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)