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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

June Midway Ike's World Challenge

 

IKE's WORLD CHALLENGES #145

 ANYTHING GOES/option of 

FOOD & DRINK

June is here and hot so why not retreat to the craft room and have some fun?  Then, of course!, drop it at Ike's World Challenges HERE for a chance to win a happy and have us come by your blog for a glass of ice cold tea!  June is known for weddings although why anyone would want to brave these hot temperatures that we have here bewilders me!  (I have also put no wedding months in my daughter's upcoming nuptial planning!)  Excuse my wandering thoughts and back to the challenge!  I love the  Wedding Cake at Ike's Art and have wanted to work with it for ages!  My plans for a paper pieced project were smashed when I realized it was the LAST day to post my make!  Procreate swooped in like the hero and I was able to use a background of marbled paper that I had made and saved months ago!  Then I loosely colored the image in Procreate and yes, I did want the cake green :)  
So here we sit waiting for the next opportunity to visit a wonderful blog and I hope it is yours!




Sunday, June 13, 2021

Day 1 of the Bubbly Depths Blog Hop presented by LeighSBDesigns

 Leigh has a brand new blog hop firing off today to celebrate the Bubbly Depths SVG and Cutz Collection!  We will run through the June 30th so check out all the details HERE and find the linky party, too! Make a splash this month and enter your Bubbly Depths SVG Cutz, mermaid, ocean, sea and nautical themed makes for this fun blog hop!

I painted 6 cereal boxes cut down with acrylic paints trying to make each layer a slightly different ocean color!  I spritzed some Distress Oxide Spray and some Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon spray on some watercolor paper for the shark and starfish.  I added some gray watercolor over the shark to give him some umph!  I inked around the circle with mermaid lagoon Distress Ink.  A bit of green glitter glue gave the starfish some shine.  I took the photo against the watercolor paper that was left over and decided I like the way it looked all together!  Happy accidents forever, Bob!
All of the elements are in the Bubbly Depths Bundle including a rectangle tunnel, net, and the shark's pals....another shark, 5 fishes, and a mermaid silhouette!
Thanks to Leigh for another fab blog hop and this gorgeous new collection for our cutting machines!




Sunday, May 30, 2021

May 30th Leigh's Blog Hop!

 Gosh and Gee!  I have been reclaiming my pool after about 5 years and it is whipping me and my good intentions and keeping me from participating as much as I wanted to in the blog hop!  Hopefully when I am able to cool off during what promises to be another hot one down here it will have been worth it!  I grabbed a delightful image from The Paper Shelter, Halloween Rules and used the colored version and the background that was included.  I don't do this very often but I wanted to play these last two days!


I printed both layers out and fussy cut the crow and pumpkin adding some Glossy Accents on the eyes, flame, and tongue!  I also added a touch to the spooky windows on the background layer.  I glued the background layer to some cereal cardboard and popped the top layer on with some foam tape strips.  These guys really believe like we do that Halloween Rules!  This goes into the Cherry Blossom Mer-Ween Blog Hop hosted by LeighSBDesigns!

Cherry Blossom Mer-Ween in May Blog Hop 2021
May 4-31
Hosted by LeighSBDesigns Art Stamps
Please read the 
Hop Rules above and then play in our "3 themes" May Hop.
Cherry Blossom, MerMay & Halfway to Halloween makes welcome using any products!
Happy Hopping!

 


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

May 18th Cherry Blossom Mer-Ween Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns!

 Time to bring the Mer with a touch of Ween to my blog hop play list!  I put together an underwater scene with Merwich, the Ocean Scenery and the Oddleigh Raven.  I colored the scene up with markers and scanned into Procreate to add some underwater magic!  Oddleigh Raven has taken a potion to help him breathe as he stays close to Merwich!

I will be linking this up at Leigh's Cherry Blossom Mer-Ween Blog Hop!
Please read the Hop Rules above and then play in our "3 themes" May Hop.
Cherry Blossom, MerMay & Halfway to Halloween makes welcome using any products!


 


Birds or Butterflies or Anything Goes at Ike' s World Challenges, May

 Yep! Another month has flown past my window and it is time for my midway post for Ike's World Challenges #144 Anything Goes/Birds or Butterlies!  You decide what you wanna do and drop it off for us to have a look see!  My pick this month went to this adorable little bird sitting atop a stack of books!  I love birds and I love real, hold in your hands books (and my daughter is a librarian πŸ˜„).  You can find this happy bird at Ike's Art.....Bird Books!  And on a side note:  Ike's Art has some of the best images at really low prices!

This is a mash up of watercolors, acrylics, alcohol markers and stuff!  I hope your mind is humming with ideas be it birds, butterflies, humming birds πŸ˜…, or anything at all you want to create!  We just want a chance to visit you blog and see all the goodies!







Monday, May 17, 2021

Postcard from the Creepy Side!

A quick postcard from a very spooky, batty forest!  The image is by Oddball Art from the Creepy Cute Chronicles #67.  I glued them to a piece of photo paper with Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Eerie Forest paper printed on it.   This was a freebie and it is so cool!  I didn't use a fixative on it before handling and I smudged it a bit but hey, it's a creepy forest lots can happen!
All the details are HERE including the linky party!




 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

More Blog Hop Fun!

 Do you know what happens when you unscrew the barrel of a Nuvo shimmer pen instead of popping the top off?  Well, a few tears as you watch your colored pencil Kitty Geisha Doll begin to drip because of course! this happened right over the project :(   Thank goodness Leigh's cutie pie image is sooo sweet I felt like I could just roll with it!  

Even when I botched editing the pic (lost her skin tone entirely) she still makes me smile as she adores her kitties under the gorgeous cherry blossom branch!  The sentiment is included with Kitty Geisha Doll.  I added Cherry Blossom Branch in Photoshop and used the wonderful Japanese Clouds as the background.  All these lovelies are found at LeighSBDesigns!  I will be giving this another go for sure with maybe a little more time to go slowly?? :)
Please read the Hop Rules above and then play in our "3 themes" May Hop.
Cherry Blossom, MerMay & Halfway to Halloween makes welcome using any products!
Happy Hopping!






Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Cherry Blossom Mer-Ween Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns!

 Remember I said I wasn't afraid of my Cricut?? Well, I tempted the high Cricut ruler and was slapped back down to reality! :)  Nothing really that dramatic I just got a couple of layers mixed up when I was cutting them out and my cherry blossom medallion still turned out really great!  (My humble opinion, of course!)  I used Leigh's SVG Lace Cutz Medallion Set and it is a beautiful set!

In a time crunch as always, I printed out the Kitty Geisha Doll and cut out the bottom kitties and added a touch of color before gluing atop the wonderful medallion.  I printed the sentiment from the same set and popped on foam.  The pearls on the medallion are covering up a tiny booboo I made! ;)
This is a stress free month long progressive hop which means new makes featuring any of the 3 themes, Cherry Blossom, Mermaids and Halloween, can be linked up daily but players are free to play when and as much as they want throughout the month following the participation rule.  On the day(s) you decide to play please make sure to visit all the makes linked up on the same day(s) and leave lots of love, including on this post too please, as you hop along and enjoy all the fabulous creativity! 




Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Time for a Special New Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns!

 What a trifecta of blog hop goodness!  The Cherry Blossom Mer-Ween Hop by our favorite designer, Leigh!  My offering tonight was created in Procreate on my iPad and can I say what a wonderful program Procreate is for a very reasonable price!  I love it lots!  I do still prefer to create something I can hold in my gluey hands at the end of the day but there are times when health issues prevent me from sitting at the craft table.  Knowing I am not the only one with this issue, I am quiet happy to show some creations made digitally with Leigh's gorgeous New Releases, too!

I bought the Cherry Blossom Digi Stamp Collection Bundle which comes with 2 fantastic little geisha dolls with sentiments, cherry blossom branch (which I used on the project above) and three cherry blossom frames PLUS a free Japanese clouds digital stamp (also used above!)! 😻  I used one of the sentiments from Parasol Geisha Doll and these were all included in the collection!  I colored and layered each layer, trying to get some shadows behind the cherry blossom branch and the sentiment.  I added rain with the gorgeous cherry blossoms falling as a final touch!

That is my day one entry to the slendifirous blog hop!  All the links to the details and linky party are below!  Come join the fun! 
P.S.  There is also a a Cherry Blossom SVG Mega Bundle out with the New Releases!  This includes all the above items PLUS gorgeous Print and Cutz sets that are amazing!  Next on my wish list for sure!  All of these are also available in individual sets, too, so have a look around in the shop!

This is a stress free month long progressive hop which means new makes featuring any of the 3 themes, Cherry Blossom, Mermaids and Halloween, can be linked up daily but players are free to play when and as much as they want throughout the month following the participation rule.  On the day(s) you decide to play please make sure to visit all the makes linked up on the same day(s) and leave lots of love, including on this post too please, as you hop along and enjoy all the fabulous creativity! 


Friday, April 30, 2021

Good Vibes Kitty for SUYP Challenge April!

 

I colored this little kitty up in January and he has sadly been tossed about and had things piled up on him since then.  His fur got a little bit our of hand and I had never colored a balloon with markers so I wasn't thrilled with him.  As I realized April had gotten away from me and I hadn't entered Ike's Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge, I decided to stamp a sentiment on him (park lane clear stamp) and give him the bright colorful background he needed to soar in!  He has grown on me! 😽  The cutie is by Polkadoodles and he is a freebie!  Purr-fect Wishes!



Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Ike’s World Challenges Midway April Post😊

 I don’t know about you all but life needs to slow down just a smidge so I can catch up!  My azaleas and wisteria have bloomed and been washed away before I could even get more than a quick pic of them!  Oh well,  it is mid-April and time for me to show you the cutest dang image in the world by Ike’s Art πŸ₯°.  This set is Gnome’s Beach Set!  This took me back to my 12 year old self and grabbing these little suckers at the fair!  I got this set last November? maybe, and although I have NOT wanted to rush our cooler weather away, I was eager to use this one!  So here they are all dressed up (well, you know what I mean!) and ready for Ike's World Challenges #143 Springtime/ Anything Goes!

Started out all markers until sooo many of the Spectrum Noirs were dried up so fast track to acrylics for most all of the background and markers for the gnomies.  The sentiment is from Park Lane at Joann’s  and I just snagged it today for these guys spring break photo!
Now come on and get busy creating some fun makes for the challenge this month!  We are on challenge number 143 Anything Goes/ Springtime!  I skipped right to summer cause it is hot as blazes here!πŸ’₯
As I was typing away at this I realized my project can be Anything Goes or Sringtime! (the spring break photo part cleared that up in my head)   I know my mind is a terrifying place to be most of the time!  See ya soon!





Sunday, April 18, 2021

International Bat Appreciation Day Blog Hop #3

Last one with I haven't a clue how many minutes to spare so here goes!


The bats are from Leigh's Ghost Balleigh Monster's Set and the digital paper is from Gecko Galz  "Star Crossed"   The pun is from welovepuns.com and I really couldn't resist it!

πŸ¦‡ International Bat Appreciation Day Blog Hop 2021 πŸ¦‡
πŸ¦‡ Mini Weekend Hop - April 17-18
πŸ¦‡ Linky Party closes at 11:55pm pacific
πŸ¦‡ Have a batty good time😁

International Bat Appreciation Day Blog Hop~

 I really can't get enough of the Batleigh Bats aka Bram, Grimm and Betsi!  I found the blog hop last night so I could only muster one new project but I thought I would reshare the drama of the bat signal being answered by....you guessed it- The Batleighs!

πŸ¦‡ International Bat Appreciation Day Blog Hop 2021 πŸ¦‡
πŸ¦‡ Mini Weekend Hop - April 17-18
πŸ¦‡ Linky Party closes at 11:55pm pacific
πŸ¦‡ Have a batty good time😁

International Bat Day Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns!

 The faBOOlous Batleigh trio by LeighSBDesigns is out to try their best to spook us!  Watch out!  Grimm, Bram and Betsi Batleigh have the light of the bat world behind them as they swoop into our homes!


I used a Halloween lantern cut file from Dreaming Tree that was a freebie!  Sadly no vellum was to be found in my stash so parchment paper it was colored over with a yellow marker.  Then it was all up to a bit of glue, some fussy cut out Batleighs, and some twinkle lights stuffed in the lantern! 

I am ever so late to the party but I am off to post my lantern at the International Bat Appreciation Day Mini Blog Hop presented by LeighSBDesigns!

πŸ¦‡ International Bat Appreciation Day Blog Hop 2021 πŸ¦‡
πŸ¦‡ Mini Weekend Hop - April 17-18
πŸ¦‡ Linky Party closes at 11:55pm pacific
πŸ¦‡ Have a batty good time😁

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

March 24th Spring Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns!

 Well, I am officially a year older since Monday but in this past year of uncertainty and worry I am wearing this birthday like a badge of honor for sure!  Spring is coming in like a lion here in the South and I do hope it goes out like a lamb!   I haven't played as much as I wanted to at the Spring Blog Hop hosted by Leigh;  time just is not slowing down a jot around here!

I am still playing with my marker classes.  This was a bonus lesson from Kit and Clowder.  Each month if you are a member of the pencil or markers (or both) classes you receive a free bonus lesson.  This was colored with Spectrum Noir markers and I have a very few of the greens in Copics.  This will look good in a frame I think! :)

The Spring Blog Hop linky party is HERE with all the details on how to play plus the Hop Rules! The hop closes at 5 minutes 'til midnight pacific on March 31st.

Friday, March 19, 2021

March 19th Spring Blog Hop hosted by LeighSBDesigns!

I am in love with the Baby Bunny Balleigh Monsters that Leigh has set free with her Spring New Releases!  This set comes with three adorable bunnies and a delightful bunny border!  I am particularly all a giggle over Baby Balleigh Monster BunBun!  I do hope that doesn't offend Nibbles and Tipsy!



After being inspired by Leigh's ornament for St. Patrick's Day (check out the new releases all things green at LeighSBDesigns, too!) I made this door/cabinet hanging ornament.  Still playing again with the Spectrum Noir markers while waiting to augment my Copic markers :)  The balloons are from Romeo Balleigh Monster's set!   I used a white gel pen and my white Prismacolor pencil to try to soften some of the colors that went too dark.  I inked the edges with worn lipstick and mowed lawn Distress Inks.
Now off it goes to Leigh's Spring Blog Hop!
The Spring Blog Hop linky party is HERE with all the details on how to play plus the Hop Rules!
The hop opens today at 9am pacific and closes at 5 minutes 'til midnight pacific on March 31st.





March 14th Spring Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns!

 I was going to publish this on the 14th and somehow lost the post in the muddle of my life!  This was for Ike's World Challenges and it is so spring time I wanted to put it in the blog hop!

This is from the Japan World Tour Series by Ike's Art!  I love cherry blossom season in Japan so I used the Japanese characters for cherry blossom, sakura no hana, for the sentiment.  More info on the my blog post for Ike if you would like to see it.

I am playing in the Spring Blog Hop hosted by LeighSBDesigns!

The Spring Blog Hop linky party is HERE with all the details on how to play plus the Hop Rules!

The hop opens today at 9am pacific and closes at 5 minutes 'til midnight pacific on March 31st.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

March 18th Spring Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns!

 Wow!  I have been enjoying the awesome spring projects that you lovelies have been posting!  I have been lurking 😜 but will be commenting soon!  I am referring to the amazing Spring Blog Hop being hosted by LeighSBDesigns!

The Spring Blog Hop linky party is HERE with all the details on how to play plus the Hop Rules!
The hop opens today at 9am pacific and closes at 5 minutes 'til midnight pacific on March 31st.  Everyone is welcome to come and join the fun using any stamp company supplies and products.

My crafting time has been spent catching up on my Kit and Clowder Coloring Classes.  I have started playing and working with markers.  Spectrum Noir and a few Copics on this little fox.  Fine lines are just gonna take a lot of practice so he is a bit fluffy! :)
Thanks for stopping in and I will be non-stealth hopping tomorrow!


Sunday, March 14, 2021

Ike's World Challenges #142 Anything Goes/Monochrome

 Hi ya!  It's the middle of March already???  Time is simply scampering away so quickly for me!  Anyhoo, let's check out Ike's World Challenges #142 Anything Goes/Monochrome!  I am obsessing over cherry blossom season this year.  We had planned on going to Japan again last March but I need say no more than that on that subject!  So I am virtually experiencing Japan and creating along those lines.  I used the cherry blossom image from Ike's Japan World Tour Series.

The sentiment is one of the words for cherry blossom in Japanese, sakura no hana.  Hanami parties or cherry blossom viewing parties are held in Japan during normal times.  Friends and families gather and have picnics while enjoying the gorgeous cherry blossoms.  
I finally ordered some Copic markers that were lost in shipment during the blizzards of last month but thanks to the company reshipping my order they arrived today.  I ordered rather randomly using the color blend charts at Kit and Clowder to get a basic set of colors.  After tearing open the package with glee, I started playing with them and can see why they are used by so many people.  The brush nib is such a delight after using the bullet nibs for so long.  So I colored up the cherry blossoms using the Copics and used some grays from some of my other sets.   I inked the edges with tumbled glass Distress Oxide and layered on some cardstock.  The die cuts are from my stash of paper pads.
I do hope you will join us at Ike's World Challenges #142 this month!  Have a go at the monochrome theme or as always you can play Anything Goes!   Check out the fabulous Ike's Art, too!  See you there!



Sunday, February 28, 2021

SUYP's Road to 250 Followers!


 We want to reach 250 followers at Ike's Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge!  Ike is offering a PURR_fect Candy treat giveaway..just comment and put this photo below in your sidebar!


This ends in less than an HOUR!!! EEEK!   So my kittie-rific project was to use the amazing freebie for February from Alice Kats to make a .gif to encourage everyone to follow up and check to make sure you are following the challenge blog!   I know someone who wasn't much to their surprise!  If you guessed it was me you are right but don't gloat just go add the photo to your sidebar and comment and spread the love!


Show Us Your Pussycats Cat Lover's Challenges!


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

February Mid -Post at Ike's World Challenges!

 It's challenge #141 Tic Tac Toe/Anything Goes at Ike's World Challenges for February!  Here are your choices if you wanna play tic tac toe but remember we are always Anything Goes if you want to play that way!

I had a play Krayzee Katz by Ike's Art!  I colored them with Prisma colored pencils and scanned them into Photoshop where I made the transparent background.  Then I sent the scanned image to my iPad and Procreate.  I made several marble background papers a few days ago so I decided to put the playful kitties on that.  I added the sentiment and was done!  I love using actual crafting materials to make things but when my back is not cooperating it is quiet nice to be able to work in Procreate to color or make backgrounds and sentiments!


I hope you are joining us this month with your gorgeous entries and we will be sure to hop by your blog and visit with you!  No tea or cookies needed! :)
I am also entering this in the 4th Annual Gothic Valentine Blog Hop presented by LeighSBDesigns!  All the details are HERE for the blog hop!