Monday, November 25, 2013

Challenge #74- "Let's Decorate!"

Well, just after Thanksgiving Day our attention goes to decorating for Christmas.  Thus my challenge the next two week is "Let's Decorate".  How you approach the theme is up to you.  You can make something you can use to decorate for Christmas or you may "decorate" your card with loads of embellishments    

Let's see what the Design Team made for this challenge.
I took a Floppy Latte image and made a cute little ornament to hang on the tree. he nicest thing about this ornament is that I can give to my youngest grandson to put on the tree and it won't brake if he drops it..  The base of the ornament is a coaster from a local restaurant.  It makes the ornament very sturdy while being very light weight.  It is trimmed with a metallic-looking rick-rack.  A small bow completes the piece.
I decorated 25 matchboxes - and filled them - for a special occasion and to be used for decoration. It was the perfect project to use all those scraps and bits and pieces which I could never throw away (lol).

This is an oldie I had in my files from months back.  It really isn't a Christmas image at all, but I turned it into a pretty Christmas card.  I did alter the image by cutting off the leaves and adding holly, but the flower and swirls are original.  I printed multi prints and layered the flower making it more poinsettia style.  The flower is mounted on an embossed, pearlescent paper, then on dark green before adding to the card base, same with the sentiment.  I added red rhinestones to the holly leaves, silver beads to the center of the flower and a holly branch to the bow.  The sheer red ribbon (not the bow) was coated with clear sugar dust and white glitter.

I'm sharing an ornament i made for an ornament swap for this DT piece.  I used lots of embellishments on both the front and the back as you can see, from die cuts to charms to flowers to pearls and more. If you love to embellish your creations you'll easily have something to contribute to this challenge.  I hope you will play along.
Let's decorate, my thoughts were the hanging of the stockings, of course there are only the two of us  but I  have a couple of stocking hangers and I put them on our antique secretary. I am very fond of my house mouse stamps and this one is one of my favourites and I :"decorated" the card with lace and rhinestones and some glitter pens on the candy canes.  l

The image is Floppy latte's 'Christmas prayer silhouette', coloured with copics. I decorated my card with 16 different pieces of ribbon stuck diagonally to a piece of card, mounting on to a piece of red mirror card and then on to gold. The image was matted on to red mirror card. Some glittered flowers with prima gold spacers were then added. This is a Christmas card, so this sentiment by Floppy latte is on the insert:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lunagirl's Retro Challenge

Here is another card I made for the Lunagirl Moonbeams' "Retro Gals" challenge.   The Lunagirl image is placed on a retro-looking piece of designer paper.  The cards from the past were fairly plain and simple.  However, I used a bow to accent my card.

Happy Birthday

This is a tag I made for the Crafting by Design challenge "Happy Birthday"  The tag uses a vintage image from Lunagirl on  a background design made with acrylic paint.  Lunagirl is sponsoring the challenge.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Another Gelli Plate Page

Here is a Gelli Plate  art journal page I just made.  The background has a lot of layers of pinks and yellows.  This is the first time I have used this stencil.  I am looking forward to using it again and in different ways.

Looking Back

Lunagirl Moonbeams are looking back this week.  Yes, the challenge at Lunagirl is "Retro Gals"I chose to use a retro image of an woman with an old "ice box".  My sentiment is one that has been said by many forever and forever.

Second Week for "Angel Wings"

We are beginning the second week of the challenge theme "Angel Wings".  Don't forget you can enter anything as long as there is a wing to be seen.  Also, don't forget that there are numerous types of wings.
This tag was made with slick cardstock.  I embossed it and then colored with watercolors.  Surprisingly, it took the watercolors.  Afterwards, I used a Lunagirl  digital image and added a wing,  Finally I stenciled the word "Believe" in acrylic paint.  I had to wait for all coloring to dry before continuing.

Here is another card full of delightful angel wings.  I used a Judikins angel stamp and stamped it with the "depth of field" technique from Technique Junkies.  I added a dragonfly, a quote printed from my computer and some little flourishes.  One more week to bring your angels out to play!
I die cut the 2 red and 2 white shapes, and glued the red ones together.  I wanted a little sparkle but not real glittery, so I used a tinseled red embossing powder.  I had stamped the images on the white before using the die, otherwise I would never get it centered...LOL  This ornament is double sided, so two images were colored with Prisma colored pencils then each side of the red die cut received an image.  The holly was also added to both sides, and that may be why it isn't hanging straight.  Oh well it's for my tree and I'll deal with it later.  I added some beads and a tiny red bell to the bottom.  I in the dangling mood this year......LOL

For my second week I had this cute image already coloured in my "stash box" it is Tilda from Magnolia Stamps. I followed a sketch from Seems a Little Sketchy and used a couple of scraps of patterned paper. The background patterned paper is from a DCWV Asian stack pad. I then added 6 tiny mauve pearls and stickles to Tilda's wings.
The background paper is My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas, on to which I stamped the Tin Can Mail angels stamp inked with Adirondack currant, adding a forgotten flower and a few prima spacers.
A tag using a cute angel freebie from Michelle Perkett Studio, our generous sponsor.
I kept it simple with minimal colouring and adding glitter. Metallic pastels and large confetti carries the cream and gold theme through.
This adorable angel with its golden sparkle wings sits on a little doily and a tea-dyed and stamped tag. Final embellishments are some ribbons and little blings.

I am pleased to have Michelle Perkett as my sponsor for this challenge.  Please visit Michele's site and see all the beautiful images. 

To enter, click on the Current Challenge in my sidebar and you will go directly to the Inlinkz as I have posted a number of times since the challenge announcement.  Want to know what is coming up?  Look on my sidebar for the upcoming challenges.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Little Christmas

I made a Gelli print with Christmas colors since Christmas is in all the stores now even before Thanksgiving.  My scanner must be old because it doesn't seem to pick up the true colors.  There is a little blue in the background, but there is also a lot of pink and red which isn't showing up.  Those colors with the green dots and dashes really makes the print have the Christmas feel.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Lunagirl's "Secret" Challenge

Luagirl's "Secret and Hiding Places" challenge ends this weekend.  Come over to Karen's site and see the Design Team's take on the theme as well as the entries posted.  You can be a winner too!  Just enter and you will have a chance to win some amazing images.

Here is a card filled with texture.  There is a silky sheen piece of cardstock on one side of the background while on the other  side is a piece of Panera's coffee cup protector cut down.  The flower is a newspaper flower which became a little crumpled by the scanner.

Dots and Dashes

On close look at my recent art journal page you will see numerous colors behind the dots and dashes.    There is white, orange, yellow, blue, gray, and a little green.   I recently made this using a number of stencils, The dots and dash stencil is from StencilGirl.  The page was made using a Gelli Plate.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Paint Everywhere

Well last night I spread paint everywhere.  I created a couple of  papers, but I am only showing one tonight.  I love the colors and the way this turned out.  They are some minor things I could improve on, but most importantly is I had fun. 

The background was made with a Gelli Plate.  On top of that is a stenciled figure.  I took Carolyn Dube's Gelli Plate workshop and as well as her Stencil Play workshop.  Both of these were so much fun and I learned so much.  If you want two great online classes, these are the ones to take.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Challenge #73-""Angel Wings"

I look forward to having a number of entries this week as the challenge is "Angel Wings".  You may do anything  you wish as long as you show wings (or a wing) on your entry.
I decided to make  a tag for the first week of this challenge.  The background is airbrushed with Copic Markers.  The cute little girl with wings is by B-Line stamps.  She seems to be looking for her wings when they are actually on her back.  This is something I seem to do all the time.  I look for something that is right where it is suppose to be.

I had no idea what to do for the challenge but had this image already coloured in my stash, I also found the believe metal tag in my stash. The background is a butterfly embossing folder. I then added some stickles to the wings. This will make a nice surprise for my friend that is going through Chemo.
Angle wings ... truly tiny but very sparkly for a Cameo Lady. It is layered on patterend paper and lace adorned with a Mulberry flower and a little metal charm.
I love working with angels and wings so this challenge is a wonderful one for me.  I started with cardstock which I'd spritzed with watercolor inks.  Then I used a Technique Junkies newsletter tutorial technique called "washi weave."  My stamp is from the Character Constructions company and the quote is something i typed and printed then tore and distressed.  I added a few other goodies to round things out.  I hope you will be inspired to join this challenge.


I stamped an Anita angel stamp twice on the sheet music background. The Rubber Stampede 'angel collage' was stamped separated with the edges torn. All colouring with copics.

I am really thrilled to have Michelle Perkett as the sponsor of this challenge.  She creates some beautiful images.  Take a look and see what she has to offer.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Just Playing Around

I took a piece of Gelli Plate print that was left over from a previous project and decided I needed to put an image in the forest.   I am pleased with the way it turned out.

Something Hidden

LunaGirl Moonbeams have created "hidden places" as the theme this week is "Secrets and Hidden Places".  I made a hidden place for my first piece.  It is a candy bar holder using a lovely LunaGirl image.  It holds a Hershey bar.   What kind of hidden place can you make?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Second Week of Color Challenge

Challenge #72 is a color challenge.   You may use any image or create anything you like as long as it has a "Purple and Yellow" theme.  If you are looking for a shortcut to my challenges, look at the top of my sidebar and click on the current challenge theme.  It will take you directly there as I usually post a number of times between challenge posts.
I made a gate card from purple cardstock and used pieces from a flash card project.  Having these on hand really helped in making a card in a hurry.  The image from Jelly Park Digitals were colored with Copic  makers. 

Purple and yellow may not be the traditional colors for Halloween but since I was given this cute little Jelly Park Digitals witch for my DT creation I colored her in purple promarkers and set her up with yellow and purple papers and then added my Halloween elements.  It is nice to break from tradition and work with unusual color combinations sometimes.  I hope you will join the color challenge!
The image is Jelly Park 'vase of flowers' coloured with spectrum noir, with various gems added. The background was created with my gelli plate, using a stencil for the white area.
I chose to hand draw and paint the card front this week using the purple and yellow challenge colors.
An adorable little witch from our sponsor JellyPark. She dressed well for the occasion, colouring in Yellow and Purple using Copics. The image is layered on patterned paper, the tag embellished with a chipboard sparkly star, some ribbons and letter stickers
Using the Opulent Ovals I cut a frame in the Elegant Eggplant and popped it up on the patterned paper which is from a dsp pad from Stampin'up. The patterned paper was layered on a yellow base. I haven't decided if it will be a get well or a birthday card so didn't put a sentiment on the label punched piece. I added a few rhinestones to finish it.
My image: Vase of Flowers. I decided on yellow flowers and a purple vase .
My pencils did the colouring, glitter glue add some bling and a purple bow ties it all together
The yellow and purple mat is from my stash.
A BIG "Thank You" to Jelly Park Digitals for sponsoring my challenge.