Saturday, December 3, 2016

Holly Jolly

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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

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.

So here's the inside.  This sentiment just cracks me up and I'm sure cat owners everywhere can relate.  It was done digitally, while the front is more of the Holiday Talk Stickers and I've added a second ornament that I fussy cut from another printing and cut apart to look broken. Finally, I punched a paw print signature in the right corner of the mat.

Of course I'm also adding this to the SUYP (Cat's only) Furrything Goes Challenge, the Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode ATG Challenge, the DL.Art December Linky Challenge, Simon Says Monday 'O' Christmas Tree, Simon Says Wednesday ATG and a few more when I'm not too tired to look them up.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Candy Cane Day

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.

Here's a closeup  of #1249 What Candy Canes.  She's colored with Copics, except for the doodling I did for her curly hair with a very sharp Prismacolor pencil.  Lots of fun ways to play with hair on Sandra's fun images. 

I'm aso adding this to the DL.Art December Linky Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday ATG and the CHNC Christmas Extra Challenge for December.

'Tis the Season to be Jolly

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.

Again I used a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Holiday Talk sticker pack. Unfortunately the gold on black doesn't photograph very well.  I tried to lighten up the pick so you could read " 'Tis the Season to be Jolly ".

I'm aso entering this in the DL.Art December Linky Challenge, the CHNC Challenge 309 Use a Sentiment, the Crafty Hazenut's December Patterned Paper Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday ATG and the CHNC December Christmas Extra ATG.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Baby's First Christmas Tag

Here's one more tag using the adorable Not-So-Helpful Christmas Penguins from Scrap N' Dipity.  She's such a cutie, she had to be pink and I kept thinking how sweet for a Baby's first Christmas.  I made her for the 12 Days of Christmas celebration at the Markers! Papers! Digis! FB Group but added all the sparkle to join the Scrap N' Group November Glitter Challenge (which happens to start mid-month so you still have 'til Dec 15th to enter).

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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Outlawz Progressive and Wednesday Sketch Challenges

So here I am all worried about finishing my card for the November Freebie/Progressive Challenge on the Outlawz Forum when I realize the Wednesday Sketch Challenge ends TODAY!  Yikes!  Change of plans, well, not really because I had no design plan for the coloring of the adorable Micemas Post digi from Di's Digi Stamps.  So here's the sketch.

There's was no way I could have made the center image an oval, but it worked out okay.

Here's a closeup of the sweet image from Di's Digis.  Thanks so much, Di!  I've colored with Copics and a gold gel pen and did a tiny bit of shading with my Prismacolor pencils.  I was thrilled to get this image for free by signing up for the Freebie/Progressive Challenge and then if you finish a project within the month, you get the next month's sent to you automatically. Such a deal!

I'm also entering this in the Craft Your Passion ATG Challenge, Critters and Creatures November Linky Party, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends ATG and A Snowflakes Promise Winter

2 Tags from Scrap N' Dipity

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. 

I colored the little guy with Copics and I've used Sparkle Fluff flocking on his ear muffs and some gel pen on the ornament cap.  then I carefully cut away the bulb and added  one of the freebie Christmas Bulbs from Scrap N' Dipity that I sized to fit and covered in Diamond Glaze for shine.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art November Linky Challenge and Creatalicious ATG w/optional sentiment.

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.

Had one heck of a time getting a "glitter shot" but here ya go.

I'm also entering this in the Creatures and Critters November Linky w/optional create an outdoor scene, the Dream Valley Winter Animals, Glitter and Sparkle Blue and White, Holly Jolly Christmas Anything but a Card, Come and Get it Baby it's Cold Outside and the Outlawz Tuesday Color challenge.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Multicultural Santa Skin Colors

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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Let the Merrymaking BEGIN!

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.

Here's a closeup of #1086 Holiday Outfit.  She's matted with silver metallic card stock and colored with Copics to look like ME.  I've added another jingle bell sticker to the end of her hat and some Stickles to the cuff for even more sparkle and shine.  Her jewelry was done with a metallic gel pen.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art November Linky challenge, Creatalicious ATG/w optional Use a Sentiment, the CHNC Cute or Anything Christmas challenge and the CHNC Christmas Extra challenge for November.

Monday, November 21, 2016

I can See Clearly Now for The East Wind Facebook Contest

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.  

Here are of all the important links you need.

It's Christmas at Aurora Wings

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.

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

Oh Christmas Tree!

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.

Anyway, I used the sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge for my inspiration and mounted it all on a Spellbinders Labels One with the corners punch with a paw print.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art November Linky challenge, SUYP Cat's Only Furrything Goes, Crafty Hazelnuts Cute or Anything Christmas, Creatalicious ATG with Optional Sentiment , C.R.A.F.T Christmas, Allsorts Oh Christmas Tree and Simon Says Stamp Christmas Critters.