Monday, September 30, 2019

Morgans ArtWorld DT - Ivy Greenleaf in Autumn Shades

Deep within the winter forest among the snowdrift wide,
you can find a magic place where all the fairies hide....
~Author Unknown

Hey there,

I'm super excited and  extremely honored to post my first Design Team project for Morgan's ArtWorld.   I  chose THIS gorgeous "Ivy Green Leaf" image and colored her in autumn shades, including the ivy, because it's well known that  foliage comes in every hue in fairyland.  I adore fantasy art because it leaves a lot of "scope for the imagination," accordingly to my dear friend, Anne of Green Gables.

My supply list:
Morgan's Artworld digital image "Ivy Greenleaf"
Spellbinders frame die
Copic markers
gold leafing pen
white glitter cardstock
red cardstock
Tombow Multi glue
Scotch mounting tape
white gel pen

 The new challenge runs from October 1 through  October 27.   The theme is always "Anything Goes" and you can use any image or project. Join in this fabulous challenge HERE.

 For purchasing Morgan’s ArtWorld images, please visit the Facebook Digi Shop.
(You will need to join the Facebook Group to view the images in Albums.)
Morgan’s ArtWorld (Facebook) shop HERE.

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Please come and join our Group.HERE.

I hope my project inspires you to  join us for this super fun challenge.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and use your imagination to create some magical art.

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        Little Red Wagon Challenge # 516

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Stay Away From the Cauldron - Mo Manning Hocus

 “Magic is really very simple, all you've got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.

– Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown,  (1998)

Mo Manning digi, Copic markers, Cricut Design Studio writing and cutting features, Nuvo Drops, assorted gems, white gel pen, gold leafing pen, pre-colored landscape from Etsy, foam tape

Hey there,

Doesn't this Mo Manning Hocus image perfectly capture the spirit of Bette Midler's "Winifred" character in the movie, Hocus Pocus?  I loved that movie because it was such silly fun and I think this enthusiastic witch looks ready to conjure up some lighthearted magic.

There's always an amusing witch quote floating around at this time of year and the one I've chosen for this card really makes me chuckle.  The plethora of spooky, fantastical and comical images everywhere really get my creative juices flowing. Is there such a thing as making too many Halloween cards? I think not!

I colored Winifred with copics and mounted her with foam tape on a pre-colored Halloween landscape from Etsy.  I created the sentiment in Cricut Design Space with the writing feature and cut the tag shape to fit my card.  The card base is edged with a gold leafing pen and a few of the stars are enhanced with sparkly Nuvo drops.  I embellished Winifred's stylish gown with white gel pen dots and a couple of gold gems.  I added a couple more iridescent red gems to jazz up my sentiment.

This card was so easy and fun!  Now I think I'll take a short break and spend some time stirring with the big girls!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth, find a cauldron surrounded by your besties and stir up some Halloween fun.

Playing along with:
        Crafty Sentiments Challenge - September 24
        Lemon Shortbread Challenge #103
        Addicted To Stamps Challenge #177
        Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #114
        Lost Coast Designs Challenge #84
        Love To Craft Challenge #38
        Creative Fingers Challenge #171
        AudSentiments Challenge #236
        Southern Girls Challenge - Tic Tac Toe

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Franky's Girl - Creepin' it Real with Mo Manning

During the day, I don't believe in ghosts. 
At night, I'm a little more open-minded.

Mo Manning digital image, clip art background, copics, rhinestones,
gold leafing pen, Cricut cutting and writing features

Hey there,

Who knew coloring green skin with copics would be so fun!  I was a little apprehensive when I undertook the challenge, but I think I'll be looking for more monster and zombie flesh to color in the future.  This cute Mo Manning "Frank's Girl" image was a delight to color and embellish.  Halloween images are definitely among of my faves.

My colorful background is from  this Halloween scene clip art shop from Etsy.   The scenes come in both pre-colored and line drawing images.  Both types leave oodles of creative options.  On this card, I chose to add some subtle gold accents to the pre-colored background and let my copic colored focal image take center stage.

After much consideration, I decided my stylish girl needed a little bling, so I added some rhinestone earrings and studded trim for her vest.  I also added some pretty iridescent gems to the sentiment.  I edged the sentiment and background panel with a gold leafing pen. Also, hiding in this picture are some subtle tiny black gems on her boot buckles.  They look really glamorous in person!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be creepy...but not too much.

Playing along with:
        The Paper Shelter - Challenge #398
        Through the Craft Room Door - Week starting September 17th
        Crafts Galore Encore - Challenge #67
        Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog - Challenge #36
        A Gem of a Challenge - Week 18
        The Creative Crafters - Challenge #20
        Di's Digi Challenge - Hand Colored Image Challenge
        Crafty Friends - Challenge 118 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Safari Z-Fold Card - Elizabeth Craft Jeep and Animal Dies

 Only those who will risk going too far 
can possibly find out how far one can go. 
T.S Eliot

Elizabeth Craft animals and jeep dies,  Cricut Design Studio sun, grass, tree and sentiment, Copics,
craft foam, black Nuvo drops for eyes, gold metallic gems for headlights

Hey there,

I finished these darling Elizabeth Crafts jungle animals and jeep  months ago and they  have been living on my craft table for weeks,  patiently waiting for an exotic place to live.  Since my husband and I love travel so much, and my husband's fondest dream is to go on an African safari, I thought my critters were perfect for a fun birthday z-fold box card. Too youthful? Nah, my husband has the youngest spirit I know.

He is quite knowledgeable about different countries and their characteristics, as was evidenced recently when he randomly informed me of the elevation of Kabul while we were watching TV.  So I thought I'd better find an Acacia tree for my African safari scene instead of jungle palm trees.  I think my monkey might be visiting his friends in Africa.  I happily found something akin to an Acadia tree in Cricut Design Space and considered my habitat "close enough."

My critters  were die cut from white card stock, with some layers additionally cut from craft foam to make them 3-D.  I colored the layers with much easier than trying to cut and glue tiny pieces with different colored cardstock!  I colored my zebra stripes right on my zebra rather than glue tiny pieces. Easy peasy.  I had a z-fold card template already created  in Cricut Design Space and all I had to do was find sun and grass images for my scene.  I typed, sized and printed out the sentiment in Design Space.  Sometimes play dates with my Cricut can make things infinitely less complicated!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and explore something new.

Playing along with:
        Always Fun Challenges
        Path of Positivity
        a2z Scrapbooking September 2019 Challenge
        2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #30
        Crafty Animals Challenge #30
        Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #122
        QKR Stampede Challenge #362
        Cute Card Thursday Challenge 598
        Through the Purple Haze Challenge #159

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A Denmark Happy Birthday - Paper Shelter Valkyrie

I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy, but,
 like everybody else, it must be in my own way.  
Jane Austin - Pride and Prejudice

Paper Shelter digi, copic markers, Spellbinders frame die, grass die, gold card stock,
green cardstock, yellow Nuvo drops, white gel pen, butterfly die, gold adhesive beads,

Hey friends, 

I never would have imagined I would have a family member celebrating her birthday in dazzling Denmark, but my daughter is now a very contented Copenhagen habitant.  I visited there even before she fell in love with this magical city and I can see why the peaceful, relaxed lifestyle appeals to her.  My personality needs a bit more drama,  so I'm very happy with wild and colorful California, but I look forward to visiting her new home often. 

Imagine my delight when I found this cute little Valkyrie image in the Paper Shelter digi shop. She's a little cutsy to be an imposing viking, but that's what makes her so charming, even for my adult recipient. What's not to love about a darling little Norse lady all ready to kick some butt on the battlefield.  Don't google Valkyrie. It's very troubling.  However, my daughter is all about women's rights and this girlfriend looks pretty self assured to me.

One of the reasons I love Paper Shelter images is they provide background options with their images.  I printed this background on my printer and added some die cut grass to ground my image.  I adorned the centers of my flowers with Nuvo drops and white gel pen dots.  My copic-colored image is popped up on my background with mounting tape.  I created the gold frame by combining two nesting frame dies to fit my 5 x 7 card.

My daughter celebrated her birthday in August and will be visiting me this month for another celebration.  I can't wait to present to her this very custom-themed tribute to Denmark.  

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and live the life you've imagined. 

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