Beccy’s Place February Challenge

Playing along in Beccy’s monthly challenge here. Also playing in the Twisted Thursday challenge at The Outlawz, where the twist is to include a sentiment

I used one of the adorable images from her Dog Tales Set – oh those eyes!!! I printed my image and coloured him with Copics. I used a MFT oval stitched die to cut him out. I drew in the grass then added the lines with 2 Prismacolour pencils. I then used 2 Wink of Stella glitter pens to add the dots. I took an oval die one size larger than the one I cut my image out with and traced it onto my card base. I then doodled the wavy line. I added the dp strip at the bottom then doodled the faux stitched border. Added distress inks to the main image panel and the sentiment pieces. I used Tattered Angels spray to colour my one flower, distressed the edges of both and attached them with a brad. Fairly CAS design but I love that the image really pops!

image from Dog Tales set at Beccy's Place

image from Dog Tales set at Beccy’s Place

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Bookmark Challenge

Holley and Sandra Caldwell are holding a Bookmark contest here, using Sandra’s image called Bearly a Headache. Fun challenge!

I made 2 bookmarks, very CAS but I really love how they both turned out! I created my layouts digitally, adding in a couple of simple backgrounds, then printed. I used my Copics to colour and that was it!

Sandra Caldwell's image Bearly a Headache

Sandra Caldwell’s image Bearly a Headache

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Caldwell's image Bearly a Headache

Sandra Caldwell’s image Bearly a Headache

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FTHS Progressive Challenge

Back again with another card for the Progressive Challenge at From the Heart Stamps. February’s image is Snowman and Cocoa. I’m also playing along in the Twisted Thursday Challenge at The Outlawz, where the twist is to use a sentiment on your project.

I printed my image then cut around it leaving a border. I doodled a border around the edges. I coloured my image with Prismacolour pencils. I used distress ink to ink the edges of all of my pieces. I added the snowflake brads to the layer that the image is attached to. I popped it up for some dimension then added my silver Starform sentiment stickers. My final touch was to add Star Dust Stickles to the hat.

FTHS Snowman and Cocoa image

FTHS Snowman and Cocoa image

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From the Heart Stamps Challenge

Playing along at From the Heart Stamps, Sketch Challenge #137 with a twist to include hearts (I’ve included the twist!) I love this sketch and had fun working with this image!

If you can imagine, I FORGOT that I signed up for a Skin and Hair colouring class with Alyce Keegan of Kit and Clowder! Her lessons are super detailed and include the exact colours she uses in her examples (including several marker and coloured pencil brands). Plus, she allows and encourages us to post photos of our practice projects so she can offer suggestions. I posted my first picture yesterday and she responded with some extremely helpful tips for making it even better! Awesome!!

The reason I bring up the colouring class, is that that the brown colour-scheme I used on this image was actually one that was listed for a hair combination! And I just love it on this coffee mug!

I printed my image from Coffee and Friends and coloured it with Copics. I added some distress ink around the edges because I love that ink-distressed look! Following along with the sketch, I added my background layer and then cut my heart out of the same dp. After attaching the background strip, I embossed the ‘stitching’ with one of my favourite Sizzix embossing folders. I wanted to tie the blue in to my image, so I used a flower, attached to the heart with a copper-coloured brad. I added gold border stickers and part of a dark brown glittered border, along with the sentiment from Meljens. I love the dramatic colours in this and am really pleased with how my colouring turned out!

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Image by From the Heart Stamps, Coffee and Friends

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Cozy Kittens

Wow! We are full-on into another new year . . . where does the time go? Sometimes it truly seems to drag and at other times, a whole year goes by in what seems like a flash!

Christmas and New Year’s are over for another year and life hopefully gets back to normal – whatever normal is. I created the intention that 2016 was going to be an awesome year and I have to admit, it has started off rockier than I would have liked. This too shall pass (or at least evolve!) . . .

I am entering a few different challenges with this card: 2 at From the Heart Stamps – the Free Stamp of the Month Challenge as well as the Sketch Challenge. I am also entering this in the Twisted Thursday Challenge at The Outlawz, where the twist is “Pets/Animals”

I loved the sketch for this week and it worked really well with the adorable Cozy Kittens image. I printed my image then die cut it with an MFT stitched oval die. I cut a larger circle out of dp to lay down as my base. I coloured my image with Prismacolour pencils and used Frayed Burlap distress ink around the edges. I cut 2 x 1/2″ strips of dp and used a small square punch to create the ribbon-like ends. I used a Sizzix button ef to do the embossing both on the ribbon strip and on the bottom of my card. I used a black Copic multi-liner to do the doodling around the edges. My sentiment is from another FTHS set: Birdbrain Bouquet Chick Set. I used the same distress ink around the sentiment. The dp oval is layered first then the ‘ribboons’ followed by my popped-up image then the popped-up sentiment.

Cozy Kittens from From the Heart Stamps

Cozy Kittens from From the Heart Stamps

 

I’m also including my project for the December Free Stamp of the Month Challenge at From the Heart Stamps! I had my project made but forgot to upload it! I made this for my nephew Alex!

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Gift Stack Teddy Bear from From the Heart Stamps

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Decking the Halls

Getting this one in just before the deadline! This is the fabulous image for the From the Heart (November) Stamp of the Month Challenge; the set is called Deck the Halls Birdbrain! I love, love, love this series of Faith’s – the images are just so fun! I’m also entering this in Beccy’s month-long Holiday project challenge at Beccy’s Place. This qualifies for (at the very least) Day 1 Coloured Pencils, Day 2 Embossing, Day 3 Digital Image, Day 6 Masking (fluid), and Day 27 Non-traditional colours.

I’m also entering this in The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge where the theme is always ‘Anything Goes’ and the twist is the same!

I printed this adorable image and then die cut with an MFT stitched oval die. I used the Northern Lights tutorial as inspiration, to create my background (after using Masking fluid to mask off my image). Once the distress inks were applied to my background, I removed the Masking fluid then used Prismacolour pencils to colour my image. I had previously cut snowflakes using a die – I used the negative, placed it over my background in different spots and applied Tim Holtz Picket Fence Stain, to create the white snowflakes. I used a Crafts-Too ef to emboss the white layer then attached my main image. I used Glossy Accents on the bird’s eyeballs and used Clear Wink of Stella on the ornaments. I just bought a tiny bottle of Copic Opaque White and used it to apply the dots of snow. I used iridescent thread to tie through the button, then glued it down and finally, I popped up the sentiment.

Deck the Halls Birdbrain - From the Heart Stamps

Deck the Halls Birdbrain – From the Heart Stamps

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Winter Friends

Playing along in the November Progressive Challenge at Deedee’s Digital Images. What a great set we have to play with this month . . . Polar Peace. I’m also entering this in the Craft Your Passion Challenge (theme:  Anything Goes).

In Deedee’s colour versions, she has created a Northern Lights-ish background. Janet at Mainly Cards, referred to a Youtube video that she found on how to create a Northern Lights background. So, I did what any addicted crafter would do and followed the money . . .  I mean inspiration . . . to this video! Super easy to follow and easy to do.

I printed the image and then cut to create enough room for the background. I extended the lines for the water and then drew in more ‘wave’ lines to fill the space. I coloured the image with Prismacolour pencils and then following the video above, used Distress inks and one of my SU inks to create the background. I printed a second star, then added clear Wink of Stella for some ‘pop’. I punched a small square, then scored it and folded it in half to add a bit of extra ‘something’. I distressed the edges of my first layer then popped up the image layer. I used my white gel pen to add the faux stitching. I attached the sentiment and then used some Stickles to accent the waves. Such a fun image to work with!

Image is Polar Peace from Deedee's Digi Images

Image is Polar Peace from Deedee’s Digi Images

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Cornucopia

The October image for the From the Heart Monthly Challenge is Cornucopia. I love working with Fall images even though I don’t send out many fall-themed cards. The truth continues to be that I LOVE making cards but I really stink at getting them in the mail (especially on time!)

I printed this image and coloured with Prismacolour pencils. Once finished, I used Frayed Burlap distress ink around the edges and grabbed a Copic marker to create a bit of a background for the image. I then used a black Copic Multiliner to create the faux stitching. I used one of my new border dies to cut the curved edges in my cs. I layered them, then used a gold Sharpie to trace the top and bottom edges of the top layer. I did more faux stitching along the very bottom curved edge. I added gems on the curve, used my Wink of Stella clear pen on parts of the image. The final step was to use gold sentiment stickers on SU Window Punched piece and sponged the edges with the same Frayed Burlap ink before popping up. I love the cs I used for this card and really enjoyed putting this card together.

Cornucopia image - From the Heart Stamps

Cornucopia image – From the Heart Stamps

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Halloweenie

I am working on some on-line tutorials through Alyce Keegan at Kit and Clowder. She is a very talented Copic colourer and teacher and she also trains with Prismacolour Pencils. She is holding a challenge through her Facebook page and we are to use the Squirrel and Toadstool image from Ching-Chou Kuik. I also entered this in two challenges at The Outlawz – Twisted Thursday and Friday Colour Challenge.

I created the background using digital papers and the Cute Spider came from Rubberstamping.about.com. The spiderweb Flair came from Digilicious. I added it to my background but also copied it, enlarged it then printed it and punched it out with a 1″ circle punch. I covered it in Glossy Accents then popped it up.

I coloured the image with prismacolour pencils and one green Bic marker to colour the very tiny leaves. I added white Copic ink dots to her hair (but I wish I hadn’t done it). At least it didn’t ruin it but I would have liked them smaller than how they turned out. I used a Copic multiliner to do a tiny bit of doodling around the edge then added 2 shades of distress ink. I drew in the grass. I then attached the green and purple ribbon then popped up my main image. My final touch was to add the gems at the bottom and Glossy Accents to the spider’s eyes!

image is from Ching-Chou Kuik

image is from Ching-Chou Kuik

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Fall Birthday

I made a second card using Dee Dee’s digi of the month “Pumpkin Patch“, for Deedee’s Digis Progressive Digi of the Month Challenge. I love Fall and the gorgeous colours and cooler temps, although I am not a fan of the white stuff!

I created my scene using a digital frame that I placed a digital background in and then added my scarecrow and sign. I just typed and placed the text on the sign, printed and then coloured with Prismacolour pencils. I used a new border die to punch my card base and the small cs piece at the bottom. I then used a black Copic multiliner to do the faux stitching plus a white gel pen on top of the darker cs. I watch far too many crafting videos and in those, new dies and products are always recommended so in response to that, I had to get the new banner dies too!! I distressed the edges of everything before attaching and used an acrylic stamp to stamp my sentiment.

Pumpkin Patch image set from Deedee's Digi's

Pumpkin Patch image set from Deedee’s Digi’s

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