Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Celebrating 7 Years with Holley!


My Sandra Caldwell DT sister Holley is celebrating 7 years of seizure free health after 2 brain surgeries that changed her life.  Fabulous Sandra has drawn an image especially for her, #1347 Holley Brain Power available HERE in Sandra's Etsy Store, and I'm joining the challenge on Holley's Blog.  I've colored her with Copics an added some "positive thoughts" highlighted with chalk.  I've kept the colors pretty and light like the promise of Spring and combined it with my take on the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch challenge where Sandra is sponsoring this month.



You can read Holley's inspiring story HERE and join her celebration of life.  Her sunny attitude and positive thinking expresses the love and gratitude she has for each and every seizure free day.  To share with her friends, she's posting fabulous projects on Holley's Blog each day and there are prizes to be won. Hope you come join the party and celebrate Holley's love of life.  I'm sharing this card and amazing story with the Path of Positivity Challenge #46 An Expression of Love. (Could you please add FT to my name on the Linky?  I was so excited, I forgot.  Thank you!)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Anything Goes at Aurora Wings


It's time for a new challenge at Aurora Wings and it's everyone's favorite, Anything Goes. (Except maybe mine, LOL)  I seem to be having the hardest time making decisions when I have no direction these days.  Must be my age.
However, with a little prodding from some of my teamies, I came up with this!


Grab a cuppa, I'm feeling really chatty now that I'm finally done!

When checking my images I came cross the gorgeous Whisper of the Sea. She's also available HERE in the newly revamped AW Digi Shop. It's been quite awhile since I played with mermaids and I thought she'd be perfect for a non card project.  It just so happened I had a canvas I had covered in ripped pieces of paper toweling I'd used to blot a Brushos experiment.  OOOH!  Perfect colors.



Here's a closeup of Whisper of the Sea. (BTW, she also comes in the no background png version Here and Here, if you'd like to merge the image or use a digital background.)   She's colored with Copics with a little bit of Prismacolor pencil action to add more depth to her hair. I've used seed beads to embellish her hair ornament, earring and hmmm, would you call that clothing?  I held my breath while applying them with Diamond Glaze, hoping not to ruin all the work I'd done coloring, but fate smiled on me.  

There is also a fair amount of Liquid Pearls and some Waterfall Stickles nearer the bottom that I figured were bubbles or sea foam.  I'd planned on using my Nuvo dimensional glitter, but do you think I could find it?  I also wanted more dimension to the shell she is holding so I added a sticker from JoLee's.  The size, however, was not quite as large as the digital one and looked funny just stuck on there so I built it up with a combo of Diamond Glaze and perfect pearls.  Gotta say it wasn't the brightest idea to add all this stuff before fussy cutting, but I managed, PHEW!



Now here's where I DID screw up.  I'd spent several hours coloring, when all of a sudden I realized I'd colored the area beneath her shell bra green like her ruffly sleeves.  EIYIYI!  It looked TERRIBLE!  I couldn't even pass it off as part of her tail, because honestly, have you ever seen a mermaid's tail come all the way up to her boobs?  

HERE'S THE FIX:  I always, ALWAYS print my images at least twice, mostly because if I ever want to fussy cut or layer, I don't have to go back and print it again (and if you do, you better have saved the size or you're toast), but also because sometimes I change my mind on the color scheme mid stream, or need to perform an emergency skin graft (or hair, or whatever else I screwed up) like the area circled above.  Recolor the offending area, fussy cut, carefully go around the cut areas with the side of a brush marker, I use Memento because it doesn't tend to bleed as much a Copic, glue, et VOILA!



Marisol (that's her name, I named her!) is in her little mermaid cove, made from hot gluing some shells together, sitting on her stretched canvas lagoon.  The netting is saved from some produce.  You can also see where I fussy cut and added dimension to her arms to hold her conch shell.



I've used a combo of dimensional sticker (JoLee's) elements and real shells to complete the scene.  The blue and tan cluster is actually an antique brooch I retrieved from one of my Mother-in-law's jewelry boxes after she died.  I'd been waiting for the perfect project to use it on.



Finally, I finished off the canvas with Scor-tape around the bottom edge dipped in sand.  The straight top edge sort of bugs me, but have you ever tried to cut that stuff?  The sentiment is from Graphic 45 and my last touch was some rope I'd dirtied up a bit with Distress Ink.  Hope you enjoyed my project as much as I did making it.  (And if you've made it through this whole post, you deserve a medal, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  xxx)

My AW teamies have all kinds of fabulous inspiration, so I hope you go visit the Challenge Blog and leave them some love.  Hope you join us too.   I mean there's really no excuse when it's Anything Goes, now is there?

You also still have until the end of the month to join in the February Red, White and Pink FB contest.


Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Outlawz Sunday CAS


The Outlawz Sunday CAS challenge calls for Brown, Ivory + One Other Color this week and I made the quickest one layer card EVER.  I used my Printmaster Platinum Program to crop a piece of pink checked digi paper from AMBillustrations into a heart and added the adorable Bugheartcats from Bugaboo (only $1.00) on top.  I changed their color from black to brown, added a sentiment and printed on ivory card stock.  Only coloring was their little pink noses and I couldn't resist a tiny twine bow from DL.Art attached with Fabric Fusion.  Done!  WooHoo!

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art February Linky challenge, the SUYP (Cats only) Kitty Love Challenge, the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge, Your Scrapbook Place February AG (using sponsor image) and Country View Challenge 30 Minutes or Under.

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Release from Sandra Caldwell


It's official!  This is my first actual new release post as part time member of the Sandra Caldwell DT and it's a KITTY!  You know I love me some kitties and Sandra's are some of the cutest around.  Say hello to #1340 Scratching Kat. LOVE the expression on his face, don't you?  As soon as I saw him I knew wanted to use my new Claw Slash die by Gina Marie. Scratching Kat is cut with Double Stitched Squares from Kat Scrappiness, popped on a Double Stitched Circle, then matted with a Spellbinders Grand Circle and Scalloped Circle.  The sentiment was computer generated.  I chose the colors and added the little hearts to play in the Outlawz Tuesday Color Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  Middle row across (approximately).






Here's a closeup of #1340 Scratching Kat.  I've colored him as a seal point Siamese like my friend Fiki's kitty named Coffee.  My very first kitty was the same breed.  I've used Copics with some additional fur detail with Prismacolor pencils.  He makes me giggle. 

Be sure to check out all of the new releases in Sandra's Etsy Shop (babcakesdnd) and the fabulous projects by the DT in the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group.

I'll be adding this to the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, the SUYP Kitty Love Challenge (see the hearts?), Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #51 AG, the World Wide Open Design Teams Challenge #19 AG (3/12), Craft Rocket AG #33 (3/2) and Crafty Creations #335 AG

Vintage Valentine


Here's a sort of vintage looking Valentine I managed to just sneak in the Outlawz Festive Friday Challenge before it closed.  Playing with dies again, some old, some new.  The background was a discarded negative using Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals.  I'd used the largest die just to emboss, then the next smaller for the cut out.  Didn't work for the original project, but I distressed the edges with scissors, inked with Antique Linen and popped it on a mat of gorgeous gilded crinkle pink specialty paper I'd been saving from my friend Smita in India.  I was going for a pink and red combo to enter the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Pink and/or Red Challenge, and the extra detail was just perfect.  The center Winged Heart die by Die Namites is a new one (for me, anyway) and I've cut it twice, fussy cut and colored the flowers and center heart with my Copics, then shabbied it up a bit with Distress, too.  The sweet Cupids are Impression Obsession.  The final details are the filigree stickers that balanced the design and added to the vintage feel.

I'm also entering this in the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #51 AG challenge, Die Cut Divas Use Red or Pink,  Happy Little Stampers AG w/Dies, Let's Create and Craft Love is in the Air, Simon Says Monday Use Your Favorite Tool (Spellbinders Grand Caliber) and Scrap from your Heart Valentines/Mother's Day.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Release from The East Wind.


Here's a lovely new release from The East Wind called Gumiho, Nine Tailed Fox. This mythical figure is popular in Asian cultures and is known by several names. Unky, the artist behind The East Wind, is Korean and this month she is celebrating her heritage with all Korean inspired designs.  All 4 can be purchased HERE for one low price during the month of February.  I tried to  create a tranquil environment for this lovely stamp using paper from K&Co, Weeping Willow Branches die cut from Poppystamps and butterflies from a Martha Stewart punch.  The gorgeous hand dyed crinkle ribbon, reminiscent of the stream she's sitting beside, is from the Mermaid's Tale Second Edition at DL.Art.  No need for a bow, it just laid so nicely.


Here's a closeup of Gumiho.  She's colored with Copics, but I had a bit of trouble with the blending on her dress because my markers were low on ink.  Wouldn't you know the refills just came in today's mail?  I tried to make the overlay look sheer by coloring over with white Prismacolor pencil so you could still see the suggestion of the color underneath. The sentiment is an ancient rub on and I was pleased that it still worked. I've tried a number of them in my stash recently that I had to toss because they no longer transferred without crumbling.  I thought the image would be lovely for a friendship or thinking of you card.

Although we are no longer having FB challenges, the current blog challenge, Love and Romance, at The East Wind is still open.

Here are of all the important links you need.


I am entering this in the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, As You Like It Ribbon or Lace and Why (I prefer ribbon because it is more versatile and works for both masculine and feminine projects), Crafty Girls February AG, and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #51 AG.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Got a Funny Feeling


Hey there.  Happy Valentine's Day!  I've already done my lovey dovey bit so I thought I might make you laugh instead.  The inspiration actually comes from a true story (with names changed to protect the innocent. LOL)  Long, long ago (when dinosaurs roamed the earth. JK! )my BFF from college went for a romantic dinner with her boyfriend when he unexpectedly popped THE QUESTION.   Not sure it was Valentine's Day, but it could have been.  Hate to say, her reaction was also quite unexpected.   Anyway, as soon as I saw All Shades of Green, by Bloobel Stamps it brought back memories. 




Here's the full Z fold opened.  The second image is called Love Sick.  You really can't have one without the other, eh?  Guess this meant the answer was "NO!" (She's gonna kill me when she reads this. HeeHee!)  You'll be happy to know that she did make it to the "ladies' " in time, though.

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge is "O" is for Outrageous, so I just had to join in.  Also the Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode says Make a Funny Card, I'll also be adding this to the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Pink/and or Red Challenge, TTRCD Week of Feb 14 AG and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #51 AG.  



Monday, February 13, 2017

The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge Sponsored by Sandra Caldwell


Okay, so here's my second post of the day, and I'm still neglecting my impending DT duties, while catching up on some challenges I wanted to enter. Another for the Outlawz, this time for the Wednesday Sketch Challenge (and it's only Monday, Yea, me!).  Sandra Caldwell is sponsoring and has even drawn 5 cute images, especially for the Outlawz, and offered at a discount price of only $1.50.  However, I chose #1381 Glamour Betty, also on sale (for a limited time), as one of the Glamour Gals, for the FB contest that ends tomorrow, in the Sandra Caldwell Stamps FB Group.  When you take the weekend off, you just gotta do some double duty.  You can see all the discounted digis HERE, but act fast.  I don't know how long this will last.

I've colored Glamour Betty with Copics, used digi dot paper from AMBillustrations and basic twine from DL.Art.  the heart gems and flower are from my stash.  Although I didn't follow the sketch exactly, I think you still get the idea, don't you?



I'm adding this to the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AGCupcake Inspirations #394 Carmine, White, Black and If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #62




For the Outlawz Progressive and Tuesday Color


Well, I blew off the weekend enjoying our sunny weather (finally) and now trying to catch up on some challenges I want to enter.  The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge almost threw me for a loop until I came upon this DP from K&Co.
Here's the color palette, all starting with the letter "A".

I decided to use the Freebie from the Outlawz February Progressive Challenge, generously supplied by Bugaboo Stamps.  (For once I'm not last minute.  Yea, ME!)  After coloring with Copics in the approximate colors, I decided that I need to brighten things up a little bit and added a lighter green mat and some beads to the flower centers.  The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is Steel Blue from Blues Bundle at DL.Art.

I'll also be adding this to the DL.Art February Linky challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #51 AG, Your Scrapbook Place Feb AG (using Sponsor image) and 613 Avenue Create AG/optional Sentimental Journey

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Trollin' for Love


So many fun Valentine images to choose from out there these days, but I really couldn't resist this new one from Sandra Caldwell, #1377 Troll Cupid.  She totally makes me giggle.  Just look at that face!  The Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge is always Anything Goes, but the twist this time is a Heart Shaped Valentine so I dug out my Spellbinders Nested Hearts and and Scalloped Nested Hearts and went to work. Found a small scale heart pattern Dp in my stash from American Crafts and came up with a sentiment I thought was pretty cute. Couldn't resist some conversation hearts from M's and some kissy lips to hold the easel up.  MWAH!


Here's a closeup of #1377 Troll Cupid.  I nearly colored her in Smurf tones, but I wanted to keep the Valentine palette so I went with Copic pinks and reds, with a little lavender thrown in for good measure.

Time is running out for Valentine's Day, so I hope you visit Sandra's Etsy shop, Babycakesdnd and check out all the fab images Sandra has to offer.  New releases every Friday and some surprises here and there so visit often!  There's also a number of sale digis for several challenges, including the current FB contest, Glamour Girls going on now in Sandra's FB Group so check them out HERE and come play along.

I'm adding this to the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Pink and/or Red Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG (2/17), Dies R Us Challenge #66 Hearts (2/14), Crafty Friends AG (2/14), Creative Corner Perfectly Pink (2/15), Making Memories Crafting #2 Use red+Other Valentine color, Simply Create Too February Love,  Aud Sentiments Valentine or Love Sentiment, Simon Says Monday Young at Heart, Simon Says Wednesday Cute, Through the Purple Haze Valentine/Love, LTSCB February Who Loves You Baby, TTRCD AG Week of February 7, House of Cards Love Theme and/or Colors and Use Your Stuff Love is in the Air.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Anything Christmas for the Outlawz Festive Fridays



WooHoo!  This is my second post of the day.  I'd love it if you'd check out my first post HERE, too.

I love playing in the Outlawz Festive Fridays Challenges because there are always 4 themes to chose from.  I'm joining in with the Anything Christmas theme because I've done quite a bit of shopping since the holidays as I love getting the bargains on the merchandise from the season just past.  The new die I've used here is from Die-namites and I think it's just perfect as a centerpiece for a CAS design.  I actually cut this 4 times so I could fussy cut the partridge and pears and layer them on the die cut.  It would have been only 3 but after adding the shiny corner stickers and sentiment, the matte gold I'd originally used for the pears really didn't stand out enough, so I layered again with a brushed gold metallic on the pears without the stems.  Much better!  The embossing folder is Grace's frame and I've layered again with the matte bronze on the white card base which made it 5 x 6 1/2".  I think it turned out to be quite elegant and went together quickly enough to make multiples.

I'm also entering this in the CHNC Challenge #319 AG Christmas/optional ribbon (not this time), the CHNC February Christmas Extra AG, the ABC February Christmas Challenge C is for Creatures, Merry Monday CAS Challenge and the Kerst/Christmas February FB Challenge.

Glamour Puss


Yup!  Another cat, from Sandra Caldwell, no less.  Meet #1395 Glamour Puss, Just added to the shop at the sale price of $1.50 for use in the Glamour Gals contest going on now in the Sandra Caldwell Stamp fans FB Group.  Isn't she a hoot?  My first thought after seeing that LOOOONG ciggie and square pillow was 1950's Rat Pack Era.  Vegas or Palm Springs maybe, eh?  So she just had to be glitzy.  (I'll tell you about the coloring in a minute.)  I dug out a very old DCWV Glitter stack with a major retro vibe and used the negative of a die cut I'd used on Monday's project (no, I obviously don't clean up after myself or throw things away.  They often come in handy.)  Glamour Puss is spelled out in black Alpha Beads (the term makes me giggle, my Mom used to use it all the time) and I've added a slightly altered the lyrics from a Johnny Mercer song (from 1937, but Frank Sinatra really popularized it in the 50's.)



So here's the closeup of my happy little accident with Glamour Puss.  I wanted all of her accessories to be glitzy so I used both silver and gold metallic gel pens but while I was coloring her pillow, I accidentally started coloring her leg gold. CRAP! (I was on the phone, what can I say?  Don't you multitask?)  Anyway, I tried to wipe it off (too late) and if this ever happens to you DO NOT try to color over with your Copics because they sort of melt and smear the gel ink and it gets all over your tip and essentially ruins it unless you immediately douse it with alcohol or Blending solution (guess how I know?)  

Then I tried to sort of white it out with a white gel pen and it got sort of interesting.  I'd colored the white in little circles and the gold sort of showed through leaving an unusual texture that was kinda cool, so I continued coloring Glamour Puss in gold and went over it with the white until she looked like she's just had a curly perm.  In any case, she sort of glows when the light hits her which I'm sure she'd just adore.

You can check out all of the discount stamps (for a limited time) at Sandra's Etsy shop HERE.  And be sure to stop back for the new release tomorrow.  Just another reason to love Fridays.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art February Linky challenge, SUYP Kitty Love (she obviously loves herself!  LOL), FAb 'n' Funky Wild About You (I think she's a pretty wild cat and she's obviously wild about herself.). Moo-Mania Music (inspired by the song "Too Marvelous for Words"), Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers "O" is for Outrageous and Cards und More Pets and other Furry Friends.