Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Love has Four Paws

Good morning! I'm so glad you stopped by and I hope you like my most recent card for Die Cut Diva's.  This month's theme is Anything New and this image, provided by our sponsor, Bugaboo Digi Stamps is brand new; at least to me!  You still have a little time to enter this month and I hope to see you there!

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Pink Card
Alcohol Ink Markers
Bugaboo Valentine Pup Set, #BUGVALPUPSET
Kat Scrappiness, Pet Sentiments dies
Darice Mini Hearts embossing folder, #1219223 {retired? Still available}
Tutti Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles, #TUTTI-419
Altenew Enamel Dots, Red Cosmos, #ALT2591
Wink of Stella, Clear
Gelly Roll Gel Pen, Clear
Gelly Roll Gel Pen, White, #10 {I highly recommend the 3 pack}

I had printed this pup out on two different type of paper just to see if different
If you look close you can
see the sparkle on the
heart and a few around
the puppy.
paper printed better - I could see no difference.  I just grabbed the image closest to me and started to color away with my hodgepodge of alcohol ink markers; the reason I don't note the colors I've used is because I have such a mix of the markers half the time I'm not even sure which manufacturer I'm using!  The picture was colored and I added the white dots around the smaller heart {which is a different color than the large heart - I'm not sure if that is clear on your monitor}, some clear Wink of Stella around the large heart and I added some little sparkles around the dog with my clear gel pen.  

Once the image was colored I concentrated on the rest of the card.  I like the light pink background but it lacked something; the card needed more interest so I embossed the background paper with the mini hearts folder.  I trimmed that paper down and adhered it to my card base.  I then cut the dog out using the stitched scalloped circle die and cut the love out twice, using white and red card.  I inlaid the paw with the red pieces and glued that to the card.  Finally, just to add a bit more embellishing I finished off the card with three enamel dots on the lower right side; one of them blends in very well with
Another Look
the pink card so you might have to look for it.  

I am becoming more comfortable with using digital stamps and I still plan on learning how to use my alcohol markers properly.  I realized while coloring this image that alcohol ink markers use color to highlight and blend not a blender.  Might not sound like a breakthrough to you but I was happy; I felt as if I cracked one of the many secrets of using these markers.  I'd love to hear your secrets to using alcohol markers, please leave me a comment {complete with your info so I can return the blog love and visit you!} with your breakthroughs or tips and tricks, I could use all the help I can get!  As I said, there is still a bit of time to enter this Die Cut Diva's challenge, using the theme of Anything New,  but if you can't make this one there will be a brand new one tomorrow.  I hope to see you there! Fondly, Christi

I am a day late in adding my card to some challenges! I forgot I had this card scheduled :)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #23, M, Anything Goes w/ a Critter
Pearly Sparkles Challenge - #37, M, It's a LOVE thing
Dies R Us - #114, Use the Color Red
Color Crazy Challenge - Anything Colored Goes (week 4)
Creative Friday - #223, Love is in the Air
Cut it Up - #166, Hearts
Kat Scrappiness Challenge - Hearts


  1. I love what you did with this image-and I love the sentiments!

  2. Such a sweet pup! the "love" die with the paw is adorable! Thanks for sharing with us at Cut It Up! ~Katrina

  3. Oh Christi this is SO adorable! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Use the color RED’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

  4. Hi, Christi! First, thank you for visiting my blog this morning and leaving a sweet comment. Next, I am in love with your Puppy full of love, and enjoyed reading about your journey with digital stamps and alcohol markers. Hopefully you'll keep on learning because this card is not only BEAUTIFULLY DONE, but sweet as can be. This is one sweet set from Bugaboo. I learned using digitals a little at a time, and now use them just as often as my rubber stamps. Christi, I am your newest google follower, and also following by email. I'd love to get to know you better - I invite you to follow me as well so we can become blogging friends. Leaving you with wishes for a wonderful day.
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  5. Adorable!! Love all of your little details! I've taken many coloring classes and learned a lot about shading and light source and it was very helpful, but what made me relax a little more and find it more fun was when Kathy Rac said to me that really in the end... to the untrained eye... what really matters is contrast.. light and dark.. however you get it in there.. and also she taught me that it's fun to use colored pencils along with your alcohol markers... once you're done with the markers you can go in with a really sharp pencil and add some additional shading with your pencils... also much less! Anyway, this is adorable and beautiful!

  6. That little schnauzer is adorable and you did a great job coloring him! I love the LOVE die cut with the paw and red heart.

    Thanks for joining us for our Cut it Up for our Hearts challenge!


  7. Cute card. Lovely coloring. Great embossing.

    I was going to explain how to make the shaped butterfly cards on my blog at the Turner Syndrome Blog Hop but you had a no reply blogger so I hunted you down this way. If you want instructions send me an e-mail and I'll let you know how. Easy peasy.

    Good thing you're letting people know about Google plus. The only way I'll be able to even leave a comment here is because of the Name/URL and I have blogger and what a blogger bugger it's been.

  8. Adorable card so love this and most adorable image used....
    [aussie aNNie blog] ♥ ♥

  9. Totally adorable AND cute!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Dies R us!
    Diane DRU DT {Nellies Nest}

  10. So super cute I love it!!
    Thank you for joining us at The Colour Crazy Challenge! Jane (DT) xxx

  11. Love this cute fella. perfect for valentines day and 2CCC. X

  12. This is just such a sweet image and you've done a great job with it. Thank you for joining the Pearly Sparkles Love challenge.

  13. That is such a cute card! What a cute pup and I also like that die cut sentiment. Nice coloring by the way.

  14. Such a cute card. Thanks for joining us over at Colour Crazy Challenge and good luck.

    - Hanna, DT

  15. Wonderful and cute little card. Love your coloring on this pup. Thanks for playing along with us this fortnight at Colour Crazy Challenge. AJ DT CCC

  16. Just perfect for the Challenge! Great project! Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy. Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx

  17. so lovely! Thanks for joining us at creative friday.


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