Thursday, July 22, 2021

Happy Birthday, Sandy!


I made this card for my oldest daughter.  She has always loved pandas.  I saw this discontinued stamp recently and I figured why not!  The stamp set is by Simon Says Stamp.  I have so much difficulty using stamps that I need to ink.  I am just so messy!  Give me digital stamps any day.  I colored the image with Copic markers.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes 

Seize the Birthday - Birthday 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Getting Started on my Male Birthday Cards


These are two very easy cards to start off the stack of male birthday cards that I need in my stash.  I still have tons of women's birthday cards since that is what I usually made for challenges, but never men's cards.  I found these images in my Antique Images folder.  I have no idea where I got the.  They turned out pretty well.  I printed the out, cut them out and mounted on brown cardstock.      The paper, which can be seen better inside the card is from Stampin' Up.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Three Little Kittens

This image is by Nino Kurts Art.  I colored the image with Copic markers.  I didn't have too many Get Well cards so I thought this cheerful image would do perfectly.  I still need to work on about twenty male birthday cards.  I also started back working on the Splitcoast Christmas Card Challenge.  I need to do only twenty-one more cards and I'm done with Christmas cards. I spent yesterday catching up on all my commenting on the challenge at Splitcoast.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes

Crafty Animals - Anything Goes

Passion for Markers - Animals

Show Us Your Pussycats - Furrything Goes

Crafty Catz - CAS with a Sentiment

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Santa 2021

This is an image that was in an Xmas Freebies folder in my digis.  It is labeled Free Coloring Page.  That's all I know about it. I have no idea where or when I got it.  He is a rather cheery Santa.  I colored him with Copic markers and added lots of glitter to his fur.  Unfortunately, not unusual in photographing glitter, it does not photograph well.  The paper is from Stampin' Up.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

The Holly and the Ivy - Anything Goes/Christmas 

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes

A Place to Start - Favorite Holiday/Celebration

Shopping Our Stash - Christmas in July

Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Dragonfly Dreams - Christmas in July

Crafty Catz - Anything Goes

Little Red Wagon - Midway to Christmas 

Paper Shelter - Going Digital 

The Male Room - Christmas in July

Monday, July 5, 2021

Drummer Boy


This is a Precious Moments image from an online coloring book.  I have probably had it for at least eight years.  I think this may be the first time I colored it.  I actually have the full Precious Moments Nativity set.  We had it up on our mantel for Christmas every year.  My daughter's sweet little cat walked along the mantel and randomly pushed off statues.  She broke one of the three wise men.  So I had to replace them all because they were only sold in a set.  She broke Mary. so the entire main set needed to be replaced.  She also broke several other pieces.  I feel bad about it now, but that cat went to the shelter the next day.  She had a habit of breaking glass.  I used to collect antique bottles and she used to love to push them off shelves also.

I colored this with Copics.  I tried using pastels to color the background.  I just a beginner with that.  I'll learn.  I asked Tom what he thought.  His reply was "very brown."  I wanted it whatever!

Whenever I'm on Paper Playful looking for challenges it seems all I notice are the Christmas challenges.Hopefully, I find some today!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:.

Dare 2B Artsy - Christmas in July

Dragonfly Dreams - Christmas in July

Crafty Hazelnutls Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes

Winter Wonderland - Christmas Music or Songs

Christmas 24 - Add Twine

Digi Doodle Studio - Christmas in July

The Twelve Months of Christmas - Anything Goes

The Holly and the Ivy - Anything Goes


Saturday, July 3, 2021

Thank You Times Four


We got to see our son and daughter-in-law for the first time in a year and a half due to Covid.  We brought home a hoard of Christmas presents for Tom and I and two grandsons.  I decided to make a card that all four of us could write on.  Inside the card Tom and I both have our own sections and there are two flaps for Lucas and Ethan.

The flaps did not photograph very well, but you can get the idea. I also did not attach the kids writing pages yet, just incase we need a redo.  You never know with kids!

The imsge is by Laurie Furnell Ink.  I have purchased quite a few of her items, but have never gotten a chance to use them.  I colored the images with Copic markers.  The paper was from JoAnns.  I bought it for my daughter's baby shower. (I cut out the baby related parts.)  My grandson is turning nine in August so I'd say I've had this for a while.

I think I will finally start entering in challenges again.  I haven't been doing that for duch a long while.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Gem of a Craft Challenge - Anything Goes

Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes

Creative Creases - Anything Goes with a Fun Fold

Color Crazy Challenge - Anything Coloring Goes

Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes

Crafts Galore - Anything Goes

Creatalicious Challenge - Fancy Fold Card

The Outlawz/Crash Your Stash - Old Paper

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Stained Glass Get Well Card


The sponsor for this week's challenge at The Outlawz, Colour Challenge is Eureka.  The challenge was to use three of five colors given.  I used all five.  They are in the stained glass.  There is also a twist which is to make it a get well card.  This is my last DT card for quite a while.  I didn't think I would get all the June cards done, but I managed.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Lazy Day


This card is for The Festive Friday Challenge at The Outlawz.  This challenge is sponsored by Hetty Clare,  I colored the image with Copic markers.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Pink and Gray


This card is for The Monday Sentiments Challenge at The Outlawz.  The sponsor is KLM and the challenge is to use pink and gray.  I colored this image with Copic markers.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Girly Birthday


This card is for the Festive Friday Challenge at The Outlawz.  It is quite a bit late.  I am not handling my card making very well.  I am trying to get my all my June commitments completed today and then I am done with design work for a while.  Between, my health issues and loss of mojo I decided to leave all design teams.  I will now just make cards that speak to me somehow.

This image is by Hetty Claire.  It is colored with Polychromas pencils..

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Emily with Roses

 This image is from NinoKurtsART on Etsy.  She is colored with Copics and a variety of pencils.  I want to practice making a background on this with pastels.  I think I will photocopy it so I don't mess up the original.  I intentionally ma=de her skin pale.  I usually have quite a bit of color in the skin, but I wanted to try something different.  So Tom's opinion is that she looks dead.  Some people are very pale, it happens. Part of it is that I colored it very light plus the photography was not done well, my fault.  I asked Tom what I should name this image.  He picked Emily, and so it is.

I will update the photos if I ever get the background done.  I am seriously delinquent in my Design Team duties.  I am not handling life well  at all right now.  

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Up, Up and Away

 Our Monday Sentiment challenge at The Outlawz is being sponsored by Jan's Digi Stamp.  I chose this cute, pre-colored image.  It's hard to tell because the lighting was not right, but the background is done in chalked clouds.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Girl with Hummingbird (or narwhal, depending on opinion)


This is another image by Emanuelle Colin.  I am trying to slowly work my way through the five coloring books I bought.  This image was colored with Copic markers and Polychromos pencils.  That seems to be the combo I use the most.  I really love the colors available with Prismacolor, but they just cannot hold a point well.  When I do manage to get them sharp enough they break within the first few seconds of using them.  I am still having difficulty photographing.  I told my husband he needs to take over the photography job.  I just need to teach him what I want.  I always ask him to critique my art.  I know he will tell me the truth no matter what.  On this picture he said he has never seen a bird that color before.  I told him it was artistic license.  Other than that he liked it.  I had to laugh.  My first thought when I saw the bird was that it looked like a narwhal.  Apparently, I was not the only one.  My eight year old grandson asked me why she had a narwhal in her hair!  Great minds think alike.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Outlawz Challenges - June 1st


The Tuesday Color Challenge this week is sponsored by Eureka.  I was on their DT quite a while ago so fortunately I have lots of images to choose from.  The challenge this week is Black and White and one color from the picture below.  I chose red.  Also the twist is polka dots. I used black enamel dots for the polka dots.


The next challenge is the Progressive Freebie Challenge.  The image this month is from The Paper Shelter.  This is an Anything Goes challenge as long as you use the image.  The image provided included black and white and pre-colored images.  Also provided is a background.  I used the black and white image and colored it with Copic markers.  


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Night Hunter

 This is another image by Mariola Budek called Night Hunter.  This was a real challenge for me.  I still see many things I want to change.  I had decided to leave it alone, but I may go back and fix a few things.  I put my usual streaks in her hair, but they don't show up in the photo.  I may go back and draw them in with a darker pencil. I still haven't learned how to do backgrounds.  I am going to watch some You Tube videos and try to figure it out.  

Time to get busy on cards.  I have two DT projects due on Tuesday and I haven't started them yet.  I better get moving!

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