Birthday Brights

C.R.A.F.T. Birthday Bloghop!

 
 
 
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday Dear CRAFT Challenge
Happy Birthday To Us!
 
Can you believe it? CRAFT Challenge is already 8 years old. Originally started by Tracy from Just Tracy Crafts and with a DT mostly recruited from Trimcraft forum members (Hence the term CRAFT Challenge, which stood for Crafters Residing Are Friendly Trimmies. Or if you wished alternative meaning of Can’t Remember A Flipping Thing) on the 4th of May 2009.
 
We have now grown to be a large team of Design Team Members from all around the world, supplemented with several Guest Designers who join us for a month or a week at a time.
 
We have always welcomed all kinds of craft, not just paper craft (unless specifically stated so in the challenge at the time) and are happy to have such a large group of faithful followers.
 
So, how are we going to celebrate this milestone?
 
Well, how else can we celebrate than to have our yearly Blogaversary Blog Hop?
 
We all feature sponsors for this blog hop on our blogs and I have the honour of featuring and offering a prize from the following sponsor. You can win this prize by adding your name to Inlinkz at the end of this post. I would love to see your comments as well.
 
The sponsor on my blog is Lacy Sunshine Stamps.
And you can win 3 digital stamps of choice from Lacy Sunshine Stamps  by adding your name to the Inlinkz at the end of this post.
 
 
How can you get to win any of the prizes provided by our sponsors?
 
That is easy! Just follow the route on our blog hop, Our Blog Hop lasts for the duration of this challenge, which means a closing time of Wednesday 6pm GMT on the 17th of May 2017.
 
And here are our little rules for this challenge/blog hop:
 
The rules this year are very simple:
1.      Make a project for this challenge and your entry will be put in the random draw for the prize by Sweet n Sassy.
2.      Visit the blogs of our DT and enter into their Inlinkz to be put in the random draw for the prize on their blog.
3.      The Top3 will again be chosen as every week as well.
4.      No sentences hunting this year I’m afraid.
 
 
You should have come here fromSheryl’s blog and as you can see your next stop is CRAFT Challenge Blog. The start and finish of this blog hop are atCRAFT Challenge Blog.
 
And here is my project for this week, hope you like it.
 
 
Birthday Brights
 
 
 
And now for our Blog Hop route:
 
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the start of the hop)
Susan (you are here now)
 
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the end of the hop)
 
 

Your next stop is CRAFT Challenge Blog. We hope you have enjoyed our hop, you are very nearly at the end of it! Don’t forget to add your name to Inlinkz below to be in with a chance of winning the prize on my blog  

 

 

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Congrat Feathers

Feather Congrats

Congrat FeathersI REALLY stepped out of my comfort zone with this card!! Not only does it not have a colored stamp on it, but it is CAS!!! This was partly out of necessity, as my printer was out of ink, and I wanted to get a card into a few challenges.  I recently purchased some new dies….the scribble is a Tim Holtz die, the feathers are some extremely inexpensive no name dies that I found on Amazon, and the sentiment is Tattered Lace .  I threw a few sequins on, and thought it really didn’t need anything else.  I really like the clean and classy look to this, and it will be nice to have a few wedding cards on hand for the summer :)

I would like to enter the following challenges with this:

Cupcake Inspirations – #405 Color Inspiration

AAA Cards – #89 Bright and Beautiful

Muddy Dad

#1 Dad

Muddy DadHi there!! Another week has flown by, and it’s time for another challenge at C.R.A.F.T.   This time, we’re having fun with 3D Decoupage.  Our fabulous sponsor is KennyK Stamps, so we got to rock it with these cool images.  I was given Cool Trucker to work with. After coloring (and coloring) with my SN markers, I fussy cut all the layers I needed. I positioned the image so it was driving out of a window cut into the background…embossed with a Spellbinders folder and inked with Distress Inks.  I cut the mud splat with a Tim Holtz die, added a few more random spots, then coated it with Glossy Accents. Dad and the road sign were cut with my Cricut.  Loving how this turned out….reminds me of quadding with the guys in my younger years :)

Mushroom Dragon

Cheerfully Spring :)

Hello!! It’s time for another challenge over at Come and Get It.  This time, we have a fairly easy theme…..Make It Square.  We have 2 sponsors, this time, and they are:

Oddball Art

and Star Stampz

Hope to see a lot of entries with the square shape :)

Mushroom Dragon

I used image #360 from Oddball Art….Tiny Kawaii Dragon on a Mushroom.  I figured it was time for something really bright and funky, and I remembered that I had the mushroom printed paper in my scrap file….it came from the very first paper pad that I ever purchased, so it is quite old…and I am quite forgetful, so I have no idea who it’s by!  I colored the image to coordinate with the paper, then lay everything out, using another scrap of paper from the same pad, a die cut flower from my stash, and then I die cut some mushrooms with a die from Cheery Lynn.  A quick stamped sentiment, some pink twine, and some of my homemade enamel like dots (from melted pony beads :) )  and the card was done!

Steampunk box lid

Steampunk Box

Steampunk box 1

Well, I went through my craft room and found such a load of alterable items, that I decided to actually DO something with one of them!! I recently won the Steampunk Owl image from Aurora Wings, so figured it would be a great focal point for a steampunk trinket box.  The image is different that the ones I usually use from Aurora Wings, and I don’t do steampunk often, so this was a bit of a challenge for me.  I colored the image with my SN markers, adding a few metallic touches with gel pen; then I fussy cut it out.  I got realllllly messy preparing the box, painting, adding some pumice sand texture, stamping some metallic clock faces, then I dug out some metal accents, distressed them.  When everything was in place, the image seemed a bit bright, so I added a few drops of metallic black paint to my matte finish Mod Podge, and slathered it on.  I dabbed some copper and gold pigment ink on the high points of the pumice sand, then gave it another coat of plain Mod Podge to seal everything.  I love the rustic look of this box….I just wish that the photos showed all the detail better!

Steampunk box 2Steampunk box frontSteampunk box sideSteampunk box lidI would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog - #48 ATG

Pansy Dreamer

Pansy Fantasy

Pansy Dreamer

This image is the image that got me hooked on Aurora Wings images.  All of Mitzi’s images are fabulous, but this one just knocked me out, because it has the gorgeous pansies arranged around the beautiful woman.  Even given the fact that I loooove this image, I have owned it for quite some time now, and have been too scared to do anything with it, in case I “wrecked” it.  My brain didn’t take it a step further and get to the step of how I could print it again, and retry…..so there it sat!  Well, I finally got up the nerve, grabbed my Prismacolor pencils, and went to it.  I was seriously holding my breath for about  80% of the time that I was coloring!! I couldn’t decide on which pansy color combo to use, so I tried to do as many different ones as possible :)  I highlighted the bubbles and her eyes with some white gel pen.  After curling the corners a bit, I set to assembling the back drop of the card.  I embossed some Coordinations Kraft core paper with a Cuttlebug script embossing folder, and embossed a strip of vellum with a spellbinders folder.  I had a strip of the taupe lace, which I wove some gold cording through.  I used a Tonic Studio loopy fern leaf die, a Tattered Lace butterfly die, and some sprigs of blue flower things.  It needed a little something else, so I got out some frosted white adhesive gems, and colored them with my SN markers to look a bit more like the bubbles in the picture….then added a dot of white gel pen, because I’m just picky like that lol.  I’m thrilled with this card, and really think that I did this fabulous image justice. And I think it’s one that I’ll just keep!!

I’d like to enter these challenges with this:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #48 ATG

CU Dragon Dreams

Shhhhh!!

Dragon Dreams

CU Dragon Dreams

How cute is this little dragon!?!?! Sleeping so peacefully in his flower :) His name is Morpheus,  and the image is from Sheepski Designs.  I colored him up using my Prismacolor pencils, using colors to help get him in touch with his feminine side :) After fussy cutting the image out, I set about to make my first ever box card. I used scraps of checked paper, some punched border pieces, a few scraps of daisy trim and daisy flower embellishments to decorate the card. I cut a sentiment and some butterflies with my Cricut to finish this off. I was very happy that it all folded up nicely, too!! :)

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

Sheepski Designs Blog Challenge – #1 ATG

Pixie’s Playground - Weeks #278 & 279 ATG with Snippets

Addicted to Stamps – #146 Not a Square Card

Sweet Friend

Sweet Friend

Sweet FriendHello!! I recently won this image from Conie Fong :)  Braids In My Hair really wowed me when it was first released – but I had so many projects in the works that I never got around to getting it…when I won it, I was more than thrilled, and got right to it :)  I colored her up with my Prismacolor pencils, then sat and looked at the finished product, waiting for inspiration to hit!! Conie has a challenge to use ribbon on her Facebook group, so that was a starting point.  I wanted to do something a bit different with the ribbon, so I made some flowers from a pale yellow grosgrain that I had in my stash.  I stitched some seed pearls and a pink bead to the centers to coordinate with the yellow flowers in the image.  I had ONE pink rose left which was perfect here :)  The fern leaves are cut with a Frantic Stamper die that I just got.  I punched a few little blue blossoms to coordinate with the bow.  Corners were cut with my Cricut (Picturesque), and the butterfly was done using a bargain die that I got off Amazon, great deal, but I waited for forever and a day to receive it.  I stamped a little LDRS sentiment (discontinued) onto a scalloped square (Elegant Edges) with the Cricut, and added a bow from the same ribbon as the flowers.  Some pearls finished this off :)

I’d like to enter this into:

Allsorts Challenge – Week 412, I Spy…something that starts with “B”  I have: Braid, Bow, Butterfly, Blue, Blooms

Di’s Digi Designs Challenge – Use Something Digital

Addicted to Stamps Challenge – Not a Square Card

The Ribbon Girl – April “Use Any Image” Challenge

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge – #299 Spring

Mermaid Fantasy

Mermaid Fantasy

Mermaid FantasyI simply love mermaids, and Ching Chou Kuiks are some of my all time favorites!! So, with the challenge theme over at the Ching Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog being Under the Sea, I just HAD to do another card up :)  For this card, I used Embrace the Ocean.  I was inspired by the cool tones of the color picture of this image in the store, so gave it a go to see what I could come up with.  I used my Prismacolor pencils for this, in tones of blue, purples and greys and enhanced the pearls with tiny bits of Stickles.  I’m not happy with how the colors show up on my picture, but it was taken in natural light, and I kept snapping away until my battery died :)  Anyways….I found a pretty DP for the background, and tore some fiber-y paper up to serve as a back drop for the image.  I cut the anchor and the waves with my Cricut, and topped the waves with Stickles as well.  I had the adhesive lace border kicking around in my stash for ages.  I tried a bunch of different colored ribbon, but figured that navy would be the best….and of course I didn’t have one speck of navy ribbon!!  I rummaged through my closet, and scored!! You know those ribbons on the inside of women’s tops??? Some very cool colors in there….and navy was the coolest color for today!!  Silver roses, some mauve and white flowers with blue pearl centres, glitzy mesh….stuff….from my flower arranging days (oh my, I have soooo much stuff that isn’t even related to cardmaking!!), and a silver seashell charm finished my card off just the way I wanted :)

I’m entering this into the following:

Ching Chou Kuiks Inspiration Challenge -April – Under the Sea

Easter Crocus

Happy Easter

Easter Crocus

Here is the one and only “real” Easter card that I made this year.  It was a DT make over at Come and Get It Challenges, but my blog was acting up, and not letting me on….and my brain was functioning about as well!!  For that challenge, we were kindly sponsored by Polkadoodles, which is where I got this adorable image from, Crocus, from the Darling Bud collection.  I colored her up with my SN markers, then added more shading and definition with my Prismacolor pencils.  I lightly stenciled a background in with Distress Inks.  I had a brain lapse with the edge….was thinking I could  just cut an edge border with the die I was using…nope, lol.  I pieced the edge in, and quite like the result of my boo boo!! Tied a big fluffy bow, and added the sentiment and a bunch of pearl accents to finish this card off.  Another pastel project…..what is coming over me??

I’d like to enter this in:

Deep Ocean Challenge - #152 Easter

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