Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Sketch Challenge at the Outlawz

New Sketch Challenge at the Outlawz is posted!!! All month, we have sponsored by the awesome Encino Stamps Company. And I'm so excited because they have new releases out! I will be shopping at that web site very very soon! I actually won one of the new stamps as part of the sweepstakes and it is just darling.

Here is the sketch for this week. 

Here is my card using the Annie with Mug image! I colored her with my Copic markers!

Copics I used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Lips: R43
Hair: Y23, Y26, E40
Sweater, Bow: V15, V12
Scarf & top: RV91, RV93, RV23
Jeans: B93
Boots: E34, E31, E30
Mug: Y28, E08
Eyes: Bic Mark-it Deep Sea Blue
Floor: T1

Hope you will swing by the Outlawz and see what the other Design Team members came up with for this sketch.

Challenges I am entering:
Party Time Tuesdays- Anything Goes
Open Minded Crafting Fun - Warmth (My girl has a cup of hot cocoa)
A Random Fan - use a digital stamp

Have a crafty day!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Through the Purple Haze Challenges #26 Team B --- DIGIS AND DIE CUTS

Hey crafty ones! I sure hope you will hop over to Through the Purple Haze Challenges this week as there is a "ginormous" post there for the 26th Challenge. The theme is Digis and Die Cuts.

This week is Team B's chance to showcase digi images from Lacy Sunshine and Pink Gem Designs and beautiful ornamental dies from  Tattered Lace Dies (Designed by Stephanie Weightman).

{Prize is $20 coupon}

{Prize is 2 images}

{Prize is 1 ornamental die}

Soooooooo, where do I begin? Well, let's start with the card I did with the Lacy Sunshine image. The image is Desiree Dragonfly and can be found in the online store. I always pick out my background papers first and then color my image to coordinate. I absolutely fell in love with my papers and that adorable image. Here's the finished card and the recipe!

Image: Desiree Dragonfly by Lacy Sunshine
Patterned Papers by Colorbok (Fresh Linen) and cut with Spellbinders dies
Purple Gems from my stash
Dragonfly Punch by EK Success, punched and then heat embossed with Crystal embossing powder
Image colored with Copic markers and Atyou Spica Pens, and Wink of Stella by Zig
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R02
Lips: R85
Eyes: B34, B00
Hair: E47, E57, E35, E30
Dress: V17, V15, V12, V01
Ground: N1
Dragonfly Wings: Clear Wink of Stella
Dragonflies: Turquoise Atyou Spica Pen

Next, I will show you my card I made using Roller Skate Milly from Pink Gem Designs.

And here is the recipe!
Image is Roller Skate Milly by Pink Gem Designs
Papers by the Paper Studio
Punched Flower and Glittered Center
Circle Die Cuts from Spellbinders
Image colored with Copic Markers
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R02
Hair: E71, E35, E51, E29, E49
Headband: Y38, RV14
Dress: RV13, RV14, RV17
Sash: RV13
Bee: Y06, N5
Sucker: Y38, RV17
Skates: R0000, N1
Ground: N1

And last but not least, my card using Tattered Lace Oriental Blue Bird Die! I absolutely love this die. It is so versatile and makes such a statement you need very little else. Here's my card!

Here is the recipe!
Oriental Blue Bird Tattered Lace Die
Paper Flower from Spare Parts
Coordinating Papers from my stash

So there you have it! I'm hoping to enter my cards in the following challenges:
Make It Monday - comment
Sentimental Sundays - Lovey Dovey (using Be My Valentine card)

So, I really hope you stop by Through the Purple Haze Challenges and see all the lovely cards from Team B - Fiona, Sian, Jacqui, Eithne, Pam, Becky, Sylvia, Anita, Wendy, Faith, and me, Darcy.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Outlawz Sketch Challenge

There's a new Sketch Challenge over at the Outlawz!

All month long, Encino Stamps has been our sponsor. The monthly winner will get 3 digi stamps as their prize!

Here is the sketch!

Here is my card! I colored the image with copic markers. The image is Ellen with Cake.

So sorry my post is short this week! I'm a bit under the weather!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cupid Betty

Valentine's Day is the next big event coming up!! The Simply Betty Stamps Facebook Fan Challenge is running the whole month of January. Betty drew 3 cupid images, Cupid Betty, Cupid Corinne, and Cupid Elisabete. You can find all the images in her STORE.

The challenge is to pick at least one of the Cupid images and follow the theme. I chose Cupid Betty.

For Cupid Betty use: Black / White and a touch of Red or pink your choice on your image, paper wise anything goes.

I also wanted to enter this week's sketch challenge at Sketch Saturday Challenge. So I used their sketch for my inspiration.  Here is the sketch that we were given to use as our inspiration.

Here is my card!!

I turned the sketch on it's side to match the orientation of my image.  

Challenges I am entering:
The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge - use something new ( I used a new image and new heart paper)
My Mum's Craft Shop - theme is Love

Have a fun and crafty week!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Longing for Summer

Snow flurries and up to 50 mile per hour winds today are making me long for summer. Seeing flowers, smelling fresh cut lawn, and just basking in the sun sounds really good. So, it's only January......I'll have to dream on paper.

I made a card using Too Sweet Kitty from Meljens Designs, one of my favorite digi companies.
I printed him on white cryogen cardstock and colored the cute image in with my Copic markers.

I then layered on some lime green cardstock, cut a couple of leafy branches with my Martha Stewart Punch, and layered it all together on some solid pink cardstock along with some pink plaid decorated paper. I finished off with a couple of flowers from Spare Parts.

Copic Recipe:
Kitty - N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N5  R81
Pink Flowers -  RV04  Y38
Bell on Kitty - Y28
Grass - YG21, YG03
My sky was sponged with a Blue Vivid pad.

 I just love these pink flowers from Spare Parts. They are actually brads. I have just ordered 3 more sets!

I'm entering my card in these challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams - Thoughts of Summer (green grass, flowers, blue sky)
Words2ScrapBy - Favorite Things (use something mentioned in the song My Favorite Things- I used Whiskers on Kittens" as my inspiration.

I'm also showing my card at the Outlawz Color Challenge- you get to pick your theme and two colors besides pink from the inspiration photo. Such fun!!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Sketch Challenge at the Outlawz January 15, 2014

Hey, crafty peeps!
There is a new Sketch Challenge just posted at the Outlawz!

Our sponsor all month is the wonderful Encino Stamps! The January winner will receive 3 digis of their choice!

I love the sketch we have this week! Here it is!

All of the Design Team (Sandra, Pat, Cindy, and myself) used Carl the Chameleon from Encino Stamps for the focal image. I absolutely love this cute image. I could use it over and over. Here is my card, but you really need to go to the challenge page and see how the other DT gals were inspired to use the cute Carl Chameleon. It is so fun to see what others do with the same image!

My son had a chameleon when he lived at home. It was a pretty green most of the time and occasionally changed color to a dull yellowish brown --- a little bit unremarkable, so I decided to make my chameleon a fun one, using rainbow colors. I used Copic markers to make my rainbow colors. The blue buttons are actually punched from paper with my new button punch from EK Success. Here are my Copic colors for this little guy.  B12   V15  RV55  YR16  Y17  G02

FYI, in case you ever wanted to know stuff about chameleons, here is a little bit of information I thought was interesting.

 There are approximately 160 species of chameleons which are part of the lizard family and they are found in a range of colors, including pink, blue, red, orange, turquoise, yellow, and green. 
 Some species can change color and they are great climbers and hunters and are found in warm habitats and are often kept as household pets.
Typically, chameleons kept as pets are 3 to 20 inches in length and usually are hues of green, brown, grays and live less than five years.
Chameleons eyes move independently from each other. This gives them a full 360-degree range of vision around their bodies which helps them catch their prey. The chameleon has a long tongue and eats primarily insects.
Chameleons change color sometimes as a social function (attracting females) and sometimes as a reaction to temperature in an attempt to  maintain their body temperature in heat or cold. they also change color to camouflage themselves from predators or to attempt to scare or intimidate other chameleons, snakes, or birds when they feel threatened. 

Well now you know more about chameleons than you ever wanted to know! Information from Wikipedia

I am entering my card in the
Creative Fingers Challenge - Buttons

Hope you are enjoying your week!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Through the Purple Haze Challenges #24

Welcome to the first challenge of the new year at Through the Purple Haze Challenges!!

 Our theme this week is Anything Goes and it is a double team challenge which means both Teams A and B are showing their creations!!

Our sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments. Their prize to the winning entry of your projects will be 3 digi images!

Here is my card using Crafty Sentiments image, Eve and Jason. My sentiment is a sticker I got from my Secret Santa!

I used quite an assortment of Copic markers on this one!
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair on Jason: Y21, Y32, YR000, Y26, Y23
Hair on Eve: E44, E47, E49, E34
Boy's clothes: BG75, BG78 R01, T1  shoes C5
Girl's Dress: V12, V17
Ice Cream: R83
Ice Cream Cone: E34
Background around the two kids: R00, R01, RV000, colorless blender

Eyes were done with Bic Mark-its Tuxedo Black and Blue Skies Blue

Here's a closeup of the card

and a closeup of my background around the image. I'm taking a class taught by Marie Gamber on making backgrounds and I absolutely love Marie and I love the class. Here is a link if you may be interested.

Hope you will go to the challenge blog and check out what the other DT have done this week! We have 5 new DT members so check it out. It may be someone you know!!!

I will be entering my card in these challenges:
Show It Off Sunday- Anything Goes
Make It Monday - must comment to win
4CraftyGirls - Anything Goes
Squirrel and a Fox Challenge - something new (I'm using a new digi stamp,
new patterned paper, and my sentiment is a new sticker that I just got from my Secret Santa)

Have an awesome week!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Happy New Year! Throw the Streamers, Toss the Confetti, and Beat the Drum!

So January is almost half gone....I can't believe how fast the time goes.

Over at the Simply Challenged Challenges, the theme for January is New Year - Anything New Year's related, so I made a card using a Simply Betty stamp called New Year Betty from my ever growing collection of Simply Betty Stamps. The image I used is from a BUNDLE that includes a huge collection of digis and sentiments. And there are so many wonderful images at the store site, so please visit and shop!! 

 I am also coordinating this card with a sketch challenge at the Sketch and Stash Challenge which gives us a sketch and asks us to use something new or neglected from our Stash.  -- That is pretty easy for me because I have lots from both of those categories.  For my new/neglected items, I used a new paper doily set that is precut (how simple is that) from Martha Stewart, and a digi from Simply Betty Stamps called New Year Betty and an embossing folder from Darice which both of these I have had for quite some time and haven't gotten around to using.

 And I am also entering my card in a brand new challenge called Creative Colors Challenge. I love brand new challenges-- very exciting!!  Directly below, you can see the color palette we are to use and as an added twist, we must use embossing. That is where my Darice embossing folder comes in handy! Another requirement is for the card to be decorated and not Clean and Simple. I hope mine fits the equation--I don't do heavily decorated cards that often but I have added some embellies. Here is our inspiration picture for the Creative Colors Challenge.

And here is the sketch for the Sketch and Stash Challenge

And here is my card! I colored the New Year Betty with my copic markers and have listed the ink colors below the card. She was fun to color! 

Here is a closeup of the colored image!

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Hair: E53, E43, E44, E0000
Lips: R39
Eyes: E47, E44
Dress and Shoes: BG78, BG75
Shawl: BG53
Crown: R11
Floor: C1
Champagne: YR20 with Spica Clear Glitter Pen

Once again, the challenges I am entering are:
Simply Challenged Challenges - New Year's theme
Creative Colors Challenge - color inspiration, embossing, no CAS
Sketch and Stash Challenge - sketch and new or neglected stash

I'm also posting in the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge for fun - theme is Hello or Goodbye, so I guess it is Hello to the New Year!

Have a wonderful week coming up!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Outlawz Sketch Challenge

Happy Wednesday!! We have a new sketch challenge for you over at the Outlawz!

Our sponsor all month is Encino Stamps. They will be giving our January winner 3 digis!!

Here is the sketch!

And here is my card using Annie with mug from Encino Stamps.

I colored my image with Copic markers and used some monochromatic shades of paper. The copic colors I used are:
Skin: E000, E00, R02
Hair: E47, E43, E42, E40
Eyes: E47
Lips: RV21, RV34
Latte Mug: YR21, E43
Clothes: BG18, BG15, BG13
Scarf:  BG0000, BG000, BG02 and added Diamond Stickles

Here's a better camera shot of the scarf with the Stickles.

I sure hope you will head over to the Outlawz and see what the other members of the Design Team have cooked up for you with this awesome sketch! It really is a great one!

I am entering this card in these challenges:
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes
Color Me Creative - anything goes
Make It Monday - comments
Scrapbook Stamp Society  Challenge- anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Clean and Simple

Have a great day!