Birthday Jazz

Hi there!! This card that I’ve got here features an adorable image from The Paper Shelter, called The Saxophonist.  I merged him onto a music print digital paper from Digital Divine Designs, then colored him up with my SN and Copic markers.  I went with a monochrome scheme, with only the saxophone “popping” with color.  I used another music pattern from the same pack for the card background, then started laying things out, using this sketch from Feeling Sketchy as inspiration:

I used an unbranded die to cut out the musical pattern from a bright CS to coordinate with the sax, then adhered the sentiment that I printed on my computer on top of it.  For the 3 elements on the left side of the card, I dove into my brads, and scored the music notes 🙂

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

Feeling Sketchy – Sketch #179 pictured above

Dream Valley Challenges – #165 One for the Boys

Digi Choosday – Week 41 ATG

The Paper Shelter Challenge – #313 Music and Dance

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

 

Hedgehog Thanks

Good morning 🙂  It’s the first day of fall here, and also the first day of a new ATG challenge at Creative Fingers. We have the fabulous Lemon Shortbread as a sponsor this time 🙂

There are so many adorable images in the shop, but I decided to go seasonal, and use an image that I’d won a while back, called Hedgehog Leaves. I colored this cutie up with my SN and Copic markers.  I forgot how much fun fall leaves are to color!!  After cutting the image out, I began assembling the card, following this sketch, from Creative Sketchy Girls:

What a fabulous sketch, with so many possibilities!!  My leaf print background paper is a scrap that I’ve had for a very long time, and was just the right size for this card, I dug in the scrap bin for a dark brown piece, and inked the edges with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  A small piece of burlap finished off the layers.  I cut the “thanks” with an unbranded die, from another scrap of brown paper.  A few leaf brads were added, just because they looked good, and were feeling neglected lol.

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

Mod Squad Challenge – Leaves

Creatalicious Challenges – #123 ATG with optional twist of Leaves

Lemon Shortbread Challenges – #50 ATG

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 299 & 300 ATG with snippets

The Crafty Addicts – #40 ATG/use a brad or button

Steampunk Anniversary

Good morning 🙂  Today is the anniversary of a special couple, whom I’m proud to call good friends.  I wanted to make a steampunky card for them, so went on a search for an appropriate image to use…and found this one..Steampunk Heart…at the Delicious Doodles by Teri Sherman shop 🙂 Perfect!!!  I colored the image with the Copic markers that I’ve managed to aquire (it’s going to be a sloooowww process, but they can be used with my SN, thank God).  I didn’t know what to do after that, so took inspiration from this sketch at The Sketchy Challenges:

I love that part of this sketch is to challenge you to try a medium that you’ve never tried.  It’s so easy to get into a rut, that it’s great to get a kick in the pants like this every once in awhile.  I cracked my sticky embossing powder earlier this week (it’s been sitting on a shelf for YEARS, unopened), and it was so cool the last time, I decided to try another medium with it….foil.  Now, I’m talking about a roll of foil that has been sitting for about 7 years, because the glue that came with the kit was dried out, lol.  So I used a Stampin’ Up stamp and got to work on a patterned paper from Steampunk Botanicals paper pad from Recollections …..I was quite pleased with how it turned out 🙂  Since it seemed that I was diving into some long forgotton/neglected items in my stash, it’s no surprise that I found the black cut-out ribbon at the bottom of the bin…. A black sentiment was done with (yup, old) alpha stickers, and I added some screw head brads to finish this off after popping the heart up with some foam dots.

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

Simon Monday Challenge – Shimmer and Shine

As You Like It Challenge – Favorite Paper Pad..Steampunk Botanicals…why?? I have a hard time with Steampunk designs, so this gives me a good base, as well, there are so many designs that can be used in other genre cards.

Artistic Inspirations – #186 ATG

The Crafty Addicts – #40 ATG/use a brad or button

Glitter Party

Sometimes, a girl just needs to go nuts with glitter. And this card is an example of one of those times for me 🙂  The image was a freebie at the Kit and Clowder Facebook group’s 15,000 member celebration, courtesy of the lovely sponsor LaLa Land 🙂  I colored Marci‘s skin and hair up with my SN markers, then decided to take a walk on the wild side and color her dress and bows, using a fine glue pen and loose glitter.  It was a bit of a challenge, as I was trying to keep all the shading as it should be, especially on the teeny bows!! (Yes, there are 2 shades of green in those suckers)  I fussy cut her out and decided to use this sketch, and technique challenge from The Sketchy Challenges, for the card layout.

The instructions are to use a mask or medium that you’ve never tried for the background…since I seem to always be trying new things, and was too broke to buy some new goodies to play with, I cracked the seal on my sticky embossing powder and used it on the background.  When it was stamped and embossed, I was really surprised at how sticky it was!!  I dumped glitter all over it, to create a sparkly background, to coordinate with the dress.  I added a strip of white ribbon, that I adhered rhinestone letters spelling Party onto, then matted it on even more glitter CS!  As it wasn’t quite glittery and glitzy enough (bahaha), I added a few sequins as a finishing touch!

I’d like to enter this into:

Mod Squad Challenge – The Heat is On!

The Sketchy Challenge – #126 using the sketch and technique shown above

Addicted to Stamps -#153  Stamp a Background

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – ATG week #36/37

Rainbow Fantasy

 

Hello there!! After remaking my blog, after the mishap, I figured it was time to have some fun.  I made this card, featuring a beautiful image from Aurora Wings called Stars.  The inspiration for the color scheme came from the Aurora Wings Facebook challenge for the month of September:  Rainbow Inspired.  I colored this lovely image with my SN markers, adding some accents with white gel pen and silver glitter on the stars.  Tuesday Morning Sketches has this sketch

which was the basis of the layout.  I used a pretty rainbow dotted background paper, and mounted the image on a large white tag.  A ribbon and bow, some glittery stars attached to wire, and glitter around the edges of the background finish this card off 🙂

I would also like to enter this into:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #56 ATG

Digi Choosday – ATG week 36

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of Sept. 5

Summer Goose

Good morning!  I’m trying to get things back on my blog, after the unfortunate maintenance accident on the server in which EVERY.LAST.THING.WAS.LOST!!  Every post, comment, picture, badge……everything…..like I said in my previous post…..ooooops!

I’d entered this in a few challenges, so thought I’d better get this back up.  This card is featuring a Gertie Goose, from the Summer Fun pack at Imagine That Digis.  For the layout, I used this sketch from The Sketchy Challenges.

I’m also entering this in ITD’s Creative Link Up for September.