Lovely Lilacs

Lovely Lilacs

Lovely LilacsGood morning :)  Here is a card I made with a beautiful lilac image from Aurora Wings.  Aurora Wings Challenge is currently having a sketch challenge, based on this sketch:

AW challenge 46 sketch

 I colored the image up with Prismacolors, then layered it up with a doily.  For the background, I stamped some script with white ink, and a swirly corner stamp was used with silver ink in the corner. Pieces of DP, matted with Silver mirror card were used for the other background elements.  I added ribbon, eyelet lace and some silver blings to finish the card according to the sketch guidelines.

I would like to enter the following challenges with this card:

Mod Squad Challenge Blog – Plant Kindness

Fab N’ Funky - #343 Flowers

Aurora Wings Challenge – #46 Sketch

Deep Ocean Challenge - #151 Flowers Everywhere

Daisy Chain Challenge – #6 Make It Feminine

Spring Orchids

Spring Orchids

Spring Orchids

I’m on a posting roll, lately! :)  This card was made with the gorgeous image, Orchid in Spring, by Ching Chou Kuik. I absolutely adore this (and all CCK’s) image! I colored her with my SN markers, then used this sketch

sketch maart

From Cheerful Sketches, as my layout guide.  I’m venturing into the dreaded world of pastel colors, again. I’m going to beat this “fear” of pale colors yet!! I used some papers from a DCWV stack, some for the background, and some for the die cut shape on the corner of the image; a doily, some die cut flourishes, and butterflies cut with my Cricut. I mounted the image on a tag shape, that I punched the edge and top with.  A simple sentiment was stamped along the top, then some strips of bling added. After assembling the card, but before adhering the butterflies, it became apparent that my love of glitter was taking over, so I added glitter all over the butterflies :) I love the effect!!

I’m entering this into the following challenges:

Ching Chou Kuik Challenge – Easter/Spring

Cheerful Sketches – Sketch shown in post

The Ribbon Girl – March Use Any Image

Digi Choosday – Week 12 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG, week of March 21

Butterfly Hugs

Butterfly Hugs

Butterfly HugsI was cleaning in my craft room the other day, and just realized the sheer magnitude of all the stuff that I – a. Never use   b. Forgot I had  c. Am saving for the right project

I’m going to attempt to use some of it…Bit by bit :) I’m not sure if I ever used these Kaiser Craft stamps before, but they are beautiful!! I stamped and embossed them, then cut them out with a Nelly Snellen circle die.  I got a HUGE pack of black and white paper a few years ago…Many coordinating prints that I’ve turned to once in a while, but not as often as the package size warrants!  I cut a few circles out of a few of the patterns, then stamped and embossed a small LDRS sentiment on another plain circle.  After gluing them down on the background paper, I saw that some definition was needed!  As it was too late to mat them, I used 2 different size dies to make frames for each circle :) This was all the card needed.  As CAS as I get!!

I’d like to enter these challenges with this card:

Pattie’s Creations – #132 Anything With Wings

Aud Sentiments – #176 Any Sentiment Other Than Birthday

Crafting When We Can –  #140 Add Circles

Double D Challenge – Things That Fly

Kitty B’s Aloha Friday Challenge – #91 Spring Cleaning (use something that you forgot you had, or haven’t used for a long time)

Spring Basket

Spring Basket

Spring Basket

I have another card today, this one using the absolutely adorable Annabelle by Conie Fong. With green being the “color” for March, I decided to do this card up in that color scheme as much as possible.  I colored the image with my SN markers, and distressed the edges, then got to work trying to find papers and embellishments.  The background paper is a big leaf print, which you can’t really see, but the color was what I was looking for.  I knew I had some basket weave texture paper, which I wanted to use, and, luckily found in my ever growing stash.  I wanted a lighter green piece, and found a piece of Whitewash Core-dination paper, but the whitewashed part was too light so flipped it over.  A doily and some lace finished off the foundation of the card.  I have a huge jar of diecut flowers that I can never seem to find a use for, so I shaped and layered them, to mirror the flowers in Annabelle’s basket.  A few punched leaves, pearls, pretty green ribbon and bow,  and a stamped sentiment finished this card off :)

Pink and Main – #19 Spring

Work It Wednesday – The Color Green

Scrapbook Place – Marching Into Spring

Sneaky Birthday

Sneaky Wishes

Hello there :)  I seriously don’t know where the time is going, it’s looking like spring outside, and March is almost gone!! We also have a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. for you this week, and the theme is Add a Charm.  I find that I often forget about my stash of charms, so this is a great time to dig some up :)  We have the wonderful Sami Stamps

sponsoring us for the last time.  We wish you all the best, as you devote your time to family and your personal life :)

Sneaky Birthday

I used the adorable image Sneaky Whiskers, from our sponsor.  This stamp is so versatile, that I was hard pressed to decide on which idea to use for my project!!  I colored the kitties up and then fussy cut them out to use  later.  I cut the sentiment with my Cricut, using my oldest cartridge, Don Juan.  I found some funky coordinating papers in stripes and dots, and arranged them, using some plain card stock in colors from the print.  I then carefully positioned the cats so they were peeking out from some letters, and taking center stage at the bottom of the sentiment.  I found a mouse charm, which was perfect to hang from one of the impish kitties mouths. It needed a bit “more”, so I added some stitching around the block letters and some silver studs.

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

Cards and More – #180 Kids/Children

A Gem of a Challenge – #190 Boy’s Birthday

Send a Smile For Kids – Animal Cards for Kids

Die Cut Divas – For the Love of Animals/Pets

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie – #65 inspiration picture (I took the bright colors, pets and whimsical feel as inspiration)

Cut It Up – #118, You’ve Got Me In Stitches

Dark Wishes

Dark Wishes

Dark Wishes

Hi there!! I tried something different with this card.  Ching Chou Kuik’s Facebook challenge for March is Everyone’s a Picasso, where we are to be inspired by one of Picasso’s many paintings. A challenge it was!! Ching Chou’s images are very un-Picasso-y, but you should see some of the creations that members have come up with!!  I used Woman With Crow as my inspiration:

woman-with-a-crow

I printed the image, Raven Soul,  on some dark blue card stock, then got to work with my Prismacolor pencils.  It was so hard to see!!  I tried to stick with the colors as best as I could, with the very white face, fading into an orangey color, then the black feathers of the bird.  Once I had it all colored, I was a bit stumped as to the layout…..until I came across this sketch:

at Sketch Saturday! I edged everything with gold ink, then die cut some black banners.  I smuged some ink and doodled some branches on the backing paper, then stamped and embossed a sentiment.  A few gold studs on the banner tied everything together :)

Along with Sketch Saturday, I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

Polkadoodles – ATG week 10/11

Crafty Creations – #337 ATG

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #320 ATG

Crafting With Friends - #39 ATG

Flapper Glam

Flapper Glam

Flapper GlamHello!! After a short break, we are back with another ATG challenge at Creative Fingers! This time, we are sponsored by the wonderful Lemon Shortbread :)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/lemonshortbread

The DT members have been busy creating some fabulous projects to inspire you, so be sure to check them out, and leave a little love on the way!!

I received the gorgeous Flapper Twirl Girl image to use on my card.  I wanted to go for a real Art Deco look with her.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then added some Wink of Stella to the dress and headpiece, and gel pen accents to her beads.  I stuck to my favorite color combo with this card, using a pretty patterned backing paper, and some geometric shapes for the foundation.  I cut some feathers with my Cricut, then accented them with gel pens.  I had some fringe left over from a fringe dress that I made years and years ago, that fit nicely with the scheme, as well as a blingy trim that I scored at the dollar store!!  I’m very happy with how this all came together!

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

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #12 March ATG

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 11 ATG

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #37 ATG

Color Crazy Challenge – Week 11 ATG

Crafting With An Attitude – #25 ATG

Trimming the Tree

Trim the Tree

Trimming the TreeHello there!!! It’s just starting to look like spring here, so that must mean that it’s time to make a Christmas card!! This week at C.R.A.F.T., our theme is just that, Christmas!  We have 2 amazing sponsors, Star Stampz and Digital Papercraft :)

 

 

 

 

I used Imagine Fairy Girl, from Digital Papercraft for my card.  She’s not really a Christmas image, but I saw her reaching to put a star on the tree as soon as I came across the image :)  I colored her with my SN markers, then glittered up her wings (of course….fairies need sparkle wings!)  I fussy cut her out, then die cut 2 trees, which I cut up and layered, then decorated with glitter.  I mounted them with foam pads on a die cut shape that I edged in doodles, and placed a glittery star in her hand.  I put this on a DP background, then found some coordinating ribbon to accent the corners.  A bow and a stamped sentiment finish this off :)

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

The Paper Shelter Challenge – #285 Away With the Fairies

Winter Wonderland – For a Child

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – #325 ATG with the option (I didn’t use the option) of no pattern paper

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Extra Challenge – Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge – ATG

Pansy Sprite

Pansy Sprite

Pansy SpriteHi there!! I figured it just wouldn’t be right for me to NOT enter a card into the Aurora Wings challenge. At. The. Last. Minute.  It’s becoming some kind of a tradition for me or something, lol.  For this card, I used the amazing Pansy Sprite, that Mitzi so generously gave as a freebie for the duration of the challenge.  Pansies are my absolute all time favorite flower, hands down.  To the extent that I have a pansy tatoo, and nicknamed my mother in law Pansy…..  So I had to do something with this wonderful sprite!!  I was thinking of doing her up in some really different pansy colors, and spent quite a bit of time looking through pictures of pansy patches that I’ve had, but, instead, went with a very traditional color scheme.  The big challenge for me was to do this in pastel colors…..I don’t do pastels well….I find them hard to color, hard to wear, and always think that there should be a bit more “oomph” when I look at them.  I think I pulled it off here, with my Prismacolor pencils….I colored her at work, and only took a select few pencils with me so I wouldn’t be tempted to amp things up a bit :)  After cutting the image out with a die/fussy cutting, and matting it in a slightly deeper purple, I embossed a mint green piece of card stock (mint….me??).  I took the pansy edge from a piece of card stock that I had laying around, so I could balance the card a bit by edging the image’s opposing corner.  A piece of pale mauve polka dot paper is peeking out from below some pastel yellow lace.  The butterflies are stickers, that I stuck to white paper, then fussy cut out.  After attaching the bow, and the tag with the stamped sentiment, I felt that all the sparkle was out of balance some how (the butterflies are sparkly, but the pic doesn’t show that well).  I had a dream about my great niece, who was insisting that I call her “Miss Sparkle Pants”…..so that inspired me to add a bit of sparkle to the sprite’s bloomers :)  Hope you like my venture into the “light” side :)

Here are the challenges that I would like to enter my card in:

Aurora Wings Challenge – #45 Sprite Delight IV

Butterfly Challenge – #74 “M” is for Mint Green and “E” is for Edges

Creative Inspirations - #270 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door - ATG for the week of March 14

Card Mania – #90 Pastel Colors

Lily Sprite

Prairie Lily Sprite

Lily SpriteHello :)  I made this card using the adorable Tiger Lily Sprite from the one and only Aurora Wings.  As I live on the Canadian prairies, I grew up seeing wild prairie lilies in the ditches every summer, and quickly grew to love their bright, cheery pops of color in the long grass.  Prairie lilies are also the provincial flower of Saskatchewan.  This is why I just HAD to color this sweetie up in the colors of the wild lily :)  After coloring the image with my SN markers, I fussy cut it out.  I used a scrap of paper for the background, then layered up some green fiber paper, some glassine paper, a strip of burlap and some die cut circles.  I did the circles with 2 nesting dies each….I am frantically trying to build my stash of dies, but my budget does not keep up with my dreams, so I try to make do and improvise wherever possible!! I cut some banner shapes with the same colors as the circles and attached them to the corners.  After layering everything up, I tied some gold cording with a green heart charm along 2 edges, and sprinkled on some Frantage mica flakes.  If anybody could tell me the secret of how to randomly glue these flakes down, I would be forever grateful!! I dab glue here and there, but it always seems to not look as “random” as I would like…..  I hope you like this little prairie sprite :)

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

Aurora Wings Challenge – Sprite Delite IV

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - ATG #53

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Weeks 271/272

Dream Valley Challenge - #151 Lots of Layers

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #319 ATG

 

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