Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Spring Blooms & Fairy for Ching-Chou Kuik


 Hello, fellow crafters!  I'm posting today on the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration & Challenge Blog.  The 4-legged friends challenge is still underway, so join us for that!


I used one of Ching-Chou's partially colored images on today's card. This is Spring Blooms:

The partially colored version of Spring Blooms comes with the hair and eyes already colored.  I colored everything else with Copic markers, then cut her out and backed her with dies from The Scrapping Cottage.

The background paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop. It is one of the Bokeh Blends papers. The cute little die cut bunny is from Peachy Cheap.

I hope you check out the inspiration often at Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration & Challenge Blog


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a Critter
Crafty Animals -- ATG with an Animal
D.L. Art -- April Linky Party
Colour Crazy Challenge -- ATG with a colored image

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Under the Sea -- for Paper ala Mode Challenges

 It's Saturday, and it's the start of a new challenge today at Saturday Paper ala Mode Challenges at The Outlawz. All year, our challenges are sponsored by We Are 3 Digital Shop. You could win a gift certificate for the We Are 3 Digital Shop, and try the papers, printable, and sentiments for ourself!

For the next 2 weeks, the theme at the Paper ala Mode challenge is 'Under the Sea'. Interpret that any way that you want!  I was looking for mermaids and seashells!

The cute mermaid is called Seaside Mermaid, and I colored her with Copic markers.  She also comes in a pre-colored version. The background paper is one of the Under the Sea papers, and the sentiment is part of the Mermaid Wishes Sentiments set

The fishing net die is by Tutti Designs.  The label dies and seashell dies are by Spellbinders.  All the inks I used for inking are by Close To My Heart. 

I hope you can join us this next 2 weeks at Paper ala Mode Challenges for the theme 'Under the Sea'!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Fairy Magic -- For Cute Card Thursday

 It's Thursday, and it's time for a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday. Every Thursday, a new challenge begins.  This week, our sponsor is All Dressed Up Stamps, and the theme is "wings".  You can find many images that fit this theme in the All Dressed Up Stamps Etsy Shop (or however you want to interpret the theme).

I used the darling Fairy Magic image for my DT inspiration today:



I colored Fairy Magic with Copic markers, then inked the edges of the die cut with Close To My Heart inks while she was still in the stitched oval die. 

The background is a retro floral die cover by Pinkfresh Studio. The pink crinkle ribbon is from the D.L. Art Etsy Shop.

I hope you join us this week for our "wings" challenge at Cute Card Thursday! I'd love to see what you create.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiment -- ATG + a sentiment
The Paper Shelter -- With a Sentiment
D.L. Art -- April Linky Party

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Sweet Bunny -- for Ching-Chou Kuik

 Greetings, everyone!  I am posting today on the Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge & Inspiration BlogWe have a new challenge getting underway on the CCK blog.  This month, our theme is 4-legged friends.  My 4-legged friends mean as much to me as some of me 2-legged friends, so I highly approved of this theme!

There are some wonderful images in the GJZCCK Etsy Shop that are perfect for this theme, including Sweet Bunny, which I used on this card: 

I used the black & white version here of Sweet Bunny, then colored it with Copic markers.   I cut her out and backed her with nesting dies by Crafter's Companion.  The stitched background is a die from Diamond Press.  The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with banner die by Crafter's Companion. I used my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper on this, too.

You'll find wonderful inspiration on the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration & Challenge Blog, so check there often.  You'll find another challenge and more inspiration in the CCK Facebook group


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
613 Ave. Create -- Spring
Crafty Calendar -- Spring or Easter
D.L. Art -- April Linky Party
Promarker Challenge -- Animal Antics

Monday, April 5, 2021

It's Bird Chirping Weather -- For JDS Challenges

 It's the first Monday of the month, and that can only mean one thing -- it's time for a new challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges (or JDS Challenges). Challenges are absolutely Anything Goes -- knitting, glass etching, scrapbooking, woodworking -- we want to see it all!  There is a gift certificate for a project using a Jan Mahew image, and another random winner each month. There will also be 3 designer choice awards. Awesome!

Jan had several new releases in March.  One was called Springtime, and it's what I used to design today's card.  One of my favorite parts of spring is having the birds return.  I eagerly await the first robin, the first loon on the lake, and the first bluebird.  We have bird feeders and bird houses throughout our property.  So, I really love this new Springtime set, with its bird and birdhouse theme.  There are black & white and precolored versions available.  I used the black & white on this card:


I picked up some inexpensive alcohol markers by Diamond Press, and used them on this project.  You get what you pay for.  I don't recommend them.  Their shading was terrible.  The light orange looked brown, and was darker than the medium and dark shades.  I was very disappointed with them.   After suffering through coloring the birdhouse and bird from the Springtime set, I fussy cut them both out.  The sentiment is also from the Springtime set. I used a set of Spellbinders label dies to cut it out and back it.

I made the slimline card using a slimline cutting die from Tutti Designs. 

I hope you join us this month at JDS Challenges.  I'd love to see what you create, and I'd also love to see you have a chance at the 2 gift certificates.  Use a Jan Mahew image to increase your chances! 


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Spring Butterfly Girl -- for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

 It's the first Sunday of the month, and that means we are starting a new challenge over on the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Blog. The challenges run for a month, and they are always Anything Goes!

This month, we are sponsored by The Paper Shelter. The Paper Shelter has wonderful digital images.  They come with a black & white version, but also a pre-colored version, and some background papers.  It's fantastic! I was given the opportunity to color up the darling Enchanting Butterflies, and I created this:


I colored Enchanting Butterflies with Copic markers, then cut her out with an inverted nesting die from Crafter's Companion.  The 'Hello Spring' sentiment is also a Crafter's Companion die.  The butterfly dies are from Paper Wishes. The floral background paper is from Crafter's Companion.  It sang 'springtime' to me. 

I hope you can join us this month at Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends.  We have such wonderful sponsors -- like The Paper Shelter.  Link up, and you could win a gift certificate from their store.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar -- Spring or Easter
Cut it Up -- Spring Flower & Butterflies
D.L. Art -- April Linky Party

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Spring is B-a-a-a-ck! for SheepSki Designs

 It's April 1st, and we're starting a new challenge on the SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog. The challenge runs the whole month of April, and the them is "Animal Magic".  You can find many wonderful images that will fit this theme in the SheepSki Designs Etsy Shop

For my DT inspiration, I colored up the wonderful image, Spring Lamb:


I colored Spring Lamb with Copic markers, then used some papers from AMB Illustrations.  I computer generated the sentiment.

I hope you can join us this month at SheepSki Designs Challenges for the Animal Magic challenge. I'd love to see what you create! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Everybody Art -- Easter
Cutie Pie Challenge -- Bunnies & Blooms (spring)