Tuesday, 19 June 2018

My very first ATC and 7 Kids Sunshine Challenge

I've heard a lot about ATC's over the past few months, but I never actually tried making one until now! What is an ATC, you ask? It's an Artist Trading Card and the defining feature is that it's only 2.5" x 3.5" - so basically a miniature one-sided card. There are all kinds of swaps of these little guys, and it's super fun to have the art of a bunch of different people at hand for inspiration or just because they're awesome and fun to look at! 7 Kids Customers Create FB group recently had a swap, but I missed that one. After seeing all the gorgeous little cards, I felt I NEEDED to try this for myself! 

The stamp set I used is Little Mermaids by The Greeting Farm from the 7 Kids Craft Store, which, by the way, has practically EVERYTHING you could possibly want for creating beautiful cards, scrapbook pages, planners, etc. I was going to link the actual stamp set, but it looks like it's no longer available, but check out all the other cuties from the Greeting Farm HERE.

I used a crazy amount of Copic markers for this tiny little card!
By the way, you can get Copics from the 7 KIDS store, too!

And speaking of 7 KIDS... their FB page is holding a challenge currently (tomorrow is the deadline, so better hurry!) with the theme of Sunshine! Here's a link to the challenge if you'd like to join in! I'll be entering this little card into the challenge as soon as I'm finished typing up this post :)

Have a fantastic day! Hopefully it's nice and sunny wherever you are! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

It's Been a While!

Hello, dear Followers! As you've probably noticed, it's been nearly 2 months since my last post. This has been due to some personal issues and things beyond my control. With those issues came a very severe lack of "mojo" which I'm still trying to get back. Hopefully this is the first of many projects in the near future!

And so, without further ado, Here's my Design Team project for Challenge #138 on the Creatalicious blog! The theme is Anything Goes with the option of adding a Sentiment!

For my project, I used Flying Elf, a beautiful image by a company I've only just discovered - Fabrika Fantasy! What a gorgeous image, eh? I coloured her and her Dragon Pal up with Copic Markers, then created a sky background with the blue marker B00

Adding the background really made the image pop, even though there is still a lot of white behind it. After trimming the edges, I glued it onto a  black die cut border from Gina Marie Dies. The sentiment "Sometimes we all just need a little Magic" is from a retired Kraftin' Kimmie stamp set called Galadriel, by artist Annie Rodrigue. 

The lovely flowers and silver spiral stamen I purchased from 7 Kids Craft Store and are made by Wild Orchid Crafts. They carry quite a few varieties of flowers in various colours and sizes, as well as several different colours of the spiral stamens. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! As always, I've linked to the various stores and challenges - all you have to do is click on the coloured words. And speaking of challenges - here are the ones I'm entering this card into.

Creatalicious Challenge #138 (as Design Team Member)
7 Kids FB challenge - glitter/shimmer 
Petal Lu FB challenge - Anything Goes

Monday, 5 March 2018

Conie Fong's Curly Piglets

Oh my stars and cotton socks, Conie Fong's new image Curly Piglets are just the CUTEST!!!!! You have got to check them out! Aren't they adorable!?!? You can get your own HERE. Check out the rest of her images on her Etsy Shop!

I coloured the two cuties with Copic markers and used a corner rounder to create the rounded edges. Add a little faux stitching with my Staedtler Liner and voila! focal image done!

The chipboard sentiment comes from Make it Crafty (they have all sorts of fun stuff in their store!) I've coloured the top layer with pink Copics to match the little Piggies, and the bottom layer I've coloured with black. 

I've been really loving this yellow satin ribbon from Stampin' Up! lately. It's been in my stash for years, but I haven't used it much! Doesn't it complement the ribbons on the piggies beautifully? 

The lace on the other edge wasn't part of the original plan, but I accidentally cut the designer papers too small on one side, so.... 

Accidents are just opportunities to be creative, right? Right?!?! 

You can't see it in any of my pictures, but the sentiment is covered with Crystal Effects (another brand is Glossy Accents), which creates a nice glossy texture on whatever you cover it with. I love the feel of it once it's dried!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Let's Craft and Create with Aurora Wings!

It's time for another Challenge over at Let's Craft and Create challenge blog!!!!  Yay!!!!! This month's theme is Anything Goes with the Option of Easter. Click HERE to see all of the inspiration from the Design Team and join in the fun!

For my card, I've used Aurora Wings' adorable Spring Sprite (Get her on Etsy or Website) P.s. she's on sale on the website and you can get her with or without the bunny ears! Is she not the cutest little thing you've ever seen in your life?!?! I just love all of the Sprites (in case you hadn't noticed hehe)

Aurora Wings is also holding a monthly challenge on their blog! This month it's a BINGO challenge, and you'll definitely want to join in. It's super fun! Here's the board. Notice there are colours as well as embellishments/elements on each square? Well, here's the cool part - when you choose your line, you can use either the colour or the element; a combination of both; or use all of them! I decided to go crazy and do a DOUBLE BLACKOUT, meaning I used all the colours and all the elements on my card. It was challenging, but oh, so fun!

The lovely flowers are from Petal Lu. The button, yellow ribbon, linen twine, and the Elegant Eggplant card stock are all from Stampin' Up! The paper doily and background paper were part of a gift from a sweet friend, Susan. 

The sentiment is my own handwriting using a Black Copic marker.

Any links in this post are highlighted and you can click on them to get to the various challenges and stores. 

Thanks for stopping by! You should definitely join in on BOTH challenges! 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

New Design Team!

Hey everyone! I'm super excited to announce that I have just joined a new Design Team! Creatalicious is a Challenge Blog that has 2 challenges per month, and I'll be joining the design team that goes live the last day of each month! Today's challenge:

Challenge #134 ANYTHING GOES with optional girly. Click HERE to see all the design team projects and to join in!

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Heather Valentin of Lacy Sunshine! She creates gorgeous digital images (and colouring books) for all your colouring needs. Click the highlighted words to get your images and colouring books on her website or on Amazon!

For my card, I used Rory's Orchids, which you can purchase HERE. I chose to do a monochromatic colour scheme with just a pop of pink to brighten it up!

Copics Used: 
100, C7, C5, C3, C1, N0
Y38, Y19, Y15, Y13
RV13, RV21, RV00

I chose similar colours from my stash of card stock and designer paper and cut them into various sizes to give a layered effect. The black piece I cut with a die in my Big Shot, but the rest are just cut with a paper trimmer. The card base is Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White card stock and measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. 

The lovely flowers are from Petal Lu <--- click to join her FB page and see all the pretties!

I've never actually tried colouring in black and white before. It was quite the challenge but also really fun! It takes the guesswork out of matching colours at least! hehe :) I wanted it to have a little bit of colour, though, so I added the yellow and pink. I have to say I really love how it turned out and will definitely try this technique again!

Thank you so much for popping by! Here's the link again to join in the challenge! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge - Grass!

Welcome to another fabulous Krafty Challenge! This week's theme is GRASS! Easy, right? Just grab one of your Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and include some type of grass for your creation! 

It can be a card, scrapbook page, altered item etc. with some GRASS and submit your design for your chance to WIN! You have until Friday, March 2nd to enter this challenge! 
NOTE: all entries are welcome but you must use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp in order to win.
Each Saturday we post a new challenge and you can enter as many times as you like!!! And each submission during the month will enter you into the monthly prize which will be....
a $40 gift voucher to spend in the krafty shop!!! What do you think? Worth playin' for? 

We've also got a fun sketch for your inspiration for February! You don't have to use it but if you need a little extra kickstart in your mojo, feel free to use it any time!

Be sure to hop on over to the Krafty Shop this weekend because our FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS are up with FOUR of our amazing stamp sets on 40% OFF! Plus we've got a bunch of fabby sets back in stock and some of them will not be restocked!
Can't wait to see your krafty kreations!! Have FUN!!!!!

For my GRASS project, I used Cow's It Going which you can find HERE. This adorable stamp set also includes a little dog with a bandana (sooooo cute!) and 4 sentiments! I coloured it up with Copics, then did the clouds with Ranger's Distress Oxide in Broken China. I also sponged the edges of the card base to match - the top in the same blue and the bottom in Peeled Paint. The bottom didn't match very well, so I added Stampin' Up!'s Gumball Green to brighten it up a bit. Then I added a wide strip of yellow gingham patterned paper, a bit of linen twine, and a button to finish it off! 

My Mother-in-Law and I actually do bottle feed our calves (and we work together), so I thought this would make the perfect card for her birthday! And, well, it was just too cute to pass up!

Thanks for stopping by! Have fun with your GRASS projects! Can't wait to see them!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Baptism/Christening Card with Di's Digi Stamps

I just recently came across the CUTEST baptism/christening images from a company called Di's Digital Designs. She has several versions - some coloured, some black and white - with either a boy bear or a girl bear!  HERE is the boy version that I used. Isn't he adorable??!!!

I coloured him up with Copic Markers. Here are the colours I used: 
Bears: E79, 77, 74
Ears: RV13, 21
Shirt: B45, 41, 00
Fountain: W7, 5, 3, 1
Water drops: BG09, 23, 10

The gorgeous paper flowers are from Petal Lu, and the sentiment is from 2 different stamp sets (both Stampin' Up!) called Banners for You and Birthday Banners and then cut out with the matching die. I struggled a bit with the placement of the sentiment but finally decided on the lower right where there was a lot of open space. I tried it in 4 different spots. Do you ever do that? Have something all ready but can't decide where the last piece should go? 

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:
My Creative Scoop: Color Inspiration Monthly #31
Crafty Catz Anything Goes with Option: pretty ribbon
WorldWide Open Design Team Challenge #02

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a fabulous day!

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