Thursday, October 31, 2019

Morgans ArtWorld DT - November Open Challenge

Let your mind be quiet, realizing the beauty of the world, and the immense, 
the boundless treasures that it holds in store.
Edward Carpenter

Morgan's ArtWorld digital stamp, Copic markers, Spellbinders frame die, gold leafing pen,
 clear rhiniestones, white gel pen, paper flowers, Stickles  

Hey there,

It's time for another fabulous challenge at Morgan's ArtWorld and I had the best time creating a card using THIS gorgeous image to inspire you. I used a limited palette this time  to allow my pretty lady to take center stage in this beautifully detailed image. I edged my panel with a gold leafing pen and attached it to a violet Spellbinders frame with mounting tape.  My pale green card base is a notched shape cut in Cricut Design Studio.  I added some clear rhinestones around the edge of my panel and embellished the flowers in the image with white gel pen dots.  Finally, I added some Stickles to my coordinating paper flowers  and attached them to the corner of my frame.

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

             Morgan has a new shop that will be fully open soon and there are some beautiful digi images available now for purchase HERE.                       

                         We  would like to invite you to our Morgan’s ArtWorld Facebook Group.
Please come and join our Group HERE.

Please join us for this fun challenge.  We can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create some fabulous art.

Playing along with
        Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challnege #116
        The Corrosive Challenge #10

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sitting Pretty - Make it Crafty Digital Scene with Copics

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure
 is the most perfect refreshment. 
Jane Austen - Mansfield Park

Copic markers, Make it Crafty digi, Spellbinders frame die, gold metallic paper, blue card stock,
 white glitter card stock, Impression Obsession flower die, Impression Obsession butterfly die,
Nuvo Drops, glitter glue

Hey there,

Birthdays are always a delight at my bi-weekly craft group because we each make handmade cards for the birthday girl.  In October we have three birthdays, so the artistic creations abound. My cards this year are similar in concept but individually as different as my dear recipients. In each I created a little scene with the focal character sitting in a pretty outdoor setting. What fun it is to dress up a cute lady and create a scenario for her...just like playing with Barbie!  Look for the other two cards in future blogs.

Emily is a digi from Make it Crafty and is obviously on her lunch break as her fancy garb suggests.  She is  raised with pop dots and is sitting very politely on this park bench admiring the lovely greenery and flowers.  I die cut this park bench scene  in an oval shape to allow the white glitter lattice frame to show through from  behind.  I edged the oval with a gold leafing pen and matted the lattice frame with a gold metallic panel.  The card base is pale blue to mimic the sky.  The darling tiny die cut flowers are from Impression Obsession and are so versatile, especially for small scenes like this one.   The centers are dotted with yellow Nuvo Drops.  The tiny butterfly is also from Impression Obsession and embellished with a dot of aqua glitter glue.

I hope my birthday friend finds time to chill on her special day like this cute little girlie.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and enjoy the verdure, 
 Playing along with:
        CD Sunday Plus Challenge #22 
        Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #116
        The Corrosive Challenge #10
        Gem of a Challenge #21
        Crafter's Castle Challenge #22
        Brown Sugar Challenge #294
        Color Crazy Challenge #42
        Crafting With An Attitude Challenge #56
        Southern Girls Challenge - ATG Team Lou
        Crafty Creations Challenge #401

Thursday, October 17, 2019

I Choose Hope - Penny Black Charlotte and Cricut Design Space

You have been assigned this mountain 
to show others it can be moved. 

Copic markers, Stampendous stamp, Tim Holtz flower dies, blue dp, pink dp, butterfly die,
rhinestones, white gel pen, gold leafing pen

Hey there,

I can't let the month of October drift into November without  making one last breast cancer awareness card for a fellow cancer survivor who bravely beat the odds. We're both very thankful to still be here doing the things we love.   And all because we were vigilant in getting our mammograms.  I'll repeat it again like the Pledge of Alligiance...get 'em squished, girls!

While experimenting with some of my Penny Black cling stamps, I came across this adorable line drawing stamp and couldn't resist coloring her simple cuteness.  While pondering how I would design her shirt, it occurred to me that Cricut  Design Space has oodles of  awareness images and I could use the writing feature to add one to her shirt.  I printed the phrase in Design Space on pink dp and colored it with markers.  I traced her shirt onto acetate , centered it on the image and cut it out.  The shirt is attached to my copic-colored lady with mounting tape. Simple and easy. I can think of a thousand ways to use this technique on other cards, so my template will live with this stamp.   The flowers are Tim Holtz dies cut in white and colored with copics.  The frame is two adjacent nesting rectangle dies cut from white glitter paper and edged with gold.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and choose hope. 
Playing along with:
        Craft Rocket Challenge #64
        Crafting With an Attitude Challenge #56
        Time Out Challenge #146
        Lemon Shortbread Challenge #104
        Unicorn Challenge #48
        Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - October 15
        Let's Craft and Create Challenge #152
        Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #123
        Creative Moments Challenge #178
        Penny Black Saturday Challenge - October

Saturday, October 12, 2019

You are so Inspiring - Ching-Chou Kuit Monarch Butterfly Girl in Pink

Once upon a time there was a girl who kicked cancer's butt. 
It was me.  The end. 

Hey there,

Breast cancer awareness cards can be as different as the survivors who receive them.  I wanted this card to be lacy and soft to go with this beautiful Ching-Chou Kuit Monarch Butterfly Girl digi.  Sometimes it's hard to know what to say to someone who is going through a difficult time, whatever their challenge might be.  I know...I've been on the receiving end as I'm sure you have, also.  I cherished every single card and note I received during my breast cancer ordeals because they made me feel loved and supported.  They undoubtedly aided me in my healing. I love this sentiment because it lets the recipient know how admired she is for her courage and strength.

I colored this card in mostly pink tones and added a pop of green to my palette for the leaves, dragonfly body and the soulful eyes on my pretty lady.  I edged my panel and my sentiment with gold and attached them with mounting tape to a fancy Spellbinders frame cut from white glitter card stock.  I added this panel  to my pink card base and embellished the frame with iridescent pink gems.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be inspiring.
Playing along with:
        Craft Rocket Challenge #64
        Time Out Challenge #146
        Scrapy Land Challenge #123
        Word Art Wednesday Challenge # 408-409
        Papercraft Challenge #47
        The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #228
        Always Fun Challenge #131

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

An October Wedding - The Bride Wore Black

Hey there, 

What?  You think this doesn't look like a typical wedding card...even bordering on inappropriate? Well, please allow me to explain.  My daughter's best friend since high school recently got married to the man of her dreams.  My daughter was extremely honored to be her Maid of Honor.  The wedding dress was chosen months ahead of time under a shroud of secrecy.   I heard from a dependable source that the dress was BLACK.  I know...scandalous!!!  Well, not really.  Not to anyone who knows the stunning bride. She and my daughter were roommates for many years and the two of them were all about anything spooky, mysterious or a little gothie.  Scary movies were regular fare for them.  They've both matured into beautiful women and contributing members of daughter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist and the bride is a college history professor.   But their obsession with all things eerie still persists.  An October wedding is the perfect time to add some magical flair to the wedding festivities.

So, just because I could, I decided to make a very customized card for my beloved friend to show her I love her unique, adventurous personality. My daughter kept me appraised of her reception decor and I knew it would be fabulous! I'm obsessed with sugar skulls so it wasn't much of s stretch for me to add a glamorous cranium to my card.  The card base is a cascade card svg from Dreaming Tree and the personalized label was printed in Cricut Design Studio. My daughter informed me that this card was one of two the bride chose to display on her mantel after the wedding.  That's the joy of card making! 

This stunning dress lived in hiding at my
 house for a week before the wedding.

The cake was so gorgeous, and just look at the cute skulls
guarding it from munchers.
Formal and dignified.  No children allowed. 
Welcome, indeed. 

 I couldn't resist posting this picture of my lovely daughter to show the wedding was elegant and sophisticated, just like her.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and show people your unique, lovable self.  

Playing along with:
         Crafting By Designs October Challenge
         Crafty Creations Challenge #400
         Creative Moments Challenge #178
         Little Red Wagon Challenge #518
         Watercooler Challenge #242
         Words 2 Craft By Challenge #70
         Arty Divas Challenge #6
         Through the Craft Room Door October 8 Challenge
         Steampunk Challenge

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Pretty Witch - Fantasy Art of Janna Prosvirina

Wander the earth, taste the wind, discover your magic.  

Copic markers, Janna Prosvirina digi from Etsy, Spellbinders frame die, clear rhinestones, Elizabeth Crafts flower and leaf die, Elizabeth Crafts Shimmer Sheets, white gel pen
Hey there,

I just discovered another fabulous digi artist on Etsy.   Janna Prosyirina creates some absolutely stunning images.  You can download them with or without grey scale and the grey scale comes in light or dark.  I printed this image in light grey scale and colored her with Copic markers.

I seem to be obsessed  with Halloween witches of all kinds this season.  Maybe it's because I admire strong women and I'm  admittedly a "tad" witchy myself a good way, of course.  😁  I edged my art work with a gold leafing pen and mounted her on a white glitter Spellbinders frame with mounting tape.  I embellished the frame with clear rhinestones and mounted it on a black card base.  Her fancy blue witch hat is adorned with a purple metallic flower.

I can't wait to color more of Janna's fantasy art.  So magical!

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and hug a nice witch. 

Playing along with:
        Brown Sugar Challenge #294
        Craft Catz Challenge #477
        Creative Fingers Challenge #172
        Patties Creations Challenge #163
        Polkadoodles Challenge - Wk 40
        Addicted to Stamps Challenge #361
        Crafting By Designs October ATG
        Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #241
        Scrapy Land Challenge #123

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Vintage Halloween Cards - Blingy Ephemera

Life won't sparkle unless you do. 

vintage ephemera, glitter glue, gold metallic pen, assorted rhinestones and stickers, craft foam

Every time I walk into a card shop and see a beautiful vintage card with some strategic glitter added I smile.  And then when I look at the price on the back, I gasp!  I always think to myself  "I could easily do that, but where do I find an image like that?"   Pinterest has some, but I'm always worried about copyright issues and I haven't been able to find exactly what I'm looking for.

I found this amazing shop in Etsy that has the most fabulous vintage images.  I have several others in my collection so I knew I could find some fun Halloween ones to use for cards for my crafting besties.

I gathered some rhinestones, glitter glue and  a gold marker and proceeded to fancy up these cuties.  I glittered the wings with glitter glue which doesn't show up much here but they're sparkliscious in person. 

I wanted to give my cards some dimension so I mounted the back panel on a craft foam sheet.  Some of them are a little wobbly from the wet glue I used, but it just looks like a vampire licked them a little. 

The ones in the store might look a little more elegant because the artist knew when to stop embellishing.  I'll work on that!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and embellish your world with glitter!