Sunday, April 19, 2015

Do You Zentang;e?

Do you Zentangle?  If so, this is the challenge for you.  The second week of the "Zentangle" challenge is here.  The DT would love to see your work.  Don't do the zentangle?  That's ok, do like the Design Team and use zentangle images.  These great images are from Sweet Pea Stamps.

Beginning with my newest team member Vee Cassidy, the Design Team shows what they created.
Good Morning
I am delighted to be joining Vicki and the lovely Design Team at The Cheerful Stamp Pad for week 2 of the Zentangle Challenge. I do hope you will join in. I was given this lovely digital stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps to play with. It is called Treat Hummer by Norma J Burnell. I coloured it with alcohol markers and polychromos pencils then went over it liberally with Sakura, Gold, Silver, Stardust and Glaze pens. I was not able to catch the shimmer properly in my pic, sorry, but there is a LOT of shimmer there! It is layered with black card and I added some die cut corners and layered it onto a zentangle backing sheet which I created in Craft Artist Professional 2 and printed onto super smooth digital paper, layered onto black card. 
All The Best, Vee xx 

My zentangle image is from artist Courtney McAnsh and was colored with Copic markers.  This was a fun image to color.   Every time I see a moon I think about dreaming, thus the sentiment.
Our DT is continuing to work with the zentangle art of Courtney McAnsh, designer of digital images at Sweet Pea Stamps, our challenge sponsor. I've taken Courtney's moon zentangle and combined it with images from Gecko Galz for my creation this week. I printed the wonderful digital moon image and colored it with colored pencils.  I used background paper and a vintage lady image from Gecko Galz and arranged them with the zentangle.  I added washi tape, a pink lace border, a white heart brad and the words "moon love" which I formed with vellum stickers.  I hope you will join our challenge!
I added more zentangle to Courtney McAnsh's zetangle elephant (click the link to see the original), kindly supplied by the Sweet Pea Stampers as sponsors of the challenge. The backing paper is some I've had for ages from PDA paper card & craft, on to which I added a cut out of faux black crocodile. The strip across the top is recycled from some craft packaging and the ribbon/bow is Papermania. I thought it was appropriate to add the Belated Birthday Wishes as elephants never forget ... but sometimes we humans do!
For the second week of zentangles, I made a tag using another image designed by Courtney McAnsh and you can find it at Sweet Peas Stamps. It is a lovely fairy which I colored with pencils and gel pens. I also added some fabric flowers, lace,ribbons, crystals and a cute wooden message peg. Hope you continue playing along with us!Have an inspiring week!
Card one
I couldn't decide which of the awesome digis I wanted to create with so I did both. The first card is a Halloween card (it isn't too early is it?) The image is by Norma J Burnell from Sweet Pea Stamps and is named Treat Hummer. Background from a Halloween pad and on my table there was a scrap of Halloween paper so I punched the edges and added some orange and white twine.
Card 2
This image is just gorgeous, of course I love cats the image is by Norma J Burnell at Sweet Pea Stamps named Cat's Cradle.  My light Spectrum Noir markers came to good use as I wanted a softer looking image. the background is from a different Halloween pack and the swirl was added as accent for the background.

Thanks go out to Sweet Pea Stamps for their sponsorship of this challenge.  Don't forget to go to the shortcut at the top of my sidebar to find the current challenge.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fabulous Faces

 Lunagirl's Moonbeams are showing "Fabulous Faces" in the current challenge and they would love for you to join in on the fun.  Here is a pin I made with one of  Lunagirl's faces.

Give a Welcome

Give a warm welcome to Vee Cassidy.  She is joining the my amazing Design Team.  I know you will enjoy seeing what she creates as she will begin this Sunday with the second week of "Zentangle". Below is a short bio about Vee.
Hello. My name is Vee and I live just outside Glasgow in Scotland, UK. I have two sons who are "grown and flown" so my current babies are two cats.
I have been crafting most of my life including sewing, crochet, knitting and various crafts but card making for about 5 years.
Apart from cards, I enjoy altered art / mixed media and am a big fan of recycling/upcycling in my makes. I like using distress techniques however my tastes are eclectic and I enjoy learning new things. In fact, I am currently learning parchment craft.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lunagirl Moonbeams to Begin "Fabulous Faces" Challenge

Lunagirl Moonbeams will begin its new challenge "Fabublous Faces" tomorrow.  There are loads of fabulous faces in the inventory of Lunagirl images.  Go here  to visit the Lunagirl blog and then go to her shop to see all the possibilities for this challenge. 

On this card  I used one of my favorite Lunagirl oriental images and cut it down to the face only.  I wanted an image that was subtle and quiet against the busy mixed media background.  The only sentiment is inside the card as the front is very busy.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Challenge #109 - "Zentangle"

I really admire anyone who can Zentangle an image.  I love the beautiful work of Zentangle, but I just don't have the skill or the patience.  If you can do this technique, please enter, but to make it possible for everyone to enter, you may also use an image that has the appearance of zentangle.  That is what I have done with the beautiful images below.
I really wanted to color this cute little elephant from Sweet Pea Stamps, but most of the zentangle I see is done with black pen and white space.  However, you will notice below that my fellow DT members treated the image differently.  The little sign the elephant is carrying says "Believe You Can and You Are Half There" is a little sign that was part of a piece of designer cardstock.

Zentangles are great fun to make, but there are also zentangle images out in the world to play with too.  We are working with the zentangle art of Courtney McAnsh, designer of digital images at Sweet Pea Stamps. I've taken courtney's elephant zentangle and made two alphabet ATCs.
With both ATCs I printed the digital image and colored with colored pencils.  On the first I used a background paper from itKuPiLLi and added a flower and washi tape.  The word elephant was stamped with my Mason Row Pegz.

For the second ATC the background sunburst paper is from McMahon five designs and I added flowers and a letter.  I decided to share both ATCs because I like the contrast as they were each done slightly differently.
I love zentagles and for the first week of our challenge, I created card using an image from Sweet Pea Stamps designer Courtney McAnsh.I colored my elephant with pencils and layered it onto three different scrapbook papers.Then I added some flowers, pearls, a sentiment and lace. This card is for my mother. You can also see the roses I bought her. It's her birhday. Hope you play along with us!Have an inspiring week!

For the first week of the challenge I chose this lovely elephant, coloured with Spectrum noir markers, the colours were a little brighter than I had planned but I'm liking it now. The sponsor is Zendangle from Sweet Pea Designs. With the exception of the patterned paper everything was from the scrap folder.
I created the background by brushing a Spectrum Noir aqua tint and splattering with water. The moon image is Sweet Pea Stamps  Courtney Mcanshs 'to the moon and back' digital, kindly provided by the challenge sponsor. This image  already had an element of zentangle, but I added to it and also decorated around the edges of the background before mounting on to a black card blank.

Sweet Pea Stamps

A special thanks to Sweet Pea Stamps for their sponsorship of this challenge.  Please click on their name above and visit their website.  I am sure you will find some wonderful stamps you can use.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Second Week of Challenge

You still have time to join us with your silhouette entries to my challenge.  Hopefully the Design Team has given you some inspiration.
I love this silhouette from Floppy Latte.  You can find this image along with some very pretty additional silhouettes on The Stitchey Bear Outlet.  The is a form of art card. using watercolors.
For my card I used a background found free on the internet, on to which I added the lovely 'Among the vines' silhouette by Floppy Latte, kindly supplied by the sponsor, Stitchy Bear Stamps Outlet. I found the quote on the internet and added the clipart grapes.
Week 2 of the Silhouettes challenge I chose this lovely reindeer, I had it in my mind to add some red to my card but decided silver was much more effective. I don't usually do such a simple card but I really wanted the image to be the focal point. I used a silver spica glitter pen to colour in the stars and harness, then added some small rhinestones on the background snowflakes.
For week two of the silhouette challenge I have another fairy silhouette to share. I've printed a PNG image from Floppy Latte onto paper by itKuPiLLi.  After adhering that to card stock I added a fanciful border at the bottom and highlighted the moon and starts with a silver Molotow pen.  I stamped "dream," a stamp by Inkadinkado onto an additional paper by itKuPiLLI and added that as well.  I hope you will play along with our challenge!
For week 2 of silhouettes. I used a digital image by Floppy Latte and you can find it at Stitchey Bear Outlet. I love the contrast between the silhouette and the red floral paper, I also added some fabric stickers. I wanted it to have some dreamy air. My sentiment expresses what I think of life. We need it to be magical. Have an inspiring week and play along with us.
Don't forget to enter as we would love to see what you create.
A special thanks to Floppy Latte and Stitchey Bear Outlet for their sponsorship.

An Apology

I would like to apologize for not posting the winner of my challenge "In the Garden".  I had an accident and to tell the truth, I did not think about my blog and was unable to make comments.  You will find the winner listed on my sidebar.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Challenge #108 -'Silhouette"

I just love working with black and white so "Silhouette" fits me perfectly.  However, I am still on my road trip and didn't know what I was going to do without my designer paper. (I have a whole pack that is nothing but black and white- at home!).  By chance my hubby and I went to a restaurant in Alabama that is called 50 Taters.  By chance our food was served in a basket with black and white parchment type paper.   When hubby got up to pay the bill I asked him to request a clean sheet.  He was given a big sheet of the paper and now I have enough to make a couple of cards.  My image is from Floppy Latte which can be found on my sponsor's site, Stitchey Bear Outlet.
Thanks to our sponsor for providing digital images by Floppy Latte to our DT I chose this lovely fairy silhouette to work with.  I sized it and printed the digital PNG file onto mystical paper by itKuPiLLi and adhered this image to cardstock.  I stamped my sentiment by Penny Black onto another paper by itKuPiLLi.  I added a die cut from my stash for a border and distressed the edges a bit.
For my card I used Stitchy Bear Stamps Outlet Silhouettes fairy moon by Floppy Latte, printing directly on to a piece of Papermania Persimmon Collection 'reminiscent of a bygone era paper', also printing the quote on to a tag from that collection, embossing this with clear embossing powder. A few stars and the little black flower with gem were added.
For the first week of Silhouettes, I used a digital image called Fairy Moon and you can find it at Stitchy Bear Stamps Outlet.I layered it on two scrapbook papers and added some red fabric roses, a couple of ribbons, pearls and crystals. The sentiment expresses what fairies inspire us: dream. Have an inspiring week and keep playing along with us!
For the first week of the Silhouettes challenge I used this lovely image, from Stitchy Bear Outlet.  I have a friend that love Black anything so I'm using this for her Easter card, hope she likes it. I cut the circle in the patterned paper smaller than the scalloped edge so some of the paper frames the image.

Thanks to Stitchey Bear Outlet for sponsoring this challenge.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lunagirl's Challenge

Lunagirl is still holding its "Flappers" challenge.  Below is a card I made for the challenge.

When we go camping in the motorhome I usually takes loads of craft supplies.  However, this time I forgot all my supplies except a couple pieces of designer paper and my acrylic paints.

To make this background I used a paper I had cleaned my brayer on.  I liked the colors so I then stenciled on top of it.  I used some ric-rack that I found at a local Wal-Mart store.

The background now looks like a wild retro 1920's background.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Another Art Journal Page

Here is another page from my art journal.  A Crafter's Workshop was used as a base for my lady and then I made changes especially to her hair.  The words on the top say "I am not afraid, I was born to do this"


A Spring Card

Here is a little Spring card using Gecko Galz Easter Chicks. Washi tape was used in the back of the image as part of a mat.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Second Week of "Garden" Challenge

I am so pleased to see such great entries so far for the "In the Garden" challenge.  Below are some additional pieces of inspiration created by the Design Team.
I used the Beary Happy Bloom image created by Kaz Krataz on the Stitchey Bear Outlet site.  It is colored with Copic markers.  As embellishment I used a piece of ric-rack and a snail sticker.
Our design team was lucky to get some fun digital images to work with and this week I chose an image from the designer Kaz Kraftz.  The background designer paper on my card stock is by Lunagirl. I printed the Kaz Kraftz digital image onto designer paper by Gecko Galz.  I colored the digi ant with colored pencils, cut that paper to size and adhered it to the background paper.  I added the butterfly border on two sides and a little flower sticker at the bottom.
For the second week of “In the garden”,  I used the Stitchy Bear Outlet stamps BB Kakes 'garden me' digital image kindly provided by our sponsor. I colored it with pencils and layered it on a cardstock and then on a scrapbook paper. I added some fabric flowers, a butterfly, a lovely ribbon and sentiment. Spring is an adorable season. Enjoy it!  Have a flowered week and keep playing along with us!  See you!
For the second week of the In The Garden Challenge I chose this cute little girl from Stitchy Bear Outlet who is ready to get to the garden. So far we can't get to our gardens yet as all the snow has not melted and for some spots it might be a while since we are still below freezing, but it's good for the Maple Syrup. I found a cute sketch from Digi Sketch Challenge that I thought would work perfect for this image I added the die cut flowers to match the ones on her hat. The patterned paper is from the Green Stack from DCWV.
I've made an Easter card using a piece of Pink petticoat Wild Blossoms paper for the background with a striped band across the middle (an offcut from some paper that came with a magazine). I die cut the Stitchy Bear Kaz Kraftz 'beary happy bloom', kindly supplied by the sponsor, having coloured with Chameleon pens. I lightly brushed the edges of the die cut with victorian velvet distress ink before removing from the die. The Happy Easter ribbon and the eggs were originally from Poundland, quite a while ago.

Don't forget to visit my sponsor Stitchey Bear Outlet for a great inventory of digital stamps.  You can enter this challenge by following the shortcut at the top of the page.