Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

In this house we believe in Unicorns and Dragons framed image using Flowers, Feathers and Fairies "Unicorn and Dragon"

Hey you guys!!! It's my turn to do an inspiration post for Flowers, Feathers and Fairies digital stamps!! For my birthday back in April the amazing Sabrina drew this image as well as an individual Unicorn and Dragon for me because my 6 and 4 year old daughters LOVE unicorns and dragons. I immediately fell in love with the images but as of yet have only gotten to color the Dragon and I'm not sure I have even shared with with you all yet! How awful is that!!! So for my turn as inspiration provider for the month I decided to take the opportunity to color this image with the first idea that popped into my head when I saw it!!! I had to modify a little due to time constraints but the girls and I are thrilled with the outcome and I soooo hope you will be too!!
So for starters let me introduce you to "Unicorn and Dragon"
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How adorable is that?!?!??!?! The butterflies and the flowers in the unicorn mane and tail give it such a playful feel!!

I decided to use a combination of techniques learned in my Kit and Clowder monthly classes to color up the image.
I love how my vision came to life here!! I wanted it to create a really magical scene here with elements that we all love. So the rainbow is my little girl, the wild flower meadow is my big girl (and me, one of the favorite places hubby and I found on our honeymoon in the Rocky Mountains around Jasper National Park) and the mountains are me. I love how each of these elements combined with the "Unicorn and Dragon" image make this image just a perfect representation of our family!!


Then I created my own version of the oh so popular "In this house" phrases going around. I honestly believe that the imagination and ability to image are two of the most important traits you can have!!! Without imagination we were never progress as a society. No one would think of new ideas. I want my girls to follow their imaginations wherever they may take them. 
My big girl always says to me that the mythical creatures she loves right now aren't real. I ask her how she knows. She says she's never seen them. And I tell her that that's not proof they aren't real, it's proof no one has seen them. I choose to believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny and Unicorns, Mermaids and Dragons. Because without magic where would the fun be. There's so much magic for them to believe in and to see in the world if they only look for it!!! But they will never look if they don't believe. 


To finish this project off I framed it in a lovely frame. It's currently sitting in an alcove by our front door. The girls are getting a thrill out of having a little bit of them right out there for the world to see. I think it helps them know this is their home too and pieces of them should fill it! Not just toys put away and beds made but the little things that make them who they are fill this home and are showcased here. And.... then... there's no fighting over who's room gets the "Unicorn and Dragon" image because that was the first question when I finished coloring it!! LOL

If you would like some more inspiration for these images pop over to the Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Blog and take a look at what the rest of the Design Team created for release weekend!!! These images were a surprise to me so I didn't get to participate but the rest of the team did an amazing job!!


OK, I'm off now to start another busy week here!! Hope you all enjoyed my little project for today!! See you all again real soon!! Thanks for popping by!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Advice from a Waterfall using Flowers, Feathers and Fairies "Aiyanna" and "Waterfall Lagoon"

Hey you guys!! I am sooooo excited to share with you our new image from Flowers, Feathers and Fairies!!! Sabrina read everyone saying in our Kit and Clowder group how much they would love a good waterfall digital stamp and she listened sooooo Viola!! "Waterfall Lagoon" was born!!
 And what would a waterfall lagoon be without someone enjoying it? Viola!! "Aiyana" and "Seafairy" were born!!
"Aiyana"

"Seafairy"

Now, if you are like me and not so tech savy you can purchase "Waterfall Lagoon, Seafairy, and Aiyana" in a bundle in the Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Etsy Store. You will receive each individual image as well as "Aiyana" and "Seafairy" merged with "Waterfall Lagoon." If you purchase this way you will save about 14% over what you would pay to purchase each individually. Purchasing in the bundle is also the only way to get the merged images so it's totally worth it!!!
I did not work with "Seafairy" but both Sabrina and another of our Design Team did so make sure you pop by the Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Blog to see some inspiration with those images!!

I would love to show you what I have created with these images!!! I used "Aiyana" and "Waterfall Lagoon" premerged to create a pretty awesome matted image, if I do say so myself!!
I started by coloring up the image with techniques I have learned from my Kit and Clowder classes. I loved coloring up all the layers and waves within that water!! It was an awesome challenge for me!! The way that Sabrina has drawn the canoe under the water makes it really look like its sitting in water not just drawn on a page. You know what I mean?

So I went snooping the internet for some kind of quote to put with this image. I was on pinterest looking for "Waterfall Quotes" when I found this one from Your True Nature. I am loving all these quotes and you can bet I will be using them again!! 
I created the matte with my cricut and the plaque shape on the side with the quote. I finished it up with a few feather embellishments and distressed the edges and TA-DA!

 


I put her in a beautiful wood frame and I am beyond thrilled with the final outcome!! I love how the nature beauty of this image is enhanced by the "Advice from a Waterfall." I can her the water crashing down when I'm looking and reading. That to me is such an important part of our art... that we feel something; that we relate to it; that it sparks emotional response!!

OK, I must be off to enjoy the rest of my Mother's Day now. And for those of you in North America.... Happy Mothers Day!!! Thanks for popping by today!!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Faery Ink Workshop Wednesday #19- Playing with Liquid Pearls- Painting Embellishments


Hello everyone!!! I have another week of Workshop Wednesdays to share with you!!
This month we are playing with Liquid Pearls so come on over HERE and take a look at this weeks quick little technique!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Aurora Wings Challenge #49: Frame It! using Aurora Wings "Orchid Corner" Digital Stamp

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Hello All!! Man, have things been quiet in here!! I'm so sorry for that! I feel like our life just went into overdrive!! I'm really hoping things will settle down in the near future and then entire folder of "To be blogged" images will make it to you soon!! But for today I do have an awesome image to share with you from Aurora Wings!!
Mothers Day is coming and I am doing my very best to get ready. I have no idea what's happening for gifts yet but I have most of my cards done!! This is one of them!! I used the "Frame It!" inspiration for this challenge to frame in the inside of a card for my mother in law. She loves orchids and she loves purple soooo....
 I used this beautiful Orchid Gatefold Card from Dreaming Tree to create my card base. These files are so easy to work with and the end result is just gorgeous!!! That gorgeous envelope over there... yup, it comes with the file!! You cannot go wrong with that!!

So I started by opening the file in my Cricut Design Space. I laid a rectangle over Dreaming Trees card base inside the card to see how big I needed to make my base with my Orchid digital stamp from Aurora Wings. Then I popped back into Microsoft Word, set my rectangle size there and imported the Orchid Corner digital stamp twice and sized each to fit the corners so that they filled the corners but not the whole rectangle.
I printed it off on my copic xpress it paper and got to work!! I just love how this inside shows so many different layers and colors while not looking overwhelming!!
To color the Orchid Corner digital stamp I pulled out my V91-V99 copics and my Kit and Clowder Elements of Nature Class and got to work!!
To finish it off I edged everything with my Tim Holtz Dusty Concord distress ink and used it to stamp the sentiment. Then I embossed it quick and VIOLA!!! One custom Orchid Gatefold card for my amazing Mother in Law!!

I hope this gives you a different way to look at our Frame It! Challenge this week over at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog!! And if you would like to grab this digi for yourself you can find it in these places:
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/151353710/digital-stamp-instant-download-orchid?ga_search_query=orchid&ref=shop_items_search_1
Aurora Wings Website: http://www.aurorawings.com/store/p424/Orchid-Corner-Digital-Stamp-Aurora-Wings

Thanks so much for popping by today! I can't wait to see what you all come up with!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Faery Ink Workshop Wednesday #18- Playing with Recyclables- Wax Paper

Come on over and take a peek at what we are doing with Wax Paper this week on Workshop Wednesdays!! Its our last week playing with Recyclables for Earth Month and we wanted to end it with something super simple but has an awesome effect!! 
You can check it out HERE!!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Faery Ink Workshop Wednesday #17- Playing with Recyclables-- Cardboard Boxes

We have a bonus Earth Day Workshop Wednesday for you!! Today to celebrate Earth Day we are going to play with cardboard boxes!! Come on over and see what you can do with that cereal box instead of throwing it out!! Check it out HERE!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Faery Ink Workshop Wednesday #16- Playing with Recyclables- Plastics

Come join us this week for another Workshop Wednesday Tutorial where we are making shaker cards out of pieces of plastic from around the home!!
Find it HERE!!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Spring Release! Check out the new line of Flower Inspired Ladies!!!

Good Morning everyone!!! I am so excited to share Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Spring Releases with you!!! Sabrina is debuting 4 new digis today all Flower inpired!!
In order of appearance you have: Blooming Fairy, Snow Drop Fairy, Nymphaea and Peony Fairy.
Aren't they just so sweet? I am in love with them all so much!! Sadly, I only got to work with 2 of them to show you today but you can bet the other 2 are on my list of must haves!! You can find all these new releases in the Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Etsy Shop.

So the 1st card I'm going to show you is play with Nymphaea who is a water lily. I really tried to play on the water aspect and make her look like she's really floating in a pond.
What do you think? How'd I do? I am so in love with this image. Water lillies are one of my favorite flowers. My Great Grandma had a small pond in her yard and she grew Water Lillies. They were her pride and joy. I have 2 tattooed between my shoulder blades in her memory. So this card will go to my Grandma, my Great Grandmas daughter this Mothers Day.

 The 2nd card I made to show you today is using the Blooming Fairy. I love that Sabrina took a flower with a big curve and made her  look like she's expecting!! It's something we haven't seen yet from the current phase of flower themed digis. She is designed after the Muscari flower and I think she's just so sweet!!
I can't wait to have a pregnant friend or family member to share this card with!! I just love it!! And the sentiment I think is too much fun!!

Make sure you pop over to all these places to see what the rest of the Design Team Created with the Spring Releases!! As well as to pick yours up!!


And!!! Sabrina put some stamps ON SALE this weekend for Easter!!


I am entering Nymphaea in these challenges:
Daring Cardmakers- Spring Garden

I am entering Blooming Fairy in these challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday- Spring Colors
Daring Cardmarkers- Spring Garden

Thanks so much everyone for popping by today and seeing what I have been up to!! Its always so great to see so many people around checking it out!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Faery Ink Workshop Wednesday #15- Playing with Recyclables- Wax Crayon

This weeks Workshop Wednesday is ready to roll!! We are gonna play with Wax Crayons this week in honor of Earth Month and reduce, reuse, recycle! Come on over and take a look HERE!!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Faery Ink Workshop Wednesday #14- Playing with Recyclables- Newpaper

Come on over to the Faery Ink Blog and check out todays Workshop Wednesday!! This month we are playing with recyclable materials... and today its a super quick and easy way to use newpaper in your crafting!!
Come check it out right HERE!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Aurors Wings Challenge #47- Easter Pastels: Notebook using Camellia Spirit

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Hey everyone!! Welcome to another challenge at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog! This time we want to see your Pastel Colors!!!
I worked with the beautiful Camellia Spirit this time and made myself a little notebook to keep track of all things crafty business transaction! I'm so looking forward to having all my notes and thoughts and everything all in 1 place!! Check it out:

 I started by coloring up this beautiful image with my Kit and Clowder February Class which focused on Camellias. Isn't she just gorgeous?!? Now, I know she's not quite as pastel as you generally think of pastels as being but believe me she is a lot softer that I would normally color her!!! 
You can find the stunning Camellia Spirit here:


Aurora Wings Website:


I mounted her onto a light blue cardstock and chipboard piece to make the front cover of my notebook. I then added a quick title on the side. Viola!!! I really wanted this image to just be the focus of this project and I didn't want to not be able to write on the cover side of the book so skipped on embellishments all together.



 Then I designed my 2 inside sheets. I wants one to keep track of the different materials I used on a lot of custom order and what the cost is for those so when I'm putting together a quote quick everything is right there!


Then I wanted a sheet to keep track of each persons individual order. I wanted to keep each customers notes all together with what they were quoted for price, what the actual cost of the project turned out to be as well as if I have received payment for the order or not. You know all that boring business type stuff!! 


So there ya go my friends! Thanks so much for popping by today to see my Pastel project!! Can't wait to see all of your beautiful projects in the next 2 weeks!!

Ooooooooo!!! I have an added bonus for you!!!

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Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Faery Ink- Workshop Wednesday #13 Playing with Copics- Creating a Mist

Good Morning Everyone!! This weeks Workshop Wednesday is live over on the Faery Ink blog. This is our last week Playing with Copics so come on over and see what we are up to!!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cupcake Birthday card using Flowers, Feathers and Fairies

Good Morning everyone!! Welcome to Flowers, Feathers and Fairies 1st Birthday Blog Hop!!! I fell in love with these images as soon as Sabrina started posting them and I am so thrilled now to be on her first design team and helping her build her brand!!! To celebrate Flowers, Feathers and Fairies 1st Birthday we have a freebie for you!!! This is the adorable "Eliza's Birthday"!!! She will be available for free for a limited time to help us celebrate!!
 To grab this sweet FREEBIE pop over to the Kit and Clowder Facebook group!! Alyce and the rest of the group are helping us celebrate Flowers, Feathers and Fairies 1st Birthday with a coloring contest using this "Eliza's Birthday" digital stamp!!

Then make sure you hop along the blog hop to have the chance to win some prizes!! Make sure you give the girls lots and lots of love as you go!!!
Start here--> Sabrina (The artist!!!)
Wanda
Nathalie
Sara (you are here)

Now do you wanna see what I did with this awesome image? I turned it into a pop up card!!
I used a dollar store cupcake cardstock and a beautiful turquoise from CTMH and just a splash of pink from CTMH to pull all the colors together. And have I told you lately how much I love my cricut? I used it to cut the sentiment tag and to write the sentiment on it!

Then for the inside I used the CTMH Artfully sent cricut cartridge to create the pop up cupcake inside!! I used all the same papers and just a touch on Wink of Stella to pop the celebrate out although I know it doesn't show in the picture,


Now where to find all this fun stuff:
The Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Birthday Blog Post (Where you will find all the original details of the goings on for the party!!)- http://flowersfeathersandfairies.blogspot.com/2017/03/elizas-brirthday-party.html
The Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Etsy store (Where you will find the original Eliza- the first digi ever released!!)- https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SabrinaStamps?ref=pr_faveshops
The Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Facebook group (Where there might just be some other fun things happening this week for the birthday!!)- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1835781286652100/?ref=bookmarks
The Kit and Clowder Facebook Group (Where you will find a link to the FREEBIE image as well as a coloring contest to go with it!)- https://www.facebook.com/groups/kitandclowder/


I really am so excited to see everyone play along with this new image to celebrate this amazing artists 1st year in the digital stamp world! Please come play along with us!! We hope to see you there!!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Easter Wishes Card using Aurora Wings

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Hey Everyone!! Mitzi from Aurora Wings put a shout out for a little help with this weeks showcase blog so I get to help introduce you all to this adorable "Spring Sprite"! She was such a little darling to color up!! Aren't those little ears just the cutest thing ever?!
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So sweet ey?! I am hoping that we get to see some of those flowers and butterflies outside our windows really soon!! I am ready for some color and some warmth!!!

I colored this little cutie and turned her into an Easter Card for one of my little ones... and if they get their bums in gear you will get to see their versions of this image too! I printed them off onto 5x7 cards for them to color along with me but they are taking their time! LOL
So for now I will get show you mine:
I used my Tim Holtz distress inks to create each of the papers-- easter paper is not really something I keep kicking around ya know? But I think this worked out perfectly!! Nice and soft, subtle and lets the image just pop right out!!
I also used the sketch from the current challenge on the Aurora Wings Challenge blog!! Come on over and check that out too!!
Now if you must have this new little "Spring Sprite" you can pop over to the Aurora Wings Etsy Store or the newly refurbished Aurora Wings Website and grab her.

Now, that's all for me today! I must be off and get ready for that Dragon Birthday Party you've been hearing about from me! See you all next time!!

PS So when I originally wrote this blog post I put a little blurb about how Mitzi would likely offer a discount code for the weekend, as she usually does. But then I second guessed myself thinking "But what if she doesn't? Then people will have thier hopes up for nothing" So I deleted that part... and then 12hrs before the post goes live we got a COUPON CODE for Aurora Wings!! Heck yes!! Leet's do that!! So here you go everyone:
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And I promised I would show you what my little people did with this image as well!! The littlest was not so interest in coloring this week., but the big one is really get into it!! Check it out:
Not bad for 6 years old ey? I might be bias though!! LOL


Have a great weekend everyone and thanks so much for popping by!!!