Special Delivery

Hi there 🙂 I was honored to be chosen as Star of the Month recently at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge, and am thrilled to be joining them as a GDT for this month <3 This week’s challenge theme is “Male”, and the wonderful sponsor is Colour of Love, offering 3 images to the lucky winner. I’m using the image Cliff the Stork, for a sweet baby boy card. I colored him up with my Copics, then fussy cut him out.

I had chosen my papers beforehand, so I could coordinate the colors with the image, but had no idea as to what I was going to do for the layout!! After shifting pieces a number of times, I made up my mind, and got to work. I layered the pieces together, sewing one piece on with a zig zag stitch for a bit more interest. After attaching the die cut fishtail banner piece, I cut out the sentiment twice, to layer the letters for a shadow effect, and attached them to the card. I popped on Cliff with some foam dots for a bit of dimension. There was still something missing, so I cut out a few arrow head pieces and added some dots to them – this finished the card off perfectly 🙂 I do hope you can join us at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge with your male makes this week, as we’d love to see where your creativity takes you!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Simon Monday Challenge – Masculine

613 Avenue Create – JUNE 2024 – ANYTHING GOES w/ OPTIONAL TWIST: FOR THE GUYS

Classic Design Challenge – #05 Anything Goes with Optional Twist: Masculine

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Masculine

Allsorts Challenge – Week 783 Lots of Layers

Floral Wishes

Hi there 🙂 It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything. Life has been really been kicking my butt lately, and I don’t seem to have time for anything!! However….I was honored to be asked to guest design for Coloring With Pencils, and it gave me the push to get back to what I love 🙂 I was given this lovely image from one of The Paper Shelter‘s fabulous coloring books, Fairytale Ladies. I colored this beauty up with my Prismacolor pencils, then distressed and inked the edges.

I found some scraps of white and a light grey cardstock, and got to work on them. I die cut one of the white pieces with a pretty edged die, then embossed a piece of the grey with a fun floral embossing folder that I’d brushed lightly with some ink. I distressed and inked the edges of the other pieces, then started layering everything. I added a pretty piece of lace, then took a piece of crinkle ribbon from DL Art, and wrapped it around a few times before tying a bow. After I had everything stacked the way I wanted, I added a few pearls, and some die cut butterflies as finishing touches.

I hope you can dig your pencils out, and join us at Coloring With Pencils!! There are 4 fabulous sponsors this month: Color of Love, Polkadoodles, Last Minute Manda, and The Paper Shelter – so you have a great chance of scoring some goodies 🙂

Gingerbread Fun

Hi there 🙂 I’ve always loved gingerbread houses and men, so it was so much fun having a play with this image from All Dressed Up. I can’t find it on the Etsy site right now, but it might reappear at some point!! I colored it up with my Copics, then fussy cut it out. Glitter and shine were added to some of the candies and trims for some extra fun.

I used a Whimsy Stamps slimline die to cut out the background, and embossed the centre piece with a dotted folder to look a little bit like snow (and I didn’t realize that I put this piece in upside down until the card was finished!! inverted snow? lol) After assembling the card front, I remembered I had some gumdrop brads in my stash, that would make a nice addition to the card. I got them on just before adding to the card blank!! A pretty die cut sentiment finishes the card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Christmas Craft Creations – Stencils or Embossing Folders

All Dressed Up Challenge – #148 ATG with an All Dressed Up image

Creative Knockouts – #515-Die Cuts/Punches/Stencils

Rabisco Challenge – #54 ATG

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 8 ATG

A Kitty Tree

Hi there 🙂 I have a good friend that absolutely loves cats, and also has a real “thing” for anything blingy or sparkly. I decided to combine the 2 with this adorable image from Conie Fong. I colored up Purr-fect Christmas with my Copics, then fussy cut it out. I had fun coloring all the kitties differently 🙂

I took the shiny striped background paper, and cut an aperture in it, then took a piece of red card stock, and cut a smaller one in that. I backed everything with a sparkly silver paper, to give the card a double matted effect. For some bling, I placed rhinestone gems around the window, to give a bit of a marquee effect. A few more were added in the corners, because you just can’t get enough bling!! After placing the image, I die cut the sentiment a few times, and layered it to give it a bit of dimension.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

ABC Christmas Challenge – C is for Cats, D is for Dogs

Christmas Kickstart – #83 Out on a Limb (like it or not, when you have cat’s it’s a never ending battle!)

Let’s Craft and Create – #204 – AG + Polka Dots and/or Stripes

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – #709 Christmas

Dream Valley Challenges – #310 Our 4 Legged Friends

Seahorse Gatefold

Hi there 🙂 I had an idea with these seahorses with an image I’d printed out, but it didn’t work out at all, so rather than take the 2 steps to put the dies away, I came up with this 🙂 These 2 dies screamed gatefold card, so I listened! lol After assembling the card so the 2 seahorses lined up facing each other, I went to work on the inside.

I dug into my dies again, and cut some pretty seashells and seaweed to keep with the underwater theme, then added a birthday sentiment. A belly band with some black and white ribbon holds everything closed for sending. Love the dramatic black and white of this whole card!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Paper Funday Challenge – Challenge #62 – Anything Goes with Optional Twist: No Patterned Paper

Crafty Catz – #666 ATG with optional More than One Fold

Time Out Challenges – Challenge #257 – Time Out 10th Birthday!

Creative Knockouts – #515-Die Cuts/Punches/Stencils

A Place to Start – FEBRUARY 2024 – Monochrome

Baby Deer

Hi there 🙂 When I saw this deer on the Kit and Clowder Advent event, I fell in love instantly!! Even though the advent is over, Alyce has a lot more goodies available on her website, and Facebook group. I printed this sweetie off on grey paper (the wrong side!), and colored it up with my Prismacolor pencils. Some highlights and accents were added with a Posca pen.

With such a cute image, I wanted to keep the card on the simple side. I die cut the poinsettia border, and glued it to the front, which I’d cut down so the die cut was equal to the back side. I added a red panel to the inside of the back, so the die cut popped. The same red was used for matting and the die cut sentiment. Some small gold gems were added to the centre of the poinsettia in both the die cut and the image, just to add a tiny bit of festive bling 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – #709 Christmas

Coloring With Pencils – February ATG with Pencils

Gem of a Challenge – Week 4 ATG

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2407 ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – February ATG

My Bunny

Hi there 🙂 I was thrilled to be asked to be GDT at Coloring With Pencils this month 🙂 One of their fabulous sponsors is The Paper Shelter, and I was given this sweet image to work with. I decided to make a baby card with it. I colored up My Bunny Pal with my Prismacolor Pencils, then fussy cut it out.

I had picked out my papers before I began coloring, to make it easier to match things up. These were from a 6×6 paper pack that I found at the dollar store….I was pleasantly surprised at all the nice prints in it!! I used an oval die to cut out the window in the front, then layered everything together, using a neutral solid for matting. After cutting out 2 sentiments (to provide a shadowed effect), and a little bunny, I popped all the elements on to the assembled card with some foam dots. Some white highlights with my Posca pen finished the card off. I’d again like to thank the team at Coloring With Pencils for asking me to join them!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Papercraft Challenge – #102 ATG

Dream Valley – #308 2 or More Papers

613 Avenue Create – January ATG w/ OPTIONAL TWIST: NEW BEGINNINGS

Let’s Craft and Create – #203 ATG or Penny for your Thoughts – (Use a sentiment)

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #563 ATG

Fa La Llama

Hi there 🙂 When I saw this fun trio in the Di’s Digital Stamps store, I knew I just had to have them!! I colored up 3 Chilly Llamas with my Copics, then added some accents with Posca Pens.

I carefully positioned them so they’d be singing away from the centre of the die cut wreath. After getting everything lined up and on the die cut card base, I found just the word die I had to use, and used some sparkly blue paper to cut the main part, and some red for the shadow part. Some red glitter “berries” and a few blue sparkle music notes amongst the wreath branches finish this card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Di’s Digi Stamps Challenge – ANY WINTER HOLIDAY

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – #702 Christmas the Last Stretch

As You Like It Challenge – Final Challenge for 2023 – Anything Goes!!!

Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge – #12 December ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #12 December ATG

Owl Ornaments

Hi there 🙂 Anyone that knows me, knows that I love owls, so I love making cards featuring them. This festive little guy is from Miss Daisy Stamps, another store that has closed. I colored him up with my Copics, and added a few touches with my white Posca, before cutting him out with an oval die.

I found the cute ornament paper that went well as a background. I also have this gorgeous ornament die that fit right in with the developing theme. After matting the image, I arranged and layered all the other components of the card. An inlaid sentiment strip die finished this card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #220 ATG

Digi Choosday Challenge – Week 50 ATG

Creative Knockouts – #511-Time To Be Merry

Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge – Week 50 ATG

Christmas Craft Creations – December – Christmas Decorations

Scottie Shaker

Hi there 🙂 Every year, I make my sister a card that features a Scottie Dog. She has loved these pups since before I was born 🙂 I did some browsing online, and found Booker the Scottie at Sweet November Stamps. He isn’t really a Christmas image, so I had to put him into a scene that was festive. I found this snowglobe image from DRS Designs in my stash, and merged Booker into the scene before printing it off.

I assembled the shaker, using some snowflake punches, and white cake sprinkles for the snow. Of course I had to use a plaid background paper when using a Scottie dog themed card, so found a pretty plaid in my paper stash that coordinated beautifully with the image. Some die cut snowflakes were scattered around the snowglobe to add to the wintery feel. A narrow red ribbon at the base of the snowglobe attaches the tag with the stamped sentiment. Some pearls in the centres of the die cut snowflakes finish this card off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Papercraft Challenges – #101, Christmas

Classic Design Challenge – #12 December ATG

Creative Inspirations – December Happy Christmas/Happy New Year!

Crafty Gals Corner – #250 ~ ‘Tis the Season

Allsorts Challenge – Week 760/761 Cold and Ice