Monday, January 21, 2019

The Butterfly Challenge

I recently ran across the Butterfly Challenge blog and the challenge hosted there was a lot of fun. The challenge requires the use of a butterfly somewhere in the project and then this fortnight the letter is Y and one can use a theme or a color or both or incorporate all seven elements into the project. Here is the current wheel:


I opted to incorporate all seven elements into my encouragement card. I started out with a blue cardcase and embossed the front with a Darice flower embossing folder. This took care of the "Your Choice" as I love how dry embossing just adds another dimension to the project. I added some flatback jewels into the centers of some of the flowers.


I stamped the sentiment that contains the word "your" as a twist on the element "you" as the second theme element and cut it out with an oval die. I cut another oval out one size larger than the one that the sentiment is on and glued the two together. I then added a strand of yarn around the sentiment. The yarn meets the requirement of "yarn" as the third theme element and "yale blue" as the one color element. I cut another oval out of white fun foam and popped the sentiment up.


I then added the butterflies cut out of "yew" and "yellow" colored cardstock to meet the final two color elements of the wheel.


This card was a fun difference for me in that there is no pencil colored image on it. But I enjoyed making it a lot.

General supplies:
Paper Studio cardbase and coordinating envelope
White, yew and yellow cardstock
White fun foam
Sentiment stamp from my stash
Oval dies from my stash
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Yale Blue yarn
Flatback jewels

Entered into the Butterfly Challenge Spin the wheel with the Letter Y
Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #331 - Anything Goes
Entered into the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge #98 
Entered into the Happy Craft Anything Goes January 2019 Challenge
Entered into the Crafty Creations Anything Goes Challenge #382
Entered into the TTCRD Anything Goes Challenge Week 15th Jan
Entered into the Perfect Time To Craft Anything Goes Challenge for January # 1
Entered into the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Anything Goes Challenge #22
Entered into the Love to Craft January Anything Goes Challenge #30
Entered into the Dragonfly Dreams Anything Goes January 11 Challenge

Monday, January 14, 2019

First project for World Wide Open Design Team


I am so excited to finally be able to share with you that I was chosen to be a member of the Design Team at World Wide Open Design Team challenge blog. You have to be a member of at least one design team to be able to enter their challenges and so the projects entered are amazing. 

Another exciting aspect here is that Julia Spiri is the artist that sponsors the challenges and her digis are lovely - a whimsy sort of fantasy. There are various prize categories and certificates awarded so if you are on any design team, be sure to check the challenges out.

So here is my first project.


I used Julia's digi called Girl with Teddy. I printed her onto Strathmore Colored Pencil paper and colored her with my Prismacolor pencils. I cut her out with a label die from my stash and adhered her to a patterned paper card panel which I in turn adhered to a 5.5x5.5 cardbase. 


I cut the heart die cut out twice, once from green cardstock and once from yellow glitter cardstock and arranged it with both heart colors onto the card panel - some behind and some on the focal image label. I cut the sentiment from blue cardstock and fun foam and adhered them together before adhering them to my card.


I look forward to seeing your entry over at World Wide Open Design Team challenge blog.

General supplies:
Strathmore Colored Pencil paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock
Julia Spiri's Girl with Teddy digi
Prismacolor pencils
Patterned paper from my stash
Green, blue and yellow glitter cardstock
Blue fun foam
Dies from stash

Sunday, January 13, 2019

A little time

Hubby and I had taken a little time off between Christmas and New Year and so of course my pencils went with. Our visit to southern Arizona proved to be a chilly escapade, so we stayed indoors quite a bit - me coloring and him reading. It was wonderful. This card is the last one I made on my return with the images I had colored while away.

This is also a Conie Fong image. I decided to go rather pastel on it, thus the light colors on her dress, the white bear and her light colored wings.


I colored her with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I completed the card by cutting an oval out of a piece of patterned paper and gluing the focal image behind the paper. I then adhered the panel onto a 5.5x5.5 inch cardbase.


I completed the card by cutting the word Birthday out 3 times, twice out of regular white cardstock and once out of white glitter cardstock and stacking them on top of each other with the glitter cardstock on top. I stamped the word WISHES on a piece of white cardstock and trimmed close to the word. I glued both the die cut and the stamped sentiment onto the card.


I completed the card by adding 3 flatback pearls to it.

General supplies:
Strathmore Colored Pencil Paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock
Patterned paper from my stash
White and white glitter cardstock
Conie Fong Butterfly Princess digi
Prismacolor pencils
Oval die from my stash
Sentiment die from my stash
Sentiment stamp from my stash
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Flatback pearls

Entered into the Conie Fong Art & Design Facebook Group January project challenge
Entered into the Kleuren met Potlooden Anything Goes Challenge
Entered into the Kreativ-Tanten Anything Goes Challenge #25
Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #330 - Anything Goes
Entered into the Crafty Sentiments Designs Anything Goes January challenge
Entered into the Happy Craft Anything Goes January 2019 Challenge
Entered into the Creativ Fusion Arts & Crafts WINGS Challenge #8
Entered into the Love to Craft January Anything Goes Challenge #30
Entered into the Colour Crazy Anything Goes Colouring Challenge Week 1
Entered into the Butterfly Challenge Spin the wheel with the Letter I (my card incorporates a butterfly, an Image, a die cut, Iceburg and Imperial purple)

Friday, January 11, 2019

My first round card

Today I have a card with a difference to show you. The card is round and features Conie Fong's Candy Cane Penguin as the focal image. Isn't he adorable?

I printed the image out onto Strathmore Colored Pencil paper and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. What fun this cutey was to color!!


I then cut him out with a stitched circle die. I cut a circle slightly larger from silver glitter washi tape from DCWV and with my largest circle die, I cut a dark green circle and two white heavy cardstock circles - which would make the card base. I adhered the layers on top of each other and added the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.


I scored a "hinge" at the top of the second white circle so that the card would open easily.


I love how this card looks like an ornament.

General supplies:
Strathmore Colored Pencil Paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock
Green cardstock
DCWV silver glitter washi tape
Conie Fong Candy Cane Penguin digi
Prismacolor pencils
Circle dies from my stash
Sentiment stamp from my stash
Versafine Onyx Black ink

Entered into the Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge for the week 8th Jan

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The best sentiment...

I have had this All Dressed Up digital stamp called Pitter Patter Raindrops on my computer for quite a while. I think it is the sweetest image. I printed it out on blue Canson Mi Tientes paper and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils.


I cut the image out with a circle die from my stash and placed it into a circle frame that I had cut out with the same die and one size larger. I placed them both on a teal colored Paper Studio card base and added the teal and white baker's twine to the edge of the frame, tying the ends into a bow.

And then I finally got to use a sentiment I had had in my stash for a while also. I thought it suited the image so very well.


I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. This sweet image is timeless and I am sure I will be using it again.

General supplies:
Blue Canson Mi Tientes paper
Paper Studio cardbase and coordinating envelope
Lacy Sunshine's Summer Daisies Flower Pot Pretties
Marbled paper from my stash
Prismacolor pencils
Sentiment stamp from my stash
Circle dies from my stash
Versamark ink
White embossing powder

Entered into the All Dressed Up December Challenge #88
Entered into the Happy Craft Anything Goes January 2019 Challenge
Entered into the A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #83 - Anything Goes
Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #329 - Anything Goes
Entered into the Papercraft Business Anything Goes Challenge #14
Entered into the Crafty Creations Anything Goes Challenge #382
Entered into the Crafty Addicts Anything Goes/ Optional Theme it's a Purrfect day Challenge #56
Entered into the Words 2 Craft By Hope Challenge #61
Entered into the Crafty Sentiments Designs Anything Goes Challenge
Entered into the Digi Choosday Craft Anything Goes Wk2 Challenge

Monday, January 7, 2019

The importance of being creative

I believe in the importance of doing something creative. Whatever form creativity takes on for you, be sure to take time to do it in 2019. It is an activity that keeps us balanced.

Today I want to share a House Mouse card with you. I have not colored up one of these sweet images for a very long time. I picked up this stamp in a destash sale some time ago and stamped it onto Canson Bristol Vellum paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This was my first try at coloring on new-to-me Bristol Vellum. I was very happy with the results, however I can only use it for physical stamps as my printer won't have anything to do with it.


Because of the size and cuteness of this image, I opted to create a clean and simple one-layer card with it. I colored the image with my Prismacolor colored pencils, printed the quote out on my printer and adhered the strip to the card.


I created this card for a friend who I have been encouraging to not neglect her creative pursuit.

General supplies:
Canson Bristol Vellum paper
Stampendous Knit Gift rubber cling stamp
Prismacolor pencils
Memento Tuxedo Black ink


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Another Lacy Sunshine project

It is time for another "Anything Goes" challenge over at Crafting with an Attitude. The sponsor this month is Lacy Sunshine and the winner will receive 3 single digis of their choice.

I chose to work with Summer Daisies Flower Pot Pretties for my design team project. I thought her little boot made the cutest treehouse.


I printed the image onto Strathmore Paint Pad paper and colored her with my Prismacolor colored pencils. Once she was colored, I fussy cut her out and ran along the edges with a black marker. I created a card panel from a piece of 3.75x5 inch kraft cardstock and embossed it with a Darice woodgrain embossing folder. I rubbed Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink over the embossed panel for dark the raised areas and accentuate the wood look.


I threaded some twine through the back edge of the boot and fastened the other end of the twine around a brad to make it look like her "treehouse" was hanging on a nail on the tree.


My Christmas gift this last year was a subscription to the Spellbinders Small Die of the Month kit and this lovely sentiment die and scalloped matte was in the kit. I cut the sentiment from aqua cardstock and the scalloped matte from vellum and adhere them to my card. I cut the flower and leaves from dies also in the kit. I completed the image with some white gel pen details on both the colored image and the die cuts.


I then adhered the card panel to a colored cardbase with a coordinating envelope.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Paper Studio cardbase and coordinating envelope
Kraft, aqua, yellow, orange and light green cardstock
Lacy Sunshine's Summer Daisies Flower Pot Pretties
Prismacolor pencils
White gel pen
Dies from Spellbinders December Small Die of the Month kit
Darice woodgrain embossing folder
Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink

Entered into the Kleuren met Potlooden Anything Goes Challenge
Entered into the Kreativ-Tanten Anything Goes Challenge #25
Entered into the Cute N Crafty Anything Goes Challenge #17
Entered into the 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Christmas / Winter #216
Entered into the Cardz 4 Galz New Year, New Stash Challenge #87
Entered into the Love to Craft January Anything Goes Challenge #30
Entered into the Colour Crazy Anything Goes Colouring Challenge Week 51
Entered into the Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge for the week of 1-1-19