Friday, December 19, 2014

Art by MiRan Facebook Challenge #2 for December Anything Goes

Good evening everyone. I hope you've had a good week. I have now broken up for the school holidays and have about 2 weeks off work! Yay! More time for crafting! Love being a teacher at times like this!

Anyway today is the start of the final Art by MiRan Facebook Fan Group Challenge for the month and the year. When we return in the new year we have some fantastic, exciting changes planned for our Facebook challenges, so I hope you'll all join us then too. This fortnight as our second challenge of the month always is, is an Anything Goes challenge.

I chose to make another Christmas card - this time all in purples for my best friend Michele, whose favourite colour is....purple! I used the gorgeous Suzie Snowflakes, which is a stamp designed by Mi Ran for Treasured Times. She has a fantastic range there in rubber stamp form as well as at Whimsy Stamps and then the digi range at the Art by MiRan Etsy store too.

And here she is. I made a huge A4 sized side step card and although it was fiddly at first to get all the folds in the right place, I love it! Think it works so well in this size!



Recipe:

Stamps: Suzie Snowflakes by Art by MiRan @ Treasured Times Stamps, Think Big Favorites #8 from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Silver Glimmer Card all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Winter Wishes Patterned Papers from Echo Park

Inks: Wisteria Wonder from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Silver Satin Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Ice Crystal Border Die, Ice Crystal Dies #1, #2 & #3 all from Joy Crafts, Pearls from The Hobby House, White Liquid Applique

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - E43, E44, E47, E49
Eyes - E42, E43, E44
Shoes - E71, E74, E77
Trousers - BV20, BV23, BV25
Hat, Scarf, Gloves & Leg Warmers - V12, V15, V17
Coat - BV0000, BV01, BV02, BV04

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Art by MiRan Facebook group to check out all the latest cards from our design team and fans and why not join in the challenge this fortnight too. You do need to use an image from Art by MiRan, but it can also include the rubber stamps from Treasured Time and Whimsy Stamps too. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Paper Shelter Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Good morning and welcome to my post for the last challenge of the year from The Paper Shelter Challenge blog. This challenge is an Anything Goes challenge and will last for 3 weeks over the Christmas break. As I'm still in need of Christmas cards (I always send/give out lots), I thought I would use the cute new digi, Waiting For Santa Too, with poor Mrs Claus waiting for Santa to return from the night time deliveries. Isn't she just the cutest little granny?!

I kept my card fairly simple as I wanted to show off the background papers that come with the digi as well - they are such gorgeous colours.


And now it's time to announce the winner of The Paper Shelter blog hop that we had last fortnight to celebrate their 4th birthday! 

The random winner of a digi stamp from The Paper Shelter from the comments on my blog was

Marion

Congratulations! Head straight on over to the Paper Shelter blog to find out how you can claim your prize! 

Recipe:

Stamps: Waiting For Santa Too from The Paper Shelter, Endless Wishes from Stampin' Up

Papers: Old Olive, Soft Suede both from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Background paper from the Waiting For Santa Too set from The Paper Shelter

Inks: Real Red, Old Olive both from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, White Gel Pen, Clear Star, Clear Gloss Gelly Roll Pens

Accessories: Old Olive Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Holly Branch Punch from Woodware, Berries from Papermania

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, R20, R30
Hair - W00, W1, W3, W5
Chair - YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
Hat & Apron - E40, E41, E43, E44
Slippers - E42, E43, E44
Table - E23, E25, E27, E29
Cookies - E23, E25
Reds - R22, R24, R27, R29
Cup, Leaves & Green on tights - G40, G43, G46
Watch - Y23, Y26, Y28

And that's all from me for today folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to The Paper Shelter Challenge blog and check out all the other gorgeous cards from both design teams this challenge. Why not join in with the challenge whilst you're there too? You don't have to use a stamp from The Paper Shelter to join in but you get better prizes if you do!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration Post using Christmas Cuddle

Good morning and welcome to my inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge blog this week. I'm still in Christmas card mode so I have used the gorgeous Christmas Cuddle to make a card for my mother-in-law's cat loving friend. I love this image and it would be perfect for a Hallowe'en card too with a black cat!

She has been coloured in with copics and a few dots of Molotow paint pen added to her hair. Hope you like her!


Recipe:

Stamps: Christmas Cuddle from Ching-Chou Kuik, On Ice from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Pool Party, Perfect Plum, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Winter Wishes Patterned Papers from Echo Park

Inks: Perfect Plum from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Molotow White Paint Pen, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Night of Navy Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Pearls from Hobbycraft, Corner, Border and Tag Californian Collection, Faux Quilled Flowers Dies both from Sue Wilson @Creative Expressions, Buttons from The Works

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - C3, C5, C7, C9
Cat -W00, W1, W3, W5, W9
Leaves & Vines - G43, G46
Aqua - BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15
Flowers - BG0000, BG000, BG75
Purple - V01,V04, V06, V09

And that's all from me for today folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge blog and check out all the other gorgeous projects from the DT this week and why not join in the challenge this time too?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Tree Sprite

My final card for the day! Sorry to have bored you all with all my Christmas cards! This card is for Aurora Wings Challenge #9 Anything Goes, Aurora Wings Facebook Challenge for December Season's Greetings, The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge to use the sketch below and Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge #25 An Unusual Christmas. As cute as this sprite is, it's not your usual Christmas image, is it? LOL


And here's my card...Just love this sprite! 


Recipe:

Stamps: Christmas Tree Sprite from Aurora Wings, Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White, Merry Moments DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Real  Red from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Golden Star Gelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Gems from Papermania, Snowflake Dies from Marianne Creatables, Corner, Border & Tag Californian Collection Dies from Sue Wilson @ Creative Expressions

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Gingerbread Man - E31, E33, E35
Tree - G28, G94, G85, YG63
Boots - YG61, YG63, YG67
Red - R27, R29
Ground - E30, E31, E33

And finally that's all from me for today folks! Thanks for stopping by! 

Xmas Fairy

Christmas card #3 of 4 from today's card making session! This card is for Alicia Bel's Challenge #2 Anything Goes with the option of Christmas, Polkadoodles Challenge #49 Secret Santa (I would make a secret santa card for Jasmine Becket-Griffith - my favourite fairy artist in the world. I collect her prints and figurines and met her at the Whitby Goth Festival at the beginning of November. She was so lovely!), Fab & Funky's Challenge #241 Christmas, Digi Sketch Challenge to use the sketch below with a theme of Christmas, Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #290 to use the colours in the picture below too and finally for the Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge to use gifts - my cute fairy is carrying a basket full of gifts so I hope that counts!

        

And here's my card... I did have to add a bit of ribbon and some sentiment tags to it as well, but the general layout of  the sketch is still there!


Recipe:

Stamps: Xmas fairy from Alicia Bel, Holiday Mini Tickets from Whimsy Stamps

Papers: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Merry Moments DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Old Olive from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Golden Star Gelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Old Olive Striped Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Stitched Snowflake Die from Papertrey Ink, Frosted Lace Stickles, Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities both from Spellbinders

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair & Basket - E71, E74, E77, E79
Green - YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
Red - R35, R37, R39

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by.

String Up The Lights

The Outlawz have started a progressive challenge each month in which they provide you with the first digi image for free and if you use it and enter the challenge, you will qualify for the next month's image to use. This month's image is called Tangled Wednesday and was drawn specifically for the challenge by Betty from Simply B Stamps. I just love the expression on her face! She does not look happy with those Christmas lights! I thought I would add lots more Christmas lights to the background so it looked a bit like she was in a tangle there too!

This card is also for A Creative Romance's Anything Goes Challenge, Through The Craft Room Door's Anything Goes Challenge and for Crafty Sentiments Christmas Challenge.


Recipe:

Stamps: Tangled Wednesday from Simply B Stamps, Holiday Lights from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight all from Stampin'' Up, Copic Markers

Accessories: Real Red Striped Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up

Copics Used:
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair - E41, E42, E43, E44
Red - R35, R37, R39
Green - YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
Cord - C7, C9
Star - Y13, Y15, Y17
Lights - Y15, Y17

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by.

Snuggle Up Izzy

I had a bit of a Christmas card frenzy going on today as I finish work next week so need lots of cards to give out to my work colleagues. Not sure if I have enough or not yet! This first card uses the cute Snuggle Up Izzy from Di's Digi Downloads and is for Digi Designs Christmas Challenge.

It is also for Avenue 613's Challenge #101 Anything Goes (I missed out something from column 3 for the bingo card bit -not sure my white card on the snowflakes count as enough for solid colour card), Papertake Weekly's Paper Play Challenge, Inky Chicks Challenge #44 Winter Wonderland, Creative Inspirations Challenge #298 to use the optional sketch below,  Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wednesday Challenge and for The Outlawz Saturday Paper A La Mode Challenge to use 1 image, 2 patterned papers and 3 buttons.

And here's the sketch from Creative Inspirations


And here's my attempt on it. I wanted to do something different for the sky rather than my usual copic coloured one, so pulled out my spritzer tool and sprayed a few bits of blue marker over it for a faint sky and then did the same on the tree with a green marker so it looked a bit like the tree was covered in snow. Not sure if it really worked or not though...


Recipe:

Stamps: Snuggle Up Izzy from Di's Digi Downloads, Endless Wishes from Stampin' Up

Papers: Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, In Colors 2010-12 DSP Stack (Retired), Winter Frost DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Blushing Bride, Bashful Blue Marker (Retired), Garden Green Marker all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers

Accessories: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Vanilla Mist Smooch both from Stampin' Up, Buttons from The Works, Snowflake Dies, Christmas Tree Die both from Marianne Creatables, Doily from eBay, White Liquid Applique

Copics Used: 
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Hair - E23, E25, E27, E29
Hat & Coat - RV10, RV21, RV23
Gloves & Boots - W00, W1, W3, W5
Lantern - C5, C7, C9, YR21, YR23
Present  - BV01, BV02, BV04

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by.

Sketch Saturday Challenge #340 with Simon Says Stamp!

Good morning and welcome to my post for this week's challenge at Sketch Saturday. Back with us this week is our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp!


The Sketch Challenge Prize is a super generous $25.00 to spend in the Simon Says Stamp Store


Here is sketch #340 designed by Debra.

And here is my take on it. I rotated it and slimmed the main panel down a bit to fit my image better.


(And just in case you didn't hear, I have been asked to join the All Dressed Up Design Team so this card is dedicated to Wendy, Marilyn and Bettina for inviting me to join them all!)

Recipe:

Stamps: Wear With Style from All Dressed Up, Six-Sided Sampler from Stampin' Up

Papers: Purely Pomegranate (Retired), Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Berry Bliss DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Pretty in Pink (Retired), Purely Pomegranate (Retired) both from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers

Accessories: Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon (Retired), Purely Pomegranate Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Retired) both from Stampin' Up, Filigree Corner Die from La-La Land Crafts, Pearls from Doodlebug

Copics Used: 
Skin - E000, E00, E21,E11, R20
Hair & Ground - E41, E42, E43
Pink - R11, R81, R83
Dark Red - R56, R59

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Sketch Saturday Challenge blog and check out all the cards from the DT and why not join in the fun whilst you're there too?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #129 Snowflakes and Ribbon

Good morning. It's nearly the weekend, which means I have 1 more week at work to go before my holidays start! Woot! It's also time today for another challenge from the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge blog and this fortnight we are sponsored by Freshly Brewed Designs. Our challenge, should you decide to take it, is an easy one and perfect for the current season - use snowflakes and ribbon. This challenge will last for 4 weeks this time so give the DT a little rest over the holiay season.

Fresh Brewed Designs

I used the cute Snow What Fun to make a more masculine card, but you can still use ribbon on it without it looking all girly and frilly. I add some touches of silver ribbon to my second layer, which imitated the layout of the digi stamp.


Recipe:

Stamps: Snow What Fun from Freshly Brewed Designs, Tremendous Treats: Christmas from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Silver Glimmer Card, White Glimmer Card all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Winter Wishes Patterned Papers from Echo Park

Inks: Soft Sky from Stampin' Up, Clear Wink of Stella

Accessories: Silver Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Snowflake Dies from Marianne Creatables

Copics Used:
Navy - B93, B95, B97, B99
Aqua - BG10, BG11, BG13
Shadows on Snow people - BG0000, BG000
Carrots - YG04, YG07, YG18
Cheek - R30, R32
Twigs - E29

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge blog and check out all the other gorgeous cards from the Dt and why not join in the fun whilst you're there. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In The Pink Challenge #59 Pink Christmas

Exciting news for you today! The lovely Christine has asked me to join the In The Pink Challenge blog as a Pink Lady! I was so thrilled to be asked and of course just had to accept as pink is my favourite colour! Today is my debut as a new DT member and this fortnight we would like you to make a Christmas card, using, of course, our favourite colour PINK!

I used one of my new Lacy Sunshine digis for this challenge and whilst I have seen lots of cards made with her in blue, I think she looks fabulous in pink, don't you?! I added lots of mirror card, and boy it that hard to photograph! I used this cute pompom trim I found in a box of stash and then used the cut off pompoms to add to the centre of the snowflakes. Love it!


Recipe:

Stamps: Snow Bunny Ethereal Enchantress from Lacy Sunshine, On Ice from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Blushing Bride from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Silver Mirror Card from Dovecrafts, Vintage Frost Basics 3rd, 4th, 5th and 19th of December all from Maja Design

Inks: Blushing Bride from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Wink of Stella - Dark Pink & Clear

Accessories: Pompom Trim from Live & Love Crafts, Ribbon from Docrafts, Ice Crystal Border Die, Ice Crystal Dies #1, #2 & #3 all from Joy Crafts, Die-Namics Eyelet Lace Border Die, Eyelet Doily Die both from MFT

Copics Used: 
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20, R30
Dark Pink - R81, R83, R85
Eyes - E42, E43, E44
Dress - RV0000, RV000, RV00, RV02

And that's all from me for today folks! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the In The Pink Challenge blog and check out all the other gorgeous cards from the DT and why not join in the fun whilst you're there too? Just remember your card has to have more pink on it than any other colour!