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Little Gardener

I was enjoying some crafting time in my studio last night and found some images that I had been meaning to colour.  So I popped on the netflix, and coloured away.

This image is from Some Odd Girl and I coloured her with my Copics. The hair, front of watering can, gloves and little seedling are all raised slightly for a 3D effect.  I also added some gloss to the eyes, watering can, water and little spade.

I created lots of layers on this card with paper that I die cut with my Cuttlebug or cut out with my scissors.  The paper measuring tape was cut from one piece of Doodlebug Designs paper, then the edges were inked.  I got the die-cut, the wood and leafy paper from a magazine.

I finished off the card with a small bow and some doodling with a fine black pen.

I have joined the following challenges:

Create and Makes Challenge Blog - Anything Goes (m)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes (w)
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes (w)
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything Goes (2w)
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes (w)
Crafty Cats Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes with Optional Number (w)

Welcome Baby Boy

Lots more boy themed goodies today - with a touch of sparkle, bunting and inking.

I started off creating the box, it's similar to an explosion box, but instead of layers of paper and it opening all the way around, this box only opens on one side giving you lots of room to decorate.

I created the box out of Bazzill cardstock and then layered on some vintage baby boy papers.  I inked the edges before adhering.  Then I added the straws and bunting.  The bunting flags came in a pack that I bought at Spotlight - it matches the papers.  I added the "Little Mister" die cut, then a 3-in-1 word circle (Boys) and a strip of acetate film.

I added a Boy themed tab to the side of the box too.

At the top of the straws, I added little white pom poms and twine bows.

When you lift the lid, the front sides of the box fall down and reveal sparkly sentiments, die-cuts and an image from Mo's Digital Pencil that I coloured with my Copics.  I added tiny black gems to the buttons.

I have joined the following challenges:

Mo's Digital Challenge - Anything Mo Goes (m)
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes (m)
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes (w)
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog - Anything Goes (2w)
Allsorts Challenge - I-Spy "B" (w)
Di's Digi Design Challenge - Use Something Digital (w)

Paper Succulents

I LOVE succulents, I have started a collection of my own.  I even found one in a bouquet of flowers I was given for my birthday and it's now happily growing in a pot of its own.

When I saw the flower templates at My Scrap Chick I just knew I could turn them into Succulents with a bit of coloured cardstock and paper curling.

I used Flower Pretties, Nesting Flower and Flower of Hope for my Succulents.  I printed the templates out and then traced them onto my chosen cardstock.  For the Flower Pretties template, I used very light green cardstock and coloured the tips of the petals with Copics.

I rounded the shapes of the succulents with a foam mat and wooden stylus/embossing tool.

I am so happy with how it turned out! It's so nice when an idea in your head comes together and works.  I had the little board from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine.  I then added a strip of artificial greenery that I bought at Spotlight a while back.  I added the paper succulents, leaves and berries until I was happy with the design.  I also tucked in a couple of plastic flowers from Queen & Co - I've had them for years, so the clear one had aged and yellowed nicely, the other was a deep purple.  I heated and curled them before adding them to the board.  Lastly, I wrapped some string around the board - right along the line created by the existing blackboard paint.  I tucked an ampersand among the knots and then added the word "Breathe".

As a finishing touch, I added some little gems to the centre of the succulents.  They reflect the light nicely and catch your eye.  There's also a couple of tiny black gems sprinkled around too.

I have joined the following challenges: 

Open-Minded Challenges - Angels, faith-based or inspirational (m)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes (w)
Ike's World Challenges - Anything goes with a twist of flowers (w)
Lemon Shortbread Challenge - Anything goes (2w)
Unicorn Challenge - Petal Power (m)
Create and Makes - Anything goes / springtime

About a boy

I rarely get to create for boys - having two girls, everything is girly, frilly and somewhat lacking in dinosaurs and dirt.  So when I got to use some new boy themed tabs from Tanya Leigh Designz I jumped at the chance to make a vintage style card and some cute little paper shoes.

I found some nice vintage pictures on Pinterest, including some alphabet cards, and a little shoe template and set to work creating with blue's, ink and twill.

I used patterned papers, some that looked like old newsprint, and a vintage picture.  I glossed the bubbles to give them some shine.  I also tucked in a 3-in-1 Word Ring - Boy around the top left corner of the picture.

The little shoes were created with blue Bazzill, and some brown Bazzill.  I created the stitches with a white Signo pen.

The rattle you can see in the picture is actually my brother's.  It's carved from one piece of wood and comes from New Zealand.  Both of my daughters played with it as babies.

You can find all sorts of these lovely vintage alphabet cards on Pinterest.

Here's a little close-up of the shoes.  I roughed them up a bit with some black ink and added a little metal embossed tag.

The little tabs are designed to be printed on photo paper, but since I was scrapping in the middle of the night, I printed them on card.  They print really nicely, with bold colours and clear words - either on card or photo paper.  I lifted the Word Ring slightly on 3D foam tabs.

I have joined the following challenges:

Incy Wincy Designs - So so cute (2w)
Crafty Sentiments Design - Boys/Men (w)
The Ribbon Girl - Use any image (2w)
Love to Create - Anything creative (w)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes (2w)
Avenue 613 Create - Anything goes (m)

A bunting we will go

A few days ago - yes I'm running a little late this year - I went to gather all of my Easter things to start decorating.  I found my Easter tree, my grass covered bunnies, the eleventy billion plastic eggs I own, the hand blow and painted eggs my sister gave my girls and my Easter Bunting......where was my Easter Bunting? Granted it was a little tattered, made from flimsy plastic and generally displeased me whenever I used it - but it was the only bunting I had!  I searched everywhere - it was gone.  So just as I have for every other holiday - I made some bunting for Easter.

I started with a template from My Scrap Chick - this is a fall bunting but the pennant style flags are the perfect size for this project.  I used lots of colour and the scraps left from cutting the triangles I used in the middle creating a contrast.

I inked around the two layers of coloured paper and then added a silver doily to each flag.  I flattened Easter patty pans and placed a rosette that I made in the centre - again contrasting with the other two colours.  Decorations are die cuts from Doodlebug Designs.  I printed out large letters and glittered them up. I adhered them in the centre of the rosettes.  There are also buttons, gems, flowers, bows and half glittered eggs.

At the top, on the back of each flag, I glued a paper straw (the same colour as the cardstock).  This is to thread the string through to hang the bunting.  I then evenly spaced each flag and added a dab of glue to fix it in place on the string.  Now, no matter where I move the flags, they will stay in place.

Thanks for visiting, and have a great Easter!

I have joined the following challenges:

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Simon Says Stamp - Spring Colour Inspiration (w)
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes (2w)
Shopping our Stash - Punches and Dies (m)