Monday, September 1, 2014

Challenge #94-"Anything Goes"

Sorry, this is being posted a little late.  Somehow I got started in organizing my studio.  Did I get finished?  NO WAY!  I did get a small corner organized, but that is all.  In doing that I made this post a little late.

However, everyone likes the theme I have for the next two weeks.  It is "Anything Goes".  This means you may post anything project that is new with any theme, using any stamps or no stamps.  However, if you happen to have some Lil Diva stamps from Stitchey Bear Outlet, we would love to see them. 

Here is what the Design Team created using the Lil Diva stamps.
I am not much into doing Halloween cards and projects, but I decided to use the witch from the Lilwi Diva collection.  She is colored with Copic markers and placed on various designer papers.
For the first week of Anything Goes, I've created a card using an image called "Flower Fairy" from Lil Diva on Stitchy Bear Stamps. I've adorned it with some flowers, some ribbons and a lovely sentiment.My card is for a little girl. We want to see your adorable creations so play along with us. Have a magical week!
Our DT was given some adorable images designed by "Lil Diva" of Stitchy Bear Stamps.  I fell in love with the seahorses right away and colored two of them with pencils and gel pens.  While cleaning up some digital images I'd printed but not used I came across this cute and mischievous looking bathing beauty from a Lunagirl collage sheet.  I used some paper i'd treated with alcohol inks and began to build my scene with with the digital images, the vintage image and some underwater-themed stash items.  Since I was creating a cartoon scene I finished the piece by handwriting my cartoon balloon on some designer paper.  I had fun with this and hope you'll have fun making anything you like for our anything goes challenge.
The background paper is a piece of unknown paper  with some corrugated paper and flower ribbon strips added. The image is Stitchy Bear Lil Diva 'flower fairy' digital image, kindly supplied by the sponsor, coloured with spectrum noir pens. I tore around the image using a perspex template and round another piece of matching paper as a backing.  Flower from Hobbycraft with prima spacer in the centre, Craftwork cards sentiment circle and various gems.
(The last time I had the theme Anything Goes I overlooked Hazel's card.  Even though it is not using an image from the current sponsor, I wanted to show the card as Hazel, like the other DT members, really works hard to give samples each week.)  Hazel's card description is below:
I've used a digital image from a previous sponsor Bugaboo Stamps, called 'rainy day bears - rain, rain', adding the sentiment and matting on to a card blank that had been run through my eBosser with an Embossalicious 'clouds' 6 x 6 folder which I brushed with stormy sky distress ink. The insert says 'Get well soon'.
Lil Diva on Stitchey Bear Outlet is one of the digital creator and is the sponsor of my challenge.  Please go to the Stitcheu Bear Outlet site and check out some of the images.  I am sure you will find something there you can use.

Friendship Card

Below is a card and its close-up that I made for the Impression Obsession challenge "Friendship".  The background was made with two Impression Obsession cover-all stamps.  They are Ticking, and Vines.  I recently made six backgrounds using the same three inks, a light plum, olive green and blue.  Each is entirely different, but all are lovely.
A close-up of the background.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day

I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend.  The next challenge will be uploaded tomorrow (Monday September 1) this time.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Gecko Galz's Challenges.

If you are interested in joining a number of challenges on one site  , I would like to suggest going to the Gecko Galz Facebook site.  They have a number of them going on at one time.  I managed to enter the card below at the last minute.

Finally got this card finished...deadline time for Geckp Galz's "Be An Angel" challenge.. This is my Steampunk Angel. Like the sentiment says "Encourage Imagination" you will have to do so to understand what I made..   I created my background as I wanted something a little different. from the designer papers I had in my stash.  I love how this turned out.  The Gecko Galz face is one that is coming out this week

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Lesson in Layering

Here is a piece I recently finished using a layering technique.
 A couple of close-ups are below.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

"A New Baby" is the Theme

We are on the second week of the baby theme and I haven't gotten many entries yet.  It is such an easy theme so dig out your stash and enter.  The shortcut to the challenge announcement is on my sidebar.   In the meantime here are some creations from the Design Team.
This week I enjoyed using a couple of the pieces from the "Baby Girl Pack" generously provided by our wonderful challenge sponsor Stitchy Bear.  I arranged the baby dress and bonnet on digital background paper from Twisted Papers then printed and cut them out.  I placed the dress and bonnet on some beautiful designer paper from the iTkuPiLLi Primavera series.  I added a baby bootie border and some letters from a baby sticker set I had.  Now I've got two baby cards made and ready to send for the next baby that comes along.  I hope you join the challenge and get some baby cards made as well!
For the second week of “It’s a baby”, I’ve made a card for a girl. I've used a digital image from the Stitchy Bear's 'baby girl pack' kindly supplied by our sponsor after coloring it digitally. I adorned my image with some flowers, some crystals, and some stickers. I also used an old baby image I found when I was surfing Pinterest It is from 1930’s. Keep playing along with us! We love to see your creations. Have a magical week, my friends!
I have used 4 separate digistamps from Stitchy Bear for this CAS card.  I use Promarkers in Pastel Blue, Cornflower and China Blue.  I have mounted the topper onto Bazziill.
I've used digital images from the Stitchy Bear's 'baby boy pack' kindly supplied by the sponsor. I coloured with spectrum noir pens, mounting on to a background I found on the internet.
Thanks to Sstitchy Bear for being my sponsor.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenges

Gecko Galz Papercrafting is having a number of challenges, one of which is "For the Dogs".  Here is a card I made using a Gecko Galz  image and a few of miscellaneous items I had in my stash.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Let's Hear It For the Boys!

"Let's Hear It For the Boys!" is the theme at Lunagirl this week.  Drop over and see what the Design Team has created for the theme and I am sure you will want to enter the challenge.
This is the tag I made for the challenge.  I haven't made many tags lately.  I used a page out of an old paperback book as the base of my tag.  The shinny cooper-looking piece of cardstock down the  left side is actually from an old greeting card.  The Lunagirl image was slipped under a wrapping of twine which I also tied into a bow.  The oval cooper piece at the top is a medallion that had been smashed in a coin-smashing machine.  The tag as a whole has that vintage look.
Don't forget to enter the challenge---boys.!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Challege #93 - "A New Baby"

This is one type of card I very seldom make.  It is a baby card.  This is really an easy theme to do.  Below are some inspirations for you by the Design Team.
I have pink cardstock as my base card,  On it I place a cute baby-theme piece of designer paper.  Next I used a digital from Panda Bear, designer on  Stitichey Bear Outlet.  This I colored with Copic markers.  To finish the card I placed a small pink bow and a little pink rose embellishment.  In small letters is the sentiment "Blessed Child".
I've used digital images from the Stitchy Bear's 'baby girl pack' kindly supplied by the sponsor. I coloured with spectrum noir pens and added a suede die cut teddy and a rattle. I finished off the card with the faux stitching on the surrounds and mounted on to a pale pink card blank
This is a digitally created 4x4 card to welcome a new baby boy.  I used baby digital images from Stitchy Bear's "Baby Boy Pack," a digital sentiment from TLC Creations and lovely pastel digital background paper from the Primavera Series by iTKupiLLi.  I made a simple slim grey border using Photoshop as well.  I rarely make baby cards so this challenge is a good opportunity to get some made.  Now I will be really for the next baby that comes along!
 For the first week of “It’s a baby”, I created a simple card. I colored my lovely image digitally.It was kindly supplied by our sponsor Stitchy Bear. It is a rattle and adorned it with some animals, a red ribbon, some pearls and sentiment. Keep playing along with us and have magical week!

Stampaway 2014

In the next couple of weeks I will be posting some cards which were made directly from attending Stampaway 2014.  Last week I attended the conference and had so much fun taking a couple of classes and meeting in person a number of my "internet friends".

The first booth I want to mention is the Impression Obsession booth.  It was there that Melinda (sorry I didn't get your last name) was showcasing the IO Cover-All stamps.
She did such a wonderful job that I came away with an armful of Cover-All stamps.
Impression Obsession is having a challenge this week of "Clean and Simple" so I decided to try my hand at entering.  I wanted the background to be the spotlight of the card so I placed a simple banner on my card with an epoxy sticker that says "inspire" along with a couple of stick-on flowers.  I thought this was appropriate since Melinda so inspired me last week.  I placed everything on a light blue card base to bring out the blue in the patterned background.  A darker blue was used in the banner.
Below is a close-up of my patterned background.  I used the Criss Cross first.  Then I put on top of in blue the Dottie Argyle.  Lastly, I used the Vines pattern in a very dark red.  What a lovely background this combination made.
Don't forget to enter the IO challenge as it ends soon!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lunagirl's Challenge

I have been out of town since Lunagirl began her challenge "Fans and Flowers".  Her challenge ends this coming weekend so you have almost a whole week to make an entry.  Since I wasn't blessed to a fast internet, I am posting my two samples below.
My card has a vintage feel.  I superimposed a bouquet of flowers over the fan which was placed on a backing of two different types of cardstock.   The sentiment is a piece of chipboard found in my stash.
My tag has a background which I learned to do at the Stampaway 2014 in Cincinnati last week using pastels.  The images are from Lunagirl and I placed some flowers in the hand of the main image.  The two flourishes are stickers.  The main image is slightly off the tag, and is placed on dimensionals.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Week 2 Challenge 92: All That Jazz

More inspiration from the team for our challenge 92: All that jazz. To enter the challenge with your music designs please click here to be taken to week 1 where you will find the linky or click on the link in the sidebar to be taken to the post for week 1.
I love working with black and white.  My musical card's image is from Stitchy Bear Outlet.  Even though my theme wording is "Jazz" your entry may be anything musical.

For the second week of All that jazz, I created a journal page and made a card with it for a good friend . I used my acrylics, a paste for texture, rubber stamps and some stencils. The guitar silhouette was kindly provided by our sponsor Stitchy Bear stamps and the quote is from the internet. I also adorned it with a couple of flowers, a black ribbon and some others stickers. Keep playing along with us and have a super magical week!

I am having fun with this challenge. I made another largely digital creation for this week. The background is digital paper from McMahon Five to which I digitally added the horn player and drum set from Stitchy Bear's All That Jazz digital stamp set. I also included the words "All That Jazz" also from Stitchy Bear. I added some border that made me think of stage lights and some musical notes to complete this card. I hope you will join the challenge!
For my second All That Jazz post I have made a CAS card using the grand piano and added my own sentiment. Perfect for the piano teacher!


I've used some sheet music that I found on the internet and created my card digitally in Microsoft Picture It, adding digital images taken from Jazz Band, kindly supplied by Stitchy Bear's digi outlet, together with a quote by Duke Ellington - all created digitally.
We look forward to seeing your musical entries.