Fab 'n' Funky Challenge#330 - Make Someone Smile

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hi Everyone. Time for another weekly challenge over at the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog. Our theme this week is..
Still time to do some Christmas cards, so how about we make them funny or tounge in cheek just to bring a smile to the face of the receiver.
Our fantastic sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps who are giving the lucky winner their choice of 7 digi stamps.
For my card this week I picked this super cute image - Christmas Mouse - Ornaments. I love Bugaboo images as they are so cute and need little embelishment so perfect for those CAS cards. I like the image to speak for itself. The sentiment I used is from The Cat's Pajamas - Peace, Joy & Penguins
 We  hope you are able to join us in with our challenge this week. We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous creations. Please be sure to post a link back to Fab'n'Funky Challenges in your blog post in order to be eligible for this weeks prize! The deadline for entries is Tuesday evening (8) to qualify for a prize.

Thanks for looking.
Kristina xxx

Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge#217 - Traditional Christmas Colours

Monday, December 5, 2016
Hello to you all. Another week begins and 20 days until Christmas - the time is absolutely flying - has this year just flown by for anyone else? I haven't even thought about Christmas presents or Christmas Day. I will be working right up to Christmas and all through the Christmas period so it gives you a false sense of the time of year...
Our Challenge Theme this week is:
Traditional Christmas Colours
So we need to see all of your Crafty makes with Traditional Christmas Colours of Red, Green and Gold.... Get some more of those Christmas cards finished and sent off to friends and family. We have a wonderful prize for you from our sole sponsor Crafts and Me who are offering an £8 Digi Voucher.
My card this week uses a gorgeous Hannah Lynn image - Berry Branches - from Crafts and Me. Although you would not pick this image for a traditional Christmas image, I think when you make the berries red and use Christmas colours it starts to look very Christmassy, and it make it a versatile image as well. She is coloured with copic markers. I have used glossy accents on the berries however this is hard to photograph. When you then team the image up with some Christmas patterned paper, add some red ribbon and some bells - you then have a great Christmas Card for someone special!

Copic colours used:-
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair - C2, C5, C7, C9
Sky - B37, white posca pen for stars
Branches and Owl - E31, E33, E37, E49
Greens - G23, G94, G99
Reds - R22, R24, R27, R39

I hope you have a great week and get a change to join us in this challenge. Check out all the great inspiration from the Design Team and don't forget to leave some love.

Thanks for looking.
Kristina xx

Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge#216 - Blue and White

Monday, November 28, 2016
Hello Everyone! I am back to share another beautiful image from an amazing sponsor for the Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge blog. We are up to Challenge #216 - the weeks are flying and now it is less that four weeks until Christmas!! Our challenge this week is...
Great colours to use for all those snowy Christmas scenes, especially those snowmen and even though here in Australia we have Christmas in Summer I still love colouring up the winter scenes for Christmas. So make sure your project contains blue and white, but you can use hits of other colours as well.

We have some wonderful prizes for you from our Sponsors this week:
Lacy Sunshine who are offering 3 Images from Store
Lemon Shortbread who are offering 3 Images from Store
Oddball Art who are offering 3 Images from Store
 The Stamping Boutique who are offering 2 Images from Store
(or 3 if a TSB or Glitterbabe Image is used)

For my card this week I am using the gorgeous Lemon Shortbread image - Winter Snow Muff Girl. Isn't she lovely! I have coloured her with Copic markers and teamed the image up with patterned paper from Stampin' Up to create my card.

Copic Markers Used
Skin  - E000, E00, E21, E11
Hair - E99, E33, YR20, YR21, YR24
Blue - B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
Muff - C0, C1, C2
Dress/Bag - W0, W1, W3, E5
Sky - B0000, B000, B00

I hope you have a great week and get a change to join us in this challenge. Check out all the great inspiration from the Design Team and don't forget to leave some love.

Thanks for looking.
Kristina xx

DT Call - Faery Ink

Friday, November 25, 2016
Hi Everyone. What an amazing day today was for me. Great weather, lots of work done, and lots of crafty inspiration and colouring achieved. So my post today is all about 
Faery Ink is a fantastic digital stamp art and web design company that produce gorgeous digital images perfect for cardmakers like me. Faery Ink are having a DT call so I thought I would put myself into contention. 

Being on a Design Team is a great way to inspire others to reach their creative potential - I think that is why we all love sharing our work - the Craft community is amazing, supportive and friendly (in my experience anyway). It also helps others to get ideas of their own to use the products the Design Team are promoting, and also promote new release products. It is also great to be able to schedule in my crafting time - I know I have deadlines with my DT obligations and makes me so much more productive - sounds weird I know but I am someone who works so much better with deadlines than with a random - get it done whenever - lol.

Being on Design Teams also help you to build your stash!! I sell some of my cards, use a lot for friends and family and all my colleagues at work get a hand made card every birthday and Christmas. I feel honoured to walk around the office and see the cards lovingly displayed on peoples desks all year!!

I discovered the beautiful images from Faery Ink about 6 months ago after Alyce over at Kit and Clowder used an image in her monthly Create and Learn from Faery Ink, and am slowly building up my image collection. They have a regular monthly freebie if you sign up to their newsletter which you can do through the blog or shop site - and even doing that will get you a free image - and lets face it - we all LOVE a freebie.  Once I signed up for the newsletter and got my freebie, I have started to build up my collection of images - probably have about 20 now - and the collection keeps growing. 

There are so many great images to choose from, but I think my favourite at the moment is the one I have used in my card below - Arielle Flora Fae. For this card I wanted to try out a different hair colour combination, so I used Copics - Y11, V04, V06 and V09. I love how the yellow marker gives it a real contrast. I also really played around with a stack of light colours for the wings and I really liked the effect. They are actually glittery in real life, but it is always hard to show in a photo. Faery Ink images are always so beautifully feminine and I have a real weakness for Fairies and Mermaids, so Faery Ink images are go to images.

I am a card maker - rarely working on other types of projects - and Faery Ink images are perfect for cards. I like the colouring to be the hero of the card and the Faery Ink images always are breathtaking once coloured up and displayed front of centre.

My second card to share is using my favourite colour - PURPLE - for those who are familiar with my work you know I love purple and am often incorporating it into my projects. One of the great things about Faery Ink images, especially the Fae images, Amanda has drawn a lot of them with or without wings, so you can choose which one you use. For this card I used one of the images without the wings. I love the hair and the beautiful eyes on this image. This card will be going to my best friend with a birthday coming up in the next month! (Hope she is not reading this - haha.)
The crafting community is huge now and there are so many opportunities to participate and get feedback and inspiration. I have just started using Instagram to share my cards, and also use Pintrest - which is a great source of inspiration, Facebook and of course sharing my work on my blog. 

And once again I have turned to my purple colours for the next card using - Ophelia Vanity Fae. This time I thought I would use a bright contrasting colour and picked red. All my cards are coloured with Copic Markers - it is my go to colouring medium. My go to reds are - R22, R24, R27, R29, R39, and my go to purple combo is V20, V22, V25, V17, BV08. I also always print out my digi images quite large, making them the focus of the card. Opehlia's wings were a challenge and again they are sparkly in real life - I need to perfect my photo taking to show the sparkle!
I am on a few design teams at the moment (Lacy Sunshine, Scrapper's Delights, and a couple of challenge blogs as well) and I absolutely love the team spirit and also being able to work with a whole range of images, sometimes ones that perhaps I would not have chosen myself, and this forces me to extend myself and become more creative in learning to colour an image I would have found challenging.And this was definitely the case with colouring in the Snickerdoodle and the Snail image. Never coloured a snail before and had to work out how to start. That's what PINTREST is great for - so many amazing images of snails to use for reference!
Colouring and card making is my hobby - I love it and love to share and hope that I can inspire others to be creative to. I teach card making classes at a small local papercrafting store where I live, and if I can just pass on one new technique or inspire one person through my love for all things cardmaking, then I have succeeded. I know there is always room for improvement and the more I colour and create the more I grow - it is my creative outlet and I am hoping more people can be caught up in the wonderful world of crafting.

Thanks for looking and keep your fingers crossed for me.
Have a great day and keep colouring!
Kristina xx

Fab 'n' Funky Challenge#328 - Things with Wings

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Hi everyone! It's time for a new challenge over at the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog and we are up to Challenge#328. Our theme this week is...
Our amazing sponsor this week is Doodle Pantry.
For my card this week I chose this super cute little bee called - Happy Buzzer. You get the bee image and the sentiment which is fantastic. I wanted to keep this really clean and simple as it makes a super cute little card which will bring a smile to someone's face. The card size I made is just under 4" square.

We  hope you are able to join us in with our challenge this week. We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous creations. Please be sure to post a link back to Fab'n'Funky Challenges in your blog post in order to be eligible for this weeks prize! The deadline for entries is Tuesday evening (8) to qualify for a prize.

Thanks for looking.
Kristina xx

Lacy Sunshine Challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Hello everyone! I am sharing you my latest make over at Lacy Sunshine. They have released some gorgeous new angel images which are perfect for Christmas cards for the Angel Kisses Collection. So it is time to get inspired and enter the latest Challenge over at the Lacy Sunshine Blog which is Anything Goes. Head over to the blog to check out the DTs inspirational colouring to get you in the mood.

With the holidays fast approaching our challenge  will be a month  long and will end on December 18th. So for your chance to win 3 gorgeous Lacy Sunshine images of your choice, make sure you join us and add your creation via the Linky button. 

For my card I used used the image Christmas Angel. Isn't she gorgeous. I tried to keep her white - which means using greys to highlight contrast and I was very happy with the results. The Greeting is from a Simon Says Stamp set, and I used a Spellbinders die for around the image, and dug out some music patterned paper from my stash. I am more and more trying to use my stash and off-cuts and limit my buying of new patterned paper - very had to resist buying more gorgeous patterned paper - but I have had to put my foot down on my impulse buying!!

Copics Used
Skin - E000,. E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair - E43, E44, E47, E49
Grey - C0, C1, C2, C5
Aqua - BG11, BG45, BG15, BG49 

I have entered this card in the following challenges

Hope you get a chance to play along.

Thanks for looking.
Kristina xx

Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge#215 - Thanks/Thankfulness

Monday, November 21, 2016
Hello to you all! 
Another week flies by and another new Challenge comes around over at the Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge Blog. We are up to #215 and this week our theme is...
This week the challenge is sponsored by Aurora Wings who is offering a $10 Gift Certificate to our winner. There are so many amazing images to choose from this one would be fabulous to win!
For my card this week I have used a beautiful cheeky mermaid image (such a soft spot for mermaids) called The Secret. It really does make you think what are those two whispering about! My take on it is that the purple mermaid is saying an unexpected thank you to the aqua mermaid. It doesn't take much to say thank you but I think so many of us forget to do it on a regular basis. It can make someone's day.

I have coloured the image with Copic markers and added some sparkle with come Copic Spica markers and just some metallic gel pens that I have on hand. I aslo used some Prisma Colour pencils for their hair to try to get a wavy effect that the water would cause. The image is teamed up with some paper from Kaisercraft. The Thanks die is from Mama Elephant.

I hope you have a great week and get a change to join us in this challenge. Check out all the great inspiration from the Design Team and don't forget to leave some love.

Thanks for looking.
Kristina xx
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