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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Reminded of my old colouring book days!

Recently, some of my scrapping friends introduced my to some fantastic alcohol markers called Copics (I know, I know – where have I been??!!).  I loved the idea of markers that actually blended, but at a small fortune per marker, I figured it would be awhile before I could justify putting away my trusty watercolours and trying something new.  But Santa (aka – dear hubby) heard my wishes, and 24 happy little Copics found their way into my happy little scrappy stash!

Let’s just say that I am hooked. I have been having so much fun colouring images and playing with my new markers, that I already have a stack waiting to find their place on a happy little card!   So I thought I would share my first one with you today:

It's All Uphill! I just love this great little stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie

This card, that I am affectionately calling “It’s All Uphill” was created with a cute Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp called “Making Friends”, and some MME Good Day Sunshine Paper (yup- the irony of the paper choice is not lost on me).  Armed with Copic markers E18, E15, E13 and E34 for the squirrel, and YG13 and YR31 to help keep him warm, this little fella is out in the snow in style!

And if the stamp wasn’t cute enough, it actually inspired me to try a new card design.  I thought it would be great if I could create the illusion that he was actually moving that snowball across the paper.  So, out came the penny slider design, and this card was ready to get to work (I sense a tutorial coming on.  In the meantime, check out one here).  I happened to substitute the pennies for bingo chips (just to reduce the weight), and added two so he would be pretty stable as he slid across the card.  And the best part – as he slides, some movement markings and footprints are revealed (an idea that was courtesy of my hubby – the man buys me markers and gives me design ideas for cards…he’s a keeper).  What do you think?

Here he is on the other side of the card - this would be great with a pull tab too!

So, since I had some luck last week and actually won some amazing digi stamps from Pink Cat Studio last week on the Do You Stack Up Challenge Blog (yeah – more to colour), I thought I would enter this little card into this weeks challenge all about SNOW (Challenge #53)!  I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for coming by!