Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Have Yourself a "Meowy" Little Christmas

There's another exciting new release, especially for us cat lovers, at The East Wind today called Aurora 'meow meow'.  EEEK!  LOVE!  Look at that face, and that cozy kitty hat.  Adorable!  (Again...eeek!!!)  She's cut and matted with Spellbinders Grand Labels 3 and I've cut the top off and added a punched paw print border.  She, and her three, are surrounded by more die cut kitties, the small ones from Impression Obsession, and the large pouncing cat from Poppystamps as she wanders through her winter wonderland.  Is this one cat short of crazy?  Nah!

Here's a closeup of the adorable Aurora 'meow meow'.  She's colored with Copics and I've gotta say, it took all kinds of restraint not to flock her kitty hat.
As I told you before, I love to flock (check out my last two posts) but this time tried to get that fleecy feel but using the dotty technique.  It screamed pink to me, in fact many of the DT who colored her for today seemed to lean towards pink.

So the big day is nearly here.  Is everyone excited?  I must say I'm actually quite relieved that my shopping is done (not wrapping, but hey, I'm not Supergirl) and for once I've finished decorating BEFORE Christmas Eve.  Yea me!  Maybe I'll even get it all down by Valentine's Day.  (Don't hold your breath. LOL)

Had a bit of a scare when Goliath fell ill with an intestinal bacterial infection and for several days both he and I were nearly "cat"atonic.  But all's well now.  

Not sure if this will be my last post before Christmas, or not, so to all my friends and followers, have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and wonderful New Year.

I'm entering this in the Die Cut Diva's December Warm and Cozy challenge, Simon Says Wednesday Die Crazy, Crafty Calendar Let it Snow, Simon Says Monday Winter Wonderland, DL.Art December Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Girly Girly Challenge, Lemon Shortbread ATG, TTRCD week of Dec 22 ATG, Tuesday Throwdown ATG, A Snowflakes Promise Winter Our Crafty Corner Winter/ATG and Crafting from the Heart ATG.

My dear friend Ike, of Ike's Art, has also started a new cats only blog called Show us Your Pussies and I'm thrilled to be joining in her first challenge there, as well.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Warm and Fuzzy with Aurora Wings

A new challenge starts today at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog with the theme of "Warm and Fuzzy". I gotta say I had loads of ideas for this one, especially involving Christmas and kitties, but decided at the last minute to switch gears. I mean, who doesn't get a warm fuzzy feeling from a sweet little baby girl, especially when she's all sleepy eyed in jammies with her blankie?  EEEEK! LOVE!

The adorable image is Sleepy Bunny Elf (also available HERE in the AW digi shop). Couldn't you just eat her up?  I printed her several times on both white and pink card stock.  Her skin is colored with Copics and I've fussy cut up a storm to add flocked layers to her bunny jammies and slippers.  Gotta say, I love to flock ;D.  Such an easy way to add texture to your project by running the piece upside down through your Xyron, pouring on the flock and rubbing it in, until you get the coverage you want.  I generally use white on colored card stock which mutes the shade beautifully.  More warm fuzzies with the pom pom bunny tail and the wispy white hair cut from marabou trim.

Here's the dimensional view.  Love that she's sucking her thumb. (True confession:  I did 'til the 4th grade, not in public mind you, just in bed at night, and my teeth turned out fine, without braces, thank you very much.) One thing about adding dimension here.  Adhesive doesn't stick to flocked surfaces, at least for very long, so you might want to used liquid glue on your foam.  I find Fabric Fusion works especially well.

I've added a heart doily behind her and more "warm fuzzies" in the form of a small piece of chenille fabric I've had in my stash forever.

And surprise! this is actually a little gift box.  I know, don't faint, it's been quite awhile since I used my Cricut.  The box, bow and sentiment comes from the Close to my Heart Artiste Cartridge. 

Finally, I added one more "warm and fuzzy" detail in the form of some fuzzy rick rack.  Hope you like and will come join our "Warm and Fuzzy" challenge at Aurora Wings.

P.S. Sleepy Bunny Elf makes and adorable Baby Boy project, too. Here's one I did earlier.  So what makes YOU feel all "warm and fuzzy"?

Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful!

Today starts the new Facebook Challenge in The East Wind Group with the theme of (well, check the title of this post)  Seems like there's been all sorts of screwy weather going on across the country this month, eh?  Hope yours isn't too bad, wherever you are.  To be honest, I really miss the cold and snow around Christmas time, but I hear the Chicago area has in some cases been warmer than here in California.  What gives?  My card reflects the winters of my childhood, using the adorable image "baby, it's cold outside".

Here's a closeup of this beauty.  Her hair and skin are colored with Copics, but I couldn't resist flocking her cap, scarf and mitties.  I printed her several times on blue card stock and then added the white details with a white Posca paint pen before fussy cutting, running them right side down through my Xyron, and flocking them with white flock (which softens the color).  Don't you feel just all kinds of cozy?

Here's the dimensional shot.  The card is cut with my Spellbinder's Grand Labels One.  The snow flakes are from...hmmm...I can't find the die, and it would be no big surprise if you could see my disastrous craft room.  Oh wait, I seem to remember i.o. (Impression Obsession?).  The skates are by Joy Crafts and inked with Tumbled Glass Distress.  I took lessons as a child and have so many fond memories of Saturday father/daughter outings with my friend Susie and her dad, too.  This holiday card was made especially for my LONG time hair stylist Debbie, who also skated as a child.  Christmas is a wonderful time to walk down memory lane, eh?  Anyway, the sentiment is computer generated and there ya go.  

Please pop by The East Wind FB Group (now public, so go take a peek) to see more inspiration for the challenge by the FB team and don't forget the Blog Challenge which runs through December 25th.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

December Inspiration for Gecko Galz

Here is some inspiration using the fabulous new December products from Gecko Galz.  My card features icons and digital paper from the Czarina Digital Craft Kit.  Die cut doily is from Spellbinders, adhesive gems from Recollections, star trim from my stash and sticker sentiment from Starform.

Angel tag using image from the Angels on High Collage set.  Tag cut from Spellbinders Labels Twenty eight dies.  Image trimmed with German glass glitter. Rose and picot edge ribbon and crocheted trim (barely visible on the bottom) from stash. Gem swirls from Prima.

I'm entering this in the Lunagirl Angels Challenge.

All the Trimmings Tag using image from the Let it Snow Jewel It Digital Collage set.  Manila tag embossed with the Tim Holtz music note embossing folder and inked with Frayed Burlap Distress.  Die cuts from the Tim Holtz Festive Greenery die.  Snow accents done with Frantage.  Red berries from Recollections and rustic rope from my stash.

And here's a lovely freebie stamp, courtesy of Gecko Galz.  Please enjoy and have a wonderful holiday.

Don't forget our current December Blog challenge Faraway Places.  Use at least one GG product for a chance to win a $25 shopping spree from Gecko Galz

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Have a Magical Christmas

Here's another gorgeous new release from The East Wind.  She is called White Witch, and today she is spreading magic in a winter wonderland.  I've used the NB (no background) png image for this card.  Many of The East Wind images come as jpg, png (totally transparent), NB png meaning you can use a digital paper and place the stamp image over it and it will be white for you to color as you like, and a "no lines" version where the lines are barely visible so you can achieve more of a "painted" effect (all for one low price.) Here I've used a lovely digital background from the Gecko Galz Frozen Mini Digital Paper pack and added the sentiment in my Printmaster Platinum Program before printing it off. The image is mounted on a silver foil card stock base and embellished with glitter and gem snowflakes by JoLee's and and silver metallic bow.

Here's a closeup of the beautiful White Witch image.  I've colored her rather simply, using Copics, and added adhesive diamonds to the flowers on her dress and in her hair.  I thought the glitter snowflake added to the tip of her wand adds to the magical feel.  Be sure to stop by the TEW FB Group every Tuesday and Friday to see the new image of the day.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

A Dream for Peace

This gorgeous new image, Aurora 'Siesta III', debuts at The East Wind today.  I couldn't help but make a Christmas card, in non traditional colors, with a wish for PEACE throughout the world.  The gold snowflake DP was in my stash.  I've cut the ovals with Spellbinders and added taupe pearl accents from Prima and small glitter stars and a beautiful rosette sentiment from K&Co.

Here's a closeup of the gorgeous new image.  Aurora is colored with Copics with some shading of hair and fur detail from Prismacolor pencils.  I tried to color the kitty like my Goliath who is my snuggle buddy.  Should have added a few spots, though.  Oh well.  Remember, there's a new relase image every Tuesday and Friday at The East Wind.  There's great inspiration in our FB Group and challenges both on FB and our Challenge Blog.

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I'm entering this in the Crafting with an Attitude ATG challenge, the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Christmas Challenge, the Outlawz Monday Greetings Cards ATG Challenge, Crafting by Designs ATG, 613 Avenue Create ATG, Creative Moments ATG/Bling it Up, Scrapping4Fun ATG +digi and Lacy Sunshine Sweet Dreams of Christmas.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gecko Galz December Customer Challenge

It's the first of the month which means it's time for a new blog challenge at Gecko Galz with the theme of 

I've chosen to do a Christmas theme with digital paper and icon (frame) from the new December Czarina Craft kit.  The winter scene and lovely lady is from the From Russia With Love Digital Collage Set.  Although I could have done this all digitally, I chose to layer the papers, fussy cut the frame and pop the center image.  I've added a sticker sentiment and jeweled snowflakes from JoLee's.

Be sure to visit the Gecko Galz Blog and check out the fab projects from my DT sisters.  This  is a monthly challenge and you must use at least one Gecko Galz product on your project.  This even includes the freebies available to you by signing up for the newsletter or checking out Gecko Galz on Pinterest.  Hope to see you play along.  New December challenges are on the Gecko Galz Papercrafting FB Group page too. We can't wait to see what you create.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday ATG Challenge and the Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode ATG Challenge.