April -May 2017 Artists Challenge

Due to the late start to the April Challenge I am going to extend this one through till the end of May.


Not feeling very  chatty this month….. so let’s just jump right in  with the new theme.  I’m feeling a little emotionally overcharged this month ..so….

The Challenge theme for April – May is:

“A Mother’s Love”


Inspirational ideas…  for those who may need them.

Mommy snuggles and bedtime stories
Bandaids and boo boo’s
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Knitting /croheted booties and blankets
Child playing dress up in mommy’s clothes
Mom cleaning up a kids mess… toys, food etc
Rocking baby to sleep
care packages from mom
homeschool mom

Whatever springs to mind when you think of all the things your mom did, because she loved you.  Or if you  never experienced that… all the things you wished she had.  If you are a mom… all the things you do for your kid unconditionally.  If you are the mom to an angel baby… HUGZ xxx hang in there. Whether it’s laundry, soccer mom, student teacher….. Mothers day is coming up May 14th, 2017 and all those snow babies are on their way, surrogates will be blessing couples with the gift of life….   Let’s see some images celebrating all of these awesome women.

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual NEW digital stamp images per given theme.
  • Images can go on sale as soon as they have been entered into the challenge.
  • You may add single images, or link to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to show off  inspirational images too.

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..

Who doesn’t love a baby elephant?

Here is card No.1 of 2 for the newest Crafty Awesomeness Challenge which is sponsored by.. Sasayaki Glitter this month. The team got to choose two images.. so being a team of 4 .. we let two of the girls pick an image this month and the other two will choose next time. We’ve been friends so long now, that we know each other well enough to know what images we can all work with.. and which ones we can  choose to give the others a  nudge outside the box..without going too  far… * cough haha that would be me LOL

So here she is… I say she, simply because I gave her pink toe nails and a pink bow.  I have plans to make a  few more of these in blue and gender neutral colors too, it’s just such a cute image and perfect for baby showers, 1st birthdays, gender reveals,announcements etc.

This is Baby Elly’s Birthday by Sasayaki Glitter
Printed on an Epson Ecotank on Canson Mix Media  paper
Colored with  Crayola Color Escapes pencils and blended with Isopropyl alcohol.
The image was then cut with a Gina Marie Designs Die from the “LACEY LATTICE RECTANGLE DIE SET”  on the Sizzix Big Shot ( check out my post about this set &  the crafters toothbrush here )
Attached with Zig Kuretake Photo Tape

A very soft and cutesie CAS (clean and Simple)card….

 

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Decoupage Wall Plaque “Baby Boy Blues”

I was playing around with ideas again.. you know how that goes LOL.

I picked up some of these cheap wood blanks at Walmart… I only went in for milk honest.

2 gallons of milk and $50 of craft supplies later…. haha ..oops…and I had some fun stuff to play with for me and the lil man.

Now cute isn’t really my thing, but I still like to have a play around with ideas and  try new things…and sometimes I get a does of the “cuties”.  I think that is how you learn what you like and don’t like; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t…. but you will never know unless you try.

What I loved about this one was the soft Wedgewood style color Palette ….what I didn’t love…. sticking on what felt like a gazillion tiny flowers and  pearl cabochons.  But I like how  the flower clusters turned out on it…it’s a very handy die, I just wish it did more than one at a time.  I can see a few places I think I probably should have added a few stray flowers, but it’s so easy to  go too far and OVERKILL strikes  lol.

Anywho here she is, this is my  New Release project for Cute As A Button “My Baby Boy” . The idea would work with a photo instead of a digi image too.

Supplies listed below.

Basics:

Wood Oval Blank – available at Walmart, or any craft store.
Mod Podge Matte & sponge applicator
Image “My Baby Boy” by Cute As A Button
Colored with Chameleon Pens

Card 110lb Georgia Pacific from my scraps box
2 shades of Blue from "Cape Cod" Recollections 65lb  card

Dies:

Gina Marie Designs "X Stitch Rectangle Die Set" ( small flowers )
Gina Marie Designs "Fern Die Set"
Lil'Inkers "Stitched Mats:Oval"
Large Flowers, Foliage, Scroll Foliage Ebay-Wangrea

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Finally..I completed my set of Chameleon Pens ..WOO HOO

I managed to pick up the last 10 of my missing colors just before Christmas and so I have been pushing myself to practice using these pens…. the way they were intended to be used lol.

I confessed previously, that I really haven’t used the blending chambers as much as I probably should have in the year I have had them..so now, I am determined to do  more with that side of their functionality.

The last two packs I needed were floral and warm tones;  so I picked out two of my new Power Poppy images  that I haven’t colored yet, printed them on Canson Mixed Media paper and had a play.  I am quite pleased with these…. they have a soft, almost vintage botanical catalog/book feel to them. I avoided the overly bright modern and strong look I usually favor & kept these two muted.  These were colored with a  mix of pens from the whole set, NOT just the two latest color packs.

I did pop in a shadow  outline effect using my H2o detailer brush and the printer ink from the image.

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Image: ROSE AND CHAMOMILE DIGITAL STAMP SET


Chameleon Pens:

PK2 Dusty Rose
RD5 Burgundy
OL3 Olive Green
BL4 Cornflower Blue
BL2 Baby Blue
OR3 Tangerine
YO2 Mellow Yellow
pp_oak_smImage:  OLIVE AND OAK DIGITAL STAMP SET
Chameleon Colors:

BR5 Bark
BR1 Taupe
NU4 Caramel
OR3 Tangerine
YO2 Mellow Yellow
OL3 Olive Green
GR1 Green Apple

 

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CraftsUPrint Friday Freebie

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Today the Friday Freebie over at CraftsUPrint is this adorable 3D snowman kit by Elizas Emporium.  You can see more Elizas Emporium  kits here

CraftsUPrint have  extended their “Big One” deals too..

 

 

 

 

 

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KennyK new releases… haha LOVE Elfie Selfie !!

The August 15th New Release from KennyK is another total winner… LOVE these.  A Christmas theme featuring 3 new stamps….Elfie Selfie, Santa Christmas Dance, and Santa Baby!

I have been….  and still am a bit under the weather, so when one of the DT cards popped up in my Facebook feed with Elfie Selfie I was like huh? I don’t remember this one before, I know I couldn’t have missed this one…. and then it hit me….it’s the 15th…. that can mean only one thing  NEW STAMPS !!!
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Available as a bundle, or individually…. check out the New Releases.  And of course….  that also means  the new challenge is up  over at Club Kenny Facebook Group.. be sure to check out the fab DT projects and entries for that too.

 

 

Don’t forget to grab your August Newswletter Subscriber Freebie too… “Rock Chick”
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Craftsuprint Friday Freebie

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Here is the  current Friday Freebie over at Craftsuprint, Vintage Baby Girl Pink Mini Kit by June Harrop.

Don’t forget there is also a whole  section for Free Card Verses.

 

 

Crafty Bob’s Crazy 5 Minute Game is around $17 right now …. and the vault has about $20 worth of freebies when you make a qualifying purchase.
including these 3 ….  love the Noah’s Arc card

 

 

 

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Spotlight Series Day 17, Andrea – SheepSki Designs

Who are you?

Andrea Norris – SheepSki Designs


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SheepSki Designs

SheepSki Designs Digital Stamps Facebook Group

Sheepski Designs Blog

 

 

 

Where are you? 

Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I’ve always drawn, I remember sitting outside the local library when I was a kid with my sketch book.  I managed to tackle digital drawing properly in December 2015 when my dad told me to try an iPad app (everything else digital was so weird and disconnected) I produced my first “real” digital drawings in January 16 when my fellow DT at Outlawz didn’t have any images to work with for the month so I did some.  I opened my shop in February 2016

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Annabell

 

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

Hmmm… well I sold a few watercolour paintings when I was in my 20’s but I haven’t any pictures of those.  On my Etsy store it was Annabell

 

 

 

 

 

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I still have my job I’m an accountant Zzzzzz….

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

My hubby, family and close friends – how do you put up with me being like Tigger!

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

Jack Skellington

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

ProMarkers, and craft knife – definitely essential

 

How long have you been in business?

Since February 2016 – I’m an infant compared to most.  I’m probably one of the few that uses a lot of other artists materials and still work on other artists design teams

 

What’s your favorite color?

PINK!! Have you not seen my blog – LOL!

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Morpheus

 

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

Now that’s a difficult one.  I think I’ll have to pick one of my newest creations – little Morpheus is just so cute

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

Life and nature around me around me we live on an incredible planet full of wonders

 

How many people work with/for you?

No one directly, I have no design team yet I may be looking for DT soon 😉

 

Name your favourite cartoon?

The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

I had two geography (although it was the geology side I wasn interested in) and maths.  Funny that much later in life I did a degree in geology and ended up an accountant

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be? 

I have four already and thought i’d better stop there 😀
My last one was a mouse on my ankle

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

My drive, determination and loyalty are my best – worst not telling 😉

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

April 2016 I went to the Lake District with my hubby hiking

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

God yes when do we go

 

If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?

Er… never played but I know the game so I’d probably be Mrs PINK in the dining room…..

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

Dracula

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Nope but I sing in the car – no one can here me there – ha ha!

 

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Becca

 

 

 

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop? 

So far Becca but there are a few close runners

 

 

 

 

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

I still have my day job and unfortunately and I can’t see me ever giving that up.  I would have loved to have been a marine biologist though

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

Oooo my hubby / or my mum / or my friend Diane.

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Halloween – I love all the spookyness (is that a word)

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Yes definitely but I’d have to learn to do the under water bit first

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Yes, I met a guy who signed for the deaf – incredibly interesting guy but definitely NOT my type

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Reading a good book, I hardly ever get to read these days

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

Restless soul beware of haunting – LOL!!

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Rudolf’s Selfie

 

 

If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

Yes definitely, chance in a lifetime.  I think I’d leave Rudolf up there to see if I can see his grin

 

 

 

 

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

What does gracefully mean?

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

To sketch out the idea usually about half an hour, it’s the tidying up that takes hours after.  I’m such a messy drawer

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?

I have various views because I sit at home, work and in my car, none of them are very exotic.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Children Robert Miles

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

Definitely my parents

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

There creativity and talent, there are so many amazingly talented people out there

 

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Flamenco

 

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

That’s got to be Flamenco – I’m a dancer and this one is the closest one or Lilly I love the serene peace of this image and crave it

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Lilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

Jaguar E-Type

 

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?

Hmmmm not sure I’d change it – I just wouldn’t be me!

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

Love the 80’s and 90’s

 

Favorite quote?

I’ll sleep when I’m dead

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Bread and olives – I could so live off that, and Lindt Chilli Chocolate and ginger covered with chocolate 😀

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

That’ll be Strawberry Season, but mostly because of how I coloured it, the strawberries just look amazing 😀

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Strawberry Season

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Strawberry Season – colored

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rockin my Crafts with KennyK

March has been a month full of surprises….  not all good….BUT these ones  absolutely, no question make up for all the bad ones and some!!

First I won some fab New Release digis over on the KennyK “Name the Hero” Contest last week (..almost the entire new release set..and yes, you bet I grabbed the rest of the collection). My submission for family name was chosen…. let me introduce you to the  “Rockit’s”  and a set of fab sentiments and backgrounds to accompany them.  This collection features 4 backgrounds, 2 sentiment sheets and 7… yes SEVEN family characters. Rockits

One of the reasons I am so exicted about this new release is the backgrounds..I know I am a sad puppy… but I have been looking for these urban/city-scape backgrounds for ages. Not only for KennyK projects, but to mix and match with other art I use.  These are AWESOME and I am so excited to see more of these fab backgrounds in the future.  You can find all of these New Release digital stamps here 


THEN I had some fab happy mail from KennyK 2 days earlier than expected…. yay for USPS!!

I have been coveting the KennyK clear stamps since I first saw these… but most of my KennyK collection is digital.  I had one clear stamp I won last year,  so now I have another 3 new ones to add to my collection and I don’t have these in digital format YET. And of course the added temporary tattoo and sticker that came with them will be loved by the lil man 🙂 I love these retro ladies… and everyone knows I love the Goth and Steampunk girls lol. Can’t  wait to have some fun with these girls in some new projects this month 🙂
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Dangerous curves
Devilish Donna
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The lil guys birthday is this coming week ..and the K’s lil man Sean is also turning 4 this month.  Elena and I have chatted about the boys  over the last year since we discovered they were born around the same time.  To top off my KennyK fabtastic week ….my happy mail also arrived with two awesome KennyK illustrated Lego Magazines for the little man. He will absolutely love these, totally wasn’t expecting this.. THANK YOU sooo much.
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I can’t believe he got his very own KennyK illustrated  Magazines…and LEGO ones at that. He loves Lego.  Some of you may or may not know that KennyK does a lot of commercial art projects on some HUGE .. and if you have little boys… I mean HUGELY popular brands. Next time you are in the toy aisle… you could be picking up some KennyK artwork and not even know it.

On an end note ….just because I am a happy little clam right now.

One of the things I love about my crafting; soppy as it sounds, but it is entirely sincere I promise. I love the fact that my crafting, blog  and message board have led to meeting some fantastic people, artists, manufacturers, vendors and crafters alike.  It’s like having one fantastically crazy family,  only a key touch away.

I won’t name you all …. but if you read my blog, Facebook, Google+ etc… you already know who you are 🙂  The fact that I will happily chat for hours, blog about your work, projects, products etc. and hang out with you… with no incentives, or personal gain… should tell you how much ya’all mean to me.   That’s not to say I don’t get  the occasional surprise gift, products to review etc. for the blog… because it’s very clear on all my affiliate linked and review pages that I do LOL…  but the majority of my posts are just  done because I love what I see and the people I hang out with…and I want to share it.

Coming from a web background I know the importance of word of  mouth and link sharing.. and I am thrilled to be able to do my small part in sharing the love to all you fab guys and gals that give us crafters all the fab  products, services, tutorials and project ideas that keep us happy ….and broke, or maybe that is just my kid and his crazy craft and toy collection LOL.

KennyK “collectively”  Thanks for Rocking my Crafts and for being an awesome couple of peeps …. and for having a fab group of crazy DT’s .. and crafting family  …..you girls are the best 🙂

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