New Vintage Images & Crafts and Me Digi Challenge

   Hi. Just stopping by to share my post for Crafts and Me. First, one of our dear dt members needed to step down, so I thought I would move over to the digi team. It really works for me too as the store is way over in the UK and it is just easier to get the digi images via email.  Either way, whether I am working with the rubber or digi, Crafts and Me has images that are just so beautiful!
  Next, a bit of news in that Teresa just released the most gorgeous "Vintage"images in the store.  You can see them HERE. Some are available in rubber and some are digi images.  How appropriate, too, that our challenge host, Minna, selected "Shabby Chic" for this week's digi challenge. It just fits so perfectly with these new images.
    Additionally, Teresa has a new medium on which to work with these images and you might have already seen it on some of the design team creations... it is Stamping Linen by Joy Crafts. Teresa will have the linen in stock very soon!  These sheets of linen can be stamped and colored on (copics, pencils or markers) or they can go right into your inkjet printer where once you size your image, you can print them out and embellish. In fact, if you look closely at the design team creations HERE, you can see that Nic used the same image as I did, only she enlarged it for a different effect! I am quite excited about this new product and can't wait for you to try it too. Not only is it elegant, but is great for those who don't want to color or just don't have the time to put together a card featuring a colored image.
   Again, our challenge this week is SHABBY CHIC... I selected "Emily" a digi image that already features those beautiful touches of pink and red...
   As no coloring was necessary, I got right to work playing with my layout - the design paper is from Pion.  So beautiful to coordinate. I matted with Tim Holtz distress cardstock and distressed with Brushed Courduroy ink.  Next, I added a Tim Holtz Ornate Book Plate (from Idea-ology) and embellished that with Aged Wine and Shabby Pink Frantage. I also added pink swarovski crystals where the brad holes were as I secured it with foam tape and not the brads that are included. I also added some Frantage to the bronze corner embellishment. In fact, if you see a few white dots on the image, it is the frantage and glitter and not any problem with the linen. I was amazed at how perfectly the image printed on it.  The one thing I did not do was "fray" the edges.. you can do that with this linen and you may see that in other creations.  Last I added a Magnolia flourish die cut, a beaded hat pin and some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Live and Love Crafts.  The sentiment is from an LOTV sentiment set. 
    We would love for you to show us your digital "Shabby Chic" creations. Why not stop by the Crafts and Me blog for some inspiration and then add your creations to our challenge.  Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments.

I will be entering the following challenges:


     Good Morning.. just want to start by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with all those in Oklahoma recovering from their devastating losses... cannot imagine the pain they are enduring... while I am saddened by their grief, I am also amazed at the strength of spirit in many of the stories I hear and read about... again, my prayers are with them as they find their way back....
     Since it is Thursday, it is also my day to post my "inspiration" card for Crafts and Me stamps.  I had the pleasure to work with another Hannah Lynn image called "Wynndy." She is a digi image and is available for immediate download at Crafts and Me.  Yes, she is also a mermaid, you can see a bit of her tail behind her right shoulder in front of the moon that illuminates her.
         I guess with spring here and the array of beautiful flowers around, I am drawn to these brighter colors... "Wynndy" is printed on Make It Colour cardstock (through my laser printer) and colored with copic markers.  Parts of the image were slightly sprinkled with some Glamour Frantage today (lol)... The design paper is a soft 6x6 paper pad - "Alla Prima"by Prima.  It features soft aquas, lovely muted greens and golden yellows.  The flowers, pearls, trim and bronze metal corner are from Live and Love Crafts and Wild Orchid Crafts.  The sweet metal sentiment embellie is from Making Memories "Eclectic Metal Signs" which I got at Michael's.  
       For those of you afraid of taking on "hair" like this, I have a hint for you...  work with lighter colors...Here I used E50, 51, 53 and a bit of E35. Until you feel real comfortable working with lots of hair, the lighter colors are very forgiving and blend nicely... 

   That's all for me today...just a reminder before I go that the Crafts and Me "Lots of Layers" challenge is still going on... why not stop by for some inspiration and enter your layered creation!  Last, Teresa at Crafts and Me just got in these amazing new digital Vintage images.. you will definitely be seeing them in future projects featured by the design team... they are available HERE now along with other fabulous vintage finds!  Have a great day, and THANK YOU for your kind comments- also a big THANK YOU to those of you who have purchased cards from my ETSY

I will be entering the following Challenges:

Wishing You a Beautiful Day- Crafts and Me Inspiration

   Happy Thursday!  Just stopping by to share my inspiration card for today's Crafts and Me blog.  As you know, we host challenges every week; digi challenges one week and rubber challenges the next.  In addition to the challenges, we also post the newest images on our "inspiration" blog.  Today, it is my pleasure to share  a new Hannah Lynn rubber stamp image, "Glacier Lily Fairy."  I just love Hannah's images... so much fun to color!
    This image is colored with copic markers and a bit of colored pencil in her hair.  I apologize for the poor lighting as it was evening when I took the pics and one of my photo lamps broke- yikes!  I am just beginning play with "coloring in noses" on images that don't have a defined nose and this is a gentle attempt- thank you to Alyce (Kit and Clowder) for helping me with that! Brave eagle I am! :)
    The design paper was a "gift" that came with one of my favorite magazines, "Cardmaking and Papercraft".  The subscription is a bit expensive and it originates from the UK, but it is by far one of the best mags I own. Every issue comes with a gift of either a paper pad, stamps (or both), chipboard, name it! (I am not getting a commission for plugging this mag- it is just that I have subscribed to tons of these mags and have ended all my subscriptions except this one as it never disappoints from cover to cover!) This issue featured a free 6" paper pad by Teresa Collins and it worked for my image! The vintage blue/greens and pale peach colors called my name for this card. Here is a close up:
 The white Frantage, lace, pearl crochet trim, pearl on a string and bronze metal corner all come from Live and Love Crafts  I don't know where I got the square doilies from as I took them out of the package and stored them without label! The flowers are from Recollections and Wild Orchid Crafts.
   Thanks so much for stopping by.  Why not stop over to the Inspiration blog and then to the Challenge blog where the digi team is hosting this week's challenge... "use a digi"- it doesn't get easier than that. Have a great day!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Color Throwdown- CTD242
Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge- Myth or Fantasy
Stampin Royalty- Color Challenge 176
Deep Ocean Challenge - Let's Sparkle
Cupcake Craft-Lots of Layers
A Gem of a Challenge- Things with Wings
Color Me Creative- Anything Goes
One Stop Challenge- Add Some Glitter
Fashionable Stamping- Anything Goes
No Matter Which Challenges- Things with Wings
MilkCoffee Challenge- Vintage/Shabby Chic
Delightful Challenges- Glitter, Ribbon, Dimension
Mad for Markers- One for the Girls
Scrappiness Designs- Color Palette

Saturated Canary "Genie" & La La Land Shadowbox

Good Morning...a rainy one here but I am nice and cozy at home today.  Today, my project features Saturated Canary image, "Genie".
        I am new to making altered projects but I decided to have a go at the LaLa Land Shadow Boxes.  They assemble easily and you can then color, paint or embellish them any way you choose. I painted the box with both Krylon 18K Gold spraypaint and then on the sides of the box, used the new Tim Holtz metallic gold dabber.. great product. I also adhered design paper, my image and embellies and then assembled.
    While I think this might be a too "blingy" I did "frantage" the heck out of this image and frame with the White Frantage embossing enamel and the Lilac Encrusted jewels (HERE IS A youtube video on these 5 jar kits) .  I added the flowers, and to really bling it up and make it "genie-looking", I used ribbon trimmed with pink crysals inside the frame to dangle down...Last, my Wild Orchid crafts flowers and gold corners (comes with the shadowbox) finish off this project.
  "Genie" is colored with copic markers and a little glamour dust is sprinkled here and there.  Thanks so much for stopping by Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments.
I will be entering this project in the following contests:

Just Because...Crafts and Me Rubber Stamp Challenge

    Happy Wednesday... hope the weather is as beautiful where you live as it has been here. Spring has really, truly and finally arrived and I am loving it...
     Today marks the beginning of another great challenge at Crafts and Me.  The ever-so-talented Tracy Payne has selected  "LACE" as our challenge theme. Can you ever have too much lace?  For this challenge, you can interpret the theme any way you choose- as long as you include some form of "lace", and enter your creations on the Crafts and Me challenge blog HERE!
    For my card, I selected a new rubber stamp by Janna Prosvirina called "Memories."
     This beauty is stamped on Make It Colourful paper and colored with copic markers (Rv99, 95, 93 & 91) and C's (5, 7 &9) for the trim on her dress and neckline.  I also sprinkled some glamour dust in places on her dress and hair. I use a Tombow glue pen (looks like a ball point pen) instead of liquids or larger glue pens as it allows me to control the amount of glitter, and most times I want just a few specks in her hair to make it sparkle.  I did have a tough time coloring her as yesterday I pulled a muscle in the back of my neck and looking down for long periods of time is so uncomfortable...
     The design papers are from Pion- just gorgeous. Sorry the pic makes them look more "pink" but they are truly a deep purple. The gorgeous lace, pearls and shabby seam binding are from Live and Love Crafts. The flowers and metal corner are from Recollections and Wild Orchid Crafts. I "frantaged" (oh my, a new verb!) the metal corner with a mix of Lilac Encrusted Jewels and White Frantage Embossing Enamel.  The sentiment is from a great package of Colorbok Kraft stickers- they feature alphabets and sentiments.. I cut the sentiment apart and distressed with Brushed Courduroy ink and adhered in sections...don't know where I got them and can't find them online- yikes!
         Next, I hope you hop over to the Crafts and Me challenge blog to see what the design team has created to inspire you to play along in our "Lace" challenge!  P.S.  Rose posted a quick 8 step tutorial on merging C&M background digis with C&M Art Stamps on the Crafts and Me Inpiration blog HERE.
     Thank you for your well-wishes, kind comments and for just saying hello! xxx
I will be entering this card in the following challenges:


Saturated Canary "Elphie"


Good Morning.  For my card today,  I selected "Elphie". She reminds me of a little Cinderella before her fairy godmother transforms her into a princess! Maybe this is the moment her fairy godmother appears...
     Elphie is colored with copic markers.  I sprinkled a bit of Frantage and Glitter around her to help create the magic special effects I recall when I watched Cinderella on television as a child. This was the first time I used the Frantage, and as you can see, it was a light touch, and not the heavier application I also love to do on other projects, but with this image, a light touch works, I think! Usually you will never hear "light touch" and my name in the same sentence LOL!
     I made the frame from the new Martha Stewart Frame and Flourishes Mold and Clay pack.  After I took the pic above, I decided to add some seed beads to the frame, and along with applying Tattered Rose distress ink, I sprinkled pink seed beads in the corners which you can see in the pic below. (I did it after I sent the card to Angie, so I could not take another pic!)
     The frame around Elphie is "Fancy Rectangle" from Sizzix, and once again, I used it as it frames the larger images other frame dies can't do.  The flowers and lace are from Live and Love Crafts and the roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Last, the shaped card was made with Go Kreate XXL dies.  Ribbon, cheesecloth and pearls are from my stash.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a great day and thanks always for your kind comments!

Candy Winners- A Creative Romance Design Team Candy

 The candy winners have been chosen. The winner of my candy is ...
Clare C.  
Congratulations! Please visit A Creative Romance blog to see if you are a winner of the other design team member's candy. Winners are posted on the challenge blog and individual blogs.

Hope you are now entering the Sponsor Blog Candy HERE.  Our lovely and generous sponsors- Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Live and Love Crafts, and The Ribbon Girl  are helping us kick off our challenge by offering prizes.  Click on the link above or on the badge on the top right hand side of my sidebar to learn more about it and enter, enter, enter and enter!!
Have a great day!

More Candy! A Creative Romance Sponsor Candy!

As promised, the design team for A Creative Romance challenge blog has selected their winners.  All winners will be announced tomorrow, May 2nd both on our individual blogs as well as A Creative Romance blog HERE, so be sure to come back to see if you are a winner!

 Now that the Design Team has introduced themselves it's time to announce our fabby Sponsors, and what a line up we have for you!

Now as you may have already gathered, the design team loves our Crafty giveaways. The amazing Candy our DT have all offered is testament to that.  So what better way for our Sponsors to introduce themselves than with each offering some delish Crafty Candy to adorn your beautiful creations when our 1st Challenge starts on the 7th June.



are offering this fabby prize

We will be picking one winner for each of the tempting candies being offered so that will be 4 chances to win! All you need to do, if you haven't already, is:
-   Become a follower of A Creative Romance challenge blog.
-   Add your name to Mr. Linky on A Creative Romance challenge blog (not here).
-  Add the A Creative Romance badge below to your blog

 The draw will take place on the 7th June, when we announce the winners and our 1st exciting challenge!  Have a great day!
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