Happy Fall

wow! October already! I love fall and the gorgeous weather it brings. I’m not much for the white fluffy stuff but that’s not for awhile yet!

I’m playing along in Deedee’s Designs (October) Progressive Challenge, using the FTHS Sketch Challenge sketch from last week (because I screwed up and got the images mixed up again!!). I had fun with the simple sketch and the twist, which was to enlarge then crop your image. I also added some really fun extra details.

I laid out my image with a digital paper as the background and then grouped my sign, the text and the scarecrow so I could enlarge them. I then shrunk my background and printed as shown. Image was coloured with prismacolour pencils with touches of Wink of Stella pens.

I used a Sizzix cross-stitch pattern ef for my card base and also my strip of dp. I stamped the leaf with versamark on my base, then attached my cs. I used a black Copic multiliner and drew faux stitching all around the image and dp. For the dp, I took a sanding block to the stitching to create a bit of interest and also used a distressing tool for the edges. I created my paper ribbon from dp and drew more stitching on. Popped up the image and sentiment and added the faux gems and that completed my card.

Deedee’s Digis October Progressive Challenge image

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Another Flower

Flowers are my absolute favourite type of image to colour. It doesn’t usually matter what type of flower. I printed this gorgeous image then coloured with prismacolour pencils, as well as using a very light blue pencil to create the shadow around the complete image. No OMS, just lots and lots of layers of colour. I distressed the edges of the square then added distress ink. I attached my piece of dp then used a Sizzix ef to emboss the card base along with the dp. I popped up my image then used an SU window punch and punched out my Thank you sentiment (silver sticker). I attached the 3 silver half-pearls then added clear Wink of Stella to the flower centre. I added dots of white gel pen on the ends of all the petals and leaves.

Image from Beautiful Friendship Set at Beccy's Place

Image from Designed2Delight

I am wishing this week away! We have a huge fundraiser that we have organized for the place I work and by 2 am on Saturday it will be all over!!!! Time, please move quickly!!!!!

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Gorgeous Roses

Playing along in the Twisted Thursday Challenge at The Outlawz. The theme is always ‘Anything Goes’ with a twist this week of ‘Anything Goes’! Double Whammy! The theme for the CAS Challenge at The Outlawz is also Anything Goes – I think that’s a triple Whammy!! And as a bonus, I’m entering this in the Beccy’s Place September Challenge also.

So, keeping with the theme of Anything Goes . . . and my flower with prismacolour pencils kick . . . I have used this incredibly gorgeous image from Beary Wishes called Rose Bouquet. It is a dream to colour and it is just so pretty! This is a single layer card plus the ribbon and gems. The bricks are actually a digi paper. I brought the paper in as my bottom layer, drew the heart and filled it with exactly the same digi paper except that I lightened it. I then positioned the image of the roses and then printed. I coloured with my prismacolour pencils and again, did lots of colour-layering. I created the shadow outline with a blue pencil also. I placed my piece of ribbon underneath my bottom layer and attached. I then attached my silver border stickers then tied the ribbon. My final touch was to add a couple of gems. I left the sentiment off as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use this for.

Rose Bouquet from Beary Wishes

Rose Bouquet from Beary Wishes

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Friendship Flower

I haven’t entered Beccy’s challenge for awhile but decided to play along this month. I used the Beautiful Bloom image from Beautiful Friendship Set at Beccy’s Place.

(And wow did I ever screw up the post that I just did!!!) If you tried going to this post and then the image disappeared, you aren’t losing your mind! I created a full post with a description, card picture and everything. I described the correct card however, it was the wrong one!

So, let’s try this again. This is actually Beccy’s image! I printed this gorgeous flower and coloured with prismacolour pencils. I coloured around the edge with blue pencil also then cut it with a MFT stitched oval die. I used the 2 larger dies to cut ovals out of this gorgeous dp. Layered it as shown on top of one of my all-time-favourite cs (Augusta Green). I inked the edges of my dp, popped up my image then added the sentiment from Meljens and the crystals. Added a bit of Wink of Stella to the flower centre. I absolutely love the look of this!

Beautiful Friendship Set from Beccy's Place

Beautiful Friendship Set from Beccy’s Place

Thanks for sticking with me with this totally crazy post! Counting down to Saturday at 2 am!!!

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Beautiful Friendship Set by Beccy's Place

Cute as a Button

It’s been a long time since I have entered the Doodle Pantry Challenge. I absolutely love Laurie’s images and I had fun playing with this one. Image is from the Bearly Cute set.

I printed this cute little guy and die cut with a MFT Stitched Circle die. He was coloured with prismacolour pencils and I added more grass to the image. I finally created a sky I am happy with – using Stacey Schofield‘s tutorial that was in the September-October issue of Through the Craftroom Door Magazine! Yay and thanks Stacy! I have 2 tiny cloud dies that I punched out and then used Tumbled Glass distress ink and a stipple brush to apply. I used a masking fluid on my image first to ensure I didn’t get blue ink on my bear. I have tried a similar method but with a sponging tool and it just did not work – the stipple brush is definitely the key! (If you haven’t checked out TTCRD digital crafting magazine, I hope you will. It is owned by a friend and she does a fabulous job, along with her amazing DT).

I cut a larger circle with another MFT Stitched Circle die, from the striped paper and for my bottom layer I traced the card shape onto the back of my dp and then cut inside of the lines to make it slightly smaller. I added the sentiment and embellishments. Image and sentiment are popped up then my final touch was to add Clear Wink of Stella on the flower (I love this pen!!)

Beary Cute image from Doodle Pantry

Bearly Cute image from Doodle Pantry

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Polly in the Pumpkin Patch

ok, so her name probably isn’t Polly and she’s not exactly in a pumpkin patch but it had a nice ring to it!

Playing along in another progressive challenge. I have been in and out of this one at From the Heart Stamps and September’s image is Pumpkin Patch Girl.

I made the background awhile ago. The coloured piece is a piece of watercolour paper with distress inks. I used a foam stamp, heated it up then pressed it into a fern stamp I have then used the foam as a stamp. I sewed the watercolour piece to another piece after inking the edges with more distress ink.

In Serif PagePlus X7 I layered my digi image over a digi paper from Linda Cumberland (Digital Scrapbooking Studio) Summer Fields. I started out with the background being larger but when I printed it out, “Polly” looked too lost! So, I used a SB die and cut her out, sponged the edges then drew in a bit of shadow under her feet. “Polly” and her pumpkins were coloured with Prismacolour pencils. The image was popped up. I inked the edges of some flowers in my stash with more Walnut Stain distress ink, then attached with a brad and popped it up. I popped up the sentiment and then added the sequins. This turned out to be a really cute card!

Image is called Pumpkin Patch Girl from From the Heart Stamps

Image is called Pumpkin Patch Girl from From the Heart Stamps

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Fall Elephant

Well, Fall isn’t quite officially here in Canada, although the last few days have been delightfully cooler than it has been! And, funnily enough I haven’t seen any elephants sitting in the leaves! However, I did have a lot of fun creating this card with Deedee’s Digis’ Leaf Your Cares Behind image. This is the September image of the month for her progressive digi challenge.

I use a program called Serif PagePlus X7 to do most of my digital work. I created the layout size for my card then brought in a digi paper file from Booland Designs Autumnal Sun kit, then brought in the digi frame from Digilicious Autumn Grove kit. I sized the elephant (with a few leaves) to fit my space then printed. I used Prismacolour pencils on the elephant and the tiny leaves. For the larger leaves, I die cut them from watercolour paper that I built layers of distress inks on. After die cutting, I edged them each with Walnut Stain distress ink, along with the edges of the main card layer. I popped the leaves up then added Clear Wink of Stella and also to the small leaves. I secured the dark brown ribbon to the side before attaching my main layer to my card base. I then used a Copic marker on the clear crystals and attached them as shown. My final touch was to draw in a very small shadow area under the elephant just to give him a place to sit!

Leaf Your Cares Behind image set from Deedee's Digis

Leaf Your Cares Behind image set from Deedee’s Digis

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Pelicans in Manitoba

I was in Winnipeg, MB a couple of weeks ago and found out, much to my surprise, that there are pelicans there! Yup! I saw them with my own eyes! I was there visiting family and  whenever I go (and there isn’t snow on the ground!), I always try to arrange a motorcycle ride. On this trip, I got 2 and I can’t tell you how excited I was! It was stinkin’ hot but as long as we were moving, it was absolutely fabulous! My aunt’s partner Glenn offered to take me for a ride on his Triumph. Beautiful bike, glorious ride in an area of Winnipeg I didn’t even know existed and then we saw pelicans! Yay!

So, that was the inspiration for my card this week. Dee Dee’s Digis is the sponsor this week and this Pelican, and the digi papers, along with the sentiment, came from the ‘Pelicans‘ image set. The theme for the Greeting Card Challenge at The Outlawz this week is ‘Anything Goes’. This card is going to a very special friend who has been dealing with some challenging health issues and who is one of the most inspirational people I know! She loves ‘cute’ and that style happens to be my favourite, so I’m sure she’ll enjoy this!

I laid out the background using digi papers from the digi set. I placed my image and then printed. I have been really enjoying my Prismacolour pencils so I used them once again for this card. No OMS – just layering to create this. I’m not very good at drawing clouds and I kind of messed these up so I had to pop these tiny clouds in (I cut them out with my Silhouette) and just popped them on top of my messed-up clouds. I used a Penny Black stamp of the frog image – stamped it and coloured with Prismacolour pencils also. I popped it up, added Glossy Accents to the eyes and some Wink of Stella on the water around the frog and pelican and also on the fish. I also added touches on the pile of sand (and isn’t it funny how you notice things at the dumbest times . . . I JUST realized, as I wrote these words, that this is probably a ROCK and not sand (oops!!!!) Oh well, my sandy rock looks pretty good I’d say!!

Pelicans Image Set from Dee Dee's Digis

Pelicans Image Set from Dee Dee’s Digis

Thanks to my friend Linda W. at the Greeting Card Challenge for inviting me to be GD this month. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and it forced me to create blog posts!!

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I have really been enjoying my stint as Guest Designer for the Greeting Card Challenge at The Outlawz this month! They have had some great challenge themes and so much talent! This week is no exception – the theme is to Burnish something on your card/project. I confess that I had to look this one up. I could have gone a different way with this but I have been enjoying working with my Prismacolour pencils so decided to stick with them.

This adorable image is from 2 Cute Ink, which is one of the fabulous sponsors this week, along with Bugaboo Stamps. The image is Patches the Dachshund. My mom broke her ankle in 2 places a month or so ago so this card is going in the mail to her!

The pink layer on my card is a digital ‘frame’ and I sized and placed my image to look like it was sitting in the frame. I printed it all as one piece then coloured it with my Prismacolour pencils. The burnished look was achieved with pencil-on-pencil layering. No OMS or blending pencil was used – I just layered and layered the colours.

I used my Tim Holtz distress tool to rough up the edges of my main layer. I then added the brown ribbon and put together a couple of flowers, after I distressed the edges with ink and then added the heart brad to hold them together and tie in with ‘Patches’. I inked around the sentiment and popped it up and added a few embellies in the bottom corner. My final touch was to add Wink of Stella to Patches’ collar.

Patches the Dachshund from 2CI

Patches the Dachshund from 2CI

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Posing for The Outlawz

This week, the Greeting Card challenge theme at The Outlawz is ‘Make me Laugh or Smile’. This was an easy task with Scribbles Designs’ Carl’s Pad image! This sentiment from Beccy’s Place (Cattitude Set) was a perfect addition!  Scribbles Designs is generously sponsoring the challenge this week and Sandy has some super fun images to check out!

I used a number of mediums to create this card. I coloured my image with prismacolour pencils/OMS and a couple of Bic and Sharpie markers. I inked the edges of my layers with Distress Ink and created my bottom layer with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – these are watercolour markers with brush/bristle tips. My final touch was to add a couple of bright pink gems.

Carl's Pad from Scribbles by Sandy

Carl’s Pad from Scribbles Designs

So many great prizes to win at The Outlawz. I’m guest-designing there this month and I hope you’ll join in the fun!

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