Monday, January 26, 2015

Loving The New Squigglefly Challenge

This week Squigglefly offers its last challenge, one with Heart! Crafters have a few last days to purchase their fave images from their fave artsits before Squigglefly Designs closes its virtual doors after a fantastic run by multi-talented designers, artists and owners. I have grown as a card maker and an artist by being challenged each week, and am grateful for having had the opportunity to design using the wonderful images offered by Squigglefly in the last couple years.

Using a Squigglefly digi image, create a card or project with hearts or Love as the theme-it could be your image, embellishments, sentiment-whatever you LOVE to craft with!
I used a Squigglefly January new release called "Flyin' Foxy" by artist Fawn Palmer. My patterned paper is filled with ways to say "I love you," while my sentiment describes the way I feel about my hubby. Ric rac, pearls and a jeweled flourish embellish my card.
There are so many people whom I love that I want to gift with special cards this Valentine's Day. At first I thought it was too early to start making them, but after making my list, I decided I might barely have enough time!! How about you have a short list of those who will receive cards from you this Valentine's Day?  Or, if your list is long like mine, why don't you come play in this week's Squigglefly Challenge? You might just win a free digi!

Happy Anniversary to my Knight in Shining Armor

Another Monday with the Outlawz Greetings Challenges!
 This week is Anything Goes, my fave kind of challenge. I decided to make an anniversary card for my sweet hubby of 38 years. He truly is my Knight in Shining Armor, which also happens to be the name of the digital image I used from one of this month's sponsors, A DAY FOR DAISIES.
After coloring my hero with Copics, I fussy-cut him out, changed out his frame for a patterned paper one and popped him on some shiny silver foil paper (after punching the edges with a Martha Stewart set of hand-helds). Then came the jeweled flourishes, the hearts, the pearls and the sentiment (K&Co). Don't you love that patterned paper I used in the background? It's from CTMH.
I went all out on my card, even adding m'lady's (my) scarf at the end of his lance, as well as adding a feather (ahem) I mean plume, to his helmet. And my valiant knight is off to win his true love's heart. Silly boy, he should know he has it by now! He's much better off sneaking in to his lady's bedchambers and...oops, never mind. Some things are best left unsaid. LOL
My inspiration for this card came from a few sources:
We Do Dobadoo - Romance Challenge #2 
Open-minded Crafting for their "Inspired by a Movie" challenge (First Knight & Camelot)
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for their brilliant alphabetical challenge (I chose "I for Iconic-call him Lancelot, King Arthur-any guy on a horse wearing a tin can holding a long stick is easily identifiable as an icon)

Other challenges I am entering:
Left of Center Challenges - Layer It Up
Glitter n Sparkle - Pearls & Swirls
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - Love and/or Valentine

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bad Santa

Today I had fun in my craft room, making a Christmas card for a few challenges. I had a LOT of fun making this particular card, which is my take on a Naughty Christmas. I gleaned inspiration from Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for their brilliant alphabetical challenge (I chose N for Naughty Christmas); Open-minded Crafting for their "Inspired by a Movie" challenge (Bad Santa) and The 12 Months of Christmas Cards Progressive Challenge blog, which has put me on the path toward a rich Christmas card stash by the time December 1 rolls around.
My Santa looks pretty good, huh? Makes me wish I were more naughty, so he would visit me next Christmas! LOL The image is from Ike's Art-I absolutely adore her images. I colored and framed him with Copics, popped him onto my 3-layered card front, and piled on holiday shimmer. I printed my sentiment on Microsoft Word and circle-punched it out.
Other challenges I am entering:
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room - Any Holiday
We Do Dobadoo - Romance Challenge #2 (wouldn't mind Santa's boots under MY bed)
Left of Center Challenges - Layer It Up

Friday, January 23, 2015

Limited Edition

Hello, my crafty peeps! I've been very busy in my craft room this week. Today I have a card for a very special girl. She has matured into a trailblazer, making her own path for others to follow if they wish. She is special, and I'm proud to call her my daughter.
I colored a Kenny K digi image called Kitty Katastrophe. I colored her with my trusty Copics, then fussy-cut her to pop onto my card front. I gave her some shimmer in her hair, because when she chases her dreams, her face lights up with determination and anticipation. The butterfly symbolizes the wings she has found, and the lacy heart doily shows that I have her back. She is one of a kind, and I love her.
Challenges I am entering:
Kenny K's Challenge blog - "I am Special"
the Path of Positivity Challenges - Uniqueness
Cute Card Thursday - Colorful
Creative Knockouts - Lots of Embellies
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Scrapping4Fun Challenges - All about Love

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Second shift today so I had a free morning to create several cards today! This one is for Ike's World Challenges Blog, whose NEW CHALLENGE is to create a project using the sketch located in this post.
I used an image called Cognitive Thoughts, one of my fave images from Ike's Art. After coloring her with Copics, I popped her onto a frame of patterned paper. The sketch called for a strip of papers behind the image, as well as a set of three embellishments in the left upper corner.
I wanted to reach out to all those who feel conflicted with their identity or their responsibilities. The girly part of personalities may conflict with the sporty, edgy side of them. The pink and blue contrast brings out the conflicting thoughts that can war in a young adult's mind.
I'm conflicted right now. My gram is 104 years old. I love her, and she has been the matriarch of my family, and a role model to me while growing up. She taught me how to sew, crochet, needle craft, play cards, bake bread, and other worthwhile hobbies and habits. She took care of me and my sisters and cousins at times throughout our lives.
It's our turn now. A nursing home is not an option. She'll receive the care I know she deserves, but from previous experience, we know it will cause her dementia to take over her personality.
The conflict lies with time. The unrelenting schedule of evenings and weekends to visit her, feed her and take care of her needs is wearing down on all three of us. I share a dose of self-pity and self-loathing. I am a granddaughter, but I am also a mom and wife. We are now doing the things she did for us when we were babies. I cry out my stress on the way to her house, yet her smile upon seeing me lights up the room.
But...It's getting to the point where I almost resent the time taken up to care for her.
So, I am conflicted.
Other Challenges I am Entering:
Scrap & Craft Inspiration - Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Two-fer Wednesday!

I love when I can make two different cards with the same design and the same image! Above is a birthday card I made for my sweet hubby. He is now officially two years older than I. In April, I celebrate my own birthday and we go back to his being only one year older (hey, gotta take it when it's there). LOL
I used a gorgeous image from Art by Miran called "Winter Sofia." Since I adore the color teal, I drenched my card in that color, using Copics to color up Sofia, and papers to enhance the tone. I added a bit of shimmer with Stickles. I'm entering my card into the Art by Miran Challenge blog, where every challenge is Anything Goes, my fave kind of challenge! Check out the inspiration there, and go play!
My second card is almost identical, with just a tweak of coloring, and a little less sparkle. Don't you love the lace I used? I got lucky at this summer's rummage sale and found a small box of various laces. This card is for the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge blog. It's a progressive challenge with prizes for participating each month. I'm a little behind, as this month is past the midway mark, but better late than never!
Other Challenges I am entering:
Fab & Gunky Challenges - Buttons! (my snowflakes are buttons w/the hanks cut off)
Frilly & Funky Challenges - Winter
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - All Wrapped Up
Scrapper's Delights Challenges - Favorite Colors (mmm, teal & pink!)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges - Something Old, Something New (old lace, new image)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Bugaboo!

Today I created a birthday card for one of my fave digital image companies--Bugaboo is celebrating its 5th birthday in business! There's a huge celebration on her blog-you don't want to miss it!
Meanwhile, I created my card for the Birthday Bash Sketch Challenge. After using my Epic Six to cut out an oval frame, I used a white gel pen to make a Bugaboo background before popping my Copic-colored image, Cookie Dottie. You can't see the shimmer I gave her, but it's there. After all, she's working up quite a sweat getting refreshments ready for the party!
I stamped the sentiment onto a vellum tag, adding the butterfly (just 'cause). A few jeweled flowers float over her shoulder, and my card is complete.
Make sure to check out the celebration over at Catch the Bug challenge blog, and leave a birthday wish for her!