Tiddly Inks Challenge – Anything Goes

It’s inspiration time for those of you who love to colour over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog.   This month, the theme is “Anything Goes” so the only thing we have to worry about is getting crafty!  Let’s just say that while I like a good challenge theme, “anything goes” is one of my favourite!

For this cute fall inspired card, I decided to use a new set from Christy called Fun Animals.  

 This set is filled with all sorts of cute animals and great little sentiments to go with each.  You can mix and match them, add little details like the nut I used or even hearts and party hats.  This set is a great value – you could create any theme of card you could imagine for any time of the year!  If you love little fur babies, this set is for you!

 

I coloured up the cute squirrel with my Copics, focusing mostly on the warmer browns (E21/E23 for the body and E13/E15/E17/E18 for the tail).  I actually didn’t blend all the colours together on purpose to create a bit more of a cartoon look to this cutie with some harder edges for the shadows.  Together with the browns and oranges in the background paper (which happened to be from the scrap bin), I love that this is a card is a bit more on the fall tones.

But remember, this month, the theme is Anything Goes, so if you are not ready to embrace fall, grab your pastels or brights and create something that, well…isn’t “fall”.  Whatever you decide, I hope you do get crafty and upload a card to the challenge.  It’s always fun to see what you come up with.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tiddly Time – August colour challenge

Hi everyone!  I have an apology to make!  I am a week behind on this post.  We went away on vacation last week and for some reason, I thought that I could have this one up after we got back.  Anyway, I was wrong – but I still wanted to get this cutie posted and to let you know that it’s challenge time over at Tiddly Inks stamps once again.  We are running challenges once a month right now, so there is still plenty of time to get your creation together and posted – even if I am a week behind! 😉

This month, the challenge is a pretty colour challenge.  This challenge, called Autumn Glow focuses on this pretty colour selection.  As always, remember that challenges themes are just for inspiration – it is a-okay to venture off in ant direction that the challenge sends you to – perhaps it makes you think of a particular stamp image rather than particular colours.  Whatever you decide – we can’t wait to see it!

For my card, I worked with a new image called Flower Fairy For You.

This cute Wryn image gives you lots of opportunities to play with colour combinations between the dress, flowers and ever the cute pup!  I coloured the image up with Copics, focusing mostly on the R81/R83 combination for the dress, which seemed like a more muted pink that went with the colour samples.  And while there wasn’t any yellow in the original colours, I though the orange tones for the shadows pulled it all together.

So, I better head off.  I have some other projects I need to get photographed and up on the blog too – apparently summer has become more about getting a bit behind rather than catching up and getting ahead of the game.  The good news is that I have some great summer memories to show for it!

Hope you are enjoying the summer!  Can’t wait to see any creations you decide to create for the challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

At the Zoo Cut Files

Hi everyone! Today and I am sharing what I call a project experiment – you know, one of those techniques or products you have never worked with before.  Now, while it is true that some (aka – most) of my project experiments don’t go as planned, this one had me giggling all the way to the zoo! Which is perfect, since my daughter’s are starting camp next week…at the zoo!

I still remember the day that Doodlebug announced that they were releasing cut files – it was my incentive to finally upgrade a rather aging cutting machine.  Why?  Because I knew the possibilities for new projects were just too good to pass up. But little did I know that I would be customizing shoes – seriously…does it get better than Doodlebug shoes??!!!

At the Zoo is one of the darling new releases from Doodlebug, and along with it came an amazing set of Doodlebug cut files (available at Lori Whitlock’s SVG store and Silhouette Design Store).  I decided to let my two little gals choose the characters they wanted on their shoes and even the colours we would use to create them.

My youngest thought the idea of Panda Bear was unbearably cute!  I wasn’t quite sure how to create the contrast on the black shoes she chose, but a little bit of glitter vinyl saved the day!  I played around with the bamboo stalk that comes with the Panda Bear cut file,changing the size, mirroring the image and then isolating the leaves to tie the designs on each shoe together.  it was incredibly easy to create a fun design with this file (okay, I need to make a pair of these in my size)!

And my older daughter decided to monkey around a bit more with the colours for the Monkey file, experimenting with different combinations in the software before she made a decision!  She also decided to just isolate the head shape from the cut file, which we were able to trim after cutting it in my Cricut.  Leaf 3 from the collection became our little embellishment together with some hearts to tie the colours together. These files made for a playful pair!

So, given that this was the first time I had ever worked with vinyl of any kind, I have to say that I am pretty excited about the results of this experiment!  Think of all the things I can “Doodlebug” now (this is going to be a new verb in my house)!!!!  How about you?  What will you Doodlebug next?

Thanks for stopping by!

Doodlebug Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!  Today I am so excited to share with you a layout inspired by one of the amazing Page Maps from Becky Fleck!   There have been many, many, many times during the years that I have been scrapping that a layout or page just doesn’t seem to come together.  Having a sketch has saved me from frustration many times.  And let’s face it, anything that keeps crafting a fun adventure for me is a tool that I plan to keep in my pocket!

I loved the simplicity of this sketch and kept it pretty much as it was, using my favourite Cream & Sugar collection for the papers and embellishments and the Grasshopper Dot-Grid Petite Prints as my base.  I am quickly running out of this collection and it is definitely time to replenish…I just LOOOVE it!

The super cute character hearts from the Odds and Ends pack were a perfect replacement for the cute animal characters in the sketch…

…and I used some Sprinkles in a row to essentially where Becky had some stitching in the original sketch (I am a firm believer that every one of my Doodlebug projects need Sprinkles! ;)).

In the end, it’s a bright cheerful layout that was so easy to pull together with Becky’s creative helps and some cute Doodlebug product.  From beginning to end – it was about 15 minutes in the making!  Now I am all for time and detail in layouts, but it sure feels great to pound a few out every now and again (especially given my current back load of photos, if you know what I mean).  Anyway, I hope this challenge’s partnership with Becky will help get you creating too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs,
Karen