Let it Snow for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

*This is post 1 of 2 posts today*

Hello friends!  Happy November!  The weather has come in full force with the several inches of snow that came over our area on Halloween!  I blinked and Fall was over!   I don’t ever remember it snowing this early before, but I guess it’s very fitting for my card today then! LOL!

Since today is the first of the month, we begin a new challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and the theme is always “Anything Goes + use a CRITTER” and it can be any type of crafty project you like to make!  Hope you will join us this month and share your lovely critter creations!

We are sponsored this month by The Paper Shelter and here’s the card I made:

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We were provided an image set to share for the team, and this beautiful set is called “Holy Night” and it comes with both the regular digital image, plus a colored version as well as some beautiful background scenes to go with it.

For my card, I printed out the “non-colored” image and used my Copic markers to color it and then used some oval dies to cut it out.  I also stamped a sentiment from Whimsy Stamps at the bottom of the oval.

I printed out the background scene paper and sponged around the edges with some blue ink that I’ve also sponged around the oval edges as well.  I added some silver metallic ribbon around the background layers and slipped the brown oval layer behind the ribbon.  I die cut some MFT snowflakes with silver glitter paper and added them around the card design.  These background layers were then mounted over a top folding white 5″ square card base.

I popped up the oval image panel with craft foam and then added a few rhinestones in the center of the snowflake over the oval and the one in the center of the bow.

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She looked a little Vintage to me and with the wintry papers, so I wanted to color her outfit in blue tones and accent with browns. For the “spots” on the deer, I used my blender 0.

I wish you could see it better in the photo, but I’ve used a gel pen for accents around her outfit trimmings including the lines of the inside of her cloak.  I also used the gel pen for the “berries” in the holy around the deer’s neck and her hair piece.

For the snowfall, I took a glue pen to add the “dots” over the image and lined the ground with it and then sprinkled some glitter over the entire oval image.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my wintry card today and were inspired in some way.

Please be sure to stop over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog to see how the rest of the design team used this same digital set in different ways and join in our critter loving fun with us this month!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and please stay tuned for another post coming up from me today!!

Challenges:

  1.  The Paper Shelter – #404 Make it Square (square card)
  2. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + a Sentiment
  3. CRAFT – Winter

Meow-lloween Party for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Meow friends! 🙂   It’s October and I’m always excited about this month because there are so many fun Fall activities that happen and I also really enjoy the Halloween atmosphere around this time.  I hope you’ll enjoy the fun right along with me!

Today, I’m excited to bring you my creation for a brand new challenge for this month over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  Remember that it’s always an “anything goes” challenge PLUS you need to use a critter on your creation!

This month we’re being sponsored by Beccy’s Place and was generous to supply the team with an image to play with:

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I just fell in love with this adorable kitty from the Scaredy Cats digital set.  I think he’s all dressed up and seriously ready to “get this meow-lloween party started“!!

So fun to pull out some Halloween papers and colors for this card.  I usually like to add in some purple somewhere if I can, so I found some ribbon and thought it matched up with kitty’s hat.

I couldn’t help but to add a few more elements to this kitty by taking a spider image from a Tim Holtz stamp set and adding it to kitty’s hat.  I also stamped the stars at the top along with the sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp Halloween stamp set from last year…I think.  The web up in the corner is an older die from my stash that I usually pull out for Halloween creations.

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Here you can see how I’ve colored up this fun kitty with Copic markers.  I’ve also colored the belt buckle on the hat with a gold gel pen.

I used some Wilted Violet to sponge around the edges of the kitty panel after I stamped the stars at the top.

While I was filling the sequins with gold Stickles, I added a few dots to the starry sky for just a bit more sparkle.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my fun “meow-lloween” card today!  Please be sure to stop by the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog to see the rest of the creations from the design team to help inspire you!  We look forward to seeing your wonderful critter creations this month!

Thanks so much for stopping in today my friends and be sure to check right back again here today as I have another post coming soon!

Challenges:

  1. Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes + optional twist: masculine
  3. CRAFT -Animals
  4. The Paper Players – PP461 Tic Tac Toe (I used middle row:  orange, die-cute and Halloweenpp461

Bookmark for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies September Challenge

Hello friends!  Welcome to September!  Can you believe that it is here already?!  I’m looking forward to all things Fall and seeing all the wonderful crafty inspiration from everywhere for sure!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a post for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge, but I’m so happy to be back with my design team friends for this month’s challenge!  The theme each month is always “Anything Goes + a critter“.  So if you make something with a critter on it, we want to see it!  We look forward to seeing your crafty critter creations this month!

Our sponsor for this month’s challenge is QKR Stampede and they’ve provided some fun images for the team to use in their creations.  Here’s my project:

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September is the time we know that the kids are back at school.  I remember telling my boys that it was time for them to start “hittin’ the books!”  They never seemed to care for that too much though!  LOL!  Thinking back at those old school days, I thought it would be nice to create a school themed bookmark with this adorable image from QKR Steampede called Reading Books.

Speaking of learning, I pulled out some Distress Oxide Sprays and played around with them on my tag to see what results I got.  I was surprised at how nicely the colors blended together.  I then took a Tim Holtz stencil and inked it up with embossing ink and heat embossed the letters with a Brutus Monroe Raven Sparkle EP.

Not quite finished with my background, I knew I wanted to use some black seam binding ribbon for the top of my tag, so I grabbed some silver alcohol ink and dabbled the ribbon with it.  What was left on my glass surface, I took a fan brush and splattered some of it over the tag background.  I also rubbed it along the edges of the tag.

To give the bear image a bit of a “ground” to sit on, I took a strip of Brutus Monroe Black Glitterstock and attached it at the bottom of the tag.  Then for the word strips at the top, they’re from a cardstock sticker panel I had from an old card kit.  (They got splattered along with the background.)  Lastly, I just added a button with some twine in the middle of my seam binding bow.

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And here’s a better look at this adorable bear image who’s studying really hard on his book!  I thought it would be funny to title the book for him.  So I took out my Copic liner pen and wrote in “Book of Honey” on the cover!  LOL!

I’ve colored up this image with Copics and fussy cut him out to attach to the bottom of the tag/bookmark.  I turned him over and rubbed a stylist over him to add some dimension to the image.  I popped him up with some foam dots over the black glitterstock strip.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookmark/tag project today!  I had fun playing around with some media that I hadn’t had a chance to play with which was really fun!

Please be sure to hop on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog to take a look at the inspiration from the rest of my design team friends and come play along with us this month!

Thanks for hanging out with me this weekend!  Hope you had fun or were inspired in some way!  I’ll be seeing you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1. QKR Stampede – #361 Anything Goes
  2.  Simon Says Stamp Monday – ‘S’ is for…”Sprays, Stack of books, seam binding, school, study, stories, sit”
  3. TGIF Challenge – #TGIF227 Product Spotlight embossing powder227

Flying Dragon for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Hello friends!  Welcome to May!  Yay!  I’m so happy that my flowers are finally up and blooming!  It always brings a smile to face when I see the coloful blooms!

~Today’s post is a pre-scheduled post as I am away at our annual “Painting Divas” Craft Retreat with some local friends.  I am teaching a class today which is why I’ve been a bit MIA around social media and my blog as I’ve been preparing for it.  I promise that I will share photos of our event later at the end of this week.~

Today is the 1st of the month which also means the start of a new monthly challenge over the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog!  All you have to remember is that you need to use a critter somewhere on your creation…that’s it!  The sponsor we have for this month is Fabrika Fantasy:

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I have used this adorable digital image kindly provided to us from our sponsor called Flying Elf.  I love how that dragon is looking up at her! 🙂

After coloring her in, I’ve taken a cloud stencil and sponged in some clouds behind her to give the appearance of being in the air!  I’ve used the ink foam blending tool and distress inks for that.  I then cut out the image panel with a cross-stitch rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and then used a cloud border die also from LF to cut out along the bottom that also adds to the “cloudy” feel of the design.  I stamped a sentiment from a My Favorite Things stamp set.

I wanted to add a “magical” element to my design, so I found some really cool cosmos looking papers from my stash and added that as a layer underneath the image panel which I popped up a bit with foam tape.  I then added a purple shimmer ribbon with a bow around the bottom portion and layerd it over a piece of gold mirror cardstock and then an addtional piece of black cardstock that was layered over a white A2 sized top folding card base.  Lastly, I added some black pearls in the upper right of the image panel.

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Here you can see a closer view of the coloring I did on the image.  I’ve colored it in with my Copic markers.  Then on her belt, the trim on her boot and the middle of the dragon bridle, I colored those in with a gold gel pen.  Such a cute image!

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Here’s a better view where you can see the shine from the gold mirror cardstock.  It helps to add a “magical” feel to the design I think.

Please do hop on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog and have a look at what the rest of the design team has come up with for inspiration!  Get our your critter products/images and come enter our challenge this month!  We can’t wait to see what you come with!

Thanks so much for dropping by!  I appreciate you being here with me!  Hope to catch up with you all at the end of this week to see what you’re up to!

I will be back tomorrow with another pre-scheduled post and something new!

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – You are my Happy

Hello friends!!  Happy April Fool’s Day! 🙂

Well there’s “no fooling” here today as I bring you a post to share the creation I’ve made for a new challenge over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog!  Since it’s the first of April, we have a brand new challenge starting with the “Anything Goes + critter” theme in mind!  Hope you will join us with your critter creations!

We are being sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios and this is the card I made for the challenge this month:

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Our sponsor was kind enough to share this very sweet image called Mia which I’ve used for my card today.  This is my first experience with these images and I must say they have some really cute ones in their store, so hop on over and check them out!

I’ve colored her up with Copic markers including drawing extended lines for the grass and coloring it up all the way across and down.  I cut it out with a cross stitched rectangle die and then used a sun ray stencil to ink some yellow behind  her by taping off the grass edge so I didn’t get any on that part.  I then stamped the sentiment in black ink over top of that.

To continue on with the yellow color theme I’ve got going on, I cut out a piece of yellow glitter cardstock that was cut out with a scallop rectangle die (retired from Lawn Fawn) and attached it to the back of the image panel.  I took some plaid papers for the bottom portion of the A2 white top folding card base and then attached some yellow grosgrain ribbon across the top and then attached the image panel and then added a yellow ribbon bow along the edge.  Lastly I finished it out with some yellow rhinestone crystals.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on the image.  I took a black gel pen to color in the eyeballs circles.  I wasn’t sure how to go about coloring the eyes, but this is the way that made the most sense to me.  I also went around the edges of the butterfly with the black gel pen.  I took a glitter brush pen and went over the liquid in her cup.

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I have to add that this image really got me thinking about past memories with my sweet little Mocca and how we would go out on nice Spring days like this.  She certainly was always “my happy” for sure and I still miss her like crazy.  I’m sure any of you that have lost pets understand what I’m saying.   It’s great to have the memories we’ve shared after all this time!

Please be sure to hop on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies blog and check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team and play along with us this month!  Looking forward to seeing your critter creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate it so much!

**I will be back shortly to announce the winner of the “Purple Day Epilepsy Blog Hop” give away!  So be sure to come back and see if you are the winner!!**

challenges:

  1.  Crafty Friends – Spring
  2. Crafty Gals Corner – Spring is Here!
  3. Krafty Chicks – Coffee, tea or hot cocoa
  4. As You Like It – Favorite Coloring medium – Copic Why?  It’s my favorite “go to” coloring method and I love the way the markers blend together for shading and highlight effects.
  5. Creative Knockouts – Outside Fun
  6. Allsorts – Use Yellow
  7. Digi Doodle Studios Challenge – #15 Anything Goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies February Challenge is Here!

Hello friends!  **This is my first of 2 posts today, but be sure to stop by right after this post for the final post this morning with a special blog hop and prizes available to win!**

Today starts our brand new February challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  Remember that this is an always ANYTHING GOES challenge, but you must include a critter somewhere on your project to enter!

We are being sponsored this month by Sparkle N Sprinkle!  The DT has created some wonderful creations using their products, so go check it out and play along with us this month!  Here’s what I’ve created for the challenge:

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I have used this gorgeous January digital stamp release from SnS called Ribbons of Love [DIGI933DE] which was created by my wonderful blog friend Donna Ellis!  If you stay tuned in later, you will see another creation I’ve made for the blog hop using this same set!  It’s a very beautiful and versatile set to have!

For this card, I’ve used the uncolored images and placed the images together how I wanted them to appear in a Word doc and then printed it out.  I printed out an extra butterfly so that I could cut it out and pop it up over the design for dimension.  All of the butterflies were colored with Copics.

For the background of my card, I took some Demo Donna’s Lace and placed it over top of a piece of cardstock that I’ve covered with a Super Adhesive Sheet.  I then sprinkled some Caspia Sea glitter and burished it over the lace layer.  (Sometimes I use the backing from the adhesive sheet to help burnish it in.)  After I felt it was burnished in, I removed the lace layer and sprinkled on some Lemonade glitter over the rest which gave me the unique glittery lace background!  As you can see, I’ve also taken a small strip of it to add to my design.  I have layered that piece with a strip of black fishtail banner and tied a white ribbon bow to attach over it.  The butterfly image panel was cut, layered with black cardstock and attached over the middle of the glittery background which as also layered with black cardstock and attached to an A2 sized white top folding card base.

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Looking more closely at the card, you can better see the glittery background along with the coloring on the butterflies.  The two butterflies at the top was brushed with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue and then I sprinkled some Diamond Dust glitter over top of their wings for a bit more sparkle.  I glued the center of the yellow butterfly down and popped up the wings with my finger for a bit of dimension.

Please be sure to check out the 2Crafty Critter Crazies blog for more inspiration from the rest of the design team and I hope to see your critter creation in the gallery this month!

Thanks for stopping in…stay tuned in for my next special post!!

Celebrating at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies With a New Challenge For 2019!

**I have 2 posts coming up today!  This is post 1 of 2**

Hello friends!!  Happy New Year to you!!  I hope you’ve enjoyed the celebrating with your famly and friends!  Are you excited about a brand new 2019?!  I sure am!  I’ve got lots in store to share with you this year!  Hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am!!

Let’s start this year off with a brand new challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, shall we?  Every first of the month there’s a brand new “Anything Goes” challenge…BUT you must use a critter somewhere on your project is all!

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Isn’t this guy adorable?!  I have used one of our sponsor’s image for my card today from Bugaboo.  This is the Critter Balloons – elephant digital stamp.  I have actually cut him out twice and colored him in, but I cut just his head and the balloon to pop them up with some foam tape for a little dimension.

I’ve made a Center Step Card for my design today.  I kept the dimensions at an A2 standard size when it lays flat so that it will still fit inside an A2 envelope for mailing.

I’ve used some fun birthday style papers from my old stash and then I’ve used a sentiment from My Favorite Things More Essential Sentiments and white heat embossed it over a piece of black cardstock that I cut out with the Die-namics Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.  Lastly I added some silver ribbon above that.

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Here’s a bit of a close-up to see the dimension over the image.  I’ve also taken a glue pen over the balloon image and added some clear sparkly glitter over it.

Hope that you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop in over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog to see more inspiration from the rest of the design team!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with this month!

I’ll be back very quickly with a second post today!

Challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #328
  2. A Perfect Time to Craft – Anything Goes