Take a minute to stop and smell the.. daisies?

I love this image pretty-flower-girl by Bugaboo Stamps, so it was a no brainer when it came to choosing a DT image for this months Bugaboo Crafty challenge.  It’s a super simple, sweet image which I colored with Chameleon Pens and then cropped with one of my new In and Out dies by Gina Marie Designs Double Pierced In and Out Rectangle die set

The card background was done  with a stamp I had that matched the daisy in the image on a A2 card from a Michaels value pack. Of course I used my trusty Zig Photo Tape runner to attach it…
If you like the look of this die, check out my previous posts  on the front page showing off the fun Bonus cuts you can use to make some really cool frames.  If you are reading this post months down the road.. do a search for Gina Marie Designs and that should pull them up… or search the March 2017 archive.

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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..

Bugaboo Crafty Challenge No.2 ….and previous winner

Woot, thank you ladies for joining in last month for our first Bugaboo Crafty Challenge… lots of lovely projects. Thankfully random.org had the task of picking a winner instead of me.. and that winner is… haha not that easy… you’ll have to scroll down to find out 🙂

Before I get to that I wanted to also thank the DT ladies for another fabulous set of projects for this new challenge.

I pulled a fast one on them and offered them a chance to do their chosen image AND .. a mystery image project. Being the fabulous ladies they are, everyone took the plunge and accepted that challenge..so we all have 2 projects to share this month. One is our chosen image and the other was a mystery image, chosen by me that we all gave our own spin on.

First off here are the chosen project images…. well most of them oopsie…. Merrie and I are in the naughty corner this week lol.  We both got caught up with real life and  we’re running a bit behind. I got my  main project post done, but still have to finish up my post for the mystery  image…and Merrie got her Mystery image done and still has to finish up her posts.

They’ll all be there shortly… so be sure to  check back for active links 🙂  In the meantime  please enjoy the projects by DeeScraps & NanaDonna…

DeeScraps

MsWipz

NanaDonna

Merrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeeScraps

NanaDonna

Merrie

MsWipz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and now.. of course we have a winner from Challenge No. 1… and that is….

UNCLAIMED .. alternate winner posted in new challenge.

 

 

and of course.. as always .. here are the rules.

 

  • Must feature a Bugaboo Stamps image as the main image of the project.
  • You can  make any type of craft project as long as it falls within the guidelines of Bugaboo Stamps TOU ( Terms Of Use –  see site for details if unsure )
  • You must link back to the Bugaboo Image you used in your blog post, as well as to this blog challenge.
  • You have till the end of the following challenge to claim your prize ( 14th of each month ).  Unclaimed prizes will  be re-picked on the 15th, and a new winner notified.  ie : you win January..  winners picked on  Feb 15th…must claim by March 14th… if no one claims new winner drawn March 15th… NO EXCEPTIONS. winner’s will be posted on the blog, please be sure to subscribe for updates, or check back to see the winners.
  • Limit of 3 entries per person, can be entered in unlimited other challenges.
  • Prize: 4 single image digital stamps from the  bugaboostamps collection
  • Winner will be randomly selected, unless otherwise noted
  • I reserve the right to modify the rules as necessary at any point in the future.
  • Last, but not least… HAVE FUN !!!  that’s what it’s all about.. right?

Looking forward to more fab projects again this month  🙂

New Bugaboo Stamps Friday Freebie

Oh .. you have to grab this one.. Christmas may be over but for some of you.. winter is still dragging it’s tail.  This image is adorable, even if you can’t use it right now… you definitely should grab it for later in the year.  This is Winter Birds – Ski


Don’t forget we have our Crafty Bugaboo Challenge each month too, so if you are new to Bugaboo Stamps, this is a great way to build up some stamps so you can enter our challenge and the ones at Catch the Bug  so you can win even more !!!

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

CAABlogo


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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Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy…..

Ok..are you ready for this one? LOL.

I am a creature of moods and I already  kinda jumped the gun a few weeks ago and got over zealous and posted what ‘should’ have been my DT project. I  liked it so much I couldn’t wait to share, which is great.. except that left me needing to do a second project.  I was desperately trying to come up with  something I really wanted to do and of course ….I got sidetracked coloring Roosters and cutting cut files and all that other fun stuff… like you do LOL

So here I am, or was ….  half a day left to pull off a Project… and my lil guy wanted to go out. So off we went to Michaels and then Toys R Us and while I was there I picked up some stamps for him and some bits n bobs for me ….INCLUDING  something I had wanted to try for ages.

I had been wanting to make a Chipboard project and I found this great 2 pack of Chipboard albums for just $4.99 ..it was perfect. Well except I only had a few hours to actually pull it off lol.  So my apologies for the late showing… but I hope it’s worth it and you at least enjoy this crazy tangent head post.

Because I am not just going to show you  the project…

I’m going to share with you some of the origins of what inspired me to make it.  If you are British, some of it may be familiar… if you aren’t .. maybe you will learn something new.

Ok.. so here it is , this is the front cover of my ‘Album’  and I chose the smaller of the two Chipboard kits which measures approx 7×6.5.  My image this month is called Girlz – wiggle the bait

I covered it with a foiled ‘fish scale’ sheet from a DCWV I won called Coastal It has some fab papers in it..in fact I used  one of them in that other project too.

I  used Elizabeth Designs double side adhesive to attach it to the chipboard… just for speed since I have a 6 inch wide roll of it sitting here staring at me lol.I cut the paper slight over sized and used a punch to make matching holes to the chipboard.  popped it on .. smoothed it out and  tucked in the edges.. then I lined it with a matching sheet of Recollections 65lb card.

Image was cut on the Cricut and colored with Chameleon Pens… I used Zig Photo Tape to adhere all of the fishing themed  die cuts  from the Gina Marie Dies “Gone Fishing” set and the net is from the Gina Marie Lacey Lattice die set

What it  actually will be when I get the contents pages done….is a Recipe book…. for Fish. I have a friend who’s husband fishes… when he isn’t falling off  2 foot high walls and breaking bones that is… yes seriously he broke his pelvis fishing a few  years ago by falling off a two foot wall.  We jokingly refer to him as the $6 man, he has been rebuilt ..almost from scratch these past few years.

…and my friend…. well she loves to cook..and pin recipes and post them all over my Facebook feed at 3 am and gives me the munchies.. so I am dedicating this project to those two.  I left the top space blank as it will be personalized ..so for privacy reasons… I will add that later  🙂

The lyrics on the front of the book read:

Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a fishy when the boat comes in.

These were the lyrics for a show back in the 70’s  when I was growing up in the Northern part of the UK. It was called When the Boat comes in and starred James Bolam, a very well reknowned British actor who has starred in a bunch of great Tv series.  It was a period drama series set in post-World War I northeast England…and I grew up watching this.  I lived on the North East coast till I was about 8 years old, so  I have fond memories of the coast and all the small fishing villages… and the smell of Kippers smoking.

How I miss those Geordie tones!

anywho… this was the inspiration for my theme.

The inside pages where the recipes and such like will be is made of  the same 65lb card stock as the inside liner, in various hues of blue.   I’ll be adding in little fun facts, quotes and images and such to the pages as well as room to write, or stick recipes.  It’s kind of like a journal… but for recipes…with some fun facts and images thrown in.

So there you have it.. a Fun Fish filled Recipe book  with a touch of British Nostalgia thrown in.

 

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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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