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

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday + Whimsy Stamps November Release is HERE! (Post 1 of 3 today)

Hello friends and welcome to November!!  It’s hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of another year!  Time has went by so fast especially since I’ve started back up on my new blog here! 🙂  So glad you are here with me!  Thank you for that!

I actually have THREE posts going up today and each one of them brings something fun, new and exciting with it!  So be sure to check them all out!

Today starts a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  For this week, it’s an easy “Anything Goes” challenge!  And since our sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps, I thought this would also be a great time to introduce to you an image from the brand new Digital Release that has just came out TODAY!!  Check it out:

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This cute seal critter is presenting his underwater gift for the Holidays!  This new digital image from Whimsy Stamps is called Seal in Water by Crissy Armstrong.  I had fun coloring him up with my Copic markers.  I decided to use the markers in a “pointilism” fashion to give him a spotted seal look. (I’ve also added some light dots with a white gel pen.) Copics used:  for seal – Blender 0, W7, W5, W3, W1, R00 for hat/bow – R39, R37, R35, R32 for package – BG99, BG96, BG93 for trimming/bubbles – C3, C1, C0, BG000

For the background I used a stencil to blend some blue colors to make them appear as if he’s underwater as he has bubbles around him.  I cut him out with a stitched oval die and cut out a piece of gold foil cardstock with a larger stitched oval for matting behind the image.

If you take a look at those fun festive papers on my card, this is also part of the new Whimsy Stamps November Digital release as well!  The papers are from the Christmas Traditions Collection.  I’m sure I’ll be using more from this collection on an upcoming card soon!  I have took the corner chomper and rounded the two bottom corners and then took a gold ink pad to rub along the edges with it.  You can also see that I’ve used one of the Whimsy Stamps Penguin Christmas Sentiments 1 digital set and cut a banner with it to place on the bottom of my card.  I’ve die cut a border in red cardstock going across the middle and added some white silk ribbon with a bow.  I mounted the oval image panel on the card front with foam tape and then cut off the edge.  I mounted everything over an A2 sized red top folding card base.

I’ve finished off my card with some Christmas sequins filled with Tinsel Stickles and I’ve also covered the bubbles with some Nuvo White Blizzard Crystal Drops.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring details of my spotted Holiday seal along with the sequins, glitter and bubbles!  Gotta love that popped out belly!! 🙂

Be sure to check out not only the new Whimsy Stamps release on the Inspirations Blog, but please be sure to check out the Cute Card Thursday challenge to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along this week!  We love to see what you’ve created!

Thanks for stopping in!  Please stay tuned in for more posts today!

Challenges:

  1. Winter Wonderland – Color It!
  2. Crafting From the Heart (226) – Anything Goes
  3. Make My Monday – Stencil Stories (Used a wave stencil for behind the seal)