Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weekly Inspirational post for Ching Chou Kuik's DT

Hello bloggers, yet another announcement!  All good things happen in threes, and this is two of three!  I was chosen to become a part of Ching Chou Kuik's design team.  I am completely honored and overwhelmed with joy about this as I am a fan of her stunning art work.  This is my first official piece as a member of this design team.  Hope you like her. :)

Today I would like to share with you one of the newer designs found on Ching Chou Kuik's Etsy store called Toadstool head.  She can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/209992502/toadstool-head-digital-digi-stamp?ref=shop_home_feat_4 in the  Ching-Chou Kuik Etsy Store.

The current challenge for the blog is adding ribbon so I added some beautiful purple organza ribbon to complete this piece.

I colored the image with Copics using the Violet and blue green family of colors. The color palette was inspired by my dear friend and DT member Fernanda Oravec.    I added some sparkles that I am so fond of using stickles for the holly leaves and Gelly roll Stardust pens for the "freckles" on the mushroom.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the wee branches with some added Stickles to sparkle up those leaves.

Have a great day!
Hugs,
Helen
(aka Catz)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mixed media..someone is learning new stuff!

The best thing about road trips and spending the weekend with one of your dearest friends who you've met for the first time is sharing in good times, and creating with new techniques you haven't tried before.  I had the best weekend in a long time spending the weekend with my dear friend Fernanda Oravec.  I got to snuggle with some of the sweetest fur babies I've ever met, eat wonderful food, shop for crafts and craft to my heart's content.  I was sad to see the weekend go so quickly.  So I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful weekend to Fernanda.  For the hospitality,the birthday gifts, the tips, but most of all your friendship!  This creation is one I did while visiting after Fernanda showed me how to create with mixed media.  I used Ching Chou Kuik's "Enter the woods"  you can find her here if you would like to purchase here from Ching Chou Kuik 's Etsy shop.  I used various stencils with modeling paste, iridescent and glitter decoupage by Martha Stewart.  I also added some fancy papers, ribbons, stickers, and beads to embellish it.  The image is colored with Copic markers.  
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Hugs,
Helen (aka Catz)


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Facebook Elite Design Team

I haven't had the nerve to try out for a design team up until recently.  So I tried out for Rick St. Dennis's Elite Design Team and actually was chosen for a spot on the Facebook team much to my surprise!    I am over the moon excited about this and for the next six months I will be sharing all sorts of makes and pieces I color from Rick St. Dennis, Mfa's awesome collection.  He covers it all from cute to creepy, shabby to glamorous.  His shops can be found in two places, Etsy where you can download most of the digi files right away and Zibbet where if you are patient he is pretty quick to email them to you.  I prefer Zibbet only because the selection there is much larger and a few of the digis cost a little less.  Here are links for you to peruse his shop.

https://www.zibbet.com/rick1949
https://www.etsy.com/shop/RickStdennis?ref=pr_shop_more



Hope you enjoy!  I will share one of my latest creations in celebration to winning this spot.  This glamourous gal can be found here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/200235999/satin-doll-digital-stamp?ref=shop_home_active_17

Rick draws some of the most amazingly clad ladies I have ever seen their gowns are so gorgeous!  Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my joy!
Hugs,
Helen



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Birthaversary! :)

I love the fall and unlike most people I generally embrace my birthday.  On Monday I will be celebrating 43 years of life cancer free so far!  I am also celebrating another special anniversary, that of being married 7 years to the love of my life!  He is my sun, moon and stars which leads me to this post.  I am using the Ching Chou Kuik image called "Wishing Stars" that can be found here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/207372948/wishing-stars-digital-stamp-instant?ref=shop_home_feat_4 
I figure since there's still an "Anything Goes" contest going on with her Inspiration blog which can be found here:
http://cck-digitalstamps-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/ching-chou-kuik-inspiration-and.html

Why not submit another entry to increase my chances of scoring some more of Ching's beautiful images!

I truly hope my dear husband likes this card, but either way I really enjoyed creating it and I know he appreciates the effort I put into making a card instead of buying one.  I colored her with copics and used Gelly roll stardust pens for the sparkly effects in her dress and on the stars.  I thought the glitter on the bottom would give a nice soft ethereal effect.  I wrote my own sentiment telling my sweet that I thank my lucky stars that we found one another.  Hope you like! :)
Hugs,

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween fun

I am a card making machine today!  So I'm going to enter the Fortnight challenge over at the Lacy Sunshine blog with this card.  You should come play along!  The theme is Halloween, how fun right?!  Here is a link in case you want to play along: http://www.lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/challenge-44-halloween.html#comment-form

For my first entry I would like to submit Sugi in her little witches costume.  Should you want to buy this darling little image she can be found here:
http://lacysunshine.weebly.com/new.html .  She is in the new section of the shop, her name is Sugi's Hocus Pocus.

Sugi has become one of my favorite characters drawn by Heather Valentin.  I went with fall colors, but non-traditional Halloween colors for her dress.  I used Copics to color her up.  Please let me know if you would like to have the colors I used.  I am terrible about taking notes when I color because it's usually just an inspirational thing for me.  Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Hugs,

Helen


Anything goes

I decided I'd like to play along with the "Anything Goes" Challenge at Ching Chou Kuik's new Monthly Inspirational and Challenge  blog.  You can come play along by clicking this link: http://cck-digitalstamps-challenge.blogspot.tw/2014/10/ching-chou-kuik-inspiration-and.html
I was really drawn to this beautiful image from Ching's etsy store called Christmas Venice Night which can be found by clicking this link:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/206098368/christmas-venice-night-digital-stamp?ref=shop_home_active_3
I really enjoyed doing a holiday card and I have plenty of feline loving folks in my world.  I used copics to color it up and some Gelly Roll pearl and stardust pens to accent the image along with some fun stickers and glittery paper.  Wouldn't be a Christmas card without sparkle!  Hope you like my creation.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Hugs,
Helen



Monday, October 6, 2014

Rick St. Dennis DT call-Cute

Hello again blog landers!  This time I've shifted to the polar opposite of my last post, went from very creepy to a sweet and soft fairy named Pansy drawn by the talented Rick St. Dennis, Mfa that you can find here https://www.zibbet.com/rick1949/pansy-digital-stamp for your crafting pleasure.  I'm a card maker and colorist at heart so I went with my traditional card making for this piece.  I colored her with copics and used the Gelly Roll Stardust pens for the glitter in her hair and wings.  I love how they can make an image look magical without looking tacky.  I used paper from the Mariposas collection and some Jolee's embellies for the accents along with a sentiment from an Anna Griffin pad.  Hope you like her as much as I liked creating her.

Hugs,
Helen

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Rick St. Dennis DT call Creepy

So there's this awesome DT call for the Rick St. Dennis, Mfa facebook group and for his EDT (Elite Design Team) and his facebook group design team.  I would love to be a part of this Elite team of amazing crafters.  These women are top shelf as is Rick St. Dennis himself as and artist.  The requirements are to create one cute and one creepy project.  This project is my creepy as you will soon see!  I used 3 different images to make this scene and you can find them here: https://www.zibbet.com/rick1949/monster-clown-digi-stamp
https://www.zibbet.com/rick1949/scary-go-round-digi-stamp and https://www.zibbet.com/rick1949/haunted-carnival-midway-2013-scene-digi
in Rick's Zibbet store.  Once I composed the project I drew in a dirt and gravel path and added some fly away trash papers to give a deserted feel.  I also wanted to achieve a long time abandoned effect so I chose colors that would give a somewhat vintage feel.  I changed the sign to read Carnevil as if someone spray painted over the letters to maybe give a hint as to why the area was deserted.  I just love the Monster clown as well, what evil place wouldn't be complete without a zombie right?! I used copics to color this with chalk for the background and some Gelly roll stardust pens for a little sparkle.  I took a picture frame and painted it with black then white Tim Holtz crackle paint. So without further ado, I present to you Carnevil!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Belle et Bete September progressive challenge

Hello Blog friends, this image will be for the second installment of the Progressive challenge over at the Sparkle and Glitter challenge blog for Rick St. Dennis, Mfa which can be found here:
http://sparkleandglitterwithrick.blogspot.co.uk/  The image for this month is Belle et Bete and what a wonderful image to work with.  If you should be interested in purchasing this lovely here is a link to the etsy store for Rick St. Dennis:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/205314047/belle-et-bete-digi-stamp  for your shopping pleasure. I colored this with copics using one of  my go to skin combos of E50, E51, and E11 to keep her skin soft and pale as a princess should have.  For her dress I used Y02, Y15 and Y38 plus a little RV66 for the accents.  I used of my favorite hair color combos for her of E71, E74, E77 and V99 for shadows.  For the Bete, I used E31, E57, E23and R20 for his pink inner ear.  For this clothing B91, B95 and B97.  I pulled some accents from a Bo Bunny collection of bits and pieces for the background and the words plus a few small paper roses.  Hope you like!
Hugs,
Helen


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Christmas cards already?!

Okay, so I'm really not so ambitious to be making Christmas cards for myself at the moment.  I have a dear friend who ordered 30 of my handmade bests.  I will showcase this little cutie on my blog because I haven't blogged about one of my favorite artists in a long while Mitzi Sato-Wuiff of Stamps by Aurorawings.  I purchased this darling little image from here etsy site here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/170324591/digital-stamp-instant-download-baby?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=penguin
Such a darling little image and just perfect for Christmas cards.  Hope you like! :)  I colored with copics, any questions please let me know.   Thank you Mitzi for showcasing this creation, I am truly honored!  Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs,
Helen

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Beauty through grief

I sit here a little stunned by the day I had today and a bit grief stricken at the loss of a BRCA sister and amazing woman.  She left a legacy through these projects:


The Semper Fi fundhttp://semperfifund.org/


flatandfabulous.org http://www.flatandfabulous.org/
I also found out another friend has been attacked by the nasty "C"  it doesn't even deserve to be spelled out...they know who they are and I love them so much!  
Being the person I am grief and angst (which is probably more common than you think among artists) brings out some creative energy.  I have to pour all of these emotions into something and here is today's creation.  How appropriate a piece when thinking of love and loss is the Phantom of the Opera?  
This image was created by the amazingly talented Rick St. Dennis, Mfa.  Should you want this image to add to your digi collection it can be found here: 
I colored this using copics and added some cuts from one of my favorite paper stacks along with some embellies from my Cricut.  If you'd like more details on those just let me know.  
Hugs,
Helen

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rick St. Dennis's Lady Nouveau-Anything goes challenge

It's been a while since I've blogged, I have so many projects in the works, but had to stop and work on this one for the Sparkle and Glitter challenge here: http://sparkleandglitterwithrick.blogspot.com/p/rsd-september-2014-progressive-challenge.html
I enjoy coloring Rick's images as they are challenging. They push me to new lengths, especially with folds.  This beauty is no different, Lady Nouveau, she can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop here: https://www.zibbet.com/rick1949/lady-nouveau-digi-stamp.  I used Copics to color her: E50, E51, E11, E93 and R11 for her skin, Y21 and E84 for her hair, BG15, BG49 and BG79 for her clothing, RV66 and RV69 for the roses and a gelly roll silver pen for the highlights. I used a template with V99 to airbrush the background on Classic Columns card stock, sprayed a silvery shimmers over the template as well .  I felt she had a magical appeal about her so I added a sentiment from an Anna Griffin sticker pack.  Hope you like her!
Hugs,
Helen

Monday, August 18, 2014

Halloween is coming!

I love Halloween, but not nearly as much as the Queen herself Betty from Simplybstamps.net.  I had a play with her newest line of "Boodoirs" and colored up the haunted house and Frankie to make into a frameable piece of art for my dear friend April.  I am past the deadline to actually enter this into the competition, but wanted to blog about it for funsies anyway.  I chalked in my spooky sky and added some various stickers and bits for embellishments to my overall design.  I colored in Frankie and the Haunted House with my copics.  I've used tons and would be happy to share my palette upon request.  The contest was to scraplift from the blog hop, so I sort of scrap lifted from Irene Sherman.  I actually had this image printed out right after I purchased it while visiting Betty for a retreat in August.   Hope you enjoy my creation.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Christmas at Ike'sworld Challenge page

I'm not one to really start working on Christmas so early in the year.  Inspiration escapes me as well as thoughts of Christmas making me a tiny bit sad.  Christmas was my mother's favorite holiday, but I'm sure she'd want me to keep the torch going for her love of the holidays even if it is summer. :)  The image I used is Holly from Ike's Art which can be found here: http://www.ikesart.com/#!__digital-art-stamps  I am entering this one in the Ike'sworld Christmas in June challenge found here: http://ikesworldchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
I colored her up with Copics.  I used E11, E21, YR00, YR000 and E04 for her skin, YR21 and YR24 for her hair and YG61 any G94 for the holly wreath on her head and R29 for her lips.  Hope you like!  I appreciate any and all comments you leave.  Thanks in advance for the love! Happy 4th everyone!

Hugs,
Helen

Friday, June 13, 2014

Corinne's girlie swap blog hop

Hello Blogging friends, over at the SimplyB facebook fan page I participated in a crafty swap called Corinne's girlie swap.  We were paired up with a partner and sent some crafting goodness along with a handmade card.  My partner was Rochelle Ayris.  She sent me some amazing goodies and I have the photos to prove it!  I must say great minds think alike also as we sent each other a card using the same awesome Betty Boudoir image.  If you came here from Debbie Miller's blog your hop is close to finished, just a few more hops.  If you came here first then you may want to go back to visit the other lovely blogs to see how they fared as well.  Happy Hopping friends!






Here are the blogs to visit along the hop. :)

1.Betty Roberts

2. Corinne Jones

3. Anita Blake

4. Tanja Charles

5. Jackie Randolph

6.  Melissa Varga

7. Darcy Schroeder

8. Rochelle Ayris

9.  Debbie Miller

10. Helen Smith

11. Jackie Rakoski-Diediker

12. Erin Stephenson

13. Sam Slater

14. Katya Bess

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Goldie Mermaid

Sometimes I really enjoy a challenge and this image proves just that.  I am learning how to combine my digis into scenery.  I decided it would be fun to do this with Lacey Sunshine's Goldie Mermaid.  I had hoped to get her completed in time for the challenge, but I'm a couple days short. It's okay though, I really enjoyed coloring this one up.  I used Copics (just ask if you want the exhaustive list of colors) to color this, as you can see, quite a few different colors are in the composition so I am not listing them as they are many.  Hope you enjoy.  Thanks in advance for your lovely comments.
Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Helen

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bride of Frankenstein- Patch it up challenge

Hello Blog friends,
This is my entry for the Simply Steampunk Challenge for the Patch it up theme.  You can find the challenge blog here, http://simplysteampunkchallenges.blogspot.com/.  Hope you would come along and play. The image is The Bride of Frankenstein from Simplybstamps.net drawn by the amazing Abigail Larson.  I used some fun handmade papers with stitching on them and couldn't help but use my own sentiment.  She's colored up with Copics and has some added steampunk accents to give her a nice vintage feel.  Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by! :)


Monday, May 5, 2014

Fish Swirl Mermaid Betty-GCC0505

I haven't blogged in a while, things have been rather hectic in my house.  We lost my dear mother in law on April 26th, had a surgery on the 28th and funeral the day after.  Life has a way of just moving on with or without you.  I am finally getting my creative bug back so yesterday I went to a demonstration at Blick art supply for Pebeo products and had so much fun.  I learned how to use resins, vitreal and some other fun paints.  I also picked up some texture gel that looks like sand.  I love my mermaid images and oceanic scenes so this stuff really sang to me.  I decided to have a play with Fish Swirl Mermaid Betty from SimplyBstamps.net and I wasn't disappointed.  I colored the mermaid and fish with my Copic markers then went over the entire image with water color paints and added an ocean floor with the pebeo texture gel and mica chips.  I drew in some ocean leafy greens then put some glass bead gel over the sentiment to keep with the oceanic theme.  I've really started to expand my horizons lately and have been playing with mixed media.  I think my inner artist is deciding to come out and play.  I also used liquid pearls in her hair and on her tail.  As always comments are welcomed and appreciated.  Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs,
Helen



I'm entering her into the Outlawz Monday Greeting Cards Challenge and the Simply Challenged Challenge
at http://simplychallengedchallenges.blogspot.com.au/ 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bubbles Bath-Lacy Sunshine

Hello my crafty blog friends!  Today's post is for the Lacy Sunshine's Bubble's Sticky Wings which is in the Lacy Sunshine facebook group.  I used the image Bubbles Bath found at Heather Valentin's shop at:  http://lacysunshine.weebly.com/ under the Bubble Sticky Wings grouping of images.  She's such a cutie having her little bath in a daffodil which is perfect for spring.  I used Copics to color her, Skin is E000, E01, E04, and E11, eyes are B06 and B69.  Hair is YR21, YR24, YR27 and E19, The flower is Y17, Y38 and YR 16.  I used some K and Company daffodil stickers and some cheesecloth for her background. I used Pebbles chalks for the background sky and deckle edge scissors to trim her up.  Hope you like!  Any and all comments are welcome and appreciated!

Happy Crafting!
Hugs,
Helen


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Boudoir Betty Collection

Hello my blogging friends today's special post is for the Betty's Boudoir Series 1 challenge here at:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.849574975059892&type=1
 in the SimplyB Facebook fan page.  This is a fun group to belong to where you can share your artwork from simplybstamps.net website.  Just copy and past the link to be taken there.  This was such a fun collection to color and make cards with.  I did some airbrushing for several of the backgrounds and tried to tie in a color theme as I created each card with the image I colored.  I used copics with a wide variety of colors and skin combination colors.  Please let me know if you would like me to share my recipes and let me know which image or if you want all of them. All of these images are from the Betty Boudoir Series 1 collection.  The first card  is All Polished Up Betty she's polishing those nails, but I thought the color splats would be a fun way to showcase this cute little gal.  The second creation is Bubble Bath Betty enjoying her luxurious candle light bubble bath.  The third card is Morning Mess Betty, I tried to make the sentiment look like it had coffee stains similar to the background paper I chose.  The fourth card is Perfume Betty giving herself a spritz of her favorite scent, if you look closely I added a little shimmer spray from her perfume bottle.  The fifth card is Powder Puff Betty, what color says pamper me better than purple? :)  The sixth and final card in this series is Shoe Obsession Betty, I gave her some fishnet stockings to add some pizzazz to her legs.  I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather this weekend!  Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Hugs,
Helen





Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sweet things

I created this little cutie for the Simply Challenged Challenge over at: http://simplychallengedchallenges.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/challenge-march-10th.html  It's for anything polka dots.  Although the dots on the image do not count as part of the piece, I used a polka dot ribbon with polka dot heart stickers to tie in the theme.  I had to add dots to the dress, just added a nice touch.  I colored this cutie with Copics.  I used an Anna Griffin gold frame and some random ribbon and hearts stickers.  Until next time, happy crafting!
Helen


Monday, April 7, 2014

Treasure Chest Sheri

Last, but not least is Treasure Chest Shari.  As much fun as I had creating the other two, this one was my favorite because I got to use some different media.  I used Copics for the coloring so please let me know if you want to know my color scheme for this one.  I used "A Beautiful World" paper for the map background, parchment card stock, and cork for the water by DCWV.  I drew and cut out the waves myself.  I also used some fun stickers from Paper Studio for her bags of  booty and stickles gold glitter in the sand.  I tried to tie all three of these lovelies together by giving them each a pirate sword.  Well I hope you've enjoyed this collection as much as I've enjoyed coloring and creating these beauties.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving some comments.  Always appreciate the visits!
Hugs,
Helen


Rum Pirate Corinne

This is the second of three images I am entering the in the SimplyB Pirate Wenches challenge.  This is Rum Pirate Corinne and the theme was to use twine.  I tried to lace the twine around the image to look like it was tied onto her then added some barrels and a cute little brad.  This too was colored with Copics, I used a lot of the same colors that Cannon Pirate Betty was colored in except for the hair which I used Y32, YR23, 24 and 27.  I used YG25, 17 and G28 on the eyes.  It was a lot of fun choosing papers for this one, I used Parchment for the card stock, Paper Studio "A Beautiful World" for the overall background and Recollections Espresso for burlap looking paper to offset it.  Hope you enjoy the second of my three images.  Thanks once again for stopping by and for your comments.
Hugs,
Helen


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pirate Cannon Betty

This blog post is one of three for the Pirate Wenches challenge over at:   http://simplybettystamps.blogspot.com/2014/03/fan-page-challenge.html
If you want to join in on the fun you can find these great images at Simplybstamps.net.  The first of three is Pirate Cannon Betty who is supposed to have a skull theme so I added the skull flag and a little blingy skull for fun.  I used my Copics for coloring the image E000, E01, E04, and E11 for the skin, E71, E74, E77 and V99 for the hair, B37 and 39 for the blues and R29 and 39 for the reds.  I used stickles for the glittered up portions of the flag and gold for the wick.  All comments are welcome and appreciated. :)
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 31, 2014

A different twist

I decided to go ahead and make this my third entry into the the Stamps by Aurorawings "Anything Goes" blog challenge.  I did a little outside of the box, well inside the box in this instance thinking.  I created this as gift for a very dear friend using the image "Owl Masquerade" printed in a 5 x 7 size.  I used Copics to color the image, I used E000, E00, E11, and E04 for her skin, E40, E41, E42, and E43 for the owl, Y23, Y26 and YR27 for her hair, BG18 and BG49 for the mask.  I used gelly roll pens for the masks to add some bling.  I taped black lace behind the image then taped the image on that, glued a small strand of pearls to frame her in then used some embellishments for the small boxes.  To finish the piece I used Alene's tacky glue and micro beads on the outside.


Happy Easter Chicks

This creation is spring and Easter inspired from 2 Cute Ink.  I used the two chicks digital image resized and added some tulip embellishments from Jolee's.  I added a couple jewels to the eggs to make the card a bit blingy.  I colored the image using Copics, please let me know if you are interested in the color palette used.  I am entering this into the "Anything Goes" challenge for 2 Cute Ink.  Hope everyone is finally getting some spring weather and some sunshine.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Autumn Harmony

 Hope everyone has had an enjoyable weekend as Monday is now upon us and I will be heading off to slumber soon.  
I am/ submitting this card for the Stamps by Aurorawings "Anything Goes" Challenge here at: http://www.aurorawingschallenge.blogspot.com as a second entry and the March Wings challenge on the Kit and Clowder at http://kitandclowder.ning.com/challenges.  I wanted to tackle this image as fall is my favorite season, not to mention I just love this image!  Anyway, the sentiment I used is from the Anna Griffin collection.  I purchased it on amazon.com.  I used Copics to color this as well, there are so many to list, if you would like to know what colors I used just let me know I'm happy to share.   Hope everyone has a great week, thank you for stopping by! 
Hugs,
Helen



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mayde-Lacy Sunshine contest

Today's post is featuring Mayde Dust Bunnies from Lacy Sunshine.  This is for the facebook contest.  Heather Valentin's images are so darling and fun to color.  I used E000, E00, E01, E04, E11 for her skin, Y02, Y08, and Y38 for her shirt, B91, B95 and B97 for the pants, E40, 41, 42 and 43 for the dust bunnies, R20 for cheeks and for the pink in her head scarf, BV02, BV04 and BV23 for the scarf, Y23, E07, E08 and E19 for her hair.  I believe that colors the wide spectrum of colors I used.  Hopefully I didn't miss any. Hope everyone has a wonderful day. Happy Spring!
Helen


Clover Pixie Shamrock Elf with freckles

I am submitting this card for the Stamps by Aurorawings "Anything Goes" Challenge here at: http://www.aurorawingschallenge.blogspot.com/  This is a fun and very active facebook group to belong to as well with it's own contests and some freebies from the artist Mitzi Sato-Wuiff.  I chose the Clover Pixie Shamrock Elf with freckles for this challenge.  I simply adore all of Mitzi's art so it's difficult to choose which one to use.  So I hope you enjoy this image.  I used Copics to color her E000, E00, E04, E11, and E21 for her skin, then Y13 and Y28 for the top, the greens were YG67, YG17, YG09, YG25 and G94.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Whimsy Challenge

Hello my blogging friends!  Hope this day finds you happy and healthy. Today's post is for a challenge for the Whimsy's release party hosted by Kit and Clowder.  I used the rubber stamp Rose and colored her with my Copics.  I used the lady bug dies by Elizabeth Craft and the twigs with flourish by Tattered lace.  Hope you like her.  If you would like to know what Copics I used please let me know.  I colored this beauty a while back, but made this card fresh just about 15 minutes ago. :)  I enjoy coloring quite a bit so I usually color most of my images ahead of time that way when I need to make a card I have images ready for the occasion! Thanks for stopping by, all comments are welcomed and appreciated!
Have a great day/evening wherever you may be in the world.
Hugs,
Helen

Monday, March 10, 2014

Amelia Curiosities

Hello again, finally I am getting ahead on my contest entries.  This one is featuring Amelia Curiosities by Healther Valentin of Lacy Sunshine stamps.  The contest is for her facebook group Amelia Curiosities versus Bashful Boos.  I hope you like. I tried to capture the half skeleton/half cutie pie Amelia by using separate colors on each half.  Colored with Copics E01, E21, E04, R20, R21, R81, YR31, YR23, YR21, YG11, YG25, BG75, R29, R39, T5, YG17 and BV20.  This is by far one of the busiest pieces I have ever created so I would welcome your comments.  I normally don't go wild with embellishments, but this seemed more fun this way.

Captured by Your Love

This beauty is another original from Stamps by AuroraWings called Viridis Incendia.  I am entering her in the Facebook fan pages March Shades of Green challenge in the group.  I used lots of greens from G21 to YG63 in the Copic palette.  A touch of RV66 and RV25 for the reds and pinks.  I used a neon orange Promarker on the butter fly as well as Copic B37 with B39 shading.  The face colors are my standby E00, E21, and E51.  I can offer more specifics on the greens if you like, just ask.  I wanted to tie the whole piece together with some sparkly accents and a red card stock to offset and showcase the many greens.  I decided the verse inside will say "Captured by your Love."   Hope you like! :)  



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Betty and Seymour

Okay, I'm asking you to take a trip back to memory lane..."Feed Me Seymour"  hehehe.  This blog post is featuring Betty and Seymour by SimplyBstamps.net.  I am entering this in the Simply B Challenge, Simply Challenged Challenge.  I thought this would be a fun card.  I used Copics, please let me know if you would like to know my coloring combos.





Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sexy Bunnies Easter Challenge for Simply B Stamps

I stumbled upon this cute image of a mad scientist on one my facebook crafty links and had to know where it came from. I was told Simply B stamps...I've been hooked ever since.  From the awesome steampunk images by Abigail Larson to the wide variety of images, classes and solos by Betty of SimplyBstamps.net there is something for everyone.  I bought the sexy Easter bunnies  (Bunny Betty, Eggcited Corrine and Chickie Elisabete to join in the February fun challenge.  I used my copics to color these.  The first image is Bunny Betty and NO Easter colors allowed so I used a sticker paper lace that I made myself with a steampunk heart sticker on a nice red cardstock.  The second Egg-cited Corrine in pastels only.  The third Chickie Elisabete using a favorite embellishment which I used my favorite sparkly background and added a cute little steampunk heart with a sparkly belt and pink jewels.  If you would like to know what Copics color I used let me know.  If you get a chance stop on over to SimplyBstamps.net and check out her large collection of digis.
Hope everyone stays safe and warm as we are having another snowstorm today.



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Lacy Sunshine-Anastasia Moppet

Since I've discovered the world of Digital Stamps I've been quite impressed with many of the talented artists willing to share their amazing drawings with the stamping community (for a small fee of course), but the images are top quality and so much fun to color.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know a few of the artists and this post is highlighting Heather Valentin and her adorable creations from Lacy Sunshine.  What a fun Facebook group to be a part of.  The ladies who belong are all very talented and Heather the artist is just an all around sweet person.  She does giveaways of some of her images to use in various contests she hosts on her Facebook page.  This is one of those images Anastasia Field of Flowers Moppet.  Please join her group, enjoy reading her blogs and you definitely will want to buy some of her images because they are absolutely darling.  The has the sweet little Boos, the Bugmees, the Emily Raindrops, Flower Pot Pretties, and the Wix to name a few.  Hope you enjoy this card I created and submitted to the latest challenge "Anastasia Moppet" that I colored with copics.
I used E00, E01, E02, E04, and E21 for her skin.  Y21, Y32 and Y26 for her hat, BG49 and BG 78 for her dress, B000 and B01 for the sky, and YG07, YG 17 for the foliage.  If there are some colors I missed please feel free to ask.  Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!
Almost forgot, here is a link to her site: http://lacysunshine.weebly.com/shop.html
Happy Coloring!

Helen

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kit and Clowder

I must say I am super de duper excited about joining the crafting community of Kit and Clowder.  They have wonderful classes available for all skill levels.  I just entered one of my recent creations in their challenge: http://kitandclowder.ning.com/february-challenge using an image from Stamps by AuroraWings called Woman with Masquerade Owl Mask in a Lily Garden.  I am an official collector of Mitzi's images, but they are so detailed and just plain gorgeous, what's not to love?!!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mo's Digital Pencil

Hello bloggers, thought I'd pop in today and showcase one of my creations using a Mo's Digital Pencil image.  Her images are darling!  I love Bronte, Bella and the baby fairies she draws.  She has quite an arsenal of various images for all occasions.  With all of the snow we've been getting here in Central Ohio lately this little fairy seems appropriate.  I used copics, B91, B95, B97, B000, E01, E21, Y21 and Y32.  I posted her blog badge today on my blog, you can find her at www.mosdigitalpencil.com and on Facebook. Hope everyone is staying warm and cozy.





Monday, February 3, 2014

Random thoughts and a fabulous new digi by Stamps by Aurora Wings

I am pretty new to the blogging world, but have been papercrafting for years.  This seems to be the trend now if you are a crafter is that you must have a blog.  I hope that a few folks will consider visiting my blogspot and checking out my works of art.  I attended my first crop day of the year and usually I make upwards of 15 to 20 cards on these days.  This wasn't the case yesterday.  I only made 7, yes just 7 cards.  Mind you, I colored several and usually my main priority is to get the images I've already colored onto cards, but I had acquired a couple of new images and couldn't resist the temptation to bring them to life.  Two of them were variations on a theme of Anti-Valentine's Day cards for my stepdaughter and her friend who are both single.  It was fun creating them.  The third was Peacock Masquerade by Stamps by AuroraWings' Mitzi Sato-Wiuff which I'm featuring below.  I used my copics, Y28, Y23, Y26, YG67, G28, B37, E01, E21, E04, BG49, BG18, BG11,and some various gel pens for accents.  I love masks, which started way back thanks to my mother.  She loved them too and I still have some of her masks hanging on my office wall to this day.  I have added a photo of them too for your viewing pleasure.
   I do thoroughly enjoy this artist's work and have been mainly coloring digis that I've purchased from her store recently. That being said, if you are interested, she just launched her own challenge blog at: http://aurorawingschallenge.blogspot.com/  Feel free to pop over to her blog and check it out.  While you are there, she is also giving away one of her amazingly beautiful digis called "Sisterhood"!!!
   At some point when I am more adept at the blog challenges, I may join in a few of them.  The competition seems fierce in these challenges, the creations these other ladies make are top notch and being my own worst critic I'm a little intimidated by this.  I truly don't do this to compete anyway, just  for the love of the craft so in the end it just makes me happy to create and share my work with my friends and family.  Enough of my middle of the night ramblings, thank you if you have taken the time to stop by my blog and thank you even more if you should decide to leave a comment.  I hope you have a wonderful week and until next time, enjoy the things that make you happy!