Friday, November 21, 2014

Odd Ball Arts Challenge

Well it's me again my Dear Sweet Friends -

This morning I am wearing my Creative Fingers Design Team hat. And this challenge #57 is Anything Goes.

It was fun creating this card for the challenge and using one of the adorable Oddball Arts Images.  Oh my - I would be coloring 24/7 if I had all the adorable images I would want to create with.  So many digi's but so little time.  

I used the image called:  

Big Eye Girl Eve Has Something To Say Image No. 127 

This big eye girl was such a hoot to color with my Copics.  It took numerous attempts with the Copic coloring but I am pretty happy with the final card.  

So my dear friends I hope you will join in the challenge and who knows you could be the next challenge winner.  The link to the Creative Fingers Blog is listed above.  There are also some beautiful cards created by the Design Team and you may notice we used various paperclip on our cards.  It would be great if you would stop by, say hello and enter the challenge.

Have a blessed day!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Avenue 613

With hugs and smiles

DT Creative Fingers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"All Dressed Up'

Happy Happy Friday My Dear Sweet Friends

Yay - It's almost the weekend and I am so looking forward to it.   My hubby and I have some big plans to get a lot of craft projects done this weekend.  What are your plans??  Christmas shopping?  Thanksgiving food shopping?  Creating something special??

Today I am sharing my DT project with Sister Act using an image from "All Dressed Up".  They are of course our sponsor for this challenge.  Oh, I think the images are so cute and adorable.  I used my copics to color this little cutie.  Once again I put my copics back in the tote before writing down the colors I used.  So frustrating and hopefully won't do that again.  Silly me!!  

Winner will receive two digital images.  

So come on over to Sister Act and join in the challenge. The link is listed above.  It will be great to see what you create for this challenge.  There is some great inspiration from the DT as well.  

Have a great weekend!!

And I am entering her in the following challenges:

Avenue 613

Hugs and smiles

DT Sister Act

Speed Challenge - The Power of "HOPE"

Happy Happy Thursday my Dear Sweet Friends

Oh my goodness - Thanksgiving is a week away which also means Christmas is around the corner.  Have you done your Thanksgiving shopping yet?  Christmas??  I haven't even started mine.  

Today I sharing my Design Team project with Speed Challenge.  As you already know I am a huge fan of this challenge as it helps me to just jump in and enjoy the process.  I have a tendency to way over-think at times (especially with my crafting) and this has begun to change with each challenge - and I love it!!  

For this challenge I wanted to alter an altoid tin.  I have been wanting to have a pretty altered tin as a special place to hold some of my favorite quotes and scriptures.  My other goal is to complete and decorate one small page each day until all the pages are full.  I will carry it in my purse to pull out whenever I need something positive to remind me everything will be okay.

I gathered my supplies (see above photo).  I have collected a lot of magazines over the years (I won't admit to how many I have) but I am finally using some of the gorgeous artwork inside of them to create some of my personal projects.  

I must confess it's quite frightening to actually tear a page out of some of these craft magazines.  To me, it's like tearing the Mona Lisa into little pieces and tossing the left overs away.  I know - rather dramatic but it's how I feel.  And then I realized its really a great way to take something I admire and think is beautiful and create something special from it.  So, the first tearing page out was the hardest but I am hopeful it will continue to get easier.  I sure would love to have a lot more projects completed than a stack of magazines getting higher and higher in the corner.

Anyway - for this challenge I tore some of the page into several pieces.  I sanded the top and bottom of the tin so the paper would adhere better.  I used Mod Podge to seal the paper to the tin.  I had to work pretty fast so I wouldn't have a lot of wrinkles in it (the paper was so thin).  I was so excited - I thought I was going to finish this project in record time.  However - that turned out to be incorrect.  Then I:

*Let glue dry for few moments.  
*Flipped over & did same to bottom.  
Problem created - 
*Most of my fingers on left hand were getting stuck to front and back of tin.  
Not GOOD!!
Got fingers unstuck and added another top coat of Mod Podge.
Had to wash my hands to get pieces of glued on magazine page off my fingers.

(bottom of tin)

*Lightly sanded around outside edges for a cleaner look.
*Used super tacky tape to adhere blue/silver ribbon around the bottom edge.
*Added bling around some of the top edges.
*Added blue flower.
* Added bead stick pin.
I thought WOW this is great I am almost done.
It's only been 6 minutes 5 seconds.
Stinkin thinkin again.

What I wasn't counting on was how long and/or how many attempts it would take me to create the little album that goes inside.  

It took over four attempts to finally get the pages cut, scored evenly and added to the tin.  It was unbelievable and frustrating something so easy was taking so much time.  And yes, the clock was tick ticking away.  And the photo below shows just how much time it took to finish this challenge.

I was really happy I had already added the stick pin.

So here is my completed Speed Challenge project.  As I mentioned earlier I am going to create one page a day until the pages are done on both sides.  I will share an updated photo once the entire project is complete.

I really really hope you will join in our challenge this week.  We have a wonderful new sponsor joining us.  You can find out more information as well as see the other design team projects.  All it takes is 15 minutes and your project is done.  Yes - it really is possible.  You just have to be willing to jump into the deep end and trust you will float.

Thanks for stopping by - I really appreciate it as well as your sweet comments (or not so sweet comments if the situation arises).  Hopefully NOT.

Have a wonderful day!!  I can't wait to see what you create and I will be looking at all of them.

With hugs and smiles
Laine K

I am also entering this project into the following challenges: