Sunday, December 4, 2016

Reindeer Birthday

I declared yesterday a "pajama day" and spent a much-needed day in my craft room.  This card is one of the things I created.  I have a friend who has a December birthday, so I thought this would do the trick.  I just love the face on this girl!  It's a digital stamp from Sandra Caldwell, called #1018 Reindeer Child.  You can find her and more of Sandra's images in the Babycakes Digis and Designs Etsy Shop.

I masked the girl, stamped a background stamp with birthday words from Mama Elephant and added the words "B-day girl" to her t-shirt.

Challenges Entered:
Crafter's Cafe #162 - Birthday or Christmas
Crafting By Designs December - AG
Craft Rocket #29 - Winter
Little red Wagon 370 - Chilly Friends
Aud Sentiments #169 - AG + Sentiment
Southern Girls #147 - AG
Pencil Case #34 - AG
WWDT Open Challenge 11/15-12/12
Come and Get It - Christmas
TFIG 84 - colors:  Cherry Cobbler, Espresso, Olive

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Day for Daisies - December Challenge

Back with a quick post announcing the December Challenge on the ADFD Blog - it's Add Some Sparkle.  We're showcasing some images Tammy release in 2012.  This one is called Holly Time Fairy.  She is on sale for $2.00 in the ADFD shop. Click on the link and add her to your ADFD collection!

It's hard to see the sparkle on my card, but I used red glitter glue around the outer wreath and on the fairy's holly berries.  Wink of Stella covers her dress and wings and a glitter pen was used to make stars in the night sky.

You have plenty of time to join us this month.  There's an adorable freebie on the blog for you to use.  Just add some sparkle!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sandra Caldwell New Release

Back with a new release image from Sandra Caldwell.  This one is called #1213 Pork Elf. Don't you love the look on its face?!?  You can find it later today with all of the other new digis in the Babycakes Digis and Designs Etsy shop.

I hobbled together sentiments from a variety of sources to create my custom sentiment.  The word Christmas is from PTI's Rustic Wreath set and the "hogs and kisses" is altered from Sugar Pea Design's Happy Mail set.  It was originally "hugs and kisses," and with the magic of a brown marker and some white gel pen hugs became hogs!!  Puny - right?!?!

I think I have discovered a combination of colors I like for coloring Sandra's pigs.  Just the right amount of pink with a little brown.  I color the pig with R000, shade with R01 and then go over everything with an E50.  For the ears and nose, I start with R02, shade with E11 and then a light coat of E41.  My hooves are E41 with R01 and shaded with E31.

Challenges Entered:
Aud Sentiments #169 - AG + Sentiment
4 Crafty Chicks #376 - Winter Wonderland
CraftRocket #29 - Winter Time
Come And Get It 11/27- Baby It's Cold Outside
House of Cards 11/25 - Lots of Layers/Colors
Pile It On #122 - Two Patterns

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Day for Daisies - Snowball Sam

This little guy, Snowball Sam, is one of three super-adorable snowmen you can find in the ADFD store under the "winter" tab.  I used Sandy Allnock's idea of coloring the night sky with BV25 and adding white ink to look like snow accumulating on his hat and the branches.  The Sugar Pea Designs sentiment from Frosty Friends was just perfect to finish off the card!

Copic color combinations are always interesting to me. I moved away from using the sequential color schemes and played with a different third color.  The turquoise part of the scarf is BG70, 72 & 18.  I started using 75, but it grayed down the color too much - 18 provided a good contrast, but kept the colors vibrant.  The same thing happened with the other color in the scarf.  It's E07, 09  (love that barn-red look) and E18 is the contrast.  The reddish-brown was perfect and made the other colors pop!  C01, 00 and BG70 were used to shade Snowball Sam.

Challenges Entered:
Tuesday Morning Sketches- #379
Shopping Our Stash #270 - Warm and Fuzzy
Crafting By Designs 11/23 - Get Ready for Christmas
Little Red Wagon 11/23 - Sparkle and Shine
Aud Sentiments #169 - AG + sentiment
Craft Rocket #29 - Winter Time
The Pencil Case #33 - AG

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Day for Daisies - Holding Fireflies

I remember catching fireflies as a child just like this little girl, so this image, Holding Fireflies with Wings from ADFD took me back in memory lane.  On top of that, the little girl's body position is just like the way one of my granddaughter's when she is examining something closely!  The image is a freebie in the ADFD Shop right now.

I really wanted to push myself to work on creating a night sky.  I wish I had masking fluid for the stars and in its absence, settled on the old technique of using Glossy Accents over the stars and fireflies after I colored them yellow.  It was a semi successful try.  Ranger's Distress Inks are the easiest to use when trying to blend inks.  My SU! inks dry too quickly.  I've used Sketch Saturday's sketch to design the card and finished it off with sequins and some Stickles.

It's definitely not summer in MN, but up until this past week the weather has been so mild I've worn sandals to work!!  Now it's shoes, socks and mittens!

Distress Inks:  Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot
Copics:  Hair:  E50, 51, 53, 25
Skin:  E00, R20
Wings:  Y00, Y21, BV00, BV02, V12
Dress:  Y000, Y00
Stars:  Y00, Y11

Challenges Entered:
Aud Sentiments #168/ - AG + Sentiment
Creative Knockouts #168/ - Lots of Layers
Just Keep on Creating - November Challenge

CAS Sympathy

Playing around with some shades of blue in a sympathy card for the 200th Birthday Challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge.

I've enjoyed working through their challenges to develop my CAS eye - which is a whole different kind of card-making than the Copic coloring I typically do!

I've used a Ranger stencil with Stormy Sky Distress Ink in the background; butterfly die cuts with SU's Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Island Indigo; a sentiment from Paper Smooches and some clear sequins.

Challenges Entered:
CAS Colours and Sketches #200 - monochromatic blues
Addicted to CAS #101 - Ombre
Aud Sentiments #168 /- AG + Sentiment
Just Keep On Creating - November Challenge

Sunday, November 13, 2016

CAS Baby Card

Babies, babies, and more babies!  Between relatives and siblings for children at the school I teach at - it's been a fall of new births!  Here's a CAS card for a little boy.  I've flipped this week's sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches to design the card and pulled out at old die from PTI, some papers from my stash, and a Darice embossing folder provided the details.

The gold patterned paper is a scrap from a package of SU! Patterned paper - and more than 7 years old.  The other papers are from this year's Crate Paper's Oh, Boy! 6x6 paper stack.  Not that we paper hoarders need a reason, but just sayin' - major satisfaction when I open that paper draw and find an old scrap that is a PERFECT match for some new paper.  Can I get an AMEN from any of my people?!?!

Challenges Entered:
CAS Colours & Sketches/ - #199
Tuesday Throwdown #319/ - All About the Words