Friday, March 24, 2017

Hello Spring!

Hello.  Happy Spring!

I love gardening so I'm looking forward to the weather getting warmer so I can go out there and sow flower and vegetable seeds in my little community garden plot.

Here's a card I've created to celebrate spring.


This is also an easel card--one of my fave types of cards.



A closer look at the adorable image being featured.


This is 'Tilda Decorates Easter' from the Little Easter Collection 2013 from Magnolia Stamps.


Challenges for this card:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #176 - Any Sentiment Except for Birthday
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #470 - Spring Fever
Making Memories Crafting Challenge #3 - Add Some Layers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use More Than One Die or Punch
Tuesday Throwdown TT335 - Add Dimension

That's it.  Just a short post today.  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate you dropping by.  Have a wonderful day and the weekend is coming up, so enjoy!


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  K+Company Watercolor Bouquet paper pad
Dies:  Spellbinders Floral Ovals; Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland; Cheery Lynn Designs B155 Large Rose, B152 Miniature Rose and DL113 Exotic Butterfly Small; Marianne Design LR0150 Forest Branch
Punches:  EK Success Small Star
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain, Wild Honey and Dusty Concord; lace and pearls from my stash

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias, Shin-Han Touch markers; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla--for the cheeks:  oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair:  burnt sienna, Touch BR100, caramel, sandstone
- purple shades:  aubergine, amethyst, 264-T, 263-T
- tights and shoes:  umber, Touch BR102, cinnamon, tan
- yellow daffodil:  raw sienna, mustard, pastel yellow, buttercup
- green shades:  370-T, apple, meadow green 
- flower bulb:  khaki, pastel beige, champagne    
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T 

Friday, March 03, 2017

How Beautiful A Day Can Be - FFFC #182 'Anyting Goes'

Hello.  Happy Friday!

A new challenge starts today at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.  For the next fortnight, the challenge theme is 'Anything Goes.'  Please visit the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge to get complete details on the challenge and to see what my DT teammates have created to inspire you to play along with us.

Here's the DT card I've created.



A closer look at the image being featured.


This beautiful digital stamp image is titled 'Honey Bee' designed by Jeremiah Ketner, available from Crafts and Me.
I've done the colouring with my markers (colours listed below) and  a few coloured pencils to help in the shadings.


Challenges for this card:
Crafts and Me March Challenge - Springtime
Crafty Creations Challenge 336 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge 34 - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts Challenge 183 - Die/Punch Frenzy
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 467 - Anything Goes
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge 228 - Anything Goes
Kitty Bee Designs Challenge 89 - Flowers

That's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy the rest of your day and have a wonderful weekend!


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Recollections; Chatterbox 
Dies:  Spellbinders Petite Ovals; Joy! Crafts/Noor! Design 6002/0158 Floral Flourishes; Poppystamps 956 Lovely Tendril 
Punches:  EK Success border; Carla Crafts Small Cosmos; Punch Bunch Large Impatients
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge and Aged Mahogany; pearls from my stash

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias, Shin-Han Touch markers; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla--for the cheeks:  oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair:  burnt sienna, Touch BR100, caramel, sandstone
- burnt-orange shades:  henna, walnut, burnt orange, mango
- green shades:  olive green, apple cider, 370-T, apple, meadow green   
- yellow shades:  mustard, pastel yellow
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green


Friday, February 03, 2017

Cherish - FFFC #180 "Fussy and Fancy'

Hellooooo.....

I'm back!  After a much needed break!  I really really appreciated that downtime.

I've now got a card to show you for our new challenge at the Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog.  Our theme for the next two weeks is 'Fussy and Fancy.'   Please pop over to the Challenge Blog to get complete details on the challenge and to check out what my DT teammates have created to inspire you to play along with us.

Seeing that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, this is the card I came up with.



This is what inside the card looks like.


A closer look at the image I'm featuring.


The image is called 'Meant to Be' and it's available from Lili of the Valley as both digital stamp and rubber stamp.  


Challenges for this card:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #171 - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge Week 5 - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #80 - Must Use Flowers
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 463 - Be My Valentine
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #174 - Always Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge #155 - Anything Goes
LOTV FB February Challenge - Love
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - The Colour of Love
Tuesday Throwdown #328 - Love Notes

That's it!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate the visit.  Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend!


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Basic Gray Wassail Cranberry Sauce; K+Company Julianne Specialty Paper Pad
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Forty-One and Die-D Lites Blooms Two; Elizabeth Craft Designs Curvy Leaves; Poppystamps 1436 Dogwood Blossoms
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain and Aged Mahogany; hemp cord and pearls from my stash; Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias, Shin-Han Touch markers; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla--for the cheeks:  oatmeal, pastel pink
- boy's hair and shoes:  burnt sienna, Touch BR100, caramel, sandstone
- girl's hair and straw hat:  raw sienna, mustard, pastel yellow, buttercup
- red shades:  burgundy, crimson, antique pink, cocktail pink
- pants:  twilight blue, polar blue, pebble blue
- shirt:  cinnamon, tan, march hare  
- grass:  apple cider, fresh meadow 
- black/grey shades:  cool greys 3 - 5
- white shading:  warm grey 5-T, cool grey 4-T, cool grey 1-T
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T  


Friday, December 02, 2016

Noel - FFFC #178 'Pastel Christmas'

Hello.  Happy Friday!

It's time to kick off a new challenge at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.  The lovely Pat K is our hostess for this challenge and the theme is 'Pastel Christmas.'  This challenge is being sponsored by Noor! Design UK.  Please hop over to the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge to get complete details on the challenge and to check out what my DT teammates have created to inspire you to play along with us.

Here's the card that I came up with.



A look inside the card.


A closer look at the two Magnolia Stamps Tilda images being featured:


- Tilda Hiding Gift from the Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection 2011


- Sweet Christmas Tilda from the Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection 2011

Challenges for this card:
Crafty Friends Challenge #45 - Blossoms
Creative Moments Challenge #107 - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge Wk 48 - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges #329 - Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #86 - Create a Christmas Card or an ABC
Simon Says Monday Challenge - O Christmas Tree
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simply Magnolia December Challenge - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter Challenge #275 - A Christmas Card
The Ribbon Girl - November 'Use any image' Challenge

That's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Have a wonderful day and have a fabulous week!


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Recollections Pink Lattice and Batiked My Interest Surf; EK Success EB Visions of Christmas paper pad  
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Fourteen; Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Greens and Festive Greenery
Punches:  EK Success Large Retro Flower 
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; jingle bells, ribbon, hemp twine and  pearls from my stash

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias, Shin-Han Touch markers; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla--for the cheeks:  oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and Tilda #2's socks:  burnt sienna, Touch BR100, caramel, sandstone
- pink shades:  694-T, 693-T, 692-T  
- green clothing:  563-T, 337-T, 331-T, pastel green 
- yellow shades:  raw sienna, mustard, pastel yellow, buttercup
- Christmas tree:  bright green, leaf green, green shoot, meadow green, burnt sienna, Touch BR100, caramel, sandstone
- white shading:  warm grey 5-T, cool grey 4-T, cool grey 1-T
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green  


Friday, November 18, 2016

Celebrate Your Special Day - FFFC #177

Hello.  Happy Friday.

We're starting a new challenge at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.  Our challenge for the next fornight is being hosted by the lovely Annie and the theme she has chosen is 'A Different Fold/Shaped Cards.'  I love fancy-fold cards and I have just the card for this challenge.  Don't forget to pop over to the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge for complete details and to see the fabulous card that my DT teammates have created to inspire you to join us.

I wanted to make another lever card, but instead of the regular square lever/centre panel, I used a shaped die for it (Go Kreate Square Frame Frilly #10).



Opening the card shows how the centre panel acts like a 'lever' that fits the window on the card front.




A closer look a the two Magnolia Stamps images being featured.


- Celebration Tilda from the Sweet Crazy Love Collection 2012


- Tilda with Straw Hat from the Butterfly Dreams Collection 2011


Challenges for this card:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #167 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge #168 - Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Crafty Calendar Challenge for November - Autumn Colours
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge #214 - Anything Goes
Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge #81 - Fall Colours
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #45 - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB # 89 - Fancy My Fold
The Paper Shelter Challenge #273 - More than 1 of anything (folds, flowers, images)
The Ribbon Girl - November Card Challenge
Southern Girls Challenge #148 - Anything Goes

That's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy your day and have a wonderful week!


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Chatterbox Olive Summer Flowers
Dies:  Go Kreate XXL Square Frames Frilly #10 and Medium Frames Frilly Rectangular #10; Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles, Spellbinders Petite Ovals; Noor! Design/Joy! Crafts 6002/0158 Flower 3, 6002/0263 Flourish Branch 1 and 6003/0008 Flower Flourish; Memory Box 98312 Fancy Blossoms, 98261 Kaleidoscope Butterfly, 98319 Willow Dragonfly and 98316 Cherry Blossom (for flower centres)
Punches:  Punch Bunch Large Impatients (leaves); Martha Stewart Rose Leaf; Carla Crafts Small Cosmos (for flower centres)
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs and Barn Door; pearls from my stash

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias, Shin-Han Touch markers; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla--for the cheeks:  oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and shoes:  burnt sienna, Touch BR100, caramel, sandstone
- orange shades:  terracotta, spice, honeycomb, apricot
- green shades:  Touch 42, olive green, apple cider, 617-T 
- hat:  putty, champagne, ivory
- flower:  rasw sienna, pastel yellow, buttercup
- white shading:  warm grey 5-T, cool grey 4-T, cool grey 1-T
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T  
- ground:  champagne, warm grey 5-T

Friday, November 04, 2016

Love Peace Joy - FFFC #176 'Ice and/or Snow'

Hello.

We're starting a new challenge at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.  The lovely Judy is our hostess for this challenge and she has chosen 'Ice and/or Snow, with lots of textures and sparkles' as her theme.  This challenge is being sponsored by Live and Love Crafts.  Please hop over to the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge for complete details of the challenge.  Don't forget to check out the fabulous cards that my teammates have created to inspire you to play along with us.

Here's the card I've created for the challenge. 



For added texture, I've dabbed some gesso to the die-cut pine branches and pinecones to create snow.  I've also added glitter to the die-cut and punched snowflakes.  Glitter was also added to the patches of snow on the image. 

(If you're interested, you can find the tutorial on how to make the pinecones, HERE.)


A closer look at the image being featured. 


This oh-so-adorable image designed by Sylvia Zet of Wee Stamps is called 'Lullaby.'
You can find this and others from Sylvia's digital-image collection HERE and HERE
If you prefer them in rubber-stamp version, they are available from Whimsy Stamps HERE.  

Challenges for this card:
A Gem of a Challenge - Challenge #181 Snowflakes
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge #32 - The Seasons
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #218 - Holiday
Aud Sentiments Challenge #167 - Cute + A Sentiment
Crafting with an Attitude Challenge #21 - Anything Goes 
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge #29 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges #143 - One for the Girls
Passion for Promarkers Week #370 - Tweetmas Wishes
Sketch Saturday Week #436 - Sketch #218
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Inspired by a Book/Film/Song (song:  Moon Lullaby) 

That's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy your day and have a fabulous weekend! 


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:   Recollections from Michaels
Dies:  Lifestyle Craft Designs Nesting Circles; Dee's Dinstinctively IME-096 Panderosa Pine Sprig; Memory Box 98187 Woodland Branch and 98615 Rizza Snowflake; Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Circles (for the pinecones)
Punches:  Martha Stewart snowflakes
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; gesso, glitter and pearls from my stash

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla--for the cheeks:  oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair:  umber, khaki, grey squirrel, pastel beige
- blue shades:  midnight blue, 652-T, cornflower blue
- yellow shades:  raw sienna, mustard, vanilla
- little birdie:  caramel, sandstone, march hare  
- branch:  olive green, 617-T 
- white shading:  warm grey 5-T, cool grey 4-T, cool grey 1-T
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T  

Friday, October 07, 2016

On Your Wedding Day - FFFC #174 'Bingo'

Hello.

We're starting a new challenge at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.  The lovely Nikki is our hostess for this challenge and she has created a 'Bingo' board for you to work with.  Our challenge is being sponsored Live and Love Crafts.  Don't forget to hop over to the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge to get complete details and to have a look at what my teammates have created to inspire you to join us.

Here's what I've created for the challenge, a wedding card.



Below is the Bingo board that you get to work with.  For my card, I went with the diagonal option of flowers-lace-pearls, as well as the bottom row of pearls-charms-dies.


I love the white-on-white colour scheme for a wedding card.  The background paper is actually an white embossed designer paper, although the dry-embossing is not very deep/pronouced so you can barely see the vine-embossed pattern.  So for added texture, I've embossed another piece of plain white cardstock with polka-dot pattern.  And then more whites from the lace, flowers, foliage and pearls.  The two pewter heart charms were added to match the groom.

A closer look at the adorable bride-and-groom image being featured.


This image is called 'Wedding Couple' from Lili of the Valley.

I hope you'll join our challenge.  Please hop over to the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge to get complete details of the challenge.  Don't forget to check out what my teammates have created to inspire you to play along with us.


Challenges I'm entering with this card:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #132 - Favorite Embellishments (flower and foliage, pearls)
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Wk 23 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #117 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 446 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge #141 - Embossing wet or dry
Inspiration Destination Challenge #106 - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #43 - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge #148 - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - October Card Challenge

That's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Have a wonderful day.  Weekend coming up.  Enjoy!


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Paper:  Embossed Vine White (unknown maker)
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Thirty-One and Classic Ovals; Crealies Creative Flowers 06; Memory Box 98312 Fancy Blossoms; Joy! Crafts 6002/0263 Flourish Branch 1
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug Polka Dots
Miscellaneous:  charms, lace and pearls from my stash

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias, Shin-Han Touch markers; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla--for the cheeks:  oatmeal, pastel pink
- bride's hair:  burnt sienna, Touch BR100, caramel, sandstone
- groom's hair:  cocoa, mustard, pastel yellow
- groom's suit:  cool greys 3 to 5  
- white shading:  warm grey 5-T, cool grey 4-T, cool grey 2-T, cool grey 1-T
- leaves:  apple cider
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T  
- ground:  champagne, warm grey 5-T

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