Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thank You Theme at Outlawz Greetings Challenge

Have you entered the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge this week? It's all about gratitude, and everyone always needs a few extra Thank You cards! I made mine in my fave color combo of teal and pink, using a Meljen's digi image called Bunny Cupcake. Meljen's just happens to be this week's guest sponsor!!
I used an embossed card front that I distressed to bring out the white core of my card stock. I also used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Patina to color a paper doily. My image is colored with Copics (V000,G000,Y11,YG03,R29) and Spectrum Noir (PL1).
At some point in my crafting life I stamped a whole lotta Thank You's and circle-punched them. Well, the last time I cleaned my craft room I found my stash of these little gems, and popped one on my card after framing it with scallop circle-punched cardstock. A few punched pink hearts finish my card.
I printed up a whole sheet of Meljen's Bunny Cupcake so I think I'll get a headstart on my stash of Thank you cards this week.  How about you? Create a card and enter to win at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge this week!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New CAS Challenge on SBP Challenge Blog

There's a new challenge at SBP. At first I thought, CAS-Clean and Simple--how simple can that be? BUT the guidelines are to start (and finish) with a white cardstock base, using the image, ink, no embellishments, no layers!!
Hmm, tying my crafting hands behind my back? I accept that challenge! First, I printed this too-cute digital image from Creative Bug Designs. It's called "Twinkle Toes" and I can't tell you how much I wanted to put glitter on those shoes, but "challenge on!"
Once I colored my image with Copics, I used Tim Holtz Bundled Sage Distress ink on the edges. Then I used a Halloween-themed border punch, coloring behind the bats with my black Copic for contrast.
And that's my CAS card for the SBP Challenge. Creative Bug Designs is the guest sponsor, and they are offering a prize package of five digital images from their store.
Here are the challenge guidelines:
  • Create a Basic CAS card in any theme. No layering, no matting, embellishments, no heat embossing or dry embossing allowed on this card. You will create a Card only using White Card Front Base, Ink Pads and Rubber Stamps or digital stamps.  
  • You are welcome to combine your entry with other challenges.
  • New projects only - no back linking. Limit three submissions per person.
  • Link your project post to the challenge blog, not your entire blog link. If your project is not linked, it will not be counted in the random drawing
  • Include a link back to this blog in your entry post. If it is not linked back, it will not be counted in the drawing.
  • One random participant will win five digital images from CBD of their choice.

And just to show you how easy this really is, I also made a totally digital card using the same CBD image, Twinkle Toes. Using PhotoShop, I used a water color painting I had created a few weeks ago as the background for my card.
Then I copied Twinkle Toes onto my "scene" and printed it out. I colored her with my trusty Copics, and used a white gel pen to highlight my witch's "take off."
Just one layer, but what a layer, huh?! So now it's your turn. Whether traditional or digital, have fun with your project and then link it up with the SBP Challenge post for your chance to win some excellent Creative Bug Designs images!!
Good luck!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Path of Positivity Determination Challenge

Today's canvas showcases a fabulous digi from Ike's Art. It's called "Cognitive Thoughts" and I thought it would be perfect for this month's theme of Determination at the Path of Positivity challenge blog.
There are quite a few definitions of the word Determination. I like mine best - "an attitude that keeps you going until you achieve your goal." 
It all boils down to attitude -- how you approach your goal, how you blast through (and sometimes stumble through), obstacles in your path, and how you continue to put one foot in front of the other until you reach your journey's end.
I read something from Energy 103.5  posted on Facebook that gave credence to my thoughts: If you assign each letter a number, from A=1, B=2, etc. through Z=26), then spelled the words (and counted the numbers) KNOWLEDGE and HARD WORK, they would each add up to 96% and 98%.
Now do the same with the word ATTITUDE; you'll add up to 100%.
Determination is all about your attitude...toward your day, your goals, your life. If you give 100% attitude to whatever you want, you can reach those goals.
Have you tripped down the Path of Positivity this month? There are some awesome prizes from their guest sponsor, Pickled Potpourri, as well as their regular sponsors!! Even if you don't play in their challenge, you'll leave with a more positive spin on life.

Bling'd Out Composition Book

I love it when the kids go back to school. It gives me the chance to create awesome notebooks, binder covers and composition books, like this one featuring a Squigglefly new September release! The digital image, called Dragon Tamer, is by artist Niina Niskanen. Here is a close-up of my Copic-colored image.
After covering a 50 cent composition notebook (don't you just love back to school sales?) with DCWV Once Upon a Time patterned paper, I used Frog Tape, which is like blue painters' tape, but green (duh).
I covered the bound edge with flowers, added a Smash Book element (clasp & lock) after coloring it black with a sharpie, and adhered the sentiment and pearls.
Since Squigglefly offers a new challenge this week, Add Some Bling, I Stickled my dragon tamer's wings as well as parts of the dragon and the sun-sparkled roofs of my renaissance town's buildings. Here's the back of the notebook.
How will you add some bling to your challenge for Squigglefly this week? Don't forget to use a Squigglefly image to play for free digis!! 
Whatever you do, have fun!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Get Well Cards Make Everyone Feel Better

When I am sick or in hospital, it always makes me feel better to receive a card from a friend. I have two friends in need of some cheering up. Both of them are volunteers who teach religion at the church where I work. One had a bad fall, and is on the road to recovery (and rehab). The other is a dear friend who suffered a heart attack. Luckily, he knew the signs and symptoms and called 911 immediately, and did not go into cardiac arrest, but he has a lot of recovering to do.

I made this card for my friend who is still in hospital. I love the image and sentiment, but I pulled them from my excess images folder and there was no ID on them, so if anyone can tell me the company who designed this image, I would love to give credit where credit is due.
I decided to make a card with color blocking, adding a few small solid colored circles to the mix. I kept
my embellishments simple, as I will be mailing this card.  A few small adhesive-backed pearls and it's complete. It is a large card, with white cardstock lining the inside of it for greetings and signatures of volunteers who teach with him in our RE program. Our first meeting is tonight, and they'll all get to sign the card and wish him well.
The second card uses a Squigglefly September release called "Hurt Bunny Sling" by artist Fawn Palmer. I took the card front from the original A2-sized card I made in order to create a large enough card for all the people who will be signing it and wishing him well. The sentiment comes with the Squigglefly image.
Inside both cards is the sentiment, "Feel Better!"
And that's what I wish both of my friends--feel better quickly, we miss you, Gregg and Mickey!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Seeing Stripes at Squigglefly Challenge Blog

Another week, another challenge at Squigglefly Challenge Blog. This week, crafters are asked to show off their STRIPES!  I used this winsome digital image from artist James Horvath. It's called "Tongue-Tied" and is just released this month!
My stripes are featured on my patterned paper as well as the staples I used to "adhere" my image and sentiment to my card. I used word stickers and a foil star from a leftover who table decoration from Independence Day.
Don't you just love this image? James Horvath has some awesomely funny images from which to choose besides "Tongue-Tied." Snag yours at the store so you can play for free digis in this new challenge!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Don't Just Survive the Day, Triumph Over It

I decided to step up my sketching. In my art journal, I printed out and pasted some sketching tutorials (eyes, mouths, hands, etc.). The opposite pages I left blank so that I could try my hand at them.
So this page started out as an exercise in eyes, but I decided to flip through the tutorials to finish a full face. Daughter says it looks vaguely like the character from the TV show Medium. Hubby says it looks somewhat like Suzanne Sommers. I didn't try to make it look like anyone, just placing some lines on a page with watercolor pencils and adding a wet brush to it all.
Either way, it was my first drawing with the pencils, and except for a few issues with proportions, I say it looks good. LOL