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ARE YOU READY TO P-A-R-T-Y!!!!!!

Hope so, because we are having a huge party at the Outlawz!! Yes, you read it right!! A party! At the Outlawz!! 

We are just about to 3000 members! Woohoo!! And we hope that by the end of our celebration we will have our 3000 members and be on our way to 4000!!

The Outlawz ladies have been working hard and have a boatload of sponsors, lots of prizes, and some fun and games for you, too! I believe there is also an extra challenge or two!!

If you are here at this blog, then you have the opportunity to participate in our SCAVENGER HUNT!!

Yes, each of us listed below has placed a clipart image on our sidebar! Write down what you see because on the OUTLAWZ MAIN PAGE,  you will see a  black PARTY!  tab at the top under the Outlawz banner.  Follow the links to get to the Scavenger Hunt as well as the other activities that are going on.

Let’s get started!

Here is the list of 14 DT members along with their blogs. Just visit each one and write down the Party clipart that is on the sidebar. You will need this to complete the hunt!

If you get lost along the way, go back to the Outlawz Party tab and resume!

Sandra        http://cardsandcreativity.blogspot.com/

Cara         http://creativechaosbycara.blogspot.com/

Peggy        http://dailygracecreations.blogspot.com/

Penny O      http://pennyskrafts.blogspot.com/

Linda W     http://scrappingheaven.blogspot.com/

Andrea        http://andneil.blogspot.co.nz/

Pat M        http://patacakespages.blogspot.com/

Ina           http://littlebitsofcraft.blogspot.com/

Janet          http://mainelycards.blogspot.com/

Alex    http://prettypaperandinkyfingers.blogspot.com

Linda O       http://allthingscreativeandfun.com/

Kathi         http://kathstales.blogspot.com/

Charlene   http://www.crystaldolphins.net/blog/  (that’s me)

Darcy        http://craftingwithdarcy.blogspot.com/

 

And here are the items you are looking for. They should be easy to find. Look on the blog sidebars near the top!

Pumpkins,  Party Balloons, Fireworks, Party Girl, Color Star, Party Penguin, Penguin Painter, Dancing Couple, Party Animal, Party Mask,  Party Hat, Party bunting/banner, Party Confetti, Party Gnome

Complete instructions for entering the Scavenger Hunt are on the Outlawz Main Page  PARTY! tab.  

Have fun!!!! And don’t forget to see what other activities are going on during our Party Week!!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs wherever you may be . . .
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Cook or Stir

In addition to the regularly scheduled challenges, there is a P-A-R-T-Y going on at The Outlawz. Please check it out for some fun and some (more) prizes!

The CAS challenge this week is Bubble, Bubble Toil and Trouble! What does that mean, you ask! Create a project that includes something that you cook or stir – any theme, any occasion, as long as it’s CAS and fits this criteria, you are good to go!

My card this week is a digital creation. I brought digital papers into my page layout program, used a pre-coloured image from Doodle Pantry (Coffee & Biscotti) and placed the fantastic coffee stain for some realism! The sentiment is from the same set and it worked just perfectly! I most definitely do not cheap out on my coffee! I used distress ink on the edges of my main layer and then used a corner punch on each corner. It seems that a number of my teammates also enjoy this type of beverage as there are a few very different samples with coffee as the main feature, not to mention what our members have submitted so far!

Precoloured image from Doodle Pantry

Precoloured image from Coffee & Biscotti at Doodle Pantry

So glad you stopped by today. I hope you’ll pop on over to The Outlawz to check out this challenge or one of the others happening and to celebrate with us!

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Vintage Birdhouse

I have created this card for Beccy’s monthly challenge at Beccy’s Place.

The image is Shabby Chic Birdhouse. This is a hybrid card that I created in my page layout program with digital papers. I created the template for the banner strips and ‘filled’ them with digital paper and placed them as shown. I then printed and coloured the image with Copic markers. After finishing the card, I decided I didn’t really like the shades of yellow in the roses, so I added some Picket Fence Tim Holtz Distress Marker to dull the colour down a bit and then added a bit of a prismacolour pencil then added yellow Wink of Stella. I’m still not thrilled with the result, but it’s better than it was! For my finishing touches, I added some wool strands and just wound them up and attached with glue, then placed my sentiment and added the 3 half-pearls.

Shabby Chic Birdhouse from Beccy's Place

Shabby Chic Birdhouse from Beccy’s Place

Thanks for dropping by!

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From the Heart Stamps – October Progressive Challenge

I have missed a few months of this challenge but bought back in so I could play along this month, with this adorable image! The freebie image this month is Apple Market.

I pulled up my image in my page layout program and created a double border around it, so that I could do some doodling in it, once it was printed. I printed it, then coloured it with Copics. I drew the doodles with a marker then added the black dots in between the triangles. Inspired by my friend Cheri’s recent creation here, I used a white Inkssentials pen to create the white dots on the banner and added some white dots on my triangles and the faces of these adorable kitties. I used my Copics to add the grass in and then added some small cs pieces from my stash and inked around the edges. The striped banner piece was created by using half a border die. I attached everything as shown and added some black gems to the banner just to tie it in with my dotty theme!

Apple Market from From the Heart Stamps

Apple Market from From the Heart Stamps

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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More Leaves for Squigglefly

Another opportunity to include leaves on my card so I couldn’t resist. This is for the challenge at Squigglefly that ends today. The theme is to include leaves or something that indicates ‘leaving’ (i.e. travel), so it’s a pretty wide-open theme.

I used two Squigglefly images: Bentley’s Balloon Lift by Cheryl Grant Alger and Autumn Tree by Inger Harding. I combined the images and printed as shown and then coloured with Copic markers. The background layer was done awhile back via watercolouring distress inks. I used my Tim Holtz distress tool around the edges of both layers then added distress ink to the edge of my main layer. I popped up the sentiment, (from Doodle Pantry’s River Raft set) added the flower. The inner part of the flower was made with this really cool new(er) paper from Tim Holtz. On the balloons, I drew in some lines with my Copic multiliner pen and used my colourless blender to add the dots in the other. I traced the swirly part of the tree and the balloon strings with a Sakura clear glitter pen and finally drew in some extra dots (in threes) with a Gold metallic Sharpie marker.

Images from Squigglefly and sentiment from Doodle Pantry

Images from Squigglefly and sentiment from Doodle Pantry

Thanks so much for dropping by today!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Supporting Friends

This week for the CAS Challenge at The Outlawz, we are asking you to create a card or project for a cancer survivor. A couple of weeks ago, our guest designer, NanaConnie, created a wonderful card with pink pumpkins in honour of breast cancer (check out the link for more info to explain the pink pumpkins). This week, I want to dedicate my card to NanaConnie (such a wonderfully talented crafter!), along with all the ladies I deal with through my work, at a non-profit centre for women and families dealing with breast and gynecologic cancers. This is not an easy journey, and although I can’t say this from personal experience, I have met so many amazing, strong, beautiful women coping with this disease (not to mention my dad, with a colon cancer (x2) journey). Hugs to you all!

Also at The Outlawz, the Twisted Thursday theme, although always Anything Goes, has a twist of an Outdoor Theme, so I’m playing along just for fun this week!

I have used a super cute Doodle Pantry image, Pumpkin Birdie (a pre-coloured kit is also available). I coloured my image with a combination of Copic markers and prismacolour pencils and OMS. When I printed the image, I created a double border around it and did some Zentangle-inspired doodling around it. When I added the sentiment (Say Hi from Squigglefly), I added some dots just to tie it in with the border. The strip of orange/pink paper is from my stash and I just added a border with a gold Sharpie marker. The image is popped up to create a bit of dimension. I love colouring leaves and especially using Fall colours and of course this image fit the bill perfectly.

Pumpkin Birdies from Doodle Pantry and Say Hi from Squigglefly

Pumpkin Birdies from Doodle Pantry and Say Hi from Squigglefly

Thanks so much for popping by. I hope you’ll join us at The Outlawz. There are 6 other challenges you can check out and there are fabulous prizes to be won at the end of each month! We have such a talented DT at The Outlawz that they’ll provide some wonderful inspiration for you to check out!

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Ants and a Worm

Probably a strange heading for a post, I know but what else could I call it?! I don’t normally like worms OR ants but with Laurie’s adorable images, it’s hard to think of them as anything but cute and adorable!

This is my entry for Doodle Pantry’s monthly challenge. I’m using Big Hug Friends. I coloured the image with Copic markers, cut it out with Fiskars postage stamp scissors and then inked the edge. I layered the papers as shown; the long, pretty-coloured strip is part of the Grunge Wood Mini Pack from Doodle Pantry (these are some of my favourite wood grain papers!) This one added just the right pop of colour. The main image and the layer beneath it are popped up as is the sentiment (one I created and is available at Squigglefly Say Hi). I added the adhesive strips of glitter at the top and bottom as my finishing touch.

Big Hug Friends and Grunge Wood Mini Pack from Doodle Pantry and Say Hi from Squigglefly

Big Hug Friends and Grunge Wood Mini Pack from Doodle Pantry and Say Hi from Squigglefly

Thanks so much for dropping by! If you’re in Canada, I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, or a wonderful weekend no matter where you are!

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A Little Hello for a Rainy Day

I created this card for a short challenge happening at the Daydream Designs Blog for World Cardmaking Day. I have the chance to win 3 image sets! I have also entered this at Deedee’s Digis Blog, for an additional chance to win, since this set was created by Deedee Anderson.

I used this adorable image and digi papers from A Rainy Day. This is a hybrid card so I created most of this digitally. My page layout program allows me to create frames and then ‘fill’ them. This works fantastically for digi papers, as it resizes the pattern without distortion. All of the dots and stripes are digi papers from this set. I coloured the image with Copic markers (and a silver prismacolour pencil). I used my colourless blender to create the dots in the umbrella, added the gems and popped up the sentiment (Beaver Hello) from Doodle Pantry. I added some Stickles to the puddle for the final touch. I love the papers in this set and this duck is just the cutest!

A Rainy Day by Diane's Daydream Designs and sentiment from Doodle Pantry

A Rainy Day by Diane’s Daydream Designs and sentiment from Doodle Pantry

This is my second blog post today (good grief!) I’m terrible at getting my cards posted! Fingers-crossed that I win those adorable images!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. It’s a busy week for me coming up . . . I can’t wait until Thursday as we have a huge fundraiser happening at work and I’m always so glad when they’re OVER! We are off Friday, for all the OT we have to put in and the Monday is Thanksgiving here in Canada, so it’s a four-day weekend . . . WOO HOO!!!!! Now if only I could get a date . . .

Sending iridescent dolphin hugs to wherever you may be . . .
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Fall Wedding

I love Fall! Last week for the CAS Challenge at The Outlawz, we asked for Fall-themed projects. This week, we continue with the Fall theme but want Fall Wedding projects! If you thought last week’s inspiration was . . . . well, inspiring . . .  you should see this week’s!

For my card, I used this gorgeous image from JustInklined – Lili Cake (note, I believe this image came from a CD that I purchased but I have linked to an image that is also gorgeous and comparable!) I haven’t coloured it up before but this will definitely be a go-to image for wedding celebrations! I LOVE how this turned out in the Fall theme!

All colouring was done with Copic markers. I saw a link on facebook to a post at via Copics in the Classroom, here, that included colouring charts for fall leaves. Oh, such gorgeous colours! With all the Copics I have, I didn’t have one full combination, so I had to kind of fake it! This is the result! The flourish is a digital element from Autumn Dawn at Digital Scrapbookking Designs as is the digi paper behind the cake. I laid everything out as shown, in my page layout program which makes this a one-layer piece on top of my card base. The sentiment is On Your Wedding Day from Bird’s Cards. I printed, then coloured with Copics. I added gold border stickers around my cream card base then added my completed layer. I used my Sakura Clear Glitter pen to highlight a few areas and then it was all done!

Lili Cake from JustInklined and sentiment from Bird's Cards

Lili Cake from JustInklined and sentiment from Bird’s Cards

Unfortunately I don’t have anyone to send this to, but will keep it in my stash for that special occasion.

I hope you’ll join us in the challenge – there are so many great prizes to be won and my DT teamies have created some wonderful inspiration for you to feast your eyes on!

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Getting to Know Me Blog Hop

omgoodness . . . where does the time go? I have to start this post with an apology, as I completely dropped the ball on this! (Sorry Cheri)

I’ve been asked to participate in a Getting to Know You Blog Hop by my friend and wonderfully talented CAS sistah at The Outlawz, Cheri. You can find her at Stamp’n Boomer. I mostly know Cheri’s CAS projects which are wonderfully brilliant but I also have the pleasure of knowing her as a wonderful team member and person.

The purpose of the hop is to get to know some talented crafters and to pass the baton forward so I can introduce 2 more talented crafters! This is where I dropped the ball – 1) I’m late with this post and 2) I either did not get a response from the people I asked, or got a ‘no’ so, I’m afraid I can’t introduce you to anyone . . . For my answers, please read on . . .

What am I working on?
My craft table is always covered with different projects in various stages of completion. I am on The Outlawz CAS DT so I have been working ahead on my projects for October. Of course I can’t show you pictures because the challenges haven’t started yet! I am also working on a new Zentangle-Inspired project. Here’s where I’m at so far with it:

ZIA-WIP

My Style? What Inspires Me?
My style involves “cute”, or “beautiful” and not too girly or lacey. Cute images inspire me like crazy! If I smile when I look at an image then I know I’ll be smiling at the finished project. I also love beautiful floral images. I love working with images that I’m in the mood to work with. I am also inspired by colour – sometimes just one and that leads to the combination I chose or I’m inspired by the combination of colours and pick the ones I want to draw out.

Where Did it All Start?
Hmmmmmm, well my crafting started many years ago. My mom is a crafter, although she does a lot of different types of crafts than I do although we did many together. A lot of my mom’s projects involve sewing and that isn’t a skill I really developed! I do simple crochet (afghans); I have done a little bit of knitting but I’m not a relaxed knitter; cross-stitch, beaded ornaments and of course card-making. My card-making started digitally then went to cross-stitched designs that I framed in a card, then rubber stamping and although I still do use rubber stamps, I do a lot of digital work with digital images, digital papers and elements, not to mention digital layouts.

How does my creative process work?
My creative process is varied. My ideas begin in so many different ways:  the recipient; specific colours; an image. If I’m making a card for a specific person, I take into consideration their likes, the occasion, their style and their favourite colours. If I’m working with colours, I figure out what will work well with those colours and create from there. If I’m starting with an image, the process begins from there. I look at whether I’m creating with something cute or beautiful and that leads to the colours of cs, the layout, etc.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me a bit better and seeing how I ‘think’ creatively. I love making cards – it is my sanity and my stress-relief! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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