Sunday, January 25, 2015

Second Week of "Valentine" Challenge

You have one more week in which you can enter my challenge "Valentine".  It can be any type of creations as long as it follows the theme.
My card as well of that of a couple other Design Team members shows the "kid" in us.  We, unbeknown to each other, chose to work with the cute Sweet Pea Stamps' Dino Valentine.  I colored mine with Copic markers and placed him on a polka dot designer paper and a green base card.  As an embellishment I added a couple of foam hearts
This was created digitally using the Sweet Pea Stamps Helena Reis' follow your heart digital image which I had previous coloured with spectrum pens and then imported on to the Valentine background softening the edges and making a scalloped heart cut out.
For the second week of "Valentine", I've created a card using an image designed by Conie Fong. It's called Tori The Dragon Raining Hearts and you can find it at Sweet Peas Stamps. I hand coloured my lovely image and layered it onto two scrapbook papers from Toke e Crie. Then,I adorned my card with some hearts, crystals, ribbons and lace.The sentiment is from Creative Imaginations. Hope you continue playing along with us. Have a magical week, my lovelies!
The digital stamp I used and colored with pencils is called "Tori the dragon raining hearts" and is a stamp designed by Conie Fong for Sweet Pea Stamps.  I outlined my cut piece with markers.  I also colored the cardstock with markers and then bordered the piece with rickrack.  I added a "be mine" sentiment from my stash and two heart brads by Eyelet Outlet
For the second week of the Valentine challenge I chose Blossom by Theresa Sherman at Sweet Pea Stamps. isn't she beautiful. I'm still not sure where my valentine stamps are, I know I don't have a lot of them as I only send a couple of valentines now that my grandsons are 18, 22 and 25. I do have a great grandson and his is made. I used some spica glitter pens on the flowers and bracelet, although it doesn't show up in the picture. This is an easel card and I really like making them. The image was cut with labels 8 and layered on Decorative labels 8. (my favourite)

Sweet Pea Stamps

A special "Thank You" to Sweet Pea Stamps for sponsoring this challenge.

Vintage Lady

Here is a card showing a Vintage Lady from Gecko Galz's Fair Maiden image sheet..  The image has been enhanced with silver foil corners.  It has been placed on top of some designer paper with a black mat between it and the blue base card.  A glittery black scroll sticker has been added to the bottom.  Underneath the image is an acrylic sentiment.

Make a visit to the Gecko Galz Facebook site to see other examples from the Design Team.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Using Industrial Images

I really love all the industrial images that Gecko Galz carries,  Here is a  Steampunk card  using a few of their images.  I placed them on a grungy background that I made from designer paper.  The Dreams and Imagination sentiment is from a Tim Holtz book of sticker words.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Challenge #103 "Valentine"

Hopefully, everyone will enjoy this theme much more than the last one.  Sometimes it doesn't work to have an unusual thee.  This was the case with the last challenge.  Here is how the Design Team used the current theme.
I love working with polka dots like he grey and blue designer paper to the right.  The left side of the card is dots also, but very shinny.  It is a scrap from an old card.  The lovely image is by my sponsor Sweet Pea Stamps.  Embellishments include shinny hears and a imprinted button circle.
For this week I've used a lovely digital image designed by Helena Reis for Sweet Pea Stamps and it is called "Follow Your Heart." I colored her with colored pencils and bordered my cut piece with a red marker.  The background paper on the card stock is from the "Love Potion #9" paper pack from Gecko Galz.  I added some simple rickrack and a dragonfly brad from Eyelet Outlet.  I hope you will play along!
For our first week of  "Valentine", I made a card using an image designed by Ching Chou Kuik called Moonlight Whipering and it was kindly provided by our sponsor Sweet Pea Stamps. I colored my lovely image with watercolor pencils and mounted it on two scrapbook papers. Then, I adorned it with some crystals, some pearls and flowers. The sentiment explains what we feel about love: we want it to last forever. Have a magical week and keep on playing with us!
I used the Concetta Kilmer's owl hearts digital image from Sweet Pea Stamps. The background of my card was created by overlaying a piece of vellum printed with roses on to a piece of paper with red hearts - I like the way the vellum muted the red colour. The corners were secured with some mulberry paper hearts and a piece of red, white and silver ribbon wrapped around the middle. The sentiment was generated on my dymo letratag.
For the first week I used Red Hearts, Ching Chou Kuik design from Sweet Pea Stamps. I have not done too many fairies and was intimidated by all the images on the site but managed to pick one for this week that was on the easier side. I loved the image and did paint the hearts red but the turquoise was calling me. I made an easel card, and haven't put a sentiment on it. (valentine sentiments are hiding) You should check out Sweet Pea Stamps they are all gorgeous.

Sweet Pea Stamps

I am so excited to have as my sponsor for this challenge Sweet Pea Stamps.  Click on their name above and visit their site.  As you can tell by the samples from the Design Team, they have a wonderful array of stamps.

Lunagirl Moonbeams Send Letters

First I would like the best Design Team on earth.  It only takes a phone call or an eaemail and they just jump right in and help out. They created their samples and posted just as if I had here.  Thank you Design Team    I am not out of the woods yet, but at least I can type a little without hurting.  Just before Christmas I was diagnosed with cancer and right after the holiday I had a mastectomy.  It was in a very early stage and they think they caught it in time. all my blogging friends, I urge you to have a mammogram when due.   Now to better things...

Lunagirl is in its second week of  "Letters and Postcards".  The entries Karen has had have been lovely.  You have approximately four days to enter so go have a look and then enter.  Here are my samples for the challenge.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Challenge 102:monograms, week 2

The leader of our team, Vicki, is unwell at the moment, having recently had an operation - we send our love and hope and pray that she makes a good recovery. In the meantime, she asked me to do this blogpost.

Here is a little bit more inspiration for our Challenge 102: monograms. You can find the first week's designs here and please click that link to join in the challenge. We love to see your entries.

Once again, this challenge is kindly being sponsored by Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet - we are so grateful to them.


For the second week of Monograms, I created a card using the letter D from Floppy Latte and you can find it on the Stitchy Bear outlet. I colored my monogram with watercolor pencils and cut it out by hand. I mounted my monogram on a card stock and then on a scrapbook paper.

I adorned my card with some crystals and two Matrioshkas (Russian dolls) because my niece loves them and this card is for her. Have a magical week and keep playing with us!

Here we are at the half way point in the Challenge Monograms. The sponsor Stitchy Bear Outlet/Floppy Latte was generous and gave us some great monograms to play around with  Last week I altered a notebook for hubby this week I made a gift card holder and used the D monogram for the beginning letter of Dad. I dove into my scraps box and found everything I needed to make it. I have the measurements to make the gift card holder on my blog, I honestly don't know where I saw this tutorial to make the holder but it was very simple and looks fab. The belly band slides off (and back on) to open and see the gift card.


For this card I used an "R" for my mother Regina.  I printed it on colored paper and further colored it with colored pencils.  i added it to some cardstock covered with Primavera paper by itKuPiLLi then added a lace border, some pearls and a bird image from Lunagirl.  I am enjoying the the challenge to work with letters and hope you will join the fun.


For the front of this notebook I used the Floppy Latte Floral Cap J monogram kindly provided by the challenge sponsor, Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet. I coloured the image digitally using Microsoft Paint, mounted on to a snippet of blue card and then on to the black notebook.

We look forward to seeing your entries here.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Challenge #102 "Monogram"

The theme for this challenge is to use a monogram or a single letter on your creation.  Here are some ideas from the Design Team.

Art Journal Front
Art Journal Closeup
I covered a composition book and made it into an art journal.  The letter in the corner is the initial of the girl I am going to give it to.  The monogram is by Floppy Latte which can be found on Stitchey Bear Outlet.  After covering the outside of the composition book I added the initial in the corner and the fence.  Additional embellishment was made with flower stickers, raindrops of teardrop stones and a sophisticated lady from Gecko Galz. 
F;oppy latte has some lovely monograms.  I used the letter "Y" to make a birthday card for my friend Yvette.  Yvette has a hard time finding chalrms and monograms and such starting with the letter 'Y'" so i think she will enjoy this!  I colored this monogram digital image with colored pencils and then covered my cardstock with primavera paper by itKuPiLLi and added flowers and a lace border to finish.
The monogram letters with floral surrounds - Floppy Latte 'floral cap nouveau T' and 'floral cap nouveau Y' - kindly given by the challenge sponsors, Stitchy Bear Stamps. I coloured the images with spectrum noir pens, cut out by hand and mounted on to the pink card blank, adding some sparkly glittered letter blanks to complete the 'Thank You' card.
Happy New Year, and a New Challenge. For the first week of the Monogram challenge I decided to make a note book for my hubby, I like making these little notebooks they are fun and these monograms from Floppy Latte work fabulous for it. I went with a masculine theme and I added a ribbon with a bead on the end to mark the page in the notebook that you wrote on last.  I was looking around my room for something to use as an alpha and found these little flat circle beads, the die I used is a fleur dis lis square spellbinder die.
Click on the banner above to visit my sponsor's site.

Gecko Galz's Challenge

The January challenge theme at Gecko Galz is "All You Need is Love".  I made two cards which show love, but they are entirely different.  The first one shows family love; the second is a collage of physical love.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I don't usually blog many personal posts, but I thought I would show my Christmas tree and the outside of my house taken at dusk.  This was a special Christmas as I had received some bad news personally.  I hope to report the second week of January that everything has improved.  Just keep me in your prayers January 8th as I undergo surgery.

I love Christmas and really enjoy decorating for the season even though I did very little this year. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful new year.