Sunday, April 26, 2015

Challenge #110 - "Owls"

Stampers will give a big "hoot" for this challenge as the theme is "Owls".  You may enter any type project as long as there is an owl on it.  The owl my be stamped, a digital or hand-drawn.
These cute little owls are from my sponsor "Sweet Pea Stamps" and they were placed on a background from Gecko Galz.  The branch they are sitting on a actually a piece of twine wrapped a couple of time around the background designer paper.
Hello!  Today we have a new challenge - Owls. I hope you will join in with our challenge and we are a mixed media blog so you can enter anything that fits the theme, card, tag, art journal, etc.I made a wall hanging.  The image  I used is the lovely Hoot Owl by Norma J Burnell. It is available from our sponsor Sweet Pea Stamps as are many other beautiful digital and rubber stamps. 
I coloured two images with alcohol markers and layered parts. The background is a canvas board, 7 inches x 5 inches, I punched holes around the four sides with my crop a dile and inserted eyelets, I added texture with texture paste through a dotty stencil, painted it  with Heather matt chalk paint then inked through the Tim Holtz  trellis stencil with black soot distress ink. I threaded  hairy string (twine) through the eyelets and also through two metal  Graphic 45 flowers. I finished off with metal leaves. a corrugated cardboard butterfly and a Prima flower.

I love owls and here are two owls in love! We got some wonderful digital images from our sponsor Sweet Pea Stamps to work with.I printed the digital image onto paper by Gecko Galz and colored it with pencils.  I tore it and placed on some additional Gecko Galz paper and added lace and some hearts I punched from designer paper from my stash.
Week 1 of the Owls challenge, I chose this funky autumn owl, since we have been Zentanle-ing the past couple of weeks I thought I would use the same technique. I used the Fleur dis lis rectangle die and layered it on a sheet of patterned paper from Bo Bunny. The image is from Sweet Pea and is called Autumn Hooty by Concetta Kilmer.
Hello everyone!For the first week of Owls, I made a card using an image kindly supplied by our sponsor Sweet Peas Stamps. I colored it with watercolor pencils and I layered it onto a cardstock and a scrapbook paper. You can find both at Toke and Crie which is from Brazil. I also added some pearls, some buttons and a lovely sentiment. Keep playing along with us and have an inspiring week!
I recycled this lovely Sweet Pea Stamps image (Silentness (owl version) digi by Ching Chou Cuik) which had been coloured with spectrum noir pens and mounted on to a piece of blue angel hair and then on to a piece of white mulberry paper, with the addition of a few gems here and there to give a bit of bling. This was then mounted on to a piece of paper from a magazine freebie, with the lovely lace with ribbon slotted through.

Please visit the Sweet Pea Stamps by clicking on the banner and above and visit their site to see all the wonderful images they have.

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.