Holiday Hoots

Good morning 🙂  This post is bittersweet.  Sweet, because I was asked to come back as GDT on the Come and Get It Challenge for the month of December for their huge Christmas challenge.  Bitter, because, at the end of the month, the challenge will be closing down 🙁  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Cindy, Julie, and all the other ladies for asking me back,  for the great time I had as DT, and for the years of a wonderful challenge <3

This Christmas challenge has a ton of sponsors, which means, a ton of prizes to be won.  Be sure to check out the blog for all the details!  I used  Christmas Gift, from the  Twiggy and Toots collection at  Polkadoodles for my card.

Polkadoodles Ltd

I colored this sweet image up with my SN and Copic markers, then stamped a sentiment, before distressing, inking, and stitching around the edges.  I did the same with a piece of green plaid DP, then lay everything out, adding sparkly fishtail banners with red gems.  I do hope that you can join us this month, to make it a farewell that we will all cherish!!

The Wonder

Hi there!! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted (well, a while for me, anyway, lol) – but I took a few days off work to recharge and have fun, so I can craft and blog to my heart’s content 🙂  I made this CAS Christmas card using an adorable image from Imagine That Digis.  This sweetie is part of a set called Angel Bear With Star, and it comes with both a Christmas and an everyday version of the bear 🙂  I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils, then stamped and embossed the sentiment….from a Penny Black set…..in gold.  I matted the strip with gold shimmer paper, and added a die cut cloud for the bear to sit on.  I added some Wink of Stella to the star (which, of course, you can’t see in the pic), so it shimmers like the matting paper.  A few gold stars….from a tube that I found in my stash, with a price of 29 cents on it!!  Love the look of this, and a bonus is that it’s easy to mail, as it’s totally flat 🙂

I’d like to enter this into the following:

ITD’s Creative Playground – November Link Up Challenge

AAA Cards – Game #104 CAS Christmas

Autumn Smile

Good morning all 🙂  I think that this card will be one of the last fall-ish ones that I make for awhile, as we have piles of snow here, and the temperatures are quite chill- and I seem to match my cardmaking with the seasons, for the most part….

This image is from a relatively new shop – Silly Shells, and wow! does she have some fabulous images!!  I colored up Bounty Full of Flowers with my SN colors….I stuck with fall colors, since they are fall blooms. lol.  I tried a number of things with arrangements and papers…but everything just seemed to detract from the gorgeous image.  CAS it is 🙂  I die cut “smile” from the main piece, then cut it 3 more times from some scrap, and stacked it to give it some dimension.  Love this die, but I cannot for the life of me remember where I got it from 🙁  A friend of mine and I recently went on a girls spa weekend, and both of us being crafty, naturally found every craft store in the city 🙂  I got a *few* packs of sequins in some fabulous colors…a whole 3 of which I’ve used here to finish the card off!

I’d like to enter this into the following:

Allsorts Challenge – #441 Colors of Autumn

Crafty Calendar Challenge – November Challenge; Colors of Autumn

Let’s Craft and Create Challenge – #131 ATG/option of Fall Colors/Thankful

Dies R Us – #84 Anything Fall

 Aud Sentiments Challenge – #192 Bingo plus a Sentiment,  I used the left vertical line….Flowers, Yellow, Die Cuts

 

 

Holly

Hello! It’s time for another ATG challenge over at Creative Fingers 🙂  This time, we have 2 fabulous sponsors,

and

I was given the gorgeous image Holly Christmas from Elvenstar Art to use on my project.  I first merged her into a holly frame clipart that I had in my files, then colored everything with my SN and Copic markers. I used this sketch:

from Tuesday Morning Sketches as my inspiration for the layout.  I kept it very simple color wise, using my favorite color combo 🙂  I added an embossed piece for the top element, using a wonderful magazine freebie that I got a few years ago.  I hope you can join us by sharing a project over at our challenge 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Tuesday Morning Sketches – Sketch #427

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 44

Crimbo Crackers – #144 Quick and Easy Christmas

Creative Knockouts – #218 Embossing Delights

As You Like It Challenge – Christmas or Non-Christmas….Christmas!! Why?  Love the colors and the festive feel of Christmas cards.  Also, these are the cards that I seem to give out most, so it’s fun to keep making them throughout the year :_

Best Monster

Hi there!! Hope that you are enjoying the fall weather, and are getting all your Halloween preparations done!! It has been an absolutely gorgeous October here in Saskatchewan, Canada, with no snow yet.  Although I love the look of snow, I cannot stand how stupid drivers get when it comes!! It’s as if they’ve never seen it before, and every time you get behind the wheel, you take your life into your hands 🙁  Anyway…lol…it’s time for a brand new ATG challenge over at Creative Fingers!  We have two sponsors this time:

Maria Medel Illustrations

and

We Are 3

We would love to see your creations….remember, it’s ATG!!

I have been given Maria Medel’s Cute Frankie to use for my card. Love the expression on this goof’s face 🙂  I colored him up with my SN and Copic markers, then fussy cut him out.  I used 2 different prints from a pad of DP for the background, then separated the 2 pieces with a strip of dark grey CS.  I added some screw head brads to “join” everything together.  The sentiment was printed on my computer, with the letters being emphasized with just a touch of silver colored pencil.

I’d like to join the following with this:

Angie’s Digital Stamps – #14 ATG with optional Spooky, Scary Etc

Cupcake Inspirations – #427 Monsters

Artistic Inspirations – #188 ATG

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie – #80

Deep Ocean – #166 Halloween

Pansy Congratulations

Good morning 🙂  I just had to take another stab at a CAS card….practice makes you more comfortable, right?  For this, I used one of my first Aurora Wings digital stamps, the Pansy Corner 1.  I love pansies….there are such a wide range of colors in these pretty flowers, so I decided to go with fall colors on this card.  I printed the image up on kraft paper, then colored it up with my Prismacolor pencils.  I may or may not have got a grease splat on the background, which may or may not have caused me to add the black banner under the gold “congratulations” that was cut with a Tattered Lace die.  I sprinkled some gold embossing powder around the image, then matted everything in black 🙂  I’m loving the look of these vibrant pansies with the kraft and black 🙂

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #58 CAS

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #1741 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – Week of October 9th ATG

Deep Ocean Challenge Blog – Colors of Autumn

Aud Sentiments Challenge – #190 Use a Die Cut and Sentiment

 

Trick or Treat

Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends 🙂  Best advice for Thanksgiving that I can give: eat the turkey, don’t BE the turkey…..and remember that there is so very much to be grateful for <3

I have another Halloween card here, using one of Aurora Wings‘ Sprites…Pumpkin Sprite. I colored this up with my SN markers, and couldn’t help smiling as I did so, because a memory from when I was a child came to me.  I was playing outside on our farm, and ventured into the garden, when I saw these gorgeous yellow orange flowers.  They were mostly hidden by the big leaves of the plant, so I didn’t see any reason that I couldn’t pick a bouquet and surprise my mom.  After figuring out a way to avoid prickling myself, I managed to pick ALL of the flowers, and ran into the house with my surprise.  The look on my Mom’s face!!!  She wasn’t too appreciative that I had just gifted her with her pumpkin crop…..long before it was pumpkins, or a crop!!  To this day, I love the blooms of a pumpkin, but now, I know better than to pick!!

Ok, enough of a trip down memory lane….after coloring, I fussy cut the Sprite and the kitty out, and set them aside.  I used some Black Magic CS, with the green core, for the background.  I hand embossed around a die to make a simple frame on the card, then VERY carefully sanded it.  I swiped the sandpaper around the edges, then stuck the image down.  I dug out my alpha punches (!!!) for the sentiment, and added a few yellow sequins.  Everything was placed on a yellow orange card base 🙂

I’d like to enter the following with this:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #58 CAS

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 40 ATG

Lemon Shortbread – #51 ATG

Inspiration Destination – ATG #135

Double D Challenges – Fright Night Challenge (I used the colors, and the “feel” as inspiration)

Holy Cow!!

Hi there!  I’ve had a number of digital stamp packs from AMB Illustrations for quite some time now, and it was time to put some to use!  I used both the Farm Animal Faces and the Farm Animals sets with this card.  I had this (not so) bright idea to merge the cow heads on the “O’s” of the sentiment….cool huh?? Not!! Those suckers were smaller than the end of my Copic lid!!! Fun times, coloring them!! LOL  I still love the effect, though 🙂  I cut the sentiment out with a stitched square die and put it aside until I was done the rest.  For the background, I merged the full cow body onto some cow print digital background paper.  After coloring it with Copics and SNs, I outlined it with a white gel pen to give it a bit more definition.  This, I matted with a piece of white, that I’d run over the edges with a sewing tracing wheel (as I don’t have a stitched die that size, and wanted the stitching effect to carry through).  After adhering the sentiment, I decided to go with no embellishments, and leave it CAS.  The inside of the card says “you’re THAT old?”

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Week 435 – Sentiment in Focus

Cute Card Thursday – #498 ATG

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #7 ATG with a Critter

The Sketchy Challenges – #127 ATG

 

 

Feeling Ducky

Good morning, and Happy October (!!!) to you 🙂  I recently got this cute die from a page that sells amazing unbranded dies, at an even more amazing price! I had to use it ASAP, so did a quick look through of my digi files, and found these images from the Mother’s Day Ducks set at Scrap N’ Dipity.  I colored the ducks up with my SN markers, then fussy cut them out.  When cutting the background with the die, I extended it to make it a bit bigger, then glued it onto a darker blue background.  The sentiment is one that I printed out, then I ran a sewing tracing wheel along the edges before affixing it to the card.  Some colorful dots that I made by melting cheapo plastic pony beads from the dollar store.  I had some duckies left over, and wanted to continue with the sentiment on the inside

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

Kitty Bee Aloha Friday Challenge – #104 Water Fun

Scrapping 4 Fun – #100 Animals

Sketchy Challenges – #127 ATG

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #7 ATG with a Critter