CAS Anything Goes

I’m late doing this post! No reason, no excuses . . . I’m just late!

The CAS Challenge at The Outlawz this week is Anything Goes! It is exactly that – any theme, any colours, any image as long as it is CAS! I didn’t know this was going to be my last post with the CAS team but people seem to love Anything Goes challenges, so it worked out well.

I have loved every second of my time on the DT. I’m stepping down because I have switched gears a bit in my crafting. Although I’m still making cards (ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!) I am also learning to draw and doodle and have been focusing on that. I wanted to open up the spot for someone who is excited about doing their blog posts and excited to promote the challenges. I love my CAS sistahs and have promised to pop in and visit and enter some challenges. (They can’t get rid of me that easily!!) We have a new member who has already started (Donna Rinckel) and she is an awesome addition to a fabulous team!

I created 2 cards for the challenge this week. The first one has been doodled. I’m not thrilled with how it came out. In my mind, I wanted something flowing around the words “CAS Rocks”. It didn’t quite achieve the look but it’s a learning curve. I have never done ‘random’ very well (I know – oxy-moron) but it is true.

My second card is using this cute image Little Snowman from From the Heart Stamps for the January Stamp of the Month Challenge. The digi papers are from Bearly Mine Designs (sadly, Donna has closed shop due to the VAT legislation). I created the layout digitally. The smaller square behind the snowman is filled with the same paper as the background and then I created a bit of a shadow behind it. I added in the .png version of the image then printed and coloured with copic markers. I added some Stickles to the pom-pom, fur around the hat, the snow and a few of the snowflakes. To the other snowflakes I added tiny crystals. I love how this turned out.

Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week and check out the details for the monthly Stamp of the month challenge at From the Heart Stamps.

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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One, Two, Three

We are looking at numbers this week for the CAS challenge at The Outlawz. If you have a milestone birthday or anniversary card you need to make, this would be a great opportunity. But it doesn’t have to be a milestone – any numbers will do. The DT have created some awesome eye candy for inspiration again this week so I hope you’ll drop on by and check it out!

For my card, I started out with a Tim Holtz sunburst stencil and distress inks. Since I wasn’t using watercolour paper, I hesitated to use water to blend the colours. Through the ‘A Creative Year‘ challenge I’m participating in, we received this ’2015′ digi image to use. I printed it and doodled in it and added some gel pens around the edges to match the distress ink colours. I fussy cut out the numbers then popped them on top of the sunburst. The meaning behind the card is a reminder to celebrate 2015 and expect great things this coming year, for myself and everyone!

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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First CAS Challenge of the New Year

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2015 kicks butt over 2014!!!!

Our CAS challenge at The Outlawz this week is to use Washi Tape.

I got my idea from a project I saw on Splitcoast Stampers. I cut the shape that I wanted at the top of my card from white cs. I then taped strips of this wood grain washi tape to it then trimmed it all down. I think this bear image is a stamp. I actually coloured it a long time ago but couldn’t figure out what to do with it. I fussy cut it out, then used a Copic .05 marker to draw in the hairs that I cut off. I attached my washi tape piece, then the Thank You gold stickers at the bottom then popped up my bear. I added the heart gems as my final touch.

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I hope you’ll check out the inspiration from my DT teammates – they have all come up with awesome projects to inspire you!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Cre8365 – A Creative Project a Day for 365 days

This is a very quick post to introduce my new blog:  Crystaldolphins’ Creative Bliss. It is still a work-in-progress as far as setup goes, but the intention is to create a post every day with my creative efforts for the Cre8365 Challenge that I signed up for. Very simply, it is a forum to encourage and support people to be creative in one form or another every day. It does not have to be a ‘project’ – it can be super simple. So, instead of mixing it in with my card posts, I have set it up separately. There are no prizes to be won – it is just for connecting with other creative people and to commit to doing something creative every day.

Above and to the right of the header in the new blog, there is a little icon with 3 lines. If you click on this, it will bring up the sidebar (yup, weird, I know but it’s a free site!) In the (upper) sidebar, will be options to follow that blog if you want.

Thanks for reading!

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It’s a Birdbrain-kind-of-Christmas

A really quick post today so I can get my card uploaded for the From the Heart Stamps Progressive Challenge which ends today! Of course I love to leave things until the last minute!!

The image we got to use this month is Christmas Spirit Birdbrain from FTHS. I printed my image then coloured with Copics, Wink of Stall and Sharpie markers. I cut it out with a square die from MFT Stitched Square dies set. Cut the same size square out of speckled vellum and then the largest size from my dp. I layered the vellum in behind my dp, then attached. Since the square in the vellum is the same size as my image, I just popped it up (after laying a ribbon across underneath and after sponging the edges). I popped the sentiment up also. My final touch was to add Vuva liquid gloss on the eyes and that ended up as a BIG blob! Oops! I hate when that happens! I managed to scrape it up with an x-acto knife and leave an appropriate amount behind! It looks a bit too lumpy but I didn’t want to mess with it any more.

Christmas Spirit Birdbrain - From the Heart Stamps

Christmas Spirit Birdbrain – From the Heart Stamps

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope the new year brings much health, abundance and crafting time!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Fireworks

Welcome to the last CAS challenge of 2014 at The Outlawz. This week we are looking for fireworks to help bring in the new year. Your project theme does not have to be new year’s related, however, it must include fireworks.

For my card, I used the pre-coloured version of Fireworks Birdie from Doodle Pantry, along with a sentiment from the same set. I printed the digi then cut it out with a MFT Square Stitched die. I popped it up then added more stitches around the edge as a border. I printed the sentiment and once again added some stitching. Popped it up then added Stickles to the fireworks and I was all done!

Fireworks Birdie from Doodle Pantry

Fireworks Birdie from Doodle Pantry

Thanks so much for dropping by. I wish you all the very best for 2015!!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Angels and Angel Wings

We have a wonderful new challenge in the CAS group at The Outlawz this week. Create a project with Angels or Angel Wings on it – it does not have to be Christmas-themed.

I used this beautiful angel image from Sliekje Digi Stamps, called Angel of Love (and it’s free as are all the images on this site!) Angelique generously offers her images for everyone to use. She has 6 cats therefore many of her freebies have cats in them!

I printed my image then coloured with Copics and prismacolour pencils. I cut my image out using an oval stitched die from MFT. I cut out the largest oval from my dp and decided to use the negative which would allow a small frame around my image. I traced the 2 ovals in pencil to create a border because I wanted to do some doodling in it. I did these tiny doodles, meant to look like something that is kind of holding the image in place. I popped up the image, along with the sentiment. I then added tiny crystals to my doodles. I added stickles to the wings as well as the tiny snowflakes. Unfortunately, I am running out of this gorgeous Bo Bunny Christmas paper. I have a few sheets from the same series and I just love the colours!

Angel Love image from Sliekje Digital Stamps

Angel Love image from Sliekje Digital Stamps

I hope you’ll join us in the Angel-themed challenge this week. My teammates have come up with some gorgeous inspiration this week that you won’t want to miss!

Before signing off, I want to mention an online store that is going out of business due to some new european tax laws. I have used many of Donna’s beautiful digi papers from Bearly Mine Designs and she is having a 50% off sale for the next couple of weeks, before she closes her store. Such a shame as her papers are beyond gorgeous and you get so many in a digital kit! I hope you’ll check them out. Her email is along her sidebar if you want to purchase. Just send her an email and let her know what you want.

Wishing you and family a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2015!!!! It’s going to be a fabulous year – I can feel it!!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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ZIA Mandarin Duck

A really quick post today, with the finished version of the Mandarin Duck I posted the other day. It is for a Christmas present for my parents. It was very nerve-wracking to do the border after the duck was finished, as I really love how the duck turned out and didn’t want to ruin it. To add to that, I then had to trim it to fit a plaque-mounting frame, then laminate it then trim again before sticking to the adhesive-backed board. Phew! So relieved that I didn’t get any ink splotches on it or mess it up!

The picture isn’t perfect but it really turned out fabulous!

Mandarin Duck template from Ben Kwok at Ornation Creation (on Facebook). All the doodling done by me!

Mandarin Duck template from Ben Kwok at Ornation Creation (on Facebook). All the doodling done by me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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ZIA Christmas Candle

Oh boy did I have fun making this card! I combined my new addiction passion for doodling/Zentangle-inspired art, with cardmaking and voila! I took a look through my digi images to see which ones would work really well with doodling and came up with one of my favourite images from Squigglefly. It is called Christmas Candle, by artist Elizabeta Kushner. Squigglefly’s blog challenge this week (actually, it is extended into the early new year due to the holidays) is to make a holiday-themed project (and it can be any holiday).

I printed the image and started doodling the open portion of the candle and in the flame with a .01 black permanent marker. Once finished, I coloured the flowers and flame with Copic markers. I created the background with Copics also, along with colourless blender then added 2 shades of yellow Wink of Stella to the flower centres and then the flame. I used my MFT circle stitched dies to cut out my image and also the circle behind. I popped up the main image and sentiment and added a few crystals as my final touch. I love the doodling with the beautiful Copic colours on this!

Christmas Candle image by Squigglefly artist Elizabeta Kushner

Christmas Candle image by Squigglefly artist Elizabeta Kushner

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . . and big hugs to my Squigglefly friends!!
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It’s Doodle Time

Well, actually, these days every day is ‘doodle time’! But, this week’s CAS challenge at The Outlawz, is ‘Doodle Time’. We want to see any kind of doodling on your card or project – it can be a simple border or corners, or you can use Zentangle, or Zentangle-inspired ideas. The DT have come up with some wonderful projects that are sure to inspire! I’m also entering this in the monthly Doodle Pantry Challenge.

For my card, I combined a couple of digital images from Doodle Pantry. The frog is from Hoppy Frogs and the snow globe is from SnowGlobe Gala. There are several variations of snowglobes in this set. I chose a base with little detail, so I could do my doodling in it.

I placed the adorable frog in my snowglobe then printed it. I used a very fine (.01) black pen to draw the River and Stream pattern (I think this is what it’s called) along with some extra patterning in areas of the globe that were pre-designed. I also added the grass underneath the frog, along with a Copic background with some added dots. Once my image was coloured (Copics) and doodled, I fussy cut it out, traced around the edges with a black marker. I used my scoreboard to create a subtle border on my card base then I placed this iridescent ‘ribbon’ sheet as my first layer. I popped up the image, added the metal ‘dots’ and my sentiment.

Hoppy Frogs and SnowGlobe Gala from Doodle Pantry; sentiment from MelJens Designs

Hoppy Frogs and SnowGlobe Gala from Doodle Pantry; sentiment from MelJens Designs

Although this is not CAS, I wanted to share something else I have been working on. I am completely addicted to Zentangle-Inspired Art (ZIA) and found a fantastic page on Facebook (Ornation Creation). Ben Kwok has designed a bunch of templates, including this one called ‘Mandarin Duck’. He creates the templates with a bunch of lines (strings) where you can add whatever detail you like. I have done a number of these and absolutely love working on them. The detail you can accomplish with black markers and a pencil, is quite astonishing.

Mandarin Duck template created by Ben Kwok, Ornation Creation

Mandarin Duck template created by Ben Kwok, Ornation Creation

I hope you’ll join us in our challenge this week.

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . . .
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