Retirement Huts

Hi there 🙂 I’m sharing a CAS retirement card today. I used the image Beach Hut Holiday, from Sheepski Designs. I thought this scene was perfect for someone retiring…as I can imagine (dream of) just sitting in that chair, with not a care in the world!! But a situation like that is a ways a way for me, so I can continue dreaming….and crafting!!! I colored the image with my Copics, added some inked clouds with Distress Ink, then stamped and embossed a sentiment on it. The specific retirement message is on the inside. I found some paper that had colors that coordinated with many of those in the image, and used it as one of the mats.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – #625 12th Birthday Challenge – Bright, Happy, Sunny Colors

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of May 25

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 21 ATG

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2121 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #158 ATG

Sunshine Friends

Hi there 🙂 As I post this sunshine-y card, I’m listening to the rain fall – finally!! It has been such a dry spring, with fire bans, and very worried farmers!! This rain is so welcomed, and I can hardly wait to see how fresh and vibrant everything looks when the sun comes out again! This card my last inspiration card for the month of May for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our them this month is Magical World, but the DT was given an extra challenge this week – to use orange or yellow or both. I combined the 2 themes with this pretty mermaid. I colored Flow Followers up with my Copics, then cut it out with a stitched die.

I dug around in my paper stash, trying to find as many coordinating oranges and yellows as I could. After cutting a hexagon shape out from a warm yellow piece, I glued down the image. This was placed on an orange background. I went through my scrap bin, and die cut a bunch of seaweed and coral pieces, then adhered them to the card to form a border on the edge. A few fish were also cut, so they could swim around the image. To finish, I arranged a bunch of pearls across the bottom 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – #625 12th Birthday Challenge – Anything with Bright, Happy, Sunny Colors

As You Like It Challenge – Favorite Coloring Medium? Copics! Why? They blend so beautifully, to make any color under the sun….also…after all the $$$ I spent on them, they better be my favorite!!! Lol!

Color Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 20 ATG

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #146 ATG

Creatalicious Challenges – #211 ATG with optional For a Woman

Starry Skies

Hello there 🙂 Today, I have my second inspiration project for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme this month is mythical creatures – such as fairies, unicorns, mermaids etc. The DT was also given an extra challenge, and that was to make a shaped card. I used Crimson Moon to make my shaped easel card, and colored it up with my Copics, before fussy cutting it out.

I embossed a piece of Black Magic card stock, then sanded it to add emphasis to the pattern. I then matted it with plain black, before attaching the image, and adhering it to the yellow base. For the bottom, I just used a piece of plain black, then popped on banner strip with a stamped sentiment. For embellishments, I used a ribbon flower, die cut greenery, and a sprinkling of tiny rhinestones amongst the stars, and on the base.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – Week 624 ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #5 May ATG

Let’s Craft and Create – #171 ATG and No Patterned Paper

Createful Heart Designs – #32 ATG

The Crafter’s Cafe – #266 Feminine – Girls or Ladies

Pretty Pink Peony

Hi there 🙂 At my old house, I had the most monstrous peony plants I’ve ever seen…they were one of the first flowers to bloom (other than dandelions, lol), weeks before anyone else even had buds on their peony plants. I thought of them when I saw this lovely Peony in Jar image from Conie Fong. I colored the image with my Copics, then cut it out with a pierced edge circle die.

I wanted to keep my card design relatively simple, so the image could really take centre stage. I found a piece of pink card stock in the same shade as the flowers, then edged it with a pretty die cut border. I found some greenish grey print paper to tuck at the top and bottom. A quick mat with some green/grey paper, and a few coordinating rhinestones finish this off. I left it without a sentiment, so I can add a personal message on the inside for whatever occasion that may call for a card like this.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Scrapping 4 Fun – #192 Pastel colors with flowers

Crafty Gals Corner – #219 For the Ladies

Creative Inspirations – May/June – The Season of Spring

Creative Knockouts – #401 Flower Power

Do-Al(I) Creative – #53 Twister Sister Pastels and Spring Flowers

Forever Remembered

Hi there 🙂 I hope that all the mom’s out there had a day that was as special as they are!! Hopefully, it will be the last one that we all can’t be with the ones that made us moms! I was going through my card collection, and saw that I was short of sympathy cards….probably because they are some of the hardest ever to make!!! This gorgeous corner digi, from Graciellie Designs, was perfect for a simple, yet beautiful way to tell someone they are thought of. I colored Life Happens with my Copics, then added a stamped and heat embossed sentiment. A simple black mat, and a few sequins finish this understated card off, while leaving the image and sentiment in sharp focus.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Cute Card Thursday – #685 ATG

Let’s Craft & Create – #171 AG + No Patterned Paper

Crafter’s Cafe – #265 ATG

Colouring in Scrapland – May – ATG or Flowers

Gift Card Glory

Well, April just slipped right by without me noticing!!! So many things going on in my life, that I don’t realize time passing!! We have another day left to get your old or new coloring or project into the challenge folder at Aurora Wings Facebook page. I couldn’t believe that I’d never worked with this beautiful image before!! I colored Poppy Elf up in some bright, springy colors, with my Copics.

I’ve found myself overloaded with cards lately, so have been trying different ways to use my colored images. Gift cards are a popular present, and I like to present them in a special way. The bottom border of poppies gave me the idea for this project’s design. I colored up a second batch of poppies and fussy cut it out. After folding and matting the paper, I attached these to make a pocket for a gift card. The middle panel is stamped with a sentiment, and leaves plenty of room for a personal greeting.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

A Perfect Time to Craft – #5 May ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #5 May ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – May ATG

Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge – #191 Ladies/Mother’s Day/Girls

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #144 ATG

Dalmatian Cuddle

Well, it’s finally starting to feel and look like spring here (this week, anyway!), so I decided to make a Christmas card for the current Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge, lol. Our theme is Four Legged Friends, and I used the darling Dalmation Cuddle image for my card. I colored her up with my Copics.

I found some dot print paper in my stash, that coordinated nicely with the image’s color palette. I cut the bottom into a slight curve with an edger die. After adding mats to the image and background, I die cut a Christmas sentiment and added a couple gems as a finishing touch.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

DL Art – April ATG Linky Challenge

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #494 ATG

The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog – #158 Raining Cats and Dogs

Christmas Crafts All Year Round – April Something that starts with G (girl, gem) and/or H

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – #539 Anything Christmas with option for a child

A Magical Birthday

Hi there 🙂 It was recently my son’s birthday, so I had to make a special card for him. I turned to one of my all time favorite digital stamps, Wiz, from Mo’s Digital Pencil, to get the job done. This is one of my first digi stamps, and just the most fun to color up and create with!! I used Copics to bring him to life before matting the image with black CS.

I chose a few coordinating printed papers to lay everything out, adding some scalloped borders for a bit of extra interest. The sentiment comes with Wiz, and is just perfect on a fishtail banner die cut. To add a pop of color, that matches with the energy coming from the ball in the image, I die cut some star clusters, and tucked them around the image. An added bonus with this card is that it is flat, and super easy to mail!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Mo’s Digital Pencil Challenge – #302 Anything Mo Goes

Classic Design Challenge – 5th Birthday ATG

Crafty Creations – #420 April ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 16 ATG

Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge – April ATG

Fantasy Trinket Box

Hi there, happy Sunday 🙂 It’s time for me to share my second inspiration project for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge, with the theme of Four Legged Friends. I used one of the darling images from this set, called Forest Companion. I decided to do another “anything but a card” project. I colored the image with my Copics, then cut it out and matted it with some circle dies that fit the top of the trinket box that I had painted white. I die cut a number of mushrooms in bright colors, and glued them, and some grass, around the bottom part of the box.

To finish the inside of the box, I used some mushroom print paper, in the same colors that I used for the rest of the elements. All ready to tuck a small gift into for someone special!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Classic Design Challenge – #4, April 5th Birthday Celebration Challenge

World Wide Open DT Challenge – April/May ATG

Color Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 15 ATG

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

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #494 ATG

Fairy and Frog Note Holder

Hi there 🙂 I’m sharing my first DT inspiration project for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme this month is 4 Legged Friends. Ching-Chou has many images with all kinds of these friends in her Etsy Shop, so check it out, when you have a chance!! I went down a different route, and instead of using a furry 4 legged friend, I used a frog 🙂 I colored Green Frog Elf up with my Copics.

I have soooo many cards kicking around here, that I’m trying to think up new kinds of projects to make. This image was just the right size to make a sticky note holder with! I folded up the base card before attaching the image, then added some pretty sparkly borders. Such a pretty way to quickly dress up a home or office desk!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Incy Wincy Designs – Borders and/or Bright Colors

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2115 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #155 ATG

Crafty Friends – #151 Ladies and/or Girls

Crafty Catz – #546 ATG