Gone Fishin'

This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Gone Fishin'.  I chose this cute image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I colored him with Copic markers.  The digital paper is from Echo Park.  The belt buckle is from Tim Holtz.

Copic Markers:  110, B32, B34, B37, B91, C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C4,
E00, E01, E02, E21, E23, E25, E31, E33, E51, E53, E55, E57,
R02, R11, YG61, YG63, YG67, YR14, YR15, YR18

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

Digi Choosday Challenge  One for the Boys
Fan-tastic Tuesday  Anything Goes
Throgh the Craftroom Door  Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday  Metal
7 Kids College Fund  Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe  Make a Square Card
Fab 'n Funky  Masculine
Crafty Girls Challenges  Anything Goes
Stampin' for the Weekend  Anything Goes
Sister Act  Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations  Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity  Anything goes
Brown Sugar  Anything Goes
Allsorts  All About the Boy
Hiding in my Craftroom  Let's Get digital

Also, in the following challenges:

Cards Galore Encore  Use a Digi
Doodle Pantry  Any Digi
Flat Friends Challenge  Cards for Men
Just for Fun  Anything Goes

Fairy of the Forest

I found a new shop on Etsy called Fairy TangleArt.  Isn't this image so exciting.  It was really fun to color.  I must admit it did take the better part of an afternoon.  Dinner was definitely late this evening.  I also purchased another image.  I may color that one next weekend.  I intentionally didn't add any papers so the image would stand out.  I thought about flowers, too, but decided against it.  I did use some Stickles to add a little shine.

Th Copic color list was huge for this one.  I felt like I was pulling them all out!

Copic Markers:  BG0000.BG000, BG01, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, BV00, 
E00, E02, E19, E21, E30, E31, E33, E35, E50, E53, E55, E57, 
G03, G21, G24, R01, R11, R20, R21, R22, R32, 
V000, RV00, RV02, Y17, YR12, YR18

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges

613 Avenue Create  Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu  Wings
Lacy Sunshine:  Anything Goes
Pile it On  Pretty Hair
Enerald Fairie  Pretty in Pink
Imagination Crafts  In Bloom
Natalie and Amy's Challenge  Flowers
Color Me Creative  Skow Some Skin
Kitty Bee Designs  Things with Wings
My Sheri Crafts  Celebrate Spring
Digi Haven  Things with Wings
QKR Stampede  A Little Birdie Told Me
Divas by Design  Flowers
City Crafters  Spring in the Garden
Fitztown  Anything Goes
That Craft Place   Flowers
Aurora Wings   Anything Goes

Bahama Woodstar

This card took quite a bit of research before I could color it.  The image is from Sparkle 'n Sprinkle.  The bird, it turns out is a Bahama Woodstar.  It's a hummingbird that is only seen in the Bahamas.  I had a more difficult time figuring out what the plant is.  I believe it is a orchid tree flower and they do have those in the Bahamas. So chances are that's probably correct.  I used a Spellbinder's die to cut out the image and distressed the edges.  The butterflies are from Cheery Lynn.  I finally figured out how to make my dies work better.  I'm sure everyone else already knows this, but I cut some wax paper with the dies and no more sticking!

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

QKR Stampede  A Little Birdie Told Me
Bloggers Challenge  Think Spring
Brown Sugar  Anything Goes
Cut It Up  Anything Goes
Digi Haven  Things With Wings
Polkadoodles  Spring is in the Air
Simply Create Too  Animals
4 Ctafty Chicks   No Pattern Paper
Creative Knockouts  Things With Wings

Cowboy Tag

Cardz 4 Guys challenge this week is tags.  Either make a tag oe include a tag on your project.  This weekend has been very busy for me.  I thought it would same some time to make a tag.  All I can say is I need quite a bit of practice.  This was the first tag I've done.  I had a very difficult time coming up with an idea.  I bought a box of 100 tags (that's all Staples had available).  I could have made my own, but was a bit lazy.  I suppose with 99 tags left over you'll be seeing some more tags from me sometime.

I used Tim Holtz distressed ink pads for the background.  The horse was cut with the Silhouette.  The word and badge were in my stash.

Bare Butt Bear

 I have had this image from QKR Stampede for the longest time.  I finally got a chance to use it. 

I tried a new technique.  I colored the image with Copics.  I wanted a fur look for the bear so I tried a washcloth with colorless blender on it.  I have one blotchy bear!   I don't think I will try that technique again!  It looked great online when the person did a demo.

Inside Left

I cut the stethoscope and hypodermic needle with the Silhouette.

Inside Right

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

QKR Stampede   Anything Goes
Sister Act  Anything Goes
4 Crafty Girls  Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund  Anything Goes
Fab 'n Funky  Animals

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I am really looking forward to Sunday.  That's when we'll celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  There is no way to get corned beef and everything else done on time on a Monday.  I just went out and bought my corned beef.  I'm also making cabbage, boiled potatoes and homemade dark rye.  That bread is amazing.  this is probably my favorite meal of the year.  Anyways, enough about food.

This card is for QKR Stampede's challenge #78 Green.  the image is from QKR.  The digital papers are from Sassy's Designs.  I colored him with Copics and cut the shamrocks out with the Silhouette.

Copics:  C00, C0. C1. C2. C3, C4, C6, E00, E02, E53, E55, E57,
G00, G02, G03, G05, G07, G09, R20 Y29,  Y35, YG05, YG06, YR15, YR16

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

2 Cute Ink St. Patrick's Day
Artistic Impressions  St. Patrick's Day
Time 4 Scrap   St. Patrick's Day
Cut It Up  St. Patrick's Day
Cuttin' and Stampin'  St. Patrick's Day
Crafty Sentiments Design  Lots of Green
Die Cuttin' Divas  Luck of the Irish
Fan-tastic Tuesday  Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Bingo (Die Cuts/Free/Glitter)
(Pin)spirational Challenges   St. Patrick's Day

Steampunk Owl

This is my first Design Team card for Cardz 4 Guys.  I thought this would be an ideal challenge blog for me to break back into DT work.  I really love the idea of making cards for men.  I don't have to deal with ribbons, lace, flowers and such.  It's really nice for a change.

The challenge this week is #9  Words or a Name (Typography).

I found this image on Etsy at Aurora Wings  I just loved the look of it.  I haven't done a Steampunk card in years.  The paper is from Etsy also.  It's available at Vectoria Designs..The typewriter letters are by Graphic 45. I basically had to design words around the letters I had left.  I bought the gears at Hobby Lobby.  I have no idea who the manufacturer is.

I colored the owl with Copics.  I found a perfect color combo on a blog called In Rosie's Book
Copics: E02, E33, E37, E39, C00, C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, C9, Y28

 I would like to enter this card in the following challenge:
                                   Flat Friends Challenge   Cards 4 Men                                     
  Just for Fun  Anything Goes  
 The Doodle Garden Anything Goes
 Jellypark  Things with Wings
 Sister Act Anything Goes
  4 Crafty Girlz Anything Goes
 Paper Crafting Jpurney  Make it Manly
 Sentimental Sundays  Cards for a Man/Boy
Anyone for Anya  Masculine
Challenges 4 Everybody Anything Goes
That Craft Place Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge  Anything Goes
Make it Monday Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations  Anything Goes
Love to Create  Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze  Anything digital
Use Your Stuff  Animals
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  Distress

Mounrain Lion


This will be my last animal for a little while...I promise.  I needed one more male card.  I have used this image a few times.  Along with the rooster it's a favorite of mine. 

The image is from Digi Doodle Shop.  Which I mentioned when I did the rooster, is now closed.  
I colored him with Copics.  I really like the paper, it's  from Coredinations.  
Fortunately, I bought a couple pieces.


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

Cardz 4 Guyz  Nature
Fantastic Tuesday Anything goes
Ladybug Crafts  One for yje Boys
Papertake Weekly  Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash  3-2-1
                                (3 Pearls, 2 cardstock, 1 DP)
Through the Craftroom Door  Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes
Eureka Anything Goes
Suzy Bees Bloomin' Challenge Make it Mascukine
Make it Monday   Anything Goes

                         Copics:  C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C7,                        
E30, E31, E33, E34, E35, E99, 
R01, R21, R22, Y38

Oh well, I'm burned out.  It's 9:00 and my bedtime.  I need to avoid my craft desk for a few days and catch up on housework.  Next week is spring break...plenty of time to craft!

Playing with my Photo Program

 I have been playing with my photo program today with different brightnesses, contrasts and lightings.  It is amazing how you can alter how a picture looks after it is taken.  I think the first is my favorite, but I also really like the second.  The third has too much yellow, in my opinion.

The image is from Sparkle n Sprinkle.  I just came across the website yesterday and bought a few animal digis.  .I colored the image with Copic markers. It didn't take very much to color it since it is a predominately white animal.  I decided to go with a brownish gray for the color.  I looked up snow leopards and some actually do have blue eyes although, most have muted tones. I actually put three different blue tones in the eyes.  You can't tell at all.  I did decide not to put a greeting on the front.  I wanted to keep it as simple as possible.  My husband came in as I was photographing this card and said "What made you choose that image?"  Thanks, hun....Men!

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

613 Avenue Create  Anything Goes
Anyone for Anya  Masculine or Grungy
CAS on Sunday  Color Me Pretty
Challenges 4 Everybody  Anything Goes
One Stitch ay a Time  Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish  Anything Goes
That Craft Place Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge  Animals
Crafty Calendar Challenge  Animal Antics
Susy Bee;s Bloomin' Challenge  Make It Masciuline
Sisterhood of Crafters  One for the Boys

Have a Wonderful Day!

This image is from Digi Doodle Shop.  The shop is no longer in business.  They had the most wonderful, realistic animal images.  Fortunately, I was able to get most of them before the shop closed.  

This image is colored with Copics.  The papers are from October Afternoon.  I cut the chicken wire and the wheat with my Silhouette.  

One thing I have noticed about the Silhouette that I really dislike is the quality of the mats.  I was able to use my Cricut mats for a long time.  I find that the Silhouette mats are destroyed extremely quickly, which runs into a lot of money.  Of course, the Silhouette itself is immensely better than the Cricut.  I may try a Cricut mat in it to see if it works,

Copics:  BG05, BG07, BG09, BG18, 
C00, C0, C2, C3, C4, C6, C7, 
E30, E33, E36, N3, R36, R37, R39, 
Y17, Y19, Y38,  YR14, YR16

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

 QKR Stampede Anything but a Square Card
Card Makin' Mamas Stack it Up
Delicious Doodles One for the Boys
Jellypark Things with Wings
Pattie's Creations Spots or Dots
Simply create Too Shop in your Stash
Sister Act Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenges Anything Goes
7 Kids college fund Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Animal
Sisterhood of Crafters Masculine
Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes
Make it Monday
Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door Anything goes
Digi Darla Make it Masculine
Love to Create Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Anything Goes
Susy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Make it Masculine
Crafty Catz  Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge  Animal Antics
The Doodle Garden Anything Goes
Speedy Fox and Friends Metal

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