Birthday in Monochrome

Hi there 🙂 I was thrilled to be asked to be Guest Designer at Coloring With Pencils Challenge this month. I was given an image from one of their sponsors, Color of Love, to make my card with. I decided to use a monochrome palette to color Garden of Eden Enchantress with my Prismacolor Pencils. After finishing the image, I added a backround with pencils and a stencil, then distressed the edges.

I found some coordinating pieces of gray and black CS, distressed the edges, then layered them on the card base with a piece of black lace. After adhering the image, I added a cluster of black and white roses, some black leather leaves and some black baubles. The small stamped sentiment was the final touch for this card.

I’d like to thank the team at Coloring With Pencils for inviting me to join them this month as GDT!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

613 Ave Create – July ATG with Optional Black & White

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2230 ATG

The Sweet Things

Hi there 🙂 I made this card featuring the sweet image, Macaron Friends, from Graciellie Designs. I think it was inspired by binge watching all the Great Bake-Off shows (UK, American, Canadian…..so far, lol). I colored the image up with my Copics, then fussy cut them out.

I love the sentiment that came with this digital set, and messed around with a number of ideas on how I could come up with a layout that let both the image and the sentiment shine. Although this window gatefold was no the initial idea, I kept at it, after making a few boo boos, lol.

I added a stitching effect with my white Posca, then scattered some enamel dots for a bit of embellishment 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

A Gem of a Challenge – Week 15 ATG

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 29 ATG

Aud Sentiments – #295 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #461 Celebrations

The Corrosive Challenge – #7 July ATG

Bauble Wreath

Hi there 🙂 With all the Christmas in July stuff going on, I figured there was no better time to add to my stash of holiday cards! I made up this CAS card using an image from Pattie’s Creations. I colored up Christmas Wreath with my Copics and added a few highlights with my white Posca pen.

After matting the image in green, I placed it on a background embossed with circles, to reflect the shape of the baubles in the wreath. A quick die cut sentiment, and more green matting finish this card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge – #196 ATG

Passion for Markers – Week 649 Christmas in July

Aud Sentiments – #295 ATG (with a sentiment)

Dare 2B Artzy – Christmas in July

Crafty Catz Challenge – #603 ATG

The Perfect Tree

Hi there 🙂 This image brought back so many memories of venturing out to find the “perfect” Christmas tree!! I just had to color the truck red, as my dad’s truck was that color! This image is from Star Jam Lines, and it, plus so many more amazing images can be found on Olya’s Facebook page! I colored the image with my Copics, then stamped a seasonal greeting.

The frame was die cut, then I brushed on a bit of gold ink to soften it a bit. I had a small piece of cloud print paper, that I layered with some die cut “snow banks”. To complete the background scene, I added some die cut pine trees from a lovely border die. Some snowy glitter was added to the snow, as well as the tree branches.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Knockouts – #459 Outside Fun

Passion for Markers – Week 647 Any Occasion other than Birthday

A Gem of a Challenge – Week 14 ATG

Country View Challenge – July 2022 Travel

Die Cut Divas – Christmas in July

Elegant Thank You

Hi there 🙂 I needed a thank you card, and this gorgeous image, Skirt of Flowers, from A Day for Daisies (yay! the store is up and running again!), was the perfect image to work with 🙂 I colored it with my Copics, then cut it out, so it was framed with a die cut silver frame. I found a subtle print CS for the background, and added a die cut sentiment. The card was crying out for something else, so I went digging around in my stash, concentrating on the stuff I usually ignore. I found some pretty peel off branches in silver, and added some tiny pink die cut flowers. Just to drive my self nuts, I carefully added some 1mm rhinestones to the centres of the blooms.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

DL Art – July ATG Linky Challenge

Crafty Gals Corner – #232 ATG

Papercraft Challenges – #83 For the Girls

Crafty Catz Challenge – #602 ATG with option of Say It With Flowers

Mermaid Dreams

Hi there 🙂 It’s been ages since I’ve used a Selina Fenech image in one of my makes!! Although her images are considered coloring pages, I shrink them down to cardmaking size 🙂 Too beautiful not to share! This particular image was a freebie on her Facebook page awhile back. I colored this beauty up with my Copics, then added some Wink of Stella to the tail for some shimmer. I was actually able to get a picture that shows this shimmer!!!!

I matted the image up with a couple of coordinating pieces of card stock, then set it aside as I worked on the base of the card. I cut a circle background with a cool die from Crafty Meraky out of white, and layered it over another piece of white, for a faux embossed background that reminded me a bit of bubbles. I then arranged an assortment of seaweed and shells that I die cut with Marianne dies along the bottom border. A pretty pink sentiment die cut was tucked between the image and the die cut arrangement. I carefully arranged pearls around the seaweed and shells, and even more carefully, added teeny pearl accents to the mermaid. In keeping with me trying to use stuff from my stash that’s been sitting unused for forever, some Flower Soft was the perfect finishing touch!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 27 ATG

As You Like It Challenge – Fave Feminine or Masculine? Feminine, because there is such a huge assortment of images, embellishments and dies that are aimed at more feminine creations!

The Paper Shelter – #518 Under the Sea

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2226 ATG

Dies R Us Challenge – #196 ATG

Shout It Out

Hi there 🙂 Time for a new challenge over at Creative Fingers. All of our challenges are ATG, and this time we have 2 prizes on offer. Tindaloo is offering a digi prize, and Angelique is offering this beautiful horse stamp set.

For my card, I used an image from Digi Stamps 4 Joy, another store that has sadly closed their doors. This hippo may have been yawning, but I thought it would be funnier for him to be shouting a big old Happy Birthday!! I colored him up with my Copics, and fussy cut him out.

For the background, I used chalks to make almost a comic book effect of shouting, then placed the die cut sentiment over the top. I added a couple paper fringes on the side for just a bit more fun.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Creative Crafting Uncles – #30 CAS

Crafter’s Cafe – #286 Humorous/Funny

Creative Knockouts – #458 Something to Say

The Paper Funday Challenge – #42 June ATG/Masculine

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2225 ATG

Pirate Parrot

Hello there 🙂 I needed a bookmark, and there is no way that I was going to use a scrap of paper or some such nonsense….crafters don’t do that!! Lol. I printed this cute little Pirate Parrot from Fabrika Fantasy in a small enough size to use on this. After coloring him with my Copics, I fussy cut him out.

I die cut a banner that was the appropriate size, and used Distress Inks to make some clouds and a sandy background. For the palm trees, I die cut some trees, then used the negative part of the cut and black inks to stencil them into the background. After adhering the image to the bookmark, I attached a tassel that I made with some coordinating colors of embroidery floss 🙂 No more losing my place with this little cutie!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

613 Avenue Create – #202206 June ATG/Let It All Hang Out

The Paper Shelter – #517 Things With Wings

Double D Challenge – Beach Time

Time Out Challenge – #216 Tropical

Joy

Hi there 🙂 Time for another Christmas creation, as I’m so dreadfully behind this year, it isn’t even funny!! I have the best post man that delivers to us at work. I get most of my online orders delivered there, and he’s always almost as excited as I am when my “presents” arrive. Not only that, he’ll take our work mail and pop it in the post for us 🙂 I always give him a gift card at Christmas, just because he’s special, and well….it’s Christmas!! I used Sparkle Glitter and Joy Snowmen, from Digi Doodle Studios, for this years holder. I colored it up with my Copics, added some touches with white Posca, then fussy cut it out. I decided to try a different style of gift card holder than any I’ve tried, and used a version of one I found on Pinterest.

I had scraps of red and green spotted paper, and they went perfectly with the spots that I added in the image! More spots were added with my Posca on the edges of the part that actually holds the GC. A quick die cut sentiment and a blank piece for adding a personal sentiment finish this off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

ABC Christmas Challenge – L and M are for Little (this is little!) and Music

Simon Monday Challenge – Something Beginning With “S” – snowmen, spots

Digi Choosday Craft Challenge – Week 25 ATG

Mirtillamente Challenge – #10 June ATG

Your Scrapbook Place – June ATG challenge

Birthday Shake Up

Hi there 🙂 Another boss’s birthday, another card. My bosses are really pretty great, so I like to have a bit of fun and make something a little special for them. I figured this one could use a fidget toy, too, so made him this shaker card. For the shaker part, I created a sunburst effect for the background from strips of paper that I have left over from making envelopes. I die cut the frame with a scrap of red cardstock, then filled it with some bright shaker “stuff”. I found a scrap of blue to layer behind the shaker, then die cut the sentiment from a bright yellow. Before gluing things down, I added a scattering of chunky silver embossing powder, to tie in with the silver bits in the shaker. As I was layering things up, I added a yellow banner piece to balance things out. For a tiny finishing touch, I glued a red shaker star in the centre of one of the sentiment letters.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Pixie’s Snippets Challenge – #430 ATG with Snippets

Dare 2B Artzy – June – Masculine

Creative Inspirations – June – Masculine

Let’s Craft and Create – #184 AG + Penny for Your Thoughts

Crafts Galore Encore – #100 June ATG