Friday, January 25, 2013

Make It Crafty Blog Hop - Happy Australia Day

 If you have arrived here via the Make it Crafty Blog Hop, welcome to my blog. If you happened on this post and are not aware of the blog hop, welcome to you as well, and I invite you to check out the other great designer blogs to see their creations for Australia Day. You can start HERE.

There is a great surprise as part of this blog hop. There is a hidden price included on one of the blogs. So leave some love for each of the bloggers for your chance to win...

The Entire Australia Outback Collection!

One of the great things about being a craft blogger is the great people I get to meet from all over the world. The world becomes a lot smaller when you meet people who share your passion. 

I have also had the opportunity to learn more about the different traditions from around the world, and today we celebrate one of those traditions. Saturday, January 26, is Australia Day. When Zoe challenged us to make cards for an Australia Day Blog Hop, I was intrigued. How do they celebrate Australia Day. I did a little research, and found it is very much like the Fourth of July in the US, but with a different flag. Lots of fun in the sun, fireworks, parties, face painting. Great fun!
I really wanted to represent the Australian flag in my creation, so I took Enchanted Unicorn from Make It Crafty and an Australian flag, and combined them in Photoshop. Here is the result...

In order to make the lines show up, I had to lighten the flag. I also added some hints of shadows and ground the image with Copics. 

I used Microsoft Word - Word Art to create my sentiment. I included some chippies because I just LOVE chippies!

From here, you can go visit the store blog. And don't forget to leave some love for your chance to win!
Just in case you get lost, here is the blog hop order: 
Aeryn -
Trudie -
Daria -
Delphine -
Bron -
Stephanie -
Debbie -
├ůsa -
Franz -
Jen J -
Julie -  (you are here)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Steampunk - Saturated Canary

Hi there!

I had some time today to craft without an agenda. No holidays, no birthdays, no challenges. You know what I mean...

I started coloring with my Copics. One of the images lead to more inspiration, and I created a decoration for my desk at work. 

The image is from Saturated Canary. She is so cool and classy. One thing I love about Saturated Canary images is the detail she adds to the dresses. I love all the layers. 

The paper is from the Mariposa Stack from DCWV. I layered Black Magic Coordinations and Gold Cardstock. I then sewed the three layers together and back it with a piece of chipboard.  I took some of my Chippies from Make it Crafty, added gold paint, and used them in the corners. I love how they bring elegance to any project.

I was going for a sepia feel when coloring the image. I used a variety of E's. It was completely out of the norm for me, and I really like the result. I need to find my way out of my box more often. 


 Rather than making a card, I made this a picture with an easel backing that can stand up at my desk. I am looking forward to more "No Reason" creating.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Make It Crafty - Red

Hi Everyone!
Today, I am sharing one of the lovely 60's girls from Make It Crafty. We were tasked to use RED, so this is Crystal in red.

 I used Distress Ink to color Crystal. There are some details I need to work on. Detail can be difficult when watercoloring. I find the distress ink markers do help with the details. 

I used the following products on my card:
Prima Clear Stamp
Tim Holtz Nature's Elements
Distress Inks and markers
Mariposa Stack - DCWV 
Spellbinders - Ovals and Scalloped Ovals 
Leaf and Branch punches 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thank You - Saturated Canary


I hope the new year is bringing great things your way. I have had a chance to get back in my craft room after the busy holidays, and I have a new card to share with you today.

This little cutie is Thank You from Saturated Canary.  I colored her with Copics. The paper is from the Mariposa Stack from DCWV. The butterfly and leaves are Chippies from Make It Crafty. I chose Prima Flowers, departing briefly from my usual roses.  I added some ribbon, lace and pearls, and voila!



I am entering this card in the following challenges: 

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Something New (Thank You image)
  Saturated Canary Challenge - Song Inspired (Thank You For Being A Friend)
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

And The Winner Is.....

It is time to announce the winner of the Make It Crafty Chippies from my Altered Cigar Box post. There were 79 total entries, and the winner is...

73. theCook

who said...

What a beautiful box! Love the bird cage...

Please contact me with your information so we can get your prize out to you.