Friday, April 18, 2014

I'm A Guest Designer!

Good morning to you all. Hope you are looking forward to a wonderful day. 
A few weeks back one of  my cards was featured over at "Scrapping 4 Fun". That gave me the privilege of being their Guest Designer today! I want to thank the gang over at "Scrapping 4 Fun" for this honour and for all the wonderful challenges they host.
Here is the card I came up with...
 

Since Easter is this weekend i thought it would be find to go with a Spring theme and colour palette. The image is by Meljen's Designs. It is called "Peter Rabbit" and you can find it right here. I used Copics to colour it. I was able to use 4 different pieces of leftover DPs on this layout. All of the flowers and leaves were cut from scraps too, using Spellbinder dies. I added some pretty green buttons and lots and lots of faux stitching. 
I want to thank you for stopping by and do hope that you will check out the great challenge happening over at Scrapping 4 Fun. 
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy

Thursday, April 10, 2014

*** Happy Birthday Clown Card

Good morning! I am so glad you took time out of your busy day to stop by for a visit. Today we have a new challenge up over at Meljen's Designs. It's a colour challenge! Here are the shades we'd like to see in your card.

 
 
For my card I used 4 different Meljen's images! I have to tell you, I really had fun doing this card; though I did use shades that are a bit darker than the ones in this inspiration photo. 


The basic shape of this card is 7"x 41/2". I cut out a section (from the folded side), that was 4"(along fold) x 2"(into card front / back). It now looked like a rectangular card with a square bite taken out of it's folded side.  I decorated the front with dotted card stock, a striped DP, a banner, (cut using a Spellbinder's die) and some braided twine. I used the following MD images, which you can find right here in the shop: Circus Clown; Twin Star String ( printed 3 times); Festive Firecrackers (printed twice) and Happy Birthday Word Art ( printed twice). All of the images were coloured with Copic Markers and I added a bit of glitter to different areas. Then I "fussy cut" them all out.









I attached most of the pieces with foam squares, to give dimension. The stars were hot glued randomly to a piece of wire that I coiled around a brush handle, which I then hot glued to the Clown's hands. The Clown was then adhered to the back side of the front "bite" opening. To draw a bit more attention to the banner I added some faux stitching and tiny buttons.
Even though this card looks a bit complicated it was actually extremely quick and easy, plus it was a lot of fun to do!
I hope I've given you a bit of encouragement to get colouring and hopefully join in our challenge this week. I love seeing the great things you all come up with.
Until next time, blessings on your day.
hugs,
Nancy


Challenges:


Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT - Birthday
Inky Impressions - Dots and Stripes
Tip Top Tuesday - Cute
Addicted to Stamps and More - Photo Inspired
Simply Challenged - Polka Dots
* Twisted Tuesday - Make Us Laugh
The Paper Girls - Birthday
Feeling Crafty - For A Child

Friday, April 4, 2014

*** A tisket, a tasket, a pretty little Basket!

 Good Friday morning. Are you looking forward to a fun weekend? I sure hope so; I know I am! If you are looking to do a little crafting this weekend maybe you'd like to try your hand at this cute project. I got the pattern for the basket here. I was able to cut out all of the pieces for the basket body from my scraps! I ink distressed the all of the edges. I used Meljen's "Little Layered Flowers Button Daisy" image which you can find right here. I resized the image and printed it out a dozen times onto a scrap of orange distressed DP. Then I fussy cut them all out.  {It really didn't take that long to do, they cut out quite easily!}. I adhered the flowers to the basket with foam dots and added pearls to their centers. A pretty little die cut with a pearl center placed on the front center and a bright orange bow on the handle to finish up the basket.


 Then I made some simple little note cards, to place inside the basket, using the same Meljen's image and a stamped sentiment.


Today, Melissa is offering this little cutie for you as a FREEBIE!  


Make sure you head over to the shop & pick it up!

So that's it for me. Hope I've sparked your creative flame a bit.
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy

Challenges:

Connie Can Crop - Pastels & Polka Dots
Doodle Pantry - Any Digi Goes
Emergency Crafters - Polka Dots
* Really Reasonable Ribbon - Flowers or Buttons and Bows
Crafty Ribbon - Anything with a Ribbon
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything But A Card



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy 4th Anniversary! And A Freebie!

Whoo! Whoo! It's celebration time over at Meljen's Designs! It's their 4th Anniversary! I personally want to say "Congratulations" to Melissa Jenkins. Not only is she a wonderfully talented young woman, but she is as sweet as they come and has a heart of gold! {hugs, Melissa!}.  In honour of her great accomplishment,  Melissa is having a fantastic sale and a fun challenge.  








{This image is only free during this week's challenge, after that it will be available in the shop.}





Here is my take on it:




Isn't this just the cutest image ever! Melissa managed to get all of our favourite Meljen's characters into one fun image! I coloured it with Copics and then used it to make an Easel Card. I used about 4 different Spellbinder dies on this card, lots of random flowers, several little buttons, a bit of ribbon and 2 cute little charms - a teapot and a tea bag. The sentiment is free one that I found online.
I added lots of faux stitching, some doodle line work and ink distressing to most of the areas on this card. 
I want to thank you for stopping by today and encourage you to check out what the rest of the DT's came up with. You can find that right here and while you're there, remember to pick up your free image and create something wonderful to share with us in this Celebration Challenge.
hugs,
Nancy


Challenges:


Crafting for All Seasons - Dies/Punches
Hobbybook designer - 2 or more Die Cuts
Inky Impressions - Fancy Fold { Easel Card}
Paper Shelter - Buttons
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Cards and More - Bingo {Purple/Pink/Green}
Digi Chooseday - Flower Power
Just Inspirational - Family/Friends

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

*** Happy Anniversary! ***

Good Wednesday morning to you. Today, my husband and I are celebrating our 28th Wedding Anniversary. We were actually married on a Wednesday! {It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day!} All the Saturdays in April that year were already booked for weddings, so we decided to get married during our church's mid week "Prayer and Praise" service. Our family and close friends were all invited, but anyone who just happened to attend the service that night were witnesses to our vows and  invited to join in with the celebration.It wasn't elaborate; a simple service, one other couple as our attendants, simple finger foods and cake, but I wouldn't change a thing!
Here is the card I made for my wonderful husband, Dan ...


Dan, is a pretty easy going, keep it simple, kind of guy, so when I made this card I kept that in mind. I used only 2 sheets of card stock, in 2 shades of green, for the entire thing! I cut out the card base, {darker shade}, and 2 extra pieces to layer onto the front {one from each shade of green},with a Spellbinder Grand Die. I folder embossed the lighter shade of green piece. With the single piece, of darker shade, I laid out 2 different Memory Box dies; 1 of a sprig of flowers; the other a butterfly. I ran it thru my Big Shot and then placed the butterfly on again and ran it thru the Big Shot again. Then I distressed all the edges and the cut out butterflies and flower sprig, with  Tim Holtz's Distress Ink. I hot glued a gathered lace around the back of the embossed piece, then adhered it to the piece with the die cut outs. Then I adhered the actual cut outs back onto the piece from which they were cut but just a bit lower than where the cuts were. Then I simply adhered the decorated card front to the front of the card base.



After I attached the butterflies' bodies,  I folded the butterflies' wings up a bit to add dimension.
 

I used another folder embosser to get the word "love", skimming my distress ink over it to bring out the letters. I then cut out a fancy tag shape, with a die, {inking it's edges as well}, to attach the word sentiment to. I added a double bow of sheer, shimmery green and a gold cording, attaching 2 inked wooden hearts to it's center.
 
 
I think it turned out quite well and guess what?, Dan said it was the best card ever!
So that's it for me for today. 
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy


Challenges:


Inky Chicks - Butterflies
* Sweet Stamps - Dies
Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything {with a Bow}
Use Your Stuff - Die Cuts
* Victorine  - Monochromatic Green + 1 neutral
CAS on Sunday - Stitching {done in gold pen around the outer edge}
 A Gem of a Challenge - Ribbon & Lace
* Allsorts - Use those dies
One SweetStampers - Ringing In Spring



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Let's Hear It For The Boys!

My how time flies! I can't believe it's time for a new challenge over at Meljen's Designs, but it is! This week we would like to see projects for the male species! This is a tough one for me; but I do have to say that Melissa has quite a few awfully cute images for guys in the shop. I fell in  love with this one. It's called "Detective Doggy" and you can find him right here.



The DPs are an assortment from my "Treasure Box", as is the gross grain ribbon and button. The sentiment is simply hand written with a Sharpie Ultra fine Tipped marker. as usual I coloured this image with my Copic Markers.
Thanks for stopping by. If you're needing a bit of inspiration check out what the rest of the team came up with right here and I sure do hope I will see your project linked up for this challenge.
hugs,
Nancy

Monday, March 24, 2014

*** My First Box Card!

I've been seeing all of these beautiful Box Cards on Pinterest and Blogs, so I just had to give one a try. I was surprised at how easy it came together. I will definitely be doing more of them. Here is my first attempt...

Open Box Card


Side View of Flat Box card.     
The DP I have had for ages! I fell in love with it when I saw and have been saving it for a "special project" and this one won! The digital image is by Saturated Canary. I coloured her with my Copics. I fussy cut out the image and the little bird that is with it. The bird I attached with a thin strip of clear (stiff) packaging, so it looks like it is just hovering beside this little cutie. The flowers are fabric and I found them at the $ Store! I used a Martha Stewart punch on the edges. The sentiment is just computer generated and then cut out with a Spellbinders' Die. I attached a little wooden bird, that I inked, by the sentiment. A simple jute bow is attached on one of the front sections.
This was a real fun project to do and I know I will definitely be sharing more "Box Cards" with you in the future.
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy


Challenges:
Through The Purple Haze - Bingo (flowers/blue/punch)
All Crafts Challenge -  Anything Goes
Love To Create - Bingo ( sparkle/yellow/flowers)
The Crazy Challenge - Flower Frenzy
* 613 Avenue Create - Birds of a Feather
Crafting When We Can - Hearts and Flowers
Sentimental Sundays - Flowery Springtime
Di's Digi Designs - Use a Person & an Animal (Bird)
QKR Stampede - A Little Bird Told Me