When I Followed My Heart... Crafts and Me Challenge

     Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge at Crafts and Me and this week, and the Rockin Rubbah team 's theme is
     You can interpret the theme any way you'd like, it can be "girly", "Spring-y" (is that a word?)... as long as it's pink!  Our sponsor this week is the Crafts and Me store!  The winner will receive some fabulous rubber stamps.  
      For my card, I selected "One and Only Heart" by Ching Chou Kuik.  All of Ching Chou Kuik's stamps are so beautiful and the eyes so speak to you!  I so enjoyed playing with this stamp.  You can find these stamps HERE at the Crafts and Me store.
     "One and Only  Heart" is colored with copic markers.  I used the RV's (66, 63,  55 & 52) for her dress and glove.  I used dark and light Spica pens for her flower and over the copics on her glove, G99, YG25, 23 &21 on the leaves, C7,5,3 &1 with Black Spica on the heart she carries in her hand. The design papers are from Maja Design. Just love these papers. Die cuts include Tim Holtz butterfly border and the classic frame from Spellbinders.  Flowers are from WOC and Live and Love Crafts as is the lace, pearls, velvet ribbon, mini bark heart (coated with Crackle Paint and glitter) and crinkled seam binding.  That resin frame over the sentiment is from Melissa Frances' resin embellishment collection available at Live and Love Crafts.

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All Things Grow Better With Love-Saturated Canary "Gardener Gayle"

    Happy Saturday! What a week it has been...crazy busy and the weather has been wild. On Thursday, I drove home in snow squalls and today, the sun is bright (but cold) with no trace of the white stuff! I cannot wait for Spring! At least I have this week off and I am looking forward to taking a nice long breath!
   Speaking of Spring, my card today features a rubber stamp from Saturated Canary "Gardener Gayle"
   "Gardener Gayle" is colored with copic and touch twin markers. Her flowers and basket got a little dose of Stickles (Diamond) and some Glossy Accents.  The cardstock is Tim Holtz Distress Core-dinations from Joanns.  The flowers and pearl hearts are from WOC and the leafy fern die is from Cottage Cutz.  The sentiment is from Pink by Design stamps.  I don't know where I got the fence die- it was silver and like so many other embellishments, there is no name on the die and I store them all in a magnetic artbin so... Gingham ribbons are from my stash.
 and a close up:
  Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!  I will  be entering this card in the following challenges:

Card Making Mamas- Spring Colors
Sweet Pea Stampers- Spring Colors
Forever Friends- Lots of Flowers
Paper Crafting Journey-Ribbon
FabnFunky- Pink, Green & Brown
Inky Impressions- Flowers
Penny's Paper-Crafty -Gingham
Opus Gluei- Spring has Sprung

"Hope is the thing with Feathers..." Crafts and Me Inspiration Card

     Happy Thursday... for those of you who want to know where the title of the post comes, it is the first line of Emily Dickinson's poem which I reprinted below.  In it she tells us that hope is a gift for all of us and that it is something we all can call upon especially in tough moments, but "hope" never asks for anything in return... That, along with the fact that April is "National Poetry Month, is the inspiration for my card today for Crafts and Me.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune- without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

     For my card, I used a Crafts and Me image, "Hope" by Sara Burrier.  You can find this image HERE.   Between the balloon that says "hope" and the bird atop her head, it seems as if the artist might have had this poem in mind when creating this image!  "Hope" is colored with a blend of Copic and Touch Twin markers.
     The design paper is from Pion called Fairytale of Spring-Violet. These 6x6 papers (four on one 12x12 sheet) make coordinating papers so easy and I promise everything you create with them will look beautiful.  It is so hard to cut them up!
     The colored cardstock is my latest favorite, "Core'dinations Distress Cardstock" that I purchase in Joanns- every color is a perfect match for every color distress ink... again, very easy to find a perfect match for those Pion papers!   I distressed the edges of all with Brushed Courduroy distress ink and blender tool. The embellies feature shabby crinkled seam binding and lace from Live and Love Crafts, velvet ribbon from The Ribbon Girls and flowers & heart pearls from WOC. 
    Her balloon got a dose of Diamond Glaze and her dress, hair and wings were glittered with Deco Art Glamour Dust. That's it for me today.  Why not hop over to the Crafts and Me challenge where the digi team is hosting a "Buttons and Bow" challenge!  Have a great day, and thank you for your kind comments!  I will be entering this card in the following challenges"

Vicky's Challenges- Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion- Ribbons or Lace
Creative Creations Challenge Blog- "B" (Balloon, Bird)
Kaboodle Doodles- Bows, Pearls, Lace

Ribbon and Lace- Crafts and Me Challenge

     Good morning.  Just dropping by to invite you to join us at Crafts and Me for another weekly challenge!  This week it was my turn to host the "Rockin Rubbah" challenge, and my theme is ...
Ribbons and Lace

    You know with all the beautiful lace, ribbon, crinkled seam binding and lovely bling on a roll, I knew we would get to see some fabulous creations, so hopefully we will see yours there!  In addition to our Top 3 awards, one randomly selected winner will receive a lovely assortment of blue ribbons from Crafty Ribbons.
Jam Pot Ribbons - Blueberry

      For my card, I was invited to use a new stamp by Zindy Nelson called "Unleash the Butterflies". Actually all my teamies used Zindy's stamps, which are new to the store, so head over to see their creations HERE.  
     The image is colored with copic markers.. I swear her eyeshadow is not that bright.  My photo tent light broke and until Amazon sends me another, I had to use a table lamp which just lit her up. The photo below is truer to the real thing...  I did have fun coloring the butterflies.. I tried to make them look like real ones and I will be playing with that again.  I spilled some darker copic refill ink on her arm after I colored her and the side of her arm made is a bit blotchy!  :(  Don't you just hate that, especially when you are all done coloring an image?  It teaches me never to refill a marker OVER my just colored image! 
      The design papers are from Prima called "Sunrise Sunset" and they are gorgeous...just what the name says it is!  The cardstock is Tim Holtz Distress cardstock in Brushed Courduroy.  I also distressed the image and dp with both Brushed Courduroy and Peeled Paint distress inks as well.

      As for my "ribbon and lace"... well, if you could see the dp up close, you would see that the entire paper is filled with lace images, but I did not cheat.... I did include the crochet lace ribbon with little crystals, from Live and Love Crafts, underneath the image. I also used ribbon roses in a pretty golden yellow along side the image.  The black die cut butterflies are from an ETSY store, 42 Things. The fern die is from Marianne Creatables.  
     That's about it for today. I hope you have a great day, and thanks for all your kind comments. I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

On Your Engagement- "Rebecca" by Saturated Canary

     Just stopping by today to share my card with  you today.  I am going to be attending my neice's engagement party in a few weeks and so I had a bridal theme in mind while making this card.  I have used "Rebecca" from Saturated Canary.  
        First, I want to share that this was the first time I worked with a combination of Copics and Touch Twin markers.  I bought some individual TT's for hair and skin from 7 Kids College Fund and I must say, they worked beautifully (colors listed below)- no globbing and lifting of color!   I have a bit of a learning curve yet as the numbering system is new to me, but I am really loving these markers!  The design paper is from Pion called "Roses and Ocean of Roses" from Live and Love Crafts. The vintage dusty rose color in the paper was so beautiful and yet, it was hard to find a coordinating cardstock, but as luck would have it, I had two pieces from Coordinations called "Concerto" that was the perfect match. I will be getting more of it as I know this is a hard color to find. Parts of her hair and dress were glittered with Deco Art Glamour Dust and Diamond Stickles.
       The lace, ribbon and crochet lace as well as the pearls on a wire are all from Live and Love Crafts.  The die cut doily is from Marianne's dies.    I also used Spellbinder circle dies and small die (forgot the name) for the sentiment which is from a Lili of the Valley sentiment set. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections.  The little flowers around the image are stamped with Tea Dye distress ink with Stempelglede's Vintage Garden stamps.
   Well, I think I managed to get every company name in this blogpost- LOL!!  Have a great weekend, and, as always, thank you for your kind comments! I will  be entering this card in the challenges below.
Copics/TT Markers used:
Dress: E40, 41 & 42/R0000, R00 and R12
Hair: E11, 14, 15, 18 and TTBR102, BR99, BR92
Skin/Lips, Eyeshadow: E000, 00, RP196, RP137, RP 198

    The Color Throwdown CTD232

Follow Your Dreams- Crafts and Me Inspiration

     Happy Thursday!  At the beginning of the week, I actually heard birds chirping outside and thought, can Spring be far behind?  And today, snow again- yuk!  I guess if I did not have to drive in it, I would feel a bit better about it, but ... Let's hope for a smooth few weeks more of winter as we move toward the change of seasons!
      Today, I am excited to share a Crafts and Me Design Team Inspiration card.  Each day, one of the design team members posts a card on our blog featuring a new rubber or digi stamp to showcase new images from the talented artists who create them.  Today, I am featuring another Hannah Lynn mermaid image, called "Sharlotta" and she can be found HERE in the Crafts and Me store.
      "Sharlotta" is colored with copic markers (RV99,95, 93 & 91) on Make It Colour 
Blending Card.  Her crown, seat (Y26, 15 & 11) and parts of her dress were glittered with Diamond Stickles and some Glamour Dust.  The design papers are from Maja Design "Shall We Have Coffee" collection from Live and Love Crafts. They were distressed with my Zutter distress tool and Brushed Courduroy & Dusty Concord distress inks with my Inkblender tool. I die cut around her using an oval Spellbinder die and the Floral Oval die.
       I had so much fun embellishing this card. I used gold net ribbon from my stash.  I can't seem to locate where I got it.   I also used some fabulous hand-dyed shabby crinkled seam binding and pearls on string (really more of a thin wire) from Live and Love Crafts.  For those of you who asked about the crinkled seam binding, it is hand dyed by Sandra herself, the owner of Live and Love Crafts, and any of the out of stock colors will be dyed and restocked as soon as soon as her shipment of seam binding arrives! They match the distress ink colors perfectly!   The oval metal medallion on the shabby bow is from Bo Bunny Trinkets.  The metal corner and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections.  Last, I stamped the sentiment on cardstock, crumbled and distressed it with the inks for a more worn look.
       My work day begins by me getting up at 5:15 am.  I spend half an hour with a cup of coffee and my computer- looking at (drooling over) all those creations and challenge entries from the zillions of blogs I follow.  It just puts me in a great place to start the day. So much of my inspiration comes from seeing so many talented cardmakers on other blogs and challenges, and I just can't wait to try to employ some of those techniques on my future creations, so thank you for sharing your creativity!
      If you are not already a follower, why not hop over to the Crafts and Me blog HERE to become one so you can have the latest images and inspiration sent to you each day.  Definitely NOT a bad way to start your day!  Also why not join the Crafts and Me Facebook page HERE.
     Have a great weekend, and thank you for your kind comments.  I will be entering my card in the following challenges:
A&T Emerald Faeries Challenge- Bling
Cards and More- Pearls and Lace
Crazy Amigo Challenge- Women
Papertake Weekly- Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Flowers and Pearls
Make it Monday- Anything Goes
My Grafico- Anything Goes
The Shabby Tea Room- White and One other Color
The Ribbon Reel- Photo Inspiration
Addicted to Stamps- Lots of Flowers
Crafting When We Can-Fire, Air, Water, Earth
Dream Valley Challenges - Ribbon and Bling
That Craft Place- Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox- Fantasy
613 Avenue- Tic Tac Toe/Die Cut/Stamp/Free
Whimsy Stamps-Add some Metal
Crafty Ribbons- Anything Goes with ribbon
Delightful Challenges-  Bling

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