Apology !! and updates

First of.. sorry, I got so caught up with personal stuff I totally forgot to post the winner for the last Crafty Awesomeness Challenge… DOH! So that will be posted on the 15th along with the latest Crafty Bugaboo Challenge winner.

We had visitors from out of state and we ran off to play hookey in the woods.. my sons first vacation. He had an absolute blast… so many first were crammed into those 4 days lol.

He got his first horse and carriage ride around the city, petted his first Guinea Pig, first vacation, first time camping, first time fishing, first worm.. lol that was hilarious haha. He got to play on a beach for the first time… admittedly it was sand on the side of a big lake… which to me…. isn’t a beach…. but he loved it. He got his first baseball glove and his first boxing gloves and punch bag.

When we got home we were so tired we went to bed and then when we woke up… lil man was sick :/  …but he is all good now and mommy has some major catch up to do.  I pretty much turned off all technology  for a few days, and now I am paying for it haha.   But so worth it to see how much fun the lil man had.

But now we are back to the real world….and momma got some work to do!

We picked up some cool  items along the lake shore to use in craft projects, there are new shaker card windows coming.. and a bunch more  blog posts to get caught up..as well as the new Bugaboo challenge on the 15th… so lots to do.  I am also still jobhunting and  getting ready to move, so craziness abounds!  But Halloween is coming .. Muhahahaha

July Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

Wow what gorgeous projects again last month…. It’s making me want to get crafting again so badly… * sigh.. hopefully soon me and lil man D will be back on track and crafting up a storm.

Ok so it’s summer, lots of us are a bit side tracked with family , sun and fun..  so  enjoy the summer and lets see how inspired everyone is this month.  The DT team is a  bit sidetracked too… haha  but  check back through out the month and see what we have all been up to.

Dee Scraps has made this Cute July 4th card to share with us this month…. are you all ready for some Fireworks fun?  I know we are.. Lil man D and I both love Fireworks.

Merrie  slipped in this cool Dr Who Card ..

NanaDonna  is at it again, check out this fab powder embossed image…

 

 

JUNE WINNER The winner of last months Challenge will be posted in a separate post later this weekend.

The prize for this new Challenge is a $20 Kit & Clowder gift certificate for one lucky random winner. If you haven’t seen Kit & Clowder Classes yet,  go check em out.

So let’s see all these gorgeous new projects

Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.  But please be patient as I do have some important family issues going on right now.


Crafty Awesomeness Challenge March 2017 Winner

First off a huge thank you to Sasyaki Glitter who sponsored the March Crafty Awesomeness Challenge .. we had so much fun with your images Naz 🙂  looking forward to the next one.

Be sure to swing by the Sasayaki Glitter Blog and check out the challenge there too..

Ok..sooo the Winner of the Sasayaki Glitter prize picked by Random.org is NUMBER 7. I am extending the claim time till April 30th due to the lateness of this announcement.

Congratulations Dorothy S.
Prize:  1 (non-coloured) digi of the winners choice from the Sasayaki  Glitter Store

Please  contact me  via email  <<click here   to claim your prize.

 

April 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

Well… better late than never right?   I am sooo sorry it took so long to get this months challenge up… but I hope you enjoy the fab projects and …our April Crafty Awesomeness Sponsor.

It’s a double trouble  sponsor month.  Not only do we have our regular monthly Bugaboostamps challenge which starts on the 15th of each month….   this month, to celebrate the opening of the  the new store… We have Bugaboostamps.  So all you Bugaboostamp fans.. you have twice the chance to  show off your projects and win some free stamps.  This is of course an anything goes as usual.

If you haven’t already checked out the new store.. you really should.

Ok .. I am going to pop the previous winner in  a separate post which should be  up hopefully.. tomorrow??? assuming no more personal disasters strike this month. This challenge will run through till the end of the month as always… and of course I will extend the claim time for last months winners due to the late announcement this month.

so  moving on swiftly as I still have to   write my own project post too….. here are the fun projects the  DT team made up using  4 of the newly added Retiring bundles.   We got  4 to play with and all chose one… some of the ladies will be adding in additional projects throughout the month… so be sure to check back and see what they have been up to.

NanaDonna  had  AKV BBQ set and she  made these two cute cards  which you can  find over at her Blog  nanadonnascarddreams













Merrie had a set called  AKV Birthday Set and you can see her  cards over on her blog Made by Merrie














and then we have the  the lovely Ms DeeScraps who had the AKV earth Day set and she  made these  fab cards to share with you all over at DeeScraps Corner

















and lastly.. I will be sharing mine later today… sorry my lil guy is having a rough night and needs some mommy snuggles.  As usual guess who ended up with the religious set…AKV God set.  Now most of you already know.. It’s not “my thing”,  but I did actually have a lot of fun with this set and I love how they turned out.  I had to be the black sheep again and didn’t make cards lol…I made some bookmarks and they will be winging their way to Canada for a little girl  I know to abandon.


Well I hope you enjoy  this challenge again this month, looking forward to seeing  all of the fab projects and  I hope you enjoyed ours 🙂

rules .. we need rules….and prize details….

Prize:   4 Bugaboostamps of your choice…

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Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

March 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

It’s that time of the month again….  the one we all like LOL

It’s challenge time and winners !!!

Ok first off.. a big thank you to Cute As A Button for sponsoring  the February Crafty Awesomeness Challenge.. We have a winner for that AND a re-pick for the unclaimed January challenge prize sponsored by KennyK stamps.  Thank you to everyone who entered.. looking forward to more fab projects again this month.

Soo.. Random.org has selected

 Congratulations you are our 2nd chance winner for January 2017   and the KennyK stamp prize  of 3 digis of  your choice from the KennyK Stamps Store. please email me to claim and include your image choices to pass along to our sponsor.

AND  our February Challenge Winner is….

Congratulations, Please email me to claim your prize of 3 digital downloads from CAAB


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MARCH MARCH MARCH

 

….. haha  I just realized as I typed this.. how appropriate it actually is for this month..  and one of the images we are using for the DT projects.

This month we are sponsored by the lovely Sasayaki Glitter and  the DT team chose these two fun images to play with.  As you can tell… no one wanted to have to choose just one, so we did them both.    The mystery projects will be released during the  challenge month.. so be sure to come back and take a look.

 

 

Prize:  1 (non-coloured) digi of the winners choice from the Sasayaki  Glitter Store

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Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

 

So come on in and show off your projects..

February 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

What fab entries we had last month; so many wonderful projects, thank you to everyone who joined in.  And of course a huge big Thank You to our January sponsor, KennyK Stamps.  Of course you all want to know…. who won the Digis.. right?

The Winner, chosen by random.org who gets their choice of 3 digis from the KennyK Stamps Store is…..
EDIT ***UNCLAIMED  –  New winner will be announced in March challenge post***

Talking of joining in… we have a new DT, please welcome Ms Merrie Jones who will be joining us for this Crafty Awesomeness Challenge and also our Bugaboo Crafty Challenge. As always we also have the usual crew….NanaDonna, DeeScraps and yours truly, MsWipz.

Our sponsor this month is Cute As A Button

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Digital Stamps Store

Cute As A Button Facebook Group

“Cute As A Button Challenge”

 

and here are our fun makes with this months DT image picks.  Please hop over and check out the projects and leave some love for the girls .. and me … I want to be loved….I’m cute AND adorable.. my husband says so …

OK, ok so maybe adorable is pushing it a bit.. but heh… every family needs a black sheep… right  🙂  BAAAAAaaa

Merrie

NanaDonna

DeeScraps

MsWipz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRIZE We will have  One random winner  who will receive 3 digital downloads from CAAB


Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

KennyK and my ‘AHA moment’

Now I know there are a few of you who  already started humming  “Take on me”  ….even if only in your head.  Admit it, you know the song and  you secretly wished some hot guy would drag you off  into the pages of a  magazine.. or hot steamy romance book.

* whistles innocently.

Or if you are one of  our male crafters.. maybe you want to be him instead and drag some cute chick off to woo with your sketchings. but that just sounds like the weird dude at the park… so … let’s not go there lol.

Well…  here we are 30 years later.. and we’re not watching those sketchy scenes anymore. Most of us are either drawing them, or coloring them.  I have to say, Morton Harket still looks pretty damned hot… I saw some recent pics and he scrubs up pretty good LOL.

Anywho, I digress… back to the project

and what a project this one was! as you can probably tell it’s inspired by…. AHA …. yup I had my AHA moment.   Now  this one was a doozy;  it was quite a process just to get to this stage and I have a feeling by the time I finish matting and framing this guy, there is gonna be a second white mat  with some comic strip style layout  surrounding him and his black mat board.  I guess we shall see…. one day.

I’ll show  more details below.. but the quick run through on this one…

Canson Mixed Media Paper, colored with Chameleons, over color with Crayola Color Escapes Pencils… scanned, reprinted, background depth using a  black Zig Scroll & Brush pen.. additional shading and outline definition  done with a charcoal gray Color Escapes… signed .. matted.. BINGO

I find it useful to take progress pics as I work, so I can sit back and look at them  on my comp as I drink my tea and take a break.  For some reason it really helps me look at it with a more critical eye  and helps me spot areas I may need to work on, better than looking at the actual project.  It also gives me a more accurate view of projects that are meant to be viewed at a distance…. like  framed art etc.  When I get up and walk off to do something…. I find propping up my work and leaving it in full view  for a few hours, or days helps when I feel I am just not quite seeing the problem…. but I know it’s just not quite right.

I have a tendency to ruin  projects by not knowing when to stop “trying” *sigh…. so I try and give myself breaks at strategic points, to  avoid that happening so often.

What I really love about this particular project, is that the various stages of progression gave me some ideas  on other  things I wanted to try with this concept.  One of them being a version with only the skin colored in markers and pencil and the rest black and white/graycale.  I think that one will look really cool.

Anyway enough of my ramblings, let’s face it…..I just like to goof around and try things. Some work, some don’t….sometimes they all work for you… for different reasons and you have to decide which one to go with first. The only thing that matters is having fun and trying new things and NOT trying to compete with other crafters and constantly comparing your work to others. when it  comes to art and creativity…. the rule is

…. THERE ARE NO RULES !!

….so here are the progress snapshots and the final  project  matted and ready to frame…or maybe double matted THEN framed later lol…and some product links for anyone interested.

I printed light by adjusting the layer opacity in my graphics program on Canson Mix Media paper and then colored with Chameleon skin tone marker NU00.  I know I know.. one shouldn’t color with markers on papers designed for  other media…. but I have refills …and I can, because I want to …. I am such a rebel !!!   LOL remember THERE ARE NO RULES!!


I would be lying if I said I recall exactly what colors I used at this stage.  I know the blue for the pants was BL4 Cornflower Blue.. but I used a mix of grays  for the hat, leather straps and chaps.  One of which I am pretty sure was  the CG8  Cool Gray from the original 22 pen set  and the others  came from the gray tones  5 pack.  Background was sketched in with pencil.

I tried detailing the outline with a fab new pen I got just before Christmas, it’s called a Bimoji Marker and this is the fine tip one… and I really like the look of it on  the test piece on the right.  Comp crashed and I got a print fail… so decided to use it as a test sheet.  but it wasn’t quite gellin with what I had in my head for this particular piece.  But this is definitely something I am going to  use on another project, I love this sketchy look with impact.

In the end I compromised and did the detailing and outlines with a charcoal gray pencil. because I printed this as a soft print with light lines, It  needed to be brought out in the coloring instead.  This is the first time I have really tried the no outlines /soft outlines style… and I actually like it… for SOME projects.  I think it really depends on the individual project and images as to whether pen, or pencil works best.

One last quick note… since I obscured the background with this sketchy AHA inspired  look, don’t forget to add your artists signature back in somewhere on your piece.  Mine is tucked up under the mat, but will also be added to the back on a label with details.  Since this piece may well end up as an Abandoned Art Project at some point, I want to make sure credit is assigned to  the artist… the one and only KennyK.

………. and so, here he is “Tex” by KennyK

This is one of my mystery DT projects from the January 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge which you are more than welcome to come enter.

Challenges entered

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I will be compensated for  purchases made through affiliate links on this page

 

November Crafty Awesomeness Random winner Repick and Bonus digis winner

Ok, craziness abounds ..so I shall make this a quickie post….  WINNERS WINNERS WINNERS
The November challenge Random win was not claimed..so we have a new random winner.

and that is !!!!!

NanaConnie  with #30

and since the winner did not use a Bugaboo stamps image..as per the  previous challenge info.. we have a  separate winner  chosen from those who did.

and that is Marieke  with this fun Bugaboo stamp

Please email me within  48 hours  to claim your prizes 🙂

December 2016 “Crafty Awesomeness” Prize Challenge & November Winner

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It’s that time of the month again… New sponsor, new prizes, new projects and of course… NEW WINNER!!!  So lets jump right in with a big HUGE  thank you to Jodie at BugabooStamps for sponsoring our last challenge. AND agreeing to sponsor a new Bugaboo Monthly Challenge here on the blog, which will start in January !!!  woot hoo

The Prize Winner Picked by Random.org is……  UNCLAIMED.. new random winner coming soon.  I will announce that in a separate post along with the bonus winner.  UPDATED WINNERS POST !!!

Please contact me to claim your prize.

This month  your sponsor is actually .. yours truly  🙂  I wanted to do something a bit different this month. The Instructions to the DT team were… any Digital Stamp Image… with a Gina Marie Designs Die… which was a pretty safe bet that we could all do this one. Since I found Gina Marie Designs and got the ladies hooked.. we’ve all got a bunch to play with LOL.   And who doesn’t have stamps from all these guys and gals??

Prize:

…so the Prize on offer this month is: One Random Winner gets to choose between the following prizes …choice of

$10 Scrapbook Outlet Code  ( Gina Marie Designs )

$10 ImageAbility.Inc code ( choose between CraftingAbility.com or Cohas.com )

….or your choice of a $10 code/ gift cert to one of our awesome sponsors stamp shoppe:

Rick St Dennis
Cute As A Button
Bloobel Stamps
Sasayaki Glitter
Power Poppy
Bugaboo Stamps
KennyKstamps

If the winning project features a digital image from one of the sponsors listed above,  OR a Gina Marie Designs Die, or ImageAbility product..I’ll bump it up to a $15 prize.  So be sure to include that info and links to them on your blog posts so I can see what you used for the bonus 🙂

So here we have the DT Projects,  gorgeous projects as always ladies.

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Dee Vee

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NanaDonna

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MsWipz

I’m running behind  on my project this month… sorry ladies !! so I’ll be sneaking mine in later today..HOPEFULLY after they come and do my new carpets *rolleyes. ALL DONE !!
 

Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to claim after their name is announced on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

 


September Crafty Awesomeness **NEW Winner Drawn**

Our winner failed to claim so we have a  fresh random draw

..and the winner is ….. someone who will hopefully claim her prize…. so if you know her, be sure to give her a nudge as she has 48 hours to claim……..

Congratulations to Gale K  please contact me via this email  link within 48 hours to claim your prize.  Send email to MsWipz 

53. Gale K

 

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