Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello blogland and Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I am sharing another make from Rick St. Dennis's awesome February collection of Pierrots that can be found here if you want the whole collection, but also here if you want just this awesome image.  I made an explosion box card that I purchased in the Silhouette Design Store and the video can be found  here.  I colored the charming Coquette Pierrot with Copic markers using V91, 93 & 95, as well as r20 for her cheeks and W3, w5, W7 & W9 for her hair and the other "black" looking parts.  I used R37, 39 and RV 69 for the reds.  I used the classic rose die, stamps and shaping mold from Heartfelt Creations for my roses and colored them with distress inks as well as some stamp paste.  I gave her to a dear friend for Valentine's day that really enjoyed her.  I hope you like her as well.

Thanks for stopping by!


Helen, aka Catz

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Valentines, birthdays and such

Hello blogland,

Coming to you today with a new creation of mine using one of Rick St. Dennis Mfa's beautiful hat lady's on his latest release that can be found in his Zibbet shop here in the January Packet release for 2019.  There is also a really cute little freebie image that comes with your purchase of this sheet of digital stamps.  They are so versatile, I used several of my creations for birthday projects instead of valentines since my hubby is my one and only valentine.  For this project I colored this gorgeous gal with copics and decided to try out a paint pour for the first time ever. I used a variety of  Deco Art acrylic paints for the pour and a frame I picked up from the local craft store.  The lady is colored with Copic markers and I added some feather, rhinestones and floral elements.  If you know Rick's work, you know that the rhinestones and feathers are a must!  So I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed creating it.  I have to give a special shout out to my bestie April as well, as we collaborated on some of the elements when I was creating her.  Thanks for stopping by and viewing my creation!


Monday, September 10, 2018

Layer Card

My dear friend April taught me how to make layer cards when I visited her earlier this year and well I am addicted to them!  They are so much fun!  I also recently rejoined the EDT (Elite Design Team) for Rick St. Dennis, Mfa.  Rick is so easy going and of course I love his images!  So I wanted to share a layer card I made with one of his latest sheets in the Kawaii cuties line for a Christmas card.  I used every single image from the sheet that can be found here. I used copic markers to color my images and a variety of papers from Heartfelt Creations and Bobunny.  I hope you enjoy seeing these cute images and this card as much as I enjoyed making it!  I am entering this into this challenge:


Helen (Catz) Smith

Monday, February 12, 2018

Forest magic

Hello Blogland,

I don't blog very often, but wanted to make an exception for this mixed media piece as I'd like to enter into the Aurorawings challenge blog for the Anything Goes for this month here .  I was hanging out with my cousin and teaching her the art of mixed media and decided I wanted to use these two gorgeous images from Aurorwings that you can find here and here called Lady Butterfly 1 and 2.  I just adore Mitzi Sato-Wuiff's drawings.  I used copics to color my fairies and spray inks in Clover (Tattered Angels) and Walnut from Dylusions.  I used Mod Podge to seal my canvas then sprinkled various bits of different gorgeous Martha Stewart Glitters from my stash.  I used a tree branch stencil and light molding paste to get the raised background look.  Hope you enjoy, this was a really fun project for me.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Y is for Yummy

Hello once again bloggers, just had to play in both parts of this challenge.  This one is Y is for Yummy and I just couldn't think of anything more yummy than a box of chocolates.  This gal is from Bloobel stamps and can be found here in her store.  This is a second part of the ABC Christmas Challenge as well.  Hope you like her.   Thanks for stopping by!


Z is for Zentangle

Hello Blogland,

I wanted to figure out a way to inspire myself to get some Christmas cards made earlier than the 11th hour when I lose many hours of sleep and time with my friends/family so I decided to try some year round Christmas blog challenges.  I am entering this card into the ABC Christmas challenge here using the Z is for Zentangle theme.  I wasn't sure about participating in this at first but I had a friend help me find the cutest zentangle image by Sherri Baldy's My Besties that can be found here in her shop.  It was a bit intimidating upon first glance but once I saw some other color inspiration in the Besties shop I tackled her with ease.  I used Copic markers to color her, I can figure out my colors should you want to know which ones I used.  I know the purples are V04, V06 and V09.  My go to skin colors are E01, E11 and E04.  I used the poinsettia and holly cling stamps with matching dies from Heartfelt Creations that can be found here in their shop.  I also used their new 3D shaping mold for this darling set of flowers.  Thanks for stopping by and having a look!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New found treasure

Recently I've discovered a new found brand of cute I just adore.  My Besties by Sherri Baldy.  I colored this sweet image as a guest designer for the Come and Get Challenge where we use something with a doily, which can be found here. I did two cards for this one using the same image.  It's so versatile!    The doily in the first card is cut from my Silhouette doilies cut files.

The image I am using is by Sherri Baldy #105 I love coffee, I love tea,  This  can be found here.  I used Copics to color these sweet little gals and some embellishments I purchased from my good friend who sells Creative Memories.  While I failed to use a doily in the 2nd card, I just had to show her off because I just love how different an image can look with different papers and materials.

Hope you like my project and thanks so much for visiting my wee corner of blogland.



Friday, May 13, 2016

Time for a challenge

You know I've never been one to join in blog challenges as blogs just seem like something else I have to put on my "to do list", but I've decided to give it a whirl and post a few to try and see if I can play in some challenges just for funsies.  This card was made coloring with Copics using this gorgeous Ching Chou Kuik image which was given to her fans as a gift a while back.  I made it into this card for my dear friend using a Tattered lace fan die and some paper from Heartfelt creations for the sentiment tag.  I would like to enter this into the come and Get it Challenge #117 Card for a Woman which can be found here.

Thanks for popping in to see my work.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

When digital and coloring collide

When I have the time I certainly like to play around with backgrounds and do some of my background classes from Kit and Clowder.  That being said I also like to be able to put a card together that is quick and easy.  I took a page from my good friend Sue Peck's book and started playing with digital backgrounds.  I simply add whatever digital png image I want to a ready made background and voila, instant work of art and I still get the fun of coloring the image. I also struggle with my drawing skills so having a ready made background suits me.

This leads me to the reason for this blog post.  I shared my ideas with Janice at Scrapper's Delights and she created some really awesome ready made backgrounds  for Halloween to go with her amazing images.  I was so excited to be able to play with the images and the backgrounds!  It was really difficult to keep this under wraps!

So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to Scrapper's Delights Gothic topper background collection which can be found here and the projects I created with the darling images as well.  The first card was made using the digi Honey Pumpkin Pie that can be found here.  The second is Bat Women who can be found here. My third project is using this gothic cutie named CU Evelin who can be found here.  Fourth  is this lovely duo Dracula and the princess which can be found here. Finally I had some fun placing this darling little Papillon fairy in a spooky scene, she can be found here.
    In order to achieve what I've done here is fairly easy using Microsoft Word and Paint.  You simply open Word and go to the insert tab and insert the background of your choice.  Then go to the page layout tab at the top and choose the wrap text and pick the option for "behind text" then go back to insert and choose whichever digi you'd like to use (in png format) and choose it then go back to the wrap text option and choose "in front of text and click in the image to move it around with your mouse to where you want it positioned on the background.  I then choose the print screen option and paste into Paint then crop the image and delete the composition I previously used and paste the cropped image into my Word doc that way you can size the composition to fit multiple up on a page.  Should you need any assistance in the execution of this please feel free to message me here or on facebook.  I am happy to give further instruction.


I hope you have enjoyed my creations as much as I love creating them.  Oh and don't forget in celebration of this launch grab this already put together image and background  that can be found here
This is the creation I made in about a half hour, that includes coloring and putting together my fun and so easy!  Of course in all the excitement of playing with these incredible images and showing them to you, I failed to mention that I am proudly going to be a member of the Scrapper's Delights Digital Papercraft Design Team!    Hope you enjoyed your visit and I really hope you try out these awesome backgrounds with your Scrapper's images.  Please make sure to visit my teamie Sue Peck's blog   She has also created some amazing works of art using these backgrounds and some other amazing images from Scrapper's Delights.
Happy Halloween and "Fang you very much" for stopping by!!
Helen (aka Catz)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Inspirational post

It's such and honor to be part of Rick St. Dennis' EDT (Elite Design Team)!  I just wanted to post some inspiration for those who may have seen his art and felt intimidated by the details.  The first thing I can say is you never know until you try!  I am taking classes with Kit and Clowder and I'm learning but in the meantime I try to color as much as possible to improve my skill set.  Today's image is called Pistache 1930's Chanteuse she can be found here.  I colored her with Copics and used Gelly Roll pens for the sparkles.  Hope you like her! :)

Helen (aka Catz)