Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The "Birds" Have It at Lunagirl

The Lunagirl Moonbeams Design Team members are showing many birds the next two weeks as the theme is to Put a Bird on Your Project.  Below are my inspirational piece.  I took an unfinished birdhouse, painted it using acrylic paint and stencils and then Modge Podge birds all over the birdhouse including an owl on the back in the eves of the church.  Below are a couple of views of the house.  Now I need to varnish it so the weather will not hurt it.
I have loads of birds in my yard and I hope to see in the Spring some build a nest in the "church".

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Challenge #96- "Halloween Costumes and Fun"

I hope this is a fun challenge for everyone.  It is "Halloween Costumes and Fun".  I really don't do a lot of Halloween cards and when I do, they usually are on the cute side rather scary.  However, let's take a peek at how all the members of the Design Team approached this theme.
This cute little Halloween costume is by Allipeeps which can be found on the Stitchey Bear Outlet website.  The black kettle with the sentiment is an embellishment from my stash.  The little doggie footprints are stickers.  finishing the card is a piece of raffia tied into a bow.
I printed and coloured the image kindly supplied from the Stitchy Bear Alipeeps Art Kostume Kidz character set, tearing around the edges to mount on to the black paper, which had been printed with the white saying, the ship and treasure chest, all of which had been added digitally. Everything was then mounted on to a black card blank.
Late at night the mummies and zombies get together for their moonlight dance. It turns out these creatures aren't scary, they just want to party!  Our DT was provided some digital images to work with by the Stitchy Bear Creator Alipeeps Art.  I printed and colored (with pencils) this cute mummy and then created a little graveyard scene.  I used a designer paper from the coven paper pack by Gecko Galz and  then several stickers and die cuts to finish the scene.  The gravestone and little zombies are raised which adds some extra dimension.
For week 1 of the challenge I chose this cute pirate from our sponsor. As you see I still haven't located my Halloween sentiment stamps but I will get them sorted soon. Coloured with copics and die cut with the large rectangles. I fussy cut the sword and top of his head so it fit in the rectangle, and left me space to put the sentiment.
For the first week of "Halloween Costumes and Fun", I've created a card using an image called Little Witch from Ali Peeps Art and you can find it at  the Stitchy Bear outlet. I colored my lovely witch digitally and added some dots to her skirt and stars to her hat. Then I layered it onto a vintage Halloween paper I found at Creative Elegance Designs. There are many fabulous freebies there. The black cat and the pumpkin are from AS Designs. The sentiment I found when I was surfing the net.  Halloween is not a tradition here. We have St Cosmas and Damian's Day on September 27th instead. People give bags of candy to celebrate them because they are regarded as the protectors of children here. Different ways of commemorating our inner child huh! Well, my lovelies, have a magical week and keep playing along with us!

Thanks again to Stitchey Bear for sponsoring this challenge.

A Canvass with a Message

This canvass was made with acrylic paint.  It is based on the saying "You can't see the trees for the forest".  I like the canvass itself, but am not pleased with the writing on it.  Also, I needed to get a better camera angle on the canvass.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to You!

"Birthday" is the theme for this second week's challenge.  You may make any type of birthday card. Below are cards created by the Design Team.  Hopefully they will inspire you to enter.
My Stitchey Bear image is a picture of a "Senior Citizen" bringing a pathetic  little flower.   The flower was so small that I decided to enlarge it a little by placing a yellow sequin flower on top.  The background paper is some I have had in my stash for a long, long time. (It's time to use it!)
 I used Stitchy Bear's 'happy happy' digi, coloured with spectrum noir pens, mounted on to a piece of silver mirror card and then matted on to a patterned paper with a cut out pink and silver border created with a Martha Stewart punch, with just snippets of pink and white spotted ribbon.
This week I chose a digital image from Stitchy Bear called "Gran's Garden" and I've also added a birthday sentiment digital image from  Clear Dollar Stamps.  Starting with a digital background from the Primavera series by itKuPiLLi I've once again this week created a 100% digital creation.  I arranged my images and did all the coloring in Photoshop.  The sun in the corner is not a stamp -- just a digitally hand-drawn image.  You can never have enough birthday cards ready to go so I hope you will join this challenge.  Have a wonderful week.
For this card I used the Stitchy Bear "Happy Happy" image kindly supplied by our sponsor. It was colored digitally. I wanted my card to have a vintage feminine look so it is clean and simple. I adorned it with some pearls, some flowers, a sentiment and a floral eyelet ruffled fabric trim. Keep playing along with us and have a magical week!
For the second week of the Birthday Challenge I used the bonnet girl from Stitchy Stamps.  I coloured her with spectrum noir markers . I used spellbinders Labels eight and Decorqative labels eight.  the cardstock I used is GP white and Ballet Blue.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's Autumn

It's Autumn over at Lunagirl  as we are making cards in the Fall colors.
Here is my card for the first week of the "Autumn" Challenge.
The image on this card and the Covern digital background came from Gecko Galz.  I think the two from the different companies match very well.  Both the image and the top butterfly open to the left revealing the inside message.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I Love Backgrounds

I guess you can tell by the number of acrylic, stamped. and painted backgrounds I use that I love making backgrounds.  Here is another using some of the Cover All stamps from Impression Obsession.
Here is a card  using Criss Cross,Vines and Dottie Argyle stamps from Impression Obsession.  In the corner is a grouping of leaves topped with a bow.  I have entered this card in their "Backgrounds" challenge
Here us a close-up of the background.  .

Monday, September 15, 2014

Challenge #95-"A Birthday Card"

I really don't make as many birthday cards as I should so I thought this challenge would help me get ahead a little. this week.  The Design Team is anxious to see what you make.  Your birthday card can be serious or funny; it can be for a man, woman or child.  It is up to you.
I love this cute birthday cake image from Stitchey Bear Outlet.  I placed it on som e dotted designer paper after coloring it with Copic marker.  A big bow finishes the card.
A birthday card challenge is always timely -- good to have plenty of them made and ready.  Our design team is once again working with images by Stitchy Bear and I've used two digital images this week, a birthday cake and a "boo boo bear."  I digitally arranged the bear and cake on a digital background by itKuPiLLi -- the Primavera series.  The "for you" sentiment is a digital image I added from Clear Dollar Stamps.  This creation is 100% digital -- I even did the coloring in Photoshop and at present this card only exists in my computer!  But when the moment comes i'll be able to print it, adhere it to cardstock and it will be ready to go.
For the first week of "A birthday card", I made a card using an image from our sponsor Stitchy Bear and it is Bonnet Day  .It is adorable! I layered it onto a texturized card stock and adorned it with some pearls, a purple flower and a sentiment. I hope you continue playing along with us. Have a magical week!
For this card I used the Stitchy Bear 'four iron' image kindly supplied by the sponsor, colouring with spectrum noir pens, cutting around and mounting on to a piece of golf paper. All papers used were from my offcuts box, the larger argyll pattern was from Guy's Life. The silver embossed strip is a snippet of some originally created with an embossing folder run through the eBosser
Week 1 of the challenge I used this great golf image from Stitchy Stqamps, I used a lot of scraps out of my scrap box, even the base was in there. I coloured with copics and added the Happy Birthday.  g and some baker's twine

My challenge is graciously being sponsored by Stitchey Bear Outlet

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trying Something Different

I thought I would try to do a little different technique on my cards.  I used the brayer this time for my background.  The beautiful image is from Gecko Galz.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Anything Goes"

The challenge "Anything Goes" continues.  We have received some terrific entries so far, but would like to see  yours.  Just click on the shortcut on my sidebar and enter.  You still have a whole week as the challenge does not end until Sunday the 14th.
My cute image is from Lil Diva, found on Stitchey Bear Outlet.  I colored her with Copic markers and placed her on Coven background which gave me a western feel.  The background Coven paper pack can be found on Gecko Galz  The rope and background gives the card a western feel. 

I might add that when the Design Team and I create our pieces of inspiration, we do not know which images or papers the others are using.  Hence below Michele uses the same background, but in an entirely different way.
For week two of our "anything goes" challenge I chose a fairy digital image from our sponsor Stitchy Bear (image design by "Lil Diva").  When I started coloring with pencils I didn't realize she was going to come out quite so Gothic looking.  But since she did I decided to make this a Hallowe'en themed card since it is right around the corner! The wonderful gGothicbackground paper is "Coven" from Gecko Galz.  The very cool moon and moon-crow are by Rhonda's Originals. I added the words "trick or treat" and a ghost brad from my stash.  Please play along!  Ans have a wonderful week
Since  I didn't get my card done last week due to my hubby being in the hospital I decided I would make two this week  Isn't this the cutest digi from lil diva stamps from Stitchy Bear outlet, it'a always nice to have baby cards on hand, since bringing my craft supplies  home from the cottage I still have not had a chance to organize it so the sentiment is missing from the front and the inside. 

Here is my second card I sued the cowboy from Stitchy Bear Outlet Lil Diva, I used the brick embossing folder from Tim Holtz and inked it with walnut distress ink before adding the cardstock and putting it throught the cuttlebug.
For the second week of "Anything Goes", I used a digital stamp kindly supplied by our sponsor Stitchy Bear. It is Fun in the Jungle and it is from Lil Diva collection. I colored my image with watercolor pencils and I really wanted to see an explosion of colors so my lovely animals are different. Then I adorned my card with some numbers and a couple of ladybugs. One of them is carrying the sentiment which says:"Especially for you".My image was layered onto 3 different card stocks and I also used 2 different tapes. I had fun making this card and I hope you have fun creating yours so keep playing along with us and have a magical week!
For my card I've used the Stitchy Bear's Lil Diva digi 'fun in the jungle', kindly supplied by the sponsor. I coloured with spectrum noir pens, tore around the image and brushed with brown corduroy distress ink. The background paper and the animal print panel were from my offcuts box, mounted on to a kraft card blank and wrapped with a piece of Boutique paw print vintage ribbon from Hobbycraft.

You still have a week to enter as the challenge doesn't end until late Sunday the 14th.

Gecko Galz's Papercrafting Challenge

This month's challenge at Gecko Galz is "School Days".  I decided on this great Gecko Galz image for my card.

I placed my image on a mat of red cardstock to match the card base.  Between the two layers is a piece of designer paper that resembles a chalkboard.  Three brads finish the card.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lunagirl Challenge

Here is another challenge you can enter if the one you enter in my challenge if it has the theme "Fairyland".  This is the theme for the Lunagirl Moonbeams the next two weeks.  Here is my inspirational piece I created for the challenge.
I made the background for this tag by using a medallion stamp stamped in three shades of green.  a piece of lace was placed down the side and three bling stones where placed in the center of the flowers.  A butterfly cut from a old greeting card finishes the tag

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.