Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Sweetest Time of the Year

We're in the home stretch now, are you ready for Santa's visit? This is my last week of work until January so I'm happy that I'll have some time to finish up any last minute things I may have forgotten.  I'm looking forward to some time off and excited that my oldest son Lane will make it home for Christmas. It will be a much smaller Christmas this year as I'm sure it will be for most of us.

Onward to our challenge at Creative Knockouts and the theme for this challenge is ATG or Anything Goes!  

Our fab and fun Sponsor is SheepSki Designs.  I love the unique and funny designs, make sure to check them out!

I was super excited to play with this image, Ginger Hot Tub!  

I printed the image on Copic paper then masked it off to create the background with Distressed Oxide Inks: Candied Apple, Pickled Raspberry and Worn Lipstick.  After that was done I colored the image with Copics, added the sentiment, twine and button.

Thanks so much for stopping by and would like to wish everyone a safe, health and happy holiday season!

Monday, December 14, 2020

Merry Christmas CAS Style

 Our last ATG challenge of 2020 at Creatalicious Challenges

Our sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and in keeping with the CAS theme, I made the following card.

I used the Merry Christmas stamp and die-cut set by Photo Play.  I added multiple "merry" layers to the die cut for some height and dimension then used Festive Berries Distress Oxide ink for the middle splotch.  Put it all together with a smattering of sequins and the CAS Card is done!

Thanks for stopping by for a quick CAS visit and I hope to see your creations!

Just Believe

 Christmas with the Cuties has their last challenge of 2020 starting now! Our theme is "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - ATG with optional "Based on a Carol/Song" and remember, it must be cute!

Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is Polkadoodles!

I decided to play with the pre-colored image, Santa's Suit.  I used circle die-cuts on the image and coordinating cardstock for the background circle., added some gold and white twine and a few gold sequins to finish off the card.

I hope you have all finished off your Christmas cards, if not make sure to join our challenge for some last minute inspiration!  Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Holidays / Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.  Stay safe!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Naughty List

Christmas Craft Creations is hosting their last challenge of the year - Winter Blues and our talented design team has created some beautiful inspirational pieces.

Meet Maggie Blown Away, she is an image by Twistoon , one of may fun and quirky images available. I used Copic markers to color Maggie and a bit of stickles on her pom pom then attached pop-up dots to her so she would stand out.   

I was trying to match a sentiment to that expression on her face and figured the one from PhotoPlay worked perfectly, she does look surprised! 

I hope you have a chance to join our challenge and remember to add our badge below.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Merry Pony

 Winter Wonderland's end of the year challenge is happening now!  Our last challenge of the year is Anything Christmas Goes. This year our challenge is a bit different - make sure to check out the particulars here.  

I've been itching to use this image by Hetty Clare, Pony Stocking.  I used Copic markers to color this pony up to match the papers Winter Fun by Carta Bella. For the layout inspiration, I used the sketch below.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!! Stay safe xx

My Time to Craft - Christmas Animals

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Meowy Xmas at Creative Knockouts

We made it to December!! This year will look a lot different that in years past and I hope you spread love and cheer to your loved ones, one special Christmas card at a time. 

Our new challenge at Creative Knockouts is "Tis the Season" and I hope this will help you spread Christmas cheer to all!  Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Hetty Clare and right now Helen has an amazing 60% off sale on her digis!

This uniquely adorable image is Xmas Cats colored with Copic markers, white gel pen, glossy accents and some stickles.  I added the "Merry" sentiment in the top corner and the bright & colorful papers are from the Winter Wonderland collection by Doodlebug.

Thank you so much for stoppin' in and I hope you join us!


International Art & Soul - Lots of Pink in December
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas Present
Double "D" Challenges - Santa Hats
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - ATG w/Critter #45

Merriest Wishes from Arty Divas

December has arrived!  This year more than ever is important to send your friends and family Christmas cards as Christmas will look different for most of us.  I hope our new challenge at Arty Divas will lift your spirits and put you in the mood to create!

As always it's Anything Goes and our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Lilli Rain Designs.

For this challenge I decided to use Polar Bear Pals by MFT.  I came across this card by Ally who was late night creating.  I loved the design so decided to CASE it. After I added the sentiment banner I wished I would have used some sparkle spritz, guess that means I need to make more!

Our talented team at Arty Divas has some wonderful creations, I hope you visit them and leave some love.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you join us, I'd love to see your creation!

The Paper Players - Tic-Tac-Toe (Patterned Paper, Red, Coloring Tool)
Fab 'n' Funky  Challenges - Winter Wonderland #505
Country View Challenges - Anything Christmas

Monday, November 23, 2020

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas

 Another challenge that will help you get your Christmas cards ready to mail!

Christmas with the Cuties has a new challenge, Feature a Creature and as always, it must be CUTE!  

We have a fab sponsor for our new challenge, Lee Holland Illustrations. Make sure you visit the store, just click the link above, you won't be disappointed!


This little image is Dragon in Santa Hat and ooooohhhh, how cute is that image?! I decided to go CAS with this darling image so I added some color with my Copic markers then some stickles on the fur and along the snowy ground.  The sentiment is from the Merry Christmas set by Photoplay.

I hope you have a chance to play with us, I'd love to see your cute Creatures!

CAS on Sunday - Use a Big Sentiment #193
Cardz 4 Gals - Cute Christmas #135
613 Avenue Create - ATG w/Twist Cute Critters
Dragonfly Dreams - Winter/Christmas
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - ATG w/Critter #44
Do-Al(l) Creative - Twisted Sister #47 Sparkle + Christmas Greeting

Friday, November 20, 2020

Winter Wonderland at Creative Knockouts

Creative Knockouts has a new challenge with a new theme - Winter Wonderland. Sigh, mid-November already, where has the time gone?

Our sponsor for this challenge is Di's Digital Stamps and the lucky winner will receive a $6 voucher!

This image is Critter Christmas Mountain, isn't it completely adorable!. I colored the image with Copic markers and tried to create clouds in the background however it didn't work out so I ended up coloring the complete background, not too bad :) 

I hope you join us for our challenge, I'd love to see what you create!

Prize: $6 voucher

Aud Sentiments - Christmas/Winter Animals #264
Cardz 4  Gals - Cute Christmas #135
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas #577
Craft Rocket Challenges - Christmas #76
ABC Christmas Challenges - W for Winter Wonderland

Saturday, November 14, 2020

 Creatalicious Challenge time! As always it's ATG with optional twist of Autumn/Thanksgiving.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Color of Love.  

The image below is Rory's Pumpkin Patch.  I decided to print the image on Kraft paper and use pencils to color the fall colors, Autumn happens to be my FAVE season!

The papers are from the Forever Fall collection by Bo Bunny and the sentiment is from Autumn Days Sentiments by Digi Doodle Studios.

Make sure to check out the wonderful creations by our Design Team for some inspiration then it's your turn to create!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Christmas Gift Card

 Christmas Craft Creations has a new challenge starting today and our theme this month is "Anything but a Card".  When entering our challenge, remember to include our theme badge (below) to your post!

Gift cards are popular this time of year so why not create your own personalized pocket! They are quick, easy and can be personalized too.  

There are so many templates out there, the one I used I've had for years however I don't remember where I got it from.  It's not a die cut, I printed the template on cardboard then trace it on whatever cardstock I want to use.  The image is from the Polar Pals collection by My Favorite Things, the sentiment is from Puffy Holiday Greetings by Mama Elephant and the background paper is Frosted Forest by Doodlebug.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing what you create!

Friday, November 6, 2020

Stacked Penguins at Winter Wonderland

 November Challenge time at Winter Wonderland! With a new challenge comes a new theme and this month our theme is Things with Wings.  

Our sponsor for this challenge is SheepSki Designs and you have to check out their images, definitely one of a kind and so fun to play with.

This image is Stack, even tho these creatures have wings, they are used for swimming and balance which is why they are staked on top of each other!  I used Copic markers to color the image and worked with papers from the Celebrate Winter collection from Echo Papers to create the layout.

I hope you have a chance to join us for this challenge and thanks for stopping by!

Aud Sentiments - ATG + Sentiment #263
Craft Rocket Challenges - Christmas/Winter #76
Ellibelle's Crafty Challenge - Christmas

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Pear-fectly at Creative Knockouts

Happy November! Well this year has gone by fast and considering the type of year 2020 has been, that might not be a bad thing!

Creative Knockouts has a new challenge for you with the theme of "Favorite Color Combo".  Our sponsor for this challenge is The Artsy Stamper and they have some fabulous images available so make sure you check out their shop!

This image is Bartlett Pears and I instantly imagined Autumn colors for my card and what is better than a green and golden color combo!  I colored the image with Copic markers to match the papers from Fall Fling by Lawn Fawn.  

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


The Card Concept - Mood Board #143
The Paper Girls Challenge - Fall/Pumpkin Colors #211

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Christmas Tag

 Happy October!  With a new month comes a new challenge at Arty Divas and as always, our theme is Anything Goes.  Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is Vectoria Designs.

For this challenge we were given printable Christmas tags to play with.  The tags are beautiful and easy to print.

I was trying to "think outside the box" on this one, I wanted to use the image as a background and this is what I came up with:

I created a round shaker tag by using circle die cuts and to keep with the vintage feel of the printouts I used Frayed Burlap Distress Inks to distress the outer circle.  I added the snowman and think I should have distressed him as well, next time!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you join us, I'd love to see your creation!


The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - ATG #82
Dream Valley Challenges - Dies/Punches #236

Monday, October 26, 2020

Christmas Sparkle with Barry

 Challenge time at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is "Christmas Teddies" and we have TWO wonderful sponsors for this challenge, Crafty Ribbons and Di's Digi Stamps!

The weather here in British Columbia is definitely colder now and as I type this our furnace pumping in heat.  I am a cold weather gal, I love cold and crisp days and if it snows, even better!  As we all know, with the colder weather comes steps closer to Christmas and I hope our challenge will inspire you to start those Christmas cards.

For our Christmas Teddy theme, searched through my stash and came across this little fella.  If anyone remembers Stamp Fairy, that's where I got Barry from.  

I colored Barry with Copic markers, used a white gel pen in a few spots and added glossy accents for some dimension.  The sentiment is from Digi Stamp Boutique (another great spot for stamps however along with Stamp Fairy they are no longer). In keeping with the sparkle sentiment, I added a bit of bling.

Time to pull out those Christmas/wintery papers and start creating!


Jingle Belles - Not a creature was stirring
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Goes
Cut it Up - Sketch 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Happy Meow-lloween

Well hello dear friends, time for another challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Since Hallowe'en is just around the corner, our theme for this challenge is Purple Black Orange Green.  

Our fabulous sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and Jodie has graciously offered a $12 voucher for the winner, thanks Jodie!

The image for my cards is Goofy Cat Halloween Pumpkin and goofy it is!!  In keeping with our theme, I used Copic markers to color the pumpkin green, goof cat orange and the itty bitty spider purple.  I used a chevron embossing folder on white cardstock, sprayed black mist on the front then started to add washi tape. As for the sentiment, I have no idea where it came from. 

I hope you have as much fun with your creation as I did with mine and I look forward to seeing your creation!

Paperminutes - Fast and Easy 
Show us your Pussycats - Meowloween/Furrything Goes #59

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Boo Ghosts Pumpkins

 Welcome to mid-October (already?!), not sure how we got here so fast!  It's time for a new challenge at Creatalicious Challenges and as always, ATG with optional Hallowe'en (my FAVORITE!!).

Our sponsor for this challenge is Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios and oh my, she has some adorable images!  

This image is Halloween Moon and I'm in love with this too cute image.  If you've been following, I've just started experimenting in creating my own backgrounds with distress inks and I am extremely happy with how this card turned out.  After removing the masking from the image I colored the two figures with Copic markers I created a sentiment banner with stamps from Hallow-scream by Close to my Heart.

I hope you join us, I look forward to seeing your creations!

Try it on Tuesday - Halloween Time
Unicorn Challenge - Spooky and/or Cute
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Too Cute to Spook #152
Angie's Digital Stamps - ATG w/Halloween Twist
Dragonfly Dreams - Spooky and/or Cute
Aud Sentiments - Halloween/Fall Sentiment #262
Crafty Gals Corner - Halloween Colors #212

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Christmas Music

Christmas Craft Creations challenge time and our theme this month is Christmas Music.

When I saw the theme, I knew We Three Kings by Dr. Digi would be perfect.

I colored these three kings with Copic markers and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut them out as I hate fussy cutting.  I followed the sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and used papers from the Believe collection by Heidi Swapp.  

I had a bit of trouble with my heat embossed sentiment - After I assembled the card, I decided to add a sentiment. I wanted it to stick out so I pulled out my embossing powder.  I couldn't find my paint brush I use to remove loose powder so tried to tap as much as I could - then turned on the heat.  I don't have a craft heat gun, I have a regular heat gun from the hardware store so you have to be careful cause it gets really, really hot.  Well, I was so focused on my crappy tapping job that I didn't see the poor king's hat starting to burn.  Yikes!!  Had to open up the window before the hubby came to check out the burning smell, hahahaha.

Thanks so much for stopping in and I hope you join our challenge, I'd love to see what you create! Remember when entering our challenge to add the above theme badge for a chance to win a Cosy Christmas stamp set donated by our own Boryan!


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Clean and Simple Dragonfly

Creative Knockouts Challenge time and our theme is CAS (Clean and Simple).  What does that mean? It means lots of open space, limited layers & embellies and keep it simple.

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is Fabrika Fantasy and the winner will receive a special prize.  

The image I selected is Summer Duckling however I didn't use the entire stamp, I chose to use just the dragonfly.  

I added a splash of distress inks in the corner of the cardstock then colored the image with Copic markers and fussy cut around the image.  I applied pop-up dots on the back of the dragonfly, added sequins and bakers twine, stamped a simple sentiment in the corner - my CAS creation, quick and easy.

I hope you join us for our CAS challenge and I look forward to seeing your creation.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Tired Party Animal

 Happy October!  With a new month comes a new challenge at Arty Divas and as always, our theme is Anything Goes.  Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is SheepSki Designs.

This darlin' image is Party Animal, he looks exhausted from all that party fun! I colored the image using Copic markers and matched the colors with the papers from Surprise! collection by BoBunny.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you join us, I'd love to see your creation!

Fab n Funky - Birthday #497
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - ATG w/Critter

Friday, October 2, 2020

Penguins at Winter Wonderland

 Winter Wonderland challenge time! Our theme for this month is penguins.

Our sponsor is Twinkle Lane Designs on Etsy.  Make sure to check out their adorable images  

This image is Snow Penguin and I printed the image on card stock then masked it off and used distress inks to create the background. I used copic markers on the image then added some faux stitching throughout.  

I don’t have much experience using distress inks but I’m really happy how it turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your penguin creations!

Jingle Belles - Snow Far, Snow Good
Allsorts Challenge - Cute Christmas #592

Monday, September 28, 2020

Christmas in the Snow

Challenge time at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is "Christmas in the Snow", in other words, add snow or snowman(men) to your creation and remember, it must be cute!!

Our fun and fabulous sponsor is Bugaboo and they have a special prize for the winner of this challenge. 

Bugaboo has so many images to choose from, it was difficult to make a decision.  I finally decided on Candy Cane Snowman. I colored the image with Copic markers then added stickles to the snow drifts and glossy accents to various parts of the image for added dimension. 

I hope you have fun with the challenge and if you haven't started on your Christmas cards, this is the perfect challenge to get you started.

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Thursday, September 24, 2020


 Thankful Thoughts is the theme for our new challenge at Creative Knockouts!  

Our sponsor for this challenge is Star Stampz and the lucky winner will receive three (3) digi stamps of their choice!

While this may not be your typical "thankful" image, I love Monster Under Bed!  I colored the image to match the Monster Life papers purchased at Snap Click Supply Co. and the sentiment was computer generated. 

I hope you have fun with this challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations.  Thanks for stopping by!