Monday, September 26, 2022

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Challenge

Join me for our new challenge over at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is "I saw Mommy kissing SANTA CLAUS" - operative word being "Santa Claus" so we want you to include Santa somewhere on your card and don't forget, your creation must be Christmas themed and feature a cute image.  

We have moved to a JUST FOR FUN challenge and I hope you will continue to play along so you have a chance to proudly display our Winners Badge or Top 3 Badge.


This image is Peace Santa from Gerda Steiner Designs  however I see it is no longer available.  I revised the digi image somewhat to single out just Santa.  

After I printed the image, I used Copics to color then masked Santa and used Distress Ink for the background. I sprayed the card with Sparkle Shimmer Spray to set the ink then stamped the sentiment using Jolly and Merry by Mama Elephant.

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:
Merry Little Christmas - ATG #49 (Oct 15)
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - CAS #140 (Oct 30)
Sweet Stampin' - Christmas (Oct 7)
CAS on Sunday - Christmas #240 (Sept 28) 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Autumn Blessings

 It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is "Pick 2 or more: and our amazing sponsor for this challenge is Pattie's Creations!

For this challenge, I'm working Autumn Blessings.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the beautiful collection of leaves to add a window in the center.  I printed the sentiment on turquoise card stock then started assembling the shaker card, my choice of 2 or more.

I FINALLY got the hang of making shaker cards, I figured out that the foam tape I had used in the past was too thick so the sequins inside was too loose.  Yeah me, lol.

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


Challenges:
Pattie's Creations - ATG #198 (Oct 6)
CCEE Stampers - First Day of Autumn CCEE2237 (Sept 29)
Moving Along With The Times - Trees and/or Leaves #146 (Sept 29) 
Color Throwdown - #711 (Sept 26)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Autumn Hugs

Welcome to our new SKETCH Challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls!   Our sponsor for this challenge is Digi Doodle Studios!

This adorable image is Opal  and considering fall is upon us, I colored the image with Copic markers, using rich autumn colors.  After making the layers I started die-cutting multiple "hugs" then glued them together for some dimension and finished it off with Nuvo drops. The paper is from Sweater Weather by Lawn Fawn, definitely one of my fave paper packs.

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






Challenges
Stamping Sensations - Feminine (Sept 28)
Tic Tac Toe - #179 Fall, Plaid, Die Cut (Sept 22)

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Snowman Hugs

RIBBON or TWINE is the theme for our September challenge at Christmas Craft Creations!   

Our challenge will run until October 13th so make sure to upload your creation by then for your chance to win a special prize.

I've used this image a number of times, it's just too much fun to color.  This is Snowman Selfie by SheepSki Designs.

I used Copic markers to color the image and then went thru with a white gel pen for some accents.  I wish I could remember the name of the paper but it looks like I used it all for it's nowhere to be found, now that's disappointing!  I added some purple twine at the bottom and the sentiment is from from the Merry Up collection by Penny Black.

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) to your post for your chance to win!


Challenges
Aud Sentiments - Christmas + A Sentiment #297 (Oct 4)
ABC Christmas Challenge - S for Snow (Snowman count?) Oct 8
Merry Little Christmas - ATG #46 (Oct 15)

Friday, September 9, 2022

Fancy Dressers - New Release

Hello all! I'm back with one of my creations using the NEW RELEASE Fancy Dressers Collection 1 & 2 by Kate Hadfield Designs.

This collection is full of kids in costumes and it was difficult to choose which images to use first, so I used three to create birthday cards.




Copic markers were used to color the images and as you can see, I ventured out of my comfort zone to create a shaker card using Fancy Dressers 2 as well as the Happily Ever After collection. 

The collections have colored illustrations as well as stamps for those who want to color the images themselves. 




Make sure to check out the Gallery for some inspiration from our members and fabulous Design Team.

Challenges
Little Red Wagon - Cute #670 (Sept 13) .
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Frame it (Sept 11)  .
Dragonfly Dreams - Happy Birthday (Sept 30)

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Crinkle Crunch

It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is Anything Goes and our sponsor for this challenge is Twinkle Lane Designs.

I chose to work with Autumn Girl for this challenge, not only do you get this beautiful image, it comes with 3 sentiments.

I used Copic markers to color the image and to cut the squares I used Dotted Square die-cuts by Sizzix.  The paper is from the Sweater Weather collection by Lawn Fawn.  To finish it off I added some sequins and sprig of foliage.

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

Challenges:
Color my Heart Color Dare - Color Challenge #512 (Sept 15) .
Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Orange/Rust, Free, Layers #178 (Sept 15) .
613 Avenue Create - Leaves (Sept 30)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Happy Fall

A new month brings a new challenge at Get Creative Challenges!

Our theme this month is FALL/AUTUMN and you will have until September 30th to link up your creation!

For my card I used Heidi from Digi Doodle Studios.  Autumn is by far my favorite season, I love the crisp sweater weather and all the changing colors.  

I colored Heidi with Copic markers and added Crackle Accents to the leaves for a bit of dimension.  To finish it off I added a button and foliage die-cuts next to the sentiment, also from Digi Doodle Studios.

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you hop over to Get Creative Challenges for some inspiration from our fabulous Design Team!

Challenges
Inspiration Station - Autumn Splendor #37 (Sept 18) .
Sunday Stamps - Autumn Rays #291 (Sept 16) .
The Paper Players - Fall Fun #607 (Sept 9) .

Friday, September 2, 2022

Meowy Christmas Everyone

This month at Winter Wonderland our challenge theme is Winter Animals and our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is All Dressed Up!

This image is Meowy Christmas and since we have two cats I find this image to be completely adorable!  

After coloring the image with Copic markers, I used an embossing folder, Christmas Knit Sweater by Stampin Up to create a textured background.

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.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Guess What Day It Is!

It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is "FUNNY". Our sponsor for this challenge is Pattie's Creations and the lucky winner will receive 4 images of their choice!

When I came across Carmine the Camel I immediately started to chuckle - camels make me think of the Happy Hump Day commercial where the camel walks through an office.


Truthfully, this card still needs some work - it's just so bare.  The sentiment should be larger as well as Carmine - work in progress for sure.  Anyhoo - I colored Carmine with Copic markers and after he was cut out I added one of those springy things to the back so he jiggles back and forth. The banner was made using Bitty Banner Alphabet Die-namics by MFT.

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


Monday, August 22, 2022

Sunbathing Snowman

Join me for our new challenge over at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is "Frosty the Snowman was a jolly ..." - operative word being "Snowman" so we want you to include a snowman somewhere on your card and don't forget, your creation must be Christmas themed and feature a cute image.  

We have moved to a JUST FOR FUN challenge and I hope you will continue to play along so you have a chance to proudly display our Winners Badge or Top 3 Badge.

This image is Snowman Sunbathing by Kinda Cute.  It's such a cute image and I've had it for a while but have always been stumped on how I was going to use it.  I thought about layers of tropical Christmas paper but it just wasn't working for me so I decided to go simple and I love it!


I started by creating a beach background with Distress Oxide Inks using the following:
  • Sand: Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge and Frayed Burlap
  • Water: Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean
  • Sky: Squeezed Lemonade,  Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral
I stamped the sentiment using the Merry Christmas set by Say it with Stamps then I fussy cut the snowman and applied some foam strips to the back.  I thought the sky was missing something so I added some clouds using die-cuts by Paper Roses.

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:
Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Never in a Nativity #65 (Aug 31) .
Time Out Challenges - Make your own Background #220 (Aug 24) .
The Funkie Junkie Boutique - Chillin' in the Heat (Aug 23) .
Simon  Says  Stamp - Christmas (Aug 24) .

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Hello Sunshine

Welcome to our SKETCH Challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls!   Our sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter.

This image is Summer Winds and it comes with both digital stamps, jpg and png as well as color versions and backgrounds!


I used Copic markers to color the image and also to create the background.  The sentiment is from Magic Messages by Lawn Fawn which I stamped with VersaMark and white embossing powder.  After set with a heat gun I blended Spice Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks to create the "sun".

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


Challenges
Colour Crazy Craft Challenges - ATG #33 (Sep 2) .
Creative Fingers Challenge - ATG #237 (Sep 9) .
Aud Sentiments - Summer #296 (Aug 31) .
Crafty Gals Corner - Lazy Days of Summer #294 (Sep 9) .

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Ride'em Cowboy and Cowgirl

Hello all! I'm back with a couple creations using the Ride 'em Cowboy Collection by Kate Hadfield Designs.

This collection is full of fabulous western elements and it was difficult to choose which images to use first!



Make sure to check out the Gallery for some inspiration from our members and fabulous Design Team!

Challenges
Alphabet Challenge Blog - J is for Juvenile (Aug 25) .

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Summer Stitching

It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is All Stitched Up!

Our amazing sponsor for this challenge is Mirtillamente Digital Stamps and Paper and the lucky winner will receive 2 images of their choice!


I chose to work with Summer No. 2 for this challenge and went to work coloring with Copic markers.
After coloring I pulled out my sewing machine and stitched with lime green, orange and blue thread.  I followed up with glossy accents and Nuvo drops.

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


Challenges:
Mirtillamente Challenge - ATG #12 (Aug 27) .

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Skating Penguin Tags

WINTER ACTIVITIES is the theme for our August challenge at Christmas Craft Creations!   

Our challenge will run until September 13th so make sure to upload your creation by then for your chance to win a special prize.

Every year I tell myself that I'm going to make Christmas tags and every year I run out of time and end up using store-bought tags.  Well, not this year my friends ... 


I used Winter Penguin Stamp and Die set by Lawn Fawn to create my first tags of the year.  I used the snowflake stamps with Versamark and white embossing powder to create a "snowy" background and went to work coloring the penguin then put the tags all together and finished them off with some ribbon and twine. 

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) to your post for your chance to win!


Challenges
Crafting Happiness Challenges - Little Things #127 .

Friday, August 5, 2022

Christmas Night

This month at Winter Wonderland our challenge theme is "Reindeer". We don't have a sponsor for this challenge so this month, it's just for fun!


I decided to use two stamps by Lavinia Stamps, Christmas Night and Christmas Tree Group to create my card.


I started with stamping the trees with Versamark and black embossing powder, then did the same with Santa and his Reindeer and set it with my heat gun.  I started blending with Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks with a touch of Wilted Violet for the sky.  

Similar to this card, I used Texture Paste by Ranger with my Snow Flurry stencil by Taylored Expressions to create a winter snowfall.  Finished it off with some ribbon and Shimmer Spray.

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.

Challenges:
CCAYR - Reindeer (Aug 31)

Monday, August 1, 2022

Back to School

A new month brings a new challenge at Get Creative Challenges and I'm excited to announce that I have become the newest member of their design team!

Our theme this month is Back to School so put on your thinking caps and show us your back to school creativity!

I pulled out a couple of digi images that I have had since 2011 and have never used, Lollipop School Girl Lacie and Lollipop School Boy Ezra by Lori Boyd Designs.  I couldn't find Lori's designs anywhere so I can only assume she has closed up shop.

I colored the images with Copic markers then scoured my stash for some school-related papers and went to work putting them all together.

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you hop over to Get Creative Challenges for some inspiration from our fabulous Design Team!


Thursday, July 28, 2022

Even Mermaids Drink Coffee

It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is ATG - Anything Goes!

Our sponsor for this challenge is LeAnn's World 101 and the lucky winner will receive 2 digis of their choice!

I chose to work with Mermaid Coffee for this challenge 'cause seriously, who doesn't drink coffee?!.
I used Copic markers to color the image and a white gel pen to add some accents along the way.  I pulled out my coffee rim and coffee beans stamp and used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to ink them up.  I added some brown ribbon and blue pearls to finish it off.

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


Challenges:
Try it on Tuesday - Make it Feminine (Aug 9) .
Crafty Calendar  Challenge - Add Ribbon (July 28) .
The Fairy and the Unicorn - Fantasy (July 30) .

Monday, July 25, 2022

Rockin' Robin at Christmas with the Cuties

Join me for our new challenge over at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is "not just ... "Rockin' Robin" - what does that mean?! We want you to include Christmas critter(s) on your card and don't forget, your creation must be Christmas themed and feature a cute image.  

We have moved to a JUST FOR FUN challenge and I hope you will continue to play along so you have a chance to proudly display our Winners Badge or Top 3 Badge.

If you're looking for a quick and easy card, then this is it.  I created this card using Coolest Christmas Stamp Set by Darcie's Heart and Home.  After coloring the image with Copic markers, I fussy cut and added foam squares to the back.  After assembling the card I attached the matching flat back tin pin embellishment to the present.

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:
Double Trouble - Challenge #116 .
Jingle Belles - Bling on the Holidays (Aug 1) .
Alphabet Challenge - H is for Holidays (July 28) .
My Time to Craft - Christmas in July #486 (July 28) .
My Time to Craft Christmas - Cutesy Christmas #39 (Aug 4) .
Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenge - Christmas in July #7(July 30) .

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

You are Mer-mazing

Welcome to our Sketch Challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls!   Our sponsor for this challenge is LeAnn's World 101 and the lucky winner will receive 2 digi images of their choice!

This image is Kalani  and I colored her with Copic markers and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut around the image.  I used papers from my stash and I tried to match the colors as best I could.  I added some bubbles using Tiny Bubbles by Altenew and the sentiment is from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments by Memory Box.



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



Challenges
Paper Minutes - Maritime #753 (July 25) .
Try it on Tuesday - Make it Magical (July 26) .

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Wild About You

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

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


This "wild" image from SheepSki Designs is called Tropical and my celebration is "love".  I colored the image with Copic makrers then used the Tropical Leaves stencil by Lawn Fawn to create the background with Distress Oxide Inks then sprayed with some shimmer spray.

The sentiment was made using Wild About You die by Hello Bluebird.  I used the die several times with just white cardstock to add layers to the top layer created using patterned paper from the Itsy Bitsy Spider collection by Piggy Tales.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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




Challenges:
Sheepski Designs - ATG w/optional Shape #73 .
Simon Says Stamp - Make your own Background (July 20) .
Shopping our Stash - Blending In #474 .
Challenge up your Life - Tropical #149

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Santi Beaches and Patterned Paper

Patterned Paper is the theme for our July challenge at Christmas Craft Creations!   

Our challenge will run until July 12th so make sure to upload your creation by then for your chance to win a special prize.

The very first Design Team I worked with was Dude Time Doodles (unfortunately no longer operating) and they created some very funny and unique images and this one is no exception.  The image is Santi Beaches and is one of my faves.  

I colored Santi with Copic markers and added glossy accents and Nuvo glitter drops on various parts of the image.  I found this patterned paper Santa Vacation on Etsy by Pretty Grafik.

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) to your post for your chance to win!

Challenges
ABC Christmas Challenge - N for New (Digi Paper) and O for Old (Digi Stamp) (Aug 6) .
Unicorn Challenge - Christmas in July #78 (July 30) .

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Birthday Focus

 Hello all! I'm back with one of my creations using another freebie from the Capturing Fall Collection by Kate Hadfield Designs.

This was a fun, quick and easy card to build.  After coloring the image with Copic markers, I fussy cut then added foam tape to the back.

The sentiment was computer generated and after I cut it down using Stitched Rectangular Dies by Paper Rose Studio, I added blue Washi tape to the ends and placed the camera in the middle.


Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to check out the Gallery for some inspiration from our members and Design Team!

Challenges
Addicted to Stamps and More! - Birthdays #433 (July 18) .
Colorful Options - Red, White, Blue (July 28) .
Daisy Chain - No Design Paper #65 (July 29) .

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Tropi-Bloom Thank You

 Hello all! I'm back with one of my creations using Tropi-Blooms by Kate Hadfield Designs.

I colored the image with Copic markers then went to work fussy cutting as my Silhouette didn't behave properly and fully cut the image :(

After that was done I used the "thanks" die-cut by Simon Says Stamp multiple times then glued them all together for some extra dimension.  I applied foam tape to the flowers down then glued the sentiment in the center.  To finish it off I added some black Nuvo drops around the image.


Make sure to check out our Gallery for some inspiration from our members and fabulous Design Team!

Challenges
Stamping Sensations - Summer Flowers (July 31) .
Craft Rocket Challenges - Summertime #94 (July 27) .

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Jolly Gnome

This month at Winter Wonderland our challenge theme is "From our Gnome to Yours".  Pull out those adorable gnomes and play along.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Conie Fong Art and the lucky winner will receive 3 digital images of their choice! Along with this amazing prize, she is also offering a 25% discount at her store for the duration of our challenge - thank you Conie!  The discount code is WINTERWONDERLANDJULY.


This little fella is Wreath Gnome and he's so darn cute I can't stand it!!  I colored him with Copic makers then fussy cut around him.  I used my Cricut Joy to cut the letters then used foam tape on all to create the word "Jolly".

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.

Challenges:
613 Avenue Create - ATG w/optional Black & White (Aug 5) .
Dare 2B Artzy - Christmas in July (July) .
Taylor Made Cards 4U - Holidays in July (July 31) .
Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenge - Christmas in July #7 (July 30) .
Addicted to Stamps and More - Christmas #432 (July 4) .

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Summer Fun at Creative Knockouts

It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is Outside Fun and our own Kelly is sponsoring this challenge and the lucky winner will receive a $25 Close to my Heart surprise package!

I pulled out an image that I've had for a long time, Gloria by Mo Manning. I hope this card will bring us some much needed Summer weather our way, I'm tired of all the rain!


I used Copic markers to color the image and added glossy accents along the way.  The papers are scraps from my stash and the sentiment was computer generated.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out the amazingly creative creations from our Design Team then it's your turn to start creating!




Challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Summer + Sentiment #294 (June 30) .
Double D Challenges - Beach Time #93 (July 3) .
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Summer Colors #554 (July 5) .
Try it on Tuesday - Here comes Summer (July 11) .

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Scary and Bright Christmas

Join me for our new challenge over at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is "Have yourself a merry LITTLE Christmas" - operative word being "little" as in "child". That's right, we want to see Christmas cards made for a child and don't forget, your creation must be Christmas themed and feature a cute image.  

We have moved to a JUST FOR FUN challenge and I hope you will continue to play along so you have a chance to proudly display our Winners Badge or Top 3 Badge.


I printed out these adorable creatures, Christmas Monsters by Pretty Grafik Designs and colored them with Copic markers.  I added glossy accents and went through adding some deets with a white gel pen.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Pretty Grafik has 70% off right now, how can one resist?!

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:
Dream Valley Challenges - Any Occasion #273 (July 23) .
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Cute Christmas Critters #137 (June 30) .
ABC Christmas Challenge - "L" for little (July 9) .

Monday, June 20, 2022

Unicorn Swim

Welcome to our Outdoor Sports Challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls!   Our sponsor for this challenge is All Dressed Up and the lucky winner will receive 2 dig stamps of their choice!

This adorable image is Unicorn Swim.


I started with creating the background using a stencil called Cellular by Dina Wakley Media and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink.  To get the water effect I used the stencil multiple times in different positions to create the layered effect.  

I used Copic markers to add color to the image which I fussy cut and used foam squares to attach.  Along with the baker's twine, I added a button and sequins along the way.

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


Challenges
All Dressed Up - ATG #129 (Jul 14)
Dragonfly Dreams - Outdoors (Jul 2) .
Challenge up your life - Summer #148 (Jun 27) .

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Viking to you

It's time for another fab challenge at Creative Knockouts!  Our theme for this challenge is "Patterned Papers", more specifically, we want you to use two (2) or more patterned papers on your card.

Our sponsor for this challenge is KLM Digital Designs and the lucky winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to be used in their store!

I chose to work with Viking Gnome digi stamp for this challenge cause he's just so cool and it comes with 3 awesome sentiments!

I used Copic markers to color the image, matching them to the papers from the Twila & Norbert collection by PhotoPlay. I decided to add some "hardware" to the corners using some brads I found in my stash.

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


Challenges:
Get Creative Challenges - At least 2 patterned papers #112 .
Little Red Wagon - Digi Do #658 .