TCCCB – Lots of Bling!

Hello, welcome to the mid-month challenge with The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog!

Twice a month we roll out fantastic challenges for your to play along with and we work with great sponsors so you get to see art from a wide variety of talented artists.

Our challenge this fortnight is Lots of Bling. Haul out the gems, glimmer paper, sequins and glitter…let’s make it shine!

The sponsor I’m working with this time the always lovely Scribbles Designs. They have a great selection of digital stamps and I encourage you to check them out. I am playing with Snowheads 1.

I had fun with this image, coloring it in tones of green and blue. Then, I selected some blue papers to work with and finished it off with these dark blue swirls and some stickles. It looks awesome!

Come on and play in this great challenge! You can link up your entry over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog from now through the end of the month. Come and check us out!

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2017 Card Kits – #2

I am on a roll! After begin so busy during the fall and months leading up to Christmas, it feels good to be back at my craft desk. I have a fairly numerical job during the day and some days I feel like creating stretches my brain out of its box and back into a beautiful work of art, ready for another day. Ahhh!

Today, I’m back with my 2017 card kits, number two out of ten. This kit came from Angie and it was a beach/sea themed one.

For this first card, I played along with SplitCoast Stamper’s Featured Stamper challenge and chose this card by Tracey for my inspiration. Thanks for the fun, Tracey!

And, for the second card I was inspired by no particular one card, but was glancing through the galleries and an idea POPPED into my head as I explored. I had fun cutting these layers and then inking up the scenery. My original intention was to not include the blue background, just the yellow/orange circle. But, somehow it needed just a “little” more.

Thanks, Angie, for your great kit!

2017 Card Kits – #1

For many years, I’ve been participating in a card kit swap on SplitCoast Stampers. My kits have caught up with me a bit and EVERY year I vow I’m going to get to work on them. Last year, I was determined to use up my 2016 kits before I received my 2017 ones. I hit my target and got them all done – even though it took a few extra weeks – but when the 2017 kits arrived, life was…busy, and I didn’t get started on them.

So here I am, in 2018, catching up on card kits again. I received 10 kits and have gone through all of them, coloring the images and now I’m ready to create! This is the first of those 10 2017 kits.

Sonja sent me this adorable Valentine themed kit, complete with red feathers and a variety of images! I got a huge kick out of this sexy lady and her awesome sentiment. The card was made with the sketch over at the Fusion Card Challenge.

The next card I made was with these beautiful roses. I loved coloring this image! And, I’ve used the sketch over at Feeling Sketchy. (#184).

And, lastly were these gorgeous red roses. Also fun to create with! I decided to cut them out and then use them to frame my sentiment (which is also most lovely, by the way!). Once again, I’ve used a sketch. This time the sketch over at Reverse Confetti (#56).

Sonja, thank you for a lovely kit! I had so much fun working with it.

See you again soon, crafters.

Monthly Project Swap: Techniques

Christmas always gives me a little extra time to patrol the SplitCoast forums, looking for interesting groups to join. This one, I happened to find in early December, but it was just the right challenge I wanted to start off the new year.

There are six of us in two groups, Techniques and Anything But a Card. Every month, one person sends out a kit to everyone else with the materials they need to make the desired project. Sounds cool!

My enthusiastic SCS friend Sonja started us off on techniques and let me tell you, she is a dynamo to follow! She sent the most incredible, thoughtful kit! Her chosen technique was these magicals powders (is that what they’re called?). She sent four samples and one FULL jar of colors, customized to each person. Plus tools and stencils and ideas..oh my!

The first technique I tried putting the powder on watercolor paper and then spritz to make the colors run and blend. I tried this, but over-watered my paper….whoops. I tried it again, this time got a more pebbled look than the running colors of the first attempt.

I wanted to use the image Sonja sent. It was a bit bigger than I wanted, in order to show off my new background, so I trimmed off the stars in the image and added sunshine instead. What do you think?

But this time, my soupy wet mess had dried and….it didn’t look THAT bad. So, I decided to stamp a silhouette image and see what happened. Which lead to a sentiment, and a ribbon…and a VERY nice card!

Lovely techniques, Sonja! It’s a good thing I’m not up until July, because I’m going to NEED all the time I can get to come up with a brilliant idea.

Challenge Your Stash!

I’m pretty sure I’ve been calling this SCS group the “craft your stash” group for most of 2017…let me get it correct in 2018. It’s CHALLENGE my stash.

Anyway, I am here with my catch up post for December. Maggie asked us to make a New Year’s card, without using an alcohol theme.

I decided that I wanted to pull out my Two Paper Divas stamps. They created this fun sparkler image that I thought would be fun to use.

The sparkler was clear embossed onto the watercolor paper. Then I applied my colors with watercolor, chosing soft tones for this card. The sentiment has been embossed in gold. I always worry that I’m going to mess everything up when I emboss, but this one turned out okay.

Despite me chugging along at these challenges slowly, I have signed up for another year. Already, the January and February challenges are posted and I’m up for March! So, let’s get at it (and be on time this year). 2018 is off to a great start.

Sketch Saturday #495

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new sketch challenge over at Sketch Saturday. Every Saturday a new sketch is posted and you have until Friday the following week to enter for a chance to win a prize from their terrific sponsors. We hope you’ll come play with us!

Here is sketch challenge #495:

The sponsor this week is Di’s Digi Stamps. They’re sponsoring a prize, so make sure you create along with us and link it up for a chance to win!

Here is my card created with this sketch.

I hope you come and play along with us! Head on over to the Sketch Saturday blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!

New Year Crafting!

Ahhhh! It feels good to be at my craft desk once again.

I’m hard at work on my New Year’s resolutions. I’ve got my list of favorite challenges ready to go and I’m working on getting inspired. Not only that, but one of the challenges I completed tonight used one of those dreaded card kits accumulating in my craft room. Yay me!

The first challenge I decided to do was the SplitCoast Stampers Featured Stamper challenge. I love this one and I do not play enough! SCS picks a member each week and you are basically challenged to be inspired by the creations in their gallery, changing at least two things about their project.

I found this project in the gallery and loved the sunny colors, as well as that flower peeking above the ribbon. Now, florals aren’t always my thing, so I couldn’t find a satisfactory stamp that I liked. Rain related stamps ARE my thing, so when I came across my Prickley Pear Umbrella set, I KNEW it was what I wanted to create with. And, here’s the final product:

You can see I kept the same color combination, though changing the layer orders a bit. I also added a small, light pop of color with the blue. I had fully intended to do the ribbon centered, as in the sample, but as I was putting it together I realized that I wanted it slight off centre instead.

The next challenge I did was the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (#245). I love this challenge! But, another one that I don’t get around to nearly as often as I’d like. I chose to use a card kit for this one, using images I had colored at my retreat back in September and then never assembled. I was trying to figure out something different to do with the centre squares. What do you think?

Thanks so much for visiting today! I’ll be back soon.