Pelicans in Manitoba

I was in Winnipeg, MB a couple of weeks ago and found out, much to my surprise, that there are pelicans there! Yup! I saw them with my own eyes! I was there visiting family and  whenever I go (and there isn’t snow on the ground!), I always try to arrange a motorcycle ride. On this trip, I got 2 and I can’t tell you how excited I was! It was stinkin’ hot but as long as we were moving, it was absolutely fabulous! My aunt’s partner Glenn offered to take me for a ride on his Triumph. Beautiful bike, glorious ride in an area of Winnipeg I didn’t even know existed and then we saw pelicans! Yay!

So, that was the inspiration for my card this week. Dee Dee’s Digis is the sponsor this week and this Pelican, and the digi papers, along with the sentiment, came from the ‘Pelicans‘ image set. The theme for the Greeting Card Challenge at The Outlawz this week is ‘Anything Goes’. This card is going to a very special friend who has been dealing with some challenging health issues and who is one of the most inspirational people I know! She loves ‘cute’ and that style happens to be my favourite, so I’m sure she’ll enjoy this!

I laid out the background using digi papers from the digi set. I placed my image and then printed. I have been really enjoying my Prismacolour pencils so I used them once again for this card. No OMS – just layering to create this. I’m not very good at drawing clouds and I kind of messed these up so I had to pop these tiny clouds in (I cut them out with my Silhouette) and just popped them on top of my messed-up clouds. I used a Penny Black stamp of the frog image – stamped it and coloured with Prismacolour pencils also. I popped it up, added Glossy Accents to the eyes and some Wink of Stella on the water around the frog and pelican and also on the fish. I also added touches on the pile of sand (and isn’t it funny how you notice things at the dumbest times . . . I JUST realized, as I wrote these words, that this is probably a ROCK and not sand (oops!!!!) Oh well, my sandy rock looks pretty good I’d say!!

Pelicans Image Set from Dee Dee's Digis

Pelicans Image Set from Dee Dee’s Digis

Thanks to my friend Linda W. at the Greeting Card Challenge for inviting me to be GD this month. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and it forced me to create blog posts!!

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Burnishing?

I have really been enjoying my stint as Guest Designer for the Greeting Card Challenge at The Outlawz this month! They have had some great challenge themes and so much talent! This week is no exception – the theme is to Burnish something on your card/project. I confess that I had to look this one up. I could have gone a different way with this but I have been enjoying working with my Prismacolour pencils so decided to stick with them.

This adorable image is from 2 Cute Ink, which is one of the fabulous sponsors this week, along with Bugaboo Stamps. The image is Patches the Dachshund. My mom broke her ankle in 2 places a month or so ago so this card is going in the mail to her!

The pink layer on my card is a digital ‘frame’ and I sized and placed my image to look like it was sitting in the frame. I printed it all as one piece then coloured it with my Prismacolour pencils. The burnished look was achieved with pencil-on-pencil layering. No OMS or blending pencil was used – I just layered and layered the colours.

I used my Tim Holtz distress tool to rough up the edges of my main layer. I then added the brown ribbon and put together a couple of flowers, after I distressed the edges with ink and then added the heart brad to hold them together and tie in with ‘Patches’. I inked around the sentiment and popped it up and added a few embellies in the bottom corner. My final touch was to add Wink of Stella to Patches’ collar.

Patches the Dachshund from 2CI

Patches the Dachshund from 2CI

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Posing for The Outlawz

This week, the Greeting Card challenge theme at The Outlawz is ‘Make me Laugh or Smile’. This was an easy task with Scribbles Designs’ Carl’s Pad image! This sentiment from Beccy’s Place (Cattitude Set) was a perfect addition!  Scribbles Designs is generously sponsoring the challenge this week and Sandy has some super fun images to check out!

I used a number of mediums to create this card. I coloured my image with prismacolour pencils/OMS and a couple of Bic and Sharpie markers. I inked the edges of my layers with Distress Ink and created my bottom layer with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – these are watercolour markers with brush/bristle tips. My final touch was to add a couple of bright pink gems.

Carl's Pad from Scribbles by Sandy

Carl’s Pad from Scribbles Designs

So many great prizes to win at The Outlawz. I’m guest-designing there this month and I hope you’ll join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Frame It at The Outlawz

Today is the second challenge of the month for the Greeting Card group at The Outlawz. The theme is to use 2 frames on your card (and a reminder that you MUST have a sentiment for all Greeting Card challenges).

My image was generously donated by Robyn’s Fetish, the wonderful sponsor this week. The image is Five Little Froggies. I coloured the image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush (Watercolour Markers). I am in love with these brush markers and although I did not use watercolour paper, it still turned out really nice. Watercolour paper is definitely the way to go though, as they blend much nicer and a lot easier. After I coloured the stones, I dabbed some Ranger Picket Fence paint on a piece of plastic packaging and then used an aqua brush to paint over them – I wanted a lighter shade of gray. The frame is a digital one from xxxxxx.

For my second layer, I cut a piece of SU Crumb Cake cs down to 4″ x 5.25″ and then doodled the pattern that you see. It was so easy to do, that I thought I would write a quick tutorial so you can do it yourself if you choose. First is my card then the directions for the background follow.

Image from Robyn's Fetish

Image from Robyn’s Fetish

Directions for the background:

Step 1: Cut your layer of paper or cardstock. I used SU Crumb Cake and cut it down to 5.25″ x 4″. Using a .1 black Micron, I drew a border approximately 1/8″ from the edge. Just a reminder that this is doodling, so your lines don’t have to be perfect. If this stresses you out, feel free to pull out your ruler and line away! With my pencil, I marked the edges of my main image by placing it on top of my background piece and making light pencil lines, then drew another border inside the pencil lines. This is to ensure that when I layer my main image, it will cover the empty area in the middle. Note: you could create your pattern on the whole piece and avoid this step.

Step 1

Step 1

 

Step 2:  Between the two borders, start creating the ‘spaces’ for your pattern. It doesn’t matter what shape they are and there is no pattern to what I have drawn. The important part is that they need to have corners (i.e. squares, rectangles, triangles, etc.)

Step 2

Step 2

 

Step 3:  It doesn’t matter where you start – just choose a corner in any of your shapes. You are going to round it (kind of like a backward ‘C’). Imagine you have used a corner rounder on the corners – this is exactly where you will draw the backward ‘C’ (see bottom left shape).

Step 3

Step 3

 

Step 4: Keep rounding the corners inward in your shapes. (Oops, I forgot to take a picture with more of the corners rounded!) Using your Micron marker, fill in each of the corners. You’ll notice different patterns emerging, where a corner meets another corner.

Step 4

Step 4

 

Step 5:  There is no right or wrong way to complete this. You can do all of the corner rounding, then fill in with your marker or do a bit of the rounding, a bit of filling. The next step is to start adding pencil (otherwise known as shading!) Many people are intimidated by shading but this is not an image that requires proper lighting and shadows. I always imagine the light coming from the top left and shade the opposite sides. Just add pencil in the areas you want, following the lines and corners.

Step 5

Step 5

 

Step 6:  Using a paper stump (also called paper tortillions), blend the pencil lines until you are satisfied. This step will make your patterns come to life!

Step 6

Step 6

 

Step 7:  Your finished background piece.

Finished Background

Finished Background

 

Alternative:

Instead of just rounding the inner corners of each shape, you can draw an inner aura (a smaller version of the shape). By doing this, you will create an empty space between your inner line and original shape. Fill this with your marker. Once this is completed, again add your pencil lines and blend with your blending stump. It creates a much heavier border between your patterns, so choose the version you prefer.

Alternative Steps

Alternative Steps

 

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. Have fun with your new creations!

Hope to see you join the challenge at The Outlawz! There are many chances to win some awesome prizes!

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Tic Tac Toe at The Outlawz

I haven’t posted for awhile; my Blog has been sadly neglected!

I was invited to be a Guest Designer for the Greeting Card Challenge at The Outlawz for the month of August. There are five Mondays in August, so I’ll be posting for the next few weeks for sure!

There are two sponsors this month: DeeDee’s Images and All Dressed Up. My image was generously provided by All Dressed Up and is called Birthday Monkey. The sentiment comes with it.

I coloured my image with prismacolour pencils and OMS. The blue outline was done with a Zig Brush Marker. I used a Die-namics Stitched Square STAX die from My Favourite Things; a Stampin’ Up Embossing folder along the left-hand side of my card. Layered some speckled dark blue cs on my card base then popped up my image. The sentiment actually comes as part of the image, however I made a copy and enlarged it then cut it out separately as I wanted it a bit bigger. I then added the gold border stickers and the brown half-pearls. The options for Tic Tac Toe are listed below and I chose: Die cut/punches, Image, Embossing!

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Birthday Monkey from All Dressed Up

Birthday Monkey from All Dressed Up

Thanks so much for dropping by! I hope you’ll join us for The Greeting Card Challenge this week.

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Beccy’s Place Gerbera

I have almost forgotten how to use WordPress and create a blog post!!

I have to admit that I am enjoying not having any challenge deadlines or many deadlines of any sort, really! I had started the Cre8tive 365 challenge and although it is super easy for me to craft almost every day, I was finding the uploading a pain-in-the-butt! So, I have continued to doodle, tangle and create Zentangle Inspired Art without the deadlines.

I had a minor surgery on April 13th and am recovering very well. I was off last week along with this week and have decided that I could very easily retire (if it weren’t for the fact that I wouldn’t have any money!!) I am loving my time off and I feel really good doing the things I need to be doing! yay me!

Last year I lost 20 lbs and then gained 3 pesky pounds back that simply have not wanted to leave! I recently became a distributor for Sozo – a company that sells the healthiest coffee in the world with all products made from Coffeeberry(R). One of the products is a weight-loss coffee. I have lost those pesky 3 lbs plus 2 more!!!! yay!!! They (we) also sell a fantastically amazing nutritional beverage and after 2 weeks of 3 oz per day, the swelling has come out of my hands (from rheumatoid arthritis). The pain is still coming out but I am so excited to see my fingers once again and to be able to share this news with my Rheumatologist when I see him next (he told me that if I see results, he wanted to hear more about it so he can share with his other patients!) ok, so now on to my card . . .

As much as I love doodling and it DOES relax me, there is still nothing quite like making cards! I started to scroll alphabetically through my zillions of digi images and came across the Gerbera Set from Beccy’s Place. I’m entering this in Beccy’s April monthly challenge, found here.

I punched a hole in my cs base with a circle die (if you want to know which products I used, feel free to comment and ask). I punched out my single Gerbera with a smaller version and after colouring image with a combination of prismacolour pencils and Copic markers, sponged the edges. I found a piece of dp and added a layer of thin netting (from Dollarama – so many colours available). With lots of ds adhesive I stuck everything together and then layered my flower so it was visible through the opening. I then took a larger version of the circle die and cut the same dp with a half-circle. I sponged the edges and attached. I used a Micron marker and added faux stitching around the left side and then added 3 gems. I also added some white ink dotted on the end of each petal (which you probably can’t really see). I used postage stamp scissors and cut out my sentiment and a small piece of vellum and popped up. (sentiment is from Birdie Brown). As a final touch I added tiny dots of white to the centre of my flower. I’m really pleased with how this turned out!

Single Gerbera flower from Gerbera Set at Beccy's Place

Single Gerbera flower from Gerbera Set at Beccy’s Place

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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