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


Hayyyyy there 🙂 I had a birthday card to make for the boss, and while browsing through my digi stamp files, found this Cheeky Donkey by Teri Sherman of Delicious Doodles. Just looking at this guy made me smile, so I decided to pass the smile on. I colored the image with my Copics, then fussy cut it out and adhered it to a matted oval shape.

I used a bright dotted print paper for the background, then die cut the sentiment from the green dot print from the same collection. I cut the letters again, to provide a shadow effect. Some simple black embellishments finished off this slimline card. The inside sentiment (didn’t get a pic…oops) says “Hope you have a sweet-ass birthday!”

I’d like to enter this in the following:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – ATG with a Critter

Incy Wincy Designs – Borders and/or Bright Colors

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of April 6

Classic Design Challenge – #4 April ATG – 5th Birthday Challenge

CCC Digi Creations – #124 Include and Animal


Hi there 🙂 I was thrilled to be asked to Guest Design at Cheerful Sketches this month 🙂 They always have the most fabulous sketches, and a number of great sponsors, too!! I used Azalea, from LeAnn’s World 101, for my card. I colored her up with my Copics, using bright, primary colors.

I went through some of my papers, and found some small pieces from 2 different collections, that coordinated, and went nicely with the image, too. I matted them, then lay them out, sticking almost exactly to this month’s sketch.

I die cut the sentiment twice, and a handful of stars that I layered, then added to the card. Not that you can see….but I used Glossy Accent on the hair baubles, on the yellow sentiment, and on some of the stars. Thanks to the team at Cheerful Sketches for inviting me to be a GDT for this month!!

Dreaming of Spring

Hi there 🙂 Wow, is March ever flying by!! Almost all our snow is gone (and there was LOTS), and the weather has been quite mild and spring like. Fingers crossed that it stays this way!!! This is my third inspiration project for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge. Our theme this month is Easter/Florals, and the DT was thrown an extra challenge to use pearls, gems or sequins on their project. I don’t generally give out Easter cards, so I went with the floral theme here. I used the image called Aromatic Summer, and colored it up with my Copics. After coloring it, I fussy cut it out and attached it to a die cut circle, then placed that on a pretty die cut frame/mat in blue.

I’ve never made a rocker card, so now seemed as good a time as any, so I went to work die cutting the base for the card, using the same blue and white card that I’d used for the image base. A while ago, I got this pretty die set from Carnation Crafts, and it fit the shape of the card perfectly, and coordinated beautifully with the image, once I had it all cut and layered up! I added a bit of color to the blossom cuts, a dainty blue bow, and then added pearls and some glitter to give a pretty finishing touch. I absolutely love how this card turned out, and I have just the person in mind to give it to 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Classic Design Challenge – #3 March ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft – #3 ATG

Sheepski Designs Blog Challenge – #48 Girls, Girls, Girls

Crafty Creations – #419 March ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 12 ATG


Hi there 🙂 Time for another ATG challenge over at Creative Fingers!! We are once again being sponsored by Angelique, who is offering this fabulous prize 🙂

Since we had a chance to use whatever we wanted from our stash, I decided to make a sweet baby card, using an image from Lili of the Valley. I colored All Our Dreams up with my Copics, then added a cloudy sky background with Distress Inks and a stencil. After cutting it out with a pretty die, I went rummaging through my paper stash until I found this pretty pink print, which was a freebie in a magazine a number of years ago. For the bottom panel, I didn’t have an embossing folder or stencil in the heart print that I wanted, but I had a background die that fit the bill. I cut the die out of white cardstock, then took a bunch of the heart off cuts and glued them on to another piece of white CS. Since they are scattered randomly, it wasn’t that big of a job 🙂 I finished off with a die cut sentiment and a piece of white ric-rac, before matting everything and adhering it to a card blank 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of March 16

DL Art – March ATG Linky Challenge

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 12 ATG

Double D Challenges – Skies

Bag N’ Tag

Hi there 🙂 I’m here with my second inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge for March. Our theme this month is Easter or Floral. The DT got thrown an extra challenge this week, and that’s to use both our favorite and least favorite colors. Red is my all time favorite, and peach …. makes me nauseous, lol. Oh well…a challenge is a challenge! I used Blue Poppies for my project. Since I’m getting seriously overloaded with cards, I decided to make a bag and tag set. I used the full image for the tag, and enlarged and cropped some of the poppies for my bag.

After coloring everything with my Copics, I dragged out a Tim Holtz stencil. I used distress inks to make a background on the tag, and a combination of distress inks and Versamark ink and embossing powders on the bag. To finish off, I tied the tag to the bag with some crinkle ribbon from DL Art.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

A Gem of a Challenge – Challenge #6 ATG

DL Art – March ATG Linky Challenge

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #153 ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – March ATG Challenge

Crafts Galore Encore – Challenge #85 ATG