in mind!! 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Through the Craft Room Door – Week of June 5

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – ATG #1822

Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog – #106 ATG

CCC Digi Creations – #93 Eileen’s Challenge ATG

Dies R Us Challenge – #98 Sunshine or Clouds