Girl Power

This week for The Outlawz CAS challenge, we challenge you to create a Girlie card. For some this will likely be really easy; for me, a bit of a challenge but I quite like how it turned out in the end! To me, girly is pink and sexy and a touch of sparkle!

I went with this sexy and pretty silhouette image from Floppy Latte Digital Designs, now available at Stitchy Bear Designs here. I brought in a digital paper file and sized it to fit right underneath it. It has lace around the edges so you’re able to see a bit of lace at the top and bottom. The paper is from Bearly Mine Designs and is from the Summer’s Lace Dreams Set. If you go to Donna’s Blog, she has a lot of freebies that you can try – her papers are GORGEOUS and she’s very generous with what she offers as freebies!

I then brought in the heart element from the Chantilly Lace digital kit at Digital Scrapbooking Studio. My friend Cara pointed out that it looks like the fairy is blowing the heart . . . like a kiss – I love it! For final touches, I added glitter to the wings and the white glitter ribbon down the side. No sentiment as I’m not sure where this card is going but I’ll have it in my stash.

Butterfly Solace from Floppy Latte Designs and paper from Bearly Mine Designs

Butterfly Solace from Floppy Latte Designs and paper from Bearly Mine Designs

Thanks for dropping by. I hope to see you at The Outlawz, in either the CAS challenge or one of the other 6 challenges that we offer! So many fabulous prizes to be won at the end of each month .

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Multitude of Stripes

This week’s challenge at Squigglefly, is ‘Stripes’. I haven’t played for awhile and thought this image was perfect to incorporate stripes, especially since it already contained some (the deck, the porch swing, the siding, the chair and the window!) I also used one of my favourite striped cs, drew some white stripes on dk blue cs and added some silver border sticker (stripes)! I think I got it covered! (A big HI to the Squigglefly DT!)

The Old Front Porch is the image I used and it is by artist Lynne Stansbery at Squigglefly. I coloured it with Copics. I laid down the layers as shown, popped up the image layer, added the silver border stickers and popped up the flower. I made this for a friend who has been experiencing some major health issues and although she is an extremely upbeat and positive person, I know my cards bring her smiles!

The Old Front Porch by artist Lynne Stansbery at Squigglefly

The Old Front Porch by artist Lynne Stansbery at Squigglefly

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Colour My World

The theme for this week’s CAS challenge at The Outlawz is ‘Color My World’. Super easy challenge . . . use YOUR favourite colour and share it with us! I’m also entering my card in this month’s Doodle Pantry Challenge.

Before I get into my card, just a quick update if you read my previous post about my car. The good news is that my mechanic says all the rust on my car is surface rust so my baby is still very driveable! Phew! The not-so-great-news is that that same mechanic says cars are only built to last 5 years (seriously?!) and I’m living on borrowed time with it. So, fingers crossed for a lottery win and then my baby can be put to rest!

On to my card . . . normally when given the choice to use my favourite colour, I choose purple. My apartment bathroom was just renovated by the management company and it was done in gorgeous browns! My mom was in visiting and we spent part of our time shopping for things to match my new and gorgeous bathroom. So, in honour of my new bathroom, I worked with browns today. The duck image, footprints and the digi paper are from a very fun Doodle Pantry set ‘Cute Critters‘. It is a one-layer card on top of the base. I placed the transparent-background-version of the duck over top of the digi paper strip then wanted the duck prints for fun. I did not modify the shape of the footprints, however, I changed the relative direction and then copied and pasted a couple of times. All colouring was done with Copic markers and I created the sentiment myself.

Duck, footprints and digi paper all from Cute Critters at Doodle Pantry

Duck, footprints and digi paper all from Cute Critters at Doodle Pantry

I hope you’ll come on over and join us in the happy dance we’re having this week, playing with our favourite colours. There are lots of chances to win at the end of the month, and a new challenge starts every day of the week at The Outlawz.

Thanks for dropping by.

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Button It

I am shamefully late in posting my car for the current CAS challenge at The Outlawz! I had had my card done and submitted for weeks but this darned post just didn’t get done. My mom came to visit from Winnipeg, MB last week and I was hardly on the computer. We had a fabulous time ‘doing lunch’, seeing Cirque du Soleil (Kurios) and shopping! I have been off work since last Thursday afternoon too, so that was a very nice treat! My vacation did end on a bit of a rocky note.

I was sitting on my balcony enjoying the sun, my coffee and a good book when a van pulled into the parking lot, drove slowly then backed up right into my car! It all kind of appeared to happen in slow motion! That area of the parking lot was quite empty so the fact that he backed into my car was very weird! He was going to take off but I indicated to him that it was in fact my car that he hit (shit luck for him since I was the witness!) Long story short, I went down to look at the damage and the driver was in his wheelchair, on the lift, visible through the open side door of his van. I mentioned to him that there was probably minimal damage but that I had to run upstairs. He said he’d meet me at the front door of my apartment building. No sooner did I turn my back and he took off. Fortunately, as I was going downstairs the first time, I caught an employee and asked if she could kind of back me up (I told her what had happened). She was quicker than I was and got the license plate number.

I had no intentions of scamming anyone – I already had some damage to my car – but  when he took off – wow! That was so NOT cool. I called the cops and they said they’d send someone over. They were busy last night so they didn’t get there until late. Unfortunately for me, that meant that I was dealing with the whole situation just before bed! More than the guy hitting me and taking off – I looked underneath the back of my car and was very dismayed to see a LOT of rust! Oh boy! I called my mechanic first thing and they will put it up on the hoist and look at it tomorrow first thing. Ugh! I’m stressing about this and fingers and toes crossed that the rust isn’t as bad as it appears. Very deceiving as the body looks like it’s in great shape!

On to my card . . . the challenge this week is to use a button on your project – any colour, any theme and use it in any way. My DT teammates have been quite creative and have some fabulous inspiration for you.

My card is very simple. I found this gorgeous flower in my stash, tied some thread/wool through the button and attached it. I added the gold border sticker to the bottom and added my sentiment., after sponging some ink on the edges.

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I hope you’ll join us in our challenge this week. Lots of chances for prizes every month, with a new challenge starting every day of the week.

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August Challenge at Doodle Pantry

I made this card for the July Challenge at Doodle Pantry, however I never got to creating my blog post, so here it is for August. My problem isn’t usually getting the cards made, it’s getting the posts done!

I used an image from Floating Away Birdie at Doodle Pantry. This is a hybrid card and I created the background using a couple of digi papers carefully placed. I then added the image with the black frame around it. I coloured my image with Copics. I used a pattern for my Silhouette for the clouds and just cut them from a paper I printed with clouds. The sentiment is one I created and is available at Squigglefly. I punched the corners and added them as shown then popped up the clouds and sentiment.

Floating Away Birdie from Doodle Pantry

Floating Away Birdie from Doodle Pantry

Thanks so much for dropping by.

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Helloooooooo

We have another fun challenge for you at The Outlawz, in the CAS group . . . How many ways are there to say hello? Hello, hi, how are ya? Ciao, Aloha . . . you get the idea! I hope you’ll drop by and say hello.

My card is a little different from my ‘usual’. NO colouring on this one! I created the background with watercolours on watercolour paper. I added the following Ranger Distress Inks to my craft mat: Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap then spritzed each one with water. I spritzed water on my paper the with a paint brush, painted each of the distress inks. I spritzed and dried everything a couple of times. I added Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to my craft mat, spritzed then painted and dried. I cut my mat down to the size I wanted then stamped my silhouette image. I hand cut the banner and stamped my greeting then wrapped the wool around the bottom. I sponged the edges of my pieces and attached.

I love the randomness of watercolours.

Watercolour background

Watercolour background

I hope to see you over at The Outlawz. We have lots of fun there each week and there are so many chances to win fabulous prizes!

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Wave of Inspiration

This week’s CAS challenge at The Outlawz is to use the word ‘wave’ as your inspiration. It can be waves in the water, waving hello or goodby, waving something, etc. Use your imagination and remember to keep it CAS.

The word wave makes me thing of waves in the water. I grew up around a lake in Northern Ontario and currently live near one in Southern Ontario. I spent a lot of time in boats and on docks at the water. I used this adorable image Quality-time Fishing from Di’s Digis. I created the layout digitally, so it is all one-layer plus the card base. I brought the image in, created a thick border around it. Drew a rectangle and filled it with a BooLand Designs Surreal digital paper. The net and gone fishing sign are from By the Lake digital kit from Digital Scrapbooking Studio. I printed everything as shown and then coloured the image with Copic markers.

Quality-time Fishing from Di's Digital Designs

Quality-time Fishing from Di’s Digital Designs

Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope to see you in the challenge this week.

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Show Me the Purple

This week for the Clean and Simple challenge at The Outlawz, we are looking for your PURPLE creations. Any theme, any image, just make it CAS and purple!

For my card, I used a new image from Squigglefly called Blossom Bird by artist Diana Garrison. It required very little colouring, which I did with Copics. The purple frame is from Digital Scrapbooking Studio (Countdown). I layered it underneath my image in my page layout software (Serif PagePlus X7) and then printed and cut out around the frame. The sentiment is from Back to Paper. The sentiment font was perfect for this image.

Blossom Bird by Diana Garrison at Squigglefly; sentiment from Back to Paper

Blossom Bird by Diana Garrison at Squigglefly; sentiment from Back to Paper

Thanks so much for dropping in. There are many great chances to win prizes at the end of each month at The Outlawz.

This last week has been filled with more ZIA work. I am addicted and am loving creating with this new technique.

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Zentangle-Inspired Art (ZIA) my Latest Addiction

I have seen a certain amount of Zentangle and ZIA lately and I honestly can’t say that I jumped on the bandwagon with it. However, I received a blog post update from The Daily Marker Blog and Kathy added a bit of doodling (ZIA) to an image that she stamped. Now THAT intrigued me! As with each art form, we all have different tastes – it is so personal. The tiny bit of detail that she added made me want to investigate a bit further. So, the addict in me went to Indigo and bought a beginner book on Zentangles and off I went. I added some doodling to my card below not to mention the hours I spent playing around last night! It is so relaxing!

I opened up this Magnolia Block image from Sweet ‘N Sassy and then drew an extra square around it for the border, with an extra thick line. When I did this I had no idea where I was taking it, but it gave me some options. I printed the image then coloured with my Copics. I added a bit of depth around the flowers with some very light-coloured Copics and my blender. I took a peek through my new Zentangles book and found a few things that I thought would work and this is what I came up with. I just used a fine tip Micron pen and doodled away. I didn’t want it to overpower the gorgeous flower so I added the tiny dots to leave a lot of white space. I printed the digital paper from Doodle Pantry (Grunge Wood), wrapped a very thin pice of lace around it (it’s hard to see in the picture) and attached it. I then added the gold sticker border. I popped up the flower then added the Thank you sticker and the black gems. The flower centers have Wink of Stella for a bit of glitz. I’m playing along in the Twisted Thursday Challenge at The Outlawz (just for fun since I’m on The Outlawz DT). The theme is always Anything Goes with an option to add the weekly twist.

Magnolia Block image from Sweet 'N Sassy; Grunge Wood digi papers from Doodle Pantry

Magnolia Block image from Sweet ‘N Sassy; Grunge Wood digi papers from Doodle Pantry

I’m attaching the pieces I created last night with the first 6 techniques I have learned. I went to bed dreaming about Zentangles . . .

ZIA created by me

ZIA created by me

 

ZIA created by me

ZIA created by me

One more thing I have to add to my post today: pics of my latest tattoo (#3). I decided to get an anklet (and YES, it definitely hurt!!) However, my best piece of advice for someone thinking of getting one – get something that you really want because the pain will be worth it!

The first picture is the drawing A.J. Van De Velde did freehand with an orange Sharpie marker and a pen (with a few specific criteria from me: I wanted it double-strand, I wanted blue in it and a heart or 2 and I wanted it to look realistic). It was very cool to watch the creative process unfold as the concepts turned into a drawing and then turned into this beautiful piece of art. I wore a tiny anklet to the appointment and I’m so glad I did, as A.J. traced the lines of it and then drew mine to follow those lines. I just love how it sits!

 

Freehand drawing of tattoo outline

Freehand drawing of tattoo outline

 

Front view of view of finished tattoo

Front view of view of finished tattoo

Thanks so much for dropping by today. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It is a long weekend in Canada so I am enjoying an extra day off!

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Watermelon Day

Apparently today is National Watermelon Day – woo hoo! I LOVE watermelon! And to celebrate, we are asking you to make a card with watermelon on it, for this week’s CAS challenge at The Outlawz. So, gather up those pieces and slices of watermelon and join us!

I used a super sweet image from Sweet ‘N Sassy called Watermelon Cocoa. The fun stripes are watermelon paper from Digital Delights (Wicked Watermelon Paper Pack) that I layered digitally. I then placed Cocoa over top. I drew the speech bubble and then sized and placed my sentiment (Watermelon Time, Digital Delights). I then printed the single layer. I printed an extra sentiment and extra Cocoa so I could layer both. Colouring was all done with Copics. I popped Cocoa up as well as the sentiment for a bit of dimension and then assembled as shown.

Watermelon Cocoa from Sweet 'N Sassy

Watermelon Cocoa from Sweet ‘N Sassy

I hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week. It’s a new month and a brand new month to win all sorts of fantastic prizes.

Thanks so much for dropping by.

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