Thursday, April 1, 2021


Happy April Fool's Day however, our new challenge at Creative Knockouts is no joke! 

Our theme for this challenge is Sparkle & Shine and our fabulous sponsor is Star Stampz and they are generously donating 3 images to the lucky winner!

As it typically goes for me, I get creating and forget about the theme and it wasn't until I started typing this post that I realized I didn't have any sparkle or shine.  Back up to my craft room I go.

This too cute image is Red String and I colored her with Copic markers.  I added Glossy Accents to the heart on her sweater and skirt for some shine then stuck some teal gems in the corner and Wink of Stella on the kitty and string for the sparkle. I cased the layout from a card I came across by Jessie Banks, I just love the simple design.

I hope your April Fool's Day is prank free and if not, at least makes you laugh!

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - ATG w/Critter #49

Peace on Earth

 Happy April Fool's Day although it's no joke that Winter Wonderland has a new challenge!

I was the lucky one who picked the theme this month and considering all the craziness going on in the world today, I chose "Peace on Earth".  

Our sponsor for this challenge is SheepSki Designs and they have a special prize for the winner of this challenge, thank you to the talented Andrea!

This image is Winter Deer, the image only has 2 trees however for my cards I added a few extras.  After I printed the image on white cardstock I went to work on the background using Distress Inks.  Once I had the combos right it was still missing something.

After many failed attempts using stickles, heat & stick powder with glitter, sparkle embossing powder and a variety of attempts using the inks it just didn't look right until I pulled out Texture Paste by Ranger that I've had for over a year but have never tried. So I went to work on my failed attempts to see what I could do with the paste.

I pulled out my Snow Flurry stencil by Taylored Expressions and placed it over the image and thought it was just the snow that needed texture and dimension so I covered up those small little holes that covered the trees and deer. Spread the paste over the open holes and pulled the stencil off to discover it looked crappy so that was the end of Day 1. 

 Day 2 - I tried again spreading the paste over the entire card - finally, success!  On the green card I sprinkled some glitter over the paste while it was still wet and wish I would have done that on both cards but enough was enough, this had to end!

Sorry for all the rambling and I appreciate you stopping by to take a peek and I hope you have a chance to join us at Winter Wonderland!

Distress Inks Used:
  • Twisted Citron, Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Black Soot
  • Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers

Crafty Gals Corner - Make it Green #217
SheepSki Designs - Animal Magic #49 (April)
Aud Sentiments - Animals + Sentiment #271

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Spots and Snowflakes

Welcome back for our new challenge at Christmas with the Cuties! Our theme for this challenge is Spots and/or Snowflakes.

Our fab sponsor for this challenge is Fred She Said and they have generously donated a $10 gift certificate to their online store.

This sweet little image is Catchin' Fakes. This image brings back so many memories, my boys and I still do that when it snows, sigh....

I think I put too much emphasis on the contrast when I took this pic :)  I used Copic markers to color the image then I laid a snowfall stencil over the image and used distress inks to add the falling snow.  I also added stickles and some sequins over the image snowflakes then distressed the edges of the inner circle.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see your creations soon!

The Crafter's Cafe - Seasons #262
CCAYR - "F" for Flakes (March)

Saturday, March 20, 2021

March Sketch Challenge

Are you ready for a new Sketch Challenge?! Creative Sketchy Girls are ready with a new sketch for you to play with and I am excited to see your interpretation!

Our sponsor for this "sketchy" challenge is Bugaboo Stamps and Jodie has graciously given us some fun and playful images to create with, thanks Jodie!

This cute little bunny is Garden Spring Bunny and if this image doesn't scream Spring then I don't know what does! I colored the image with Copic markers and used a variety of papers from my stash to create the layers and decided to add a sentiment on the top of the banner and a couple of enamel dots at the bottom to finish it off.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope our sketch as inspired you to join our challenge!

Animal Friends Challenge - Bunnies (March)
Do-Al(l) creative - Easter Greetings #51 (March)

Friday, March 19, 2021

What's the Buzz?

 Spring has sprung here in beautiful British Columbia, the cherry blossoms are ... blossoming, the birds are singing, bees are buzzing and the rain is pouring, ugh.

Well, there is no rain in the forecast for our "Spring is in the Air" Challenge at  Creative Knockouts!  Our fab sponsor for our Spring challenge is Jan's Digi Stamps!

This image is from the Honey Bees collection, I really, really love this image.  I colored the image with Copic markers however I didn't color the bees as I didn't want to take away from the yellow in the beehive but I did add Wink of Stella which is difficult to see in the picture.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Kept the embellies simple with two flowers and a button.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you join us for our challenge!

Craft Rocket Challenges - Die Cuts and/or Spring #79
Moving Along with the Times - Spring #128 (March)
ModSquad Challenges - Springtime