Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crafty Sentiments - Use a Sentiment

Team B is back up this week at Crafty Sentiments for a Use A Sentiment challenge.  Who doesn't love that kind of challenge!  I opted to go with a Christmas image, Hark the Angel Sing.  I used the same image for another card in September.  This time, I decided to focus on her face and hair,  I printed the angel on SU's Sahara Sand and then colored her with a combination of Copic markers, some Wink of Stella, red Stickles, and Spica pens.  The candle has a little white gel pen, colored over with SU markers.  The sentiment is a freebie from Verve stamps and the stitched dies are from Lil' Inker Designs.  I can't wait to see what you come up with for our Use A Sentiment challenge.

Challenges Entered:
Through the Craft Room Door 10/21-10/27 - AG
The ABC Challenge - V is for Vibrant
613 Avenue Create #94 - AG
Pile It On #42 - Cheerful/Uplifting message
House of Cards -October- use a punch or die
Creative Fingers #53 - AG

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #332

Back with a new sketch from Sketch Saturday this week.  This one was created by our gal, Debra.  I loved the simplicity of the sketch and decided to keep my card simple too.  Of course it helped to have a package waiting for me this week from PTI.  I've loved the birthday die for several months and tried to buy it a couple of times, but it was on backorder.  I have a feeling I'll be using this a lot for some quick and fun birthday cards.  The Stickles on top of the words (for some bling) look so much better IRL than on camera!

Bunny Zoe Crafts our sponsor.  Take a peek at the DT creations here and play along with us this week.

Challenges Entered:
Party Time Tuesdays #185 - AG
Creative Moments #53 - AG
4 Crafty Chicks #216 - Birthday
Seize the Birthday - AG Birthday
Creative Fingers #53 - AG
Alphabet Challenge - R is for Round or rectangle

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Craft Room and DT Announcement

We are winding down with the Copics for Cardmakers class I am taking from Online Card Classes.  Part of Lesson 12  has to do with marker maintenance and storage.  I have revised my storage system about 4 times to accommodate my growing collection of markers.  I was particularly proud of myself last spring after a trip to Ikea.  I found a media shelf unit and adapted it for my newest (and last) Copic storage.  I improvised the dividers using some left over square tiles from Home Depot and cutting some drawer dividers from Michaels shelves.  It works so well for me because I needed something horizontal for my marker storage.  A side benefit was the unit provided me with more storage on top and it's wide enough for me to store other things to fill in the shelf!!
Another smaller Ikea shelf sits on top of my marker storage.
It holds 6x6 pads, my collection of sentiment stamps, refills and lots of misc. junk.
The rest of my L-shaped work desk.
It's rarely this clean!!

A broader view of the storage and part of my work space.
The 9 drawers underneath are where I store my scrap paper.
They are older wooden drawers from Ikea too!  

And now onto the DT announcement. . .
You may have noticed the little owl on the left side of my blog.  Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends is a  NEW challenge blog that will be starting in January and I am on the DT.  Woot-woot!  I am just thrilled to be part of this new team and to help Amy and Denise start their adventure.   The sponsors are fabulous!  There are many companies that are new to me, which is fun - and for you there is more than one winner for each challenge!!  "Follow" the Challenge Blog, and the other DT members' blogs.  I hope to see you playing along with us in the new year.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #330

Carla has created this week's sketch to go along with our sponsor, Little Miss Muffet.  I used their image, Swings 'N Slides Lil' Spook for my card.  I am taking a Copic Markers for Cardmakers Class from Online Card Class and used a technique Sandy Alnook demonstrated using Ws and Cs next to each other.  I usually use those colors for shading, but not necessarily for coloring and certainly not together!  It was fun to experiment.  Frankie's hair and the night sky background are in Cs; his shirt and pants use Ws.  I also colored in the larger dots on the background paper.  Too bad I didn't wait one more night to color the background because she had a tutorial for creating night skies!

Take a peek at what the other DT members did with Carla's sketch here, and then play along with us!

Challenges Entered:
Clear it Out - Use Gray
Divas By Design - Spooky Creations
Creative Moments #52 - Use three Layers
Cute Card Thursday #341 - Spots and Dots
Crafty Girls #28  - AG
Scribble and Scrap #28 - AG

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #329

Vannessa created this week's sketch and my image Underwear Hero, from our sponsor, A Random Fan fit perfectly in with the sketch.  I loved coloring this little guy.  I have a couple of grandsons that I can see doing this!  I tried to color his legs so they looked like he had a summer tan from wearing shorts!  Stop by the Sketch Saturday blog and see what the DT did with our sketch!

 Challenges Entered:
Through the Craft Room Door - AG
Creative Moments #52 - AG; use three layers
4 Crafty Chicks #213 - Trio of Pairs (enamel dots, layered patterned papers, solid papers)
Creative Fingers #50 - AG
Alphabet Challenge - Q is for Quadruple (4 patterned papers, 4 solid papers)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Southern Girls Challenge #97 - Shabby Chic

The day has finally arrived for my first DT card for the Southern Girls Challenge, which is from New Zealand.  As the northern hemisphere is moving into fall and winter, our NZ southern girl friends are thinking of spring!  Lucky them! I am super-excited to be part of Team Lou and will be on the DT until February.

Challenge #97 is "Shabby Chic" - and I don't mind telling you I had some struggles with it.  Shabby Chic is a stretch for me.  I don't use lots of flowers, soft colors, doilies, or lace in my card design.

My card uses a Lacy Sunshine image called Gusty Oak from the Flower Pot collection (not necessarily a Shabby Chic image!).  I tried to work around it by using Copics that were more in the grayed tones. A little bit of lace, patterned papers, and some white buttons helped with the Shabby Chic look.  I hope you will join us with the challenge!

Challenges Entered:
Card Makin' Mamas #89 - Vintage or Shabby Chic
Inky Chicks #38/ - AG
Pattie's Creations #100/ - Vintage
My Sheri Crafts #142/ - Birthday
House of Cards - September/Classic and Elegant
Come and Get It/- Use 3 of Something
The Squirrel and the Fox #78 - Birthday
Digi Choosday #38 - buttons

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Crafty Sentiments - Christmas in September!

Time for a new Crafty Sentiments Challenge from Team B - the theme is Christmas in September!  I am using an image from the July release called Hark the Angel Sing.  She's a cutie!

I went with some lighter colors and used R000, 00, and 01 for her dress.
Her wings use W00, 0, 03.
Her shoes are R22, 24 - so are the berries with a touch of R39.
The greens - YG01, 03, G08.

The red patterned paper is mounted on off-white and my largest stitched die from Lil' Inkers helps create a border.  I used Sizzix ovals for the die cuts and inlaid them into the patterned paper.  The sentiment was a left over from last season and is from PTI.  I used some scraps of lace to and 3 jewels to finish it off.  The picture doesn't show the Wink of Stella on her wings, horn, candle and head wreath.  Pop over to the Crafty Sentiments Blog to see what the gals have for inspiration.

Challenges Entered:
The ABC Challenge /- T is for Tic-Tac-Toe
Open-Minded Crafting #19 - Roll Out the Red
613 Avenue Create #90/ - Create your own (patterned paper, sentiment, embossing, stitching, ribbon)
Pile It On #38/ - Shiny
Come and Get It /- Use 3 of something