Thursday, April 27, 2017

Laughing Giraffe

Playing the From the Heart Sketch challenge, using this cute digital stamp, Laughing Giraffes.

Here is the sketch:
The oval of animal print (Doodle Pantry) is cut with an Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Oval die.  I used SU Apricot ink to make the splotches (Joy Clair) on the GKD Saffron card stock base.  The image is colored with Copics. Trying to keep the nature idea, I tied a bit of twine to some raffia ribbon. "Smile" is an old stamp from a dollar bin.
This will be a fun card for Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Challenges:
From the Heart Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday  - anything
2 Crafty Critter Crazies
7 Kids College Fund - anything 
Simon Wednesday - anything 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You Can't Win Them All

Thinking outside the box is not a strong point of mine.  In order to get out of the rut of easy cards, I am really challenging myself lately.  I confess I have tossed more than one card but it has been fun to see what I can come up with.

 I am still playing with some of my new stamps and wanted to use this Framed Zinnia by Stamplorations but how to use it so it didn't look lonely on the card using the sketch below, that was the challenge.
For my background panel I used Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink and then stamped it with a Stampin Up' Linen Background stamp using Apricot ink.  The butterflies are Gina K Design stamped with the Tea Dye distress ink.  But the zinnia stamp still just sat there on the paper.  So I started adding - first twill tape, then I cut a frame with Pumpkin cardstock, matching the card base.  Still not happy so I cut out some leaves with the Elizabeth Crafts Jasmine leaves die.  Finally I added the black lace.
The image is colored with Copics.
I would have like it better if I had not used the twill but after using Scoretape it was not about to be removed!
Oh, I almost forgot; I used two colors of liquid pearls around the center of the flower, Cantalope and Daffodil.  Here is a close up of that and maybe you can see a bit of how I scored the leaves.
Thanks for looking and of course I love reading your comments.

Challenges:
Work It Wednesday - flowers
Stamploration Anything Goes challenge

Stamploration Sketch and Theme

7 Kids College Fund - anything
Simon Says Wednesday - flowers
Time Out - photo inspiration

Monday, April 24, 2017

New Lantana Stamp

This  stamp is a new stamp but also a new plant to me.  I didn't know what a Lantana was until after ordering this stamp set, Beautiful Lady,  by Altenew.  It was fun to play around with Copics and try to capture what the flower looks like (emphasis on the try).

Definitely loving this butterfly die by Birch Press.  I used three tiny black pearls for the body.
The sentiment is from the Altenew Fresh Freesia set.

Thanks for looking and I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

Challenges:
Time Out - photo inspiration
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Sugar Pea - photo inspiration
Simon Says Wednesday - flowers
Work It Wednesday - flowers
Stamploration Sketch and Theme - wings


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Just Bee-cuz

I haven't made any cards for kids lately so I dug through my left over printed images and found this cute little guy.  Because he is an image by From the Heart, I used the weekly sketch from FTH too.

Usually my cards are pretty simple - one or two layers, not much of a layout,  but this sketch looked like a challenge and of course, I love challenges.  I mirrored the sketch but stayed very close to all the elements of the sketch.

Embossing folder- Darice "I Dream"
Flower - Cuttlebug
Copics
Thanks for looking.  Always love to have you comment. 

Challenges:
From the Heart - sketch
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Simon Wednesday - flowers
Send a Smile 4 Kids - die cuts

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Every Morning


Two of my favorite Bible verses are Lamentations 3:22-23  "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end.  They are new every morning.  Great is Your faithfulness."


I love this frame by Ginny Maxam.  The verse fit beautifully inside.  (Once again I saved the digital stamp without saving the source. ugh!)
The flowers and frame are colored with Copics and Prisma pencils.  After using distress ink on the edges, I distress (scruffed) them and adhered the panel to a piece of Kraft that I had also distressed with ink and tool.
Sketch:
I colored another image with different colors and added a few sequins.

I like the first one better but I like these colors too.
Thanks for looking.  Love it when you comment.

Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches 
Sugar Pea - photo inspiration
Crop Stop - anything
Simon Wednesday - flowers
7 Kids College Fund - anything


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wishing You Well

One of my sisters had knee surgery last week so I thought I would send her a get well card.  I don't make very many.  She likes quirky, play on words, etc.  This is the closest I could come.

The "wishing well" is a digital image which has been in my computer for many years.  I colored it with Copics and used an oxide ink on some of the shading of the shingles.  Still not sure how to use the oxide inks but I used a water brush and it gave the streaks I was hoping for.
The sentiment is Stampin Up.
Panel is cut with Di-namics Stitched Rectangle. 
I cut out a flower of yellow card stock with a Cuttlebug die and cut out another one of the green designer paper to use as leaves.  The flowers around the well and the Cuttlebug flower have liquid pearl centers.
Here is the sketch I used:
Challenges:
MFT Sketches
Simon Monday - use water
Simon Wednesday - photo inspiration
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Stamploration CAS  - twist use pastels


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Love of Lilies

Last year my daughter pulled up all the lilies out of the flower beds at a house they had just purchased.  She is allergic to them.  Not me.  I LOVE lilies.  So I planted 24 bulbs.  Only 4 shoots came up.  Apparently squirrels like lily bulbs.  Ugh!  
Because I love lilies, I bought 2 Easter lilies for in the house. Pure white is so elegant but I also love all the Stargazer type lilies ( I hope one of the lilies that survived is a Stargazer) so here is a card I made with one of Ginny Maxam's beautiful digital lily images.

I colored the image with Copics.  The sentiment is from a birthday set.  The panel is cut with a Spellbinder die.  BG is embossed with a SU embossing folder.

Challenges:
Die Cuttin Divas - Spring
Sugar Pea - birthday bash
Cardz TV #6 - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids College Fund - anything