Apr 19, 2015

My Creative Why....

“Have you ever stopped to consider your creative Why?”

These were the first words I read when I opened an email from a very special friend and my favorite artist – Elisabeth Bell.
That question got me thinking…  

WHY do I enjoy being creative?  
WHAT is it that I enjoy doing the most?  
WHY do I enjoy working with paper crafts???

I just had to share this fabulous Digital Stamp that Miss Elisabeth Bell gave to me when asking if we, as crafters, have ever stopped to consider our creative WHY?

First and foremost – The reason I didn’t “Create” something with this amazingly cute image, is simply because I wanted to share my very first love in my creative mind.  COLORING!!!  I absolutely LOVE to color, and the stronger/bolder the color, the better.  I have ALWAYS loved coloring, for as far back as I can remember in my life.  The funny thing is, I recall that it was ALWAYS the crayons that were vibrant in color that were always either worn down, or broken from me using them so hard.  LOL    I have always felt that coloring was very therapeutic.

WHY do I craft???

When I was younger, my mother always used to get annoyed with the papers that I would cut… I always seemed to leave scraps wherever I was….  What was I doing? Being Creative, of course….  
I always found ways to make things.  Going back to when I was a child, I can remember finding a scrap blog of wood, and using crayons to draw on it.  It ended up looking just like a little TV, my Barbie’s used to watch that little TV.  LOL  Did you know that my Barbie’s also went to school, and had their own Barbie sized books?  I made those too.  (I think it might have been scraps of paper from making those that my mother always had a fit about having to clean up) ha ha….

Now that I’m older, I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE repurposing things!!!  If I can find something laying around that doesn’t seem to really serve a purpose, believe me, I WILL find a new purpose for it.  

Many of the cards that I create have some of the strangest things that most people wouldn’t think to use on a card.  But I always find a way to be creative in my own way.

A Special Thank You to Elisabeth Bell, for always sharing your creativity and talent with others.  I am truly blessed to be able to work with and be inspired by your beautiful artwork.

We ALL have a WHY inside of us.... Have you found yours?

Apr 14, 2015

Lots of Kisses

Hi there.... I've got another darling digi by none other than Elisabeth Bell to share with you all today.

It was my turn to share some inspiration over on The Digi Bells Blog today, and of course I'm sharing it on my own blog as well.

I never get tired of coloring this little doll.  I've used "Pati's Kisses" from Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection.    I absolutely adore this one.

All of my coloring was done with Copic Markers (Colors listed below)  And my papers as well as my paper flowers were taken from my scraps stash. (I seriously love that I can use up my stash) I can't remember when the last time was that I actually cut into a "new" paper.  LOL.... No no, okay, I lied!
The light blue striped background paper wasn't in my scraps.  That is from a 6x6 paper pad from "My Mind's Eye" (Lost & Found)

But believe it or not, the paper flowers were something that I had punched out a couple of years ago when I had first gotten a new punch, but I never used them.  I stuck the punched pieces in a baggy and away they went into my stash...  I recently came across them, and thought I should maybe actually put them to use.  LOL

Here are the Copic Markers that I used for coloring this cutie pie!

Have you heard that Elisabeth Bell has created an eBook which also includes 2 free Digi's???
and it's FREE....
To find out more about it, and get it for yourself, visit my post over on The Digi Bells Blog today.

Challenges I have entered:

Mar 27, 2015

The Digi Bells Blog Hop Featuring Elisabeth Bells *Easter Cuties*

Hi there!  Welcome to this months Digi Bells Blog Hop!  
We are showcasing the re-release of Elisabeth Bells *Easter Cuties*.  Some of you may have seen her a while back, I believe she was once upon a time licensed to SCACD, and sold in Rubber.  But to me, she is brand new never before seen.

If you have hopped with us before, then you know the routine.  If not, then hopefully you have come to my blog directly from one of our newest GDT girls, the  Lovely Lisa's Blog.  
Was her work incredible or what?
Just in case you have randomly arrived, why not join in, for your chance to win this Darling Easter Cutie, by jumping over to the Digi Bells Blog and get started.
All of the information on how you can easily win is also listed there.
But I can tell you it's VERY simple...
All you have to do is hop along, and leave a comment.

Alrighty, enough of my babbling...

I have decided I would go for a mostly "White" card for this one.
I really wanted this sweet digi to stand out.
She's absolutely perfect!

I guess you could say that I HAVE NOT used ANY designer papers here.  All of it is just your basic white cardstock.  The Digi of course was not printed on ordinary cardstock.  I use Neenah Solor White cardstock for my digi printing.

The flower is made from a Martha Stewart (lattice heart) punch and a Poinsettia die.  I really had fun putting that together.  =)

The image (and sentiment) were colored using Copic markers with a few coordinating Prisma Colored Pencils too.
These are the colors used on this card.

Your next stop along the way is another one of our lovely GDT's.  Hop on over Marvelous Maya's Blog and see what gorgeous work she's done.  But before you go, make sure to leave a comment here for your chance to win this little Easter Cutie.

Challeges I'm Entering:

Mar 25, 2015

Li'l Montana's Birthday Wishes

I have a little cutie to share with you today.  I made this one for the "Pearls and Lace" challenge over at the  Elisabeth Bells World Challenge Blog.  =)  Could it be any easier than this?

Of course it helps that I have such an adorable Stamp to play with!  She is called "Li'l Montana" and you can find her at Whimsy Stamps.

As you can see I've don't a tad bit of distressing to my papers edges.  The papers I've used are from Stampin' Up (found it in my stash) and I wish they still made this pink floral paper.  I love it.  and the green paper, as well as the pink polkadot paper are both from DCWV.  

I've layered my butterfly a few times, giving the wings a lifted "fluttery" effect, and of course topped it off with some little pink pearls.  My image was colored using my Copic markers.  Sorry, no list of colors this time... Because silly me started coloring just for fun, and never wrote the colors down.

I've decided to enter this card into these challenges:

Mar 23, 2015

Happy Birthday To you....Happy Birthday To You........

Happy Monday everyone!!!  
(I know... most Monday's are not so happy) LOL

I have a little bit of "Birthday inspiration" to share with you today.

I have to admit something!  This card was supposed to have been posted on the Digi Bells DT Blog a week ago!  Yep, I forgot!!!  By the time I realized it was my turn to post, it was already a day past.  LOL  So rather than let my Birthday themed cutie go unseen, I decided to find a day when no one else was scheduled to post.  *wiping my brow*  LOL

Anyway....  Did you know that THIS is "MY" Digi Stamp?  Yes, I mean that it really is MINE!!!!  What a darling Digi, created just for me on my birthday a few years ago from our sweet Elisabeth Bell.  This is why she is called "Li'l Lynda's Piano Forte"  and as always you can find her in Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection

My fabby papers are from Basic Gray!  How lucky was I to find a brand new unopened basic gray pad in my stash.  See what happens when you move and then unpack!  You find things you forgot that you had.  I really love this shade of green, and it reminds me of Spring, and all the budding trees and bushes that I'm beginning to see.  

I've used my nestabilities and made some fun elements to go along with this "Springy" Birthday card. 

My flower is punched, and all sorts of things done to it.  It's been rolled/curled, and it's been wet, and its had Perfect Pearls added to it.  But the end result was fun!

I've used Copics for coloring.  For the dress I used YG03, YG17, YG67.  Pillow/Cushion - W00, W01, W03, R29 YG17.  The piano was E25, E29, E33.  The puppy was probably just about every shade of Cool Gray... LOL  I wish I hadn't chosen to make the puppy black.  I'm just NOT capable of coloring black things... LOL

Elisabeth Bell will have another Digi arriving this Friday! The Digi Bells will be having a Blog Hop, and we hope to see you there!!!

Challenges Entered:

Thanks for stopping by

Feb 27, 2015

Elisabeth Bells Digital Release and Blog Hop February 2015

Greetings , and Happy Friday!
It's time for another fun and inspirational blog hop with The Digi Bells.

Hopefully, you've arrived from Carol's Blog.

But if not, don't worry, you can start hopping along with us, by following
The Digi Bells Link above!

This month we have an adorable set!  You're going to love these sweeties out of Lissybee's archives!
Some of you may remember them as being from SCACD several years ago.  (Both images were part of one stamp)
Lissybee has separated them, so the puppy then becomes an easy to use accessory.

Please help us Welcome 
*Anna & Puppy Surprise*

For this card, I went "Old School".  Who remembers the punch around the page punches by Martha Stewart?  Yep, That's what I did!  Since just unpacking from moving, I found all sorts of things that seem to have been collecting some dust.  Why not get them out and do something with them?
Even my scrapbooking edging scissors!  Does anyone use those anymore???  LOL

I've used Copics for coloring, along with 3 Prisma Colored pencils.
I just like the look I get when I add the Prisma to certain areas.
The Colors are listed below.

I'm so glad you stopped by and visted.  I hope you liked my "Old School" style creation. LOL
Your next stop along the way is 
Alethea, but before you leave, don't forget to leave a comment to have a chance at winning these two adorable digi's.

Challenges I am entering:

Copic/Prisma Colors Used:
Hair - R02, E07, E09
Skin - E00, 943-Burnt Ochre, 926-Carmine Red
Dog - E33, E37, E50
Other - Y0000, Y21, BV04, BV11, BV31, 1007-Imperial Violet

Feb 25, 2015

Pretty in Pink!!!

WOW!  December 15th, was the last time that I posted here.

Finally a new post!!!

I've recently moved south from NY. (Just in time too!) Needless to say, packing and moving, and unpacking has been all I seem to have been doing.  There was no time for crafting, and much of my crafty things were still packed. I can tell you, I've been lost without crafting or posting.
But I'm back...  Still working on getting organized in my craft room, but..... I can at least sit down and color, and do some of the basic things!

I have a pretty basic creation to show you today for this months Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge.  Following the theme of "Pretty in Pink"  This should be an easy challenge... Who doesn't love the color PINK?  I would love to see you come join us this month.

I've used this little cutie (not sure of her name) but she was part of SCACD's Christmas release a few years back.

She is adorable in her pink dress, and peeking into her gift.  I thought this would make a perfect Birthday card.  So why not go all out on the "Pink" theme?

I've used all kinds of goodies that I found in my stash, to dress this cutie up.  The beads and flowers... No idea where I got them, but when you have a stash box, you just dig until you find what you're looking for.  The little heart banner is part of a banner from my La La Land Crafts die.  I filled the hearts with liquid pearls. The flourish style leaves are also die cut from a memory box die called "Lavish Corner"  Let's not forget my cute balloon sentiment!  That was created on the computer by me, and then the balloons are colored to match.  All colors are listed below.

Challenges I am entering:

Copic Colors and Prisma Colored Pencil Colors Used:
Skin - E00, 943-Burnt Ochre, 926-Carmine Red
Hair - E25, E29, E50
Other - G14, YG11, R0000, R81, R83, 994-Process Red,