Friday, August 15, 2014

It's All About the Fantasy at A Creative Romance

     Happy Friday!  I am here to share my design team card for our next challenge at
 A Creative Romance.  The theme of this challenge is  FANTASY!!
      Well, I promise you I could not go with the first idea that popped into mind, but the next best one was to work with my favorite of all fantasy images, a mermaid. I cannot pass up the chance to color up any mermaid I see!  Before we get to my card, I have to tell you that I purchased a very inexpensive camera the other day as my expensive one broke. I thought this would hold me over until I could fix the other. Well, this little camera (for under $100) has been a blast to work with and it has the coolest features. From choosing to only expose one of four colors (blue in above pic) to the "blur" in the bottom pic, it takes amazing pics and I am having so much fun.  If you want more info on the camera I purchased, just email me!
     Now, on to my card. This image is an oldie but goodie. As some of you know, my son moved out to a new apartment and his room became my new craft room. I love it! Well, as I relocated my stamps, I found this mermaid by Stampendous. I never colored her until now. I wish I could give you her name but she does not have one!  It is just "Mermaid".  You can find her online and in stores. Here is my card in color...

      My mermaid is colored with copic markers on Make it Colour cardstock.  I used a combination of some old "By the Sea" dp with a new paper pad, "Seashore" by Prima. I added my favorite "underwater" die cuts, "Decorative Elegance" dies by Marianne Creatables (they are a set).
       I distressed the edges of my papers with a distress tool and then inked with Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain inks. The two shells on the bottom right are from Prima's Shabby Chic Treasures.  Last the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, lace from Live and Love Crafts and Pearls from Recollections.  Speaking of pearls, I dropped a blob on white paint pen when making the dots of "pearls" in her hair so I covered the smear with my own flat back pearls and some swarovsi crystals. Here is a close up:


      Thanks so much for your kind comments.  Please stop by A Creative Romance Challenge blog and see what beautiful cards my "Chic Crafters" teammates have created to inspire you. You will have two weeks to enter our "FANTASY" challenge.  You may be selected to win a prize from one of our fabulous sponsors on be one of our next Top 3! Have a great weekend!

        I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Art by Miran- Anything Goes

 Southern Girls Challenge- Texture
 Simon Says Stamp - Summer
A Random Fan- Paper Patterns
Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Summer Colors


     

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dog-Gone Mojo!

      Hello All!  It seems like forever since I posted a card! I seemed to have lost my "mojo" a few months back and then "life" had a way of taking over so there was little time to create... and when I did have time, nothing seemed to click!
     So what do you do when you lose your mojo??? Seemed everything I touched ended up in the garbage.  So, I took the pressure off and just "played" and waited for my muse to return- LOL! I switched gears and knit a ton of silk scarves, crocheted a baby sweater and little girl's dress (which I gave as gifts), and even learned Tunisian crochet!  I took several jewelry making classes, and even created my first ever real flower arrangement at a local library class. I then made lots and lots of ceramic art coasters. ...Hmm, maybe my mojo never left after all. Maybe it just wanted me to play with "other" toys!  
    Eventually I had to face them- my dreaded copics- and we mutually agreed to make friends! I revisited my manuals, books, video tutorials, pinterest inspiration and took some online classes. I turned to my design teammates and the amazing work on blogs and facebook sites for inspiration, and before I knew it, I was "feeling it" again! 
    Recently, I came across this adorable little rubber stamp, "Dr. Autry" from A Random Fan and I got back to coloring and making cards. She is available on ETSY  as a digi stamp, but I bought and used the rubber stamp HERE at Quick Creationz!  Using Alyce Keegan's Kit & Clowder Copic classes, I used this adorable image to practice coloring hair!
  Here she is just as I finished coloring her and was trying to match up papers! Isn't she adorable?

    And here is the finished card...
      The design paper is from LOTV's Nit Wit 8x8 paper pad, "Perfect Pair".  I just love this paper pad!  I layered the dp with Bazzill cardstock and a square doily.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the leaf die is from Cheery Lynn Designs. I believe the nesting dies are from Quickcutz.  Last, but not least, Create with TLC on Artfire never fails to provide a digi sentiment that fits any occasion and "Under the Weather" Vintage image and Sentiment set worked perfectly!! 
      Another close up, this time with her "glitter" and Glossy Accents on her glasses ..
    That's it for now. Thank you always for your kind comments. I would LOVE to hear what you do to find your "mojo" when it goes wandering!  For me, it means time to play in another playground, learn more and get playing outside that box!  Have a great weekend!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge- Get Well
Creative Knockouts- Doily Fun
Milk Coffee Challenge- 2 or more die cuts 
 7 Kids Challenge Fund- Anything Goes/Sentiment
Inkspirational - Use Markers or Pencils
Deep Ocean Challenges- Summer Colors 
 Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart- Anything Goes 
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge -Anything Goes
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