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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge

I have not submitted a card into the challenge for a long time but I have been trying to keep up with them.  This challenge is always an "Anything Goes" Challenge. 

 The reason they call it Twisted Thursday is they always add a twist each Thursday and this twist is Tac Tac Toe.  You had to pick 3 in a row and add them to your creation.  I chose Flowers, Lace and Ribbon/Twine.  I added the purple and blue twine to the center of the flower.  The double-sided paper came from Stampin Up.

The fold on the front of the card is called a Drapery Fold.  I am always up for trying a new fold and I finally gave it a shot.  I see more Drapery Fold cards in my future!!

Well, I am off to go upload to the Outlawz challenge.  If you ever need some ideas or love challenges...head over to see them at .

See you soon...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Outlawz April Progressive Challenge

Time for another Outlawz Progressive Challenge.  This time the image was given to us by Sheepskidesigns.  The image is so beautiful and I am so thankful Andrea shared this image with us!  I wish that I had a Mom still with me so that I could give her this card but both my Mom and Mother-In-Law passed.  I know that both of them would have enjoyed it!  Thank you Andrea!
This image was colored with Copics #RV21, RV04, R20 and R29.  I colored the green with Touch markers #56 and 53.  The lighter green was covered with stickles Eucalyptus.

It was a fun image to sit quietly and color.  Something I need to do more often to get the practise in.

I am submitting this card creation to the Outlawz Progressive Challenge. 
Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Black Magic Christmas

The past couple of days, I have been just sitting down coloring images using the Black Magic Technique.  It is a technique I learned years ago.  The first card I will show is a Christmas stamp from Art Impressions.  
It is called Black Magic Technique because you stamp on a dark piece of cardstock and it creates a dramatic look once colored.  Normally they use a solid image for this technique but for this card I decided to try using one that was not solid.  It was difficult to cover the blue and get the white completely white on the penguins and snowman. 

Here is what you need.
  1. Dark colored cardstock like navy or black.
  2. White Craft ink
  3. Just plain colored pencils ( I used Prismacolor Pencils)
  4. White Gel pen that will work well on dark cardstock.  I tried many until I found the one that works the best and leaves a nice crisp white line.
  5. Rubberstamp (solid image is preferred for most)

First thing you do is stamp your image with White Craft ink onto your dark colored cardstock.  You can heat set the craft ink if you have a heat embossing tool but I left mine a few hours to dry.  Craft ink does not dry fast like other inks and if you touch it or rub it, it will smear.
Once dry, color your image with the colored pencils.  Don't be afraid to press hard when coloring.  The richer the color, the greater the contrast.  
After you are done coloring, use the white gel pen to accent the image with dots around it or add lines where you colored.  Just have fun!

I will share more cards in the next day or two of images I colored

Thank you stopping.  Feel free to leave a message below if you have any questions or comments.

I am submitting this card to the Only Christmas Card challenge

Monday, April 18, 2016

Demure Flower

Finally found out the name of this stamp that I used on this post Birthday Wishes.  It is a rubber stamp from Penny Black called Demure Flower.    I have a few more stamped out from when I borrowed the rubber stamp but seriously considering buying this stamp!  

This image was colored with Copics # R20, RV21 and RV04.  I used Tropical Tangerine Stickles to give it a glitter effect.   Thinking of you is from Impression Obsession 

Thank you for stopping by!  

Friday, April 1, 2016

Snowy Ornaments

I came across something I had begun last year but never finished and decided it would perfect for several challenges that I needed in a hurry.  Torn paper for snow, a couple of different shapes and sizes punches, snowy paper and voila`.  A new card was born!  
I used this card sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketches for the format on my card.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:
Only Christmas Card
F & M Layers Challenge
SBR-Us Sketch Challenge
The Outlawz Twisted Challenge: Layers

Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Butterfly Border

I recently bought a Memory Box Kensington Border die that is so pretty.  I used it to make two sympathy cards to add to my stash.  One I left simple and the second darker one I used a little bit of purple glitter on the butterflies.  
The sentiment "With sympathy" came from one of my favorite sympathy word sets from Impression Obsession.

Have a great day!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Birthday Wishes

I know how some crafters not like to lend things out because you never know what condition it will come back in.  Some do not treat them like you would, but if you ever know a crafting buddy where you can exchange, there is a big plus. 

I have a crafting buddy I trust and once in awhile we will swap dies or stamp. She left me borrow this beautiful flower stamp (do not know the company or name) so I got busy and stamped a bunch.  The flower is in a different position on them all.   I decided to sit down last night while watching my Walking Dead TV show and color one with my Touch Markers # 67,#65 and #63.  There is a light blue grey colored all around the flowers which was hard to photograph.  Using #62 and #63 I dropped dots all around and stamped the Happy Birthday with  Versafine Deep Lagoon.  To finish off the card, I placed a few crystals.
Very simple but pretty one layer card.

It's Monday and off to work for me but I hope the rest of you get to sit and relax with some crafting!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring is in the Air

Nothing like a Birthday card with butterflies and flowers to say Spring in the air!

This is another card where I used a piece of the Strathmore Chromolux Mirri Sheets to cut the flowers out and colored with Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink.  I used a technique from Crafts on the Run blog to glue the die cut into the negative image cut from the background.  She recommends embossing the background and then cut the image out of it so that is what I did.   A little bit of stickles on the butterfly wings and on celebrate finished off the card.  The word celebrate is from the Sizzix Tim Holtz thinlit set Script Celebration Words. 

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

Thank you for checking out my creation!

Outlawz Happy Easter Challenge

Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

It is time for another The Outlawz Progressive Challenge and it is an Easter image...perfect for today.  The cute bunny on my card is a digital image from Gerda Steiner Designs.  Thank you Gerda for sharing it with us!  I had a lot of fun coloring this image. 

 The egg behind the bunny was an image I found on the internet from a kids free coloring page.  I just loaded it into Microsoft Word and brought it down to the size I wanted.  After coloring it with copics, I put a little bit of stickles on it to give it a little glitter look.

The bunny was colored with Copics, cut out and glued down onto a piece of white foam.  After it dried I cut it out again and glued it down onto the egg so it would be popped up like the bunny was sitting in front of the egg.  The glasses has crystal glaze to make it look like thick glasses.  I noticed after taking the picture that it was not quite dry in the center.  I think I have it so thick it is going to be an overnighter!  

  I used a Sweet Sunday Card Sketch to help me design the card.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful Easter day...maybe do a bit of crafting like I am!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
SBR-Us Sketch Challenge #6

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Halloween Meets Christmas

I are thinking.....this card does not look anything that resembles Halloween. 

My husband and I love to decorate for Halloween.  This year, while doing some major overhaul on the Halloween items we stored, I came across a couple of 19 1/2 in x 26 in sheets Strathmore Chromolux Mirri Sheets.  We bought them at a Halloween store.  They sold as haunted mirrors and we used them in one of the displays a couple of years ago.  I thought about throwing them out but being like most crafters, I look at stuff with the eyes of a crafter and ask...What can I use this for?  

Well right then a lightbulb went on and I thought of the Jim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks I had. This reminds me of tin foil and also of silver shining cardstock.  I decided to cut them down to size and give them a try.  Dies cut beautifully on it and embosses well.  The alcohol inks work just perfectly.  

For this card, I used  Cottage Cutz Lantern & Poinsettia die to cut it out.  I colored it using the Jim Holtz Alcohol inks and a small paint brushes.  The background was embossed with snowflakes which i think is a Martha Stewart folder.  

I am entering this card into the following:
FB Only Christmas Cards Week 11
Outlaws Twisted Thurs to use Green
F & M Challenge

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Warm Hello

I wanted this card, when opened, to resemble a winter tablecloth with a hot cup of coffee or tea sitting on a saucer.  Doesn't the spoon look like it is ready with sugar to stir into the hot beverage?  I imagined the person is relaxing at the table while opening their Christmas cards they received in the mail.  The card opened on the table is where I will place my greetings to the recipient.  
It's a card within a card!

(Just click on each photo if you would like a larger view)

 I am entering this card into the following:

FB Only Christmas Cards Week 10
F & M Snow or Glitter Card Challenge
SBR-Us Challenge #49

Thank you everyone in advance for the kind words!

Sunday, March 6, 2016


A little glitter paper, elf image, left-over green paper, few copic markers, a card sketch and a Spellbinder "Radiant Rectangles" makes a cute Elf Card!!

I am entering this card to the following challenges:
SBR-Us Challenge #92
FB Only Christmas Cards Week 9

I hope this inspires you to start making Christmas is never too early in my book!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Reindeer Games Screen Divider

I had to make a shaped card so I went with the Screen Divider fold.  The card folds right up and fits into an A2 card.

 The base starts with an 5 1/2 x 11 card.   Along the long side I scored the card at 2 3/4, 5 1/2 and 8 1/4.  At the scored lines, fold the card with mountain and valley folds.  To create the legs, fold 1/2 the card, center and punch the 2 panels with a decorative punch about 1/2 way up at the bottom.  Then do the same to the remaining 2 panels.  I used a Stampin Up label punch. 

You can use any decorative border punch for the top of the card.  The rest is just panels you decorate and place on the card.

The stamps I used here is an Art Impressions set Reindeer Games.  The stars are from Heidi Swapp and Jingle all the Way came from Marianne design Collectable.  The images were colored with Stickles glitter glue and Copic Markers.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 
 Danni's Dreams Challenge
F & M Shaped Card Challenge
Only Christmas Cards Challenge

Have a super day!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

An Early Teacher Appreciation Day!

I have two great Daughter-in-Laws and both are teachers.  I wanted to make them a special card for Teachers Appreciation Day on May 3rd.  
This image was a free image from a FaceBook group called The East Wind.  Sign up for the Newsletter and you can get a free digital image each month as well!

After coloring this image with my Twin Touch Markers, I colored the tree, sky and grass with Twinkling H2O's to give it a nice subtle twinkle.  Using a brush dipped into thicker twinkling H2O's and used part of the bristles I was able to make the grass stalks.  I love the quote that I found on a t-shirt that said "Teacher by day World's best mom at night".  I printed it out on vellum, placing one part wrapped around the front and the rest inside of the card.

One down and one more to go!

Thank you for stopping by! 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Happy Birthday Boss!

My boss's birthday was on Monday.  We always have a little birthday cake to celebrate the birthday at the office and everyone gives the birthday person a card. I was going to be away from the office on a mini-vacation so I made him a card and left it with a co-worker for him. 

Here is the card I made for him.

We live near the Gulf of Mexico.  He loves to fish.  What a perfect combination for creating a card for him!  The fold technique I used for this card was called a Shadow Box Card.

Here is the inside when you open it.

Top views of the card.

 The card is an A2 card which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 closed.  As you can see in the photo it closes flat and slips right into an envelope.  A nice WOW card that is easy to mail to anyone!

This card was one I just challenges to submit it too.  Just a fun card!
Thank you for stopping by...have a terrific crafty day!