Thursday, August 17, 2017

Snowman Selfie for Some Challenges


I've been wanting to play with this adorable Christmas/Winter image from SheepSki Designs called Snowman Selfie for awhile now and decided that with just a few days left in the SheepSki FB July/August challenge I 'd better get my rear in gear.  There's also a July/August Paper Piecing Challenge at TTRCD and thought a number of the snowmen's hats would work well for that so I checked out my digi paper and went with a number of the colors from the Toasty Warm (knit) collection and Toasty Warm Neutral Collection from WR3 at the Stamping Studio.  I like using digi paper for paper piecing because you can change the scale of the pattern to suit your image, and as you can see, I've also used a larger version of the Toasty Warm Snowflake in Blue for the card background, as well.   The rest I've colored with Copics, even adding a bit of shading to the paper pieced areas.  The stitched mat die is from Gina Marie.  I've used the sketch from the current Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge and will also be adding this to the Outlawz Festive Fridays under the Christmas theme.


Here's the sketch. (It was all could do not to add embellies.  LOL)

I'll be back to add this to more challenges, but I've got to get cleaned up for a wine event tonight.  WooHoo!

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, C.R.A.F.T #429 Christmas, Crafting with an Attitude #30 AG, Christmas at Sweet Stampin' August AG Christmas, The Holly and the Ivy #12 AG Christmas, Crafting From the Heart #114 AG

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Birthday Hippo!


We're still playing catch up with all the fabulous new releases from Sandra Caldwell and today I'm showcasing #1752 Birthday Hippo.  That is one huge cupcake, I'd say.  I found fun candy striped digi paper from Ambillustrations and punched additional cupcakes from a large Martha Stewart border punch.  Whoa! Tough going.  I actually had to STAND on the punch to get it to go and did it 3 times to fill in the frosting with different colors.  I added mini buttons to the tops to play in the Outlawz Saturday Paper Ala Mode challenge and used my new stitched tag dies from Gina Marie to cut Birthday Hippo and layered and popped for the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Layers and Dimension challenge. WooHoo!



Here's a closeup of #1752 Birthday Hippo.  She's colored with Copics and I tried to get the piped feel of the frosting. (may have to work on that)  there's a bit of glitter on the candle flames and some Nuvo drops on the balloon and sprinkles.

Just thought I'd mention that if you love hippos, there's a new challenge just starting in the Sandra Caldwell Stamps fans FB Group HERE.  Sandra has reduced the price of 4 of her fun hippos and added two new ones for only $1.50 for the duration of the challenge.  Check out the SALE digis HERE and come join the fun.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, the DL.Art Thankful Thursday #210 Circles and StripesCrafting with an Attitude #30 AG, the Paper Shelter #305 Punches and Dies, Crafting by Designs August AG, Simon Says Stamp Add a Sentiment (small, but there), TTRCD Aug 14-22 AG, Craft Rocket #40 Animal Kingdom, Crafty Friends #64 AG and Crafting from the Heart #172 AG...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kitty Pumpkin Basket


There was a flurry of activity from Sandra Caldwell immediately prior to her 2 week birthday vacation and now that she's back, there are loads of new digis being released in her Etsy Shop (babycakesdnd) this week.  Today I'm showcasing #1753 Pumpkin Kitty Basket, purrfect for Halloween, Fall or Thanksgiving, don'tcha think?   Well, because I'm partial to Halloween, I made a mildly spooky (note the bats) Halloween card using the sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I've added some texture with burlap and a pretty sunflower sticker from JoLee's at the base of the Pumpkin Patch sign (dies from Cottage Cutz.  The picket fence is a Martha Stewart punch (my spooky one gave up the ghost, so to speak, BOO HOO!)



Here's a closeup of #1753 Pumpkin Kitty Basket.  I've colored with Copics, used a Spellbinders Deckle Oval to cut them out and inked it lightly with Frayed Burlap Distress while they were still in the die.





And here's the sketch.

Congrats on a Sporting Achievement for Sunday CAS


I'm Guest Designing again this week for the Outlawz CAS challenge and our theme is Congrats on a Sporting Achievement.  Although I think this may be a bit of a difficult theme, I was thrilled because I had the perfect stamp from Ike's Art called Winner, originally drawn for one of the Outlawz Designers, Holley (Tondre) Barnhardt.  I've colored her with Copics and added a number on her shirt in my Printmaster Program as if she's just won the marathon.  The sentiment is also computer generated.

I'm entering this in the Ike's World Challenge #64 AG (no twist this time), the DL.Art August Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #63 AGJo's Scrap Shack #201 AG and the C.R.A.F.T AG challenge #428.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Stylish 1920's Woman


I'm playing in the mini challenge in the new Createful Heart Digis and Designs FB Group using the Stylish 1920's Woman I received as a freebie to participate.  My original thought was to also enter the Outlawz Color Challenge which required 3 of 5 colors in an inspiration photo and make it vintage, but after I'd colored her, I couldn't find appropriate DP that would incorporate the 3rd color.  Right from the get go this modern gal reminded me of my great Aunt Bob (Barbara), who was quite independent woman of the 20's, never married and traveled the world, so I went a different route using cool paper from the Cityscapes Collection from Graphic 45.  



I still wanted to join in at the Outlawz, and Twisted Thursday, although always AG, called for a twist of layers and dimension so here's that shot.   I've lightened up the photo a bit to show the writing on the token, too.

Although the Mini Challenge on the Createful Heart FB Group ends today, the very first Createful Heart Blog challenge starts August 15th.  Be sure to follow and join in the fun.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #63 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack #201 AG and the C.R.A.F.T AG challenge #428.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cross Stitched Roses



One of the themes for the Outlawz Festive Fridays is roses and while checking my images I came across this digi from Ike's Art called Rose Stitch.  I used to do loads of cross stitch back in the 80's and this image brought back happy memories, so I played with it in my Printmaster Platinum program, cropping each section, recoloring and reassembling them into a colored version and here's the result.  I sized the image to fit in the Cuttlebug Grace's Frame embossing folder to fit in with the "optional twist" for the current Ike's World Challenge and matted it with a vintage rose print.  

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge, and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends#63 AG.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

You Are What you Eat


The August Progressive challenge is in full swing in the Bloobel FB Group and this month's theme is all about ice cream.  Lisa has a choice of SEVEN quirky ice cream cone digis for this challenge and if you played last month you get your choice FREE.  She also has a coupon code for 50% off all the rest of the images which runs though the end of the month.  That code is also available in the Bloobel FB Group so if you haven't joined, why the heck not?  You can see them all HERE.  So how could I resist a bargain like that?  I didn't, of course, and bought them all and decided for my first project to use Ice Cream Moustache because I love combing Bloobel images and thought it was hilarious with a Heart Moustache.  They're colored with Copics and I've used Nuvo Crystal Drops on the ice cream (and his goatee and moustache) for sparkle and shine. I also wanted to play in the Outlawz Twisted Thursday this week and although using the "twist" isn't mandatory, I chose DP with faux stitching and a stitched die cut frame as well.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art August Linky challenge,  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #63 AG, TTRCD week beginning 8/08 AG, Your Scrapbook Place August AG,  Jo's Scrap Shack #200 AG and Dream Valley Challenge #160 AG.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Elements for Aurora Wings


The new challenge for Aurora Wings has begun and this one will last all month long.  The theme is The Elements.  We want to see projects inspired by Air, Fire, Water or Earth.



I've been wanting to do a project with the beautiful Sakura Fubuki Urei available HERE on AW.com and HERE on Etsy and thought this would be the perfect time.  I also had the perfect cherry blossom paper from the Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime collection.



Here's a closeup of Sakura Fubuki Urei.  I've colored her with Copics and cut and matted her with a die from Yvonne Creations.  The added cherry blossoms and petals from Recollections and wispy cheesecloth to enhance to the feeling of the gentle breeze in the image.  I've attached the image at the bottom and sides to create a pocket for a journaling card.
  

In Japan, the cherry blossom (sakura) is a symbol of the brilliance, fragility and fleeting nature of life. Each Spring they burst forth with an explosion of beauty, a glorious renewal, a symbol of rebirth, yet their splendor is tragically short lived.   Tied to the Buddhist themes of mortality, mindfulness and living in the present, the cherry blossom is a visual reminder to pay attention and celebrate life while you have it.  

This blizzard (fubuki) of petals in the wind is the end of their very short, but sweet life and the woman's wistful, melancholy or perhaps mournful (urei) expression evokes reflection, perhaps upon a life lost.  My thought was that this could be sent in sympathy, with the journaling card as a place to write fond memories by either the sender or recipient.  

Carpe diem.

My DT sisters have done amazing work for this new challenge so I hope you visit the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog, leave them some love, and come play along. We have a fun new FB Challenge on our Group page, too.  Check it out HERE.

Here's how to keep up with what's happening at Aurora Wings.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Still Smokin' HOT!


Doing a quickie post for a card I just finished for a 70th birthday celebration tomorrow.  Yup, on a Monday...it's good to be retired.  LOL  Cute image is called Flamin' Dragon, from EricraftShop, that I bought specifically for this card because the recipients last name is DRAGON!  She's colored with Copics and I've added a birthday crown to her head and die cut and embossed balloon from an old Cuttlebug set.  I tried to keep is primarily monochromatic to enter in the Outlawz Tuesday Color challenge since I won't have time to do another. Hope it's okay and I don't think the inside counts, to you?






All Brights CAS for The Outlawz



As a winner of a previous challenge, I'm guesting for Sunday CAS  on the Outlawz Forum.  Our mission was to use only bright colors.  I checked my stash and found some forgotten papers from DCWV that definitely fit the bill. Although I actually planned to use some new dies and a die cut background, I thought I was pushing the CAS theme a bit too far and started subtracting until I came up with this.  The die cut sentiment here is from an old Cuttlebug set. Pretty simple and quick, but that's the point.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art Thankful Thursday (Birthday or Thank you), Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #63 AG, CAS on Friday Exotic, Little C's Aloha Friday Yellow Flowers... 

Friday, August 4, 2017

EEEK! Is that Santa Paws?


Gonna be a quicky post to enter some challenges using just ONE of the fab selection of Christmas stamps Sandra Caldwell has on sale through August 10th. Here we have #1228 Hide and Jingle Kitty. Is he really hiding, or did those mice get the better of him?  In any case he's colored with Copics with silver gel pen on his bell.  I've just finished this for the Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode Christmas in July challenge tweaking the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch for the design.  Yay, me!  The mice are from a Martha Stewart punch and DP from the DCWV Christmas & Winter combo mat stack.  Check out all the Sandra's sale Christmas digis HERE.


Here's the Sketch.  Tweaked quite a bit, but still recognizable, I think.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Outlawz Wednesday Sketch


Took some more time off from coloring to play with the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch.  Had a fun time with kitty dies from The Frantic Stamper and Spellbinders Wonky Squares.  Scored my background (unfortunately not very visible in the pic) and added paw print ribbon and Prima flowers and called it done.  Yay, me!

Here's the sketch.

I'm also adding this to the SUYP (Cats Only) #21 August Furrything Goes, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies August #5, Simon Says Wednesday AG, the DL.Art August Linky Challenge and Crafty Animals #5 AG.