Pretty Peony Card

Pretty Peonies Birthday Card

Julie, July 30, 2016.jpg--cropped

I think everyone loves the sweet scent of peonies. Their delicate petals and pastel colours are one of spring’s special gifts.

These pretty peonies are by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy. Just as a note, I’m not, in any way, affiliated with Power Poppy or Marcella Hawley, I just thought I’d include the link so you can visit her site and browse through the beautiful floral digis.

Julie, July 30, 2016.jpg--CU of cupI really enjoyed making this birthday card for my dear friend, Julie. As always, I coloured it with my Copic markers and then added shine and dimension to the cups with 3-D Crystal Lacquer. I tried to capture it on the striped mug, but I just couldn’t get the right lighting. I think you can see the shine and 3-D effect quite clearly on the polka dot tea cup. Isn’t it pretty?

Julie, July 30, 2016.jpg--CU of teacup

 

 

 

I hope my Pretty Peony card inspires you to create a sweet floral card for your someone special.

Thanks, so much for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon.

 

Happy crafting, happy colouring, happy everything!

Gloria

ATC: Artist Trading Cards–so much fun!

You know, once you get involved with something you really love doing–in my case, it’s making cards, scrapbooks and other paper-crafting projects–there’s just no limit to where it can take you. It’s like a magic carpet ride, with something new and exciting at every turn!

Of course, this is all leading up to my latest discovery: Artist Trading Cards–ATCs, as they are called.

Here is my first ATC. 

 

What is an ATC?

You may already know what an ATC is, but for those who don’t, below is a short explanation.

Artist Trading Cards are miniature works of art, 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm) in size. They are designed to fit into standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets, like the ones used for baseball cards.

These little works of art are created by artists and crafters, who trade them with other artists and crafters. They are not sold, simply traded. Every artist uses his or her own technique and media, which can range from digital and stamped images, to pens and pencils and even water colour and acrylic paints. The ATC can even include metal or cloth and just about any other media that strikes the artist’s fancy.

The back of each ATC must include the title, artist’s name, date and series number. For example, the ATC shown above is number three in a series of 12. Kristy Deyette of The Crafter’s Cafe hosts an ATC swap every month. This month’s theme was frogs, so we had to include at least one frog anywhere on are ATC. There were twelve crafters taking part in the swap, so my ATCs were number 1 of 12, 2 of 12, 3 of 12, and so on.

Once we finish making our 12 identical ATCs, we send them off to Kristy (keeping one aside for ourselves). Kristy collates all the ATCs so that each of us ends up with12 different ATCs (one from each artist). She mails them back to us and, voila, each of us has a complete set. As I have already mentioned, this is my first ATC, so I am really looking forward to receiving the package with all the other ATCs. It will be really interesting to see how the other 11 crafters interpreted the frogs theme.

If you have never made an ATC, and would like to give it a try, pop by  The Crafter’s Cafe and check out Kristy’s Swap Club. It’s more fun that a barrel of…frogs!

 

The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #2–Ribbons and/or Lace

Angel Donita: Digi by Digital Delights by Louby Lou

There’s always something fun going on at The Crafter’s Cafe.

Welcome back to the Crafter’s Cafe Challenge.

This month, the theme is is to use ribbons and/or lace on your project.

I created this card in pastels, using lace, flowers and heavenly soft feathers. I coloured Angel Donita with my Copic markers, added a little dazzle to her wings and perched her sweetly on the lace border.

Holding to my crafter’s resolution for 2012, I have finished all four sides of my card. Here’s the inside…

I would like to thank Digital Delights by Louby Lou for sponsoring this month’s challenge and providing this sweet digi.

Enter your creation for a chance to win a $10 gift voucher from Digital Delights by Louby Lou.

Make sure you visit Digital Delights, to see more of Louby Lou’s wonderful digis!

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you will come back again, soon!

Welcome back to The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #1

Welcome back to The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #1, February 2012.

Wow, here we are, already in the last week of February. But, you still have a whole week to enter your project into The Crafter’s Cafe challenge.
Our sponsor for this month, A Day for Daisies, has provided our team with some absolutely adorable images to use for our February challenge.
I used the Tiny Pixie Leaf image for this week’s inspiration card. I hope it helps to inspire you.
And, remember, this month’s theme is to use pink, purple and red!
 The winner will be chosen by our friendly neighbourhood random generator. This month’s prize is a $12 gift certificate to A Day for Daisies!!

And, now, it’s YOUR turn to start creating. I hope you have as much fun as I did!

Click HERE to enter the challenge!
Thank so much for stopping by!! Hope to see you again, soon!!

The Crafter’s Cafe launches its brand new Challenge Blog (CCCB)!

…and I’m on the Design Team!

 I am so proud and excited to be a member of the brand new

The CCCB, which was launched on February 1, will be posting a new challenge on the first Wednesday of each month and it will last for the whole month. We have two teams,  so you’ll be seeing creations from lots of really talented crafters.  And, the design teams will post a new collection of inspiration cards every week to help go your mojo working!

This month’s challenge is to use purple, pink and red on your creation!! With Valentine’s Day almost here, this should be a piece of (chocolate) cake!
Our first sponsor, A Day for Daisies, has provided our team with some absolutely adorable images to use for our February challenge.
 The winner will be chosen by our friendly neighbourhood random generator. This month’s prize is a $12 gift certificate to A Day for Daisies!!
I used the Tiny Pixie Leaf image for my first inspiration card. I hope it helps to get your creative juices flowing.

Sleeping Flower

I’ve got another one all ready to post next week, so be sure to drop by, again.
And, now, it’s YOUR turn to start creating.
But, first, here are the challenge rules…
  1. You MUST follow The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog.http://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com
  2. You can enter just ONCE.
  3. You need to stay with the current theme. You can create any project you like, card, ATC, tags, layouts, mixed–media, altered art, vintage, etc.
  4. You MUST link your entry to your actual entry blog post or gallery, not your entire blog, with mention of and link to The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog.
  5. You will also need to HAVE FUN! That’s what we are here for!!
Click HERE to enter the challenge!
Mark your calendars now for some great
upcoming events at

 There will be a blog hop on Friday, February 10th, followed by an
all-day crafty event on Saturday, February 11th, which will close with a
Craft ‘n Chat from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

We’ve got a special project planned for the Craft ‘n Chat, so be sure to join us!
And, let’s not forget all the wonderful designer and social groups!!

Thank so much for stopping by!! Hope to see you again soon!!