Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Steam Punk Sally and A Butterfly Fairy ~ A Step in the Dark

Hello Everyone, 

Here i am again today with another walk down the dark side and to share with you two cards I have done for this weeks challenge for A Step in the Dark. Please visit the blog here.  You will find some great creations for the rest of the Design Team, where we were challenge to use works of art from Stitchy Bear as well as Wilmars Art.  Anything goes was the challenge for this week.  I can do anything goes. 
 The first card is from Stitchy Bear, Steam Punk Sally. 

This is a great image and honestly, I did not do a lot to it, for fear of taking away from the steampunk look. I colored in her skin, added some eye shadow, and a little bit of gray for her hair.  I than simply added a nice black lace bow, two home made rolled roses, and one lavender paper rose given to me from a friend. I thought it needed a little bit more, so I also added two silver leaves, and bent them to make them look less flat. 

The second card I added this week is from Wilmars Art, called Butterfly fairy and Baby Fairy.  

This image I colored using Photoshop.  I knew there was no way I could color the wings and not mess them by making them to dark.  I also wanted my grape leaves to look realistic, and honestly, I am still learning to blend and highlight successfully.  I added a grapevine down the left hand side and three purple gems in the top left corner and another single one in the bottom right corner.  

Walking on the Dark Side is starting to be more my style of crafting, and I am really like dabbling in dark.  I am not always successful in my attempts, but as I grow and work at it, I will get better. 

I would love to read your comments! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Happy Easter ~ 613 Avenue Create

Hello, I am back again to share another fun card with your I created for  the 613 Avenue Create Design Team.  This challenge was an anything goes challenge where I used super cute designs from Crafty Secrets.  This was a fun card to create.  I used my Prisma Colored Pencils to color this fun chick, then used my Celebrations Stack to find a fun spring paper to use as my back ground.   I finished off my card with a Happy Easter sentiment, a purple bow, and three green pearls. 

Be sure to stop by the  613 Avenue Create blog and enter the challenge. We would love to see what you can create. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Step In The Dark ~ Vampires, Moons, and Bats

Hello Everyone, 

Today I would like to share with you another post for a A Step in the Dark. Please visit the blog here.  You will find some great creations for the rest of the Design Team, I was really inspired by the images for this challenge.   This week, we were used digi files from Fantasy Arts and Crafts.  Again, we are doing the challenge this week is Anything Goes. 

For the challenge this week, I chose the image  vampire moon bats. It was a very hard decisions, as I found some really great images on their page.  

I colored this image with my colored pencils and blended with Gamsol. I then dug out my Immortal stack and found this great back ground paper with spooky trees.  When I laid my image over the top of the page, I knew right away it was going to be a good fit.  I found this great wrought iron fence frame in the Silhouette Store and added it over the top of the layered paper and image.  I liked the look of the card with that added, however, I felt it was to plain and still needed something.  So again, I went to my Silhouette Store and found some additional tombstones.  

However, I did not like how easily the two layers blended together.  So, I dug out my chalk and a tiny cotton pompom and inked around the cut to help it stand out a little more.  I also chalked on the fronts of the tombstones to help the words stand out.  Finally, I thought, the white background of the image was to stark, so I again turned to my chalk and added some light gray to add to the mystic of the graveyard.  

I hope you like it, I know I sure had to step out of my comfort zone for this card.   Please make sure you join our challenge yourself. 

I would love to read your comments! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tsunami Rose Designs ~ Step Card

Good Morning Everyone, 

Today I have a great card to share with you.  I have created a step card using papers Daisy created at Tsunami Rose Design.  I have always loved her papers, and find so many wonderful uses for them.  You need to make sure you stop in and visit and look at all of her wonderful papers and her awesome printable journals. 

For this step card, I am using pages from the Petticoat Ephemera journal. and the Petticoat Add on Pages.   You can view the entire shop here

I used a template from the Silhouette store to make the card base.  You can find templates all over the internet, but I wanted my card to be a little larger, so I found one and then enlarged it.  Honestly, this way I didn't have to figure out the new score and cut lines.  I don't call it lazy, I call it efficient. Right?   

For the base, I then needed to make the paper just a little larger, so of course, like I always do, I put it into Photoshop and printed it out as a full letter size sheet.  

The pages in this journal are perfect for a step card.  Perfect graphics, perfect sentiments, perfect colors.  Simply print, trim and adhere to where you want them on your card.  

This Bingo card is simply stunning and was perfect for the step card.  A beautiful young lady who is happy with who she is.   She chose happiness and to be herself.  

To finish off my step card, I needed some bling of course, but not to much as it would distract from the natural beauty of the images and all cards need roses. So, again, I used a file from the Silhouette Store and made it much smaller to make the rolled roses.  Aft I cut out the flowers, I lightly inked them in pink to highlight the pink colors in the paper.  

You won't hear me say this often about my cards, but this one, I really love how it turned out.  I like msot all of my cards, but some, let's face it, I like more than others.  This one fits that bill. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope I have inspired you shop at the store and create something beautiful yourself. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

613 Avenue Create Bingo Challenge

Hello everyone, 

Here is a card I have created for the 613 Avenue Create Design Team Bingo Challenge. The challenge was to use three colors from the bingo board.  I chose to use pink, white, and blue. However, I do have a little bit of all the colors in the digi. 

The digi I used for this challenge is from Sherri Baldy Bestie collection.  I just love the fun digis she creates. 

I used a card sketch from Mojo Monday's to create this card.  Like I do a lot of times, I used Photoshop to color this fun image.  I then used Tim Holtz distressed papers as my blue background and my pink polka-dot paper.   I finished off the card by adding two paper flowers and some pretty bling. 

Make sure you check out the 613 Avenue Create blog and enter your own project in the challenge. 

I am also adding this card into the following challenges: 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Molly Love Bug

You know, these are two papers that I would have never put together myself.  The paper is from Lily Bee Designs, and thankfully is was a double sided sheet.  I really like how this card turned out.  I really am all for the plain and simple.  

I colored Molly Love Bug with Photoshop.  I am much better with Photoshop than I am with colored pencils or even copic markers. Thou, I like to work with all three. 

Molly Love Bug
You can find this adorable digi in the store by following this link. 

Shoe Mouse Treat Box

Hello everyone, today I have a fun treat box to share with you.  I made this from cut files fromo the Silhouette store and from files from Cuddly Cute Designs. 

For this project, I used the FREE Shoe Mouse file from Cuddly Cute Designs and a cut file from the Silhouette store for the box.  

I wanted my project to be a little different, so I decided to think outside the box. Mice generally scare me, but not this one.  He is really cute.  I could not have just a plain mouse, so I found some nice gray toned paper and used that.  Well, if I am going to have a cute little mouse, you really need to dress up the shoe as well,  So, I decided to use the Polka-dot embossing folder and add a little texture.  Finally, you can't have Valentine's day treats, until you seal them with a kiss.  So, I used a file from the Silhouette store for the SWAK and then just added a little bling to help it stand out a bit more.  

Top of Treat Box

Now, all that is left to do is figure out what to fill the treat box with, add a ribbon to tie it shut, and shazam . . .  a nice little package to go. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Step In the Dark

Hello Everyone, 

Today I would like to share with you my very post for a new Design Team I was asked to join.  A Step in the Dark, please visit the blog here.  You will find some great creations for the rest of the Design Team.   This week, we were used digi files from Dilly Beans

The challenge this week is Anything Goes. 

I am a flowers and lace, mixed with pastels, so this step in the dark was quite a challenge for me, but one I welcome to help expand my skills.  For this challenge, I used a digi called Lucy's Lollipop to create this fun card.  

I colored my image with my prisma colored pencils then blended with Gamsol.  I then layered her with some plain black paper. The back ground paper is from the Imortal Life paper stack.  I finished the card off with a button with a bit of trendy twine, and a happy birthday sentiment. 

I hope you will stop in to the blog and enter our challenge yourself.