Saturday, February 28, 2015

Make it Green

This month's challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenges was chosen by me and the theme is "Make it Green".  Even though we are making Christmas cards, we are thinking green for March.  I started by layering papers and then adding a bit of green holly ribbon on the side.  The dimensional holly stickers are from K & Co. and the "25" rectangle is a cutout from Making Memories paper.  I needed a little sparkle, so I added the green gems along the bottom.  We have two sponsors this month.  The first is Deedees Digis and the prize is a $25 voucher.  The second is Di's Digi Downloads and the prize is a $10 voucher.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A is for Apples

The newest challenge at Alphabet Challenges is "A" for Apples.  I found a beautiful vintage image of colorful apples and used that as my starting point.  I distressed and inked the edges and then layered it over flourish diecuts.  The leaves are pearly pins clustered around a pretty metal flower that I tinted with alcohol inks.  The pom pom trim reminds me of apples dangling from a tree.  Be sure to show us what you can create with apples.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Anything Green

Our newest challenge at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges is to create something that is green.  It is my turn to host this fun challenge.  I started with a minty shade of green for my background papers and added diecut flourishes on the sides.  The center is a sticker from Bo Bunny and it has lots of glitter around the edges.  The tiny flowers go well with the pretty butterflies.  The metallic green trim is a perfect match to the metallic green circles in the background paper.  A little lace finishes it off quite nicely.  I hope you will join us at Ruby's.  We would love to see what you create.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Z for Zentangle

The new challenge this week at Alphabet Challenges is "Z" for Zentangle.  This fascinating form of freehand drawing uses lines, circles, doodles and more.  This is the perfect art for people who think they cannot draw (like me).  You follow a few simple rules to re-create a design from a pattern and before you know it, you have a really great drawing.  You can color the design or leave it in black and white.  Traditional zentangles are created on 4 inches square tiles in black and white.  You can learn more at  We hope you will give this art form a try.

I zentangled my background paper using watercolor paper and colored pencils.  I added a bold flower cut with my Cameo and a little lace.  The rhinestone flower center was just plain crystal so I tinted it with alcohol inks. You can color both acrylic and crystal gems with alcohol inks.   Here are a few examples of amazing designs created by other artists.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Soon be Spring Challenge

The new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges is Soon Be Spring and I wish it would come a little sooner.  I do have my first blooms of the year, however, so that always makes me happy.  I chose a bird with a birdcage for my spring card.  I used my new Cameo to diecut the swirls, birdcage and the bird.  I layered the diecuts over torn and tattered papers that I stitched together with the sewing machine.  Spring means flowers, so I added pops of little flower clusters.  My card was missing something, so I added some lace on the bottom.  Much better! I hope you will stop by Ruby's and show us your spring creation.

Snowdrops in my garden.