Monday, September 18, 2017

Crop It! for AuroraWings


Our new challenge starts today on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog with the theme of Crop It




For those of you who know me, and my recent computer situation,  you're aware that this post is sort of a miracle, as for once I worked ahead and had this completed before the crash.  Yay, me!   I've used the adorable Little Kitsune Anko (simple version) available HERE on AW.com and HERE (jpg only) on Etsy.  I thought this little cutie would be adorable not only peeking out from behind her fox mask, but also a very detailed fan cut with a die by Tattered Lace from specialty crinkle matte gold paper.  I've made a little tassel from two shades of red floss to dress up the end.  The screen die behind her is Die-versions.  The card is triple matted in the colors of her kimono and the corners dressed up with Asian inspired stickers and a small sticker sentiment.




Here's a closeup of Little Kitsune Anko (simple version) available HERE on AW.com and HERE (jpg only) on Etsy.  I chose the simple version so I could paper piece the sleeves of her kimono with one of the papers from the Mori Girl paper pack by Gecko Galz. 



I printed a cropped version of her arms and mask twice so I could pop them for dimension.  Her face and mask were colored with Copics.  I've positioned her arms and mask closer to her face so that she looks like she is peeking out from behind.  Kitsune is the word for fox in Japanese and is a frequent character in in Japanese folklore.  This fantasy creature can have up to nine tails depending on her age, wisdom and power.  This little chickie is just a beginner, I'd say having only one tail so far (and it's cropped out!)  



If you'd prefer to have fun with coloring a more detailed version of her kimono, you can find the fancy version HERE on AW.com and HERE on Etsy.  Either way, I think she's a doll, don't you?

Be sure to check out the AW challenge Blog to see the creative takes on this challenge by my Aurora Teamies.  We can't wait to see what you come up with.

The new September Rainbow Inspired FB challenge is in full swing as well. Hope to see you there. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kitty Easel for a Bunch of Challenges


Well, I'm still not fully operational, but I do have a new pc.  Have not been able to retrieve files from the old computer nor do I have my printing program back, but I did have this adorable image called Cat, by Anne Fenton, already printed and ready to color prior to the computer catastrophe.  It is the September Progressive Challenge Freebie on the Outlawz Forum.  In light of this fact, I've tried to construct my card to fit as many of the weekly challenges on the Outlawz Forum as possible, as well as a few others I regularly participate in.  I'm quite busy with party plans for my BFF's 60th birthday September 30th, on top of all the computer woes, so time is limited.



First of all, I've used the Wednesday Sketch challenge, but also made it an easel card for the September/October special challenge at TTRCD in Autumn colors which is one of the themes.  Here's the sketch which I've obviously turned upside down.

Monday Greetings has Tic Tac Toe board with a Thinking of You theme and I've used the diagonal from top left of Flowers, Image, and Ribbon.  The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art Halloween Bundle and the dimensional flowers are from K&Co.  Fortunately, I had a sticker sentiment in the right theme since I'm not even hooked up to the printer yet.  I've colored it brown with my Copics to make it stand out a bit more.



Saturday Paper Ala Mode wants your project to Pop Up, either with pop dots or to actually pop up inside. Both the orange mat and sentiment are popped for dimension, as well as each flower his raised with two pop dots apiece. Twisted Thursday is always AG but the twist this week is Leaves.  Well, I'm not sure this qualifies for the twist, but it flies for AG.  Yay!



Here's a closeup of Cat by Anne Fenton.  I totally LOVE this image and really enjoyed trying the no lines technique by printing him in a light brown and practicing the fur techniques from Kit and Clowder using my Copic markers.  Thanks so much Anne for this delightful image.


I'm also adding this to the DL.Art September Linky challenge, SUYP (cats only) September Furrything Goes, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #66 AG, TTRCD Week of Sept 12 AG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies September 4/5, Aud Sentiments #188 AG w/Sentiment, Your Scrapbook Place September AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #206 AG, Creative Fingers #136 AGColour Crazy Week 37 AG, the Corrosive Challenge September AG, Fussy and Fancy #196 Fall Colors, Crafting-With-Friends Challenge 50 Extra AG.



Friday, September 8, 2017

Christmas Package Kat


Here's a new release by Sandra Caldwell called #1772 Christmas Package Kat, in her Etsy Shop today, along with a whole bunch of new cuties.  I though he'd make an adorable Christmas tag and used papers from Peppermint Forest and my Stitched Tags dies from Gina Marie.  The crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art.



Here's his closeup.  I colored him with Copics using colors from the DP and decided to make him a Siamese, in honor of my very first kitty, Twinkle and also my friend Fiki's very "purr"sonable kitty, Coffee.

I'm also sad to say that this is my last post as a Design Team member for Sandra Caldwell, but certainly not the last creation I'l be making with her fun and amazing digis.  I plan to remain an active member of the FB Fan Group and friends with the lovely gals I've met there.  Thanks so much for your support and friendship.  The rest of September AND the year is going to be a busy time for me so I've decided to lessen my DT responsibilities for now. 

I'm entering this in the DL.Art September Linky Challenge, SUYP (cat's only) September Furrything Goes, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Fur, Fluff or Fins, the Outlawz Festive Fridays Christmas theme2 Crafty Critter Crazies September (3/5), Kerst/Christmas September FB challenge, CHNC September Christmas Extra, CHNC September Patterned Paper Challenge, A Snowflakes Promise #43, The Paper Shelter #308 Lots of Layers, The Merry Christmas Challenge #33 AG Christmas and The Holly and the Ivy #14 AG Christmas ...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Yellow and Orange for the Outlawz Festive Fridays




Just got back from our little overnight for our 42nd Anniversary but still wanted to sneak in at least one of the themes for the Outlawz Festive Fridays.   I chose the adorable image, Candy Corn Fairy by Aurora Wings, available  exclusively HERE on AW.Com, for the Yellow and Orange theme.  I used the png format so I could crop digital paper from AMBillustrations into circles, resize them, and arrange them behind the stamp in my Printmaster Platinum Program.  I also added the sentiment digitally before printing.  Then I colored her with Copics, cut her out with a double stitched rectangle die from Kat Scrappiness and added a little star to her wand.  Found the perfect DP in my stash et voila!  A quickie CAS card that I think turned out pretty darn cute.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Anything Goes at Aurora Wings


We're back on track this month on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog and our first challenge of September is the ever popular




For me this theme is the most difficult with so many gorgeous Aurora Wings stamps to work with and so many ideas in my head, I have the hardest time making a decision (especially when it's been as freakin' HOT as it's been the last week).  So I've noticed that there seems to be a bit of Halloween activity here and there and decided to get a jump on it and color up this cutie called Bat Flower Sprite available HERE on AW.com and HERE on Etsy.  Isn't he cute? 




Here's a closeup of Bat Flower Sprite.  He's colored with Copics and I drew color inspiration from the photos of actual Bat Flowers found HERE.  I really love the all black ones, but I wasn't sure I'd be able to get the definition and detail of the image with my coloring. (Gonna try it next time, though. ;D)  I generally buy the digis that are available in the PNG format so I can play with digital backgrounds and printed him first on sort of a vintage moon tag.  The problem was the background printed much darker than the preview and you couldn't see the dangly bits, so that was a "no go".  

I'd also printed him by himself so I went ahead and colored that one.  Had to fussy cut, though.  EIYIYI!  I used my kraft knife and worked from the body down the long strands and didn't remove the pieces until they all were cut.  This kept the image more stable when I had to go over several places that didn't initially cut through.  I found the already cut groove, held the pieces together ABOVE the knife and carefully re cut.  Definitely a labor of love, but the white outline made him stand out from the background, too.



So now what?  This time the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch saved me.  Cool spider web doily is from my buddy Creepy Glo, crinkle ribbon from the Halloween bundle at DL.Art, DP from my stash, distressed with Black Soot Ink and scissors, and a bat embellie from Recollections.

Be sure to stop by the AW Challenge Blog to see the fabulous projects from my Stella teamies and come play along.  Fun new challenge in the FB Group too.

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

He's Gonna Find Out!


I'm lucky to be showcasing another of Sandra Caldwell's new releases and also one you may not have seen.  Thought it would be fun to tell a little story using both together.  The brand new one is #1690 Kookie Kitty and the startled look on his face gave me the idea.  Isn't he cute?  I made an easel card using DP from my stash to look like a wood floor and wallpaper and then added #1285 Face It Santa peeking in the window cut with a Heartfelt Creations die.  I turned a brad that said Ho Ho Ho upside down on the shutter to make it Oh, Oh, Oh. LOL



Here's a closeup of #1690 Kookie Kitty.  He's colored with Copics with some fur detail using Prismacolor pencils.  I swear every time Sandra releases a new kitty I fall in love all over again.



And here's #1285 Face It Santa, again colored with Copics.  He was perfect be peeking through the window to complete my little scene.  Hope you check out Sandra's Etsy Shop and stop by the FB Fan Group to see more inspiration using the new releases.

I'll be adding this to the DL.Art September Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Monday Greetings AG, Simon Says Wednesday AG 4/5, SUYP (cats only) August Furrything Goes, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #6 Sept AG, Christmas with the Cuties #9 Cutie Couples, Crafty Hazelnuts September Christmas Challenge ExtraCrafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge Sept., Sparkles Christmas Christmas Animals, the Outlawz Festive Fridays under the Christmas theme...

Hippo Stein LIVES!





It's new release day for Sandra Caldwell and my first creation is the fun new #1909 Hippo Stein.  Tried to get a mad scientist's laboratory feel using cool shaker specimen jars from K&Co and fun papers from my stash, apropriately distresses.  The Light bulb is from Junkyard Findings and says LIVE.  Fun, eh?



Here's a closeup of #1909 Hippo Stein and was he a blast to color with my Copics.  I've never seen a green hippo with yellow eyes, but considering he's coming back from the dead, why not eh?  You can check out all of the new releases with inspiration from my teamies on the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art September Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Saturday PAM AG, Simon Says Wednesday AG, World Wide Open Design Team  Challenge #25, Your Scrapbook Place September AG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Sept AG, TTRCD Aug 29-Sept 5 AG,...

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Outlawz Festive Fridays Cats or Dogs?



Seriously?  You're asking ME that?  No contest, I'm a crazy cat lady all the way. Decided to use this adorable Image from Sandra Caldwell called #1624 Miss Kitty. She's colored with Copics, cut and matted with Spellbinders, DP is Graphic 45, and gorgeous black lace is from the Intimate Bundle from DL.Art.

Inside it will say "Hey there, Glamour Puss".  My mom used to call me that when she thought I had too much makeup on or was dressing up for some event.  Do people still use that phrase?

I'm also adding this to Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #64 AG, SUYP (cats only) August Furrything Goes, Simon Says Wednesday AG... 

The Outlawz Freebie Progressive Challenge


Leave it to me to be finishing the Outlawz August Freebie/Progressive Challenge on the last day.  Not particularly surprising, you say?  Well, I'll give you that, but I've been busy trying to get a jump on my September DT projects because September (eek! tomorrow) is going to be a busy month and I'm already stressing about it BIG TIME.  Outlawz DT member Jean Chaney has provided tow fabulous fish called Swish, the Angelfish and Swish Tangled (did you know Jean was a certified Zentangle instructor?  Me neither, how cool, check out her Tangle Street Studio HERE.  

I added multiple Swishes (heehee) to Swish Tangled with the background and colored it all with Copics.  I'm not too pleased with the photograph as the fluorescent colors aren't as bright and seem to blend together.  I've actually used 7 different ones, although you can't tell in the middle section...sigh...  The background DP is digital from Gecko Galz.  The sentiment is computer generated and thought was quite fitting for fancy Swish Tangled.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #64 AG, Simon Says Wednesday AG,...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Twins ROCK!


Today is the last day for the Hungry Hungry Hippos challenge on the Sandra Caldwell FB Group page and I couldn't resist doing a cute twins baby card using the new 1698 Pebbles Hippo and 1699 Bam Bam Hippo made especially for this challenge.  They are currently on sale at the mo, but you need to hurry.  You can see all the sale digis for this challenge HERE.  (They go up tomorrow!)  I was a huge fan of the Flintstones as a kid and thought the sentiment "Twins Rock" was appropriate with the images.  The Alpha Beads sort of even looked like pebbles, don'tcha think?  I modified the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch a bit by offsetting the Spellbinders Doily a bit and using a Martha Stewart punch for the center.

There were 2 sketches this time and I chose the first with a few modifications.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art August Linky Challenge and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #64 AG

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Vintage Angel


This beautiful Vintage Angel is a new digi at Createful Heart  and I just couldn't resist using my Nesties to make a large scalloped tag to enter in the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge.  (The "twist" was use a scalloped border".) I popped it on the tag base with marabou trim in between the layers.  The gorgeous hand dyed crinkle ribbon is from the Mermaids Tale Second Edition from DL.Art.



Here's a closeup of Vintage Angel.  The gorgeous image was colored with Copics and I chose to keep the project light and monochromatic.  Isn't the detail in her dress and wings fabulous?  So fun to color.  I'm entering my tag in the very FIRST Createful Heart Blog challenge.  It is a monthly challenge beginning on the 15th of each month and ending on the 14th of the next.  The theme is Anything Goes and you may enter with any image but I have a number of Createful Heart digis just begging to be colored so I hope to return shortly with another.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #64 AG, Scrapping4Fun #97 AG (4/4), Crafts Galore Encore August AG, Craft-Dee Bowz August AG w/handmade bow and Always Fun Challenge Tags

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I Hope You Dance!


Fun challenge going on in the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group called Hungry Hungry Hippo.  As in the previous challenges, the hostess chose 4 of her fave stamps and Sandra added 2 new ones and they're ALL on sale for only $1.50 for the duration of the challenge.  WooHoo!  Here I have #1593 Dancing Rose Hippo and you can see all the the sale hippos HERE.  She's colored with Copics with colors from the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge.  The "twist" was to add lace, so I've added some to my tag and colored the center of it with my Copics to match the yellow in her dress.  The stitched tags are Gina Marie dies and I've added a sentiment that I actually hand stamped (YAY, me!) and popped with a little jewel butterfly accent.  Dancing Rose Hippo herself, is on a mini action wobble (available at Ai HERE).  I tried to take a video, but they've moved my movie thingie on my phone and can't seem to find it.  PITA! Anyway, she does indeed dance.

I'm also adding this to the Get Creative Fave Song/Music Challenge #61 ("I Hope You Dance", by Lee Ann Womack), the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #64 AGCraft Rocket #40 Animal Kingdom, Scrapping4Fun Challenge #97 AG, TTRCD Week 8/22-8/29 AG, Crafty Animals #% AG w/animals and Always Fun challenges #20 Tags.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Have a COOL Yule!


Still having fun with the Bloobel Stamps Ice Cream collection, this month's Progressive Challenge in the Bloobel Stamps FB Group.  I've used Ice Cream Santa, this time, and you can find the rest of the Ice Cream Stamps in the August Collection HERE.  After joining the Bloobel FB Group there is a link to join the Progressive challenges in the Progressive album and you will receive a code to choose one of the stamps for free and also a discount code for 50% off any other choices in the Progressive challenge collection as long as you participate in the previous one.  WooHoo!



I've colored Ice Cream Santa with Copics with some Nuvo Dot sprinkles and Diamond Glaze on the hot fudge sauce.  His face is peppermint and beard French vanilla.  Yumbo, eh?  I took this shot hoping the shine would show up better.  Well...?  The edges were distressed, edged in glue and sprinkled with the coarser Doodlebug Sugar Coating glitter.  The sentiment was computer generated, matted and popped.

I'm adding this to the Outlawz Festive Fridays under the Christmas theme, Kerst/Christmas August FB Group challenge, Simon Says Wednesday Add a Sentiment, the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #64 AG, C.R.A.F.T. #429 Christmas, The Holly and the Ivy AG Christmas, Scrapping4Fun #97 AG, TTRCD 8/22-8/29 and the August CHNC challenge Extra.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Just Breathe...


Wow, second post in a row using a SheepSki Designs image.  Funny how that happens, but I've got a number of different challenges I wanted to add this to, including the Sheepski Designs FB challenge, that ends TODAY, and also the SheepSki Flower Power Blog challenge that runs through the end of the month.

The gorgeous image is Lilly (image 27) and I've had her for quite awhile.  She's colored with Copics and I've cut and framed her with Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Ovals to enter the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge (the "twist" being a scalloped border).  She's popped on another of my new dies from Jeanine's Art (are you tempted, Darcy?)  The triple bow is all 3 colors of the Gold Bundle from DL.Art and the patterned DP is by K&Co.

SheepSki Designs also just happens to be sponsoring the Get Creative Challenge #61 with the theme of Favorite Song, Music, etc.  To be honest, I've had all kinds of anxiety lately with all that's going on these days, and my hubby's way of dealing with stress is deep measured breathing.  Well, this image does make me think of one of my favorite songs, "Breathe", by Faith Hill (check out lyrics and song HERE) and if you ask me, it's an even better way to relieve tension. (wink, wink)  Okay, then...

I'll also be entering this in the Outlawz Paper Ala Mode Challenge which is "spa day" or inspiring relaxation, the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, Scrapping4fun #97 AG (using sponsor image), Simon Says Wednesday Add a Sentiment, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #64 AGCrafts Galore Encore August AG, Craft-Dee Bowz AG with a Handmade Bow and Crafty Friends #64 AG 3/3.

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, and Kerst/Christmas August FB challenge.

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.