Thursday, July 4, 2024

Feeling a little beachy

SUMMER FUN is the theme for our new challenge at Creative Knockouts!

We have a fabulous sponsor so make sure to upload your creation for your chance to win a special prize from The Paper Shelter!

How perfect is this image for some summer fun and aptly named Very Summery.  I colored the image with Copic markers then dug out some bright papers from my stash.  I used lime green and pink bakers twine to create a banner of sorts and the sentiment is from the Beach Filler stamp set by KLM Designs (the set is now on sale for $3).

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



Challenges:
The Paper Shelter - Three Times Anything - 3 Designer Papers #603 (July 9) .
Try it on Tuesday - Here Comes Summer (July 9)
Four Seasons - Summer (July 31)
Dream Valley - Summer Colors #318 (July 31)

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Cheers on your Engagement

I was asked to create an engagement card for a couple, one from Canada and the other from Brazil.

I thought long and hard about this and sketched out designs trying to combine their Country flags and couldn't come up with anything that I liked so I decided on using the colors of their flags.


I created this shaker card using Champagne Glass Die Set by Maker's Mark. As Brazil's flag is mostly green w/yellow I used green and gold sequins and for Canada, red and gold sequins.  The "cheers" sentiment was created using the Scripty Cheers die cut by Lawn  Fawn.

It was difficult taking pictures of this card with the glare from the gold background paper so it's a bit hard to see the white stamped sentiment on vellum across the stems of the glasses.  It reads "couldn't be happier for you" and it's from the Charming Floral Border stamp set by Pink Fresh Studio.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges:

Heart's Quest Celebrations of Love - Engagement, Weddings Anniversary #7 (July 31)
Die Cut Divas - Add some glitter (July 31)

Monday, July 1, 2024

Happy Canada Day!

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

Our theme this month is Red, White and/or Blue.  Show us your creativity using those two and/or three colors in your creation!

We are a JUST FOR FUN challenge and I hope you will play along for your chance to proudly display our Winner or Top 3 Badges.

I opted to use Red and White since I'm Canadian! How fitting that a Canada Day card features a beaver, our national animal :)  

I used Copic markers to color the images from Just Me Digital Stamps (unfortunately they are no longer in business).  I wanted to keep the cards CAS so I added just a few sequins on both cards.

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:
Halloween and Other Occasions: Challenge #16 (July 31)

Super Fun(tache)tic Dad

Christmas [or not] Bingo Challenges has a new challenge ready to go for you!

CBC will feature a new Bingo card for each challenge and while this isn't your typical game of BINGO, you are required to use at least three items in ONE column.

We are a "just for fun" challenge where you will have the chance to proudly display our Winner or Top Pick Badge!

My choice is the "N" column - Masculine, Enamel Dots, Teal and Fancy Fold.


 Assembling the gate fold card I used papers by Max & Whiskers, Elvis Collection and the sentiments are from Dude! by Kelly Purkey and Fun(tashe)tic by The Craft's Meow (both no longer available)

I cut a number of mustache layers using Matey Mustaches die cuts by Echo Park and glued the layers together to make a stack. I glued the mustaches to the lighter panel, added some teal enamel dots and applied the sentiment using foam squares.

So glad you stopped by and I look forward to seeing your creation!



Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner - ATG w/Fancy Fold #256 (July 8) .
Cardz 4 Guyz - Anything Masculine #350  (July 8) .

Monday, June 24, 2024

Festive Bears

Join me for our new challenge over at Christmas with the Cuties!  Festive Bears and/or other Bs is the theme for our June challenge - don't forget, your creation must be Christmas themed and feature a cute image.  

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

This images and sentiment are from the Polar Bear Pals by MFT and were colored with Copic markers and cut out using matching die cuts.  I made a half-circle cut-out in the white cardstock and mounted on designer paper.  I applied foam squares to the images and affixed to the card front, along with some blue gems.

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:
52 CCT - Color an Image (Jul 5) .
MTTC - Winter #536  (Jun 27) .

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Layered Froggy

Two or More Pattern Papers is the theme for our new challenge at Creative Knockouts!

We have a fabulous sponsor so make sure to upload your creation for your chance to win a special prize from SheepSki Designs!

This little frog brought a smile to my face, it's My Pad by SheepSki Designs.

I used Copic markers to color the image except for the inside of the flower where I used a yellow gel pen.  After fussy cutting the image I dug through my paper stash and found the floral pattern (Wonders), green background (MFT Wildflowers) and B&W polka dots (Simple Stores) that matched quite nicely.

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


Challenges:
SheepSki Design Challenges - ATG #87 (Jul 15)
Everybody-Art-Challenge - 3 Designer Papers #554 (Jun 17) .


Monday, May 27, 2024

Merry Misfit and Winter Wishes

Join me for our new challenge over at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is White and/or Blue - don't forget, your creation must be Christmas themed and feature a cute image.  

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


This image is from the Merry Misfit collection by Stampers Anonymous.  I have had this set forever and this is the first time I've used it.

I started with applying snowflakes, sentiment and splotches using grey ink with stamps and stencils, I also used white texture paste with a stencil but once I used the black gloss spray, it got lost in the background.  

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
Peace on Earth Christmas - Inspiration Board #64 (May 30) .
Creative Artiste - ATG #104 (Jun 2)  .
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas #721 (Jun 5)  .

Monday, May 6, 2024

You Deserve It!

A new month brings a new challenge a Get Creative Challenges!  Our theme this month is Ladies Only

We are a JUST FOR FUN challenge and I hope you will play along for your chance to proudly display our Winner or Top 3 Badges.


I created this card using Spa Day Stamp Set and matching die cuts by Mama Elephant.  I colored the images with Copic markers then used matching die cuts to cut them out.  I created a two layer tag then added the sentiment and applied foam dots to the back of the images

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




Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Birth-Yay My Friend

Christms [OR NOT] Bingo Challenges has a new challenge ready to go for you!

CBC will feature a new Bingo card for each challenge and while this isn't your typical game of BINGO, you are required to use at least three items in ONE column.

We are a "just for fun" challenge where you will have the chance to proudly display our Winner or Top Pick Badge!

My choice was the "B" column - Mini Slimline, Hand Colored Image, Dots and Vellum.


I started by creating the yellow background with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber Oxide Distress Inks and a few sprays of water.  Once dry, I used No Chill and Dart Frog Neon Lunar Paste with my Circle Dot stencil.  The image (Birth-Yay by MFT) was colored with Copics, then fussy cut and foam dots applied to the back.  The sentiment was created by stamping on vellum and laid overtop cardstock fastened with a red brad.

So glad you stopped by and I look forward to seeing your creation!

Monday, April 22, 2024

Based on a Christmas Carol

Join me for our new challenge over at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is "Sentiment based on a Christmas Carol" and don't forget, your creation must be Christmas themed and feature a cute image.  

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

The Twelve Days of Christmas is my chosen carol and Four Calling Birds by Whimsy Stamps definitely fits! I absolute love this image, seriously how much cuter can it be?!

I colored the image with Copic markers except for the pine needles which I used a green felt marker.  I added Wink of Stella on the rim of the Santa hats as well as the snow on the pine branches.

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:
Alphabet Challenge - B is for Birds (May 2) .
Cut it Up  Challenge - Starts with a B #302 (May 1) .
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas #716 (Apr 24) .
Try it on Tuesday - Inspired by a  Song: 12 Days of Christmas (Apr 29) .

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Time Well Spent

"Spring is in the Air" ... that's the theme for our new challenge at Creative Knockouts!

We have a fabulous sponsor so make sure to upload your creation for your chance to win a special prize from All Dressed Up!

This sweet image is Feeding the Ducks and as soon as I saw it I thought of Springtime.  After printing the image I used Copic markers to color the image as well as the ground then set to work on the sky using Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink. 

With her umbrella in hand, I decided to add a couple of vellum clouds in the sky, you never know when the rain will fall and here in Vancouver, it falls a lot! The sentiment is from the Lucky Friend set by Mama Elephant and the background paper is by Doodlebug.

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


Challenges:
All Dressed Up - ATG #149 (Apr 14) .
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Showers or Flowers (Apr 21) .
Dream Valley Challenges - Spring Colors #313 (Apr 13) .
Passion for Markers - Use a Die #734 - Stitched Rectangle Dies (Apr 15) .

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Little Town of Bethlehem

NON-TRADITIONAL COLORS is the theme for our April challenge at Christmas Craft Creations  

Our challenge will run until May 7th so make sure to upload your creation by then for your chance to win a special prize.

I decided to pull out my metallic watercolors for this challenge while using Peaceful Night by Woodware Craft Collection.

I used silver embossing powder on the white watercolor paper and gold embossing powder on the black watercolor paper then went to work painting.  I have to admit, I love heat embossing this image as it keeps the colors from bleeding (my water coloring skills are definitely lacking precision).

Once dry, I sprayed the cards with Sheer Shimmer Craft spray, Sparkle on the white and Gold on the black then finished it off by using my I-Rock tool (yes, it's old but it still works!) to set some silver gems and gold rhinestones on the black card.

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!

Monday, March 25, 2024

Seasons Tweetings

Join me for our new challenge over at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is Two or More Papers - wand don't forget, your creation must be Christmas themed and feature a cute image.  

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

I pulled out this printed image that has been sitting untouched for years - it's time to put these forgotten printed images to work!  It's called Christmas Robin from Just Some Lines, unfortunately it looks like they have closed up shop.

The image is colored with Copics and I took an embossing pen to the rim of the hat, sprinkle gold embossing power and set the heat to it.  The layout was put together using a Christmas  mini patterned paper pad from the dollar store, gold twine and bell.  The sentiment tag was created using a gold pen with my Cricut.  Final touch was a light spray of varnished brass mica spray.

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!

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Freesia 4U

Sparkle & Shine is the theme for our new challenge at Creative Knockouts!

We have a fabulous sponsor so make sure to upload your creation for your chance to win a special prize from SheepSki Designs!

The floral image is Freesia Vase was colored with Copic markers then added a touch of Glossy Accents for some shine.  I decided to use a tag die-cut for the flowers and duplicated the tag with green cardstock for the back layer, tied with sparkly gold ribbon.  For a bit of extra shine, I used pink metallic paper, along with designer paper from the Stitched with Love collection by P13.

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


Challenges:

SheepSki Designs Challenges - ATG #84 (Mar 31)

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Fleece Navidad

DESIGNER PAPER is the theme for our MONTH challenge at Christmas Craft Creations!   

Our challenge will run until April 9th so make sure to upload your creation by then for your chance to win a special prize.

I've had this image for so very long and has been printed out just waiting for me to color! I'm very sad that I lost this image from Whimsie Doodles in a computer crash so this is the only copy left.

After coloring with Copics, I pulled out my stash of designer paper and kept the layout simple.

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!

Monday, March 4, 2024

Get Musical at Get Creative Challenges

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

Our theme this month is Sing a Song (musical notes, paper, etc.) Show us your creativity by incorporating music in your creation! 

We are a JUST FOR FUN challenge and I hope you will play along for your chance to proudly display our Winner or Top 3 Badges.

I know Spring is around the corner ... but alas I decided on a Christmas card! I used distress inks on the outside of the paper and on the images.  I heat embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder and added a few sequins. Quick and easy, perfect for multiples.

Stamps:  Wonderland and Grassy Grove, Stampin' Up!
Distress Inks: Antiqued Linen and Frayed Burlap (images)

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

Friday, March 1, 2024

Bleached Dollies

Christms {or not} Bingo Challenges has a new challenge ready to go for you!

We will feature a new Bingo card for each challenge and while this isn't your typical game of BINGO, you are required to use at least three items in ONE column.

We are a "just for fun" challenge where you will have the chance to proudly display our Winner or Top Pick Badge!

My choice was the "G" column - Embossing, Bleaching, Splatters.


When I saw Bleaching - I had no idea what this technique was so I had to do a little googling - such a simple technique and the effects are so beautiful I had to give it a shot.

I started with distress oxide inks, starting in the middle with Dried Marigold and worked my way to the outside with Abandoned Coral, Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs.  After the background was dry, I stamped the images from the Decorative Dollies collection by Inkadinkado with VersaMark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  

I dipped a paint brush in bleach and started "painting" the areas I wanted bleached.  I had such a hard time taking a photo that could capture the effect but it was really difficult to capture.  Some of the areas retained the colors of the distressed inks giving a hue effect.  I wet my hands and clapped over the front then splattered with gold paint. I finished off with a quick overall spray with Sheer Shimmer craft spray and added a few gold embellies.

So glad you stopped by and I look forward to seeing your creation!

Challenges
My Time to Craft! - Make your own Background #528 (Mar 7) .
Tic Tac Toe - #242 Metallic (Gold embossing), Any Shape, Fave Color (Coral) (Mar 20)  .
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Use your Favorite Color (Coral)  #590 (Mar 12)  .

Monday, February 26, 2024

Marshmallow Snowman

Join me for our new challenge over at Christmas with the Cuties!  Our theme for this challenge is "Santa and/or Reindeer" - don't forget, your creation must be Christmas themed and feature a cute image.  

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

The image is Snowman and Marshmallow from Kinda Cute by Patricia  Alvarez,  I did some coloring with Copics and went to work fussy cutting (grrr, I hate fussy cutting!).  After using a die cut to create the circle, I used Seeing Spots embossing folder for some texture.  Using foam squares, I applied them to the images and sentiment strip (Merry Messages by Lawn Fawn) and finished the card off with some purple sequins.

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:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas #609 (Feb 27) .
ABC Christmas Challenge - C for Anything Christmas (Mar 9) .
Addicted to Stamps and More! - Christmas #462 (Mar 4) v

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Birthday Flowerz

Die-cuts/Punches/Stencils is the theme for our new challenge at Creative Knockouts!

We have a fabulous sponsor so make sure to upload your creation for your chance to win a special prize from Mirtillamente Digital Stamps and Papers!


I used Copic markers to color the image, Flowerz: Flow No. 1.  To create the leafy background, I used Simply You by Concord & 9th with Pine Tree Green Memories Die Inkpad.  The centre background piece was created using the Moroccan Stencil by Simon Says Stamp with Aged Mahogany and Barn Door Distress Inks then found a couple of sentiments, embossed with white embossing power to create this birthday card.

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 (Feb 25) .
Beautiful Blossoms Challenge - Floral #14 (Mar 15) .
Daisy Chain Challenge - Flowers #82 (Feb 28) .
Craft Rocket Challenges - Birthday #111 (Feb 28) .

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Wintery Penguin Valentine

STENCILS / EMBOSSING FOLDERS is the theme for our February challenge at Christmas Craft Creations!   

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

Yes, we are a Christmas challenge and I may have stretched things a bit with my wintery Valentines Day card! 
I started with embossing the first layer using Stitched Snowflake Backdrop by Lawn Fawn and used Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide Inks to create the pinky glow background.  Created some snow drifts, clouds and a skating area with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink - I used the same ink for the sentiment using Scripty Mine and the Winter Penguin stamp by Lawn Fawn.

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
Cut it Up - Have a Heart #297(Feb 21) .
Inkspirational - Hearts #309 (Mar 2) .
CCAYR - Hearts (Mar 1) .
Die Cut Divas - Non-Traditional Valentine Cards (Mar 1) .

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Have a very mice BIRTHDAY

Lots of Layers is the theme for our new challenge at Creative Knockouts!

We have a fabulous sponsor so make sure to upload your creation for your chance to win a special prize from a NEW sponsor, Streamside Studios!  If you haven't checked the store out yet, make sure you do - so many adorable and fun images to choose from!

The images and sentiment are from the Mice at Play collection. I used the Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the images although  I was having issues with the blade not cutting thru the paper on the mice so I had to do a bit of fussy cutting (which I really don't like doing).  I used distress inks (Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade) on the block of cheese and Copic markers on the mice.  Added a few touches and lots of foam tape to create the layers.

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




Challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations - Colors Challenge - Grey, Yellow, White (Jan 20) .

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Glittery Joy

Glitter and Sparkle is the theme for our January challenge at Christmas Craft Creations!   

Our challenge will run until February 8th so make sure to upload your creation by then for your chance to win a special prize.



I die cut and added layers (3) to the letters using white cardstock with the top layer cut in designer paper.  I used the mini wreath die cut by Lawn Fawn to cut two layers using green glitter.  I did this to make the wreath look fuller and finished it off with one layer of white cardstock.  The berries were also die cut using red glitter paper.   

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!


Monday, January 8, 2024

Treat Yourself

Christmas [or not] BINGO Challenges has a new name and a new challenge ready to go for you!

We will feature a new Bingo card for each challenge and while this isn't your typical game of BINGO, you are required to use at least three items in ONE column.

We are a "just for fun" challenge where you will have the chance to proudly display our Winner or Top Pick Badge!

My choice is the "O" column - Layers, Stitching, Twine and Rectangle.


While roaming through Pinterest looking for a design that "spoke" to me, I came across John, Gentleman Crafter's card using Lawn Fawn's Treat Yourself stamp set.  As it so happens, a co-worker is celebrating her birthday this weekend and she LOVES ice cream so my version of John's card was created, I hope you like it!

So glad you stopped by and I look forward to seeing your creation!



Snow Much Fun at Get Creative Challenges

Happy New Year! A new month brings a new challenge at Get Creative Challenges!  Our theme this month is Snow much Fun. 

We are a JUST FOR FUN challenge and I hope you will play along for your chance to proudly display our Winner or Top 3 Badges.


It's pretty hard to see the snow falling, but it's there!  I ran out to grab some texture paste and ended up grabbing Sparkle paste, not quite the effect I was looking for but it works!  The lamp post was created using the Cricut Joy,

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