Friday, April 29, 2011

The Blue-Haired Fairy

This adorable image is called Fairy Dance and is by Belles 'n Whistles Stamps.  I won her by commenting on the DT's blog hop a couple of weeks ago!  Yippee!  This image was so fun to colour!  The dress was just like a flower!  Beautiful!  As per usual, I added odd colours into my Copic Marker blends to make the green and blue match the papers I wanted!  So here are the Copic Markers I used (hair-BG07, BG02, R20, B91; dress & shoes-YG17, YG07, YG03, Y21; skin-E21, E00, E000, R20; flowers & lips-R22, R20; wings-Y17, Y21)

You can really see the sparkle I added to the wings from this angle:

Here are some wonderful challenges that helped me shape this card:

Digi Bells Guest DT Call - Sketch
I LOVE Elizabeth Bell images!  I already own a few and I love the sweet child-like images!  How could I not apply for the GDT position?  : )  (Plus the sketch is so awesome!)

One Crazy Stamper - April Flowers!
Of course, I included the flower for another chance to win an awesome gift certificate from my Copic supplier!  Lora is fabulous, of course!

Basic Grey Challenges - Easter/Spring
I think that sweet pink flower in the corner is the epitomy of spring!  The Basic Grey product I used was the 6x6 Margolaine paper pack

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Some Buttons
Alright, so I only have one button.  I had been thinking of this challenge when I added it!

Everybody-Art-Challenge - Fairies

Stamps:  Fairy Dance and is by Belles 'n Whistles Stamps
Paper:  Copic X-Press It CS, Basic Grey Marjolaine 6x6 Paper Pad, SU Cardstock - Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy
Ink:  SU - Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy
Accessories:  SU Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, embroidery floss, green organdy ribbon, pink grosgrain ribbon, SU Dimensionals, flower from Wal-Mart, button from my stash
Tools:  Sewing Machine, Copic Markers

Well, that's all from me today!  I hope you have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Welcome Home Ducklings!

This is my second post of the day so make sure you scroll down to see the latest for the Hambo Hoedown!

There's a new challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge!  The challenge this time is Welcome Home!  I thought this image would be perfect!  I think this sweet little duckling image from Prairie Fairy Designs is just so adorable!  It'll be available soon!  I coloured it in with my Copic markers: (blossom & bows-YR15, Y17, R22, R20; blossom centre YR21, Y21; bill & feet-YR18, YR15, Y17' stem-YG17, YG07, YG03; ducklings-B91).  For added detail, I added a flourish with a white gel pen, and the edging is done with an SU Spiral Punch.  I found the green flower trim at the dollar store!  The sentiment was done with my labelmaker.

Here's a closeup angle of the card.  I popped out the flower and the cute little foot!

You've heard me say it before, my Copic collection is very limited.  If I include the 3 new markers that I just bought, I now have 36.  I have a lot of patterned paper that doesn't match my Copic colours.  So I blend colours until I achieve the right tone.  I've created a small tutorial to show you how I do that.  The colours I use to create the flower are YR15, Y17, R22, R20.

Step one:  Colour the tips of the flower with YR15.

Step Two:  Starting at the tips again, colour with Y17 and bring the colour a little further than the last colour.

Step Three:  With R22, colour the tips, feathering the strokes toward the middle of the petals.

Step Four: Using R20 and the same feathering strokes, finish filling in the petals.

Other challenges I'm entering this card in:
Craft Your Passion - Show Us Your Layers
Corrosive Challenges - Animals
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Springtime
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Recipe: 1 image, 2 patterned papers, 3 embellishments
Paper Playtime - Friends    
Mojo Monday - Sketch

Paper:  Basic Grey, Copic X-Press It, Prism White CS
Ink:  SU - Apricot Appeal, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Lime Green Stickles, SU Brads, Prima Rhinestones, trim from dollar store, SU Dimensionals
Tools:  Sewing Machine, SU Spiral Punch, White Gel Pen, Spellbinders Classic Circles LG & SM, Spellbinders Classic Scallop Circles LG, Copic Markers

Have a wonderful day!

Hambo's Heart Basket

There's a new challenge at Hambo Hoedown!  This week's challenge?  Girly!  Anything girly with lace!  The cute image is Heart Basket - digi by Hambo Stamps and is coloured with Copics (hearts-BG45, B91; basket-E99, E35).  I highlighted a the hearts with a white gel pen and then added sparkle to some of the hearts with some Stickles.  The blue flowers were dyed with Tattered Angels Caribbean Glimmer Mist.  The brown flower was dyed with some reinker.  The flourish is a rub-on and the lace is leftover from my sewing days.  

Here's the inside of the card:

If you have a moment, make sure to go check out the Hambo Stamps site.  There's a SALE going on right now!

Other challenges I'm entering this card in:
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Pearls and/or Swirls
Creative Inspirations - Use a digi
Stamping Scrapping Challenge - Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenges - Sketch

Stamps:  Heart Basket - digi by Hambo Stamps
Paper:  We R Memory Keepers, Copic X-Press It, Prism White CS
Ink:  SU - Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Basic Brown Reinker
Accessories:  Rhinestones from the dollar store, K & Company Rub-ons, Turquoise Stickles, lace, paper flowers, SU 1/2 pearls, Tattered Angels Cool Caribbean Glimmer Mist
Tools:  Copic Markers, Spellbinders Petite Ovals SM & Petite Scalloped Ovals LG, SU Slit Punch

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Fishy Birthday

I've been needing more boy birthday cards and this one fits the bill!  This card is so bright and playful!  I used Under The Sea images by Digi Design House.  I coloured them with my Copic Markers (orange-YR18, YR15, Y17; pink-R24, R22, R20; green-YG17, YG07, YG93).  The paper is all from The Angel Company and the sentiment was printed on my labelmaker.  

Be sure to check out the current challenge over at Digi Design House Blog!

Other challenges I've entered this card in:
Creative Inspirations - Use a Digi
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Children's Cards

Paper:  TAC, Copic X-Press It
Ink:  None
Accessories:  Kaisercraft Rhinestones, My Mind's Eye Trim, SU Dimensionals
Tools:  Copic Markers, Sewing Machine, Labelmaker

Have a wonderful Monday!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

And The Winner Is . . .

Last week I wrote a post discribing my Creative Zone!  I challenged people to leave a comment telling me about their creative process and promised a small prize draw.  Here are the winners!

Dee from Dee's Designs!
Dee said:
"I just had to leave a comment and let you know how much I LOVE your creative works! I'm lucky I have a room dedicated to my crafts so I can pull the door shut when I'm not working in there. Like you I get in a zone an lose "hours" just working/playing. Some of my favorite cards are those that I start out with one idea and usually due to a mistake I wind up with a totally different card than I imagined in my head. I can't wait to see what you have for us next week! Dee"

Thanks for commenting, Dee! 

And actually, I chose a second person, just because I wanted to!  Jen emailed me her comment, because she was having trouble getting the comment uploaded!  Here is what Jen had to say:
          "I find it interesting how you create.  I'm quite similar.  I sit down with my craft things, pull out the next set of pictures for my scrapbook.  I am going fairly chronologically through our family pictures.  Then I decide on the best aspects of the pictures, shape and colour.  From there I search through my stash of cardstock and patterned paper.  I often try a couple of different combos, and then the ideas start to spill out and before I know it I am looking at a finished product.  I get really excited about trying new and interesting things, even though I am fairly conservative."

Thanks for your comments, ladies!  Please email me (there's a button on my sidebar) with your contact info and I'll get your stuff in the mail!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Freesia Flower Layout

I was running a little late in getting this layout done.  So the journalling isn't complete.  The Freesia by Prairie Fairy Designs was coloured with my Copic Markers (R24, R22, R20, YG17, YG17, YG03).  I sponged some ink on the white background paper using a Tim Holtz Flourish Mask to add the pattern.  I distressed several of the papers and stitched the strip on after folding down the corner.  Here's a closeup of the colouring I did on the flowers:

Other challenges I'm entering this layout in:
C.R.A.F.T. - Flowers
Craft Your Passion - You've Been Spotted
Lexi's Creations - Anything But a Card
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Catered Crop - Recips choices (I used pastel colours, digital stamps - flowers, Copic Markers, sewing, distressing)
Copic Creations - Use Your Favourite Paper to Copic Colouring (Copic X-Press It)

Paper:  Copic X-Press It, Basic Grey DP, Moxxie DP
Ink:  SU - Certainly Celery
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Flourish Mask
Tools:  SU Slit Punch, Copic Markers, Sewing Machine, SU Cutter Kit

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's Official!

It's time for another challenge at Hambo Hoedown!  This week I got to work the fabulous King - digi from Hambo Stamps!  I coloured him in with my Copic Markers (robe-B97, B95, B93, BG45; hair-E35, E34, YR21; crown & horn-YR18, YR15, Y17; skin-E21, E00, E000; shoes-YG17, YG07, YG03).  For a decorative element, I punched out a circle, punched out two holes to make it look like a button and covered it in Ranger Glossy Accents.  Here's the inside:

Other challenges this card is entered in:
A Spoonful of Sugar - Let's Celebrate
Creative Craft Challenges - Embossing
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Pretty Punches
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Spots & Stripes
Tuesday Throwdown - Polka Dots
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - One For The Boys
Craft Your Passion - Use Dots
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Layer it Up
Incy Wincy Designs - Bright & Bold

Stamps:  King - digi from Hambo Stamps
Paper:  Copic X-Press It; SU DP; SU Cardstock - Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie
Ink:  SU - Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi
Accessories:  SU Dimensionals, SU Striped Ribbon, Spellbinders Petite Ovals SM, embroidery floss, Glossy Accents, metal star clip, SU Jumbo Brad
Tools:  Sewing Machine, Copic Markers, Paper Piercer, SU Mat Pack, Cropidile, 1 1/4" circle punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Spots & Dots

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Charlotte's Birthday

This really has become my favourite post of the week!  It's been a couple of weeks as my kids have been sick, but everyone is better now and I've had a little more time to craft!  So what kind of post is it?  It's the one where I make a card completely for me.  I've chosen an image from my stash, browsed my favourite challenges, and made a card using those challenges as inspiration! 

I think this is my favourite stamp at the moment!  She is the cute and zany Charlotte from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!  I love colouring Charlotte's hair!  I coloured the image with my Copic Markers (pink-R24, R22, R20; blue-BG07, BG02; hair-E99, E97, Y21; skin-E21, E00, E000).  I made the paper flowers and added some glitter by touching the tops with my Zig 2 Way Glue Pen and then sprinkling some SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter on top.  Here's a close up:

I ended up putting the birthday sentiment inside the card, well because I completely forgot the "twist" part in the Just Us Girls Challenge (see below)!  I still wanted to qualify for the challenge so I added it inside!

Here are the challenges I'm playing today:

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Bingo Card
I included Flowers, Glitter & Die Cuts on my card!

Just Us Girls - Colour Challenge With A Twist
Black, Aqua, Coral, Kraft + A Birthday Card

Do You Stack Up? - Scallops

One Crazy Stamper - April "Flowers"

Sketch Saturday - Sketch

Stamps:  Charlotte from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, SU - All Holidays
Paper:  Copic X-Press It, Bazzill Basics - Black, We R Memory Keepers DP, SU Cardstock - Kraft, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, SU - DP
Ink:  SU - Cameo Coral, Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories:  Rhinestones, SU Dimensionals, SU Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Tools:  Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Oval LG & Petite Oval SM, SU Slit Punch, Sewing Machine, Zig 2 Way Glue Pen

I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sew Thanks

There's a new challenge today over at the DDH Challenge Blog!  We're now going to do some paper piecing!  There's a wonderful tutorial on how to paper piece with digi images here.  I used the sewing machine image from the Sew What's New set by Digi Design House.  This set is so cute.  The buttons are also from this set.  After adding faux stitching to the buttons with my white gel pen, I covered them with Glossy Accents to make them look a little more like real buttons.  I love the effect!  I also added accents on the sewing machine with the white gel pen.  I hope you take a moment to go play the challenge!  You can use any image you like, but we always love seeing DDH images too!  Here's the inside of the card:    

Other Challenges I'm entering this card in:
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Stitching - Real or Faux
Paper:  Three Bugs In a Rug, SU Cardstock - Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Ink:  Su - Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Accessories:  Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents
Tools:  Paper Piercer, SU Mat Pack, White Gel Pen

Have a wonderful day, All!

Friday, April 15, 2011

This Little Piggy . . .

You know, I've been doing too many cards lately!  It makes me forget how I love to make a great layout!  The challenge at Prairie Fairy Fridays is "Inspired by a Nursery Rhyme".  There are so many wonderful images at Prairie Fairy Designs that would work for this challenge!  I chose the beautiful Twinkletoes to work with.  It made me think of doing "This Little Piggy" with my girls.  Then I remembered that when Emily (my middle daughter) was five years old, she had her own version of "This Little Piggy"!  

I traced a cutout from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Die - Ornamental with a Copic .3 Black Multiliner to add a little detail.  After cutting out a full butterfly from Tim Holtz Sizzix Die - Fanciful Flight with the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mask Sheets, I used the mask to sponge Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose and Baja Breeze Ink around the outside.  I found the ribbon just a little too thick, so I twisted it up and then wound it around the layout, through the Quickcutz flourishes and under the image a few times.

Here's the closeup of Twinkletoes:

I coloured her with my Copic Markers (Pink-R24, R22, R20; Green-YG97, YG17, YG07, YG03; Skin-E21, E00, E000, R20; Hair-E35, E34, YR21, YR20).  Here's a closeup of Emily's version of the rhyme (I sprayed the corner with Apple Glimmer Mist):

I love the tags on the layout!  I distressed them, stitched them and then put a large brad through the top:

Thanks for visiting today!  If you'd like the chance at a little prize, remember to leave me a comment about your creative process here!

Other challenges this project is entered in:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Distressing
ABC Challenge Blog - S is for Sugar and Spice ONLY 5
Crafts and Me Challenges - Ribbon
For Fun Challenges - pink, green, purple, blue & yellow - choose 3
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Little Women
Stamps:  Twinkletoes by Prairie Fairy Designs
Paper:  Copic X-Press It, Basic Grey - Olivia Collection, SU Cardstock - Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Basic Black
Ink:  SU - Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mask Sheets, Celery Organdy Ribbon 3/4", Making Memories Jumbo Pebble Brads, Basic Grey Olivia Element Stickers, SU Dimensionals, Tattered Angels Apple Glimmer Mist
Tools:  Quickcutz Flourish Die, Sewing Machine, SU Cutter Kit, Copic Markers, Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Ornamental, Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Fanciful Flight

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Creative Zone

What does your creative zone look like?  For me, I don't 'see' a card before I've made it.  I start with an image or colour scheme in mind and work from there.  It takes work.  It doesn't always come easily.  So I run through a list in my mind of different techniques, tools, or products I could use.  I start in one direction and usually go off in a different direction next.  Then suddenly, out of nowhere, the ideas just come.  I don't have to try to figure it out, it's there.  As anyone who has ever crafted with me can tell you, this is when I start to giggle.  My hands start to fly as I gather ribbons, embellishments and tools needed for where I see this going.  A swell of anticipation and excitment builds inside of me!  It's not like I see the end result, it's more like I see a clear direction with several ideas attached.  When I am in this zone, I'm enjoying crafting at it's peak.  The world disappears around me and instead of the "15 minutes" I thought I would be, I take however long it takes.  An hour, two.  Time loses all meaning.  It's a beautiful thing!  These are usually the cards I'm the most proud of.  This is when I feel like I've crafted my best.

Today's card was created in "the zone".  I distressed and stitched the edges of my designer paper.  I used a doily that I spritzed with Tattered Angels Caribbean Glimmer Mist.  I cut just the edge off of the doily and folded it up the make it look like a ruffle.  I added Turquoise Stickles to the edges of the larger butterfly.  I made the flourish with some rhinestone stickers.  The smaller butterfly is just covered in sparkles:

If you can, leave me a comment today telling me about your creative zone.  Does your creative zone look like mine?  Or is it something completely different?  Do the ideas come in your craft room?  Or while you're doing something else?  In a week, I'll chose a random comment and send you a little something to get creative with.  Please leave a comment before April 22nd for the gift!

I created this card for the iCopic DT call going on right over here:  iCopic DT Call.

Challenges I'm entering this card in:
Shabby Tea Room - Doilies and/or Lace
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Distressing
Catered Crop - distressing, stitching, ruffled doily, bling
Flutter By Wednesday's - Soft Pastels
The Paper Variety - Flowers
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Use Dimension Somewhere on Your Card
Tuesday Throwdown - Sparkle & Bling
Creative Stamp Friends - Swirls
Digi Design House - Stitches

Stamps:  Beautiful Butterflies by Digi Design House
Paper:  Prima Fairy Flora, Copic X-Press It, SU Cardstock - Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink
Ink:  SU - Tempting Turquoise
Accessories:  doily, Tattered Angels Caribbean Glimmer Mist, Turquoise Stickles, SU Basic Rhinestones, SU Iridescent Ice Glitter, flowers, SU Dimensionals
Tools:  Copic Markers (blue-BG07, BG02; pink-R24, R22, R20), Sewing Machine, SU Cutter Kit

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ogre Love

There are two posts today!  To see the Leap Frog Bunnies card for Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge, just scroll down!

There's a new challenge over at Hambo Hoedown!  This week's challenge is all about DISTRESSING!  If you know me at all, you know I LOVE destressing!  Woohoo!  I used the Ogre - digi by Hambo Stamps and coloured it with Copics (ogre-YG97, YG95, YG93; shirt-YR18, YR15, Y17; shorts-E99, E35, E34, E21; suspenders-E99, YR18, YR15).  Have a look at that ribbon!  I just LOVE it!  It's Hambo's Sweat Pea Webbed Weave!  Isn't that awesome!  I distressed the heck out ove all the pieces of the card.  I wanted to add some sort of flower embellishment but do ogres really have anything to do with flowers?  So I sprayed the die cut flowers (from Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Die) with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist.  While they were wet, I crumpled the flowers up as much as possible and flattened them back out a little.  After letting them dry, I swiped my SU Whisper White Craft Ink Pad over the edges of the flowers.  I pinned them down with brads.  On the larger brad, I coloured the flower with my YG95 Copic Marker.  Here's a closeup on those flowers:

Other challenges I'm entering this card in:

Card Makin' Mamas - Embellish It

Stamps:  Ogre by Hambo Stamps
Paper:  Copic X-Press It, SU Designer Paper, SU Cardstock - Really Rust, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Ink:  SU - Whisper White, Really Rust, Old Olive
Accessories:  Hambo's Sweat Pea Webbed Weave ribbon, brads, buttons, Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist, embroidery floss
Tools:  Sewing machine, Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Die, Copic Markers, SU Cutter Kit

Have a fantastic day!

Leap Frog Bunnies

This completely adorable stamp is Leap Frog from Lili of the Valley!  The wonderful folks over at LOTV gave us DT girls at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog a few images to play with.  All of them were adorable, but we all chose this one!  I coloured the cute bunnies with my Copic Markers (pink-R24, R22, R20; yellow-E35, E34, YR21, YR20; orange-E99, E97, Y21; brown-E99, E35, E34, E21).  Our challenge this week is to create an Easter card!  LOTV is the sponser at Penny's so come over to play for your chance to win!

Other challenges I've entered this card in:
Sketch Saturday - Sketch

Inspirations Emporium Challenge - Use Fragments
A Spoon Full of Sugar - All Creatures Great and Small
Kaboodle Doodles - Cute and Cuddly Animals
Sparkles Forum Challenge - Easter

Stamps:  Leap Frog from Lili of the Valley; SU - All Holidays
Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle, Copic X-Press It, SU Cardstock - Pink Pirouette, Mellow Moss, Apricot Appeal, Bazzill Prism White Cardstock
Ink:  SU - Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Mellow Moss, Apricot Appeal
Accessories:  Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fragments, buttons, Rangers Glossy Accents, embroidery floss
Tools:  Sewing Machine

I hope you have a lovely day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cute Bunnies

When I made today's card I was not able to enter my creative zone.  My kids have been home sick all week and this card was squeezed in between cleaning up rejected bodily fluids, delivering soda crackers, and changing movies. 

The image is from the set Nobunny Like You by Digi Design House.  I coloured the bunnies with my Copic Markers (orange-YR18, YR15, Y17; pink-R24, R22, R20; yellow-YR21, Y21, YR20).  The image comes with the bunnies all in a row, but I really wanted them in a circle.  I wanted to give this card an overall cute but shabby look to it.  So I distressed most of the paper and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by swiping the ink pad directly on the paper.  I added details with a rhinestone flourish and some paper piercing on the circle.  Here's the inside:      

If you have a moment, go check out the latest challenge at the DDH Challenge Blog!  The current challenge is Stitches!

Challenges I'm entering this card in:
Totally Gorjuss - Anything Fluffy
Stamp Something - Sassy or Circles or Sassy Circles
Stamping With Dragon - From the Home - I used some yarn that I've had sitting around for years!  It was in my knitting basket!
Simon Says Stamp - Spring Colours/ Easter

Paper:  Copic X-Press It, SU Designer Paper, SU Cardstock - So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Accessories:  SU Dimensionals, Yarn & Rhinestones from the dollar store
Tools:  Copic Markers, SU Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, SU Cutter Kit

Have a wonderful Monday!


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