What “Wood” I Do?

Hi there 🙂 I’m here with my last inspiration card for the “Love” challenge at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group. I used the image Awaken, for my card. I colored her up with my Copics, to look like a marionette, with woodgrain features.

I chose some coordinating background paper, then framed the image with a sentiment frame that I had the very devil of a time lining up on my computer!! lol I die cut a few flowers to place on a ribbon strip, and tucked some floss strings from behind them. To finish off, I matted everything up, and added some Nuvo drops to the heart parts of the sentiment.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

CCC Digi Creations – #122 Valentine’s Day/Love

Createful Heart Designs Challenge – #29 ATG

Crafty Gals Corner – #216 Add a Heart

Paperbabe Stamps – #138 ATG

Little Patch of Crafty Friends – #152 ATG

Distinguished Gentleman

Hi there 🙂 We have a new challenge over at Creative Fingers 🙂 Our theme is always ATG, so you can let your inspiration run wild! This time, we are sponsored by the lovely Angelique, who is offering this stunning stamp set as a prize.

I’m a little bit sparse on my masculine birthday cards in my stash, and it’s been ages since I’ve used a KennyK image, so combined the 2 to make this card 🙂 It’s so sad that KennyK no longer has a shop, but luckily, I stocked up before he closed down!! I colored it with my Copics, having a bit of fun with the subtle print in his smoking jacket.

I used this sketch, from Cheerful Sketches as the guide for my layout.

A few years ago, I picked up the background paper, with this image in mind…..took me long enough to get around to making up a card, huh? I didn’t realize that it was 2 sided paper, and the back side was book spines!! I cut one of these spines out as the vertical element of the layout. An old book page seemed to fit in with the theme nicely, so after tearing the edges, I lightly inked it. The sentiment is printed on my computer. Some rich red matting finished the card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog – February Sketch, shown above

Creative Knockouts – #389 Lots of Layers

Aud Sentiments – #268 ATG with a Sentiment

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #490 ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #2 February ATG

Love Birds

Hello there 🙂 For years, I wasn’t a ‘bird’ person, but after working at a pet store for awhile, I got to know about them better, and fell in love. I even ended up rescuing 4 budgies, of which I still have 2. I really enjoy using bird images on my cards, and how sweet are these Love Birds, from Lee Holland?!?! I colored them up with my Copics, then fussy cut them out. I had a completely different idea for this card, but tackled sorting out my mess of dies, and found this pretty wreath one in the mess. The curve went perfectly with the image!! After cutting the wreath out, leaving the center solid, I attached the birds, and stamped the sentiment. I glued it on to a circular card shape, and done!! Very simple, but so elegant and effective for a wedding card <3

I’d like to enter this in the following:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – February ATG with a Critter

Classic Design Challenge – #2 February ATG

Sheepski Designs Blog Challenge – #47 Romance and/or Use Red

Incy Wincy Designs – Feb. 15 – 21 Animals and/or Use Buttons

Creative Inspirations – Jan/Feb Animal Antics

Salute!!!

Hi there! Well, I just could not resist making this rude little card for one of the guys at work. We are always at each other, trying to elicit a special “salute”. Dustin Pike, from Whimsy Stamps, came up with Dudley Flipping the Bird, that was perfect for my birthday card! It comes in both censored and uncensored versions, but I had to give the full salute! After adding a little sentiment on the sign, I colored him up with my Copics, then fussy cut him out.

I chose a piece of black and white dotted background paper, then dug around in my scraps for pieces that were big enough for the die cutting. I cut 2 frames, inlaying one with a black and white stripe piece, and positioning the frames at a wonky angle. I cut a few candles to tuck in, adding some glitter to the flames. To finish off, 2 “celebrate” die cuts were layered and attached. I love the bright and bold look of this card!!

A censored version of the card 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – Week 611 Masculine

Crafts Galore Encore – #84 ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #2 February ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 7 ATG

Pixie’s Crafty Workshop – #396 Ruby’s Memory ATG Challenge

Love Magic

Hello there, and Happy Valentine’s Day <3 I made this card as my second inpiration for the February Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme is “Love”, which can be interpreted so many ways. I decided to use Love Magic, colored with Copics, with gold and white Posca accents 🙂

I kept with the theme by using some pretty heart print background paper. After die/fussy cutting my image out and matting it with pink, I dug out some gold mirror card. The background paper has gold foil accents, so the mirror card coordinated nicely. I die cut a heart piece, and inlaid the hearts with white, before tucking it behind the image. I layered white velvet ribbon over the gold card for corner accents, and tied a bow, centered with a heart off cut. The gold die cut “love” sentiment finishes the card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #151 ATG

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – February ATG with Patterned Paper

Creative Knockouts – #388 Love/Valentine’s

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #489 ATG

As You Like It – Do You Prefer Rubber, Clear or Digi Stamps? Digi….because I love their versatility when it comes to size and the ability to flip them…..and storage!!!

The Love of a Dog

Hello! I’m rushing in to share my first inspiration card for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. February is all about love, and that’s our theme 🙂 Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a huge lover of animals, and have had the honor of sharing my life with some wonderful dogs. Their loyalty, unconditional love and pure joy whenever you’re around is absolutely incomparable!! I used the adorable Yorkshire Terrier image, and colored it up with my Copics, then fussy cut it out.

I coordinated the colors in the image with the vibrant heart print paper (which was a magazine freebie many years ago), and the pink and aqua accents. I placed the image on a wonky stitched die cut, which I inlaid with some striped paper from the same magazine. The sentiment was printed on my computer, then inlaid into another stitched rectangle die cut. For embellishments, I die cut some paw prints and a paw heart, which I added some Glossy Accents to for some shine and dimension.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Your Scrapbook Place – February ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 6 ATG

Allsorts Challenge – Week 610 Love Is…

Di’s Digi Challenge – 1 or More Hearts

Color Crazy Challenge – Week 5 ATG

Give a Man a Fish

Hi there 🙂 Well, I’m back after some technical difficulties with my blog….thanks to my amazing son ❤ I’m here to share my inspiration piece for the latest ATG challenge at Creative Fingers. We have our amazing regular sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps, offering the prize this time around. I used Gus Fishing for my card. I was running low on masculine cards, and I just love this character!! I colored him up with my Copics, then matted both the image, and the sentiment pieces in a dark blue.

I layered the printed background paper on the same blue paper, leaving a wider edge on one side to showcase the single embellishment for the card. I die cut a fish hook from silver mirror card, and strung some thread through it, before attaching it to the card.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Catch the Bug Challenge – February ATG

DL Art – February ATG Linky Challenge

Cute Card Thursday – #672 ATG

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #489 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of Feb. 2

Christmas Panda

Well, I’m back to work today, so this is the last Christmas card I’m going to share for now. My ‘adopted’ daughter (aka Kiddo Bear) loooves pandas, so I always try to incorporate one into the cards I make her. I love the bears, from Lili of the Valley, so decided to color James With Big Star up a bit different, and make him into a panda 🙂

I added some white Posca highlights to the star, then die cut a black frame. I wanted to carry through the star theme, so die cut a swirly star motif in the bottom of the background paper. Gold stars peeked out from under the cut, and coordinated nicely with the red and gold plaid paper that I’d chosen. A simple black die cut sentiment finished things off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Christmas Kickstart Challenge – #45 If It’s Christmas, Link It Up

Digi Choosday Challenge – Week 52 ATG

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #136 ATG

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #522 Anything Christmas Goes

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #12 Dec/Jan ATG

Santa’s Helper

I promise, I’m almost done with the Christmas card posts! Lol! This one was a favorite, because it features an image from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I just love the images from here!! I colored Toyshop Helper up with my Copics.

I had printed the sentiment at the same time as the image, and it was placed just right on the sheet of paper, so I just cut the 2 out all in one piece. Perfect for a clean and simple design! I doodled a bit around the edge, then matted it with a cute print paper. No embellishments necessary with this adorable image!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Mo’s Digital Pencil Challenge – December Anything Mo Goes

AAA Cards – #180 Made In Minutes….Christmas

Coloring In Scrapland – December Christmas/ATG

Dream Valley Challenge – #238 Christmas

Crafty Calendar – December..Christmas Theme

Decked Out Deer

Hello 🙂 Here I am again with another Christmas card! This gorgeous Reindeer image is from LC Waterworth, a “new to me” artist. I colored this beauty up with my Copics, and touches of white Posca, then stamped a sentiment between his antlers.

I did some rummaging through my paper stash, and chose a number of pieces from the same collection to layer the card up. Some enamel dots provided a quick finishing touch.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Inspirations – December HoHoHo

The Paper Funday Challenge – #24 ATG with optional Christmas

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #522 Anything Christmas

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #12 Dec/Jan ATG

Di’s Digi Stamps Challenge – It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas