“Tag” You’re It

The challenge for the CAS group at The Outlawz this week is to incorporate a tag in your project. I decided to have my tag as my project and I had so much fun creating the first one, I made a second!

I used a variety of Ranger distress inks to cover my tag then spritzed with water and heat. I stamped the ‘dots’ background with 2 different distress inks then stamped the chickadee (with Archival Ink) and the sentiment with distress ink and then added the beautiful thread to finish it off.

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Used a variety of distress inks for both tags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did much of the same technique for the second tag. More distress inks, spritzed with water, stamped the dots with distress ink along with the dolphins and Yin/Yang symbols. Coloured the dolphins with prismacolour pencils. Finished it off by stamping the sentiment with Archival Ink.

I hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week. The Outlawz did have some technical glitches over the weekend so please stop in and re-join the challenges you had previously joined. There are great prizes to be won each month from our fabulous sponsors!

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Cuddly Bears

I created this card to enter in Beccy’s July challenge at Beccy’s Place. You just have to use one of Beccy’s images (free or purchased) to enter. I had so much fun creating this card. Although it probably looks quite simple, there is a lot of work in creating the background and the flowers and a bunch of details to create the background of the main image.

This image is from Beccy’s Bear With Me digital set (or you can purchase it separately here) and I just thought this image was so sweet!

The background and flowers were both kind of experiments. I didn’t know where I was going with either or that I would end up using them together. I signed up for the Tim Holtz Chemistry 101 and 102 classes at Online Card Classes and am learning so much on so many of the Ranger products.

Background (watercolour paper):

  • spritzed paper with water
  • dabbed Tarnished Brass Distress Paint on craft sheet and spritzed with water then painted on my watercolour paper
  • Placed some Perfect Pearls (Perfect Copper) on craft sheet, added a bit of water then painted it on. Heat set.
  • I think I flicked water at this point and then heat set again (I did this somewhere in the process if it wasn’t at this point!)
  • To make the ferns, I stamped a wooden stamp into a round sponge that I heated which allowed me to create the reverse image, then stamped with Walnut Stain and Evergreen Bough distress inks
  • I have some stamps that I took off rollers – I used kind of a crackle design along with some scatters that you can’t really see and stamped them with Wild Honey and Vintage Photo distress inks. I then heat set for the final time

Flowers:

  • I punched 2 flowers out of SU Whisper White cs with a Cheery Lynn Cherry Blossom die
  • Added black crackle paint (not covering 100%) and let it dry
  • Added Tarnished Brass distress paint and heat
  • added more Tarnished Brass and heat again
  • Added Seedless Preserves then Iced Spruce distress inks and heat
  • Added some Rock Candy (clear) Crackle Paint and then let air dry

Coloured my image with Copic markers. Drew pencil lines as shown then added dots with a Copic marker. Used a clear Emboss It pen to doodle around the border and added copper ep and heat. Sponged the image and setiment (A Big Little Hello from Squigglefly) with Walnut Stain distress ink. Added the copper brads to the flower centres, popped everything up. The final detail was adding Sakura clear glitter to the dots.

I’ve mentioned the Creative Backgrounds class I am taking with Marie Gamber at Color Me Creative – I can’t tell you how much I have learned through Marie and her beautifully creative backgrounds along with my classmates! I see images in a completely different way now and I love adding backgrounds to my projects!

Beccy's Place 'Bear with Me' and A Big Little Hello from Squigglefly

Beccy’s Place ‘Bear with Me’ and A Big Little Hello from Squigglefly

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Hide and Seek with Friends

Just a quick post for this card. I entered it in the first Facebook community challenge for Sassy Cheryl‘s images, by uploading it directly to FB.

I printed the image (Sassy Sally and Bella – Hide and Seek, from Squigglefly) and cut it out with an SB oval die. I coloured the image with Copic markers. I sponged in the sky with distress inks. I cut 1″ strips of this paw print digi paper (in various lengths) then popped up the oval, after attaching the silver border stickers. Once the image was popped up, I popped up the flowers and the sentiment.

Sassy Sally and Bella - Hide and Seek by Cheryl Alger Grant at Squigglefly; sentiment from Meljens Designs

Sassy Sally and Bella – Hide and Seek by Cheryl Alger Grant at Squigglefly; sentiment from Meljens Designs

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Itsy Bitsy . . . DOTS

Itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini – our theme this week for the CAS challenge at The Outlawz . . . DOTS! And if you’re singing this song already, then I have done my job! Ever since I posted my DT card for this challenge, that song has been going through my head. It’s a fun one though, so it’s all good!

For my card, I used Bird Branch by artist James Horvath at Squigglefly.  I just love the different expressions on each of the bird’s faces. It was a fun image to colour – I printed the image then coloured with Copic markers and a couple of Sharpies to get into the beak areas. Once I coloured it, I drew the very light pencil lines with prismacolour pencils and then added the dots with different Copic markers that I used in my image. (A technique I learned from Marie Gamber, Creative Backgrounds at Color Me Creative). The embossing folder also contains dots, so it was perfect for the theme. The happy birthday stickers are from Starform and they added just enough detail.

Bird Branch by James Horvath at Squigglefly

Bird Branch by James Horvath at Squigglefly

The challenge just started today and runs until next Saturday, so there’s plenty of time to join in. Our fantastic sponsors support our challenges each month and there are many chances to win prizes at the end of each month.

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A Pug for Edith

As many of us do, I subscribe to a LOT of blogs. I try to take a peek at the latest posts but often don’t take the time to comment. There are just not enough crafting hours in the day!! Recently, I received an email with the latest post to a site I subscribed to awhile ago (Creative Smiles). I can’t tell you exactly how I found it because I can’t remember. This post, asked for a favour and it was something that I could do!

The favour was for anyone to make a card for the blogger’s crafting friend, Edith. I will post the information that I have below, and if you happen to have a card in your stash that would be suitable, I know she would appreciate it. I have participated in a lot of card drives for people I don’t know (and for some I do) and I can tell you that the recipients are blown away by the kindness of strangers – people who they don’t know, who have taken the time to make a card for them – and it lifts their spirits in immeasurable ways. (please keep reading for how to participate).

Since Edith has a fur-baby that happens to be a Pug, I took this opportunity to use this fabulous image by Lynne Stansbery at Squigglefly, called Busted. I framed it with a black border and then printed it. I coloured it with Copics. I used this digi paper that I had printed (I believe it’s from Sassy Designs Inc. – Barkley Digital Paper Pack). I sponged the edges then attached it. After attaching the ‘bone’ brad, I attached this scrap of blue cs, along with scraps of silver border stickers. I edged the image with a dark Copic, then roughed up the edges a bit. In doing that, I somehow smeared some nice and DARK blue ink above the puppy’s head. So, I added more silver border scraps and then added the paw print brad. The image is popped up along with the sentiment (Thinking of You, Meljens Designs)

Busted available from Squigglefly; sentiment from Meljens Designs

Busted available from Squigglefly; sentiment from Meljens Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-posted from Creative Smiles:
One of our blogging-paper-crafting-friends, Sue Drees, recently shared some sad news.

Her sister fell on June 22, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On June 25, the tumor was successfully removed. However, the biopsy brought back devastating news – a fast growing Brain Cancer. Sue’s sister is determined to fight this all the way. She began physical rehabilitation on July 4.

Sue and her sister Edith live in the North East (USA). Sue and her husband transport Edith’s husband to the hospital each day and check up on changes and quality of care.

While Sue did not ask for help, I’ve kept in touch with her and asked if Edith would enjoy receiving cards of encouragement and support.

Sue was so grateful that the on-line community might help in this way – it was something she had not considered.

Edith enjoys Quilting and LOVES flowers! Edith’s beloved fur child is a little pug, and both miss each other very much.

Will you please consider sending a note, tag, or card (or two or three? LOL) offering encouragement? Edith valiantly fights other illnesses in addition to this new challenge. She is a very courageous soul.

Cards can be sent addressed to Edith c/o Sue and she will take them daily to the hospital.

To obtain the mailing address, please write:
thinkingofyou@tampabay.rr.com

For updates on Edith, please click here

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P.S. June 30th was my last official DT post for Squigglefly. I was on the team for a long time, and although I have stepped down, I will continue to post cards with the fabulous images I have (and of course, continue to purchase more!) I’m entering this in the current challenge, which is to use scraps! Love you guys!! xx

To the Dogs

I thought I had this post all ready to go, but turns out I just uploaded the photo! This week’s CAS challenge at The Outlawz, is To the Dawgs, in celebration of National Hot Dog Month (who knew?!) Create a card or project featuring a dog or dog-related item.

I used this adorable image from Wee Stamps, called Naughty Puppy. The white Layer was created in my page layout program, Serif PagePlus X7. It is a single layer. I created the ‘shape’ and filled it with a digi paper of the paw prints (Sassy Designs Inc. – ‘Barkley‘) and changed the colour to brown. I then sized the puppy image and added the sentiment (Thinking of You, available at Squigglefly) and the single paw print (Lucky Dog Complete Set – Designed2Delight – sorry can’t find a link to this set). I brought the Naughty Puppy image into Silhouette software, created an outline trace. Printed the image, then reloaded it to cut an offset. I then copied and enlarged another offset and cut that out of of kraft cs. I coloured the puppy with Copics and then glued the image and kraft outline together and popped them up. This was my first attempt at tracing and I just love how it turned out. I wouldn’t quite say it was simple, although with practice it will get quicker and quicker. I’m loving the fun things that I can do with my Silhouette!

Naughty Puppy from Wee Stamps; sentiment from Squigglefly

Naughty Puppy from Wee Stamps; sentiment from Squigglefly

I hope you’ll come on over and join us with your ‘dawg’ project this week. There are always lots of great prizes to be won each month, and we have some fabulous sponsors! The CAS team have provided some wonderful inspiration again this week.

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Butterfly Beauty

I have another card for you today showing off another brand new image from Beary Wishes, Daydreamer. When I saw this image for the first time I thought it was really cute but when I was colouring this little girl, I was completely drawn into her eyes. Kathie has really captured something in this little girl’s face; it’s a beautiful image to work with.

I printed it and then coloured with my Copic markers. I ended up using a couple of extra fine Sharpie and Bic markers also, just to get in some of the really tiny areas. I’m still loving the Creative Backgrounds class I’m taking at Color Me Creative and one of the new techniques we have been shown is the background technique I used, which is to draw lines and dots. I used 2 prismacolour pencils for the lines and then added the dots with a couple of Copic markers. After I finished the lines, I took an eraser and erased around the edge to create a faux frame. I love how this turned out – it’s so simple but really sets this gorgeous image off. I added the bottom layer of dp and then attached some silver border stickers. I then added a piece of gray cs then added more silver border stickers around my image. I popped up the image, along with my sentiment (from Meljens Designs) and added some crystals. The final touch was to add a bit of Sakura clear glitter pen to the dandelions.

Daydreamer from Beary Wishes and sentiment from Meljens Designs

Daydreamer from Beary Wishes and sentiment from Meljens Designs

My teammates have created more beautiful cards for you, so I hope you’ll check them out at Kathie’s blog.

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CAS Butterflies

We’ve got another great challenge for you this week, in the CAS group at The Outlawz – Butterflies! There are so many gorgeous images out there with butterflies in them, not to mention embossing folders, dies, embellishments, papers, etc. Use any of the above but please keep it Clean and Simple.

I used this gorgeous image from Beary Wishes called Hearts N Butterflies. I positioned the sentiment (Magical 1 WordArtNana Vic’s Digitals) where it is and then printed both as you see. I coloured the image with Copic markers and added a touch of Sakura clear glitter to the centres of the butterfly wings. I then added my  layer to my card base and voila! I love the bright pops of colour and the different shades of red created a nice effect with the hearts!

Image is from Beary Wishes and sentiment is from Nana Vic's Digital Designs

Image is from Beary Wishes and sentiment is from Nana Vic’s Digital Designs

I hope you’ll join us for our challenge this week for many chances to win monthly prizes at The Outlawz.

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Fancy Dress

I’ve got a really quick post today, with another new image from Beary Wishes, A Grand Dress. I printed it and coloured it with my favourite colour scheme: PURPLE! The layer behind it is a sparkly ‘white’ (although it’s more like silver), funky-kind-of-cardstock. I used my Silhouette to cut it then layered purple cs behind it. I used silver flourish stickers, then layered some miscellaneous flowers and finished them each off with a brad and then popped them up. The sentiment is from Scrapalicious and it just finished it off perfectly. Honestly, if I were wearing this dress, I would be having a whole lotta’ fun! I hope you’ll pop on over to the Beary Wishes Blog and check out the fabulous designs of my teammates. If you check this post, Kathie still has a Steampunk Typewriter freebie available.

A Grande Dress from Beary Wishes

A Grande Dress from Beary Wishes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elegance at Beary Wishes

Kathie has 4 new images for you this month, at Beary Wishes. My talented design team teammates have created some beautiful inspiration to show them off for you – check out the blog here! Also, Kathie snuck in another freebie for you, so please be sure to visit the blog for a Steampunk Typewriter image!

I have used Lady Caroline . I wanted to really show her off so I added the colours via my layers. I printed the image and coloured it with Copics. I used a polished stone background I created quite a long time ago, using alcohol inks, as my bottom layer. I then printed a pretty gold digital paper and die cut it with an SB Labels 23 die then used the same die for my main image. I sponged the edges of my layers, popped up my sentiment (Little Lighthouse, Doodle Pantry) and added some half-pearls to finish it off.

Image is Lady Caroline from Beary Wishes; sentiment is from Doodle Pantry

Image is Lady Caroline from Beary Wishes; sentiment is from Doodle Pantry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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