Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I'm back ... First Communion Tilda


I'm back after a lovely 10 day break back in Ottawa!  The boys had April Break from school so we headed back to Canada to visit friends.  My eldest son actually took his first solo flight to Vancouver and visited with friends on Vancouver Island - a very successful visit!

So, we're back and and enjoying the beautiful signs of Spring that are surrounding us; birds chirping, trees budding, flowers blooming, warm sunshine ... just love this time of year!

I was commissioned to make a First Communion card so put in a special order to add this gorgeous little Special Day Tilda to my collection!  I love her!  I coloured her using my copic markers and used the light C grays to add shadows on her dress and veil.  The sentiment is computer generated and I blinged the rest of the card up with pearls & gems, doily & flower.  I drew in the little wooden cross.

A couple of challenges for this card:-

Papertake Weekly - Take your Pick (Colour Theme - White plus one)
Craft your Passion challenges - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Girlz Challenges - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - April Magnolia Only Challenge (Children)
Allsorts Challenge - Bring on the Bling

Thanks for stopping in today - it's good to be back and I look forward to catching up on everyone's blogs!

Danielle x

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Be Strong ....


Thanks for stopping in today.  I have this card which I was asked to make for a friend of mine.  She has a friend who is coping with the return of her cancer.  She wanted a card to reflect her strong faith and to encourage her in her ongoing battle with the Big C.

I found this beautiful verse which pretty much sums it all up.  I have to admit to making this card with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat - it was very emotional, as I do know the lady concerned too.  The sentiment was computer generated and then inked gently with a sponge.

I used a muted calming colour palette, the papers from MME Lost & Found.  I added a MS punched border, bird and leaf.  The addition of the twine finishes it off.

Here is the finished inside of the card too.  Same bird punch but the silhouette version (I love these punches by MS).  The sentiment inside is from SU!.

I am going to enter these cards into the following challenges:-

Papertake Weekly - Words, words, words
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Add a Sentiment

That's all for today folks.  Thanks for stopping in.  I'm off to take Jasper to get a trim and his nails clipped before our road trip on Thursday!  Have a wonderful Tuesday and until next time ... happy crafting!

Danielle x

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Abi Ballerina

Hello folks!

Happy Sunday to you all.  I have this lovely All Dressed Up digi image to share with you today - this is Abi Ballerina, and isn't she just the cutest!!

This is my first time colouring her up and again, I used copic markers for the job.  I'm working on improving my colouring skills and am pretty pleased with how the pleats came out ... still room for improvement, but there is always is, isn't there!!

Copic marker colours used:-

Skin E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20
Hair E42, E44, E47, E50
Dress BV00, BV11, BV13, BV17
Bow C0, C1, C4, C6
Wings C0, BV00

I used papers from an old BG stash of Wisteria, the sentiment is a SU! "petite pairs" which is the perfect size for my little tag!  I added a memory box die Forget me Not, added cheesecloth and finish off with some ribbon and bling for final touches.

It's a gorgeous day here today so we're heading off to the beach with the dog for a lovely run in the sunshine - can't wait!!!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-

Allsorts Challenge (Bingo) - (Gems, Ribbon, Sentiment)
All Dressed Up Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes - No Foolin'

Thanks for your visit today - always great to see you here!  Have a fantastic Sunday and until next time ... happy crafting!!

Hugs, Danielle x

Friday, April 10, 2015

Memories live on forever ...

Happy Friday folks!

I have this adorable LOTV image for you today.  I have been watching a few copic colouring tutorials in an effort to improve my colouring techniques.  I am totally hooked on Alyce Keegan from Kit & Clowder - this image is my first attempt after watching her online You Tube videos ... I'll be signing up for classes for sure!

I am so thrilled with the end result of this image.  I have made a 5.5x5.5" card, which I haven't done in ages!  Papers are from American Crafts "Welcome Spring" pad - such pretty papers!  I used an MS punch and the sentiment is from Fiskars.

I'll enter this card into the following challenges:-

Craft your Passion Challenges - #256 Always Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping in and for your beautiful comments!  Have a fantastic weekend and until next time ... happy crafting!

Hugs, Danielle x

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cute as a Button!


I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend and are coming out of a chocolate coma!!  LOL

I have this sweet All Dressed Up image for you today - isn't he just the cutest!!  It was a freebie a while back and have been meaning to print it out and colour him up for ages ... so I finally did!  I used copics and a new (to me) technique to add texture.  I used X's, starting with the darkest colour and going lighter to add my shadows etc.  A sweep of the lighter colour to blend it slightly, then I dabbed a piece of cheesecloth with some 0 Blending solution and pressed it very lightly over the image for some added texture.  I am really pleased with the finished result - what do you think?

The rest of the card is a fairly simple layout using up paper scraps from my scrap bin - need to work through a big pile!!  The ribbon and buttons are from my stash.

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Craft your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes
All Dressed Up Challenge - Always Anything Goes (Must use ADU image)
Cute Card Thursday - Buttons & Bows
Crafting for all Seasons - Animal Magic

Once again, thanks for taking the time to stop by and see me.  Have a wonderful crafty day ... until next time!

Danielle x

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Let it Snow ... but please don't!!!

Hi there!

Happy Easter folks ... and to celebrate I have a Christmas snowy card!!  Hahaha!!  I really don't want it to snow but that's the theme over on the Winter Wonderland challenge for this week.  I want to keep adding to my Christmas card stash so I figured whilst hubby had taken the boys to go and see a movie, I sat down and coloured in this sweet Rachelle Anne Miller image that hasn't seen ink in quite a while.

She is coloured with copics and all the papers are from my scrap stash!  I used tiny little pearls around the image to highlight the snowflakes and I added red & silver sequins to add a bit of sparkle. The sentiment is The Stamp Barn (retired).

The challenges I'm entering this card in for:-

Winter Wonderland - Let it Snow
Sketch Saturday - Sketch layout #355
Craft your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes

As I type this I can smell the delicious lamb roasting away for our Easter dinner!  

Thanks for stopping in!  I always appreciate your visits and love it when you're able to leave a comment and let me know what you think!  Until next time ... happy crafting!!

Danielle x

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Project K-Cup!

Hi there!

As promised, I am here today sharing some projects I am currently working on.  I have been asked to make 7 of these K-Cup holders as teacher thank-you gifts.  Yes, I'm way ahead of time but they're for a friend in Ottawa and as I'm heading back up there in a couple of weeks, I wanted to be organised and have them ready to take with me, rather than paying a fortune in postage to get them up there!

I am loving making these ... they are really easy to put together and are super fun to decorate!  I found the tutorial here for the template.  The above is a compilation of the 3 caddies I have made so far.  I have added a homemade envelope (using the SU! envelope punch board) which I have adhered to the back panel for the addition of a gift card (Starbucks would be my preference every time)!!!

I have used a variety of sentiments; Verve, Fiskars & SU!  Ribbons, twine, punches & other embellishments are all from my stash.

I hope you like this project.  You could also modify this for kinder eggs to sit in the holder instead of k-cups for an Easter twist!  Another is to take two caddies and adhere them back to back so you have a holder with 4 K-cups instead of 2!

Some challenges I will enter:-

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Add a Sentiment
Craft your Passion Challenge - Always Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping in ... I am always thrilled to see you here and hold much gratitude for when you take the time to leave me a comment!

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!

Danielle x

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ever thankful for you ...

Happy Friday folks!

Great to see you here and thanks for stopping in and taking a peek at my offering today!  It's a clean & simple card using one of my new Memory Box dies, Chloe Stem.

Very easy simple layout to this card.  Sometimes I just love the simplicity and ease to making these cards.  I guess my styles differ depending on what type of "mood" I'm in when I sit at my craft desk!

I'm busy with an order right now for 7 "K-Cup holders" ... something I will share with you tomorrow!

I hope you're all getting ready for the Easter Bunny to arrive on Sunday - I know my boys are excited for chocolate to be delivered!!!  LOL

Appreciate any comments you leave!

Danielle x


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