Friday, September 27, 2013

Fairytales or Winged Things- A Creative Romance Challenge

     Happy Friday!  Hope you have fun plans for the weekend.  I just love this time of the year. There is a bit of chill in the air and Autumn is certainly beginning to show itself.. such a pretty time of year here in New York!
   Today also begins a new challenge at A Creative Romance.  Our last challenge had over 350 entries....wow!!   The theme for our challenge which will run for two weeks is one of my favorites...

Fairytales or Winged Things

   For my card, I selected one of my favorite digital images, "Winter Fairy Halla" by one of my favorite artists, Mo Manning.  You can find him HERE at Mo's Digital Pencil along with some adorable new images, too.  I just bought a few more and I can't wait to color them up!
    "Winter Fairy Halla" is colored with copic markers (see colors below).  I mixed some deep blues and then blue greens over to get a rich deep color.  I also played with some color combinations from my Copic Pinterest Color Board HERE.  I just love Jen Dove's "Copic Color of the Day" and am grateful that so many designers post  those fabulous color combinations for the rest of us to play with!
     The design paper is Whimsy's "Winter Blues" a very pretty vintage paper pad. The edges were distressed with my distress tool and Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress inkpads.  I added some pearl lace and bronze metal corner from Live and Love Crafts, Tim Holtz border snowflake diecut (that I have had for over a year and never used)  which I ran through my xyron and then added glitter, and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. The crystals are from Stampin Up and of course, "Halla" got a little blast of "frantage" and Diamond Stickles.  Last, but certainly not least, is the sentiment from the "Simply Snow" digital image set at Create with TLCIf you haven't checked out the digital sentiments from Create with TLC, you are missing something special.. I don't think I have ever NOT been able to find a sentiment that worked with my images, whether funny or inspirational!
      Please pop over to A Creative Romance Challenge blog and take a peek at the incredible creations the Chic Crafters are hoping will inspire you. Then find your "wings" and "fairytale" images or designs, and join us!  Our sponsor for this challenge is

 Live and Love Crafts

     Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave some love...it just makes my day!  Have a great weekend.
copics:
Dress: B99, 97, BG09, 04, 02
Wings: BG000, 10, E00
Skin: E000, 00, 21, 11 and 04, R20 
Hair: E50, 31, 25, 29


I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

 Sparkles Forum Monthly Challenge- Fairies 
 Artistic Inspirations- Bright Colors
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Something Blue
Crafty Cardmakers- Winged Things
Love to Scrap-Run for the Border
Crafting When We Can- Seasons (Winter)
Color Me Creative- Anything Goes
My Creative Moments- Seasons
Oldie but Goodie- Dies & Punches (Snowflake Border Die)
Mo's Digital Pencil- For the boys
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Christmas Fairies and Sparkle
The Outlawz Alcohol Marker Challenge- Anything Goes w/ a Christmas Twist
Stampin for the Weekend- Fairies


Friday, September 20, 2013

Our Love is Forever - Crafts and Me "Lovely Lace" Challenge

     Good Morning. Just stopping by to share my very, very late design team card for Crafts and Me.  The theme for this challenge is "Lovely Lace."  - one of my favorite themes!  Can you ever have too much lace?

    Sadly, this is going to be my last challenge with Crafts and Me- it has been such a wonderful experience to create alongside such talented designers!  Teresa has made some new changes to the store over the summer, so why not have a peek HERE and see what is new! Also, Teresa has changed the Crafts and Me challenges in that they now are monthly, so you have plenty of time to enter your "Lovely Lace" creation!

     For my card, I used a Hannah Lynn digi image called "Amanda and Axel".... What a sexy vampiress...just love her "fangs" and I loved coloring her up for Halloween as my "lady vampire" card!  Halloween is not such a big deal in  some parts of the world, but in the USA it is celebrated in all its fun and macabre form! I just love all the fun recipes, decorations and the spooky atmosphere surrounding it!
       "Amanda and Axel" are colored with copic markers. The design paper is Echo Parks' "Chillingsworth Manor"  and I distressed all the edges with the Zutter distress toolIt is a really fun double sided paper pad to use for Halloween.  I added my go-to black netting behind my image and since it is a "lace" challenge, I added black lace beneath the image.  Bats were punched with a MS punch and the large bat is a sticker I had.  The orange roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Now I realized after I glued everything down that my image is lined up exactly with the orange dp... NOT what I had planned! The image should be rotated to the right but I was fussing with the netting and somehow attached the image that way.. I was not chancing taking this apart so wonky it is!
    I must say I had a lot of fun with my "picture frame!!  It was made with Delight Air Dry Clay. Both the clay and the Ornate Cameo Frame mould are now available at Crafts and Me.  The image was computer generated in Word and I changed the font using a font called "Face Your Fears" at DaFont.

    To create a shiny looking shabby, "metal" frame, I used Black Soot Distress Ink, Inka Gold Paste by Viva Decor, Dylusions Black Marble spray ink and Glossy Accents.  Visit my PINTEREST BOARD HERE on Clay, Resin and Molds for more ideas.
     Here is what I did:  After the air dry clay is removed from the mould and totally dry, about 24 hours, add some Black Soot distress ink to the blender tool or sponge and lightly color frame, especially the sides.  Afterward, lightly dab a tiny amount inka gold paste on the raised areas of the frame with your fingertip. Gently wipe off any excess with a tissue. Next, over your non-stick mat or paper towel, spray two spritzes of Dylusions Black Marble onto your mold.  You can turn over mold and dab up excess ink if you missed a spot but, again, be gentle. (Do not soak your clay with too much spray or it might "melt" the frame with too much liquid.  This is such a strong color, that two spritzes really does it and that is why I also suggested the distress ink first- it cuts down on the amount of spray you need to use.) Quickly pat excess spray gently with a paper towel.  When dry (which is in a few minutes) I added a couple more dabs of gold paste and then covered the frame in Glossy Accents. Let dry and you should have a shiny, creepy and old looking frame.  If the inside of your frame is difficult to color, just run a copic or sharpie marker inside to coordinate with the color of your frame!  With all the colors of inks and Viva Decor pastes, possibilities are endless.  This is similar to the Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay and you can use it in her molds as well.

 I added a sentiment and poured some red MS glitter at the bottom of the frame (inside) along with some "blood red" swarovski crystals..Next, I am going to add foil and make a creepy mirror instead of a sentiment! 


    Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a kind comment...I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

 7 Kids College Fund- Anything Goes
Creative Belli- Yellow, Orange (Dress) & Red (lips) Color
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
(Pin)spirational Challenge- Picture Inspiration
Craft your Passion - Fall Colors
 Haunted House Designs- Halloween 
 Marker Pop- Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenge-Halloween
The Ribbon Girls- Peach or Orange
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge- Anything Goes
Crafts- Too Challenge- Texture
Inspire Me Fridays- Anything Goes
Scrappin4Fun Challenges- Two embellies + a quote (seasonal)
 Simply Steampunk- Layers



Monday, September 2, 2013

"Geek is Chic"- Violet Vintage by Saturated Canary

  Just wanted to stop by to share a card I made for all those going back to school this week! Teachers and students alike are all getting their "school" on and shopping for new books and looks as they get back to all that "fun" stuff like getting out of bed early, studying for tests, and the dreaded of all things... having so much homework!!   This card shares my view that being smart is not only cool, it is sexy!  With that in mind, I colored up "Violet Vintage" by Saturated Canary.

  "Violet Vintage" is colored with copic markers (colors listed below) and embellished with Glamour Dust and some Stampin Up rhinestones for buttons on her dress. I just realized her name and the colors I chose match.. well, well, well.. talk about the power of suggestion!
Another view:
  
Card Recipe:
Rubber Stamps- "Violet Vintage" 
Stempelgede- Vintage Garden
Copics: RV99.95, 93 & 91
Lace/Velvet Ribbon- The Ribbon Girl
Flowers- Wild Orchid Crafts
Ek Success Paper Punch- Binding Border 
Sentiment- Create with TLC
Other: Vintage Photo Distress Ink/Stampin Up Rhinestones/Glossy Accents/Pearls/Gesso

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day and I wish everyone going back to school has a GREAT year!! xxx  I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafts4Eternity- Back to School
Wags n Whiskers- Back to School
MilkCoffee Challenge- Back to School
Divas by Design- Lace
Sisterhood of Crafters - School
Just us Girls- Distressing
Dynamic Duos- Color Challenge
7 Kids College Fund- Anything Goes with Alchohol Markers
Make it Monday- Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps-Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts- Lace & Flowers
Live & Love Crafts- Photo Inspiration
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge- Back to School








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