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!!

Snowflake Sprite Door Deco

Hi there 🙂  Well, this project took so many twists and turns, I’m positively dizzy.  The only things that are the same as when I originally thought of it is the fact that I used aluminum window screen, it’s a door deco, and I used one of the adorable Sprites from Aurora Wings.  The original plan was a bow, but then I decided to cut strips from the screen, because I really thought it would be a good idea to scratch and cut my hands from here to kingdom come!! I fishtailed the edges, then bent and gathered them around a metal ring.  I added some glitter glue….smeared around on the edges…to seal the screen, add some sparkle, and further damage my hands!!  I was going to use a different Sprite, and, in fact, had it all colored up, when I was gifted 5 sprites from an amazingly generous anonymous lady (anyone that knows me, knows that I’ve lost sleep trying to figure out the anonymous part, lol.  But I’ve put the burning curiosity aside, and am just so very grateful to this person and their big heart <3 ).  I used the Snowflake Sprite,  coloring it up in very pale shades of pink and silver, with my Copic and SN markers.  I added glitter and pearly dots before fussy cutting it out.  I die cut 2 shapes, with some Michael’s nesting dies, from pink and silver metallic card stock.  I twisted the dies, and adhered the Sprite to them.  I then set to work cutting snowflakes, using Echo Park dies, from the same metallic card stock, as well as some iridescent glitter CS.  I attached some of these snowflakes to a thin silver wire (one thing that I did NOT have in my stash, so had to run out and purchase…..no silver wire at Michael’s, or the first 3 dollar stores that I visited!!!)  The wire allow the snowflakes to flutter around the Sprite.  I glued a few more snowflakes directly to the screen, and added a scattering of silver and iridescent sequins…..because you can’t have too much sparkle at Christmas!! This was extremely difficult to photograph, as the lighting sucked at the time, the pale colors of the Sprite aren’t captured, and the mirror metallic CS makes everything complicated!! However, I did manage to get a few close ups to give an idea of the project.  By the way….this one won’t be a gift, either….I like it too much, and it has found its home on MY door 🙂

 

I’d like to enter this into the following:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #61 Metallics

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #28 Nov. 2017

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG

Creative Knockouts – #222 Snow Much Fun

Cut It Up – #136 Christmas Song (Let It Snow by Dean Martin)

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

Bird’s Best Buddy

Good morning!! Another week has rolled by, and it’s time for another challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  It’s once again time for our monthly theme of Christmas, and our generous sponsor is Pink Gem Designs.

2 “SINGLE” digi images OR 2 “Card Topper Kits of the winners choice.

It’s so hard to choose from the sweet images in this shop, but I chose Chilly With Birdhouse for my card.  I colored him up with my Prismacolor pencils, then set to arranging the card, following this sketch at The Sketchy Challenges as inspiration

I dove into my Christmas papers, to use up some scraps that I’ve accumulated.  I loved the look of the traditional Christmas colors with this guy, and, in real life, the green in the paper is almost identical to the green of his jacket….the tricks of photography, sigh.  I had a piece of wide red ribbon, which I added a snowflake button to, to finish the card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Sketchy Challenges – #130 Pictured above

Card Mania – #98 ATG

Delicious Doodles Challenge – Christmas – Traditional (colours or image)

Pixies Snippets Playground – Weeks 307 and 308

A Gem of A Challenge – #207 Buttons and/or Ribbon

Merry Friends

Hi there 🙂  With the snow outside, it feels “natural” to make Christmas cards!!  It’s creeping up, as well, so time to stock up!  For this one, I used a sweet image from Mo’s Digital Pencil.  These sweet girls, Irma and Vieno,  are bundled up, ready for whatever weather blows in 🙂  I got this fabulous paper in a recent swap, so wanted to use it as well….and….hold on to your hats….I actually matched the coloring to the paper!!! Doing it this way works SO much better than winging it and hoping things match up! LOL  Yeah, yeah, what a concept, huh?  Anyway, after I colored the girls with my Prismacolor pencils, I die cut them out with a Nellie Snellen nesting die.  I wanted to use as much of these coordinating papers as I could, so I turned to the current sketch at The Sketchy Challenges for inspiration (did I ever mention that I loooove the sketches from them??? check them out!)

For the middle band, I used a piece of ribbon and some green twine.  I die cut the stamped and embossed sentiment out with another Nellie die, then cut a few snowflakes with some snowflake dies that, like a dummy, I didn’t record the manufacturer, and with soooo many snowflake dies out there, I can’t give credit where it’s due 🙁  I’m so happy with how this card turned out 😀

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

The Sketchy Challenges – #130, shown above

Dream Valley Challenge – #167 Add a Sentiment

Digi Choosday – Week 45 ATG

Deep Ocean Challenge – #167 Inspired by a Song/Movie (song You’ve Got a Friend in Me)

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge – #11 ATG

Winter Friends

Good morning!  It’s time for another challenge over at C.R.A.F.T. , and this time our theme is “Winter”.  Very fitting with the weather that we’ve been having in Saskatchewan.  There are so many things that I like about winter….the slower pace, the beauty, the clothes….but then there’s the drivers in the snow, and that just pops my little “winter love” balloon!!  As always, we are sponsored by some wonderful sponsors, and this time, thanks goes to

Scrap N' Dipity
3 images of choice from Scrap N’ Dipity

and

3 images of choice from Lacy Sunshine

I used Rory and Her Snowman Friends, from Lacy Sunshine, for my card.  I colored the image with my SN and Copic markers, then added some sparklies to all the snow parts.  I took a walk on the pastel side of the color spectrum, and am quite happy with the result 🙂  I love the latest sketch, over at The Sketchy Challenges, so used it for inspiration for the layout of this card

This is a fabulous sketch to use up pieces of paper, which is precisely what I did!! I found some nice blue shimmer for the background, a few pieces of swirling snow patterned paper, and a piece of blue glitter CS that was just the right size 🙂  I matted everything up in white, and added an icicle diecut, using a Marianne die, for the middle band.  Of course more sparkle and bling was needed, so I glittered up the icicles, and added some pretty gemstones to finish the card 🙂

I would like to enter this in the following:

The Sketchy Challenges – Sketch #130

Morgan’s ArtWorld – #22 ATG

Crafty Friends – #70 Christmas

Angie’s Digital Stamps – #15 ATG with optional twist of Holidays

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of Nov. 7

Steampunk Christmas

I recently signed up for a Secret Santa swap in the Make It Crafty Facebook Group.  I got a bit of a chuckle when my partner’s name came up, and it was one of my besties from right here in Saskatoon!! Lol.  I knew that she likes Steampunk, so off I went shopping at the Make It Crafty store!  I found the Steampunk Santa House and then the gorgeous Elizabeth J, which I merged with the house.  I wanted the background to be a subtle, old look, with miss Elizabeth “popping” in the foreground.  I went to work with my SN and Copic markers, with all this detail, the reading glasses were put on a few times!!  After coloring, I did a chalk background with some shimmering Pebbles chalks (that I completely forgot I had!), and added some sparkle to the snow.  I had a really cool idea for a sweet fancy fold for this card, however, though the image was teeny when it came to coloring, it was too large for the fold I had in mind.  I decided on a simple easel card, matting the image in a browny-green CS and some patterned paper.  I set to die cutting snowflakes, using a few different sets of snowflake dies for variety.  After laying everything out, and adding a stamped and embossed sentiment, it still needed something …. so I printed, colored, and fussy cut the Steampunk Gift digi.  The house and the gift digis came in a set, with a few other images, that saved me money, and gave even more options for future makes.  It was great fun making this card…and delivering it over coffee, rather than posting it, lol.

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

Crafting by Designs – November ATG

Fab N’ Funky Challenges – #369 Fashion

Morgan’s Artworld – #22 ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenges – Week 44 ATG

Winter Wonderland – Fun Folds

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 :_

Pug Present

If this isn’t just the cutest little guy, ever!!! I wouldn’t mind getting him from Santa 🙂  This card was made for a swap over at the Kit and Clowder Facebook group, and when I searched to find something about my partner, the one thing that stuck out was that she LOVES her little pug 🙂  So I took it from there, and was lucky enough to find this adorable little guy, from Just Inklined.  I colored him up with my SN and Copic markers, then carefully added a holly pattern, with a small stamp, to the gift box.  I layered everything up with white CS and mirror card (which was, as always, a joy to photograph), that I’d die cut a window into.  The holly was cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, and the sentiment was done with an unbranded die.  I added a red bow and some silver baubles to finish this card off.  I hope my swap partner likes it!!

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

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Week 439 Christmas Creatures

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #7 ATG with Critters

Incy Wincy Designs – Oct. 16 – Nov. 5; Dress Up (all dressed up like Santa!)

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #357 ATG with optional theme (I didn’t do the option) something with wings

Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas, October Edition

 

 

Vintage Christmas

Good morning 🙂 Well, the snow finally came….but just a bit of it and it was mixed with rain, so it should be a really fun drive to work this morning!! I swear, everyone forgets how to drive when the first snow falls 🙁  Well, it’s starting to look a bit like Christmas, so this card, made for the new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. sort of fits the weather!! Our theme this time is “Add Ribbon and Distress Your Card”, with the fabulous and very generous Rick St. Dennis as sponsor 🙂

Rick St. Dennis

I was given Noelle Holiday Hat to use on my card.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then inked the background with Distress Inks.  I may have had a bit too much fun with the distressing part of this challenge, as all edges were torn, sanded….generally beat up, lol.  I layered up the card, following this sketch from The Sketchy Challenges:

using scraps of Christmas print paper, kraft card stock, and a piece of Kraft Core paper that I found in my stash.  For the ribbon, I cut 3 little banners from some gold ribbon that I found.  I stamped the sentiment twice, to give it a shadowed effect…. once with a dark green ink, and once in gold, which I heat embossed.

I’d like to enter this into the following:

The Sketchy Challenges – Sketch #129

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Weeks 303/304 ATG with Snippets

Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas, Oct. Edition

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #356 Christmas ATG/Traditional Christmas Colors

Creative Ladybird’s Creations – #30 ATG