As I've said in the past, I struggle with CAS cards but I'm trying to overcome my tendencies towards excess by playing in the Outlawz Sunday CAS challenge which asks for all white with one (and only one) red embellie. I did what I was told, squelching my urge to add a teeny red border around the embossed sentiment from Tim Holtz and holly berry gems. The Holly folder is from Cuttlebug. I find all white cards soooo elegant, but they sure are a bitch to photograph. I took a bazillion pix, in every room of the house, before I finally gave up. Best I could do.
I've had the sentiment for this card in my mind ever since I saw the adorable Mindy image from SheepSki Designs and I've finally managed to get it done. The look on this kitty's face is priceless, don'tcha think? Anyway, there's a Christmas Animals challenge for SheepSki designs on the Markers! Papers! Digis! FB Group as well as an ATG Challenge on the SheepSki Designs FB Group so I get to do double duty with this card. I really didn't know what I was going for as far as style until I messed with some of the scraps laying around my desk and then found the cute tree mini clothes pin and the teeny box of ornaments so it took on a kind of rustic homespun look with the Kraft paper.
Here's a closeup of Mindy, colored mostly with Copics with added fur detail with my Prismacolor pencils. I actually got the pine branches green by cropping them out and recoloring them green in my Printmaster Platinum Program and then pasting it over the full image which I'd also lightened to gray, rather than black, as I was going to attempt a sort of "no lines" coloring. Perhaps not quite light enough, but it worked with the gray I used for the kitty. He's colored like my dear departed Max who found Christmas balls irresistible. I cut him with a Spellbinders Deckle edge Rectangle and inked it with distress, as well as taking my scissors the the plaid to rough it up a bit.
Squeaking in with another for the Festive Friday Challenge on the Outlawz, this time with the theme of Candy Cane Day. Of course I knew I was going to use an image by Sandra Caldwell, the trouble was choosing which one. Sandra has a whole slew of candy cane images and some are only $1.50. You can check them out HERE. I finally decided on the adorable #1249 What Candy Canes. It's a fairly CAS design using scraps from my messy table. The background is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and I added a strip between the Spellbinders Oval die cut mat and the image. The candy cane she's holding is from Recollections and the corner canes were punches that I colored. I added red pearls to the centers of the bows like the one she's holding and balanced the design with larger ones in the left corners.
What is it about men and the holidays? Actually, not my hubby, but the majority I know could easily do without and the closer it gets to Christmas, the grumpier they get. That's why I couldn't resist putting a Santa cap on Bureau of Complaints by Bloobel Stamps. The Santa hat was flipped, cropped and sized in my Printmaster Platinum program from Jolly Santa.
I colored Bureau of Complaints a bit earlier with Copics with a smidge of additional shading from Prismacolor pencils. The Outlawz Festive Fridays 25 More Days to Christmas Challenge finally got me to get him on a card. Just in the nick of time, as usual. I must have had these papers from the old Mistletoe paper pack from Making Memories in mind when I colored him because he matches pretty well and two of the sheets in the pad worked for the Christmas Countdown theme.
The various textures I've used on the penguin and background are a little hard to see, so here's another view. I paper pieced the stocking with digital paper from Gecko Galz (that I've shrunk down to mini size) and added flocking to the toe and Flower Soft to the cuff. I colored the penguin with Copics and added a sheet of Be Creative Tape so I could then dust her with microfine glitter, but I added her eyes and fussy cut little beak beforehand. She's popped on a panel of glitter lace. That panel was made with a large piece of open lace was adhered to another piece of Be Creative Tape. I first applied pink glitter to the openings in the lace, then carefully lifted it off after dusting off the excess. Then I sprinkled on the microfine clear over the whole piece and it stuck to where the lace had been, leaving the pattern. It was a larger piece, but it had been on my crafting table for several years so I decided it was time to use it and cut it to fit the tag. The trim was pinched with a MS punch, also left on my table from a previous project and I used silver border stickers and hearts to finish it off. Although I'm thrilled to have used up some scraps, it doesn't begin to put a dent in the mounds of stuff I have EVERYWHERE. LOL I'm also adding this to the DL.Art November Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday ATG Challenge, Holly Jolly Christmas Anything but a Card, Tuesday Throwdown Make a Tag and Dream Valley Winter Animals.
I don't know about you, but I'm WAAAY ADD today. It's nearing the end of the month and there are lots of challenges I want to enter. There are still several things going on in conjunction with the 12 Days of Christmas on the Markers! Papers! Digis! FB Group. Here are 2 of the 3 tags I've made using the Not-So- Helpful Xmas Penguins from Scrap N' Dipity. (only $1.00 through November 30th so HURRY!) I printed this first little guy on some Digi paper from Gecko Galz that I sort of compressed into a tag shape in my printing program. Added a little trim on the bottom, some candy cane ribbon and a sticker sentiment from my stash.
The second little penguin is looks like an outdoorsman, so I created a little winter wonderland for him using a background from one of the Gecko Galz "Jewel It's". I colored him with Copics and used a "Snow Writer" (I had to reconstitute because it was so old) to add dimension to his hat. I sprinkled glitter on it before it was dry because I also wanted to enter this in the Scrap N' Dipity November Glitter challenge. I also used some Stickles to highlight the snow in places and some epoxy snowflakes with star centers.
Okay, so it looks like I'm not going to get this done today, but since there were so many FB requests, I'm posting the unfinished coloring of the "Laughing Santa Mandalooney Coloring Page" by Bloobel Stamps with the skin tone color combinations I used. I was inspired by my friend Cathy Preissing's gorgeous card featuring multicultural skin tones but did not necessarily have the combinations she listed, so mine were a bit of trial and error. To be honest, I usually have a bazillion markers all over my desk so this was a first for me that I actually wrote them down for each Santa. Yea, me! So here goes. The Santa combinations are listed by the number on their hats.
Santa #1: E11,00,R20
Santa #2: E25,27,15,13,11
Santa #3: E30,33,R20
Santa #4: E50,53,21,Y23,YR00
Santa #5: E11,34,13
The good news is, those are the Copics colors I used. The bad news is I'm not sure in which order, or how many times I went over the colors to blend, etc. I just messed with them until they looked good to me. Hopefully this helps, though and I appreciated the nice comments. xxx
Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving, but now the SEASON is in full swing so we better get down to business. I actually made this card a few days ago with plenty of Sparkle and Shine for the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge of the same name, but just couldn't get myself going to post it. The adorable image by Sandra Caldwell, is #1086 Holiday Outfit. The card is embossed with a Darice Martini folder and I've frosted the rim with glitter like the sugar frosted rim of the pomegranate martinis I make on Christmas Eve. I've also added some sequins and some shiny silver metallic jingle bells stickers. The sentiment is another from the Tim Holtz Holiday Talk sticker pack.
Yup, it's time for a new FB contest at The East Wind with the theme of "I Can See Clearly Now." Huh? Not so hard, unless you have glasses like mine, LOL. No really, we just want to see something clear or transparent on your project. Could be acetate, vellum, Glossy Accents, you get the picture. Anyway, I made a little winter scene using the adorable Aurora 'Kitty Trand'. I've made a shaped card using Spellbinders Grand Regular and Decorative Labels One. The frosty window she's looking out of is vellum I've embossed with a Darice folder under acetate with the "frostless" area cut with a Spellbinders Deckle Oval. The little kitty sitting on the sill is an Impression Obsession die. The sentiment is one of Tim Holtz's new little Christmas Sticker sayings. (LOVE!)
Here's a closeup of Aurora 'Kitty Trand'. (No, I have no idea what that name means. Is it because I'm old? No matter, I think she's just adorable, don't you?) I used the no background png version atop digital paper from Gecko Galz and colored her entirely with Copics with no dramatic shading. I just wanted a soft sweet image.
Here's the dimensional view. I considered making this a shaker, but I would have had to add another layer of acetate since the frost was supposed to be on the inside of the window and I was running out of time. I also would have run the risk of having whatever I put in to shake having a bunch of static and clouding the image so I blew off that idea. I actually cut the turquoise fun foam that's between the layers with my dies in so it made a lovely clean edge. Got some more clear or sheer stuff going on with the acrylic icicles, combo vellum and clear glitter snowflakes and some sheer organdy ribbon. Guess I got it covered. Hope you come join us in the TEW FB Group for this fun new challenge which runs through December 17th and don't forget our current Blog Challenge which runs though November 25th.
Our brand new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings with the theme of Christmas. EEEk!!! so many fabulous AW Christmas digis from which to choose. I finally narrowed it down to something that had to do with the Nutcracker ballet, certainly a beloved Christmas tradition, and then on to the adorable Nutcracker and Chipmunk Ballerina, furthering the fantasy. So here I am with a gift bag again. OOps, I did one for the last challenge as well, but that's how it turned out. What can I say? All the Dp came from The Ballet stack from Recollections, a pad I've had for at least as few years.
Here's a closeup of Nutcracker and Chipmunk Ballerina taken under my Ott light on my desk before attempting the fussy cutting. (Trust me, I was sweatin' it!) I've colored with Copics and added some shading and fur detail with Prismacolor pencils. I really had no plan when I started this project, except that I wanted to use the Ballet papers, so I colored accordingly, but printed much smaller than I usually do (since I had no idea what I was doing. A card maybe?..NOT!). This is about 3 1/2 by 4 1/2" so it was not only a bit of a challenge to color with detail, but also to fussy cut. I'm happy that this photo picked up the sparkle of the gel pens I used in silver and gold. Not so much of the Stickles on the tutu, but I'm still quite pleased.
Speaking of fussy cutting, the term really refers to cutting details from printed paper or ephemera, I'm sure before digital stamps were even invented. Everything you see here was cut from the pages of The Ballet Stack. In this case I've cut around a portion of the holly at left to insert the sentiment, which I've also fussy cut from a square tag.
And here's some more fussy cutting for the entire area on which I've place the Nutcracker and Chipmunk Ballerina. Fortunately this was a 12 x 12" pack so it was easy to fussy cut additional elements, like the two holly sprays on the right and left to balance the design and the strips at the top and bottom of the bag to finish it off. Wow, not necessarily my usual style but the project came together nicely and I have one less present to wrap. LOL Be sure to visit the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to be inspired by the rest of the Aurora Team's gorgeous projects. And don't forget to enter our current FB Contest, Nature's Bounty, now through November 30th.
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Whoa I've been crafting BIG time, but I'm way behind on blogging. You're gonna see at least 3 posts today. Two for DT's (so please come back) but first I've got this cutie from Sandra Caldwell called #97 Cat in the Christmas Tree. Fortunately my kitties pretty much leave our trees alone, but Jezebel did fancy the faux palm in the dining room when she was a kitten. I chose the paper first and colored the image accordingly with Copics and added stickle shine to the lights and tiny acrylic bubbles to the ornaments. (Hey, I was in a hurry and my Diamond Glaze and Glossy Accents take too long to dry.) I used a Spellbinders nested Christmas Trees to cut out the digi (amazingly the right size for the largest one) and added two more in solid to give the illusion of the tree tipping. Then I put the digi on an Action Wobble so it actually DOES tip. I took a video, but I can't remember how to upload it, so you'll have to take my word for it.
I'm so happy you came to visit and share in my crafting adventures. I hope in doing so you are inspired. I would love to hear your comments and I'm happy to share my designs for your personal use, but please do not submit them for contests or publication or copy them for any commercial venture.
I've always loved crafting, even as a little girl. My inspiration was my Daddy who was a wonderful artist and made beautiful 3-D Valentines for my teachers in grade school. Although I love all kinds of crafts I haven't had a real focus since abandoning counted cross stitch back in the 80's. Until I got my Cricut in 2008, that is. I've since expanded my horizons and found a new love in coloring both rubber and digi stamps with my Copics. Now I'm a blissfully retired card maker and papercrafter married 41 (!) years to a wonderful guy with two furbabies, Goliath and Jezebel. Everyday I look forward to dreaming up designs and playing in my craft room. I invite you to share in my adventures.