Liebster Award

I’m so excited to write this post today. I just found out that a wonderful design team teammate, Cara Malmrose from the CAS challenge group at The Outlawz, nominated me for this award! I’m so honoured and so touched Cara – thank you!

For those of you who don’t know what this award is, it is for blogs that have less that 300 followers and is a fun way to introduce your blog and artwork to others and, hopefully increase your following. Thank you so much Cara, for thinking of me and for honouring me with this nomination! Please drop by and visit Cara’s wonderful blog, My Creative Chaos, and tell her you found her through me!

Rules for participation in the Liebster Award Nominations

  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on you blog and answer the questions they presented.
  • Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  • Copy and paste the pink Liebster Award logo to your blog.
  • Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award who have less than 300 followers.
  • Create a new list of 11 questions for them.
  •  Inform them of their nomination.

Cara has asked me 11 questions and here are my answers:

How long have you been crafting?
For as long as I can remember! My mom is a fantastic crafter and I did so many fun projects with her and watched her do others

What is your crafting style?
I had trouble answering this one. I like a lot of styles but I think I’d describe my style as Simple. I like a number of layers (or the LOOK of a number of layers): the image is definitely the focal point and I support it with embellishments but not a tonne

What other hobbies do you have?
Reading, learning new things (computer and card-making related), crocheting, cross-stitch, Reiki, drumming (West-African Djembe), to name a few!

Do you prefer card making or scrapbooking?
Card-making – I’m totally addicted!

What is you favorite crafting tool?
Cuttlebug and now my Big Shot

Are you on any Design Teams?
Yes! I’m honoured to be on the Squigglefly Design Team as well as the CAS (Clean & Simple) Design Team at The Outlawz

Do you prefer rubber stamps or digi images?
I’m in love with digi images!

If you could only choose three craft items to make a card what would they be?
Copic markers, distress ink and pop dots

If you work outside the home, what is your profession?
I’m the Administrator & Bookkeeper for a non-profit organization

What is your favorite color?
purple

What is your favorite food?
fully-loaded pizza

As part of this nomination, I’m also asked to nominate 5 others. This was tough as there are so many crafters that I admire. My nominations are:

Stamp, Paper and Ink – Pat Dadisman
What’s on My Kitchen Counter – Nancy Williams
Tammy’s Spot – Tammy Hair
The Scrap Lady’s Craft Haven – Linda Weber
Crafting with Darcy – Darcy Schroeder

Thanks so much for reading tonight’s post. I’m off to let my blogging friends know I have nominated them!

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Butterflies at Squigglefly

I love creating with butterflies and this week at the Squigglefly Challenge Blog, we are asking you to bring butterflies . . . big, small, in your dp, as an embellishment. Squigglefly has lots of images of butterflies and with butterfliees – just enter it in the search feature and you’ll find lots of fabulous images!

The image I chose to use for this challenge is Funny Bunny by artist Angela Donato. The bunny just makes me smile and the butterfly is an added bonus! I worked with my favourite colour (purple) and had so much fun colouring this image. I printed it then coloured it with Copic markers and added some prisma pencil to the petals. I created ‘dots’ on the bunny’s fur, following a tutorial by Marie Gamber on how to colour fur – I just love how this little bunny turned out! (Marie has lots of GORGEOUS cards on her blog, not to mention some awesome tutorials!) By fluke, this butterfly die fit perfectly around my image!. I inked the edges around the die. I placed this pretty piece of mauve lace then attached the main image on top. I added the butterflies (I printed the Magical Butterflies from Elemental Pixies (FREE) and then punched them with a Martha Stewart butterfly punch). I popped them up, added Viva pearl pen and drew the butterfly trails with a white pen. I added the sentiment (from the You Did It set from Squigglefly) and added Glossy Accents to the butterfly in the die cut.

Funny Bunny by artist Angela Donato at Squigglefly; sentiment also from SF

Funny Bunny by artist Angela Donato at Squigglefly; sentiment also from SF

I hope you’ll check out the fabulous inspiration by my teammates and we’d love it if you joined our challenge this week. There’s a good chance to win a free Squigglefly image if you use one in your entry!

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CAS Easter

Our CAS challenge at The Outlawz this week is Easter. I made two versions of my card – one CAS then I kind of pulled it apart to add a couple of layers then put it back together as shown. I don’t normally make many Easter cards but this year I made 4. The funny thing is that I kept forgetting I was supposed to make a CAS card! Silly me! So, I have a few extras this year! This one went to a very special friend and her family.

This image is from Floppy Latte Digital Designs (unfortunately Jessica’s shop is closed for the time-being). I created the 2 circles in my page layout program (Serif Page Plus X7). I used a digital paper from Under Easter’s Spell in the background circle then placed the image (already with the circle drawn around it). I printed the circles as one then coloured the lily with Copic markers. I placed a metal die in the circle of the image then inked inside it with distress inks to create this effect (it is only one layer!) I distressed the edges of the outer circle then sponged and attached. I popped up the sentiment (one from Easter Sentiments 2 from Nana Vic’s Digitals), as shown.

Lily Circle from Floppy Latte Designs; sentiment from Nana Vic's Digitals

Lily Circle from Floppy Latte Designs; sentiment from Nana Vic’s Digitals

To create this card, I pulled off the circle(s) above then used a Nellie’s Multi-frame die to cut out the pointed circle then placed the original circle layers on top of it. I attached the beige lace as shown then re-attached the circles and sentiment. I added the half-pearls as my final touch.

If you aren’t familiar with CAS (clean and simple) designs, one of the requirements is minimal layers thus the reason my original card only has the single layer of circles. The lace also adds an additional layer, which is too much for a CAS card.

Lily Circle from Floppy Latte Designs; sentiment from Nana Vic's Digitals

Lily Circle from Floppy Latte Designs; sentiment from Nana Vic’s Digitals

Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope you’ll swing by our Easter challenge and join in the fun this week. If you’re not interested in the CAS challenge, there are 6 other Outlawz challenges that you can join in, with lots of chances for awesome prizes from amazing sponsors!

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Easter Chick

I made this card to enter in Gerda Steiner Designs’ current challenge. The first card I made, I used the wrong freebie! Then started using this image as a CAS creation, but added more layers thus making it not the best choice for CAS. Finally, I got my act together and created this! Kinda funny really, but I really wanted to enter Gerda’s challenge so here goes!

I printed my adorable FREEBIE image (Easter Chick, Gerda Steiner Designs) then coloured with Copic markers. The background was also done with Copic markers and colourless blender to create the marbelizing. I punched the corners with a Marvy punch, cut the purple vellum and also punched the corners. Attached the layers then added the pretty flowers and finally the sentiment from the Easter Sunrise set at From the Heart Stamps (sorry, can’t find direct link).

Easter Chick from Gerda Steiner Designs

Easter Chick from Gerda Steiner Designs

Thanks so much for dropping by! Happy Easter!

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Daisy or Sweet Pea

This week’s CAS challenge at The Outlawz is to have daisies or sweet peas on a birthday card.

For mine, I started off with a base I created with my new Silhouette Portrait. omgoodness, what a fun toy!!! I followed a tutorial to make it and it worked fabulously. The image I used is Daisy Mouse by Karen Middleton at Sweet Pea Stamps. Isn’t it just the sweetest? I coloured him up with Copics then sponged the edges with distress inks. The sentiment comes as you see with the text and banner together. It is called Happy Birthday Wishes Banner and is by artist Pam Lehto at Squigglefly. I sponged the banner and popped it up along the bottom.

Daisy Mouse from Sweet Pea Stamps and Happy Birthday Wishes Banner by Pam Lehto at Squigglefly

Daisy Mouse from Sweet Pea Stamps and Happy Birthday Wishes Banner by Pam Lehto at Squigglefly

I hope you’ll join us in our fun challenge this week. Lots of chances to win monthly prizes from fabulous sponsors.

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Easter for Lauryn

The 2-year old granddaughter of a former Outlawz DT member is having some major health issues and will be in the hospital for a prolonged length of time. Being a card-maker, I do what card-makers do and I make a card! This adorable freebie came from Gerda Steiner Designs and I was going to enter this in her current challenge (except I used the WRONG freebie!)

I created this digitally, using some super fun and cheerful papers from the Epic Easter kit at Digital Scrapbooking Studio. I created the oval shapes and then brought this adorable little bunny in the frames. The sentiment is from Wishes and Dreams Happy Easter kit (sorry, no idea what the website is). I sort of hung it and then just placed the flowers to cover the thread. I resisted temptation in using brads or anything like that, since it is going to a 2 year old. The Easter eggs are from the Happy Easter set (and it’s FREE) and I just mixed different letters from the different coloured sets to create a fun version of Lauryn’s name.

There are a few different places to donate to help Lauryn’s family, including The Outlawz, and you will be sent some free images just for donating. I have a button maker and when I saw the circle image below, I couldn’t help but make some buttons for the family members or whoever wants to wear them. My package will be going out to Lauryn this week.

Easter Bunny in egg shell by Gerda Steiner Designs

Easter Bunny in egg shell by Gerda Steiner Designs

Here are the buttons:

DSCF3283-buttons for Lauryn

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Spring at FTHS

This month’s stamp of the month at From the Heart Stamps is Spring Medley. It’s a gorgeous image with flowers and a sentiment that brings us hope that spring is in fact (hopefully) coming! I shouldn’t complain really, as the temperature is about 60 degrees F in Southern Ontario today. It’s a bit overcast and windy but a gorgeous day none-the-less!

I created my layout in my page layout program (Serif PagePlus X6). I used the transparent version of the image that Faith provided and then layered some digi papers from the Spring Garden kit at Digital Scrapbooking Studio to create the effect I wanted. (Note, they have lots of great sales which is when I make my purchases!) I printed then coloured my image with Copics. Next, I did something I seldom do and that was to create a mask so that I could sponge distress inks around the flowers. It was very fussy cutting but worth the effort to be able to sponge in such small areas. I used Tumbled Glass and Broken China Ranger Distress inks. I added this pretty ribbon and some faux crystals and voila!

You still have time to play along in Faith’s challenge. You just have to purchase the Spring Medley image or if you spend $10 in her store you’ll receive it for free. Just for playing, you’ll receive the May image directly in your email.

Spring Medley - From the Heart Stamps

Spring Medley – From the Heart Stamps

Thanks so much for dropping by today. May be it be a gorgeous day wherever you are!

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Bright Spring Colours

If you live anywhere in the world, where Spring has OFFICIALLY arrived, then you’ll love this week’s challenge at the Squigglefly blog! We’re using bright spring colours this week and hopefully that will invite spring to ACTUALLY arrive, instead of just being a date on the calendar!

I choose a super cute image by Cheryl Grant Alger called May I Have this Dance. It just became available at Squigglefly in April’s new release! Without a care in the world, Sassy Sally is dancing with several of her ladybug friends . . . so sweet!

I used digi papers from the Spring Desire set at Digital Scrapbooking Studio and a digital lace from Blue Horizon set (DSS). I created the layout in my page layout program (Serif PagePlus) then printed and coloured Sally with Copic markers. I drew in the ground then punched the corners with a Marvy punch. I sponged the edges of my flower then added this rather large ladybug brad for the flower centre and placed it on a real piece of lace! I added crystal gems as my final touch. I have been making cards without sentiments lately so I can add the appropriate sentiment as needed.

May I Have This Dance by artist Cheryl Grant Alger at Squigglefly

May I Have This Dance by artist Cheryl Grant Alger at Squigglefly

I hope you’ll join my teammates and I in welcoming Spring with nice bright colours, and for a chance to win a free Squigglefly image. In order to qualify you must use a Squigglefly image.

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Two-some . . . CAS style

This week, for the CAS challenge at The Outlawz, the theme is Two-some. We want to see 2 of something (NOT including a sentiment + image because that’s just too easy!) So, think 2 of something in your image, 2 images, 2 embellishments, etc. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For my card, I used a gorgeous image from Doodle Pantry’s Rose Bloom set. So simple and elegant and a dream to colour. I used my Copics once again. I ended up adding a touch of opaque white and almost ruined it! Cut the image out with a SB oval die, then a Nellie’s multi-frame die from dp. Edged both with distress ink. The image layer is popped up. I added 2 crystal gems and this simple flower that has two layers to it (I inked the edges of this also). They’re subtle, but I also embossed some lines in the lower right corner and as a final touch, rounded the 2 corners. So, my two-somes included: 2 rose buds, 2 oval layers, 2 crystal gems, 1 x 2-layer flower and 2 rounded corners.

Rose Bloom image from Doodle Pantry

Rose Bloom image from Doodle Pantry

Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope you’ll check out the inspiration by my teammates and join us this week, for a chance to win many monthly prizes at The Outlawz!

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Another March Release at Beccy’s Place

One more image set is being released at Beccy’s Place this month – it is called Basic Branches Set. It is a very simple set with beautifully detailed images and sentiments to go along with them as well.

I made a very simple card to show off these pretty branches. This was created digitally, except for the black corner and border stickers. I brought in this new digi paper from Doodle Pantry (from the Grunge Wood digi paper kit) and lightened the colour to make the branches pop. I then added in one of the coloured branches, then duplicated it and shrunk it down a bit and placed it as shown. I brought in the sentiment from the Basic Branches Set as well. That’s it! The images speak for themselves. I love tree and branch images as there are just so many ways to incorporate them into cards. I’m guest designing at Beccy’s Place this month and this is my last post for Beccy. I hope you’ll check out the inspiration from Beccy’s DT – I’m sure you’ll be inspired!

Basic Branches set from Beccy's Place

Basic Branches set from Beccy’s Place

Starting tomorrow, Beccy will have a new challenge up and you’ll have the chance to win free images if you play along. Beccy has some fabulous images in her store, along with some amazing freebies that you can use. If you like techniques and tutorials, Beccy has quite a few on her blog as well.

Thanks for dropping in.

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