Sunday, February 24, 2013

Layer It Up with Kenny K's Krafty Krew

Good day, everyone! It's Sunday again already and that means another new challenge at Kenny K's Krafty Krew. This week is Team B's turn to show you their stuff but since Kenny is releasing 3 new digi stamps to go with the Steampunk Burlesque collection, I decided to make a card with one of the new images too. Being an old rocker chick myself, I knew the moment I saw her that I had to color Madame Axe and put her on a card right away.

This week's theme is "Layer It Up" and our sponsors are:

with a $20 gift certificate


our own Donna's prize of a gift voucher to her store!

How're these for fabulous prizes? Awesome, right?

So without further delay, here's my contribution to this week's challenge inspiration:

This guitar-totin' bad a$$ is only 4 1/2 inches tall (though you can make her any size you like) and that's a LOT of detail for so small a space, which made coloring her a bit of a challenge. Worth every painstaking stroke of the marker though (LOL)... I love how she turned out!

It's hard to tell in the photos but all of the metal pieces on the guitar and amp as well as Madame Axe's goggles, are colored in silver metallic ink and shaded with gray Copic ink to add the appropriate amount of dimension. The background paper is from the Colorful Life stack from DCWV and the gears die cuts are from Want 2 Scrap. If you haven't checked them out yet, they have some fantastic products! I also used WOW Embossing Powder in Metallic Copper Regular on the chipboard gears.

Here's a closeup of Ms. Axe so you can see the level of detail Kenny puts into these bold ladies. The Steampunk Burlesque digis are probably my favorite collection of all of his awesome images for that reason among others.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create Challenge - #8 Anything Goes (with option to Pile It On)
Challenges for Everybody - #14- Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge - #51 Ribbons and Bling
Glitter n Sparkle - #21 Bling It On
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Layer It Up
One Stitch At A Time - #152 Use a Digi
The Squirrel and The Fox - #38 Fairy Tale or Fantasy
Want 2 Scrap - Time2Create Challenge (using Shifting Gears Silhouette and Shifting Gears Small Chipboard Embellishments)

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and that you'll take the time to visit the Krafty Krew blog to see all of the incredible art created by Team B. We'd love to have you join the challenge too!  Have a great week, my lovely crafter friends, and until next time...

Happy crafting!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Love Victorian Style

Happy Saturday, crafty friends! I have been in one of my card-making frenzies over the past week or so and I want to share one of the ones I made before I started my new job on Monday. This lovely lady is one of Rick St. Dennis' beautiful digi stamps, called "Valentine Hat" but as that holiday has already passed, I decided to do her in purple. I have been on a bit of a purple kick lately. In fact, the card that I'm posting tomorrow for Kenny K has a lot of purple in it too.

The image is, of course, colored with Copic markers. I'm not sure why it looks so much purpler (is that a word??) in the first photo than in the others because the color in the other pictures is a more accurate representation.  

The background paper is from a K & Company collection called Geo Floral. 

As you can see, I have not yet put a sentiment on the inside of the card so that it can be customized for the person who will receive it. I used the same DP and cut ovals out of white paper for the sentiment and a place to write a personal message to the recipient.  I used Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalk Ink in Very Berry to stamp the flourishes and in Purple Passion to edge the ovals. The "Just Because" is a stamp from the WOW stamp set called "Everyday Sentiments" and the label was made with a Spellbinders die.

I am entering this card in the following challenges: 

A Gem of a Challenge - #68 Add a Bow
Sugar Creek Hollow - #50 Vintage Hats, Shoes and Purses
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Mother's Day or for a Special Lady
Color Me Creative Copic Challenge Group - #62 Girly Time
Sparkle and Glitter - #10 All The Things I Love (The things I love are Rick St. Dennis images, Victorian era fashion, coloring with Copics, ribbons, flowers and all things feminine!)
crafts 4 eternity - #112 Very Vintage
Simply Create Too - #31 Mother's Day, Mothering Sunday or Female
Dream Valley Challenge - #51 Ribbons and Bling

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my card. Check back tomorrow to see my card for the new challenge at Kenny K's Krafty Krew on which I used one of Kenny's brand new digi stamps that are being released tomorrow as well. I hope you're getting to do something creative this weekend. Until tomorrow, my friends...

Happy crafting!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy Birthday To My AWESOME Son!

Before I say even the first word about this card, I want to wish my son a very happy birthday! I just don't know what I would do without him and I hope he has a fantastic day, despite the yucky weather we've been having.

Okay, now on to my card. I made this one as a birthday card for my son. He probably listens to more country than rock music these days but he was raised on the best! He went with me and his dad to see Willie Nelson (with surprise guest, Paul Simon) in concert when he was in diapers and Osh Kosh overalls! He had the most beautiful silky blond locks and was such a pretty boy, some people mistook him for a girl. That didn't last very long though as he was, and still is, 100% boy!! LOL

This image by Kenny K is called "Hip Hop Drums" and is available for purchase in Kenny's online shop.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Card Makin' Mamas - It's Birthday Time 

That's about all for today! I'll be back in a couple of days with another new card. I haven't decided which one yet. Then on Sunday a new challenge starts at Kenny K's Krafty Krew and Kenny is introducing 3 new images to the Steampunk Burlesque collection! Wait until you see them! I made a card with one of them even though it's not my team's turn because I just couldn't wait to get the image colored up and put on a card! I hope you'll visit again soon. Take care and...

Happy crafting!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wow Embossing Powders DT Card

Hi, everyone! Another week is almost gone and this week, I'm really ready for the weekend to get here. I started a new position and it requires that I be there early so I have been leaving home around 6:30 to make sure I'm there early. I have gotten up at 5 the last two mornings and it's kicking my behind because I am not a morning person at ALL! That makes it a little tough to sit through 8 hours of training but so far, I'm managing okay.

I posted this card on the WOW Embossing Powders blog a couple of days ago but have been so busy, I'm just now getting around to posting it here. I'm a little tired tonight so I'm not going to dilly dally. Here's the card and the information I posted on the WOW blog:

Hello, WOW fans! Anne here with a greeting card I made using my favorite of all the WOW Embossing Powders, Metallic Gold Rich Pale Regular. As my focal point, I used a lovely digi stamp created by Rick St. Dennis. Being completely enamored of turn-of-the-century fashion, I knew I had to color this image the moment I saw it. You know how some images or colors or designs just speak to you? Well, this was one of those things for me. If there is anything I love as much as heat embossing on my projects, it's coloring with alcohol inks.

Anyway, I'd like to share this little card with you today. As you can see, I used the gold embossing powder on my greeting but I also used the WOW Embossing Pen on the flower shapes around the frame to color them gold as well as the earrings and brooch, which on which I used the Clear Gloss Super Fine Embossing Powder to give them the look of crystal and onyx. In addition, I pressed the edges of the image, which I die cut with a Spellbinders die, into my embossing pad and dusted them with the same gold powder. I used it again on the inside sentiment. The gold powder just fits so well with many of my project designs and has become my regular "go-to" powder, especially when I'm making cards.

With Spring just around the corner, I'm looking forward to warmer weather and flowers in bloom. It's almost time to start those  St. Patrick's Day, Easter and Passover cards and gifts too. Look for lots of inspiration for your springtime projects right here in the coming weeks.  Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back late tomorrow to show you the card I made for my son's birthday. I didn't want to post it before I gave it to him for fear he might stumble across it here. Until then, have a wonderful Friday and ...

Happy crafting!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Going Round in Circles at Kenny K

Good morning and happy Sunday, Kenny K fans!

I hope you have been enjoying your weekend. It's been a little cool here this week but for the most part the sun has been shining and the afternoons have been warm enough to go out without a jacket. You'll not hear me complain though. We have hardly had a winter at all this year and I haven't had so much as a runny nose the entire time, which is a miracle in light of the horrible flu season we've had.

It's time today for a new challenge from Team A and the theme this week is "Going Around in Circles". That is to say that you need to use a circle shape on your project. I used Kenny's Brooklyn Babe as my focal point for my card and a girlie pink and blue color scheme.

But first, a word from our sponsors. Our sponsors for this week's challenge are:

offering FIVE digi's of the winner's choice


offering a $20 gift certificate to their shop

Okay, now here's my card!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges/ Linky parites:

Challenges 4 Everybody - #14 Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can - #38 Birthstones (Pink Tourmaline)
No Matter Which Challenge - #6 Ribbons and Bows
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - #203 Two's Company (2 stamps, 2 colors, 2 embellies) I used Brooklyn Babe by Kenny K, pink and baby blue, pearls and ribbon.

I haven't added the sentiment inside yet because I'm not sure who will receive this card. I do this sometimes so I can choose a sentiment that fits the person or occasion. I hope you'll take a few minutes to visit the Krafy Krew blog to see the wonderfully creative projects my teamies have made. We'd love to have you join the fun and enter your own projects too! That's all for today, folks, so until next time...

Happy crafting!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Big Happy Birthday To My Brother

Hi, everyone! It's been a couple of weeks since I posted so I thought I would kick off a new round of cards with the one I made for my brother's birthday this month. He's not quite 2 years younger than I am and we were extremely close growing up. Well, my brother and his wife just bought some property in a little rural community in northeast Texas and for Christmas, my brother bought an old tractor! Their plans are to clear the property, build a home and live as much off the land as possible and in the process they want to downsize to just what they need to be comfortable.

Long story short, I decided to make a card for my brother celebrating not only his birthday but also his acquisition of the old tractor. He has always loved working on mechanical things and he had to do some work on it to get it running properly but I guess it's operating just fine now. I haven't seen it in person but the photo below is what inspired this card.

I don't even know the make and model of this old tractor but I think it's kind of cool looking.

I found this digi stamp online at Just Inklined and spent a few hours coloring it with my Copics to resemble my brother's tractor as closely as possible. The front wheels and grill are a little different but otherwise, I think it's a pretty good likeness.

I never knew how much enjoyment I would get from hand coloring farm implements but I really had a ball with this one. It was fun trying to get the shading to look relatively realistic and even though it's far from perfect, I love the way it turned out.

My brother loved it too... and that's the most important thing!

Below is the inside of the card.


I am entering this card in the following challenges/ Linky Parties:

Card Makin Mamas - It's Birthday Time
Card Crafter's Circle - #62 Paint the Town Red
Natalie and Amy - #6 Something Old and Something New (My something old is the papers which have been in my stash so long, I don't even remember where I got them and the die used to cut the tree branch. My something new is the digi stamp by Just Inklined that I bought just for this card.)
Sandy's Crafty Creations - February Anything Goes with a Twist (Must be for a birthday)

That's it for today! I hope you all had a beautiful Valentine's Day yesterday. I got a very sweet card and a box of Ghirardelli chocolates from my son, daughter-in-law and grandkids and naturally, I made cards for them. I'll be back tomorrow with the one I gave my sweet grandson. Thanks for dropping by today. As always, I welcome your comments and questions. Until next time...

Happy crafting!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Hearts and Flowers at Kenny K's

Good morning, all! It's a gorgeous day in Texas today! The sun is shining brightly, it's warm outside and today is Super Bowl Sunday! I understand that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, which indicates that Spring is right around the corner. Now, where I live that's not a big deal because we rarely have any extended periods of cold weather but for some of you, I'm sure that's welcome news. 

Something else important is going on today too. It's the beginning of a new challenge at Kenny K's Krafty Krew and I have a card for you that I made for the challenge. I love being part of Kenny's design team and getting to color his awesome images every other week (I usually color a lot more of them than you see on the Krafty Krew site). Anyway, the theme this week is "Hearts and Flowers" and our sponsors are:

The prize from Kenny is the winner's choice of 5 digi's.

And our second sponsor this week is 


The prize form Laura is a stamp to the value of $10.00.

And here's my card. I used the image called "Queens Cutie" which is available for purchase in Kenny's online store.

Have you made your valentines yet? I only have a couple to make; one for my grandson and one for my son and daughter-in-law but I have 2 birthday cards I need to make for this month and the first one has to be mailed this week! I think I had better get on it, right? Don't forget to stop by the Krafty Krew blog to get inspiration for valentines for the special people in your life. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed your visit. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated. I am entering this card in the following challenges:


I hope to have another Valentine card for you in a couple of days, as soon as I finish coloring the image. So until next time...

Happy crafting!