Dazzle

Hi there 🙂 Even though I haven’t been blogging much lately, I’ve been busy. My stack of Christmas cards is growing quite nicely, and I’m starting to think about my baking marathon!! It’s been ages since I’ve made a shaker card, so here we go! I used this adorable image called Dazzle Reindeer – Trees, from the Too Cute collection at Polkadoodles. I colored him up with my Copics, and a few touches of white Posca, then fussy cut him out.

I’ve been trying to not cut into whole sheets of paper until I’ve used up some of my scraps and smaller pieces (got about 15 lifetimes worth of each, so I’m sure the call of the full sheet will lure me back at some point). I found these 2 printed pieces, that, while not from the same collection, or company, worked well together for this card. I assembled the shaker and attached little Dazzle in the corner. I die cut the sentiment out of 2 pieces of scrap paper, to give it a bit of a pop.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Scrapping 4 Fun – #206 Winter/Christmas

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 48 ATG

Pixie’s Crafty Snippets – #417 Ruby’s Memory ATG with Snippets

Dream Valley Challenges – #260 Christmas

Passion for Markers – Week 620 Christmas Critters

Shih Tzu

Hi there 🙂 It’s been ages since I’ve blogged anything!!! The “blahs” caught up with me and I’ve been having a hard time spending any time at all online. I’m trying to snap out of it, little bits at a time, and get back into it!! What better excuse to do so, than to share my latest DT card for Ching-Chou Kuik’s Facebook challenge? Our theme this month is “Remembrance, Thanksgiving, Thinking of You or Thank you”, and this week the DT was also given an extra challenge and that is to use some lace. I decided to do something a bit different with my card, and blow up and crop the adorable Shih Tzu image. I used just the dog and some of the flowers from the image, and colored it up with my Copics for this Thank You card. After fussy cutting it out, I placed it on an embossed background, that I’d given a quick spray with some Glimmer mist. I die cut the sentiment twice, to give a shadowed effect. Some simple black matting and a strip of pretty lace finish this card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafts Galore Encore – #93 November ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #11 November ATG

Incy Wincy Designs – All Creatures Great and Small and/or Spotted Paper

Crafty Creations – #427 November ATG

Cut it Up Challenge – #238 Thanks or Thanksgiving

All Star

Hi there 🙂 I’m sharing a card that I made as GDT for Conie Fong. I used Tori the Dragon – Birthday Boy for this. I colored it with my Copics,, then fussy cut it out.

While I was cleaning and reorganizing my craft room, I found all kinds of treasures that I forgot I had!! This paper fell into that “treasure category, especially when making this card 🙂 I used a bunch of coordinating prints, and die cut banners, borders for the bottom, and a background for little Tori. What a great way to use up scraps! There was also a sheet of cut outs that coordinated with the papers stuck in amongst some stuff, so I popped out some words, stars and arrows, and placed them around the card, popping some elements up with foam dots. Love how this card for a football lover turned out 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Cutie Pie Challenge – #163 10th Birthday Challenge; Cute Celebrations

The Fairy and the Unicorn – September ATG with a Fantasy Creature

Pixie’s Snippets Challenge – #412 ATG with Snippets

Let’s Craft and Create – #175 AG/ Lots of Layers

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – September ATG with Patterned Paper

Fabulous

Hi there 🙂 I’m sharing my second DT inspiration project for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. The theme for September is “Think Pink for Breast Cancer”, but the DT has been given an extra challenge this week as well, and that’s to use some buttons 🙂 I used Marie Antoinette Dollie, and colored her up with my Copics, matching up the colors of the papers that I’d decided to use. I also added some “sparkle” to her wings with a white Posca pen.

I fussy cut her out and popped her on the background with some foam dots. I cut, scored and folded the printed cardstock to give the curtain effect, then took another strip and scored and folded it to form the bottom border. I die cut some silver shimmer scraps to make some bows, then added a button, tied with a matching piece of floss, to the centre of each bow. A stamped and embossed sentiment, cut with a thin banner die, finishes off this card.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafts Galore Encore – #91 September ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft – #9 September ATG

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2137 ATG

Penny’s PaperCrafty Challenge – #505 ATG

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge – #152 ATG

Pretty In Pink

Hi there 🙂 I’m sharing my first DT inspiration card for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group challenge this month. Our theme this month is “Think Pink for Breast Cancer”. I used the beautiful new image Moth and Fern for this. I colored her up with my Copics, then fussy cut her out. I die cut a silver mirror card shape to put her on.

When I was reorganizing my craft room, I found some pretty papers that I forgot that I had, and this pink with foil accents was perfect for this card!! I punched out 2 strips of lacy border with a punch, and edged them with mirror card. After matting everything, I die cut some layered butterflies and 2 “hugs” sentiments and layered them onto the card…….it looks like they’re blurred in the picture, but they aren’t….it’s an effect of the layering and the mirror card that I used for one of the cuts 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creations in Pink – #36 ATG in Mainly Pink

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #154 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #418 ATG

Crafty Calendar Challenge – September ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #9 September ATG

Baby Giraffe <3

Hi there 🙂 It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything that wasn’t DT or GDT related!! When I first saw this adorable little giraffe at Tiddly Inks, I fell in love! Although the version that I used, with the nightcap, is not in the store at this time, a very similar version can be found in the Fur Reals Animal Set. I colored this handsome boy up with my Copics, then added a cloudy background with some Distress Oxide inks, and a home made mask.

A giraffe’s build lends itself to a slimline card, lol, so that’s what I went with. I used some stacking slimline dies to cut out the image, letting some parts of him overhang the cut, then used bigger dies in the same set for the mat and the card base. I cut 2 sentiments out, and layered them so there was a shadow effect. A few little hearts, that were offcuts from another die, finish this card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Dream Valley Challenges – #254 Make It Digital

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2136 ATG

Get Creative Challenges – #104 AG/No Twist

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #54 ATG with a Featured Critter

CCC Digi Creations – #129 No Patterned Paper

Autumn Dragonflies

Hi there 🙂 I’m sharing a card that I made as DT inspiration for the current challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik’s Facebook group. The theme for this month is “Thanksgiving or Fall or Fall/Autumn Colors”. I used the beautiful image Autumn Dragonflies, and colored it up with my Copics.

I used a pretty background die, then layered it over some cardstock to match the colors in the image. After attaching the image, I die cut some dragonflies from some dull gold paper, and added some sparkle to their wings (which looks very unsparkly in the photos…but such is the joy of taking pics). A stamped and embossed sentiment and a little cluster of flowers finish the card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafts Galore Encore – #90 ATG

Creative Craft Cottage – #143 No Patterned Paper

Aud Sentiments – #281 ATG with a Sentiment

Cute Card Thursday – #691 ATG

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #152 ATG

Baby Elephant

Hi there 🙂 Today I’m sharing another GDT creation for Conie Fong. There are so many adorable images in her Etsy shop, that it’s quite difficult to decide which one to have a play with!! I needed a baby card, and Baby Ellie fit the bill perfectly! I colored the image with my Copics, trying match up the palette with the papers I’d chosen.

After cutting the image out with a pierced circle die, I layered it with the design papers, adding a white strip to allow some definition of the sentiment die cut. Some frothy white flowers added a pretty finishing touch, without adding too much bulk for mailing.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Your Scrapbook Place – July ATG

The Crafter’s Cafe – #270 Layer it Up

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #150 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #411 Die Cuts or Punches

A Gem of a Challenge – #15 ATG

Flower Friend

Hi there! I was asked to be a GD for Conie Fong recently, and here is another inspiration card 🙂 I just adore the little gnomes that she has in her Etsy Shop, and it was so hard to decide which one to use! I figured it was high time that I started putting some real effort into getting at least a couple Christmas cards done up, so I chose the Poinsettia Gnome Bundle to work with. I worked with the PNG version, to allow me to go a bit crazy with the merging of the poinsettias with the main gnome image. When I was done, it appears that the little guy is walking out of a huge bunch of the blooms. I colored it up with my Copics, then fussy cut the entire image out.

I placed the image on an embossed oval piece, that I’d framed with a die cut silver mirror card frame. I brushed the die cut sentiment with some Wink of Stella to give a bit of shimmer before attaching everything to a coordinating plaid background that was matted with more silver mirror card. A few little silver embellishments finish the card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Christmas With the Cuties – #50 Christmas Cuties

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #550 Anything Christmas Goes option of using red

Creative Craft Cottage – #142 Christmas in July

Incy Wincy Designs – Enchanted Garden and/or Christmas in July

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #150 ATG

Party Without a Cake

Hi there 🙂 I hope everyone is doing well, as the world slowly creeps back to some sort of normalcy. I’m sharing my first DT inspiration card for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme this time is Embossing (Heat or Dry or both). I used the fun It’s My Birthday image, and colored it with my Copics.

I always seem to neglect to use my embossing folders, so this is a great challenge to get me digging them out! I found one with a 3D star type of pattern, which tied in nicely with the stars in the image. Since I was digging things up, I figured I’d have a go with an old MS cupcake punch, too! I punched each cupcake out twice, once to use the blue cake holders, and once with some embossed white paper for the icing. I stamped, heat embossed and cut out the sentiment. A few die cut candles are tucked behind the sentiment, and a banner die cut balances things out. To finish things off, I glued down some teeny rhinestones for cupcake sprinkles, and some sparkle on the image and banner.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – #407 ATG with Snippets

Colour Crazy Challenge – Week 27 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #409 Something to Say

Aud Sentiments Challenge – #278 Fairy Magic + a Sentiment

Crafty Creations – #423 July ATG