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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Julia Spiri is having an Anything Goes Challenge--Bridal is the "Twist"

Once again, I get to participate in  Julia Spiri's bi-monthly Challenge as the May Guest Designer and I'm so thrilled!  Although her challenges are Anything Goes, there's usually a Twist and this time around, we are showcasing her Bridal digitals that have been released recently.  They can be found at her Etsy store here--I chose to use Wedding Day.  Isn't she elegant??!!
On the 6" card, I used a cream satin heavy cardstock design paper that says "Tying the Knot".  Then a floral paper behind a kraft matted Bride.  I colored her in Copics and used Clear Wink of Stella for the veil and the gown itself.  Unfortunately the picture didn't pick up the shimmer of this great product.  I used a Frantage in the background that has bits of gold and white chunks-love it!  This heavy lace is so elegant for this special card and I used paper roses and rope pearls as an accent in the corner.  On the inside, it is finished off with a light design paper and a sentiment from my stash.

Be sure to come visit us over at the Challenge and get your entry in to be eligible for some prizes.  And Thanks to all the Julia Spiri Gals that have welcomed me with open arms!  I've had a ball!
I'd like to enter the following Challenges with this card:


Monday, May 16, 2016

Always Anything Goes over at Craft Your Passion-This Challenge sponsored by Crafty Sentiment Designs

At Craft Your Passion it's Always Anything Goes so there's no excuse for you to not rush right over and get your entry into our Challenge!  This time we are lucky to use some great images from Crafty Sentiment Designs and my image is called Harriet-Little Friends.  This is such a super Springtime coloring for any type of card!

I used my copics to color the image, matted her in bright red, and then split the front using a glossy embossed spring word paper and a complimentary design paper.  I was so excited to use "Flower Border" die from Lawn Fawn for the first time.  I did trim the bottom "hill" off of the die cut and used my copics to give them some personality!  Love the accent it creates!  The front sentiment is from a Kraftin' Kimmie rubber stamp set, mounted with pop dots for dimension.  On the inside, I used an embossed scrap and another stamp from my stash.
We hope to see you visit us over at Craft Your Passion real soon!  We have challenges every 2 weeks!



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Guest DT on Julia Spiri Challenge #118--Unusual Hair!

I am so thrilled to be asked to be the Guest Designer for Challenge #118 at Julia Spiri Stamps for the month of May!!  The theme of this challenge is "Unusual Hair" and that's always a leap out of my comfort zone lol!

I chose to go with yellows, oranges and reds thinking along the "summertime" theme of the card.  I am using the image called "Girl on a Swing" and adore it so much-especially the curly eyelashes (one of Julia's trademarks).  I mounted the finished copic colored image on top of a sunny yellow gloss embossed (flowers) cardstock and then used a green summer meadow design paper for an additional mat.  Felt like she was swinging up in the clouds with the cloud paper! Topped the Birthday card off with a soft flower from Petal Lu and a "Hello" chipboard tag.  The inside liner again has the embossed paper from the front mat and a stamped sentiment inside.
I hope you will start working on YOUR entry right away and enter it in Julia's Challenge!  And while you're at it, explore her Stamp store here to see so many more unique images.  You will fall in love with them!
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenge using Stamps by Julia Spiri--Come join in the FUN!!

What a long journey back to finally posting on my Blog.  At the end of March, I had a total knee replacement on my right leg and have spent almost 6 weeks trying to recover.  I never thought it would effect my stamina and concentration as much as it did but, just trying to coloring images and then assemble everything took a lot out of me.  I'm coming back slowly but surely....I really missed being creative.
So, for this first of hopefully more to come DT posts, I give you my creation for the great group called Crafting When We Can and they are being sponsored by Stamps by Julia Spiri  I LOVE her images!!  This one is called Girl with Cat--she has SO many other equally inspiring designs as well.  Our challenge at CWWC was to add some additional flowers-one of my fav embellies.  I turned this into a Thank you Card, goodness knows that I need several of those to send to others!
Gals this is a great site to enter your wonderful creations~ where it's not just the luck of the random draw for the winner and Top 3 but, someone that is really looking the works of Art and appreciating them!  I can't wait to see your entries (max of 2) on the challenge and that you will want to come back again and enter more!




Monday, March 21, 2016

Always Anything Goes at Craft Your Passion-This week it's Little Blue Button Stamps!

What a fun card I got to make at Craft Your Passion today~ I'm using an image from a site new to me called Little Blue Button Stamps and this image is called Button in a Frame.  The winner of our Challenge at CYP will get a $10 gift certificate to their store and the GREAT thing is that we're Always Anything Goes!
I wanted some FUN spring colors on this card so a lime green speckled DP with a purple gingham as a mat to the image were right up my line.  Then, what luck!  I found a variegated long fiber with all the colors in it and tied a enameled red ladybug on a white flower onto it--see if you can spot it?!  I tried a new technique on this with my sponge dauber and used it for the dirt and grass by Button's feet.  I like the effect of it!  On the inside, I lined both sides of the card with a light green foliage and a matted friendship sentiment.  Can't wait to send this off to someone special so they get a smile on their face.  Come join us for our Challenge!!



Sunday, March 20, 2016

It's SKETCH time at Crafting When You Can-sponsored by Lacy Sunshine Stamps

 This week at Crafting When You Can (CWWC) we are being sponsored by Lacy Sunshine Stamps.  The Twist with our Challenge #115 is that you are to use a provided SKETCH-see example.  I got to use the lovely Orchid Enchantress and was thrilled because it was one of the images I didn't already have!  I always work on coloring the images first when working with a sketch and hope that the colors that I've used with work/match some of the many design papers that I have in my stash.  The inside of the orchid is actually a reddish deep purple and I love the warm yummy...maize... color of the petals.  That's a perfect word for the color!  So even though the purples and the creamy yellow/loden greens don't seem to work I was so pleased with the colors.  I used some white floral die cut sprays, coloring them green with my copics then added the purple button touch.  I put clear acrylic drops on the leaves and petals for dew drops.  On the inside I used the double sided paper so it coordinated with the panels in the front.
I hope you will join us over at Crafting When We Can and have lots of fun!


Thursday, March 10, 2016

It's Moppet Time at Lacy Sunshine Stamps! Mine's a little bit of Vintage.

 This month we celebrate the Moppet's here at Lacy Sunshine-they are creations of artist Heather Valentin and come in many forms as you will see throughout March.  The one I chose to use is Camile Melancholy Moppet and I especially liked her because of the violin in her hand.
I come from a family that always had Music in the house and learned to love all forms of it.  My Dad was a college professor that taught Opera and singing in NC and once had a contestant in the Miss North Carolina Pageant.  We listened to Classical as well as folk and soft rock. My brothers were both in the Band at school and I took piano and voice lessons.  My favorite memory is when we would go around to all the neighborhood around Christmas caroling-the great thing is with 5 members, we could each carry a part and had awesome harmony.  Good times.
Well Camile brought all those memories up to the front.  I love her rich looking clothing and hope I've colored it to look like velvet...that was my vision anyway!  Using a Z fold style card, I mounted a triple matted Camile image on the front on top of some vintage music design paper which I carried out on all the surfaces.  Having it offset like that I was able to add a Heavy cream colored lace along the front edge and added 3 teal blue pearls in the image corner.  It all folds out flat when you open it up completely and you can see the kraft label sentiment on the inside that's perfect.  I had fun making this and hope you enjoy!