Saturday, August 1, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #291 - Happy Birthday!!

Hello sweet friends and followers - TGIS!
For those of you who don't know what that means,
it's Thank God it's Saturday!!  My favorite day of the week 
for lots of reasons... no work (usually), sleeping in, leisurely
coffee and breakfast, some crafty time (if I'm lucky)
and the start of another weekly challenge at 

Oh boy do we have a FUN theme for you this week - BIRTHDAY!

Here's my card featuring "Sweet Birthday Kids
I decided to keep it simple (KISS) and not add a bunch of 
embellishments this time.  It will be much easier to mail this
way.  The post office usually loves to see me coming
with my heavy and special handling cards due to the embellishments
and/or layers and thickness - but not this time :o)

Since it's the start of a new month we also have a new monthly sketch.
The sketch will last all month long and if you use it in ANY 
of our Challenges during the month, you will get an additional chance
 to win a store gift card! You do NOT have to use the sketch, 
it's just a little extra boost for your mojo if ya need it!

Here's the fabby August sketch:

 I am one of those crafters who LOVES to use sketches as a starting 
point for my creations.  So I happily used the August sketch for
for my card this time but flipped orientation and changed the
shape from a regular A2 to a square layout.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenges #157 - Animals
Sister Act Card Challenges #71 - Anything Goes
The Outlawz challenges - Monday Greetings "Anything Goes"
Friday Mashup Challenges #219 - Color and/or Square shaped
(I went with the square option this time).

I sure hope that you will decide to join us this week!  You
could WIN some Krafty $$ to spend in the Kraftin' Kimmie Shop!
But..... only if you enter and share your own gorgeous creation.

Oh and hey... because sometimes I'm a crafty enabler - and love it
when other enable me too with notice of awesome deals on my
favorite crafty products, I wanted to make sure to tell you that 
the HUGE summer sale at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps
 has been extended through the weekend!  There are hundreds 
of awesome stamps in this SALE and many of them are 40 and 50% off.  
HURRY though because when they are gone, they are gone.  
Kimmie isn't planning on getting restocks on these sale stamps.  
Head over to the Krafty store and cross a few things off of your wishlist! 
I snatched up a couple myself that I didn't want to miss out on! 

 Well friends it's time for me to get on with my weekend so
I'll say ta ta for now.  Please go visit the other Krafty Girls and 
Guests to see their amazing creations too.  
Til next time...hugs and happy kraftin'!D

My Time to Craft #301 (MTTC#301) - Recipe Challenge 1,2,3

Happy weekend peeps - welcome to August!
Today is the start of another challenge at 
MY TIME TO CRAFT Challenges (MTTC#301)
and for the next 2 weeks we have a
RECIPE Challenge for you to try: 
1 Die Cut. 2 Images, 3 Flowers

Here's my DT card to share with you:

This is a stamp set (Hero Arts) that has been in 
my stash for a very long time gathering dust and
waiting for me to use it.  So happy that I found it 
and decided to ink it up as it is adorable!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges #269 - No patterned paper
(this is always a shocker for me when I do this  :o) )
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges #96 - A Flower in your Image
Crazy 4 Challenges #297 - "Happy" 
Addicted to Stamps and More #155 - Photo Challenge
(My inspiration was the colors pink and yellow and the flowers)

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me today!
I hope that you will go visit the rest of the DT at MTTC
and see their lovely creations too!  You have two weeks
to enter your own fabulous creation in our gallery
using the 1, 2, 3 Recipe theme.  Hope to see you there!
Til next time...hugs and happy crafting! D

Sketch Saturday #372 - A Day for Daisies

Happy Saturday everyone!!
Wow - can you believe it's the first day of August already? it just me or does this year seem to be
on super speed?  Before we know it it will be
Thanksgiving and then Christmas! Good Gracious!

Ok so enough of is the start of a whole new
month of weekly challenges at 

 A Day For Daisies is back this week
to sponsor our Challenge! 
The prize this week:
$12 A Day for Daisies gift certificate.

Here is Sketch #372

and here is my DT card using a beautiful image
by our sponsor called "Pearls in My Hair"

Isn't this image just gorgeous? I've admired it for a while now
but was too scared to try coloring it.  I'm so glad that I did as I 
LOVE how it turned out.  I did decide to leave the sentiment off 
so I could use it as just a blank note card for someone. 

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Girlz Challenges #5 - Anything goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything goes w/a Twist "Make it Feminine"
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges #238 - Use Ribbon or Twine
4 Crafty Chicks Challenges #257 - Anything Goes and Crazy Egg

The other lovely ladies on the Sketch Saturday team
have also made some gorgeous creations to share with you.
Please go visit them and see.  I hope that you will decide to 
join us too this week!! Have a wonderful weekend won't you?
Hugs!!! D

Friday, July 31, 2015

Catch the Bug - Friday Freebie from Bugaboo Stamps

Whoo hoo it's Friday!!!!
What a week this has been for me - not necessarily
a really good or bad week - just a really longgggg week :o)
And can you believe it's the last day of July 2015? Wow!

Fridays are usually the day that Bugaboo Stamps 
gives us another awesome opportunity to snatch up
a darling FREE digital image.  Today is no exception :o)

Here is my card using the Friday Freebie - Raggedy Angel Stars

Told ya...the images are just plain darling :o)

I started out thinking I would make a Christmas card with 
this sweet angel but then saw this paper in my stash that
was just perfect to use instead (Simple Stories). With paper like
that and an image so cute it's easy to keep it simple and sweet!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
4CC Challenge #257 - Anything Goes & Crazy Egg
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges - Anything Goes

You can see some more lovely creations from the rest of
the Bugaboo team at Catch the Bug Challenges. Pop on over
 and take a good look - you'll be glad that you did :o) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Til next time...hugs and happy crafting! D

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Catch the Bug Challenges - Photo tutorial for bokeh technique (Ten easy steps)

Hello sweet friends! I'm super happy that you've stopped by
to visit me today because it's my turn to present the Wednesday 
tutorial for Catch the Bug Challenges!! 
I've selected the bokeh technique to showcase for you.

WARNING - this is very photo intensive as I've not had
much luck at all with videos of late.  
Additional warning - a couple of my photos are blurry
as I was trying to take the pic with my left hand while
still demonstrating the step with my right - LOL.
Boy did I miss my daughter that day for her help!!

Anyhoo..... first let me show you the finished card 
and then I'll start into the steps on how to make it.

Products you need for this project are:
watercolor paper or glossy cardstock 
paint brushes and water & papertowels
masking/stencil/painter's tape
watercolor paints or distress/regular ink refills
ink pads (distress or regular) and white craft (or StazOn) 
circle template, sponges or sponge dauber, 
solid circle stamp in a couple sizes
heat gun (preferable if you don't want to wait for project to dry)

Step One:
Start with a piece of watercolor paper.  You can also use
glossy cardstock but today I'm using watercolor paper.  I'm 
using a panel sized 5 x 5 1/2" which I will trim down when I'm done.
It's really helpful to secure your paper to the surface you're 
working on. I'm using painter's masking tape. The paper will
buckle a bit as you are coloring it so the tape helps to keep it flat
and in place.  You can put a piece of wax paper under your panel 
to help with the watercolor seep-through that might occur 
(if you're kind of messy like I am - LOL).  

Step TWO:
Prepare your watercolor supplies.
I used 3 different shades of orange on my panel - 
Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie and a combination of
Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry (to make an orange)
pictured over on the far right of the photo.
The amount of ink you use depends on how deep you
want the color to be on the panel.  I used two different
 depths of the Calypso Coral color by putting 5 drops
of ink in one well and 8 drops in the other.  

Prepare your panel by using just clear water - give it a 
good generous coating all over.

Step FOUR:
Now start adding your base color(s)
I just dropped the colors around the panel by touching 
the soaked paintbrush to the panel.   I used the two different
depths of the Calypso Coral  (although it's hard to see in this 
next photo)  to coat the entire panel.

Step FIVE:
When you are happy with the base colors, dab it off with a
paper towel (see how messy I am :o) ? ).

Step SIX:
Using a solid circle stamp or two (or circle stencil) add 
some darker spots to the panel.  Note:  I save the insides of my 
stamps that have pop out middles for this - works great 
as it's kind of hard to find solid circle stamps. 

I first used a larger circle rubber stamp in a few areas on
the panel.  Because the paper is a bit dry the ink will appear
appear kind of dark so I take that darker "orange" that I made 
and softly blur the circle and shape and edges.  

 Then I randomly stamped the smaller circle around the
panel to fill in the spaces a bit more and add depth to the base.
Then I take the lighter shade of Calypso Coral and 
give it a final wash-over to blur and blend the circles.

Once again dab off with a paper towel and then if you
have a heat gun use it to dry the panel for the next steps.
Note: if you don't have a heat gun you will want to wait 
about an hour before you start the next steps (longer if
you're using glossy cardstock). 

 Step EIGHT:
Now we are going to add the bokeh effect dots 
with white craft ink, a sponge dauber and a circle stencil.
I've made my own circle stencil using various sizes of
circle punches in a random pattern and a clear window
sheet from some product packaging.  You can also use the end
of a pencil eraser, a sponge dauber, or a circle stamp for this step.

Tip: I found it works best if you start at one end (corner or side)
and work away from it as you fill in the circles as craft ink
is pretty sticky and you can accidentally pick up the edges from the 
one before and and mess up your pattern.  

To create the bokeh effect you will fill in the different sizes of 
circles around the panel. The larger circles should have less ink
on them and be a bit blurred as they are the farthest out of focus
and the smallest circles will have the most saturated color 
(because they would be closest in the photo as spots of light).  

Step NINE:
Craft ink is very sticky and takes a long time to dry
(even on watercolor paper) so I use a heat gun again (I'll 
spare you that boring picture - hehe) to set the color again. 
StazOn ink will dry much faster but I like the results I get with the craft ink.  

When you've dried it you can take off your masking.
and you get something that looks like this

Step TEN:
If you've done a really good job of masking (or not been
really messy like me) you can trim the panel to leave a small
white edge around it.  I have taken the pane and trimmed it down 
to 4" x 5 1/4" with my paper cutter to get this

Final Step(s):
Take your bokeh panel and add your images (or sentiments)
and adhere it to a mat and/or your card base to finish your project.
I added a colored Bugaboo image and sentiment to the panel first
and then glued that to a colored cardstock panel and then to the base.

Ta Dah - DONE!!! Easy peasy - right ?

Thanks so much for sticking with me to see my tutorial.
I hope it was clear and easy to follow and that I've inspired you
to go get inky and give it a go.  I'd love to see what you create
so leave me a link in the comments and I'll come visit you!

Til next time...hugs and happy crafting! D

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Catch the Bug Challenges - Color Inspiration

Happy weekend friends and followers!
I have a super busy weekend and am hoping the
weather is really nice.  How about you?
Any special plans for you?

Summer goes by so quickly here in Montana so
we have to enjoy every bit of it that we get.
Today's challenge at CATCH THE BUG CHALLENGES
is a fabulous color palette that totally makes me
think about all things summery - take a look:

We'd like to see at least 3 of the colors from this photo
as the main colors on your own creation this week.

Here's my card using a wonderful digital image
called AKV boy - beach and this color palette
(I used orange, blue and green) to make a FUN summer card:

I tried a different skin combo with my copics to create a
suntanned look and am happy with how it turned out.
The beach is one of my favorite vacation spots but to
be honest I also really wish I lived by a sunny, sandy beach...
I'd be there every day!

I used the MOJO Monday Sketch #407 (see below)

I would also like to enter this in these following challenges:
The Outlawz Challenges - Twisted Thursday w/optional "water" theme
(I hope beach counts as water)
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - A Day at the Beach (July 21st)
Ruby's Rainbow #109 - Vacation
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #256 - Sun, Sea and Sand

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me today! 
I hope that you will decide to join us this week 
at Catch the Bug Challenges! Please go visit the rest of 
the talented team and see what they've made too. 
Til next time...hugs and happy crafting! D

Sketch Saturday #371 - The Paper Shelter Sponsor

Good Morning sweet friends!
A special hello to my newest follower Sharon G.
Thanks so much for being part of my creative journey.

It's Saturday, and that means it time for another awesome
sketch challenge at SKETCH SATURDAY!!
This week our sponsor is The Paper Shelter

Here's Sketch #371

I used one of the sponsor's pre-colored images
called "Mad about the shoes" for my DT card today

Oh gosh what a dream that would be to have so many shoes
at one time to choose from! Sadly though the older I have
gotten the less tolerant my feet are of high heels so I
stick to wedges or flats mostly :o)

The other ladies on the Sketch Saturday team have
also made some wonderful creations for your inspiration.
I hope that you will go join them and then decide to
play along with us this week too!

Til next time...hugs and happy crafting! D