Wednesday, October 20, 2021

You Totally Rock

 Welcome to our "For the Men" Challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls!   Our sponsor for this challenge is De Egel and the lucky winner will receive a special prize!

This image is Road Works Reg from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps.


I used my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut Road Works Reg then I started coloring with Copic markers.  This is the perfect image for me as I want to make cards for the guys on my team working on one of my transportation projects.  We're almost done the project and they've worked really hard to get it to completion.

For the background I used a brick stencil with Picket Fence Distressed Ink.  I stamped the sentiment (Uplifters by Paper Smooches) with Versamark and set it with White embossing powder.

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



Challenges
Paperminutes - With a Hat #714
2 Sisters on the Blog - Card for a Man #55 (Oct)
Inkspirational - For the Boys/Men #250

Friday, October 15, 2021

EEEEEK!

Ready for a new challenge over at Creatalicious Challenges?  Our theme as always is Anything Goes with an optional twist ... "Black & Purple".

Our sponsor for this challenge is CAS-UAL Fridays Stamps and the lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to use in their store!



I have had this image for so long, I have no idea where it came from.  Honestly, I've had a page of Hallowe'en digis floating around for a couple of years that I had colored but never made them into cards, until now.

Copic markers were used to color the image then framed it with black cardstock.  The purple background paper is from the Candy Carnival collection by Doodlebug Designs and the striped paper is from my stash.

The sentiment is computer generated and cut out using Fishtail Die-cut. After assembling the card I added some sequins and one giant button with baker's twine. 

Now it's your turn to show us your Back & Purple creations!  Make sure you check out the Design Team's creations for some inspiration.


Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner - Halloween Colors #224 (Oct)
The Paper Funday Challenges - Halloween or color Purple (Oct)
Show us your Pussycats Challenge - Meowloween #71 (Oct)
Try it on Tuesday - Halloween Time (Oct)
Unicorn Challenge - Halloween (Oct)
Crafting Happiness Challenges - Color Challenge (purple, orange, green, black) #116

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Sketched Flowers

It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is Embossing Delight - heat or dry embossing, the choice is yours!

Our sponsor for this challenge is our very own Kelly and she is generously donating a $25 Close to My Heart surprise package!  



I recently purchased a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, it's called Sketched Flowers. It comes with this beautiful flower bouquet as well as single stamps and sentiments, it's a lovely set.

Now I'm a Copic girl at heart but for this card I decided to try using watercolors.  I used Versa Mark then stamped the image onto watercolor paper.  I sprinkled gold embossing powder all over the card then used my heat gun to set the powder then I started painting. I have to admit it was easier that I had expected although the images are not small and intricate. 

To finish it off I sprayed the face of the card with Metallic Gold spray - overall I'm really happy with the results and had fun with my watercolors.

Make sure you check out the amazingly creative creations from our Design Team then it's your turn to start creating!

Challenges:
AAA Cards - CAS Celebrate #200
Bastel-Traum - Watercolor #btchallenge105

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Fa La La La Walrus

If you haven't started making Christmas cards yet I hope our new challenge at Christmas Craft Creations will get your creative juices flowing!  Our theme for this month is Black & White plus one other color.


This image is Christmas Walrus by Dead Sea Toons and it really makes me chuckle.  I hope you take a moment to check them out, the images are so quirky and fun!

I colored the image with Copic markers and I hope I'm not stretching our B&W + One Color by using grey - my way of thinking was it's just a shade of black!

The papers are from the B&W Christmas Collection by Paper Rose - I LOVE these papers which is why I purchased two packs!  I cut out the paper layers and put them all together with the final touches being the snowflake brads in the corners which I added some blue gems to the centre of the snowflakes.

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

Challenges
ABC Christmas Challenge - V for Vocabulary (Oct)
Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round - S = Snowflakes / T = Trees (Oct)
Get Creative Challenges - Holidays (Oct)

Friday, October 1, 2021

Christmas Hugs

Super duper excited to be a part of the Christmas 24 Design Team!  Christmas 24 is a monthly challenge that will get you in the Christmas spirit, motivating you to start creating your Christmas card stash all year round!

Our theme this month is Snowflakes.  Watching snowflakes fall from the sky has to be one of my favorite things to do.  I love winter with lots of snow - those bright, sunny, cold and crisp days, ahhh.


I decided to try something different and pulled out my Snowflake Circle Die by Paper Roses.  I purchased this die last year and even though I had to have it, I never really found a way that I liked to use it - until now.

After using the circle die cut, I fussy cut around the outside of the stitched circle then I started my cardstock strip layering. I used glue to stick the snowflake die over the strips then started trimming.  

I used a snowflake embossing folder for the card face and attached the snowflake circle to the centre.  I cut multiple white layers with my "hugs" die, glued them together and topped it off with a final silver hug.  I stamped "Christmas" with Versamark and sprinkled with silver embossing power, took the heat gun to it then added some pop dots to the back.  To finish it off I added some silver string to the top.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you now have some inspiration to start creating!

Challenges
CCAYR - S for Snowflakes
Addicted to Stamps and More - Die Cuts and/or Stencils
Sweet Stamper Challenge - Spots and/or Stripes

Merry Up with Pine Cones

This month at Winter Wonderland our challenge theme is Pine Cones and Poinsettias - the choice is yours.  

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is Fred She Said and the lucky winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend in their store!


This image is from the Pine Cone Spray set and after printing the image on Copic paper, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut around the image.  After coloring the images I started putting the card together. 

Using VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder I stamped the sentiment on brown cardstock then took my heat gun to set the power.  I taped the brown cardstock to white paper and used foam squares on the back of the pine cones and placed them in the corners.  

Now it's your turn to show us your Christmas cards and for some extra inspiration, make sure you check out our Design Team's creations.

Prize: $10 gift certificate

Challenges:
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Flora and/or Fauna

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Little Halloween Witch

It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is "Fall is in the Air".  Not sure about your neck of the woods but here in British Columbia our weather has definitely changed.  I love the clean, crisp weather (except the rain) and the beautiful Autumn colors all around.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Star Stampz and the lucky winner will receive 3 images of their choice!

I chose to work with Little Halloween Witch for this challenge as not only is Autumn here, Hallowe'en is quick on her heels.


I colored this darling image with Copic markers then used Wink of Stella on the little ghosty.  The Boo background paper is digital, it's called Halloween by Shery K Designs and is free on her website.  The green border is 

Make sure you check out the amazingly creative creations from our Design Team then it's your turn to start creating!


Prize: 3 images



Challenges:
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Cute Fall/Halloween
Incy Wincy Designs - Rainbow/Multicolor and/or Monsters .

Monday, September 27, 2021

Very Merry Reindeer

Join me for our new challenge over at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is "Rudolph & Friends".

I didn't intend on making two cards however I felt something was missing on my first attempt so I decided to make another with patterned paper and a few more deer.




The stamp set is called Reindeer and a Tree by Gerda Steiner Designs and I also purchased the matching dies which makes things so much easier than fussy cutting around these little cuties!

I used Copic markers, added some accents with a white gel pen and used glossy accents on various parts for some dimension.  The words are from the Christmas Reverse Sentiment Strips available at Simon Says Stamp.

Now it's your turn to show us your Christmas project and make sure you check out the Design Team's creations for some inspiration and remember - projects must be Christmassy and have to be Cute!

Challenges:
CCAYR - R for Reindeer .
My Time To Craft Christmas - Christmas Critters .

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Cheers!

Are you ready for a Sketch challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls?!  Time to get your creative juices flowing because we want to see your interpretations of our sketch!

Our fabulous sponsor is SheepSki Designs and the lucky winner will receive 3 digis of their choice.

This adorable image is Acorn Ale, now who doesn't love gnomes and beer?!



I created somewhat of a scene with my cloud stencil then used a sponge dabber to create the ground.  The two "thirsty" gnomes were colored with Copic markers.  For the sketch layout I used papers from the Fall Fling Collection by Lawn Fawn

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

Prize: Three (3) Digital Images

Challenges
A Place to Start - Patterned Paper, Please (Sept) .
Dream Valley Challenges - 2 or more Patterned Papers (Sept) .

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Hello Friend

It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is Wings & Things / Furry Friends.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Fabrika Fantasy and the lucky winner will receive 3 digital images of their choice!


I chose to work with At Home for this challenge since it reminded me of my sister and her new Golden Retriever puppy, Barley.  I think Barley is bigger than she is!

I colored the image with Copic markers and decided to frame the image using my Fab Frames dies by paper Smooches and the paper from Summer Fresh collection by Simple Stories.  I added some paper flowers and a button to finish off the card.

Make sure you check out the amazingly creative creations from our Design Team then it's your turn to start creating!


Prize: 3 images

Challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C601) - Let's do Flowers (Sept)
A Place to Start - Patterned Paper, Please #9 (Sept) .

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Friends

Ready for a new challenge over at Creatalicious Challenges?  Our theme as always is Anything Goes with an optional twist ... "Friends".

Our sponsor for this challenge is Polkadoodles and the lucky winner will receive 3 digital images of their choice!


This image is Blossoming Winnie and now that our weather has started to change, I decided to color her in rich Autumn colors.  I used Copic markers to color then added some glossy accents to the flowers, added a paper leaf as an accent, along with gold sequins and ribbon.  The background papers are from the Forever Fall collection by Bo Bunny and both papers have leaf patterns in the beautiful Autumn colors.

Now it's your turn to show us your creations.  Make sure you check out the Design Team's creations for some inspiration.


Challenges:
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge - Anything Goes .
Inkspirational - Autumn Leaves .
Sweet Stampin'Colors of Autumn .
Alphabet Challenge - L is for Leaves .
Simply Create Too - Fall Leaves .

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Gettin' ready for Christmas

 Welcome back for a new challenge at Christmas Craft Creations!  This month we have a sketch challenge and I'm so looking forward to seeing your interpretations! 




I purchased this stamp and die set at a local thrift store, I'm not sure what it's called but it's so much fun to play with. 

I used a hillside banner die as a template to draw the clothesline then I started stamping.  For Santa, I stamped him on a separate page and used the coordinating die-cut.  I colored the images with Copic markers then added pop-dots to Santa.  

The black embossed background was made by using the Christmas Knit Sweater embossing folder from Stampin' Up! To finish it off I sprayed some shimmer and pewter spritz all over.

Challenges
CCAYR - R (Red Suit) .

Friday, September 3, 2021

Stay Cozy

Anything but a Card is our theme for our new challenge at Winter Wonderland and our fabulous sponsor is Stampers Delight!  

This image is Chibi Get Well Girl,  I figured one way to keep those winter blues away is to stay nice and cozy, inside and out so I decided to create a Teabag Holder.  




I cut a piece of red cardstock measuring 3.5" x 7.5" and scored at 3.5" and 4" then cut background paper to fit.  After using Copic markers to color the image I used circle/scallop diecuts for the image and border.  I attached ribbon to the front and back and made it long enough to tie the ends together. 

On the inside I stamped the Stay Cozy sentiment by Penny Black then added a border with black pen.  I used thin double-sided tape to attach the diaganal cut background paper along the edges and slipped the teabag inside.

Challenges
CCAYR - R for Ribbon .

Thursday, September 2, 2021

You Make Me Happy

It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is "For the Kids".

Our sponsor for this challenge is our very own Kelly and the lucky winner will receive a surprise package from Close to My Heart, valued at $25!

I chose to work with Rainbow is my Favorite Color stamp set.  I purcahsed this kit from Simon Says Stamp when it was the Stamp of the Month and it came with matching dies, paper, inks, and embellies.


Inspiration for this card came from Simon's design team.  I used my no-name brand slimline card template then started stamping and coloring with Copic markers.  The clouds were attached to the card with pop-dots for some dimension.  

As with most of us, it has been a while since we've been able to see family and friends so I made this card for my niece.  We used to have girl sleepovers but haven't had a chance to do that in almost 2 years and I really miss her. 

Make sure you check out the amazingly creative creations from our Design Team then it's your turn to start creating!

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges:

2 Sisters on the Blog - Children's Card (Sept)
Creative Craft Cottage - No Patterned Paper .
Little Red Wagon - Sweet Child O' Mine (Creations for Children) .
ModSquad Challenge - Slim in IN .

Monday, August 30, 2021

Hello Friend

Reminder time for Creative Sketchy Girls Butterfly Challenge - there is still time to link up your creation(s)!

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

This quirky image is Cute Whimsical Crocodile and I colored him/her up with Copic markers and used a butterfly diecut with navy paper to add to his nose.  

The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Crazy Birds collection and the papers are from the Anything Goes paper pack by Echo Park.

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

Friday, August 27, 2021

Witches

Ready for a new challenge over at Creatalicious Challenges?  Our theme as always is Anything Goes with an optional twist ... "Witches".

Our sponsor for this challenge is Stampers Delight and the lucky winner will receive 3 digi stamps of their choice!


This image is Anime Sara Witch 1 and I colored her with Copic markers and added some glossy accents to a few areas.  The background paper is from the Halloween Digital Paper Pack by Shery K Designs and the elements/jewels are from my stash and the sentiment was computer generated.

Now it's your turn to show us your project and make sure you check out the Design Team's creations for some inspiration.


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Driving Home for Christmas

Christmas with the Cuties has a new challenge Anything Christmassy and Cute with our optional theme  of "Oh Christmas Tree".  

Our sponsors for this challenge is Crafty Ribbons and Di's Digi Stamps.


This darling image is Driving Home for Christmas.  I used Copic markers to color the image then added some glossy accents to a few areas, along with White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.  I also used shimmer spritz over the entire card. I used a diecut on the sentiment strip and placed it on top of the red ribbon.

The background paper is from the B&W Christmas collection by Paper Roses Studio and the sentiment strip is from CZ Design.

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


Challenges
ABC Christmas Challenge - R for Ribbon (Aug) .
CCAYR - P for Presents (Aug) .

Friday, August 20, 2021

Butterflies

Welcome to our Butterfly Challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls!   Our sponsor for this challenge is Oddball Art and the lucky winner will receive 3 digis of their choice!


This image is Josie & the Butterflies and I colored her using Copic markers then masked Josie and the butterflies so I could apply distress inks over a stencil.  I used a butterfly diecut to make the yellow butterflies and attached them with pop dots to the card. To finish it off I added a few gems.

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


Challenges
Cardz 4 Galz - Texture .
Clever Dexter - Use a Stencil #20 (Aug) .

Thursday, August 19, 2021

May All Your Wishes Come True

 It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is Birthday wishes!

Our sponsor for this challenge is The Artsy Stamper and the lucky winner will receive one digi set of their choice!



This image is from Beverly's Bakery Stamp Set.   I colored the cake with Copic markers and added glossy accents to the inside.  I used a no-name brand Slimline diecut that included the background pieces as well as the circles.  I added some banner flags across the top and added some gumdrop gems to the centre for dimension.  

Make sure you check out the amazingly creative creations from our Design Team then it's your turn to start creating!




Challenges:
Watercooler Wednesday - All Occastions .

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Favorite Cookie

 Non-traditional Christmas Colors is our theme for our August challenge at Christmas Craft Creations! I love this theme, Christmas is no longer about red and green and it get's your creative juices flowing.  

I purchased this stamp set, Favorite Cookie by Create a Smile last year and this is the first time I've used it and won't be my last.  


I created the background using Distress Inks (sorry, can't remember to colors) then spritzed water overtop.  To create the snowbank I used Hillside Border dies and added Stickles along the bank for some snow sparkle.

I colored the images with Copic markers and added a few accents with a white gel pen and added glossy accents to various parts.  You will note that the glossy accents look different, well it bubbled with the heat gun - why use a heat gun you ask .... well it looked a bit bare so I decided to stamp snowflakes using Versamark and white embossing powder hence the need for the heat gun.  Note to self - use glossy accents as the last, last step.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to jump over to CCC and check out the fabulous creations by our Design Team.

Please remember to add our challenge badge (above) for your chance to win!

Challenges
Watercooler Wednesday - All about Occasions .
Passion for Markers - Christmas in August #604 .
Dream Valley Challenges - Embossing #252 .

Friday, August 6, 2021

Feeling Merry Yet?

It's time for another challenge at Winter Wonderland and the theme for this challenge is Christmas Feast.  Yup, we wanna see plates of food, desserts, candy and/or bevvys for "cheering".

Our sponsor for this challenge is Dr. Digi's House of Stamps and the lucky winner will receive two images of their choice!

I chose to work with Christmas Cheer for this challenge.


I colored these characters with Copic markers then went to work searching for background papers from my stash.  After I put the layers together I added some bakers twine and a few enamel dots.  

Make sure you check out the amazingly creative creations from our Design Team then it's your turn to start creating!


Prize: Two images

Challenges:
Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round - P is for Party (August) .

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Epic Day

Creative Knockouts next challenge is Anything Goes!   

Our sponsor for this challenge is LeAnn's World 101 and the lucky winner will receive two images of their choice! 

The image I chose to work with for my slimline card is Game Boy.  I started off by coloring with Copic markers then took to fussy cutting all those nooks and crannies. 

 I decided to try out my new stencil, Rays of Light by Creative Expressions.  I used Distress Oxide Inks (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Seedless Preserves), then sprayed some shimmer spritz all over.

I added pop-dots to the back of the image and placed it in the centre of the card.  The sentiment was computer generated, cut out and attached with pop-dots.

I wasn't too sure how this card was going to turn out but once I added the sentiments it took on a whole new look which I really like.  Thanks so much for stopping by and look forward to seeing your creations.

Challenges
Clever Dexter - Use a Stencil #20 (August) .

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!
Challenges
Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Wooly or Fluffy or Furry .