Friday, December 19, 2014

Birds and Butterflies

Hello My Dear Sweet Friends

I sure hope you are getting some rest (I know I need it) and time to be a little creative.  Personally I've been so tired I haven't had a whole lot of time to do very much.

Today I am sharing the card I created with a gorgeous image from Ching-Chou Kuik.  Oh my goodness I love love love her images.  I have numerous rubber stamps from her but this is my first digital and it definitely won't be my last.  


It was so much fun to just play with different copic colors and this is my final creation.  I sure hope you join in the challenge with Creative Fingers Challenge Blog.  The Design Team has some great inspiration this week so I hope you will check each of their blogs as well.

  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

With hugs and smiles

Laine
DT Creative Fingers


Thursday, December 18, 2014

One Stencil and a Bird House

Happy Thursday My Dear Sweet Friends

Oh my goodness - I still can't believe Christmas is just around the corner.  Do you have your Christmas shopping done??  D

It's the SPEED CRAFT CHALLENGE time!!!

You already know I love this 15 minute speed challenge and this project is no exception (well almost).  In all honesty - I really really didn't want to do this challenge (and yet, I found it challenging).  Wow, a challenging challenge!! But anyway here is my finished project and I will share the process a little further down.  


Okay, I have a confession to make.  Yes, a real honest to goodness confession.

((((((((((I don't remember the last time I used a stencil))))))).  
(((((((((((I am not even sure I have ever used one)))))))).  

I have quite the collection but haven't really taken the time to jump in and play with them (and found them a little out of my comfort zone).  And that is why I was a little worried about this challenge but I wanted to keep my team commitment.  So once again I had no choice but to jump into the dark void and see what's waiting on the other side.  

And so I looked and looked and looked until I couldn't stand the thought of looking one more second but couldn't find my bag of stencils to save my life.  Now I was totally freaking out wondering what I was going to do.  I finally remembered I had found a 12" x 12" bin in the garage that had some old templates in it.  (LIGHT BULB Moment).  It was actually a template for creating designs on the front of cards but I decided to use it as a stencil.  In the photo below you can see the items I used to create this birdhouse.  Tomorrow I will take a photo of just the template and add it to this post.


I used Tim Holz alcohol inks (Espresso and Cranberry) and made the checker board shape pattern on the front of the house shape chipboard.  I held the template down with my left hand while I inked with my right.  (Yes, my hands were covered in ink)  I wish I had taken a quick photo of what the front of the house looked like but totally spaced on that idea until it was to late.  Next I:

Cut the roof off an extra chipboard shape house and covered it in lace.
I then attached it to the front of the first house with some glue.
Added the bird sticker to the round piece of chipboard that I had also inked with Tim Holz alcohol ink in espresso.  
Used pop up dots to attach that to the front of the first house.  
Added a couple rows of lace, rhinestones and a big brown flower and I was DONE.  I know it sounds like this was a very quick project but it really wasn't.  It was full of obstacles the entire time.  I was almost in tears.  It is now 9:20 PM on Wednesday night and I am exhausted and just want to crawl under the covers.  So, my dear friends - this is the reader's condensed version of the process.  And you can see below just how little time I had left.  And last but not least - as I was putting all my supplies away - GUESS WHAT I FOUND???


This is the final Speed Challenge for 2014.  I hope you will join in.  The Design Team has some great projects and I hope you will check out each of their blogs as well.  

And for those of you that have read through this whole post - I have a little surprise for you.  If you can "GUESS" what I found when I was putting all my craft supplies away today (see reference above) I will add your name to a drawing for a sweet treat (and its not candy candy) and mail it to the winner.  Just leave your "guess" in the comments.

Have a great day!!  Thanks for visiting me today - I really appreciate it.

With hugs and smiles

Laine
DT - The Speed Craft Challenge