Friday, January 19, 2018

A Two-fer for the Outlawz

As you all know by now, I love playing on the Outlawz Forum and enter the 7 different weekly challenges as often as possible.  Festive Fridays offers 4 theme options per week and I managed to just sneak in with a "Card with a Cardinal" last night using the adorable Cardinal Sprite from Aurora Wings available HERE on and HERE on Etsy.
Coloring Cardinal Sprite with my Copics brought back some fond memories of winters past.  There are no cardinals where we live in California and I miss the bright pop of color I used to see in our snow covered backyard in the Midwest.  I kinda even miss the snow, but certainly not brushing off the car or driving in it.  It's hard to believe it's been 38 years.  Yikes!

My original plan was to pop him in a snowy scene, but while perusing my papers I came across a mat stack with holly corners and thought it would work for the current Outlawz Wednesday Sketch, as well.  I actually had to cut and piece the mat to make it square and carefully fussy cut around the lower left holly leaf and slide the top portion in underneath, then added the checked opposite corner pieces I managed to cut from scraps on my table.  I cute Cardinal Sprite with a stitched circle and added a scalloped circle behind and I was done.  No real need for embellies since the paper did all the work.  WooHoo!

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art January Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #73 AG, Simon Says Monday Birds of a Feather, Crafty Animals Jan.  #10 AG, ...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Got it Licked!

This hilarious new image by Bloobel Stamps, called Inappropriate Cat, made me LOL.  I'm sure all cat owners can relate. I pretty much colored him up immediately, using Goliath colors, then decided to use him for the Tuesday Color challenge on the Outlawz that I finished just in time.  

Kind of a quickie design using the colors plus the animal twist.  I added the tiny plastic spoon (recycled from a wine and soup tasting event, yeah I save anything that looks "craft worthy") filled with Nuvo drops.  Hope the sentiment gives you a giggle.

Here's a closeup of Inappropriate Cat.  He's colored with Copics using my fave cat fur combo of E41-47.  Can't wait to think up another "appropriate" sentiment for this little guy.

I'm also adding this to the SUYP (WOW, I'm on a roll this month with KITTIES!) January Furrything Goes/MeuwYear challenge, the DL.Art January Linky challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #73 AG, Simon Says Wednesday Use Patterned PaperCrafty Animals #10 AG, +...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Anything Goes at Aurora Wings

It's a new year and a new challenge at Aurora Wings and we've returned to our roots as a monthly challenge blog beginning each 3rd Monday, but we'll keep you inspired with a mid challenge post as well.  To ease in after our break, our theme this time is the easy peasy

It only took me about 3 tries to finally decide on the images, but I've been in a bit of a kitty mode and was excited to find the fun Ballerina Kitties 3-pack stamp set exclusively at  I used the Accordion Flip Album 3D die from Sizzix to make a thank you card featuring all 3 of the adorable Ballerina Kitties.  Unfortunately the picture of the entire project was done in panorama mode with my camera and this was the largest I could post on my blog without it getting cut off.  You can see a better picture of my project in it's entirety, as well as those of my Aurora Teamies on the Challenge Blog HERE, or click on the pic above to enlarge it.

I did, however, takes individual pictures of each kitty before assembling the accordion card.  Each is colored with Copics and for once, I kept track of colors because I find the BV (and V ranges for that matter) can be rather difficult to use and photograph.

Although I've been "fluffing up" many of the kitties I've recently colored, these little beauties came out better for me with just some subtle shading.  When I tried adding too much texture, it looked a bit more like razor stubble, not the least bit fitting for these girly girls. 

Bodies: BV0000,000,01
Cheeks and nose: V000
Inside ear and slippers: RV91,93,95
Tuts and floral wreaths: V0000,000,01,12
Flowers on tutus: same as bodies

As you can see, the palette is somewhat limited, but I've found that the Violets, and Blue Violets especially, are often affected by the colors around them in photographs.  That's why I actually colored the die cut "Thank you" (Cuttlebug die) with the BV000 I'd used earlier instead of trying to find a colored card stock to match.  In fact, I've found it often helps when choosing design paper to snap a quick pic just to see how the colors (especially purples) photograph together before deciding.  Although it really doesn't matter if you're not planning on posting your project online, it saves a lot of time and frustration with photo editing if you know in advance how the colors work together in front of the camera.  Haven't we all been there?

The die cuts behind the kitties are cut with the Spellbinders Scalloped Labels One die using DP from a old MAMBI pad.  The swirls made me think of the beauty and excitement of the ballet and I've added some texture with my Swiss Dots embossing folder to the solid iridescent pink I've added to the frames.

The corner bouquets include large roses from Kaisercraft as well as small ones I've dyed to match the purples of the kitties using the BV01 reinker and a fair amount of rubbing alcohol to soften the color.  They are tied together with tulle to further the ballet reference.

I hope you'll check out the fabulous inspiration from my Aurora teamies and Guest designers and come join our first challenge of 2018.

Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (New challenge through Feb. 17th)

Friday, January 12, 2018

I'm not Fat, I'm Fluffy!

Gotta say I broke out in a HOOT when I saw the hilarious Freebie from Ike's Art on the January Challenge post at SUYP (Show Us Your Pussies, ahem...CAT'S ONLY) Challenge Blog.  "I'm not fat, I'm FLUFFY!" immediately came to mind (Jezzie tells me that all the time, and how the heck would I know since as soon as my hand goes from her head to her body, she bolts.)  The theme this month is Furrything Goes/Meuw Year and me thinks someone is contemplating a Meuw Year's Resolution...Nah!  I had a riot cutting and pasting various strips of DP and adding a few stickers to the bottom of the card from the Meow pack from Echo Park  and did I ever have fun coloring "Fat Cat" up!

Here's a closeup.  I've been doing a lot of fur practice with my Copics and really, really, REALLY wanted to fluff her out, so I lightened the digi to a fairly light gray in my Printmaster Platinum program and went to town.  LITTLE ball of fur?  Hardly, but she's purrr-fect just the way she is.  Just ask Jezebel.  

I'm also entering this in the January Ike's World AG/New Beginnings challenge, the DL.Art January Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #73 AG, the Outlawz Monday Greetings The Time After Christmas, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday New Beginnings, Your Scrapbook Place January AGSimon Says Wednesday Use Patterned Paper and Crafty Animals #10 AG.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fun in the Snow with Bloobel

Here's another for the Outlawz Festive Friday Challenge, this one for the theme "Fun in the Snow".  The adorable stamp is from Bloobel called "Kitty Snowman".  How could I resist?  I've had a heck of a time making decisions about colors and papers lately and finally found this ancient piece from the Sassafrass Lass Life is Beautiful collection in my stash that suited the cute a quirky image perfectly.  My Tim Holtz On the Edge Snowflake die with it's funky snowflakes rounded out the design.

Here's a closeup of Kitty Snowman.  I've colored with Copics with colors from the DP and even tried to do a bit of subtle crosshatching over the blue in the sky using a very light touch with my E42 in the background, like that on the DP.  The snowflakes are done with a white Posca Paint pen.  The sentiment is computer generated.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art January Linky Challenge, the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Winter challenge, the SUYP Jan (cat's only, hoping that a "Kitty Snowman" still fills the bill) Furrything Goes/Meuw Year challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #73 AG, Simon Says Winter Blues, Simon Says Use Patterned Paper, Star Stampz Winter, the Colour Crazy Challenge Week 1 and TTRCD Week of Jan 9th AG.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Shaker Tag for the Outlawz

The Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge is always Anything Goes, but if you use the "twist" you get 2 chances in the draw at the end of the month.  The Outlawz Forum is a fun and supportive group with 7 challenges a week plus a monthly "Progressive" challenge and I play there as often as possible.

This time the twist for Twisted Thursday is "SHAKE YOUR CONFETTI" - make a shaker card or whatever.  It's been so long since I've done one I decided to do a (sort of) quick tag.  I noticed the graphic when "re-downloading" some of my Etsy purchases from Gecko Galz.  (No, I still haven't retrieved all my digis since "the crash") and thought it would be perfect for a shaker. The quote is from the Scripted Digital Collage set by Gecko Galz that I've printed on acetate and cut out with my Stitched tags by Gina Marie.  There are little gold dots around the quote that don't seem to show up in the pic but I kept with the metallic theme and cut the top layer in gold glitter card stock.  I used transfer tape to stick two pieces of foam together and ran them through my Grand Caliber which did jack them out of shape a bit but I was able to assemble the layers with a decent amount of Doodlebug sequins and beads in between. Punched a hole up top and added some cool metallic ribbon from my stash, et voila! 

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art January Linky challenge, and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #73 AG

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Goliath's Christmas Card for Daddy (again, for NEXT year)

Well, I totally dropped the ball again.  After a dismal crafting showing in December, I started off 2018 with a bang with 4 posts in a row and now here it is the 9th, with nothing in between.  In my defense, Ou BFF's spend the holidays away so this Saturday was our "Christmas Dinner".  So Thursday was spent grocery shopping, Friday was spent cooking, and all day Saturday was spent "de-catting" the house because Lisa is allergic.  Sunday I spent binge watching "Scandal" and recovering while trying to dodge a cold (so far so good) and yesterday Goliath got on my case because I'd done a Christmas card for Jezebel to give Daddy next year, but none for him.

Okay then!  This image was a no brainer.  The quirky stamps from Bloobel are some of my faves and Christmas Present Cat had "Goliath" written all over it.

Here's a closeup of Christmas Present Cat.  He's colored with Copics in appropriate "Goliath " colors ( E41-47) and I've colored the bird as the California Jay that used to swoop down for Jezebel's food this summer while she camps in the backyard.  Unfortunately, Goliath usually goes for the smaller more tender species, but one can always hope.  Goliath is thrilled so now I guess I'll go put his away with Jezzie's card for Daddy for next year and hope I can find them when the time comes.

I'm entering this in the SUYP #26 January Furrything Goes/Meuw Year Challenge, the DL.Art January Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #73 AG, the Outlawz Festive Friday Christmas theme, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #10 Jan AG/w critter (4/5), Crafty Animals #10 AG/ animal, ...

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year (of the Dog)

Happy New Year! I'm trying hard to be make up for my dismal blog showing this December and am crafting up a storm.  And no, I'm not late, I'm EARLY!  This gorgeous image, from Aurora Wings, represents the Chinese Lunar Calendar and the upcoming Year of the Dog celebration on February 16th, which will begin the Spring Festival.  The image is a special New Year's gift from Mitzi for those in the Aurora Wings FB Group and will be available there as a FREEBIE through the weekend along with a fabulous Coupon and special contest to wind $30 in AW digis.  Not a member?  Ask to Join HERE and HURRY!

The animals are from the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac and those born in any given year are said to possess the characteristics of the animal.  The dog is considered one of the most likable of those in the Zodiac and are loyal, faithful and honest and always stick to their code of ethics. Their characteristic word is action.  

Here's a closeup of Year of the Dog. Mitzi used an Akita puppy as her model and I colored him with Copics in one of the many variations of fur colors and patterns of the breed.  The Chinese character is in the image is 'Dog' and I'm guessing the plum blossoms signal the beginning of the Spring Festival, that focuses on home and family and the hope for good fortune throughout the year.

I've used the Outlawz Wednesday sketch for the card design as the image itself reminded me of the a lot of the sketch, even with no embellies.

Again, I'd like to mention that our Anything BUT a Card Challenge is still going strong on the AW Challenge Blog until Saturday January 13th and you can enter up to 3 times if you use an Aurora Wings image.  

Also, don't forget to pop over and collect this gorgeous Year of the Dog image, such a generous New Year's surprise from Mitzi, and check out the special contest (all you have to do is COMMENT) where you could win $30 in AW stamps and Coupon in the AW FB Group.  If you aren't a member yet, you might want to join. (And hurry, this ends Jan 7th!)

There's always lots going on at Aurora Wings, so here's how to keep up.

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (New challenge runs through Jan.13, 2018)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jezzie's Christmas Card to Daddy

My kitties love to give cards to their Daddy, but Mommy doesn't always finish on time.  In fact, this year Mommy didn't finish ANY of her planned cards on time because...well, because...  

I'm usually in a tizzy right up until the BIG DAY and this year was no exception, but I get hit HARD with the Christmas spirit AFTER the big day which lasts until...(ummm, Easter?)  Well, maybe not this year, we have a wedding to go to in Florida, but certainly at least until Valentine's day.  What can I say?

The adorable image is Christmas Lights Kitty from Aurora Wings available HERE on and HERE on Etsy (only $2.00!).  Jezzie says it looks just like her because she's so fluffy and I tried to capture that with my Copics.  I added a bit of highlight to the bulb with my white Prismacolor pencil and the glow was done with chalk.  Although I'm sure tangling the lights would be Jezebel's dream, she's actually a good girl and only uses the "big tree" as a hidden napping spot.  She doesn't bother the ornaments at all and fortunately hasn't hacked up a hair ball on the tree skirt so far.

Here's a pic of the little fur ball investigating one of Mommy's new artist made kitties (specifically commissioned to look like her).  She seems to be eyeing the competition and wondering who shrunk the cat.

Hmmm... let's move in for a sniff.  I dunno...  Well, Jezebel is pleased with her card, at least and hopes Mommy will remember where she puts it for next year, unlike the birthday card I made for Daddy in July, never to be found again.

I'd like to mention that our Anything BUT a Card Challenge is still going strong on the AW Challenge Blog until Saturday January 13th and you can enter up to 3 times if you use an Aurora Wings image.  Also, there's a little New Year's surprise from Mitzi, special contest (all you have to do is COMMENT) where you could win $30 in AW stamps and Coupon in the AW FB Group so if you aren't a member yet, you might want to join. (And hurry, this ends Jan 7th!)

There's always lots going on at Aurora Wings, so here's how to keep up.

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (New challenge runs through Jan.13, 2018)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Snow Kitties!

I was just under the wire for the Outlawz Tuesday Color Winter Wonderland Challenge but had been wanting to color up the cute #1890 Snow Kitties by Sandra Caldwell so I used the prescribed mix of winter blues.  

The framing was sort of an accident.  In my haste, I forgot that the scallops on the stitched frame actually cut (oops!) and I was left with a funky border on the kitties and separate frame.  I messed around a bit and decided to add another frame in blue to make it look a bit more "planned".  I kinda like it.  The tiny "Winter Wonderland" sentiment is a sticker from Tim Holtz.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art January Linky Challenge, SUYP #25 Furrything Goes Meowy Christmas,  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #72 AG, Crafty Animals January #10 AG w/Animal, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Jan #10 and Simon Says Wednesday AG.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Guest Designing for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Happy New Year!  It's the first minutes of 2018 (in California anyway) and I'm thrilled to be Guest Designing for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, the monthly Anything Goes With a Critter Challenge Blog.  The fabulous sponsor for this month is Fabrika Fantasy and I have the pleasure of working with the adorable Snowman's Friends.

Here's a closeup of Snowman's Friends.  I've colored them with Copics with some white Posca paint pen detail on the branch and fussy cut them out to add to my winter scene, but if you're rushed for time, included in the digital assortment is a precolored image, as well.

The shadowbox card was cut with my new Sizzix die and folds flat for mailing.  I've added a sentiment sticker inside and a flurry of snowflakes from JoLee's.
Thanks you so much to 2 Crafty Critter Crazies for the invitation to Guest Design this month and to Fabrika Fantasy for sponsoring.  Hope to see you join in the challenge. 

I'll be entering this in the DL.Art January Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG challenge, TTRCD week of Dec. 26th, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #72 AG, Crafty Animals #10 January AG w/Animal,  Simon Says Monday Something New (new die) and Simon Says Wednesday AG

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Here Comes Santa Claws

WOW!  Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas!  We did, but crafting has definitely been put on the back burner this month.  I can't believe I haven't posted since December 10th, the longest I've EVER neglected my blog.  Well, I decided to have a little play with my Prismacolor pencils and drew Santa Claws on kraft.  I've never really colored on kraft before but it didn't turn out half bad. Since I didn't have a stamp or digital image to follow, I figured it would be easier to do the white beard on the colored stock and it definitely was.  I followed the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch and the Festive Fridays Santa Claus theme.  So I've broken the silence here.  YAY!  Feels good.

I'm also entering this in SUYP #25 Furrything Goes/Meowy Christmas, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #72 AG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #9, Simon Says Wednesday AG, DL.Art December Linky Challenge, CHNC #365 AG Christmas, and CHNC Christmas Extra December.