Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Outlawz Freebie Progressive Challenge

Spring Birthday

It's spring here in Canberra Australia and this image is just perfect for a spring birthday. All the blossom and spring bulbs are out and the weather has been lovely and warm the last week. The image is the freebie from Ignacio by Nicecrane for the Outlawz Freebie Progressive monthly challenge. I coloured her with copics then cut her out with a Nellie Snellen die, layered it on pink Spellbinder oval  and then on the Kaiser PP from their Chanteuse Collection. The flowers and birds were fussy cut from the same PP. The sentiment is from a set called It's your Birthday by Simon Says Stamp.

Skin: E000,00,02,R20,21.
Hair: E41,43 and Sepia Copic Multiliner 0.3.
Hat: RV21,23,25,E49,71.
Dress: RV21,23,25,YG03,91,93,95.
Legs & Shoes: YG03,91,93,95,RV21,23,25.
Background: R0000.
Ground: W0,1,3.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Deedee's Digis September Challenge

Enjoy Life

My first time making a card for Deedee's  monthly challenge and love this cute elephant image. I printed it once then the leaves 3 times and then coloured them all with copics. I fussy cut the leaves and layered them around the image to give some dimension then added a computer generated sentiment. The PP is from Kaiser Base Coat 61/2 x 61/2 pad. The card base and matting cardstock is also from Kaiser.


Elephant: W0,1,3,5,7.
Leaves: YR16,21,24,R08,29,YG63,G99.
Shadow: G0000,000,00.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Gerda Steiner Designs Monthly Challenge

Fly me to the Moon.

This gorgeous free mouse image is from Gerda Steiner Designs if you participated in last months challenge. She has the cutest images so if you want some free join the challenge each month.For this card I rotated the image and printed a large and small version. The background was found on line, printed to size and I stamped the bats and added more grass. I hand drew the pumpkins as I couldn't find any I liked and coloured everything with copics. Layered it on cream and light teal cardstock then mounted it on a darkbrown card base. The edges are inked and distressed and the sentiment computer generated.

Mice: W1,3,5.
Large cloak: YR04,07,18.
Small Cloak: BG73,75.
Large Hat: W7,Black100,BG72,75,C1.
Small Hat: W7,Black,YR04,07,C1.
Broom Bristles E35,7.
Broom Handles: E17,18,19.
Pumpkins: Y38,YR68,G28.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Outlawz Sunday Cas Challenge

Make Some Noise

Just a quick post as I had a mad dash to visit my DD Tammy. She lives 4hrs away and she has had a bad week with the news her precious cat has been diagnosed with diabetes. I just wanted to cuddle her and lend my support. Her little fluff ball Lilly is her baby but they think they can get it under control. I had started this card at home and grabbed my copics to finish it if I had time but that didn't happen. Lucky for me this weeks is anything goes so will enter it for that. The digi is from Birdie Brown but she no longer has her shop but still designs for MFT. The sentiment and music are from an old stamp set from Annabelle Stamps. She was an Australian online shop that is no longer in business. It was a shame as she designed some lovely sets. The music note is from a Darkroom Door set.

Dog: E51,53,55,57.
Top: BG13,15,49,YR07.
Guitar: G0000,000,00,02,C1,3.
Headphones: N9,7,W5,7.
Ground: E71,74.
Shadow: B0000.

I am back home but will not get much crafting done this coming week as we are heading back up on Wednesday. Tammy's cat needs insulin injections twice a day and a new diet. Hopefully her body will adjust and she may only need one injection or maybe just her special diet. She is home from the vets but Tammy is going on holidays so we are cat sitting. She was going to cancel but has been planning this trip for ages.This is will be an interesting week for us. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge

Have a Beaut Chrissie

The topic for this weeks colour challenge was hats. I choose this Aussie Santa digi from Make it Crafty as he has a hat on and it means another Christmas card to tick of the list. The digi images that make up the scene are also from and they are so much fun to work with. The gum leaves are an old Stamp-it rubber stamp that I coloured and cut out. The PP is from the Kaiser Base Coat 6 x 6 pad and it is mounted on a black card base also from Kaiser. The scene is coloured with copics and I used some tumbled glass and tea dye distress inks around the edge for a bit more colour.

Skin: E11,13,R02
Beard: W1,5,7.
T/Shirt: R46,59.
Shorts: C5,9.
Hat: E40,47,49,71.
Thongs: W5,9.
Sunnies: BG0000.
Beer can: G09,N1.
Tree: BG93,G94,E49,71.
Gum leaves: BG93,G94.
Fence posts: E71,74,79.
Ground: YR21,E31,33,35,E09,18,19.
Grass: G94,95.
Sky: B0000.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Outlawz Twisted Thurday Challenge

To Someone Special

The twist this week is All Dressed Up and the stamps from the Art Deco - Flapper tall urban set by Docrafts made the choice easy. Haven't used it much and needed a birthday card that was a bit different and I like the way this turned out. Used distress ink and sponged some colour on the feather and stole and left the rest of the image as is this was then fussy cut. I coloured two, one with lots of colour and this one and I like this version as it seems to pop of the black card. Cut the layers, used a Martha Stewart corner and edge punch, added bling, silver ribbon, and adhered it to a blue card base. Used mounting tape for the image and added clear Wink of Stella  but it's hard to see on the photo. Does shine and sparkle in real life. The sentiment and art deco border are from the same set.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge

Hugs and Kisses

The sketch this week fitted in so well for me as I had just finished this Penny Black image freebie that I have had for ages. There were six free images in some card magazine and have been colouring them up for to have on hand to make some quick cards. These lovable mice just make me happy. I cut them out with a spellbinders oval die then layered it onto a scalloped die cut. The PP is from Kaisers Sandy Toes 6x6 pad that is layered on some pink CS, added the twine then adhered it to a white card base. Used a SU punch for the hearts and covered them with glossy accents for some shine.The sentiment is computer generated, die cut to match the image then adhered with mounting tape.

Mice: W0,3,5,7.
Large flower: RV21,23,25,E08.
Small Flowers: YR61.RV21,E08.
Hearts: RV29.
Grass: YG:07,09,23,G09.
Sky: BG0000,02.

The Sketch

Monday, September 14, 2015

Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge

Autumn Leaves

AJ choose the colour scheme for this week and they are perfect for an Autumn/Fall card. You had to use at least three colours but could use more if you liked. As it is spring here I googled some Autumn pictures to remind me of some of the colours I would need. I just picked the colours I wanted to use so they are not true to the Autumn leaves proper shades. I like the way they turned out and they went with my background. I think the term they use is poetic licence and I definitely used that on this card. The background is alcohol inks blended on glossy paper I made when trying out different colour combinations and this was perfect. Added strips of torn coloured card stock to the top and adhered it to black card leaving a narrow border. The tag is a die from MFT that I printed the sentiment from Tiffany Doodles on the bottom corner then taped it to the card. Added the twine and leaves with mounting square before adding the button and bow then mounting it to a fawn card base.The leaves are from a SU set called Gently Falling. It is a two step set and I used the direct to stamp method with distress ink pads, spritzed with a mister then stamped on water colour Paper. When dry I stamped again, using the outline shape with a matching colour, spritzed lightly over the top then fussy cut out. 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge

Happy Birthday Smiles

The theme this week is circles and how could you go wrong with a circle card.  Well you can if you don't have something big enough to cut out the large circles. I water coloured these lovely  birds from Penny Black then realised my spellbinders circle dies weren't big enough. Thought I would have to trace around something then hand cut them out when I remembered my old Creative Memories circle cutters. The trouble was it took me ages to find them and I was seriously thinking of starting again when I found them. So much for the quick card I thought I was making. The PP I found, when looking for the cutters, I liked better than the one I had picked out but it must be at least 10 years old and has no name on it so don't know who it's from. The smile stamp is from  Simon Says Stamps and the happy birthday from Winnie & Walter that I combined to make the sentiment. It's a wonder my quick card ever made it to the finish line but I like it.

Outlawz Sunday Cas Challenge

Happy Birthday

The challenge this week was to use geometric shapes and I choose the safe old square as this is usually the format I use to make my cards. Nice and simple layout with the flower image cut into squares and then glued to dark grey, slightly larger squares to accent them. I used copic marker C7 to match in with the copics on the flower. Stamped happy birthday from Papertrey Ink and it was done.

Flower: N1,3,5,Y13,19,38.
Leaves: YG23,45,G46.
Background: C0,1,3,5.

The image is one I never used and don't know who the artist is. If anyone does please let me know so I can acknowledge them.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Outlawz Friday Colour Challenge


In the USA they are celebrating National Read a Book Day which is this Sunday so this is the theme for the cards this week. I have this digi image from TLC Creations and had this lovely idea to made my card with it but it didn't turn out as planned. I am not sure if I like it and it is definitely different to my normal colouring but you have to try things and I couldn't waste it. I printed it four times then coloured, fussy cut and layered it on PP to keep the monochromatic feel. The sentiment and heading I found on Pinterest and the pile of books with the cats I have had for a couple of years and finely found a use for them. They were all  fussy cut and I used mounting tape to adhere it all onto the card. Used copics and the border punch is from SU. I took a close-up (forgot when I took the card) to show the layers but the colour is not right.

Book: E13,17,18,19.
Dress: E00.04,40,41,43,93,95.
Hair: E18,47.
Skin: E000,02.
Added a touch of E18 to the reading heading.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Outlawz Thursday Twisted Challenge

Happy Birthday

My second blog post on the same day is just about a record for me. I feel real happy with myself if I manage one but hubby has decided we need a day at the coast so had to get the Thursday challenge done to have it in on time. The twist this week is layers and I love layers. Most of my cards were like this until I discovered Cas cards so enjoyed making this for a dear friends 89th birthday. Vi is such a special person and I can imagine her looking like this when she was young. Used a stamp called Flapper Melody from Crafts and Me and the flowers, another old stamp called Dotted Flowers, from Heroarts that is no longer on their website. Found this lovely old scrap of PP in my stash that I stitched onto a piece of pink CS then adhered the doily from MFT (no longer available) on top and added some green lace. Cut the image out with a spellbinders die and then adhered it to another piece of pink CS and mounted it over the doily with dimensionals. Used dimensionals to add the flowers in the left corner then added the pearls. The image and flowers are coloured with copics and the sentiment is computer generated. Layered it on pink CS and another card is finished.

Skin: E50,53,RV14.
Eyes: G0000.
Hair: C0,1.
Dress/Hat/Flower: YG21,23,25,RV14,21.
Pearls: C0.
Flowers: YR21,23,31,YG99.

Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge


Shopping Done

A great sketch this week and like the design team I decided it was time I started making some Christmas cards.

I have been really slack this year as by now I would have had most of them done. I think the count this year is 3 so only about 42 to go. Thought I would give the copics a rest and do some water colouring. Distress inks are my favourite to watercolour with and I usually manage to not make to much mess with them. Happy with the finish on this cute image from LOTV  called Jenny-All Shopped but found it is no longer available. That seems to be happening a lot lately but I love using my old favourites. The image was cut out with a Spellbinders circle die then adhered to another circular die from Couture Creations from their Bobtail Set. The holly leaves I drew then coloured and cut out. I couldn't find the stamp I wanted so this was the next best thing. Added some pearls then cut a Cheery Lynn Snowflower die for the top right corner. All the PP is old leftover pieces and I can't remember the companies.

Distress inks:
Bear: Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy.
Hat/Scarf: Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass.
Presents: Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade.
Ribbons: Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass.  
Sky: Weathered Wood.
Grass: Peeled Paint.
Holly: Forest Moss.

This is the sketch.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Outlawz Sunday CAS Challenge

I Woof You!

All about dogs is the theme for this weeks challenge as August 26th was National Dog Day. My biggest challenge was what dog to colour. My eldest DD as an adorable old dog that is such a big part of her life that I make lots of doggie cards with her in mind. I decided on this lovely image from Wild Rose Studios called Tilly with Flowers. I have used it so many times as is so versatile so was sorry to hear it is discontinued. They have a beautiful range of cute stamps. The greeting is from an old set from Kraftin' Kimmie called Canine Capers 1. The image is coloured with copics then cut out with the largest stitched square die from Simon Says Stamp  and taped to a pink card base. It would be suitable for so many different occasions.


Dog: N1,3,5,7,9.
Roses: R81,85,89.
Leaves: YG03,05,09.
Ground: E70,71,74.
Shadow: BV0000,01

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge

Summers coming

For the last few days we have had some lovely spring weather but last night the rain and cold settled back in. When I saw the colours for this challenge I thought summer is on it's way so this is the reason for flip flops and surfboards. I started with the PP from Kaiser Sandy toes 61/2 x 61/2 pad for my background and decided to paper piece the Tiffany Doodles digi surfboards in bright patterns. The dark green board is stamped using a heroarts background stamp. The sentiment, flip flops and hello is from a Simon Says Set as is the sunshine die. I coloured the hello stamp with copics then cut it out. When it was assembled I thought it was missing something in the top corner so coloured the hibiscus digi from MiC a couple of times, fussy cut them and layered it in the corner.  I used copics to colour the hibiscus. These flowers remind me of warm tropical beach days. The sunshine die was cut three times to give it some dimension.

Flowers: R14,46,59,YG07,G28,Y35,YR18,E17.
Flip Flops: YR15,18,21
Hello: YR15,18.

I used BG72 on the flowers to colour all the tiny bits to blend with the backgroud that were just to hard to fussy cut. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Outlawz Monday Challenge


Counting Calories

Was having a clean up so I had more space to work on my desk and came across this cupcake that I had printed out. I have a box that sits next to my printer and I tend to just keep adding all my scraps, things I plan to do etc. but nevet get round to. It hasn't been emptied for a while and it was full of some cool things and this was one of them. Don't know where I got it and who the artist is so I am thanking you if you reconise your work. I dragged out my Prisma colour pencils and had fun colouring it up. It's a nice change to copics and love the layered effect. When it was done knew it was perfect for the Outlawz's Monday Challenge. The sentiment is computer generated and I have a friend that will love it. The PP is from Fancypants Designs 6x6 pad called Beach Babe.

 Here is a close-up of the layers as it was hard to see them on the card