Saturday, March 17, 2018

Romantic Blooms

We are holding another awesome challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.  Our Sponsor this month is Lemon Shortbread.

When Denise asked me to create something with the Romantic Blooms image from Lemonshortbread, I could see placing flowers on the side of an oval with the image in the center of the oval.  It was not hard to come up with the idea of butterflies and bees.  It just seemed natural and well kind of romantic, like the title of the image.

I loved coloring this image using my copic markers.  I also used some pattern papers and some Wild Orchad Crafts flowers all from my stash.

I also used some glossy accents to help add a little demension to parts of the flowers

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you will join in over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends for our Challenge #78.  We look forward in seeing what you have created.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Party Till the Pigs Come Home

Happy Wednesday and it's my turn to host the Crafty Creations Challenges this month.    For my card I have chosen this cute little Party Pig from Beccy's Place which happens to be our sponsor for Challenge #362.  You can find The Party Pig here.


After printing the image I colored it with my Copic markers, picked out a piece of semi printed paper, a fence die which I cut using white card stock and inked up with some Distress Oxide ink.  I wanted to keep the card clean and simple so that the image would stand out.

I hope you will come on over to the Crafty Creations Challenges blog and enter into our Anything Goes Challenge.  We look forward in seeing all of your creations.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Believe in Yourself

Sometimes you need a card for encouragement and this sentiment says it all, Believe in Yourself.

It was time to create a card for Craft-Dee BowZ and I was watching a video from Jennifer McGuire about painting with Distress Oxides.  Well not really painting, mainly lifting the ink off the image with a paintbrush. 

First I cut a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock to 5.25" x 4", I arranged my floral image from Mama Elephant then stamped the image with Versa Mark ink and added some white embossing powder.  Heat set the image, added some Distress Oxide inks starting with Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and then Broken China, went over it with a dry cloth to buff the ink off the tops of the embossed areas. I then used a damp paint brush and started painting with water on the inside of the flowers, which started lifting the ink off.

After I finished lifting the ink from the image I used a white gel pen to make dash line and dots all over the flowers to give them more detail.  I added some Nuvo Crystal drops and then added a bow that I created with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  It is so easy to make a perfect bow with this little tool.  You can get your own tool here.

To see Jennifer's video please go here.  Her instructions are really great.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope  you have enjoyed my card.

Crafty Hugs,

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Easter Bunny Girl

This sweet little image is from Kinda Cute by Patricia who just happens to be our sponsor for this month over at Craft-Dee BowZ

I remember always taking my kids to our local grocery store to see the Easter Bunny. Then on Easter Sunday we always had a member dress up like the Easter Bunny and pass out small brown paper bags full of candy, an apple and an orange. So when I seen this little cutie it brought back some very sweet memories.

I was thrilled that the majority of our team decided to pick the same image and excited to see how each one of us would use the image.

Here is an overall picture of my card.

Several various copic markers were used for the coloring and the pattern papers are from Lawn Fawn. I loved how she turned out.

Here is a close up of the bow that I created using my handy dandy Craft-Dee BowZ tool to make the double loop bow. Be sure to grab one of them if you haven't already done so and join in on our Challenge this month. As always it's Anything Goes with a Handmade bow.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my creation.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Do You Believe in Fairies

Have you ever believed in Fairies?  As a child I always wondered if there really was fairies.  After all my mother said there was a tooth fairy, so why wouldn't there be Fairies?

We are holding another awesome challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.  Our Sponsor this month is FabrikaFantasy.

And when I seen this pretty little fairy I just had to have her.  It brought back sweet childhood memories for me.

 After coloring her with my Copic markers, I layered a snowflake border die from memory Box, added a word die from my stash and added some snowflake stickers.  Added some details with glitter and a gel pen and finished up my card.

Here's a close-up to show how cute the image is.

We'd love to have you stop in and look at some of the creations created by our very talented Design Team Members, and while you are there please join in our challenge.  We'd love to have you join in on the fun.



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hearts all Around

This cute little Kidz Heart from Bugaboo was created for our current Crafty Creations Challenge that we have going on.

When I seen this little image I thought I could put hearts all around her feet as if she were standing in a pool of hearts while holding one really big Valentine Heart.  Isn't she just darling.

I colored her with my Copic Markers, inked the edges with distress inks.  Cut a bunch of little hearts from white card stock and inked them with the same inks, then glued them all around her feet.

I layered the image with other papers that I had in my stash.  Used a word die from my stash added glossy accents to some of the hearts and then to the Love Die.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you like my little creation.  Please feel free to hop on over to Crafty Creations Challenges and join in on our challenge.  We'd love to see your creations.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine Gift Bags

For my Tuesday project this month over at Craft-Dee BowZ, I did not create a card but something different.

As I mentioned in my last post, I simply love Valentine's Day, and when I seen these bags that Nichol Sphor made last year, I absolutely fell in love with them.  Nichol is awesome and I love all of her videos and watch them faithfully.  Her ideas and style are right up my alley and she truly inspires me.

So for my Tuesday project for Craft-Dee BowZ I wanted to share these favor bags.  It was pretty hard to photograph all the bags together in one photo so I posted a photo of each bag.  I hope you do not mind.

I stamped each image from the Mama Elephant's  Page Huggers stamp set and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  The dies are really cool because they cut a slit under each critter's paws so they can hold onto to things like this cute little envelope.  So the critters are carrying their own little valentine.  Such a cute idea.

I made these bags for the girls I call my BFF's There are five of us and 3 of us have been friends since grade school, we met the other two in high school  I will most likely share things about them as I contine to  blog because we are more than friends we are family to each other,  Might I add that it was many moons ago when we met.  So we got together to have a girls night out and a PJ party.  I wanted to give them a valentine and thought I'd make these favor bags for them and fill them with yummy chocolates.

The first bag is a little bunny.

Then I made a kitty,

Next to the kitty is a mouse.  Every cat has to have a mouse right.

Then last but not least is a bear.

I created four little cute bows, two in red and two in white for the bags.  Here is a close up of one of the bows.

I created each double loop bow using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  You can get one for yourself here.  They are so easy to use and they make very tiny to pretty big bows.  Check out some of our other team members for the awesome bows they make using the tool.

Other supplies I used was the Mama Elephants Favor Bag Die.  This bag is the perfect size and I love it.  Copic Markers in various colors, card stock from my stash.  The heart background stamp is from Impression Obsession.  The sentiment is from CC Designs.  I love mixing and matching my stamps,

I hope I have not bored you with all the photos, I just wanted to show how cute each image is.  And please hop on over to Craft-Dee BowZ and join in on our challenge this month.  There is always a lot of inspiration from not just our Team Members but also from each and everyone who joins in on the challenge..  Next up will be Tracy and I am sure she will have something really special to share with you.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you.  Have a Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

I Love You

February is the month of Valentine's Day and Love.  Not just to your sweetheart but to all those you love.  My Mom always made Valentine's Day special to not just my dad, but to my brother and I. She was always showing her love to all the special people in her life.  So I guess it rubbed off on me, because I always made sure my children and nieces, now my great nieces and great nephews something special for Valentine's Day, whether it is a card a little prize or a special cookie for my dogs.  Yes they get a valentine too,

For my Craft-Dee BowZ February challenge, I chose this cut I Love You image from this month's sponsor Bugaboo.  It just reminded me of my Mom for some reason and I knew I wanted to create a special card.

I colored my image using my Copic markers.

Dies and ribbon are from my stash.  I made a very simple bow with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool to show you that you can make any kind of bow from big luscious bows that our really awesome Design Team Members make to something very simple but cute too.

Once I finished coloring the image I added some details with my white gel pen and black glaze pen, wink of stella and glossy accents.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed this card because I sure enjoyed coloring the image and making this card with it.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Charming Spring Girl

Hello Everyone my name is Kathy and this is my first Blog Post as a Design Team Member with Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I am thrilled to have this opportunity and look forward to working with some really awesome Design Team members.

When Denise from Lil Patch of Crafty Friends asked me to create something with this darling image I was so excited. You see I love to color little people images.

Sponsor for this Challenge is The Paper Shelter and the name of the image I am using is Charming Spring Girl.

So here is my card that I created using the Charming Spring Girl.

After printing and coloring the image, I cut it out with the rounded rectangle die and added some details with my gels pens.  Then cut some other elements with other dies to embellish with.

Here is a side view of this little cutie:

I hope you will hop on over to Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and join in on the fun and check out all the inspiration from the other team members.

Stamps:  Digital - Charming Spring Girl   
Paper/Card Stock: My background was cut from Bristol Smooth and I used a MFT cloud stencil for the sky, then distressed another piece that I cut with a Lawn Fawn die. 
Ink:  Citron and Lucky Clover and Broken China Distress Oxide
Dies Used:  Miscellaneous rounded corner rectangle, Lawn Fawn Hillside Borders and Mama Elephant Hello dies
Accessories:  Copic Markers

Thanks so much for stopping by.



Friday, January 12, 2018

New Years Eve Birthday Wishes

A Winter Fairy for a New Year's Eve birthday is everyone's wish right?  This adorable Winter Fairy from Mo's Digital Pencil is wishing someone a Happy Birthday on the last day of the year.  

After I printed the fairy, I colored her up with my Copic markers.

Skin: BV00, E11, 21, 00 ,000 & R20
Hair:  E41, 42, 43, 44, 47 and 49
Wings, Pom-Poms and Leg Warmers:  C1, BV000, BG10 & Colorless Blender
Greens:  G000, 00, 01, 02, 05 and C3 to deepen the shadows
Image Outlined with W1 & 0
B01, 00 & 000 to ground the image

Additional embellishments used:  glitter and white gel pens to add details and highlights and glitter was added to the wings.  Card stocks used green and silver glitter, pale green print and solid green all from my stash.  Sentiment is from a Mama Elephant stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope I have inspired you.



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pretty in Pink

I created this cute little Ballerina for our Crafty Creations Challenge that we are having.  It is from Kinda Cute Cards by Patricia.

I wanted to incorporate a bit of a Valentine theme and decided to use my Love die from Simon Says Stamp, along with some pink and black CS and of course a pink dancing costume.

After printing the image I used various Copic markers from the RV family.  The papers are from my stash.

I wanted to add a bow on the front of the card.  Don't all Ballerina's have a bow somewhere.

I think the black CS really makes the pink pop on this card, don't you.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope I have inspired you and you stop over at Crafty CreationsChallenges and join in on our Challenge #358.  As always the theme is Anything Goes and we look forward in seeing what you create.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Peace be with You Little Bird

This little girl has found a friend in a little bird that she is feeding from the palm of her hand.  As she is feeding the little bird, I would imagine she is saying Peace be With You Little Bird.

I hope I have inspired you today and you will hop on over to join in for this month's challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ.  Our theme as always is Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.  
Stamps:  Mo's Digital Pencil - Urchin with Bird
Paper/Card Stock:  Red plaid, Light Green pattern and 
                                 Cream CS
Ink: None
Dies Used: Impression Obsession Peace Word Die
AccessoriesRibbon,Flat Back Pearls, Copic Markers, 
                       Craft-Dee BowZ tool, Chunky Embossin


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy Birthday Fiona

When I seen this cute little Hippo image from Beccy's Place, I immediately knew I wanted to create a card with it.. You see here in Cincinnati, we have a really sweet little hippo that has her first birthday coming up. Our hippos Henry and Bibi had a baby January 24, 2017. She was born pre-mature and only weighed 29 pounds. Most baby hippos weigh within 55-120 pounds at birth. So the zoo formed a team of doctors and care takers for this little sweetie which by the way was named Fiona, they called themselves "Team Fiona". They took her from her mother because they were afraid her mother would not be able to give her the care that she so desperately needed and quite honestly if they would not have stepped in I don't think she would be with us today. They nursed her 24/7, feeding her special formula along with her mother's milk. Eventually she was reunited with her mother and her father. In July she made her first appearance in Hippo Cove with her mother. Our local news stations followed her and had weekly stories of her and her progression. My daughter and I like many other people not only here in Cincinnati, but all over the world fell in love with Fiona and as of December 18 Fiona was weighing in at 622 pounds.

Sadly on October 31, our zoo had to make a very tough decision and put Henry to rest. He became ill earlier and kept loosing weight, our zoo tried everything and he lost his fight but left behind a beautiful little girl. You can read all about Fiona here.

Thanks to Beccy's Place for this perfect image, I believe I am going to send this Birthday Card to Fiona with signatures of some of her followers that I work with. What do you think?

I used various Copic Markers, all from the Warm Gray family to color the image.

I made a little tutu because I've always imagined Fiona wearing a tutu. Both bows were made using my handy dandy Craft-Dee BowZ tool which can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have enjoyed my card and that I have inspired you.  Remember to please jump over to Craft-Dee BowZ and join in our this month.  As always our theme is Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.