Here's a closeup of the adorable Rosalind. I guess you'd call her a bit Steampunk with the clocks and gears (one of which I've turned into a peppermint candy) and the expression on her face hardly exudes enthusiasm for the most wonderful time of the year, so I thought she'd work well for the challenge. Besides, she was really, really, really fun to color. Inside reads "It's Christmas time...AGAIN!" Had to play up that clock reference, especially with that big Tim Holtz clock die hanging on there. LOL
Here's the Lacy Sunshine Recipe Card with all the info. Hopefully this is helpful to you for color combos. My teamies have some fab creations so be sure to check out the Challenge Blog for more inspiration. Can't wait to see what you create for this fun challenge. I'm entering this in the Outlawz Friday Coloring Challenge ATG/Christmas Twist,
Here's a lovely first Mother's Day card with elements from some of the new April releases from Gecko Galz. The gorgeous DP is from the Flower Power digital paper pack and the beautiful vintage image is from the Mum's the Word digital Collage set. I've made a 3D frame for the image using a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set and scoring each corner at the 3rd and 4th scallop down from the point, then folding the inner scores as valley folds and the outer ones as valley folds. The image was then matted and popped within the frame.
Our new Challenge at Aurora Wings starts today with the fabulous theme of Flowers. We want to see beautiful blooms in your image, papers and/or embellishments. I've chosen the gorgeous Easter Basket of Flowers (available as a jpg and also a png with a transparent background HERE) but made a card that could easily be used for a birthday, Mother's Day, a happy Spring or thinking of you card.
Here's a close up of the gorgeous image. I've colored with Copics with some additional shading with Prismacolor pencils and added a gingham bow to the handle. Besides the glorious flowers that Mitzi draws to accompany her magical creatures, she also has many images that are flowers alone, available on Etsy and in the Aurora Wings Web shop.
I'm joining the Aurora Wings Showcase DT today to introduce the adorable new image, Little Kitsune Anko. She is available HERE on Etsy and HERE in the Aurora Wings Web Shop. She was inspired by one of Mitzi's dear kitties and also some fascinating Japanese folklore. You can read more about her on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog and see all the wonderful interpretations from the team. I decided to alter a box I'd saved that had previously been filled with tea.
I've colored her with Copics with additional shading from Prismacolor pencils. She come in two versions, one with kimono details and one without. I chose the one without because I wanted to paper piece her outfit. I've used digital paper from the Mori Girl pack from Gecko Galz. This is a bit tricky when choosing a dark pattern. After printing and coloring her I reduced my digi paper to just the size of the image so the print was the appropriate scale and printed it. Then I turned the page over and put it back in the printer, positioned the image in my printing program where I'd previously had my paper on the page, reversed the image and printed again. I then fussy cut the image from the back side (cutting just within the printed lines), turned it over and glued it to the colored image. I used copy paper for the paper piecing because it glues flatter to the card stock but still inked the edge of the fussy cut pieces with the side of the brush tip of my Black Memento Marker (it doesn't bleed as much as the Copics do) so there was no white edge. I hope that makes sense.
Here's the dimensional view. She was printed 3 times on white card stock and then twice as described above for the paper piecing. The layers were popped with foam, as was she onto the box so the lid could be removed and replaced without disturbing the image.
A new challenge starts today at The East Wind with the theme of Fibre-licious. We want to see some type of fibers on your project, including burlap, lace, etc. I chose the fabulous Twisted Venus 'Hairnest' because it's Spring and it's amazing what birds and other nest building creatures will find to make their little places a home. We've not been particularly thrilled with their choices around my house as birds bit through our icicle lights and carried them off earlier this year and most recently an exceptionally bold squirrel was caught pulling apart a porch seat cushion and shredding the foam. Grrr... Besides the threads these birdies have woven throughout their nest, I've also added a ring of shredded cheesecloth and a bow of embroidery floss. The double sided DP is Authentique and I've drawn a circle on the backside and made 4 diagonal cuts through the center, folded back the points and glued them to frame the image.
Here's a closeup of the amazing Twisted Venus. She's colored with Copics with some additional shading with Prismacolor pencils. Hopefully you can see the threads I've sewn through the nest. I had a ball with this challenge as there's loads of room for creativity and I think you will too. There's lots more inspiration at The East Wind Challenge Blog as well, so be sure to check out the fab makes by my DT sisters. Can't wait to see what you create.
There's a new release at The East Wind Etsy shop today today called Unkytoon Hello (a bargain at only $1.55 USD). The East Wind Artist goes by the name of Unky Lastrange and this fun little witch is Unky personified. She seemed to be decked out in Spring clothes today and her pose made me think of cartwheels, so I colored her in BRIGHT Spring colors (those are Copic neons), fussy cut her, attached her to two pennies with foam between them, and made a Spring spinner card with her.
I made a video of her spinning, but I couldn't figure out how to upload it from my camera. And, I'm probably the last person on earth who does not own a Smartphone so... Here's how she started.
Here's beautiful Breena all colored up with Copics with a bit of extra shading with a black Prismacolor pencil. She's fussy cut and popped with foam.
And here's the Lacy Sunshine Recipe Card listing all the supplies and colors used. I gotta say, this makes such a great reference for future coloring as well as this particular project. Hope you find this helpful to you, as well.
Our new monthly challenge at HDH begins this fine Macabre Monday with the theme of "Going Green". This fabulous challenge is open to a few different interpretations as in use the color green predominantly in your project (zombie skin anyone?), "green with envy" or the eco-friendly choice to recycle something, all of course in a deliciously wicked or or macabre way. I, being the overachiever that I am, (LOL, JK) chose all three. I immediately thought of the "Trophy Beauty" stamp from Smeared Ink, and came up with the sentiment after pairing it with my new Tim Holtz Trophy Antlers die. "Green with Envy"...one down...
Trophy Beauty was colored with Copics being sure to add a bit of lime green to her complexion (it's gotten a bit humid in that bell jar and he was so anxious to display his prize he cut a few corners in the preserving process. She seems to be putrifying just a tad). There's your color green (along with the green wood grain boards on the wall), Two down...And WAIT!
Those wall boards were cut from the DCWV Green Stack which is made from 70% recycled paper and EVEN BETTER, it's all backed with a cut up Priority Mailing envelope. Yea ME! Truly the Minions have outdone themselves with this challenge so be sure to check out HDH and the fabulous interpretations of the theme found there. We can't wait to see what YOU create! I'm also entering this in the Smudgy Antics ATG challenge and Left of Center using the LOC theme (or it's sort of monochrome, well, maybe not).
Happy Easter everyone! Hope your weather is better than ours today. After weeks of sunshine and very warm temps we expect a high of 59 degrees and rain. Bummer! Will be off to our annual Easter dinner at Auberge du Soleil. Guess no sitting on the balcony today. Thought I'd share some cute Easter crackers I made with TP rolls and adorable images from the Gecko Galz Easter Circles and 1x2" collage set. Another easy recycling project but pretty fun little favors, if I do say so myself. Covered the tubes with paper (not card stock, it's easier to stay stuck) and resized the 1x2's in my printing program to fit the tubes. Wish I'd printed them on copy paper instead of card stock as you really need some strong adhesive to keep them on there. (It helps to sort of roll the images a bit, but still!) I cut them out (3 per roll), inked the edges and added pom pom trim. Rolled up goodies in tissue paper, stuffed the tubes and tied with ribbon on each end. Added some Melissa Frances embellies to the top and there ya go. Have a wonderful day. I'm entering these in the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Easter or Spring challenge, and Decorate to Celebrate ATG Challenge.
Our new Customer Challenge begins today at Gecko Galz with an Easter Time theme.
I made a basket using the corrugated inserts that reinforce the tuna in a pouch display boxes at the grocery store. Yup, I each a lot of tuna. It makes me popular with my cats. LOL
I took 2 of them and glued the center sections together, punched holes at the corners, tied some bows and VOILA! A basket! Used my threading water punch to trim the top
Each side is decorated with one of the circles from the Easter Circles and 1x2" collage set, enlarged in my printing program and cut and matted with my Nesties. Here are the rest of the sides.
I've twisted wrapped wire, raffia and buds from a Spring wreath I got at J's and disassembled to make the handle. I punched holes at either side and twisted the wire into a know with pliers to secure it on each side.
I also used the wired buds from the wreath to trim each image and attached moss to the bottom corners with hot glue. My GG teamies have made gorgeous Easter creations so be sure to stop by the Gecko Galz Challenge Blog and find further inspiration. There's a $25 gift certificate to be had and all you need is a single GG product on your submission. It can even be a freebie which you can get for signing up for the monthly GG newsletter (sign up on the left side of the GG Blog) or grabbing them from the GG Board on Pinterest. Can't wait to see what you create. and don't forget our GG Papercrafting FB Group with fun challenges every month. Hope to see you there.
Our new challenge starts today at The East Wind Challenge Blog with the theme of Make Mine Extra Sassy. Let's see some images or sentiment with some attitude. The team is using the gorgeous Aurora Summer Breeze which is the April Freebie from the newsletter. Sign up to received yours on the Challenge Blog, top right. I wanted to make a cover for my Art journal and was inspired by this gorgeous image and the quote from the Gecko Galz Beautiful Words collage sheet.
Here's a closeup. She's colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. I colored her skin and hair first but couldn't decide on the dress and flower colors until I saw this lovely 6x6" page from the BoBunny Serenade pack. The window and scalloped circle were cut with my Spellbinders Nesties.
I'm so happy you came to visit and share in my crafting adventures. I hope in doing so you are inspired. I would love to hear your comments and I'm happy to share my designs for your personal use, but please do not submit them for contests or publication or copy them for any commercial venture.
I've always loved crafting, even as a little girl. My inspiration was my Daddy who was a wonderful artist and made beautiful 3-D Valentines for my teachers in grade school. Although I love all kinds of crafts I haven't had a real focus since abandoning counted cross stitch back in the 80's. Until I got my Cricut in 2008, that is. I've since expanded my horizons and found a new love in coloring both rubber and digi stamps with my Copics. Now I'm a blissfully retired card maker and papercrafter married 39 years to a wonderful guy with two furbabies, Goliath and Jezebel. Everyday I look forward to dreaming up designs and playing in my craft room. I invite you to share in my adventures.