Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Outlawz Challenge - Use Ribbon or Twine

Hey all ... Hope you've been doing well ... I've been on a coloring jag and have been going to town on Rick St. Dennis, MFA's beautiful images .... SO ... when this week's challenge came up with Rick being one of the sponsors, I had to jump in, even if it wasn't my week to post a design team inspiration.

So, this week at The Outlawz' Saturday's Paper ala Mode challenge, we were to use ribbon or twine.  As you can see, I have my yellow satin ribbon beneath the image panel.

This is Columbine, again, one of Rick St. Dennis' digital images found in his Zibbet shop.  She was colored with Copics, then I added a couple of tweaks of Stickles for the sparkly bits & bobs.  The papers are digital, sponged with SU's Pretty in Pink, as is the image panel.  I added some paper flowers and some pink faux pearls and Viola! it was done.

Hope you like it, and have a chance to head over to The Outlawz' Saturday Paper ala Mode Challenge too.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Little Red Wagon Challenge #278 Beachy Keen

This week over at The Little Red Wagon's Challenge #278, Heather has come up with a wonderful challenge called Beachy Keen.  Who's not tired of the cold winter, I challenge you to fess up right now!  I know I certainly am - I think after the first snowfall, I was ready for summer.

As usual, you can use any image, just stay within the heart of the theme of Beachy Keen.

I chose to use this adorable Saturated Canary image called Smokin' Hot.  Daughter is down in Florida at school, and I get totes jelly when she sends me pics of her in a bikini on the beach while I've got 2 coats on shoveling the driveway, so I think she's getting this one!

I colored the image with Copics and then added some stickles to the polka dots on her swim suit as well as the ovals to tie it in.  Glossy accents for the cherry and the heart.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The background paper is digitally created from, and is a picture of waves hitting the beach.

Hope you all have time to create something warm, summery, Beachy Keen, and post over at The Little Red Wagon!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Beautiful Peony from Ching Chou Kuik

Did this lovely digital image from Ching Chou Kuik's Etsy Shop called Peony.

Colored her with Copics and then fussy cut her out so the background paper would show more.

I added stickles to the gems in her hair and glossy accents to her sapphires.

The digi paper provider is no longer making papers, but it's a mixed media style.  The reason I fussy cut the image was so the pretty white bird would show as well as the flowers along the edges.

Hope you like.
Check out Ching Chou Kuik's Facebook page for loads more samples of people who have colored up her wonderful images!
Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Outlawz "Paper Piecing" Challenge for this week

This week's challenge over at The Outlawz's Saturday Paper ala Mode is PAPER PIECING.  Our wonderful sponsor this week is Bugaboo Digi Stamps.

I chose the Girlz Bare Feet image and colored her with Copics.  I printed same image out onto the digital paper and paper pieced her dress to match the background print, and then shaded that with Copics as well.

Supplies used:
Bugaboo Digital image
Cardstock:  SU Pink Pirouette, Brocade Blue
DP:  digital paper from Etsy/Quakasue
Heart doily sponged with blue
Dies:  Poppy's Lyndon Butterfly & Elsa Butterfly (reversed each)
Flowers: Wild Orchid
Pearls for accents

Here is a close up of this cutie:

Hope you have a chance to play along in our Saturday Ala Mode Paper Piecing contest this week ... would love to see your creations. 
Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Challenge #277 at The Little Red Wagon - Round and Round We Go

This week's challenge over at The Little Red Wagon is "Round and Round We Go" ... in other words, use circles, ovals, anything but a 90* right angle on your project.

I chose this adorable image from Saturated Canary, it's part of the Dad 2014 image, which has been retired.

I used my Creative Memories cutting system to cut the card on a fold and layer the next 2 pieces (DP is digital paper).  I used a doily that was sponged with Marina Mist (SU) and then cut the image out with my spellbinders circle with a scalloped mat.  The heart dies are from Memory Box.

In my case, I took everything literal with regard to "round" with the exception of the hearts. 

Head over to The Little Red Wagon and check the thumbnails to see what everyone else has come up with ... Looking forward to see what you create!

Have a great day!

Week 3 at Ching Chou Kuik's Facebook page

Here it is, week three.  For my Design Team inspiration this week at Ching Chou Kuiks Facebook page, I chose the Bones Imprint.  She's absolute lovely!

She was colored with Copics.
The background was Prismacolored pencil and gamsol with Molotow dots
all over to simulate stars.
I used some mini dots digital paper for the background, punching the top piece
with a star pattern and the bottom piece with a fence pattern.
That's a navy grosgrain ribbon on the fence panel.
Here's a close up of the image:
Don't forget the Ching Chou Kuik Facebook Challenge for February:
MUST use the image "Key to my Heart" from her Etsy Store.
Don't forget there is also a blog that you can check out for other challenges, and to see what the wonderful design team there has come up with.
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

All Dressed Up - Anything Goes

For the All Dressed Up Challenge starting February 15th, the them is, as usual, Anything Goes - but you MUST use an image from All Dressed Up's Etsy Shop.

Here's what I came up with, using Mirror, Mirror ...
I colored her with Copics and used some digital papers
along with some Stampin Up cardstock.
I embellished with some SU celery twill tape tied in knots
as well as a pink and white layered butterfly.
Here's a close up of the image:
Remember, challenges at All Dressed Up are always "Anything Goes"
but you MUST use an image from the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop.
Hope you have a chance to check out the other design team members
projects, as well as play along yourselves.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Rick St. Dennis roll

Okay, I have to check with Rick, but he sent me this image that I didn't ask for - either I'll pay him for it, or "buy" a duplicate ... Anyway, I thought it was very intriguing, so I colored it up with Copics.  She's called Music Hall Berlin, and she can be found HERE
This will join my Rick St. Dennis' images that I put in a journal.  I'm printing them 5.5 x 8.5 inches so I can get in there and get some good detail.  I know she's red, just like the last couple I've done, but that's what "she said she wanted" when I picked her up.
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Now, I know I told my friend Helen that I'd NEVER color up Rick's elephants ... they didn't interest me, other than I LOVE to look at what other people did with them.
Surprise ... When I was shopping, this girlie said to me,
 "Make me patriotic, I'd love to be red white and blue"
So ... I bought her ...
Now, imagine my surprise when I sat down to color her, she said,
"I changed my mind - I want bright, bright, bright"
So who am I to argue with a fickle Elephant?

She's called Burlesqu Ephant (yes, spelled that way) and can be found at Rick's Zibbet shop HERE.  I think she turned out pretty cute for an animal (thank goodness there was no fur, since I'm fur-phobic at the moment).

Hope you enjoyed them both ... Take care and have a great day!

A New Canvas

This lovely image is from Saturated Canary, called A New Canvas.  I printed her out on a 5.5 x 8.5 inch piece of Cryogen because I'd like to put her on the cover of one of my journals.

I colored her with Copics.  Haven't done anything else with her because I want to get some papers together or pages with images to color from Saturated Canary - I just don't know what I want to do past put her as a cover.  It will come to me eventually ...

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Un Ballo en Maschera

Okay, it's technically day 4 of the art chain that I was challenged by Alicia Borowski to do ... even if it is just 1.5 hours into the new day ...

I just finished coloring up this gorgeous image from Rick St. Dennis, which can be found in his Zibbet Shop, Rick 1949 ... She's called Un Ballo en Maschera, and I colored her with Copics.

I just love how the black and red striped turned out with the bit of gold trim.  I also added stickles to the drops on her 'V' at her bosom and at the hem of her scarf draped around her knees.  Very proud of this one, I must say.
Thanks for popping in - would love to hear your thoughts.
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sweet Mermaid by Sweet Escape

I was asked to be a guest designer for this wonderful image by Anne Lise Johannessen for Barnemix, a Norwegian hobby site.  When I saw the sweet image of this mermaid by Sweet Escape, I had to say "of course"!
I colored her with Copics, and printed her on the larger size, so there wasn't a lot of room to add too much, embellishment-wise.
I printed some digital paper of some water, and added the ribbon which had some sea-like colors in it.
Here's a close up of the colored image:
 I hope you enjoy it, and stop in again to see what else I've got up my sleeves.
Have a wonderful day!

Little Red Wagon's Winter Washi Challenge

Alright, am I the last hold out for Washi Tape?  I don't own a roll.  Well, this week, it's Winter Washi week over at The Little Red Wagon's challenge page.

Back when I was doing some art journaling, I made some 'washi tape' that was made with cloth bandage tape and stamped all over, but I had a Valentine's card in mind - here in Chicago, it's still winter when Valentine's Day comes around - and none of those worked.  So ... I pulled out my "Tape It" stamp set from Stampin Up and proceeded to make some background paper using the stamps, as well as strips for the top of the card.

I colored this image from Saturated Canary, found in the Valentine's Bundle,
with Copics.
Cardstock used was Stampin Up's tempting turquoise and pretty in pink
(along with inks, including rose red).
I used a heart doily that I sponged in rose red.  The teal square is digital paper, as well as the pink checkerboard piece.  The hearts were cut with the Stampin Up embosslit scalloped heart and then sponged over with rose red.
From the looks of it, it's kind of simple,
but this was a bit labor intensive, hope you like it.
Here's a close up of the image:
I hope you have a chance to head over to The Little Red Wagon and play along with the Winter Washi challenge this week!
Have a wonderful day!

DT Inspiration for Ching Chou Facebook Page

Well, here it is, week two over at Ching Chou Kuik's Facebook Page, and I've got a gorgeous image, Spring Banquet for inspiration. 

This beauty was colored with Copics.
I love Ching Chou Kuik's images, so I try to keep them on the
larger side to showcase them.
I did try to get some pretty designer paper in there, with a punch, lace strip and some ribbon.
Here's a close up:
Hope you're just as inspired to create something .. Make sure you check out
Ching Chou Kuik's Etsy Shop for more lovely images.
Make sure you participate in the Ching Chou Kuik Facebook challenge for February - Must use the image A Key to My Heart which was released February 1st, and the theme is Lace/Romance.
Don't forget, there is also a Ching Chou Kuik blog that runs monthly challenges as well.   
Hope you have a WONDERFUL day!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Rick St. Dennis Play Time

Oh my, I've been having an absolute blast coloring the last few days ... All images from Rick St. Dennis' Zibbet store ... Take a peek ... I put them on 1/2 sheets, so I think I may be looking at an RSD journal of 5.5 x 8.5 ... time will tell ... well, on to all the wonderfully drawn images, and my attempts to color them and do them justice:

1938 Supper Club Cocktail Dress

Bal Masque
Extravagance Hat Lady
Rosa Linda
Withering Glance
And this one ... WAY outside my comfort zone, lol, but Monique van Dijk challenged me to do something dark, while I challenged her to do something soft, pretty and pink.  Rick actually made two images, one for each of us, and this was my end of the bargain, called Grizbella Grey:
I've always said that I love looking at Monique's, Helen's and all the other dark or off-beat images, but didn't necessarily want to color them ... well, I actually wasn't too displeased with the results, lol.
Thanks for stopping by ... make sure you come back on Wednesday.
I'll have a new Ching Chou Kuik project as well as
The Little Red Wagon's weekly challenge ...
Have a wonderful day, week, month ...

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Peek A Boo - I See You

This week's challenge over at The Little Red Wagon is "Peek A Boo" - in other words, use a window.

I chose this image from Saturated Canary called Sweet Oklahoma ... Because I'm from Chicago, the Windy City, I'm going to call it Sweet Home Chicago.

I colored her up with Copics and then hand cut a window frame as if you're looking outside seeing how windy it is.

Papers are, as usual, digital papers with Stampin Up cardstock (Not Quite Navy,  Marina Mist and Rose Red.  I added a pink grosgrain ribbon and some pretty pink pearls to finish it off.

Here's a close up:

If you have a chance, please head over to Little Red Wagon and participate in this week's challenge - to add a window of some sort.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

February Challenge at Ching Chou Kuik's Facebook Page

This month, over at Ching Chou Kuik's Facebook Page, the challenge is Lace/Romance, and you'll need to use this image.  She will be available today in Ching Chou's Etsy Shop.

This beautiful image is called Key to My Heart. 
She was colored with Copics.
Papers are digital with Stampin Up celery and pink pirouette for bases.
This beautiful lace is from a pack from Martha Stewart.
The sentiment is from Paper Trey which I then punched out using a mini tag punch.
Here's a close up of the colored image:
Your challenge will be to use THIS Ching Chou Kuik image from her ETSY store and create a project that inspires Romance or lace.  Remember, this is for the Ching Chou Kuik's FACEBOOK Page challenge which runs for the Month of February.
(not to be confused with the also wonderful Ching Chou Kuik blog).
Have a wonderful day!