Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New April Customer Challenge at Gecko Galz.

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.

New Challenge at The East Wind

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.

Here's the quote from Gecko Galz.  I'm hoping this will inspire me and help me overcome my fears of art journaling (among other things.  LOL).  Be sure to visit the Challenge Blog to see my teamies makes with the gorgeous image.  Also, don't forget our Make It Krafty (coloring on kraft) FB Challenge that runs through April 17th.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PPinkyDolls Kitties!

Did this sweet card for the Ppinkydolls FB Group challenge.   The challenge is to use a PpinkyDolls image with an animal and (big surprise) I chose kitties!  I colored them up immediately but then had probs figuring out a background until I came across my pawprint punch that I'd all but forgotten about.  Embossed my card front with a large dots Cuttlebug folder and punched strips in pastels. Added some cute kitty die cuts here and there and a fab sentiment from Ginger's House.

Tell me it's not the sweetest image EVER!  It's called Playing with Kittens.  I've colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  Made the kitties look a bit like Himalayans (which I've always secretly wanted, but don't tell Goliath and Jezebel)  I kinda love this one.

I'm also entering this in the Outlawz Monday Greeting Cards ATG Challenge, Papertake Weekly Take Your Pick (pastels and ovals), TTRCD March 31-April 6th ATG, Crafting from the Heart ATG, Simon Says Monday Pastels, Simon Says Wednesday ATG, Whoopsie Daisy Add a Sentiment, Suzy Bee's ATG/Add a Sentiment and One Stitch at a Time Nature.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Free Your Beautiful Mind

Today my Gecko Galz projects for the month are being featured on the Gecko Galz Blog.  I've already blogged the others, but if you've missed anything, please go take a look.  My final piece is a wall hanging.  All quotes are from the Gecko Galz Beautiful Words Collage set.  First I re-sized the beautiful minds quote to fit the resin light bulb from Prima, matted it in green and layered on the DP I'd cut to approx 7x9" and matted that in black.

I added dimensional embellies that matched those on the image.  The light bulb is from Prima as are the flowers.  The lifelike acetate butterfly (that I've had in my stash for eons) is from Nature's Illusions. The Tim Holtz keyhole was added with brads.

I've added a small quote to  the left side of the main image, also from the Beautiful Words set and glued on a metal key from K&Co.

I printed the Happiness Quote twice (in different sizes) and used the larger words only for the bottom portion of the hanging which was matted twice and hung with jump rings.  Then I fussy cut the large butterfly from the quote and the other from the smaller version I printed, bent their wings up and attached them in the center only.  I'm hoping this will the spur my creative mojo when I'm feeling down.

I'm entering this in the Anything But a Card Use 5 challenge (5 different embellies, flowers, butterflies, light bulb, key hole and key), Crafty Calender March Add Some Metal, Craft for the Craig, Bingo (using flowers, sentiment, image), Simply Create Too ATG, Digitally Sweet ATG, Crafting with an Attitude , Simon Says Wednesday ATG, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday ATG and Aud Sentiments ATG + Sentiment.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Butterfly Kisses and Springtime Wishes

A new challenge starts today at Lacy Sunshine.  The new theme is Butterfly Kisses and Springtime Wishes and I've recycled a gift bag.  The DT is using stamps from the adorable Flower Pot Pretties and I've chosen Tina Tulips, one of the first flowers of Spring.  She also just happens to be the Loyalty Program digi for thhis week, so if you used a Lacy Sunshine Stamp in the last challenge, you can email Audrey for free (see BLOG) or purchase her at a 50% discount for the duration of this challenge HERE.

Tina is colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I've been trying to take more time and add more depth and shadows to my coloring.  I hope it shows. LOL  She's fussy cut and popped and I've added a bit of reindeer moss to the bottom of the pot.

We also have a new Lacy Sunshine recipe cards that we'll be filling out for each projects listing our supplies and the colors we've used.  Hope you find that helpful.  Feel free to enlarge the card and copy and print it if you wish.

Here's the dimensional shot.  The DP I've used is from the DCWV Mariposa Stack.  I've fussy cut just around the wings of butterfly on the DP and bent them up to show the mat underneath and added additional butterflies fussy cut from one of the other papers in the stack.  I've also added die cuts on opposing corners from a Tim Holtz die and the For You sentiment from Die-versions.  Be sure to visit the Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog  for fabulous inspiration from the team.  Can't wait to see what you create. 

I'm entering this in the 613 Avenue Create ATG challenge,  Sentimental Sundays Springtime flowers (plus sentiment-For You), the Corrosive Challenge Hop into Spring, the Outlawz Friday Coloring Challenge ATG, Di's Digi Designs Spring is Here, QKR Stampede Add a Sentiment, Aud Sentiments ATG + Sentiment, Crafting with an Attitude ATG, Simon Says Wednesday ATG and  Graph'It Markers Springtime.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I LOVE Hats!

So here's a little inspiration for Gecko Galz with images from the Fashion Hats Collage sheets.  I gotta say I'm a sucker for hats and when I found this quote on the net (several years ago, I think) I wrote it down because I got such a kick out of it.  

Here's a closeup shot so you can read it.

The card was made with the Sizzix Accordion Flip 3D Album die with DP from Colorbok.  The lovely flowers are Petal Lu.  The images and sentiment were sized in my Printmaster Platinum program and cut with Spellbinders Labels One.

I decorated both sides to use more of the fabulous hats.  Wonder if she had to sneak those hat boxes in when hubby wasn't looking.  LOL (Of course I never do that, do you?  ;D

You've still a couple days to join in our March In the Garden Challenge so check it out HERE for a chance to win a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree and pop in our FB Group to check out the 6 separate March challenges that run through March 31st.

I'm entering this in the Try it on Tuesday Hats Challenge, Ooh La La She's in Fashion, the Simon Says Wednesday ATG Challenge, TTRCD ATG March 24th, Creative Moments ATG/ for a Special Lady, Crafting by Design Flowers with a Twist, Hambo Hoedown March Folds, and Word Art Wednesdays ATG.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Aurora Wings Double Feature Release!

I'm joining the Aurora Wings Showcase Team on the Showcase Blog today for the Double Feature Release of Edamame Sprite and Little Pirate. These two cuties are making their debut today in the AW Etsy Shop.  I started with the adorable Edamame Sprite because I had the perfect DP in my stash.  

Tell me she's not precious with those 3 little sweet peas in her arms.  She's colored with Copics with enhanced shading from Prismacolor pencils in my fave color of sweet pea flower (my birthday month flower) that just happened to match the DP, too.  She's cut and mounted with Spellbinders Grand Ovals and popped with foam for a bit of dimension.  I'm not telling her that she's really Edamame which are (yummy) soybeans in Japanese. LOL 

For embellishment, I cut apart some silk sweet peas, tied them with a picot edged ribbon and used one of the leaves for a pea pod with flat back pearls for the peas. 

I'm entering this card in the Cute Card Thursday Spring Fever challenge, DL.Art Thankful Thursday ATG, Inspiration Destination ATG, Crafting for All Seasons Pastel Hues, Fab 'n' Funky Spring into Color, {Pin}spirational Challenge #136, the Crafter's Cafe What Season are you In? (Spring), Inky Impressions Pastel Colors, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday My FavoriteCreative Fingers ATG, Show Your Digi Love Aurora Wings, QKR Stampede Think Spring and The Paper Shelter Spring Delights

My second project is a tag with Little Pirate.  He's the newest in the Aurora Wings "Mer-kids" collection.  You can find all these sweeties along with their grown up counterparts in the Aurora Wings Etsy Shop HERE.  The funky Dp is K&Co from ancient my stash and I've distressed it with my scissors and inked the edges.  Tag is cut from kraft with a deep sea blue mat.  The anchor is a Magnolia die and I've added Card Candy doubloons and  some distressed gauze.

Little Pirate is also colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut and popped.  He's trying so hard to be a toughy, but we know better.  LOL  He's quite the treasure himself.  xx

I've embellished with a skull and crossbones charm from my stash on top of a Magnolia distressed flag, a Tim Holtz Word Band, vertical Alpha Beads and rope and fibers from my stash.  There's more fabulous inspiration from the Showcase DT HERE (and maybe a little surprise for you ;D)  so be sure to check it out. Thanks so much guys for letting me join you this week.

I'm entering my tag in the Southern Girls Boys, Boys, Boys challenge, the Moving Along With the Times Tags challenge, the DL.Art March Monthly Linky challenge, Crafting by Designs Masculine Projects, The Male Room Under Water and Addicted to Stamps and More ATG.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dream in Flowers

Here's one of my March inspiration pieces for Gecko Galz.  All stamps used were from the Gecko Galz In My the Garden digital stamp set.   Looks like Spring, doesn't it?

In my printing program, I layered IMG10 with IMG3.  I also printed IMG15 twice and cropped the sentiment from from IMG19. The main images were colored lightly with Copics and fussy cut.  I carefully tore around the the music part of the stamp and inked that area with Frayed Burlap Distress.  I fussy cut the two butterflies from IMG15 and attached them at the bodies only on top.

Here's the dimensional shot.  I layered a 6x6" square card with very old DP from my stash, tucking lace tape from Decollections under the DP edges before gluing it down.  The images were raised with adhesive foam at an angle and I added some ribbon snippets and a floral cameo from WeR Memory Keepers in the top corner.  I distressed the sentiment with the edge of my scissors and inked it with Frayed Burlap before popping it top left.  I balanced it out with 3 adhesive pearls in the bottom right corner.

I'm entering this in the Crafty Boots Spring Challenge, the Deep Ocean Vintage Challenge, Fan-tastic Tuesday ATG/Make it Square, Going Grey With Scrap Creations Pastels, TTRCD March 17-23 ATG, Card Mania Spring, the Cheerful Stamp Pad In the Garden, Through the Purple Haze for Your Mum or Special Woman, Robin's Fetish Purple and Green, Pile it On Use 3 of Something (3 pearls) and OSAAT ATG with Women.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St Patrick's Day!


Check out these MOVES!
To all my friends and followers.  
So lucky to have you!  xxD
(I'm kinda diggin' the beard)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Anything Goes at Aurora Wings

It's a new challenge day at Aurora Wings with the ever so popular ANYTHING GOES theme.  To be honest, ATG is more difficult for me than having a narrower theme because I have the hardest time making up my mind which of the fabulous images I want to use.  Jezebel to the rescue, reminding me that I've not colored nearly enough of Mitzi's fabulous kitties so I let her choose.  She's recently developed quite the sweet tooth so I wasn't surprised that she chose the adorable Cupcake Kitten.  I've made a tent card with Dp's from the 8x8" DCWV Sweet Stack and cut the window with Spellbinders Labels Seventeen.  I thought the ribbon detail looked like frosting and the sweet cupcake embellies are from Melissa Frances.

The adorable image was printed twice.  Of course I had to color the kitty white, since Jezzie thinks white cats are the boofiest (most beautiful) of all.  Okay, it was already white, but the shading was done with a light touch of Copics and Prismacolor pencils for the fur detail.  The yummy cupcakes were colored totally with Copics.  I've fussy cut the full image and then just the two front cupcakes and popped them for dimension.  They're all sitting on a lacy border punch from MS.

Here's a little better view of the dimension inside.  While looking for some suitable embellies, I came across those large chipboard letters in my stash.  I have no idea where they came from, or who they're by, but I gotta say, they brought the whole thing together for me.  Now go check out the ATG choices by my talented DT sisters on the AW Challenge Blog. We can't wait to see what you create.  And don't forget our Animals Challenge on the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group page that runs through March 31.  See you all there.

HDH In the Naughty Corner

It's our midway post for the now monthly challenge at HDH.  The theme is the Naughty Corner which gives you plenty of leeway. You can either make a naughty project, or a project about someone or something who's been misbehaving, or create something with corners, or decorate the corners.  We're easy in the dungeon that way, but we DON'T tolerate anything overtly cute or mainstream.  Capish?  So I had great plans and decided to decorate a candle box.  The fab corners are the gargoyle corners from Delicious Darkness that is coming back to life (after the nasty VAT laws ruined everything) on Etsy as ArtiDoodles.  Teri is slowly managing to add her vast array of fabulous stamps to her new shop and I'm hoping these corners will resurface soon.  The good news is that they are currently available as part of the Gargoyles Rubber set from Smeared Ink. (scroll down to get yours)  The center piece is a Skull from Anatomy 101 from Smeared Ink and was printed, fussy cut and dunked in the melt pot as instructed in the fab tutorial by Black Dragon in the Smeared and Smudged FB group.

Here's the dimensional shot.  I printed each corner 4 times and fussy cut and layered them with Pinflair and had full intentions of dunking them in the melt pot as well, but got sidetracked with a very exciting (but in the end disappointing) basketball final for the Big 10 championship where my beloved Spartans lost to Wisconsin.  The 3+ glasses of wine consumed during the game and my inconsolable state from our loss forced me to put the thing together without the faux porcelain finish on the corners.  Honestly, at that point I might have ended up with 3rd degree burns.  I expect harsh repercussions in the dungeon but they'd been worse had I abandoned the project all together so there ya go.

I'm entering this in the Smudgy Antics March ATG challenge.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lacy Sunshine Go Green

Time for a new challenge at Lacy Sunshine Blog and our theme this challenge is Go Green.  We want to see a loads of the color green on your card and what could be better with St Patrick's Day right around the corner, eh?  The adorable image is Woodland Wisp "Wispy".   I've used Dp's from K&Co and added some gold matting and accents to match the Irish flag.  there are shamrock stickers strewn about and I've modified some peel offs for my sentiment.  And check out that double double bow!  I'm digging my new Bow-it-All tool that I bought after losing my Bow (un)Easy.  I know it's here somewhere, but I never really did get the hang of that one.  LOL

I've fallen totally fallen in love with the new Briar Whimsys Collection at Lacy Sunshine.  They're such magical little creatures.  "Wispy" is colored with Copics. I just had to make her a little Irish lass with red hair. I've added some Stickles to her wings and a little ladybug sticker to her flower.  There are tiny adhesive beads at the ends of her antennae and some more shamrocks at her feet.  Please visit the Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog to see more inspiration from my DT sisters and check out the latest Loyalty Program digi that participants who used a Lacy Sunshine image in the last challenge can get for free.  WooHoo!  and don't forget to scroll down to see if you were a winner from last week.

I'm entering this in the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge, the Outlawz Friday Coloring challenge, the CCEE Stampers Green Challenge, the DL.Art March Linky challenge, Creative Moments ATG/Spring Greens, Simon Says Wednesday Things that Fly, Penny's Paper-Crafty Ribbons and Bows Challenge, the Crafts Galore Encore March ATG Challenge, the Unruly Paper Arts I Should Be So Lucky Reader Art Quest, Tuesday Throwdown Good Luck, The Stamping Boutique St Patrick's Day and Pinspirational Challenge 135 Think Green.