Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Outlawz Paper ala Mode Challenge: Blues/Greens

For this week's Paper ala Mode Challenge over at The Outlawz, the challenge was to use greens, blues and whites, with the sponsor being Scrapbook Stamp Society.

I chose to showcase Brooksie Book Nerd.

She was colored with Copics.  I added some Glossy Accents for her glasses and some clear gel pen for her ruffles to make them a bit sparkly.

Cardstock is Stampin' Up (celery/brocade blue); patterned papers are from Bearly Mine Designs' digital shop.  I think I used the Plaid, Light Christmas and Gingham sets.
Finished off with a corner heart die and a green grosgrain ribbon.

Here's a close-up ... Hope you like her ... Reading is a huge passion of mine, and I fell in love with this one.
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crimson Seasons Greetings

Here is a stunning image from Ching-Chou Kuik ... Head over to her Etsy shop HERE to see all the stunning digital images that she has - You'll be sure to pick out a few for yourself!
As you can see, I made an easel card this time ... Love the different fold.  I need to do more out of the ordinary card styles.  I colored her with Copics.
Cardstock was from Stampin' Up (garden green and cherry cobbler).  The papers are from Bearly Mine Designs' Christmas Frolics (front) and Happy Hauntings (inside border) paper packs.
HURRY over to Bearly Mine Designs !!!
There is a 50% sale through 12/31/14
as they will be closing their doors due to the European VAT laws
going into effect 1/1/15.
I added some snowflakes and pine branches cut with my Silhouette Cameo and some dies from La La Land.  There are some green sparkly brads at the center of each of the snowflakes.
The sentiment is from an oldie but goodie Stampin' Up set, Seasons Greetings.
I put a couple of blank panels on the inside of the card for personal messages, using the green check paper from the BMD Happy Hauntings pack.
Here is a close up of the beautiful image ... Isn't she beautiful?
Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E18,15,YR23,Y21
     Birds:  B06,04,02
I'm showing this over on the Ching-Chou Kuik's Monthly Challenge Blog:
     *  Use one of the Ching-Chou Kuik images & theme: Christmas/NewYear
Thanks for stopping by ... Hope you leave a comment on your thoughts!
See you next time.
Have a WONDERFUL Holiday!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lady in Red

Thanks for stopping by today for The Outlawz' Paper ala Mode challenge ....

Today, the theme was a Recipe challenge:
  • One Image
  • Two designer papers
  • Three buttons
This week, our sponsor is the fabulous Rick St. Dennis.  You can find his images in his Etsy shop or on Zibbit.

I chose the December Holly lady ... I adore his vintage ladies, especially the hat ones ... This beauty was colored with Copics.
This started off as a gatefold card, with one of the DP's on the front and a couple more on the inside (okay, I didn't stop at the two designer papers, lol).
The image was centered on the one side, and when closed, tucks underneath the sentiment panel.
 Cardstock is from Stampin Up (cobbler and garden green)
Designer paper is from Bearly Mine Designs'
 Love Struck 
Christmas Traditions
Christmas Traditions 2

I used the snowflake die from La La Land with some gold Stickles on some of the points before adding the maroon buttons with thread.  The sentiment is from Paper Trey.

Here is a close up of the image ... isn't she beautiful ... It wasn't hard at all to color this up - Rick does such a nice job on his image, it was a pleasure to play.
Hope you have a chance to go to The Outlawz and play in this challenge.
Also, remember that Bearly Mine Designs' is closing their doors after 12/31/14.
All digital paper packs are on sale for 50% off until they close.
Thanks for stopping by ...
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Chin Chou Kuik Snowman

This is an image from Chin Chou Kuik, done for the Kit and Clowder Facebook Coloring challenge.
The image was colored with Copics.
Added some Stampendous Shabby Blue embossing enamel to the sky and some multiple colored Stickles for the trees.
DP is a freebie from Bearly Mine Designs
Dies are from Silhouette Cameo, as well as an EK Success border punch.
I added some diamond Stickles to the starbursts for more sparkle.
I need to keep better track, not sure where the digital sentiment is from.
Hope you like it.
Head over to Kit and Clowder's Facebook page to find out how you can get this beautiful free image ... as well as Chin Chou Kuik's Etsy shop - she has some BEAUTIFUL images over there.
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Reason for the Season

Absolutely love the simplicity of this beautiful image from Saturated Canary, The King

I actually had a few die cuts ready, but I opted for a simple card to remind us "the reason for the season" isn't in the excess of Christmas, and sometimes we need to scale back on life and remember what is important.

I used Garden Green and Chocolate Chip cardstock from Stampin' Up, along with some digital paper from Bearly Mine Designs' Christmas Frolics set, and then distressed them with Distress Vintage Photo ink.

The image was colored with Copics, and I air brushed the image panel around the edges for a glow.  The designer paper panel was punched with a Spellbinders Label die and popped up to create a shadow feel.

The sentiment is from Sweet and Sassy's digi Jesus is the Reason Christmas Sentiments.  I finished it simply with a couple of roses in natural colors to keep the card on the muted side.

Here's a close up of the image:

I'm submitting this card for the following challenge(s):
Southern Girls Challenge - Project celebrating - what better? The reason for this season.
Creative Knockouts - Tis the Season

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends.
Thanks for popping in.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kisses Under the Mistletoe

Found another image by Krista Smith from Funky Kits' Sugar Nellie/Simply Sassy Line called Christmas Kisses ... and shocker - had to have it!
I colored this beauty with Copics and then added some glossy accents to the candy canes and tiny berries in her hair ...
The background paper is from Bearly Mine Designs, but I'm having trouble finding which paper pack they're in ... and the snowflakes and swirls were cut with the Silhouette Cameo.  I used Navy and border blue for cardstock. 
The sentiment is from La La Lands' Digital images.

Just so you know, Bearly Mine Designs is closing shop after 12/31/14 because of European VAT tax laws that are going into effect.  Donna is offering ALL of her digital paper packs at 50% off until then ... so if you love digital papers, she's got a TON of paper packs that you can get for a near-steal!   Just click on the below and you'll see them all ...

Hope you enjoyed this one ... I love the way she turned out!

I'm entering this into the following challenge:
Milk Coffee's Non-Traditional Christmas color projects challenge

Christmas Wishes for Sweden

Okay, now that I know my swapper has received my holiday card, I can post it here.  Over at Kit and Clowder's Facebook page, many of us joined in a holiday card swap.  This is what I sent Asa over in Sweden:

The image is from Meljens, colored with Copics.  I made 5 different trees and colored each layer.  Putting it together, I put dimensionals under each branch to make it stick out.  Once it was all layered, I used liquid pearls for the garland and glossy accents for each of the lights and ornaments.  The pink pressie was also popped up one layer.
I used papers from Bearly Mine Designs' Christmas Traditions and Christmas Frolics and distressed the edges of everything. 
The cardstock is Stampin Up's cherry cobbler. 
The dies are from the Silhouette Cameo.
The sentiment is from Paper Trey sentiment package.
Here's a side view of the image to show you the dimension a little better.
Sorry I didn't keep track of the Copics I used for this one.
Hope you enjoy!
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Happy News !

What's that saying, "When one door closes, another one opens?"

Excited to announce that I've been asked to be on the All Dressed Up Design team, effective January ...

I can't believe I'd never even seen them until recently, but they're so sweet and innocent, and I do lean that way, even though, on occasion, I like a visit to the dark side.

I'm super excited to engage in all the challenges, and I hope you'll check them out as well.  The artist, Wendy Burns, has an All Dressed Up Etsy Shop where you can find all her lovely designs ... please check it out.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

All Dressed Up for this Little Skater

Adorable image, Little Skater, from All Dressed Up ... Isn't she the cutest? 

I colored her with Copics and then used my trusty Creative Memories circles to cut her and the mat out.

Papers are Stampin Up cardstock: Pacific Point and Pretty in Pink.  Designer paper is from Bearly Mine Designs' Christmas Ice paper pack.
HURRY UP and get over there before she closes her doors on 12/31/14.  Based on new European VAT laws/rules, Donna has found she will no longer be able to distribute these gorgeous paper packs.  They're on sale for 50% off until she closes shop.  So sad to see her go ...

I used a few cuts from my Silhouette Cameo (snowflakes and flourishes) to finish her off ... here's a close up of the colored image.
Hope you love her as much as I do ...
Head over to All Dressed Up's Etsy shop to check out the other
beautiful images that are available.
All Dressed Up's Inspiration and Challenge Blog can be found HERE.
While you're at it, check out the All Dressed Up Facebook Page.
They have just started challenges over there too.
I'm entering this in the following Challenge:

Hope you all have a wonderful day.
Would love to see some comments on what you think of this image.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Warm Squigglefly Wishes

This week at The Outlawz' Paper ala Mode challenge - we were to use our favorite color combination ... Our sponsor this week is Squigglefly - lots of very cute images!

My favorite color combo (this week, anyway) is blues and greens ... they're so calming and remind me of the ocean and beaches, go figure ...

I used this Squigglefly image called Maddie's Charlie Brown Tree and colored her with Copics.  I added some glossy accents to the holly berries and the ornament at the end.
I used SU's celery for the base and then white borders/dies cut with the Silhouette Cameo.  The image was fussy cut on the left side so part of it hangs over - looks like the scarf is really blowing in the wind.  The DP is from Bearly Mine Designs' Pastel Christmas paper pack ... She's closing shop 12/31/14, so check out her store for a 50% sale on everything!
I added a couple of accents with (bordering blue, I think) blue, some pretty blue and white flowers and a sparkly doo-dad for a bit of pop.  The sentiment is from a Paper Trey sentiment pack.
Here's a close up of the image ... such a CUTE one!
Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E18,15,13
     Hat/Jacket:  E57,55,53,51,50
     Scarf:  YG17,25,13; BG02,01,000
     Gloves:  YG97,95,93
     Pot:  C7,5,3,1
     Ornament:  R29,27,24
     Shoes:  W9,7,5
     Skirt:  V99,95,93,91
     Star:  YR23,Y15,11
Hope you like it as much as I do.
Head over to The Outlawz - not only is Saturday's Paper ala Mode running, but they have a new challenge every day of the week, and it changes out every week.
Have a wonderful day!