Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Through the Craft Room Door with Digital Delights

I thought Glitzy Gladys, from Digital Delights by Louby Loo,  was just so cute and springlike I had to use her for my pick for this week's challenge at Through the Craft Room Door.  Not only does TTCRD have a weekly Anything Goes Challenge, but they also publish a magazine every 2 months.  The magazine is full of tips, techniques, beautiful images and more.  If you aren't familiar with it I urge you to take a look either at the sneek peak on my sidebar or on the TTCRD home page.  Here is my card for this week:

If you are interested in how I made this card be sure to subscribe to the magazine!  I think this card would be so cute for a little girl, don't you?? I wish the computer showed a bit more of the detail, I actually used 2 different colored yellow Copics for her hair, but you can't really tell.  I'm learning how to use them, sort of ~ LOL.  And she is quite sparkly in person.  I love Wink of Stella pens!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don't forget to enter your creation at TTCRD! Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Cards in Envy - Just Purple
The Paper Girls - #100, The Paper Girls
Glitter 'n Sparkle - #180, Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Add a Sentiment
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - (March) #78, Make it Girlie

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Blog Candy Winner!!

I want to thank all of you who stopped by and shared your wonderful comments with me!

My winner is:
#3 mamablitgerJanuary 23, 2016 at 4:26 AM
Hi Christi...oh what an awesome give-away... It's so very generous of you.
Allthough I find your badge lovely, bright and fantastic unfortunately I cant put it on my blog. I dont have a blog. But I'm a long time subsciber and hope I can join in here allthough not having a blog...
I wish you a Happy New Year.
Hugs from Monica... Spain
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And since I have SO much stuff, I decided to choose another winner. That winner is:
Hi Christi! I'm following you and adding the blog button to my sidebar. Go you on making your badge. And I love surprises. That's what intrigued me most about your giveaway. We have no clue what you have in store for us! I'll be doing a giveaway on my blog as soon as the studio is finished. I hope you'll join in! Creative Blessings! Kelly

I need you both to please email me your mailing address to, and I will get your goodies out by the end of the week - I have a crazy one coming up, so it may not be until Friday the 25th.  Oh, and please put BLOG CANDY WINNER in the title :)

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS and I will be posting more Blog Candy in the future, so if you didn't win this time you can try again! (Most likely in April or May).

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Twofers Challenge #16 ~ Shoes

Hi there! For this fortnightly challenge at Twofers I chose shoes as the theme. Honestly, I am much more of a shoulder bag hoarder than a shoe buyer, but, my sister is moving to Denver this week and she is a major shoe-a-holic, we have bets on how many boxes of shoes she is lugging to Colorado from Florida!  I actually made 2 cards for this challenge, when the muse hits, it hits hard, and I asked my teamies which one they liked better and of course Zoe chose one and Jane chose the other! So, I relied on my own intuition and chose to use this one:

How I Made my Card:
Blue Card Base
White Panel
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Cameo cut file
Quietfire Designs, The Perfect Pair of Shoes,  #6340
Misc Colored Card Stock
Rectangle of white card & black card
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

I started this card by cutting out a bunch of shoes with my Cameo.  I initially wanted to have different shoes, boots, heels, etc. but I couldn't find a cut file small enough with enough detail so I just stuck with good old heels - easy peasy! I then arranged all the shoes on a white panel and glued them down.  I trimmed the panel and attached it to my blue card base.

Next I stamped my sentiment onto a piece of white card using the Jet Black Archival Ink, trimmed and matted that onto black card to give it a bit of pop.  That's it! I really love the stamps at Quitefire, the calligraphy makes everything look so elegant.  

I hope my little shoe card helps inspire you to join in our Twofers Challenge.  We are seeing more & more entries each challenge and the entries are so beautiful, you really should give it a try - after all, you could win a $20 gift certificate to Alleystamp, our generous sponsor - that's right $20 to spend on real, delivered to your house, goodies!!  

Please be sure to read the rules - we don't have many, but we strictly enforce the few that we have.  Thank you SO much for stopping by, I appreciate it so much ~ Christi

I would like to enter my "shoes" card in the following challenges:
Silhouette Challenges - #35, Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper (M) - March - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards (M) - March - #30, Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps - #184, Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - #11, Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafting - #269, Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenges - #11, Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - Take a Stamp, Anything Goes

Time for some Blog Candy!!

I am way over due for some yummy blog candy, so I figured now is a good time to brighten up the day!  I can't take a picture of the candy because I have been adding and adding and adding to it - I did try, but the picture became obsolete within the next 20 minutes.  So, how do you get to win this luscious candy?  
1. Subscribe to my blog - chose whatever method you'd like; Bloglovin', Google, email, whatever works for you.
2. Show my lovely badge - that I made myself (I'm SO proud!)- to your blog somewhere that people can see it - please be sure it links back to my blog. 
3. Leave me a comment ON THIS post (I mean, you can leave me as many comments as you'd like, but in order to qualify for the drawing you have to leave a comment here).
4. If I get over 100 entrants, I will randomly draw 2 names, and for every 50 additional entrants over the 100, another random drawing will be put in place. So, the more the merrier! 

Best of Luck!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Just Inklined at Through the Craft Room Door

Better late than never, right?? 

When I had to choose an image to use for Through the Craft Room Door's challenge from Just Inklined I struggled because I am so new at coloring I did't feel I could do any of the images justice.  I chose the hyacinths because my mom was a serious gardener (I personally can't grow a weed) and we always had an amazingly colorful backyard.  I loved the beautiful purple hyacinths and I plan on giving her this card. So, here is my attempt at this beautiful flower:

Honestly, it didn't come out as well as I wanted it to, but, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I only have about 20 Copic markers, so I try to fill in with water color pencils, gel pens or anything else I can think of.  I am not as nervous as I used to be working with the Copics, but I still have SOOOO much to learn.  I think if I had made the image bigger and used it as a wall hanging I would of been able to color it better - who knows, maybe that will be Mom's birthday gift!

Now it's your turn to enter your creation in the Anything Goes TTCRD challenge. You never know, you just might win! Thanks so much for stopping by! Christi

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
DigiChooseday - Easter/Flowers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #29, Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams (M) - Use a Die Cut
Digitally Sweet - (M) - Spring is in the Air

Friday, March 4, 2016

Challenge #15 at Twofers ~ Let's get Organic!

It is the lovely Zoe's turn to chose a challenge theme and she chose "organic" - and for those struggling how to interpret the theme (as I was), Zoe has written out some "guidelines" on the TWOFERS blog.  I went with a flowing background design, using Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Bright, something I'd just gotten and never used before.  Here is my card:

How I Made my Card:
White Card Base
Ken Oliver Color Bursts Brights
Wendy Vecchi Stamp Set Heirloom Art, #LCS103
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Wink of Stella in Clear

Since this was my first time playing with the Color Bursts I wanted to use the best watercolor paper I have at the moment, and that's the Ranger Watercolor Paper.  I need to get some more; I typically stamp at some point using watercolor paper and I really like the smooth side of the Ranger Paper.  All I did was poof out a few grains of the Color Burst onto the paper and then I saturated it with water using my spritzer.  I used my heat gun to help it dry fast since I didn't know if the color stayed the same or got lighter as it dried.  Turns out the color did get lighter, not a huge difference, but enough.

I used one of the sentiments from the Wendy Vecchi set Heirloom Art; stamped that onto the background using the Jet Black Archival Ink.  Then I used the clear Wink of Stella to add the swoosh. Honestly, that was a HUGE surprise - I had no idea the Wink pen was going to react that way with the Color Bursts, but I think it came out so cool! The Wink pen sort of removed the color from the background - I went over the swoosh a bunch of times, so I don't know if that's why the color disapeared, or if the same thing would happen regardless of how many times you go over it.  Judging from the bottom of the swoosh, I'd have to say that going over and over the same area with the Wink pen did cause the ink to lighten much more than it would have if I had just swooshed the ink once or twice - the color at the bottom of the swoosh is heavier where the swoosh tapers off.  Regardless, I think the effect is so cool and I can't wait to see if the same thing happens with the gold and silver Wink of Stella pens.  And seriously, the picture doesn't do this card justice at all - it is very striking in person!

Now, it's your turn to get organic with us at TWOFERS.  Simply enter your project and you will have a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Alleystamp (Janine generously sponsors ALL our challenges so if organic isn't your type of theme, no biggie, just enter the next challenge that opens in 2 weeks!

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - NBUS #6

Crafty Creations Challenges (M) - Sentiment as Focal Point
Creative Inspirations - #246 Pretty Projects
The Artistic Stamper (M) - Springtime
One Crazy Stamper (M) - Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Card Chain Challenge Reveal February 2016

For February's Card Chain Challenge, the lovely Deborah gave us tons of choices, as usual, to make our card for our recipient this month.  This month I chose St. Patrick's Day.  Being Irish, I have always loved this day and can remember more than a few times celebrating like my heritage dictates (hehehe).  I hope you enjoy my card:

Once again I was lucky enough to get Greta as my partner and this is what she sent me:
This picture does not do this beautiful card justice - the white "leaves" around the button are embossed with white, and the roses are also white embossed.  It's a very elegant card.

How I made My Card:
White Card Base
Silhouette Cut File (Shamrocks from Silhouette Store)
Numerous Green Papers
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 17
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous "Simple Sayings", CMS155
Distress ink in Lucky Clover
Pop Dots

Easy peasy card this month - I have a TON going on and unfortunately couldn't really dedicate too much time to the card, but I still think it's cute. I started with a white card base then cut the 2 shapes out of green card using the Spellbinders Dies.  I cut one more die cut out of scrap white card and stamped my sentiment on that part using Simple Sayings (I have to say, this set is one of the best sets I have ever bought!).  I glued the sentiment die cut onto the smaller of the 2 green die cuts, then pop dotted that onto the larger green cut out.  My Silhouette Cameo cut the shamrocks out of glitter paper, and I arranged them on the card.

That's it! It's funny, as much as I love my Cameo, I still find myself using my Big Shot machine as much as I did before I got the Cameo. Of course, one of the best features of having a Cameo is the free files and I have amassed over 2,500 files - thank goodness they are easier to store that the die cuts! But, who knows, when life calms down (sorry, that last line made me hysterical) I'll use it more.  I hope everyone is having a fabulous week & thank you SO much for stopping by! Fondly, Christi

I am entering my Good Luck card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Our Crafty Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - #130, Go Green
Southern Girls Challenge - Add a Little Sparkle