Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What's the BUZZ?

There's still time to enter the "Bee Silly" contest on the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB page.  Sandra has discounted 4 "bee related" images to just $1.50 (HERE) for the contest and you can enter with as many as you like.  I've chosen the adorable #573 Buzzy Betty.  I was thrilled to use my new "Buzzing Around" die from Die-namites that I cut in half and layered with Prima flowers with button centers and bee brads from Eyelet Outlet.  I cut it twice and trimmed the bees so they could be black underneath.  The little hive in the crner is also from Eyelet Outlet and I added a crinkle ribbon bow behind it, from the Gold Bundle at DL.Art for the Outlawz Festive Fridays Use a Ribbon theme.

Here's a closeup of #573 Buzzy Betty.  She was colored with entirely with Copics and fussy cut to layer on the circular mat embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  The sentiment was computer generated.

Here's the dimensional shot.  I popped the flowers and bees with foam which allowed the "flight path" to sort of float above the card.  I not only liked the way it looked, but I was hesitant to try gluing the thin cuts for fear of darkening the kraft paper.

The "Bee Silly" contest runs through the 26, so there's still time to enter.  Hope to see you there.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, the Your Scrapbook Place March AG challenge (using sponsor image), Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #54 AG, Simon Says Monday Layer it Up, Tuesday Throwdown Add Dimension, Come and Get It AG, Crafting When We Can Add Circles, Glitter and Sparkle #231 AG, the Corrosive Challenge March AG and Dragonfly Dreams Girly with Die Cut/Punch.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Challenge at Aurora Wings

Our new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings and I'd say for some (like me!) it may be quite the challenging one. It's a Sketch Challenge (EEK!) and here it is.  WARNING:  I'm afraid this might me a really chatty post for all kinds of reasons, so grab a cuppa (or ignore me all together and just look at the pretty pix).

Now fortunately I've been playing in a sketch challenge fairly regularly to overcome my fears and also get the hang of not necessarily following the sketch to the letter. (Yeah, I'm sort of a "play by the rules" kind of gal.)  However, I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous new Crimson Blossoms (available HERE on Etsy and HERE in the AW Digi Shop) and exactly the papers I wanted to use, so a pretty literal interpretation of the sketch was in order.  

Three of the 4 patterns I used came from the Bo Bunny Serenade 6x6 collection, and because the green prints from that stack were either too dark, or the pattern scale was off, I chose a scrap from my desk that filled the bill.  I was particularly thrilled with the dark background with the corner details that provides not only a dramatic base for the design, but also filled two of the corners without confusing the sketch too much.  It also provided a nice color scheme for Crimson Blossoms.  Although I had already planned to do the poppies in red, the gold worked well for her ear wing.

The only down side is that the paper is 6x6" which meant the image was going to have to be pretty darn small to fit everything in. Crimson Blossoms was printed to fit in a circle with only a 3 1/2" diameter.  EIYIYI!

This closeup shows my first step in completing the coloring and done totally with Copics.  At this size there were some areas I was unsure of.  Sometimes it's hard to tell with a fabulous flowing design like this just exactly what is what, so I find no shame in referring to the artist's colored version, or to those of the Design or Showcase Teams. That's what they're there for, inspiration, and often times clarification of a particularly detailed image.  I do admit I had to color in stages because at this size my eyes got a little buggy after awhile. I actually recommend it, because stepping away from your work gives you a fresh eye to fine tune your coloring. I also often take pix along the way to see how certain colors photograph (especially purples) so I can adjust if necessary.  

In this first shot though, I thought was done, but when I went to watermark and saw it in a huge size in my photo editing program, there were areas I'd missed, or needed more blending, or additional shading, so it was back to the drawing board.

This is the "after", which may not look that much different in this size, but after blending a bit and cleaning up some areas, I went in with some Prismacolor pencils for a little more shading and filling in gaps where I was afraid of bleeding from markers.  Make sure you're DONE with your markers before pulling out your pencils or you may end up ruining your tip.

Here is the finished Crimson Blossoms finally cut out with a Spellbinders Circle and lightly inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress while still in the die.  The red Lacy Circle really set her off, don'tcha think?

Here's the dimensional shot. Dimension?  Yeah, I thought one of the ways to personalize a sketch was to add some dimension so I've popped four of the layers, the floral mat (cut with Spellbinder's Deckle Rectangles, BTW), the striped piece, the Lacy Rectangle and Crimson Blossoms.  I've also used several colors of foam in black, sort of a dark beige and red.  I make my own by buying sheets of fun foam in a number of colors and apply 3" 3M transfer tape to both sides in strips so I can cut any size and shape I want.  I also find that it disappears when viewing your project from the side, especially if you choose the color of the bottom layer for your foam when popping.

So there ya go.  Hope you will visit the Challenge Blog and see my Aurora teamies' lovely takes on our sketch and join the fun.

And by the way, this coupon is good through the end of TODAY at both the AW Etsy Shop and AW.com.

There are now 2 Exclusives available at the AW Digi shop at Aurora Wings.com that you won't want to miss.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

New Release for Sandra Caldwell

It's Friday and that means it's another new release day from Sandra Caldwell.  I always get a kick out of Sandra's adorable cats, but I gotta say, #1435 Cat in the Beanstalk has to be one of my faves.  I knew immediately I wanted to add some dimension to this fun scene so I printed the image several times so I could fussy cut and pop.  I had loads of green paper laying all over my desk from St. Paddy's Day projects so I had no trouble choosing colors or framing the fabulous image.

Here's a closeup of the little guy and his GIANT beanstalk.  He's colored with Copics with the leaves and cloud fussy cut to add more layers.  I love his expression and thought a bit of encouragement was needed so I came up with the sentiment I printed on a Die-version's die (with the dangling moon and stars cut off) and popped it at the top.

Finally the dimensional view.  I had a ball with  this new #1435 Cat in the Beanstalk and there's plenty more where he came from.  Visit Sandra's Etsy Shop (babycakesdnd) to see all the newbies and be inspired by the Dt makes in the Sandra Caldwell Stamps Fans FB Group.  Lots of fun games and prizes to be had there too, and the March FB Contest, "Bee Silly", is in full swing. Sandra has discounted 4 cute bee stamps to only $1.50 to join in.  Check them out HERE.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, SUYP (cats only) March AG/St Cat-rick's Day challenge, Simon Says Wednesday a Bit O'Green, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #53 AG, Your Scrapbook Place March AG (using Sponsor's Image) , Simply Create Too March Lots of Green (3/3), Glitter and Sparkle Use some Green, Classic Design Team Open March, World Wide Design Team Open #120Inspiration Destination #123 AG, and TTRCD AG week of March 14th

A Christmas Star for the Outlawz

It was a very, VERY busy day yesterday with 3 cards already blogged, so when I finished this last one I was just too tired.  It is my third entry into last week's Outlawz Festive Fridays for their Christmas Star theme and I managed to incorporate  Paper a la Mode Saturdays Tear it Up theme as well.  I was thrilled to use two Die-versions dies I received after Christmas.  They must have been close-outs because I can't seem to find them anywhere now.  I trimmed both the Bethlehem Border and Nativity Border to fit my card with the Spellbinders Labels 4 window I'd cut.  The layers were popped with foam and I tore the white card stock in front of the town and on either side at the bottom where the camel and donkey are standing.  The sentiment, thin silver borders and stars are metallic stickers.

I'm also entering this in the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #53 AGKerst Christmas March FB Anything Christmas12 Months of Christmas Link up AG, the Holly and the Ivy Christmas challenge AGSeason's Greeting Christmas Challenge AGCHNC Challenge #324 AGCHNC Extra  for March AGCrimbo Crackers #128 Die Cuts, Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge AG/add a star, Happy Little Stampers AG with Dies and A Snowflake's Promise March Challenge #38 AG.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy St.Cat-rick's Day

Really, really, REALLY busy day today.  This is my THIRD post.  (Yea, ME!) Please scroll down for the others.

You know I love playing in the (SUYP Cat's Only challenge) and the March theme is AG (with cats, of course) or St.Cat-rick's Day.  Of course I couldn't resist the latter, especially since Ike provided us with this fabulous fur-eebie, complete with sentiments.  WooHoo!  Kind of a simple design with shamrock digi paper from AMBillustrations and a striped piece that was laying on my desk. I added one of Ike's sentiments and some glitter shamrocks because he looks like he's feline lucky.  LOL

Here's a closeup of this handsome guy.  I've been practicing fur and tried to add texture with only my Copics this time.  (Okay, there's a teeny bit of pencil here and there, but the majority of him is marker's only.)  I have a bad habit of putting multiple images on my page before printing and when I went to cut him out with a die, there wasn't room.  GGGrrr!!!  Of course I could fussy cut, but I wasn't up for tackling the whiskers so I decided to color a rug under him.  At first I only had the 3 colors of green and it looked really sucky, but after pulling out the pencils and drawing in what is supposed to be a rag rug design, I thought it wasn't half bad.

Thanks to Ike for her generous gifts of fabulous freebies (you can find more on her Ike's World Challenge, and also on the Ike's Art Fan Page.)  Love, love, LOVE them, especially her KITTIES!

I'm also entering this in the Ike's World AG /optional Over the Rainbow challenge, the Outlawz Festive Fridays St. Patrick's Day theme (close enough, LOL), Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #53 AG, Glitter and Sparkle Use Some Green and Simon Says Wednesday A Bit O'Green

An Irish Blessing

Busy Thursday.  This is my second post of the day.  I'd also love it if you'd visit my GDT post for the C.R.A.F.T. challenge HERE.

Since St. Patrick's day is TOMORROW, I thought I ought to hurry and use the fabulous Lucky Day Freebie set (until St. Patrick's Day) from the Verve Store and enter their Lucky Day challenge.  I changed the color of one of the Irish coffee mugs from black to brown in my Printmaster Pro Program and sort of digitally free handed some whipped cream on top.  My own Irish Coffee mugs are clear glass with etched shamrocks, so that was the look I was going for. The digital paper is from AMBillistrations and I also used one of the other colorations in the set to fashion a saucer.  The Irish Blessings sentiment is also from the Verve Lucky Day set that I expanded upon slightly.  After printing I did a bit of shading with Copics, pencils and pens and there ya go.  

I'm also entering this is the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge, the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #53 AG, SOSS #79 G is for Green with Envy and Simon Says Wednesday A Bit O'Green.

Guest Designing for C.R.A.F.T. Challenge

I'm thrilled today to be joining the C.R.A.F.T. challenge as Guest Designer.  The theme this week is Christmas and there are 2 fabulous Sponsors, 

I have the pleasure of working with two adorable Snowmen from Digital Paper Craft.

I've colored them with Copics and added them to a pop-up scene I made with the snow drift die, stitched snowflakes and paper from Lawn Fawn, and sentiment die from Kat Scrappiness.  Thank you so much to Jo and the team for allowing me to join you this week.  Be sure to visit the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge blog to see the fabulous creations and we hope you come and play along.

I'm entering this in the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #53 AG, Kerst Christmas March FB Anything Christmas, 12 Months of Christmas Link up AG, the Holly and the Ivy Christmas challenge AG, Season's Greeting Christmas Challenge AG, CHNC Challenge #324 AG, CHNC Extra  for March AG, Crimbo Crackers #128 Die Cuts, and A Snowflake's Promise March Challenge #38 AG.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It's a Girl!

I've had this adorable little Love Bear from Scrap N' Dipity paper pieced (with did paper from AMBillistrations) for awhile and finally figured out what to do with him...or should I say her?  The Scrap N' Dipity Blog challenge calls for hearts, but it's a little late for a Valentine's theme, so as I poked around in my stash, I came across these little hot pink doilies.  Positioned behind the little bear's head, it looked just like a baby bonnet so I added a bow under her chin, et voila, a baby girl teddy!  

To further the Heart theme I also added a heart shaped doily behind her and a small epoxy heart under the sentiment cut from a Cuttlebug die.  To further the pinky goodness I added a scrap strip in a darker pink and ruffled some Baby Pink crinkle ribbon from the Baby Bundle at DL.Art on some Scor-Tape and 3 "skittles" that just happened to be stuck to my desk with glue dots and called it done.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art March Linky challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG and the Outlawz Festive Fridays for their Something Pink theme. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

But I'm not tired yet!

It's the last day for the Limited Runs Stamps February/March FB Progressive Challenge and as usual I'm just under the wire. You can read about it HERE Little Boy is in the shop at regular price now, but you can preview or purchase the digi for March/April if you did not participate in this last month's round.  

I made a tag using DP from K&Co Itsy Bitsy 8x8 stack and colored Little Boy with Copics accordingly.  I couldn't help but add some googly eyes.  HeeHee!  I purchased the Die-versions Moon and Cloud die specifically to use with this stamp and had planned to use the sentiment "Goodnight, moon" until yesterday when we changed to Daylight Savings and lost an hour. I don't know about you, but it takes me FOREVER to adjust to a time change. 

I cut the Moon and cloud 3 times to layer and embossed the cloud with a Cuttlebug folder. Then added a little teddy charm tied with twine from DL.Art and some crinkle ribbon from the Spring Bundle 1 and Baby Bundle.  The sentiment is computer generated.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, the Cutie Pie Challenge Dies and Digis, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #53 AG, and Happy Little Stampers March AG with Dies.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

It's Not Easy Being Green

Well, I should be outside enjoying the gorgeous 70+ weather and doing some catch up yard work, but since I already had green Copics on my desk, I decided to do a quicky for the Outlawz Sunday CAS challenge asking for some GREEN. Instead of a St. Pat's theme I thought it would be fun to color up #1415 Turtle Soup by Sandra Caldwell.  He's colored with Copics with a computer generated sentiment and I've added some punched corners and matted him with scraps from my stash.  Easy peasy!

I'm also entering this in the Your Scrapbook Place March AG challenge (using a sponsor's image, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #53 AG, Di's Digis Lots of Green, the ABC Challenge "Z" is for zero embellishments, Simply Create Too March Lots of Green (2/3), Creative Knockouts Lots of Green, and Star Stampz Make it Monochrome.

Kiss Me I'm Irish

I totally missed coloring this cute #1324 Smoochies, by Sandra Caldwell, for Valentine's Day and then, while checking out the challenge themes on the Outlawz Forum, I thought why not use him for St. Patrick's Day?   Festive Fridays calls for St. Paddy's, but I haven't played the last 2 weeks in the Wednesday Sketch challenge so I used this week's sketch for my card (How about that?  Not even the last day to play. Yea, ME!)

I turned the sketch and added an extra mat.  Papers are Graphic 45 with some glitter foam shamrocks from my stash and an Alpha Bead Sentiment.  The cute "Kiss me" sentiment I printed with the image is one of the Freebie sentiments Ike so generously included with her new Fur-eebie for the St. Cat-rick's Day challenge on the SUYP (cat's only) blog.  Can't wait to color him, too.

Here's a closeup of #1324 Smoochies.  Isn't he a cutie?  I've colored him with Copics in St. Paddy's Day colors and added some pencil detail to his hair.  Then I cut him out with a Spellbinder's Deckle Rectangle.  It's a better pic of Ike's cool sentiment, too.

Sandra's got loads of fun St. Patrick's Day images in her Etsy store, along with many new Spring images.  New arrivals every Friday with DT inspiration in the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group.  The March contest, "Bee Silly"  runs through the 26th so there's plenty of time to play using all or any of the specially discounted stamps for the challenge.  That's right 4 adorable "bee" images are only $1.50 for the duration of the challenge.  You can find them HERE.

I'm also entering this in the Your Scrapbook Place March AG (using sponsor image), DL.Art March Linky challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #53 AG, Di's Digis Lots of Green, Craft for the Craig Green and Glittery, Simply Create too March Lots of Green (1/3), Star Stamps Make it Monochrome, Dare2BeArtzy March Lots of Layers, SOSS #79 G is for Green with Envy and Crafty Cardmakers Go Green.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Spring has Sprung!

Wow, has it ever, at least here in California, so I decided to play with some of the new Watercolor Collection digi papers I got from We Are 3, available at Miss Daisy Stamps to make a Spring card.  The sentiment is also available at Miss Daisy Stamps HERE, but comes as a bonus with this sweet little bunny. So why didn't I use him?  Well, the March challenge in the Miss Daisy Stamps FB Group is asking for a sentiment only, so a sentiment it is.  I changed the color of the Spring sentiment in my Printmaster Platinum program and cropped out the digital butterfly so I could add a punched one.  All three butterflies are from Martha Stewart punches.  I used a Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two and Petite Ovals to cut the sentiment and strung a piece of DL.Art Pink Champagne crinkle ribbon from the Vintage Vineyard Bundle

BTW, Miss Daisy is also offering a gorgeous FREE sentiment, for a limited time, to use if you'd like to join in the challenge.  You can find the link by joining the Miss Daisy Stamps FB Group.  I didn't use it here because I didn't want to cover up too much of the beautiful paper but I hope to do another soon.

The flowers are hand made using a tutorial from Lisa, at A Mermaid's Crafts, with the same Watercolor digital paper. Although I couldn't even begin to do such lovely work, I did have fun with the flowers and used Spellbinders Blossoms Three instead of the dies Lisa used.  I snipped the petals towards the center before proceeding as she does and added centers from my stash and crinkle ribbon leaves from the DL.Art Spring Bundle #2

I'm also entering this in the Outlawz Festive Fridays Spring is Coming challenge (sorry, I finished this late and was too tired to blog yesterday so they have new themes today), the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, the DL.Art 200th (WooHoo!) Thankful Thursday Flowers Challenge , Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #53 AG, (and more after breakfast).

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sprite Delight IV at Aurora Wings

A new challenge begins today at Aurora Wings and do we have a surprise for you!  Not only is our theme the popular Sprite Delight (IV), but we have an adorable freebie, Pansy Sprite, available to download on the Challenge Blog to use in the challenge (or not) but please be advised, that for this challenge only, you must use an Aurora Wings Sprite (other than the Big Eyed Doll faced images with Sprite in the title) to enter the challenge. 

I've made a wall hanging using Graphic 45 papers from the once Upon a Springtime pack and die cuts from Heartfelt Creations.  It was difficult to choose colors, since there are so many color combos for pansies, but the gorgeous ribbon from the new DL.Art Intimate Bundle, matched perfectly to one of my favorites.

Here's a closeup for the sweet new freebie, Pansy Sprite, all colored up.  You can download this cutie on the AW Challenge Blog HERE.  She's colored with Copics from a pic I found on Yahoo.  To be honest, I find it easiest to find a huge selection of pictures for reference just typing in "pansy", for example, and doing a web search on Yahoo and clicking on the "Image Results" like THESE, rather than Google.

I've also added Pansy Border also available as a 3 Pack HERE to complete my Spring Garden theme.

Here's the dimensional shot of my wall hanging.  I cut the center of the Graphic 45 image with a craft knife and glued it to more Graphic 45 DP, then popped the rest of the image frame with foam before adding the die cuts and fussy cut AW images.  The Pansy border was just attached with Glue Dots at the very edges and Pansy Sprite was popped with foam on top. The Heartfelt Creations gate was attached with 1/8th " Score tape just at the outer edges and the pediment was bowed and attached with Glue dots and adhesive pearls.

Be sure to visit the AW Challenge Blog to download your free Pansy Sprite and see the gorgeous inspiration from my DT sisters.  As always, you may enter up to 3 times with an AW Image and for this challenge only, you must use an Aurora Wings Sprite to enter.  Be sure to check out the newly remodeled Aurora Wings Digi Shop for lower prices and easier navigation, too.  Can't wait to see what you create.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

A Glass of Wine for Outlawz Festive Fridays

I've had a crap week that I hope will get better today with some retail therapy at the Scrapbook Expo in Pleasanton.  Will be meeting up with pals Diana Larson and Katie O and we plan to do some serious damage.  In the meantime I managed a quicky card for last week's Outlawz Festive Fridays theme of A Glass of Wine.  There are new themes today.  Finished it so late I didn't blog it, since it WAS Wine o'clock, so here it is.  Couldn't resist the little kitties from LePetiteMarket.  I actually colored over the wine in the glass (which was more purple) to match the wine glass digi paper from Bugaboo Stamps.  Sentiment was computer generated.

I'm also adding this to the SUYP Kitty Love challenge because these kitties obviously LOVE their wine (just like their mama!) and the DL.Art March Linky Challenge.