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!

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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

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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.

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Dreaming of a White Christmas

The CAS Challenge at The Outlawz this week is to create an ALL white Christmas/winter card or project. The exception to the white is your sentiment, which can be black or brown! Let your imagination run wild and get out those embossing folders, die cuts, white cs and craft away! The DT have come up with some beautiful inspiration for you again this week!

For my card, I used a snowflakes embossing folder on white specialty cs that has a very slight gold iridescence to it. I then used a poinsettia die and cut my pieces out of the same beautiful cs. I put the flower together with a white mini brad and popped up the flower. My sentiment was printed and cut out with Fiskars postage stamp scissors and also popped up. Once I figured out what I wanted to do!!!!, it was super easy to make.

White Christmas

White Christmas

I hope you’ll join us at The Outlawz this week. There are 7 other awesome challenges that you can join in on. We have a brand new challenge that started up on December 1 – the Progressive Challenge! If you look for the ‘Challenges’ tab, then the ‘Progressive Challenge’, you will find out how to join in. You have the whole month of December to create the first project (with a Simply Betty image). Once you upload your finished project, you will then get the January image emailed to you. The DT have contacted some fantastic sponsors for this challenge, so you’ll have the opportunity to work with many different styles of images!

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Saying Thanks

From my CAS Sistahs and myself at The Outlawz, we are all saying a huge thank you to our loyal CAS participants. We invite you to enter a card or project with a thank you theme.

I used this gorgeous Chinese Kanji symbol from Squigglefly, Chi: Thank You. I placed it over top of these gorgeous skeleton leaves (from the Thankful kit at computerscrapbook.com). Note, they have a LOT of gorgeous and FREE digi kits here!!! I printed this, rounded the corner then sponged around the edge with distress ink. I rounded the corners of my card base, popped up my layer and then made my pearl drops with a gold Viva gold pen.

Sentiment from Squigglefly; leaves from 'Thankful' at computerscrapbook.com

Sentiment from Squigglefly; leaves from ‘Thankful’ at computerscrapbook.com

Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope you’ll pop on over to the CAS challenge at The Outlawz and play along or just say hi. There is a new challenge that starts every day of the week and I’m sure there’s at least one (but more than likely MORE) that will interest you and entice you to participate. Also, on December 1, there will be a new MONTHLY progressive challenge. The images that will be provided will be coming from a great variety of digi companies, so there’s sure to be something for everyone!

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Christmas Joy

Once again, I am getting this done and posted just under the wire! This little girl image Faithful Friends Angel Joy is from From the Heart Stamps and is the November image for the progressive challenge. I combined it with a snowglobe image from Doodle Pantry, called Snowglobe Gala (there are other gorgeous snowglobes included and you can mix and match them!)

I used the transparent version of the snowglobe, however I didn’t want the globe to be transparent, so after placing my image inside, I drew a circle in my page layout program and placed it just behind the glass of the snowglobe. This allowed the rest of the image and background to be transparent but not the glass globe. I brought in some gorgeous Christmas papers from Bearly Mine Designs (very sad note:  Donna is closing her shop due to some ridiculous tax laws that are affecting many digi shops. She has a fantastic sale going on until the end of the year if you want to check out her gorgeous papers).

I printed everything as shown, then coloured the image with Copic markers. I used a gold Sharpie for the gold portions along with the border I drew on the white card base. I tied a gold ribbon on and used Stickles for the snow and the angel wings.

Faithful Friends Angel Joy, From the Heart Stamps; Snowglobe Gala, Doodle Pantry

Faithful Friends Angel Joy, From the Heart Stamps; Snowglobe Gala, Doodle Pantry

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Movie Night

Today we are introducing a new challenge in the CAS group at The Outlawz:  Movie Night! Enter a project depicting your favourite movie or use the theme in a general way: popcorn, tickets, big screen, specific stars, etc. So many ways to go with this but it must be CAS.

For my card I used my favourite characters:  Shy Bears. This image is Shy Bears Date Night from artist Lynne Stansbery at Squigglefly. The perfect recipe for a date at the movies:  popcorn and a cute movie date!

I used an image called Clear Filmstrip from Chiseled in Cloth. It had more frames to it, but I just needed one so I cropped it down. I placed my precious Shy Bears in the frame then added popcorn on the ground from I Brake for Stamps. I know I always drop popcorn all over me and the floor when I’m snacking!

I printed the image as shown, then coloured with Copic marker. I cut out all the small squares from the frame to make it a bit more realistic-looking. I popped up the main image then I added gold corner stickers and the adhesive eyelets.

Shy Bears Date Night from Squigglefly

Shy Bears Date Night from Squigglefly

Thanks for dropping by. Hope to see you in the challenge.

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Thank You

Today at the CAS challenge at The Outlawz we are looking for Thank you cards.

I used this adorable, pre-coloured frog image from the Friend in Need digi set from Doodle Pantry. I created the stripes digitally, added the Chalk bubble from Robyn Gough designs and added the sentiment (also from Friend in Need). Super simple design and the message is straight to the point!

Friend in Need digi set from Doodle Pantry and Chalk Speech Bubbles from Robin Gough Designs

Friend in Need digi set from Doodle Pantry and Chalk Speech Bubbles from Robin Gough Designs

Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope you’ll join us in The Outlawz challenge and check out the wonderful inspiration from my teammates!

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Can’t be in Denial

It’s November 5th today and it’s getting harder to pretend that winter is not on it’s way!

For the monthly challenge at Doodle Pantry, I used this adorable husky pup image from the Winter Critters set. For the cs in the background on the left side, I stamped a couple of snowflakes in Versamark ink and used Kaleidoscope ep. I used a scrap piece of Christmas dp for the right-hand side and inked the edges of both pieces before attaching. I printed my image then coloured it with Copic markers. I used nested circle dies and die cut my image along with the two frames that I placed in behind. I used Copic markers for the ice/snow-covered ground and the background around my image. I also added some dots of Copic opaque white (with a toothpick) for some added snowflakes and dots on my frames. I also added some gems that I placed randomly. The sentiment is from Squigglefly (Merry Christmas Circle Sentiment). I added a snowflake brad then sponged around the sentiment and popped it up.

image from Winter Critters and sentiment from Squigglefly

image from Winter Critters and sentiment from Squigglefly

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Winter Birthday

I don’t even like to ‘think’ the word ‘winter’, however it is inevitable! Since this month is my birthday month, I chose the theme of Winter Birthday for the CAS Challenge at The Outlawz this week.

I chose an acrylic stamp called A Pile of Penguins (yes, I actually STAMPED this one!) I stamped it then cut out with my oval die. The colouring was done with Copics and then I used a Fiskars ‘dots’ texture plate to create some extra snowflakes. I put the image back in the die and sponged the edges. I coloured in a bit of snow on the ground and added some texture throughout with Stickles, gems, Sakura clear glitter pen, Copic opaque white ink and my colourless blender. I added the 3 strips of glitter tape on my card base, popped up my image then added a couple of punched snowflakes and the Happy Birthday silver sticker greeting.

Pile of Penguins

Pile of Penguins

I hope you’ll join us for our challenge this week. As usual, there are lots of prizes to be won at the end of the month and some fabulous inspiration from all of the Design Teams for all of the different challenges at The Outlawz.

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