Believe in Yourself For 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Hello friends!  Welcome to the month of March!  Yay!  I am so excited about getting to this month as that means wamer weather and pretty flowers are soon to follow along with those birds chirping and signs of wild life sprouting outdoors!

Speaking of which, we’re starting up a brand new challenge for the first of March over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog!  So stop on over and play along with us this month!  We are always “Anything Goes + a critter” on your project!  Our sponsor this time is our lovely critter loving friend Donna and she has created/given a wonderful digital set not only for our team to use in our projects, but it’s the prize for a lucky winner too!  Yay!  (Click on her name to see a creation with this image in her own version!)

Here’s what I’ve created using her stunning “The Great Horned Owl” set:

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Isn’t that owl amazing?!  My husband said the eyes on him are so piercing!  I said that’s because he’s a very wise owl that’s trying to tell you something important and wants to make sure you got the message!  LOL!

I really like the sentiments that were included with this owl image too!  For my image, I’ve reversed it on my computer and then added a couple of the leaf sprigs that were included with this set so that my branch the owl is perched on has some leaves with it.

I thought I was going to use my regular old stand by of Copics, but decided that I was going to do some watercolor on him instead, so I pulled out my Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers.  I’ve sponged around the oval cut out image, the sentiment banner as well as the card base with Rusty Hinge distress ink.

I die cut some leaves and added the stamped leaf panel (image from the Simon Says Stamps Kind Flowers stamp set.) to the side of the image and mounted it over top of the woodgrain embossed background.  I wrapped some twine around these layers and added a bow with button and finished it with a couple of water drop accents.

P.S.  I’ve noticed that I’ve been using owls and twine in my creations lately…what’s up with that?!  LOL!

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Here’s a closer view of the owl image and how I’ve colored him up.  I used some soft blue color to blend in behind him, but when I sponged around the edges of the oval panel, the watercolor edges showed up more.  I sort of liked how that looked, so I went with it.

It may be hard to see, but I just barely dotted those piercing eyes with glossy accents.

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Thank you again to our amazing friend Donna for sharing this stunning digital set with us and for someone who plays along in the challenge to win it!  I sure hope that I did justice to your beautiful owl here sweet lady!  🙂

Please be sure to hop on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog and check out what my fellow teamies have done with Donna’s image and play along with us this month!  We’d love to see your critter inspired creations too!

Thanks so much for dropping in today friends and I’ll be seeing you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Cardmakers – embossing (embossing folder)
  2. The House That Stamps Built – F2620 Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – $387 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Friends –  #130 Animals/Birds

Just For You at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Hello friends!  It’s not only the weekend, but it’s also the first of February!  It’s what we call the “love dovey month”! LOL!  The first of the month also brings us a new challenge starting over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies blog!  It’s always an “ANYTHING GOES + ANIMAL” for your project each month.  We look forward to seeing your creations!

For this month we’re being sponsored by Jan’s Digi Stamps and here’s what I’ve come up with for my project:

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Check out this daper little penguin stepping out to hand his loved one a bouquet of flowers! 🙂  I’ve used the adorable Puttin’ On the Ritz digital set for my card here.  It had me at penguin! LOL!

I have pulled out some of those cool vintage looking papers from that SSS Valentine card kit that I had used earlier this week on my parent’s anniversary card and just loved the blue tones in them, so I went with that color scheme for my design!

The penguin was colored and fussy cut out.  The way he was positioned looked like he was popping right through an opening to hand out the flowers, so I’ve used some circle die cuts with more of the vintage papers for the background and tucked him in there with his foot and flowers outside the circle frame.  I’ve placed a silver doily behind him.

The base of the card measures 5″ square, I’ve taken a couple of strips of the papers and layered them over a white card panel that I’ve sanded the edges on before mounting it over the blue card base.  I took some seam binding ribbon to wrap around it and then attached the circle panel ot the front with a bow and candy heart accent over top.

The sentiment was printed out from the same stamp set and cut out and layered with a heart die set.  I’ve also sponged around the edges of the white heart with grey ink.

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Here’s a close view of the image and how I’ve got him all colored up with Copic markers.  I’ve used a white gel pen for dots on his cheeks as well as dots around the flowers.  Sometimes those bouquet of roses have the baby’s breath with them…for some reason I think it makes the bouquet look extra special!

For part of the penguin’s “cane” or “umbrella”…not sure, I’ve used a silver metallic gel pen to color in parts of it.

I kept his hands white as I felt like he was wearing white gloves.  LOL.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my fancy little love penguin card today and have been inspired to come join us over at the 2 Crafty Criter Crazies challenge this month!  Please be sure to check out the creations from the rest of the team while you’re there!

Thanks so much for stopping in!  I’ll see you again shortly for a special blog hop!

Challenges:

  1.  Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge – #6 Anything Goes
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday – All Loved Up
  3. Cute Card Thursday – Valentines
  4. Krafty Chicks – Anything Goes
  5. As You Like It – Warm or Cool Colors (love the cool tones…esp purples/blues!)
  6. Daring Card Makers – Layer it Up!
  7. QKR Stampede – #383 Anything Goes

Let’s Celebrate at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!!!

*I wanted to take a moment to first wish all of my friends and blog readers here an extremely Happy New Year and best wishes for the most amazing 2020 you can have!  I have REALLY appreciated each and every one of you for your friendship, support and comments throughout this last year…it really means so much to me!  I hope to continue to inspire and spread smiles with you in the comng year as well!  HUGS*

Today is obviously the first which means it’s time to start a brand new challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  So remember that you have the entire month to play along and It’s ALWAYS an “Anything Goes + a critter” on your crafty project!  Easy peasy!

Here’s the creation I made for this month:

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He’s such a cutie and I think he would be a fun little guy to celebrate with especially since it looks like he’s handing out cupcakes! LOL!!

The sponsor for our challenge this month is Bugaboo Stamps and the team were given some images to play with, so I have used this adorble Birthday Hedgie 02 digital stamp on my card today!

After coloring him up with Copic markers, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut him out with and then layered him onto a blue layer of cardstock along with another yellow layer that was cut from a stitched scallop rectangle die.  I used some craft foam to pop him up over the card front design.

For the card base, I took a top folding A2 sized kraft card base and found some fun birthday papers in similar colors slightly cut down to go over top.  I also found a matching blue dotted strip of paper to place from top to bottom of the card base design.  the sentiment was stamped in black ink at the bottom of the image panel.  This is a new set I got from Simon Says Stamp called Tiny Words.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this cute little guy!  His “hair” actually got a bit more “fuzzy” than what I was going for, but I didn’t want to keep going over him or he might look like he partied a bit too much! LOL!

Of course it’s very hard to see unless you see it person, but I’ve added some shimmer with my glitter brush pen over the cupcakes and little hearts.  I also used some colored gel pens to go over some of the confetti pieces around him.  I also used a white gel pen for his cheeks and I thought he needed some eyeballs and I made those too!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and that you’ll swing on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog to catch the inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us this month too!  We can’t wait to see your critter creations!

P.S.  Just for fun, please share with me if you have any crafty or non-crafty “New Year’s resolutions/goals” for this year!  My goal is to COMPLETELY finish each card I make this year with sentiment/decorated inside, with the envelope and signed on back!  I hope it holds up!  I started with this card!! 🙂

Challenges:

  1.  Make My Monday – Female Birthday (Thought it could be used for anyone!)
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday – “Party Time”
  3. Creative Knockouts – Celebrations
  4. QKR Stampede– #378 Anything goes

Teddybear Tags for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Hello friends!  Welcome to December!  We have already arrived at the final month of the year!  Can you believe how quickly this year went by?!  The first of the month means it’s time for a new challenge to start over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  Remember that it is an always “ANYTHING GOES + A CRITTER“.   I love adding critters to my crafty projects so it’s easy for me!  🙂

Since I’ve been on a tag making binge, I’ve got some more to share today:

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Isn’t this the cutest little bear?!  We’re sponsored this month by Beccy’s Place and I have opted to try out this cute freebie that she has offered on her blog called Stanley’s Bauble.  (Click on the link to grab it for yourself!)

I thought he was too cute and I wanted to try coloring him up in a couple of different ways and even a couple of different sizes too!

I just took my Sunny Studios scallop circle tag dies and die cut a couple of them in my selected color choices of course to match up with his bauble and then I’ve die cut some coordinating circles and pattern papers to match.  He was fussy cut out and placed over top of the tag.  I’ve added some silk ribbon for both and added a twine bow around them.

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Here’s  closer view of the Stanley’s Bauble red and black tag.

For this tag, he’s a bit larger than the other an he was popped up over the tag with some foam tape.  I’ve colored the bauble hanger with a gold gel pen and then went over the red bauble with a glitter brush pen.

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Here’s a closer view of the smaller tag.  The light has caught this one just right to where you can really see the glitter brush over the blue bauble.  I’ve also colored his bauble hanger with a silver gel pen.

The circle layer behind the snowflake paper was cut from some silver glitter paper.  I’ve taken a Simon Says Stamp sentiment strip and cut it out, sponged it with blue ink and glued it above the bear.  Since he was smaller than the other bear, I had room for a sentiment.   He was just attached with glue this time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these teddybear tags today!  Please be sure to stop by the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us this month!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

I will see you again tomorrow for some Whimsy Stamps inspiration!

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I will be adding these to the “25 Days of Christmas Tags” event and I was inspired by Anja’s tags from Day 7 Sunny Studio Post.

Challenges:

  1.  Fab ‘n’ Funky – Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Penny’s Paper Crafty – Anything Goes
  3. Polkadoodles – Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – #374 Anything Goes

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