Mermaid Greetings

Hi there 🙂 It was recently my bestie’s birthday, and I wanted to make a special card for her. I like trying new folds for her card, and found an interesting one on Pinterest to try. Somewhere along the line, I made a wrong cut or fold, and ended up with this!! I really like the result, even though I have no idea how it came to be, lol. I used a beautiful image from Jannafairyart, which can be found in this colouring book, and colored her up with Copics.

I have so many sea themed dies, that this was a fun time to use some of them! I added a bit of Spectrum Noir glitter pen to the sea shells to give them some shimmer. A scattering of pearls and acrylic dew drops amongst the shells and bubbles gave a pretty touch of dimension. A stamped sentiment banner finishes the card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

613 Avenue Create – November ATG with optional Fancy Folds/Cuts

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 48 ATG

Jan’s Digital Stamps Challenge – November ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #194 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of Nov. 22

Christmas Scottie

Hi there 🙂 Every year, I make a card for my sister who loves Scottie dogs that features….well, a Scottie Dog, of course!! For this year, I downloaded a free silhouette of a Scottie, then merged a poinsettia image from Ike’s Art onto it. I colored the flowers up with my Copics, then fussy cut it out. I used this cool sketch from Cheerful Sketches for my layout, and flipped it around.

I cut the base with an octagon shaped die (didn’t have a hexagon, so….next best thing!) out of red card stock. Every Scottie needs some plaid somewhere, so the strips in the background had to be that print. To back the image, I die cut a pretty rectangle, then layered things up, adding a stamped sentiment strip. For the decorations, I die cut some poinsettias, and added a tiny bit of gold glitter for the centres. I’m loving how this turned out, with the very traditional colors, and the unexpected shape 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Cheerful Sketches – #114, sketch shown above

Let’s Craft and Create – #189 AG + Feeling Sketchy (use any sketch)

Do-Al(l) Creative – #71 Animals and Christmas

Allsorts Challenge – Week 704 Wings and/or Tails

ABC Christmas Challenge – W (white) and X (Xtra special) my sis is super xtra special <3

Sympathy Assortment

Hi, I don’t usually make a post featuring more than one project, but I’m making an exception here. I vowed to blog all the cards I made this year, and with Christmas fast approaching, I have to take a few shortcuts!! I recently got an order for sympathy cards, a real challenge for me, as it is for a lot of card makers! Of course I didn’t have any on hand so I got to work, and here they are 🙂

This one is a more masculine card, featuring an image from DRS Designs, called Long Tall Cattails. I colored it up with my Copics, then blended in some Distress Ink in the background. I stamped a nice sentiment, then tied a ribbon around the bottom before adhering it to a plaid background paper. There was some gold foil lines in the plaid, so I punched some tiny dragonflies from gold mirror card to finish this off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Corrosive Challenge – #11 ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 48 ATG

This one features a favorite image from Sheepski Designs. I thought Forget Me Knot would be lovely on a sympathy card, as it expresses a sentiment with it’s name. I colored this with my Copics, then cut it out with an oval die. I matted the image, and die cut the sentiment in a pale gray, to coordinate with the woodgrain background paper.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – #535 ATG

DL Art – November Linky Challenge

This card features an image from Sami Stamps, which has sadly closed up shop. When printing it, I added the sentiment as well. After coloring the image, I found a background paper with a subtle print, and matted everything in silver mirror card. A simple line of silver pearls added the finishing touch.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2247 ATG

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 47 ATG

This card has a religious feel to it, with the praying hands image, that I got years ago from a store called Stichy Bear Stamps – another one that has closed. I colored the image up with my Copics, then fussy cut it out. I mounted it on an oval cut from one side of double sided DP. I used the print on the other side for the background, and added a strip of embossed grey cardstock. The sentiment was hand stamped. Before gluing all the layers together, I inked all the edges of the pieces for a bit of definition.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #194 ATG

Dare 2B Artzy – November – Non Birthday

This last card took a few turns from what I was envisioning, but ended up being my favorite of the bunch!! I used a rose image from A Day For Daisies (not finding it in the store anymore, though), and colored it up with my Copics. Before I colored, I stamped and embossed the sentiment. I wanted a white on white effect, but my white embossing powder looked more cream on the stark white background paper – so that re-defined how the card was going to look! After matting the image with a cream cardstock, it was still needing “something”, so I used a MS lace border punch (!!!) to edge both the image and the mat.

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

Crafts Galore Encore – #105 November ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – November ATG

Cookies for Santa

Hi there! It’s time for another challenge at Creative Fingers 🙂 All of our challenges are ATG, with a chance to win a fabulous prize from our sponsor. This time, our sponsor is our very own Tindaloo!! I made my card using a freebie image from a coloring book from Break Free Coloring Books. After printing it up card size, I colored it with my Copics, and fussy cut it out.

I used the sketch from Creative Sketchy Girls current challenge for my layout, and got to use up a bunch of my snippets of Christmas papers!

I followed the sketch pretty closely, other than moving the thin strip, which I used a sentiment die cut for, a little lower. I also added a few candy cane die cuts just for fun!

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

Creative Sketchy Girls – #77 Sketch shown above.

Pixie’s Crafty Snippets – #441 ATG with Snippets

Let’s Craft and Create – #189 AG with optional Feeling Sketchy (use a sketch)

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2246 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #193 ATG

Autumn Splendor

Hi there 🙂 It was recently my sister’s 75th birthday, and I wanted to make her a special card. I was going through my images, and came across this beauty, a coloring page, from Paper Fun. I printed off Autumn Vibes in a card size (roughly 3×5″), and colored it with my Copics. I wanted a fun fold card, but nothing that would confuse a non-cardmaker too badly!!! I decided on a simple Z fold. I stamped and gold embossed the kraft card base with a rubber background stamp.

I made the inside panel a teeny bit smaller than the main image, and matted it in the same green after adding the stamped and die cut sentiment. A strip of lace, with an edge of green, runs through the card, and adds an extra feminine touch. Some gold pearls are the final touch.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Paper Funday Challenge – #47 November ATG with optional Colors of Autumn

613 Avenue Create – #202211 November ATG with optional Fancy Folds and Cuts

Kreativ-Tanten Challenge – #71 Autumn Greetings

Passion for Markers – Week 667 – Fall/Autumn Colors

Classic Design Challenge – #11 November ATG

Aqua Florals

Hi there 🙂 I’m a bit late with this DT inspiration, but I’ve been busy dying. I think I got every bug and virus going around all at once, and managed to sleep for almost a week!! Feeling better now, so I better play catch up (low energy catch up, that is!) Our new ATG challenge at Creative Fingers is on now, and we are so lucky to be sponsored by Anne Constantly Carding!!

I used one of the beautiful images from Flower Fun Coloring Pages. There are 7 gorgeous floral pages in this set, which makes for a lot of crafty fun! After printing the image at card size, I colored it with my Copics. I was in need of sympathy cards, so went that way with it. I tore a piece of vellum, then adhered a die cut sentiment over top. Some gold pearls were all the embellishment this card needed.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Dare 2B Artzy – November – Non Birthday

Crafty Calendar – November ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft – #11 November ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – November ATG

DL Art – November ATG Linky Challenge

Rainbow Kitty

Hi there 🙂 It’s time for another new ATG challenge at Creative Fingers. Our sponsor this time is our very own Angelique, and she’s offering this cool travel themed stamp set as a prize.

Recently, a friend lost her beloved torti kitty, and I made this sympathy card for her. I thought this image from Wink Wink Ink was perfect for this kind of card. I colored Angel Kitty with my Copics, trying to copy the lovely markings of a tortoise shell cat, then fussy cut it out.

I wanted to implement a rainbow, and hearts. After rummaging around in my stacks and stacks of paper, I finally decided to make my own heart print paper, so stamped a scrap of paper with a little heart stamp, then colored random hearts in rainbow colors. I die cut the rainbow using some small scraps of paper in the appropriate colors. After layering everything together on a pretty pink background, and adding a die cut sentiment, I thought it still needed a bit more. Some die cut clouds with a quick brush of Wink of Stella were the perfect finishing touch.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – #532 ATG

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 42 ATG

Pixie’s Snippets Challenge – #439 ATG with Snippets

Color Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 42 ATG

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2242 ATG

Fall Floral Fantasy

Hi there 🙂 It’s been ages since I’ve had a play with an Aurora Wings image!! Flora 2 is one that I’ve never done up before, and I thought she’d look so pretty in rich autumnal colors!! I got to work on her with my Copics, then finished off with a few accents of gold sparkle. With an image as detailed as this, you really don’t need anything for embellishments, so I kept the card design quite simple. I layered it with green and sparkly gold papers to really let the image shine. A quick stamped sentiment finishes off the card. Well, this is a short and sweet blog post – but the beautiful image speaks for itself 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Catz Challenge – #609 ATG with option of Autumn Colors

Creative Moments – #238 Autumn Colors

Let’s Craft & Create – #188 AG + Colors of Fall

Creative Inspirations – October Challenge Fall or Halloween

Classic Design Challenge – #10 October ATG

Basketball Birthday

Hi there 🙂 It’s time for a brand new ATG challenge over at Creative Fingers! Our fabulous sponsor this time is Conie Fong. Along with providing everyone with a code for a 25% discount code to her store (CREATIVEFINGERSOCT), Conie has given the DT images to work with, and my choice is the adorable Basketball Benny! I colored Benny up with my Copics, then cut the image out with a stitched die.

I have a sports themed paper pad that provided the perfect choice for papers for this image. I used 3 of the different designs – the basketball print for the background, an orange print for the diagonal strip, and a grassy green for the big stitched banner. I layered it all up, backing the orange strip with a black mat that I’d edged with some edging scissors (!!!). The paper collection also came with a bunch of die cut images, and I chose an assortment to pop onto the card, using foam dots for some dimension with a few of them. I used another stitched banner die to cut out the simple stamped sentiment. Everything was matted in black before being attached to the card base. I hope you can join us in our challenge, and please be sure to visit Conie Fong at her Facebook group to see more fantastic makes to give you inspiration to enter the challenge there!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Knockouts – #473 ATG

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #531 ATG

Digi Choosday Challenge – Week 40 ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #10 October ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #104 October ATG

Starry Celebration

Hi there 🙂 I’m here to share my DT inspiration card for Creative Fingers Challenge. As always, our theme is ATG, as we love to see whatever your creativity comes up with!! I used the Ribbons and Stars Border digital image from the Eureka line at Stamp On It. I printed it up with the sentiment. After coloring it up with my Copics, I added some gold sparkle Nuvo to some of the stars, and gold metallic gel pen to others. The starry embossing folder was the perfect thing to give the bright yellow background some “oomph”. Black matting accented everything nicely. I love making cards that are suitable for males or females, young or old, and this one fits the bill to perfection!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

QKR Stampede Challenge – #452 ATG

Bizzy Becs Challenge – September ATG

The Corrosive Challenge – #9 September ATG