February 25, 2018

Pocket full of Posies - Bugaboo

Oh geez, am I running behind, but I have
a good reason.  We had been out of town for my son's
                       wedding, now I have to get cracking of getting some
                                                  of my projects done.

It was time for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge on the
15th of February so here is my project.

I chose this cute image from Bugaboo called
Flower Pocket.  I colored the flowers using my Copic markers
and they are much more vibrant in person.  I cut the image
out using one of my Gina Marie dies, then cut a mat
layer with my Cricut Explore.
Yellow and purple are one of my favorite color combinations, so I
just went with plain colored paper and embossed each side.
I will put a sentiment on it when I decide how I would use it, I thought it would make a great get well card or thinking of you.

So that is it for my card.
And for all those wondering the wedding was awesome. 
I have never seen a couple so happy and so very much in love, it just lit 
up the whole room.

Head on over to the Crafting Circle and join in the fun.

February 20, 2018

Layered Birthday cake

Hi, I am really excited to share this card with you today.
Sometimes I play along at PowerPoppy's blog (they always have many different challenges going on) and the 
Hues to Use challenge, well I was so thrilled when I got an email
from Julie at Power Poppy asking me if I wanted to be a guest
designer for this week's Hues to Use.  Of course, I said yes!

So here are the colors I was to use for the challenge.

Magenta, White & Gray.

I chose to use the Layer Cake that Marcella drew.  Marcella is a fabulous artist, you will have to go take a look around her shop PowerPoppy.  She has some
fanstatic flower images then she generally draws from flowers in her own garden.

I was worried a bit about getting the gray in there bu, in the end,d I think I pulled it off.
And THEN something else happened (I think me being a guest designer was meant to be), I get monthly emails from Amy Shulke at Vanilla Arts witha free image and the "recipe" for coloring it.  Amy also has monthly instructional Livestream for a small fee, well wouldn't you know it this months video was on coloring this exact PowerPoppy Layer cake image.
YIPPIE!!!!!! I signed up immediately and boy am I ever glad I did.
Her Livestream instructions are the best I have ever seen.  Her approach to coloring is great and helped me tremendously because she
doesn't concentrate on "light source" which I have always had a hard time with.
However, following her instructions you can see how much dimension you
can add and this was my FIRST class of hers.
Thr background was done using Distress Inks and the image was colored
primarily Copic markers.  Then she uses Prisma pencils and
Staedtler triplus fineline pens to add in details.  Just the small details she teaches you makes all the difference in the world.
So working together with a Power Poppy image and Amy's instructional videos
it was a win win for me and I am sure it would
be for you also, so check out PowerPoppy images and then head on over
and see what is going on at Vanilla Arts.

Oops, sorry got sidetracked a bit.  I made the card by cutting out a
rectangle in the center of the front panel because I wanted to
mount the image behind the cut-out.  Then using a Gina Marie die
I cut the magenta loopy rectangle, then had to cut the center part out.
I embossed the white panel using a Cuttlebug folder and added a few sequins.
The sentiment is also from PowerPoppy that I printed and cut out using
my Cricut Explore.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look around and reading
through my long-winded post.

February 11, 2018

Wedding Wishes & Love

Hi, I am excited to share this card with you but more so
for the reason behind it.

My son lives in Colorado and I live in Arizona so I don't
get to see him very often.  He did surprise us and show up
for Thanksgiving along with his fiance, we just love her and she
makes my son very happy.  I had to make them a special card for
their wedding.
 I created following the sketch this week over
at Die Cutting Divas.  I flipped the center piece but otherwise
followed the sketch.

It is a half size card or an 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock folded in half so
it is a larger card. I cut the loopy center oval using a Gina Marie die, then layered a plain oval cut from pearl linen paper. 
I struggled so long to figure out what I wanted to put in the center, then 
I saw this heart cut with the swirls using the Wall Decor Cricut cartridge and my Explore.  Then I cut the word love also with my Explore, both the swirls and the love are cut from gold mirror paper.  So hard to take a good picture of this
kind of paper, but this card is beautiful in person.  The top paper is a very pretty pearl paper that is embossed, I got it from the single sheets at Michaels.
The sentiment is also a die cut and is stamped using a Stampin Up stamp and heat embossed in gold.  The bottom strip of paper is also from Michaels single sheets and is very sparkly and glittery. 
So with all this sparkle & shine and love, this card also fits into
this month's Power & Sparkle Challenge over at the Power Poppy blog.

I just have to finish up the inside of this card and then it will be already to hand deliver to them at their wedding Colorado.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by, have a great week.

Challenges entered:
Die Cuttin Divas -  sketch must have a die cut - ends 2/12
Power & Spark - Love and/or Sparkle - ends 2/28
A Gem of a Challenge - Have a Heart - end 2/15
All Sorts Challenge - Love is in the Air - ends 2/15
Crafty Calendar Challenge - 2 or more layers - ends 2/28

February 1, 2018

Sparkly Bettie Bow

Hi, it is that time of the month again over at the 

This month our challenge is Digistamps4Joy and I have to tell
you I had never heard of them till they came to be our sponsor.
There is pages and pages of images to chose from, make sure you
go check them out.

So here is my project using the Bettie Bow image, she is
just so sweet.

I wanted to do something a bit sassy so I chose some bold
colors.  I love the combination of red & turquoise.   I knew I wanted
red and something, I tossed around yellow or blue in my head but I
am glad I decided on this combination.
I colored her using my Copic markers and then add some sparkle
to the bows with my SpectrumNoir Sparkle pen, unfortunately,
 it does not show up in the picture.  I stamped a Penny Black sentiment
using Catherine Poolers ink called "All that Jazz" and then heat embossed it with sparkle embossing powder on the circle die cuts.  I then cut out the image using a wonky stitched die and mounted it on to red & turquoise paper which
I distressed the edges.  The base of the card are papers from an
old DCWV pack. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog, make sure you go
and play along with the