Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Love, Actually, with Ike's Art

Time for another challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog, and here is my DT project for the midway reminder post. I used an Ike's Art image called Muse 5 for my "Love, Actually" inspiration. After coloring her in Photoshop, I placed her onto a patterned paper from Marta Van Eck's "ATC Written" collection available at Mischief Circus. I embellished with a strip of paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Glitterati paper set and various digital flowers.
My sentiment came from Pinterest, printed using the font "Coventry Garden." The sentiment comes from my heart straight to my hubby of almost 40 years.
You have another week to join in on the challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog. One lucky winner will get a gift certificate to Ike's Art Store. What are you waiting for?!
Challenges I am Entering:
DigiStamps4Joy challenges - Anything Goes

Monday, February 8, 2016

Five Little Froggies

Five little froggies sitting at the well,
One hopped off ‘cause he heard a bell.
The second one croaked “My mama’s calling me”
The next leaped after a buzzing bumble bee.
Another caught a fly and he left grinning
and the last frog sang, "Brr, I wish it were Spring!"
~Pat Martin, 2016


Five little froggies sitting at the well,
One got excited and down he fell.
The second one said, “Our brother’s in the drink!”
They all croaked loudly and started to think.
“I’ll get a ladder” and one hopped away
While the others jumped off to find another way.
The first one cried, “What’s all the fuss about?”
And he gave a mighty leap and hopped on out!
~Pat Martin, 2016


Good morning, crafters! Monday brings us a new challenge from the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge. The theme this week is Springtime! I created my card with leftover papers and embellishments to frame a Robyn's Fetish digi image called Five Little Froggies. Robyn's Fetish is this week's Guest Sponsor.
As soon as I laid eyes on this image, my mind started playing with rhymes and came up with the two ditties above. Which do you like better? Tell me in your comment and I'll pick one to mail this card to!
Sometimes an image inspires me, but most often words do. What inspires you? Whatever your muse, have fun creating, then link up with the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge this week!
Challenges I am Entering:
Alphabet Challenge blog - Y is for You Choose
Craft for the Craic challenges - Something to Make You Smile (please read the poems that go with the card)
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Just a Quickie

I have a good friend who s celebrating a milestone this month. After successful surgery to remove a brain tumor, she has now been seizure-free for six years! Not only is she celebrating, but everyone who knows her is celebrating. Personally, I would not be the crafter I am today without her inspiration and support. And to think that I may not have ever known her if her surgery hadn't been successful!
To celebrate, she is offering month-long blog candy and it's anybody's game. Her name is Holley Barnhart. One of her challenges is to make a bookmark using a specific image from Sandra Caldwell, one of her many sponsors. The image is called "Bearly a Headache" and can be found at Sandra's Etsy store. 
My bookmark is a magnetic folder bookmark in that it sits at the top of a page and when folded over the magnet holds it in place. Making a bookmark is very CAS as you don't want embellishments poking holes in your pages. My flower embellishments are felt, and I hand-drew the dots around the edges of my image.
Don't forget to check out Holley's blog, and leave her a little love while you're there. And as always, crafters, have fun!

My First Bendi Card

Welcome back to another new challenge from Quirky Crafts challenge blog. This month our gracious sponsor is The Cutting Cafe,which is a new experience for me. I think I have a new favorite site, even if I don't have cutting software. When you buy from The Cutting Cafe, you get several different formats of cutting files as well as printable templates, which I used on my card today.
I used a cutting file called Bendi Card Template, which includes: 1 main BENDY CARD template that will fit inside of a A2 sized envelope (with the card laying flat), 5 Assorted backs for the card,
2 Assorted fronts for the card, 5 Printable sentiments (in PDF and JPEG formats), 9 Word Sentiments, 5 Assorted borders in large and small sizes (flowers, hearts, double hearts, fence, butterflies). The cutting files come in: PDF, SVG, MTC and WPC. I scored my side "flaps" with my trusty ScorPal, which has become a true life saver for me in all my card-making ventures.
The challenge theme over at Quirky Challenges is to use RED OR PINK with Black & White. After using the templates to cut my layers for the card, I cut to size some pink patterned papers from my stash. I colored a digital image from Ike's Art called "My Teddy" and added a sentiment sticker. I embellished with a large jeweled flower, a cloth flower and the word Love from a DCWV booklet of sentiments from the Wedding/Love stack.
I like the way my card turned out-I've always wanted to try one of these cards, and now I think you'll be seeing a lot of these in the future LOL The Cutting Cafe also offers images, and I'll be creating with one of them for the midway reminder at Quirky Crafts later this month. Meanwhile, our sponsor has generously offered 3 sets to the 1st Place winner, 2 sets from the 2nd Place winner and 1 set to the 3rd Place winner, all from the Cutting Cafe.

Now it's your turn to create with Red OR Pink and Black & White. Can't wait to see what you come up with! Need inspiration? Check out the lovely creations at The Cutting Cafe Blog.
Challenges I am Entering:
Open-Minded challenges - Try Something New (Bendi card folding)
Aud Sentiments challenge blog - Use a Love sentiment
Cute Card Thursday challenges - In the Pink
In the Pink challenges - With Love
Southern Girls challenges - Anything Goes w/Team Trace
Time Out challenges - quote inspiration
"Love is the flower you've got to let grow"
(children are like flowers, needing to be nurtured, yet space and time to grow)
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes/Cute & Cuddly
Double D challenges - Pretty Pink Hearts (mine are in black but there's loads of pink)
The Crafter's Cafe - Monochromatic
Crafting Musketeers - Monochrome
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Papers challenges - Anything Goes
ScorPal More Than One Score challenges - Pink or Blue It's Up to You
(scoring at the side flaps of my card, both the ones tucked into cuts and the ones adhered to the card base)
Paper Sweeties Inspiration challenges - Photo inspiration




Monday, February 1, 2016

I Desire Balance

It feels like it's been forever since I created a larger mixed media canvas, and now I remember why--this one took almost a week to create from start to finish. But I am very happy with it!
I created it as my DT inspiration for the Path of Positivity, whose theme this month is Desire. Now, an individual can feel Desire for more than something physical. I desire BALANCE in my life. 
I often feel like the amazing Elasto-Woman, stretched well beyond her abilities to juggle a job, a family, kids, spouse, creativity, household accounting, friends, co-workers...well, you get the drift. You probably feel the same way.
Always on the lookout for ways to improve my life, I have made it a tradition to "name" my New Years, and 2016 is the year of personal Balance. I will try to dance and try to remain still. I will work hard, and play with abandon. I will spend time with friends, and grab some "me" time. I will sing out loud, and remain silent. I will embrace all side of who I am.
My canvas showcases a digital image from Ike's Art called Robot 2. My materials of choice are tie-dyed napkins, tissue paper with words printed on it, a red paper doily heart and lots of homemade Mod Podge. Once I had my base, I added alcohol inks, acrylic paint and gold Pearl X pigment powder (with a little spritz of water).
Then I added the Copic-colored image, framed it, and sorted through my stash for all the eye candy you see above. I printed a couple lines from Pinterest using Photoshop and green textured digital paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. 
How do you feel about DESIRE? Create a card, a layout, altered art, anything that features the theme of Desire, then link it up to the Path of Positivity challenge blog. I'd love to take a peek at your own desires.
This month, Ike's Art

 and Scribbles Designs
are the guest sponsors. Here are the fabulous prizes offered this month:
  • A $10 gift certificate from Scribbles Designs, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $15 gift certificate from Ike's Art, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also be:
  • A small selection of digital designer papers from D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
Hope to see you there!
Challenges I am Entering:
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/optional twist: Use your Stash
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers - T is for Technique (take your pick: Mod Podge or Mixed media)
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything BUT a Card

Please Bee My Valentine

Love is in the air this month, and to celebrate Valentine's Day, the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge this week is to create using wings or something with wings on your project. We have two awesome sponsors, Rick St Dennis 
Prize 3 images
and
Prize – 5 images
I created a set of Valentine cards, two of which I am posting. The images I used are from Rick St Dennis and are called Busy Bee Kids. For my card base, I re-discovered a set of note cards snagged out of the dollar bin at Michael's Craft store a year or so ago.
As soon as I saw the images in Rick St Dennis' STORE, I knew I wanted to create a punny Valentine. The images were colored with Copics, but by the time I was ready to put my cards together, my printer was having a nervous breakdown, so I hand-wrote the sentiments. 
To finish off my CAS cards, I added simple embellishments - a bit of ribbon, a few punched hearts, and some inking with a gel pen on the edges. Each card is actually folded into three parts for a nice amount of white space for personalized messages from me.
Do you celebrate Valentine's Day with cards? The challenge doesn't restrict your projects this week to Valentine's cards, as there are plenty of ways to use WINGS on your cards. Remember to link in to the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge post for your chance to win prizes. And as always, crafters, have fun!

The East Wind Blows into Your Scrapbook Place challenge blog

Can you believe that January is gone?! That was a fast month, and a cold one for us folks in the northern half of the world. Cold days means I stay in more, so I got to play in my craft room and create another page in my acrylic album.
I used an image called Aurora Love You from The East Wind. They are sponsoring Your Scrapbook Place challenge this month. I love to use non-traditional colors for hair, so I made mine pink and carried it into some of the embellishments on my acrylic page. The pink flowers are handmade, and I used a spellbinders die to frame Aurora using leftover patterned papers.
My album is nearly full. Have you worked with acrylic albums before? I have to keep reminding myself to check the back so I don't embellish myself into a corner by making it difficult to work with the back side of each page. So far, so good!
Your Scrapbook Place offers monthly challenges from the first to the end of each month, and are almost always Anything Goes. AND you get twice the chance to win prizes from the sponsor, The East Wind, if you yourself use an image from The East Wind!
Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Crafting by Designs - Add a Flower
Moo-Mania & More - Use your Scraps
Sisterhood of Crafters - Love Letters