Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The March Hare

How about a March hare for the end of the month?  I tried to keep the style light and playful to go with Becca's bunny.

A2 draft card (4.25x5.5 inches)
STAMPlorations Bunnies and Blooms stamp set
Memento tuxedo black ink
Copic markers
Yoobi glitter pen on cup
Twinklette gold glitter marker on flower centers and green glitter marker on my hand drawn grass.
Washi tape

Entering these challenges:
STAMPlorations Never Ending Challenge--must use their stamps HERE  I'm #789

STAMPlorations March CAS Card Challenge:  clean and simple stamping with some added washi tape.  HERE  And of course a few yellow flowers.  I'm #90  closes in 1 day

Where Am I?

I feel like Alice who fell down the rabbit hole.  The Wanderlust challenge is to use an alternative color palette, using acrylic paints to paint something that is not its normal color.

I did a journal page.  Green sky, blue sun, pink grass and purple rabbit.

I used a STAMPlorations ARTplorations Just Squares stencil to create square green clouds.  The rabbit is a die cut from The Paper Cut card set.

I'm entering this in the STAMPlorations ARTplorations Mixed Media March challenge HERE

Monday, March 28, 2016

Springtime Coffee and Coffee Hop Blog Winner

Thank you to the 43 bloggers who stopped by to leave comments for a chance to win my blog candy during the Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop. Scroll down to the end of this post to see who won.

Enjoying time with family, I was unable to participate in the hop as much as I normally do.  Now that I'm an empty nester again, here's another coffee themed card, post-hop.

Texture with the layered doily and (Stampin' Up) tags, baker's twine and sequins.
All stamps are STAMPlorations:  Blossum Overture, Dee's Blooming Buds, Shery's digital freebie cup (popped up with dimensionals), and sentiment from Becca's Bunnies and Blooms set.
Copics in muted yellows, beige, and greens.

Entering the following STAMPlorations challenges:

March theme and sketch challenge: HERE  I'm #46

CASEplorations challenge HERE I'm #12

(I liked Betsy's circular design.)

Winner!!!!  CASEplorations runner up--$5 gift certificate

CAS card challenge HERE  (I liked the Blooming Bud on Loll's card; and Lisa's die cut layer and sequins.) I'm #84

Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge HERE (must use STAMPlorations on this one) I'm #787

Also Entering at these Other Challenge Sites :
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #153 Anything Goes #13 and closes in 13 days!!!x
Avenue 613 Challenge #169 Anything Goes #59 closes in 5 days x
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #105 Always Anything Goes #24 closes in 6 days x
Craft  Your Passion Challenge #305 Always Anything Goes #28 closes in 5 days x
Creative Fingers Challenge #105 Always Anything Goes #198 closes in 2 days x
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #160 Pastel Colours #45 closes in 10 days x
Robyn's Fetish: Challenge #309 Add a Doily #3 closes in 5 days x
The Sisters of Craft Monthly Challenge: March 2016 Always Anything Goes  #194 closes in 3 days x
Time Out Challenge #52 (Marjan's flowers) #36 closes in 2 days x

The winner of the $25 Etsy gift card is: Ann from the Antique Wardrobe blog.

Blogger Ann said...
Super cute stacked cups.
March 19, 2016 at 8:26 AM

Ann, please be sure to email me your email address and your last name.  The Etsy gift card will be sent to your email.   You have until April 2 to respond .  If I don't hear from you, then I will redraw.  But since you were such an active blog hop participant, I'm sure I'll be hearing from you!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Tea With Alice and Blog Candy

I'm sending off to Germany these three ATCs for the All Things Alice ATC swap. Swap details are HERE. There is still time to join in.

These are totally digital compositions except for the added teapot charm (my one tactile element).
All papers and images are from Gecko Galz (Etsy shop HERE) except for the lace scrap from the Bits o Scrap England kit (blog train) and Marissa Lerin's adventure sentiment in cursive, both found at Pixel Scrapper.

Entering these ATCs here:

Gecko Galz Papercrafting FaceBook Challenge:  March:  Fashion.  I'm fascinated by the various artists' interpretions of Alice and her dress.  All Alices are in the Gecko Galz Wonderland collection. x

Spring 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop:  my tea theme; inspired by the spring release of the movie Through the Looking Glass.  
This is a week long hop ending March 25, 2016.  There are lots of prizes to be had at this blog hop so feel free to join in the fun.  You do not need to give blog candy in order to participate. I'm giving blog candy because I love belonging to this Coffee Lovers group, always participate in the blog hops, and have won several prizes.  My turn to give back. x

My blog candy is a $25 (USD) gift certificate to the on-line Etsy store to be used at the shop of your choice.  If you are not familiar with Etsy, I'm linking to it HERE. (To get out of my personal page, I just searched "coffee" before linking to Etsy.  Once you go there, refine your search to your preferences.) (In the past I've given Starbucks gift cards but promised that for this hop I'd try something that could be given internationally and Etsy seems to ship worldwide.) 
Just comment below to be in the drawing.  Please comment only once on each post.  
I will be posting several times this week.  Commenting once on each post gives you more chances in the drawing.  
I will use to choose a winner.  
On Monday March 28 I will post the winner on my blog and at the Coffee Lovers Papercrafting FaceBook page.  Winner will have until April 2, 2016 to contact me.  If no contact, I will draw a new name on April 3 with a new deadline.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  If you like what you see, I welcome new followers.  However, this is not a requirement for my blog candy.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring Tag

Here is the tag I made for the Spring Has Sprung swap at Vera Lane Studio Digi Stamps Facebook Page.

Janet had given us two digi freebies:  the background and the bonnet.  In my PhotoShop Elements software, I layered Apple ( found in Janet Klein's Etsy Shop, Vera Lane Studio, HERE) on top of the background, then added the bonnet.  I digitally colored Apple and the bonnet before printing onto Stampin' Up Whisper White cardstock.  I printed Apple and the bonnet several more times.  I fussy cut Apple once.  I fussy cut the bird's wing and the bonnet a second time.  Ranger Distress Markers in broken china, spun sugar, and wild honey were used on the bonnet and flowers.  Using dimensional pop dots, I layered the images onto the tag. Once assembled, I added ribbon, buttons, and flowers (from my stash) with Finnabair 3D Matte Gel.  Black Sharpie marker for edging.

Entering this here:
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge 13 March Anything Goes x
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #78 Make it Girlie
Crafty Creations Challenge # 311 Spring Fever x
Use Your Stuff Challenge #214 Flowers and More Flowers x

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Lavender Digital Composition

I'm trying something new.  Since I work with so many digital images, I found a site called Digital Whisper which has a weekly prompt for digital creations.  This week's theme:  Lavender

I use PhotoShop Elements as my software to manipulate digital images.

The main image is from Vintage Just For You--the layout which I did NOT alter.  It includes all the layers inside the scallop: woman, scroll, chair and flora.  I changed the hue a bit to make it more lavender.

The actual lavender plant is from the Graphics Fairy.  I removed the background and converted jpg to png.

Background digital papers and butterfly are listed below.

Entering this here:

Digitally Sweet Challenge #148 Spring Is in the Air
Featured mid-challenge HERE

How exciting!  This made the Top 3!!!

Eclectic Ellapu  March challenge is Flora and Fauna

Gecko Galz FaceBook Papercrafting Group:  March Challenge Spring Has Sprung.  I used their two digital papers (stripe, and floral) as backgrounds.  Winner of collage sheet of my choice

Luna Girl:  March Challenge: Spring Flowers and Birds   I used their butterfly to anchor the corner.
However, I don't think my entry should count twice since it's such a small percentage of the total composition.  x

Monday, March 7, 2016

Birthday Bash at Imagine That!

I love Kris' Imagine That! images and have purchased quite a few.  I especially like her pre-colored images for a quick card.  Usually I layer several of her images from one or more of her sets to create a themed card.

This month her Creative Playground Challenge #2 is Birthday.  That's because Kris is celebrating her third Imagine That birthday.  You can read all about her BIRTHDAY BASH here.

Not only am I doing a post about it, but also I'm posting her badge on my sidebar to help spread the word.  (I'm looking forward to receiving my Leesa's Tulip outline image!!!)

Here is the card I made for my grandson who loves trains which I posted to the challenge HERE. This challenge runs March 5 to April 1.
Monthly Challenge

The pre-colored images and sentiment are from Imagine That's Li'l Train Conductor digital set.  I printed a second RR sign, cut it with a circle die, and placed it on top of the sign with one of those squiggle wiggles. BONGGGGG!  I matted the printed card on blue cardstock, then placed it on a red card.

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