Monday, July 26, 2021

Happy Holidays CAS

 Hard to believe July is almost over, 5 months to Christmas!

Continuing to build on that stash of Christmas cards, Christmas with the Cuties has a new challenge, Clean and Simple (CAS).

We have a fabulous sponsor with some super cute Christmas images - Just Me Digital Stamps.  Make sure to check out the adorable images!

This image full of cuteness is Christmas Bear with Snowman.  I printed the image with a border then colored it using Copic markers.  For a bit of dimension, I fussy cut the banner and applied pop-dots to the back.  

What I loved about working with this image is it took no time at all to color and put together, absolutely perfect for mass producing which I intend on doing.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek and I look forward to seeing what you create!
Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Wooly or Fluffy or Furry

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Life is like Bubble Gum

Good day peeps! A new challenge is among us at Creative Knockouts  with a theme of Die-cuts and/or Punches.  

Our sponsor for this challenge is Jan's Digi Stamps and the lucky winner will receive a $10 gift voucher to their store!

I had fun with this Bubblegum Machine image and I love the sentiment too!  I used Copic markers to color the image as well as a white gel pen to finish it off.  Next was to start hole punching various colors to simulate the gumballs.  The embossed background was made using Thatched Slimline Embossing Folder from Whimsy Stamps.

So glad you stopped by and I hope to see your creations using die-cuts and/or punches!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Happy Piggy Birthday

Creative Sketchy Girls has a new challenge this month and we have a fun sketch for you to play with for the next 30 days!

Sponsors for this challenge is our own Claudia and Lisbeth and they have a special surprise for the winner!

The image I chose is Pig - Birthday Cupcake.  I used Copic markers to color the image then paired it up with papers from the Party Time Collection by  Doodlebug Designs.  I used star die-cuts for the birthday sentiment then started creating my layers including using blue ribbon as a layer.  To finish it off I added some enamel dots in the corner.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek and I look forward to seeing your sketch interpretations!

Simon Says Stamp - Food and/or Drink
My Time to Craft - Ribbons/Bows #461
Alphabet Challenge - Use Happy in sentiment
CCC Digi Creations - For the Men/Boys #127

Friday, July 16, 2021

Let the Good Times Roll

 Welcome back! Today I'm sharing my creation for our new challenge at Creatalicious Challenges and until July 15th, our theme is Transport/Travel.  

Our own Melanie has donated a special prize for the winner of this challenge, make sure to hop on over to check it out!

This image is one that I have had for many years, it's called Scooter by Kenny K.  Unfortunately this is another artist who closed shop.  I colored Scooter with Copic markers then used my white gel pen on the white lines (where I may have colored over).  I fussy cut the image then added pop dots to the back.

I used the brick stencil to create the background with Aged Mahogany and Fossilized Amber then added the borders at the bottom of the circle and finished it off with a button (ohh, again this embellie is so old).  The sentiment is from Simple Sentiment Strips by Whimsy Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Beyond the Blue - Stencil Time
Country View Challenges - Use a Stencil
CCC Digi Creations - For the Men/Boys #127 (July)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Be Jolly

 Christmas Craft Creations has a new challenge and this month our theme is Anything Goes!  

We have a number of prizes up for grabs so make sure to take a look and start creating! 

This grumpy little fella is Gruffy Little Gnome by Meljens Designs. I adore this gruffy guy and have had him in my stash for years, I was happy to see he's still available! 

I colored him with Copic markers then fussy cut the image and added pop dots to the back of Gruffy and the sentiment for extra dimension.  I added a few snowflakes with some thin circle pop dots as well as to the banner.

The sentiment is part of the Joyful Greetings set by Paper Smooches and the papers are from Really Rainbow Christmas collection by Lawn Fawn.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see your creations!

Remember: Add our Theme Badge (above) to qualify for your chance to win!

Shopping our Stash - Christmas in July #449
Dare2BArtsy - Christmas in July
Dragonfly Dreams - Christmas in July

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Treat yourself / You are the Coolest!

Happy Summer and welcome to a new challenge at Creative Knockouts! Our theme for this challenge is "Something to Say".

Our fabulous sponsor is Twinkle Lane Designs and they are generously donating 2 digi sets to the lucky winner, thank you Twinkle Lane!!

I ended up making two cards using the mini ice cream cone and lollies images from the Ice Cream Cone Set.  I used my Cameo to print and cut the images then I colored them with Copic markers.  I added glossy accents and tossed in some glitter as sprinkles on the ice cream cones.  The banner is from the Virtual Friends Add-ons stamp set by Lawn Fawn and the sentiments are computer generated.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are all staying cool in this summer heat!
Prize: Two digi sets

Coloring in Scrapland - Stripes/Blue (Sept)
The Crafting Challenge - Summer (July)
Clever Dexter Challenge - #19 Hello Summer (July)
Do-Al(a) Creative - Summer #55

Friday, July 2, 2021

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Winter Wonderland has a new challenge for July - "Christmas Music / Songs" and our fab sponsor is Stampers Delight and the lucky winner will receive 3 digis of their choice!

This cutie is Chibi Smile and I used Copic markers to color her up, in Christmas colors of course! I used a music embossing folder on red cardstock and since the lyrical sentiment (computer generated) mentions Christmas trees, I found some background paper that matches.

I hope you have as much fun with this challenge as I did and look forward to seeing your creations!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Christmas Cuties

With temperature at 41 degrees Celsius it's hard to think about Christmas!  It's too hot to be outside so here I sit in my craft room with the fan on high trying to stay cool, getting my card ready for a new challenge at Christmas with the Cuties.  

Our theme for June is Christmas Cuties and our sponsor is Hetty Clare.  Hetty Clare has so many cuties to choose from and for  my card, this Christmas Cutie is Pony Ski.

I used Copic markers to match the Winter Fun papers by Carta Bella and Nuvo glitter drops on Santa's fur as well as the falling snow.  The Be Bright brad is from my stash.

I hope you are all staying safe and cool and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Outside Fun with Katie & Kit

Ready for a new challenge?! Well, we're ready at Creative Knockouts and our theme for this challenge is Outside Fun.  Speaking of fun, our sponsor Laurie Furnell Ink has some cute and fun images to play with!

The image below is from the Katie & Kit Sunflowers collection.

I colored Katie with Copic markers then applied glossy accents in those spots I felt needed some popping.  I adore the little Kit at her legs, reminds me of our little one, Boo so I had to color her black.  

The orange polka dot paper is from my stash and the printed verse is from the Summer Fresh paper pad by Simple Stories.  The polka dot layer is raised with foam tape so it hovers above the image and I added the button and flower cause it just needed something!

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

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Ribbon, Rope, Lace

 Welcome back for a new challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls.  This month our theme is Ribbon, Rope or Lace, you get to choose!  Our sponsor for this challenge is StarStampz!

This little guy is Dennis, aptly named if you ask me!  You all remember Dennis the Menace, right or am I dating myself?!

I decided to create an ATC since I didn't realize that I printed the image a bit on the smaller side.  I colored Dennis with Copic markers then framed the image with black cardstock.  I added some twine or rope at the top of the image and stamped the sentiment with Versamark onto black cardstock, sprinkled it with white embossing powder and set the heat gun to it.

I think he's pretty darn cute!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

At/In the Water at Creatalicious Challenges

Creatalicious Challenges has a new challenge with a fabulous sponsor, Colour of Love.  As always, the theme is ATG w/Optional Twist: At/In the Water.

For my card, this image is Rory's Jellyfish - perfect for our theme twist!

I reshaped the image in MS Word and tho it didn't match any of my oval die-cuts, I fussy cut around the image then measured the shape and cut out the orange background.  Since my cutting wasn't perfect, I used a distressing tool and went around the edges for some texture.

I colored Rory with Copic markers then added some Nuvo glitter drops, glossy accents and sequins.  To create the background I used Distress Inks, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch then sprayed the card with water and went to work drying it. 

I stamped the sentiment (Simple Sentiments by Whimsy Stamps) on orange paper then finished putting the card together.  I'm super happy with how it turned out.  

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

Challenge up your life - Under Water (June) .
Taylor Made Cards 4 U - ATG w/Optional Use Your Words (June)
Time out Challenges - Inspired by Words .

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Make a Wish

Welcome back for our Anything Goes Challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our sponsor for this challenge is Hetty Clare and my oh my, it's so difficult to choose just one image!

I fell in love with Make a Wish and got down to business.

I completely enjoyed coloring this image and wasn't really sure how I was going to showcase it.  Previous to coloring I received a new stamp set and was playing with it and created a few backgrounds with heat embossing and distress inks.  This particular background had just been sitting there and when I finished coloring the image I thought it would work for this creation - plain and simple.

I found the heart ribbon and green button in my stash and decided to dress it up a bit, I think it works!

Alphabet  Challenge - E for Easy Simple Cards .
Let's Craft and Create - ATG w/buttons .
Time Out Challenges - Inspired by Words .

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Heat Embossed Snowflakes

 I can't believe we've hit June, how can that be?  If sunshine and flowers are any indication then June it must be!

Christmas Craft Creations has a new challenge and our theme this month is Heat Embossing - time to warm up those heat guns!

The prize for this challenge has been donated by our own Maaike.  The winner will receive a Simon Says Message Banner die, you can see it here.  

For my card I pulled out a few snowflake stamps from my stash and used Versamark to stamp the images onto white cardstock.  I used white embossing powder, making sure to cover all the images then set the heat gun to them.

After the snowflakes were set I used Dusty Concord, Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks to create the background then took a spray bottle to the card.  After it was dry I decided to add the sentiment using silver embossing powder.  Once that was set, I sprayed some shimmer spritz over the entire card, added a bit of bling and some silver string to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your creations! Remember to add our Challenge Badge to your post for your chance to win!

Merry Little Christmas - ATG #35 (June)
Mix it Up Challenge - ATG w/optional Stamping (June)
Fezziwigs  Festive Frolics - Cold & Frosty (June) .

Friday, June 4, 2021

Christmas is for the birds

 Welcome back for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland! Our theme this month is Christmas Birds and our fabulous sponsor is Imagine that Digistamp and the lucky winner will receive 3 digis of their choice!

This darling bird is Christmas Owl and is the perfect image for our challenge!  I used Copic markers to color the image, Nuvo Glitter Drops were added on the snow and added glossy accents to various places for that extra dimension.  

To finish the card off I added the sentiment along with a couple of enamel dots and candy cane.  

I hope you have time to join us for this challenge, just think that's one more Christmas card for your stash!

Beyond the Blue - Patterned Paper #18 .
2  Craft Critter Crazies - ATG w/Critter #51 (June) .

Thursday, May 27, 2021

BBQ Dad - Happy Father's Day

For the Boys is our challenge theme at Creative Knockouts and our fabulous sponsor is none other than Dr. Digi's House of Stamps!  They have a huge variety of manly images and for my creation I picked BBQ Bill.

When I first started making cards, my forte was masculine cards.  My boys were young so I was just focused on card making for them and their buddies. I found it really difficult to transition into making feminine cards, I actually hated it - all the sparkle and fluff (tee hee).  Now it seems I don't make many masculine cards and I had so much fun making this one.

I colored Bill and his BBQ with Copic markers and decided to try my hand at a double easel card.  It took a few tries to get the measurements right and overall I'm happy with the turnout.  I was having some issues with it standing on it's own so I decided to use twine to keep it standing (see below).


What's nice about this fold is it's compact and can be mailed in a regular sized card envelope.  There are a few things I would adjust but that's for another time!  

The inside sentiment is from the Father's Day digital set by Whimsy Stamps and the outside is from Paper Smooches Uplifters (I'm so sad the shop is now closed). I used a screw head brad to attach the bread-clip embellie or as the package says "market tags" by I kan'dee and I have been hanging on to these for many years (not sure why) and is the first time I've opened the package.

I hope you are able to join us and enter your creation here for a chance to win 2 digis of your choice!

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Masculine (May) .
Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Cards 4 Dads (May)
Watercooler Wednesday - All About Occasions .

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Festive Furries & Feathers

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme this month is "Festive Furries & Feathers".  What that means is we would love to see those cute animals and/or birds on your creation.

For this card I chose to work with Snowman and Friends by Polkadoodles.  I used Copic markers to color the image and then added glossy accents and Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard).  

The papers are from the Winter Wonderland Collection by Doodlebug and the sentiment is from Merry Up by Penny Black.

Thanks so much for stopping in and I look forward to seeing what you create!

Jingle Belles - Bling on the Holidays .
Merry Little Christmas - ATG #34 (May) .

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Sketch Challenge - Oddball Art

 Welcome back for a new monthly challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls!  This month we have a sketch for you and I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Oddball Art and the lucky winner will receive 3 digis of their choice!

This image is Fairy Girl in Heart Antennas and comes with two sentiments (not shown).  I colored her with Copic markers and the love sentiment was computer generated. 

I dug through my papers and came across these in my Valentine's Day stash and thought they worked well with my coloring. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your sketch interpretations! 

Try it on Tuesday - Make it Feminine .
Aud Sentiments Challenge - For the Girls #275 .
Cardz 4 Galz - Things with Wings #147 .

Saturday, May 15, 2021


 Welcome back for our new challenge at Creatalicious Challenges! As always our theme is ATG with an optional "Twist".  Our twist for this challenge is "For a Woman".

Our fab sponsor for this challenge is SheepSki Designs and the lucky winner will received 3 digis of their choice.

This lovely image is Cat and when I saw this image the first person that came to mind was my friend Nubia.  She is strong, confident, beautiful and wise beyond her years.  She is from Mexico City and has a fiery personality that goes along with her beautiful accent.  Nubia can pull off any hairstyle and she usually surprises us with vibrant colored hair. This card is a tribute to a very special woman.

I colored the image with Copic Markers then added glossy accents to her eye and lips.  For the layout I cased a design from a very talented lady, Shani.  Shani always has the most amazing papers and I love how she matches and layers - yes, I'm a big fan!

The papers have been in my stash for literally years and I often wonder why I hang on to them and never use them.  The flowers are by Prima Flowers and the sentiment....well I searched high and low for something that would work.  I even considered printing something but that was too easy to make a mistake.  I went through every stamp I owned multiple times, nothing.  I was about to give up when I turned in my chair, staring at my shelves and realized I have a box of Close to my Heart stamps sets that I hadn't looked through, SCORE!

The sentiment is from the Playful Flourishes collection and it was even curved, perfect for this image. I am on a complete ramble tonite and for those of you who have actually taken the time to read all of it, I applaud you :)  As I look at the finished product, I have an issue with picking the right size when I work with square cards - I seem to have so much left over space.  I am always sure the size I pick is perfect for the image size and I'm always wrong and feel like I need to keep adding things to fill up the space, sigh .. one day.

Okay, I promise I'm done with my chatter and would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to visit and read and I truly hope you have a chance to play along with us at Creatalicious Challenges!

Crafty Gals Corner -  For the Ladies #219 (May) .
Watercooler Wednesday - Feminine #315 .
Try it on Tuesday - Make it Feminine .
SheepSki Designs Challenge - #50 Floral Dance .

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Flower Power at Creative Knockouts

As the saying goes,  April showers bring May flowers.  With that in mind, Creative Knockouts has a new challenge celebrating "Flower Power".  

Our sponsor is SheepSki Designs and the lucky winner of this challenge will receive 3 images of their choice!

This image is Tulip Border which was printed on X-press It paper and colored with Copic markers.  

As usual, this is not my first attempt.  I originally started creating clouds in the background which did not work at all so I tried covering the clouds with distress inks similar to above.  It actually turned out but after I stamped and set the embossed sentiment I thought I would outline the tulips in gold.  That did not go well. My pen was way too thick and when I tried to quickly wipe the gold off it made a huge mess. Back to the drawing board.

The sentiment is from the Happy Sentiments collection by Crafter's Companion.  Distress Inks used: Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters.

SheepSki Designs - Floral Dance #50 (May)
Dare 2B Artzy - Flowers (May) .
My Time to Craft! - Sentimental #456 .

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Christmas Tags at Christmas Craft Creations

 Christmas Craft Creations has a new challenge this month and our theme is Tags or ATC.  If you're not sure what ATC means, it's Artist Trading Cards.  These cards are small, 3.5" x 2.5" in size.  The choice is yours!

This month's prize was donated by our one and only Lynne! For your chance to win this beautiful tag die, remember to add our challenge badge to your post.

For my tag I used The Big Family of Little Snowman stamp set with matching dies.  

I colored the little fellas with Copic markers and used the dies to cut them out.  The circles were cut from stitched circle dies and I also used hillside dies to make the snowbank with glitter paper for that sparkle.  I stamped a few snowflakes then used pop dots on the snowmen and sentiment for some dimension.  

The sentiment is from the Puffy Holiday Greetings collection by Mama Elephant and finished it off with red gingham ribbon.

I look forward to seeing your ATC's or Tags so make sure to link them up here and remember to include our Challenge Badge for your chance to win!

The Cutie Pie Challenge - Gorgeous Gingham/Perfect Plaid #159
Dragonfly Dreams - Add Some Sparkle (May)
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Use a Tag (May) .

Friday, May 7, 2021

Winter Sports at Winter Wonderland

Time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland! Our theme for this challenge is Winter Sports and we have a wonderful sponsor, All Dressed Up.

This darling image is Sledging Pup and is showcasing a popular winter sport, one of my faves truth be told!

I colored the image with Copic markers and use circle Spellbinders on the image and red accent.  The background papers are all digital and purchased from Etsy (here and here). The sentiment is from the Puffy Holiday Greetings stamp set by Mama Elephant.

To finish it off I added some enamel dots, a button and snowflake.

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

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas #596 .
Time Out Challenges - Time to Move #187
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - ATG w/Critter #50 (May) .
All Dressed Up - ATG w/ADU Image (May)

Friday, April 30, 2021

Sketchy Girls BINGO Challenge Reminder

 Welcome to the first reminder of our BINGO Challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls!

Our Sponsor this month is De Egel and they have graciously provided a wonderful prize for the winner of this challenge.

For my reminder card, I chose to follow the right line of the BINGO card - Ribbon, Gems, Yellow.

I used a No-name stamp set that I picked up at a local Thrift store and stamped the feather and sentiment with Versamark.  I sprinkled white embossing powder on the feather and gold over the sentiment then set the heat gun to it.

Once the embossing powder was set I used daubers with Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed) over the feather and then gave a light spray of Antiqued Bronze Mica.  I finished it off with gold ribbon on the top and two pink gems near the bottom.

You have until May 19th to link up your creation here. I look forward to seeing your creations!

Through the Purple Haze - ATG w/Optional Ribbon/Lace #179 .
Crafting Happiness Challenges - ATG w/Optional Bright Colors #94 .

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Monster Truck TIC-TAC-TOE Challenge

 Hello one and all! Time for a new challenge at Creative Knockouts!  This go-around we have a TIC-TAC-TOE Challenge for you.

Our fabulous sponsor is Jodie from Bugaboo Digi Stamps and the lucky winner will receive two digi images from her store!

Raising two boys meant our house was full of trucks ranging in all shapes and sizes.  I actually took my youngest to a Monster Truck show so when I saw this image Monster Truck I knew I had to have it!

My Tic-Tac-toe choices are Embossing (dry), Image and Sentiment.  

No-name Slimline die-cuts were used to create this card and I wish I made the trucks a bit smaller as I originally envisioned 5 trucks on the front however I was able to use the remaining two trucks elsewhere!

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the trucks then colored them with Copic markers.  Hillside die-cuts and an embossing folder were used to simulate dirt hills for the trucks to "drive" over.  The two outer trucks were taped flat and the middle truck has a spring backing (see below) so it moves and bounces.

As an afterthought I added the banner flags, this proved a bit more difficult since the two trucks were quite stuck to the paper so I reduced the number of flags. The sentiments are computer generated and as you can see, the last two trucks were used on the envelope as well as on the inside.

I really, really enjoyed making this card and it brought back a lot of memories of a time long ago when my boys were young, loud, dirty, stinky and above all, happy & loved.  Boys rock!

Cards 4 Guyz - Wheels #269 .
Dream Valley Challenges - For a Child #246 .
International Art & Soul - Card or Gift for a Man #107
Aud Sentiments - Use a Birthday Sentiment #273 .
Cute Card Thursday - Party #684 .