Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Looking forward to Spring

It's getting closer to Spring, and the current challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie is definitely inspired by springtime!   Here is the inspiration cookie:

Isn't that just too pretty?  I just love all the cookie photos they use for inspiration on the challenges,

Here's my card for the challenge.

  I used an old digital clip art stamp from PC Hug Club, and then colored it with colored pencils and Gamsol.  I was inspired to try this technique again after looking at all the creations in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker.  Definitely need more practice with this technique, but the soft look is really nice with this image. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Congrats! card

I made this card for two challenges:   the current challenge at Less Is More (use mainly teal on your card) and the current challenge at Cards in Envy (keep it simple)

Teal isn't one of my "go to" colors, but I did have some new ink from Catherine Pooler inks that worked for the color challenge.  The background paper is some older Basic Grey, and I added just a little bit of gold Nuvo glitter drops.

If you have a chance, check out all the DT cards and entries on both blogs - there are some reallyl gorgeous cards on display!

Monday, March 6, 2017

My Favorite Things sketch challenge

I'm just barely making it in time for Challenge #322 on the My Favorite Things card challenge blog.  Here is the sketch:
MFT Sketch Challenge 322 #mftstamps

Here's my take on the sketch:

I use the Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies (love those!) from My Favorite Things to make the rectangle frame.  The chick, eggs, and sentiment are all from the Simon Says Stamp March kit, and were colored with Copics. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Jingle Belles Holly & Ivy Challenge

The new challenge at Jingle Belles is to feature foliage of some type on your Christmas card. It was the perfect challenge to use this image of Christmas roses that I had just colored as part of the 30-Day coloring challenge at The Daily Marker

The image was colored with Copic markers, and then I lightly brushes the background with twinkling H2O watercolors for a subtle shimmer.  The background is Cricut pearl paper in red, embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

Be sure to check out both the Jingle Belles challenge blog and the 30-day coloring challenge at The Daily Marker!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

May your holidays be Merry

The Cat's Pajamas is hosting Challenge #332 - to use word dies on your project.  I've never entered one of their challenges, but I recently won some of their stamps and thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try them out!

For my card, I used the little penguins and sleigh stamp and the snowy swirls stamp from The Cat's Pajamas (sets N7477 and S6856).  The trees and part of the sentiment are from Technique Tuesday and the "merry" die is from Catherine Pooler stamps.  The stitched slope dies are from Lawn Fawn. 

The images were colored with Copic markers, and then I added some Wink of Stella for a little shine.  I also added a few crystal stickers to the snowy swirls.  The sleigh and penguin image is attached with 1/16" foam tape for just a little dimension.

I'm also entering this in the ABC Christmas Challenge (creatures & dimension)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Happy Easter card

I purchased the March card kit from Simon Says Stamp - my first card kit ever from them - because I thought the stamp set was so cute.   When I saw the February card sketch from Stick It Down, I thought this carrot paper and the bunny stamp would work perfectly with that sketch.

Here's the sketch:

Here's my card from the sketch:

I stamped and fussy cut the Easter bunny, then mounted him with thin foam tape for a little dimension.  You can't tell from the photo, but I used white Wink of Stella pen to give him a little glitter, too.  The scallop oval die is from Spellbinders. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Heart 2 Heart Challenges has a new challenge going on, to use only black and white on a project (and to include some Close To My Heart products).  I have three of the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges, Art Philsophy, Artbooking and Artfully Sent, and they are some of my very favorite cartridges because of the variety of images. 

For this card, I lightly brushed Black Soot Distress Ink over a white cardstock piece.  The house, fence, bats, owl and "spooky" were all diecut with my Cricut and the CTMH Artbooking cartridge.  I added a couple of little googly eyes to the "spooky" diecut, and used the Happy Halloween stamp from the companion set to the CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge.