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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Get Well with Chicken Soup

Not sure where my head was at, but thought I created and published this post! This week for the CAS Challenge at The Outlawz, we are making Get Well cards. I hope you’ll join us as there are monthly prizes to be won and my teammates have provided some great inspiration!

I create this in my page layout program. I brought in the Journal Frame, a freebie from Squigglefly and then added the sentiment – another freebie, Love is Chicken Soup from TLC Creations and then added this adorable coloured image from Dustin Pike. It made me giggle so I knew it worked! I digitally coloured the frame with a gradient fill, printed everything as shown then rounded the corners of the layer and sponged with distress ink. Very easy and very CAS!

Frame from Squigglefly, sentiment from TLC Creations and image from Dustin Pike

Frame from Squigglefly, sentiment from TLC Creations and image from Dustin Pike

Thanks so much for dropping by! There are 6 other challenges at The Outlawz each week, with many chances to win great prizes from our sponsors. Hope to see you there!

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Common Knowledge

I’m bringing a sneak peak to you . . . and the Squigglefly new monthly release is going to be a bit early for April. The new images will be in the store this Saturday, March 29th! I have fallen in love with this image! It was an absolute dream to colour and I spent an unusual amount of time just looking at it as I was working on it, because I was so excited about the colour transformation!

The image is called Common Knowledge and is by artist Lynne Stansbery. I went with purples on this and just love how it all fell together. I created the layout in my page layout program. The purple digi paper is from Digital Scrapbooking Studio (Easter Nostalgia). I brought the image in and created the dark border around it, along with the sentiment (which comes with this fabulous image). I drew a rectangle the size of the image and adjusted it’s transparency in order to lighten the shade of purple. I created a transparent background for the image, then added the transparent rectangle to create this look. The sentiment is also transparent and I increased the transparency in this also. I did all the colouring with Copic markers. Lynne does such an incredible job of shading that it does a lot of the work for you! I added silver flourish stickers then added the flowers. I added the pearls beside the flowers as well as the lower right corner and finally added a bit of Viva liquid effects for the glasses.

Common Knowledge by artist Lynne Stansbery at Squigglefly

Common Knowledge by artist Lynne Stansbery at Squigglefly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are more great images being released in the store and, there’s still time to join in the polka dot fun in the Squigglefly Challenge this week. If you win, you can choose one of the new images as your prize!

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I’m a Wee Bit Irish

The March Stamp of the Month Challenge at From the Heart Stamps is almost over and this month we had our choice of very cute PigWit images from Hamlet PigWit Think Spring set. I chose the image with the clover because it was so cute but also because I LOVED this sentiment! (My dad is Irish, which makes me a week bit Irish!!)

I printed my image and then coloured with prismacolour pencils and OMS and Copic markers. I used a Nellie’s Multi-frame die to cut it out. I placed my bottom piece of dp, then laid a Simon Says Stamps’ Gradated Blocks stencil on top and used Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs and Frayed Burlap distress inks to create the gradated look. I added the small piece of polka dot dp, popped up my image, then placed the sentiments (after sponging the edges of all the pieces). I then added the brown half-pearls to finish it off.

Hamlet PigWit Think Spring - From the Heart Stamps

Hamlet PigWit Think Spring – From the Heart Stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m looking forward to seeing what Faith has for us for the April challenge.

Thanks for dropping by!

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Polka Dot Time

It’s Monday and that means another new challenge at the Squigglefly Blog! This week, Holley’s Hobbyists are playing with polka dots – in your paper, in your image, embellishments, ribbon, whatever you like!

For my image, I did go a bit crazy with the polka dot theme . . . I used 2 Squigglefly images: Pam’s Clown and Ruffled Frame, both by Pam Lehto. I brought both images into my page layout program and sized and placed them as shown, making the backgrounds transparent on both. I then printed and coloured with Copic markers. For the clown, I used my Versamark pen on a few spots so I could add some ep (the dark R89 would not dry and this was my solution!) I also added some details in the face as a result of some reference pictures I found on the internet. I added the background in, also with Copics. I left a lot of white space on the frame – it wasn’t the initial plan, but the way I started colouring it lead me to leave it this way. I added the very light blue polka dot dp in the background, then fussy cut the combined image and popped up. I added the gems to the bottom, just to continue the polka dot theme and add a little interest.

Pam's Clown and Ruffled Frame by Pam Lehto at Squigglefly

Pam’s Clown and Ruffled Frame by Pam Lehto at Squigglefly

Remember, if you use a Squigglefly image you have the chance to win a freebie in our challenge. There are freebies available. I hope you’ll check out the projects made by my teammates . . . you’ll be seeing spots before your eyes!

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